Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Upright Vacuum Cleaner Review

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*This post is sponsored by Shark Cleaning; all opinions are my own.*

I was married for five years before I owned a new vacuum. Various generous friends and family passed down their old ones from time to time, but the problem with a second-hand vacuum is that it’s seen a lot of hard use before it gets to you, so even if it works great when you get it, it’s most likely going to start failing sooner than later. So when Serenity was born, and we finally settled into our own apartment after years of displacement and moving, I begged Nick to help me make a new vacuum cleaner a reality. And a couple of weeks after her birth, I finally became the ecstatic owner of an inexpensive canister vac from our local big box store.

Over the past two and a half years, it’s done the job, and I don’t have too many complaints. But I see the commercials and hear the rave reviews for fancy vacuums that glide effortlessly around corners, under low furniture, and that can transition cyborg-like from plush rugs, to low-pile carpet, to hardwood and laminate. And while my little canister vac does the job, I can’t help but dream about an easier life where cleaning the floor doesn’t have to entail moving furniture all over the place, or going around by hand afterwards, picking up the pieces too big for my lightweight vacuum to handle.

I about lost it with glee when Shark Cleaning approached me to review their newest vacuum cleaner, the Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Upright. Yes! A million times, yes! #ha #allthefeels #mommywins

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Oooooh, the things we geek out about when we’ve transformed from independent twenty-somethings into full time stay-at-home-mommies who eat, sleep, and breathe toddlerhood and housekeeping. Awesome new vacuum cleaner that turns tight corners without lifting it off the ground? WAHOO!!!! Break out the sippy cups, ladies!!

Seriously, though — there’s nothing like a really great piece of hardware that simplifies the drudgery of housekeeping to make a girl sing (or cry – depends on how much easier it’s going to make things, to be honest).

The Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Upright vacuum cleaner is a canister vac on steroids, with small space living in mind. It comes with a convenient and sturdy hook, so you can hang it to store between uses, and a heavy duty canvas drawstring bag for containing its impressive array of accessories. Speaking accessories? In addition to several wand attachments for cleaning everything from upholstery to window blinds, it also comes with an entire second head for dusting and polishing your hard flooring surfaces, like wood, laminate, and tile! Simply wash the reusable pad between uses, and you’re set.

While I was enthusiastically pouring over my new toy, Serenity was exploring alternate uses for the upholstery attachments. Her favorite? Hair brushes!

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The quick start guide is super easy to understand and use, and the vacuum itself is a piece of cake to assemble, disassemble, clean, and use. The motor is located in the handle, as is the canister, so you literally just attach whichever tool you want to use right to the handle, with or without the full length wand, and go! Nick vacuumed our large flight of carpeted stairs in under ten minutes simply by taking out the long wand, and attaching the handle setup right to the vacuum floor attachment, and I was able to quickly and easily get under one of my buffet tables by using thin tipped wand.

The best part is that Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Upright vacuum cleaner has a very powerful motor, which means powerful suction. I didn’t have to pick up a single piece of string or cracker or dust ball, and that’s simply awesome!!

If I have one complaint about this vacuum cleaner, it’s the weight, and the location of the weight. I was initially drawn to this particular vacuum because of the words “ultra-light” in the name. Living with a back injury, I have to be really careful about working with tools that require any kind of upper back strength or endurance, especially when using them requires my arms to be at full extension. The motor is surprisingly heavy, and since it’s located below and in front of the handle, all the weight hangs straight off the front of your hand, farthest from your body. This is a deal breaker for me, because it puts all the pressure while vacuuming squarely between my shoulder blades, right on top of the location of my back injury. Combining this with the powerful suction of the vacuum, which causes it to pull forward and away from you while the vacuum is on, means that I can’t use this vacuum without pain.

Nick used it, too, and said that while the pull combined with the weight of the motor wasn’t ideal, it didn’t hurt or tire him, so if you do not have a back injury to contend with, you may not mind these issues the way that I do.

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Serenity was very impressed by the new vacuum, and insisted on pulling out her own vacuum to help me clean. She’s so serious! And ridiculously adorable. ? She copied my every move, which was hilarious, and  little embarrassing since the aforementioned problem I encountered led to a lot of huffing and puffing and groaning, which she happily imitated.

All in all, I give the Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Upright Vacuum Cleaner four stars, knocking it down from five stars only because I can’t personally use it with my back issues. If you’re looking for a vacuum cleaner that is powerful, sleek, easily maneuverable, stores easily in small quarters, and is highly versatile, this is a great option!

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*I received this product complimentary for review consideration; all opinions are 100% my own, and I only recommend products and brands that I am comfortable using with my own family (in this case, while I cannot use this model because my back injury affects my ability to use it safely, I would definitely consider using another model from this brand).*

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34 comments on “Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Upright Vacuum Cleaner Review”

  1. What an amazing looking vacuum. I love how sleek it looks and that it handles the stairs so well!

    1. The stairs was super impressive, I thought. And yes, the sleek design is VERY nice. ?

  2. Jennifer Williams said:

    I am hunting for a new vacuum, mine is just too much to drag up and down stairs. The Shark has been on my list to check out so this is perfect. I bet if they made one for kids that acutely picked things up – it would sell like crazy and floors would be cleaner. My youngest loves his vacuum too! He is starting to use mine though because it works, I bet the Shark would be light enough for him.

    1. OH MY GOODNESS — that is a FANTASTIC idea!! Serenity was MAD that I wouldn’t let her use the real vacuum cleaner (it would have run off with her). She’d love a real working vacuum! I have a little dust buster handvac, I just need to find the charger and I can hand it off to her. For playing. #wink

  3. Sounds fantastic! I love that it has reusable pads!

    1. I know, right?? I think that’s the coolest feature, after being able to remove the long wand.

  4. Cristi Comes said:

    Your daughter is so adorable with her little vacuum! My number one tip for cleaning a carpeted floor is to invest in a good vacuum. It really is worth it. This one sounds awesome.

    1. I could definitely see the difference, that’s for sure. Mine does a decent job, but the carpet was actually lighter in color (!!) after using the Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Upright. Thank you, about the pictures. She’s my dolly. ?

  5. Amanda said:

    It looks like a great vacuum! I just got one myself and couldn’t be happier with the purchase I made. It works SO much better than the one I had previously.

    1. Oh nice! How do you feel about the heaviness of the handle section, and the way it pulls when turned on? Does it bother you at all, or is it not a problem without an injury complicating things?

  6. What an adorable little helper you have. Love that the vacuum cleaner can go under the bed where all of the dust bunnies live!

    1. Thank you! ? She’s my little sweetie, that’s for sure. And yes, the reach and low profile of this vacuum is wonderful!

  7. Your daughter is incredibly cute, and I love her ‘serious’ look. I must say, you have taken really good pictures of this product, and made me more interested to learn more about it. You covered all the bases, and I can definitely tell you were excited to test out this product.

    1. Thanks, Yona! 🙂 She’s my little dolly, that’s for sure. I’m glad you enjoyed my review!

  8. I saw this on tv the other night while in the hospital and was wondering about it. It sounds great!

    1. It’s definitely a good option if you need a new vacuum! I’m sorry to hear you were in the hospital. I hope you’re okay?

      1. I had to have surgery unfortunately. My same day surgery wound up having me admitted for 5 days. I’m still supposed to be taking it easy, including not pushing a heavy vac so this would be useful to me right now.

      2. Oh wow, that’s terrible! :'( I’m sorry that happened. I’ll be praying for a swift and complete recovery.

  9. Robin (Masshole Mommy) said:

    I have one and I love it, too! I almost can’t believe how lightweight it is.

    1. Compared to the older style uprights, it’s definitely light. So without back problems, would you say that all the weight being in your hand isn’t a big deal? It felt really heavy to me because of that, but I’m thinking it must be because of my back issues.

  10. Jess Scull said:

    I need one of these SO BAD!! They sound amazing

    1. What’s your favorite feature? I love that it comes with a way to hang it to store!

  11. Aw, how adorable! I love the Shark brand!

    1. Thanks. ? She’s my hunny! And yes, Shark is awesome!

  12. Dawn said:

    I most certainly need to get myself one of these! I have back problems so light weight is perfect for me.

    1. If you have back problems, be aware that this vacuum pulls when turned on (because it’s lightweight, the powerful suction sends it zooming across the floor). Depending on where in your back you have trouble, it might affect how well you can use it. My injury is right between my shoulder blades at their base, so it pulls right where it hurts, for me.

  13. Esther said:

    Such cute photos of your little girl. My girls love to imitate me when I vacuum too! I would love to have a shark to use in my house!

    1. Thank you, Esther! ? I keep thinking I should find one of those tiny stick vacuums (real ones) for her to use. I think she’d love it! Then again, she might run shrieking in fear when it actually turns on. #lol

  14. Maggie said:

    this sounds amazing! My vacuum is so heavy I usually sweet talk the hubby into doing it!

    1. Oooh, I feel your pain. My first vacuum weighed about a million pounds, and Nick always had to do it!

  15. TweenselMom said:

    It must be nice to have that vacuum cleaner though our house doesn’t have that too much dust and our ceilings aren’t too high to need a vacuum cleaner.

    1. That must be nice! I have carpeting downstairs, and hardwood upstairs, and honestly, I’m not sure which is more obnoxious to clean. #lol Just a hazard of being an adult, I guess!

  16. It sounds like the Shark vacuum has a ton of great features. The pictures of your daughter are adorable!

    1. Thank you! ? She loves to help me, and I love taking her picture. #lol Yes, the vacuum is a pretty impressive beast.

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