Shark is a brand developed by Euro-Pro Operating LLC. Euro-Pro has its roots in home appliances and began in Europe over 100 years ago but now operates out of Massachusetts. Shark products are popular in the US and Canada and include sweepers, steam-mops and vacuum cleaners. We have reviewed their steam-mops, upright vacuums and stick vacs and consumer ratings for these products are often very good. Several Shark vacuums have made our "best" lists.
Top Rated Shark Vacuum Cleaners - 2017
Avg Rating / 100
Shark Rotator NV752 TruePet
Shark Rotator NV801
Shark Rocket HV302
Shark Rocket Complete HV382
Shark Navigator NV356E
Shark Rotator NV682
Shark Navigator NV501
In the above table an effort has been made to highlight machines currently available
In this article we highlight the pros and cons of the Shark IONFlex 2X IF252. There are two groups of IONFlex vacuums, those with 1 battery and those with 2 batteries. The models with a “2X” in the name come with 2 batteries.
Shark refers to the APEX series as their “most advanced upright vacuums”. These are full size vacuums with DuoClean Technology (2 brushrolls), HEPA filtration, an anti-allergen complete seal system, noise reduction technology, a lift-away canister, and Active-Glide Technology. There are several APEX models and in this review we discuss the AX952. Owners are mostly very pleased with this powerful, all-around, bagless upright vacuum. This is a versatile machine and it can clean bare floors and carpet, it can do overhead cleaning, and also portable vacuuming (using the lift-away feature). The full size APEX vacuums are not particularly lightweight however.
The Shark IONFlex 2X IF252 is another interesting vacuum from Shark. It is a bagless, cordless, stick vacuum that sports 2 brushrolls, 2 batteries, and a flexible wand that can bend a full 180 degrees. Consumers like some aspects of this vacuum but are not too crazy about others. In our testing we found the IF252 suction to be strong, especially for a cordless machine, and the unit’s cleaning performance on carpet, bare floors and pet hair is quite good. It is a little on the hefty side for a stick vacuum and some folks feel the handheld component itself is bulky. The MultiFLEX Technology (bendable wand) is something of a hit and miss. It’s useful for storage and while it works for vacuuming under low furniture it can be a little awkward.
Is the Shark Rotator with DuoClean Technology (NV801/NV803) worth your hard earned money? In this article we take a hard look at the vacuum and analyze its features and performance to answer the question.
The Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Speed with DuoClean Technology (model NV801) uses the latest in upright vacuum technology from Shark. We’ve used this vacuum for a number of weeks and have also run it through several tests - so far we have been impressed. It is great on bare floors, effective on carpet, and capable on pet hair. DuoClean technology does appear to add to the cleaning ability of the vacuum. This is also a lift-away machine which really adds to its versatility. All of this has helped the NV801 make our list of the best Shark vacuums for pet hair. In terms of drawbacks, we would have liked a longer hose and the unit does have a rather narrow cleaner head.
The Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Canister Vacuum model NR96 is getting very solid reviews and ratings from owners. This is the first canister vacuum we have seen with the lift away feature - a feature that allows you to carry the motor/dust-canister assembly with one hand and the hose/wand with the other. Owners like the lift away feature in their uprights and they also like it in this canister. The vacuum also has HEPA filtration, a retractable power cord and a low profile nozzle. In addition, it performs well on carpet, bare floors and pet hair. The unit is on the small side however and this is reflected in the smaller nozzle and the dust canister.
In the following two videos we discuss the pros and cons of the Shark Rocket Complete TruePet with DuoClean – model HV382. Consumers are quite pleased with this vacuum cleaner and when we averaged consumer ratings from 5 different retail sites we found a score of 4.6 stars out of 5 (or 92 out of 100). This is a very good score. You may wish to read our detailed Shark Rocket Complete Review or simply get the quick facts in this article.
The Shark Rocket Complete TruePet with DuoClean (HV382) is an interesting vacuum. In many ways it adheres to typical vacuum design but in some ways it does not. First, it is something of a hybrid between a stick vac and an upright. Second, it has 2 brushrolls in the main nozzle, and comes with an odd looking “under-appliance” wand. Differences aside, does it work? In our testing & analysis the vacuum works quite well. It is versatile, has great suction, includes useful tools, and has a long power cord. But it does have a few drawbacks - there's no HEPA filter and it won't stand on its own.
The Shark NV682 is a popular bagless upright vacuum cleaner and it has achieved a very high score on our site, placing it near the top of our Vacuum Cleaner Finder tool.
We have done a very detailed review of this machine which can be found here – Shark NV682 Review – but we thought it would be helpful to put together a short article with 2 quick videos highlighting the vacuum’s pros and cons. A video is worth a thousand words.
The Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Speed (model NV682) is a 3-in-1 vacuum cleaner. It can be configured to operate as an upright, a canister and a handheld. It has plenty of great features including HEPA filtration, a sealed system, a 30 foot power cord, 2 floor cleaning nozzles, and a very lengthy 7-year warranty. The NV682 is a good looking vacuum and is easy to use and maintain – it is bagless and all 3 filters are washable. The NV682 is lighter and smaller than its big brother the NV752 and as a result is easier to move but also has a shorter hose and smaller dust canister.
The Shark Rocket PowerHead model AH452 is something of a hybrid between an upright and a stick vacuum. It is fairly lightweight (for an upright) and has some unique design features including placing most components in the cleaner head and interchangeable brushrolls. Consumer ratings are excellent and owners like the strong suction, easy operation & maintenance, and also the performance on bare surfaces and carpet. It does not come with a hose or attachments however and this reduces the machine’s ability to be an all-around vacuum cleaner.
The Shark Navigator Deluxe NV42 is quite popular. It is also reasonably priced and can generally be found for under $150. Owners like the fact that the machine has strong suction and performs well on both carpet and bare floors. In addition, it works well on pet hair and is fairly quiet. However It is advertised as lightweight but is really more of an average weight if compared to most uprights today.
Ranked as our best upright for 2016/2017 and our 2nd best vacuum for dealing with pet hair, the Shark Rotator NV752 Powered Lift-Away TruePet Vacuum delivers solid performance and is popular with consumers. Owners give it consistently high ratings, and cite its powerful suction, 3-in-1 capabilities, and easy maneuverability as reasons. It also comes standard with a host of useful attachments and tools. However, like almost any vacuum the NV752 is not quite perfect and there are some issues.
The Shark Rotator TruePet NV652 is getting top notch reviews and ratings from owners. The TruePet is a 3-in-1 vacuum cleaner and it operates as an upright, a canister, and to some extent a handheld. It has powerful suction and comes with a host of features and accessories including a pet tool with a motor-driven brush. The hose however, is a bit stiff and can sometimes tip the vacuum when it is stretched, and some owners feel that the dust canister is a bit small.
The Shark Rocket is a relatively new vacuum cleaner and is somewhere between a stick vac and an upright. It is similar to the Dyson stick vacs, like the DC44, except the Dysons are smaller, lighter and cordless while the Rocket has a power cord. Dysons are also more expensive. Consumer ratings are very good for the Rocket. Owners like that the machine has strong suction, is fairly maneuverable, and is effective at dealing with pet hair. But it is a bit top heavy and can be hard on the wrist.
The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Rotator is yet another vacuum cleaner from Euro-Pro that is getting great consumer reviews - other popular Euro-Pro vacuums include the Shark Navigator and the Shark Lift-Away. The Shark Rotator is an upright, a canister and it also has a portable component. In addition, it has powerful suction, a brushbar with on/off controls, several useful tools, and a 5 year warranty. Criticisms of the machine are limited to secondary concerns such as the average fit and finish and headlights that only provide moderate illumination.
In the past few years Euro-Pro has produced a number of vacuum cleaners that have become consumer favorites. Existing owner feedback suggests that the new Shark Lift-Around may be the next favorite on the list. This is a portable, canister-like, bagless machine that is designed to make vacuuming of hard-to-clean areas easier. Owners like its extreme light weight, portability, powerful suction and cleaning flexibility. On the downside it really isnt a vacuum designed for large floor area cleaning.
This is another Shark Navigator vacuum cleaner that is getting great consumer ratings. The Shark Freestyle cordless stick vacuum (model SV1100) is capable on both carpet and bare floors and is effective at pulling up the likes of pet hair, dry cat food and kitty litter. The unit is light, powerful and carries a long charge - a critical feature in a battery operated machine. It is fairly bare bones however and doesn't include any attachments nor does it convert to a handheld like a number of other stick vacuums.
The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Pro (NV356E) is getting top notch reviews. As a matter of fact, over 5000 consumers on Amazon - at the time of this writing - have so far given this vacuum 4.6 stars out of 5. This machine is similar to the Shark Navigator Lift Away (NV350) but it comes with a special professional dusting bare floor tool, and there are a few other differences as well. Most owners praise this unit for its strong suction, light weight, maneuverability, large dirt canister and Lift-Away feature.
The Shark Navigator (model NV22) is a popular and well-liked vacuum cleaner, but there is now a new model under the Navigator name called the NV350 Lift-Away, and it is getting good consumer ratings. The Lift-Away is similar to the Shark Navigator NV22 in many ways (strong suction, not too expensive, 5-year warranty) but it is also very lightweight and it comes with a detachable canister.
A very popular item at this time, the Euro-Pro S3501 Deluxe Steam Pocket Mop has received praise from consumers on many websites. It is a best seller on Amazon and many bucket and mop sceptics appear to have been converted. Average consumer ratings for this steam mop are about 8.5 out of 10. It reportedly does a great cleaning job and is considered by most to be very easy to use. It can also be found discounted on some sites for under $100.
The Euro-Pro Shark NV22L Navigator gets great reviews, has a solid 5 year warranty and can often be found for under 200USD. This is our first look at a Shark vacuum but after repeatedly seeing good reviews and ratings for this particular model, the Euro-Pro Shark NV22L Navigator, we decided to dig a little deeper. We were not disappointed.
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I'm Nigel Russco, a 50 year old professional engineer originally from the west coast of Canada. I love to review vacuums and I’ve been doing just that since 2008.
I make every effort to write unbiased, intelligent vacuum cleaner reviews and I provide average consumer ratings for each and every vacuum cleaner I investigate. My ultimate goal is to ensure you find the best vacuum for your cleaning needs.
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