Let’s cut to the chase: Shark has been on a vacuum-making frenzy lately. We have a full time staff of professional home cleaners and we’re still not sure how many different models Shark actually has on the market. However, we’ve doggedly been reviewing and categorizing each upright and canister we can get our hands on, and we’re going to get to the bottom of this soon (just in time for Shark to release another 10 identical models, no doubt).
At any rate, the other day we reviewed the lower-end models in Shark’s Rotator line (the NV510, NV501 and its clones, and the NV341), and we’ve already reviewed the high-end Powered Lift-Away Speed (NV682), so today we’re going to take a look at the rest of the higher-end models in the line: the Powered TruePet NV752, the Powered NV753, and the Powered Lift-Away XL NV755. To be brief, you want the NV752 for personal use and the NV755 if your vacuum earns you a paycheck. Read on for details why.
Pros, Cons, and Key Features of the Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away TruePet (NV752)
Out of the box, it’s important to clarify that the NV752, NV753, and NV755 are almost exactly the same vacuum on the inside; the biggest differences involve the accessories between the 752 and the 753 and the larger dirt tank in the 755. As a result, most of what you’re about to read concerning the NV752 will be applicable to the other two Rotators.
First, let’s look at the basics. Shark describes the Rotator as a 3-in-1 vacuum, noting the ability to use it in an upright mode, in a canister mode, and in an above-floor mode. The upright mode was good for carpets and hardwood floors, the powered lift-away worked well for reaching under beds and sofas, and the above-floor mode (essentially a canister mode with a smaller head) did a solid job with stairs.
When it comes to cleaning, the Rotator line is up to the task. We powered through most human, animal, or environmental stains without needing more than a couple of passes. Since the Rotators are powered, the vacuums pulled themselves; we just needed to hold on and steer, and with their swivel-steering system, steering was easy. We also liked the bright LED lights included and their usefulness when cleaning beneath low furniture (like dressers or platform beds).
Hygienically, we were fans of the included HEPA filter as a way to trap a number of allergens and respiratory irritants that embed themselves in carpets (e.g., pet dander, pollen, spores, and of course bacteria). The filter is rated for a 99.99% capture rate for particles .5 microns and larger, which is more than good enough for stopping most particles, although not all of them. For a better level of filtering (e.g., at the .3 micron level), you’ll need something like the Oreck Magnesium RS or Elevate Conquer.
The high-powered mini brush head was our favorite part of the NV752 and what made us consider it the best all-around Rotator. The brush was our go-to tool when it came to car interiors and anything related to upholstery. We loved how we didn’t require any suction to use it; while we wouldn’t completely agree with Shark’s assessment of it as a full-powered vacuum fitting in the palm of your hand, it was definitely leagues beyond the typical unpowered brush head included in most vacuums (e.g., the additional heads included in the NV753).
The Powered Lift-Away NV753 is, as noted above, nearly identical to the NV752. However, there’s one crucial difference that made us choose the NV752 every time over the NV753: the NV753 lacks the mini-motorized brush. This was a difference we noticed whenever we attacked any stains on upholstery, especially those related to pet hairs; if you don’t have pets, you might not miss the powered brush, and might be tempted to save the small amount of extra money. However, if you’re at all on the fence, we’d recommend going with the NV752. Of course, if you need the most professional machine, you’ll want to keep reading, because the NV755 had something that neither the NV752 nor the NV753 could match: a bigger dirt tank.
Pros, Cons, and Key Features of the Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away XL Capacity with Canister Caddy (NV755)
As noted above, the NV755 distinguished itself from the NV752 and NV753 by its significantly larger dirt tank. Not only was it much larger, meaning fewer interrupted trips to the nearest trash receptacle, it was also easy to empty. We didn’t need to spend time digging through the tank to fish out dog or cat hair. We didn’t need to bang the tank over and over again to shake out the dust, allowing said dust to fly right back into our home and defeat the purpose of having a HEPA filter to begin with. It was well-designed and allowed us to cover much more ground before we needed to stop o empty the tank, which saved us valuable time on longer (professional) jobs.
Aside from the wonderfully larger tank, the NV755 also came with the powered brush head, which might make you wonder why we’d even consider the NV752, since the NV752 comes with the brush head but doesn’t come with the larger tank. There are two reasons: first, the NV755 costs significantly more, and second, it also takes up significantly more space and weight. If you don’t mind those issues, then there’s no question: this is the best Rotator on the list. However, if you don’t need the full tank, then the best all-around Rotator is likely the NV752.
Which is the Best Vacuum Under $300 among the Shark Rotators NV752, NV753, and NV755?
As we noted above, all three vacuum cleaners are very similar. The NV752 and NV753 are the same with the exception of the accessories you get with each. The NV755 is significantly larger and a bit heavier; in our books, it’s the best for professional (paid) work, but for personal (home) use, we preferred the NV752, simply because we felt the mini-motorized brush attachment was a steal for the slightly higher price compared to the NV753.
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