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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.