Last year, I spoke at BlogHer’15, a jumbo sized blogging conference. One of the many awesome parts of the BlogHer was visiting the exhibitors and seeing new products.
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Although I’m not much of a housekeeper, I was immediately drawn to the demonstration of the Shark Rocket Powerhead (Model AH452). Bob, the gentleman at the Shark booth, was using it to vacuum up cat hair.
Well, with two black cats, I was definitely interested.
I asked if I could try the Shark at home and it arrived earlier this year. Since MC is the main vacuumer in our household, he inspected it as I took it out of the box. He expressed some reservations about the bagless, quick-release dust cup and the plastic parts.
However, soon after the Shark came home, our other vacuum started to fade quickly. We’ve been relying on the Shark for the past few months and it is remarkably sturdy. The dust cup actually works and the plastic parts haven’t broken. It definitely does the job of vacuuming up all of the cat hair and litter box “crumbs” usually found on our “cat rug” (located between two litter pans and near a scratching post).
I like that it lights up while vacuuming so you don’t have to have overhead lights on to clean up a mess. I will mention that it definitely starts moving pretty quickly once you turn it on! I also like that it has a low front so it can fit underneath chairs, tables, and cabinets. Since it only weights 9 pounds, I can handle it easily and move it out of the way as needed. It has two brushrolls (one all surface and one hard floor brushroll) but we usually keep the all-surface on.
One disadvantage is that the Shark Rocket Powerhead doesn’t have all the attachments and hoses that MC likes to use. It’s really a vacuum for the floor – it’s not something where you can clear dust off a shelf. But it does a great job at what it’s built for, it’s affordably priced, it’s compact and easy to use, and it actually does pick up that pet hair. Though I haven’t quilted in a while, I think it would also do a great job on those little thready scraps that are left after a session of rotary cutting.