A New Toy: Shark Rocket Vacuum Review

by jessicaturner on December 9, 2013

Rocket1Y’all have never read a review like this. When we received a Shark Rocket vacuum to review, I asked Matthew if he would be willing to write a review because… well, you’ll see. By the end of the post, you’re going to want a Rocket. I’m sure of it. :)

A few weeks ago, Jessica called me on her lunch break. “I have a question to ask you,” she said, “How would you feel if Shark sent us their new Rocket vacuum cleaner?”

There were reasons why Jessica was asking me about my emotional susceptibility to receiving a new vacuum cleaner. For starters, I do most of the vacuuming at our house. Not because Jessica is against vacuuming per se. But because I possess an unnatural affection for vacuuming. I love vacuuming. I’ve loved vacuuming since that time my father bought my mother a brand new Electrolux canister model for her birthday. As soon as I saw the bag of components, I fell in love. And too, as a full time writer who takes meds for ADHD, I found that vacuuming is good clean mindless activity.

Jessica was also calling me because she knows how much I love our current vacuum cleaner, the Dyson DC25. Six years ago when Jessica’s mom bought us a Dyson for Christmas, I thought I’d died and gotten sucked up into heaven. The cyclone suction technology. That wonderful ball that makes turning so easy! And no bags, which was a big deal six years ago.

But before I could answer Jessica’s question, she began rattling off a lengthy list of reasons as to why I should be excited about receiving a Rocket™ for free, which included, “it cleans carpets better than a full-sized Dyson.”

“It cleans better than a Dyson?” My tone was carpeted with sarcasm. “There’s no way that little machine can out-suck my Dyson! Yes, tell them to send it!”

When our Rocket arrived, I must admit, I was skeptical. And my doubt only heightened when I read these words: Deep cleans better vs. a full size Dyson. That mouthful is printed on the box! “Blasphemy,” I thought.

Upon assembling my Rocket (which is quite simple to do), the first thing I noticed was how light it was. Heck, compared to our Dyson, it weighs nothing. The second thing I notice is how long its cord is—more than 30 feet in fact!—which is much longer than many of today’s leading uprights. Upon plugging my Rocket in and turning it on, the power that that little vacuum cleaner put out nearly propelled it from my grip. Already, I was impressed. Running it across the area rug in our living room, I was cautiously impressed.

And then, in time, I became downright obsessed with the Rocket! It’s an amazing machine. And trust me, I’ve owned, operated, or test-driven nearly every kind of vacuum cleaner ever invented, so I know a good vacuum cleaner when I feel one. And the Rocket™ FEELS great.


Here’s what impressed me most about the Rocket. First of all, it’s got some pick-up. Which surprised me, considering it’s so light-weight. I expected it to drag some across the surface of my carpets. But that didn’t happen. In fact, it’s pick-up is one of its features that takes a little getting used to. But soon, I fell in love with how it handled. It turns on a dime, swerving in and around places that a full-sized upright wouldn’t be caught dead in. I pushed it under the coffee table, in between the sofa and the end tables, around at least five Legos pieces my son left on the floor the night before. In fact, my initial experience with the Rocket™ (which lasted only a couple of minutes) was so euphoric that I immediately began writing a five-star review in my head.

Having vacuumed roughly half of our living room’s 8×10 rug, I turned the Rocket off. I needed to sit down on the couch because I was beginning to feel lightheaded from the Shark®-induced joy I was experiencing. Not only did the Rocket™ handle like no other vacuum cleaner I’d managed before, but the carpet looked fantastic, clean and less worn with all of its micro fibers standing at attention.

Still holding the Rocket, as I leaned back against the couch, my eyes caught a glimpse of the vacuum cleaner’s canister. It was nearly full! Seriously, FULL. Upon seeing how much dirt and dust the Rocket™ had sucked out of my carpet, I audibly gasped like one of those actors on infomercials who get paid to ooh, ah, and OMG! about products they know nothing about. Immediately, I got up from the couch, emptied the container’s contents into my trash and vacuumed the entire house.

I lost count how many times I filled up that canister. All I know is that I’d never had so much fun vacuuming in all of my life. At one point, after I’d finished cleaning all of the carpets, I remembered that I hadn’t vacuumed the stairs and that made me feel really happy. That evening, as Jessica was giving the kids a bath, I pulled out the Rocket™ and deep cleaned our stairs, the floors in our closets, and the places underneath our beds and Adeline’s crib.


And the Rocket™ is perfect for vacuuming these kinds of spaces. That’s because this upright is like a freakin’ Transformer, morphing from a lightweight upright into a powerful mini-sized vac that’s ideal for stairs, cars, vans, boats, and more. Rocket™ also comes with several attachments: one for corners, one for upholstery, one for hardwood and/or tile floors, and one for small hard-to-reach spaces. The attachment for corners is perhaps my favorite, only because the Rocket™ is so lightweight that I’m able to reach-and-clean spots that normally go unnoticed.

IMG_1000I know what you’re thinking, that I’m starting to sound like a dang infomercial. And you’re right. I am. (And I’m unashamed, mostly because I stinkin’ love infomercials!) But truly I’m sounding like that because I’m truly impressed with the power and versatility of the Rocket™. In fact, I’m so impressed that I’ve already told Jessica that I want their entire line of affordable floor-cleaning machines.

The only frustrating part about the Rocket™ is that amazing 30-foot cord I mentioned earlier. And trust me, the lengthy cord is AMAZING, that is, until you’re using it as a hand-held vac. The cord then becomes a bit cumbersome to carry around. But so far, that’s my only complaint.

RocketIf you’re looking for a versatile and affordable vacuum clean that deep cleans better than most uprights I’ve used, the Rocket™ is a fantastic option. I think you’ll be quite impressed by this machine’s suction, pick-up, and surface adaptability.

In fact, you might find yourself purposefully making messes just so you can get Rocket™ out and clean it up. Not that I’ve ever done that.

Okay… but only once.

{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

Christine McLaughlin December 9, 2013 at 8:07 am

I think I need one of these vacuums,ha. It sounds fantastic.


Kayla Aimee December 9, 2013 at 8:49 am

Oh my gosh. Matthew. This was the best vacuum review I have ever read.


jessicaturner December 9, 2013 at 9:24 am

I told him it was one of the best review posts I have ever read. Period. :)


Jo-Lynne {Musings of a Housewife} December 9, 2013 at 9:11 am

You had me at “emotional susceptibility to receiving a new vacuum cleaner” . . . LOL!!! It sounds fabulous.


Sarah K December 9, 2013 at 9:15 am

Well, doggonit. Now I have to Pin one of these to my “Gift Ideas for Me” board on Pinterest. :)


jessicaturner December 9, 2013 at 9:24 am

For real.


ThatGuyKC December 9, 2013 at 9:16 am

Haha! Love it. I grew up w/ the vacuuming responsibilities too and it’s probably my favorite household chore (I hate mowing).

We have a newer vacuum (don’t recall the brand), but it’s big, heavy and cumbersome. May have to give the Rocket a test drive soon.

Great review! I’m sold.


jessicaturner December 9, 2013 at 9:24 am

Big, heavy and cumbersome are words that would never be used to describe the Rocket. You’d love it!


Zarba February 15, 2015 at 3:15 pm

Got to say the review his spot-on. My wife, who generally hates to vacuum, loves this machine. I, as the resident vacuum freak, also love it. An awesome vacuum. Love the Rocket.


John F December 9, 2013 at 9:20 am

It’s not as cute as Numatic’s Henry, though!

How is the dust canister removal/empty/re-attach experience? I used to use a 1000W Vax ‘tub’ design all the time, which was great with its re-usable cloth bag and cloth filter, but the dust was not well contained during the emptying process and the bag and filter did deteriorate a bit over time.

I have also used a 2000W Electrolux upright that was pretty good, but the wattage seemed excessive and it generated a lot of heat. Plus, the main body of it would get statically charged and dust would cling to it.


jessicaturner December 9, 2013 at 9:27 am

Yes, Henry is pretty cute, I’ll give you that. But doesn’t look as functional – and definitely more pricey.

As you can see in the photo, the dust canister opens from the bottom and easily empties. I don’t know what you mean by “well-contained” – it’s a canister vacuum so there is no bag. We typically will empty into into the trash and take the bag right out so that dust isn’t just sitting there.

We haven’t had the vacuum long enough to comment on the filter.

Hope this helps!


Katie December 9, 2013 at 9:48 am

“got sucked right up to heaven!”- DYING!! Ha! Can see Matthew saying that! Does he hire out?

How well does this miracle machine transition to bare floors?


jessicaturner December 9, 2013 at 9:53 am

Sorry, Katie, but Matthew’s vacuuming skills stay at our house! :)

It doesn’t GREAT on bare floors. It has two settings – one for carpet and one for rugs/bare floors. We have both in our home and have used it on them all.


Leigh Kramer December 9, 2013 at 9:55 am

This is a truly impressive review, Matthew. Not only would I consider buying a Rocket, I am suddenly viewing vacuuming in a brand new light. I don’t currently own a vacuum as I don’t have any carpet in my home- I just sweep and Swiffer. But imagine what this handy gadget could do…

You should really consider going into infomercials.


Vicki Lee December 9, 2013 at 11:14 am

This review requires that I RUN to Target over lunch and buy this machine! I, too, love my Dyson and cannot imagine anything cleaning better than it does. Based on Mathew’s review, I’m a believer:)

Thank you for the incredible review.


James December 9, 2013 at 11:40 am

Awesome review… can I have your dyson?


victoria December 9, 2013 at 2:57 pm

haha your hubby’s great!


Laura O'Donnell December 9, 2013 at 4:34 pm

a great review!


Annie Downs December 9, 2013 at 6:25 pm

I. Am. Laughing. And I want that vacuum.


Diana Trautwein December 9, 2013 at 6:52 pm

This review is a revelation! And it has NOTHING to do with the Rocket. Matthew, who knew?? What a star.


amy @teachmama December 9, 2013 at 8:07 pm

I must admit: I’m intrigued. I feel like I might be married to Matthew’s long-lost twin brother out here in Maryland. . . my husband is the SAME exact way about vacuuming. But we LOVE, love, love our Kenmore canister.

Could the SHARK really swim circles around our Kenmore? Will we try the SHARK and soon send our Kenmore out to the wilds of Craig’s List? This is an emotional review. I’m verrrrry curious. Will have to check it out.


sue December 10, 2013 at 1:05 pm

what is the model no of your shark rocket. were there any attachments. thanks


jan January 20, 2014 at 5:28 am

Great review. I currently have an older Dyson Animal and it has lost suction. I had carried it upstairs and man it is heavy. Coming down the stairs with it the thing disengaged the body from the handle and it went clunkety, clunk, clunk, and ended with a thud down the stairs. And I was carrying as it states to carry to carrying. Ever since then it has not been the same. I watched the info commercial too and am thinking about purchasing it, the only problem I am wondering about are the vacuuming of blinds. I always vacuum my blinds before dusting them. The commercial says it weighs 8 lbs. I can’t imagine holding up 8 lbs to vacuum all my blinds. The attachment on the commercial does not look like it would clean the blinds as well as the brush attached to a hose on a vacuum. Have you tried it on blinds? If so what are your thoughts? Thanks for any time you have to respond to this.


jan January 20, 2014 at 5:34 am

Well no way to edit what I just wrote. Suppose to read: And I was carrying it as it states to carry it.


John E. Birch February 22, 2014 at 8:55 am

I bought one of these from Walmart after having seen the infomercial a few nights before. My Walmart only had one left in stock so I grabbed it quick as lightning before the greedy people could get to it. I am a fan of Dyson. In fact, I have their Hot/Cold bladeless fan to prove it. A superb heating fan, but a subject for another time. The point is I have really wanted a Dyson vacuum cleaner based on my experience with their $300 (on sale) priced fan. But now the Shark had caught my eye and I broke off my engagement with Dyson and took the Shark Rocket home. It was passion, even lust, but was it love?

The hardest part about setup is mounting the wall bracket for optionally hanging the Rocket. Hung on the wall bracket the Rocket takes up no room at all. I snapped the Rocket together in certainly less than 5 minutes. Then test drive time baby! Oh yes that cord is long. I have fair sized apartment and found an outlet I could reach the entire apartment from. Then I put the key in the ignition, reased the power switch into position and I was screaming “Auntie Em! Auntie Em! It’s a twister!”
This puppy is so powerful it warps time and space around the inlet. It’s a compact Pratt and Whtney JT-9D Turbo Fan just like they use on 747’s. Most of my apartment is bare wood so I drove the Rocket race car style, complete with drifts, around the edifice. I hit the bedroom last, which is carpeted, and oh my dog! The Rocket about tore out of my hand the moment the Rocket touched the threads. The task complete, I emptied the dust can, then collapsed on my couch shaking about the most incredible vacuum experience of my life.


1. I don’t get any thrill from Vacuuming.
2. I do get a thrill from well built, over engineered, power tools.

I hope you try one, and tell others about the Shark Rocket too. I wish you would, you see, it’s lonely at the top.


Merry February 22, 2014 at 11:41 am

I just saw the Shark Rocket infomercial for the first time, so I googled reviews for it (I always have to check out the reviews before I buy). I’m in the market for a good vacuum that will clean cat hair (I have 9 cats!), litter and more. I was going to get the rotater but they raised the price before I got the deal, and I guess I’m glad now. After that review I do believe I’ll get right on it before they raise this price as well.

But can anyone tell me….how good does it actually do with cat hair and litter?

Thanks…and I LOL at that review. He should be a writer for infomercials :)


jessicaturner February 23, 2014 at 5:05 am

Sorry, we don’t have pets, so I don’t know…


Sarah April 20, 2014 at 3:56 am

Scroll down. I went into detail in my own experiences with the machine.


Cindy February 23, 2014 at 10:02 am

I saw infomercial on CNBC today the Shark Rocket looks fantastic I did read review some place where it’s not recommended. I need a new vacuum I hope other people who have this vacuum let me know how they like it.


Peggy February 28, 2014 at 2:58 pm

I just bought one and like it for the carpet, but it does not pick up debris in our entry way at all! Like little rocks from outside. Very disappointed in that!


Debby March 29, 2014 at 9:48 pm

Omg best review ever. Just ordered one and sendind my cordless dyson back. It was about twice as much and for that, i’ll live with a cord. Hate cleaning but love my vacs


Terri Sinclair April 8, 2014 at 10:22 am

Pet Hair??? how does it work on Pet hair, I have two cats and live in the desert. So sand and pet hair pick up are very important. Thanks


jessicaturner April 9, 2014 at 7:04 am

Sorry, we don’t have pets. You might look on Amazon for other reviews.


Sarah April 20, 2014 at 3:55 am

It works AMAZING on kitty fur. My cat is medium haired so her fur gets everywhere. This little beast picked up all the fur my old big upright had left behind.


bigdood April 14, 2014 at 7:13 am

Well, the company is now offering a “$100” steam cleaner and a LIFETIME warranty with aid shipping both ways. Sounds like they are just as confident about the Shark Rocket. I currently have a Dyson Ball, but I am willing to shelve it if this vacuum is as good as everyone says! THANKS for your humorous review… I laughed about a vacuum cleaner review? That says it all.


Sarah April 20, 2014 at 3:53 am

I just bought this little powerhouse today because my old little stic vac I had been using for my kitchen and bathroom (my big upright just spits the dirt and kitty litter back at me) had finally died a horrible horrible death. I felt that I should invest in something a bit better this time, but was still super wary of the price tag. I got it anyway, went home, and snapped it right together.
The first thing I did was attach the vac and dust head for the hardwood floors in my kitchen to get up all the kitty litter the old vac had decided to spew all over the floor. It was like watching, and feeling, a new floor come out! It picked up every last bit of litter and yuck and the dust pad picked up the more fine dust/dirt. In fact, I was so impressed with how it cleaned my kitchen floors I decided to attach the main vacuum head and have a go at my living room despite having just vacuumed it the day before.
We’ll let me say that my old big upright that I thought was doing such a fantastic job of cleaning my carpets…WASN’T. This little machine not only almost took off without me, but it picked up gobs and gobs of kitty fur and dirt my old machine had left behind. And not to mention even with the beater brush going full steam ahead, the transition from carpet to tile was amazing with no kickback or dirt flying at me. Just flick the switch to lower power and keep on going. And let’s not even mention this little, agile thing can fit into and swivel around spaces that I haven’t been able to vacuum properly in EVER.
So when I thought I was just replacing my little hardwood floor vac, I actually ended up replacing my big upright too.
I myself am almost tempted to buy another one just in case mine now ever poops out, that’s how much I fell in love with it in under 30 mins.


Leigh Anne June 23, 2014 at 10:57 pm

About a year ago we bought a new vacuum cleaner that died recently. It had good reviews but couldn’t handle our carpet & pet hair – and honestly I was never thought it did a good job cleaning our carpets. As soon as our old vac bit the dust I remembered your review (I wanted to buy it right when I read this but my husband was against it since we had just gotten a new one). I decided to bite the bullet and go with the Rocket and after 10 minutes of using it I’m hooked!!! My carpets have never looked better, should have bought it right after this review. Thanks so much for saving my carpets!


Marilyn July 5, 2014 at 7:54 am

Just purchased the shark rocket vacuum. Finally I have the best vacuum. The light and strong suction of his vacuum is fabulous. The ability to separate the smaller section for stairs and the cars is so easy and still has great suction. The attachments are numerous a device to clean the hardest or smallest area. No bags to replace yah! I could go on and on to how much I love this vacuum. Oh yes the convenient hanger on the wall to hang it up so handy. It also was very affordable. Thank you shark for creating a vacuum that is so efficient.


Angie September 15, 2014 at 2:02 pm

I ordered the Shark while watching the infomercial one day. I never order stuff like that but something about their ad moved me. I used it yesterday and was absolutely amazed. It’s the best vacuum cleaner I’ve ever used. I have two cats and it sucked up enough hair out of the carpet to make at least two more full size cats! I also used it on my blinds which was always very cumbersome with my old vacuum. It took five minutes to take care of all my kitchen blinds. I just stood in the kitchen with my mouth hanging on the floor…then I used the steam mop they sent as a gift to clean up my slobber. When you first take it out of the package you think there is no way this little thing is going to clean well but you will be pleasantly surprised. It actually made me WANT to vacuum which is surely a sign of the apocalypse. It’s lightweight and has so many attachments I firmly believe it IS a transformer in disguise. Guys, I even dusted my tables and lamp shades with this thing. It is simply amazing.


shannon March 24, 2015 at 4:18 pm

Just found this brand new at a local store for $75! Looked up reviews while I was in the store. Saw this review and bought it. Can’t wait to try it out! I love everything electronics!


Susan May 2, 2015 at 3:31 pm

Dear Matthew,
You and I are completely on the same page regarding the rockin’ Shark Rocket! As a wife to a man who tracks in more dirt than “Big Foot” and a mom to a lovely daughter, who seems to role play “Gretel” on a daily basis – leaving a trail of crumbs in her wake, wherever she goes…not to miss mentioning, we have FIVE furry family indoor members (4 cats & a dog)…well!; let’s just say vacuum cleaners are as vital to me as the air I breathe!! I have tried ’em all and years ago, after I bought my very first Shark vacuum, I was hooked! The Navigator, then the Rotator and finally (victorious trumpet sound, please) the Rocket!!
I talk about the Shark Rocket’s magnificent cleaning suction so much to my family and friends, they are absolutely convinced I secretly work for the company, that is, except for the ones who have purchased one for themselves and have…
SEEN THE CLEAN!! (Get it? Like, “seen the light”?)
I won’t go on about the many, many other Shark products I own, otherwise this comment I’m texting will turn into a longer saga than it already seems to have evolved into. I will end with this: Matthew, it was refreshing to read your enthusiastic, comical and very accurate review and realize I am not the sole number 1 fan of the Shark Rocket, like the character Kathy Bates played in Stephen King’s ‘Misery’ novel! 😊😉. (& boy, I would be BEYOND elated to try out any new Shark product for free and then be given the opportunity to write a review for it!)…hint…hint…


Valiee Loring July 16, 2015 at 1:53 am

Last night I watched an infomercial and the price they are selling this vac for is $200. The stores I checked are selling the same vac with all the attachments for $159.

So, what does that say? If you buy it on TV it will cost $41.00 more.
And that folks is a rip off!!


Jim Bertucci October 5, 2016 at 11:38 pm

I truly hope Jessica or any other poster can help me. We just finished the last 2 rooms in our house. No more carpet. For 20 years though we have had unbelievable dust. My only concern is the dust. I have watched the info commercial many times and I am bought on picking up objects.

Will it picked up the microscopic hated dust particles.

THANKS so much


jessicaturner October 10, 2016 at 8:13 pm

We don’t see any dust on our floors!


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