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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Shark NV-26 Vac Surprisingly Great

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    JCChiefsfan
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    I chose this shark above all others because of the size of the dirt collection cup when in fact I should have chosen by features instead. With that said, I am incredibly happy with my choice for sweeping the entire house which is all carpet with the exception of 2 bathrooms, kitchen and dining room, and the laundry room in the basement. We have a split level home with a fully finished basement with 4 bedrooms, just for size reference, so needless to say we have a lot of carpet to keep clean. We have been using a Dyson full sized vac for the past 2 years and we've been very happy with what we thought was a very good vacuum until we received our new shark and after putting it together, I had to try it out just to see what the hype of the swivel head was all about and wow it really works great for my wife and I but my mother-in-law who is 87 doesn't really like the swivel much because of arthritis but has been wanting a Shark for several years which is one of the reasons I chose this model and she also says it feels heavy to her. Now at 15 pounds is a little hard for me to see since I am a 51 year old man. Now I'm definitely not in the greatest shape and gradually increasing back and neck problems. So I thought I should try it out before she used it to see how much of a problem the swivel head might be for her, but it really felt good as far as the weight and how easy it is to maneuver around furniture so I was a little surprised hearing that from her. Normally when I am doing any kind of activities such as sweeping or mowing, It usually causes me a great deal of pain and as long as I didn't get crazy with how far out I pushed it in front of me, then I didn't have the normal amount of pain which normally causes me to take a break after 15 to 20 minutes so I was very pleased with how it felt and I only swept our living room and down the hall but after doing all of that, I felt like I could actually sweep the entire house without stopping with the shark and I have never felt like this with any other sweeper we have had including the Dyson! Speaking of the Dyson, my mother-in-law had just swept the entire house a day and a half before the shark arrived. So I wasn't expecting to pickup much, if any dirt when I started sweeping and man was I shocked by how much dirt and dust the Shark picked up that the Dyson had missed and not only that but you could easily see a difference in how much cleaner the carpet looked after I was done! So I was instantly sold on the Shark NV-26 and after using the Shark they have just earned another lifelong customer and for anyone looking for a pretty nice OK Dyson, then I have one that I am willing to sell you for an incredibly cheap price! Lol, In other word's I cannot recommend the Shark NV-26 enough and will definitely be buying another Shark when that time comes. Oh, I was so impressed with it's power and ease of use that I totally forgot to mention the great accessories that stow on board except for the pet hair furniture attachment which also works fantastic and last but not least is the very long power chord, that is long enough for us anyway to sweep each floor from one outlet which is another great detail that Shark included on this model to make it very convenient and just 1 more reason why anyone in the market for a new vacuum should compare this to any comparable models from any manufacturer and I just don't believe that you can find a better vacuum. I wish I would have bought a Shark year's ago when I blew 2 grand on a filter queen, which was by far my biggest disappointing waist of money that I have ever spent, but live and learn and if this helps anyone from making that same mistake, then this would end up being the best review that I have ever had the pleasure of writing!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Vacuum — A bit pricey

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    Arjay67
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    I was raised in an “Upright” vacuum home. That’s what I used growing up and what I was most comfortable with. But when I married, my husband had an old Sears canister vacuum that he refused to part with. So for the last 21 years we’ve been using that and I’ve always missed an upright. So I decided to give the Shark Navigator Swivel NV26 a try. I was mostly impressed with this vacuum. From a performance standpoint, it seems to pull up every bit as much or more than our current bagger. It’s light enough to easily carry between floors of our home which is critical in a townhouse. An added benefit is that most of the accessory tools have a place right on the vacuum. Accessories included are a crevice tool, dusting brush and small, vacuum driven beater bar for steps and tight places. Only the small beater bar does not have a place right on the vacuum. But for me, it’s a rarely used accessory so I’ll just store it in the cupboard where I will store the vacuum. Regardless of what type of vacuum you buy, if you want one that works really well it has to have a cord. On my old canister there is a retracting wheel inside that will coil up the cord internally. This is what I will miss most. But even though the Shark doesn’t have such a thing, the cord winding posts are easily accessible—though sometimes you need to hold the tube to the side. One smart part of the design is that when you have the cord on the posts, both will pivot inward allowing you to slip the cord right off without having to unwrap the entire length. Assembly was relatively simple. Snap the head onto the body, push a couple of hoses into place and then slip in the handle which requires fastening with a long bolt. No worries, just a simple flathead screwdriver is needed and you’re done. Operation is dead simple. There’s a 3 position switch to accommodate different floor types. Position 0, off; position 1 runs the suction motor only for cleaning small rugs and hard surfaces; and position 2 turns on the beater bar for carpet agitation. To release the handle from the upright locked position, you step on the power head and pull up and back. Rather than an actual release switch type of mechanism it appears to be more of a friction fit. So I’m skeptical of how this part will hold up over time. The width of the power head is a fair bit narrower than any of my previous uprights or canister vacuums. So you need to make a few more passes per room to get full coverage. But I’m sure this was a design choice to make it lighter and easier to navigate. Emptying is another simple operation. It’s not exactly intuitive, but once you read the instructions you see how easy it really is. (yes, I had to read the directions) So in my first few uses I’m mostly impressed. Very good operation, good accessory assortment, much lighter than most uprights, easy cleaning/emptying and a little quieter than some others. I feel the price is a little higher than need be, but I’m very happy with this selection.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect second or small space vacuum

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    Jane
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    I lost my Dyson full sized vacuum to flood damage so I needed a replacement. The Shark got good reviews online, and was recommended by actual face to face people. The guy behind me in the pickup line was even remarking about how much he loves his. (A moment to praise the pickup process - Very fast and very easy.) This vacuum was destined for porch and unfinished basement use, so I wanted something simple with good suction. Assembly was easy enough, I think. I took it out of the box and walked away. My 12 year old son took the bait and put it together for me. It didn't take him long. He might have needed a screwdriver. Funny he didn't turn it on and start using it. Oh well. It feels about half the size of the Dyson or any other full sized vacuum. Not a bad thing, but kind of like moving from a luxury sedan to a high mileage compact car. It seemed a little flimsy at first. Everything is close together, so all that extra space for dramatic cord winding and hose brandishing is gone. The cord is long enough, I went all the way down the stairs and didn't have to change outlets. I love the brush control integration into the on/off switch. It is very easy to go from rugs to hard floors. Removing the hose takes some getting used to. To replace it you have to thread it though a narrow ring and guide it into place. Once out, though, the Shark hose is light weight and plenty long. The light weight and small profile was nice on the stairs. The brush gets way into edges and close to the wall. When I was working on the stairs, the two most natural places to grab the back of the canister happened to be where the hose and attachments were. The collection cup is pretty small, but it was big enough for what I needed. Emptying the collection cup was super easy. The filters work well, no fine dust leaked out. Overall I am very happy with this vacuum. It cleaned up the sand, rocks, leaves, etc in the porch and kibble and spilled cat litter in the basement. It is a good value on sale, but I probably wouldn't pay full price. It has excellent suction, but it's smallish and all plastic. Definitely a better option than cordless in my opinion, because it has most of the features of a full sized unit. I don't think I would recommend it as a sole replacement for a full-sized vacuum, though. It's more of an upstairs, downstairs, secondary, or apartment vacuum. For anyone looking for a higher brush vacuum for super soft / super plush carpet, this won't work.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Shark A Winner in Budget Cylonic Vacuum Race

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    CoolBoomer
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    Unpacking and assembling this thing took only about 5 minutes but I almost had to get the magnifying glass out to see what was being detailed in the assembly and use guide. Like the usual Shark products, this vacuum seemed made of good quality materials and was engineered to get as much as possible contained in a small space. It has a 3-position power switch (off--on with suction--and on with suction and floor nozzle rolling bristles.) When you click the unit into the standing position, it automatically shuts off the powered floor nozzle. One touch of the foot in the right spot on the nozzle and it lets the unit tilt back and the powered bristles back on. There is an indicator light so you can easily know when the floor bristles are being driven. There is no height adjustment, just instructions not to use the powered bristles on the bare floor. I don't have a shag carpet here to try that lack of height adjustment factor but it makes me wonder. The whole unit only weighs about 15 lbs so it is not a lot of work to move across carpets. The suction is very powerful. It picked up sand that was in carpet that had just been cleaned with a decent mid-level Bissell machine. One point to make is that the floor cleaning width on the Navigator is not as wide as the average non-swivel competition in this price range. So large rectangular open areas of floor may take slightly longer to cover. The swivel function comes in very handy when working around tables, chairs and other furniture. The narrower floor nozzle comes in handy here as it fits in smaller spaces more easily. So for an average setting, the agility factor makes up for slightly less width. The pet hair/upholstery attachment has two "scrapers" on either side of a power driven rotary brush, like a mini version of the powered floor nozzle. It immediately restores the nap to furniture upholstery. No pets here to test for hair removal but the attachment looks designed to work just fine. Solid construction, lightweight, no complicated settings or adjustments, and a powerful cylconic motor with powerful suction, with three levels of filtration. The filters and cyclonic chamber are designed to be cleaned at 3 and 12 month intervals. It has a 5-year warranty, so it seems Shark is willing to stick their necks much further than others in this price range. Most Bissells have a 1-year warranty. While only slightly higher priced, the Navigator seems like the better deal.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    An OK vacuum cleaner.

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    LouRevue
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    Wasn't all that impressed with this vacuum. It's OK and does the job however a couple things about this just didn't seem right. First off, the swivel steering is supposed to be easier to move it around corners and such. I didn't find it all that different from a normal vacuum cleaner. The body (canister) of the vacuum is fairly tall so the center of gravity is a bit off so when you're maneuvering the vacuum around corners, it seems little top heavy. As such, it really didn't feel easy to use like other vacuums. Secondly, the power button. Most vacuums have a separate switch or button to adjust the vacuum's mode when changing from hard wood floor or carpet. Personally, I find this method easier however, this vacuum, this setting is in the power switch. If you click the switch once, it's set for wood flooring and if you switch it all the way, it's set for carpet. Little annoying however I can see how some people might see this as more convenient. Lastly, the storage on the vacuum is a little cluttered and could've been a little better laid out. Main issue is with the hose since it's quite long and winds around most of the back of the vacuum. With the hose on, winding the cord on it is a bit difficult and access to some of the attachments are also difficult to access. Also, when I started using this vacuum, there was a strong odor of plastic/oil for some reason. Hoping that goes away but not sure if this is a bad sign or something. On a good note, the power of the vacuum is quite good. I have 1" shag carpet and this vacuum handled it quite well. When used on wood flooring, the suction only setting also worked well. Overall, it's okay but I think there are other vacuums that are better in a lot of aspects.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Swivel Power Lifts Dirt + Pectorals

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    greenrita
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    This vacuum is for the very fit or for the times when you want to build pectorals. Nonetheless, redeeming values are as follows: • Set up is a simple and quick process; but, wise to look at the guide. • Suction is super powerful, certainly a function of the heavy engine. So, when doing small rugs, I stand on both ends to prevent losing the fabric into the head. • The crevice tool and the brush tool are mounted conveniently on the body of the vacuum. • Another small tool with a rotating brush head can be attached to a side mounted hose. Though promoted as the tool for dog hair, I use the flexible hose and small heads for upholstered furnishings, reaching curtains, getting under furniture and giving the flat and vertical planes of carpeted stairs a deep dry cleaning. • Most convenient is that no bags are required. When filled with dirt, I pop out the canister for a quick’n easy dump into my compost tumbler. But, heed the warning not to bend the screen inside the canister. • On days when truck nuts are on, the small head and crevice tool thoroughly whisk up dust from mulch and deliveries of yard waste to the transfer station. Since I have owned a variety of Navigators, I have a good basis for comparison. So, in my very busy life, I favor my cordless Navigator that is light weight and can be easily wielded without cord management. Maybe 2-3 times a quarter, I’ll have the time and attitude to ‘man-up’ with the Swivel for a deep, top to bottom house cleaning. A young couple may not have the resistance I have to a heavy machine; but, at 64, 5’6”, 130 lbs and even though I work out, I get into workout mode to reach for a power tool of that weight whether it’s the lawn mower, hedge clippers, leaf blower, weed wacker or my Shark Navigator Swivel. And, as a female homeowner, I DIY most things rather than spend the money on something I can do myself. Moreover, I haven’t made this mistake yet; but, have your wits on ‘vigilance’ to prevent having the trouble of an engine stall when you’ve inadvertently sucked up a small rug or curtain and have to remove it from the large power head. Ample warnings are written in the manual and the instructions are clear and easy; but, I never like having to stop mid chore to correct something I did to myself. Bottom-line, with the Swivel, you will get super clean if you can power lift. But, if you buy things on line for a better price point, it’s a good idea to do a test run in a local store to check maneuverability for your height and weight. At 6’4”, 220, my guy easily gets his swerve on with the Swivel. And, we both love the 5 year warranty not seen with less durable machines.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Better than 5 stars!

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    MrsDodge222
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    This vacuum is amazing! I was initially drawn to it because of the advertisement that it would vacuum up pet hair, something that we struggle with. When the vacuum arrived it had to be assembled but it was very quick and easy to do with the included set-up guide. The red color is very bright an vibrant, something I wasn't sure I would like but was pleasantly surprised by. After I finished assembling the vacuum I turned it on and right away I knew it was going to meet my expectations. Although it is a bit heavier than I expected it almost feels as though it is self propelled so the weight isn't an issue when moving about the room. The flexibility is one of the things I love the most - I was able to maneuver the vacuum around and under almost every single piece of furniture in my home. I love the ease with which it can convert from carpet to hard floors by just flipping a switch. And the attachments - I'm in love! There are 2 attachments that store on the vacuum itself and one separate, which I found a bit inconvenient, but the separate attachment the one designed for pet hair so I decided to overlook that one small flaw. However, it didn't work as well as I'd hoped! I was a bit disappointed. While it did get up some of the dog hair it left behind about as much as our old vacuum and I was bummed out. I decided to try out the other brush attachment to see how that might work and was amazed - it got almost every single hair out of the couch! I was so impressed with that brush attachment that my disappointment with the other one flew right out the window. The other attachment is fantastic for getting in tight places and was excellent for cleaning out the track on my sliding glass door. The suction power on this vacuum is truly impressive - I found NOTHING left behind after cleaning my carpet and tile floors. The dust canister is super easy to clean out. The cord was long enough to reach almost my entire living and dining area so I only had to change outlets once to get into the kitchen. I am absolutely in love with this vacuum and would highly recommend it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good vacuum

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    BradleyFl
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    The Shark NV26 is small but heavy. The packaging says lightweight, but my old full size vacuum weights in at 13.8 lbs. The Shark weights in at 16.8 lbs, 3 lbs heavier with a smaller beater brush area. The weight in your hand while using it is 3.4 lbs. My old vacuum was 2.4 lbs. I know that's not a big difference, but for someone older or with hand/arm issues, this could be a deal breaker. The pet brush attachment is fantastic. It actually picks up pet hair. I have used many attachments that say they pick up pet hair, but this one actually does. It has a smaller foot print so storage is easier. It is much quieter than most vacuums. It moves around the carpet like it's self propelled. You can select whether you want the beater brush on or off. My old vacuum had 8 in Hg suction, this one has 12 in Hg. Much better. The beater brush is smaller, 9.5" VS my old one at 12.5" My old one had better edge cleaning but you have attachments to take care of that. With a smaller beater brush area and higher suction the cleaning seems to be deeper. I wonder if the beater brush would be up to a higher pile carpet. Mine are very tight and short. The beater brush is run by it's own motor, and is small compared to a conventional vacuum. Only time will tell if it holds up. Over all I would say it's a good vacuum. Good suction, almost self propelled, easy to keep clean. I have 3 small issues with it. Beater brush size means it will take longer to clean a room. At one point while assembling it you actually have to install a bolt. Not going to be good for some people. Edge cleaning is not as good as it could be. The beater brush head is 11.25" wide but the brush is only 9.5". That's 7/8" of edge that has no beater brush on each side.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    great features

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    internetuser
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    The only reason I gave it a 4 star was because you can't change the height of the vacuum to adjust to the height of your carpet. We have 3 different types of carpet in our house. The Shark works great on a very low cut area rug (15'x8') that is in our living room. It also works well on the upstairs carpet that is medium pile carpet. But the area rug in our family room is very high pile and trying to push the Shark through that took a lot of arm strength. I'm a big guy having trouble and when I let my wife try she could barely push it. The Shark does have the most suction of any vacuum I have ever used though. My dog likes to chew on wood logs and when he does he leaves wood shrapnel all over the carpet. This Shark sucked every last splinter and dog hairs out of the carpet. When I finished just the living room I could not believe how much stuff was in the canister. It is an amazing sucker!!! The canister is small and will probably need to be emptied after every use though, but that fine with me. I really love the small and thin vacuum head. I was able to get 4 or 5 inches under our furniture where our old vacuum couldn't even fit under the furniture without lifting it. Another plus is that you can turn off the rollers to vacuum hardwood floors. Our old vacuum says it can work on hardwood floors but with the roller spinning it just shoots the debris out the sides and back of the vacuum. But this is ingenious. You just turn the rollers off at the switch, vacuum the hardwood, and that great suction of the shark pulls everything on the floor up into the canister, The swivel part didn't really come in to play at our house but I can see where it would benefit homes where there is a lot of walls and furniture to go around. All in all a really good vacuum

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Light and Mighty... keep clear of the cat!

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    banjo
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    SHARK NAVIGATOR SWIVEL Wife is absolutely in love with this vacuum from the first time she used it. Very light and easy to maneuver, and the compact swivel head gets under and around furniture much easier than the "hard headed" standard vacuum. Most newer models of vacuum seem to have their own methods for cleaning filters, traps, and cups >> this one is no different but a quick Y-Tube search found good instructions and once you see which buttons and catches to push/release it's easy to empty and do the occasional deep clean for the filters. Would be nice to have an "auto retract" cord, which is missed from the old vacuum that was replaced, but not much of a concern as the Shark Navigator is so much easier to use. The suction is amazing for such a compact unit! Don't get near the cat or you might have a fur-lined canister before you know it! Long extension and tool hose, and the hose construction seems very sturdy for long life - don't think this one will pull apart from stretching it out to reach the top of the blinds. Good feature is the ability to quickly use either straight vacuum or quickly activate the brush for carpet. Older model always runs with the carpet beater bar spinning, which is OK I guess but turning it off on the Shark avoids the scuff marks on the wood floor. Carpet beater bar does a fantastic job of extracting the dirt from the carpet pile without grabbing the carpet or winding threads around the axle. Overall a good machine to make cleaning easier with a powerful vacuum to get everything from wall to wall, and under the furniture.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Can Suck Chrome Off A Trailer Hitch

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    Mikepas
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    I've never written a review for a vacuum cleaner so please bare with me. The Shark Navigator Swivel is one lean, mean, sucking machine! This model is much better than the previous Hoover it replaces. The swivel head really comes in handy with trying to maneuver around tight spaces in the living and bedrooms. The included HEPA filter really helps keep any bad smells from escaping while cleaning and this thing is darn near silent compared to most vacuum cleaners. Assembly took me about fifteen minutes once I got all the pieces out of the box. In all honesty if I hadn't assembled it in a near dark room and read the instructions it would have probably taken around five minutes. That's my fault and not the fault of Shark. Assembly was very efficient and this thing feels solid. Maybe a bit heavier than I expected or am used to but considering the quality of this machine that is a good thing. The included filters need to be cleaned every three months according to the book and emptying the canister is a breeze. Pros: Outstanding cleaning power. Solid feel. Swiveling head. Lots of cleaning accessories included. Cons: I only have one con. The canister is rather large on the top of the vacuum cleaner which can make it difficult to vacuum under beds or low tables. Not a biggie in my book. Overall I will definitely buy from this company again when the need comes and I have no problem recommending this to others.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A little shark with Big bite

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    hitsuyoo
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    Okay, I have to admit, I'm one of those "seen one vaccum, you've seen all vacuums" people. But I may have to say this little vac has tricks. Not only is it great for small apartments and dorms (The size is perfect) but, if you've got a modest home, like myself, this will more than fit your needs. Pets don't stand a chance trying to shed on the couch. With the sweet pet hair tool (that needs it's own docking station. I'll get to that. ) sucks up every piece of fur in it's wake. It's powerful, for something so small. The swiveling base is a little awkward at first, but that passes quickly. It comes with the smaller tools that you normally get with a vacuum (dust brush/ crevice tool) but that added pet hair power brush is fierce. The vacuum is comfortable (believe me, you want that. ). It also has a cool feature that allows the brush to rise safely so I can vacuum the tile and hardwood floors. The bagless reservoir is super easy to detach and clean. My 7 year olds can even operate it. The only issue I have is that awesome pet hair power brush has nowhere to live on this machine. So you'll have to remember where you stashed between uses. I highly recommend the Shark Navigator Swivel NV26 to anyone in need of a new vac. Especially if you've got a small to medium living space. This is not a bad purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great vacuum

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    Lynda
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    The vacuum was easy to assemble. I had a little trouble inserting the handle, but it was my fault for not following the directions properly. It is nice looking and lightweight at 15 lbs. I like the slim footprint and very easy to store away. Vacuum works great and really sucks up the dirt. The small size allows me to reach places I had to manually sweep before with my old clunky vacuum. The Navigator Swivel is easy to maneuver and actually, I was able to do my house in a much shorter time. I especially like the way it is easy to transition from carpet floors to hardwood/vinyl flooring. The vacuum comes with on board tools. At first I didn’t think the wand tool would reach my ceilings to capture my resident spider web, but the flexible hose expands enough to work very well. There is an anti-tip hook to help secure the super stretch hose. I was pleased with the ease of using the tools. The canister was easy to empty. The directions for cleaning and maintaining the cyclonic chamber are clear and concise. I appreciate that the filters and belt never need replacing and to offer a 5-year warranty the company must be confident that their product will last. My only complaint is I wish the power cord was longer. I have had many different model vacuums over the years and I would definitely rate this as 5 Stars, as it fits my needs very well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My carpets never felt cleaner!

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    Hannah
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    To start out, I've never spent a ton of money on a vacuum cleaner. Maybe at most $50? I thought skipping out on even the medium cost ones would be fine and my carpets would still get cleaned by a cheaper model. Boy, was I wrong. I love this vacuum! The assembly at the beginning was easily. Just attach the hose and a nozzle or two and you're set. This vacuum has a lot of power and you can switch from hard floors to carpets all within the flick of a switch. It really makes it nice to transition quickly between floors without stopping. I have two cats that shed like crazy and after using my old vacuum, I would still feel like there was cat hair everywhere or just dirt still in the carpets. As soon as I used this vacuum, I could see an immediate difference. My carpets almost look a shader lighter from all the dirt lifted from them, haha! The head of the unit is even small enough to fit under tables, couches and chairs more and it's easier to push around. I really like the hose on this vacuum too. It's more bendable and stretchable than any one I've used before. The only thing I will say is that, this product is a little heavy to carry up and down stairs. I don't struggle too much, but I think someone older using it might.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Choose a different vacuum

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    CarolinaGirl2014
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    I'm pretty unhappy with this vacuum. I purposely allowed my household members to trek around on the carpet with their shoes on and even hosted a dinner party and insisted I clean up the mess. Well, this vacuum has the worst suction out of the 3 that I now own (I like clean floors). The "drive" on it is great; maneuverability is wonderful. I even like the filter; you just rinse/wash it off unlike the behemoth I have made by Hoover. I don't like that the brush attachment is nestled behind the cords; I wish the attachment placement was better. I also wish the attachment for the hose was longer but for the sake of design, I understand. This vacuum is really nice to look at but I'd rather use my behemoth (Hoover) instead to get my carpet vacuumed properly. I shouldn't have to keep vacuuming over the same area more than 3 times just to pick up lint. It's as if the bristles are just too few in number or something. Shark missed the mark for me with this one. I have a $30 no-name vacuum (for on-the-fly spot vacuuming) that has more suction than this. For the cleaning fanatics out there, I sadly do not recommend this vacuum.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for older-ish parent(s)!

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    MemphisTechieRN
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    My mother takes great pride in keeping her townhouse clean and spiffy. Prior to this vacuum, she had an older bag type model which, even for me was heavy and hard to maneuver. So I thought, who would appreciate this vacuum more than her? After helping her get it out of the box and setup (easy! She could have done it, but I wanted to be the helpful son a little but!) she was amazed by how light the unit was. Upon turning it on, she could tell instantly that it was much more powerful than the old one. Having two cats in her home, she went around looking for cathair to pick up, and she was pleased by how this picked it up on the first pass. The other big item she wanted me to mention was how easy it was to maneuver the shark! She was zooming up and down the hallways and rounding corners like she was a race-car driver! The true hepa filtration ensures that all the nasties don't come shooting back out and makes the air cleaner (peace of mind on my part). Currently she has the attachments connected, vacuuming the furniture! Needless to say, she is very pleased. That makes two of us! I'm glad that she can now perform her cleaning tasks easier than before! I, and she, definitely recommend this shark vacuum to anyone! Just get it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Quality device, quality build, simple features

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    TechEnthusiast
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    The Shark Swivel Navigator is an unremarkable but quality vacuum. Suction is great, it comes with numerous attachments, and it’s easy to empty the dirt cup. I was given some pause when I first turned it on because the brush roller didn’t turn on. I glanced at the manual (yes, I’m the type of person who charges in without reading the manual), and I learned that the power button is a two stage affair. Pressing the button a little will turn the vacuum on in hard floor mode. Pressing the button a little farther down will turn it on in carpet mode and turn on the brush roller. The hose is somewhat awkward. It’s very long, and while they manage to make it look very clean and tidy in the marketing materials, it’s a little difficult to store it on the machine in real life. That being said, it’s a very long hose, and kudos to Shark for that. The power cord is also very long. Unfortunately, it’s not retractable. I can’t figure out where to store the one hose attachment on the vacuum. I’m not sure that you can. It’s a nice attachment though with a velvety strip for grabbing pet hair. All in all, I was suitably impressed by this vacuum. It seems to do an excellent job, and the machine’s build feels very quality.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Does the Job

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    ladilyn
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    So, the teen whose job it is to vacuum was complaining about how heavy my old vacuum was to carry up the stairs and how much a pain changing the bag was. Given that the dinosaurs probably used it, that was a given. When this vacuum came in, I pointed my teen to it and said, go for it. The teen's review is that it was "easy to put together except for the screw at the handle because of the tightness of the area so it was a bit of a squeeze to do. There will be no problem carrying it upstairs as it is fairly light. It picked up everything on the carpet I tried it on and the dust cup is a bit awkward but might get better the more I use it". Real helpful so I thought I'd test drive it myself. Due to physical issues, lifting is not encouraged but I had no problems moving this from place to place. I was thrilled with the amount of pet hair this picked up, my carpet looked almost new. I hadn't realized just how much my old vacuum was no longer picking up. I like the swivel feature as it makes the vacuum very easy to maneuver without loosing any suction. It worked on my carpet as well as my wooden floor. As for the dust cup, gee, read some instructions and they tell you the easy way to open and empty. *shakes head* Kids.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Powerful with great maneuverability

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    Idoc
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    The Shark navigator is a powerful highly maneuverable Vacuum cleaner. The navigator is a bag free HEPA system. The collection chamber is large allowing alot of vacuuming to be done before you have to empty it. The cord is long so you don't have to play the plug game while vaccuming a large area. The vacuum can be operated with or without the roller brush , controlled by the power switch position i or ii. Cleaning and emptying the collection container is easy. A power pet hair brush and crevice tool are included. Initial assembly is mostly a snap together affair except for one nut and bolt for the handle. The included instructions are clear and there is a phone number for support if needed. The weight is 15 lbs on par with most other vacuums in it's class. This is a welcome addition to our household cleaning tools.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Meh

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    fargofar
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    I received this vacuum from Shark through Best Buy. Right out of the box it was simple to assemble. It has 3 attachments 1 of which has no where to put on the vacuum. It is the pet attachment. I wanted to tryout this vacuum because I have 3 dogs one of which sheds horribly while the other two shed very little. Once together I start it up. It's quite. But that's where the nice features end. I don't even finish half the room and it clogs right away. The floor in question is hardwood. There is a long path for the dirt to travel. I received a Dyson from Best Buy earlier this year, but without the pet attachments and it has given me no problems. It also has a short travel path for the dirt to the canister. The Shark vacuum might work better if you have no pets or pets that don't shed very much.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend