Shark has really enforced their best-selling brand with the series of Navigator vacuum cleaners. The most popular of these is the Shark Navigator Lift Away Professional, but other varieties include the Navigator Deluxe and the NV105 Navigator Light. As the name states, the Light is just that. At only 10.6 pounds, it’s definitely one of the most lightweight vacuums on the market today. Let’s have a close look at the features and how it performs in the real world.
- Weighs just 10.6 pounds
- Has brush roll on/off feature – great for both hard floors and carpet
- Decent length power cord – 25 feet
- Capable of above the floor cleaning
- Strong 700 watt motor
- Post motor filter provides another layer of filtration but it does not have HEPA filtration
- Very affordable
- Lacking in attachments
- No HEPA filtration
- Does not swivel
- Smaller capacity dust cup
- No cord rewind
- Prone to tipping over
- Will struggle cleaning stairs
Features at a glance:
To make this vacuum lighter, they had to shrink the whole vacuum so expect a narrower cleaning path (around 9.25 inches) and a smaller dirt cup. The smaller sized (around 1.8 dry quarts) dust cup and shorter power cord makes this better suited for small to medium sized home but power is still there thanks to the 700 watt motor.
Here’s the full list of features:
- Equipped with a 700 watt motor
- Has brush roll/on off – suitable for bare floor and carpet
- Comes with 3 filters (2 primary filters on top of the dust cup and 1 post-motor filter) – it does not have HEPA filtration
- 2 tools included for above the floor cleaning – Upholstery/pet tool and combination brush and crevice tool
- 3 year warranty
- Weighs only 10.6 pounds
- 25 foot power cord
- Bagless and easy to empty dust cup (1.8 dry quart capacity)
- Uses Electrete filters
Ease of Use
For daily or even weekly (depending on how often you vacuum your home) use , the NV105 is really easy to use and maintain . One of its best loved features is the ability to clean both hardwood floors and carpet due to its brush roll shut off option, which means it won’t scatter small pieces of dirt, sand or even kitty litter on bare floors, and it won’t scratch your hardwoods with a spinning brush.
The brush roll also automatically shuts off when the unit is in the upright position, so if you have it parked and are using the attachments, the brush roll won’t be constantly running over the same place in your carpet.
In user reviews, the hose is said to be very flexible and not hard and stiff like it is with some vacuums and the attachments do a great job. Since its light weight, more than one review from people who use it on a regular basis say it’s really easy to steer and move around, even if you have a bad back or joint problems. While it is not technically self-propelled, and it doesn’t have swivel steering like the Rotator, it’s still really easy to maneuver.
Users also say it’s really easy to empty the extra-large dirt container and keep it clean, and of course it’s nice you don’t need to buy bags for it.
While the Light NV105 does not have a HEPA filter incorporated into the design, it still does a good job picking up pet hair and even comes with an upholstery brush specifically for that use. One user in her review says she has two Pugs who shed hair like crazy, and it does a great job sucking up all that hair from both the floors and her furniture.
Difference vs Navigator Lift Away and Deluxe Models
The biggest difference in these models is the power and overall weight. The Lift Away and Deluxe both have 1200 watts, while the Light has only 700 watts, but then it only weighs 10.6 pounds vs about 15 pounds in the other models. Like the Deluxe, it does not have the lift away canister. The only other difference is in the attachments included. The Lift Away comes with more of them, so it just depends on what you need.
Bare Floor Performance
You can use this on both bare floor and carpet because the brush roll can be turned on and off.
Since it nozzle has low clearance, expect this to have a plowing effect when you run it over larger debris like crushed crackers or coffee beans so you may have to use the wand for that but other than it will do just fine picking up debris.
It is equipped with a motorized brush roll so deep cleaning carpet should not be a problem. Remember that it has a narrower cleaning path compared to its larger cousins so you’ll need more passes to clean a larger room but suction should not be a problem with this.
Also it does not have swivel steering so maneuverability suffers a bit but it weighs less than most other uprights so this makes up for that.
Cleaning upholstery with the NV105 should not be a problem because it comes with an upholstery tool that should be able to pick up tough to remove dirt on fabric upholstery.
For leather upholstery you can use the combination crevice/brush tool to pick up loose dirt and dust.
Overall, user reviews are very favorable, and this vac is rated at 4.5 out of 5 stars. Users love the lightweight design combined with the ease of steering and maneuverability. They say it is so convenient to use and love that the brush roll can be turned off to clean bare or hardwood floors but with it on, it does a very good jobs on carpeting.
The bottom line is that this is a great lightweight cleaner, especially if you’re on a budget and can’t afford or don’t want something more fancy. User reviews give it 4.5 stars which is a very good rating. It’s really easy to use, steer and clean. It’s a great investment if you need a starter vacuum cleaner, if you have back problems or need to carry it up and down stairs or if you just want a simple machine that works.