The Shark Navigator NV42 comes with a 12-foot long flexible hose that addresses one of the biggest upright vacuum problems.
Short hoses with very limited reach.
The longer hose extends reach and allows it to clean upholstery and lower stairs.
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Consumers loved how it performed on both carpet and bare floors thanks to its powerful 1200W motor that produces 10A.
It’s not the lightest or the most maneuverable around.
But it adapts to grounds that can be covered thanks to the extra large capacity bagless dirt cup that can hold up to 3 liters of dirt.
This is great for homes that need a deep cleaning tool on their carpets and won’t cost as much as the newer variants.
But it won’t be as versatile as the Shark Rotator Lift Away or the Rocket. It’s a trade-off you should consider.
Quick look at the features
- Equipped with Shark “never lose suction technology” which means it uses cyclone technology
- Contains a large “XL” dirt cup
- Comes with these attachments – a 5.5 inch crevice tool, a 24 inch crevice tool, a dusting brush and a strong pet hair brush
- 1200W motor
- 12ft rubber hose
- 25 feet long power cord
- 11″ cleaning track
- Allergen filtration is used
- Dirt cup large capacity
- Extra long hose 12 feet
- Comes with a powerful pet hair brush that will clean pet hair from upholstery and stairs
- reasonably priced
- Powerful suction – great for carpets and bare floors
- HEPA filter is used
- Decent 25ft power cord
- long warranty
- Too cumbersome to clean a long flight of stairs – Shark Lift Away would be a better choice
- The height of the center of gravity is easily reversed
- There is no rotating steering
- No storage space for attachments (some of them)
What do you expect from the Shark Navigator Deluxe NV42?
The NV42 features a large dirt beaker with a volume of 3 liters, nearly twice the volume of the original Navigator. So you can use this to clean large areas without having to empty the dirt bin frequently.
It also comes with a pet hair brush tool that will pick up pet hair on chairs, sofas, and even stairs. These three areas are the hardest places to brush pet hair.
The motor has a power of 10 amps and is rated at 1200 watts, so it’s a bit power hungry.
The base cannot rotate so there will be some problems in terms of maneuverability. Its base has a brush roller, so picking up dirt in the carpet shouldn’t be a problem.
Attachments and accessories
This comes with a few – a 5.5″ splitter, a 24″ splitter, a brush tool, and a pet hair power tool. It also has an extension stick where you can attach these tools.
The power cord is approximately 25 feet long and there is no wire to rewind.
There are two types of filters that need to be cleaned.
The primary filter is located just below the dirt basket, and the secondary filter is right in front of the engine (where the shark emblem is).
To access the primary filter, you will first need to remove the dirt cup and then remove the filter on the base.
How often you clean depends on how much you use this and whether or not the area you live in is dusty.
Some consumers go three months before washing the filter, which is too long in my opinion, to maintain performance, wash it at least once a month.
HEPA aftermarket motor can also be washed but you don’t need to wash it as often.
According to Target.com, this comes with a 5-year manufacturer’s warranty.
Watch it in action
You will notice that the vacuum cleaner has a small motorized brush, if you want this tool, buy this alternative.
Below is a comparison of the Shark Lift Away and this (Explorer) model.
bare floor performance
Consumer reviews have been overwhelmingly positive about the Navigator’s performance on the convertible.
It picks up a lot of dirt from dirt, dust and even larger debris like Cheerios.
You can safely use this on the bare floor as it has a brush on/off feature.
But if your home has mostly hardwood, you might want to consider Shark Rocket with Duo Clean that has a soft cylindrical brush.
It has much better aeration on the open ground but is a bit more expensive.
The low profile has a snow-plowing effect on large chunks of dirt. But you can use the hose and wand to pick up these.
This is the surface where it will really shine.
The people who used this were very happy with the cleaning performance even on plush carpets. But let me warn you that it can be difficult to press these types of surfaces.
One consumer went so far as to say the suction is strong enough to lift carpet off the floor.
Shark It is not clear whether you can adjust the suction strength or not. But some consumers have stated that they can modify it.
Can also be used on upholstery
A sturdy pet hair brush is a great tool for cleaning fabric upholstery. But it can be difficult to use it to go up long stairs.
The hose is long enough to use inside your car.
The crevice tool and pet hair force will be great for cleaning your car’s upholstery, floors, nooks and crannies and other corners.
Pet hair removal
Many owners who review this have more than one pet in their home. Most of them said that this thing sucked every strand of pet hair from the carpets and upholstery.
The suction is very strong, with the use of the motorized brush, you have a world-class pet hair cleaning broom.
As with all vacuums equipped with a whisk rod, you will have to check it regularly and remove hair and lint that may have built up there.
Also check the hose from time to time to see if there are any blockages if you brush a lot of pet hair.
|attachments||5.5 inch crevice tool
24 inch crevice tool
Strong Pet Hair Brush
|rope length||25 feet|
|Automatic wire winding||
|Brush on/off switch||
|rotates on axis||
|Filter clogging indicator||
|bin full indicator||
|net weight (with battery)||15 million pounds|
|Purchase Weight||21.8 pounds|
|hose length||12 feet|
|cleaning path||11 inches|
|total length||45,472 “|
|dirt capacity||3 quarts|
|filter type||Basic – Foam
High School – HEPA
|Made in||Made in the USA or Imported|
This is one of Amazon’s best kept secrets based on the large number of reviews and ratings (out of nearly 200 reviews on Amazon, less than 20 gave it negative!).
The cleaning performance was strongest on both the bare floor and carpeting.
One consumer even said that the suction is so strong that it can lift the carpet right off the floor if you don’t use the suction reduction lever – this gives you an idea of how strong the suction can be.
Another said that this absorbs a lot of the dirt left by their previous vacuum.
Great for cleaning pet hair
It also works well for picking up pet hair on floors and upholstery.
A pet owner commented that he was able to brush every strand of pet hair from her couch using the sturdy pet hair brush tool attached to the hose.
can be overturned
One downside to using the hose is that it can tip over the vacuum cleaner when you pull on it hard enough.
But the plus side is its length and the ability to take advantage of that length, another downside is the bulk of this which according to consumers makes it difficult to clean a long flight of stairs.
A better alternative is Lift Away because you can remove the body from the base.
It has no swivel feature
Some people have complained that the rug is hard to squeeze and hard to move around – that’s where the lack of spin comes in.
With an overwhelming majority loving the suction power of this, there were still some who complained that it wasn’t cleaned well, one said that he had to go over an area a few times to get everything out while the others didn’t provide much detail.
The rope is too short for the vertical position.
In hindsight, many people loved the cleaning performance of the Navigator Deluxe NV42 especially on carpets.
A pet hair power tool is a nice addition because it allows people to clean upholstery and get rid of pet hair.
Where can I buy this?
You can buy a vertical pet hair cleaner on Amazon for less than $125. And you’ll be eligible for free 2-day shipping if you join Prime.
They also sell extended warranties of up to 3 years if you want that extra peace of mind.
This upright vacuum cleaner would work great for people with medium to large homes looking for a standing vacuum on a budget.
The large dirt cup allows you to use this to clean several rooms at once without emptying them. It comes with a 12-foot flexible hose as well as accessories for cleaning upholstery and stairs.
Pet hair owners will love this vacuum cleaner because it can pick up pet hair not only on carpets but also on upholstery thanks to the Pet Hair Power Tool.
It’s not the lightest 15-pound vacuum cleaner, so it would be difficult to use it on stairs. A better option to look at would be the newer, more flexible Lift Away model priced at over $30.
Overall, if you don’t mind the size and lack of spin but want something that cleans your carpet and upholstery, this will do a great job.