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My Review of the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe Vacuum

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Matt is a painter and part-time writer who loves fishing and metal detecting. Matt writes about various topics.

Shark NV360 Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe Upright Vacuum

Shark NV360 Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe Upright Vacuum

Is the Shark Navigator Deluxe a Good Vacuum?

I bought the Shark Navigator to replace my previous vacuum cleaner that suddenly broke. The vacuum I bought is the lift-away deluxe model.

Before buying this vacuum, I read several reviews on Dyson and other brands, but I settled on the Shark bagless vacuum based on the positive reviews and reasonable cost.

Is it worth the money? Having owned my Shark since 2018, I've used it long enough to write a fair review. In my experience, it's a great vacuum, but not perfect either. I'll explain what I like and don't like about it.

Beater Bar Problems

On occasion, the beater bar stops working suddenly, even without a tangle or jam underneath. This problem doesn't happen every time I use the vacuum, but it's still annoying when it happens. Turning the vacuum off and on again usually fixes the problem, but not always.

The problem may be caused by overheating or a defective part. I'm not sure. Unfortunately, the problem began long after the return window ended, so I was unable to return or exchange it.

I want to add an update here and mention that I had to replace this vacuum with the same model after I accidentally dropped the vacuum and broke it, and I'm happy to report that I do not have the beater bar problem with the replacement I purchased. I remain satisfied with the performance of this vacuum. I believe this product comes with a two-year warranty.

Shark Vacuum Suction

The Navigator Deluxe has really good suction, removing debris from my carpeting that my previous vacuum left behind. On thicker carpeting, you have to push the vacuum slow to really work it into the carpet, but the suction doesn't disappoint.

I don't have pets, but for anyone who does, this would definitely be a great pet vacuum for removing dog hair from carpeting. I've used my vacuum to remove dog hair from my drop cloths. The bare floor setting works well too. The vacuum is a little heavy to push sometimes, even with the self-propulsion, but it's totally manageable. The vacuum steering does swivel to make it easier to maneuver when cleaning.

No More Bags

Having to make trips to the store to buy replacement bags for my old vacuum wasn't fun. One of the reasons I bought the Shark Navigator was not having to buy replacement bags anymore.

The Navigator has a removable dust cup that disconnects easily from the vacuum by unlocking two latches. My only complaint is the dust cup is a little small and fills up rather fast, but that's mostly because the suction with this vacuum is seriously awesome.

If you're vacuuming dirty floors in multiple rooms the cup would likely need to be dumped out more than once when cleaning a bigger home with kids and pets. I usually have to dump out the container one time per cleaning. There is also a removable HEPA filter that comes out easily for washing.

Lift-Away Feature

The lift-away feature is nice for cleaning stairs and tight spots where it's difficult to maneuver the entire vacuum. I use it to clean my carpeted basement stairs and it works well for that. The canister detaches from the rest of the vacuum for portable use. The attachments are also useful, which includes a special adapter for cleaning under appliances.

Is the Shark Navigator (NV360) Worth the Money?

I give my Shark (NV360) five stars. When I first wrote this review, I had problems with the beater bar, but after accidentally dropping and breaking that vacuum and replacing it with the same model, I haven't had any problems with the beater bar on the replacement.

Most importantly the suction with this vacuum is really good. The first time I used it, I was surprised by its cleaning power. Even when you think your carpet's clean, the Shark will pull deep dirt and lint out of it. The overall size of the Navigator is smaller and great for storage purposes.

The non-retractable cord might be annoying for those who want that feature, but I don't mind it at all. The power cord is 25 feet and long enough for my needs. If you have a large home, you might want to consider buying a vacuum cleaner with a larger canister, unless you don't mind dumping it out a few times when cleaning. The canister is quick and easy to detach, and most importantly, there's no bag to replace.

Price wise, at $150 the cost is fair, compared to competing brands with similar suction power, but without the lift-away feature. Spending more than $200 on a vacuum cleaner is crazy, at least to me. I would definitely recommend this model to anyone.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

Questions & Answers

Question: Does the Shark Navigator vacuum have a belt?

Answer: Yes, I believe this vacuum has a belt, but I'm not one hundred percent certain.

© 2018 Matt G.


Matt G. (author) from United States on August 10, 2018:

Sorry to hear that Sharon. So far I'm happy with my shark vacuum.

SHARON Y on August 10, 2018:

I loved my Shark nv355-33 for about a year One day i turned it off after using it and the brush never came back on I tried trouble shooting it , but nothing changed I forgot to send in the papers after the purchase, so I'm out of luck and looking for another vacuum cleaner