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About the Shark RV2610WA robot vacuum and mop
- Dimensions: 14.96" x 5.7” (W x H)
- Weight: 7.2 pounds
- Type: Vacuum mop hybrid
- Dirty capacity: 9.46 liters
What we like
Its navigation function is smooth
When a robot vacuum comes into our labs, we place it on our robot vacuum obstacle course. It’s a simulated room filled with all types of furniture, including low shelves, chair legs, and risers. When it comes to navigation, robot vacuums need to strike a balance between ramming their brushes into every nook and shying away from every obstacle.
During testing, the Shark RV2610WA did really well avoiding obstacles while picking up the debris we laid out for it. It never got stuck or trapped during its testing runs, and it made it over the doorway threshold and atop our 2/3rds inch riser, which indicates that the RV2610WA is good at dealing with uneven floors and will be able to easily transition from one type of flooring to another.
It boasts impressive mopping skills
This Shark robot vacuum is actually a vacuum-mop hybrid. To judge its mopping capabilities, we tested it on a platform covered in hardwood on one side and linoleum on the other. Then, we dirtied the floor with talcum powder and a few squirts of chocolate syrup.
The Shark RV2610WA left the floor spotless.
What we didn’t like
The self-empty function needs major improvement
One of the big selling points of this robot vacuum is that it self-empties.
The idea is that after this Shark finishes a cleaning run, it returns to its dock, where a secondary vacuum suctions out the debris it has collected and places it into a bin that you have to empty every 30 days.
While the self-emptying feature on the Shark RV2610WA works most of the time, we observed a few occasions when the robot vacuum didn’t dock properly. Consequently, when the secondary vacuum was activated, it spewed tons of dirt on the floor.
It’s never good when a robot vacuum leaves a mess.
Most self-emptying robot vacuums empty the robot’s dust bin into a self-sealing bag so you never need to see, touch, or smell anything unpleasant. Not so with the Shark RV2610WA, which is bagless and empties itself into a reusable container.
Don’t get us wrong, it’s great that the bin is washable, reusable, and money-saving in the long run. However, it also means that you will release more allergens into the air every time you empty the robot vacuum. It’s just not as convenient as its bagged counterparts.
Carpets pose a challenge
The Shark RV2610WA’s mop and vacuum performance shows us that it’s better designed for bare floors.
On average, it picked up around 7.7 grams of debris per run. The bar for us in the testing labs is around 10 grams in order to keep your floor maintained in between cleanings.
We also found that this Shark had trouble picking up pet hair from our low-pile carpets.
What users are saying
We reviewed this robot vacuum pretty early in its life cycle so there are only a handful of user reviews out there. However, out of 59 ratings on Amazon, the Shark RV2610WA scores a 4.2 stars out of 5.
Users like the easy setup and mop feature. However, the major complaints that we see are about the lackluster app and the inability to pick up pet hair.
Should you buy the Shark RV2610WA?
The Shark RV2610WA is affordable and often on sale. It performs well on bare floors, but below average on carpets.
Our bigger issue is that the self-emptying feature sometimes creates a mess, which is never appreciated. The RV2610WA also underwhelmed us when it came to pet hair.
If you’re looking for a robot vacuum, we’d suggest checking out the iRobot Roomba i3+.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.
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Senior Manager of Lab Operations@Jonfromthelab1
Jonathan Chan currently serves as the Lab Manager at Reviewed. If you clean with it, it's likely that Jon oversees its testing. Since joining the Reviewed in 2012, Jon has helped launch the company's efforts in reviewing laptops, vacuums, and outdoor gear. He thinks he's a pretty big deal. In the pursuit of data, he's plunged his hands into freezing cold water, consented to be literally dragged through the mud, and watched paint dry. Jon demands you have a nice day.
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