CNET First Look
Watch out: The Shark Rotator Pro Lift-Away is coming for youThis vacuum competes comfortably with more-expensive models.
Hi, everyone. Megan Wollerton for CNET here with the review of the $200-Shark Rotator Pro Lift-Away vacuum cleaner. This vacuum cleaner has a removable wand that doubles as the handle. It has different brush attachments and it can actually be turned into a canister vacuum. You can just lift out the bin and take it wherever you wanna go. That makes the Shark actually the most versatile of all of the five vacuums we tested in the set, and that says a lot since it's the cheapest. Like the others, it has a clear bin so you can see how full it is, it's easy to remove and incredibly easy to clean. It also comes with a HEPA filter like the others and it rotates very well and it even has two headlights which is kinda cute. At 200 bucks, this is by far the least expensive vacuum that we tested in this group. The Dyson DC41 is actually $650, so we wanted to see how a $200 vacuum cleaner with similar features would stack out to the Dyson. I like the design and construction of this vacuum cleaner better than either of the Dysons we tested, but not quite as much as the Oreck or the Electrolux. All right, let's talk performance. Instead of a Shark's regular fare of fish and hapless surfers, we did decided to test this one against Cheerios, pet hair, a mix of sand and sawdust, nuts, bolts, washers and human hair. So how does the Shark do on dry land? Overall, it did pretty well on every test. It didn't do great picking up sand and sawdust from our thinnest carpet. It also didn't do great picking up pet hair from hardwood floors. Although the Shark didn't pick up most of the pet hair on the hardwood surface, if you turn the brush on, it collects everything. Some folks might think that that will scuff up the floor or scatter some of the particles, but it did work. So, if you're willing to take that risk, it will collect all of the pet hair on your bare floors. But it did a great job picking up Cheerios, it did a great job picking up human hair and it did a great job picking up pet hair from both the thinner and thicker carpet surfaces. It did pick up a few bobby pins, washer and nuts, but most of them actually got stuck in the brush. So for $200, the Shark is an incredibly good vacuum cleaner. It didn't quite stand out to some of the others on performance, but for its price you're getting a great value. I'm Megan Wollerton for CNET and this has been a review of the Shark Rotator Pro Lift-Away vacuum. Watch out, more expensive models Shark is coming for you.