Pros / A bagless design means lower maintenance costs because you don't have to buy bags.
Cons / Emptying it out creates a large dust cloud.
Verdict / This unit is noticeably small and easy to move into position for cleaning anything, and the suction is impressive.
The Shark Rotator NV800 is a compact, versatile and efficient option for cleaning floors and other surfaces. It is an upright machine that doubles as a canister or handheld vacuum with its pull-apart design. We got great results when using it to clean hardwood flooring and multiple carpeting types on many types of messes. It easily made the cut for the best upright vacuum cleaners, earning our Top Ten Reviews Silver Award.
- Cleaning & Suction
- Noise Level
This is one of the machines that picked up just about anything we threw on the floor. It took just a few more passes to clean each type of mess than the very best of the best. It did well on even the most challenging tests, including kitty litter on hardwood flooring. Lots of the vacuum cleaners we tested spread the kitty litter out rather than sucking it up, at least at first. The Shark NV800 did not have that problem, or at least not as bad as the others. It also cleared cereal off every surface efficiently, even the pieces that were crushed and ground into the carpet.
The Shark NV800 was basically unbeatable for maneuverability. The swiveling head makes it possible to weave in and around furniture legs and into corners easily. It has a low profile too, so we got pretty far under furniture. You will still have to move some stuff, though, to really clean underneath.
You can use a switch on the handle to optimize this vacuum cleaner for bare flooring, low carpet and high carpet. We found it cleaned effectively even when it was not on the appropriate setting – for example, carpeting was cleaned even when it was on the hard floor setting.
Convenience & Design
The NV800 cannot really compete with a cordless model for portability and easy storage, but it comes as close as a corded model can. It has two handles to make it easier to carry up and down stairs, and it is relatively lightweight, especially considering all of its features.
This Shark’s compact build is mostly a wonderful thing, but it did mean some sacrifices. The hose is comparatively short so you might have a harder time reaching high cleaning jobs like shelving and curtains. You can separate the cleaning mechanism from the base, but that leaves you with one less free hand as you hold the hose too.
The dust cup is molded to fit around the wand and has a strange shape, which might be one reason it was messy when we had to empty it. Some of the compacted dust seemed to collect in the corners so it was harder to empty than the round dust bins on competing units. This one had a massive dust cloud that would expand every time another corner of compacted dust shook loose.
This is not one of the vacuum cleaners that lets you know it is time to clean filters or empty the dust cup. It also doesn't wind its own cord. High quality cleaning is the most important thing this unit has to offer.
This Shark is one of the bagless options in our lineup, which will lower maintenance costs. There is also a light on its cleaning head so you can illuminate dust bunnies in dark corners.
This compact Shark is able to carry an impressive number of accessories onboard so you will have them at the ready when you want to clean stairs or furniture. You get a variety of tools for different jobs with this upright vacuum cleaner, including upholstery and crevice tools for narrow spots. The extension wand separates from the base to give you the option of cleaning messes that are up high.
Warranty & Support
Shark offers one of the longer warranties of the products in our comparison. We didn't find much in the way of online instructions for using this product but we got fast responses to our customer service inquiries.
The Shark NV800 is a great offering from one of the best-known vacuum cleaner brands around. It cleaned every type of mess on every type of surface with just a handful of passes. It is compact and easy to maneuver in and around different obstacles with ease. This Shark doubles as a canister vacuum when you pull it off its base, so it can perform well in a variety of cleaning situations, including on stairways.