The Shark Cordless Pet Perfect II is a bagless, cordless hand vac that packs 18 volts of power to tackle the toughest cleaning jobs, with excellent performance on bare floors, edges and pet hair. Expert tests get an average of 18.5 minutes of run time from this hand vac, although owners complain about a short battery life. The trick is not to overcharge the Ni-Cd battery to avoid wearing it out prematurely.
Powerful and effective for short cleaning tasks. We read numerous complaints from owners on sites like Amazon.com and BestBuy.com, noting that the Shark's Ni-Cd battery lasts a mere five to 10 minutes before losing suction power. Owners say the Pet Perfect II claims between 30 minutes and one hour of run time per charge and requires 16 hours to recharge fully. That said, this hand vac is the top-rated model among nine hand vacs tested at one consumer testing organization. The Shark earns excellent ratings for bare floor and edge cleaning, and very good scores for carpets and pet hair, and user-reviewers tend to agree.
Convenient tools with easy storage. Owners love the Shark Pet Perfect II's versatility, noting its motorized pet hair brush, dusting brush and crevice tool, which is perfect for reaching tight nooks and crannies. Users also say it's easy to store, with a charging station that also stores the attachments and can be wall-mounted. Most say it's easy to empty, although some users complain that the filter gets clogged with hair and debris, and it must be removed to empty the dirt canister. Weighing just 5 pounds, it's fairly lightweight. One owner posting feedback to Best Buy comments, "It's a bit on the heavy side, but well balanced."
Not loud, but not standout-quiet. The Shark Cordless Pet Perfect II earns a good rating for noise from editors at one professional testing organization -- about middle of the road compared to the other eight hand vacs included in this review. We found little feedback from owners on the Shark's noise level. There are no complaints that it's overly loud, suggesting that owners feel its noise level is reasonable for a hand vac.
Don't store the Shark on its charger. Charging the Shark's replaceable Ni-Cd battery (Est. $40) too long -- or storing it on the charger -- wears the battery out more quickly, until the point that it will no longer hold a charge. Interestingly, one owner posting a review to Amazon says, "Our unit still holds a very decent charge after about 17 months. We keep our unit on the charger -- fully charged -- when not in use." There are a few complaints of defective units and slipped belts that disable the motorized brush. A few owners say Shark won't honor the warranty for products sold through Amazon.
Editors of ConsumerReports.org test nine hand vacs, including the Shark Cordless Pet Perfect II Hand Vac SV780. Each handheld vacuum is rated for performance on bare floors, edges, carpets and pet hair. It's also noted whether each hand vac has emissions, and charge and run times are listed if applicable.
Review: Small Vacuum Ratings and Reliability, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, September 2012
2. Good Housekeeping
Editors of Good Housekeeping test 35 handheld vacuums, awarding each a rating between A and F. While Dirt Devil models are the highest-rated hand vacs in this roundup, the Shark Pet Perfect II earns a B-plus rating for its easy maneuverability and excellent performance on both bare floors and pet hair.
Review: Shark Pet Perfect II SV78014 Handheld Vacuum, Editors of Good Housekeeping, Not Dated
More than 200 owners have commented on the Shark Pet Perfect II at Amazon.com, where it earns an average rating of 4 stars out of 5. Owners like its multiple attachments for various tasks, and some say it has the power of a full-sized vacuum.
Review: Shark Pet Perfect II Hand Vac (SV780), Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2014
The Shark Pet Perfect II earns an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 in more than 90 owner-written reviews. Users say the Shark is great for pet hair and ideal for cleaning edges. Most say it's powerful, although there a few who complain of weak suction.
Review: Shark - Bagless Cordless Hand Vac, Contributors to BestBuy.com, As of March 2014
About 85 owners weigh in with opinions on the Shark Pet Perfect II at Kohls.com, where it earns an average rating of 4.6 stars out of 5. Users say it's quite powerful, but complaints about a short, 10-minute run time are echoed here as on other retail sites.
Review: Shark 18 Volt Cordless Hand Vacuum, Contributors to Kohls.com, As of March 2014
More than 45 owners contribute to an average rating of 4.4 stars out of 5 for the Shark Pet Perfect II at Lowes.com. Users say it's powerful, but there are several complaints about the Ni-Cd battery. Owners say it lasts only five to 10 minutes before losing suction.
Review: Shark Handheld Vacuum Cleaner, Contributors to Lowes.com, As of March 2014