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Shark NV22L Navigator: Pros, Cons and Why to Buy

March 14, 2016
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Shark vacuums are popular, but you’ll want reasons other than style and trend to add one to your cleaning collection.

Before you buy, check out our analysis of the Shark NV22L Navigator to see whether this upright vacuum is a fit for you.

The Shark NV22L NavigatorThe vacuum

The lavender Shark NV22L Navigator is a lightweight, upright vacuum cleaner from a familiar cleaning brand.

One of many in a line of Navigator models, the NV22L features a bagless dust cup, motorized brush roll and easy-access wand. It weighs just 15 pounds, making it suitable for use on stairs.

The vacuum comes with a brush accessory, a 24-inch crevice tool and a 25-foot-long power cord. It has a regular retail price of $149.99 from Amazon.

The reviews

We analyzed reviews of some of the most popular Shark vacuums on the market to come up with a definitive buyer’s guide. We looked at expert opinions from review sites such as The Sweethome, CNET and Good Housekeeping. Next, we analyzed user reviews to see what shoppers were saying about the various attributes of each vacuum.

To score the vacuums, which run from a low of 1 to a high of 10, we considered what users reported about the vacuums’ overall performance and how they performed in a variety of settings, such as on stairs or hardwood floors. We also factored in reviewers’ observations on characteristics such as noise level, durability and battery life for a well-rounded look at each model.

The Shark NV22L Navigator was one of those that earned a spot on our list of the best Shark vacuums.

It came in strong across a variety of categories with an 8.6 overall score, an 8.8 score in how well it cleans and a 9.0 score in ease of use. Let’s take a deeper dive into its strong points and shortcomings.

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The pros

A strong all-around vacuum, the Shark NV22L Navigator excels with its performance on carpeting and stairs. It’s also appreciated for its lightweight, easy-to-maneuver design.

While reviews were high for efficiency on all types of floors, users especially liked the vacuum’s strong suction on carpeting, which they said left their carpet looking clean and fluffy. Additionally, they expressed how its versatility allows for a smooth transition between floor types.

This is especially evident in maneuverability, where reviewers note that the upright vacuum is a breeze to move and can reach into areas that other vacuums may miss.

The cons

But there are a few things to consider before you buy, particularly with regard to maintenance and upkeep.

Some reviewers noted the vacuum can be relatively noisy. Long-term complaints included durability concerns. A handful of reviewers complained that various parts of their vacuums (brush roll, wheels, etc.) stopped working after less than a year of use.

The verdict

So are you ready to unbox the Shark NV22L Navigator and bring it home? Think about your house layout and personal needs first.

If your must-haves in a vacuum include convenience and carpet cleaning, we’d definitely recommend this Shark for you. It works well in spacious homes with stairs and mixed flooring types.

But if your home is a smaller space that’s primarily filled with hard flooring, you may want to consider a cordless, battery-operated stick vacuum instead.

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Courtney Jespersen is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a personal finance website. Email: [email protected]. Twitter: @courtneynerd.