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Shark AI Ultra Robot Vacuum Review

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Adept cleaning, particularly on hard floors, plus mopping functionality and laser navigation, make the Shark AI Ultra a worthwhile contender for those seeking convenience, though it is quite loud and has a low suction force.

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Table of Contents

Product Snapshot

Overview

The Shark Al Ultra Robot Vacuum was announced in 2022 as a mid-tier release with a self-emptying base. This robot vacuum can map the cleaning area for better control plus scheduling on the app and uses blasts of air for edge cleaning (CleanEdge Technology); like most highly-rated vacuums, it has an allergen-trapping HEPA filter for better cleaning, uses LiDAR navigation and supports voice control through its app. Check out our list of the best robot vacuums for alternatives that last longer.

Consensus

our Verdict

The Shark AI Ultra robot vacuum excels in cleaning performance, particularly on hardwood floors, boasting a remarkable 99.8% debris removal rate and 95.75% pickup on carpet. This performance places it in the top third of robovacs in our certified, tested list. Its navigation skills are also commendable courtesy of its laser navigation sensor, which allows it to maneuver through cluttered areas successfully. Battery life is strong, at around three hours, and at its noisiest, the Al Ultra gets as loud as 67.3 dB and has a battery life of up to 172 minutes.

However, noise output is a fairly high 79.8 dB, which makes it one of the loudest on our certified, tested list. The bagless auto-empty station and effective mopping capability enhance convenience, although there are occasional issues with complete emptying, and the app can be confusing. Overall, this vacuum offers a compelling solution for those seeking affordable multifunctional cleaning. Its tested suction of 2100 Pa is on the low side for a mid-range robot vacuum.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Impressive navigation capabilities
    • The Shark AI robovac has a laser navigation sensor that allows for effective object avoidance, great maneuverability, and laser mapping for accurate cleaning.

    • However, its mapping system is not as fast as robovacs which have a LIDAR mapping sensor.

  • Effective cleaning performance
    • The Shark AI robovac removes up to 99.8% and 95.73% of debris from bare floors and carpets, earning it a top-third placement on our list of certified tested robovacs.

  • Large canister size
    • The Shark AI Ultra has a fairly large 0.76-liter dirt canister size, which can hold a considerable amount of debris.

  • Good battery life
    • The Shark AI robovac has a fairly long 172-minute battery life, which is great for cleaning large spaces.

Reason to Avoid

  • Loud operation
    • The Shark Al Ultra has a fairly high noise output of 79.8 dB, which earns it a below-average rating compared to other alternatives on our list.

  • Low suction force
    • The Shark AI also has a low 2100 Pa suction force compared to alternatives in its category.

Shark AI Ultra Robot Vacuum Specs

Auto Docking & RechargingAuto Docking & Recharging
BaglessBaglessYes
Bin CapacityBin Capacity0.1 gal
Carpet Height AdjustmentsCarpet Height AdjustmentsAutomatic
Cleaning Path WidthCleaning Path Width5.72”
Cliff SensorCliff SensorYes
Compatible Floor TypeCompatible Floor TypeAll floors
Corded/CordlessCorded/CordlessCordless
Filter TypeFilter TypeOther
HypoallergenicHypoallergenicYes
Mop FeatureMop Feature
PetPetYes
Product WeightProduct Weight13.1 lbs
Room-by-Room navigationRoom-by-Room navigationYes
Self-EmptyingSelf-EmptyingNo
Sensor TypeSensor Type
Smart AppSmart App
Vacuum TypeVacuum TypeRobotic
Wet And Dry UsageWet And Dry UsageYes
Works WithWorks WithAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant

All Specs

Test Results

Bare Floor Performance (% of Debris Cleaned)99.8
Carpet Performance (% of Debris Cleaned)95.75
Pet Hair Performance (% of Debris Cleaned)0
Noise level (dB)79.8
Battery Life (Minutes)0

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Product Comparison

Shark AI Ultra Robot Vacuum Review

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Market Context

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The Shark Al Ultra Robot Vacuum was announced in 2022 as a mid-tier release with a self-emptying base. This robot vacuum can map the cleaning area for better control plus scheduling on the app and uses blasts of air for edge cleaning (CleanEdge Technology); like most highly-rated vacuums, it has an allergen-trapping HEPA filter for better cleaning, uses LiDAR navigation and supports voice control through its app. Check out our list of the best robot vacuums for alternatives that last longer.

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The Shark AI Ultra Robot is fitted with an anti-allergy HEPA filter, which the Shark AI Robot does not have. This makes the Shark AI Ultra preferable for individuals who suffer from allergens. The AI Ultra also comes with a LiDAR sensor that the Shark AI Robot misses out on for better navigation and, therefore, more effective cleaning. Also worth mentioning is that the Al Ultra robot has an automatic bag-emptying feature, while the Shark Al robot does not.

The Shark Al Ultra Robot Vacuum is superior to the Shark EZ Robot Self-Empty with its use of LiDAR technology for more precise mapping &…

The Shark Al Ultra Robot Vacuum is superior to the Shark EZ Robot Self-Empty with its use of LiDAR technology for more precise mapping & navigation, plus the presence of a HEPA filter. However, the Shark EZ has a 0.85-liter dirt compartment, while the Al Ultra has a smaller 0.76-liter compartment. Despite being the more expensive pick, the Shark Al is the better pick for thorough cleaning, but feel free to check out what else the Shark EZ has in store in our Shark EZ Robot Vacuum review.

The Shark Al Ultra Robot Vacuum has a HEPA filter, while the Roborock S7 does not, but the S7 can deal with wet messes by…

The Shark Al Ultra Robot Vacuum has a HEPA filter, while the Roborock S7 does not, but the S7 can deal with wet messes by mopping and boasts a slightly longer battery life. . Despite costing almost the same price, their dirt capacities also vary, as the Al Ultra has a larger dirt bin inside its charging dock, making it slightly better for cleaning larger spaces. The Shark AI also has a longer runtime, but here’s our Roborock S7 review if you’d like to learn more about it.

Auto Docking & Recharging

Yes

Yes

Yes

Bagless

Yes

Bin Capacity

0.1 gal

0.27 gal

0.27 gal

0.25 L, 0.35 L

Carpet Height Adjustments

Automatic

Unknown

Automatic

Automatic

Cleaning Path Width

5.72”

5.4"

5.7"

Unknown

Cliff Sensor

Yes

Yes

Yes

Compatible Floor Type

All floors

Carpet, Hardwoods

Carpet

Bare Floor, Carpet

Corded/Cordless

Cordless

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True Score

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Expert Scores

  • Modern Castle
    97.33

    Category Trust Rating

    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 Rating

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

    By:

    Adrienne So