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Shark Rocket DuoClean Review

The House Method team tested the Shark Rocket Complete DuoClean Vacuum on carpets and hard floors and measured suction power, maneuverability, noise, mobility, and more. Read our full review here.

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Maybe you’re trying to determine if the Shark Rocket Complete DuoClean Vacuum can really outperform a Dyson, or maybe you’re trying to decide which Shark vacuum is best for you and your cleaning needs. Lucky for you, the House Method team tested and reviewed the Shark Rocket DuoClean Ultra-Light Vacuum and provided an unbiased opinion on its suction power, maneuverability, mobility, and more. Keep reading for a complete review of this Shark vacuum.

Overall score: 9.45/10

The value prop

The Shark Rocket DuoClean Ultra-Light provides powerful, uninterrupted suction and easily converts into a portable, handheld vacuum to reach cracks and crevices throughout your home and in your vehicle.

Pros
  • It performs great on bare floors and carpets.
  • It easily converts into a handheld vacuum cleaner for better portability.
  • It features LED lights that help you see and clean fine particles.
Cons
  • It doesn’t come with HEPA filtration.
  • The vacuum head may pull forward on carpets due to the vacuum’s strong suction.

Shark Rocket DuoClean design

Similar to the Shark IONFlex 2X DuoClean, this vacuum cleaner is extremely lightweight. Although it doesn’t come in a bright color like the Shark IONFlex or other Dyson vacuums, it does have a modern and sleek design that allows for efficient vacuuming. In our opinion, the heaviest and bulkiest part of the Shark Rocket is the handheld component, but we don’t think it’s obtrusive enough to hinder vacuum performance.

Some other important design features of the Shark Rocket include:

  • DuoClean Technology—A bristle brush and soft brushroll combine to deep clean carpets and pull in larger particles from carpets.
  • LED lights—Located on the floor nozzle, these lights help spot hidden debris throughout your home.

Vacuum assembly

Assembling this vacuum cleaner is just as easy as any other stick vacuum. Insert the wand into the motorized floor nozzle connector, then insert the handheld vacuum into the top of the wand. You can also attach a detachable clip to store up to two accessories on the vacuum.

 

How the Shark Rocket DuoClean cleans

The Shark Rocket vacuum integrates a dual brushroll system in one single head for hard floor and carpet cleaning. With Triple Particle Cleaning, this vacuum cleaner pulls in large, small, and stuck-on particles from floors and carpets, so you’ll never have to rely on dust mops or brooms to remove any dirt or debris left behind. Perhaps one of this vacuum’s greatest features is that it can attack large debris—no front wall on the cleaning head means particles are confronted head-on by powerful suction.

Need to reach difficult spaces? No problem. This lightweight vacuum easily converts into a 4.6-pound hand vac for versatile floor-to-ceiling cleaning.

What to note about the Shark Rocket DuoClean Corded Ultra-Light

Unlike the Shark upright vacuums, the Shark Rocket doesn’t come with a HEPA filter. It also doesn’t rest in the upright position because it’s slightly top-heavy and may pull forward when vacuuming due to its suction power.

How big is the Shark Rocket DuoClean?

Dimension Measurement
Height 46.4 inches
Length 10.2 inches
Width 9.8 inches
Weight 9.9 pounds
Cord length 30 feet
Maximum reach 33.5 feet
Dust canister 0.23 gallons

Accessories included with the Shark Rocket

This vacuum cleaner comes with a 12-inch crevice tool, a dusting brush, an upholstery tool, a wall mount, and a storage hook.

Crevice tool

The 12-inch crevice tool is perfect for cleaning in between tight spaces (think: crumbs in the seams of your couch or dust bunnies behind a bookshelf) and reaching baseboards.

Dusting brush

The dusting brush is great for cleaning a multitude of surfaces such as shelves, baseboards, and window frames. It’s also used to clean delicate surfaces like blinds, drapes, and ceiling fan blades.

Upholstery tool

Though the Shark Rocket vacuum doesn’t come with a specific pet hair tool, the upholstery tool can definitely make up for it. It’s perfect for grabbing pet hair and lint from furniture and stairs.

Shark Rocket Complete DuoClean Ultra-Light vs. Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Upright vs. Shark Rocket DeluxePro Upright

Shark offers a variety of corded and cordless stick vacuums (with similar names and features). We made it easy for you by comparing the Shark Rocket Complete DuoClean Ultra-Light vacuum to two other popular Shark sticks. Compared to the other two sticks, the Shark Rocket DuoClean weighs more but has DuoClean Technology and a long power cord length.

DuoClean Technology
Dust bin capacity
Weight
Power cord length
Accessories

Shark Rocket Complete DuoClean Ultra-Light

DuoClean Technology

Yes

Dust bin capacity

0.23 gallons

Weight

9.9 pounds

Power cord length

30 feet

Accessories

Upholstery tool, crevice tool, dusting brush

Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Upright

DuoClean Technology

No

Dust bin capacity

0.42 gallons

Weight

7.6 pounds

Power cord length

25 feet

Accessories

Dusting brush, 5-inch crevice tool, upholstery tool, accessory bag, hard floor hero, car detail kit

Shark Rocket DeluxePro Upright

DuoClean Technology

No

Dust bin capacity

0.23 gallons

Weight

8.6 pounds

Power cord length

30 feet

Accessories

Pet multi-tool, duster crevice tool, hard floor hero, multi-angle dusting brush

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Cleaning tests

We performed three different tests that measured suction power, maneuverability, and mobility on hard floors, low-pile carpet, and high-pile carpet. For our suction tests, we used Cheerios, kitty litter, coffee grounds, and pet hair.

Cleaning score: 9.75/10

Test 1—Suction test on hard floors

If you have hard floors throughout your house, the Shark Rocket DuoClean might just be your best option. When we tested the Shark vacuum on hard floors, it received a perfect score. It removed all of the substances—including the Cheerios—in two passes or fewer, leaving no mess behind.

Test 2—Suction test on high-pile carpet

On high-pile carpet, the Rocket did exceptionally well. It took one pass to suck up the Cheerios, kitty litter, and pet hair. The only substance that took four passes was the coffee grounds, which got stuck in the carpet fibers.

Test 3—Suction test on low-pile carpet

On low-pile carpet, this Shark vacuum performed almost identical to the test on high-pile carpet. In just two passes, it completely removed the Cheerios, kitty litter, and pet hair. However, the coffee grounds required a bit more work to remove. It took five passes to suck up all of the coffee grounds.

Maneuverability

The vacuum’s compact size and maneuverability make for ideal cleaning around and underneath furniture. Its swivel steering also targets hard-to-reach areas for a quicker, more convenient clean. When we tested the Shark Rocket around a couch corner and underneath a two-foot coffee table, it passed with flying colors.

Usability

If you have a house with carpets, hard floors, or both, you’ll find that the Shark Rocket DuoClean Corded Vacuum is easy to push back and forth on both on all floors and won’t get stuck. This vacuum cleaner also effortlessly changes over to a handheld, making stairs and your vehicle easier to clean.

Noise

At just 71.7 decibels, this is one of the quietest vacuums we tested (the Shark Rocket DuoClean is not as noisy as the previous Rocket versions). For comparison, the average noise level of a standard vacuum is 78 to 80 decibels (the noise level of a washing machine).

Shark Rocket maintenance

Similar to the Shark IONFlex 2X, this Shark vacuum is extremely easy to empty. One of the best parts? You don’t have to touch the contents of the cup when emptying.

  1. Press the Wand Release button to disconnect the handheld vacuum from the wand.
  2. Hold the dust cup over a trash bin and press the Empty button on the front of the dust cup. When you do this, the bottom lid will open, allowing the contents of the cup to fall out.
  3. Once the dust cup is empty, simply close the bottom lid and insert the dust cup back into the handheld vacuum until you hear it click into place.

Filtration

The Shark Rocket has a pre-motor filter kit and post-motor filter. It’s recommended that you clean the pre-motor filter kit at least once a month and the post-motor filter once a year. You should hand wash filters with water only to prevent any damage. Let the filters air dry for 24 hours before inserting them back into the vacuum.

Warranty

The Shark Rocket comes with a five-year limited warranty. Under this warranty, the original unit and/or non-wearable components deemed defective will be repaired or replaced for up to five years from the original purchase date. To initiate a warranty claim, you can call 1-800-798-7398 and speak to a customer care specialist.

Is the Shark Rocket DuoClean Ultra-Light a good value?

We here at House Method don’t think you can go wrong with the Shark Rocket. Not only is it less expensive than the Shark IONFlex 2X and Dyson V8, but it performs just as well, if not better than both of these sticks. We love how easy it is to convert the vacuum into a handheld and enjoy the convenience of being able to clean hard-to-reach spaces with the included attachments.

If you still aren’t sure if the Shark Rocket is for you, view our Shark comparison guide to determine which Shark vacuum is best for you.

Who should buy the Shark Rocket?

We recommend the Shark Rocket DuoClean Ultra-Light if you’re looking for the following:

  • A corded 2-in-1 vacuum—This Shark model comes with a 30-foot power cord, meaning endless power and a spacious cleaning radius. It can also be converted into a hand vac, allowing you to reach tight spaces.
  • A device that cleans pet hair—The pet multi-tool is designed to capture embedded pet hair on all surfaces and the nozzle has two different brushrolls that are capable of sucking in large debris, granular dust, and stuck-on particles.

Shark Rocket DuoClean Ultra-Light specifications

Below is a list of the most important Shark Rocket specifications.

Specifications
Type Stick
Manufacturer Shark
Model Rocket Complete DuoClean
Length 10.2 inches
Width 9.8 inches
Height 46.4 inches
Weight 9.9 pounds
Floor type Bare floors, carpets
Dust bin capacity 0.23 gallons
Power cord length 30 feet
Cordless or corded Corded
Bagless Yes
Warranty 5-year limited

Consumer ratings

See how other sites rate the Shark Rocket DuoClean Ultra-Light.

Source Consumer rating Number of ratings
Amazon 4.3 stars out of 5 1,211
Bed Bath & Beyond 4.5 stars out of 5 317
Walmart 4.5 stars out of 5 119
Best Buy N/A N/A
Sylvane N/A N/A

Customer reviews

I have an older Rocket that still works just fine and honestly only bought this because of the roll in front of the brush roll. I didn’t know about the other new features this one has. I am loving the other new features and it works better than my old one. My old one vacuuming on hard floors didn’t really work that well, this one on hard floors is amazing. It picked up flour off the kitchen floor and glitter off of carpet as well as the kitchen floor.” — Amazon review

This is a very good vacuum. It cleans hardwood floors better than anything else I’ve used and it does everything else as well as any vac I have used previously. Strong suction, decent headlights, easy dirt collector removal/emptying, good maneuverability, good access to power head for getting the string off the brush etc. It does not stand up on its own unless you disconnect the handle/duct cup part and place it on the hook down by the powerhead. This is fine for storage but you have to lean the vac carefully against something if you want to leave it to answer the phone or empty the dirt cup. It has a long cord. I’m tempted to give it 5 stars but I have said to myself; “I wish it would stand up,” and “I wish this long cord had automatic rewind.” These are not features likely to be found in an ultralight, semi-stick corded vac so it may not be fair to ding it in the review for those reasons. But since I brought them up you can make your own judgment. Performance aside from these two nitpicky objections is very good though.” — Amazon review

Buy the Shark Rocket DuoClean Ultra-Light Corded Vacuum

Frequently asked questions

What’s the difference between the Shark Rocket and the Shark Lift-Away Navigator?

The Shark Lift-Away is a traditional upright vacuum that weighs around 15 pounds. It’s great for cleaning carpets and larger homes. The Shark Rocket is a corded, lightweight stick vacuum that can be converted into a handheld. It works on carpets and hard floors but performs best on hard surfaces.

Does the Shark Rocket have HEPA filters?

No, the Shark Rocket has washable filters, but they aren’t HEPA grade.

Is Shark better than Dyson?

Both Shark and Dyson are reputable vacuum brands that are among the most trusted in the industry. The main difference between the two is the price point, with Dyson vacuums costing slightly more than Sharks.

About the author

Kealia is a staff writer and social media coordinator for House Method. She writes for a variety of beats, including home inspiration (her favorite), real estate, and home wellness.


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