Shark Navigator Freestyle Review – Worth the Low Price?
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With the long-standing trust of the Shark brand name comes the Navigator Freestyle cordless stick vacuum cleaner. It incorporates many of the features of a full sized upright into a lightweight easy to use the machine without the hassle of a cord in the way.
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Ease of Use
It really doesn’t get much easier than this. Just charge the battery, pop it in, and you’re ready to go. The Shark Freestyle has two speed settings you can choose from: One for hardwood or bare floors and the other for carpet.
Essentially, sweeper or stick vacs, as they are commonly known, are meant to take the place of a broom and dustpan. For this reason, you can’t expect them to perform as a heavy duty cleaner like a big upright vacuum or heavy duty canister. They are meant more for maintenance between big cleanings, and the Navigator Freestyle does a great job at this task.
For this reason, it works exceptionally well on hardwood and other bare floors or very low pile carpeting. You’ll find it won’t do as well on shag or other deep carpets, but then no stick vac does. They simply don’t have the weight and the power to dig down deep into a heavy rug to pull out the dirt.
Pet Hair & Cat Litter
Consumer Reports rated the Freestyle the best stick vacuum for pet hair, and that says a lot. Overall, it does a good job getting up all types of animal fur on all types of floor surfaces.
As far as kitty litter, which has a tendency to get flung around on smooth floors by most vacuum cleaners, this Shark does a great job. One woman said in her review that it did kick some litter back if there was a large amount on the floor, but it also sucked it up rather quickly. She also said it does a great job getting close to the baseboard where those small pellets like to hide.
Charging & Battery Life
Most sticks or sweepers that are cordless take a very long time for the battery to recharge. The Navigator can be charged in as little as four hours, but you can also keep the battery on the charger in between cleanings so it’s ready to go at all times.
One review says the user has had this machine for over a year and she keeps the battery on the charging base. She says the battery hasn’t diminished and works just as well as when she first bought it. Some cordless vacuum manufacturers recommend you drain the battery all the way prior to recharging, but that doesn’t seem to be the case here.
Overall, users are really impressed with the battery life in their reviews. Even though it takes a while to charge, it seems to run a good long while once it’s ready to go. One woman says she vacuums her entire 2-story house without it every going dead on her.
Another review mentions the owner has a 3100 square foot house, and she can get it done before the battery goes dead. The higher speed, however, seems to take up more battery life. So, if you have mostly carpeting, it will likely need to be recharged sooner.
- Weight: about 7 lbs.
- Speeds: 2 for carpet & bare floors
- Steering: Swivel
- Charging time: 4-7 hours
- Attachments Included: None
- Filter: Washable
- Volts: 120v
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- Does a good job cleaning up pet hair
- Doesn’t damage hardwood floors
- Great for bare floors & low pile carpet
- Good edge cleaning
There are few complaints about this model in user reviews, but the main one is that it has no included attachments or tools. You just get the vacuum, the battery and the charging base. While it works great as a sweeper, if you need something with an extension hose or wand and at least a brush or crevice tool, you may want to take a look at the Hoover Air Cordless. It comes with a combination crevice / dusting tool, a hard floor brush roll, a pivoting dusting tool and a removable cleaning wand along with a 3-foot extension hose.
The other minor complaint is that you can’t turn the brush roll on and off. It only has a slow and fast speed. Most users aren’t bothered by this, as the suction is good and it doesn’t tend to fling small particles around on smooth flooring surfaces.
If you’re looking for a hearty yet lightweight stick vacuum that is powerful enough to pick up tough pet hair but can also suck up breakfast cereal like Cheerios, the Shark Navigator Freestyle is a good one to buy. It does a great job on hardwood floors without scratching them, and it gets up nice and close to edges. Overall, it’s a good investment, even if you’re on a budget, since the price is low compared to other sweeper or stick vacuums.