Most vertical blanks have the same design with the motor located somewhere inside the body, usually the bottom of the container.
There is basically nothing wrong with this setup. But when the air has to go through a maze of hoses from the entrance to the container, there will be some energy loss.
Shark took a different approach and moved the engine all the way around where the cleaning head is.
Besides, she also moved the dirt basket right next to her. shark This technology is called “PowerHead”..
They have two reasons to do so
The first is to reduce the path traveled by dirt and thus improve engine efficiency because dirt does not have to travel through a maze of hoses.
The second reason is to shift the weight from the handle to the floor.
This was one of the biggest consumer complaints with someone else Shark Rocket product – The Tropit HV322 It is the weight of the handle that makes it difficult to move it when cleaning areas above eye level.
This product reminds me of GTech AirRam It uses the same design principle. Motor and dust box at the base to improve efficiency and cleaning performance.
But this device is wired and therefore has more power and excitement compared to AirRam.
While it works great in theory, there are some things that prevent this from being true upright vacuum.
The biggest is the dirt box size and it’s pretty small, to say the least. But it makes up for it in terms of weight and maneuverability.
Also comes with a pair of brushes designed for Both carpets and bare floors.
Quick look at the features
- Comes with two brushes – a hard brush for carpets and a soft brush for bare floors, Shark calls it the “Gentle Hardwood Floor Brush”
- The dust box is located in the main floor tool
- telescopic handle
- It has fingertip controls on the handle
- Swivel steering makes moving furniture a breeze (it folds flat so it’s easier to go under furniture
- 25 ft power cord
- 5 years warranty
- Lightweight at just 9 lbs (possibly the lightest rope erection you will find on the market)
- Swivel steering makes this maneuver very easy
- Finger controls mean you don’t have to bend over just to turn this broom on or off
- Since the motor is in the base, Shark has been able to reduce the weight of the vacuum cleaner on hand to one pound
- Brushes designed specifically for carpets and bare floors – that means better cleaning performance
- Easy to remove dirt cup and brushes
- Comes with storage for an extra brush so you don’t have to misplace it
- It contains a very small cup of dirt for a shaft that fills up very quickly
- Weaker combustion compared to larger rolls like Dyson Cinetic
- Poor post-engine filtration (no HEPA filtration) – this may not be for allergy sufferers
What to expect from this light weight upright
Shark took a concept and improved it.
The Gtech AirRam was the first product I saw with this design.
But it was poorly suctioned and relied heavily on agitation for cleaning.
So it wasn’t able to deep clean as I would have hoped scrubbing bare floors would struggle a bit.
Shark has improved this limitation by adding a wire which means it has more suction.
A brush specially designed for bare floors means better performance on surfaces like hardwood or linoleum.
If the heavy weight is 16 pounds ReachesNot an option, this would be a great alternative as it weighs only 9 lbs.
And since the motor is located at the base, moving this will not be difficult.
Swivel steering also improves maneuverability. It has a low-rise design, so it will not be difficult to reach the areas under the furniture.
But this agility has a price – a very small dustbin. If you have a large house with a lot of carpeting, you may need to vacuum this 3 or 4 times depending on how much dirt you are cleaning.
The good news is that the dirt cup is easy to remove and empty. So this should be a minor problem unless you are cleaning up a huge pile of clutter in a large room.
It does not come with a HEPA filter so people with allergies should contend with Shark Rocket NV752 or DuoClean NV803. or maybe a vacuum filled.
If it’s a pet’s hair, you’ll smell a residue of it coming out of the exhaust. If this is a problem, you may want to consider that its primary competitor is Dyson Synch as a substitute or shark navigator.
Here is a brief preview and opening video of Kode1996…
If you notice right at the end of the video, the reviewer mentioned that it has a post-motor filter but it’s very thin and porous which means it won’t filter out microscopic allergens and odor.
Here’s another video about opening the can, courtesy of VacBin…
Logan gives us a brief history lesson here, and states that this design is similar to early sweepers made by Shark when they were primarily producing sweepers, so this is an old school design and Gtech is not the first to use this design.
If you look at Amazon, there are two different types of AH401 (which comes in green) and AH452 (in blue). Green is about $50 cheaper (wink head, wink)…
Note that this is a completely different product from the Shark Rocket HV series that was inspired by Dyson DC . Cordless Vacuum Cleaner Series.
bare floor performance
Unlike Dyson struts that rely on pure suction to pick up dirt, the PowerHead uses a combination of suction and a soft-bristled brush they dub the “Gentle Hard Floor Brush” to capture not only dirt but also tiny dust particles that are almost invisible to the naked eye.
It does well in terms of picking up dirt and dust in flat areas but will struggle a bit to pick up dirt hidden in deep crevices.
You’ll see in the video below that it left dirt inside crevices of the hardwood.
This type of flooring is not very popular at the moment, so it should not be a problem on surfaces without these cracks.
It has good edge cleaning but only has a cleaning edge on the right side of the cleaner head.
Like I said, dirt between cracks and crevices is hard to clean so if you have a similar type hardwood deck at home you might be better off using Upright with stronger suction Like the Dyson Ball upright.
Between the bare floor and the carpet, the Shark Rocket Powerhead really excels at cleaning carpets. I’ll save you all the talking but I’ll show you a demo.
To give you a real-world example of how this vacuum performs, how about a torture or “total chaos” test courtesy of Kode1996.
Sit back and relax as these videos are almost an hour away.
The dirt that you will see in the video is a mixture of sand, pet hair, paper, gravel, and pet litter.
Most of you won’t have to clean up that big of a mess but it’s good to know that this vacuum cleaner is capable of cleaning up these kinds of messes – the downside is that you have to empty the dirt basket a lot.
This is a precision floor cleaner. It does not contain any attachments to help you clean upholstery.
Pet hair removal
This vacuum cleaner is capable of cleaning large piles of pet hair on floors and carpets. However, you will not be able to clean the upholstery because it lacks tools.
Attachments and accessories
It just comes with an extra hard floor brush brush and that’s it.
The cord is approximately 25 feet long and does not contain any wire to rewind.
There are a total of three filters. Two of them are inside the trash. Check out the illustration below to see exactly where it is.
After emptying the dirt cup, the next step is to open the top by pushing a lever to access the foam filters.
These two filters are washable but before you put them back inside make sure it’s dry.
The third filter is a post-engine filter just behind the engine.
It’s not particularly thick (made of felt) so it won’t filter out allergens, so people with allergies may want to opt for Upright with HEPA filtration or vacuum filled.
Shark backs this upright with a 5-year warranty.
|Height adjustable handle||
|rope length||25 feet|
|Automatic wire winding||
Comes with two
|Brush on/off switch||
|rotates on axis||
|Filter clogging indicator||
|bin full indicator||
|Net weight||9 pounds|
|Purchase Weight||14.6 pounds|
|hose length||no hose|
|cleaning path||10.5 inches|
This is a new product, so it doesn’t have much in terms of reviews on Amazon but for the people who bought it, they pretty much liked what they got out of this product.
The biggest plus is the weight – at just 9lbs it was lighter than most lists and when compared to heavier weights like Orik or Hooverthe difference is day and night.
In terms of performance, consumers liked that it performed in both hardwood and carpet. One consumer, in particular, liked the way this product cleans their “soft” carpet.
It had enough suction to clean the carpet well without being hard to push.
As you can see in the videos above, the power is more than enough to clean low to medium pile carpets.
The biggest problem will be the size of the container and the need to empty it frequently.
Reviews are not the same in terms of performance on hardwood. Some say it worked well while others report that it lacks suction.
Consumers also compare this to Rocket Shark True Pets And while True Pet is more versatile, PowerHead delivers better cleaning power on both carpets and bare floors.
The low head and swivel steering make it easy to maneuver around and under furniture, but it’s not agile enough to use on stairs.
Aside from the lack of suction power to clean dirt from the crevices, a small dirt cup will require you to vacuum this several times when cleaning a large room.
The filtration is also not great because it doesn’t have any HEPA filters and it doesn’t have a cyclone system that prevents dirt from clogging up.
Where can I buy this?
You can buy this on Amazon Under $70 But it won’t be entirely new. Only certified refurbished units are available but will still be eligible for free two-day shipping if you join Prime.
Extended warranties are also available for up to 3 years if you want that extra peace of mind.
The most versatile solution to this would be Shark Rocket with Dual Cleaning (or HV382).
This vacuum cleaner is a great, lightweight option for people who are looking for a smart piece of cleaning equipment capable of cleaning floors and carpets.
While it has enough suction to pick up surface dirt from most exposed floor surfaces, it lacks suction and will struggle to clean dirt in crevices and deep crevices.
It works best on carpet thanks to vigorous stirring. In the videos I watched, the PowerHead was able to pick up large amounts of sand, pet hair, and litter.
In terms of deep cleaning capabilities, it still lacks the true deep cleaning performance of rainbow broom or a Dyson Synch But the mobility you get makes up for it.
You can use this as a cleanser in-between if a Cordless Vacuum Cleaner Don’t cut it for you. If you don’t want to spend more than $200 on Shark Rocket Duo Clean, this is a file Great cheaper alternative.
The technology looks promising but still has room for improvement in terms of filtration, dirt box size and possibly adding a cyclone system to improve performance even further.
The HEPA post-engine filter will also be a great addition to future models.
Lightweight vacuum cleaner that works great on cleaning floors
- Work environment – 93%
- Surface cleaning – 95%
- Quality – 92%
- Design – 90%
- Values - 93%
Shark Rocket PowerHead is an excellent budget option for cleaning floors exclusively – bare floors and carpets. Its unique design with a motor and dust cup in the base gives it a very light hand held weight which makes it easy to move. However, it lacks the versatility that other vacuum cleaners have, so pair it with a good portable device. But for what it does, it is excellent and should be shortlisted despite the flaws.