Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away (NV501), Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional Upright (NV356E), Shark Rocket Professional (NV480) vacuum cleaners are affordable and sturdy upright vacuum cleaners with very similar dimensions and specifications that get their job done. These similarities often lead to confusions when trying to decide which vacuum cleaner to buy.

Specifications of these models and side-by-side comparison is given in the following table:

Model Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away NV501 Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional Upright NV356E Shark Rocket Professional NV480
Photo shark rotator nv501 1 shark navigator nv356e 1 shark rocket nv480 1
Power 1200W 1200W 700W
Recommended Surface Cleaning Types Carpets, Bare Floors Carpets, Bare Floors Carpets, Bare Floors
Dimensions 47.5 x 14.1 x 12.2 inches 45.2 x 11.4 x 12.4 inches 45.3 x 11.3 x 14.1 inches
Swivel Steering Yes Yes Yes
Power Cord Length 30 ft (9.15 m) 30 ft (9.15 m) 30 ft (9.15 m)
Dirt Capacity 3.1  Dry Quarts (3.4 l) 3.1  Dry Quarts (3.4 l)  1.8 Dry Quarts (2 l)
Total Hose Reach (not specified) 6.3 ft (1.9 m) - Hose Length 8.2 ft (2.5 m)
Cleaning Path Width 9.5 inches (24 cm) 9.5 inches (24 cm) 11 inches (28 cm)
Product Weight 15.8 lbs (7.15 kg) 14 lbs (6.34 kg) 13 lbs (5.9 kg)
Filtration Sealed vacuum technology with Washable HEPA Filters  Foam Filters and HEPA Sealed vacuum technology with Washable HEPA Filters 
Headlights Yes No Yes
Suction Control Yes Yes No
Additional Cleaning Tools  - Dusting Brush
- 12 inch Crevice Tool,
- Canister Caddy,
- Premium Pet Power Brush,
- Wide Pet Upholstery Tool,
- Straight Suction Nozzle. 
- Dusting Brush,
- 8 inch Crevice Tool,
- Pet Hair Power Brush,
- Dust Away Hard Floor Attachment,
- 1 Microfiber Pad.
- 11 inch Crevice Tool,
- Dusting Brush,
- Pet Power Brush.
Amazon Link Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away (NV501) Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional Upright (NV356E) Shark Rocket Professional Upright (NV482)

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Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away (NV501) Pros and Cons

shark rotator nv501 tool 1Shark Rotator vacuums have great suction and a powerful brush roll that does its job well. Cleaning near the edges of the walls and furniture is good. Pet hair is removed from carpets easily. All attachments does what they are supposed to do and are easily changeable.

During operation, noise levels are at acceptable levels - these are really quiet machines, especially having in mind that they require 1200W of power.

The brush roll and filters are easy to clean. Vacuum cleaner doesn't lose suction during operation, regardless how full dirt bin is.

Cons - only few, if any. Vacuum cleaner can fall over if the hose is stretched too far, but this is issue with all of similar designs. Also, some people complain about dirt bin capacity, which is around 3.4 liters. If 3.4 liters is not enough, even for large homes with kids and pets, then consider buying larger and more expensive vacuum cleaner.

Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away NV501 is very similar to Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away models NV502 and NV522.

Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away NV502 doesn't include Wide Pet Upholstery Tool, but include Car Detail Kit, with all other options practically being the same.

Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away NV522 doesn't include Straight Suction Nozzle, but include Under Appliance Wand and Dust-Away with reusable microfiber pad.

Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional Upright (NV356E) Pros and Cons

shark navigator nv370 microfiber pad 1NV356E has great suction and like NV501 has 3.4 liters dirt bin. It is easy to navigate, steer and turn around edges and furniture. HEPA grade filtration removes small dust particles and other allergens from air stream.

Some people complain about 9.5" wide cleaner head, but due to its dimensions, vacuum cleaner is easier to navigate around the house, especially around tight corners and between furniture. Also, narrower head means stronger suction.

Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional Vacuum NV356E is very similar to Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional Vacuum NV370. NV370 model is based on 'Gentle Deep Clean Technology' and instead of Standard Brush Roll comes with Premium Brush Roll.

Shark Rocket Professional (NV480) Pros and Cons

shark rocket nv480 under appliance tool 1Shark Rocket Professional (NV480) is very light and easy to operate even by kids and elderly.

It does have rather small dirt bin, but if you clean your home regularly and don't mind to clean the dirt bin often, this is not an issue. Suction is good, but it could be better - it will clean the carpets and bare floors, but can have issues on deeper carpets.

Shark Rocket Professional NV480 is very similar to Shark Rocket Professional NV482 and Shark Rocket Professional NV484 models. NV482 model comes with additional Under Appliance Wand, while NV484 model comes with Multi Angle Dusting Brush, 5.5" Crevice Tool, 18" Crevice Tool and Accessory Bag.

Shark NV501, NV356E and NV480 Comparison and Recommendation

Shark Rotator NV501 and Shark Navigator NV356E are easy to operate and maneuver. However, NV501 has enhanced swivel steering system, but NV356E is somewhat lighter. Shark Rocket NV480 is lighter than both Rotator and Navigator and really easy to maneuver, but it has wider cleaning head and requires more space to be moved around. Also, NV480 is less powerful than NV501 and NV356E - there is significant difference between 700 and 1200W and combined with NV480's wider cleaning track, its suction is weaker than suction of NV501 and NV356E vacuums.

For short - NV480 covers larger area with weaker suction, while NV501 and NV356E cover less area, but with stronger suction. If your floors gets dirty rather quickly (kids, pets etc.), you will prefer stronger models.

All three types have HEPA grade filtration of exhaust air.

Number and types of attachments - the more attachments you have, more types of surfaces and types of dirt you can clean. But, more attachments also means more expensive vacuum cleaner and if you are not going to use some of the attachments, that doesn't sound like a good investment. Good thing is that attachments (cleaning tools) can be purchased at latter time if required. Buying attachments individually costs more than buying them in the bundle with vacuum cleaner itself, but difference is not big.

Long story short - if you have issues with weight of the vacuum cleaner, go for Shark Rocket Professional (NV480) vacuum cleaner. If you want good vacuum cleaner that will clean large area rather quickly, without filling its dirt bin right away, and basic set of cleaning tools and attachments are more than enough for you, choose Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional Upright (NV356E) . If you do need good and reliable vacuum cleaner for various types of surfaces and you do require various cleaning tools and attachments, than go for Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away (NV501) or some of similar models.

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