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Shark Stratos Cordless Review [IZ862H]

Derek Hales

Written By: Derek Hales

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It’s cordless, it bends, and it has incredible suction power. It’s time for us to test the cordless version of Shark’s Stratos vacuum. We’ll run it through our 21 performance testing gauntlet and see how it fares.

Powerful, Long-running cordless vacuum

Shark Stratos Cordless Isolated

Shark Stratos Cordless Stick

The Shark Stratos Cordless IZ862H has the power of many corded vacuums and the ability to pivot in the middle to save your knees from bending to get under furniture. This model of Stratos features Clean Sense IQ which can automatically regulate suction power based on the current debris and surface the vacuum is engaged in. There are also added design features to the brush head that give it exceptional hair cleaning performance.


  • Perfect suction against pet and human hair with zero trace in the brushroll.
  • Very long runtime if you use the Clean Sense IQ mode or Eco mode
  • Excellent performance across debris types, but especially large debris.


  • A small percentage of sugar and kitty litter consistently eluded this model
  • On the heavier side as far as cordless vacuums go at almost 9 pounds


  • Design - 97%
  • Performance - 96%
  • Quality - 100%
  • Usability - 98%
  • Value - 98%


The Shark Stratos Cordless IZ862H is powerful, easy to use, and has a long runtime. This Stratos model uses a “Clean Sense IQ” power mode that saves battery by automatically adjusting suction power to what is needed. Cleaning performance was fantastic overall, with only some minor concerns for small debris on carpets. In addition, the Stratos Cordless had perfect performance with both pet and long human hair. It’s significantly noisier than most cordless vacuums, but its cleaning performance is well worth it.

In This Review

Cleaning Test | Long Hair Test | Pet Hair Test | Runtime Test | Wind Speed Test | Smoke Sealant Test | Noise Test | Usability | Accessories | Size | Specs | Summary

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Performance Tests

To test the Shark Stratos, we put it through a series of 21 different tests from 8 critical performance categories.

These testing categories include:

  • Cleaning test
  • Hair test
  • Pet hair test
  • Wind speed test
  • Runtime test
  • Smoke sealant test
  • Noise test
  • Usability test

Cleaning Test

For the cleaning test, we measure how well the Shark Stratos Cordless is able to clean up messes by putting it against 4 different debris types and 3 different floor types.

For each debris and floor type we use the vacuum on the maximum suction power and give each debris type one forward and one backward pass.

Cleaning With Shark Stratos Cordless
Cleaning With Shark Stratos Cordless

Shark claims this model has the highest suction power of any cordless model they make and it definitely felt powerful. It did have some issues with smaller debris types.

Here are the overall results for the Shark Stratos:





Low Carpet


High Carpet


It’s speculation on my part, but I believe the higher suction contributed to debris shooting outside the testing path, thereby scoring lower. Still, it managed a 96.66% overall performance score. Compared to the average of 96.4% (based on all of our vacuum tests to date) it was better.

Hardwood Floor Cleaning

The Cordless Stratos performed the best on hardwood floors. It was virtually perfect with sugar, kitty litter, and rice.



Kitty Litter






The only issue we observed was that a small amount of debris would shoot out of the sides due to the high suction. This problem most affected the cereal, which had only 96.6% collected in the test.

Shark Stratos Cordless Hardwood Floor Before Tests
Hardwood Floor (Before)
Shark Stratos Cordless Hardwood Floor After Tests
Hardwood Floor (After)

We could see the cereal breaking and shooting off to the sides. With more and wider passes with the vacuum, I am confident this wouldn’t be a problem in real world application.

Low Pile Carpet Cleaning

For these next two, we observed somewhat of an opposite problem. The larger debris types were entirely sucked up by the Stratos Cordless stick vacuum.



Kitty Litter






Shark Stratos Cordless Low Pile Carpet Before Test
Low Pile Carpet (Before)
Shark Stratos Cordless Low Pile Carpet Lane After
Low Pile Carpet (After)

It was the smaller debris that seemed to stay in the testing lanes. Notably we could see the smallest type, sugar, somehow make its way on top of the brushroll.

Shark Stratos Cordless Sugar Issue
Sugar on top of the brush head

We cleaned it off and reran the tests several times and always got the same result. Smaller debris just seems to give the brush head on the Shark Stratos Cordless some issues.

High Pile Carpet Cleaning

We saw a near identical result with high pile carpet. The two smaller debris types struggled more at a 90.8% and 90.4%. And again, larger debris types didn’t leave behind a single grain of rice or piece of cereal. 



Kitty Litter






These amounts are, indeed, small, but they are worth considering.

Shark Stratos Cordless High Pile Carpet Lane Before Test
High Pile Carpet (Before)
Shark Stratos Cordless High Pile Carpet After Test
High Pile Carpet (After)

Long Hair Test

For our hair test, we place exactly 1 gram of high-contrasting blue strands of hair on our high pile testing lane. We then run the vacuum over it on its highest setting and check to see how much hair was removed, and if any tangled in the brushroll.

Amount on Floor

0.0 g

Amount Tangled

0.0 g



With only one pass of the Cordless Shark Stratos, 100% of the blue hair was removed from the testing lane and accounted for at the post-test weigh in. The entire amount was collected in a single cohesive spiral in the dust bin. 

Shark Stratos Cordless Long Hair Test After
Brush roll after long hair test
Shark Stratos Cordless Long Hair Test Dust Bin
Dust Bin after long hair test

After examining the brushroll, we couldn’t find a strand of hair anywhere. This is truly exceptional performance, as most brush heads see at least some amount tangled in the corners or wrapped in the roll. 

Pet Hair Test

Our pet hair test is similar to the long hair test in that we place 1 gram of pet fur on the high pile carpet testing lane, run the vacuum over it on its highest setting, and see how much is removed.

Shark Stratos Cordless Pet Hair Test Lane
Pet hair test lane with Shark Stratos Cordless

The Cordless Shark Stratos did it again. It demonstrated perfect performance both with 100% collection of the hair and 0 evidence left behind in the brush head.

Amount in Carpet

0.0 g



Shark Stratos uses proprietary elements that they call “DUOCLEAN”, “POWERFINS”, and “HAIRPRO”; our testing shows this design is effective.

Shark Stratos Cordless Pet Hair Test Dust Bin
Dust bin after the pet hair test

If you have a dog that sheds a lot, the Shark Stratos cordless stick vacuum is a great choice to help clean it up.

Runtime Test

For our runtime test, we fully charge the battery, and let the vacuum run on each mode until the battery runs out of power.

Shark Stratos Cordless Usability
Starting up the Shark Stratos Cordless

In this case, the 3 modes included the “Clean Sense IQ” mode that changes based on debris and terrain detected. Since there is no way to be consistent with those variables, we only tested the Eco and Boost modes that both have constant suction.

Here are the results from our test:

Eco Mode

78 mins 50 secs

Boost Mode

13 mins 56 secs

The results show quite a range of suction the Shark Stratos Cordless can produce. At nearly 1 hour and 19 minutes, the lowest setting called eco mode is impressive.

On the other end, the boost mode lasted just under 14 minutes. That powerful suction can only be sustained for so long on battery. If you use the Clean Sense IQ mode, you would be experiencing somewhere between these two power settings.

Wind Speed Test

Vacuums with higher wind speed can create higher suction power. To measure the wind speed the Shark Stratos generates, we use an anemometer. We place it level with the next of the extension tube and run the vacuum on each mode, recording the results.

Shark Stratos Cordless Clean Sense Iq Bar
Shark Stratos Cordless Clean Sense IQ mode strength bar

Again, we only tested the Eco and Boost modes. We can approximate the average wind speed of the Clean Sense mode as somewhere in between the first two. The bar in the image above shows the relative strength of Cordless Stratos in its Clean Sense mode at the time of the picture.

Here’s what we found:

Eco Mode

10.7 mph

Boost Mode

19.5 mph

For the Cordless Shark Stratos, we measured a max wind speed of 19.5 mph while on its highest power setting (boost mode).

This is significant as it actually outperforms the recorded wind speed of the Corded Shark Stratos model, which was only 17.7 mph. Shark claims this is their most powerful cordless vacuum yet, and this is another data point to confirm that. 

Sealed System Test

For the sealed system test, we want to determine how well the entire vacuum system is sealed. Vacuums that are properly sealed ensure that dust and debris vacuumed stays inside the vacuum. Vacuums that are not properly sealed may spread dust and debris around your home. 

We set up a fog machine with the output nozzle facing directly toward the vacuum’s extension wand. Once the fog machine is primed, we turn the vacuum on the highest suction mode and release short bursts of smoke into the vacuum.

Just like with other Stratos models, we found the design of the Cordless Stratos to be completely sealed. Our video shows excellent sealant performance, with the only hint of smoke shown briefly out of the exhaust end of the vacuum. No other parts or connection points let smoke through.

Noise Test

To test the noise levels of the Shark Stratos, we ran it on high pile carpet in each power mode. While running, we use a sound meter to then measure the level of noise generated by the vacuum. Before starting the test, we also measure the ambient noise level of the room to compare vacuum to. 

Ambient Noise

39.4 dB

Eco Mode

67.2 dB

Boost Mode

75.8 dB

This is definitely a loud vacuum with a range of 67.2 – 75.8 dB

Shark Stratos Cordless Cleaning Under Furniture
Shark Stratos Cordless cleaning under furniture

Even at its lowest setting, you would most likely struggle to hold a conversation with someone more than 5 feet away. Based on the below reference chart, that is roughly equivalent to vehicle traffic or a running shower.

Its max power setting is a notch louder and I don’t think you would be able to clearly say or hear much with it running.

Common noise levels:

  • 20 dB – rustling leaves
  • 30 dB – whisper
  • 40 dB – quiet library, babbling brook
  • 50 dB – refrigerator, moderate rainfall
  • 60 dB – normal conversation, dishwashers
  • 70 dB – traffic, showers
  • 80 dB – alarm clock, telephone dial tone


Usability is just as easy as you would expect from a cordless stick vacuum with some additional features.

Shark Stratos Cordless Storage Height
Shark Stratos Cordless folded over

Chief among these features is the extension wand that can pivot 180 degrees near the center. Not only is this great for storage, but it allows you to vacuum under furniture without you being the one to bend down to reach it. 


Regarding set-up of your cordless stick Stratos, there are actually few parts and steps to manage. Compared to the Shark Stratos Upright, which has 14 different parts that came out of the box, this cordless model had half as many.

Shark Stratos Cordless All Parts
Shark Stratos Cordless all parts out of the box

Here is the complete list of parts that come out of the box:

  • Shark Stratos Cordless vacuum body
  • Pivoting extension wand
  • Brush head
  • Odor neutralizer pack (x1)
  • Duster crevice tool
  • Anti-Allergen brush
  • Charger

The odor neutralizer is in a small cardboard box that may be confused with other packaging. Be sure not to throw it away.

After removing the plastic bags around the above items, you simply need to:

  • Charge the battery, which takes up to 3.5 hours
  • Insert odor neutralizer pack into the brush head
  • Connect the wand, brush head, and vacuum together
  • Remove informational/warning stickers after reading

This whole process is less than 5 minutes.

Controls & Display

Controls are extremely minimal on the Cordless Shark Stratos. On the vacuum itself there is:

  • LCD display screen
  • Power button
  • Mode Select button
Shark Stratos Cordless Eco Mode
Eco Mode
Shark Stratos Cordless Boost Mode
Boost Mode

The LCD only shows the battery life as a percentage and an icon for each cleaning mode.

Pressing the power button will start you on the Clean Sense IQ mode shown at the top of the screen, and you can switch to the Eco mode and Boost mode in that order by pressing the mode select button located under the power button.

Shark Stratos Cordless Clean Sense Iq Mode
Clean Sense IQ Mode (thumb is on top of Mode Change button)

The accessories have some minor controls as well, and we will address them in that section.


Maintenance is fairly straightforward on the Cordless Stratos stick vacuum. There are 5 main elements to consider regarding maintenance:

  • Emptying the dustbin
  • Checking for clogs
  • Cleaning the Post Motor HEPA Filter
  • Cleaning the Pre-Motor Foam and Felt filters
  • Cleaning Clean Sense IQ sensors 
Shark Stratos Cordless Dust Bin Removed
Shark Stratos Cordless dust bin removed

These first two are only necessary based on need and usage. 

For the HEPA Post filter, Shark recommends cleaning once a year. For the Pre-Motor Foam and Felt filters, Shark recommends cleaning once a month. In both these cases, it is recommended to only use water and let dry for 48 hours.

Shark Stratos Cordless Hepa Filter Removed
Shark Stratos Cordless Hepa Filter Removed
Shark Stratos Cordless Pre Motor Felt Filters
Shark Stratos Cordless Pre Motor Felt Filters

Finally, Shark has detailed instructions for cleaning sensors if the Clean Sense IQ seems to get knocked out of calibration.


As noted previously, there are very few accessories for the Shark Stratos. The only two that come with the base purchase of the vacuum are the:

  • Duster crevice tool
  • Anti-Allergen brush

The duster crevice tool has a brush attachment that can extend to the head or be stored below if the brush is not needed.

Shark Stratos Cordless Crevice Tool
Duster crevice tool
Shark Stratos Cordless Crevice Tool Brush Use
Crevice tool with brush extended

The Anti-allergen brush is designed for dusting and can actually flip around to dust under as well as on top of surfaces.

Shark Stratos Cordless Dusting
Dusting with the anti-allergen brush
Shark Stratos Cordless Using Anti Allergen Brush
Dusting under objects by rotating anti-allergen brush

More accessories are compatible with the Shark Stratos Cordless Stick vacuum, but they would have to be purchased separately.

Size & Dimensions

Compared to other stick vacuums, I couldn’t help but feel like it was a degree heavier, but not dramatically so. Subjectively speaking, all the parts and overall design seem extremely sturdy and this adds a bit of heft, in my opinion.

Shark Stratos Cordless Size Dimensions
Shark Stratos Cordless size

Here are the dimensions of Shark Stratos Cordless Stick Vacuum:

  • Width – 10.24″
  • Length – 13.78”
  • Height – 51.18”
  • Weight – 8.9 lbs

The height is fairly standard, but with the extension wand bent the full 180 degrees, it can be stored at a height of 26”.

Shark Stratos Cordless IZ862H Specifications

TypeCordless Stick
Weight8.9 lbs.
Floor TypeAll (indoor)
FilterFelt & Foam, HEPA
Dust Bin Capacity0.72 L
ReturnsVaries by retailer
Warranty5 years
PriceCheck Price

Should you buy the Shark Stratos Cordless Vacuum?

I would recommend the Stratos Cordless Stick Vacuum if you are looking for the following features:

  • Extension wand that can pivot: This vacuum has a button on the extension wand that you can use to transition from a straight stick to a right angle that allows the bottom half to be flush with the floor while you stay standing straight. This lets you clean under furniture without having to bend your knees. 
  • Long runtime: Using the eco mode, your cleaning could last about 80 minutes on one charge. If you use the Clean Sense IQ mode, which regulates suction power based on sensors, you could get about 46 minutes of cleaning time. At the highest setting, which has extremely powerful suction, you can get about 14 minutes on one charge.
  • Perfect hair cleaning performance: Not only does this vacuum remove all hair, even the bits that have been ground into carpet, but absolutely none of it was left in or tangled around the brush head during our tests.

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About Derek Hales

Derek HalesDerek Hales is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of He has been featured in Fast Company, Reader's Digest, Business Insider,, She Knows, and other major publications. Derek has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Kansas State University. Hales has been testing and reviewing products for the home since 2014.