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Shark Navigator Lift-Away Review

Updated: August 15, 2016

Bottom Line


  • Very good suction
  • Lightweight and easy to maneuver
  • Works well on pet hair
  • Includes detachable canister vac


  • Short cord and hose
  • Tips over when fully extended
Our Analysis
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The Shark Navigator Lift-Away is advertised as the affordable alternative to a Dyson vacuum cleaner. It offers many of the same claims as Dyson: bagless cleanup, no loss of suction, swivel steering and anti-allergen technology. But where a Dyson can cost up to $500, you can get a Shark Navigator Lift-Away for about less than half as much. This vacuum also features a detachable canister, allowing you to more easily use it on stairs or in cars.

Reviews for the Shark Navigator Lift-Away are overwhelmingly positive. Owners find that it delivers on every claim it makes, and pet owners are especially happy with how easily it picks up hair and fur. They frequently comment on how much smaller and more lightweight the Shark Navigator Lift-Away is compared to other vacuums, but how that doesn't seem to detract from its suction power. Of the small handful of less than glowing reviews, the most common complaints are that the power cord and attachment hose aren't long enough, and some find that the dirt cup is too small and has to be emptied frequently. Many also complain that the vacuum has a tendency to tip over when the hose is fully extended.

We found quite a few former Dyson owners even say that the Shark Navigator Lift-Away is the better option of the two, based upon price versus performance and features. However, Dyson recently underwent a complete change in their vacuum line up across the board -- upright, canister and stick vacuums -- so it may be that the newer models will once again pull ahead of Shark. For now, it's too early to tell, but you can learn more about the Dyson versus Shark vacuum wars, as well as recommendations for some other great vacuums, in our newly updated upright vacuum cleaner report.

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Contributors to Amazon.com, As of June 2015

With 4.4 stars out of 5 in more than 1,300 reviews, the Shark Navigator Lift-Away is one of the highest-rated vacuums on Amazon.com. Most users are impressed with how lightweight and easily maneuverable the vacuum is, but without sacrificing any suction power. Several reviewers also comment on how much quieter it is when compared to other vacuums. The most common complaints are that the power cord and attachment hose aren't long enough, and a small handful of users find the dirt cup a bit tricky to empty.

Contributors to Walmart.com, As of June 2015

More than 1,200 customers share their thoughts about the Shark Navigator Lift-Away here, where it earns a rating of 4.6 stars out of 5; 95 percent would recommend it to a friend. Most find that it has great suction and is an ideal solution for those with pets to clean up after. A few reviewers warn that the vacuum isn't ideal for throw rugs, as it's difficult to roll onto it from regular flooring and the suction is a bit too much for flimsy rugs. Many cite its smaller size as being a great asset, as it makes fitting into hard-to-reach spaces easier. A small percentage of negative reviews say that the attachments are a bit awkward to use, the power cord is too short and the dirt cup needs emptying too often.

Contributors to BedBathAndBeyond.com, As of June 2015

About 92 percent of the more than 365 reviewers posting reviews to BedBathAndBeyond.com would recommend the Shark Navigator Lift-Away to a friend; it earns an overall rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Some of the frequently repeated accolades are that the vacuum is lightweight, has great suction and is especially adept at picking up pet hair from floors and furniture. A few customers who previously owned Dyson vacuums find the Shark Navigator Lift-Away to be comparable, and some even say it's better than their Dyson due to its lighter weight. One common issue is the vacuum's tendency to tip over easily when the hose is fully extended.

Contributors to QVC.com, As of June 2015

About 50 reviewers give the Shark Navigator Lift-Away 4.6 start out of 5, 92 percent would recommend it to a friend. Most users find the vacuum lightweight and easy to maneuver, making vacuuming stairs a much easier chore to tackle. Pet owners are especially happy with the vacuum, saying that it easily sucks up animal hair from any surface. Some find that the suction power can be a bit too much on certain surfaces and advise to adjust the vacuum settings depending on what you are cleaning. A few complain of the attachment hose and power cord being too short.

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