Reviews of the Shark Navigator Lift-Away
We bought this Shark Navigator Lift-Away vacuum cleaner after reading all the reviews. I was going to buy us a Dyson vacuum, but the money made me shop at Amazon. When the vacuum arrived it was easy to put together with just a few clicks, no tools required. The vacuum works great on pet hair. We have a long haired cat, shedding hairs all over the place, but this vacuum is able to suck it all up. The extra attachments work great for the car, boat and RV also. We also received a free steam mop with our order. I highly recommend this product.
SOLVES ALL PROBLEMS
I purchased this vacuum about 6 months ago in search of replacing my Bissell Pet Hair Removal vacuum. I wanted to wait in submitting this review until I had used the Shark for a fair amount of time. I had initially bought the Bissell Pet Hair vacuum to help me with the carpet and carpeted stairs in my home.
We have two dogs, a Min Pin and a yellow Lab, so the dog hair has various sizes and colors. Our house is carpeted almost throughout (except the tiled kitchen and entryway) in a dark forest green carpet. You can imagine how quickly and easily the yellow Lab hair shows on this dark carpet. I found the Bissell to be heavy and almost impossible to deal with on the stairs. The removable attachment hose was always detaching somewhere, while I was trying to use it on the stairs (either the pet attachment from the extension piece, or the extension piece from the flexible hose, or the flexible hose from the sweeper body). Nothing broke, but in pulling the hose up the stairs, something would inevitably pull out from their counterpart as there were no ‘locking’ mechanisms to keep these separate pieces together.
I also found that the rotating brushes on the Bissell did NOT stop rotating as long as the sweeper was turned on. This resulted in the sweeper ‘eating’ the rubber coating on the sweeper cord while I was trying to pull the hose up the stairs and the sweeper would roll over the cord. The cord was attached to the lower part of the vacuum so I had to wrap the cord around the top extension hose holder, to keep the cord in reachable distance.
The Shark had the lift-away canister that operated independently of the sweeper body. This has turned out to be the answer to my prayers. Now I can clean my stairs with the pet attachment and no longer have the `separation’ problems. The suction seems equal to that of the Bissell, even though theShark Navigator Lift-Away is smaller and lighter (which is a plus). The Shark has a cord clip so that I can now keep my cord higher in a holder that is designed to do this specific job. Yes, the Shark has a `smaller pathway’, but that can be a plus too, as I can now get my vacuum between the chair legs and other furniture placements, where a wider vacuum head will not fit.
I also found that the Shark’s removable canister is very easy to empty and clean. The Bissell has an upper portion of the wind tunnel that does not come off when you remove the canister for cleaning. This upper part easily gets filled with hair and dirt too, which falls downward after you remove the canister, making this a mess to clean up. One person’s review of the Shark compared it to a `leaf blower’. This comment almost kept me from buying one of the best vacuums I have ever had. Yes, the Shark has a front vent, however, in order for it to blow things on the floor, you would have to be using the sweeper in the locked and upright position (then the brushes won’t rotate anyway). Once you lower the handle for normal use, the vent points upward and does not disturb anything on the floor.
The Shark Navigator Lift-Away has solved all the problems that I had with my Bissell Pet Hair Removal vacuum and added positive features as well. The cost is much less than the Bissell, the lift-away canister is wonderful, the cleaning of the canister is much easier and less messy, it is lighter weight for easier maneuverability, the smaller cleaning pathway makes it possible to get into the smaller areas a wider head will not fit, the suction and cleaning power is easily equal to the more expensive sweepers, there is no adjustment necessary to go between carpet and hard wood floors, the brushes automatically stop rotation when the sweeper handle is upright, the vacuum easily removes pet hair without having to drop down any front extension piece. This vacuum is fabulous, I couldn’t be happier.
This Shark Navigator Lift-Away vacuum is actually better than the infomercial demonstrates. I purchased at Bed Bath and Beyond because I wanted to see the item first. My first impression was that it seemed cheap, light and small. However after deciding to buy, I could not be happier! The first time I used this, I had to empty the dust cup 4 times! I didnt notice the fill line on the dust cup so I was actually over filling it and it still did not loose suction, so I’m not sure what the other reviewers are talking about, this thing has always sucked harder than any other vacuum I’ve ever used, so even if it did lose some suction it’s still the best on the market, hands down!
After about 3 months of vacuuming every weekend the dust cup is finally only about 1/4 full after vacuuming, so I know my carpet is much cleaner now. I’ve also noticed a lot less dust collecting on my end tables since using this.
The removable wand and canister mode is awesome, I can clean the stairs and edges of carpets, nooks and crannys so easily it’s actually fun to vacuum. I thought the swivel head was just a gimmic at first, but after using it, I really like it.
It is a little top heavy, but that’s nit picking, it’s never been an issue for me. Cleaning the filters is easy, and emptying the dust cup is a little dirty, but really not a big deal since you can open the top of the cup also in order to empty/clean it out easily. Any of the cons are far outweighed by the cleaning ability and versatility of this Shark Navigator Lift-Away vacuum cleaner.
Seriously, buy this vacuum, if you want clean carpets, there is nothing that works better.
Pros: quiet, very light (12 lb) and very maneuverable. The console “bends” so you can get close to furniture without hitting it. Bagless; HEPA filter; washable pre-motor filters so you don’t need to buy anymore; 5-yr warranty.
Cons: the canister is on the small side, but when I was at the store I didn’t think it was much smaller than other vacuums – it’s just taller as opposed to wider. Anyway, I don’t mind emptying the canister a few times, but keep in mind how much fur I have to vacuum up. If you don’t have pets then I can’t imagine needing to empty it before you’re all done.
Well my partner and me always buy the cheapest vacuum we can buy but got tired of shopping for a new one every six months. We have a cat that loves to track litter everywhere so with a normal vacuum it loses suction in a few days. I love this vacuum. You can easily vacuum hardwood and tile and then transfer to the carpet and then do the base boards. Using the Shark Navigator Lift-Away took me some getting used to because it is different. I steam cleaned the carpets 2 days before we bought this and the canister was full…hmm?… It made my carpet look like new.
The Shark Navigator Lift-Away is one of the nicest vacuum cleaners I have ever owned. It is light weight, easy to use and clean and the suction is great. I really love the way the head pivots to get in even the trickiest spots and best of all cleans right to the edge. The Shark Navigator Lift-Away was very easy to assemble and the various attachments are easy to switch around and work with. Lifting it off the base to carry around is also a very uncomplicated process.
I would, and already have, recommended this vacuum cleaner to several others. It’s excellent.
I told my husband to buy this Shark Navigator Lift-Away vacuum cleaner for me for Mother’s day, and although he double checked to make sure I did in fact want a household cleaning item as my present, he bought it. I was ever so excited to use it. My other vacuum has been slowly dying over the last few months. This thing works as well as it claims to and even better. It doesn’t cover the space that my old one did, but since I had to go over the same spot multiple times with my old one, I’ll take this one. I swear my carpet even felt fluffier when I was done. The amount of stuff it picked up was gross, but in a good way. Half my house is wood and tile floors and it takes just one switch to go from carpet to wood and worked just as good on the hard surfaces. I may have only used it once, but so far, I’m in love.
Follow up: It’s now January of 2013 and I still love this thing. I use it to do all the floors, plus our bedroom furniture is dark and shows dust easily and I use the tools on the vacuum to keep it looking nice. I also use it to keep my floorboards dust free. My almost 3 year old daughter even likes to help me vacuum with it. Now there’s a bonus! The filters do need cleaning once in a while, but it tells you to do that in the owners manual. It is easy and no hassle at all. Usually I get this Shark Navigator Lift-Away vacuum out to do a small space, but end up doing much more because it is just easy and light enough. I’m currently seven months pregnant and still find this thing easy enough to haul up and down my stairs and to empty the canister. Still a very happy woman.
This is by far the best vacuum I have ever used!!! I got the Shark Navigator Lift-Away vacuum cleaner in and first cleaned my floor with my normal vacuum; then used my new Shark Lift Away and wow I was surprised! The shark picked up so much dirt that my previous vacuum didn’t, I had to empty the canister 3 times! AND IT’S SO QUIET!!! WOW!! When they mean quiet it is very very quiet and lightweight! Overall this is a great product and an even better buy!
- GREAT SUCTION
- Easy to dump dirt
- Small canister
- Very top heavy
This Shark Navigator Lift-Away vacuum is incredible! I bought this vacuum from Amazon a few months ago after poring over countless reviews. I read reviews on here. I read them on Target. I read them on other sites that I can’t remember right now. I read a lot of reviews.
I’ve always only had crappy vacuum cleaners. Usually just whatever will get the majority of the junk off the floor. I’m not too picky, as long as the floor looks kind of clean. Even though this vacuum is not expensive, it’s the most I’ve ever spent on an item designed for cleaning, so I really wanted it to be nice.
The Shark Navigator Lift-Away does NOT disappoint. First off, the suction. They are not kidding when they say this thing has a lot of suction. I’ve had vacuums before that have the dumb little pet hair brushes. Even though they look like they’ll be this sweet little mini vacuum, they’re not. I’ve NEVER owned a vacuum where the pet brush roller thingy would spin. At least, not until now. The pet brush on this thing spins so fast it could probably slough off your skin if you got too close. It’s a wonderful blur of cleanliness and MAN does it pick up some pet hair. I have two cats and a Great Pyrenees with a LOT of hair, and this thing gets it all.
The vacuum itself is even better. I vacuumed my floor three times and this baby was still sucking dirt and pet hair out of there. It was amazing and disgusting all at the same time. The ONLY con to this vacuum cleaner is that the canister is rather small. However, it’s a CINCH to empty! No annoying bags or anything, so it’s really not that big of an inconvenience. I wouldn’t recommend it if you have a three story mansion that’s entirely covered with shag carpet, but for the average home or apartment, it’s pretty much the best thing you will get at this price. I have no idea how it compares to Orecks or other fancy shmancy vacuums, but it’s most definitely the best vacuum I’ve ever owned.