Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Upright Vacuum Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Jul 07, 2020 at 08:45 am
Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Upright Picture
7.7
Bare Floor
8.0
Low-Pile Carpet
7.8
High-Pile Carpet
7.2
Pets
7.7
Stairs
7.8
Cars
Vacuum Type
Upright/Handheld
Bagless
Yes
Cordless
No
Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
Yes

The Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away is a good overall vacuum. It can be used as a handheld vacuum too, but it's not very portable as it's heavy to carry around. It's an excellent choice to clean large debris such has cereal on any surface and it's good with small debris, but it struggles with finer objects on high-pile carpet. Hair gets stuck on the brushroll when it's used on bare floors but the vacuum cleans all hair on both low-pile and high-pile carpet. The TruePet variant we tested comes with three tools but there are other variants with different tools. It's not hard to maintain but there are quite a few parts that you need to clean. Luckily, there are virtually no recurring costs.

Our Verdict

7.7 Bare Floor

The Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away is good to use on bare floors. It sucks up all small and large debris like rice and cereal but hair gets stuck on the brushroll on this surface. It has mediocre maneuverability because it's bulky and hard to fit underneath couches and tables. On the upside, it has a good dirt compartment.

Pros
  • Easily cleans large debris on any surface.
Cons
  • Struggles with hair on bare floors.
  • Heavy to hold and not easy to move around.
8.0 Low-Pile Carpet

The Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away is great for low-pile carpet. It easily cleans all hair and large debris like sand and still sucks up a very good amount of small debris like baking soda. It has a decent build quality and it's not hard to maintain but there are a lot of parts that you need to clean regularly. Luckily, there are virtually no recurring costs.

Pros
  • Easily cleans large debris on any surface.
  • Cleans all hair on carpet.
Cons
  • Heavy to hold and not easy to move around.
7.8 High-Pile Carpet

The Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away is good for high-pile carpet. The Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away cleans all hair and almost all large debris on high-pile carpet. Unfortunately, it struggles to suck up fine debris like baking soda. It has a good dirt compartment and a decent build quality. Sadly, it's not very maneuverable and it has a short hose range.

Pros
  • Easily cleans large debris on any surface.
  • Cleans all hair on carpet.
Cons
  • Doesn't clean much small debris on high-pile carpet.
  • Heavy to hold and not easy to move around.
7.2 Pets

The Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away is decent for cleaning pet hair. When using the main brushroll on bare floors, it struggles cleaning hair because it's turned off in the 'Hard Floor' mode. However, it cleans all hair on carpet. Even though the brushroll isn't removable, you can still access it to clean any tangled hair. It also comes with a turbo brush to help clean hair on couches.

Pros
  • Comes with turbo brush.
  • Cleans all hair on carpet.
Cons
  • Struggles with hair on bare floors.
  • Heavy to hold and not easy to move around.
7.7 Stairs

The Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away is good to use on stairs. It can be used as a handheld vacuum but it's fairly heavy to carry up and down the stairs. Also, the hose length is short. Still, it performs well on low-pile carpet and has decent performance on bare floors and high-pile carpet.

Pros
  • Easily cleans large debris on any surface.
  • Can be used as handheld vacuum.
  • Cleans all hair on carpet.
Cons
  • Struggles with hair on bare floors.
  • Heavy to hold and not easy to move around.
7.8 Cars

The Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away is good for cars. The Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away can be used as a handheld vacuum. Unfortunately, it's heavy to hold and the hose is short, which isn't convenient to vacuum your car with. However, it performs well on low-pile carpet and it comes with a crevice tool to help you vacuum those hard-to-reach areas.

Pros
  • Easily cleans large debris on any surface.
  • Can be used as handheld vacuum.
Cons
  • Heavy to hold and not easy to move around.
  • 7.7 Bare Floor
  • 8.0 Low-Pile Carpet
  • 7.8 High-Pile Carpet
  • 7.2 Pets
  • 7.7 Stairs
  • 7.8 Cars
  1. Update 8/24/2020: We've updated the power adjustment feature results as well as updated the settings used on each surface type.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
7.0
Design
Build Quality

The NV752 has a decent build quality. The wand is made out of metal while the rest of the vacuum is made out of hard plastic. Overall, the vacuum feels like it could be more sturdy and the dirt compartment could break if dropped, but it's still better than the Shark Navigator Lift-Away. Fortunately, each part has clips that make the vacuum easy to assemble and it's easy to attach/detach the parts when switching configurations. There's rubber on the handle to help with grip and the flat vacuum head makes it stand in an upright position.

6.0
Design
User Maintenance

This vacuum isn't very hard to maintain but there are quite a few parts that you need to clean and they aren't the easiest to access at times. Consider the Miele Dynamic U1 PowerLine if you're looking for an upright vacuum that's much easier to take care of, so long as you don't mind giving up a more portable handheld configuration.

  • Dirt compartment: You can open the dirt compartment from the bottom to empty it or from the top to clean the dust on the lint screen.
  • Brushroll: The brushroll can't be removed, so it's not the easiest to clean. You can lift the brushroll cover by unscrewing it with a flathead screwdriver or a coin. The cover doesn't completely come off but you can still remove any tangled hairs in the brushroll.
  • Brushroll on the turbo brush: You can access the brushroll on the turbo brush the same way you access the main brushroll. You can lift the brushroll cover, but not remove it, to remove tangled hairs from the brushroll.
  • Pre-motor filters: There are two pre-motor filters: a foam filter and a felt filter that are accessible underneath the dirt compartment. They need to be cleaned with water every three months.
  • Post-motor (HEPA) filter: You can easily access the HEPA filter by removing the front cover on the vacuum. You should clean it once a year with water.

You must air dry any part that's washed with water for at least 24 hours before using it again.

10
Design
Recurring Cost
Bag Part Number
No bag
Filter Part Number
XFF650
HEPA Filter Part Number
XHF650

There are virtually no recurring costs with the vacuum. If the filters are well-maintained, you won't need to buy a replacement for a few years.

7.2
Design
Storing
Height
45.87 in (116.5 cm)
Width
11.89 in (30.2 cm)
Depth
12.60 in (32.0 cm)
Cord Storing/Management
Manual
On-Board Tool Storage
Yes
Vacuum Rack/Station
No

The vacuum is fairly easy to store. It takes up room and stands up on its own. There's space to put the crevice tool and upholstery tool directly on the vacuum, but you can't store the turbo brush on it.

7.7
Design
Dirt Compartment
Dirt Compartment Volume
0.38 gal (1.45 L)
Full Dirt Compartment Indicator
Yes
Bag Included
No Bag Needed

Good dirt compartment. It's fairly big and there's an indicating line for when it's full.

Design
In The Box

  • Vacuum body
  • Main head with brushroll
  • Wand
  • Hose with handle
  • Dirt compartment
  • Turbo brush
  • Crevice tool
  • Upholstery tool
  • Pre-motor filters
  • Post-motor filter (inside the vacuum)
  • Power cable
  • User guide

6.0
Design
Range
Cord Length
26.25 ft (8.0 m)
Hose Length
4.07 ft (1.24 m)

Mediocre range. The cord length is long but the hose is fairly short, which isn't convenient when you need to vacuum a car.

6.7
Design
Portability
Total Weight
15.87 lbs (7.20 kg)
Weight In Hand
3.33 lbs (1.51 kg)
Carrying handle
Yes

Okay portability. The NV752 is heavy but luckily there's a carrying handle that makes it easier to bring to another floor.

0
Design
Battery
Minimum Battery Life
N/A
Maximum Battery Life
N/A
Recharge Time
N/A
Recharge Dock
No
Battery Life Indicator
No
Removable Batteries
No

The Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away TruePet doesn't have a battery.

Design
Quality Of Life Features
Rotating Head
Yes
Power Adjustment
No
Self-Propelled
No
Headlights
Yes
Easy On/Off
Yes
Surface Type Adjustment
Manual

Update 08/24/2020: We originally reported that this vacuum has a power adjustment feature. However, it has three surface level adjustment settings, which don't increase its power level. We have updated our results to reflect this change.

This vacuum has a few extra features to enhance the user experience. It has three surface level settings: Hard Floor, Low Pile Carpet, and High Pile Carpet. You can adjust the height of the main head if you're using it on carpet. You can also slightly adjust the suction on the turbo brush with a slider for when you need to clean delicate furniture with it.

Design
Tools And Brushes
Brushroll
Yes
Brushroll On/Off
Yes
Removable Brushroll
No
Turbo Brush
Yes
Crevice Tool
Yes
Upholstery Tool
Yes
Soft Bristle Brush
No
Hard Bristle Brush
No
Extension Wand
Yes
Ceiling Fan Tool
No
Pet Grooming Tool
No

The NV752 variant has three included tools and brushes. Other variants have different tools that come with it. Note that the turbo brush, called the TruePet Mini Motorized Brush, is meant to clean pet hair and not to groom your pet like the pet grooming tool on the Dyson Ball Animal 2.

Design
Alternative Configuration

You can either use this vacuum in an upright position as a handheld vacuum with the wand and hose.

Performance
8.2
Performance
Bare Floor (Hardwood, Laminate, Tiles)
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
34 %
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
99 %
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
99 %
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
99 %
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L)
96 %
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
97 %
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
100 %
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used "Hard Floor"

Update 08/24/2020: We've retested the Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away's bare floor performance using the 'Hard Floor' setting, and raised its score.

Great performance on bare floors. It sucks up almost all small debris like rice and large debris like cereal, and its performance is consistent as the dirt compartment fills up. On the 'Hard Floor' setting, the brushroll is off, so most hair gets stuck on the brushroll and doesn't get sucked up. If you want a better vacuum for performance on bare floors, consider the Shark Navigator Lift-Away.

9.0
Performance
Low-Pile Carpet
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
100 %
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
95 %
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
94 %
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
92 %
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L)
76 %
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
79 %
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
84 %
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used "Carpet/Low Pile"

Update 08/24/2020: We've retested this vacuum's low-pile carpet performance using the 'Carpet/Low-Pile' setting, and raised its score.

This vacuum is outstanding on low-pile carpet. It easily picks up large debris and it does a very good job with small debris too. With the brushroll on, it sucks up all hair. Once again, the vacuum is consistent as the dirt compartment fills.

8.4
Performance
High-Pile Carpet
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
98 %
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
92 %
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
90 %
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
86 %
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L)
51 %
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
50 %
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
47 %
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used "Thick Carpet/Area Rug"

Update 08/24/2020: We've retested this vacuum's high-pile carpet performance using the 'Thick Carpet/Area Rug' setting, and raised its score.

Great performance on high-pile carpet. Like on low-pile carpet and bare floors, it easily sucks up large debris. It also vacuums all hair but it struggles with small debris like baking soda on this surface. If you're looking for a similarly performing upright vacuum that can better handle small debris on high-pile carpet, see the BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser Turbo Plus.

6.0
Performance
Maneuverability
Under The Couch
Ok
Under Low Table
Ok
On Furniture
Good
Rug With Tassel
Bad
Electric Cord
Ok

The NV752 has mediocre maneuverability. The rotating head helps you navigate around objects, but the vacuum is heavy and due to its bulky size, it's hard to clean underneath couches and tables. You can detach use the hose to clean furniture but since the hose is a bit short, you have to move or hold the body as you're vacuuming. It doesn't properly clean rugs on the 'Bare Floor' setting because the brushroll is off and when it's on the 'Low Pile Carpet' or 'High Pile Carpet' settings, the rug gets stuck.

Automation
0
Automation
Automation (Robot Vacuum)
Remote Controller
No
Automatic Bag Emptying
No
Automatic Recharging
No
Schedule Programming
No
Boundary Markers
No
Random Pathing
No
Smart Pathing
No
App Name
No App

This vacuum doesn't have any automation features.

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

We tested the Shark Powered Lift-Away TruePet Upright Vacuum with a bordeaux (burgundy) body, and there are similar variants with different included parts, some of which are listed below.

Name Model Number Body Color Included Brushes and Tools
Rotator Powered Lift-Away Upright Vacuum NV650 Silver  Soft bristle brush, upholstery tool, crevice tool, hard floor tool
Rotator Powered Lift-Away Deluxe Upright Vacuum NV651  Light purple Dusting tool, power brush, soft bristle brush, upholstery tool, hard floor tool
Rotator Powered Lift-Away TruePet Upright Vacuum NV652  Burgundy Dusting tool, turbo brush, soft bristle brush, upholstery tool, hard floor tool
Rotator Powered Lift-Away Upright Vacuum NV751 Light purple Dusting tool, power brush, soft bristle brush, upholstery tool, hard floor tool
 Rotator Powered Lift-Away TruePet Upright Vacuum NV752 Bordeaux Turbo brush, upholstery tool, crevice tool

Note that you can purchase any extra tools on Shark's website. If someone comes across this vacuum that's different from ours, let us know in the discussions and we'll update our review.

Compared to other vacuums

The Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away is good overall and performs best on carpet. Even though there are better upright vacuums for use on bare floors, such as the Shark Navigator Lift-Away, most people should be happy with its versatility. Also see our recommendations for the best vacuums, the best vacuums for carpet, and the best Shark vacuums.

BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser Turbo Plus

The Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Upright is a more well-rounded vacuum than the BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser Turbo Plus. The Shark is slightly easier to maintain with a lot fewer recurring costs, and its dirt compartment holds more too. It also has a better performance on all surface types too. However, the BISSELL can maneuver slightly better, and it has a removable brushroll.

Shark APEX Upright Vacuum

The Shark APEX Upright Vacuum is better overall than the Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Upright vacuum. While the APEX performs similarly to the Rotator on carpet, it has a significantly better performance on bare floors. The APEX also has a bigger dirt compartment and a slightly longer hose length. On the other hand, the Rotator is easier to maintain.

Hoover WindTunnel 2 Whole House Rewind

The Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Upright is better to use on carpets while the Hoover WindTunnel 2 Whole House Rewind is better for bare floors. The Shark cleans most hair and large debris on all surface types, it has better maneuverability, and it's not as heavy. The Hoover has a better range and it's easier to maintain.

Shark Navigator Lift-Away

The Shark Navigator Lift-Away is better overall than the Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Upright. The Navigator has much better performance on bare floors, it's more maneuverable, and it's lighter to hold. The Rotator has a bit better performance on low-pile carpet, it has a slightly bigger dirt compartment, and a longer cord and hose length.

Dyson Ball Animal 2

The Dyson Ball Animal 2 is better overall than the Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Upright. It has outstanding performance on any surface, it has good maneuverability, a longer range, and it's easier to maintain. The Shark can be used as a handheld vacuum so it's a better choice to clean stairs and cars with.

BISSELL Adapt Ion Pet

The BISSELL Adapt Ion Pet is a better vacuum for cleaning pet hair than the Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Upright. The BISSELL is easier to maintain, it's cordless so it has an unlimited range, and it's much more portable. If you have shedding pets, this vacuum can easily pick up pet hair, and it can be used as a small and lightweight vacuum too. It also has significantly better maneuverability. However, the Shark is a better choice if you need to clean small and large debris as it outperforms the BISSELL on all surface types in this regard. It also has a larger dirt compartment and you don't have to worry about recharging as it's a corded vacuum.

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