Shark ION Robot Dual-Action Robot Vacuum Cleaner with 1-Hour Plus of Cleaning Time, Smart Sensor Navigation and Remote Control (RV720)
|Controller Type||Remote Control|
|Battery Cell Type||Lithium Ion|
|Are Batteries Included||Yes|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||12.6 x 12.6 x 2.6 inches|
|Item Weight||5.51 Pounds|
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- Dust bin capacity - 0.45 quarts. The Shark ION Robot brings the ease of automatic cleaning to everyday upkeep.
- Smart sensors assess their surroundings on all floors and carpets, adapt to obstacles, and help the robot seamlessly navigate.
- Self-cleaning brush roll removes hair, dust, and dander to prevent everyday buildup.
- Dual side brushes effectively remove dust and debris in hard-to-reach areas like edges, corners, and under furniture.
- An easy-to-use remote allows you to set a recurring cleaning schedule and control your robot from the comfort of your couch.
- The long-lasting lithium-ion battery provides the runtime your robot needs to complete its cleaning job.
- Includes: (1) Shark ION Robot, (2) side brushes, (1) filter, (1) lithium-ion battery, (1) charging dock, (1) 8-foot strip, (1) scheduling remote, (2) extra side brushes, (1) extra filter
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The Market-Leader In Upright Vacuums.* Now In A Robot
When it comes to automatic cleaning, take it from the brand that knows floor care.
Dual-Brush Edge Cleaning
Two spinning side brushes pull in debris from corners and edges with ease.
Ease of Robot. Performance of a Shark
Innovative self-grooming system lets the brushroll manage and untangle long hair, string, and fibers, so you don’t have to do it.
Built with helix-pattern high-tensile bristles that provide thorough pickup on carpets and hard floors.
Easy Empty Dust Bin
An easy-access dust bin detaches from the side, so you empty it quickly, easily, and without a mess.
It provides over an hour of cleaning time, and automatically returns to its dock to recharge, which means it prevents everyday buildup in your home.
Smart Sensor Navigation
Seamlessly navigates floors and carpets while proximity sensors assess and adapt to surrounding obstacles.
Start cleaning or set a recurring cleaning schedule for each day of the week with an easy-to-use remote.
Shark Ion Robot’s thin design allows it to easily coast below furniture to provide thorough clean throughout your home.
The Shark ION Robot features Smart Sensor Navigation, a self-cleaning brush roll, and two side brushes—everything you need to automatically clean dust, dirt, large debris, and pet hair on carpets, floors, edges, and corners. Amps: 1.8.
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I almost never write reviews, but I'm so in love I just had to share.
First, we live in an almost 1900 sq ft house that is ALL wood floors! Besides rugs of course. We have a 16 month old and 2 big, hairy dogs. Keeping up with the floors is nearly impossible, and stresses me out!
I wanted to be sure to really see how this thing would work so I spent hours yesterday getting my floors probably cleaner than they've even been in the 2.5 years living here. I have a Dyson (which I love) that I usedfirst to do a very thorough job. Then I used a manual little dust mop thing I have, then my steam mop, then literally on my hands and knees through the entire house! I waited a couple hours until there was already some dog hair and crumbs around the kitchen, I also put some pieces of rice around randomly so I could see if the shark went everywhere. We used the strips to keep it in our large living/dining room, kitchen, entry way with small hall, and 2nd dining room. A pretty large space, but what I would love for it to be able to keep up through the week, so this is how I wanted to test it.
It ran for exactly 1 hour and 11 minutes and seemed to hit every area very well. It picked up all my random rice. I couldn't wait to see all that it had picked up, so I pulled out the bin (which is so easy and nice to remove) and almost died! Seriously a bunch of hair, dust, crumbs, and all the rice. See pictures. Mind blown! This thing is incredible!!!
If you're thinking about it, don't wait another minute, order it!!!!!
Also, I had a hard time finding info on the difference between the 2 models, I finally found a page that spelled it out, and the 2 units are essentially identical just one comes with a remote for programming, and the 750 model uses your phone and wifi. That was definitely not worth the eextra $50 to me so I went with the 720.
This is going to change my life! Worth every penny! Hope this helps someone.
We have used a Roomba for years and thought it was adequate for the job. However I jumped at the opportunity to see what's new in the robotic vacuum space.
The Shark ION is an order of magnitude better than the Roomba. First of all the dust bin is nearly twice the size of the Roomba so it doesn't have to be emptied as often. I LOVE that there is an alarm built-in to the Shark ION that alerts you when the bin needs to be emptied.
Another fantastic feature is that the Shark ION is programmable. I have mine set to clean Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10am. It works perfectly and when it is finished, it returns to its charging station. The Roomba is supposed to return to its charger as well but it NEVER worked.
The Shark ION has a remote control that you use to program the vacuum and it is straight forward to use and comes with batteries.
The Shark ION also comes with Barrier Strips: small rubber bumpers that impede the Shark ION from crossing. We use the barrier strips to block places where the Roomba always got stuck, under the china cabinet for example.
The Shark ION Robot is incredibly quiet. The Roomba is so loud it can only be run during the day but the Shark ION could be programmed to run at night if you desire and it would not be heard throughout the house.
The Shark ION comes with an extra set of side brushes that snap into place. It also comes with an extra HEPA filter and a cleaning brush.
We have 3 dogs and 3 cats so we have lots of pet hair and the Shark ION does a fantastic job keeping floors tidy without any effort other than emptying the bin if it gets full.
I highly recommend the Shark ION ROBOT 720. It really sets the bar for performance and value in robotic vacuums.
I will say, that when it is not stuck, this thing picks up a amazingly amount of dirt. I am pretty sure something is wrong with mine. I am sending it back... Highly disappointed.
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This is no match for Deebot R95. But is similar to the Roomba 600 series offering. After much thought and use, I think this robot is just not up to par with other similarly priced bots. I see a lot of glowing reviews here and i think theyre fairly accurate but there are pros and cons that make this a bit of a hit and miss for me based on usage.
--$509 on amazon is too expensive for what this offers. I purchased my Deebot R95 on tech sale day for 499 and with that kind of sale that happens twice here on amazon, I just cant recommend this robot which is priced higher with significantly less feature sets (that are in my opinion show stoppers for larger spaces).
--Not wifi enabled??? At this price, i EXPECT it. Even my cheaper Roomba is wifi enabled. And roomba's app is excellent.
--If you have Thicker pile rugs , don't buy this. Just crawls on that. My roomba handles the transition a bit better, on the same rug. But thinner rugs, is OK. Still, thats just mediocre.
--Works ok only for SMALL spaces, like other folks mentioned, i think 500-600sqft space is the limit. Though i think if COULD handle more if it werent wasting so much time vacuuming the SAME space.
--As i just mentioned , it wastes so much time repeating the same space because the algorithm is just complete RANDOMNESS. I found within the same 10 minutes, it kept repeating the same area because of the way it bumps and algorithmically hits the same things. Finally when it gets out of the "loop" due to my uneven barn floors, it hits other areas at random fashion. This inefficient wandering wastes battery. Frankly, the roomba 600 series employs a "random" patter as well but theres something different about it because it randomizes the actions after the bumpage (if you know what i mean).
--After 40 minutes, I emptied the bin. It didnt pick up ALL of my intentionally placed crumbs and for 40 minutes, thats just embarrassing. For comparison, my deebot (which is a map based product), "finished up" the job in 10 minutes aand FULLLY sweeped the space and all of my intentional crumbs. Thats even more embarrassing. Again, i bought the deebot R95 for 499 here on amazon and it goes on sale often , so i think this is a fair comparison.
--Uses Marker strips to section off the space. This is a heavy strip of plastic that lines the floor so it creates a barrier for the robot to not cross. While this is very effective, Its just another thing to setup and clean up. Roomba's solution with "virtual" beam is cleaner and can be just left tehre when not in use. but honestly, the best setup is a "virtual wall" based on mapping software from Deebot (where you just DRAW the wall in the mapped out space on your phone).
--As i said, i think this bot is suited for smaller spaces because in larger spaces, it gets lost, and cant find its way back "home" (charger). My roomba for whatever reason, finds home almost all the time. Deebot 100% finds its home (due to its mapping function).
--NO HANDLE to lift it up. Roombas has a handle that comes out of the body and i find this very useful.
--It seems to handle hair better than roomba and deebot. Why? the hair brushes thru and gets into the catch can better than my other two bots. So you'll be less frustrated with hair detangling.
--the catch can is super easy to empty. I find roomba's just awkward and silly.
--Though i didnt like that it has no wifi connectivity at this pricepoint, the remote works well.
--VERY quiet operation. The most quiet bot of the three tested. Roomba is just super loud!
--easily negotiates cliffs and avoids dropping offf the stairs
--senses space and gently bumps around
I see this bot to be an average bot that works OK in small spaces. I think if the random pattern could be made a little more , 'intelligent' or just simply more RANDOM to hit all the spaces better, it would be a contender to roomba. However, due to lack of wifi or usb port, its firmware cannot be upgraded. There are just too many things i found i did not like about this bot compared to the ones i have already so i find it difficult to rate it more than just a 2 star product in my honest assessment.
If the price were around 300$ mark, i think a lot of my complaints would be removed: such as no wifi, the use of annoying marker strips, the lack of more intelligent space management. I would probably give it 4 stars with a better price point. If you have never owned a robot vac before, i think you would possibly give it higher rating but i've simply seen better and in some cases, cheaper. The deebot i had a love-hate relationship but in a few months of release, deebot upgraded the firmware and the APP to iron out the major problems i had... this one isn't even capable of updates.
I think Shark needs to go do some more r&d on robot vacs and find ways to lower the cost -- it really doesnt take much to make this bot the king of entry level vacs... its close in many areas but just falls short.. So i just cant recommend this one given the pricepoint of this product and what other robots you can buy with the same money.
When I was offered the Shark Ion, I paused and thought “should I?”, then it hit me, it’s a Shark!!! After all the reading and watching of reviews, Shark has been on the top of my list for my next vacuum cleaner. I can honestly say, they have not let me down! The Ion 720 is HALF the price of my Roomba and it does a much better job!! While the Roomba seems to do a deeper cleaning, the Ion makes more random passes and, in the end, they achieve similar results. The Shark Ion runs much quieter and does not hit the walls like a bumper car, instead it lightly brushes up along the wall and turns around.
The Shark Ion comes with 9 ft. of BotBoundary Strips to create no-go areas (and roughly $20 if you wish to order another 9 ft.) vs Roomba’s $65 Virtual Wall Barrier that runs on 4 AA batteries. With the BotBoundary Strips, you cut them to the required size and place them wherever you don’t want the vacuum to go. Since I had so many issues with the Roomba locking itself in the bathrooms, I applied 2-sided carpet tape to the bottom of the strips and applied them along the bathroom doorways.
I am pleased with how well of a job the Shark Ion 720 does with the entire upstairs of my home (a very large master bedroom, 1 spare bedroom, 2 offices and hallway) and I have it scheduled to run 3 times a week. I’m not going to get hung-up on the lack of Wi-Fi as I have no use for it, that is what scheduling is for.
• Very quiet
• 9 ft. of included boundary strips (and only $20 for more)
• No wasting batteries on expensive virtual wall devices
• Has returned to the dock EVERY time
• Comes with extra side brushes, an extra filter and cleaning tool
• Avoids stairs
• Easy to empty and clean
• Not as deep cleaning as Roomba
• I wish the boundary strips were clear to blend in
When you set up the Ion 720, you'll find that you're actually shocked at the lack of features. This doesn't make use of mapping technology to decide its cleaning pattern, has no fancy laser based blockers/boundary outlines, and is not wifi capable. Instead, the unit has opted for a simple, random cleaning algorithm which is based purely on it bumping into things/getting a little too close to walls to push it in the other direction. The thought is that after bumping into enough things enough times, it'll clean the entire room. This makes for a pretty poor cleaning experience in larger rooms. It requires much longer to clean the same area, otherwise you'll have huge gaps that are left uncleaned. In addition, in a larger space it will inevitably have problems finding its charging dock. I'd often come back to my shark vacuum stranded in the middle of the room, no where near the charging dock.
For restricted areas, other brands have opted for a more refined solution, using laser based blockers to block off spaces that might be dangerous (e.g. right next to your glass shelf with fine china in it). As a result, you can geneally leave these blockers up even between cleanings with out it being too intrusive. Even then, with only a few blockers, clean up and set up is relatively quick. In contrast, the Ion 720 has opted for large heavy rollable strips which you have to place over your restricted areas. They aren't unintrusive enough to leave up between cleanings, so you have to put them up and take them down with each cleaning. Really extends the time for cleaning and just makes for a poor experience overall.
The lack of wifi is a debatable minus. It's a feature that most other robotic vacuums will have, but also means you get an actual physical remote.I actually prefer the remote solution in some ways - it feels like wifi is often injected unnecessarily into some products just to tick a feature box, without much thought or time put into the actual design of the app or its integration. The physical remote for this is quite responsive and works well overall. So take the lack of wifi as you will - ideally you'd have both options available to you.
This leaves the actual vacuum portion of the unit. The unit employs whisker like projections out the front two sides which spin to help catch hair and prevent it from tangling in the main vacuuming portion. This actually works quite well and has already saved me lots of time having to cut hair out of the main roller. That said, the unit really just doesn't do a great job cleaning. Suction is average, further hampered by the really poor cleaning algorithms. It just doesn't get the same coverage in the same amount of time as other units.
Overall, the Shark Ion 720 is just not a strong option amidst the well established and already saturated robotic vacuum market. It lacks a lot of the features that most of the other options have, and doesn't do a good job even with the basic stuff. If this was priced more competitively, it could be a great entry level option, but at $600 this simply isn't worth it.
This robot earns full marks for a robot in its class and by that I mean one that does not "see" its surrounding and does not map as it runs. The higher end robots use pattern cleaning (SLAM) whereas robots like the shark clean randomly like a bumper car. This one does a decent job and if run daily it is likely to cover just about all areas. What it runs over, it picks up. It is a fairly quite robot I own the Shark Rocket vacuum and it has served us very well for years so as a brand, it is a good one. I purchased a Xiaomi and Neato D5 both of which use mapping to ensure that each level of the house gets a full cleaning. Higher end robots, if they run out of charge, can return to their base, recharge and continue from where they left off. I also owned a Proscenic which is supposed to work like the Shark but got stuck way to often (shadows, kitchen mat, transitions to name a few), to the point of being useless. The Shark seems to have no problem getting out of trouble. I also have a Deeobot R95 "higher end" robot which proved to be less effective than the Shark so spending more does not necessarily guarantee good results. For me it was an expensive lesson.
In my opinion this robot is well suited to uncluttered areas of about 600 square feet or less. if you expect it to do a full cleaning and return to the dock.
-Low profile allows it to vacuum where regular hand helds can't go.
-Easy to pull out and clean dust bin/filter
-Easy to operate out of the box (charge it first) with no complicated wi-fi or apps to set up.
-Remote looks to be IR like TV remotes. It is light and easy to operate
-Fairly quiet. You can watch TV and have it vacuum at the same time.It
-The Shark itself is light compared to other robots.
-Clean and sleek look.
-It returns to the dock as long as it can "see" it. When it is time to recharge it will navigate randomly till it catches "sight" of the dock. It can be a hit or miss so don't expect it to reliably return to the dock in a complex or large multi room environment.
- It handled the floor transitions with ease , navigated onto mat in the kitchen and did not fall down the stairs. My Proscenic failed on all counts ( it would go on the mat but not off due to its flawed cliff sensors- one clean floor mat though!) and the more pricey Deebot R95, never cleans the kitchen mat and at times gets stuck trying to climb the transition.
- Includes extra filter and pair of side brushes.
- Good sized dustbin that is easy to remove.
- Magnetic barrier is effective in either limiting the vacuum cleaning area or blocking it from going where it should not (remember those wires!)
- Random pattern. It could be better if it utilized some sort of pattern such as SLAM which means that each time a robot bumps into something the return path would be parallel to the first, back and forth.
- Running time of one hour is sufficient for friendly environments of 600 sq feet or less if one expects the robot to make it back to the base.
This a good entry, budget or intermediate level for small spaces such as small apartments where a higher end robot may be overkill. Because it is light and easy to carry, it is easy to bring it to a specific room and let it run to do its job.
Finally, you will get spoiled by having a clean floor daily. If you get bitten by the robot bug, you will buy more :-)
My hope is that Shark will come out with a robot that uses LDS with live mapping at a competitive price to the Neato and Xiaomi.