by Garrick Dee
Updated December 5th, 2018
A lot of the upright vacuums I’ve reviewed weigh at least 15 pounds and can be a chore to move around because of its weight.
The NV105 is the lightest upright in Shark’s Navigator product line, weighing in at just 10.6 pounds.
This is not a cordless vacuum but a corded one with a 25 foot power cord and 700 watt motor. Good enough to clean small to medium sized homes.
Related: Please check out my in-depth guide on the best Shark vacuums and find out which Shark cleaner would be best suited for your needs.
If you are looking for upright performance minus the cumbersome weight, then have a look at the NV105.
It also comes with an upholstery and crevice tool to clean upholstery.
Take note that this is not have the lift-away feature where you can separate the canister from the floor tool.
Let’s have a close look at the features and how it performs in the real world.
A quick look at the 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
- 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
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.
Tools for above floor cleaning
The Shark Navigator is also capable of cleaning above floor areas thanks to the flexible hose and attachments.
It comes with the 2-in-1 crevice/brush tool and upholstery/pet tool. Both of these are capable of cleaning different types of upholstery.
But reach won’t be as good because of the short hose.
Power cord is 25 feet long and it does not come with cord rewind.
Filter Clean up
There are two main filters located on top of the dust cup, a foam filter and felt filter and a post motor filter (non-HEPA filter).
Here’s how to access them and also how to empty the dirt cup.
The NV105 comes with a 3 year Euro-pro warranty.
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.
For above the floor cleaning, you can attach these tools on the extension wand or handle like so.
With the motorized brush and pet hair attachment this vacuum is capable of cleaning pet hair on carpet and upholstery.
Consumers have also validated this with praises on how the NV105 tackled pet hair.
|Attachments||Combination crevice / dusting brush tool|
|Cord Length||25 feet|
|Auto Cord Rewind|
|Brush on/off switch|
|Filter clogged indicator|
|Full bin indicator|
Dirt container is transparent so you can see if it's full
|Net weight||10.6 pounds|
|Shipping weight||16.3 pounds|
|Hose length||approx. 15-1/2"|
|Dirt capacity||1.8 dry quarts (real usable capacity)|
|Filter type||1-foam and felt filter (on top of the dirt cup)|
1 post motor filter
Since this is a relatively new product there aren’t a lot of reviews (less than 20 so far).
And from what I’ve read most of the consumers loved how this lightweight upright performed on their floors whether it was bare floor or carpet.
They liked it because even if it weighed just over 10 pounds, it still had very good cleaning power – enough for a medium sized home with both carpet and hardwood (or any other bare floor surface).
It may struggle for larger homes because of the narrow cleaning path and the smaller dirt cup.
People who had back problems will benefit from this lightweight upright as well as folks who are concerned with storage space. Since it isn’t as bulky as a full sized upright vacuum, you don’t need to set aside a lot of space to store this.
Yes there were complaints about very poor suction but that could be the result of poor maintenance. Shark does provide consumers instructions on how to remove blockages from the hoses.
You can buy this upright from Amazon but only from third party sellers so it’ll be more expensive. If you don’t mind buying something second hand, you can opt for something refurbished that’ll cost less than $90.
Don’t worry about the warranty because you can extend it up to 3 years if you buy from Amazon.
This lightweight upright would be best suited for individuals looking for a light upright that will still perform on carpet and hardwood.
It is also capable of cleaning above the floor thanks to the detachable wand and flexible hose, so this vacuum can be used as an all-in-one cleaner.
It does not have the lift-away feature so it will struggle in cleaning stairs and will be prone to tipping over but it is cheap enough to allow you to buy a separate handheld vacuum (if you so choose).
But for cleaning floors and upholstery, it will have a good enough performance to offset its limitations plus its cheap and you still get a long 3 year warranty which is value for money in my opinion.