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Shark Ion P50 Upright Review

True Score

77
77
3

Experts

79
3

Consumers

Product Awards

GR Certified

Expert Rankings

Experts were pleased with the versatility of the Shark ION P50 Upright. They lauded it for its exceptional bare floor and carpet cleaning performance and also appreciated its maneuverability.

However, its array of attachments is limited, and its suction force is low.

Table of Contents

Product Snapshot

Overview

The Shark ION P50 Upright is an entry-level upright vacuum released in 2018. It has a removable battery, and like most of the best vacuum cleaners, it is also equipped with an anti-allergy HEPA filter that filters out up to 99.999% of allergens.

The P50 has a decent 0.6-liter dirt canister that is larger than the 0.1-liter dirt bin on the Shark WS620, which we covered in our Shark Wandvac System WS620 review. Since it is also cordless, moving it around is very easy.

It is also fairly quiet, producing about 68.5 decibels on bare floors and 71.1 decibels on low-pile carpets. Owners will be able to choose between two cleaning modes (Floor and Carpet), but the P50 also has an ION BOOST power setting that can be used to increase suction power.

Its 57-minute battery life is also good, and since it is removable, owners can opt to buy two for a longer runtime.

Best For

  • Bagged

  • Quiet

Consensus

our Verdict

The Shark ION P50 pleased experts with its impressive cleaning performance across various surfaces. Reviewers from Rtings were delighted with how it cleaned bare floors, as their test results showed that it cleared up 91% and 97% of large and small debris consecutively.

They also tested it on rugs, where it picked up 85% of large debris from high-pile carpets and 91% of small debris from low pile rugs. This made it a better fit for rugs and hard floor cleaning than the Shark R76, whose test results are included in our Shark ION Robot R76 review.

Experts from Best Cordless Vacuum Guide liked that they could detach the dust canister and vacuum under furniture. It may not be as portable as testers wanted – see the Shark ION W1 WANDVAC vacuum review – but they still found it easy to maneuver.

However, reviewers didn’t like the limited array of attachments that the P50 shipped with. They also complained that its 0.36 kPa suction force was low and that many of its parts require maintenance.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Excellent for hard floor and carpet cleaning
  • Standard size dirt canister
  • Anti-allergy HEPA filter
  • Low noise output
  • Two power modes

Reason to Avoid

  • High user maintenance
  • Limited attachment tools
  • Low suction force

Shark Ion P50 Upright Specs

BaglessBaglessNo
Bin CapacityBin Capacity0.54 gal
Brush Roll Shut-OffBrush Roll Shut-OffNo
Carpet Height AdjustmentsCarpet Height AdjustmentsUnknown
Cleaning Path WidthCleaning Path Width10"
Compatible Floor TypeCompatible Floor TypeCarpet
Cord LengthCord LengthUnknown
Corded/CordlessCorded/CordlessCordless
Filter TypeFilter TypeHEPA, Washable
HypoallergenicHypoallergenicYes
PetPetYes
Product WeightProduct Weight12 lbs
Vacuum TypeVacuum TypeUpright vacuums
Wet And Dry UsageWet And Dry UsageUnknown

All Specs

Test Results

Bare Floor Performance (% of Debris Cleaned)97.2733
Carpet Performance (% of Debris Cleaned)83.7867
Pet Hair Performance (% of Debris Cleaned)97.66
Noise Level (dB)70.2

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Product Comparison

Shark Ion P50 Upright Review

True Score

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Ranking

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Market Context

The Shark ION P50 Upright is an entry-level upright vacuum released in 2018. It has a removable battery, and like most of the best vacuum…

The Shark ION P50 Upright is an entry-level upright vacuum released in 2018. It has a removable battery, and like most of the best vacuum cleaners, it is also equipped with an anti-allergy HEPA filter that filters out up to 99.999% of allergens.

The P50 has a decent 0.6-liter dirt canister that is larger than the 0.1-liter dirt bin on the Shark WS620, which we covered in our Shark Wandvac System WS620 review. Since it is also cordless, moving it around is very easy.

It is also fairly quiet, producing about 68.5 decibels on bare floors and 71.1 decibels on low-pile carpets. Owners will be able to choose between two cleaning modes (Floor and Carpet), but the P50 also has an ION BOOST power setting that can be used to increase suction power.

Its 57-minute battery life is also good, and since it is removable, owners can opt to buy two for a longer runtime.

The Shark ION P50 Upright has a 0.6-liter dirt compartment that is smaller than the 0.8-liter dirt bin on the Shark Vertex Pro, which we…

The Shark ION P50 Upright has a 0.6-liter dirt compartment that is smaller than the 0.8-liter dirt bin on the Shark Vertex Pro, which we covered in our Shark Cordless Vertex Pro Powered Lift-Away review.

The Vertex Pro also offers a 63-minute battery life that is slightly longer than the 57-minute runtime on the P50 and a higher suction force of 0.98 kPa, which is more than the 0.36 kPa offered by the P50.

The Shark ION P50 has a larger 0.6-liter dirt compartment compared to the Shark ION F80, which, as is evident in our Shark ION F80…

The Shark ION P50 has a larger 0.6-liter dirt compartment compared to the Shark ION F80, which, as is evident in our Shark ION F80 review, has a dirt bin that can hold about 0.28-liters of debris.However, the Shark ION F80 has a longer battery life of 77 minutes compared to the P50, which has a runtime of only 57 minutes. Still, the F80’s 420-minute charge time is much longer than the P50, which takes only 198 minutes to charge.

The Shark ION P50 Upright has a 0.6-liter dirt canister that is larger than the 0.35-liter dirt bin on the Dyson V7 Animal. The P50…

The Shark ION P50 Upright has a 0.6-liter dirt canister that is larger than the 0.35-liter dirt bin on the Dyson V7 Animal. The P50 also has a longer 57-minute runtime compared to the V7 Animal, which lasts only 33 minutes. However, the V7 is lighter to handle, as it weighs only 5.22 pounds compared to the P50, which weighs 12.13 pounds.

Bagless

No

Yes

No

Yes

Bin Capacity

0.54 gal

0.34 gal

0.1 gal

0.14 gal

Brush Roll Shut-Off

No

No

Unknown

No

Carpet Height Adjustments

Unknown

No

Automatic

Yes

Cleaning Path Width

10"

10"

8.6"

9.8"

Compatible Floor Type

Carpet

Carpet, Hardwoods

Carpet

All floors

Cord Length

Unknown

Cordless

Unknown

Cordless

Corded/Cordless

Cordless

Cordless

Cordless

Cordless

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Score Card

E

Expert Score

77

*.75

We place a 75% weighted value on Expert Test Scores

C

Customer Score

79

*.25

We place a 25% weighted value on Customer Scores

True Score

77

Any product with a True Score above 80 is a Absolutely Fresh

Expert Scores

  • Rtings
    103

    Category Trust Rating

    75
    The Shark ION P50 is great for bare floors. It’s fairly maneuverable and does a… Read More

    By:

    Jake Thauvette
  • Vacuum Cleaner Advisor
    83.26

    Category Trust Rating

    88
    “No bottom line found for this product” Read More

    By:

    Nigel Russco
  • Best Cordless Vacuum Guide
    79.65

    Category Trust Rating

    91
    The Shark ION P50 is an excellent option for individuals looking for a versatile upright-like… Read More

    By:

    Garrick Dee

Customer Scores