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Shark Navigator Freestyle Review

The Shark Navigator Freestyle stick vacuum works well on both bare floor and carpet, has strong suction power and is easy to maneuver. It takes four hours to charge, but only lasts 17 minutes before needing to be placed back on its charging base.

Our Verdict

The Shark Navigator Freestyle is a good choice to replace a full-size vacuum, but it lacks the necessary features of the best stick vacs.

For

  • The dust cup is one of the largest of all cordless stick vacuums.

Against

  • It’s bulky. The vacuum weighs twice as much as sleeker vacuums.
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The Shark Navigator sits low to the ground, which made it easy to maneuver in our tests, but provided less reach.

The Shark Navigator sits low to the ground, which made it easy to maneuver in our tests, but provided less reach.
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The dust bin on the Navigator holds 1.2 liters, which is quite large compared to other stick vacuums we tested.

The dust bin on the Navigator holds 1.2 liters, which is quite large compared to other stick vacuums we tested.
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The cleaning path of the Shark Navigator is 10 inches, about average for most stick vacuum heads.

The cleaning path of the Shark Navigator is 10 inches, about average for most stick vacuum heads.
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The Shark Navigator carpet-to-hardwood button is controlled with a button on the vacuum's head. You activate this button by pushing down on it with your foot.

The Shark Navigator carpet-to-hardwood button is controlled with a button on the vacuum's head. You activate this button by pushing down on it with your foot.
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The dust bin of the Shark Navigator is made of clear plastic, so you can see when it's time to empty it.

The dust bin of the Shark Navigator is made of clear plastic, so you can see when it's time to empty it.

The Shark Navigator Freestyle stick vacuum works well on both bare floor and carpet, has strong suction power and is easy to maneuver. It takes four hours to charge, but only lasts 17 minutes before needing to be placed back on its charging base. We liked how easy it was to clean the dust cup, which clicks off and on with a button on the top of the stick.

The Navigator Freestyle is one of the better stick vacuums for cleaning carpet, especially heavier materials. In our carpet test, it only took four passes to sweep up all the debris. It also did well on hardwood, requiring only five passes before the floor was spotless. For pet hair, it had trouble removing remaining strands that clung more tightly to the carpet while our top pick, the Hoover LiNX Cordless, did a much better job with pet hair. The Freestyle’s cleaning path is a wide 10 inches, which covers a lot of ground.

This cordless stick vacuum beat out many competitors in terms of overall cleaning performance, but it lacks convenient features. For instance, it doesn’t have a removable hand vacuum for cleaning tight areas or vacuuming your car, and there aren’t any extra attachments like a crevice tool or dusting brush. It’s not your best choice for cleaning upholstery.

This vacuum is also fairly heavy. At 9 pounds, it’s definitely not a bulky full-size vacuum, but it's still harder to maneuver than lighter stick vacs. One unique feature is its dust bin. Cleanup is bagless, and the bin is large. At 1.2 liters, it’s one of the largest of all the cordless vacuums we tested. This means you’ll have to empty the dust cup half as much as the lighter vacuums.

The Shark Navigator Freestyle is one of the best stick vacuums at precision and power and is a good choice if you’re looking to completely replace your full-size vacuum. That said, it’s bulky compared to other vacuums, and it lacks convenient features, like a removable hand vac and extra attachments, found in other higher-ranked models.