If you’re in the market for a new vacuum cleaner and are in search of a lightweight, long-lasting one, then Shark is definitely the brand to go with. Shark’s versatile array of vacuum cleaners can be used for different areas of the house, including furniture and ceilings. What makes Shark stand out is their vacuum’s ability to provide continuous power while retaining suction for hours on end. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the top stick vacuum cleaners that Shark has to offer.

Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Upright Vacuum (HV301PL) Review

Suction power is one of the main criteria when purchasing a vacuum cleaner, then the Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Upright Vacuum (HV301PL) is definitely a solid option. This vacuum cleaner performs extremely well in picking up pet hair from carpeted areas. However, when it comes to hard wood floors or other smooth surfaces, this vacuum cleaner may leave a residual trace of whatever fine powder it attempts to pick up (e.g. baking soda, flour). Despite its lack of performance on smooth surfaces, this lightweight convertible vacuum is an ideal piece many households.

Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Upright Vacuum (HV301PL) Review

As the name of this unit suggests, its lightweight really comes in handy. Holding onto the 7.5 lbs. (3.4 kg) piece vertically for cleaning high places is possible without struggling or threatening to fall. When it comes to storage, this vacuum cleaner takes up very little space (22.8 x 10 x 31.9 inches) and can be placed in any closet or even mounted to a wall.

This vacuum cleaner comes with several accessories which make it a versatile unit for all-purpose cleaning. Accessories include a crevice tool, dusting brush, pet upholstery tool, car detail kit, dust away hard floor piece, accessory bag and the always-handy wall mount for easy storage.

Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Upright Vacuum (HV301PL) Review

The most impressive spec of this lightweight vacuum is its maneuverability. The HV301PL’s swivel steering mechanism allows the user to angle the nozzle in different directions without having to reposition ourselves. Just standing and leaning at a certain angle makes vacuuming hard-to-reach places a cinch. Combines with the lightweight, you’ll find moving the unit an enjoyable experience.

Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Upright Vacuum, Orange (HV302) Review

The Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Upright Vacuum, Orange (HV302) is another lightweight model by Shark. This vacuum cleaner has a sleek design and was built for hard floors, rugs, and carpets. It is one of the more expensive models made by Shark but it can also be used to clean ceilings and upholstery. Its improved swivel steering and powerful suction are both versatile and easy to control around pieces of furniture. It has two-speed options: the first is for hard floors, and the second is for heavy-duty carpet and thick rug cleaning.

Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Upright Vacuum, Orange (HV302) Review

Finding a high-rated vacuum cleaner for a full-sized family with pets can be a challenge since the market has so many products that are advertised to pick up powdery and hairy messes. However, if you’re looking for a more compact unit that packs a punch, then you can’t go wrong with the Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Upright Vacuum, Orange (HV302).

Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Upright Vacuum, Orange (HV302) Review

Shark Rocket has redesigned the full-sized vacuum and put the high-performing essentials into a compact, 7.5 lbs. (3.4 kg) vacuum. Despite its low 500-watt power (other units on the market use up to 1,500 watts), it definitely has the strength for deep-cleaning carpets and other fuzzy surfaces. Similar to the HV301PL model, this vacuum may experience trouble in lifting powdery substances off of hard or smooth floors, but it performs well in catching any airborne debris headed its way.

To get enough carpet agitation to remove particles from fuzzy surfaces, the HV302 comes with a two-speed setting: one for faster, brisk speed for use on carpets; and another slower, gentler speed for delicate and smooth surfaces.

Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Upright (HV303) Review

We’re accustomed to the slightly underwhelming suction power of Shark Rocket’s Ultra-Light models, but the HV303 is much different. The engineers at Shark Rocket have solved the issue completely, and now the HV303 is equally capable in picking up large debris (hair, cereal) and powdery substances (flour, baking soda) so you won’t have to make multiple trips over the same mess.

Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Upright (HV303) Review

Like the other lightweight and upright models made by Shark, the Rocket Ultra-Light Upright (HV303) converts from a stick vacuum design to a handheld cleaner. This electric sweeper is efficient in all manners of cleaning, including on hardwood floors and rugs.

The HV303 comes with an extendable wand feature for the hard-to-reach places of your home. Cleaning your home from floor to ceiling is now possible, and you can do a thorough job thanks to the versatile and comfortable features that the HV303 comes with.

Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Upright (HV303) Review

Like the HV302 model, this comes with a 30-foot cable, making moving from room to room much more convenient. Bending over to unplug the cable will be done much less frequently so you can keep up your vacuuming rhythm without continuously tugging on the power cord.

In addition, this vacuum cleaner has switchable modes for tackling messes on hard and soft, fuzzy surfaces. Wherever you need to do some cleaning, the HV303 is prepared to tackle them all. You will definitely appreciate the controls at your fingertips which allow the user to switch modes from one to the other.
The HV303 comes with several accessories which make it a versatile unit for all-purpose cleaning. Accessories include a crevice tool, dusting brush, pet upholstery tool, car detail kit, dust away hard floor piece, accessory bag and the always-handy wall mount for easy storage.

Shark Rocket DeluxePro Ultra-Light Upright (HV321) Review

The engineers at shark understand technology and how innovation is key to maintain a competitive advantage. The Shark Rocket DeluxePro Ultra-Light Upright (HV321) is a newer model by Shark Rocket with an innovative design to smartly and distinctly perform household cleaning tasks more efficiently.

Shark Rocket DeluxePro Ultra-Light Upright (HV321) Review

The ergonomic design of the HV321 allows the user more control over the device. The rubberized grip makes the vacuum cleaner much easier to steer, and its lightweight (7.9 lbs or 3.6 kg) means easy and convenient storage. This model also comes with a wall mount to save even more space. The filters for this model are washable and reusable, meaning that you save more on filters in the long haul. The HV321 sports a bag-free dirt cup which is released at the press of a button. The cup’s size is more than enough to hold onto at least 4-rooms of dust and other debris.

Shark Rocket DeluxePro Ultra-Light Upright (HV321) Review

Maneuverability is also another important aspect that buyers seek when purchasing a vacuum cleaner, and the HV321 has this perfected. Even a room filled with furniture is no match for this device since the swivel steering mechanism is easy to control and the vacuum cleaner itself can be navigated at the slightest movement of the hand.

To be able to sufficiently clean different surfaces, you’ll need different nozzles or brushroll options, and the HV321 has you covered. Switching the brushrool is done simply by flicking a switch within easy reach from the handle, and you can select between two-speed options: one for cleaning hard, flat surfaces; and another for carpets and rugs.

Shark Rocket TruePet Ultra-Light Upright Corded Vacuum, Bordeaux (HV322) Review

Rocket’s TruePet line of vacuum cleaners is on the costly side of their array of products, but it’s definitely worth noting. Not to mention the heavier weight of the unit compared to other Shark Rocket products (9.2 lbs. or 4.2 kg). However, these drawbacks seem minuscule compared to what the unit has to offer.

Shark Rocket TruePet Ultra-Light Upright Corded Vacuum, Bordeaux (HV322) Review

The device comes disassembled upon purchase but the good thing is that the HV322 is easy to set up. Attaching the parts is a snap, and you can get started on whatever cleaning tasks you need to be done.

Like other Shark Rocket vacuum cleaners available on the market, this device does a flawless job in cleaning smooth and fuzzy surfaces. No longer will you have to struggle with picking up small particles of powder from the floor as the two-mode vacuum cleaner allows for easy switching from hard floors or soft surfaces.

Shark Rocket TruePet Ultra-Light Upright Corded Vacuum, Bordeaux (HV322) Review

The HV322 is literally a money saver. It runs off of 500 watts while other similar products in the same league need more than 1,000 watts to operate. In addition, this device uses a bagless dirt cup so you won’t need to spend extra money on replacing worn out bags after a certain period of use.

The steering mechanism is well built, making cleaning hard-to-reach areas around the living room and bedroom much easier to do. The swiveling head also comes with LED lights to illuminate dark spaces, meaning that you can do a more effective cleaning job under the bed, couches, and dark closets.

Shark Rocket DeluxePro Wired Ultra-Light Upright (HV323) Review

If you’re searching the market for a vacuum cleaner with heavy duty cleaning capability and is lightweight, then the search is over. Take a look at the DeluxePro Wired Ultra-Light Upright (HV323) by Shark. This is a unit that fulfills every expectation you have a vacuum cleaner.

Shark Rocket DeluxePro Wired Ultra-Light Upright (HV323) Review

The HV323 is only 8.6 lbs. (3.9 kg) and relatively compact, meaning that there is no challenge when carrying and storing the unit. It’s an extremely versatile device which can switch from upright mode to handheld vacuum cleaner, useful when vacuuming high places like curtains.

The device itself takes no effort to clean because many of the parts are detachable and reattach together easily. The dust cup is two times the size of the original dust cups found on other Shark Rocket vacuum cleaner models and can fit in your kitchen sink for quick washing.

Despite being a lightweight device, the HV323’s most prominent feature is its power suctioning for any type of surface. It even has a much more superior hair-picking capacity than many other models on the market. Even cleaning carpets and fuzzy rugs is a cinch.

Shark Rocket DeluxePro Wired Ultra-Light Upright (HV323) Review

There is no such thing as hidden debris with this model. The HV323 has LED lights equipped to the head of the unit for lighting up dark places like closets or under the bed.

Finally, when it comes to accessories, more is always more. The HV323 comes with a multi-brush and pet multi-tool for vacuuming stray hair and large pieces of debris. It also comes with a dusting brush, 5-inch crevice tool, upholstery tool, hard floor hero and car detail kit.

Shark DuoClean Rocket Corded Ultralight Upright Vacuum, Charcoal Gray (HV382) Review

The Shark DuoClean Rocket Corded Ultralight Upright Vacuum (HV382) is by far a much more superior cleaner compared to other competing products in the market. DuoClean technology sports an integrated dual brush system (soft and rough bristles) for better cleaning on different surfaces. The triple particle cleaning system is capable sucking up dust particles on three types of common floor messes: large particles, small particles, and caked-on messes.

Shark DuoClean Rocket Corded Ultralight Upright Vacuum, Charcoal Gray (HV382) Review

The HV382 was made to be able to roll over stray hair and handle the job without repeated visits over the same spot. The TruePet Mini Motorized Brush accessory is perfect for this job and can be used to tackle dusty areas and mounds of debris.

This device combines powerful suction action and light materials into one detachable hand-held vacuum cleaner. The HV382’s lightweight (9.9 lbs or 4.5 kg) makes cleaning high spaces so much more efficient, and the compact size of the vacuum cleaner allows for convenient storage when not in use.

Shark DuoClean Rocket Corded Ultralight Upright Vacuum, Charcoal Gray (HV382) Review

Both the hand-held and the upright units have built-in LED lights for sending an effective shine of light into dark spaces like closets or under couches. Ultimately, seeing the debris is half the battle, while the other half is cleaning it up; two tasks where the HV382 performs flawlessly.

Some users might feel uncomfortable with the device’s motor positioned near the handle, meaning extra vibrations when the unit is in use. However, this is a small minor flaw in such an astounding vacuum cleaner that it’s definitely not a deal breaker.

Shark ION Rocket Ultra-Light Vacuum IR101 Review

The Shark ION Rocket Ultra-Light Vacuum (IR101) is the first cordless, lithium-ion battery-powered vacuum cleaner on this list. This incredible allergen-removing vacuum is what all pet owners need to effectively clean their homes. Whether you use it as an upright vacuum or a hand-held one, you’ll find that it easily removes pet dander and any airborne dirt particles.

Shark ION Rocket Ultra-Light Vacuum IR101 Review

Whether you’re in the darkest places in your home or wanting to vacuum-clean your ceiling, the IR101 is definitely the perfect fit to get things done. The 45.6-inch tall vacuum can suction any particles stuck in carpets and rugs, or even caked onto hard, smooth surfaces.

As mentioned earlier, the IR101 was built to remove allergens. Not only that, but the allergens suctioned into the vacuum has 0% chance of escaping from the ION seal. With the anti-allergen brush attachment (included with vacuum set), you’ll find removing dusty objects in our house is much more efficiently done than with competing brands. The 0.3-liter bin with the drop lid placed on the bottom further decreases the chance of releasing dust and allergens back into your home.

Shark ION Rocket Ultra-Light Vacuum IR101 Review

With the ION power pack, you will receive three charging options: the removable lithium-ion battery can be placed in a charging dock, it can be plugged directly into an outlet, or charging can be done through the vacuum cleaner itself for charging on-the-go. The battery contains enough power to operate the device for up to 30 minutes between charges, and there are Shark Rocket-manufactured replaceable battery packs to extend your working time if needed. You can rest easy since the battery is under a 2-year limited warranty by the manufacturer.

Shark IONFlex DuoClean Cordless Ultra-Light Vacuum (IF201) Review

The Shark IONFlex DuoClean Cordless Ultra-Light Vacuum (IF201) is another cordless, lightweight vacuum cleaner among the many others on the market. However, what makes the IF201 stand out is not just being another high-end model made by Shark Rocket, but also the battery pack, dual brush system and flex that it offers.

Shark IONFlex DuoClean Cordless Ultra-Light Vacuum (IF201) Review

Similar to the IR101, this cordless vacuum cleaner can be charged through a charging dock, directly plugging the battery into an electrical outlet, or charging through the vacuum cleaner so you can charge while cleaning your floors and upholstery. The lithium-ion battery that the IF201 uses also has enough power to run the machine for up to 30 minutes between charges.

This is one the best-performing pet hair, floor, and furniture vacuum cleaners that Shark Rocket has to offer. Although the device is hardly comparable to Dyson vacuum cleaners, at its price tag it’ll do more than you’d expect of a vacuum cleaner. The IF201 has enough suction power to adequately pick up any stray pet hair and dander and is mobile enough to navigate through pieces of furniture. In addition, it can be converted into a hand held device to clean curtains and out-of-reach areas.

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Shark IONFlex DuoClean Cordless Ultra-Light Vacuum (IF201) Review

The IR201 model is an excellent cordless vacuum cleaner that competes well against other cordless options on the market. It has strong suctioning power, several cleaning attachments, DuoClean nozzle for extra cleaning in hard places, and MultiFLEX cleaning wand to extend the device for hard to reach places. Price-wise, the device does not come cheap, but it is not the most expensive cordless vacuum available.

Shark UV450 Rocket Ultra-Light Deluxe Upright Stick Extended Vacuum Cleaner Review

The Shark UV450 Rocket Upright Sick Extended Vacuum Cleaner is a powerful, lightweight vacuum cleaner designed for people who appreciate a corded stick vacuum with an efficient build for reducing home cleaning time. The UV450 works as either an upright vacuum cleaner or a hand held vacuum which works effectively on smooth floors and carpets.

Shark UV450 Rocket Ultra-Light Deluxe Upright Stick Extended Vacuum Cleaner Review

The UV450 doesn’t use a bag to collect dirt and debris so you won’t need to spend money on purchasing replacement bags. However, this device will not fare well against allergens so if you might want t to consider purchasing another Shark Rocket model better suited to tackle pet dander and other allergens.

There are two models for the UV450: one cordless and another which uses a 30-foot cord for easy movement between rooms. The cordless model is more expensive but has an impressive 30-minute lifespan between charges. The cordless model’s lithium-ion battery can be charged by a charging dock, directly plugging the battery into an electrical outlet, or charging through the vacuum cleaner itself.

The “skinny” vacuum cleaner is, of course, lightweight at only 14.2 lbs. (6.4 kg). Although it’s heavier than some other models made by Shark Rocket, it’s still light enough to convert into a hand held vacuum cleaner and suctioning dust off of high places.

One problem that buyers found with the UV450 model is the exhaust system which, unfortunately, allows for accidental dust expulsion after being suctioned into the dust bin. This can be especially problematic when used around people who are sensitive to airborne dust particles. However, most users won’t find this problem with their models, and the 3-year limited warranty protects the user from faults with their devices.

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