This article contains the FAQs for the NV680 Series Shark® Rotator® Powered Lift-Away Speed™. This supports the following product SKUs NV680, NV681, NV681C, NV682, NV682Q, and NV683.

Can I turn the headlights off?

The powerful LED headlights are designed to illuminate debris in dark spaces to make cleaning more efficient. The headlights will go on and stay on whenever the power is on. The headlights are long-lasting and designed to last the life of the vacuum so they never need replacing.

How do I begin cleaning floors?

The Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away vacuum has three powerful settings for cleaning. For Bare floors and accessories: Simply press the power button on the handle to turn on the suction. Then slide the surface selector to "Hard Floor" Tilt the handle back while you gently step on the floor nozzle. Note that the brush roll will not spin in this mode. For carpets there are two settings: Slide the surface selector to 'Carpet/Low Pile' for the best setting for low pile and normal carpet types. High suction with motorized brush roll. This is the default carpet setting. The 'Thick Carpet/Area Rug' setting is the best setting for High Pile and Thick Carpets, Area Rugs, and Specialty Carpets if the vacuum is difficult to push or pull due to high suction. This setting produces reduced suction with motorized brush roll. While the power is on, tilt the handle back while you gently step on the floor nozzle in order to start the brush roll spinning. The brush roll indicator light underneath the button will illuminate when the button is engaged. NOTE: For deep cleaning per AS F608 (embedded dirt in carpets) please set to Carpet/low pile.

How do I clean the post-motor HEPA filters?

Remove the filter cover from the front of the vacuum by pulling open to one side. Remove the HEPA filter cartridge and rinse under lukewarm water with the dirty side face down until the water runs clear. Allow the filter to air dry completely for 24 hours. Once the HEPA filter is dry, replace it back into the vacuum, and then replace the cover by lining up the tabs on one side and swinging the door securely closed until it clicks into place.

How do I detach the canister for portable cleaning?

The Lift-Away cleaning mode allows you to use your vacuum anywhere. To convert to a Lift-Away from upright vacuum mode, quickly release the cord by turning the top cord wrap. Then press the Lift-Away and Wand release buttons on the top of the canister. This will unlock the handle with wand and will detach the pod from the floor nozzle. These buttons can be pushed together for quick release or separately if you want to just release the canister or just release the cleaning wand. Next, pull the canister up by the handle while gently stepping on the floor nozzle, grab the top handle with your other hand and you are ready to go clean stairs, your car, or any other hard to reach areas. You can attach the cord to the cord hook just below the handle to keep the cord out of your way while vacuuming.

How do I empty the dust cup?

Hold the dust cup over the trash and press the bottom door release button on the front of the unit. Tap gently to empty contents. Press the door shut again until it clicks. If needed, turn the dust cup upside down over the trash and press the top door release button. Tap gently to remove contents or wipe clean with a soft cloth.

How do I remove the dust cup?

Pinch the dust cup release latches on the rear top of the dust cup handle and lift the dust cup up and away from the vacuum body. Note: The dust cup should be emptied each time you vacuum and periodically during cleaning, when the dust cup appears full.

How do I remove the handle to clean "above floors"?

Press the handle release button on the frontside of the handle with one hand. Gently pull up with the other hand to remove the handle from wand. Then, add desired accessory and begin cleaning.

How do I remove the handle with extension wand to clean "above floors"?

Remove cord from cord clip first, then press the wand release button located near the top of the canister behind the wand, gently pull up on the top handle to remove wand, add desired accessory to end of wand and begin cleaning. To replace, simply guide it behind the canister and press down until you hear an audible click.

How do I remove the on-board tools to begin cleaning?

To release, insert wand or handle directly into desired accessory on back of vacuum. Pivot handle back to release the accessory from clip. To replace the accessories back on to the vacuum, position bottom of accessory back into place on the back of the canister. Note: The crevice tool and dusting brushes have designated posts these store on.

How do I turn the vacuum off?

To turn the vacuum off, you can simply just press the power button. The next time you turn the vacuum on it will start in the mode you last left it in.

How do I use the caddy as a canister vacuum?

The portable Lift-Away can be converted into a convenient canister. To begin, press the Lift-Away button and release the floor nozzle from the canister. Then place the pod directly on to the canister caddy (color may vary). Press the wand release button, and then lift the handle with wand up. Next, attach the Hard Floor Genie nozzle or other accessory to the end of the wand and begin cleaning. The caddy will follow along behind you as you clean. You can also store extra accessories on the caddy so they are there when you need them. When you are ready to release the pod from the caddy, simply press the Lift-Away button and either continue to use as a portable or replace back on to the floor nozzle.

How do I wash the pre-motor filters?

Remove the dust cup and pull the donut-shaped filter assembly out from the top of the motor housing. Slide the foam filter off the assembly and remove the felt filter from just below the assembly. The felt filter comes with a small ribbon pull tab to make it easier to remove. Rinse the filters thoroughly in lukewarm water until the water runs clear. Squeeze out excess water and let air-dry completely for at least 24 hours before replacing. Do not place filters in the dishwasher or washing machine. To replace back in the vacuum once dry, put the felt filter in first, then add the foam filter.

How often do I empty the dust cup?

For optimal performance, empty the dust cup when the dirt reaches the MAX FILL line.

How often should I wash the filters?

-For optimal performance, it is recommended to clean filters regularly. Between washings, your filter can be tapped clean to remove any excess dust and other particles into the trash. -Pre-Motor Foam Filter: Under normal usage, rinse and let air dry completely (for 24 hours) every 3 months. -Pre-Motor Felt Filter: Under normal usage rinse and let air dry completely (for 24 hours) every 3 months. -Post-Motor HEPA filter: Under normal usage, rinse and air-dry once every 12 months or as needed.

How to start Vacuuming Carpet floors (high pile)?
  • Press POWER and push the surface selector to THICK CARPET/ AREA RUG for the best setting for High Pile and Thick Carpets, Area Rugs, and Specialty Carpets if the vacuum is difficult to push or pull due to high suction. This setting produces reduced suction with motorized brush roll.
  • Place your left foot gently on the floor nozzle and tilt the handle back to start cleaning. Note: The brushroll will only spin once the vacuum is reclined back.
  • To clean with the hose, press the WAND or HANDLE release button (depending on the amount of reach required) then lift handle up.
  • Insert wand or handle directly into desired tool.
  • NOTE: For deep cleaning per ASTM-[American Society for Testing and Materials] F608 (embedded dirt in carpets) please set to Carpet/low pile.
How to start Vacuuming Carpet floors (low pile)?
  • Press POWER and push the surface selector to CARPET/LOW PILE for the best setting for low pile and normal carpet types. High suction with motorized brush roll. This is the default carpet setting. -Place your left foot gently on the floor nozzle and tilt the handle back to start cleaning. Note: The brushroll will only spin once the vacuum is reclined back.
  • To clean with the hose, press the WAND or HANDLE release button (depending on the amount of reach required) then lift handle up.
  • Insert wand or handle directly into desired tool.
  • NOTE: For deep cleaning per ASTM-[American Society for Testing and Materials] F608 (embedded dirt in carpets) please set to Carpet/low pile.
How to start Vacuuming Hard Floor?
  • Press POWER and push the surface selector to HARD FLOOR for the best setting for hard floors and accessories. High suction and brush roll off.
  • Place your left foot gently on the floor nozzle and tilt the handle back to start cleaning. -To clean with the hose, press the WAND or HANDLE release button (depending on the amount of reach required) then lift handle up.
  • Insert wand or handle directly into desired tool.
  • NOTE: For deep cleaning per ASTM-[American Society for Testing and Materials] F608 (embedded dirt in carpets) please set to Carpet/low pile.
Shark vacuums have "Zero Maintenance Costs". What does that mean?

All Shark vacuums come with high-quality, washable filters that can be used and re-used, plus a lifetime belt that never needs replacing. These are designed to last the life of the product and are backed by Shark's leading 7-year warranty offer. This means there are no hidden maintenance costs.

  • "Lifetime Filters" - Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away vacuum's filter system will last the life of your vacuum, with minimal maintenance and no replacement costs required. Your filters will discolor over time but will not lose their effectiveness.
  • "Lifetime Belt" - Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away vacuum's intelligent electronic system will shut off the power nozzle motor to avoid belt wear if you block the brush roll with a large object such as a sock or carpet edge. Simply turn off the power, unplug the vacuum, remove the obstruction, and then return to vacuuming - with no belt maintenance or replacement costs to worry about!
The Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away vacuum is available in what colors?

The Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away vacuum is available in Steel Grey, Bordeaux, and Rose Gunmetal. However, some retailers will not carry all colors.

What cleaning accessories are available to use with the Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away vacuum?

Hard floor genie, canister caddy, dusting genie, dusting brush, upholstery brush, TruePet mini motorized brush, power brush, crevice tool, accessory storage bag

What is included with the Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away vacuum?

Parts include:

  • Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away vacuum body
  • Motorized floor nozzle
  • Handle with hose
  • Cleaning wand
  • HEPA filter (included in unit)

Your Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away vacuum also comes with a variety of cleaning accessories. Depending on the version you purchased, these accessories will vary slightly. To find out specifically what is in your version, consult the contents list on the top panel of your box.

What is maximum dirt capacity for the dust cup container?

The dust cup holds 3.3 dry quarts. It has an easy, bottom-empty design for quick removal of debris. The top also opens to remove stubborn debris.

What is Powered Lift-Away?

Extends the reach of the powered cleaning head to get all the way in, around, behind, and under every tough to reach area in your home! Imagine deep cleaning your entire house without ever moving a single piece of furniture.

What is Shark Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology?

If your vacuum is an unsealed HEPA vacuum, dirt and allergens that you vacuum up can escape back into the air that you breathe before they even reach the HEPA filter. With Shark Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology incorporated with the HEPA filter, the vacuum captures and holds over 99.9%** of dust and allergens inside the vacuum, so that it is not released back into the air you breathe. **Based on AS F1977 of particles between 0.3 and 0.5 microns.

What is the difference between hard floor, carpet/low pile, and thick carpet/area rug modes?

The Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away vacuum has three powerful settings for cleaning. For Bare floors and accessories: Simply press the power button on the handle to turn on the suction. Then slide the surface selector to "Hard Floor" Tilt the handle back while you gently step on the floor nozzle. Note that the brush roll will not spin in this mode. For carpets there are two settings: Slide the surface selector to 'Carpet/Low Pile' for the best setting for low pile and normal carpet types. High suction with motorized brush roll. This is the default carpet setting. The 'Thick Carpet/Area Rug' setting is the best setting for High Pile and Thick Carpets, Area Rugs, and Specialty Carpets if the vacuum is difficult to push or pull due to high suction. This setting produces reduced suction with motorized brush roll. While the power is on, tilt the handle back while you gently step on the floor nozzle in order to start the brush roll spinning. The brush roll indicator light underneath the button will illuminate when the button is engaged. NOTE: For deep cleaning per AS F608 (embedded dirt in carpets) please set to Carpet/low pile.

What is the Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away advantage?

Clean the entire house faster and better with the power of the new Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away vacuum! This premium Shark vacuum cleaner provides an exceptional cleaning performance. The only Shark vacuum with Powered Lift-Away technology, this upright goes where other vacuums can't. The superior suction power and non-stop motorized roller brush help deep clean under beds, T.V. consoles, and other low profile furniture.

What is the story and technology behind "Never Loses Suction"?

Never Loses Suction is an advanced cyclonic technology that separates fine dirt from the air, preventing dirt from clogging the filters and keeping suction power strong over time. The Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away vacuum maintains its suction power so you never lose cleaning power.

What is the total cord length?

30' power cord

What is the vacuum made of?

The Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away vacuum is produced with a combination of durable ABS and PP plastics, along with some metal and rubber components.

What is TruePet Technology

TruePet technology gives you a motorized brush in the palm of your hand. It picks up pet hair, loose debris, and powerfully deep cleans surfaces.

Where do I store the other tools?

Additional accessories can be stored in the accessory bag, which may be included with this unit. They may also store on the canister caddy, included with certain models.

Where is the product manufactured?

The Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away vacuum is manufactured by our high-quality vacuum manufacturing partners in China.

Why is the Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away vacuum better than traditional vacuums?

The Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away vacuum features 3 unique ways to vacuum in one! It offers the power of an upright, the convenience of a Lift-Away, and the ease of a canister. It delivers powerful cleaning on all surfaces, No Loss of Suction, is lightweight, and features enhanced swivel steering for the ultimate in maneuverability. Plus, it comes with an extra-large dust cup and our Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology that traps over 99.9%** of dust and allergens inside the vacuum.**Based on AS F1977 of particles between 0.3 and 0.5 microns.

What is the maximum dirt capacity for the dust cup container?

0.9 dry quarts to the MAX FILL line

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