The Shark Navigator Lift-Away is a powerful vacuum that's a good choice for any kind of use or surface type. It can either be used as an upright vacuum with a main head and brushroll, or you can use it as a handheld vacuum with different types of tools attached. It cleans any type of floor really well and it has no trouble sucking up hair on bare floors or carpet. Its range is somewhat limiting and due to its bulky size, it's not the most maneuverable. It's not hard to maintain but there are a few different parts that need cleaning, including two different filters. On the upside, you won't have to worry about recurring costs with this vacuum as you don't need to buy replacement parts regularly.
The Shark Navigator Lift-Away is great to use on bare floors. It has no problem cleaning any type of debris on bare floors and it has a fairly big dirt compartment. Its cord range is a bit limited and it's a bit difficult to go into tight spaces with this vacuum since it's bulky. There are a few parts that need maintenance but luckily, there are no recurring costs.
Very good for use on low-pile carpet. The Shark Navigator Lift-Away cleans all hair on low-pile carpet and cleans an excellent amount of both small and large debris. It also has a power adjustment feature to increase the suction on carpets. Unfortunately, the maneuverability of the vacuum is just okay as it feels a bit heavy and the vacuum itself is bulky.
The Shark Navigator Lift-Away is very good to use on high-pile carpet. It cleans all hair and sucks up a decent amount of small and large debris on this surface. It's not the easiest to move around as it's a bit heavy and it's bulky. However, it has a good dirt compartment and it has a surface type adjustment setting you can change when using it on high-pile carpet.
The Shark Navigator Lift-Away is an excellent vacuum if you have a pet. It cleans all hair on any type of surface. It isn't hard to maintain but there are quite a few parts that need cleaning every so often. Luckily, the vacuum has virtually no recurring costs because you won't need to buy replacement parts unless they get damaged.
The Shark Navigator Lift-Away is good to use on stairs. It's a bit heavy, it's bulky, and it has a limited range, so it's not ideal to carry up and down stairs. However, it does an excellent job of cleaning any type of surface such as bare floors or carpeted stairs.
Good to vacuum inside cars. The Shark Navigator Lift-Away has a handheld mode, ideal for cleaning the car. It has excellent performance on low-pile carpet and it comes with a crevice tool to clean those hard-to-reach places between the car seats. Unfortunately, it's a bit heavy to lift and it has a limited corded range.
The build quality of the Shark Navigator Lift-Away vacuum is just okay. It's entirely made out of plastic, except for the metal wand, and the entire vacuum feels like it could be more sturdy overall. The transparent dirt compartment also feels like it could break if dropped. There's also rubber on the handle to help with grip, like the Shark ION F80. Overall, the parts are easy to put together/take apart as there are clips on each piece. Unfortunately, switching between the upright and handheld configurations is somewhat difficult as it's a bit of a struggle to remove the vacuum from the main head.
The Shark Navigator Lift-Away vacuum is mediocre to maintain. There are a few parts that need maintenance and they're not the easiest to access at times.
You must air dry any part that's washed with water for at least 24 hours before using it again.
If the pre-motor and HEPA filters are well-maintained, they don't need to be replaced. However, like any vacuum, you may need to buy replacement filters if they get damaged.
Note that there's an inconsistency on Shark's website of how often you should replace the HEPA filter. In the vacuum's manual, it suggests cleaning it once a year, but in the HEPA filter's product description on their website, it suggests replacing it every six months. These results reflect the manual, so you should clean it once a year.
The Shark Navigator Lift-Away vacuum is fairly easy to store. It stands up quite well on its own and there's space on the vacuum to put the crevice tool and the soft bristle brush attached to it. This is similar to the Shark APEX Upright Vacuum.
The dirt compartment holds a good amount of dirt and there's a line indicating when it's full.
This vacuum has a disappointing range. If you're vacuuming in a big room, you might have to change plugs to clean the whole room. If you want something with longer range, then check out the Hoover WindTunnel 2 Whole House Rewind.
The Shark Navigator Lift-Away vacuum has decent portability. It's a bit heavy but there's a carrying handle that makes it easier to bring it to another floor.
The Shark Navigator vacuum doesn't use a battery.
Update 08/24/2020: We originally reported that this vacuum has a power adjustment feature. However, it has two surface-level adjustment settings, which don't increase its power level. We have updated our results to reflect this change.
The vacuum has three surface type adjustment settings: Off, Hard Floor, and Carpet. You can also slightly adjust the suction power with a slider on the handle of the vacuum. Opening the slider lets some air out, decreasing the suction power by a bit.
There are a few tools that come with the Navigator vacuum. The hard bristle brush is attached to the upholstery tool (on the left in the picture above) and the soft bristle brush is attached to the crevice tool (on the right). Note that it's a bit difficult to take the soft bristle brush off from the crevice tool.
You can use the Navigator Lift-Away either in an upright position or as a handheld with the hose and wand attached. However, when used as a handheld vacuum, it's still fairly bulky and larger than the BISSELL Adapt Ion Pet's handheld configuration.
Update 08/24/2020: We've updated the setting used on bare floors to 'I Hard Floor'. The scoring of this test hasn't changed.
The Navigator vacuum has superb performance on bare floors. It has no problem with hair or small debris like rice and it sucks up almost all large debris like cereal. Its performance remains consistent as the dirt compartment fills, which is great. Also, with the suction control slider open all the way, it still performs similarly.
Update 08/24/2020: We've updated the setting used on low-pile carpet to 'II Carpet'. The scoring of this test hasn't changed.
The Navigator Lift-Away has excellent performance on low-pile carpet. It cleans up all hair and still sucks up an excellent amount of debris. Once again, the performance remains consistent as the dirt compartment fills.
Update 08/24/2020: We've updated the setting used on high-pile carpet to 'II Carpet'. The scoring of this test hasn't changed.
The Navigator Lift-Away has impressive performance on high-pile carpet. Once again, it cleans up all hair, and even though it sucks up less debris than on low-pile carpet or bare floors, the performance is still consistent as the dirt compartment fills.
The maneuverability with the Navigator vacuum is just okay. The rotating head makes it easier to navigate, but the bulky shape of the vacuum and dirt compartment means it's hard to go in tight spaces or underneath furniture. To clean couches, you can use the crevice tool or the hard bristle brush. The upholstery tool is a good choice for cleaning on top of a table as it collects dust well. Unfortunately, it's a bit hard to move this vacuum around wires as you need to lift it over the wires and it's a bit heavy.
We tested the Shark Navigator Lift-Away (ZU560C) with a blue body, and there are similar variants with different included parts, which are listed below.
|Model Number||Body Color||Included Brushes and Tools||Notes|
|ZU560||Blue||Upholstery tool, crevice tool|
|ZU560C||Blue||Upholstery tool & hard bristle brush, crevice tool & soft bristle brush||Sold in Canada only|
|ZU561||Red||Upholstery tool & hard bristle brush, crevice tool & soft bristle brush, wide upholstery tool|
|ZU562||Red||Upholstery tool & hard bristle brush, crevice tool & soft bristle brush, mini motor head|
Note that you can purchase any extra tools on Shark's website. If someone comes across a Navigator Lift-Away that's different from ours, let us know in the discussions and we'll update our review.
The Shark Navigator Lift-Away is versatile compared to other upright vacuums since it can be used in a handheld mode. Even though it doesn't perform as well as the Dyson Ball Animal 2 on floors or carpet, the handheld mode allows you to vacuum stairs or cars. Also see our recommendations for the best vacuums for harwood floors, best multi-surface vacuums, and best bagless vacuums.
The Shark Navigator Lift-Away is much better than the Hoover WindTunnel 2 House Rewind. The Shark has better performance on any type of floor surface, it comes with a soft bristle brush, and it can also be used in a handheld mode. However, the Hoover has a better range, the dirt compartment is a bit bigger, and it comes with a turbo brush.
The Shark Navigator Lift-Away is a slightly better performing upright/handheld vacuum than the Shark APEX Upright Vacuum. The Navigator has a much better performance on carpet, it's lighter to hold in your hand, which makes it better-suited for stairs or cleaning cars, and it does a much better job at cleaning hair on any type of surface. On the other hand, the APEX has better overall performance on bare floors, has a better range, is better built, and it's a bit easier to move around.
The Dyson Ball Animal 2 is better for most uses than the Shark Navigator Lift-Away. Both vacuums perform similarly on bare floors but the Dyson has much better performance on carpet. It's also easier to maneuver, it comes with more tools and brushes, and it has a much better range. On the other hand, since the Shark can be used in a handheld configuration, it's better-suited to clean stairs and cars.
The Shark Navigator Lift-Away is significantly better than the BISSELL CleanView Swivel Pet. The Shark performs much better on all surface types, is easier to maneuver, the dirt compartment is bigger, and there are less recurring costs. However, the BISSELL comes with a turbo brush.
The Shark Navigator Lift-Away is better overall than the Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Upright. The Navigator has much better performance on bare floors, it's more maneuverable, and it's lighter to hold. The Rotator has a bit better performance on low-pile carpet, it has a slightly bigger dirt compartment, and a longer cord and hose length.
The Shark Navigator Lift-Away is a better performing vacuum on all surface types than the BISSELL Adapt Ion Pet. The Shark has a bigger dirt compartment, more tools, and it does a much better job on bare floors as well as low and high-pile carpet. However, the BISSELL can be used as an even smaller handheld vacuum and it's wireless, which some may prefer. It's also easier to maneuver around the room.
The Shark ION F80 is better than the Shark Navigator Lift-Away on bare floors and stairs, while the Navigator is better-suited to clean carpets. The ION F80 is a cordless stick vacuum so it has great maneuverability and as long as there's still battery life left in it, you don't need to worry about its range. It also has excellent performance on bare floors. The Navigator picks up much more debris on carpet than the ION F80, it has a bigger dirt compartment, and it has no recurring costs.
The Miele Dynamic U1 PowerLine has different advantages and disadvantages compared to the Shark Navigator Lift-Away. The Miele has superior performance on bare floors and carpeted surfaces, is significantly better-built, easier to maintain, and comes with a few more tools and brushes. That said, the Shark can be used in a handheld configuration and incurs virtually no recurring costs due to its bagless design and non-disposable filters.