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Shark Navigator Professional Lift-Away NV356E
 
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$174.99 - $249.99
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Summary: This 16-pound upright from Shark is bagless and has suction control, HEPA filtration, a brush on/off switch, and a 30-foot, manual-wind cord.
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Type: Bagless upright vacuums
About - Shark Navigator Professional Lift-Away NV356E
The Shark Navigator Professional Lift Away NV356E upright vacuum cleaner includes a power brush, floor brush, dusting brush, and crevice tool. It weighs 16 pounds and provides usability features such as a brush on and off switch and suction control.
Features & Specs - Shark Navigator Professional Lift-Away NV356E
info Bag No
info Weight (lbs.) 16
info Brush on/off Yes
info Easy on/off No
info Manual-pile adjust No
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User Reviews - Shark Navigator Professional Lift-Away NV356E
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3.0
Good cleaning power, poor design
6/19/2014
Pros
Easy To Empty
Lightweight
Long Power Cord
Powerful/Good Suction
Cons
Poor Design
Best Uses
Carpet
Hardwood Floors
Pet Hair
Comment:
The Shark cleans carpets well, and bare floors with the extra attachment with the pads. Also picks up pet hairs very well, but I did have to cut them off the roller a couple of times. It's light and very easy to manuever with the swivel head, which every vacuum should have in my opinion. The cord is very long, but has to be wrapped manually, which isn't a deal breaker.<br /><br />So it cleans very well, but whoever designed this thing must never have actually used it. It has tipped over numerous times, bopping me in the head once and hitting other places as well. It's very front heavy because of the canister, and even that thing tips over easily if you put down to get under things. Another knock is exactly that - the canister is so large on the front, it's impossible to get down low enough to get under a lot of furniture. <br /><br />I also don't like the hose on the handle for the tools. That thing has no reach and it won't stretch far, and if you try to stretch it, the thing will tip over. Plus, the brush is so small as to be almost useless and keeps spinning around on the end of the handle so i have to keep turning back where it needs to be. The two crevice tools have very narrow small openings and are slanted too much to do much good, but they do get between cushions well. Just don't know if they're very effective.<br /><br />I will have to check for longer more flexible hoses for this thing for me to keep it. I really wish everything was better thought out on this machine, because the suction is really amazing for all floor cleaning jobs and the pet hair attachment works very well. Just wish it wasn't so prone to tipping and had a longer hose and better tools. I would recommend this only for floor cleaning, unless you are a masochist who likes getting beat up by your vacuum cleaner.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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5.0
Can You Fall In Love With a Vacuum?
5/26/2014
Pros
Easy To Empty
Easy to Use
Efficient
Good Value
Lightweight
Long Power Cord
Lots of Features
Nice to look at
Powerful/Good Suction
Cons
Best Uses
Carpet
Hardwood Floors
Pet Hair
Stairs
Tile Floors
Comment:
It would take a lot to get me to fall in love with a vacuum cleaner, but this one is really that good. After decades of buying Consumer Reports' recommendations I decided to go by customer reviews this time and I'm glad I did because this vacuum cleaner deserves a much better score than CR gave it. This unit is packed with features that are usually found in more expensive vacuums, plus it is easily found in discount stores, passing along an even greater value. I got mine at a store that gives out coupons and my final cost was just over $100!<br /><br />The most important thing about this vacuum is that it really cleans that well. I just can't get over how well it picks up both large and fine dust and dirt. Most vacuums are great at picking up the larger stuff but not the fine stuff. I find it amazing that this one can do both so well. Like most people, I am primarily concerned with the fine stuff, and with that, this vacuum excels. <br /><br />The only shortcoming I can find with it is that the hose could be longer (my husband had no problem reaching the ceiling with it when he lifted the unit out of the base, but he is tall). Fortunately, the Shark website has many accessories and extension hoses for sale at reasonable prices.<br /><br />Also, people complain that you can't get under furniture with it - But that's why it has the lift away feature. The unit is a little heavy to hold when lifted out, but I always find a way to lay it down or put it on something if I don't feel like holding it. I have also seen complaints about the cord placement, but if you leave it wrapped a little bit or toss it over your shoulder, it's no problem at all.<br /><br />I've never seen a vacuum that addresses just about every cleaning issue, from the skinniest crevices to pet hair, to under furniture, and even a hardwood dusting attachment which was a bonus feature on my version. Plus, I don't find it heavy at all. Considering how heavy the behemoth Dirt Devil I had for years was, this is downright light by comparison. One more thing is that even though it doesn't have a height setting for carpet, it has a suction setting, which pretty much addresses that issue.<br /><br />I am impressed at how well designed this vacuum is. There are many thoughtful little features on it that make me appreciate it all the more. I love the handle grip plus the way its parts swivel and turn in anticipation as you move. I am so in love with this vacuum that my husband makes fun of me, LOL. I go back 3 and a half decades with vacuums and he's never seen me this taken with one. It's even pretty to look at. I leave it in the living room while we're watching TV just to look at it. I think he's getting jealous, LOL.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
2.0
mixed review
4/27/2014
Pros
Long Power Cord
Powerful/Good Suction
Cons
Awkward
Heavy
Inefficient
Poor Design
Best Uses
Carpet
Hardwood Floors
Comment:
I loved the way it cleaned the carpet. I loved that the hard floor was so clean with the dust-away attachment. I was unable to finish the vacuuming because the lift-away unit was heavy and unstable. It is awkward to hold the unit, hold the wand, move the cord out of the way all at the same time; and it cannot be parked easily while moving furniture. I love the results but will probably return it because I cannot lift and hold it long enough to get the job done. I would recommend it for cleaning power only after addressing the handling issues.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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