Pros / With the powerful motor and tools, you can vacuum carpet, rugs, tile and hardwood floors.
Cons / Shark’s website lacks a service center locator.
Verdict / This vacuum has the features and functionality to clean all kinds of different floor types. The features and design make it gentle enough to use on hardwood floors, and its motor makes it powerful enough to lift dirt off carpet.
The Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Vacuum effectively cleans bare floor surfaces, rugs and carpet. With its powerful motor, versatile design and features, the vacuum safely picks up dirt, hair and food from your wooden floors without damaging them. We award this hard floor vacuum our Top Ten Reviews Bronze Award for its strong cleaning performance and design.
- Cleaning & Suction
- Cleaning Path Width
Both the features and versatility make this one of the best hardwood floor vacuums out there. You can adjust the suction of the machine to protect delicate surfaces or fabrics, such as upholstery or drapes. You can also manually adjust the vacuum's height from the floor. This feature helps you put the vacuum at the most effective distance from the floor to allow for maximum suction.
This bare floor vacuum comes with two different floor attachments. The Hard-Floor Genie is designed to clean bare floors with a soft cloth that helps collect dirt and protect the floor. The other base works on carpet, whether it is low or high pile. With these features, you can use this vacuum on multiple surfaces without worrying about hurting the floor.
This bagless model has a large dirt cup capacity of 105.6 ounces. With this capacity, you can vacuum without having to empty the canister very often, saving both time and energy. In addition, the vacuum comes equipped with a lifetime HEPA filter that seals over 99.99 percent of the dirt and allergens inside the vacuum. With a lifetime guarantee, you do not have to worry about replacing the filter; however, it requires cleaning every so often.
By adjusting the suction, you can utilize the motor to effectively clean your bare floors and carpeted areas. When cleaning bare floors with the hard floor attachment, you will want enough suction to clean everything off the floor since it does not employ a brush roll.
Convenience & Design
As an upright vacuum, this model weighs more than a hardwood floor stick vacuum. Weighing 15.6 pounds, it can be cumbersome when cleaning stairs. However, you can remove the canister from the base, making it into a much lighter canister vacuum that can reach edges and under furniture more effectively.
The hardwood floor vacuum has a cleaning path of 12 inches, which is one of the widest in our comparison. This unit also has one of the largest dirt cups. With the 105.6-ounce dirt container, you can vacuum for long periods without having to clean out the vacuum. The dirt cup empties from the bottom at the push of a button. The design also helps reduce your exposure to dust particles and allergens.
Shark’s vacuum comes with a 30-foot cord. The length allows you to clean freely without having to plug in the cord multiple times. While the extra-long cord lets you vacuum a large area without having to plug it in multiple times, it is not retractable and can be tiresome to wind up. The model also rides on top of rubber wheels. The rubber protects the vacuum from scratching delicate flooring like wood.
The container of this vacuum detaches from the base, which allows you to use it as a canister vacuum. With a 6-inch hose, you can clean under furniture, corners and edges with ease using the various attachments it comes with.
The crevice tool helps you reach into narrow areas like baseboards and in between sofa cushions and hard-to-reach corners. The dusting brush uses soft bristles to clean all kinds of surfaces and helps pull hair off furniture. The turbo brush lifts dirt and hair with ease from stairs and upholstery, and the hard floor attachment uses a micro-fiber pad to safely vacuum and dust hard floor surfaces. While it helps protect your floors, it requires cleaning often.
Warranty & Support
The vacuum comes with a much longer warranty than comparable units. Shark warrants the product to be free from defects in material and workmanship for up to seven years after the original purchase date. If you need to contact the company, Shark's website lists both an email address and a telephone number.
In addition, it has resources for each vacuum model including video tutorials, online product manuals and FAQs for each product. While the website significantly helps with troubleshooting, it lacks a service center locator.
The Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Vacuum cleans multiple types of floors. The hard floor attachment allows you to vacuum and dust at the same time without harming your hardwood. The model also adjusts from an upright vacuum into a canister vacuum to give you versatility. Between the features, design and attachments, this is the best vacuum for hardwood floors.