In this comparison, we will compare Shark Vertex AZ2002 with the Shark Rotator NV752 TruePet model.
Before diving into the detailed comparison, here is a brief of each vacuum.
The Vertex AZ2002 is Shark’s latest addition to its Upright vacuum line up. As per Shark, this is the most powerful vacuum in their Upright series due to its HyperVelocity suction and a new floor head design.
The Rotator NV752 TruePet is another popular upright model that has been selling quite well over the past five years. It is specially designed and marketed for pet owners.
So, how well do these vacuums perform in the real world? Which one will better fit your needs and budget?
You will find the answers by the end of this comparison.
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Quick Overview & Verdict
Here is a quick rundown of the comparison.
The core differences between the Shark Vertex AZ2002 and Rotator NV752 are suction & airflow, floor head design, and price.
The Shark Vertex has more raw power and an advanced floor head. It’s DuoClean PowerFins roller has a superb pickup ability on both bare floors and carpets. It flawlessly picks up any type and size of debris with ease.
It is a perfect pick if your house has mainly hard floors of more than 50 percent bare floors. The front roller of the DuoClean nozzle is matchless at getting small to extra large sized debris off hard floors without scattering or pushing them away. You will also love its polishing touch on the floor.
On carpets, the dual rollers work great at picking up surface debris. However, Vertex is not as perfect at deep cleaning carpets as the Rotator. It scores above 95% in embedded sand tests, whereas the NV752 scores a perfect 100%.
The PowerFins are not as effective at agitating carpet fibers as the traditional bristles brushroll.
So, if you have the majority of carpets and aspire perfectly deep cleaned carpets after vacuuming, the Vertex won’t stand up to your expectations.
The self-cleaning brushroll in Vertex removes hair wrapped around the back roller. If you have long-haired family members or pets who shed, this will eliminate the hassle of manually cleaning hair tangles.
Although the Rotator has lower suction and airflow, it is exceptional at removing set-in dirt and debris from carpets. It is a perfect vacuum if you have large carpeted areas, and deep cleaning is a priority.
Due to the short height of the floor nozzle, it is not optimal at picking large size debris both on hard floors and carpets. You have to use the wand for this.
Comparison Between Vertex AZ2002 and Rotator NV752
Raw Power – Suction & Airflow
The 1344 watts motor of Shark Vertex generates an unmatchable suction of 104” of water lift and 105 CFM of airflow at the hose. It is indeed the most powerful upright vacuum in Shark’s lineup.
The Shark Rotator, with its 1150 watts motor generates a suction of 95” of water lift and an airflow of 99 CFM at the hose. Though it has less suction than the Vertex, it still is a powerful vacuum with suction and airflow closely comparable to that of Shark Apex AZ1002, Dyson Ball Animal 2, and Miele U1 Dynamic.
Moreover, high suction and airflow are not the be all end all while purchasing a great vacuum. Other features matter as well.
One such essential feature is the floor nozzle. So, let us discuss what each has to offer.
Floor Head – DuoClean PowerFins Vs. Classic Bristle Roller
A floor head is immensely important because it grabs debris from the bare floor and agitates carpets so the suction can do its job. Without an efficient floor head, the suction will not be of any use.
This is what Vertex’s new floor head design promises to do. The Vertex has a DuoClean with PowerFins motorized head, which Shark has introduced in all its Vertex series vacuums.
The PowerFins roller consists of flexible silicone fins along with short bristles. It is a crucial upgrade to the classic DuoClean system. In the older DuoClean head, the back roller has a standard bristle roller.
This new design is more effective at making non stop contact with floors and carpets, unlike the bristle rollers. It helps to grab more dust, dirt, and hair from surfaces and increases its pickup ability.
Moreover, the soft front roller is remarkable on delicate hard floors like laminate and hardwood. It has a buffing action and leaves a polished look on the bare floor.
The Rotator TruePet has a standard single bristle brushroll. However, the brush pattern is quite good as it lifts the carpet fibers for a cleaner and fluffier look as new.
Another difference is the cleaning path. The Vertex has a 12” wide cleaning path, while the Rotator has only 10.5”. Though it seems like a minor thing, a narrower cleaning head adds to the time and effort needed for cleaning large surfaces. It can be tiring and inconvenient in the long run.
As we have discussed the two core aspects of a vacuum cleaner, let us see how they perform on floors.
The soft front roller of Vertex’s DuoClean floor nozzle is unbeatable for cleaning bare floors. It readily grabs any size of debris – fine dust to large cheerios – and pulls them into the floor heads. It can even engulf a pile of big mess with ease. Moreover, it doesn’t scatter debris on hard surfaces, which is quite ordinary with bristles rollers.
The Rotator lacks a soft front roller, but it is still quite capable of picking up fine to medium size debris on hard floors. Due to the limited height of its nozzle, large debris snowplow in front of the head. But, the quick-release wand makes it easy to get them without much hassle.
The Rotator has a “Hard Floor” mode, which stops the brushroll from spinning. This is a plus for vacuuming hardwood or laminate floors without scratches. The Vertex has a “Hard Floor” setting too, but its roller still spins at a slower speed. Moreover, the flexible silicone fins gently clean delicate floors, unlike stiff bristles.
Carpet & Area Rugs
The Rotator NV752 beats Vertex AX2002 in deep cleaning carpets despite its lower suction and airflow numbers. It perfectly picks up embedded sand from the medium-pile carpets, which the Vertex fails at.
The reason behind Rotator’s exceptional deep cleaning performance is its unique bristle pattern in the brushroll, which is more aggressive in agitating carpets than the silicone fins.
The credit also goes to its single brushroll floor head, which has a better seal on the floor and hence more suction. On the other hand, the DuoClean design opens up the whole front of the floor nozzle that leads to suction leakage and decreased airflow.
For general carpet cleaning, the AZ2002 outperforms the NV752. Due to its dual rollers, the Vertex picks up everything from the carpet surface like on bare floors.
The Rotator struggles with picking large debris on carpets as on hard floors.
Hair Wrap Issue
If you hate nasty hair tangles around the beater bar, then you will love the Vertex self-cleaning brushroll. The silicone fins roller is adept at removing hair wraps. The Vertex is even more effective at cleaning hair wraps than the Shark Apex with Zero-M – the best vacuum for long human hair. It can tackle longer hair in large amounts without any visible wraps in its roller.
The Rotator doesn’t have a self-cleaning roller. Meaning it gets hair wraps around the brush bar, which need periodic cleaning. However, it is easy to access the brush roller and cut the tangles.
Powered Lift-Away – 3 in 1 Flexibility
Both models have the powered lift-away mode, which makes them a handy vacuum for whole-house cleaning. You don’t need to buy different vacuum types for various cleaning jobs. With the powered lift-away, one vacuum is all you need for the whole house cleaning.
These vacuum cleaners can be used as an upright to tackle floors, carpets, and rugs.
They easily convert into a powerful stick vacuum to clean under furniture, sofas, and beds.
You can also use them to clean pet beds, upholstery, shelves, lampshades, windowsills, stairs, and more without turning over to a handheld vacuum.
Multiple Surface Cleaning
Besides the powered lift-away, they also have three different cleaning settings for usage across multiple floor types.
These include – Hard Floor, Low Pile Carpet, and Thick Carpet/Area Rugs.
Ease Of Use
Weight & Maneuverability
Both vacuums weigh over 16lbs. The Rotator is slightly weightier than the Vertex(16.7lbs vs. 16.38lbs).
The Vertex has Active Glide, which makes it easier to move on carpets and floors without much effort.
The Rotator is top-heavy and can give you a workout while vacuuming. However, with the spinning brushroll on the carpet, it feels like a self-propelled lawnmower.
Easy To Access Controls
The power button and floor settings are conveniently located on the handle, which makes switching between floors a breeze.
Dust Cup Capacity
The Vertex has a slightly bigger dust cup than the Rotator – 1 qt vs. 0.88 qt.
Besides maintaining the filters on each vacuum, few other things need periodic attention.
The back of the front roller in Vertex tends to get clogged with debris and hair over time, which affects the pickup ability and suction.
The Rotator gets tangled with hair, which needs to be cleaned regularly.
The Vertex AZ2002 is an outstanding vacuum due to its suction and uncompromising pickup ability across different floors. It’s a versatile vacuum that cleans both hard floors and carpets equally well. But do not expect a perfectly deep cleaned carpet from it.
Besides, the powered lift-away makes it portable to clean hard to reach areas with ease. On top of that, the no-hair wrap brushroll is a must if you have long-haired pets or family members. All of these come for a premium price, yet, it is still cheaper than the Dyson and Miele uprights.
If you are looking for a mid-range option, the Rotator NV752 is an excellent choice. It has a superb suction, which is close to premium models like Dyson Ball Animal 2 and Miele U1 Dynamic. Not to mention these premium models cost approximately twice as much as the NV752.
It perfectly deep clean carpets and picks small to midsize debris with ease. On bare floors, its pickup is the same as on carpets. The brushroll shutoff feature makes it the best vacuum for laminate flooring or other delicate surfaces.
Like the Vertex, it also has a powered lift-away, which makes it a flexible tool for all-round cleaning.
It only lacks a self-cleaning brushroll but has an easy to access brushroll system that makes cleaning the brushroll less of a chore.