The Shark Rocket's performance is at best mediocre. Suction is only fair as evidenced by its ability to pick up debris along the edge of a wall and having to go over a bare floor twice to pick up all the dirt. If you go slowly, it performs better, but that also means more time. Its suction does not compare to our low-end Kenmore canister or any of the other vacuums we've had.
The Rocket is back heavy, so comfort is poor. My wife, late 50's, will not use it because it hurts her arm even for small jobs. Maneuverability is cumbersome given the bulkiness on the back end. Vacuuming the whole house can be uncomfortable. The dust canister does not hold a lot, and if you have pets, the hair forces you to have to pull out the debris by hand.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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