shark apex az1002 vs shark navigator zu 561

Shark APEX vs Shark Navigator with Zero-M technology

Shark APEX vs Shark Navigator with Zero-M technology – A side-by-side comparison of two newly released models from 2 famous series in 2019

If you are seeking for an upright vacuum cleaner of Shark brand, you are most likely to find Shark APEX and Shark Navigator the most popular among many other series. However, which series is better for your home? This articles will explain the key difference between them.


As Shark APEX series and Shark Navigator series have a dozen of models, we take the most recent, most advanced model of each series to compare side-by-side. Therefore, we compare

What is Shark Zero-M technology

Zero-M technology refers to the new design of the brush bar. Before the introducing of this technology, the brush bar of an upright vacuum tends to suck up and wrap the hair around the bar, making it very dirty and even lose the suction. You have to remove the hair by hands (using scissors).

The Zero-M technology adds a few twists inside the bar, so it can remove the hair constantly. The brush bar stays clean and the suction power is ensured during the cleaning process.

Zero-M technology

Zero-M technology – Image source: sharkclean

Comparison chart of Shark AZ1002 vs ZU561

 Shark Navigator with  Zero-M Shark APEX Duoclean with Zero-M
Dimensions12.7 x 10.7 x 30.7 inches12 x 11.2 x 46 inches
Suction power500 W1350 W
Voltage120 V, 60 Hz120 V, 60 Hz
Dust bin capacity2.2 dry quarts1.5 dry quarts
Weight13.4 lbs16 lbs
Filtration systemPre-and-post motor filters, HEPA and washablePre-and-post motor filters, HEPA and washableAnti-allergen sealed system
Tools (varied depending on models)Hair removing tool
Powered pet brush
Crevice tool
Upholstery tool
Pet multi-tool
Crevice tool
Deep cleaning pet tool
Motorized pet tool
Swivel head cleaneryesyes
Lift-away canisteryesYes , powered type
Duoclean brush barnoyes
Noise reductionnoyes
Cord length25’30’
PriceUnder $200Under $350

Side-by-side comparison


Before going into details, let’s have a look at how Shark APEX Duoclean AZ1002 and Shark Navigator ZU 561 run in real life.

Suction power

Shark APEX Duoclean model is one of the most powerful ones on the market. This model uses a motor of 1350W, which can give about 300 Air watts or so on the maximal level. With this suction power, Shark APEX can deal with challenging tasks such as cleaning thick pile carpets, pet hairs…

Shark APEX Duoclean with Zero-M technology AZ1002 suction power

Shark APEX Duoclean with Zero-M technology AZ1002 – a dust bin full of dirt

Shark Navigator model uses a lower motor power of 800 W. This implies Shark Navigator has a low suction compared to Shark APEX. Recently, Shark Navigator has another model with a 1150W motor (Shark Navigator Zero-M Pet Pro – ZU62) which gives more suction than the previous one.

Shark Navigator ZU 561 suction power
Shark Navigator ZU 561 suction power -still very efficient

Cleaning capacity

Shark APEX duoclean has a dust bin size of 1.4 dry quarts whereas the navigator model has a more generous dust bin of 2.2 dry quarts. In fact, Shark Navigator series has the biggest dust bin among other series of Shark brand.

The big dust bin is useful for the home with larger areas. You do not need to empty the bin frequently.

Both series has transparent dust bin and easy-to-empty style allowing you to clean the bin effortlessly.

Filtration system

Shark APEX Duoclean and Shark Navigator models have the best filtration system, combining an anti-allergen sealed system with HEPA filters. This system will trap 99.9% dust and small particles (size down to 0.3 microns). If you have breathing issues, a vacuum with a HEPA filter is always recommended.

Shark APEX Duoclean filters
Shark APEX Duoclean HEPA filters


Shark Navigator model is famous as a super lightweight upright vacuum, which is just about 13.4 lbs. Shark APEX Duoclean is a little bit heavier but it is still considered as a lightweight unit (around 16 lbs).


Shark Navigator is a very lightweight machine and its cleaner head is swivel so that you can move around freely. The canister can be detached, allowing you to clean under the furniture easily.

The downside of Shark Navigator is that its cord and hose length is shorter than the norm (around 25 ft.) therefore you might have to prepare additional power outlets during cleaning.

Shark APEX Duoclean is a lightweight vacuum with advanced brush bar. The combination of a hard bristle and a soft-roller (Duoclean technology) allows this unit to clean, polish the floors better than Shark Navigator.

Shark APEX Duoclean with Zero-M vs casual model
Shark APEX Duoclean with Zero-M vs casual model

Shark APEX Duoclean has a longer cord, standard dust bin, swivel head, and powered-lift away canister, make it more efficient and flexible than the counterpart.

You should also notice, Shark APEX has a standard brush cleaning path (11’’) while Shark Navigator has a smaller cleaning path (around 9.5’’).

Both models have Zero-M technology, which is expected to remove the hair itself. In fact, they are quite efficient for short hairs. When dealing with long hairs like human hair or Golden Retriever, you still have to remove the hair manually after cleaning for a while.

Noise level

A key difference between the 2 models is the noise level. Shark APEX Duoclean is quiet during cleaning, its noise level is under 70 dB.

Shark Navigator has a standard noise level of an upright vacuum, which is about 83 dB during use.


Shark Navigator is a good option for those who are seeking for a high-rating, high-performance vacuum cleaner at a low price. The predecessor model Shark Navigator NV356E is actually Shark’s best seller model so far.

With the refresh model by adding Zero-M technology, the new Shark Navigator with Zero-M receives positive feedback from a lot of users. Apart from its high flexibility and usability, its price is also very attractive.

The remarkable downside is the cord and hose length. If it is not a big trouble to you, it is definitely a great upright vacuum for general uses.

Shark APEX Duoclean is Shark most advanced upright vacuum. Beside similar benefits to Shark Navigator, this model is more efficient for cleaning fine dust, thick carpet and under furniture areas. Besides, it is a quiet vacuum which will never bother your pets or parents.

This model is pricey which is more than 2-fold of Shark Navigator.

Alternative models

If you still hesitate, there are a few suggestions. You may check for Shark APEX Duoclean AX951 or Shark Navigator NV356E. Both models are very similar, just that they do not have Zero-M technology.

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