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Shark Rotator NV752: An All-Around Impressive Vacuum

April 5, 2016
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Pet owners know the importance of a reliable vacuum. When it comes to cleaning up after Fido, it’s all about having the right tool for the job.

The Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away TruePet NV752 is a strong vacuum that can tackle hair from your furry friend. But before you buy, read our comprehensive analysis of the model — based on user reviews — to decide if it’s the right one for you.

The vacuum

The Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away TruePet NV752 promises to combine three vacuums in one: a powerful upright, a lift-away pod and a convenient canister. Use the vacuum in its traditional mode for standard cleaning jobs or use the lift-away feature to separate the canister from the head for floor-to-ceiling cleaning.

2_shark_rotator_nv752_lowHelpful features include LED lights on the wand for illuminating dirt and dust, swivel steering for easy maneuvering, and anti-allergen technology combined with a HEPA filter for trapping allergens.

The 15.6-pound vacuum has a 30-foot power cord and a 12-inch cleaning width. It comes with a Hard Floor Genie attachment with one microfiber pad for bare floor cleaning, canister caddy, TruePet Mini Motorized Brush attachment for pet hair pickup, dusting genie, dusting brush, pet upholstery tool and accessories bag.

The Rotator is listed at $399.99, but it’s often discounted at Amazon. Before you buy, remember to match the credit card you use to the store where you’re shopping to maximize your savings and cash-back rewards.

The Shark Rotator NV752 made our lists of the best vacuums, best Shark vacuums, best upright vacuums, best vacuums for pet hair, best vacuums for carpeted floors and best bagless vacuums. In fact, it’s ranked as our second overall best vacuum cleaner.

» MORE: The best bagless vacuums

The reviews

We analyzed reviews of some of the most popular vacuums on the market to come up with a definitive buyer’s guide. We looked at expert opinions from review sites such as The Sweethome, CNET and Good Housekeeping. Next, we analyzed user reviews to see what shoppers were saying about the various attributes of each vacuum.

Vacuum scores run from a low of 1 to a high of 10; we considered what users reported about the vacuums’ performance overall and in a variety of settings, such as stairs and hardwood floors. We also factored in reviewers’ observations on characteristics such as noise level and durability for a well-rounded look at each model.

The Shark Rotator NV752 proved it could hold its own when compared against even the best vacuums with the highest ratings. It received a 9.5 overall score, 9.6 for how well it cleans, and 8.8 for ease of use. Let’s take a closer look.

The pros

The Shark Rotator NV752 particularly shines in its performance on carpet, hard floors and stairs and in efficiency (ease of cleaning, noise level and suction).

The Rotator delivers what’s arguably most important in a vacuum: consistent performance across floor types. Reviewers said they were amazed by the amount of dirt they were able to remove from their carpet with the vacuum.

The device excelled in other areas too. It came away with a perfect 10.0 score for stair cleaning, pet hair pickup, ease of cleaning the machine and noise.

The vacuum fared well in homes with a dog, cat or even multiple pets. Users particularly loved the combination of strong suction power and a quiet motor. Reviewers also appreciated the device for its design features, including its easy-to-clean dirt collection chamber and its TruePet Mini Motorized Brush attachment.

The cons

Despite its stellar ratings, some users noticed a few areas where the Rotator didn’t quite hit the mark. These included weight and maneuverability.

This Shark came in with its lowest rating in the weight category, scoring just 7.4. Some users thought carrying the vacuum up and down stairs was daunting. As for maneuverability, some said the swivel steering made it difficult to angle the vacuum the correct way without it straying off path.

» MORE: The best Shark vacuums

The verdict

With its strong performance and multipurpose design, we recommend this vacuum for consumers who are looking for a single vacuum cleaner for all the rooms in their home — especially if they have pets.

But there are other options. Do you like the versatile canister component without the traditional upright design? Check out the Miele S2121 Olympus, a dependable canister vacuum that retails for $30 less than the Shark Rotator.

And if weight is a concern for you, take a look at our roundup of the best lightweight vacuums.

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Courtney Jespersen is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a personal finance website. Email: courtney@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @courtneynerd.