Y’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.
I 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.
If 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.