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Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro Plus Review

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
Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro Plus
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Price:   $100 List | $99.98 at Amazon
Pros:  Good with tough messes, great with pet hair
Cons:  So-so battery life
Manufacturer:   Shark
By Austin Palmer and David Wise  ⋅  Jan 11, 2022
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  • Dust & Dirt - 20% 8.0
  • Tough Messes - 20% 7.0
  • Hard-to-Reach Areas - 20% 5.0
  • Battery Life - 15% 6.0
  • Convenience - 15% 6.0
  • Pet Hair - 10% 6.0

Our Verdict

The Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro Plus is a solid handheld vacuum but not quite good enough to claim a top spot as a favorite vacuum. It performs well at cleaning up dust, dirt, and tougher messes, like pet hair, a particularly challenging task for these products. However, it falls a bit short in some other testing areas. Compared to others, it doesn't have the longest battery life and isn't the most convenient to use or the easiest to navigate in tight crevices or other confined spaces. If you care about cleaning more than convenience, it might not be the best for everyone.

Editor's Note: We updated this gear review on January 11, 2022, to include new sections on whether or not we would purchase this handheld vacuum and others we would consider.

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Pros Good with tough messes, great with pet hairGreat for getting those hard-to-clean areas, good valueFantastic at picking up pet hair, great valueGreat for tough messes, inexpensiveVery compact, inexpensive
Cons So-so battery lifeLackluster battery life, takes two hands to operate, loudNot the best for tight spaces, can't clean small gaps or cornersNot great with pet hairStruggles 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 crevicesA great all-around vacuum that excels at cleaning hard-to-reach areas and pet hairThis vac excels at picking up pet dander and is a great choice for those that don't want to spend a tonThis vacuum is impressive with tougher messes and won't break the bank, though it has a few shortcomingsWe 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%)
8.0
8.0
7.0
6.0
8.0
Tough Messes (20%)
7.0
6.0
8.0
7.0
4.0
Hard-to-Reach Areas (20%)
5.0
9.0
5.0
6.0
7.0
Battery Life (15%)
6.0
6.0
8.0
6.0
6.0
Convenience (15%)
6.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
Pet Hair (10%)
6.0
8.0
9.0
3.0
3.0
Specs Shark UltraCyclone... Black+Decker Flex V... Bissell Pet Hair Er... Black+Decker HHVI32... Bissell AeroSlim
Model Tested CH951 BDH2020FL 2390A HHVI320JR02 29869
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
Usage Type Dry Dry Dry Dry Dry
Dust Capacity 0.43 L 0.5 L 0.73 L 0.61 L 0.1 L
Wet Capacity N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
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
Charging Indicator? Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Washable Filter? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Measured Noise (at arm's length) 77.4 dBa 82.5 dBa 71.4 dBa 83 dBa 74 dBa

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro Plus is one of the better options out there for picking up tough messes and pet hair as it includes a pet hair-specific attachment with a rotating brush. But, compared to the group, its design lacks convenience, keeping it from a podium spot.

Performance Comparison


Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro Plus handheld vacuum - the included attachments with the ultracyclone.
The included attachments with the UltraCyclone.
Credit: Laura Casner

Dust & Dirt


We started our testing process by examining how each handheld vacuum managed typical dust and dirt. Our tests included cleaning up flour statically bound to a smooth surface, caked-on grime, and 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 remove all the flour from our testing surface, a slightly faster than average time. The shorter, stiffer bristles on the brush attachment left some streaks on the first pass, forcing us to complete a second to clean it thoroughly.

We used the more oversized brush head with shorter bristles to clean small ledges and sills, including a baseboard and tight corners. We noticed that the task was more difficult than others due to this tool's size and shape. However, this brush head made removing caked-on dirt and mud effortless. The stiff bristles loosened the grime with minimal scrubbing actions, making the overall clean-up quick.

Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro Plus handheld vacuum - the crevice attachment on the pet pro plus works well for dust and...
The crevice attachment on the Pet Pro Plus works well for dust and dirt.
Credit: Laura Casner

Tough Messes


Next, we moved past the typical messes and tested these vacuums with more involved tasks. We scattered flour and crushed oats on a couch cushion and carpeted car mat, as well as Mini-Wheats cereal to imitate larger particles. Additionally, we 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 pretty 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 efficiently removed all the larger pieces, only leaving behind a few minuscule fragments and some dust. Thanks to its sufficiently large opening, it also did very well with the Mini-Wheats.

This vacuum finished out with a slightly below-average performance in our anemometer test, only clocking in around 1000 feet per minute (fpm) of airflow, with the average being closer to 1300 fpm.

Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro Plus handheld vacuum - this isn't our favorite for hard-to-reach areas.
This isn't our favorite for hard-to-reach areas.
Credit: Laura Casner

Hard-to-Reach Areas


After our cleaning challenges, we looked at how easy the vacuum cleans confined areas, like cracks and crevices. We vacuumed multiple test locations, such as a window track, underneath car seats and kitchen devices, and under a nightstand.

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 limited how far it could 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.

Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro Plus handheld vacuum - this vacuum is very convenient to use but doesn't have the longest...
This vacuum is very convenient to use but doesn't have the longest runtime.
Credit: Laura Casner

Battery Life


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.

Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro Plus handheld vacuum - we love how easy it is to empty the dust bin.
We love how easy it is to empty the dust bin.
Credit: Laura Casner

Convenience


We compared each product's weight and noise levels for this metric, plus 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, and with the heaviest tool, it weighs 2.7 pounds.

Compared to others, the Pet Pro Plus is also relatively average for noise level, measuring 77.4 dBa on our meter, and this increased to 81 dBa when using the motorized attachment. We took these measurements roughly an arm's length away from the device.

The dust collection bin is a bit small at 0.43 liters, which is a disappointment, but it makes up for this by being very easy to empty. 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.

Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro Plus handheld vacuum - the pet pro plus, following suit with its namesake, is great at...
The Pet Pro Plus, following suit with its namesake, is great at removing pet hair.
Credit: Laura Casner

Pet Hair


Our last set of tests assessed how well the Pet Pro Plus picked up pet hair. Overall, this task can be difficult for handheld vacuums, but we think it's a critical performance component to know for pet owners. We laid out donated pet hair from a local pet groomer on a couch cushion and an automotive-style carpet sample. This vacuum, no surprise, had one of the better showings of the bunch, earning it an excellent score for this metric.

The motorized brush 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 dodged the motorized rubber fins, no matter how many cleaning passes we made.

Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro Plus handheld vacuum - the shorter and stiffer bristles aren't our favorites for dusting...
The shorter and stiffer bristles aren't our favorites for dusting but they do get the job done.
Credit: Laura Casner

Should You Buy the Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro Plus?


Overall, the Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro Plus has plenty of cleaning power but vacuuming hard-to-reach areas is one of its weaknesses. It's a decent option, and it will likely work for most needs, but with better performers in our lineup, as well as other cleaning machines on the market, we think a higher-scoring choice will provide greater user satisfaction.

What Other Handheld Vacuums Should You Consider?


The Black+Decker Flex Vac BDH2020FL has a higher price tag, but it is a better, across-the-board option than the Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro Plus. If you're able to spend the extra money, we think you'll be happy with this handheld vacuum.

Austin Palmer and David Wise
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