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Shark Navigator Lift Away Vacuum (NV350)

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Avg. consumer rating = 88/100 


The Shark Navigator (model NV22) is a popular and well-liked vacuum cleaner, but there is now a new model under the Navigator name called the NV350 Lift-Away, and it is getting good consumer ratings.  The Lift-Away is similar to the Shark Navigator NV22 in many ways (strong suction, not too expensive, 5-year warranty) but it is also very lightweight and it comes with a detachable canister. 

A review of consumer comments from several quality sources provides the following Navigator Lift-Away likes and dislikes:

 

PROS
- Powerful suction
- Fairly quiet
- Sealed system (for high quality filtration)
- Brushbar can be turned on and off
- Plenty of attachments
- Easy to empty dirt canister
- Works well on different surfaces (carpet and hard)
- Detachable canister is great for doing stairs
- Filters are washable
- Swivel head creates good maneuverability
- Very easy to assemble
- Lengthy 5 year warranty

CONS
- Power cord is a little short
- Narrow nozzle width
- Canister piece is a bit bulky when trying to get under furniture
- Limited on-board tool storage
- Lots of plastic in construction

You can read more Navigator Lift-Away customer reviews on Amazon if you wish. 

The Navigator NV350 Lift-Away appears to be getting pretty good consumer ratings, although it should be said that there are limited ratings available as of yet.  Also, several consumers have compared this unit to a Dyson and indicated that (in their opinion) it is a comparable machine for a fraction of the cost.  A review of online sources provides the following consumer ratings for the Shark Navigator Lift-Away:

 Source  Consumer Ratings  #Ratings
 Amazon  4.4 out of 5  20
 Bed Bath & Beyond  5 out of 5  3
 Target  3 out of 5  2
 Epinions  5 out of 5  1

It is likely that consumers sometimes compare this to a Dyson because of its marketing.  It is described as using “no loss of suction” technology, having replaceable filters, and using HEPA filtration.  These three areas also feature prominent in Dyson vacuum cleaner marketing.  Actually quite a few bagless vacuum cleaners on the market today have these features.  Having said that, it is interesting that a number of consumers appear to like this as much or even more than a Dyson – although the extent to which these folks have experience with a Dyson is not known.

“No Loss of Suction” technology is simply cyclonic suction which uses air spinning at a very high speed to remove debris from the airflow.  This approach is said to help keep the filters cleaner longer, and ensure that there is limited obstruction to airflow thereby maintaining vacuum suction (unlike a bagged machine where the bag slowly fills and begins to limit airflow and therefore suction).  The filters on the Navigator Lift-Away are also washable (like those on a Dyson) so there is no need to buy replacements.

There are only a few vacuums on the market that have a sealed system and the navigator Lift-Away is one of them (fairly common feature on a Miele canister vacuum).  A sealed system ensures that all the air that enters the vacuum is passed through the filters (air does not flow around the filters or escape to the outside through cracks in the vacuum body), an approach that generates high quality exhaust air.  It is particularly useful when coupled with HEPA filtration.
 
And yes, the Lift-Away also comes with HEPA filtration – a very high level of filtration that removes many allergens from the air.  HEPA filtration is a popular feature for those suffering from allergies or asthma, and the Navigator Lift-Away has actually been certified by the British Allergy Foundation.  HEPA stands for “high efficiency particulate air” and it is a level of filtration that removes 99.97% of all particles with a diameter of 0.3 microns or greater from the air.  This typically includes pollen, pet dander, dust, dust mites, etc. Please note that not all Lift-Away models come with a HEPA filter. If HEPA is important to you check carefully before you buy.

It seems that the Navigator NV350’s canister or “lift-away” feature is no gimmick as consumers frequently allude to how well it works.  The canister along with the handle (with or without extension wand) is removed from the main body of the vacuum, and it is then carried around for cleaning areas such as stairs, ceilings, under furniture, etc.

A picture is worth a thousand words and the following video will help show some of the vacuum features and highlights. Bear in mind however that this is a commercial and can be a little annoying with its strong sales pitch.

The Navigator Lift-Away vacuum also comes with several attachments and tools which include:
- Pet hair turbo brush (consumers indicate that this works well)
- Crevice tool (extra long at 24 inches)
- On-board crevice tool
- On-board dusting brush
- Accessory bag (for carrying the tools that do not fit on-board)

The Lift-Away has a motorized brushbar that can be turned on or off, and consumers indicate that the vacuum is very good on both carpets and bare floors.  The cleaning path width is only 11 inches which is a little narrow however.  Although there are comments that some like the narrow nozzle as it makes maneuvering around furniture easier.

As advertised the Shark Navigator Lift Away is quite lightweight.  It weighs in at 12.8 lbs (all together) and the canister itself weighs only 7.5 lbs.  This is indeed fairly light for an upright vacuum.  The unit comes with a 25 foot power cord which is long enough for some consumers while others feel it is a little short.  In our experience a 30+ foot cord is best (if you can get it).  The NV350 Lift-Away also has an automatic power nozzle shut off feature should the brushbar be obstructed.  This saves the vacuum belt and the nozzle motor. 

This is a bagless vacuum cleaner and many consumers point out that the dirt canister is quite easy to empty.  It is a bottom empty canister with a 3 quart capacity.   The Shark Navigator Lift-Away carries a 5 year limited warranty and it only comes in lavender.

 

 

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0 # Josie 2011-02-20 13:28
Bought the Shark Navigator Lift-Away on 2/19/11. Decided to get it for our vacation home. Bought a much more expensive Dyson DC25 in December, 2010 for our primary home. Having had the opportunity to compare the two the Shark is every bit as good as the Dyson when it comes to vaccuuming rugs and hard floors. The Shark is better and easier to use when using the attachments. For the price and performance you can\'t beat it. Wish I had know about it before buying the Dyson. Could have saved a lots of money.
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0 # Kay 2011-06-25 09:55
Purchased it in January of this year. Simply the best vacuum I have ever had (and as a pet lover I have gone through many). Great product!
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0 # Scott 2011-07-09 10:18
Just bought one today and so far I am very impressed. Did not realize how much dirt/dust my previous cleaning equipment was missing. Very easy to assemble and use. Swivel head goes wherever. Haven\'t even tried to use the lift away feature yet and I am satisfied with the purchase. Money well spent.
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0 # Cathi 2011-09-25 03:13
I have a Shark Vac & Steam...I never realized how dirty my hard floors were until I used this on it. I\'m next purchase is the Navigator. God only knows what I\'ll see with that!
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0 # OCD 2011-11-04 23:57
I was absolutely disgusted with what I found, being a person who suffers from OCD, I vacum my entire house every single day, thought my house was clean, until my vacum cleaner burnt up,I seen the comercials for the Shark Lift-Away, thinking it was just another thing they want us to spend money on and not the product they claim it to be,desperate for a vacum, and it being late at night, I thought I would try it, and if it didn\'t work then I would try something else, I bought my Shark and came home to vacum my house immediately, and what I found was absolutely disgusting, I was actually sick at seeing the things the Shark picked up, and ashamed, I must say that this is the product they claim it to be, thank you for actually making a product that is everything you advertise it to be, and for the help in a cleaner, and healthier home
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-1 # Tracey 2011-12-07 06:48
I just purchased the Shark Navigator Liftaway Pro vacuum yesterday. It was very easy to put together and the instructions are easy to follow. Let me say first that I have what I thought was a perfectly good vacuum; a Hoover Pet Cyclonic that I\'ve only had for about a year. The problem I have with it is it\'s very heavy and when vacuuming over area rugs that are on top of carpeting it\'s very difficult. I have slight back problems and I have arthritis is both wrists. I would have to take several breaks to give my back and wrists a rest when I vacuumed so I was looking for something that was easier to use and lighter in weight. The navigator is not that much lighter than my hoover but it rolls so much better and easier over the carpet and hardwood floors. I vacuumed in less than half the time because I didn\'t have to take a break. One of the best features this vacuum has is the ability to adjust the suction because I tell you what.. I think this thing could suck the color right out of your carpet. I\'ve never used such a powerful machine before. I can adjust it for a little less suction when I\'m going over my area rugs that used to get stuck in my other vacuum. Also, I really love how easy and cleaner it is to empty the dust/dirt recepticle. With my hoover I would have to take the vacuum outside, take the dirt recepticle off (while watching dirt and dust swarm around me) hold it inside a bag, unscrew the cap and lift that off and shake the cap and the recepticle inside the bag. When I was done emptying it my hands and arms were covered in dirt/dander.. whatever was in there. The Navigator takes just seconds and my hands don\'t get dirty. I LOVE it! I\'ve read some prior reviews and one of the things a few people said they didn\'t like was that the base isn\'t as wide as a regular vacuum. I actually like that it isn\'t as wide. It fits better around my furniture. I did a little experiment this morning when I vacuumed. I ran over one room with my old Hoover and then I ran over the same area with my new Navigator. I was shocked by how much MORE dirt/pet hair the Navigator picked up after using the Hoover in the same area first. I\'m so glad nobody else was around when I did this, I would have been humiliated. There is just one thing that I wish this vacuum had and that\'s a retractable cord. If it had that this would be the absolute perfect vacuum. But, I\'m willing to sacrifice the retractable cord for superior cleaning. I highly recommend this vacuum. It does everything it says in the advertisements and more.
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-1 # Pete 2011-12-11 17:06
Bought the Shark off the infomercial, paid too much. $301 with shipping and handling with the extra head for floors. Then I see the same thing in the stores for $179. We like it and it has great suction, and cleans very well. On the down side, the cord is not long enough, and as for the hose, it is way too short! They make it look easy with the lift off, which it is, but the hose is jus too short, everytime you move, unless you are holding it, it falls over. I am looking for a hose attachment for the hose, not the long plastic one that comes with it. So far I have not found anything on the net or the shark web site. Overall it is a good vacuum, empties easy, and has great suction. Just don\'t buy it from the infomercial, and you don\'t need the $29 floor attachment.
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-1 # Dawn 2012-01-11 08:47
Recently purchased the Shark Navigator lift away. I must say just as everyone else has said the suction is great. I love the manuverability and lighter weight of the unit. It is an excellent vaccuum when used as an upright. However,the picture in the advertising that shows the woman on the stairs with the unit in her hand always created a question in my mind that I couldn\'t quite put my finger on. Now I know. I love the idea that the cannister is removable however it is not functionable. The unit is too light to be used with the hose as it falls over. The metal coil or spring in the hose is too strong for the weight of the vacuum. I am so dissappointed and have no recourse but to return it. The vaccuum falls over constantly while using the hose. Whether you leave the canister on or off it continues to fall over (scratching, chipping and denting your furniture) You MUST carry the unit in one hand while using the hose in your other hand. How can you clean carring a vaccuum cleaner in one hand. Ceiling fans and other overhead areas are impossible. Vaccuuming couches, chairs etc is also impossible because you can\'t use your other hand to move pillows, custions etc, not to mention getting into corners and small places with furniture in position. This I found extremely challenging and extremely frustrating. Yes, I do move furniture when cleaning but not all furniture can be moved and you NEED two hands to clean effeciently. Additionally, the design makes it very cumbersome while using the hose, even at ground level. Typically with any other vacuum you would use your free hand to move something out of the way; drapery, or a chair. With this unit you have to carry it around and you can\'t set it down to use your other hand or it will fall over.
It is time to go back to the drawing board on this one. Calling the 800 number on the vacuum got me the response, \" you can purchase a hose extension for $25.00.\"
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0 # Ron 2012-02-15 20:32
Just bought this vacuum. It has awesome suction power and works great on plush/low pile carpet however, on my high pile \"shag\" style rugs & carpet the extreme suction sucks in the carpet and binds up the brushroll...everytime, this is frustrating and there is NO HIEGHT ADJUSTMENT on the unit. A great vacuum but I do not recommend it for high pile or \"shag\" type carpets.
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0 # Joyce 2012-02-18 09:01
Great Housekeeping Tool. Light weight, pivots into corners easy. Cleaned up Pet hair and Berber Carpet Dust. No Odor from storage, due to desposing dirt. I found One flaw so far. For underneath beds, even though the canister is detachable, you should design a reattachment prong for the end of the wand, so you can use the drive belt on the sweeper head, to be used with the wand under the bed. Other wise Great R&D Product! I would recommend it to anyone!
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0 # Tina 2012-04-24 13:48
loved the unit itself, however, it broke after 2 months. I called the company and they sent the postage paid labels for return. I sent the unit back ( i did have to purchase the box, 16.00). They have had my vaccuum now for 30 days. I have called several times with the operators having \"no idea\" what has happened. I have again called today, and they are shipping a new vaccuum to me. The vaccuum it great I think....only 2 months of use, but the costomer service, and repair service, is lacking ALOT!! I am disappointed.
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0 # Janie 2012-05-23 05:29
I LOVE this vacuum,it has amazing suction, and is very light. My old vacuum is a Hoover Windtunnel, and weighed a ton. This one is so light and maneuvers easily. I am a little OCD, and the vaccum lines on the carpet (from the suction) are great! I give this a solid 5 stars.
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+2 # Steve 2012-06-10 08:49
I purchased this unit because of two features--the lift away container and the power pet brush. The lift away canister is well designed. However, the suction tube is very short.

The pet power brush is no more effective than an upholstery brush on other vacuums. When I first activated it I had to get the brush moving by hand. Even the tightest fitting upholstery prevents the brush from spinning.

Onboard tools are lacking beyond the next to worthless pet hair brush and crevice tool.

I would not recommend this vacuum cleaner.
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0 # David G Hope 2015-08-27 03:57
When using the Pet Turbo Brush engage the suction reducer ring. This prevents the upholstery being sucked into the pet brush opening & allows lighter brushing without the brush stopping. I find mine works verytime and extremely effectively when used this way.
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0 # Brenda 2012-06-18 05:37
The suction is great, it picks up what my other more expensive vacuum didn\'t, but the profile of the vacuum makes it impossible to get under anything, and I have found when cleaning a room that has ceramic tile if you have the brush going and you try to pick up a clump of dirt it does a great job of breaking it up and shooting it back onto the floor behind you. I would not recommend this to a friend.
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0 # Mimi 2012-08-04 07:35
This vacuum satisfied two of my most important needs - powerful suction and lightweight. Unfortunately I find a few of the design items to be a bit frustrating. The four top issues are 1) the power switch. It is very difficult to see if you have turned on the power brush or just the suction. 2) the power cord clip does not hold the cord in place so I\'m constantly re-clipping it. 3) the hose is so tightly compressed that I have to use two hands to attachments - one to vacuum with, the other to hold the vacuum so it doesn\'t fall over. 4) The wand handle is very big and bulky so its hard to maneuver and also gets heavy and awkward.
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0 # Betty 2013-02-03 14:27
I would not recommend this product.The cord is too short and the hose is too stiff.
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0 # Michelle 2013-10-09 15:34
I bought this vacuum 2 weeks ago and love it so far. I agree with a couple of the reviews that the cord is too short and the same with the hose. I never had a canister vacuum before and to see all the dirt you are picking up is disgusting. The suction is good and very light weight. Worked great when vacuuming the stairs too. No serious complaints so far it is going to be hard to find a product that has absolutely no flaws.
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0 # sharon yerkovich 2014-01-26 15:39
I would not recommend this product to anyone, its awkward & heavy to use the cord is always in the way, not worth the money I paid.
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-1 # Laura from Wisconsin 2014-07-19 15:28
As an upright vacum I love it, but when trying to use the attachments it becomes clumsy and akward at best. Having four cats I rely heavily on the attachments. The hose is siff and unyeilding (mine has torn up by the handle several times and now is wrapped in duct tape...so stylish!) It\'s very hard to reach high places due to the shape of the handle and stiff hose. I would not buy another shark for those reasons.
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0 # Donna S 2015-12-10 13:52
This is the second Shark that I've owned. Works as well if not better than the expensive Dyson I had in the past. My only complaint with the Shark Navigator Lift Away is that it is top heavy. When cleaning out canister the rest of machine tends to fall over from the weight of the handle. Other than that It's a great product.
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