Introducing Shark’s latest cutting-edge smart robot cleaner, the Ultra Two-in-One Robot. This high-end marvel not only vacuums but also mops your home with ease, responding to your commands or a simple button press.
As someone who has had a robotic helper in my home for several years, I can’t help but get excited when a new and improved model arrives, offering enhanced features and capabilities. This advancement contributes to a more efficient and effortless automated cleaning experience in your home.
Shark has truly outdone themselves with this robot cleaner, assuring a streamlined cleaning process in your home that’s practically effortless. The AI-powered Ultra Two-in-One boasts both vacuuming and Sonic mopping abilities, featuring a Bagless, extra-large HEPA-filtered self-emptying base station that not only charges the robot but also stores up to two months’ worth of collected debris. Its advanced AI laser navigation meticulously maps and navigates through your living space, while a robust companion app provides complete control. Plus, it supports voice commands via Google and Alexa. This compact robot is loaded with features beyond what I initially anticipated, so in this review, we will explore its key attributes to determine if it’s the ideal cleaning companion for your home.
But before diving into the details, let’s take a step back and start with a quick unboxing.
A few weeks ago, Shark approached me to test their upcoming robot cleaner, and I eagerly accepted the offer. As someone newly engaged, household appliances like this one are becoming increasingly essential in my daily life. When the package arrived about two weeks ago, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.
Inside the box, you’ll find everything you need to begin using the device. There’s a user-friendly quick start guide, the robot itself, a portion of the Landing Pad, the spacious self-emptying station, and a box containing various accessories. These accessories include a mopping attachment with a mopping pad, a side brush for the robot, and vac mop fluid for efficiently cleaning a wide range of surfaces.
The robot itself boasts an impressive design and solid construction, exuding a high-tech allure that effortlessly complements any environment. Equally, the self-empty station, or “home base” as I like to call it, possesses a sleek and modern appearance that adds to its overall appeal. Setting up this device is a breeze; once unpacked, you simply attach the side brush underneath, position the robot on the landing pad, and let it charge on the self-empty base station.
During my initial use, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the robot could be placed facing either forwards or backwards. When I first put it on, with the Dustbin attachment, it automatically turned around and moved in reverse. However, it’s worth noting that when equipped with the mop attachment, it should be facing the base. A handy tip for orientation.
Once the robot is securely docked and charging, you can easily configure it using the Shark Clean app. After downloading the app for iOS or Android, you’ll be prompted to select the robot model, assign it a name, and pair it with your phone. Subsequently, you’ll be guided to connect the robot to your Wi-Fi network. Once connected, the robot embarks on a brief exploratory journey through your home to create a map. The setup process is straightforward and hassle-free.
The Shark Clean app is a comprehensive companion, offering a plethora of features that elevate this robot into an incredibly versatile household tool. Beyond the initial setup, the app allows you to schedule cleaning sessions, map out specific rooms, establish no-go zones, initiate spot cleaning, adjust vacuum suction power, and much more. A standout feature is its precision in adhering to designated areas or rooms, ensuring that the robot remains within the specified space, which may take some adjustment, especially when it comes to mopping. Nonetheless, it consistently delivers in the areas you assign.
Having used numerous robot cleaners over the years, I must say that none have provided a companion app as robust as this one. Shark has truly excelled in delivering complete control over this robot.
Now, let’s delve into the vacuuming capabilities. This robot adeptly navigates around obstacles, whether in a studio or on the main floor, effortlessly surmounting small obstacles. When it comes to vacuuming, it excels at collecting dirt, debris, pet hair, and other particles it encounters, thanks to its formidable suction power. This makes it particularly advantageous for households with shedding pets, despite any initial trepidation they may have towards the robot. Ultimately, it relieves you of the chore while delivering a thorough cleaning performance.
During its cleaning routine, the AI Ultra employs what Shark dubs “Matrix cleaning navigation.” This innovative approach allows the robot to clean your room from multiple angles, akin to a grid-like matrix, ensuring no area is overlooked during its operation. It repeatedly covers sections for a deep and meticulous clean. Additionally, the incorporation of “Clean Edge Tech” enhances its effectiveness by recognizing corners and utilizing bursts of air to dislodge and collect debris from hard-to-reach areas. From my experience, it proves adept at tackling corner debris and maintaining a clean environment.
Once the robot completes its cleaning cycle, it autonomously returns to its designated base without any hitches. This robot impressively excels in precision when it comes to docking, making it one of the most accurate models I’ve had the pleasure of using. Upon arriving at its empty base station, the robot effortlessly docks itself and proceeds to empty its accumulated debris into the container. What truly stands out about this station is its bagless design, eliminating the need for regular bag replacements. Moreover, it incorporates a HEPA filtration system to securely contain the collected debris. Emptying the container is a task that arises only around every 60 days, simplifying maintenance significantly.
Now, let’s transition to the mopping feature. The AI Ultra, being a two-in-one device, seamlessly combines vacuuming and mopping capabilities, intelligently determining when to mop, vacuum, or perform both functions concurrently. The app allows you to customize and specify the areas for these actions. To initiate mopping, you’ll need to attach the mopping accessory and fill it with cleaning solution. I’ve been using the one provided by Shark, simply adding a bit of water to it. Once filled, you can set the robot in motion to scrub and mop your living space. I’ve had this robot clean my kitchen multiple times, consistently delivering impressive floor cleaning results. It excels in repeatedly covering the same areas, a testament to the Matrix navigation system I mentioned earlier.
It’s worth noting that, unlike vacuuming, you’ll need to manually empty the dustbin after the robot completes its mopping task. It’s a minor task but one to be aware of.
For those curious about battery life, I’ve found it to be more than sufficient for the spaces I’ve deployed it in. Even in my relatively spacious main floor, which consists of around four rooms, the robot easily covers the entire area and returns to its base with ample battery life remaining.
In summary, I have a positive impression of Shark’s new AI Ultra robot. It excels in automating the cleaning process in your home and requires minimal daily maintenance. Once set up, you can simply let it do its job, occasionally emptying the bin in the station. Shark has crafted a dependable and efficient robot that simplifies home cleaning.
However, it’s worth noting that, like many robot cleaners, it can only handle one level at a time. So, if you have a multi-level home, you’ll still need to attend to cleaning on the other floors. Nonetheless, for single-level residences like apartments and condos, robot cleaners are a fantastic solution, and Shark’s latest offering is no exception.
That concludes this article. I hope you found it enjoyable and informative. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.