4.6
63 reviews
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Type:
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Brand:
Shark
Model:
NV501
Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away 3-in-1 Vacuum

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Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away 3-in-1 Vacuum
 
4.6

(based on 63 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (47)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to empty (5)
  • Long power cord (5)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Powerful/good suction (4)

Cons

  • Heavy (3)
  • Poor design (3)

Best Uses

  • Carpet (6)
  • Pet hair (6)
  • Hardwood floors (3)
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    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Frequent user (6)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Just Purchased and In Love

I just purchased this vacuum two weeks ago, and I am absolutely in love. My prior vacuum hose had torn, and it was very old, and lost its suction capabilities. Read complete review

I just purchased this vacuum two weeks ago, and I am absolutely in love. My prior vacuum hose had torn, and it was very old, and lost its suction capabilities.

I was looking for a lightweight vacuum because of my disabilities making it hard to lift and move things. I love the rotating head, because I don't need to move as much as I did before. I'm able to maneuver around the kitchen table and chairs without having to pull everything out. The long hose reaches up to the ceiling very well (I have high ceilings, and frequently get cobwebs.)

The suction is absolutely amazing. Our soil is clay soil, and the dogs bring it in, and it gets caked in the carpet. The Shark Rotator has successfully pulled MORE dirt out of my carpet than my old vacuum. I love that I can use this vacuum on different surfaces because my kitchen is tile, my living room and bedroom are carpet, and my son's room is laminate floor.

I love that the filter is a washable filter, and that I don't need that extra added expense.

I have to say that I am thoroughly impressed, and feel that I made the right decision for myself.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great Vac, but needs a bit of design improvement

Based on a strong recommendation from a family member who uses professionally, we purchased the Shark Lift Away in hopes that it would help eliminate the need for 2-3 different types of vacuums...Read complete review

Based on a strong recommendation from a family member who uses professionally, we purchased the Shark Lift Away in hopes that it would help eliminate the need for 2-3 different types of vacuums we needed & have it conveniently & efficiently combined in one unit. It's a very pleasing looking design.
It does & doesnt. The main reasons are that its cumbersome & even with reading the manual carefully, it is at 1st very confusing remembering which piece goes where for each function you're using it for.
The 2nd issue is how easily the hoses/bottom piece gets blocked w/pet hair, a feature we specifically bought it for. Hair/full very easily plugs it up, or wraps around the rollers. It's absolutely maddening.
While the lift away feature is a great idea, the hoses/Wands need to be adequately long to be able to use for using in high places.
Overall, not impressed.

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4.0

Simply amazong

By 

from Indiana

About Me Frequent User

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Pros

  • Easy To Empty
  • Easy to Use
  • Efficient
  • Lightweight
  • Long Power Cord
  • Powerful/Good Suction

Cons

  • Noisy

Best Uses

  • Carpet
  • Hardwood Floors
  • Pet Hair

Comments about Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away 3-in-1 Vacuum:

This is by far the best vacuum I have ever owned. I love it. It gets the hair that is deep down in carpet and transfers with ease to pick up the pet hair there. I highly recommend this product!

  • Primary use:
  • Personal
 
5.0

Love it

By 

from Indiana

About Me Frequent User

Pros

  • Easy To Empty
  • Easy to Use
  • Long Power Cord
  • Powerful/Good Suction

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Carpet
  • Pet Hair

Comments about Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away 3-in-1 Vacuum:

I absolutely love this vacuum. It has super powerful suction, it gets dirt from deep down In your carpet. It moves easy and has a power spin brush that helps pick up the dirt and works wonderful. This is my favorite vacuum I have ever used!

  • Primary use:
  • Personal
 
2.0

Great Vac, but needs a bit of design improvement

By 

from NJ

About Me Frequent User

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Pros

  • Easy To Empty
  • Long Power Cord

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Inefficient
  • Poor Design

Best Uses

  • Carpet
  • Hardwood Floors
  • Pet Hair
  • Stairs
  • Tile Floors

Comments about Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away 3-in-1 Vacuum:

Based on a strong recommendation from a family member who uses professionally, we purchased the Shark Lift Away in hopes that it would help eliminate the need for 2-3 different types of vacuums we needed & have it conveniently & efficiently combined in one unit. It's a very pleasing looking design.
It does & doesnt. The main reasons are that its cumbersome & even with reading the manual carefully, it is at 1st very confusing remembering which piece goes where for each function you're using it for.
The 2nd issue is how easily the hoses/bottom piece gets blocked w/pet hair, a feature we specifically bought it for. Hair/full very easily plugs it up, or wraps around the rollers. It's absolutely maddening.
While the lift away feature is a great idea, the hoses/Wands need to be adequately long to be able to use for using in high places.
Overall, not impressed.

  • Primary use:
  • Personal
 
1.0

Disappointed

By 

from USA

About Me Frequent User

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Pros

  • Easy To Empty
  • Long Power Cord

Cons

  • Inefficient
  • Poor Design

Best Uses

  • Carpet

Comments about Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away 3-in-1 Vacuum:

I found the canister alone heavy. . My ceilings are 10ft and the wand barley reaches but, poor suction. The over all weight of the vacuum is light and good for floors. But, using the tools were not easily attached. Over all I'm very disappointed.

  • Primary use:
  • Personal

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

All Time Favorite Vacuum!

By 

from Virginia

About Me Busy household, Homeowner

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Pros

  • Cleans Effectively
  • Cleans Under Furniture
  • Large Debris Bin
  • Long Run Time
  • Reaches high up places ceilings etc.

Cons

  • Complicated design

Best Uses

  • Carpeted Rooms
  • High Traffic Rooms
  • High up places window seals ceilings
  • Large Rooms
  • Pet Hair
  • Small Rooms

Comments about Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away 3-in-1 Vacuum:

This is my first experience with a Shark Vacuum Cleaner, after I used it for the first time I realized there's a huge difference between "other brands" and a Shark Rotator! I've been halfway vacuuming all these years and now I really feel like I'm using a vacuum with a "shop vac" suction to clean my whole home. The quality of this vaccum is present when you press the power button, the lights cut on and I feel the vacuum almost pull itself across my carpet effortlessly. If something is picked up along the way that shouldn't have there a red light on the front to alert the owner. The attachments are great, the vacuum turns into a canister like vacuum where I'm able to use the hose and a spinning brush to clean furniture and stairs without bending over. Suction is unbelievable, I compare it to my shop vac I have In my basement. Since Owning a vacuum like this one I will never go back to the other brands, this is my all time favorite vacuum ever!!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best vacuum ever!!

By 

from Sterlington la

About Me Busy household, Homeowner, Pet Owner

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Pros

  • Cleans Effectively
  • Cleans Under Furniture
  • Easy To Use
  • Hassle Free Operation
  • Large Debris Bin
  • Long Run Time

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Carpeted Rooms
    • Hardwood Floors
    • High Traffic Rooms
    • Large Rooms
    • Pet Hair
    • Small Rooms

    Comments about Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away 3-in-1 Vacuum:

    Great vacuum for a great price. It has lots of attachments for all kinds of vacuuming. I have the car attachments as well and they work very well to get into the cracks and crevices. There are so many ways to use this vacuum that you probably could use it in any configuration you would like to use it. The vacuum is light-weight and the suction is good. I have all concrete and tile floors with a few area carpets and carpeting on the stairs. I have had a hard time finding a vacuum that works well on hard floors and it not expensive like canister are. This vacuum is the best of both worlds. On my concrete/tile floors and on my stairs, I remove the wand and use the floor attachment. On my carpets, I just pop the wand back in and use the vacuum as a regular upright. I really like being able to empty the canister on my own. The dust inside is not unmanageable, and it is amazing to see how much I can suck up in my house that is really not all that dirty and that has no pets either.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Just Purchased and In Love

    By 

    from Oakdale

    About Me Frequent User

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    Pros

    • Easy To Empty
    • Easy to Use
    • Efficient
    • Lightweight
    • Long Power Cord
    • Powerful/Good Suction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Carpet
      • Pet Hair
      • Tile Floors

      Comments about Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away 3-in-1 Vacuum:

      I just purchased this vacuum two weeks ago, and I am absolutely in love. My prior vacuum hose had torn, and it was very old, and lost its suction capabilities.

      I was looking for a lightweight vacuum because of my disabilities making it hard to lift and move things. I love the rotating head, because I don't need to move as much as I did before. I'm able to maneuver around the kitchen table and chairs without having to pull everything out. The long hose reaches up to the ceiling very well (I have high ceilings, and frequently get cobwebs.)

      The suction is absolutely amazing. Our soil is clay soil, and the dogs bring it in, and it gets caked in the carpet. The Shark Rotator has successfully pulled MORE dirt out of my carpet than my old vacuum. I love that I can use this vacuum on different surfaces because my kitchen is tile, my living room and bedroom are carpet, and my son's room is laminate floor.

      I love that the filter is a washable filter, and that I don't need that extra added expense.

      I have to say that I am thoroughly impressed, and feel that I made the right decision for myself.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

      (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Junk

      By 

      from Kalispell Montana

      About Me Frequent User

      Pros

      • Powerful/Good Suction

      Cons

      • Bad Balance Falls Over
      • Fills Up Too Fast
      • Heavy
      • Hose Way Too Short
      • Hose Way Too Short To Use
      • Noisy
      • One Handed Use Impossible
      • Poor Design
      • Power Cord In Wrong Place

      Best Uses

      • Cannot Use Any Attachment
      • Carpet
      • Hose Is Totally Unusable
      • Only Useful On Short Nap

      Comments about Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away 3-in-1 Vacuum:

      Every aspect of this device screams poor design. A cost over function device fails to achieve its goal. The balance is so poor I need someone else to hold the vacuum as it will fall over and break everything in the house. Cord should be attached high on handle, it always gets sucked up. The hose is so short I that it is totally unusable without someone to carry the vacuum for you unless you happen to have three hands. Dust bin must be emptied after each room as it has a very low capacity.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Going to buy a second one for a spare

      By 

      from USA

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      Comments about Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away 3-in-1 Vacuum:

      I was looking for a vacuum that would handle the dirt challenge from three kids under 11 and two dogs. This vacuum fit the bill and then some. I was shocked at how much dirt I pulled up out of my carpet the first time I used it.

      Maneuverability
      It takes just a little getting used to but this vacuum gets into all the spaces I need it too. The weight is on the handle so you have to be sure to click the handle in the stop position when you are done or it will flop to the floor. The vacuum will lay flat to fit under beds and swivels around corners under the baseboards.

      Ease of Maintenance
      It is so easy to empty the canister when it is full. My children, age 6 and 11, fight over who gets to vacuum the floor just so that they can empty the canister. The dust filters are easy to clean also.

      Suction Performance
      We had a central vacuum unit installed when we built our house. This shark has greater suction power than when the central vacuum was new. It is incredible to watch what comes up out of the carpet.

      Versatility
      This vacuum is super versatile. It is promoted as a 3-1 and that is exactly what it is. When I need to sweep the stairs I just pop of the portable portion and sweep away. It is very easy to vacuum furniture with this unit too. And the vehicles!

      Design
      I have not found any reason to be unhappy with the design.

      Durability
      I have only owned this vacuum for a couple of months so I can't comment too much on its durability other than the product appears to be made of durable material.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love my Shark

      By 

      from Pasco, WA

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      Comments about Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away 3-in-1 Vacuum:

      My husband got me this vacuum when my old vacuum finally gave out. The first time I used it I was sold. It got out so much sand (we live in the desert) and dog hair, plus my hair that I was just disgusted. I especially love the lift away feature since we have stairs, lugging a heavy up and down the stairs isn't ideal. The lift away is so light weight and the attachments help me clean any surface, including the lint trap in the dryer. I would like the hose to be a little longer, but the attachments make it ok to deal with. It's very easy and simple to empty the canister. It does feel a little cheap, but even my kids have used it, and bumped it into furniture and the walls and so far so good, still looks like new. It's not very loud, just loud enough my dog won't come near it, but he doesn't like any vacuum. I also use the attachments to clean the dust of my wood blinds, works very well. Overall I would highly recommend this vacuum.

      Ease of Maintenance
      Just wish the hose was longer

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