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Shark Rotator vs Navigator – Showdown of Price vs Performance

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Shark Rotator vs Navigator Comparison Chart

Image Shark Rotator Professional Upright Corded Bagless Vacuum for Carpet and Hard Floor with Lift-Away Hand Vacuum and Anti-Allergy Seal (NV501), White with Red Chrome Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional NV356E
ModelShark RotatorShark Navigator
Power (watts)12001200
Weight (pounds)15.514.0
Canister Vac Weight (pounds)8.47.5
Dimensions47.5″ x 14.1″ x 12.2″45.2″ x 11.4″ x 12.4″
Cleaning Path Width11.5″9.5″
Dirt Container Capacity (dry quarts)3.13.1
Cord Length30′30′
Tools Included10 to choose from depending on model5 basic tools included
Bagless YesYes
Designed for No Loss of Suction Yes Yes
Detachable Canister Vac Yes Yes
Sealed HEPA Allergy SystemYes Yes
Pet Hair PickupYes Yes
Edge CleaningYes No
Deep Clean CarpetsYes No
3 in 1 (includes handheld)Yes No
HeadlightsYes No
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As you can see, both of these powerful and popular vacuums have many similarities and a few important differences. First, the Shark Rotator is easier to steer vs the Navigator, but the latter is lighter in weight.

In the Rotator, you’ll find some additional options the other doesn’t offer, such as edge cleaning (being able to get right up against the baseboards or cabinets so you don’t have to swipe with a hand vac or your finger – yuck), 3 in 1 feature comprised of an upright, portable and canister vacuum (great if you have to deal with vacuuming stairs or just want to get small jobs done) and headlights, which are a must if you’re going to be going over any dim areas in the house.

Both of these best selling models have a 30′ cord, a 9.5″ cleaning path width, are designed to never lose suction, have a sealed allergy system with a HEPA filter (great if you have kids you don’t want exposed to so many allergens or if you have pet hair in the house) and are good for pet hair pickup. As for size, they’re pretty close here as well, with the Navigator being just a touch shorter in the handle.

If it’s accessories and tools you’re after, the Rotator does offer more diversity in that area. You can choose from a dusting brush, large turbo brush, 18″ flexible crevice tool, 24″ flexible crevice tool, short crevice tool, multi-angle dusting brush, appliance wand, wide upholstery tool, multi-tool or home and car detail kit depending on the model you decide to pick.

The Navigator, on the other hand, comes with a hard floor attachment with a duster pad, a pet power brush, an 8″ crevice tool, a 24″ crevice tool, and a dusting brush. Tools are an important feature, and more is not necessarily better. Make sure whichever you pick has tools that will actually make your life easier and not just take up space in the storage closet.

As for price, they’re pretty close if you buy on sale, so our recommendation is to pay more attention to the features that you prefer. All in all, they are both good solid vacuums, and review after review saying how much buyers like both vacuum models.

The Shark Rotator

Shark Rotator
  • Slightly more expensive
  • High consumer rating
  • Great steering
  • Wide variety of tools
  • Slightly larger dirt container
  • About the same weight, slightly heavier canister
  • Similar cord length
  • Slightly wider cleaning path
  • Some models are taller and a little larger
  • Has better edge cleaning
  • Better on carpets
  • Has Headlights
  • HEPA Filtration for allergies

Click here for the full Shark Rotator Lift Away Professional Review


The Shark Navigator

Shark Navigator
  • Lower price tag
  • High review rating
  • Includes five basic tools
  • A little smaller and lighter
  • Cleaning path width just a bit more narrow
  • HEPA filters

Click here for the full Shark Navigator Lift Away Review


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