Shark Navigator Lift-Away NV352 Review
The Lift-Away is a clever concept by Shark wherein you could “lift away” the body of the vacuum from its heavy floor base and use it as a canister vacuum to clean areas above the floor like stairs and upholstery.
The biggest difference between this and the newer NV501 is this does not come with a canister caddy that holds the canister and attachments in place. It also does not have LED headlights and has a shorter power cord.
Let see how this vacuum performs and what feature to expect.
Pet Hair Removal
Ease of Use
Features at a glance:
- Has lift-away functionality that separates the canister body from the floor base
- Uses cyclonic technology or the so-called “never loses suction” technology
- Utilizes a HEPA filter and a washable foam filter
- Swivel steering
- Main floor tool has a motorized brush that can be turned off for bare floors
- Dust cup will hold up to 1.2 dry quarts (up to the fill line) but Shark claims it has a real world capacity of 3.0 dry quarts
- 1,200 watt motor
- 25 foot power cord
- Weighs 13 pounds
- Utilizes HEPA filtration and a sealed system to block allergens and keep it inside the vacuum
- Decent sized dust cup
- Lift-away functionality adds more versatility to it – allows it to clean above the floor areas
- Relatively lightweight for an upright
- Comes with a tool that cleans pet hair off upholstery and stairs
- You can turn off the motorized brush – this prevents it from scratching hard floor surfaces
- Long 5 year warranty
- Isn’t as noisy as other upright vacuums
- Even though it swivels, it does not swivel as smoothly as other brands like a Dyson
- Does have a slight snow plowing effect when cleaning larger bits of debris like cheerios
- No LED headlight
- No controls on the handle
Features at a glance:
This upright vacuum can double as a canister because of the lift-away function that allows users to separate the canister from the floor base. This simple hack allows it to be used in more areas aside from the floors and make this a great option for people looking to get more out of their dollar spent on a vacuum.
It doesn’t have the caddy that the newer NV501 has but it still is a great feature to have when you want to clean stairs or upholstery. If you tried cleaning stairs with a full sized upright or even a stick vacuum, it can be tricky to balance.
It also comes with 4 attachments that will help in different cleaning scenarios – a 5.5” and 24” crevice tool, dusting brush and pet hair power brush.
Bare Floor Performance
This will do well on bare floor because the motorize brush can be turned off which prevents scratches and allows it to pick up larger bits of dirt (again) like cheerios or crackers. When the motorized brush is turned on it tends to fling these all over the place.
Based on reviews, both written and video this will perform well on carpet, on one pass it will pick up most of the dirt though it does have a slight plowing effect (which you’ll see later in the video) when you clean larger debris like crushed chips or cereal.
It does a good job on dirt trapped underneath thicker pile carpet so it has deep cleaning capabilities which is an important factor when choosing an upright vacuum.
Vacbin compares the Navigator Lift Away and the Bissell Wind Tunnel…
This time vs the DC41 Animal
While this has a swivel feature, it is not as smooth as other brands like a Dyson but you’ll have to pay a few hundred dollars more for the later. The lift-away though is lighter so this also helps in maneuverability.
When you take off the canister from the floor base, this converts into a canister vacuum and will clean areas like upholstery well. It has a crevice and brush tool that allows you to clean loose dirt and dust on upholstery.
Pet Hair Removal
On carpet it will work great in picking up pet hair, as you’ve seen in the two videos above it does pick a whole lot of stuff up. On upholstery it also comes with a mini pet hair tool for picking up pet hair on upholstery or stairs. This is a complete cleaning system in a lightweight package.
Attachments and Accessories
It comes with 4 attachments – (1) 5 inch crevice tool, (2) 24 inch crevice tool, (3) brush tool and a Pet hair power brush.
The long 24 inch crevice tool is a nice addition because it extends the reach of the extension wand by two feet and will reach most homes’ ceilings – a tough area to clean.
Power cord is 25 feet but it does not have any cord rewind.
Filter Clean up
It comes with two filters, a foam filter and a HEPA filter. The foam filter is washable (wash it every 2 to 3 months). Check it at least once a month to see how dirty it is. The HEPA filter according to comments is also washable but only use running water, don’t throw it into a washing machine.
Here are some more maintenance and troubleshooting tips…
See it in Action
QVC demonstrates the above the floor cleaning features, bare floor and carpet cleaning. It also gets what you get in the package.
It comes with a 5 year warranty.
|Attachments||5" crevice tool|
24" crevice tool
Pet hair power brush
|Height adjustment settings||N/A|
|Cord Length||25 feet|
|Auto Cord Rewind|
|Brush on/off switch|
|Filter clogged indicator|
|Full bin indicator|
|Net weight||13 pounds|
|Shipping weight||19.4 pounds|
|Overall reach||Approx. 37 feet|
|Dirt capacity||1.2 dry quarts (up to fill line)|
3.0 dry quarts (max)
|Filter type||Foam filter|
Sealed with HEPA Filtration
Nearly all the consumers who purchased this say that it is a great performer on bare floor and carpet. Suction was great and the beater bar does its job in deep cleaning carpet and picking up dust, sand, pet hair and all the nasty stuff that gets trapped under all that strand of carpet fiber.
One consumer in particular compared with the Dyson DC33 and said that it had similar if not greater suction power and what swayed him to give this a better rating than the Dyson is the attachments that comes along with it – it had more and was more usable. The best part is not paying $400++ for a premium brand.
Pet owners also loved this because of the amount of pet hair it is capable of picking up. To maintain performance, you’ll have to remove pet hair that gets wrapped around the motorized brush at least once a month.
The lift-away feature is also popular among consumers because it allows them to clean “above the floor” areas that most uprights can’t. The pet hair brush tool allows people to clean carpeted stairs as well.
Here are some images from consumers…
There were some negative reviews and most of them were fit and finish issues that could be from lemon units. These complaints include plastic parts breaking prematurely, the motorized brush that has stopped working, lack of suction and vacuum that tips over easily.
You have to remember that most of the vacuums will have their share of similar complaints and should not be a cause for concern because it does come with a 5 year warranty which is great for a sub 200 dollar vacuum. One consumer was able to return his Shark lift-away to Amazon even after 7 months.
The best place to buy this is hands down in Amazon where it costs just a little over $150 and it comes with free shipping. Just in case you find a cheaper source just let Amazon know and they will match the price.
This upright would be a great fit for people looking for a do-it-all vacuum that will not just clean floors but also other areas like stairs, upholstery, crevices, vents and everything in between.
It is that versatile. Even though it is lightweight, performance does not seem compromised and will pick up dirt that is embedded under strands of carpet.
It will work great on carpet but because the motorized brush can be turned off, you can also use this on hard surfaces without scratching it.
While its beater bar isn’t as great as a Dyson nor does it possess the multi-cyclonic technology that cuts down the times you need to wash the filter, performance is still great for the price.
If you’d buy a Dyson upright, it’ll cost you 2 or 3 times more than this so it is a good compromise.