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So Disgusting I’m Embarrassed to Tell

While I am a very busy person and not 100% organized, I do pride myself on cleanliness to the point of having been accused a time or two of being a wee bit compulsive. Which brings me to the matter of vacuum cleaners. I’m freakish if not particular about my vacuum. And I wear them out, regularly.

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I just blew out my third Hoover Wind Tunnel, and I mean I wore that thing out down to its last gasp. I carried it in pieces to the trash. I was planning to replace it with the latest and greatest from Hoover … that is, until I heard about the Shark Navigator.

I wasn’t that impressed as I looked it over at the store. It was on the smallish side, lightweight—certainly not the hefty, beefy Hoover I’ve been used to. But based on the recommendation from a trusted friend, I decided to give it a try, knowing I’d just bring it back to the store if it couldn’t live up to my standard.

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Oh, my. This is probably where I should end this column. It’s that embarrassing.

I plugged that puppy in and started to vacuum my family room, which is carpeted with 100% wool Karastan carpet. Look, I love this carpet and have babied it from the day it was installed. It looks like new, which you need to take with a grain of salt because I never wear my glasses when I vacuum. Still, I think of it as pristine.

Within minutes, that canister filled to the top. And I was vacuuming a fairly small area. I was so shocked, disgusted hardly describes the feeling. I took the canister out to the trash to dump it out, hoping the neighbors wouldn’t be peering over the fence to see what was coming out of my home.

This room is not small, but it’s not massive, either. I filled that canister four times before I put Sharky away for the day. Since then, I’ve vacuumed it a couple more times, and still, I’m sucking out who-knows-what from this carpet. Even my husband was shaking his head.

Last night, I vacuumed the room once again and the canister remained empty. Finally.

I’ll admit to the carpet being 10 years old, but it’s been vacuumed to death over the decade. And cleaned routinely. All for naught, apparently.

Buying a Shark Navigator is the best money I’ve spent since I got my carpet-cleaning steam vac, which I still use all the time and as recently as yesterday. I’ve written about my steam vac many times. See? I am a little compulsive about having to be clean, especially my carpet.

I am stunned at the power and light weight of my Shark Navigator. But more than that, I am so happy to know that the carpet in my home is really clean. I mean, probably as clean as the day it was installed.

And my bonus? No more bags!

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  1. Susan says:

    Beat ya to it Mary. I got one last winter and I love it!! I love the feature of being able to vacuum my hardwood floor with out the brush going around. And I also found out you can rinse the dirt container out!! Just make sure you let it dry completely before putting it back on.

  2. phj44 says:

    I am hoping to purchase the Shark Navigator PRO, as it is suppose to pick up pet hair with ease.. and i have PET hair. without doubt a totally new fully grown dog could be made from the hair on our floor from our two dogs..one 9 pound pom and a 50 pound Huskey! Yes, it is Huskey hair that makes my oak flooring vintage 55 yrs, look like a light covering of snow! Because of physical limitations, my daughter in Dallas called to recommend a new ‘auto’ vac which uses swifter-like pads to remove pet hair as well as ability to use wet pads for mopping.. this is NOT a vac, only a motorized navigation system room cleaner, but it might make my day simpler.. currently i use 3-4 swifter pads a day to keep dog hair controlled and off the floor, still need vac ( Shark Navigator) for vaccum day, but I hope someone may have recomendation or comments on the auto type. meantime, I am off to buy the Navigator Plus.. BBB carries it, not sure if costco has the Plus or not. thanks for your ‘ confession”. I too am a bit compulsive about the floors i walk on…

  3. Janet K. says:

    Does anyone have any experience with how long the Shark Navigator lasts? I have owned three Hoover Wind Tunnels. I loved them but the last one I owned burned out very quickly. Was told by a vacuum cleaner salesman that bagless cleaners just do not last. Now my husband does not want me to buy any more bagless cleaners. I would love to hear some other people’s “take” on this subject. The Shark Navigator sounds really great.

  4. Reeni Stezaker says:

    You can buy the Shark Navigator at Costco for $119.99 or on Ebay for $109.99. Sounds good to me. 🙂

  5. amy says:

    I bought a Shark Navigator about a year ago after my 11 year old Eureka quit working. I decided on this vacuum after reading lots of customer reviews about lots of different vacuums. I considered getting a Dyson but this Shark Navigator was so much more affordable and had so many positive comments I decided to give it a try. I have loved it! I love that it is light weight, it means my kids can use it with ease! I do not regret the purchase at all, it works great!

  6. Deborah W says:

    Mary, I am going to have to get one of these babies. I have an old Kirby which was pricey (almost $1,000) and the best you could get back in the late 90s but it’s seen better days. Thanks for the tip, Kristen P! I’m headed to Wal-Mart.com.

  7. Lori W says:

    I just recently purchased one also. We got it for our upstairs and love it just as much as my Dyson that we use downstairs at less than 1/2 the price of the Dyson. Whoo Hoo.

  8. Kristen P says:

    so funny that I just saw this on my newsfeed! After years of using a Roomba, I couldn’t believe how much the Navigator picked up! My coworker and I both just purchased Navigators and are so far very pleased! I got a great deal on the internet at Walmart.com, plus free shipping.

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