|$198 – $298||$180 – $200||$190 – $210|
|47.5 x 14.1 x 12.2||45.2 x 11.4 x 12.4||45.28 x 11.3 x 14.1|
|– large turbo brush
– home & car detail kit
– straight suction nozzle
– flexible crevice tool
– wide upholstery tool
|– extra long crevice tool
– pet power brush
– hard floor duster
– multi angle dusting brush
|5 year limited||5 year limited||5 year limited|
While these vacuum cleaners are some of the best from the popular Shark brand, there are quite a few differences (other than price) in the Shark Rotator vs Navigator vs Rocket.
These three models have quite a few things in common. For one, they all have a removable canister vacuum incorporated into the design. This is a smart decision from Shark and an extremely handy feature to boot. While they are all similar in price (generally on sale from around $200 – $300), you’re actually getting more than one vacuum cleaner for that price.
The removable canister vac is handy for many jobs including cleaning stairs (even those with deep pile carpets), as you won’t need to drag the big vacuum up to get the job done. As all the attachments fit right on the canister vac extension hose, it’s also great for cleaning ceiling fans, blinds, exhaust vents and getting into hard to reach corners and around furniture.
One nice feature of all of these top rated vacuums is that they have a sealed HEPA allergy system, meaning they’re great for removing fine dust particles, mold, pollen, pet dander and other allergens from the air. All are bagless and have washable filters as well, so you don’t need to spend extra money on extras as time goes by.
The overall dimensions of these models are also similar. The Rotator is about 2” taller, so it’s great if you’re a bit on the taller side, while the Navigator and Rocket, while tall people can still comfortably use them, are a bit shorter, so if you’re somewhat “vertically challenged”, you may find these more comfortable for regular use.
One thing to note is that all of these models have the same 5 year limited warranty, so you’re covered if something is wrong with the unit.
While the Shark Rocket is a bit lighter in weight, it still has a cleaning path of 11”, slightly less than the Rotator (11.5”) but considerably more than the Navigator (only 9.5”). In other words, with the Navigator, you’ll need to make a few extra swipes across your hardwood floor or carpet to get the room clean.
One big difference is the capacity of the dust container. The dirt container of the Rocket Professional is over 40% smaller than the other two, meaning you’ll need to empty it more often. If you compare the capacity to some best selling vacuums like the Dyson DC65, you’ll find it falls right in between that of the Navigator and Rotator (both at 3.1 dry quarts) vs the Rocket at 1.8 dry quarts.
While the Navigator and Rotator both boast a powerful 1200 watt motor, the Rocket comes in at only 700 watts, quite a bit less. For this reason, as you might expect, you can see how the Rocket, while still having many of the features of the other two, will also have less suction. In comparison, the Shark Rocket Ultralight series, including the Deluxe Pro and TruePet, have 500 watts. Considering that they are more stick – like sweeper vacs, they are also considerably lighter in weight and thus don’t need a large motor.
As far as other features that may impact your decision, the Rocket has a cord that is 5” shorter (30” total versus 35” of the Navigator or Rotator). Also, the Rocket and Rotator have headlights, while the Shark Navigator does not.
This is a big concern for many shoppers. The big question to ask is, “What tools will I actually use?” If you purchase a vacuum in line with your budget, it’s not that big of a deal, but if you extend your budget to get a model that has a lot more tools, and you never use them, it’s not such a wise investment.
All of the models come standard with a crevice tool and dusting brush (as do most vacuums on the market today). You’ll find each comes with different “packages” of tools depending on how much you want to spend.
The Shark Rotator Professional Lift Away has optional attachments including a large turbo brush, home and car detail kit, straight suction nozzle, flexible crevice tool and a wide upholstery tool.
The Shark Navigator Professional Lift Away has an extra-long crevice tool, a hard floor duster with washable microfiber pads and a powered pet brush available.
The Rocket Professional has extra tools you can get including a pet power brush, an appliance wand to get under appliances, an extra-long crevice tool and a multi angle dusting brush.
Overall, all three of these best selling vacuums are highly praised in user reviews. However, the Rotator does just a little bit better than the rest. While it has the same suction power of the Navigator, it does do better on edge cleaning, it has headlights and enhanced swivel steering, and it has more tools available.
The Navigator and Rocket are also good, so your decision should really depend on your needs. If you’re short or need more of a lightweight model, these are good choices for you. If you need something smaller that doesn’t have all the power and a large dirt container, then the Rocket might work for you.
While they’re all a good value for the money, review after review from people who use these models on a regular basis praise the Rotator and rate it highest followed by the Navigator with the Rocket coming up in third place. Amazon has all three of these top rated models on sale for up to 40% off right now.