Updated: October 09, 2018.
Shark Rocket Complete with DuoClean Features and Specifications
This series of Shark’s ultra-light upright vacuums is based on their ‘DuoClean Technology.’ The main cleaning head combines two different brush rolls spinning together, in unison, along with a combined pulling effect that efficiently gathers even the tiniest bit of particles and debris.
The soft brush is ahead of the stiff bristle brush and combined with good suction (strong air flow), they enable so-called ‘Triple Particle Cleaning’ – the cleaning of large, small and stuck-on particles from floors and carpets at the same time, improving the cleaning and shortening required cleaning time.One of the newer features is ‘Brushroll Garage’ – it provides quick access to the brush roll from the top of the DuoClean cleaning head, making its maintenance quick and easy. Due to the design of the spinning brush rolls, pet and human hair and other similar dirt can get entangled and prevent DuoClean cleaning head from operating properly. Thanks to the novel design, maintenance and cleaning of the brush rolls are easier and faster.
This series of Shark’s vacuums come with various cleaning attachments, optimized for cleaning of the different surfaces and also various dirt, enabling these vacuums to clean from the floor to the ceiling. They also come with two suction modes: the first one is meant for cleaning area rugs and bare floors and the second one is more applicable to high-pile carpets.
Since they are rather light (just under 10 pounds) and have swivel steering, they maneuver effortlessly around the furniture, corners, edges, stairs and other objects, obstacles, and narrow areas. However, they tend to be a little bit awkward on the stairs and using other cleaning attachments in handheld mode is a perhaps better solution for cleaning the stairs. On the other hand, some users like how they perform on the stairs and other narrow spaces.
Shark Rocket HV380/HV381/HV382 easily convert from uprights to handheld vacuums. LED lights on the floor nozzle and on the vacuum itself (important in hand vacuum mode), help spotting various dirt and other objects and help with cleaning the floors and areas under the furniture and in other low light conditions.
These lights are often considered irrelevant, but when cleaning, for example, the kid’s room, they help spot smaller items like small toys and similar objects too and help avoid vacuuming them.
Dirt bin is transparent, and one can easily see what is in it – dust, hair, socks, etc. At the same time, it makes it easier to see if the dust cup is already full. In that case, all you have to do is press a button then remove the entire dust cup so you can empty its contents over your trash bin.
Shark Rocket Complete with DuoClean vacuum cleaners come with Wall Mount Storage Hook (for storing vacuum while not in use) and On-Board Accessory Storage Clip (for storing accessory tools onboard vacuum cleaner). Also, HV381 and HV382 come with ‘Accessory Bag.’
The Shark Rocket Complete DuoClean Models Compared
Shark Rocket Complete with DuoClean models comparison is given in the following table:
|Model||Shark Rocket HV380||Shark Rocket HV381||Shark Rocket HV382|
|Unit Weight||9.9 lbs (~ 4.5 kg)||9.9 lbs (~ 4.5 kg)||9.9 lbs (~ 4.5 kg)|
|Hand Vacuum Weight (without power cord)||3.5 lbs (~1.6 kg)||3.5 lbs (~1.6 kg)||3.5 lbs (~1.6 kg)|
|Power Cord||30 feet (~9.1 m)||30 feet (~9.1 m)||30 feet (~9.1 m)|
|Power||600 W||600 W||600 W|
|Dirt Cup||0.91 dry quarts (1 liter)||0.91 dry quarts (1 liter)||0.91 dry quarts (1 liter)|
| Duster Crevice Tool
|12″ Crevice Tool||Yes||No||No|
|Pet Multi Tool||No||Yes||No|
|TruePet Mini Motorized Brush||No||No||Yes|
|Under Appliance Wand||No||Yes||Yes|
|Amazon Link||Shark Rocket Complete Upright Vacuum With DuoClean HV380||Shark Rocket with DuoClean HV381||Shark DuoClean Rocket Corded Ultralight Upright Vacuum HV382|
Note: for more reviews and recommendations, feel free to follow Amazon links (they open in the new windows). Also, things change over time, especially the list of available attachments. When you decide to buy a vacuum cleaner (any vacuum cleaner, not just these Shark’s models), check what attachments are available with your desired model.
Shark Rocket Complete Review
Shark Rocket HV380, HV381 and HV382 are very light vacuums, and in upright vacuum mode, they weigh slightly less than 10 pounds, with the weight being distributed between cleaning head (on the floor) and the vacuum unit (held in the hand(s)).
As the handheld units, they are very light (3.5 pounds without power cord), but also very powerful for the handheld vacuums – they are powered with 600 W motors (~5.5 Amps).
The power cord is 30 feet long and as such provide this unit with long reach via single wall power socket. There is no automatic power cord rewind mechanism.
Obviously, HV382 comes with the most accessories and is more than suitable to act as the main vacuum cleaner even in larger homes.
Also, since Shark HV382 comes with TruePet Mini Motorized Brush aside from the standard dusting brush, pet owners can use it to thoroughly clean upholstery, stairs and other elevated surfaces from dirt, dust, pet hair and other often hard-to-clean dirt and debris. Therefore, the Shark Rocket TruePet brush is also a must-a have for those who are often confronted with a pet’s excessive shedding.
Shark HV381 comes with ‘Pet Multi-Tool,’ which can be used as the ‘TruePet Mini Motorized Brush,’ but it is not so efficient.
Shark HV380 doesn’t come with cleaning attachments suitable for cleaning human and pet hair from furniture, stairs, upholstery and similar surfaces. It also doesn’t come with an under appliance wand which is just as useful as the other attachments.
Shark Rocket Complete with DuoClean models differs in price too, with HV382 being the most expensive – additional cleaning tools, IMHO, justify the price difference.
Note: If you don’t have many issues with hair of any kind, Pet Multi-Tool (found on HV381 model) will do a proper job, too.
Shark Rocket HV382 vs Shark Rocket HV322 Comparison
– Shark Rocket HV322 has a 500W motor, while HV382 has a 600W motor – that is a 20% difference in motor strength. 100 W difference means stronger suction and faster and better cleaning.
– The HV322 main cleaning head is of somewhat older design. It does its job well, but DuoClean head on HV382 is better,
– HV322 is slightly lighter. Shark HV322 weighs slightly less than 8 pounds, while HV382 weighs ~2 pounds more. These 2 pounds can be significant if the vacuums are going to be used by seniors or by kids (under the supervision of adults, of course!).
Both models have slightly different accessories, but both have the most important one: TruePet Mini Motorized Brush (IMHO, of course).
They both have swivel steering, XL capacity dirt bin, LED lights, and 30 feet long power cord.
HV322 costs more than other HV30* and HV32* vacuums, and HV382 costs more than other HV38* vacuums and more than HV322 vacuum.
For more on Shark Rocket HV322, please check Shark Rocket HV301, HV302, HV305, HV321, and HV322 Vacuums Review and Comparison article.
Shark HV322 is a great convertible lightweight upright vacuum, and for people requiring strong, affordable and versatile unit for smaller home or apartment, it is a great choice.
Certified refurbished HV322 vacuums can be occasionally found on the market – they come with a warranty too, just shorter than new units, but they are also cheaper than new HV322 units and especially new HV382 vacuums.
Personally, since the price difference between the new HV322 and HV382 is not big, and if you don’t mind 2 pounds heavier unit, go for Shark HV382.
Shark Rocket HV382 vs. Dyson V8 Absolute ComparisonDyson V8 absolute 2At the first glance, these models are very similar. They are both lightweight and convertible upright/handheld units suitable for cleaning various surfaces from the floor to the ceiling and to be used as the main vacuum cleaner not only in smaller homes and apartments but larger ones, too.
Dyson V8 Absolute is stronger and more expensive when compared with Dyson V6 and Dyson V7 models – for more about these vacuums, check Dyson V6 vs. Dyson V7 vs. Dyson V8 Vacuum Cleaners article (article opens in the new window).
Main similarities and differences between Shark HV382 and Dyson V8 are:
– Shark HV382 is a corded unit, while Dyson V8 is a cordless unit powered with strong and lightweight lithium-ion battery. While Shark HV382 depends on mains power, Dyson V8 depends on onboard battery. Thus, Shark HV382 has cleaning reach limited by the presence of the wall socket and 30 feet long power cord, and Dyson V8 has cleaning time limited by the capacity of the onboard battery. In the so-called ‘eco-mode’ Dyson V8 can operate up to 40 minutes on the single battery charge and 7 minutes in ‘max. power mode’.
– In maximum power mode, Dyson V8 operates at 425W, but it drains the battery quickly. On the other hand, Shark HV382 also has two operating modes, but its operating time is limited by the presence of the mains power only.
– When the battery of Dyson V8 is fully drained, it requires 5 hours to get fully charged. Shark HV382 doesn’t have such limits.
– Dyson V8 is a lighter unit (5.75 pounds vs. 9.9 pounds), but it also has smaller dirt cup (0.14 gal vs. 0.25 gal).
– Shark HV382 has excellent air filtration, but the Dyson V8 is true HEPA vacuum cleaner.
– both units come with similar cleaning attachments for cleaning elevated surfaces and various dirt, including human and pet hair.
– Dyson V8 Absolute costs much more than Shark HV382 vacuum.
If you need ‘top of the line’ cordless vacuum cleaner, Dyson V8 is the unit for you. Shark HV382 is the cheaper unit that depends on the mains power, but it gets its job done, too! Maybe even better 🙂
Final Review of the Shark Rocket Complete Duo Clean
Long story short, the Shark Rocket Complete with DuoClean HV380/HV381/HV382 is a series of competent, ultra-light upright vacuum cleaners that can easily be stored with their wall mount hook feature. HV382 model comes with the most accessories, thus costs the most of them. If you don’t need all those accessories, go for cheaper models.
However, in the long run, slightly higher initial investment justifies the higher price.
For more details and special offers, check Shark DuoClean Rocket Corded Ultralight Upright Vacuum HV382 Amazon link (link opens in the new window).