Shark Navigator Freestyle SV1106 Review

Last updated on December 5th, 2018 by Garrick Dee

Good quality cordless stick vacuums normally run between $150 to over $400, what if I told you that I’ve found a hidden gen that costs just under $100.

Yup, you heard that under $100 for a robust stick vac that will hold its own against its pricier counter parts.

Let me introduce the Shark Navigator Freestyle.

Related: Please check out my in-depth guide on the best Shark vacuums and find out which Shark cleaner would be best suited for your needs.

Consumers high recommend this and loved how it cleans pet hairs on bare floor and carpet, that’s because it is equipped with a motorized brush roll that can be removed for easy cleaning.

One unique feature it has is the foot switch that you may or may not like. It has two settings – bare floor and carpet.

If you use the bare floor setting, it will run for about 17 minutes.

A quick look at the features

  • 14.4 volt nickel metal hydride battery
  • Swivelling head makes this easy to maneuver
  • Large easy to empty dirt cup
  • Needs around 4 to 7 hours to recharge
  • 2 speed settings for carpet and bare floor
  • 12 minute run time on carpet and 17 minute run time on carpet
  • Lightweight at only 7 pounds

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Has swivel steering that makes it very maneuverable
  • Self-standing
  • It can clean larger debris because it has an opening in the middle of the base
  • Rubberized wheels minimize scratching on hard surfaces
  • Works well on both hard surfaces and carpet
  • Competitively priced
  • Relatively short charge time
  • Removable battery which is easy to replace

Cons

  • Noisy
  • Relatively short run time, particularly for carpet
  • Can’t be used to deep clean
  • Only comes with a one year warranty
  • Power button may be turned off inadvertently
  • Strictly a floor cleaner – you need a separate handheld vacuum for that

What to expect from the Shark Navigator Freestyle SV1106?

One feature that I like personally is the foot-switch because you don’t need to bend down just to turn on the machine.

This button has two settings, the bare floor and carpet. In the carpet setting, the motorized brush will spin faster and suction will be stronger, of course it’ll be noisier.

Features

Attachments and Accessories

It does not come with any attachments that will allow it to clean upholstery or furniture so this is strictly a floor cleaner.

Charging Time

Shark says that this vacuum will charge between 4 to 7 hours.

The nickel-metal hydride battery will reach its peak performance in terms of run time after 3 to 5 complete charge and run down cycles (based on the manual).

Leaving the vacuum on the charger even when the battery is full will not harm or degrade battery performance, so you can leave it on the charging stand so that it’s always read to clean.

Battery can be replaced so this is a good vacuum to own long term, though replacement batteries cost almost $50.

Filter clean up

There are two filters here – a mesh filter located on the top of the dust cup and a form filter at the bottom.

Here’s how you clean up the two filters.

Filter clean up

Run Time

If used in bare floor setting, it will run for around 17 minutes, in carpet setting that number will go down to 12 minutes.

Some consumers have claimed longer run times as long as 30 minutes but take that with a grain of salt.

Warranty

Shark will give you a one year warranty on both the vacuum but according to the warranty conditions it does not cover “non-durable parts”.

Their explanation is pretty vague, the non-durable parts may include the battery, motorized brush and filters.

Also you’d have to pay $13.95 to cover the shipping cost when you return this item, Amazon may have a different return policy though.

Bare Floor Performance

It worked great on bare floors according to reviews. The combination of suction and the motorized brushed worked great at picking up small to somewhat large debris.

If you look closely at the middle of the base it has an opening that allows it to pick up larger debris, as long as it fits that opening, cleaning up larger debris shouldn’t be a problem.

Carpet Performance

Surprisingly at this price level, it performed pretty decently on carpet.

It will struggle on thick shaggy carpet but for spot clean-ups it’ll be decent.

Just watch this and see what I mean…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6a2OyetkL0c

The other vacuum featured in this video was the Eureka Quick Up. The Shark was able to pick up what seemed like crushed biscuit bars on medium pile carpet, the recessed opening on the nozzle allowed it to pick up the larger bits of debris whereas the Eureka pushed those large biscuits around.

Pet Hair Removal

Pet hair shouldn’t be a problem as well because of the motorized brush, you just have to check from time to time if pet or human hair has wrapped around the brush.

Don’t worry though because Shark has made it easy for you to clean.

You can either use a scissor to cut off hair or remove the motorized brush by unscrewing two locking pins on both sides.

The nozzle design reminds me of the Hoover cordless linx stick vac, only this one can be swivelled.

See it in Action

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuyLsoOyslA

Product Specifications

AttachmentsNone
Battery14.4 volt nickel–metal hydride
ChargerCharging base with adapter
Charging time4 to 7 hours
Battery life12 minutes (on carpet)
17 minutes (on bare floor)
Net weight (with battery, wand and floor attachment)7.5 pounds
Shipping weight9.8 pounds
Cleaning path10"
Overall length46"
Battery indicatorYes (LED)
Filter typeWashable foam and mesh filter
Dirt capacityN/A
Air WattsN/A
Voltage110v
Manufactured inUSA
Warranty1 year

(battery and filters might be excluded from the warranty)

Customer Reviews

A lot of consumers highly recommend this vacuum, they said it was lightweight, maneuverable and had very good suction, particularly with pet hair.

But you’ll need to regularly clean the brush because hair will wrap around it. It is easy to clean because the brush is removable so this should not be a big issue.

It works great on various surfaces like carpet, rugs, linoleum, hard wood and tiles. It struggles though on thick carpet.

Feedback on run time was mixed, though the manual says it runs between 12 to 17 minutes, there are consumers that claimed that this ran as long as 40 minutes.

Folks who left a review have homes as up to 2,500 square feet and this vacuum was able to clean around 75% of that area which is impressive.

Warranty on this is a bit sketchy though, one consumer said that the batteries were not covered and she had to pay $45 for the replacement battery which is almost half the cost of the whole vacuum.

Where can I buy this?

You can buy this for less than $90 in Amazon and it comes with the free 2-day shipping. Amazon also sells extended warranties of up to 3 years if you want that extra peace of mind.

Conclusion

This product will be great for folks who own small to medium sized homes. This will do a great job spot cleaning high traffic areas around like the living room and dining area where there is a lot of foot traffic and dirt build up.

Suction is pretty good for a cordless and based on video reviews, it will do suck in even larger debris because it has a recessed area in the middle of the nozzle.

Don’t expect deep cleaning performance though, you’ll still need your upright vacuum for that task.

Since it has a large dirt cup, you don’t need to empty it after every use.

Run time though is a bit lacking (12 to 17 minutes) but the good news is recharges in just 4 to 7 hours and you can leave this plugged in without worrying about the battery getting fried.

If you’re a budget conscious shopper like me, this vacuum is great value for money – good suction, lightweight, self-standing, decent run time, and most importantly it’s affordable.

You don’t have to spend an arm and leg for this.

17 thoughts on “Shark Navigator Freestyle SV1106 Review”

  1. I bought this Shark cordless in December. It won’t stay charged, and the suction is essentially non-existent. I haven’t liked it since I bought it. I wouldn’t recommend this product to anyone.

  2. I have had this vacuum for at least 3 years. I have two dogs and hard floors, no carpet. It’s the best cordless vac that I have owned. At Bed Bath and Beyond you can use the 20% off coupon which makes it much cheaper than Walmart. I use it every day for dog hair pick ups and spills in general and in between vacs with my canister Kenmore. It is not a full size vacuum, but I love it. The run time has not degraded ove rthe years like my past Eureka cordless vacs. If Shark made a full size cordless vacuum, it would be my choice and has even had me thinking of replacing my canister vac with one of their corded uprights.

  3. I bought this Shark Navigator Freestyle 4 yeas ago. I liked it so much I bought a second one for my upstairs. They are as effective today as they were three four years ago. LOVE THESE. I have even bought them for gifts for friends and they rave about them. One of my friends has cats and needs to vacuum daily. She said this is a life saver!!! 5 stars from me *****

  4. I bought this shark navigator pro LOVE IT PICK ups dog hair little spills no problem with charge .BUT the part that holds the beater bar on came off …gone help I love this thing and very easy to use thank you help

  5. I love this vacuum…I leave it plugged in to the charging base so it’s always ready to go. I can vacuum my entire house (tile floors) on a single charge.
    The only negative aspect of the vacuum is the flashing blue light which is on during the charging process. At night when the house lights are off it is especially annoying. I had to scout locations to plug it in so that the flashing isn’t disturbing someone. Settled on laundry room with door closed.
    Small criticism of otherwise best small cordless vac that I have ever owned.

  6. I have had my cordless Shark freestyle for about a year and after about 6 months it just started turning on and off by itself. It does not do this if it is on the charger and the charger is plugged in but if you take it off the charger and let it sit for a little while it will come on and it may go off by itself and it may not. Sometimes when it comes on the button will not turn it off…I have to place it on the charger to get it to go off. Is there a way to stop this? I love it otherwise.

  7. I absolutely loved this vacuum but after 1 year the brush stopped turning. I am a fanatic about keeping it clean and cleaning the brush every time I use it so it is not because anything is stopping it from turning. we took it apart and there is a spring on the switch that keeps malfunctioning. I am so disappointed because I can’t find another vacuum with the same features. Washable filter, cordless and I love how you just set it down on the charger!
    I have hard wood floors and flat weave rugs because of my back problems. This vacuum was wonderful. I could get my whole house done in 15 minutes without my back hurting at all.

  8. I have had this almost 5 months and the charging light isn’t blinking anymore when I have it charging on the base. Does this mean it isn’t charging anymore? I would think the battery life would be better than this or is it the light not flashing just an issue, but it’s still charging. I guess I’ll find out and if it loses power, it is the battery not charging. Frustrated consumer, Jody

  9. I have the shark cordless as well. I originally loved it. I loved it so much I bought a new one when my first one broke down. The first one would run for 10 seconds and then the light would blink and the vacuum would quit working. I did everything I could to clean it and even cleaned inside where the motor is located. Nothing fixed it. I bought the second one and approx ten months later same thing happened. I read on the internet this has happened to quite a few. I can’t afford $100+ dollars every ten months. I guess I’ll have to look for another brand. Really disappointed 🙁

  10. I’m amazed at how good this cleans. It’s a classic and a keeper. Now, there are are better cordless vacs with attachments and better batteries so I recommend that you get one, especially if you don’t like to vacuum. 12/12/17

  11. Is there a way you do not have to keep stepping on the base to keep it flat on the floor when you move the handle? It seems to keep popping up and I have to press it down with my foot each time.

  12. Terrible from the beginning. Very, very little suction (pet hair, my sweet aunt!) leads to dust clogging the intake leads to 20 minutes of cleaning the vacuum for every 20 minutes of vacuuming. Nothing could be less convenient than this.

  13. It’s not suction good. It’s a mold where it’s like for the bare floor and the bare like its not running at all. I have to keep it turn to the left just to keep it running properly. It was running good for about two years and then just shout down. It good and handy but not suction good now.

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