Shark vacuums have always been great. However, this latest addition in the form of the Navigator series really shows that they are ready to up their game. The NV105, or Navigator Light, is the lightest in this line. Moreover, what sets it apart from other upright vacuums is the fact that Shark didn’t sacrifice power to make it lightweight.
Shark NV105 weighs only 10.6 pounds; it has a 25-foot power cord and a 700-watt motor. What this tells you is that it’s ideal for small and medium spaces. We like the length of the cord. With it, you won’t have to use an extension cord or stop every five minutes to switch to a closer power outlet.
Most vacuums in its category are heavier than 15 pounds, which makes them tough to lug around. However, what Shark did here was shrink the vacuum for the sake of less weight and more power.
So with this vacuum, you get a cleaning path of about 9 inches. It also comes with a dust cup that holds about 1.8 dry quarts. We bet you noticed that the cleaning path is a bit narrower than with similar models and that the dust cup is slightly smaller. However, Shark made the entire thing powerful enough to disregard these two minor issues.
When it comes to the design, NV105 isn’t the most beautiful vacuum out there, but it is definitely practical. Everything is easy to assemble, easy to use, and even easier to clean.
The height is just right, even for taller users, and the handle is comfortable, even for longer cleaning sessions.
Shark used NV105’s small weight to make it easy to steer and maneuver. That is why it is a real pleasure to use.
Shark NV105 Features
* Never Lose Suction technology
* Bagless dust cup
* Motorized brush roll
* Flexible hose
* Comes with three attachments that make vacuuming crevices, upholstery, and dust easier
Shark NV105 Performance
Since it comes with a flexible hose and useful attachments, this Shark vacuum is able to clean almost anything. However, although it does have great attachments, you won’t be able to reach everything you might need to because the hose is rather short.
The suction NV105 offers on bare floors is absolutely wonderful. It will pick up both larger and finer debris easily. However, if you want to pick up large debris, like crushed cookies, quickly, you should use the wand.
The motorized brush that can be turned on and off comes in handy on this type of surface. However, you should bear in mind that this vacuum has a rather narrow path. This fact won’t make it any slower, but you may need more passes to clean a room than you would with a larger model.
Moreover, since it is as small as it is, NV105 doesn’t have swivel steering. As a result, it may be a bit more difficult to maneuver on carpets. However, the fact that it is lightweight makes up for this. You can simply lift it up and put it in a position that suits you.
Although this vacuum doesn’t come with a whole load of accessories, it does have an upholstery tool. Thanks to this and its more than sufficient power, NV105 is more than able to pick up even the most stubborn dirt from upholstery fabric.
However, if you need to clean up leather upholstery, you should use the crevice/brush tool to get rid of loose dirt.
Most vacuums struggle with thin and sharp pet hair. Luckily, this model has a pet attachment that enables it to tackle cat and dog hair quickly and easily.
The dust cup is super-easy to clean, as you just need to empty it when it fills up. If you really want to keep your vacuum in a perfect condition, you can also wipe the inside of the dust cup with a cloth sprayed with disinfectant.
When it comes to the filters, this vacuum has two, and they are both on the top of the dust cup. It also comes with detailed instructions on how you can take the foam and the felt filter off and clean them.
Thanks to a simple system, cleaning this Shark vacuum is barely an inconvenience.
What Do the Users Have to Say?
Before we can say whether a product is really good or not, we need to see what people who are actively using it have to say. Luckily for this Shark model, reviews are overwhelmingly positive. With 4.4 on Amazon and 420 five-star reviews, this vacuum really sets the bar high for lightweight models.
From what we gather, people like it the most because it is light, quiet, comes with attachments, and doesn’t struggle on floors and carpets.
The other things people mentioned as its great advantages are the facts that it’s very affordable, and that it picks up pet hair flawlessly.
However, those who aren’t pleased commented on it struggling in larger homes, its hose being too short, and having to empty the dirt cup too frequently.
Some users complained about strange odors and poor suction. However, we didn’t notice that when we tested this vacuum.
Why You Should Buy Shark NV105
This little guy weighs only 10.6 pounds, which means even children can use it. We like that it has a simple feature that makes cleaning hard floors and carpets easier — brush roll can be on or off. The power cord is definitely long enough for smaller and medium-sized spaces, and the motor has enough power to tackle everything you throw at it.
And lastly, you should consider buying this model because it is incredibly budget-friendly and comes with a five-year limited warranty.
Why You Should Pass on the Shark NV105
No product can be absolutely perfect, and this vacuum is no exception. It has no HEPA filtration, so it won’t trap tiny allergen particles like pet dander, dust mites, pollen, and tobacco smoke.
Moreover, it lacks attachments, doesn’t swivel, it is prone to tipping over, and has a small dust cup. And yes, if you need to clean stairs, you might want to consider getting a different model, as this one struggles with them.
Shark NV105 Verdict — Lacks Versatility, but Still Amazing
If you want a lightweight upright vacuum that will perform wonderfully on hardwood and carpets
while still having a flexible hose and a detachable wand, this is just what you need.
It does have some flaws, but its price more than makes up for it. You will save enough on it to be able to buy additional attachments or a handheld vacuum that will do everything this little guy can’t.
Finally, if you don’t need a fancy vacuum cleaner, you should definitely consider this simple and light machine.
Shark NV105 Review
- Overall - 8.8/108.8/10
The Shark NV105 is a popular upright vacuum and with good reason! It’s one of the better upright vacuums out there and something that we can wholeheartedly recommend.
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