Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro Plus Review
Pros: Good with tough messes, great with pet hair
Cons: So-so battery life
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|Pros||Good with tough messes, great with pet hair||Great for getting those hard-to-clean areas, good value||Fantastic at picking up pet hair, great value||Great for tough messes, inexpensive||Very compact, inexpensive|
|Cons||So-so battery life||Lackluster battery life, takes two hands to operate, loud||Not the best for tight spaces, can't clean small gaps or corners||Not great with pet hair||Struggles with tough messes and pet hair|
|Bottom Line||This product is great with difficult messes but doesn't have the longest battery life or make it all that easy to clean in tight crevices||A great all-around vacuum that excels at cleaning hard-to-reach areas and pet hair||This vac excels at picking up pet dander and is a great choice for those that don't want to spend a ton||This vacuum is impressive with tougher messes and won't break the bank, though it has a few shortcomings||We think this is a great choice if you are looking for a highly portable or compact option for cleaning up light messes|
|Rating Categories||Shark UltraCyclone...||Black+Decker Flex V...||Bissell Pet Hair Er...||Black+Decker HHVI32...||Bissell AeroSlim|
|Dust & Dirt (20%)|
|Tough Messes (20%)|
|Hard To Reach Areas (20%)|
|Battery Life (15%)|
|Pet Hair (10%)|
|Specs||Shark UltraCyclone...||Black+Decker Flex V...||Bissell Pet Hair Er...||Black+Decker HHVI32...||Bissell AeroSlim|
|Measured Weight (no tool)||2.3 lbs||3 lbs||2.6 lbs||2.4 lbs||1.2 lbs|
|Measured Weight (with heaviest tool)||2.7 lbs||3.1 lbs||3 lbs||N/A||1.3 lbs|
|Dust Capacity||0.43 L||0.5 L||0.73 L||0.61 L||0.1 L|
|Measured Runtime||Without motorized brush: 13 min 39 sec
With motorized brush: 14 min 49 sec
|15 min||Without motorized brush: 20 min 42 sec
With motorized brush: 17 min
|15 min 24 sec||15 min 23 sec|
|Charge Time||2.75 hours||4 hours||8 hours||13.5 hours||2.75 hours|
|Measured Noise (at arms length)||77.4 dBa||82.5 dBa||71.4 dBa||83 dBa||74 dBa|
Our Analysis and Test Results
This product is one of the better options out there when it comes to picking up pet hair, buoyed by the fact that it includes a pet hair-specific attachment with a rotating brush.
Dust & Dirt
We started off our testing process by looking at how each handheld vacuum did with typical dust and dirt. We used flour statically bound to a smooth surface and caked-on dirt to assess performance, as well as how easy it was to clean up coffee grounds from the top of a baseboard and window sill with the brush attachment. The Pet Pro Plus fared very well in this set of tests, meriting one of the better scores in our lineup.
This vacuum took around 27 seconds to completely remove all the flour from our testing surface — slightly faster than average. The shorter, stiffer bristles on the brush attachment left some streaks on the first pass, forcing us to complete a second to clean it fully.
The larger brush head with shorter bristles also makes it a little awkward to clean small ledges and sills, so it's a bit more of a struggle to clean a baseboard than with other vacuums. This makes it a bit harder to clean in tight corners, as do the rounded brush corners. However, this brush made it very easy to remove caked-on dirt and mud. The stiff bristles easily loosened the dirt with minimal scrubbing actions, making for quick work of the mess.
Next, we moved past the typical messes and tried these vacuums with some more difficult tasks. We used flour and crushed oats on a couch cushion and carpeted car mat, and Mini-Wheats cereal to see how the vacuums handled larger particles. We also measured the airspeed of each product using an anemometer for some side-by-side objective results. The Pet Pro Plus again did very well, earning an excellent score.
The motorized brush on this model made fairly quick work of removing the flour from couch cushions, doing a noticeably better job than other products without a motorized attachment. It also did very well at extracting the flour from car mats, though we think that a bristle brush might have done a bit better job than the plastic fins on the motorized attachment.
The Pet Pro Plus did even better with the crushed oats, delivering one of the best showings of the entire group. It easily removed all the larger pieces, only leaving behind a few minuscule fragments and some dust. It also did very well with the Mini-Wheats, having a sufficiently large opening.
This vacuum finished out with a slightly below-average performance in our anemometer test, only clocking in around 1000 feet per minute, with the average being closer to 1300 fpm. That said, many factors can influence this, so it isn't necessarily a direct reflection of cleaning performance.
After our cleaning challenges, our next assessment looked at how easy it is to clean in confined areas, like cracks and crevices. We vacuumed a window track, underneath car seats and appliances, and under a nightstand for our test cases.
This vacuum got off to a solid start with the window track, sucking up all the loose debris in just a single pass. Unfortunately, the bulkier attachments meant that it didn't clean under appliances or furniture very well. We were only able to reach 4-5 inches under a simulated oven and nightstand gap, 1.25" and 3", respectively.
Our next series of tests focused on the cordless aspect of these handheld vacuums, with scores based solely on their battery runtime. We ran each product on maximum power and timed how long it took to deplete a fully charged battery. The Pet Pro Plus yielded lackluster results. On average, these vacuums last for around 17.5 minutes on a single charge, but the Pet Pro was usually less than 14 minutes.
For this metric, we focused on the weight and noise levels of each product, as well as the ease of emptying the collection bin and storing the attachments. The Pet Pro Plus is about average in weight, tipping the scales at 2.3 pounds without any of the tools attached. With the heaviest tool, it weighs 2.7 pounds.
The Pet Pro Plus is also fairly typical for noise level, measuring in at 77.4 dBa on our meter. However, this increased to 81 dBa when using the motorized attachment. Both of these measurements were taken at about an arm's length away from the vacuum and are completely average for this type of vacuum.
The dust collection bin is a bit on the smaller side at 0.43 liters, but it makes up for this by being very easy to empty. Simply press a button while holding the vacuum over a trash can, and the bin pops open.
Our only real complaint is that there isn't any integrated storage for three attachments, which can be a bit of a pain.
Our last set of tests looked at how the Pet Pro Plus did at picking up pet hair — one of the more difficult tasks for these types of products. We laid out pet hair on a couch cushion and a section of floor mat from a car. This vacuum, no surprise, had one of the better showings of the bunch, earning it an excellent score for this metric.
The motorized brush easily removed 99% or more of the hair from the couch cushion in less than a minute, requiring 1-2 passes to clean the surface. It works well, to the point where we wouldn't dread using it to clean an entire couch. It did similarly well with the car mat, though a few hairs embedded themselves in the carpet and eluded the motorized rubber fins, no matter how many cleaning passes we made.
Unfortunately, we don't think of this product as a great value, as the price tag is rather high. If your primary focus for seeking out a handheld vacuum is removing pet hair, this is a decent option, though not our favorite.
Overall, the Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro Plus has plenty of cleaning power but isn't the most convenient to use. We generally might suggest other options over this one, particularly when you consider the relatively higher price tag.
— Austin Palmer and David Wise