I vacuum often and prefer HEPA canister vacuums. This one hits sweet spot between great performance and affordability (or at least being more affordable but still have great performance in comparison with Miele etc.). Bags are small. I have multiple pets, my place is old and big, so bags fill up after 4-5 uses if I do the whole place at once. It would be nicer if one can have bigger bags, but these bags are very high quality with an excellent filtering and HEPA, so it is a compromise I am very willing to make. This vacuum sucks everything like a champ. It is not bulky. Moves well around. I use it for mixture of hardwood with mid to low pile carpets and some handmade rugs. Beater brush is little squeaky (on occasion, not all the time) but still very solid and works well. Roller is easy to clean. If this vacuum had an additional smaller sized bristle brush for tighter spaces it would be my perfect vacuum.I can not comment on longevity yet, but I like that manufacturer offers 5 years warranty. Everything seems well designed and tight. Overall pleased with my purchase after 2-3 months of use. My carpets/rugs are much cleaner, and there is no pet hair left after vacuuming which was important to me. Cleaning hardwood floors is good too but it was not my main focus when deciding on this purchase. I wanted stronger suction for pet hair left on rugs and carpet, and I did well with choosing Soniclean.
Unusual German engineering, it will take a little time to get used to (eg. to change bag you'll have to open access door on the bottom side of the canister)! The goods: canister is medium size, relative lightweight and easy to maneuver. Air exhaust opening is on the top which helps two things: it doesn't kick dust and hair of the floor behind you (you just have to get used to have air blast to your face when standing close to canister, but it's HEPA filtered air) and it could be used in upright (vertical) position when vacuuming stairs or high reach shelves. Motor has adjustable speed and with that adjustable sucking power for different vacuuming needs (curtains etc). Motor is not very loud even on highest setting and got really quiet on lower settings, big plus. Wand is all metal (another big plus)and could be extended about 70% in length which make vacuuming cobwebs on the ceiling corners a breeze. Carpet (and upholstery) attachment is surprisingly powerful for air powered tool. It cleans low pile rugs and upholstered furniture really fast and good (I do not have high pile rugs so do not know how it works on those). All attachments are hold by friction only to the wand, but they are hold securely and so far did not fall of. Room for improvement: have not found any with canister itself, but mostly hose and attachments. Hose is long and light, but also seems to be very thin and may be prone to breaking in the future. Wand holding area is simple, plastic round pipe which makes your hand tired after a while. I'm sure it could have been engineered more ergonomic easily!? Also big hard floor attachment could have been made a little better. Little brush attachment has adjustable angle (genius) to it, but simple square narrow opening in it makes it pretty loud air sucker which defies overall quiet canister motor design (German engineers; really, I thought that you pay attention to all little details). Floor and carpet attachments have built in hooks to be attached to the canister (only one can be attached at the time), but 3 little attachments have not any such thing. It would be easy to make attachments holder which could be attached to the wand itself (like some Kenmore models) so you would have them ready for use at any time. Perhaps Germans prefer to walk back and forth for each attachment as a way of additional exercise (pun to original engineers). All in all I really like this vacuum cleaner for its good sides: light, quiet and performing well!!!
We are hard on vacuum cleaners in out home, with almost half a dozen pets, and nearly as many outdoor-working men traipsing around, and I am pleased with the Shark NV42 Navigator. We'd had virtually every brand of vacuum die prematurely in our home, even the pricey ones starting with K, D, and M. We'd been gifted a previous model Shark Navigator, and it proved serviceable for about four years before a main hose to the unit suffered a cut or tear, and research proved repairing the old unit would have been pricier than a new purchase. The "new" model arrived (was sold as Refurbished at a good discount) looking pristine and shiny in the box. Being familiar with the old one's configuration, it was a literal snap to assemble. It works well on multiple surfaces and not to much seems changed from the older (purple) model we'd had. There are just a couple of quirks, one being the on-board tool storage. This unit comes with what the manual calls a Pet Tool, which is a small head attachment framed in a sort of velvety fabric that you see on lint brushes sometimes. I couldn't see where this tool could store on the machine, and the manual does state and show the storage spots for the other attachment tools, but not this one, This is also not the most lightweight machine (which mostly comes into play on stairways), nor does it have swiveling movement, which some buyers may be looking for. Overall, it is proving to be a good dependable machine, but without some of the high-tech goodies that some buyers might prefer.
Works well on my rug overall, although doesn't pick up as well as a vacuum cleaner will. It's great for someone who has trouble lifting a heavier vacuum like me and for daily quick cleaning though. VA little difficult removing build up fuzzies from roller brush portion but dirt empties out of lift up pans nicely. Nice sweeper!
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