Shark Rocket Comparison: Reviews and Comparison

When it comes to deep cleaning, a traditional upright vacuum is the default choice by consumers because of its combination of power and agitation.

The biggest problem is size. For instance, a Bissell 9595A upright weighs 15 pounds. And even with a detachable hose, it wouldn’t be long enough to clean anything over your head.

Lugging this up and down the stairs can put a strain on your back. And while it is cheap, it isn’t as good as a Dyson upright that costs 3 times as much.

Another option is a cordless vacuum but it’s won’t cover as large an area.

Now here lies a dilemma for most consumers.

Do I buy a cheap heavy upright that’s a pain in the butt to use? Or buy something lightweight and only run for 45 minutes max?

The Shark Rocket series is a good compromise between a large, heavy upright and limited run time of a cordless.

It’s light, versatile and yet still retains the power cord so you can still use it to clean the whole house.

Of course having a more compact design will result in a few limitations – the biggest of which is bin size.

But the pros will more than make up for this.

There are several different variants and we’ll compare these side by side here…

  • Shark Rocket Ultra-Light (HV302)
  • TruePet (HV322)
  • PowerHead (AH452)
  • Duo Clean (HV382)
  • HandVac (HV292)

First let’s look at the similarities

With the exception of the NV482, all Rocket variants are stick vacuums that comes with the removable tube that morphs it into a stick vacuum.

It uses the same architecture as the Dyson cordless minus the trigger mechanism. In its place it uses a slide switch that has two power settings for bare floor and carpet.

Bin

Dirt bin is similar to the Dyson in that it has the same trap door design that relies on gravity to empty dirt.

Another similarity is the main floor tool that has its own motor. So agitation isn’t a problem. There will be some variances in terms of brush roll design and LED lights.

Shark Rocket Ultra-Light (HV302, HV303)

The HV300 series (or Ultra-Light) is the very first product by Shark that utilized Dyson’s concept of interchangeable tools.

In terms of attachments, the HV 302 has the fewest and this includes:

  • Wide pet upholstery tool
  • Dusting brush
  • 12” crevice tool
  • Accessory bag
  • Wall mount storage hook
  • Dust away hard floor attachment with 1 microfiber pad

Take note that the pet upholstery tool included here does not have any motorized brush. The main floor tool also doesn’t have any LED headlights.

Ultra-Light has several different variants. The HV302 comes with home and car detail kit while the HV303 has the under appliance wand.

This is also one of the lightest – only 7.6 pounds.

Logan from VacBin compares the Rocket to the Dyson DC44…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAWAE6jREbc

Most obvious difference would be weight and build quality. The Shark Rocket is heavier mainly because of the massive floor tool.

It also doesn’t swivel as well, going only a maximum of 45 degrees.

Bottom line: This is a great option for homes that don’t have pets.. It comes with the tools you need to clean most parts of the home. Now if you have an automobile, opt for the HV302 with the car detail kit otherwise go with the HV303 that comes with the under appliance wand.

TruePet (HV322)

The next step up would be the HV322. Shark calls this “TruePet” because it comes with a pet tool with a motorized brush.

This tool is much more efficient than the pet tool found in the HV302 because it has a beater bar. If your home has lots of pets, this is a better option because it’ll do the job faster but it’s a bit more expensive.

Here’s the complete list of accessories that you’ll get:

  • Accessory bag
  • Wall mount storage hook
  • Dust away hard floor tool with 1 microfiber mop
  • Flexible hose
  • TruePet mini motorized tool
  • On-board accessory storage

It has the same power (500 watts) as the HV302/303 but this variant has LED headlights in the floor tool. This helps in terms of visibility in cleaning low lighted areas like beds or the living room table.

And like the HV302, it also has the hard floor attachment with mop that looks like the Swiffer.

It’s a pound heavier at 8.6 pounds and has the same power at 500 watts.

Bottom line: “TruePet” is the upgrade version of the 300 series with two upgrades. It comes with a mini motorized brush and LED headlights. These upgrades come at a $70 premium but if you have pets this is a very good investment.

PowerHead (AH452)

The PowerHead (AH452) is most unique of the 5 Rocket variants because the motor and bin are in the same vicinity as the motorized brush.

It has a similar design as the Bissell AirRam.

The absence of a detachable wand limits this vacuum to cleaning just floors. You won’t be able to use this to clean above the floor.

It comes with two types of brushes, each designed for carpet and bare floor.

The green beater bar (the one that looks like a squeegee) is for bare floor while the bristled brush (gray) is for carpet.

There is minimal power loss because the motor and brush are side by side.

But cramming the motor, bin and brush in such a cramped area does have its downsides.

The biggest would be the size of the bin. Compared to the other two variants on top of this, it won’t hold as much dirt and you will need to empty it more often.

Here’s a big mess test done by kode1996…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpodZZ69018

In terms of pick up it was pretty good. Cleaning a really large mess like this will require frequent trips to the bin.

While it did clean a lot of the dust, it didn’t deep clean as well but for cleaning high traffic areas this is a good option.

Bottom line: This variant is one of the cheapest Rocket variants but also the least versatile because it will only clean floors. It does not have any tools or the detachable wand that will allow it to clean upholstery. If you’re willing to accept this limitation this is a good stick vacuum for small homes.

DuoClean (HV382)

The DuoClean (HV382) has the latest brush roll technology from Shark. It combines the soft roller head with a bristled brush that work together to clean bare floor and carpet.

This is a new concept that I’ve never seen before. Shark copied the soft roller head first seen in the Dyson V6 (and later the V8) and came up with this unique combo.

Counter rotating brushes isn’t a new concept. I’ve seen it in robotic vacuums like Roomba. But this combo of a soft roller and bristle is unique.

Using a soft, fabric-like roller in front prevents the dreaded “snow plow” effect where larger bits of dirt gets plowed. Often times the low profile design of the cleaner head causes this because large debris don’t fit.

By using a soft roller, Shark was able to expose more of it and increase clearance allowing it to grab dirt, pulling it in towards the suction port.

The downside to the twin brush system is weight – it weighs close to 10 pounds! But without the extension wand and floor tool, that goes down to 3.5 pounds. It still is the heavies of the bunch because it has a more powerful 600 watt motor.

Here’s a video of the Duo Clean in action…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMRPwqdKlf4&t=969s

Aside from main floor tool, you’ll also get the following:

  • Dusting brush
  • Duster crevice
  • Accessory bag
  • TruePet Mini motorized brush
  • Under appliance wand

Between this variant and the TruePet HV322, price difference is minimal. So I’d recommend this over the former because of the more powerful motor and better performing floor tool.

Bottom line: The DuoClean system is double the fun and will outperform any of the other Shark Rocket variants because of its superior agitation. Using the soft roller bar helps prevent dirt from plowing because it has more clearance. This is a great but for homes with pets that need a lightweight stick vacuum to clean high traffic areas.

Corded Hand Vac (HV292)

Just in case you don’t need the floor cleaning capabilities of the other variants here then the HV292 is a good option.

It has a smaller motor (400 vs 500 watts) compared to the HV300 and HV320 series.

Bin size is just about the same. In terms of functionality this product will be similar to the Dyson V6 Mattress because it has the mini motorized brush in its arsenal. So this is usable on upholstery.

Here are the tools that you’ll get:

  • Extended reach flexible hose
  • 12” crevice tool
  • Mini motorized brush
  • Dusting brush

Bottom line: This is the only handheld in the Rocket series line. It’s a great option for folks looking for a lightweight handheld with a power cord. The mini motorized brush tool is great for cleaning upholstery and even mattresses. Dare I say this is a good alternative to the V6 Mattress if you don’t mind the cord.

Warranty

All Rocket series vacuums comes with a 5 year limited warranty from SharkNinja.

Price

All of these products are available in Amazon and it comes with free 2 day shipping if you subscribe to Amazon Prime (yes, even if it’s a free trial).

The cheapest option among the stick vac options would be the PowerHead that sells for a little over $100.

Next in line is the HV300 series that goes for a little less than $145.

Remember that this variant does not have the mini motorized brush or LED headlights so if you have pets avoid this.

The most expensive option would be the top-of-the-line DuoClean that costs a little over $220. A slightly cheaper option is the TruePet HV320 series that costs almost $20 less.

Between these two, I’ll go with the DuoClean because it has superior agitation over the other options.

To Wrap It Up

There you have it a detailed comparison of the 5 Shark Rocket series vacuums that range between $100 and $230.

The best option in my opinion if cost isn’t an issue would be the Shark Rocket DuoClean. It has the strongest suction and best agitation of the 5 models in this product line plus it’s less than $20 more expensive than the TruePet HV322.

This is the best options inside homes with carpet and bare floor. Cleaning up pet hair shouldn’t be a problem with the DuoClean because of the dual brush system.

If you have any questions please feel free to comment below.

Garrick Dee
 

Garrick is the founder of the Cordless Vacuum Guide that originally focused on cordless vacuums but he has now expanded to reviewing corded vacuums and carpet cleaners to be able to provide a more complete guide in terms of choosing the right cleaner.

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