Shark Rotator vs. Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 Review

The House Method team reviewed the Shark Rotator Lift-Away and the Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 on carpets and hard floors and compared suction power, maneuverability, noise, mobility, and more. Read our full comparison review here.

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Shark and Dyson are two of the biggest and best vacuum brands on the market. Not only do they promise powerful suction, but they have similar technology that removes even the most stubborn dirt and debris from carpets and hard floors. We’ve compared the Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away and the Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 to help you determine which upright vacuum is best.

Max suction power
Cord length
Dust bin capacity
Weight
Accessories

Shark Rotator Lift-Away

Max suction power

1150 air watts

Cord length

30 feet

Dust bin capacity

0.33 gallons

Weight

15.5 pounds

Accessories

Dusting brush, 12-inch crevice tool, straight suction floor nozzle, wide upholstery tool

Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2

Max suction power

250 air watts

Cord length

31 feet

Dust bin capacity

0.42 gallons

Weight

15.6 pounds

Accessories

Combination tool, stair tool, instant-release high-reach wand

Shark Rotator

The Shark Rotator is a lightweight, 2-in-1 upright vacuum that comes with LED headlights, swivel steering, and an XL-capacity dust cup.

Pros
  • It features a 2-in-1 design that allows the vacuum to function as a traditional upright and portable canister vacuum.
  • It performs well on hard floors and carpets.
  • It comes with a HEPA filter, trapping microscopic dust and allergens inside the vacuum.
Cons
  • It’s one of the bulkier Shark uprights we tested.
  • It has a smaller dust cup than the Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2.
  • The vacuum is a little top heavy and may fall over when standing upright.

We recommend the Shark Rotator if you’re looking for the following:

  • A 2-in-1 vacuum—The Shark Rotator has the ability to operate as a portable canister or upright vacuum. With this functionality, it can tackle small and large messes on carpets and hard floors.
  • An XL-capacity dust cup—This upright vacuum comes with an XL-capacity dust cup that provides extended cleaning without interruption. This is perfect for those who live in large homes and don’t want to regularly empty the cup in the middle of their cleaning job.
  • HEPA filtration—If you suffer from asthma or allergies, this Shark vacuum may provide some comfort during cleaning. With Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology and a HEPA filter, this vacuum can trap dust and allergens inside the vacuum and expel cleaner air into your home.
  • A variety of accessories—The dusting brush, 12-inch crevice tool, straight suction floor nozzle, and wide upholstery tool will help you reach nooks and crannies in your home.
Buy the Shark Rotator

Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2

The Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 is a powerful upright vacuum that seamlessly transitions across multi-surface flooring.

Pros
  • It features Dyson ball technology that allows the vacuum to turn on a dime.
  • Designed with Radial Root Cyclone Technology, this Dyson vacuum captures more microscopic dust and debris than any other vacuum on the market.
  • It’s one of the lighter Dyson uprights available.
Cons
  • It’s more difficult to move on high-pile carpet than on low-pile carpet or hard floors.
  • Though it’s easy to maneuver, its ball design makes it hard to get under low-set furniture.

We recommend the Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 if you’re looking for the following:

  • An upright vacuum with incredible power—If you want a reliable product with unrivaled suction that can target tough messes throughout your house, this is the best vacuum for you.
  • A self-adjusting cleaner head—This feature allows the vacuum to seal in suction across carpet, wood, vinyl, and tile floors.
  • A wide cleaning path and large dust cup capacity—The cleaning path width of this vacuum is 13.4 inches, allowing you to target more dirt and debris during your cleaning job. It also has a reasonable dust cup capacity of 0.42 gallons, allowing you to clean your entire home without stopping to empty out the canister.
Buy the Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2

Shark vs. Dyson: which is best?

The Shark Rotator and the Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 both have incredible suction power, effortless maneuverability, and multiple accessories to clean hard-to-reach spaces. The Shark is less expensive than the Dyson, but the latter still offers exceptional cleaning performance and easy usability. Keep reading to determine which upright vacuum is best for you.

Shark Rotator vs Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 design differences

Shark Rotator

Though the Shark Rotator has a white, glossy design with premium red accents, it doesn’t try to appear high-end like Dyson models do. But we’re okay with an average design since the vacuum performs exceedingly well on all types of surfaces.

An important design feature that we particularly like is the inclusion of LED lights on the vacuum head. These lights make it a lot easier to see the mess in front of us and ensure we pick up all of the debris. One feature we wish the Shark Rotator did have (that the Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 has) is a caddy to hold the multiple attachments and accessories that come with it.

Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2

The Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 definitely looks a lot more modern than the Shark Rotator with its modern, honey-colored design. It has a self-adjusting cleaning head, so you won’t have to worry about changing height levels while you clean. This Dyson vacuum is slightly heavier than other upright vacuums we tested, so if you have trouble holding heavy objects for an extended period, we recommend a lighter upright vacuum like the Dyson Small Ball Multi Floor.

Vacuum cleaners will have one of two debris-collection systems: bagged or bagless. Bagless vacuum cleaners are often preferred because they save people money on replacement bags, don’t add to the problem of overflowing landfills, don’t lose suction when the dust bin becomes full, and are easier to empty than bagged vacuums.”

How do the Shark Rotator and Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 clean?

Both of these upright vacuums have a central brushroll that agitates and collects dirt, dust, and debris. They also have advanced swivel steering for easy maneuverability around furniture and in tight spaces. Not to mention, they come with a variety of accessories that help them clean in tight spaces.

When cleaning flooring, these upright vacuums are quite versatile. Each one lets you toggle the rolling brush, allowing you to turn the brushroll on when going over carpets and off when vacuuming bare floors. The floor head on the Dyson adjusts its height, ensuring that every bit of suction is concentrated on the floor while the Shark doesn’t have this capability.

Get a more in-depth look at the Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2.

Shark Rotator vs. Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 size specifications

Height
Length
Width
Cord length
Maximum reach
Dust bin capacity

Shark Rotator

Height

45.7 inches

Length

12.2 inches

Width

13.4 inches

Cord length

30 feet

Maximum reach

N/A

Dust bin capacity

0.33 gallons

Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2

Height

41.93 inches

Length

15.59 inches

Width

13.39 inches

Cord length

31 feet

Maximum reach

40 feet

Dust bin capacity

0.42 gallons

Left Shark Rotator accessories

Right Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 accessories

Shark Rotator vs. Dyson Ball accessories

Perhaps one of the most important features to compare between the Shark and Dyson brands is the number of accessories that come with each vacuum. Since upright vacuums are used for more extensive cleaning, you’ll want accessories that give you flexibility and versatility.

Shark Rotator

The Shark Rotator comes with four compatible accessories:

  • A 12-inch crevice tool
  • A dusting brush
  • A straight suction floor nozzle
  • A wide upholstery tool

Crevice tool

The crevice tool is perfect for hard-to-reach spaces like under couch cushions and on top of ceiling fan blades.

Dusting brush

The dusting brush cleans hard surfaces and is great at removing pet hair from upholstery and stairs.

Straight suction floor nozzle

The straight suction floor nozzle is designed to pick up large and small debris from all types of hard floor surfaces and area rugs.

Wide upholstery tool

Similar to the dusting brush, the wide upholstery tool also cleans hard surfaces and upholstery, but it specifically removes pet hair and dust from curtains and other delicate fabrics.

Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2

The Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 comes with three accessories:

  • An attached hose and instant release wand accessory
  • A combination tool
  • A stair tool

Instant release high-reach wand

This tool releases in one smooth action and allows you to spot clean difficult areas like ceiling vents or on top of fan blades.

Combination tool

The combination tool provides flexible cleaning for hard-to-reach areas like around ceiling corners and behind furniture.

Stair tool

The stair tool is designed to effectively remove substances from your stairs.

Cleaning tests

When comparing the Shark Rotator to the Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2, we put both vacuums through a series of suction tests on high-pile carpet, low-pile carpet, and hard floors. For each floor type, we tested suction power using Cheerios, kitty litter, coffee grounds, and pet hair.

Shark Rotator cleaning score: 9.75/10

Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 cleaning score: 9.75/10

Test 1—Suction test on hard floors

Shark Rotator: If your home is covered in hardwoods or tile, the Shark Rotator is an extremely viable option. It performed best on hard floors and sucked up Cheerios, kitty litter, coffee grounds, and pet hair in two passes or fewer.

Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2: This vacuum received a perfect score for removing all substances during the hard floor test—and we expected nothing less. It sucked up Cheerios, kitty litter, coffee grounds, and pet hair with ease.

Test 2—Suction test on high-pile carpet

Shark Rotator: The Shark Rotator also did extremely well on high-pile carpet. Using the brush roll setting that is meant for cleaning carpets, the vacuum picked up each substance with ease. It took one pass to remove the kitty litter and pet hair and three passes to remove the Cheerios and coffee grounds.

Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2: Similar to the Shark Rotator, the Dyson sucked up some substances with ease while taking a little bit longer to remove others. It sucked up the Cheerios and kitty litter in one pass and took three passes to completely remove the coffee grounds and pet hair.

Test 3—Suction test on low-pile carpet

Shark Rotator: On low-pile carpet, the Shark performed only slightly better than it did on high-pile carpet. The only substance that required more than two passes was the coffee grounds. We also noticed that the vacuum left a slight stain on the low-pile carpet after sucking up the coffee grounds.

Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2: This Dyson took one forward pass to suck up the Cheerios, kitty litter, and pet hair. It took four passes to completely remove the coffee grounds.

Modern upright vacuum cleaners, like the Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 and Shark Rotator, are fitted with innovative technology that’s designed to boost suctioning power and give people a user-friendly experience.”

Maneuverability and usability

Since upright vacuums are heavier than stick vacuums and handhelds, it’s important to find one that’s comfortable for you. The Dyson vacuum features the company’s proprietary ball technology that helps the upright turn on a dime and easily maneuver around furniture and other objects. Though the ball mechanism allows for easy maneuverability, it could be a hindrance when trying to get under extremely low furniture, like a low-set couch or coffee table.

The Shark comes with a headlight-equipped floor head that uses traditional swivel technology to maneuver around furniture. When we moved this Shark vacuum around a couch corner and underneath a two-foot coffee table, it had no problem accessing the tight spaces. Both upright vacuums have a looped handle for a more comfortable, no-slip grip.

Noise levels

Slightly quieter than the average vacuum, the Shark Rotator measures 75.9 decibels (the average noise level of a standard vacuum is 78–80 decibels). This is comparable to the sound of a washing machine. The Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 measured 81.3 decibels, which is comparable to normal piano practice.

Maintenance for the Shark Rotator and the Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2

Emptying the dust bin

Shark Rotator

Though this vacuum cleaner is big and bulky, its dust cup is easy to remove and empty. When dirt reaches the Max fill line, pull up on the dust cup release latch to lift the cup off the vacuum pod. Holding the dust cup over a trash bin, press the bottom dust cup release latch to empty out the canister’s contents. It took us less than 15 seconds to empty out the entire dust cup, and we didn’t have to touch any of the contents or debris during the emptying process.

Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2

The Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 is also extremely easy to empty. Detach the canister from the vacuum, press down on the “one-click” button, and allow the contents to be released from the bottom of the container. This hygienic bin emptying allows you to empty the contents without touching any dirt.

Filtration

Shark Rotator

The Shark Rotator comes with a pre-motor foam and filter kit and a post-motor HEPA filter. Shark recommends cleaning the filters regularly for optimal performance. With the pre-motor foam and filter kit, rinse the filters every three months and let them air-dry completely for 24 hours before inserting them back into the vacuum. With the post-motor HEPA filter, rinse and air-dry the filter once every 12 months.

Since this vacuum has a HEPA filter, it traps 99.9% of pollutants that measure 0.3 microns or larger in size (for reference, one strand of hair is about 100 microns in width). It’s recommended that you clean the pre-motor filter kit (both the felt and foam filter) every three months and the post-motor filter once a year. Note: don’t use soap when cleaning the HEPA filter.

Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2

The Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 is certified by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and has whole-machine HEPA filtration that traps allergens, dust, and other particles. This is great for those who suffer from asthma, allergies, and other respiratory conditions.

It comes with two filters: a pre-motor filter and a post-motor filter. The pre-motor filter can be found in the center of the cyclones and is easy to remove. The post-motor filter is found inside the ball mechanism. Both filters are washable—a bonus for those looking to save money on replacement filter costs. Dyson recommends washing the filter with cold water every month.

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Shark vs. Dyson: Which is better for pet hair?

Both Shark and Dyson offer a variety of models, including the Shark Rotator and Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2, that are designed to clean up after pets. The best vacuum for pets may differ based on the type of pet you have and how messy they are, but there are a few features that the best pet vacuums have in common.

  1. A large-capacity dust bin
  2. HEPA filtration
  3. A brush agitator or upholstery tool
  4. Easy maneuverability

A large-capacity dust bin

If you’re constantly cleaning up pet hair, you’ll need a large dust bin to hold all of the debris. You don’t want a small bin that you’ll have to empty out frequently. The Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 has a slightly larger dust bin capacity than the Shark Rotator.

HEPA filtration

HEPA filters are designed to trap 99.97% of particles that are 0.3 microns are larger. For reference, a human red blood cell is about five microns across). A vacuum with a HEPA filter can trap pet dander and other microscopic allergens hiding in your carpets. The Rotator and the Ball Multi Floor 2 both have a HEPA filter.

A brush agitator or upholstery tool

Brush agitator attachments not only help pull dirt out of the carpet, they also loosen and pull out pet hair that’s deeply embedded within the fibers. This is the perfect solution if your pet sheds a lot. Another common pet tool is an upholstery tool which removes pet hair and other debris from your furniture and stairs.

Easy maneuverability

When cleaning your house and removing pet hair, you’ll want a vacuum that can maneuver under low-set furniture and around obstacles to completely remove all pet hair from your home. Fortunately, the Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 and the Shark Rotator are both easy to maneuver. The Dyson has ball technology that allows you to turn the vacuum on a dime and the Shark Rotator has swivel steering, giving you the ability to clean around narrow cracks and crevices.

Shark Rotator value

At a third of the price of the Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2, the Shark Rotator is a no-brainer for those who want a traditional, upright vacuum cleaner with max suction power, easy maneuverability, and plenty of accessories.

Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 value

This vacuum provides powerful, entire-home cleaning and excellent maneuverability for an upright vacuum. With an array of accessories to get deep into cracks and tight spaces, the Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 is one of the most versatile vacuum cleaners in the industry and can accomplish a basic, thorough cleaning of the home in a timely manner.

Shark Rotator vs. Dyson Ball specifications

Type
Manufacturer
Model
Length
Width
Height
Weight
Dust bin capacity
Floor type
Cordless
Bagless
Warranty

Shark Rotator

Type

Upright

Manufacturer

Shark

Model

Rotator

Length

12.2 inches

Width

13.4 inches

Height

45.7 inches

Weight

15.5 pounds

Dust bin capacity

0.33 gallons

Floor type

All floors

Cordless

No

Bagless

Yes

Warranty

5 years

Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2

Type

Upright

Manufacturer

Dyson

Model

Ball Multi Floor 2

Length

15.59 inches

Width

13.39 inches

Height

41.93 inches

Weight

15.6 pounds

Dust bin capacity

0.42 gallons

Floor type

All floors

Cordless

No

Bagless

Yes

Warranty

5 years

Shark Rotator vs. Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 differences

  • The Shark Rotator Lift-Away is lighter than the Dyson Ball, comes with LED headlights, and is more affordable than the Dyson.
  • The Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 has a more modern design, a longer power cord, and a bigger dust cup.

Frequently asked questions

Which vacuum has a longer power cord?

The Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 has a longer power cord, measuring 31 feet. The Shark Rotator has a 30-foot power cord.

Which vacuum has a longer warranty?

In general, Dyson vacuums typically have 5-year warranties and Shark vacuum cleaners have 7-year warranties. With these two particular products, the Shark Rotator and Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 both have a five-year warranty.

What type of filter does each vacuum have?

The Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 and Shark Rotator both contain a HEPA filter, perfect for anyone who has allergies or pets. Both vacuums also have sealed filtration systems that prevent dust from escaping.

Which vacuum has a bigger dustbin?

The Dyson has a bigger dustbin, holding 0.42 gallons, while the Shark has a 0.33-gallon dustbin.

About the author

Kealia is a staff writer and social media coordinator for House Method. She writes for a variety of beats, including home inspiration (her favorite), real estate, and home wellness.


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