Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Corded Bagless Vacuum

Last updated date: March 29, 2019

Review Melt Score
8.4

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Overall Take

While not cordless, the Shark Rocket has a cord length that can accommodate most rooms. It's maneuverability is a highlight, with suction that can tackle most carpets and attachments that can convert it to a hand vacuum for small cleanups or detail work. A series of washable filters makes for easy maintenance. In our analysis of 73 expert reviews, the Shark Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Corded Bagless Vacuum placed 2nd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note April 9, 2019:
Checkout The Best Stick Vacuum for a detailed review of all the top stick vacuums.

Expert Summarized Score
8.0
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.8
3,644 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Suction rivals upright vacuums. Accessories for everything from car detailing to cleaning computer keyboards. Converts to hand-vac easily.
- BestReviews
Unlike other vacuums I had where I have to bring extensions wherever I go throughout the house, this has a long cord to assist me in cleaning the floors conveniently.
- Vacuums Guide
August 28, 2014 | Full review
Useful attachments and decent performance make the Shark Rocket a contender in the field of lightweight vacuums.
- CNET
March 21, 2014 | Full review
Even though it’s not cordless, fortunately you get a very long 30 foot power cord that’s long enough to go from room to room without unplugging. Because of all the different attachments that you get with this vacuum, you can clean multiple surfaces including hardwood floors, carpets and rugs, tiles, pet hair and inside cars.
- Best Handheld Vacuums
The Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Upright HV302 is a lightweight, slim and sleek vacuum built for hard floors, rugs, and carpets.
- Clean Well Expert
The vacuum has sufficient suction power and can get rid of the mess on both carpets and hardwood floors. Dirt and hair are easily picked up by it, and most importantly, it is light enough that the elderly would have no trouble using it.
- HouseholdMe
It’s light, versatile and yet still retains the power cord so you can still use it to clean the whole house.
- Best Cordless Vacuum Guide
December 5, 2018 | Full review
Its powerful suction means you’ll finish more quickly. But even if you have to do a complete cleaning job from the floor to the ceiling, the Rocket is up to the task. Its swivel steer allows you to move the vacuum quickly and without bumping into furniture. The long cord also comes in handy here as you can move freely without any restrictions.
- The Floor Care
January 1, 2019 | Full review
The Shark Rocket stick vacuum has washable filters, lowering its lifetime operating costs. However, the filters are not HEPA grade. This may be a sticking point for someone with allergies, where vacuuming the house may throw up dust and vacuuming won’t simultaneously clear the air.
- Prime Reviews
What experts didn't like
Corded and a bit heavier than most others. Smaller dust cup needs to be emptied often.
- BestReviews
The suction is not working well. Starts to spit pebbles and some dirt out after one run.
- Vacuums Guide
August 28, 2014 | Full review
The Rocket's cord is inconvenient and means that you likely won't use it for quick clean-up.
- CNET
March 21, 2014 | Full review
A bit expensive to others
- Best Handheld Vacuums
Weak filtration system
- Clean Well Expert
The weight distribution of this vacuum is awful because the top is heavy. It would usually fall over if it’s not leaning on something. Also, the attachment tools require manual placement and removal because they are not attached to the vacuum. The vacuum’s noise, when turned on, may also be considered too loud for some people. Lastly, the dirt cup lacks capacity and needs to be emptied often.
- HouseholdMe
The pet upholstery tool included here does not have any motorized brush. The main floor tool also doesn’t have any LED headlights.
- Best Cordless Vacuum Guide
December 5, 2018 | Full review
There is no onboard storage for the attachments, but it does come with a bag. It is a bit heavy on the top.
- The Floor Care
January 1, 2019 | Full review
The vacuum dust cup is attached to the vacuum. On one hand, it can’t fall off. On the other hand, you have to use both hands to empty it into the trash can. This is an awkward process. It does not have suction control. It can handle modest jobs, but it isn’t a high powered vacuum. It doesn’t fit underneath cabinet lips. You’re still going to have to sweep under the cabinets before you can suck up the crumbs.
- Prime Reviews

From The Manufacturer

At under 8 pounds, this ultra-lightweight upright vacuum easily converts into a hand vac for versatile floor-to-ceiling cleaning. It's equipped with swivel steering for excellent control when maneuvering around furniture, and offers two storage options: attach the hand vac to the bottom of the wand or secure it to the wall mount. It also comes with a Home & Car Detail Kit and the Dust-Away hard floor attachment to pick up debris and dust your bare floors.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Shark IONFlex DuoClean Ultra-Light Cordless Vacuum
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 6
2. Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Corded Bagless Vacuum
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 9
3. Dyson V7 Motorhead Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 8
4. Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 9
5. Bissell Featherweight Stick Bagless Vacuum
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 4
6. Hoover Impulse Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 4
7. Eureka Blaze Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 5
8. Dyson V10 Absolute Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 8
9. Bissell PowerEdge Stick Vacuum
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 5
10. VonHaus Corded Lightweight Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Overall Score: 7.1
Expert Reviews: 6

An Overview On Stick Vacuums

As hardwood floors become increasingly sought after in American homes, the stick vacuum has emerged as the cleaning solution of choice for many. A slimmed-down sister of the old upright vacuum, it does the hard work of tidying up floors without that bulky bag or the bulky profile. The first stick vacuums could store easily in even the smallest closet, and while they couldn’t boast the pickup power of the big uprights, they worked just fine for tile or hardwood. They could also handle tiny crevices and corners with greater agility.

Vacuum technology has come a long way in the last couple of decades, to the point where the best stick vacuums are perfectly capable of picking up dirt from just about any surface — rugs, carpets or upholstery.  Most models now can toggle between modes for cleaning carpets or bare floors. The main difference is typically a stiff-bristled rotating brush, which helps loosen deep-seated carpet dirt. On wood floors, it not only scatters that same dirt but can sometimes harm sensitive surfaces, so choose your setting accordingly.

The initial draw of the stick vacuum — portability — has likewise improved. Even budget models like the Hoover Linx are now cordless, allowing you to the freedom to clean floors, ceilings or patios without worrying where the plug is. Battery life is always a concern, but just mount it for a recharge and you’re ready to go again.

Many modern stick vacuums don’t even need to be confined to the house, thanks to their modular sensibility. Vacuums like the Shark IONFlex DuoClean are light enough in their normal configuration, but you can also detach the vacuum from the floor cleaner. Snap on one of a series of attachments, and you’ve got an effective handheld cleaner that can tackle car interiors or other tough-to-reach areas.

Finally, one of the same things that make stick vacuums so sleek also makes it more sanitary. Instead of the bag container of the classic upright vacuum, stick vacuums trap the dirt they capture in a cup – typically near the handle at the top. This container isn’t as roomy as that of an upright vacuum, meaning you’ll need to empty it more often. But when you do, it will generally mean less mess. Some vacuums double down on that cleanliness with a HEPA filter that traps tiny particles and allergens, but the thickness of that filter can reduce suction power in budget models.

Review Melt Fun Fact

The concept of vacuum cleaners has been around since the late 1800s, but the efforts of early inventors were more trouble than they were worth. Daniel Hess’ initial patent for a “carpet-sweeper” involved the use of a manually-operated bellows to create suction, so it’s no surprise that one may never have been created.

The advent of gasoline power didn’t do much to improve the concept. In 1898, John S. Thurman created a “pneumatic carpet renovator” that used a gas engine to blow (not suck) dirt into a large receptacle. The drawback? It had to be carted around in a horse-drawn carriage, with tubes that snaked into a house through the windows or doors. Believe it or not, Thurman actually did have some takers for his offer of house cleaning calls at $4 a pop.

The world’s smallest vacuum cleaner? As of December 2018, that honor goes to Talabathula Sai of India. He created a working 2.13-inch vacuum cleaner using a pen cap, 12-volt battery and a DC motor. We’re not sure what it cleans, but it sounds like it would be perfect for Barbie’s dream house.

The Stick Vacuum Buying Guide

  • The number one concern for anyone buying a vacuum, stick or otherwise, is going to be suction. It’s a difficult thing to quantify, as there’s still no generally accepted measurement of vacuum effectiveness. Not to mention, the fact that suction isn’t consistent even on the best vacuums. It can vary with the type of surface being cleaned, how full the dirt container is or how often the filter has been cleaned. That said, Dyson’s cyclonic filtration innovation has improved vacuum efficiency dramatically by eliminating the filter, and models using that system can be counted on for quality suction. Horsepower is also a good ballpark measurement, and user reviews can be helpful in determining how well a vacuum works and what type of surfaces it handles best.
  • Portability can also be a big concern. Stick vacuums are a favorite in many households primarily because they can maneuver under couches and coffee tables or even into ceiling corners — areas that upright units can’t easily reach. Cordless vacuums can be especially helpful for this, but you’ll want to bear the weight in mind, especially for older users.
  • If you’re choosing a cordless vacuum, research the battery life. The batteries on these vacuums are typically rechargeable, but larger houses may need more than one charge to get the job done. Models like the Shark IONFlex DuoClean have a removable battery, and you can even upgrade to a spare one that can be recharged while you run the original.
  • Depending on what you plan to use it for, attachments can make all the difference. Stick vacuums are versatile to begin with, but many have the added bonus of detaching from the floor cleaner and transforming into a handheld device. From there, you can pop on attachments like brushes or crevice tools to tackle upholstery, car seats or fan blades — if those extras are available for your vacuum.
  • Allergy sufferers are going to want effective suction (and maybe a HEPA filter for severe cases), but they will also want to make sure all those particles and dirt can be emptied out without getting it all over their hands. In that case, look for a detachable cup that can be easily cleaned, or a container like the Dyson V7’s that can be emptied without even touching the lid. Container capacity can be another big plus, ensuring that it won’t need to be emptied as often.
  • You and your floors may love a vacuum with a lot of horsepower, but your sleeping child may not. Some vacuums are definitely louder than others, so if you have sensitive roommates or children, do your research.