During our moving process I purged A LOT of things, including an old bulky vacuum and a DustBuster. My husband fought tooth and nail to keep our dirty old DustBuster but I wasn’t having it. It smelled. It was hard to clean. The battery lasted for 53 seconds. It was time for it to go. The vacuum we got rid of was a bagged vacuum that smelled like something was burning each time we turned it on. I needed to find something that better suited our lifestyle and our new home, which now had a set of stairs to clean. After doing a ton of research, I saw a commercial about the new Shark Rocket vacuum. What drew me in the most was the compact motor size and the handheld ability. This little machine seemed to pack a punch, so I decided to put it to the test.
The first thing I noticed right out of the box was that it came with a lot of pieces. I should rephrase, it came with a lot of attachments. One for every job in the house, and even a nifty storage bag to keep everything together. The next thing I noticed was the super long cord. The downside to this vacuum being used as a handheld vac not being cordless was completely outweighed by the fact that the cord was long enough to take me through half each floor of my home.
My favorite attachment is the dust away piece which acts as a duster on various surfaces. It combines a microfiber attachment along with vacuum suction to clean up dust and bigger particles at the same time. I use this took for a huge stained glass window by my stairway, as well as general cleaning of my hardwood floors. The tool we get the most use out of is the crevice tool which gets into hard to reach corners behind and under the couch and cabinets.
The benefit of having such a small vacuum is the ability to get under furniture. I no longer need to take out an arsenal of cleaning supplies to clean my floors. The Shark Rocket does the job of a broom and vacuum combined. When it’s time to clear out the dust from the machine, a simple push of a button over the garbage and it all comes out. Easy peasy!
My initial concern of the vacuum was the small canister to hold dirt but I will be completely honest- unless you haven’t cleaned your house in a year, or you have heavy shedding pets, there is no reason to have a huge canister. You don’t want all that dirt lying around anyway!
All in all I’m thoroughly satisfied with the Shark Rocket. It was made for our lifestyle, with easy mobility, various attachments, portability, and ease of cleaning stairs. Now, if Shark made the Rocket with an automatic retractable cord, it would be a match made in heaven!