First, I was surprised at how loud the Shark IQ is. It sounds like a helicopter doing laps around your house. (see uploaded video) It's pretty obnoxious. Second, the machine takes a long time to return to its dock - if it returns, that is. In all my times running it, it would make it back to dock about 50% of the time. The other times, I would have to go around hunting for it. For some reason, it would just stop at random places in the house with some error message. Third, I ran it about 15 times, and that still wasn't enough to map out my house. I was hoping to have it on a regular schedule where I could clean room by room a few times a week. By the 15th time of running it, I gave up on having it try to map out my place. Fourth, there are some annoying design flaws in this product. For example, it's difficult and awkward to connect the power cord to the back of the machine. Also, the bagless disposal bin is tricky to empty. When you empty it in the trash, there was a lot of dust and my dog's hair caught up in the cylindrical mesh filter. You're basically having to pull it out by hand, and when you do that, the dust and other particles escape into the air, creating a bit of a mess. Anyway, I wanted to like this given the cost of the machine, but it was a big disappointment. If you're considering this product, I would just pay the few extra hundred dollars to get the real thing.
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