Shark Navigator Freestyle

Last updated date: January 22, 2019

DWYM Score
8.3

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We looked at the top 1 Cordless Vacuums and dug through the reviews from 8 of the most popular review sites including Nerd Wallet, Top Ten Reviews, Tech Gear Lab, Consumer Reports, Modern Castle, BestReviews and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Cordless Vacuum you should buy.

Overall Take

The Shark Navigator Freestyle is quiet and comes with a large dust cup, so you can clean anytime and pick up tons of dirt before emptying the vacuum out. In our analysis of 90 expert reviews, the Shark Shark Navigator Freestyle placed 3rd when we looked at the top 12 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note May 15, 2019:
Checkout The Best Cordless Vacuum for a detailed review of all the top cordless vacuums.

Expert Summarized Score
7.7
8 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
7.8
5,723 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
This sleek stick vac is perfect for cleaning during baby’s naptime because its gentle sound won’t wake anyone up.
- Nerd Wallet
February 3, 2016 | Full review
The dust cup is one of the largest of all cordless stick vacuums.
- Top Ten Reviews
May 15, 2018 | Full review
Lightweight at only 7 pounds, maneuverable and had very good suction, particularly with pet hair. The combination of suction and the motorized brushed worked great at picking up small to somewhat large debris.
- Best Cordless Vacuum Guide
It is good at cleaning hard floors.
- Tech Gear Lab
August 16, 2017 | Full review
It is selfstanding and lightweight.
- Clean Well Expert
Shark's cordless stick vac was best in our tests at carpet-surface cleaning, and it was equally effective at picking up pet hair. The 14.4-volt nickel-metal-hydride battery ran for 17 minutes in our tests and took 6 hours to recharge.
- Consumer Reports
With the dust bin being more centrally located, some users find this style to feel lighter in-hand.
- Modern Castle
May 11, 2018 | Full review
The battery last longer than some other contenders.
- BestReviews
What experts didn't like
There was also grumbling about the machine’s battery life.
- Nerd Wallet
February 3, 2016 | Full review
It’s bulky. The vacuum weighs twice as much as sleeker vacuums.
- Top Ten Reviews
May 15, 2018 | Full review
Don’t expect deep cleaning performance though, you’ll still need your upright vacuum for that task. Run time also is a bit lacking (12 to 17 minutes).
- Best Cordless Vacuum Guide
Not terribly convenient, more difficult to use.
- Tech Gear Lab
August 16, 2017 | Full review
It is a little noisy.
- Clean Well Expert
On the minus side, this model did no better than mediocre on bare floors and edges. The powerful brush rotates whenever the vacuum is on, albeit slower for bare floors, and it can scatter debris before it can be picked up. There are no tools and it cannot convert to a handheld vac.
- Consumer Reports
No brusher or other attachments.
- BestReviews

From The Manufacturer

This cordless upright vacuum comes with premium pet-hair pickup on carpets and bare floors. The XL-capacity dust cup is easy to empty and allows for extended cleaning without interruption.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Shark Ionflex Duoclean
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 9
2. Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner, BH50010
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 10
3. Shark Navigator Freestyle
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 8
4. Dyson V8 Absolute Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 7
5. Bissell Air Ram 1984
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 6
6. Dirt Devil Reach Max Plus
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 3
7. Dyson V6 Cordless Stick Vacuum
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 9
8. V7 Motorhead Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 9
9. Dirt Devil Power Stick SD
Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 2
10. Dyson Cyclone V10 Motorhead Cordless Stick Vacuum
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 9
11. Dirt Devil Extreme Power
Overall Score: 7.2
Expert Reviews: 3
12. Eufy Homevac
Overall Score: 7.1
Expert Reviews: 7

An Overview On Cordless Vacuums

Cleaning the house can be a real drag, especially because you’ve likely got much better things to do with your free time. But gone are the frustrating days of tripping over your vacuum cord or trying to maneuver the vacuum in one hand while keeping ahold of the cord in another. Thanks to a little ingenuity, you can now buy a cordless vacuum, which means you never have to worry about the cord getting tangled or sucked into the vacuum again (nor do you have to worry about your new puppy pretending the vacuum cord is a chew toy!).

Cordless vacuums also make it so that you never have to stop cleaning to unplug the cord, then replug it into a closer wall outlet, which can be super frustrating if you’re short on time and just need to get the job done in a flash. Most cordless vacuum models attach to a docking station for charging. Then, when you’re ready to clean your floors, you simply remove the vacuum from the docking station and start vacuuming. The Shark Ionflex Duoclean, for example, has a removable and rechargeable lithium-ion battery that lasts about 30 minutes before you’ll need to recharge it again, which many people say is enough time to vacuum several rooms in your home, depending on their size.

If you’ve never seen a cordless vacuum up close, you’ll notice that they look a bit different than a standard vacuum. Many of these vacuums, like the Dyson V8 model, for example, are long and slender with a dirt bin and a motorhead on top. Others, like the Shark Navigator Freestyle, look very similar to a traditional vacuum cleaner with a cord. Some cordless vacuums can also easily become handheld vacuums by simply removing the motorhead from the vacuum stick, which makes for a quick and painless transition. Some cordless vacuums, like the Shark Ionflex Duoclean, have a rotating or swivel head that makes it easy to clean tough corners or get into tight spots, such as under the couch or the bed.

Cordless vacuums tend to be lighter and smaller than other vacuums, which makes them super useful if you’re short on time and just need to zip around to clean before guests arrive. They’re also helpful if you can’t lift heavy objects or your home has lots of stairs — no more lugging a heavy vacuum around.  Cordless vacuums also tend to take up less space than other vacuums, so they’re perfect for smaller spaces such as apartments and condos.

DYWM Fun Fact

You can thank NASA for your cordless vacuum — yes, NASA. The reason we have cordless vacuums in our homes today is because NASA needed a company to design a special drill so that Apollo astronauts could extract core samples from the moon in the early 1960s. Since they were on the moon with no power source, the drill had to be cordless, lightweight and small. NASA asked The Black & Decker Manufacturing Company to design something and the company pulled through by developing a battery-powered technology, which was the precursor to today’s modern cordless power tools and vacuums. Thanks NASA!

The Cordless Vacuum Buying Guide

  • One of the key factors you’ll want to consider when purchasing a cordless vacuum is battery life, since this will determine how long you can run your cordless vacuum before it needs to be charged. Cordless vacuums can run, on average, between 15 and 45 minutes between charges, depending on the type of vacuum and the setting you select. You won’t be able to use your cordless vacuum for very long if you select the highest-power mode, so keep that in mind when you start cleaning. The Dyson V8, for example, can run for eight to 40 minutes, depending on which mode you’re using to clean your house.
  • Cordless vacuums typically use one of three types of batteries: lithium-ion, nickel-metal hydride and nickel-cadmium. Each battery type has its own pros and cons, and they all have varying levels of power, shelf life, replacement cost and charge capacity. Lithium-ion batteries, for instance, tend to be more expensive than nickel-cadmium batteries and you may have to be careful not to overcharge them. Generally speaking, nickel-cadmium batteries tend to need to be replaced more often than the other types, while nickel-metal hydride batteries are more expensive but they hold a lot of power from each charge. Typically, your battery will not be covered under a limited warranty if it fails because of normal wear and tear. Over time, you can likely expect to have to replace the battery for your cordless vacuum.
  • You’ll also want to consider the weight of the vacuum. If being lightweight is important to you, you’ll want to take a look at the product specs for each cordless vacuum. They typically range from 2 to 7 pounds. The Hoover Linx, for example, weighs 7.3 pounds, while the Shark Navigator Freestyle weighs 7.5 pounds. Even so, this may be a lot lighter than the regular vacuum you’re used to.
  • Most cordless vacuums come with washable filters, which means you’ll need to keep an eye on how dirty this filter becomes and clean it periodically to keep the vacuum running properly.
  • Another factor when purchasing a cordless vacuum is whether it comes with a warranty, as well as what types of situations are covered by the warranty. The Shark Navigator Freestyle comes with a one-year limited warranty that covers defects in material and workmanship during normal household use. The Dyson V8 comes with a two-year limited warranty for defects in material and workmanship for normal household use. These types of limited warranties typically do not cover damage caused by normal wear and tear, misuse or aging batteries.
  • Cordless vacuums come with an array of accessories and attachments. Some of the most common accessories are crevice cleaners, mini brushes and extension heads. The Shark Ionflex Duoclean, for examples, comes with a duster crevice tool, a dusting brush, a wide upholstery tool, an anti-allergen dust brush, a battery and a charger.