Shark Navigator Swivel & Swivel Plus Bagless Review
The Shark Navigator Swivel is another popular model in the long line of vacuums from this popular manufacturer. It boasts Shark’s ‘never loses suction’ (1) technology and comes with a wide variety of tools for pet hair (2) and reaching into small or tight spaces or simply for dusting your bookcases (3) or furniture (4) It has two settings – one for bare floors like hardwood (5) and one for carpets (6), and reviews say it does a good job on both. While it doesn’t have separate height settings for different depths of carpet pile (7), most users say that’s not needed and it works fine on all types.
Similar to the Navigator Deluxe, essentially it’s very much like the Navigator Lift Away Professional except it doesn’t have the built-in canister vac. If you don’t need that extra feature, then this model is a really good deal for the price.
As far as cleaning and maintaining the Swivel bagless upright, the company has kept this pretty simple. Like most bagless vacuums (8) , you push a latch to remove the dirt container, then hold it over the trash can and push another to open it so it empties.
As with most vacs designed like this, occasionally a wad of hair or other debris gets stuck in the canister and you need to reach in to remove it. However, user reviews agree this is a small price to pay for the convenience and saving the added expense and hassle of buying bags over and over again.
Pet Hair Pickup
While it’s not advertised as a pet vacuum cleaner, the Navigator Swivel and Swivel Plus models both seem to do more than a good job getting up pet hair (9). In one review, a woman says she’s very picky about cleaning, and it does a thorough job cleaning up after her two Beagles (10). Another reviewer says she uses it to clean up in her hair salon (11), so it also does a great job on human hair.
Since it comes with a turbo brush, this also works well on getting animal fur off upholstered furniture like sofas and chairs (12). For a low-priced budget vacuum, it does do a good job on dog and cat hair.
Navigator Swivel (NV26) vs Swivel Plus (NV46)
While these two vacs are very similar, there are a few key differences. They come with the same attachments and have the same motor. However, the cord on the Plus model is a bit shorter at only 25 feet. The Plus is also taller at 47”, so it’s better if you are a tall person so you won’t need to stoop over when cleaning. As you can see, these two are essentially the same machine with just a few variances but none that affect its cleaning power. The Plus also costs nearly $$$ more, so unless you really need to have it, the basic version is just fine.
Accessories & Tools Included
- Crevice tool
- Dusting brush
- Turbo brush for pet hair
- Model number: NV26 or NV46 (Swivel Plus)
- Dimensions: 34.45” x 11.61” x 13.39”
- Weight: 15.8 lbs.
- Color: Red (13)
- Cleaning path width: 9.25”
- Motor: 1200 watts (10 amps) (14)
- Cord length: 30’
- Extension hose length: 11’
- Filters: Washable
- Warranty (15): 5 years (Note: Can be changed warranty time by manufacture)
- Brush roll on / off feature
- Does well on carpets (16) & bare floors
- Comes with good tools and a long extension hose
While most users say they are very happy with the Swivel, some wish it had a sealed HEPA system (17) like some of the more expensive upright vacuums. While most people won’t miss this, you may if you or someone in your home suffers from severe allergies (18).
A sealed HEPA system (19) ensures small particles like pollen (20), dust (21), mold (22) and pet dander (23) won’t get released back into the air as you vacuum. If this is important to you, you may want to take a look at one of the best Shark models like the Rotator Lift Away or Navigator Professional (both also have a canister vac that lifts off the main unit so it’s like having two vacuums in one).
If you need a step even above that, all the Dyson models are certified by the Asthma & Allergy Institute (24) and work great even on pet hair. The DC50 is a good compact model, and the DC65 is a full size which excels at this.
If you’re looking for a good basic cleaner with some handy tools, the Shark Navigator Swivel is a good option. While it doesn’t have some of the fancier features of other upright bagless models, it also doesn’t have the price tag.
What it does have is the ability to clean both bare floors and carpet with a brush roll that turns off as well as a nice long extension hose and tools to clean stairs, furniture or other hard to reach places. Overall, it’s a really good value and backed by the Shark name and warranty, it’s a very good investment.