Shark Navigator Deluxe Vacuum Cleaner (NV42) Review



Featuring a more compact design from the Shark Navigator series, the NV42 Navigator Deluxe vacuum cleaner offers the same powerful suction, cyclonic system and innovative design. The cyclonic system makes the vacuum bagless so you never have to buy filter bags.

It cleans both carpets and bare floors, and has all the essential cleaning attachments you need including a very useful pet brush. It is very similar to the Navigator Lift-Away, but the base or cleaning head is smaller.

It is lightweight and maneuverable so it’s easy to move around. If you’re looking for a standard vacuum cleaner for your home, this model is a notch higher in performance and convenience. Lets take a look at its other features and possible problems you might run into so you’ll have a good idea of what to expect before making your decision.

Important Features and Specs

The machine features Shark’s Never Lose Suction Technology so even when your dust canister is almost full, you can still continue cleaning and the power stays the same. The dust container is actually very big so you can count cleaning more rooms. It is twice the capacity of the original Navigator.

It cleans hardwood floors and carpets. It is so much easier to clean carpeted floors using the brush roll. Just turn the switch on, right on top of the body, no need to bend over, and it will pick up dirt and on your carpet in one pass. It picks up fine and coarse particles very well. You have the option to simply switch off the brush when cleaning bare floors or you can also use the included hard floor brush base; great on wood.

It comes in a nice faded silver and clear body which is the dust container so you can see what’s in there all the time. The hose is long and it comes with an extension wand and a rotating dusting brush so you can reach and clean hard to reach furniture and ceilings.

It doesn’t have swivel steering but it is still easy to maneuver as it’s very light. It weighs only 15 pounds with dimensions of 12.8 x 10 x 35 inches, Width, Depth, and Height (WDH).

Assembly is easy and there is no setup required. The dust container is detachable. To clean, remove the canister and press to open the bottom flap to empty the dirt straight to the trash bin. It does have an allergen filter but it’s not HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter. It works just as well but if you’re very particular about that, you can check out the other models in the series.

One very nice addition to this unit is the pet upholstery tool. It picks up pet hair and it’s one of the best loved accessories of customers. It can handle heavy hair shedding and is gentle on your upholstery.

Cyclonic system is used for cleaning so instead of using filter bags, the dirt goes directly to the canister where dust is separated from liquid and air. It is easier to maintain because you never have to buy filter bags anymore.

Although it is very sturdy, some users are having problems with the machine tipping over when using the hose and extension wand. A trick is to tuck the end of the hose in the designated hole in the bottom. It may be too bothersome for others but if you’re more concerned about the performance, this is not a very big deal once you get used to handling it.


  •  Lightweight
  •  Powerful suction
  •  Bagless
  •  Picks up pet hair


  •  No HEPA filter
  •  No swivel steering
  •  Tips over when hose is not properly hooked

Who Should Buy

If you don’t mind spending just a little extra for a more powerful vacuum cleaner, the Shark Navigator Deluxe NV42 is a nice upgrade from your conventional cleaner. It is lightweight so it is more convenient to use without sacrificing power.

It is great for small to medium size houses and could cover bigger areas because of its long cord. The power is good enough for general cleaning. If you have pets, this is an easy tool to pick up pet hair. It is a great all around cleaner that is not ridiculously priced.


The Shark Navigator Deluxe (NV42) is a lightweight vacuum cleaner that performs just as well as a full sized machine. It is a little more expensive but the price is reasonable.

It has powerful suction and works well on both carpets and hard floors. In addition, it comes with a 7 year manufacturer warranty so you do get good value for the little extra you paid. If you’re not too concerned about the few missing features, this is an excellent choice at a really good price.