The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional.
Awards Editors' Choice Award  Best Buy Award  Editors' Choice Award 
Price $399 List
$329.99 at Amazon
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Pros Fantastic cleaning performance, excellent at picking up pet hairFantastic cleaning power, easy to use, easy to handleInexpensive, cleans carpet very well, picks up pet hair with easeGreat at cleaning carpets and hard floors, nimble, fantastic at picking up pet hairBest at cleaning carpet, easy to use, exceptional at picking up pet hair
Cons Not the best with stairs, reach is a little shortFalls over easily, average reachNot particularly impressive at cleaning hard floorsExpensiveHeavy, hard to handle
Bottom Line Claiming the top spot and easily earning the Editors’ Choice award, the APEX is our favorite vacuum we have tested so farDelivering a solid performance across our tests, the Rotator is one of the better vacuums we have seenDelivering a superb performance across the board and retailing for a great price, the Navigator Lift-Away is our favorite when it comes to getting the most bang for the buckThe Ball Animal 2 from Dyson delivered a second-tier performance at a top-tier priceThe Kenmore was unmatched when it came to cleaning carpet
Rating Categories Shark APEX... Shark Rotator with... Navigator... Dyson Ball Animal 2 Kenmore Elite Pet...
Carpet Cleaning (35%)
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Ease Of Use (25%)
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Handling (20%)
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Hard Surface Cleaning (10%)
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Pet Hair (10%)
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Specs Shark APEX... Shark Rotator with... Navigator... Dyson Ball Animal 2 Kenmore Elite Pet...
Vacuum type Upright Upright Upright Upright Upright
Model Number AZ10002 40 NV800W NV356E 227635-01 31150
Bag Type: Bagless Bagless Bagless Bagless Bag
Cleaning Path Width: 11.75" 10.25" 11.25" 13.5" 13.75"
Measured Brush Width 9" 8" 9" 12.25" 12.75"
Measured Weight 16.9 lbs. 15.1 lbs. 14.4 lbs. 17.1 lbs. 21.1 lbs.
Variable Suction Control Yes Yes Yes No No
Brush On/Off Switch: Slow Low Yes Yes Yes
Measured Maximum Reach 32' 32' 31' 32' 37'
Measured Power Cord Length: 30' 30' 30' 30' 34'
Automatic Cord Rewind: No No No No No
Noise 72 dBa 75 dBa 73 dBa 76 dBa 72.5 dBa
Swivel Head: Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Carry Handle: Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Soft Bumper: Yes Yes No No Yes
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