Not that long ago, my faithful Hoover vacuum cleaner, which had served me well for over a decade, finally broke down. I was told that parts were no longer available for my model, and that I should consider buying a new unit.
This forced me to look into the world of vacuum cleaners, and the Shark Navigator in particular. Prior to buying this vacuum cleaner, I spent a few hours looking through Shark Navigator reviews. Finding generally positive customer feedback, I decided to purchase it.
What follows is a personal Shark Navigator review so you can decide for yourself whether this machine is worthwhile to get for your home.
What is the Shark Navigator Lift Away Vacuum?
This particular vacuum cleaner caught my eye because it offered a fully sealed suction system. What this means is that no matter how much the cleaner fills up, there is no loss of suction power. Also, this particular vacuum has a Seal of Approval from the British Allergy Foundation, which was another thing that was important, as my wife has allergies to dust.
The other main reason that I chose this particular model was the price tag. I was considering a Dyson vacuum, which also boasts the same sealed system, and many of the same features. The reason that I picked the Shark was simply because the cost was less than half that of the Dyson.
The unit I purchased was a pale purple color, and quite light compared to my old clunky model. The entire cleaner only weighs about twelve pounds, and because of the swiveling connections, it is very easy to maneuver around the house.
After bringing it home, I assembled the unit (which was very easy) and carefully read the directions. I had never owned a “bagless” vacuum before, and wanted to make sure that I didn’t do anything that would damage the filters, which are supposed to last a lifetime.
I was told that every unit came with a full ten year warranty. This was reassuring, since vacuum cleaners have a tendency to breakdown after a while. So far I've had my Shark for about a year and half now, and am quite pleased with how it has performed so far.
Ultimately, I bought it with the assurance that I could always return it if I wasn’t satisfied. The idea of not having to spend money on bags, or fight with a dust cloud trying to change a full bag was quite nice to consider. All the instructions said I had to do was wash out the filters every three months, and change the thin sponge filter once a year. Many of these vacuums claim that they will save the world from dirt and dust, and are better than their competitor’s models.
It was time to put this vacuum to the test.
My Personal Shark Navigator Review
The first thing that I liked about the Navigator was its weight. I was initially afraid that being the “cheaper” vacuum, the parts would be of lesser quality. This idea was driven by the fact that parts such as the hose and deep crevice cleaning attachments were very lightweight.
After using it for several months, the parts that I had originally mistaken as cheap were actually surprisingly durable. I found this out by cleaning up my workshop area, which used to be an irritating task, as my old shop-vac would constantly become clogged.
What I found to be a very smart addition to this very modern vacuum was that when the small “beater bars” (the bars that spin on the underside of the vacuum to sweep up dust) become jammed by an object, they automatically turn off. This feature actually saves the vacuum from belt and motor damage during a jam. Also on my model, there is a small safety catch box that traps large debris (a large drywall chip in my case) and prevents larger objects entering the chamber.
The Navigator has worked wonders all over the house, as it has an adjustable suction setting, I was able to clean the drapes much more thoroughly without risking any damage to them. Pet hair was also simple to get rid of, thanks to the attachment that comes with the unit. We have two longhaired cats, and they shed quite a bit. I was glad to note that the Shark performed just as well on the sofa as it did on the carpeted floor and hardwood.
However, if you're cleaning a shag carpet, I would advise turning the beater bars off or the vacuum will constantly get jammed on you.
Another amazing thing that I love about this vacuum is the lack of noise. And this is not something you usually mention about a vacuum cleaner!
When you think of vacuuming, your mind usually goes to a very loud whirring sound. This is not the case with the Navigator. This unit actually manages to pick up much more dirt and dust (which you can actually see in the clear chamber) and does so while humming fairly quietly.
Though I was satisfied with the Shark Navigator in almost every way, there were a few things that I felt could have been better.
Firstly, I find that the cord is slightly too short. The cord on my old unit was about 50 feet, whereas this one is about 25. A few Shark Navigator reviews have already provided a few interesting ways to get around this problem.
A major thing to consider (and this is with all bagless vacuums) is that you MUST empty the dust container outside. It does you no service to suck up all the dust and debris if you open up the unit indoors. The dust has a tendency to fly out of the container the moment you open it up, so plan accordingly. This is really the only aspect that a bag-based vacuum has the advantage.
All in all, this vacuum is without a doubt the most effective unit I have ever personally owned. It has done a great job for the last year or so, and I would recommend it to anyone looking into a newer vacuum cleaner.
I personally went with the Navigator over the Dyson because I don’t believe that I should have to spend $300-$500 on a vacuum to get decent results. However, just like making any decision in life, doing a little bit of research is always helpful. Thankfully, a few Shark Navigator reviews I came across provided me with helpful insight
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