The Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV is a corded upright/handheld vacuum. It delivers superb bare-floor cleaning performance and should clear most kinds of debris on both low and high-pile carpet. It's also fairly configurable to suit different cleaning requirements, with two different suction levels, two floor settings, and a decently wide assortment of tools and brushes. Unfortunately, it's quite heavy, and its short vacuum hose makes cleaning high-placed areas and furniture a little tricky in its semi-handheld 'Lift-Away' mode. There are quite a few parts that require routine maintenance, but for the most part, they're easy to access. Overall, if you're looking for a versatile upright vacuum, this is a solid option.
The Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV is excellent for bare floors. It does an outstanding job of cleaning pet hair as well as small and large debris like rice or cereal, with virtually no decrease in suction performance as its dirt compartment fills up. It's decently well-built and fairly easy to maintain, though many parts require routine maintenance. Thankfully, it's bagless design and washable, reusable filters keep recurring costs low.
The Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV is decent for low-pile carpet. It clears pet hair and coarse debris like sand without too much of an issue, but it may take a couple of passes to fully clear fine material like baking soda. Thanks to its swiveling head and easily reconfigurable design, it's fairly maneuverable, but its heavy weight can make it a little tricky to carry around. While many parts need to be regularly cleaned and maintained, you shouldn't need to replace any components as long as they're well taken care of.
The Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV is a good option for high-pile carpet. It offers great performance on this kind of surface, clearing most pet hair as well as fine and coarse material like baking soda. Its adjustable surface setting and suction control features help maintain performance on this kind of surface. It's also reasonably easy to maintain and incurs very few recurring costs as long as you clean its components as per the manufacturer's recommendation.
The Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV is very good for dealing with pet hair. It does an impressive job of cleaning pet hair on a wide variety of surfaces. It also has a HEPA filter that should prevent allergens from spreading as you clean. While you can't remove its brushroll to clear any stuck-on debris, this component is advertised as being able to detangle hair wraps by itself. It also comes with a turbo brush, which makes it easier to clean pet hair from delicate surfaces.
The Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV is very good for cleaning stairs. It's easy to reconfigure it into a semi-handheld vacuum, and it feels sturdy enough to deal with a couple of minor drops and bumps. While it performs best on bare floors, it still does a very good job of clearing debris on both low and high-pile carpet. Unfortunately, it's a little on the heavy side, and its short vacuum hose can be a bit of a nuisance.
The Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV is good for cleaning the inside of your car. It can be quickly reconfigured into a semi-handheld vacuum, and it comes with a crevice cleaner and an upholstery tool to help you deal with messes in tight corners or on fabric surfaces. While its power cord is long enough to help you reach a car parked outdoors, you may find its short vacuum hose to be a significant hindrance.
The Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV is available in a few variants, though they differ only in terms of included attachments and color. We tested the LA502 variant, and you can see its label here.
|Model Number||Wand Color||Included Brushes and Tools||Notes|
|LA500||Grey||Upholstery tool, crevice tool|
|LA500C||Grey||Upholstery tool, crevice tool||Canadian-market designation for the LA500 model|
|LA502||Silver/Blue||Upholstery tool, crevice tool, miniature turbo brush|
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The Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV is an upright/handheld vacuum. It outperforms the similar Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away on bare floors, but doesn't do quite as well on low-pile carpet. Reconfiguring it into its semi-handheld 'Lift-Away' form factor is a quick and simple process, and it comes with a wide variety of tools and accessories to help you clean a mix of surface types. Unfortunately, it's quite bulky and has many parts that require routine maintenance.
The Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV is more versatile than the Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away. The ADV has fewer maintenance requirements, a longer power cord, a lighter construction, better maneuverability, and superior performance on bare floors, especially in regards to pet hair. However, unlike the Rotator Powered, you can't turn off its brushroll. The Rotator Powered also outperforms the ADV on low-pile carpet and has a bigger dirt compartment.
The Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV is a better overall vacuum than the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe. The Rotator is better-built, easier to maintain, slightly easier to maneuver, and has a longer power cord. It also performs much better on bare floors. Meanwhile, the Navigator has a larger dustbin and performs better on low-pile carpet.
The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Speed and the Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV have different advantages, and you may prefer one over the other depending on your needs. The Navigator has a bigger dirt compartment, a lighter construction, and superior performance on low and high-pile carpet, especially when cleaning fine debris like baking soda. That said, the Rotator is better built, easier to maintain, and has a longer power cord and vacuum hose. It also clears more debris on bare floors.
The Shark Stratos Upright is marginally better than the Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV, though both vacuums are pretty similar overall. The Stratos is a little easier to clean and has a handle-mounted surface adjustment dial rather than the Rotator's body-mounted switch. Its PowerFins HairPro floorhead also does a better job of reducing hair wraps compared to the Rotator's previous-generation head. The Rotator is a little lighter and more comfortable to use in its 'Lift-Away' configuration.
The Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV is better overall than the Shark APEX Upright. The Rotator has fewer maintenance needs, a lighter construction, and better performance on bare floors and high-pile carpet. Unlike the APEX Upright, it also comes with a hard-bristle brush and an extension wand. However, the APEX Upright has superior performance on low-pile carpet and is slightly more maneuverable.
The Hoover ONEPWR Evolve Pet and Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV are differently-designed vacuums with different strengths, meaning one might suit you better depending on your needs. The Shark is a corded upright with a virtually indefinite runtime. You can use it in a semi-handheld configuration to clear messes in tight corners. It incurs lower recurring costs, has an adjustable-height floorhead, performs better on bare floors and low-pile carpet, and exerts a much stronger suction force in the real world, resulting in superior crack-cleaning performance. It also does a much better job of sealing in fine particulates. Conversely, the Hoover is a cordless upright with a virtually limitless range. It's smaller, lighter, easier to maintain, and has a larger dustbin that doesn't need emptying as often.
The Shark APEX UpLight is a little more versatile than the Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV. The APEX UpLight is lighter, far more maneuverable, and cleans more debris on low-pile carpet. Meanwhile, the Rotator is more effective on bare floors and high-pile carpet and comes with an upholstery tool to deal with messes on furniture.
The Shark LA502 is decently well-built. It's mostly made of plastic, though it has a metal wand tube and rubber drive wheel treads, not to mention a clear rubber bumper on the front of the head. Unfortunately, you need to bend down to switch power modes, and its short hose makes it somewhat unstable when positioned upright. Thankfully, the vacuum itself is intuitively designed, with parts that clip together easily, so routine maintenance and swapping tools are simple processes.
The Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV is fairly easy to maintain, though there are a couple of parts that need regular servicing.
You must air dry any part that's washed with water for at least 24 hours before using it again.
This vacuum has virtually no recurring costs as long as it's properly maintained, as the manufacturer specifies that these components shouldn't need to be replaced as long as they're properly taken care of.
The Shark LA502 has decent storing capabilities. It's somewhat bulky, but its power cord wraps around the back of its body, and there's onboard storage for both its crevice cleaner and pet multi-tool. Unfortunately, there's no space for its Self-Cleaning Pet Power Brush.
The Shark LA502 has a decent dirt compartment. It's fairly spacious and has a max fill line to clearly indicate when it has reached maximum capacity.
The Shark LA502 has a mediocre overall range. Its power cord is fairly long, allowing you to clean large or far-off areas without swapping outlets. Unfortunately, its hose is very short, which is an inconvenience when cleaning high-placed shelves or tight spots in your car.
The Shark LA502 has satisfactory portability. It's quite heavy but feels quite lightweight in your hand, and the carrying handle makes it a little easier to bring from room to room. If you're looking for a more portable upright vacuum and don't want to deal with the hassle of a power cord, consider the Hoover ONEPWR Evolve Pet.
The Shark LA502 doesn't have a battery.
The Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV has a couple of quality-of-life features. There's a vacuum head-mounted light to illuminate dark spots and a two-level suction adjustment switch on its handle. It lets you swap between 'MIN', which lowers suction to improve maneuverability on carpets, and 'MAX', which increases suction and is intended for use on bare floors. There are also three surface settings; '0 Power Off', 'I Hard Floor', which is best suited for bare floors and low-pile area rugs, and 'II Carpet', intended for medium and high-pile carpet. In comparison, the newer Shark Stratos Upright features a third surface setting intended for really thick carpeting, with the switch located on its handle as opposed to the body for easier access.
This vacuum comes with a couple of tools and brushes. There's a turbo brush to deal with stuck-on dirt and a crevice tool to tackle debris in tight corners. There's also the Pet Multi-Tool, which serves as an all-in-one hard bristle brush/upholstery cleaner to clear debris on furniture or dislodge stubborn debris.
The Shark LA502 can be used in a semi-handheld configuration to deal with messes on furniture, elevated areas, or inside your car.
The Shark LA502 offers superb performance on bare floors. It easily clears debris like rice and cereal and doesn't struggle at all with pet hair, though some can get stuck in its hose instead of being transferred directly to the dust bin. Performance remains very consistent as its dirt compartment fills up, which is good if you have several large messes to deal with.
The Shark LA502's performance on low-pile carpet is good. It clears most pet hair and coarse debris like sand without much of an issue but struggles a little more with finer debris such as baking soda. Thankfully, its suction performance remains consistent as the dirt compartment fills up.
The Shark LA502 does a great job of cleaning high-pile carpet. It sucks up an impressive amount of pet hair, not to mention fine and coarse material like baking soda or sand.
The Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV has okay maneuverability. Its swiveling head improves its maneuverability in tight, cramped rooms, and its 'Lift Away' semi-handheld configuration makes cleaning hard-to-reach areas and furniture a little bit easier, though its short vacuum hose can complicate this by forcing you to carry its main body closer to where you're cleaning. Its brushroll can also get tangled in rug tassels, and its bulky front-mounted dirt compartment makes it difficult to clean under tables and couches.
The Shark LA502 doesn't have any automation features.