Shark Ion Robot vs. Roomba – Which vacuum is the best?

Shark Ion Robot Vs. Roomba: A Robotic Vacuum Showdown

You may have been browsing around Amazon or your local department store’s vacuum section and notice that Shark has a new robotic vacuum: Shark Ion Robot 750. Shark has been in the vacuum business for quite a while now and it should come as no surprise that they’re starting to make a foray into the robotic vacuum world. You might be wondering “are they any good?”. This guide comparing the Shark Ion Robot to the trusty, time honored Roomba should help you make up your mind.

If you’re going to be dropping $300+ on a new home appliance, you want to be sure you’re getting a great deal. Don’t get me wrong, robotic vacuums are a life changer. They’re totally worth it, but you also want to get the best possible robotic vacuum for the money.

Features


Shark Ion Robot 750



Roomba 960
Cleans an entire level?
Auto dock and recharge
Convenient Scheduling
Brush TypeBristleAdvanced Rubber
Smart Phone App
Voice Assistant
Multi-Room Navigation
Best for Pets
Entire Level Cleaning
Clean Map Reports
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Shark Ion Robot vs. Roomba – First Impressions

Shark Ion Robot Vs Roomba: Shark Ion

In our reviews, we usually do a feature-for-feature comparison first but this time I’m going to do something a little different. I’m going to come right out with what I like about both brands. The brand of robotic vacuum that you choose to buy really does make a big difference, as some have many more years of research and development and better tech support.

What I like about the Shark Ion Robot

My favorite thing about Shark as a brand is that they’re targeting the average consumer. Some vacuums are VERY expensive (looking at you Roomba 980) and therefore out of reach of the average consumer. Shark brand strives to put a high quality product in the hands of the consumer at a very low price. 

In this Shark Ion vs. Roomba comparison there’s only one model of the Shark robotic vacuum that has all the features you would want – The Shark Ion Robot 750. Being one of the first robotic vacuums for the company it would seem that there could be some issues with it but it seems to be a high quality product at a very low price.

My first impression of the Shark Ion robot out of the box is that it really reminds me of the last generation of Roomba. It looks quite a bit like the Roomba 980 which is nice. I think it’s one of the most modern and attractive looking robotic vacuums you can buy. The Shark takes the modern look of the Roomba 890 and adds it’s own twist. I like it a lot. Roomba 960

For right around $300 you get wifi control, Amazon Alexa integration, side brushes and a lot more.

What I like about iRobot Roomba

iRobot, the company behind the Roomba robotic vacuum has been in business since 1990. That means that they’ve has plenty of time to tweak their robots to perfection. I think that the massive amount of R&D value that iRobot brings to the Roomba line of vacuums can’t be overstated. When you purchase a Roomba you will always get a great robotic vacuum, but at a higher price than many other brands. 

For the purpose of this comparison we’ll be using our favorite current Roomba model, the Roomba 960. It packs a huge punch of features at a mid range (for iRobot brand) price. Check out our Roomba 960 Review for more details

 

Roomba vs. Ion Robot feature comparison

Suction

Which robot vacuum sucks more? Roomba or Shark Ion Robot? When we say “sucks” we mean suction of course? And sucking more is way better than sucking less in this case!

Robot for Robot, the Shark Ion does just as well at picking up pet hair and dirt, so let’s call this one a tie. The Roomba 980 does better than either the Shark Ion or the Roomba 960 but it’s also way out the league in terms of price compared to the robots that we’re looking at here.

Battery

Both the Shark Ion Robot and Roomba 960 sport a lithium ion battery. The capacity of the Shark Ion Robot is 2600mAh while the Roomba 960 is 330mAh. There are a lot of factors such as motor size that play into how long long that the robots will run without a recharge but the Roomba 960 should run for longer since it has a larger battery.

All things considered, the Roomba 960 may have a bit longer run time than the Shark Ion robot so it can go longer between charges. Roomba wins by a slight margin in this category.

Room Cleaning (ease of cleaning several rooms)

Shark Ion 750: NavigationSome robotic vacuums can only clean one room at a time. One of the killer features of Roomba 960 is that it can clean an entire level of your home. It’s iAdapt 2.0 navigation and recharge and resume features make this possible. The Ion Robot 750 also has an intelligent navigation system and can clean several rooms on a single floor.

I am calling this one a tie between the Shark Ion Robot and Roomba.

Smart Home Integration

The newest thing in home automation is “Smart Assistants” like the Amazon Echo and Google Home. They respond to your voice commands to do various tasks for you like play music, read weather reports, and can do crazy things in your home like dimming the lights.

Both Roomba 960 and Shark Ion Robot 750 integrate with Amazon Alexa, which is what assistant runs the Amazon Echo device that I linked above. You can pause, stop and start the robots, and do other various things with voice commands when you have a smart assistant in your home.

Both robots have a smartphone app that can control scheduling, status and other functions but Roomba 960 includes a report of where it cleaned and what paths it’s navigation system took in order to clean your living space.

For this category I’m going to give a slight edge to Roomba.

Air Filtration

Another important thing to consider when comparing the Shark Ion Robot vs. Roomba is air filtration. Do you suffer from any allergies? If the answer is yes, then you really want a robot that has HEPA filtering capabilities. It’ll remove smaller particles and more pet dander than a standard filter.

Both Roomba 960 and Shark Ion Robot 750 have a HEPA filter.

Shark Ion Robot vs. Roomba for Pets

Shark Ion Robot: PetsIf you have pets it’s very important that you buy a robot vacuum that has the suction necessary to power through hairballs. HEPA filtering is also a must to remove pet dander from your carpets.

Both the Shark Ion Robot and Roomba 960 have a great amount of suction that’ll pick up a ton of pet hair. The Roomba has a slightly larger dust bin so you’ll be emptying it less.

The Shark Ion 750 has a traditional bristle brush roller which will eventually get a lot of hair tangled up in it. Not a huge deal, but you’re going to clean it a lot more than you would for Roomba 960. The Roomba has rubber tangle-free brushes which are awesome if you have lots of hair in your house.

Winner: Roomba. The bigger dust bin and rubber brushes make Roomba a better choice than Shark Ion Robot for people with pets.

Related: Best Roomba for Pet Hair

Navigation

Roomba 960 Navigation

Both bots tout “Intelligent Navigation”.  Both the Roomba 960 and Shark Ion 750 are good, but the Roomba 960 is the clear winner here. iRobot’s been in the robot business for almost 30 years now and their experience has shown when it comes to the navigation system on the Roomba line of robotic vacuums. Many of the Amazon users mention in their own reviews that the Shark Ion robot’s navigation doesn’t seem too intelligent.

Read more reviews here
Winner: Roomba

Shark Ion Robot 750 Final Thoughts

I really love the Shark Ion Robot’s look. It’s sleek, reminds me of the best Roomba designs. It checks all the right boxes in what I would expect from a modern robotic vacuum. It has a smartphone app, intelligent nav, smart assistant integration, hepa filtering. The price tag is SUPER impressive, since you can find them on sale for right around $300.

I have to say that it’s quickly becoming one of the best Cheap Roomba Alternatives that money can buy. It’s also much quieter than any Roomba you can buy right now so if noise is a consideration, definitely think about purchasing the Shark.

Roomba 960 Final Thoughts

When it comes to Robotic Vacuums ALL brands have a long way to catch up to the iRobot Roomba. It’s got everything you’d want in a robotic vacuum and it’s all put together in a polished, sleek package. The only problem with Roomba is the high price tag. I like to think that Roomba is the “Luxury” brand of Robotic vacuum like Audi and Lexus are brands of Luxury cars.

Features


Shark Ion Robot 750



Roomba 960
Cleans an entire level?
Auto dock and recharge
Convenient Scheduling
Brush TypeBristleAdvanced Rubber
Smart Phone App
Voice Assistant
Multi-Room Navigation
Best for Pets
Entire Level Cleaning
Clean Map Reports
PriceCheck PriceCheck Price

 

Bottom Line

If you have pets or if you want the very best, smooth experience with a robotic vacuum buy the Roomba 960. If you’re on a budget and want most of the features of the 960 without the polished experience, buy the Shark Ion 750. You won’t regret it.

Shark Ion Robot 750 Best Price Here

Roomba 960 Best Price Here

 

Roomba 890 Review – a great budget vacuum with wifi

Roomba 890 Review – What does the Roomba 890 have that other robotic vacuums don’t?

One thing that I’ve always been wishing for is a wifi connected Roomba that’s Roomba 890not almost $1000.00. I love the mid-level Roomba models such as the Roomba 860. These Roomba models are wonderful performers but as we use these, and review them, we’re often left asking “Why no wifi?”. It seems strange that $50 home thermostats can have wifi, but my new, expensive robotic vacuum can not?

With the Roomba 890, we now have a mid-level priced robotic vacuum WITH wifi. Until now you would have to choose between a very expensive Roomba 980 with wifi or a Mid level model such as the 860 without wifi. This is HUGE and a long time coming. Does the Roomba 890 fill the need of being both wifi connected and an excellent vacuum cleaner? Read the rest of our review to find out…

Read moreRoomba 890 Review – a great budget vacuum with wifi

iLife Model Comparison – Which is the best value?

iLife robotic vacuum models compared

If you been doing a bunch of research on iLife robotic vacuums and have found that they’re a great robotic vacuum at a cheap price, you’ve come to the right place. iLife robotic vacuums are a great alternative to the more expensive iRobot Roomba brand. Roomba is still the better robot, as you can see in our iLife vs. Roomba article.  All things considered, for those looking to save a lot of money iLife is the best brand of “cheap” robotic vacuum.

Read moreiLife Model Comparison – Which is the best value?

iLife vs. Roomba – Which has more bang for the buck?

iLive Vs Roomba – Which robotic vacuum brand is better for your money?

Roomba 860

If you’re thinking about buying a robotic vacuum but don’t want to throw down a fistful of cash just to get your rooms clean and have some cool looking new gadgets, you have come to the right place. Robotic Vacs has a tradition of comparing and contrasting different brand names of robotic vacuums to help you get the most for your money

Traditionally, we have written reviews on iRobot Roomba vacuums but lately, we have been impressed by a new, cheaper brand of robotic vacuum called iLife. iLife offers nice robotic vacuums at a fraction of the price of most models that iRobot Roomba has to offer.

This article is meant to steer you, the buyer, toward being informed before parting with your hard earned money. As we review more iLife vacuums, this article will be updated with more and more information.

Read moreiLife vs. Roomba – Which has more bang for the buck?

iLife A6 Review – A great budget vacuum

iLife A6 Review – How does the iLife A6 compare to Roomba and other Robotic Vacuums?

It’s been a while since Robotic Vacs has reviewed a robotic vacuum other than one made by iRobot. The reasoning behind that decision is that the cheaper vacuums are usually “dumb” compared to the Roomba or Neato Botvac, and you usually get what you pay for.

Is the iLife A6 any different? What are the compromises, and is it a good robotic vacuum for your money? Read on for our iLife A6 review to find the answers to these questions and more… iLife A6 Review

iLife A6 First impressions

If you’ve read some of our other articles you’ll see that we’re a huge fan of iRobot Roomba, and that we usually steer potential buyers toward purchasing a Roomba. The reason for that is the level of customer satisfaction can’t be matched with many of the other offerings on the market.

A new challenger emerges though, and it’s iLife. iLife is a Chinese company that offers decent robotic vacuums and a very cheap price. With the mantra “decent at a budget price” in mind, let’s see what the iLife A6 has to offer.

Read moreiLife A6 Review – A great budget vacuum

Roomba 960 Review – High Tech Features, Budget Price

Roomba 960 Review – Everything you need to know about iRobot’s latest model

I’m seriously impressed by the effort that iRobot is making to release new consumer products at better prices this year. Earlier this year, we got the Roomba 860, which features the newest cleaning system at a very low price. The trend continues with the Roomba 960. With the 960 we get entire level cleaning and a smartphone app!

For a long time, I’ve been wishing that iRobot would release a Roomba with asmart home connected app, like the Roomba 980, but at a lower price. Have my dreams come true? Read on to my review to find out.

Looking at the comparison chart below, It’s easy to see that the Roomba 960 can hang with the 980, and easily outperforms the earlier Roomba 860 and Roomba 880. I didn’t include the Roomba 650 in the chart because the 800-900 series is in an entirely different class of machines.Roomba 960 Review

Read moreRoomba 960 Review – High Tech Features, Budget Price

Which Roomba to buy?

You may be asking yourself “Which Roomba To buy?”

Which Roomba to Buy

With all of the choices on the market, that’s a perfectly valid question. There are many different models and classes of Roomba, all sporting different features at different price points. And there are better Roombas for pet hair, ones that work better with multiple rooms, and there are some outdated ones that I recommend that you don’t buy.

So, given this sea of information and with so many choices, what’s the best Roomba for you? How will you get the best bang for your buck, and how will you find best price on a Roomba? Read on to find out…

Read moreWhich Roomba to buy?

Roomba 860 Review – What you need to know

Roomba 860 Review – What you need to know before buying

iRobot, the company behind Roomba, seems to tirelessly release more and more products. If it’s not the Roomba 980, it’s Mopping robots or lawnmowers. Today we’re going to take a closer look at the Roomba 860, iRobot’s new offering in the mid-range price level of robotic vacuums. How well does it perform? Is it as good as the Roomba 880, iRobot’s other offering in the 800 series of Roomba? Read on to find out…

iRobot has discontinued it’s 700 series of robotic vacuums and has replaced it with the Roomba 860. The 860 gives us morefeatures at a better price point and, in my opinion, is poised to replace some of the previous year’s pricier robotic vacuum models with something cheaper and touting the same core feature set. For a list of ALL current Roomba models in 2016, check out my Roomba model comparison post.Roomba 860 Review

Read moreRoomba 860 Review – What you need to know

Help! My Roomba keeps getting stuck

What to do if your Roomba keeps getting stuck

Roomba is designed to zoom around and under things and while this works perfectly for the vast majority of people, sometimes your Roomba gets stuck no matter what you try to do to fix the problem. If you want to get your Roomba out of the La Brea Tarpits, read on…

Read moreHelp! My Roomba keeps getting stuck

Top Roomba Model Comparison for 2018

Top Roomba model comparison for 2018

UPDATE: I’ve made this guide even more comprehensive! Latest Roomba models are added, along with suggestions for other brands of robotic vacuum.

If you’re thinking about  buying a Roomba to save time and have a cleaner house, congratulations! You’ve make a great choice. As Obi-Wan-Kenobi of Star Wars says – “you’ve taken your first step into a larger world”. Having a robotic vacuum is a great convenience and will save you a TON of time, but it’s helpful to know which one to buy. This is why I created this Roomba model comparison. The iRobot Roomba is a great choice, and I’m assuming that you’re thinking about buying a Roomba and not another brand since you’re reading this. If you’re considering something else, I compare Neato vs. Roomba here and Bobsweep vs. Roomba right here.

If you’re into a more budget vacuum, check out my ILife Model Comparison guide here.

Still with me? Good! Let’s compare some of the newer Roomba models for 2018.

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