Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe Vacuum Review

The House Method team tested the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe on carpets and hard floors and measured suction power, maneuverability, noise, mobility, and more. Read our full review here.

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If you want a powerful upright vacuum that keeps carpets and hard floors looking great, the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe is the perfect vacuum for you. With bagless technology and a 120V motor, you’ll be able to achieve suction that never fades for a more thorough cleaning. Not to mention, it’s way more affordable than a Dyson upright. Keep reading for a more in-depth look at the Shark Navigator.

Overall score: 9.37/10

The value prop

Equipped with 1200 watts of power, this traditional upright vacuum has enough suction power to remove visible and hidden dirt. Not only does it produce fade-free suction, but it also has swivel steering which allows the Shark vacuum to effortlessly move around furniture and Lift-Away features that allow the canister to operate independently of the sweeping body.

Pros
  • It comes with HEPA filtration and Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology, trapping dust, dirt, and allergens inside the vacuum.
  • It has a large dust canister for extended cleaning throughout your home.
  • It features swivel steering for easy maneuverability.
Cons
  • It has a shorter cord compared to other Shark upright vacuums.
  • The vacuum may topple over due to its lightweight design.

Shark Navigator design

Perhaps one of the greatest design features of this Shark vacuum cleaner is its Lift-Away technology. By pressing the Lift-Away button, the canister detaches for portable cleaning around your home. This mode is perfect for spot cleaning and vacuuming hard-to-reach areas like behind couches or under furniture.

Some other important design features of the Shark Navigator include:

  • Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology—Paired with HEPA filtration, this allows the vacuum to trap dust and allergens inside the vacuum.
  • Swivel steering—This provides excellent control while maneuvering around furniture and in tight spaces.

Vacuum assembly

Though the assembly instructions were simple and easy to follow, it took us five steps to put the entire vacuum together. Compare that to the Shark Rotator or Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2, which took four steps to assemble. Here’s how we approached assembly for the Shark Navigator:

  1. We placed the floor nozzle on a level surface and lowered the Lift-Away pod onto the floor nozzle until it clicked in place.
  2. We attached the end of the extension wand to the tube on the back of the Lift-Away pod and made sure it clicked into place.
  3. Then, we slid the accessory holder over the extension wand and aligned the tab with the groove.
  4. Next, we pushed the handle onto the top of the extension wand and clicked it into place. We inserted the end of the stretch hose into the connector on the back of the Lift-Away pod.
  5. Finally, we attached the dusting brush and crevice tool onto the accessory holder.

How the Shark Navigator cleans

The Shark Navigator Lift-Away upright vacuum cleaner can easily be configured into different cleaning modes to keep your floors looking brand new. There’s an upright mode for vacuuming floors and carpets, and a Lift-Away mode for cleaning hard-to-reach areas like baseboards and ceiling fan blades. The Shark Lift-Away also has a brushroll capability for powerful carpet and bare floor cleaning.

What to note about the Shark Navigator

The brushroll won’t spin unless the nozzle is flat against the floor and the handle is tilted back. Also, due to the strong suction power of this vacuum, you may have to adjust the suction release collar on the handle to decrease the suction power. You may need to perform this task if you find it difficult to push and pull the vacuum, you notice the vacuum is lifting up area rugs, or you’re cleaning delicate above-floor surfaces like drapes or blinds.

How big is the Shark Navigator?

Dimension Measurement
Height 45.5 inches
Length 15 inches
Width 11.8 inches
Cord length 25 feet
Dust canister 0.3 gallons

Accessories included with the Shark Navigator

For those who appreciate multiple accessories for a more comprehensive clean, you’re going to love this vacuum. The Shark Navigator vacuum comes with four main attachments that give it an edge over other upright vacuums: a dusting brush, a crevice tool, an air-driven pet brush, and an appliance wand.

Dusting brush

The dusting brush is great to use on delicate surfaces like fans, window blinds, and keyboards.

Crevice tool

The crevice tool can be used in tight spaces like along baseboards and corners or behind furniture.

Air-driven pet brush

If you have pets, you’re going to love the air-driven pet brush. It picks up pet hair and debris and deep cleans dander on all surfaces.

Appliance wand

The appliance wand extends your vacuum’s reach and provides better under-furniture access.

Shark Navigator Professional Upright vs. Shark Rotator Lift-Away Professional Upright

Shark provides a variety of upright vacuums that deliver powerful suction, come with multiple accessories, and provide entire-home cleaning. Here’s a side-by-side comparison of the Shark Navigator and the Shark Rotator.

Dust bin capacity
Weight
Power cord length
Cleaning path
Accessories

Shark Navigator Professional Upright Vacuum

Dust bin capacity

0.3 gallons

Weight

13 pounds

Power cord length

25 feet

Cleaning path

9.25 inches

Accessories

Dusting brush, crevice tool, air-driven pet brush, appliance wand

Shark Rotator Lift-Away Professional Upright Vacuum

Dust bin capacity

0.3 gallons

Weight

15.5 pounds

Power cord length

30 feet

Cleaning path

8.5 inches

Accessories

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

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Cleaning tests

We performed three different tests that measured suction power, maneuverability, and mobility on hard floors, low-pile carpet, and high-pile carpet. For our suction tests, we used Cheerios, kitty litter, coffee grounds, and pet hair.

Cleaning score: 9.83/10

Test 1—Suction test on hard floors

The Shark Navigator vacuum received a perfect score on hard floors. It removed the Cheerios, kitty litter, coffee grounds, and pet hair in a single pass. If you have hardwoods or tile in your home, this vacuum could be a great option.

Test 2—Suction test on high-pile carpet

This is the only suction test that the Shark vacuum cleaner picked up a substance in more than one pass. It vacuumed up the kitty litter and pet hair in a single pass but took three passes to remove the Cheerios and coffee grounds. Overall, we thought this vacuum did a pretty good job on high-pile carpet.

Test 3—Suction test on low-pile carpet

The Shark Navigator passed this test with flying colors. It had no trouble picking up the substances and sucked up everything in two passes or fewer.

Maneuverability

With swivel steering and smooth-gliding wheels, the Shark Navigator can easily move around and under furniture. Though this vacuum cleaner has great maneuverability, we still think the upright Dysons with Ball technology have the best maneuverability on the market.

Usability

Most upright vacuums can be bulky and awkward to push on carpet, but this Shark vacuum is easy to push on any type of flooring. This vacuum cleaner never got stuck while we were using it, but it was slightly more difficult to push on high-pile carpet than the other flooring we tried.

Noise

The Shark Navigator vacuum cleaner measured 71.4 decibels, which is comparable to the sound inside your car while driving. Compared to the Shark Rotator, this upright vacuum is significantly quieter.

Shark Navigator maintenance

The Shark Navigator comes equipped with a large dust canister. It’s recommended that you empty the large-capacity dust cup after each time you vacuum. Compared to other upright vacuums, this Shark vacuum was slightly more difficult to empty. Some of the pet hair got stuck in the container, so we had to shake the canister and manually pull out the remaining hair with our hands. It took us about 30 seconds to empty out the contents, one of the longest times to empty any vacuum.

Filtration

This Shark vacuum comes with a pre-motor foam and felt filter kit, a post-motor foam and felt filter kit, and a post-motor HEPA filter. It’s recommended that you rinse the pre-motor filter kit every three months and let it air dry for 24 hours before inserting it back into the vacuum. The post-motor filter kit should be washed once a year and the HEPA filter requires cleaning every two years. Note: do not use soap when cleaning the filters. Handwash the filters with water to prevent damage from cleaning chemicals.

Warranty

The Shark Navigator offers a five-year limited warranty that covers the original unit and/or non-wearable components deemed defective by the manufacturers.

Is the Shark Navigator a good value?

Overall, the Shark Navigator is an excellent upright vacuum—and a total steal. Not only is it lightweight and easy to use, but it also comes with Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology and HEPA filtration, making it perfect for those who have pets or suffer from allergies. The accessories are also a bonus that makes comprehensive cleaning a snap.

Who should buy the Shark Navigator?

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

  • Powerful suction—This upright vacuum had no problem sucking up all types of debris—big and small—on carpets and hard floors.
  • HEPA filtration—If you suffer from asthma or allergies, this vacuum has a HEPA filter that traps microscopic dust particles and allergens, expelling cleaner air back into your home.
  • A pet vacuum—This Shark comes with an air-driven pet brush that is helpful when cleaning pet hair and debris.

Shark Navigator specifications

Below is a list of the most important Shark Navigator specifications.

Specifications
Type Upright
Manufacturer Shark
Model Navigator
Length 15 inches
Width 11.8 inches
Height 45.5 inches
Weight 13 pounds
Floor type Bare floors, carpets
Dust bin capacity 0.3 gallons
Power cord length 25 feet
Cordless or corded Corded
Bagless Yes
Warranty 5-year limited

Consumer ratings

See how other sites rate the Shark Navigator.

Source Consumer rating Number of ratings
Amazon 4.5 stars out of 5 1,143
Bed Bath & Beyond N/A N/A
Walmart 4.6 stars out of 5 142
Best Buy 4.4 stars out of 5 3,686
Sylvane N/A N/A

Customer reviews

I have only had my Shark Navigator for a few weeks, so I can’t speak for its longevity. However, I purchased this because I have a “whole house Central Vacuum” in my home. Often times it’s a LOT to drag out (30 ft of hose) to vacuum. I wanted something to keep on my lower level so I wouldn’t have to drag it up/downstairs. I absolutely could not believe how much DIRT and hair it picked up! Let’s just say….it really SUCKS! I’m extremely impressed. I also consider myself to be a fairly conscience housekeeper. There are no kids living in my home. I am amazed at the power of this machine!” — Amazon review

“After reading countless reviews, I chose this model because of the functions and price. I was surprised at the level of suction the vacuum had. I have hardwoods throughout with rugs in every room. I can easily switch between surfaces and a switch allows the vacuum mode to switch. Seeing the dirt in the canister is awesome and disgusting at the same time. You get excited that your floors are getting so clean, but disgusted that so much filth was living on the floors. It’s easy to empty into the trash with a few bangs on the side of the trash can. I was initially disappointed with the size of the vacuum when I first opened it, as it is much smaller than my previous one, but after a few months, I don’t even notice and it does a good job getting my house clean.” — Amazon review

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Frequently asked questions

What’s the difference between the bare floor and brushroll settings and when should they be used?

The bare floor setting is meant for above-floor cleaning and can be used on delicate carpets and hard-floor surfaces. The brushroll setting is meant for deep cleaning your carpets or picking up pet hair, fur, and fibers.

How do I remove the dust cup from the vacuum?

Undo the latches on both sides by lifting them up and outwards. Pull the dust cup up and away from its holster.

How do I use the detachable canister mode to clean above floors?

Remove the canister, remove the handle, add the desired tool to the end, and begin cleaning. Hold the handle in one hand and carry the detachable canister with the other.

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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