Shark Rocket Complete Review with DuoClean Technology: Double the Brushroll, Double the Cleaning Power
Shark has trying to unseat Dyson as a market leader in upright vacuums and with the success of the Rocket series (over a million sold according to Shark), they’ve somehow manage to find a way to upgrade an already good performing product to something even better.
Their engineers and product design team has been really busting their tails off in terms of research and development and this product is the result of it.
They call it the Shark Rocket Complete with DuoClean technology.
What is DuoClean technology? It’s actually simple, most vacuums in the market right now have only one motorized brush that usually is made up of bristles.
The Shark Rocket Complete ups the ante here and adds a second brush roll in front of the bristled motorized brush that adds more cleaning power.
If you look at the design of the brush roll, it is similar to the Dyson’s soft roller cleaner head. Instead of using separate tools for the soft roller and bristled brush, Shark combined it hence the name DuoClean.
Shark placed this in front of the main cleaner head to help pull large and small particles on carpet and bare floor.
The bristle brushes provide deep cleaning power on carpet.
Combine this two and you have a cleaning machine that will manage to pick up all sorts of dirt on the surface and deep under strands of carpet.
Pet Hair Removal
Ease of Use
Let’s look at the other features of this twin-brush-roll-dirt-inhaling upright:
- Comes with a brand new cleaning head Shark calls the “DuoClean” technology
- This new cleaning head provides “Triple Particle Cleaning” that pulls in large, small and stuck-on particles from both bare floor and carpet
- This is made possible by the two brushes spinning in unison
- Weighs under 10 pounds
- Two-in-one versatility allows you to use this not only on floors but also above it
- Brush roll garage allows you to clean the two brush rolls without having to flip the vacuum over
- Comes with a storage hook that can be bolted on the wall
- VIP warranty
- Vastly improved main cleaning head – the extra soft roller brush roll adds extra agitation
- More power and agitation than any of the previous Shark Rocket variants
- Long 30 foot power cord
- Comes with a myriad of other tools to clean above floors
- Great warranty if purchased direct from Shark
- Easy to empty bin
- Smaller dirt bin compared to larger uprights like the Dyson
- On the noisy side
- No storage for the tools
- Does not stand on its own
What to expect from this Dual brushed upright vacuum?
Even if this vacuum looks like a stick, it has pretty lofty claims in terms of cleaning performance and let’s breakdown this product and each of the features.
In terms of innovation you’ve got to put Shark on the upper echelon, right up there with Dyson and the DuoClean feature is proof of that.
Using dual brush rolls isn’t an entirely new idea, robot vacuums like the Roomba 980, 880 and the 700 series have used this feature but for stick vacuums and uprights, this is an entirely new concept.
In a way Shark borrowed the concept first used by Dyson in their V6 series of using a soft roller brush that’s made from foam like material.
The idea here is instead of using a low profile cleaner head that oftentimes result in snow plowing, the roller would actually pull dirt towards the inlet then into the bin.
Shark took that idea from Dyson and integrated it into their product by combining it with a stiff bristled brush that provides agitation on carpet.
You get the best of two worlds without having to remove switch tools. Pretty clever by Shark I must say.
Brush roll garage
In previous Shark Rocket vacuums, in order to clean the motorized brush you’d have to flip over the larger cleaner head, remove a couple of screws to have access.
Shark has improved how you clean this part by making the top part removable without having to use any tools. They call this a brush roll garage, when pop this open, you can pull up the brush and use the brush cleaning tool that is also stored in the same vicinity, less hassle for consumers and more innovation. Again thumbs up to Shark for this design improvement.
You will notice that the Shark as a similar design to the Dyson DC cordless series but one major difference is that Shark did not adapt the trigger mechanism that Dyson utilizes instead it uses a slide switch located on top that toggles between off, bare floor and carpet settings.
Easy-Emptying Dust Cup
One feature I like is how easy it is to empty the dust cup. Shark allows you to remove the entire dust cup with a push of a button and then empty it over a bin.
This makes emptying much easier and less messy. It also allows you to wash the bin if it gets too dirty.
On top of the bin are two filters that are washable. Shark recommends that you wash these once a month.
Shark did not mention if these filters are HEPA but I’m assuming it isn’t because they didn’t mention it in any of their advertorials.
Advanced Swivel Steering
To make moving this thing around easier, Shark added swivel steering that makes turning and changing direction easier. Just flick your risk and it turns.
Quick Release Foot Pedal
To disconnect the main cleaning head and wand, all you need to do is push a lever. It is designed in such a way that you can use your foot to press and not bend down.
Another favorite feature of mine is the LED headlight on both the main cleaning tool and the vacuum itself.
Sharked used really bright LED lights that illuminate the path and help you track dirt, particularly dust and hair that can be hard to see with natural light.
Bright lights can be also useful under furniture where it gets darker.
When you take off the wand and floor tool, the LED light in front of the vacuum automatically lights up and helps you track dirt and dust on upholstery.
Onboard Tool Clip
There is storage space on the wand that allows you to store a couple of attachments.
Because this tool is so top heavy, it will not stand on its own so Shark adds a wall mountable bracket where you can hang this vacuum on for storage.
It uses two screws to hold it in place. Installation isn’t hard if you have a drill.
Make sure to have a separate box to store the other attachments that come along with it.
To see all these features, watch this video by Ibaisaic plus a short demo at the end of the video…
Attachments and Tools Included
If you buy this in Amazon, you will get the following:
- Dusting brush
- Duster crevice
- 12” crevice tool
- Accessory bag
- Pet multi tool
- True-Pet Mini Motorized Brush
- Under appliance wand
Bare Floor Cleaning
Here’s how the new cleaning head prevents any snowplowing effect…
The soft roller bar in front actually pulls in surface dirt into the bristled brush and then suction does the rest. This soft beater bar also has grooves that helps with agitation and pulls up even smaller particulates like sand and dust.
With this amount of agitation, it lessens the need for a crazy suction in order to achieve the same amount of cleaning performance. That’s why even with just 600 watts of power, this vacuum is able to clean the way it does.
Here’s a cringe worthy mess that begs to be cleaned…
I know it’s an infomercial by Shark but based on the eye test, it is pretty impressive what this product is able to do. When you combine all the debris scattered on the carpet large and small, the performance is impressive.
The interchangeability of tools allows this to be used on stairs.
You can remove the wand and attach the floor tool directly on the vacuum motor but this product is light enough to be used on stairs without having to remove the wand.
This comes with two tools that allow you to clean upholstery. First would be the small upholstery tool and the second would be the mini motorized brush. The later would be more suited for homes with pets because of the brush roll.
Shark backs this up with a 5-year VIP warranty but if you buy this direct from their website, they’ll offer you a lifetime VIP-warranty.
12" Crevice Tool
Pet Multi Tool
TruePet Mini Motorized Brush
Under Appliance Wand
|Brush roll on/off||No|
|Cord Length||30 feet|
|Net weight||9.9 pounds|
|Shipping weight||18.1 pounds|
What Do Consumers Say?
One common theme I noticed with all the reviews I’ve read – this vacuum really pulls up dirt thanks to the improved cleaning head.
All sorts of dirt like cereal, soil, bread crumbs and dust are sucked into the bin. It does not have any HEPA filtration so if you have respiratory condition like asthma you may want to get something else like the Shark Navigator.
Even if this product is advertised as an upright, it will not stand on its own because of the top heavy design and you will have to use the bracket that comes along with this to store this.
The dirt bin is on the small side and if you will use this to clean your entire home, consumers warned that you may need to empty it quite often and this would be better suited as an in-between cleaner.
I’ve used a Dyson upright before and you will have to empty it quite often especially if your home has a lot of carpet so this shouldn’t be a big issue here.
Overall the Shark Rocket Complete has gotten a lot of positive reviews mainly because of its cleaning performance and versatility.
The best price though can be found in Amazon where you can buy this along with the TruePet Mini Motorized brush for just under $230. This package also comes with a free under appliance wand that will help you clean areas under shelves that no other vacuum or even a broom can reach.
If you will buy the same package at Shark, expect to pay close to $300.
Shark really has upped the ante here. They’ve improved the already very good Rocket series by a notch by improving the main motorized cleaning head. Instead of using a single motorized brush – something that most brands do, they went against the norm and added a second beater bar, a soft brushroll to pull up large, medium and small sized debris on the surface.
This is a great complement to the stiff bristle brush that provides agitation on carpet. The soft brushroll also prevents the dreaded snowplowing effect that hampers the performance of a lot of stick and upright vacuums.
You get this revolutionary cleaning head, plus a mini pet cleaning tool also with a motorized brush powered by its own motor!
But wait there’s more…
You will also get other tools such as a full length crevice tool, a soft bristle brush tool, a combination tool and an under appliance tool that will help this product virtually clean every nook and cranny of your home, all for the great price of $230.
Now that’s value for money and if you cannot afford a Dyson Upright or even a cordless, have a look at this and see if it will fit your needs.