It’s not easy finding a cordless handheld vacuum that is effective at cleaning after cats and dogs. Is the Shark Pet Perfect II a worthy candidate for all your needs? Indeed, it has had many praises from consumers and is also a good selling handheld vacuum on Amazon.
Look at the product, attachments and features that come with the Shark Pet Perfect II, it certainly looks good at face value, but in this review, we are going to dig deeper and see if it’s just a mirage.
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Powerful: Running off an 18 Volt NiCad battery makes this unit the most powerful 18V cordless handheld vacuum.
Maintains Strong Suction: Incorporates Twister Cyclonic Technology that keeps dirt away from the filter as much as possible to maintain strong suction.
Deep Cleaning: Includes an XL motorized brush attachment used for getting rid of pet hair and ground-in dirt.
Easy Handling: It’s lightweight and has a rubber handle to ensure a tighter grip and easier handling.
Mountable Charging Stand: Only few handheld vacuums have a docking station which can be wall mounted. This one does.
The people that know best about the product are those who have actually purchased and tested it out over a period of time. We have researched over 50 positive and negative user reviews on Amazon to provide you with a general consensus of their experiences with the Shark Pet Perfect II.
Design & Attachments
The Shark Pet Perfect II is encased in a stylish purple body with a translucent dirt container. The handle is rubberized to ensure a tighter grip, and it weighs around 4.3lbs, making it one of the lighter handheld vacuum cleaners around.
Most users seem to have no issues with the design aspect of the main body. It’s said to be very easy to detach the dirt container, filter and attachments. However, the included three attachments all have their good and bad points.
XL Motorized Pet Hair Brush
So this is the “daddy” attachment that’s designed for removing hairs and stubborn dirt. It has a separate motor and combined with the powerful suction, it makes this attachment very effective for its intended use. Although it does a great job at picking up hair, they can get easily stuck around the brush so you will have to unscrew the attachment to clean it.
Users find that it works best on stairs, carpets and upholstery. It will have a hard time picking up larger particles the size of skittles, so you will need to bring out the crevice tool or just not use an attachment.
The motorized pet hair brush is attached via magnets (or what appears to be) and because it’s the heaviest attachment, some users have said that it can detach itself during use.
If you’re going to use the motorized brush often and for tough jobs, then you can expect to buy a fairly expensive replacement ($20 from Shark) after a year or so. This is because you will have to keep taking it apart, pulling out hair, cleaning the brush and putting it back together. This type of high maintenance will take its toll at some point.
Dusting Brush & Crevice Tool
The dusting brush received a mixed bag of opinions, with some users stating that it’s good for cleaning flat surfaces, but others say that it tends to push dust and dirt around rather than sucking it up into the vacuum.
We think that in this case, you have to slowly sweep and hover the dusting brush over the surface to make it most effective.
As for the crevice tool, it’s handy for getting into tight spaces and picking up large particles, but it’s very limited in reach due to its short length and the large head of the vacuum.
Charging Dock Station
The good thing about the charging dock station is that it can hold two attachments (with the third presumably left on the vacuum itself) and it can also be wall mounted. However, some users have stated that it’s not the easiest thing to mount on the wall due to the awkward positioning of the screw placements.
Ease Of Cleaning
It’s really easy to take apart the Shark Pet Perfect II. Simply press the button just above the handle, and that will release the dirt container which holds the filter. The dirt container can hold an adequate amount of waste, so you won’t need to empty it as often as other handheld vacuums.
On the other hand, if you’re vacuuming powdery substances such as flour, it can clog the filter and if this happens, you will have to clean the washable filter so that no suction power will be diminished. One user stated that the filter should be cleaned once a week and replaced every 3-4 months.
It’s powerful for a cordless handheld vacuum. There’s no doubt about it. That’s the opinion of most users, and noise level is not as loud as many other handheld vacuums too. Combined with the motorized brush, it makes it one of the more effective cleaning attachments of any other handheld vacuum.
In terms of consistency of suction power, just like with most NiCad batteries, it will begin to slowly fade towards the end of its charge, but will remain pretty consistent during its peak.
This is where it all gets a bit sketchy. Although users find that a full charge will provide them with a good amount of use (around 15 minutes with motorized brush and between 15-30 minutes without), the instructions to charge the NiCad battery in order to reach that potential is confusing to say the least.
- Firstly, the unit needs to be charged 20-24 hours before its first use. If you don’t do this, you run the risk of reducing the battery life significantly.
- Secondly, after its initial charge, you must discharge the unit fully and then recharge again for 16 hours.
- Thirdly, you need to always remember to unplug the unit when charging is complete, and you can only recharge the unit once the battery is close to being fully discharged.
For most users, this is too much of a hassle to remember. What’s even more confusing is that there’s a contradicting sticker on the unit which states that you must recharge it after every use. A call to their customer service center reveals that users must ignore this sticker and abide by the manual instead.
Oh, and there’s also an indicator that’s supposed to tell you when it’s reached a full charge, but some users have mentioned that it seems to never turn off, leaving you to make a memory note of how long it has been charging for (recommended 6 hours for full charge after first couple charges out the box).
The lifespan of the Shark Pet Perfect II all really depends on how well you follow its instruction manual. The body frame is well built, but the motorized attachment and battery requires high maintenance.
If you don’t follow the instructions carefully or use the device excessively, then you can expect to pay $20 for a new motorized brush, and $40 for a replacement battery. Considering that both items together cost the same as the vacuum itself, it’s not really worth buying them.
The Shark Pet Perfect II doesn’t have the highest ratings on Amazon, but they’re above mediocre.
|Shark Pet Perfect II|
|Our User Rating|
|Battery Type||18V NiCad|
|Charge Time||16 hrs|
|Run Time (minutes)||<15 (motor brush)|
15-30 (w/o motor brush)
|Dirt Capacity (liters)||N/A|
|Accessories / Attachments||+ Motorized Brush Roll|
+ Crevice Tool
+ Dusting Tool
+ Wall Mountable Charging Stand
|Dimensions (inches)||9.1 x 18.1 x 7.6|
These are the following points we can summarize from our research:
- It’s a powerful handheld vacuum that has good suction power.
- The XL motorized brush performs impressively for removing pet hair and ground-in dirt from carpets and upholstery.
- Battery life is good if proper care has been taken to ensure its running at its full potential.
- High maintenance with expensive replacements should anything go wrong.
While the Shark Pet Perfect II is a great cordless handheld vacuum for combating pet hair and dirt, it only remains great if the user takes proper care of the device, and one must be reminded that it’s quite high maintenance.
Some users don’t mind this, and have had excellent cleaning experiences out of their device. But you may want to do a bit more research on other handheld vacuums for pet hair.
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