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Shark Ai Robot Review

True Score

78
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Experts

80
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Consumers

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The Shark AI Robot delighted testers with its maneuverability and automation features. Testers liked how well the robot vacuum cleaned bare floors.

Unfortunately, its lack of a HEPA filter was disappointing, and its performance on low pile rugs was also not as pleasing. The Shark AI also struggled with pet dander.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The Shark AI Robot vacuum cleaner was announced in 2020 as an entry-level option capable of easily maneuvering under furniture thanks to its low profile.

Compared to both the best vacuum cleaners and the highest-rated robot vacuum cleaners on the market, its 0.3-liter dirt compartment is relatively small, but it does have fantastic battery life.

Its battery lasts up to 203 minutes before the next charge if used on Eco mode, which, as you’ll find out in our Shark Anti Allergen Pet Power review, is a lot higher than most.

When switched to Max mode, its powerful battery still delivers an impressive 90 minutes of runtime, which is ideal for cleaning medium to large size spaces.

It also ranks highly in our best shark robotic vacuum review for its low noise output since it only produces about 63.6 decibels.

Best For

  • Shark

Consensus

our Verdict

The Shark AI Robot was praised by top testers for its impressive maneuverability. Product reviewers from Rtings liked how it could clean through row-by-row patterns.

Their test results also showed that it cleaned bare floors well, clearing up to 85% of large and 98% of small debris. Specialists appreciated how easy it was to remote pilot through the SharkClean app.

They could switch between cleaning modes, schedule cleaning times, and create no-go zones to prevent it from going where it shouldn’t.

However, the Shark AI doesn’t come with a HEPA filter, and this is also true with the Samsung Powerbot R7040 (check out our Samsung Powerbot R7040 review for more similarities).

They also didn’t like its carpet performance, as it could only clean up 65% and 35% of large and small debris. Its pet hair pick-up was also not as good as what we found out in our Shark EZ Robot Self Empty AV911S review, picking up 56% and 61% of pet hair on high and low pile carpet.

Reason to Buy

  • Great maneuverability
  • Intuitive app control
  • Low noise output
  • Great battery life
  • Good build quality

Reason to Avoid

  • Small 0.3-liter dirt compartment
  • No HEPA filter
  • Impaired performance on low pile carpet

Shark Ai Robot Specs

Auto Docking & RechargingAuto Docking & RechargingYes
Bin CapacityBin Capacity0.27 gal
Carpet Height AdjustmentsCarpet Height AdjustmentsUnknown
Cleaning Path WidthCleaning Path Width5.4"
Cliff SensorCliff SensorYes
Compatible Floor TypeCompatible Floor TypeCarpet, Hardwoods
Filter TypeFilter TypeCloth, Washable
HypoallergenicHypoallergenicUnknown
Mop FeatureMop Feature
PetPetYes
Product WeightProduct Weight7.6 lbs
Room-by-Room navigationRoom-by-Room navigationYes
Self-EmptyingSelf-EmptyingNo
Sensor TypeSensor Type
Smart AppSmart App
Works WithWorks WithAmazon Alexa

All Specs

Test Results

Bare Floor Performance (% of Debris Cleaned)90.775
Carpet Performance (% of Debris Cleaned)70.125
Pet Hair Performance (% of Debris Cleaned)64.66
Noise level (dB)68.2
Battery Life (Minutes)133.5

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Shark Ai Robot Review

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Market Context

The Shark AI Robot vacuum cleaner was announced in 2020 as an entry-level option capable of easily maneuvering under furniture thanks to its low profile. Compared…

The Shark AI Robot vacuum cleaner was announced in 2020 as an entry-level option capable of easily maneuvering under furniture thanks to its low profile.

Compared to both the best vacuum cleaners and the highest-rated robot vacuum cleaners on the market, its 0.3-liter dirt compartment is relatively small, but it does have fantastic battery life.

Its battery lasts up to 203 minutes before the next charge if used on Eco mode, which, as you’ll find out in our Shark Anti Allergen Pet Power review, is a lot higher than most.

When switched to Max mode, its powerful battery still delivers an impressive 90 minutes of runtime, which is ideal for cleaning medium to large size spaces.

It also ranks highly in our best shark robotic vacuum review for its low noise output since it only produces about 63.6 decibels.

The Shark AI Robot has a remote control, while the iRobot Roomba i7+ does not. It has a longer run time of 203 minutes, while…

The Shark AI Robot has a remote control, while the iRobot Roomba i7+ does not. It has a longer run time of 203 minutes, while the i7+ only manages 74 minutes. The i7+ also has a larger 2.65-liter dirt compartment compared to the 0.3-liter dirt canister on the Shark AI.

The Shark AI Robot has a smaller 0.3-liter dirt compartment compared to the Shark IQ Robot RV1001, which has a 0.4-liter dirt bin. However, the…

The Shark AI Robot has a smaller 0.3-liter dirt compartment compared to the Shark IQ Robot RV1001, which has a 0.4-liter dirt bin. However, the Shark AI has a longer 203-minute run time compared to the RV1001, which lasts up to 164 minutes. The Shark AI also cleans up large debris on bare floors a lot better, as it boasts an 85% clearance rate compared to the RV1001, which only clears up to 17%.

The Shark AI Robot has a smaller 0.3-liter dirt compartment compared to the iRobot Roomba i3+ EVO, which has a 2.65-liter dirt bin. However, the…

The Shark AI Robot has a smaller 0.3-liter dirt compartment compared to the iRobot Roomba i3+ EVO, which has a 2.65-liter dirt bin. However, the Shark AI can keep running for up to 203 minutes, much longer than the 87-minute run time on the iRobot Roomba i3+ EVO.

Auto Docking & Recharging

Yes

Yes

Bin Capacity

0.27 gal

2.5 L

Carpet Height Adjustments

Unknown

Automatic

Cleaning Path Width

5.4"

Unknown

Cliff Sensor

Yes

Unknown

Compatible Floor Type

Carpet, Hardwoods

All floors

Filter Type

Cloth, Washable

HEPA

Hypoallergenic

Unknown

Unknown

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Score Card

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Expert Score

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Customer Score

80

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True Score

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Expert Score Breakdown

  • Rtings
    103

    Category Trust Score

    54
    The Shark AI Robot is a satisfactory option for bare floors. It can easily pick… read more

    By:

    Kyle Bartlett
  • Techgear Lab
    95.29

    Category Trust Score

    58
    The Shark AI missed the mark by exhibiting below-average performance across most of our tests… read more

    By:

    Jessica Riconscente
  • PC Mag
    70.9

    Category Trust Score

    80
    The Shark AI Self-Empty XL RV2502AE is a top-notch robot vacuum with double the bin… read more

    By:

    Angela Moscaritolo
  • Modern Castle
    97.33

    Category Trust Score

    96
    While it has a few cons, the Shark AI Ultra does a lot of things… read more

    By:

    Derek Hales
  • Wired
    31.76

    Category Trust Score

    80
    Multifunctional! Maps quickly and accurately. Mopping is effective and doesn’t get your floors wet. No… read more

    By:

    Adrienne So

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