Shark NV402 vs NV502 what is the difference?

We will compare Shark NV402 and NV502 in this post, and show you the difference between them.

Shark NV502 vs NV402

These 2 vacuum cleaner models belong to the same product family SHARK ROTATOR.
NV502: Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away 3-in-1 vacuum
NV402: Shark Rotator Professional with XL Reach

Lift-Away Canister:
This is the major difference between Shark NV400 serial and NV500 serial:
NV502 Features portable Lift-Away Canister, and canister vacuum with convenient optional caddy accessory upgrade.
The NV402 cannot be converted to a canister vacuum, it is only an upright.

Max Reach without Cord: Nv402 has a longer reach.
With the tools and stretch hose, the NV402 can provides a 16 ft long max reach, whereas the NV502 has a max reach of 11.8 ft without cord.

Dirt Bin Capacity: The NV502 has a bigger bin.
The dirt bin of NV502 1.3 dry quarts to the fill line and 3.1 dry quarts of real usable capacity.
The bin capacity of NV402 are 1.2 dry quarts and 2.5 dry quarts.

Product Weight:
MV502: Full upright weighs 15.5 pounds, and the Lift-Away pod weighs 8.4 pounds.
NV402: Weighs 16 pounds.

Product Dimensions:
NV502: 45.7″ x 13.4″ x 12.2″ (HxWxD)
NV402: 45.5″ x 12″ x 12.2″ (HxWxD)


white coloration with red

Cyclonic Technology:
Cyclonic technology which separates fine dirt, reduce filter clogging problem.

Completely sealed and HEPA filtration captures more than 99% of dust and allergens.

Swivel Head:
Moves around and under furniture in your home easier.

Watts :

Both have a headlamp.

Cord Length:
30 ft cord

Nozzle Width:
a 11.5″ nozzle width.

Variable Suction:
Has adjustable suction for cleaning different surfaces and stuff.

Beater Bar:
Has motorized brush and brush ON/OFF switch.

Made of a combination of PP plastics and ABS, along with some metal and rubber components.

Place of Origin:
Made in China

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5 Answers to Shark NV402 vs NV502 what is the difference?

  1. Trish Rickettson says:

    The Shark Rotator NV 501 is advertised as self propelled, but the NV502 is not. If the NV501 and the NV502 are the same basic model, is the NV502 self-propelled also?

  2. Lisa Shulties says:

    I am very interested in your models NV400, and NV502. I live in Arizona, and its near to impossible to keep the very fine dirt out of the house. Are there any big differences between the two that would make one the obvious better selection? or, are they so similar that there arent any major advantages to purchasing one over the other>

    Thank you for your help,
    Lisa Shulties

    • bpvac says:

      Hi Lisa, I don’t think there is big difference on cleaning performance.
      ** Please always do your own research before purchasing.

  3. Tracy Massa says:

    Pros and cons of lift away vs xl reach, please help. I have quite the staircases and also a 20′ vaulted ceiling with large windows. I do not have much furniture with clearance to the carpet. I have thick carpet pretty much throughout, with some wood in a small kitchen and vinyl in 2 bathrooms, but hope to have wood in foyer, halls, and dining room in the future. I need something that will work well now and in years to come given plans for flooring. I also need ease of use due to physical restrictions and side effects of cancer. Also needs to be very economically feasible under the circumstances. Thanks for your input.

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