I Tried the Shark VacMop, and My Floors Have Never Been Cleaner

After two years of use, my Shark VacMop review's the same: It's the vacuum-mop combo you didn't know you needed to clean your floors.

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I use my favorite vacuum in my house almost every single day. And once or twice a week, I drag out my steam mop to give the vinyl kitchen and bathrooms floors a much-needed deep cleaning. The combination of vacuuming and wet mopping does a solid job of picking up dog hair, sticky spots and general dirt and debris—but it’s time-consuming and I don’t like dealing with cords. There had to be a better way to get the floors clean quickly. Enter my Shark VacMop Pro Cordless. After two years of use, I agree with the more than 18,000 five-star Shark VacMop reviews on Amazon. It’s that good. 

What is the Shark VM252 VacMop Pro?

We’re calling the Shark VM252 VacMop Pro Cordless the best vacuum mop combo. Basically, it’s a cordless multitasking cleaning machine that both vacuums and mops hard surface floors. There’s a reservoir tank for a mopping solution, and a vacuum function to pick up debris on a disposable pad. 

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Shark VM252 VacMop Pro features

The VacMop Pro comes partially disassembled in a cardboard box that also holds four disposable cleaning pads, a 12-ounce bottle of multi-surface floor cleaner, instruction booklets and an electric charger. Yep, you have to charge the VacMop Pro for about three hours before it’s ready to clean.

Assembling the VacMop Pro is so simple, you don’t even need directions. As a cordless vacuum, I simply clicked the handle into the base and was done. The VacMop weighs 3.4 pounds, so it’s really lightweight and easy to set up without struggling—I liked that.

I made one big mistake with the VacMop Pro. I didn’t put a disposable pad on before I started vacuuming! The VacMop Pro doesn’t have a debris container (that’s why it’s so lightweight). Instead, debris and dirt are suctioned into a hole inside the disposable pads. Learn from my error, and start cleaning with a disposable mop.

How I tested the Shark VM252 VacMop Pro

The VacMop Pro is for use on hard surface floors, not carpets. (There are other carpet cleaning machines if you’re looking to clean rugs and upholstery.) Since my home only has vinyl floors, I took the VacMop to my mom’s house to try it on her combination of hardwood, linoleum and cement floors. She had recently hosted her grandchildren and my dog over the long weekend, so I knew there would be ample crumbs and spills to clean.

Now that I’ve done two Shark VacMop reviews in two different homes, I’m impressed. It’s the perfect lightweight and hassle-free solution for quick cleanups. I generally run it in the kitchen after I make dinner, and then around the dog dishes. Depending on how dirty the floors are, I find a disposable pad can be used for about a week before it needs to be tossed.

I love how easy it is to go from vacuuming to mopping with one machine, and not having to unplug anything to move between rooms. Tossing the disposable pad in the garbage without having to empty a filthy canister is convenient, too. The VacMop Pro keeps my floors cleaner and longer between deep cleans. It definitely makes cleaning floors fast.

Pros

  • Affordable at around $100
  • Powerful suction and mopping! Easily picks up debris and sticky messes
  • Doesn’t leave streaks
  • Super lightweight—easy to push around and carry
  • Motion-activated headlights light the way in dark corners
  • Charge lasts about 15 minutes—enough time to spot-clean the whole house

Cons

  • Requires disposable pads and multipurpose floor cleaner
  • VacMop doesn’t stand up on its own; you have to hang it or lean it on something
  • Charge won’t last long enough for a deep cleaning of larger spaces

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FAQ

How to use the Shark VM252 VacMop Pro

First, vacuum! After you secure the disposable cleaning pad onto the bottom of the VacMop, simply hold the trigger button on the handle and go to work. I easily sucked up pieces of dog food, small popcorn kernels and general crumbs. When it’s time to mop, hit the spray button and the VacMop squirts a small stream of cleaning solution on the floor. The scent is pleasant and subtle, and the pad has enough of a scrubby surface to bring up sticky messes.

Does the Shark VM252 VacMop Pro leave streaks?

I tested the VacMop Pro on cement, vinyl, hardwood and linoleum floors. I’m happy to report that the included Shark multipurpose floor cleaner didn’t leave any streaks. After running the VacMop in the kitchen, living room, patio and other places I should be vacuuming, the disposable pad was pretty gross. Success!

Do you have to use the Shark VacMop solution?

Shark doesn’t recommend using vinegar or other floor cleaning solutions in the mop because it could damage the system and leave streaks. Plus, other cleaners may be too thick for the VacMop to spray. The included solution is a special concoction designed leave a streak- and residue-free finish.

What Amazon buyers have to say about the Shark VacMop Pro

The Shark VacMop is one of the best vacuums on Amazon judging by its 25,000 ratings, with 18,000 of them offering a perfect five stars. Check out some of these five-star Shark VacMop reviews.

L. Beggins has already bought multiple Shark VacMops as birthday and housewarming gifts. They write, “Can’t say enough about the Shark VacMop! It’s got great suction power, excellent capacity for collecting all the little stuff that makes your floors look dirty. For spot cleaning it can’t be beat.”

“This thing is LEGIT!” write Rachel & Austin Holt. “My husband bought it for me as a surprise to make my life easier and at first I was skeptical as to whether I needed it. I already had a Norwex mop (which I love), a Roomba (which I love), and of course, a broom for sweeping in between Roomba runs. Uh, WOW! This thing makes cleaning up after meals/kids messes easy and fun! The kids love using it to help out and I find myself calling floor duty just so I can use it.”

As a wheelchair user and owner of two dogs, five-star reviewer Vinnie says, “The LED lights the floor on the floor level and you can see all the hair that you couldn’t see with the normal lights on or in daylight. This is so lightweight and easy for me to use. The pad fills up but I empty it with my shop vac and get two fills. Usually after the second time I have to throw away. Again, for a wheelchair user, this vac is the best.”

How the Shark VacMop held up after two years of use

Since I first conducted my initial Shark VacMop reviews, I’ve welcomed my daughter and a second dog into my home. No surprise that my floors are dirtier than ever. And the Shark VacMop is still going strong. I bust it out about three times a week to tackle under couch dust bunnies, baby spit-up, pet hair and the puddles of water the dog creates every time she drinks from her bowl. The Shark VacMop is my go-to for a quick after-dinner kitchen clean-up when I just want to get crumbs off the floor and go to bed.

I’m impressed that the battery is still strong enough to use for a few weeks without needing a recharge. Surprisingly, my favorite feature is the lights, making it easy to see exactly where I need to clean. (Have you ever shone a flashlight under the couch? Very satisfying to see all the dust disappear.) I have had to buy disposal pad refills, but I find I can use the same pads two or three times before tossing. After two years of continuous use, the Shark VacMop is still my go-to vacuum deal for a quick clean.

Where to buy the Shark VM252 VacMop Pro

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The Shark VM252 VacMop Pro is available on Amazon, at Walmart and Target. You can also order the Shark VM252 VacMop Pro directly from Shark. You’ll also need to buy disposable cleaning pad refills and multi-surface floor cleaning solution, but it’s a worthwhile investment for glistening floors. Next, read up on another impressive vacuum mop: the Tineco iFloor 3.

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Megan Wood
As Deputy Affiliate eCommerce Editor, Megan Wood helps Reader's Digest readers find the best products to make their lives better, easier, and more joyful. She has 10 years of service journalism and product review experience across a variety of national websites. When she’s not tracking down the best sales and deals, you can probably find her walking her dog.