This Vacuum Sucks… Oh so good! – Shark Navigator #Review
It’s hard to become enthusiastic when it comes to vacuums… When’s the last time you asked somebody if they had a nice weekend, and they replied “It was great! I got a new vacuum, assembled it, and vacuumed my whole house!”? Usually the only fun I have with the vacuum is chasing the dog around the house with it! This weekend, I did in-fact get a new vacuum from my favorite online retailer; BrylaneHome.com. I even assembled it and vacuumed my whole house with it. This vacuum was none other than the Shark Navigator (model: NV22)… and I must say – It kicked (or should I say “sucked”) ass!
I’m the kind of guy that gets excited when I get something new to assemble and try out. Mind you – the excitement generally wears off about 5 minutes into the assembly process, but that’s another story. Lucky for me, assembly of the Shark Navigator took less than 5 minutes, and was super easy.
The Shark Navigator comes neatly packaged into a tall, narrow box, which could fit easily into most car trunks or backseats. Upon opening the box, you need to pull out the vacuum’s components , and any loose packaging material like Styrofoam. The Shark Navigator comes disassembled into 3 major components – The Floor Power Nozzle, Vacuum Body, and Handle Assembly.
Assembly of the Shark Navigator was very simple. In-fact, the only tools required for assembly are your own 2 hands and a screwdriver (you only use the screwdriver once by the way). Here’s an outline of the assembly process:
- The Floor Power Nozzle plugs into the Vacuum Body and clicks into place.
- The hose is connected from the main vacuum body to the Floor Power Nozzle.
- The Handle Assembly slides into the top of the Vacuum Body, and is secured in place with the included bolt and cap nut. This is the step where you need the screwdriver (Philips or Flathead).
- The attachments are clipped into the body, if they are not already (mine were).
- The Super Stretch hose is routed through the hose clips , and attached to the Vacuum Body.
- The power cord is wound around the 2 cord holders.
As you can see, assembly is a cinch. The Owner’s Guide has really great pictures and easy to follow steps as well. Plus, I show the entire assembly process in my video review of the Shark Navigator, so be sure to check that out too!
The Shark Navigator is bagless, so there’s no worries about changing bags and finding the right size ever again. In-fact, the Shark Navigator has no maintenance expense whatsoever! There are 2 foam filters and a felt filter stacked into a filter container located directly above the vacuum’s motor. These 3 filters should be cleaned every 3 months, or sooner if you use your vacuum more than normal (kind of like the SavvySavingCouple household with 3 kids!).
Don’t worry though, cleaning these filters only involves rincing them under tap water, until the water runs clear – then you air dry them for 24 hrs. Other than that, the main dust collection cannister should be emptied once it reaches the “max fill” line, or sooner if desired. There’s also the cyclonic chamber, which generates the cyclone action. This chamber needs to be emptied every 3 months. Overall, that’s really the extent of things – nothing to buy regularly, and no loss of suction!
Check out our Video Review for the Shark Navigator sold by BrylaneHome.com:
I tried out the Shark Navigator on both my hardwood floors and carpet. There’s 2 setting on the vacuum – setting I is for hardwoods or solid floors. It uses vacuum power only, and leaves out the rolling brushes – that way, the vacuum isn’t flicking crumbs instead of sucking them. Setting II is for carpets. This setting uses vacuum power in conjunction with the power roller brushes. You can physically feel the brushes agitating the carpet fibers, and pulling out the smallest of worked in particulates and hair.
At first, I only tested the Shark Navigator on a small portion of my carpet and hardwoods. I threw down some makeshift crumbs, and whatever I could find. After vacuuming for the fist time, I was thoroughly impressed by the vacuum’s performance. It sucked up much more than I threw down for my little demonstration! Funny thing is, we vacuum at least once a day in my house because of the kids, so I didnt expect the Shark Navigator to find all that extra dirt and hair in our carpet!
The Shark Navigator is an impressive vacuum in my book. It’s lightweight, maneuvarable, bagless, and has no maintainence cost. Plus, it sucks like a champ!
If you’re interested in the Shark Navigator, or another great vacuum by Shark, visit: www.brylanhome.com. There you will find a HUGE assortment of items for the home-perfect for back to school shopping! They even have a whopping 20% off promo code! Use code BHENTERTAIN at checkout to receive 20 percent of your highest item! They also have a free shipping deal on orders of $75 or more!