Shark Rotator NV752 TruePet


Avg. consumer rating = 94/100 

Ranked as our best upright for 2019 and one of our best vacuums 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.



Quick Specs
Type Upright
Bagged/Bagless Bagless
Best for... Hard Floors & Low to High Pile Carpet
Pet Hair Features Yes
Approx. Weight 16.7 lbs
HEPA Filter Yes
Power Cord Length 30 Feet
Motor Driven Brushbar Yes
Warranty 7 Years


Consumer Ratings
We found over 470 consumer ratings for the NV752 and they are remarkably consistent.  At each retail outlet we saw scores averaging 4.7 stars out of 5 (or 94 out of 100).  This is an excellent score and the lack of variance from source to source is also encouraging.   You can compare the NV752 scores with that of other uprights in our upright vacuum ratings table.

Source Consumer Ratings #Ratings
Amazon 4.7 stars out of 5 188
Kohl's 4.7 stars out of 5 43
Bed, Bath & Beyond 4.7 stars out of 5 119
Lowe's 4.7 stars out of 5 125


Shark NV752 Side View

Consumer Insights
A thorough review of owner comments provides the following likes, dislikes and insights:

- Very good at picking up pet hair
- Easy to empty the dust canister
- Very powerful suction
- Plenty of attachments
- Motorized pet tool works well
- Easy to maneuver
- Not too heavy
- Both an upright and a canister vacuum
- Not too loud
- Lift-away pod is useful - especially for stairs

- Upright can tip easily
- Hard floor genie is only adequate
- Shorter folks may find the handle too long

Consumers seem somewhat at odds with respect to the vacuum weight.  Most feel the unit is lightweight and find it easy to lift and move about.  However there are some comments that the vacuum is too heavy and some owners even report sending the machine back and looking for a lighter vacuum.  At 16.7 lbs it is our opinion that the NV752 is about average in weight (it is 15.6 lbs if you do not include the power cable).  It is neither particularly heavy nor particularly light.  For less heavy machines you may want to look at our list of lightweight vacuums.

The vacuum is known to have exceptional suction and Shark even report that it has stronger suction than the Dyson DC65 upright.  As a result many consumers are impressed with the amount of dust and debris that the vacuum pulls up.  Although there are some comments indicating that suction controls (even a simple manual suction release) would be helpful as the powerful suction can pull up rug edges.  That being said, there is a setting on the vacuum handle – Thick Carpet/Area Rug – which does vent (release) some of the unit’s suction.

NV752 - Suction Release Vents

Another popular feature is the ability of the NV752 to be an upright, a canister, and to some extent a handheld vacuum (sometimes referred to as the machine’s 3-in-1 capabilities).  It is also considered very easy to use and to switch from one configuration to another – switches and clips are intuitive and well placed. 

Shark TruePet BrushThere is considerable consensus on the vacuums abilities when it comes to pet hair.  Owners feel the vacuum performs very well when it comes to picking up pet hair on both hard surfaces and carpet.  Also, the pet hair attachment works very well – and is reportedly also good at cleaning upholstery.

The majority of consumer ratings and comments are very positive, and comments like ““this is the best vacuum I have ever owned”, “highly recommended”, “one of the best vacuums on the market”, “worth the money”, etc, abound.

There are things that some folks don’t like however.  Some owners under 5’ 3” or so (a height quoted by several owners) report that the handle and wand assembly is too tall making it difficult to handle the machine.  In addition, some find the nozzle head too narrow (12 inches) resulting in the need for many passes in order to clean large areas.  There are also a few comments that the dust canister is a little on the small side and that is has to be emptied frequently. None of these were issues for us although a household member whose height is 5' 2" did report feeling the handle was quite tall.

You can read more owner comments on Amazon if you wish.

Details and Specifications
The Shark NV752 continues the Shark tradition of 3-in-1 upright vacuum cleaners.  This vacuum is something of a transformer and is an upright, a canister and a handheld.  A canister caddy (seen below) allows the machine to be operated as a canister vacuum, and the lift away pod and powered brush roll create a mobile but still powerful handheld unit. 

NV752 TruePet 3-in-1

The lift away pod weighs 8 lbs and most owners feel that it is light enough to comfortably carry and move around.  We were actually surprised at the heft of the lift away pod but it does contain the main vacuum motor.  It didn't take long to get used to.  One would probably most often use the pod for stairs but it also provides easy overhead cleaning.
NV752 Nozzle SettingsThe vacuum is capable on both carpet and hardwood floors.  There are three nozzle settings (conveniently located on the vacuum handle) that allow one to easily switch from surface to surface as you clean. 

Setting 1) Thick carpet/area rug (also good setting if vacuum suction is making it difficult to push)
Setting 2) Carpet/low-pile - for normal and low pile carpet
Setting 3) Hard floor - for hard floor and when using accessories

There is a graphic of the brush roll underneath two of the settings.  When this graphic is lit up it indicates that the brush roll is engaged. You will notice (in the image to the right) that one of the brush roll images is bigger than the other.  The larger image indicates more suction.  The smaller image indicates less suction and it is the result of opening the suction vents.

The NV752 has cyclonic suction – the typical means by which most bagless vacuums operate today.  Shark has a running suction power “debate” with Dyson and they write that tests indicate the NV752 generates more suction than the Dyson DC65.  We are fortunate to have both machines and we did a suction test using a vacuum suction testing meter.  We found the Shark generated about 24-25 kPA of suction power.  While the Dyson generated about 26 kPA of suction power.  Although, after repeated testing, the Shark dropped (all at once - not gradually) to about 21 and for an unknown reason we couldn't get it to go back to its previous higher readings.  21 kPa is still plenty of suction power however.

Shark NV752 suction test 

Several attachments/tools are provided with the Shark Rotator NV752:
- Dusting brush
- Dusting genie (basically a combo crevice tool and dusting brush)
- True Pet Mini motorized brush (motorized brush attachment that fits in palm of your hand)
- Pet Upholstery tool (removes pet hair and dust from curtains, delicate fabrics, upholstery)
- Canister caddy  (transforms vacuum to canister mode)
- Hard Floor Genie (hard floor tool with washable microfiber pad )

Shark TruePet Accessories
The vacuum also has three filters:

1) Pre-Motor Foam Filter: rinse and let air dry completely every 3 months.
2) Pre-Motor Felt Filter: rinse and let air dry completely every 3 months.
3) Post-Motor HEPA filter: rinse and air-dry once every 12 months or as needed.

Each filter is rinseable and is designed to last the lifetime of the vacuum cleaner.   Between rinsings you can tap the filter (above a trash bin) to remove any excess dust or debris if you like – this helps keep the vacuum running optimally.

Not only does the shark have HEPA level filtration – which removes allergens from the air – but it also has a sealed system (referred to as Shark Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology).  A sealed system ensures air does not leak out of the vacuum before it is properly filtered.  You can read more about the advantages of this system in our article on HEPA filters.  Also, the video below shows the results of sealed system technology – bear in mind this was produced by Shark.

The NV752 has LED headlights on the main nozzle which help when vacuuming in dimly lit areas. 

NV752 Nozzle Lights

In addition, Shark has built a small little spotlight into the handle of the vacuum which is very useful when using attachments directly with the handle (see image below). 

Rotator TruePet Handle Spotlight

The dust canister has a volume of 3.3 dry quarts and is bottom empty.  The top of the canister also opens which allows you to get in and remove stubborn debris that doesn’t easily come out the bottom.

The NV752 has a belt that lasts the lifetime of the vacuum and never needs replacing.  The machine also has an electric shut off switch for the nozzle motor (which powers the brush roll).  This switch shuts the motor off should the brush roll be obstructed and unable to move, thereby saving the motor and the belt. 

Additional features include swivel steering (increases nozzle maneuverability), a low profile nozzle (helps when getting under low furniture), a 30-foot power cord (a decent length in our opinion), and a 7-year manufacturer’s warranty (longer than most).  We'd also like to highlight that this is also our #2 top Shark vacuum for pet hair.



Vacuum Cleaner Video
Below is a very detailed video we produced regarding the Shark NV752.  It's worth a look if you are in the market for such a machine.


Highest Scoring Vacuums
#1 CORDLESS VACUUM:   Dyson V8 Absolute (94/100)
Top Cordless Vacuum
#1 UPRIGHT VACUUM:      Shark NV752 TruePet (94/100)
Top Upright Vacuum
  Also see Shark NV801 (94/100) 
#1 CANISTER VACUUM:    Miele Complete C2 Hard Floor (93/100)
Top Canister Vacuum



0 # Gale 2020-01-23 04:11
Garbage. I just got it out of the box. The rotator brush won't spin. I have checked the level of carpet and no matter what it doesn't work. If I add an attachment I have no power. This is a really bad vacuum cleaner. I have to send it back and I don't have a car to get it to UPS.
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-1 # Debra 2019-05-12 16:51
I put the crevice brush on my handle and can’t get it off. What do I do?
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+1 # Donnette 2019-01-15 22:42
I purchased this vacuum about 2 years ago. Within 8 months of use, the ribbed hose had cracked. I notified Shark and they sent out a new head as it's one complete unit. Well it's been about a year and I couldn't figure out why my allergies were so bad and I was looking at the vacuum and noticed the ribbed hose on the head of the vacuum is cracked! I contacted Shark and they refuse to stand by their 7 year warranty and stated they had already sent a replacement. I take really good care of my vacuums and I have to idea why it would crack. I have had many sharks, in fact I have a older one that I use in the garage and that hasn't cracked and that one really gets abused. I am not real happy as I paid almost $350 for a vacuum that couldn't last two years
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0 # john 2019-03-09 14:59
had the same issue as you.this is our second Shark vacuum with these hoses wearing out and NO WARRANTY. they will send a replacement at a discounted price,but call the powerhead hose a wearable item. Shark needs to re-engineer this concern and until then the replacements should be warranty covered. Going out to buy a Dyson and end a long relationship with shark same on them.
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# Dan Collick 2018-12-17 01:26
Nigel, I am so grateful for your website. It is very balanced and complete in evaluations and actual testing. It helps greatly that you are not connected with a retail shop or specific brand(s). It helps that you sense what units will work best in certain situations--hard floors, deep pile carpets, etc. We have a 35 year old Electrolux Epic SR6500. Still works well, but has dis-advantages based on the older technology. Refurbishing or replacing more worn out parts would probably run about $300, so I am not sure it is worth the investment. My favorite was a Panasonic upright with a Tri-Force motor; Great Suction, but plastic parts broke and could not be replaced. Used a Simplicity for about 3 years, but bags kept coming loose inside the housing, leading to dust shutting everything down. I gave it away; too persnickity. Reading your thorough evaluations, I am leaning towards the Shark NV752. Your video was Excellent because you showed all the ways it could be used, and how. Despite the fact that you are an engineer, you don't seem to address the concepts of direct vs indirect suction. I believe the Kirby, Sanitaire and Oreck have been the primary examples of Direct Suction; everything else appears to be Indirect. I also like the fact that you try to include various customers' evaluations and reviews. Keep up the Great Work!!
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0 # Jean Phillips 2018-09-01 19:23
I am so glad I found your website. I currently have 3 vacuums (An older Shark upright, a Kenmore canister vac., and a Shark Rocket stick vac.) an usually have to use all 3 when cleaning my home. All 3 have good and bad qualities. So, was looking for 1 vac. that would do the job of all 3. I had one of the early Dysons and was not impressed. While it had great suction, it was extremely uncomfortable to use. The suction actually lifted the carpet off the floor, making it very hard to maneuver and the handle was not ergonomic at all. I watched your video and decided on the Shark NV975. Thank you for a very informative and thorough review.
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+10 # Marci Shull 2016-12-29 21:55
Thank you so much for posting such detailed reviews. I need a new vacuum cleaner and I've spent hours reading reviews on Consumer Reports, Wire Cutter and Amazon. I had finally narrowed it down to five including the Shark Navigators NV682 and NV752 but I was still unable to choose. Luckily, while searching for more reviews, I came upon your site and found all the information I needed to make a choice. I was leaning toward the NV682 but after watching your videos I chose the NV752. You have one of the most informative sites I've ever seen. I so appreciate people like you who have expertise and are willing to take the time to share it.
Marci Shull
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+2 # Nigel - admin at VCA 2016-12-31 20:57
Hi Marci,

Thanks for the nice comment! It is great that people like you are finding the reviews helpful. That’s what I am striving to accomplish and comments like yours are very encouraging.

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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.