Reviews and FAQs of Shark Rotator NV501 Professional Lift-Away Upright Vacuum

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Shark Rotator NV501 is designed for people who need a professional-grade vacuum to clean larger areas because this upright vacuum has a generous dust cup size of 1.5 dry quarts for longer cleaning sessions.

Apart from bigger dust cup size, Shark Rotator NV501 remains all of the benefits of the Rotator series such as Lift-away canister, LED lights, HEPA filter, swivel steering control and more. And because of its bigger cleaning capacity, Shark Rotator NV501 is also more weighty:  its weight is 15.5 lbs (without the cord), so it might be a bit heavy to seniors, otherwise it is a great option for homes with big areas.

Benefits of Shark Rotator NV501

  • Lift-Away
  • Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology + a HEPA filter.
  • Advanced Swivel Steering
  • XL-capacity dust cup
  • LED headlights

How to use Shark Rotator NV501

You can use the Shark Rotator NV501 model in 3 different ways:  an upright vacuum, a canister vacuum (around 8.1 lbs) and a stick unit with extended wand. 

Pros and cons of Shark Rotator NV501


  • Very good suction
  • Very quiet, was able to vacuum while the kids were asleep 
  • Low profile head for getting under the couch more than the Navigator.
  • More attachments than the Navigator.


  • It is a little bit heavy

Rating of Shark Rotator NV501

Shark Rotator NV501 has a huge number of reviews on the market (For example, it gains nearly ten thousand feedback from Amazon alone). Overall, Shark Rotator NV501 scores 90 points over 100 points. 

  • Suction power – Shark Rotator NV501 gives amazing suction by using 10 amps rating motor – 92/100
  • Cleaning hair – Shark Rotator NV501 can clean hairs on various surfaces – 90/100
  • Versatility – this Shark Rotator NV501 is quite versatile and it can go under furniture, but the fact that its weight is heavy, we rate it 90/100
  • Stair cleaning – Shark Rotator NV501 does not clean stairs efficiently because of the brush roller design, but you can clean stairs with attachments like crevice tools- 86/100

Shark Rotator NV501 attachments

  • 12″ Crevice Tool- Great for cleaning tight spaces
  • Dusting Brush – Dust and clean delicate surfaces
  • Wide Upholstery Tool – remove pet hair and large debris 


  • Product weight (lbs.):  15.5
  • Dust cup capacity (qts.):  0.88
  • Cleaning path width (in.):  9.5
  • Wattage:  1200
  • Amps:  10
  • Filter type:  Washable HEPA + Foam and Felt Filters
  • Cord length (ft.):  25
  • Hose length (ft.):  8.4
  • Product dimensions (in.):  12.1 L X 12.2 W X 45.7 H
  • LED lights:  On floor nozzle

Shark Rotator NV501 Replacements

  • 12″ Crevice Tool
  • Dusting Brush
  • Post-Motor HEPA Filter
  • Filter Frame

Comparison of Shark Rotator NV501 with Shark Navigator and Shark APEX

Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away Upright Vacuum (NV501)Shark Navigator Pet Plus Upright Vacuum (NV251)Shark Navigator Zero-M Pet Pro Upright Vacuum (ZU62)Shark DuoClean Powered Lift-Away Speed Upright Vacuum (NV803)Shark Navigator Zero-M Lift-Away Speed Upright Vacuum (ZU561)Shark APEX DuoClean with Zero-M Powered Lift-Away Upright Vacuum (AZ1002)
Self-Cleaning BrushrollNoNoyesNoyesyes
Powered Lift-AwayNoNoNoyesNoyes
Lift AwayNoNoNoNoyesNo
Anti-Allergen Complete Seal + a HEPA Filteryesyesyesyesyesyes
Product Weight (lbs)15.5161614.513.417.1
Cord Length (ft)252525302530
LED LightsOn floor nozzleNoNoOn floor nozzleNoOn floor nozzle & handle

FAQs of Shark Rotator NV501 

Where can I find another Hepa filter for this vacuum cleaner?

Answer: Might look at these: 

Colorfullife Filters for Shark Rotator Pro Lift-Away NV500, NV501, NV502, NV503, NV505, NV510, NV520,NV552,UV560, Xff500 Xhf500 (Not Fit NV650,NV750 Series) 

Question: I’ve had my vacuum for 2 yrs. The motor stopped all of a sudden. I bought it on amazon. What can I do?

Answer:  You should contact Shark customer care service

Question: Is pro lift away self propelled?

Answer:  Although it is not Self Propelled, it’s unique design allows you to easily maneuver with its Swivel Steering on all types of surfaces. 

Question: Does this have on-board tools? If so, what tools?

Answer: it came with the crevice tool, small dusting brush and wide upholstery tool.

Question: How to take the beater off?

Answer: On right top side you will see 2 red buttons . One says power and the other says brush roll. Push down on brush roll until light goes off this will stop the beater brush from moving. 

Question: I can’t seem to get it put back right canister?

Answer: You have to angle the bottom of the canister towards the vacuum and the top of the canister away (slightly) and lower the canister into the groove it sets in. Once it is set into the groove, the top of the canister should click in place.

Question: After I clean the filters how do I put it back together

Answer: The opposite of the way you took it apart.

Question: Looking for replacement filters for shark rotator NV61131

Answer: I just got mine so I can’t help with filters at this point. Sorry.

Is there a bare floor at tree attachment? If not is there any available to purchase separately

Answer: what is an “at tree attachment”? If you are asking if it can be used on bare floors, the answer is yes

Question: The debris doesn’t go into the dust cup, It goes into the handle. Any ideas why?

Answer: You might have something wedged in the tube which doesn’t allow the dust to get to the bin. I had a bottle cap wedged sideways in the handle so it let the air through but not the dirt.

Question: How long is the cord?

Answer: The cord length is 25 feet

Question: You are selling this vacuum as a “Lift-Away” does it actually have the lift-away technology?

Answer: Yes, the vacuum canister portion lifts away from the floor sweeper for hand carrying with the push of a button.

Question: I am trying to decide between the nv752 and the nv501. Which is a better buy?

Answer: I own the nv501 and love it. I vacuum my entire house every day. I have pets and live in a dusty area off of a dirt road in the desert of Tucson, AZ. I am picky about cleanliness. This vacuum does the job! It has a long hose, too, which is great for vacuuming up-high places.

Question: Does anyone use this with power tools? Can it be used with power tools?

Answer:  this vacuum is not designed to be used with power tools.

Question: I have a bad back and can’t bend easily. What vacuum has the long hose attachment?

Answer: This vacuum has a decent hose attachment…it could always be just a little bit longer….and the cord is shorter than my last one.

Question: I lost the little gray circle flip cover on the bottom side, assuming it’s so you can clear clogs. Where can I find a replacement or parts diagram?

Answer: I recommend calling Shark.

Question: does this one and most all of the other models have a light in the front base of the cleaner?

Answer: We would like to confirm that this model, NV501, has headlights on the floor nozzle.

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