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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 162 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Vacuum

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    Parker
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    The Shark Navigator Lift Away is an outstanding vacuum to have. It is a traditional upright bag less vacuum with a neat feature that you can lift it off it's base so you can get to hard to reach spaces. I particularly like to use it to vacuum my car, I can have it plugged in with it's long 25' to the garage outlet and lift it off it's base and place it in my car while I vacuum all the nooks and crannies. It is also rated for pet hair which means I can get all my dogs hairs out of the furniture with ease using the include power pet brush. It also has what Shark calls a Zero-M cleaner head where it actively removes hair from wrapping up the brush. They also include a dust crevice tool and a hair removal multi-tool.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Lighter And Tighter - A Solid Vacuum

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    VADarkstar
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    The Shark NavigatorR Zero-MT Lift-Away SpeedT Upright Vacuum has a name that's big on R's and T's but it doesn't really do anything to radically advance vacuum technology. And while that's snarky, it'sn't really a bad thing. Shark made perfectly fine vacuums from the start and I think they have improved dramatically to take-on competitors. And now they make a very good vacuum. What wins with this vacuum is that it's designed primarily as an upright vacuum but it has a canister that can detach (Lift-Away! @@@@@@@ from the base so that you can carry it around easily while you vacuum hard-to-reach places (stairs, heights). Shark has made these detachable canister vacuums for years, but this new model feels like the best implementation of the concept. The detachable base isn't unique among brands but I think Shark gets it right. Note - a few years ago, Shark included a clumsy four-wheeled base for the detached canister (and it also held several unwieldy attachments) - you could park the detached canister on the alternate base and pull the vacuum around behind you - it was a disaster. I'm glad Shark let that go. Shark has given this model a sleeker profile and it's much lighter. The construction feels more secure (I have an older Shark that's kind of floppy feeling) and this new NavigatorR navigates easily without feeling excessively loose. And Shark has decided to provide a few wisely-designed attachments instead of a ton of arguably useless attachments. I feel like Shark decided to stay true to their brand here - this isn't an imitation of a Dyson or a Bissell - this is a slightly better Shark that's a really solid vacuum.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Little Vacuum That Could

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    r0kit
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    Pros: light, maneuverable, great suction, hard floor/carpet setting, useful attachments Cons: no headlight, relatively short and stiff hose. I've inherited my family's Kirby Generation 3 that we've had since the late 1980's. It's a great vacuum and modular, but can be a gorilla to steer. We changed our floors from carpet to hardwood, tile and area rugs, so we don't have much carpet to vacuum and that's where the Kirby really shines. It relies on forming a partial seal with the floor surface and that quite doesn't happen with bare floors. We've been getting by with a Eureka Quickup. Without having to look it up, think: Dustbuster on a stick with a handle. Suffice it to say, the Kirby got relegated to vacuuming the car floors and mats in the garage (with hose attachment). Enter the Shark Navigator Lift-Away. The Shark is lightweight, nimble, maneuverable and modular. Suction is strong and a night and difference after using my dustbuster on a stick. I really like is the namesake feature of this little guy: Lift-Away. You can detach the main body from the brush roller assembly and tote it around like a canister vacuum of sorts. Pulling the handle out from the body to have a wand for hard to reach areas is pretty standard these days, but much like other vacuums I tried that has this feature, the hose is relatively short. and stiff so you can't wander far from the vacuum as you can with canister vacuum or even a kirby with the hose attachment installed. Getting too far will case the vacuum to tip over. I think it's best to tote the lightweight detached vacuum body when using the hose with attachments for extended use. Even still, for a quick changing modular vacuum, I'm willing to compromise that as a trade off. Suction is more than adequate for my two story house with bare floors. I also like that there's a brush roller speed setting for carpets (increased the velocity). Normal speed is perfect for bare floors and smaller rugs like bath mats. For larger area rugs, the extra speed in the carpet setting really agitates the pile and coaxes dust and debris out more effectively. The other minor niggle I've with the Shark Navigator Lift-Away is the lack of a headlight. l don't see many modern vacuums with a headlight and it's a pity that they aren't designed with them. It's very useful in dark nooks and crannies. Other than that, I find the Shark Navigator an overall well designed product and and absolute joy to use

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Simple, Reliable, Shark

    Posted
    1ShadowFox1
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    Approximately 6 years ago my newly wedded wife and I went to a retail store that we received gift cards for with the goal of picking up a new vacuum that was going to last longer than our previous vacuum that seemed to be unusable after approximately a year. I was hard set on buying the premier "ball" vacuum that was nearly $500 because I figured that you get what you pay for. The wife talked me out of it, and we purchased their competitor, The Shark Navigator Pro at half the price and it did us very well for 6 years.Now we have a 3 year old that loved to imitate her mother's cooking and decided to pour all of our seasonings all over her play kitchen set in her carpeted room. Fighting through the scent of Chile Powder, Garlic, Hickory BBQ, Cocoa, and anything else that you could imagine coating the floor, our six year old vacuum pretty much put in its resignation. Every part of it became so coated with powder that parts stopped moving. We needed a new vacuum, and with how reliable our previous Shark was, we gladly welcomed another one. This new Shark picked up right where the old one left off. Simple assembly, familiar controls, great suction. I think my favorite update is that you don't have the big looping hose over the back of the vacuum and you no longer have to unhook that hose to use the handheld attachments. The handle doubles as the reaching element for the vacuum and actually detaches at two different points, giving you the choice of close reach or far. which is great as I have used this for both under cabinets and in cars, each of which benefited from the different reaches. Shark was also smart enough to put multiple attachments into one simple design. I.E. the narrow hose attachment that is good for crevices also has the brush attachment connected to it and it slides and secures in place at either the top or bottom, depending on whether it is needed. Downsides, this vacuum feels like a truck. It feels heavy, slow, and not meant for agility. Not necessarily bad things, but when compared to competitors, it won't win any races. Second, even for an experienced Shark user, some of the release buttons for the canister and other parts feel oddly placed. And finally, like some other vacuums, not all of the attachments have a place on the vacuum. I am one of those people that believe that everything needs its place. If an attachment doesn't fit on the vacuum, I need to find another place for it and it never seems to find a home and I need to search for it when I need it. All small things, but things that just make you wish they would correct for the next time I need a vacuum, which hopefully is at least another six years.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Another great value from Shark

    Posted
    TechnicallyCorrect
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    This is the 3rd Shark I have reviewed over the past few years. Additionally, I own or have reviewed Bissell, Sebo, and Kenmore and Hoover vacuums. The first thing I can say about the Shark Navigator Zero-MT Lift-Away and all other types/brands is ignore most of the hype. This Shark Navigator (model ZU562) has a cleaning head that "actively removes hair buildup from the brush roll for continuous power." Shark claims the design is their most advanced and prevents build up of hair on the brush head. In comparing it to my Apex Duo Clean there is a design difference. But not much and I question the significance. The point is, do not buy the ZU562 or any other vacuum based on the latest design hype. The fact is the basics of vacuums have remained unchanged and so has the importance of those basics. It comes down to power, accessories, usability/ maneuverability, quality and how well it cleans. After using the vacuum for a week, let's look at those key areas for the ZU562 : Power - The power is good, but not as great as Shark Apex. It's not a totally fair comparison because the Apex is nearly twice the price. The ZU562 is more powerful than a Bissell I just reviewed that was half the price. My test for power was totally unscientific. On cleaning a floor there is no way to tell the power but you can with the suction hose. I put the hose flat against a box to create suction and then pulled it slowly until it came loose. I compared it to the Shark Apex and a Bissell. The ZU562 felt about 70% as strong as the Shark Apex and significantly more power than the Bissell. There are two components to power: the electrical power of the motor and the ability to convert power into performance. The Shark ZU562 draws 8 amps, the Bissell draws 8 amps and the Shark Apex tops out at 11.3 amps. So why does the Bissell and Shark ZU562 draw the same amperage but there is a power/suction difference? It's has to do with how that power is applied. The listed amps, while does not giving a true impression of the overall power, it is an indicator. Obviously a unit that draws 13 amps is going to be more powerful than a 5-amp unit. However, amperage does not take into account how the efficient the motor is nor design factors that translate the power into performance . Hence , the Shark ZU562 appears to have more power than the Bissell I tested even though they appear to use the same amount of electricity. Usability/ maneuverability - When I first received a Shark Apex vacuum I was skeptical of how easy it would maneuver. However, I found the design was well balanced and moved well. This holds true for Shark Navigator Lift-Away ZU562 and to some extent, even better. They are pretty even but I think the ZU562 lighter weight makes it move even better. As with any of the Shark Lift-Away vacuums, the main canister separates from the head unit and assembly. This makes it easier to do stairs and areas where you do not the power head. However, the ZU562 does not power the head once it is separated from the canister (unlike the Apex. @@@@@@@ Accessories - The ZU562 only comes with a crevice tool, a hair removal tool and a power brush. I would have like to see more tools like some of Shark's more expensive vacuums but this will do the job for the most part. Quality - I was always skeptical of Shark vacuum quality. But after owning them, I can say they are built very well. There are not exactly in the range of a SEBO vacuum ( at $1200) but the Shark vacuums are significantly better than the Bissells and Hoovers of the world. As with most vacuums today, they are mostly plastic. But as you look closer, you start to see more plastic on the competition and the fit and finish is not as good as the Shark. Cleaning and performance - So the all important question of how it cleans. The ZU562 has a HEPA filter set up and it does a really good job - no dust blowing out of the unit as you clean. Too many manufacturers overlook making sure there is a sealed containment system with HEPA certification. Shark does a great job with this. For cleaning, it does a pretty good job. My floors are pretty clean so it is hard to judge completely. I did run the Bissell, Shark Apex and the Shark ZU562 slowly side by side down equal lengths of carpet. Because my carpets are so clean the Bissell had virtually nothing, the Shark ZU562 had some dust and the Shark Apex had a about 50% more. Not much to compare at all but there was a difference. If you are looking for the deepest clean, look to the Shark Apex at the expense of cost and weight. If you are looking for above average cleaning in lighter weight package, look to the ZU562. Conclusion - Shark just makes good products. The Shark Navigator Zero-M Lift-Away is a middle range vacuum in the Shark product line that is better than the competition in the same price range. If you can afford to go to the Duo Clean units, there is a difference in the deep cleaning, accessories and warranty. Otherwise, the Shark Navigator Zero-M Lift-Away is great value that you cannot go wrong with.

    I would recommend this to a friend