SHARK - Rocket DuoClean HV381 Bagless Upright Vacuum - Plasma blue

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Power through your weekly carpet clean with this Shark Rocket with DuoClean complete upright vacuum. It eliminates particles both large and small, and the deep-cleaning bristle brush breaks through embedded dirt to ensure a deeper clean. Plenty of space for debris ensures this Shark Rocket with DuoClean complete upright vacuum is practical for your everyday cleaning needs.

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • Duster crevice tool
    • Dusting brush
    • Shark Rocket DuoClean HV381
    • Upholstery tool
    • Wall mount storage hook

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (488 out of 507)

    Features


    Upright vacuum cleaner

    Remove dust, dirt and debris.

    Bagless technology

    Saves time and energy with no bags to buy or replace.

    DuoClean™ technology

    Presents a bristle brush to deep clean carpets, and an additional soft brushroll to pull in larger particles and directly engage floors for a polished look.

    Includes duster crevice tool, dusting brush, and upholstery tool

    For versatile above-floor cleaning.

    0.3-gallon dust cup

    Holds an amount of dirt, so you can empty it less.

    30' cord

    Enables you to clean a large area before needing to change outlets.

    Lightweight design

    Helps you transport the vacuum from room to room and floor to floor.

    600W input power

    For thorough cleaning performance.

    Powerful LED headlights on nozzle

    Allow to spot hidden debris throughout your home.

    Easy access brushroll garage

    For brushroll maintenance. Also, includes a hair removal tool.


    Customer rating

    4.6
    97%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best edge to edge cleaning I've seen!

      Posted
      Cupra
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      This vacuum cleaner has a lot to live up to, in this price point. This is not a 'throw away' vacuum. It is going up against some big name hitters in the vacuum world. First impressions, unboxing the vacuum, there are many combinations of cleaning attachments for just about any application you could think of, including what appears to be a unique, under the refrigerator attachment! Putting the vacuum together was quick and easy, even without reading the instructions. The vacuum is very compact, and to that end, it doesn't actually stand up on its own. So while vacuuming, I needed to just lay it down whenever moving the power cord. On to cleaning: This vacuum has possibly THE BEST edge to edge cleaning I have ever experienced in my years of owning vacuum cleaners, from $40 machines up to my current $400 machine. I was vacuuming over some carpet that still had vacuum lines in it from my previous machine, and I could visibly see this new Shark Rocket getting closer to the edge of furniture and along the walls in the house. That was very refreshing to see. So it definitely gets a 10/10 for edge to edge cleaning. This vacuum also has an array of LED lights on the front to help you see where you are cleaning, if you are going under furniture or are in tight corners, these lights become very useful indeed. And they are not limited to the brush head of the machine. If you remove the brush head to clean the stairs, there are more LED lights on the handle part of the vacuum that shine down on the stairs. Very neat touch. The canister is very small on this machine. Due to the nature of being hand held, I am sure that being cumbersome and heavy were not going to work in this style of machine, so a smaller canister is a necessity. The trump card of this vacuum, and can be seen in a photo is the ability to clean stairs. It is the right size and weight to make cleaning the stairs a complete breeze. The attachment works perfectly well picking up dog hair and regular household dust. This alone is a key selling feature for this machine. Stair cleaning ability: 10/10 The rubber grip handle was nice at first, but after an amount of time vacuuming, became somewhat uncomfortable. Not sure what the best resolve is, but that just didn't work for me. Cleaning and suction remained good through cleaning over 2000 sq ft of carpet. Transitions from hard wood to carpet to tile were a breeze. When I first powered up the vacuum, I didn't pay attention that it had two power settings, one for tile and one for carpet. So I was quite disappointed at first with it's carpet cleaning power, until I realized I was on the wrong setting. After adjusting the switch, full power turned on and I was up and running.. Maneuverability of this vacuum is great. It easily moves around furniture and has a very low profile for getting under tight spaces like sofas and beds. At times I wished that it had a slightly wider brush head on it and then other times I was thankful of the spaces that it could easily fit into. The Duoclean system is interesting. It has a small felt roller to pick up small particles and dust, and then a larger, regular brush roller to pick up larger particles. You could visibly see small dust particles in the cleaning canister and also in the brush head. So far I think it may make a difference, but this is a brand new home that I am cleaning, so there may still be just an amount of builders dust left in the carpet. Storage is a breeze as the main power unit disconnects and attaches to the base of the vacuum, or, should you so choose, a wall mounting bracket comes with the vacuum as well. Overall, this vacuum represents good value for money, with many attachments to help you with the task at hand.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great lightweight/versatile vacuum

      Posted
      Chuck
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      I really like this vacuum; it's easy to assemble, as easy to reassemble into other configurations (for different jobs), and almost enjoyable to use... as much as vacuuming can be enjoyable. I have two indoor cats, so I was eager to see how this vacuum would compare to my name brand canister as well my Shark upright that is billed as a 'pet' vacuum. The Rocket did very well. I unboxed the vacuum and was using it within 15 minutes. The first thing that struck me was how light the vacuum seemed compared to the upright Shark that I usually use. My first test was around the area where my cats' litter boxes are; they always seem to drag litter onto the tile floor. My other vacuums clean this area, but there are times when a few grains of litter will be missed on the first pass, especially along the grout lines. I engaged the lower speed on the Rocket, and what struck me was that it seemed much quieter than my other two vacuums. (I had a simple decibel meter, so I compared all three: the canister was around 90 decibels, the upright Shark was about 80 decibels and surprisingly, the Rocket was at 80 decibels (both speeds). I suppose the pitch of the motor is lower which makes it easier on the ears, but to me it seemed much quieter). The dual roller combination of the soft front roller and the ‘rear’ brush roller was amazing, and the swivel head (which my other two vacuums don’t have) made navigating the area MUCH easier. The dual led lights on the front of the sweeper head even helped see litter ‘dust’ on the tile. When I was done, every single grain of litter was picked up on the first pass; it looked as if I had wiped the tile with a rag! Next I moved to the stairs, which are carpeted and notorious for holding fur. I quickly removed the long metal wand and connected the sweeper head directly to the vacuum, making the whole unit easy to handle as I worked my way up the stairs… almost like a car-vac. I engaged the higher speed on the vacuum and got to work. I could actually feel the power head pulling my arm as it cleaned. There was one bothersome thing I noted; the sweeper head has about a ½”+ area on each side where it doesn’t clean (at least on this carpet). I understand this is because of the rotational mechanisms needed for the rollers are located at the outside edges, but I would think there would be some way to at least add suction to these areas so you didn’t have to go back over them with the wand or a crevice tool. Regardless, it was easy enough to vacuum what I could with the sweeper head and then switch to the crevice tool to do the edges (and it’s nice that the handheld portion of the vacuum has an led light as well); I was done with the steps (15) in 5 minutes or so. After this I emptied the dust cup and was pleased at the amount of fur it had picked up. I then decided I’d see how the long curved extension worked for getting under sofas, appliances, etc. It took a bit of getting used to, but it’s a great tool. After this first use, it was easy to clean both rollers and remove any fur that had been wound around the brushes. I haven’t installed the wall mount hanger for the Rocket, choosing instead to simply store it upright, but even that takes up nominal space. All in all, the Rocket is a nice lightweight tool. It has plenty of suction, is easier on the ears, and the thought that went into the design is clear to see. It’s easily the most versatile vacuum I have. Changing out attachments to convert it from one configuration to another is quick, making cleaning faster. There are a few things that might make it better; one being adding better cleaning ability at the edges of the motorized brush head (again, not a show stopper for me), and the other, possibly making a cordless version, although the cord on the Rocket is longer than my other vacuums and didn’t really impact its use in multiple rooms. I see no reason this vacuum shouldn’t be considered as an addition to your cleaning arsenal.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Really good vacuum for smaller size spaces.

      Posted
      Telstar
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      The Shark Rocket Complete HV381 is very well engineered. It's basically two units in one attractive package. Fully assembled, it is an upright vacuum cleaner that has a smaller (smaller than full-size) powered floor head with powered brush roller and an additional powered soft roller. Coupled with a two-speed power switch on the upper unit, this vacuum works very well on carpet or hard surfaces. You can get debris very close to your wall base trim as well. It has powerful suction for it's size, and there are no bags to buy since the Rocket uses a dust cup that detaches for emptying. It also comes with a full compliment of accessory tools for specialized cleaning needs. It has 30' of electrical cord so you have plenty to move around with. The powered floor head easily turns left and right and is designed to stay flat on the floor/carpet when turning. It is very maneuverable and smaller than a regular size upright so it can get in places and under places that a normal upright cannot. You can easily detach the upper powered unit from the floor unit while leaving the extension wand attached to the upper unit. From there you can attach any of the accessory cleaning tools to the end of the wand to provide added reach for above-floor cleaning. Of course, you can detach the wand from the upper unit and attached any of the accessory cleaning tools directly to the upper unit for closer in work such as for use on steps or furniture. One of the accessory tools is a under-appliance wand that is very flat so it will fit under such things as the kitchen stove and washer/dryers. This tool allows you to extend the flattened part for extra reach or shorten it according to you need. The Rocket comes with a wall mount should you desire to hang the whole unit up off the floor such as in a closet or storage area. As far as cleaning the Rocket, the floor unit comes apart in seconds so you can keep the rollers clean. It even has an on-board hair/string removal tool that makes cleaning the brush roller much quicker and simpler. There are two foam filters that the manufacturer recommends washing about once a month to keep suction at optimum levels. There are two things to keep in mind if you're considering purchasing the Rocket. The powered floor head is more narrow than a standard upright, which makes the Rocket more suitable to a smaller apartment/home. Even in a larger home, it will make an excellent vacuum for one floor while having another unit on a different floor. The second thing is that the upper powered unit is a little heavier than what you may be used to if all you use now is an upright. In a standard upright, all the weight is primarily in the floor unit with the bag and such attached above it. When you roll it around, the weight all rests on the floor portion of the upright. With the Rocket, some of the weight rests in the upper unit because it has the dust cup built in there as well as one of the motors for use for above-floor cleaning when the lower powered floor unit is detached. The upper unit weight is not great and is balanced on the rest of the unit while using it to vacuum floors/carpets. Just keep in mind that there is a little more weight in your hand than with a traditional upright. The weight isn't great, but you will notice it. Having said all that, this is a powerful, flexible vacuum unit that is easy to use and quite versatile.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Improvement on a Successful Product

      Posted
      aarondr
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      I'm an owner of a Shark Rocket vacuum (HV301). I was skeptical about the original purchase, but we wanted a vacuum for the main floor that was small and could handle the steps upstairs. It needed to do hardwood, and get under furniture. Our old vacuum was best for carpet, and while it did well, it was a heft to carry up and down stairs. This is where the original Rocket fit into our household. It worked very well in this roll, but eventually we went robotic for our day to day. Our primary compliant about the original Rocket was the size of the head. While it never loses suction as the advertisements will tell you, it just didn't cover much area and took a long time to clean our downstairs square footage. That, and the fact the dustbin was non-removable and extremely small meant that it was a bit of a pain to use. Shark certainly listened to these sort of complaints when designing the Rocket Complete. First of all, it retains the light-weight size that makes the Rocket series appealing. The floor head is the same size, but due to the dual brushes, it seems to require less re-sweeping. The first brush is microfiber, and the second is more of a bristle style. It also retains compatibility with the accessories from the first generation, so it's easy to add this to a Rocket household. One can never have to many vacuums around when little ones are running around. On that subject, my son is quite sensitive to vacuums, so it's really nice to see them keep the noise level to a minimum. The Rocket Complete is quieter and stronger than the original Rocket. Another improvement from the original is you can easily detach the floor head with your foot, instead of having to bend down. There is a foot switch that detaches it, so you can use the attachments without much effort. As for attachments, inside the box you'll find a upholstery tool, dusting tool, and crevice tool. Additionally there is a long wand that is designed to go under appliances. I can't tell you how much this excites me, as I know after moving a few appliances how nasty it can get under there. Don't expect the first time you use it to get everything, but if you keep using it, it'll do a great job getting a majority of the dust bunnies. My only complaint is with the crevice tool, which has a sliding dusting attachment. The attachment effectively limits the depth you can use the crevice tool to about 4". I might be missing something there, but while the attachment itself says its removable - but all I seem to be able to do is slide it back up. The Rocket Complete addresses another compliant I had, the dustbin being permanently attached to the motor. This made emptying the container cumbersome. My wife is sensitive to dust, so I lug the motor and all 30' of cord out to the garage and empty it into the trash out there. The Rocket Complete's dust bin detaches, making this a much easier feet to accomplish. Coupled with the fact it's nearly twice as big, its a huge usability improvement over the original Rocket. Additionally, there are LED lights on both the floor attachment and the vacuum base itself, which mades it easy to see those harder to pick up pieces or stains you might otherwise miss. So with robotic vacuums at my command, would I still want a Rocket Complete? Absolutely. This is probably the perfect companion to those with robots. It's small enough to easily store, it's easy to pull out and sweep, but it has the capacity to do a nice full cleaning and really dig out what those weaker vacuums cannot. It also fits in places they can't, and under appliances as well. I'm very impressed with this next generation, and like the direction Shark is going with the Rocket line.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Built to clean

      Posted
      Josh
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      I received this device in exchange for a review. This Shark is a lightweight but powerful and quite impressive vacuum. It outperformed the larger and more expensive high-end vacuum model that I already owned. Read below for more details. Coming out of the box, there was a healthy assortment of attachments. There is a crevice tool with dusting brush, a pet hair tool, an upholstery tool and even a wand for cleaning under appliances. The last tool was new to me, but I appreciated it a great deal after running it under my refrigerator. I haven't owned a vacuum in this configuration before, so I wasn't sure what to expect when I used it. I was pleasantly surprised. The style is what I would describe as modular. The actual vacuum portion is hand held. I can be attached to a wand, which can in turn be snapped into the lower portion with the brush rolls (motorized floor nozzle, according to the instructions). The different sections attach and detach quite easily and are well constructed. There are electrical connections between each part, so the brushes are motorized, not just powered by suction. This is also apparent in the LEDs on the front. It can be stored hanging on the included wall bracket, or the top can sit on a hook on the wand for more compact storage, which is nice. This device, unlike the others I own or have owned, is designed with maintenance in mind. There are clearly marked buttons and levers to remove every part to clean, from the filters on the canister to the two brush rolls. There is even a slot inside the brush compartment than stores a tool for removing hair, threads or other debris from the brush rolls. I was really impressed with that design point. On to performance, which is one of the key concerns, no matter how slick it looks or easy to maintain it is. I ran the vacuum on hardwood and carpet and was able to utilize the two different vacuum settings. There is one setting that is lower power for hardwood and area rugs. This cleaned quite well on the hardwood, although it required a little bit of care on the thin area rug I have in the entry. It tended to pick up the rug instead of rolling over it if I didn’t hold the rug down with my foot. Not a big deal. A neat feature is the LED lights on the floor nozzle. They are quite bright and help to see what is ahead. I didn’t realize at first, but I was missing some dust under my kitchen counters which I saw under the lights. The carpet cleaning on the second setting was impressive as well. The vacuum itself felt well balanced and was easy to roll around. Not to mention the two brushes work well together at full speed. We have two dogs and two cats in my house, so there is no shortage of hair around. It seemed to be no challenge for the vacuum. When I filled up the canister, it was easy to dump out into the trash and remove excess pet hair from the brushes. Finally, I used the hand tools with the wand on my couch. I was impressed with the power of these as well, and it managed to remove a great deal more pet hair than I am proud to admit. The crevice tool was useful along the baseboards and between furniture. And the appliance tool is one I never thought of before but am now glad to have. A lot of dust and dirt can accumulated underneath kitchen appliances. The only con I could find is that due to it’s top-heavy construction, you can’t exactly leave it upright without it tipping over. So if you need to walk away from the vacuum, you have to lean it on something else or lay it down. That comes with the territory on this stick/modular style, so it’s not unexpected. All-in-all, I was very impressed and would recommend this vacuum.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Thoughtful Design and Excellent Suction

      Posted
      The34Car
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      The Rocket Complete Upright Vacuum with DuoClean is a cleverly designed vacuum that really gets the job done on both carpets and hard flooring. The design is interesting because the debris collection chamber is at the top, behind the handle. This is important when using some of the accessories that come with the vacuum. More on those later. The whole thing is really lightweight, however most of the weight is positioned at the top of the vacuum cleaner. This can make your arm tired in a short amount of time if you don't use the vacuum within your power zone. It also makes it such that the vacuum doesn't stand up on its own. This is not really a big deal, as it does store easily when not in use simply by popping off the top piece and placing it onto a built-in hook on the bottom piece. This makes the vacuum smaller to fit into tighter storage spaces and perfectly balances the vacuum as well. There is also a wall storage hook that comes with this vacuum if you would like to hang the vacuum on the wall instead. The vacuum is so easy to push, even on very thick carpeting. It's like pushing a self-propelled lawn mower; you just stand behind it and it goes forward by itself. It has a low profile, so it goes under couches and chairs really well. It also can turn on a dime. It features two rollers which really grab the dirt and debris off of the carpet or hard flooring and directs it straight into the vacuum. It did a really good job of cleaning the floors in a house with three dogs and two kids. One problem I've had with other vacuums that I did not have with this one is that on hard floors, the motor fan would blow the debris out of the way of the vacuum before the vacuum could suck it up. With the Rocket Complete Upright Vacuum with DuoClean, this is not the case; it picks up as well as a broom on hard flooring, with way less effort. Another feature that I love with the Rocket Complete Upright Vacuum with DuoClean is the collection chamber. It is so easy to empty (no bags) and unlike other vacuums, it doesn't leave a dust plume in the air when you empty it. This may be my favorite feature in a vacuum with many great features. Another awesome feature is how the vacuum comes in three pieces that all use the same connection type. This is important because you can assemble the vacuum in different ways depending on the surface you are cleaning. An example: stairs. You can remove the handle (which contains the collection chamber) from the rest of the vacuum and attach the stair cleaning accessory (included) to clean the stairs without having to lug around a heavy machine or a long handle. So easy. There are I think four or five different attachments that all serve their purpose. The Rocket Complete Upright Vacuum with DuoClean is also great for using in cars because of its size and maneuverability. Overall, I can't say enough good things about this vacuum and I highly recommend it based on its versatility and cleaning power.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great vacuum for all-around cleaning

      Posted
      Terry
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      Let me preface this by saying that I already own a high quality, German-made canister vacuum that has served me very well over the years. To qualify this Shark Rocket as a great unit, I would have to be convinced that it could clean better than canister vac could. Here are my thoughts: Assembly: The Shark vac was very easy to assemble. Upon opening the box, the basic idea is install the floor unit into the wand and insert the power unit into the top of the wand. NO TOOLS REQUIRED! Of course, the unit is top-heavy, so you must unhook the power unit and set it on the base or hang it from the wall (with the included wall mount) while not in use. Use: Running the unit is pretty straightforward. Turn on the switch to one of the two speed settings (1 for bare floors and rugs, 2 for high-pile carpet) and sweep the floors as you normally would. I liked that the unit basically pulled itself along on carpet and rugs which made it easier to control. The unit is a little top heavy in the hand and my wife complained that during a long cleaning (the entire downstairs for instance) that her arm became I tired. Personally, I have not had this happen to me. The unit was much easier to push and pull that my canister vacuum is. Accessories: This particular model included a slew of attachments: - Convertible crevice/brush tool - Dedicated upholstery tool - Convertible upholstery/brush tool - Under appliance/under furniture tool - great for cleaning the nastiness under the couch - Clip to mount two attachments to the stick - Accessory storage bag Cleaning: For my test, I cleaned a 5' x 8' rug in our kitchen. FIRST, I thoroughly cleaned the rug with my usual canister vacuum. Then I used the Shark twice, first on speed 1 and then again on speed 2, emptying the cup after both times to see the difference. I think the attached images speak for themselves... A fair amount of dirt and debris was lifted from the carpet on the first pass with the Shark (after already "cleaning" it with my canister vac). Upon switching to speed 2, it is clear to see that much more is pulled out of the carpet telling me that my expensive canister hasn't been cleaning "as good" as I had hoped. Emptying the dust cup was easy to do; not quite as easy as some Dysons I have used (A minor detail), but easy nonetheless. Final thoughts: Overall, I am very pleased with this unit. I like how easy it is to maneuver through the house and around furniture and it cleans better than my MUCH more expensive German-made canister vacuum. The cord on the Shark is about 8' longer than my canister which allows me to clean almost my entire first floor without having to unplug the unit. It is great from everything to quick clean-ups (I have a 3-year-old) to full-on cleaning. The additional accessories and on-board storage are great, although I find that storing the accessories on the unit did cause them to get in the way at times. I will probably just keep them in the storage bag and get them out when I need them. I like that the filters are washable so that I don't have to purchase new ones every year (as I have had to do with my previous canister vac). I can't say enough good things about this vacuum. Great cleaning. Great price. Great product!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Phenomenal vacuum, powerful, light, quiet

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      Section8ght
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      Being able to compare this to an equally great Shark vacuum (Shark professional model), I can definitely say this upright is worth the investment. It is very easy to assemble out of the box with two simple clicks and has a very long power cord giving you plenty of distance to clean more than one room before changing outlets. This vacuum is very light weight but has more than enough power to suck up the most demanding dirt, dust, and pet hair. The vacuum capacity is very good for the overall size while the maintenance and cleaning of the vacuum is also very easy and quick to do. The maneuverability of this vacuum is amazing and it almost feels like a toy while using it. It comes with all the accessories that you would need to clean in the tightest, lowest, or highest reach of places. You can the store the accessories in the included bag or just snap them onto the main vacuum tube which is more convenient. When not in use, store the vacuum in a closet or behind a door by just unclicking the main unit and setting it on the hook on top of the brush housing. This was much easier and convenient than installing the wall hook to store the vacuum in the upright position. This is the only negative that I could find with this vacuum which is not a deterrent from buying it. It is not able to stand on its own fully assembled, also the under dresser or table attachment has no place for storage on vacuum and does not fit in accessory bag. Overall this is a great vacuum and I am very happy with it.

      I would recommend this to a friend




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