Shark Navigator Deluxe Review – Better than Navigator?
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Essentially, the Shark Navigator Deluxe is a version of the best-selling, highly rated Shark Navigator Lift Away with just a few differences. It also comes in different colors, an option not available with the regular model. If you like the Navigator but want something just a little different or in a different color, the Deluxe may be a good option for you.
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One thing that’s very convenient about the Deluxe Navigator is that you can turn off the brush roll. This is something you’ll want to do if you’re vacuuming hardwood or other bare floors so little bits don’t get scattered around by the brush but instead get sucked up into the dirt container. On the other hand, with the brush roll on, user reviews say it easily picks up kitty litter, fine sand and other bits even in high pile carpet.
As far as pushing and pulling it around, user reviews say it handles very easily even though it’s not advertised as having swivel steering or a self-propelled feature. On review says the buyer has very thick pile carpeting, and it feels like the vacuum pulls itself. Her shoulders and arms don’t get tired at all even after vacuuming her 3000 square foot house.
As far as attachments, it comes with two different crevice tools, a dusting brush and a wider tool meant specifically for upholstery. The wide upholstery tool is the only one that does not store on the main unit.
Cleaning and maintaining the unit is easy, as the filters are washable, so you can either put them on the top rack of the dishwasher or just wash them by hand. Once they are dry, just put the back in and you’re ready to go. Ideally, you’ll want to wash the filters every month or so because if they get dirty enough, the vacuum cleaner will lose suction. How often they need to be cleaned really depends on how often you use the machine and how much dirt gets picked up.
As far as the dust container, it is clear so it’s easy to see when it needs to be emptied. You can empty it by pushing a button while holding it over the trash can, then pop it back into the machine. If needed, you can also rinse it out before putting it back in.
There are some very important differences in these two popular models. While both have an on / off feature for the brush roll, the Deluxe has regular filters while the regular model has three separate filters including a HEPA filters. This means the Professional may do a better job of filtering the air in your home. The Professional Lift Awayalso comes with more attachments.
The biggest difference is that this model does not have the very popular lift away canister like the regular Rotator and Navigator. In other words, you’ll be using this just like any other upright vacuum with a hose for attachments. Those other two popular and best-selling Shark models are much more convenient, as they act as more than one type of vacuum.
Pet Hair Pickup
While this model does not have a HEPA filter to clean pet dander, pollen, mold and fine dust particles from the air, it does do a good job getting up pet hair. In fact, in one review, the user has two heavy-shedding dogs, and he says this vac removes all traces of the fur on his furniture, exceeding his expectations.
Tools & Accessories
- 5.5” crevice tool
- 24” crevice tool
- Dusting brush
- Wide upholstery tool
- GoldPower Cord: 25’
- Power: 1200 watts
- Cleaning Path: 9.25”
- Weight: 15.1 lbs
- Filter: Washable
- Extension hose: 3’ expands to 5’
- Dirt collection: Bagless with XL dirt canister
- Voltage: 110 volt
- Owner’s Manual (NV70)
- Owner’s Manual (NV42)
- Good suction, even for pet hair on furniture
- Convenient tools and extension hose
- Works well on hardwood, linoleum and carpets
In user reviews, one thing people who own this machine would like to have is an adjustment for different carpet heights, a feature the Deluxe doesn’t offer. If this is important to you and you have low pile carpeting as well as deeper pile like shag in your home, you may want to consider a different brand like the Dyson DC40 which automatically adjusts for different floor heights or the Hoover Windtunnel 3 Pro Pet, which has five levels of manual height adjustment.
If the regular Shark Navigator or Shark Rotator are above your budget level, the Shark Navigator Deluxe vacuum is a good alternative. While it doesn’t have the HEPA filter or as many tools included or the lift away canister, many people don’t need these extras. Overall, it’s rated at 4.5 out of 5 stars, so it is a good machine.
If you’re on a budget, the Deluxe is a good investment. In fact, Amazon has a few sales going on right now on different colors of this model: