Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Speed with DuoClean Technology


Avg. consumer rating = 94/100 

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.

Quick Specs
Type Upright
Bagged/Bagless Bagless
Best for... Hard Floors & Carpet
Pet Hair Features Yes
Approx. Weight 14.5 lbs
HEPA Level Filtration Yes
Power Cord Length 30 feet
Motor Driven Brushbar Yes
Warranty 7 Years


Consumer Ratings
The NV800 series is still quite new so there are not many ratings yet but there are enough to give a fairly good indication of owner sentiment.  We found 82 ratings and when averaged they produce a score of 94.1 out of 100 - which is very good.  You can compare this to other upright vacuum ratings or to all of our other vacuum cleaner ratings.

Source Consumer Ratings #Ratings
Amazon 4.7 stars out of 5 28
Best Buy 4.7 stars out of 5 53
Kohl's 5 stars out of 5 1


Shark Rotator DuoClean

Consumer Insights
A thorough review of owner comments as well as our own analysis and testing has resulted in the following list of NV801 likes and dislikes:

- Effective on carpet and bare floors
- Good at picking up pet hair
- Lift-away feature is useful
- Maneuverable
- Good suction
- LED headlights
- Top access brushroll is great for maintenance
- Low profile cleaner head
- Long power cord
- Washable filters

- Cleaner head is quite narrow
- Vacuum body has high center of gravity
- Power button is on vacuum body not on handle
- Hose is a little short

What are Owners Saying?
Right off we can tell you that most owners are saying very good things about the Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Speed with DuoClean.  They like the versatility of the NV801 – that it can be use for carpet cleaning, bare floor cleaning, above-the-floor cleaning, and that it is quite capable on pet hair.  People also like the DuoClean technology.  The soft roller on the front helps pull in larger debris and many folks write that it cleans and dusts their hard flooring.

Owners also report that the machine, despite being constructed predominantly of plastic, feels fairly sturdy and well-made.  The fit and finish are good.  The swivel steering and small cleaner head also make it quite maneuverable, and the low profile of the cleaner head helps the machine get under low furniture.  

Folks are pleased that the maintenance is easy and inexpensive.  The brushrolls are simple to remove and clean as are the filters.  The filters can also all be washed and reused.

Other positive comments include:
- The lift away feature is great for stairs
- The LED headlights are useful
- The vacuum comes with a number of tools and a tool bag
- It’s easy to assemble

Criticisms of the vacuum are few but probably the most contentious issue is the small size of the cleaner head.  While this is an asset for maneuverability and getting into tight spaces, it also results in additional work to clean an area – more passes of the vacuum are required.  Several folks have brought this up.  Whether you find this characteristic a “pro” or a “con” may depend to some extent on the layout and size of your home.

Other concerns are smaller but include mobility issues on very deep pile carpet like shag, and the center of gravity being significantly above the wand – due to the lift away feature – something we’ve noted on all the lift-away machines (you can see this in our extensive video review of the NV682 – about halfway down the page).

You can also read more NV801/803 owner comments on Amazon if you wish.

The NV800 Series
Shark markets the NV800 series of vacuums as their most advanced uprights.  Presumably because they have both DuClean technology as well as the Lift-Away feature.  

There are presently 6 different rotator models with DuoClean technology.
- NV800
- NV800W
- NV801
- NV802
- NV803
- UV810

The vacuums are all similar but the tool sets are different (we rarely see the NV802 so we’ve left that out of the group below).

    Pet multi-tool
    Duster crevice tool
    Flexi crevice tool
    Pet power brush

    Pet multi-tool
    Duster crevice tool

    Pet multi-tool
    Duster crevice tool
    Pet power brush
    Under-appliance wand
    Accessory bag

    Pet multi-tool
    Duster crevice tool
    Pet power brush
    Under-appliance wand
    Accessory bag

    Pet multi-tool
    Duster crevice tool
    Pet power brush
    Under-appliance wand
    Accessory bag
    Flexi crevice tool
    Precision duster

You may have noticed that the NV801 and the NV803 have exactly the same tool set.  We posed this question to Shark and this is what they said “The NV801 and the NV803 are the exact same unit. The difference in model number would be the difference in which retail store carries the unit. The NV801 is available at Kohl’s and Best Buy. The NV803 is available on Amazon.”  

We’ve got the NV801 and you can see the tools in the image below:

Shark NV801 Tools

The Pet multi-tool (shown in the photo below) is a 2-in-1 tool and it has a detachable brush head.  With the head removed this is an upholstery tool (good at removing pet hair and other debris from, upholstery) and with the head attached this is a stiff bristle brush for more general cleaning. 

Shark NV801 Pet Multi Tool


Shark Pet Power ToolThe Pet power brush (left) is designed to remove hair and dander from upholstery and other surfaces.  The description “power” may give the wrong impression to some.  This is not a motorized tool.  Rather, it is powered by the suction of the vacuum.  These kinds of tools are often referred to as “turbo” tools and while they can still do a good job, they are typically not as powerful as a motorized tool (you can see this in action in one of the videos further down in this review).

The Under-appliance wand is something we first ran into with the lightweight Shark Rocket HV382 and we were pleased with both the concept and the performance of the tool.  Extended it has a reach of 36 inches and is designed to get under or behind appliances.  We used ours under the stove, and both under and beside the fridge.  It unquestionably gets into areas that other tools simply will not and it does manage to pull up dust and other debris.
Vacuum Hose
We did notice when using the tools that the hose feels a little on the short side.  It has a tendency to pull at the vacuum body quite easily.  We used a tape measure and measured how far the hose would stretch before either pulling the vacuum over or dragging it along the floor.  We only got about 6 feet.  Fortunately the wand provides almost another 3 feet to that so with the wand you are getting about 9 feet of cleaning reach.  Frankly this is not bad for a compact vacuum but it would have been nice to have something longer.

ASIDE: Shark NV801 vs Shark NV682

The NV801 vacuum looks very similar to the Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Speed NV682 but there are a few differences (besides the color).

DuoClean Technology
NV682 - No
NV801 - Yes

Cleaning path width
NV682 - 10.5 inches
NV801 - 8.5 inches

NV682 - 13.2 lbs
NV801 - 14.5 lbs

NV682: Duster Crevice Tool, Pet Multi-Tool, Pet Power Brush, Canister Caddy
NV801: Duster Crevice Tool, Pet Multi-Tool, Pet Power Brush, Under-Appliance Wand

Handle Controls
The controls on the handle of the NV801 are similar to those on the NV752 but different from those on the NV682.  The NV801 has 3 settings: Hard Floor, Carpet/Low-Pile, Thick Carpet/Area Rug.  When moving from one setting to another a suction release valve is opened to varying degrees (this is done automatically).  The NV682 only has two settings: Hard Floor, Carpet.  On the NV682 a manual suction release valve is provided just below the handle so you can set the suction yourself.

Shark NV681 NV801 Handles

DuoClean Technology
Now let’s step back and look at DuoClean Technology - what is it and does it work?  As the name suggests there are two cleaning brushrolls on the underside of the nozzle (cleaner head).  There is the usual stiff bristle brushroll and there is another softer brushroll near the front of the nozzle.  According to Shark “DuoClean's soft brushroll and bristle brushroll work in unison to pull in large debris, high piles, and stuck-on dust on carpets and floors. Triple Particle Cleaning™ removes large, small, and stuck-on particles from floors and carpets.”

Shark NV801 Two Brushrolls

The brushrolls are both very easy to access and to clean.  The main brushroll (stiff bristle brushroll) can be accessed through the top of the nozzle which is rather novel. Shark has built something they call the brushroll garage and the top of the nozzle can be lifted away to provide easy access to the brushroll.  They even provide a small brushroll cleaning tool inside the “garage” area.

Shark Brushroll Garage

So we know the theory behind DuoClean Technology but how does it perform?  We tested the NV801 on carpet (low pile), on bare floors, and on pet hair.  We also did an edge cleaning test.  The results and videos are provided below (feel free to expand these as they are high resolution):

In this test we ran the NV801 and the NV682 on low pile carpet.  The debris was a mix of dust, lentils, pet hair and fruit loops (ranges from fine to large particles).

As seen in the above video the NV801 did a great job at picking all manner of debris on carpet.  We were surprised that nothing was left behind the vacuum as this is something we see with most machines.

In this test we ran the NV801 on a tile surface.  We used the same debris as the carpet test - a mix of dust, lentils, pet hair and fruit loops.  

As the video shows, pickup was admirable and there was absolutely no scatter.  We were impressed.

We ground long white dog hair into medium pile carpet and used the pet power tool to see how it performed.

The pickup was fairly good but, at least with this longer pet hair, one can see that the brushroll would have to be cleaned fairly frequently to allow the tool to continue to work optimally.  Fortunately the tool easily comes apart so it can be cleaned thoroughly.  

To see how the NV801 performed in an edge cleaning test we used some dried rosemary sprinkled up against the baseboards in the house.  See video below.

It is unfortunate that the vacuum doesn’t have edge cleaning on both sides of the nozzle.  However when using the right side of the nozzle the machine does clean up fairly tight to an edge.

Brushroll Controls
There are 3 floor cleaning settings on the vacuum handle.  These are:
- Hard Floor
- Carpet/Low-Pile
- Thick Carpet/Area Rug

These settings actually increase or reduce the speed that the brushrolls spin and also adjust the opening of the suction release valve in the handle.  So even in Hard Floor mode the brushrolls are spinning, but at their lowest RPM.  

Noise Level
When vacuuming we did notice that the machine is a little louder than we expected.  It has kind of a high pitched whir or whine which we don’t hear with the NV682 – so perhaps it is the result of the DuoClean technology (maybe, maybe not).  We were not the only ones to notice this and we have also seen comments to this effect from a few other owners.

We decided to measure the decibel output of both the NV801 and the NV682 in carpet mode (measured at a distance of 3 feet from the nozzle).  

Shark Rotator DuoClean Noise

The results of the test were as follows:
NV682 – 76.3 decibels
NV801 – 79.4 decibels

While the figures above show the NV801 is indeed louder than the NV682, they may not make the extent of the difference obvious.  The decibel scale is logarithmic so consider that 80dB is twice as loud as 70dB.  

The NV800’s are designed with a sealed system – you will see this highlighted in much of the company’s marketing materials.  What this means is that the air drawn into the vacuum does not leak out through cracks or poor seals before it is exhausted from the vacuum.  When this is combined with quality filtration such as a HEPA filter – as is the case with the NV801 – it results in the vacuum capturing almost all dust and allergens.  For families with members suffering from asthma or allergies this can be a very important feature.  You can read more about HEPA filters and Sealed Systems in our HEPA filter article.

The vacuum has 3 filters: 2 pre-motor filters and 1 post motor filter.  There is a foam pre-motor filter and a felt pre-motor filter.  Both are easily accessed under the dust canister lid.  These should be cleaned about every 3 months and they are both washable.  The post motor filter (this is the HEPA filter) is found under the front panel just above the floor nozzle.  This too is washable and should be cleaned about once per year.

NV801 Filters

Dust Canister
This is a bagless vacuum and the dust canister has a capacity of 0.9 dry quarts to the "max fill" line.  Given that this is a fairly compact machine the dust canister is perhaps a little on the small side.  It is very easy to empty however and it is easy to detach and reattach as well.

Power Cord
The NV801 has a 30 foot power cord which is a decent length.  When we see a power cord less than 30 feet on an upright it is often accompanied by complaints that it is too short.  30 feet enables you to clean a respectably large area without having to change power outlets.  Like most uprights this is not an auto-retractable power cord.

Lift Away Feature
This works very well and has been a feature on many Shark machines in the past several years.  It allows you to detach the motor/dust canister assembly and carry it while using the handle/wand with the other hand.  This setup provides the ability to walk into cluttered/tight areas and is great for stairs and overhead cleaning.  

Shark Rotator Lift Away Feature

Additional Features
The NV801 weighs 14.5 lbs which, as mentioned above, is slightly heavier than the NV682 (13.2 lbs) but lighter than the larger NV752 (15.6 lbs).  It has LED headlights on the front of the nozzle that illuminate whenever the power is on and are designed to last the lifetime of the vacuum. The belts on this machine are also designed to last the lifetime of the vacuum.

An electronic switch will shut the brushrolls off should they be blocked by a large object – this helps extend the life of both the belt and the motor.  The Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Speed with DuoClean Technology carries a lengthy manufacturer's 7-year limited warranty.

Check out pricing and availability on Amazon.

Vacuum Cleaner Manual
You can view the NV800 series vacuum cleaner manual here:  NV800 Vacuum Cleaner Manual


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0 # kris 2020-01-01 23:04
I need to find out what belt I use for my nv801. I've searched online but to no avail. I've only had my vacuum for 3 months now and the belt broke.
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# scs 2018-10-27 02:43
After reading your review I decided to purchase the nv801 You saved me a lot of research time I couldn't
figure out the difference between the 801 and the 803. I will let you know how the vacuum performs.
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0 # KRISTIN CIRCELLI 2017-11-28 03:45
I just bought the duo clean powered lift away nv835 from sams club. It is has great suction, although so much so it will not work on my very plush shag area rug also purchased from Sam. It is a quality thick rug . The duo clean jams and stops working as soon as it is on the carpet . I’ve tried with each flooring option for less suction and I even took out the duo clean roller in hopes it would work. I am debating about getting a different rug because the vacuum works so well and is great features- I hate to return it . If you have plush thick carpet I would not recommend this . It did work on a cheaper shag area rug that was not as plush .
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+1 # Dennis 2017-09-29 14:28
This is a quality review. I am very impressed with how you did the review. You asked questions and provided answers to those questions in a way I do not normally observe. We just got the 801 and so far love it. The noise is not objectionable and is certainly not nearly as loud as many lower price machines. The canister being small is not bad as it is so easy to open and empty. The dual brush is great as you do not push items that are to big forward but instead picks them up. The one thing is we got ours on QVC and I noticed that it does not have the equipment bag as I saw provided elsewhere on the web as I searched for vendors.
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0 # George Swartele 2017-09-10 05:03
Is the canister caddy a good purchase for the NV801 and which model caddy is needed
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+1 # Nigel:vacuum-advisor 2017-09-14 17:34
Hi George,

We are not really big fans of the canister caddy. Some folks like it but we found it a little on the clumsy side - although we only tried it on carpet. It likely moves better on bare floors. You can see us using it in our video "What we dislike about the Shark NV682" on this page: [*]://vacuum-cleaner-advisor.com/Shark-Vacuums/sha rk-lift-away-speed-nv682-pros-cons.html See what you think.
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