Shark Rotator Lift-Away Vacuums Comparison

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We’ve published a more up-to-date review of the Shark Rotator Series and all of the other Shark vacuums. This review is outdated and we recommend checking out our new Shark Rotator Review, or you can take a look at our overview of all Shark vacuums and navigate to the one that interests you.

Solid performance bagless vacuums at competitive(low) prices. They are not a luxury brand, like Miele or Riccar, and don’t have high-end build quality. However, they’re also more affordable.

That’s my experience with Shark. You won’t get 20 years out of these vacuums, but they pack a lot of features and versatility.

With that said, Shark has two flagship upright vacuum series: the Shark Navigator and the Shark Rotator. Confusingly, Shark doesn’t explicitly lay out the differences between these two vacuum lines, but it’s actually very simple.

  • The Rotator Series generally has a wider cleaning path.
  • The Rotator Series comes with LED headlights, whereas the Navigator does not.
  • The Rotator Series has longer hoses.
  • The Navigator Series generally has larger dust cup capacity.

These are subtle differences and it’s not really clear why there are a few additional features on the Rotator series, like the LED headlight, but it has the smaller dust cup capacity. The dust cup capacity is really the biggest difference.

For example, the Shark Rotator Lift-Away NV501 holds 1.3 dry quarts while the Shark Navigator Professional Lift-Away NV356E holds 2.2 dry quarts. Yet the Rotator is more expensive than the Navigator. Albeit not very much, but other than the LED headlight there is no feature or attachment that the Navigator is lacking.

So what is a “Lift-Away” vacuum?

The lift-away feature lets you remove the body of the upright and carry it along with the hose and power nozzle to clean any place you can reach.

This makes stairs, vehicles, curtains, and any place you normally have trouble reaching with a standard upright, much more accessible to cleaning.

Now:

My aim is to help you make the right choice for your flooring and above-floor cleaning needs. When comparing these very similar vacuum series there will be subtle differences that I will try to point out that may sway your decision when buying. Maybe you would rather have a 8.5 foot hose instead of a 5 foot hose(“Why yes, you read my mind!” Check out the Shark Rotator Lift-Away NV501).


Shark Rotator Slim-Lite Lift-Away (NV341) Vs. Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away (NV501)

A major difference between Shark’s new Rocket 2-in-1 series of vacuums and the Shark Rotator Uprights is their quality of filters. All of the Shark Rotator vacuums use the same 3 filter combination; a pre-motor foam filter, pre-motor felt filter, and post-motor HEPA filter.

The addition of the HEPA filter really helps the overall quality and the Anti-Allergen Seal makes sure air is sent through the filters instead of a leaky pipe system. This is something a lot of vacuums lack, and you end up just taking the dust you vacuumed and making it airborne.

At 25 feet, the cord length of the Slim-Lite is the shortest of the Rotator Series. The hose length, at 7 feet, is longer than all the Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away vacuums, and only 1.5 feet shorter than the Shark Rotator Professional (NV501).

Many people complain about short hoses on the Rotator Powered Series, and find that they end up pulling the upright so much that it just falls over when using the hose. Using the hose while the vacuum is still in upright form isn’t advisable for this reason. It’s a “Lift-Away” after all. So pull off the canister body and you’ll be able to get anywhere you need to.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brushroll Type

 

Multi-floor Capable

 

Filtration

 

Swivel Steering

 

Dust Cup Capacity (Max Fill Line)

 

Hose Length

 

Cord Length

 

Cleaning Path Width

 

Accessories

 

Weight (With/Without Pod)

 

Warranty

 

Model#

 

 

 

Shark Rotator Slim-Lite Lift-Away

 

 

Brushroll TypePremium Power Nozzle for all floor types.

 

Multi-floor CapableYes

 

FiltrationHEPA Washable Filters

 

Swivel SteeringYes

 

Dust Cup Capacity (Max Fill Line)

 

Hose Length7 Feet

 

Cord Length25 Feet

 

Cleaning Path Width9.5 Inches

 

AccessoriesCrevice Tool, Wide Upholstery Tool, Dusting Brush, Accessory Bag, Dust-Away Bare Floor Attachment

 

Weight (With/Without Pod)13 lbs / 7 lbs

 

Warranty5 Years

 

Model#NV341

 

 

Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away

 

 

Brushroll TypePremium Power Nozzle for all floor types.

 

Multi-floor CapableYes

 

FiltrationHEPA Washable Filters

 

Swivel SteeringYes

 

Dust Cup Capacity (Max Fill Line)1.3 dry quarts

 

Hose Length8.4 Feet

 

Cord Length30 Feet

 

Cleaning Path Width9.5 Inches

 

AccessoriesDusting Brush, 12″ Crevice Tool, Pet Power Brush, Wide Upholstery Tool

 

Weight (With/Without Pod)15.5 lbs / 8.4 lbs

 

Warranty5 Years

 

Model#NV501

 

The price jump from the Slim-Lite(NV341) to the Rotator Professional (NV501) is significant. You do get a longer hose and more attachments with the Rotator Professional, as well as a slightly larger dust cup.

You do not get the Pet Power Brush with the Slim-Lite, which is really useful when cleaning curtains, furniture, vehicles, and stairs. It’s available fairly cheap from Shark.

Overall, you can see how if the features and accessories of the NV501 are more useful to you then it’s definitely the way to go. It’s still priced very competitively compared to other less versatile vacuums, like the Dyson Ball.


Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away (NV501) Vs. Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away (NV752 and NV682)

These vacuums are actually very similar. You get a shorter hose length with the Rotator Powered vacuums, but you get fingertip controls for the brushroll and any other powered attachments.

Being a “lift-away” vacuum, you have the option of removing the vacuum body from the upright and simply using it along with the powered nozzle. This makes the shorter hose less of an issue.

The fingertip controls are actually a big deal. Turning on/off the brushroll or changing the vacuum power with a finger is so much easier than having to free up one of your hands while vacuuming. Normally you would be holding the vacuum body with one hand and the hose with the other, when in “lift-away” form. This is one really convenient feature that makes the Shark Rotator Powered Series more attractive.

 

 

 

 

 

Brushroll Type

 

Multi Floor Capable

 

Filtration

 

Swivel Steering

 

Dust Cup Capacity (Max Fill Line)

 

Fingertip Controls

 

Hose Length

 

Cord Length

 

Cleaning Path Width

 

Accessories

 

Weight (With/Without Pod)

 

Warranty

 

Model#

 

 

 

Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away NV501

 

 

Brushroll TypePremium Power Nozzle for all floor types.

 

Multi Floor CapableYes

 

FiltrationShark® Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology® / HEPA Washable Filters

 

3 Filters: Foam, Felt, and HEPA

 

Swivel SteeringYes

 

Dust Cup Capacity (Max Fill Line)1.3 dry quarts

 

Fingertip ControlsNo

 

Hose Length8.4 Feet

 

Cord Length30 Feet

 

Cleaning Path Width9.5 Inches

 

AccessoriesDusting Brush, 12″ Crevice Tool, Pet Power Brush, Wide Upholstery Tool, Straight Nozzle

 

Weight (With/Without Pod)15.5 lbs / 8.4 lbs

 

Warranty5 Years

 

Model#NV501

 

 

Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away NV752

 

 

Brushroll TypePremium Power Nozzle for all floor types.

 

Multi Floor CapableYes

 

FiltrationShark® Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology® / HEPA Washable Filters

 

3 Filters: Foam, Felt, and HEPA

 

Swivel SteeringYes

 

Dust Cup Capacity (Max Fill Line)1.3 dry quarts

 

Fingertip ControlsYes

 

Hose Length6 Feet

 

Cord Length30 Feet

 

Cleaning Path Width9.5 Inches

 

AccessoriesHard-Floor Genie Attachment for Superior Bare Floor Cleaning with washable microfiber pad, Pet Power Brush, Dusting Brush, Crevice Tool

 

Weight (With/Without Pod)15.6 lbs / 8 lbs

 

Warranty5 Years

 

Model#NV752

 

 

Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Speed NV682

 

 

Brushroll TypePremium Power Nozzle for all floor types.

 

Multi Floor CapableYes

 

FiltrationShark® Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology® / HEPA Washable Filters

 

3 Filters: Foam, Felt, and HEPA

 

Swivel SteeringYes

 

Dust Cup Capacity (Max Fill Line)0.9 dry quarts

 

Fingertip ControlsYes

 

Hose Length6 Feet

 

Cord Length30 Feet

 

Cleaning Path Width10.5 Inches

 

AccessoriesPet Power Brush, Dusty-Away Pro nozzle with 1 Microfiber Pad, Duster Crevice, Pet Multi Tool

 

Weight (With/Without Pod)13.2 lbs / 5.9 lbs

 

Warranty5 Years

 

Model#NV682

 

All 3 of the vacuums above come with the Pet Powered Brush. Don’t let the name fool you; it’s not only for pets. Cleaning upholstery, curtains, carpeted stairs, and vehicles is so much easier with a mini powered brush. So even if you don’t feel like spending the extra cash on the Shark Rotator Powered, you can get the same clenaing ability from the Rotator Professional.

Overall, there are some nice features on the Rotator Powered Series that are not on the Rotator Professional, but you will have to decide which one is the right fit for your cleaning needs.

Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away – 3 Different Versions

Lastly, these are the Rotator Powered Series vacuums; Shark’s newest vacuums in 2017.

You won’t find much difference in these vacuums, aside from the attachments that are included. You do get the Pet Powered Brush with each one of these vacuums. The XL Capacity of the NV755 is obviously a nice improvement, though you will have to decide if the price increase is worth it.

 

 

 

 

Brushroll Type

 

Multi Floor Capable

 

Filtration

 

Swivel Steering

 

Dust Cup Capacity (Max Fill Line)

 

Fingertip Controls

 

Hose Length

 

Cord Length

 

Cleaning Path Width

 

Accessories

 

Weight (With/Without Pod)

 

Warranty

 

Model#

 

 

 

Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away NV752

 

 

Brushroll TypePremium Power Nozzle for all floor types.

 

Multi Floor CapableYes

 

FiltrationShark® Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology® / HEPA Washable Filters

 

3 Filters: Foam, Felt, and HEPA

 

Swivel SteeringYes

 

Dust Cup Capacity (Max Fill Line)1.3 dry quarts

 

Fingertip ControlsYes

 

Hose Length6 Feet

 

Cord Length30 Feet

 

Cleaning Path Width9.5 Inches

 

AccessoriesHard-Floor Genie Attachment for Superior Bare Floor Cleaning with washable microfiber pad, Pet Power Brush, Dusting Brush, Crevice Tool

 

Weight (With/Without Pod)15.6 lbs / 8 lbs

 

Warranty5 Years

 

Model#NV752

 

 

Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Speed NV682

 

 

Brushroll TypePremium Power Nozzle for all floor types.

 

Multi Floor CapableYes

 

FiltrationShark® Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology® / HEPA Washable Filters

 

3 Filters: Foam, Felt, and HEPA

 

Swivel SteeringYes

 

Dust Cup Capacity (Max Fill Line)0.9 dry quarts

 

Fingertip ControlsYes

 

Hose Length6 Feet

 

Cord Length30 Feet

 

Cleaning Path Width10.5 Inches

 

AccessoriesPet Power Brush, Dusty-Away Pro nozzle with 1 Microfiber Pad, Duster Crevice, Pet Multi Tool

 

Weight (With/Without Pod)13.2 lbs / 5.9 lbs

 

Warranty5 Years

 

Model#NV682

 

 

Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away XL Capacity (NV755)

 

 

Brushroll TypePremium Power Nozzle for all floor types.

 

Multi Floor CapableYes

 

FiltrationShark® Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology® / HEPA Washable Filters

 

3 Filters: Foam, Felt, and HEPA

 

Swivel SteeringYes

 

Dust Cup Capacity (Max Fill Line)About 1.8 dry quarts

 

Fingertip ControlsYes

 

Hose Length6 Feet

 

Cord Length30 Feet

 

Cleaning Path Width9.5 Inches

 

AccessoriesDuster Crevice, Mini Motorized Brush, Pet Upholstery Tool, Dust-Away™ Hard Floor attachment with microfiber pad, Dusting Brush, Canister Caddy, Accessory Bag

 

Weight (With/Without Pod)15.95 lbs / 4.3 lbs

 

Warranty5 Years

 

Model#NV755

 

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