*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
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!
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.
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!
What’s your number one cleaning tip for carpeted floors?
This product appears in my 2014 Christmas Gift Guide which launches Monday!
*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).*