A good quality cordless stick vacuum cleaner usually ranges from $150 to over $400, what if I told you I found a hidden gem that costs just under $100.
Yes, I’ve heard that it’s under $100 for a solid unemployment stick that will outlast its more expensive counterparts.
Let me introduce the Shark Navigator Freestyle game.
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Consumers highly recommend this and love the way it cleans pet hair on the floor and bare carpets, because it has a motorized brush roller that can be removed for easy cleaning.
One of its unique features is the foot switch that you may or may not like. It has two settings – bare floor and carpet.
If you use the bare floor setting, it will run for approximately 17 minutes.
Quick look at the features
- 14.4V Nickel Metal Hydride Battery
- Swivel head makes it easy to maneuver
- Large cup, easy to empty dirt
- It needs about 4 to 7 hours to recharge
- Two speed settings for carpets and outdoor floors
- 12 min run time on carpet and 17 min run time on carpet
- Lightweight at only 7 lbs
- It has swivel steering that makes it very easy to maneuver
- It can clean larger debris because there is a hole in the middle of the base
- Rubber wheels reduce scratching on hard surfaces
- Works well on hard surfaces and carpets
- Competitive price
- Relatively short charging time
- Removable battery, easy to replace
- Relatively short operating time, especially for carpet
- Cannot be used for deep cleaning
- Comes with only one year warranty
- The power button may be turned off inadvertently
- Strict floor cleaner – you need a separate vacuum cleaner for that
What do you expect from the Shark Navigator Freestyle SV1106?
One feature that I personally like is the foot switch because you don’t need to bend over just to operate the device.
This button has two settings, bare floor and carpet. In carpet mode, the motorized brush will rotate faster, the suction will be stronger and, of course, it will be more noisy.
Attachments and accessories
It doesn’t come with any accessories that allow it to clean upholstery or furniture, so it’s strictly a floor cleaner.
Shark says this vacuum cleaner will charge between 4 to 7 hours.
Nickel-metal hydride battery will reach its peak performance in terms of runtime after 3 to 5 full charge cycles and run out (based on manual).
Leaving the vacuum cleaner on the charger even when the battery is full won’t harm or reduce battery performance, so you can leave it on the charging stand so it’s always read for cleaning.
The battery can be replaced, so this is a good vacuum to own in the long run, although replacement batteries cost close to $50.
There are two filters here – a mesh filter located at the top of the dust cup and a model filter at the bottom.
Here’s how to clean the two filters.
the show length
If it is used in the bare floor mode, it will turn on for about 17 minutes, and in the carpet mode this figure will drop to 12 minutes.
Some consumers have claimed longer run times of up to 30 minutes, but take that with a pinch of salt.
Shark will give you a one-year warranty on both the vacuum cleaner but as per the terms of the warranty, it does not cover “non-durable parts”.
Their interpretation is very ambiguous, non-durable parts may include the battery, motorized brush and filters.
You will also have to pay $13.95 to cover the shipping cost when returning this item, Amazon may have a different return policy.
bare floor performance
It worked great on bare floors according to reviews. The combination of suction and motorized brushing worked great at picking up small to fairly large debris.
If you look closely at the middle of the base, you’ll find an opening that allows it to pick up larger debris, as long as it fits in that hole, cleaning up larger debris shouldn’t be a problem.
Surprisingly at this price level, it performed pretty decently on carpet.
You will struggle on thick shaggy carpets but for spot cleaning it will be decent.
Just watch this and see what I mean…
Another void featured in this video is the Eureka Quick Up. The shark was able to pick up what looked like broken cookie bars on a medium-pile carpet, and the sunken opening in the nozzle allowed larger pieces of debris to be picked up while Eureka pushed those large cookies around.
Pet hair removal
Pet hair should also not be a problem because of the motorized brush, just check from time to time whether pet or human hair has been wrapped around the brush.
Don’t worry because Shark has made it easy for you to clean up.
You can either use scissors to cut the hair or remove the motorized brush by loosening the locking pins on both sides.
The nozzle design reminds me of a Hoover Wireless Linux Stick, and this can only be rotated.
Watch it in action
|battery||14.4 V nickel-metal hydride|
|Charger||Charging base with adapter|
|Shipping time||4 to 7 hours|
|Battery life||12 minutes (on the carpet)
17 minutes (on the open floor)
|Net weight (with battery, stick and floor attachment)||7.5 pounds|
|Purchase Weight||9.8 EGP|
|cleaning path||10 inch|
|total length||46 inches|
|battery indicator||Yes (LED)|
|filter type||Washable foam and mesh filter|
|Made in||United States of America|
(Battery and filters may be excluded from warranty)
Many consumers highly recommend this vacuum, and they say it’s lightweight, maneuverable, and has very good suction, especially with pet hair.
But you will need to clean the brush regularly because the hair will get wrapped around it. The brush is easy to clean because the brush is removable so this shouldn’t be a big deal.
It works great on various surfaces such as carpets, rugs, linoleum, and tiles. He struggles even though he’s on a thick carpet.
Reviews about the uptime have been mixed, although the evidence suggests it spans 12-17 minutes, there are consumers who have claimed this lasted up to 40 minutes.
People who left a review had homes up to 2,500 square feet, and this vacuum cleaner was able to clean about 75% of that area which is impressive.
The warranty on this is a bit simple, though, and one consumer said the batteries were not covered and had to pay $45 for a replacement battery which is about half the cost of the entire vacuum.
Where can I buy this?
You can buy this for less than $90 on Amazon and it comes with free 2-day shipping. Amazon also sells extended warranties of up to 3 years if you want that extra peace of mind.
This product would be great for people who own small to medium sized homes. This will do a great job of cleaning high-traffic areas such as the living room and dining area where there is a lot of foot traffic and accumulated dirt.
The suction is pretty good for cordless and based on video reviews, it will suck up more debris because it has a recessed area in the middle of the nozzle.
Don’t expect to perform a deep cleaning though, you will still need your vertical broom for this job.
Since it holds a large cup of dirt, you do not need to empty it after each use.
Although the runtime is very little (12-17 minutes), the good news is that it recharges in only 4-7 hours and you can leave this plugged in without worrying about flipping the battery.
If you’re a budget-conscious shopper like me, this vacuum is great value for money – good suction, lightweight, self-contained, decent uptime, and most importantly, it’s affordable.
You don’t have to spend an arm or a leg for this.