by Garrick Dee
Updated December 5th, 2018
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.
Related: Please check out my in-depth guide on the best Shark vacuums and find out which Shark cleaner would be best suited for your needs.
Their engineers and product design team has been really busting their tails off in terms of research and development.
This the result of their tedious R&D.
They call it the Shark Rocket Complete with DuoClean technology.
What is DuoClean technology?
The concept is pretty simple. Most vacuums right now use a motorized brush made from bristles.
Shark Rocket Complete ups the ante here and adds a second brush roll in front of the bristled motorized brush. The secondary brush that adds more agitation.
It also prevents the dreaded “snow plow” effect that plagues stick vacuums with low profile heads.
If you look at the design, it is similar to the Dyson’s soft roller cleaner head.
But 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.
A quick look at the features
- 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
- Storage clip included for storage
- 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
Even if this vacuum looks like a stick, it has pretty lofty claims in terms of cleaning performance.
Let’s breakdown each of the features.
Duo Clean Technology
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.
The dual brush concept isn’t entirely new.
In a way Shark copied the concept first used by Dyson in the V6 series.
The idea here is instead of using a low profile cleaner head that pushes dirt, the roller would actually pull it in.
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 older Shark Rocket vacuums, you’d have to flip the large cleaning head over and remove a couple of screws to have access to the motorized brush.
Shark has improved how you clean this part by making the top part removable without needing any tools.
They call this the “brush roll garage”.
This mechanism simply uses hinges that pops in or out.
You don’t need to use a screw driver to clean the brush, just pop out the cover and you have access to the brushes.
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. Shark added this feature so you don’t have to bend just to remove the wand.
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
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
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 big mess that you’ve probably encountered…
Yes, it’s an infomercial from Shark but the results were pretty impressive.
Just in case you’r not convinced, I have more tests to show you. This one is a real world test on carpet and tile.
Skip to the 3 minute mark to see the cleaning test.
Like the Shark infomercial, the results were also impressive in the cleaning tests with literally no snow plowing.
The Duo Clean system was able to pick up nearly all debris scattered on the black tile.
To see the carpet cleaning test, skip towards the 9:51 mark.
That’s a very big right and not something you’d have to deal with on a daily basis. But if it can handle a mess this big, it will be able to handle anything.
Result after two passes…
The result after a back and forth pass wasn’t good because the dirt bin filled up pretty quick with the amount of dirt scattered.
With that much dirt on carpet, it’s not surprising that the bin filled up. After emptying the bin here’s how the carpet looks like after another pass.
At the 7:40 minute mark in the video above you’ll see that V-Blogger Ibaisaic test it on pet hair with very good results.
Even though it didn’t pick every strand of hair at the first pass, it was still able to pick up most of it.
Unless you’ll be grooming your dog regularly or have an army of dogs inside your home, pet hair cleaning shouldn’t be a problem for the most part.
It also comes with a mini-motorized brush capable of cleaning pet hair on fabric upholstery.
Skip to the 15:13 mark of the video too see it in action.
In terms of cleaning pet hair it did a pretty good job but it scattered pieces of rice towards the edges of the sofa. Again, this is an issue with motorize tools like this.
The mini motorized tool is great for deep cleaning fabric upholstery as long as you’re not cleaning loose debris.
The interchangeability makes this usable on stairs.
Yes it is possible to attach the main floor tool direct on the vacuum itself minus the wand. But the product is light enough to clean stairs without detaching 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 latter would be suitable for cleaning pet hair off upholstery.
Shark backs this up with a Lifetime VIP warranty that becomes automatic if you buy direct from them.
TruePet Mini Motorized Brush
Under Appliance Wand
|Brush roll on/off||No|
|Cord Length||30 feet|
|Net weight||9.9 pounds (with floor tool and wand)|
3.5 pounds (hand vac only)
|Shipping weight||18.3 pounds|
One common theme I noticed with all the reviews I’ve read – this vacuum really pulls up dirt thanks to the improved cleaning head.
The Duo Clean head can debris large and small like hair, cereal, powder, etc.
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 Shark calls this an upright, it won’t stand on its own because of the top-heavy design. You’ll have to use the storage bracket to store this upright.
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.
You can buy this from Amazon for less than $220 and it comes with free 2-day shipping if you join Prime.
They also sell extended warranties of up to 3 years if you want that extra peace of mind.
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 brush roll 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 (just under) $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.