Shark Navigator Lift-Away Review

Shark Navigator Lift-Away Review

Written by Ramsay, In Gadgets, Published On
May 21, 2023

The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Upright Vacuum is the best option for most homes because it can be used on carpets and hard floors. It’s one of the cheaper Shark versions, yet it still has several useful functions and attachments. It has two modes, an upright and a portable lift-away, allowing you to clean any high or low space. This is an excellent option for people with allergies because it has a sealed air system and a HEPA filter that can remove 99.9 percent of airborne particles. We put the Navigator NV352 through its paces to see how it fared with common home messes. Read on…

Shark Navigator Lift-Away Review

Bag Part NumberNo Bag
Height45.67″ (116.0 cm)
Width12.01″ (30.5 cm)
Depth12.01″ (30.5 cm)
Cord StoringManual
On-Board Tool StorageYES
Vacuum Rack/StationNO
Volume0.30 gal (1.15 L)

Very excellent performance

Shark Navigator Lift-Away

The Shark Navigator impressed us with its vast cleaning options, strong suction, and easy swivel steering. The vacuum cleaned area rugs and hardwood floors equally well. Soil pouring out of a planter was used to test the vacuum’s suction power and capacity to clean a particularly dirty floor. We thought industrial equipment would be required to collect larger pieces of bark, but the vacuum proved effective at collecting all other soil and debris. A dusting brush, two crevice tools, and a wide upholstery pet tool are included with the purchase of a Navigator NV352.

We cleaned the tops of the door frames and the grooves in the ceiling molding by removing the canister and using the 24-inch crevice tool. Even on the lowest setting, the suction was still a bit strong for our silk curtains, but we liked using the dusting brush (designed for upholstered goods) on our lampshades.

Our black upholstered kitchen chairs looked brand new after cleaning with the pet upholstery brush, where lint and pet hair are easily noticeable. The variety of available extras was really appreciated, and their high quality was a pleasant surprise.

Thanks to its removable canister, the vacuum may also be used to sweep or mop the floor. This will come in handy if you need to vacuum beneath some furniture. However, the vacuum can only be used in its bare floor mode, as switching to the detachable canister mode disables the revolving brush. While the suction force is sufficient for cleaning beneath furniture on concrete floors, it may not be strong enough for cleaning thicker carpets.


The Shark Navigator NV352 requires little in the way of setup or learning curve. The assembly process took us no more than ten minutes. This Shark upright vacuum cleaner is one of the lightest on the market at just 12.5 pounds. With the canister removed, the vacuum’s weight is reduced to 7.5 pounds when in lift-away mode. The Navigator NV352 is a fantastic choice if you value portability in your vacuum cleaner. The vacuum’s smaller size means that its dust cup can only hold 1.2 dry quarts of debris, but this should be sufficient for light cleaning.

The dusting brush and crevice tool can be mounted on the vacuum for easy access. The 24-inch crevice and pet upholstery tools are the only independent parts that require their own storage space. Unlike most Shark vacuums with 30-foot cables, the Navigator NV352 only has a 25-foot chord. Having the vacuum topple over is a regular gripe, as is the shorter cable being a nuisance in long rooms and hallways.

The motorized floor nozzle’s hose is another design flaw that makes cleaning under low tables and chairs difficult. Due to this, we had a hard time getting the vacuum under our sleigh bed, dressers, and couches. We switched to lift-away mode to reach those hard-to-reach areas and utilized the vacuum’s 24-inch crevice tool. This requires getting on your hands and knees, which may be problematic for users with mobility issues.

Functionally simple

Shark Navigator Lift-Away

In terms of use, the Shark Navigator Lift-Away was fairly effective. Each upright vacuum is put through a series of tests, including an evaluation of its edging performance, cable reach, under-furniture reach, and any features or functions that make it simpler to switch between carpeting and hard floors.

Like many vacuum cleaners, the Navigator Lift-Away has inconsistent edging performance. It works best for picking up trash on one side and requires multiple passes to get everything. This model also showed similar, less-than-great performance when turning corners.

It has a shorter cable reach than the rest of the group we tested, at 24.75 feet. The Navigator Lift-Away can reach 10 inches under most pieces of furniture, making cleanup a breeze. The reach is two inches greater than the norm and just one inch shorter than the best models in our sample of testers’ products. This version’s rollers may be adjusted from the basket’s apex, simplifying switching between surfaces.

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