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Shark Rotator Lift Away
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Post# 379710   10/13/2017 at 22:40 (346 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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We got a new Shark Rotator white and red upright at work and I used it the other day to do some dusting.

We already had an older purple and silver model. Which I had used before.

I have to say both are pretty nice for a new vacuum, although I haven't had to empty them or try cleaning the filters.

The new one seems a lot more swively than the old one though, a little too much IMO. Also I think the older one had a longer and easier to use hose. The new one seems to have a shorter harder to use hose, although I wasn't using it in lift away mode that this is probably meant to be used in, I was just using it still attached to the power nozzle. And I wasn't using the metal wand either, just had the dusting brush on the hose end. Red buttons release the want with hose attached or just the hose end. Another red button separates the suction unit from the power head.

The attachments are pretty much the same as the old one, although it also included a floor nozzle with microfiber pad. The dusting brush is a little loose in the swivel, but it's decently sized compared to other uprights and has decent bristles, not horsehair of course but not wire bristles either. The crevice tool is a decent length but I noticed it has vents in it.

I did not try to the turbo tools for either unit.

I guess my biggest thing is the power head on both have narrow cleaning paths, for a large room they would take a long time to clean. It seems almost as narrow as the brush on my tiny Eureka Boss Lite upright. However the brushroll seems to do a good job and also does a good job on bare floors with it turned off. I like the green indicator light both have also.

This style upright seems to be popular as now Hoover has similar models as does Kenmore.

Post# 379735 , Reply# 1   10/14/2017 at 06:45 (346 days old) by mark40511 (Lexington, KY)        
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I can't remember - but mine's approaching either 3 or 4 years old now. I think 3 yrs. I remember I got it around Thanksgiving at Bed Bath & Beyond, but I can't remember the year. When I got it, I was sure it would be dead by this point, but it's not. Nothing on it has broken and I use it almost daily. I hardly ever use it in lift away mode though. I mainly use it for wall to wall Berber and hard floors. If I do above floor cleaning I use my rainbow. I do not like using it for above floor cleaning. The narrow cleaning path doesn't seem to be that big of a deal to me. I still get it done pretty quickly. I do not use the dusting brush that came with the shark. It's horrible. I use a horsehair dusting brush but I have to use the adapter to allow it to fit. It stays on board because I will grab the dusting brush sometimes to get an area that looks dusty...but most of the time I never do above floor cleaning with it, just once in a while.

The filters get dirty really quickly....but they do work and are super easy to clean. I just use the bagged vacuum in my laundry room to clean the shark up about once per week. It's better than dust flying everywhere when you empty into trash or something. To me the shark is just super easy to grab and vacuum through the house quickly..and I really do think it's totally sealed. The outside of the vacuum stays clean. I have 2 sets of filters I rotate so I always have dry filters to replace while the other filters dry. I've never changed the hepa on it. I've washed the hepa once.

I do not like bagless vacuums though. I wish this shark had a bag. I don't know what I was thinking buying one.. the reviews were just awesome and I wanted to try one. Little did I know it would be the vacuum I use most.

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