Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe NV360 Vacuum Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Updated Nov 18, 2021 at 04:08 pm
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7.1
Bare Floor
7.5
Low-Pile Carpet
7.7
High-Pile Carpet
7.3
Pets
7.4
Stairs
7.2
Cars
Vacuum Type
Upright/Canister
Bagless
Yes
Cordless
No
Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
Yes

The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe NV360 is a bagless upright vacuum. It has a unique design that allows you to pick up and carry its canister separately, which helps clean tight spots. It offers impressive overall performance on low and high-pile carpet, but it struggles somewhat with pet hair and bulky debris on bare floors. In addition, its bulky construction makes it a bit tricky to maneuver in tight spaces, and many parts need regular cleaning.

Our Verdict

7.1 Bare Floor

The Shark Navigator Lift-Away DLX is decent for bare floors. It can pick up small debris without a problem, but it has a little more trouble with pet hair and sometimes fails to suck up bulkier debris. The vacuum also feels cheaply built and has quite a few components that need regular cleaning. Thankfully, its bagless design and washable filters result in virtually no recurring costs.

Pros
  • Picks up almost all small debris.
  • Virtually no recurring costs.
  • Has a brushroll on/off switch.
Cons
  • Several parts that need regular maintenance.
  • Bulky design can make it harder to maneuver.
  • Struggles with pet hair on bare floors.
7.5 Low-Pile Carpet

The Shark NV360 is a good option for low-pile carpet. It can clear pet hair and most fine and large debris without too much difficulty, and its bagless design results in minimal recurring costs. However, the vacuum's bulky design makes it hard to maneuver, especially in cluttered areas. It doesn't feel particularly well-built, and there are quite a few parts that need regular cleaning.

Pros
  • Impressive overall performance on carpeted floors.
  • Virtually no recurring costs.
  • Has a brushroll on/off switch.
Cons
  • Several parts that need regular maintenance.
  • Bulky design can make it harder to maneuver.
7.7 High-Pile Carpet

The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe NV360 is good for vacuuming high-pile carpet. It easily clears pet hair and most fine and large debris. Its bagless design incurs minimal recurring costs. However, while it does have a brushroll on/off switch, it can still get stuck on some especially high-pile carpets, and its bulky dirt compartment gets in the way when trying to clean under tables and chairs.

Pros
  • Impressive overall performance on carpeted floors.
  • Virtually no recurring costs.
  • Has a brushroll on/off switch.
Cons
  • Several parts that need regular maintenance.
  • Bulky design can make it harder to maneuver.
7.3 Pets

The Shark NV360 is decent for dealing with pet hair. While it has a hard time clearing pet hair on bare floors, it sucks up this kind of debris without difficulty on low and high-pile carpet. It also has a HEPA filter to trap allergens as you clean. That said, you can't remove its brushroll to clear tangled hair, and the vacuum has quite a few other parts that need regular cleaning.

Pros
  • Impressive overall performance on carpeted floors.
  • Virtually no recurring costs.
  • On-board HEPA filter.
Cons
  • Several parts that need regular maintenance.
  • Struggles with pet hair on bare floors.
  • Brushroll isn't removable.
7.4 Stairs

The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe NV360 is decent for stairs. Its 'Lift-Away' design allows you to decouple its canister from its main body and clean with its wand, though be aware that its hose is very short, which is quite limiting. It delivers decent performance on bare surfaces and does a great job clearing various debris from carpeted stairs. That said, it doesn't feel especially well-built, especially its clear plastic dustbin, which is particularly flimsy-feeling.

Pros
  • Impressive overall performance on carpeted floors.
  • Can be used in a handheld configuration.
Cons
  • Several parts that need regular maintenance.
  • Limited hose range.
7.2 Cars

The Shark NV360 is satisfactory for cars. This vacuum's 'Lift-Away' design makes it a little easier to clean tight spots inside your car, though its short hose length might be a bit of an issue. It doesn't have a turbo brush to clean upholstered surfaces in this alternate configuration, either. Thankfully, it does come with a crevice tool, allowing you to tackle messes in tight areas.

Pros
  • Impressive overall performance on carpeted floors.
  • Can be used in a handheld configuration.
Cons
  • Several parts that need regular maintenance.
  • Limited hose range.
  • 7.1 Bare Floor
  • 7.5 Low-Pile Carpet
  • 7.7 High-Pile Carpet
  • 7.3 Pets
  • 7.4 Stairs
  • 7.2 Cars
  1. Updated Aug 31, 2020: Review published.
  2. Updated Aug 25, 2020: Early access published.

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Test Results

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Design
6.5
Design
Build Quality

The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe feels reasonably well-built. It has a mainly plastic construction, though its wand is made of metal. It's easy to take apart and reassemble since most of its components clip onto one another, but it could be sturdier in places, especially its clear plastic dirt compartment, which feels somewhat fragile.

6.0
Design
User Maintenance

The Shark Navigator Lift-Away DLX has many parts that need to be cleaned regularly.

  • Dirt compartment: You need to release the two clips on the side of the vacuum to pull out the dirt compartment. It can be opened from the top or bottom by pressing the separate unlock buttons. The dustbin should be emptied after every cleaning session.
  • Lint screen: The lint screen can be accessed by lifting up the dustbin's top cover. It should be cleaned periodically, though no specific maintenance interval is given.
  • Brushroll: The brushroll can't be removed, making it difficult to clean. If you want to access it, you can remove the vacuum head from the vacuum body and flip the head over. Use scissors or your hands to remove tangled hair wraps and other stuck-on debris.
  • Pre-motor filters: The foam and felt pre-motor filters are found under the dirt compartment. They should be cleaned every three months with lukewarm water.
  • Post-motor (HEPA) filter: You can access the HEPA filter by removing the front cover on the vacuum. You should clean it once every two years with lukewarm water.

You must air dry any part that's washed with water for at least 24 hours before using it again. If you're looking for an upright vacuum with fewer parts that need to be regularly cleaned, consider the Hoover WindTunnel 2 Whole House Rewind.

10
Design
Recurring Cost
Bag Part Number
No bag
Filter Part Number
XFF350
HEPA Filter Part Number
XHF350

The Shark Navigator Lift-Away DLX incurs virtually no recurring costs. Its pre and post-motor filters are also washable, and as long as they're well-maintained, they shouldn't need replacing.

Note: There's a discrepancy between the product's written description, which says the HEPA filter needs replacing every six months, and the manual, which says that this filter needs washing once every two years. Since the manual is the most current and up to date version, we have reported the manual's maintenance expectations for the HEPA filter.

7.2
Design
Storing
Height
45.67" (116.0 cm)
Width
11.81" (30.0 cm)
Depth
11.81" (30.0 cm)
Cord Storing/Management
Manual
On-Board Tool Storage
Yes
Vacuum Rack/Station
No

The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe has decent storage capabilities. It has onboard storage for its upholstery tool and crevice tool on its accessory holder, and you can remove the accessory holder if you want. You can wrap up its power cord on hooks on the side of the vacuum when it's not in use.

7.6
Design
Dirt Compartment
Dirt Compartment Volume
0.29 gal (1.10 L)
Full Dirt Compartment Indicator
Yes
Bag Included
No Bag Needed

The Shark NV360's dirt compartment is good. It's quite large, so it shouldn't need to be emptied too frequently. Since it's made of clear plastic and has a maximum fill line indicator, you can tell how full it is at a glance.

Design
In The Box

  • Vacuum body
  • Main head
  • Wand
  • Hose with handle
  • Small hose
  • Dirt compartment
  • Turbo brush
  • Crevice tool
  • Upholstery tool
  • Pre-motor filters
  • Post-motor HEPA filter
  • User guide

5.9
Design
Range
Cord Length
25.00 ft (7.6 m)
Hose Length
4.07 ft (1.24 m)

The Shark NV360 has a disappointing range. Its power cord is fairly long, allowing you to clean large areas without swapping outlets, but its hose length is quite short, which can be inconvenient when cleaning high-mounted shelves or other hard-to-reach areas.

6.9
Design
Portability
Total Weight
14.33 lbs (6.50 kg)
Weight In Hand
3.64 lbs (1.65 kg)
Carrying handle
Yes

The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe is reasonably portable. It's somewhat heavy, but it feels light in the hand, and it has a built-in carrying handle to make it easier to pick up and carry.

0
Design
Battery
Minimum Battery Life
N/A
Maximum Battery Life
N/A
Recharge Time
N/A
Recharge Dock
No
Battery Life Indicator
No
Removable Batteries
No
Design
Quality Of Life Features
Rotating Head
Yes
Power Adjustment
No
Self-Propelled
No
Headlights
No
Easy On/Off
Yes
Surface Type Adjustment
Manual

The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe NV360 has a couple of quality-of-life features. It has two floor-type adjustment levels: 'Bare Floor I', which is for cleaning bare floors like hardwood or tile, and 'Brushroll ON II', which is designed to clean carpet. There's also a suction release control on the handle, which you can slide open if you find the vacuum difficult to push around on carpeted floors and rugs.

Design
Tools And Brushes
Brushroll
Yes
Brushroll On/Off
Yes
Removable Brushroll
No
Turbo Brush
No
Crevice Tool
Yes
Upholstery Tool
Yes
Soft Bristle Brush
No
Hard Bristle Brush
No
Extension Wand
No
Ceiling Fan Tool
No
Pet Grooming Tool
No

The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe NV360 doesn't come with too many tools and accessories. There's a crevice tool for tackling messes in tight corners and an upholstery tool for dealing with debris on fabric-lined furniture. This vacuum also comes with a clip-on tool holder.

Design
Alternative Configuration

You can use the Shark Navigator Lift-Away DLX in its upright position or as a semi-handheld vacuum by uncoupling its canister from its body and cleaning with its wand and hose.

Performance
7.4
Performance
Bare Floor (Hardwood, Laminate, Tiles)
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
55%
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
71%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
69%
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
67%
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L)
100%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
100%
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
100%
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used "Bare Floor I"

The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe has decent performance on bare floors. It has no problem picking up small debris like rice, but it has a hard time with pet hair as well as bulky debris like cereal, as its head can just pass over this kind of debris instead of sucking it up. Cleaning bare floors with its brushroll off also causes bulky debris to get caught on the unmoving brushroll. Thankfully, suction performance remains consistent as its dustbin fills up.

8.0
Performance
Low-Pile Carpet
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
100%
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
78%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
79%
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
79%
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L)
73%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
74%
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
74%
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used "Brushroll On II"

The Shark NV360 delivers great performance on low-pile carpet. It can suck up pet hair without an issue and clears the majority of both fine debris like baking soda and larger material like sand, though you might still need to make another pass to clean everything.

8.2
Performance
High-Pile Carpet
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
100%
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
63%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
63%
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
63%
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L)
73%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
72%
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
68%
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used "Brushroll On II" (Suction Release Open)

The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe has impressive performance on high-pile carpet. It can easily pick up pet hair and a good amount of fine and large debris. However, it may still take you an extra pass or two to fully clean some types of debris from this surface.

6.0
Performance
Maneuverability
Under The Couch
Ok
Under Low Table
Ok
On Furniture
Good
Rug With Tassel
Bad
Electric Cord
Ok

The Shark NV360 has mediocre maneuverability. The rotating head helps when trying to maneuver around obstacles. However, the vacuum's body is still quite bulky, making it harder to fit in tight areas or clean under tables and chairs when you aren't using it in its semi-handheld 'Lift-Away' configuration. The vacuum also gets stuck on tassels, and it can move rugs around when its suction release is open.

Automation
0
Automation
Automation (Robot Vacuum)
Remote Controller
No
Automatic Bag Emptying
No
Automatic Recharging
No
Schedule Programming
No
Boundary Markers
No
Random Pathing
No
Smart Pathing
No
App Name
No App

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe NV360 is only available in one color variant: 'Blue'. You can see our test unit's label here.

Let us know in the discussions if you come across another variant, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Vacuums

The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe NV360 is a satisfactory upright/canister vacuum. While it has great performance on low as well as high-pile carpet, it doesn't perform as well as the Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV on bare floors, especially in regards to pet hair. Its bulky design also makes it hard to maneuver, and its short hose is a bit of a nuisance when using it in its semi-handheld 'Lift-Away' configuration.

If you're looking for an alternative, check out our recommendations for the best upright vacuums, the best bagless vacuums, and the best corded vacuums.

Shark Navigator Lift-Away

The Shark Navigator Lift-Away is better-suited for more use cases than the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe NV360, though the vacuums are similar in terms of design. The Navigator Lift-Away is a little lighter, comes with a wider assortment of tools, can be maneuvered more easily, and delivers superior performance on all surface types. Meanwhile, the NV360 has a marginally longer power cord and vacuum hose.

BISSELL CleanView Swivel Pet

The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe NV360 is better than the BISSELL CleanView Swivel Pet. The Shark is better-built, incurs virtually no recurring costs, has a longer hose, is easier to maneuver, and performs better on high-pile carpet. The BISSELL performs better on bare floors and low-pile carpet and comes with more attachments.

Shark APEX Upright Vacuum

The Shark APEX Upright Vacuum is better than Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe NV360. The APEX feels better-built, has a bigger dustbin, uses a longer power cord and hose, comes with a turbo brush, is easier to maneuver, and performs better on bare floors. Meanwhile, the Navigator incurs virtually no recurring costs, has fewer parts that require regular maintenance, is a little lighter, and performs better on high-pile carpet.

Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV

The Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV is a better overall vacuum than the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe NV360. The Rotator is better-built, easier to maintain, slightly easier to maneuver, and has a longer power cord as well as a turbo brush. It also performs much better on bare floors. Meanwhile, the Navigator has a larger dustbin and performs better on low-pile carpet.

Dyson Ball Animal 2

The Dyson Ball Animal 2 is a better vacuum than the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe NV360. The Dyson is less demanding in terms of maintenance, has a longer power cord and vacuum hose, comes with more tools and accessories, and delivers superior performance on all surface types. Meanwhile, the Shark is a little lighter and can be used in a semi-handheld configuration by removing its wand from its body and carrying around its dirt compartment.

Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Upright

The Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Upright is better than the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe NV360. The Rotator is better-built, has a slightly longer power cord, comes with a turbo brush, and performs better on all surface types. Conversely, the Navigator weighs a little bit less.

BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser Turbo Plus

The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe NV360 is better for more use cases than the BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser Turbo Plus. The Shark has fewer parts that need to be cleaned regularly, incurs virtually no recurring costs, comes with a larger dustbin, and performs better on bare floors. Meanwhile, the BISSELL is easier to maneuver, performs better on low-pile carpet, and is a better option for pet owners since it has a removable brushroll and a turbo brush.

Hoover WindTunnel 2 Whole House Rewind

For the most part, the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe NV360 is better than the Hoover WindTunnel 2 Whole House Rewind. The Shark performs much better on low-pile and high-pile carpet, it's easier to maneuver, and it can be used in a handheld configuration. However, the Hoover is easier to maintain and it has a bigger dirt compartment.

Shark APEX UpLight

The Shark APEX UpLight and Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe NV360 are differently-designed vacuums with different use cases. The APEX is a corded stick/handheld vacuum that's much easier to maneuver, weighs notably less, and performs better on bare floors and low-pile carpet. It also feels better built and has fewer parts requiring regular maintenance. Meanwhile, the Navigator is a corded bagless upright with a much larger dustbin that doesn't need to be emptied as often. It also performs better on high-pile carpet.

Miele Triflex HX1

The Miele Triflex HX1 and Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe NV360 are differently-designed vacuums with completely different use cases. The Miele is a better-built cordless vacuum with a unique three-in-one design that enables you to use it as a handheld, stick, or upright vacuum. It's substantially more maneuverable and portable, and it also performs better on bare floors. Meanwhile, the Shark is a bagged upright that has a much larger dustbin, and its corded design makes it a better option for longer cleaning sessions.

Eureka Whirlwind Bagless Canister

The Eureka Whirlwind Bagless Canister is a better canister vacuum than the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe NV360. The Eureka is easier to maintain, it's more portable, and it has better maneuverability. It also outperforms on bare floors as well as low-pile carpet. However, the Shark does much better on high-pile carpet, its dirt compartment is larger, and it's easier to store.

Eureka FloorRover Elite NEU630

The Eureka FloorRover Elite NEU630 and the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe NV360 perform fairly similarly overall, though they have some key differences. The Eureka is better overall on bare floors and high-pile carpets, while the Shark generally performs better on low-pile carpets. That said, the Shark can be used in a handheld configuration, with its dirt compartment as a canister, so it's more suited to cleaning stairs or cars than the Eureka. The Shark also has virtually no recurring costs, though the Eureka is a bit easier to maintain. 

Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Canister

The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe NV360 is a somewhat better vacuum for low and high-pile carpet than the Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Canister. The Shark feels better built, and its dirt compartment is slightly larger. It also outperforms the Dyson on all surface types. However, the Dyson has better maneuverability, it comes with more tools and brushes, and it's easier to maintain.

Miele Classic C1

The Miele Classic C1 is a better overall canister vacuum than the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe NV360. The Miele is better built, easier to maintain, and has a larger dirt compartment. It's also more portable, it has better maneuverability, and it comes with an extension wand as well as a soft-bristle brush. Its performance on bare floors is significantly better than the Shark too. However, the Shark slightly outperforms on low and high pile carpet. It also has virtually no recurring costs and can be used in a handheld configuration.

NaceCare HVR 200 Henry

The NaceCare HVR 200 Henry is a better vacuum for cleaning bare floors than the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe NV360. The NaceCare feels better built, it's easier to maintain and maneuver, and it has a larger dirt compartment. It also has a longer range than the Shark and its performance on bare floors is significantly better too. However, the Shark is much better for low and high-pile carpet. It can also be used in a handheld configuration and it has virtually no recurring costs.

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