The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Speed is an upright vacuum. It's an entry-level model within Shark's extensive lineup of 'Lift-Away' bagless uprights, which are designed to allow you to pick up and carry its canister while vacuuming with its wand. Compared to pricier models like the Shark APEX Upright, it has a simpler single-brushroll floorhead and doesn't feel as sturdily-built. Thankfully, its self-cleaning 'Zero-M' brushroll isn't as tangle-prone as most other brushrolls.
The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Speed is a good option for bare floors. It easily clears pet hair as well as small and bulky debris with minimal loss in suction performance as its dustbin fills up. While there are a few parts that need periodic cleaning, its bagless design and washable filters mean that it incurs virtually no recurring costs. Unfortunately, it's bulky and has a fairly short hose, making it difficult to clean hard-to-reach spots when cleaning in its semi-handheld configuration.
The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Speed is very good for use on low-pile carpet. It cleans pet hair without issue and does an excellent job sucking up fine and large debris. Its bagless design incurs minimal recurring costs as long as you clean its filters according to manufacturer recommendations. That said, many other parts need regular cleaning. The vacuum itself isn't particularly maneuverable, as it has a bulky construction and a floorhead that can get caught on rug tassels.
The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Speed is a decent choice for vacuuming high-pile carpet. It easily picks up pet hair and the majority of fine and large debris. Its floorhead has a two-level surface type adjustment, and you can adjust its suction power with a sliding suction gate, allowing you to adapt to many different surfaces on the fly. However, it's not very easy to move around as it's a bit heavy and bulky. Its floorhead doesn't have a brushroll on/off switch either, so it can sometimes get caught on rug tassels.
The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Speed is decent for pets. It does a fantastic job of cleaning pet hair on bare floors as well as low and high-pile carpet. Also, it comes with an allergen-trapping HEPA filter, which is helpful if you have a heavily-shedding pet at home. It also incurs virtually no recurring costs. However, there are a few parts that need periodic cleaning. Its floorhead's brushroll isn't removable either, making it hard to clean tangled hair, though it's advertised to be self-cleaning.
The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Speed is a decent option for cleaning stairs. Although it's a bit heavy and bulky, its 'Lift-Away' design allows you to carry its canister body separately from its floorhead while cleaning with its wand, making it easier to carry up and down stairs. Unfortunately, its range is somewhat limited due to its short hose. Thankfully, it delivers superb performance on bare surfaces and does an excellent job on low and high-pile carpet.
The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Speed is a decent option for cars. Its 'Lift-Away' design lets you pick up and carry its canister with one hand while vacuuming with its wand, which helps clean smaller spaces. It also has excellent performance on low-pile carpet. It comes with a crevice tool to clean tight places in your car as well as a dedicated upholstery tool, but no turbo brush, which would make it easier to clean fabric seats or floormats. Unfortunately, it's somewhat heavy and has a bulky design. Its hose is short, making it hard to clean some tight spots, and you'll probably need to use an extension cord to clean every part of your car.
The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Speed isn't designed for cleaning workshops. It can't clear away liquids, and its various internals could be damaged if you were to use it for cleaning heavy-duty debris like metal shavings.
There are many variants of the Shark Navigator Lift-Away, which differ in terms of included parts and are listed below. Since there are no major mechanical differences between these models, we expect them all to perform similarly in testing. We tested the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Speed (ZU560C) in 'Blue'.
|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|
|UV725||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 variant not listed here, let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.
The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Speed is a basic but fairly versatile corded upright vacuum. It has a similar design to newer models like the Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV, which allow you to uncouple its canister from its body. While it has a less powerful suction motor than most other Shark uprights, like the flagship Shark APEX Upright, its floorhead does offer good surface agitation, resulting in fairly strong debris pickup performance on carpeting. Ultimately, it's a very solid option if you're looking for a relatively affordable upright, and it's a significantly better value than the pricier yet quite similar Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe.
If you're looking for alternatives, take a look at our list of recommendations for the best vacuums for hardwood floors, the best multi-surface vacuums, and the best bagless vacuums.
The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Speed is significantly better than the BISSELL CleanView. The Shark performs much better on all surface types and it's easier to maneuver. Also, the dirt compartment is bigger, and there are fewer recurring costs. However, the BISSELL comes with a turbo brush.
The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Speed is better suited for more use cases than the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe, 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 Deluxe has a marginally longer power cord and vacuum hose.
The Dyson Ball Animal 3 is better than the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Speed. The Dyson has a far more powerful suction motor, resulting in better debris pickup across a wide range of surfaces, is easier to maintain, comes with a wider assortment of attachments, and is easier to maneuver thanks to its ball-shaped wheel. However, the Shark is slightly lighter and makes a little less noise.
The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Speed and the Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV have different advantages, and you may prefer one over the other depending on your needs. The Navigator has a bigger dirt compartment, a lighter construction, and superior performance on low and high-pile carpet, especially when cleaning fine debris like baking soda. That said, the Rotator is better built, easier to maintain, and has a longer power cord and vacuum hose. It also clears more debris on bare floors.
The Dyson Ball Animal 2 is better for most uses than the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Speed. Both vacuums perform similarly on bare floors, but the Dyson has a better performance on carpet. It's also easier to maneuver, comes with more tools and brushes, and has a much better range. However, since you can use the Shark in a handheld configuration, it's better suited for cleaning stairs and cars.
The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Speed is better overall than the Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away. The Navigator has much better performance on bare floors, it's more maneuverable, and it's lighter to hold. That said, the Rotator has a somewhat better performance on low-pile carpet, it has a slightly bigger dirt compartment, and it has a longer range.
The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Speed is a slightly better-performing upright/handheld vacuum than the Shark APEX Upright. The Navigator has a much better performance on carpet, and it's lighter to hold in your hand, which makes it better suited for stairs or cleaning cars. It also does a much better job of picking up pet hair on any type of surface. However, the APEX has a better performance on bare floors, a longer range, and a better build quality.
The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Speed is better than the BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser Turbo. The Shark incurs virtually no recurring costs, has a larger dirt compartment, and delivers superior performance on all surface types. You can also lift the pod away from its body and use it in a more portable semi-handheld configuration. Conversely, the BISSELL is a little easier to maneuver as it doesn't get caught on rug tassels or electrical cords as often as the Shark.
The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Speed and Shark APEX UpLight are differently-designed vacuums with different use cases. The Navigator is a bulkier upright vacuum with a larger dirt compartment that does a better job on low and high-pile carpet. Meanwhile, the APEX is a corded stick/handheld vacuum that's much easier to maneuver, better built, and has fewer parts requiring regular maintenance. It also clears slightly more debris on bare floors.
The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Speed is much better than the Hoover WindTunnel 2 Whole House Rewind. The Shark has better performance on all surface types, 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 ION F80 Cord-Free MultiFLEX and the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Speed each have different advantages, so you may prefer one over the other based on your needs. The ION has a better performance on bare floors and stairs, while the Navigator is better suited for cleaning carpets. The ION is a cordless stick vacuum, so it has better maneuverability and, as long as there's still battery life left, its range is virtually unlimited. That said the Navigator has a bigger dirt compartment, and it has practically no recurring costs.
The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Speed is better than the BISSELL PowerForce Helix. The Shark feels better built, incurs virtually no recurring costs, has an allergen-trapping HEPA filter, and delivers significantly better performance on bare floors. It's also much easier to maneuver, with a 'Lift-Away' design that enables you to pick up and carry its canister body independently of its upright portion to clean countertops and shelves with its wand and selection of attachments. Conversely, the BISSELL has a larger dustbin and weighs less. Its floorhead also offers five levels of height adjustment, unlike the Shark's fixed-height head.
The Miele Dynamic U1 PowerLine and the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Speed have different advantages, so you may prefer one or the other depending on your needs. The Miele has superior performance on bare floors and carpeted surfaces, and it's significantly better built. It's also 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 reusable filters.
The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Speed is a better vacuum than the BISSELL Adapt Ion. The Shark has a bigger dirt compartment, more tools, and has a better performance 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 cordless, which some may prefer. It's also easier to maneuver around the room.
This vacuum has okay build quality, with a mainly plastic construction, though its wand is metal. It doesn't feel especially sturdy overall, particularly its fragile dirt compartment. Thankfully, the vacuum itself is easy to assemble and disassemble, with plenty of easy-clip mechanisms that allow you to click various components together. However, it can be hard to decouple its canister from its main body.
This vacuum has many parts that need regular cleaning, and not all of them are easy to access.
You must air dry any part that's washed with water for at least 24 hours before putting it back into the vacuum.
This vacuum incurs moderately high recurring costs.
This vacuum is pretty easy to store. It's taller than a comparable canister vacuum like the Miele Classic C1 when not in use but has a smaller horizontal footprint. There's also onboard storage for its included crevice tool and soft bristle brush attachments. Unfortunately, you'll need to wind its power cord back up manually.
This vacuum's dirt compartment is good. It's larger than those of alternatives like the Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV, and since it's made of clear plastic and has a max fill line, you can tell how close it is to being filled at a glance.
This vacuum has a disappointing range. Its power cord is decently long, but its hose is considerably shorter than alternatives like the Hoover WindTunnel 2 Whole House Rewind, making it hard to clean out-of-reach areas when using it in its semi-handheld configuration.
It's a decently portable vacuum. It's heavier than most cordless vacuums, even upright models like the Shark Vertex Pro Powered Lift-Away, but it's still lighter than pricier corded like the Miele Dynamic U1 PowerLine. There's a carrying handle that makes it easier to move between rooms.
The vacuum has a couple of quality-of-life features. There are two levels of surface type adjustment: "I Hard Floor" and "II Carpet". You can also slightly adjust the suction power with a slider on the handle of the vacuum. Opening the slider decreases suction power, which makes it easier to maneuver on carpeted surfaces.
This variant of the Shark Navigator vacuum comes with a couple of attachments. There's a combination hard bristle brush/upholstery tool and a combination crevice tool/slide-on soft-bristle dusting brush, though be aware that it can be hard to fully remove the dusting brush from the crevice tool. There's also an extension wand to give you more reach.
You can use the Shark Navigator Lift-Away as a semi-handheld vacuum by detaching its motor unit and dustbin assembly from its floorhead, which allows you to clean hard-to-reach areas with its wand. However, when used as a semi-handheld vacuum, it's still fairly bulky and much larger than traditional cordless stick vacuum like the Dyson V8.
The Shark Navigator vacuum has superb performance on bare floors. It has no problem clearing small debris like rice or bulkier debris like cereal. Its performance remains consistent as the dirt compartment fills, which is great if you have several large messes to deal with. However, it's worth noting that some small debris can get stuck underneath the floorhead, while its brushroll can scatter a very small amount of debris around. If you're looking for a comparable vacuum with even better performance on this kind of surface, you may want to consider the Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV, which has a secondary soft brushroll.
The Shark Navigator Lift-Away has excellent performance on low-pile carpet. It clears large and fine debris like sand and baking soda without too much trouble. Its performance remains consistent as the dirt compartment fills too.
This vacuum has impressive performance on high-pile carpet. It can suck up most fine and large debris like baking soda or sand on this surface type, though you may need to make another pass to clear all of it.
This vacuum does a fantastic job of handling pet hair on a variety of surfaces. It can easily tackle pet hair on bare floors as well as low and high-pile carpet. While the manufacturer advertises its brushroll as being self-cleaning, longer strands can still get wrapped around it. Since it isn't removable, it can be a little tricky to clear away tangled hair.
This vacuum has terrible suction power in its floorhead. Its suction inlet is positioned too high above the contact surface to generate a tight seal. If you want to exert the maximum amount of suction force, you should use the vacuum in its semi-handheld configuration with its crevice tool, which generates a maximum of 73.58 inH₂O (18.31 kPa) of suction, which is more than sufficient for deep cleaning. However, the vacuum is ill-suited to cleaning bigger areas when used in this configuration.
This vacuum isn't too loud. It's quieter than most other uprights with more powerful motors, like the Dyson Ball Animal 3. Still, it's best if you vacuum in an enclosed room with the door partially or completely closed if you want to avoid disturbing anybody nearby.
This vacuum has alright maneuverability. Its rotating head makes it easier to navigate between obstacles, but the bulky shape of the floorhead and dirt compartment makes it hard to clean tight spaces or underneath furniture. Its floorhead can also get caught on rug tassels and very dense carpets, forcing you to turn it off to pull it free. Its somewhat heavy weight can be a nuisance when lifting it over obstructions like electrical cords. Thankfully, its crevice tool/soft bristle brush attachment is within easy reach, thanks to the onboard tool storage slot.
The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Speed does an excellent job handling pet hair across a wide range of surface types when used with its upholstery tool. While there's no mini turbo brush for better surface agitation, the straight suction attachment is effective in collecting long and short strands of hair on fabric surfaces.
This vacuum does a good job of filtering out fine allergens. Its foam and felt pre-motor filters, combined with its HEPA exhaust filter, allow it to capture a good amount of airborne particles. If you're especially sensitive to allergens, it's worth seeking out a bagged vacuum with a HEPA filter, like the Kenmore Intuition Bagged, which has an added layer of filtration in the form of its dirtbag. Removing a self-sealing dirtbag is a far more hygienic process than shaking out a plastic dustbin, which can release a large plume of dust and other fine particles.
This vacuum does a mediocre job of handling debris on crevices. It lacks the necessary suction force to draw debris out from cracks as it moves, so you'll have to park it in place to clear away debris. If you want better crevice-cleaning performance, you can use its crevice tool.