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152 of 160 people found the following review helpful
on March 15, 2013
First off, I'm a guy. I'm a former Marine and I don't like cleaning. It gives me flashbacks of our Thursday night field day cleaning duties. But I do maintain a clean house. I've been out for a number of years and I can afford to have a cleaning crew once a week. So I don't need a full featured vacuum, but I wanted a good one for in between cleanings. I live in a small one story house. Most of my floors are hardwood or tile, but I have a couple of bedrooms with brand new dense carpet. My old Hoover Windtunnel would just not work on the new carpet, it wouldn't move when you turned on the brushes, I think the brushes would not turn in the thick new carpet, for whatever reason. It was easily ten years old and had served me well. I didn't want to spend top dollar on a full size Dyson or even a full size Shark or other maker vacuum. I was at Sam's club last week and noticed they had this model. I did my due diligence, read all the reviews on Amazon and today picked it up for $159 at Sam's. I brought it home, set it up in a minute (so easy to do,really) and set out to do my carpets. The Shark N450 did have some problems with the new carpet. It's a really dense expensive carpet and I'm sure that its just tough to vacuum these kinds of carpets. The N450 was able to get it done with some effort. The suction is very powerful and sucked up stuff that my house cleaner's vacuum (they were here three days ago) missed. The dustbin really filled up with some nasty hair and dust. I live alone and I have a German Shepherd and he sheds like all dogs, so it's something I have to deal with, and this works fine for that purpose. The rotator steering works fine. I don't really need it in my house but it works as advertised. The brush head switch is easily accessible high up on the machine and once I shut it off I did my wood floors and area rugs with ease. What is particularly easy is transitioning from rugs/carpets to bare floors since the brush roll switch is high up and you don't have to bend down to get at it. The lights work fine for shadowy areas or if you're doing low light cleaning operations :). Emptying the dust cup was very easy, but because it's new machine for me I wanted it to stay new looking so cleaned it out and air dried the parts. So easy to do I did it in my kitchen sink, took a few seconds to hose everything out. I don't see a downside for me with this purchase, especially compared to my old Windtunnel which was much heavier, took up more room, and I had to buy bags for it. If you don't need a full size vacuum, this can't be beat in my opinion. I'll tell you that I'm so glad I didn't drop $350 on the smaller Dyson.
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77 of 83 people found the following review helpful
on February 2, 2013
First thing I noticed was the lightness of the Shark. It is so easy to maneuver (even for us weaklings!) The suction was fantastic and the dirt it picked up was lets say - more than embarassing. All the attachments were easy to use and emptying the canister. All the filters worked magnificently & since it was my first time using it I washed the filters which were horrifyingly filthy. They came out clean, dried easily, & popped esily back into place ready for the next times use. I love it! A very smart purchase for anyone.
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72 of 86 people found the following review helpful
on May 17, 2013
Let me start by saying I currently own a Dyson pet hair vacuum. I literally just took my new Shark Rotator out of the box started vacuuming and I am just taking a break to write this review. My new Shark Rotator puts the Dyson to shame. I thought my Dyson was doing a good job of cleaning my floors. I am embarrased at how dirty my carpets still were. The Shark Rotator is picking up dirt and pet hair that have been in my carpet for I don't know how long. While I have been writing this review, my husband who works from home, stole the vacuum and all I can hear is the hum of the vacuum and him saying "This thing is crazy good" Dont spend all that money on the Dyson when you can have a vacuum that is far better at cleaning and much less expensive.

Thank you Shark for the amazing vacuum.
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39 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2013
I love the power of this machine. The one thing that kept me from giving it 5 stars was the fact that the cord is way too short. I do not like to unplug and plug in again in every room.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on June 11, 2013
I have been looking for a lightweight vacuum that actually vacuums! When I saw the Shark Rotator advertised on tv I looked it up on Amazon. I was impressed with what I saw and liked the reviews so I ordered it. It arrived yesterday, I was amazed at how fast it came. I used it for the first time yesterday and I love it! It does everything it says it will. It is lightweight, it picks up everything, the suction is fantastic. It was a snap to put together out of the box. I love that the buttons and knobs are very well printed so I can see what they are. I am 90 years old and this makes vacuuming so easy. It picks up every speck on my floors and also picks up dog hair so easily. I was thinking of buying a Dyson but I think they are so overly priced, so I went with this Shark and very happy I did. I highly recommend it. The price is right and Amazon makes it a pleasure to shop online with no shipping charges.
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on June 15, 2013
Over the years, and there are many, I believe I have owned every vacuum out there. Believed all the adds about the power, the ease , and durability of theses other brand name vacuums and have always been so disappointed. After all the thousands of dollars I went through trying to find "the vacuum" that performed the way it was demonstrated but never did I was about to give up. Then I saw the Shark Rotator. I knew the Shark name but never owned one and felt I would give it one last try. I have never been more amazed than with this machine.. Its great. The suction , the way it handles and the ease of taking it out and putting it away.I am so happy to say that my Shark Rotator Powerlight is the last vacuum I will ever have to purchase.. Thank You Shark.
Annie Dennis
Sumter,SC
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on July 17, 2013
I've had my Shark for about 6 months. The suction is poor - generally taking a few passes to pick up things as lightweight as grass. Will not pick up small pebbles or peppercorns. When using the carpet brush, it kicks out larger crumbs rather than pushing them into the vacuum. It does not suck in from the sides making cleaning by baseboards difficult - you have to change to the crevice device to get at the very edges of walls or in corners. It is not as maneuverable or as lightweight as adds would suggest. The canister fill sup quickly and you have to clean the 2 filters often to maintain any amount of suction. I would not buy this vacuum again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 27, 2014
My Eureka Boss was getting loud and the electric cord was pulling out, so I decided to look for a new vacuum cleaner. I had heard about Shark vacs, of course, but figured that if they were really -that- good they wouldn't need to advertise on TV, along with lawyers and pampers for men.

I nevertheless decided to check them out, and after reading glowing reviews here discovered that BJ's was selling the Rotator Pro NV450 for $150.00. Being a cheap guy but still a gambler, I figured I'd give Shark a go.

After two months' use, I cannot begin to tell you how pleased I am with this wondrous little machine. It has the look and feel of a sports car and hums like a miniature Tesla. Turns on the proverbial dime. I am truly amazed by the intelligent design that allows the user to break it down into manageable (and easily cleanable) components. It is easily converted from floor vac to hand vac. It pulls so much dust out of the carpets it's almost embarrassing.

Now, I have to tell you that my wife and I have seven (that's right, seven) cats we rescued that live only indoors. They include longhairs and short-hairs, old cats and young. We also have wall-to-wall carpeting. And, before I vacuum I rake the carpets with a tool I bought from Amazon, and which catches most of the fur. But -- having said that -- the Shark still does a great job with anything that remains, including cat fur. It is so good I am thinking I may not need to rake the carpets before I vacuum. Wouldn't that be a kick!

Just today when vacuuming I thought I might find the Shark's Achilles heel. I had shredded some paper, and had a mess of old financial forms on the floor of my office. "Ah ha," I thought, "There ain't no way this little machine is a match for that squalor." Wrong. Suffice it to say the Shark dispatched with the job quickly and well.

The machine I bought came with three tools: a small crevice tool, an extendable crevice tool, and a small brush. If there is any gripe I have about the machine, it is that the brush is somewhat unwieldy. Subtract one-fifth of a point. Otherwise, I must disagree with a poster who said the cord is short, because it is certainly longer than my Eureka machine, easily 20 feet.

Finally . . . Will you find yourself emptying the canister frequently? In all probability, yes. But . . . it is very gratifying to see all the nasty stuff your Shark has discovered go into the trash. It is almost as good as sex. Almost. But not quite that good.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2013
love how easy to operate and how light this vacum is, never thought I would be this excited about a vacum, LOL
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50 of 68 people found the following review helpful
I've owned several shark vacuums & loved them all. With 3 dogs & a cat, I murder vacuums, but sharks seem to last longer than other brands.
But this model - despite all the hype, is the worst by far! After vacuuming, the teeny, tiny canister was only half full. My other shark (with a bigger canister) would have been full.
As for cleaning pet hair off of couches? Forget it! And when I used it on tile, I had to go over the area 2 and 3 times to get it to pick up the crumbs.
Any other Shark vacuum model is better than this!
It was really easy to assemble (all sharks are), but that's about it.
To make things even worse: they put the vacuum in a box, put the box in another box, then put that box in another box! And my new vacuum struggled to clean up the mess it's own packaging made.
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