If you want bought vacuum for good job cleaning carpets and bare floors with budget under $250 the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Pro NV356E will is best chose. Also, like the large dust cup. The tools work well and I never had a problem with the motor or suction.
The bin on this vacuum is also very large, and the cord is quite long, allowing you to clean your entire home without stopping to empty the bin. the HEPA filtration will even keep dust in the vacuum and out of the air that you will breathe.
The attachments that come with the machine are quite robust, with the key that sets this model apart is the Dust-Away attachment, which is best described as a vacuum nozzle with a cloth behind it (think Swiffer but washable).
This attachment allows one pass cleaning on hard surfaces, with the vacuum getting the larger particles, and the washable pad getting the fine dust from your hard floors. There are also other attachments in the box like the Turbo brush, dusting brush and a crevice tool.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
What is The Best Shark Vacuum for Carpet and Hardwood Floors?
A lightweight 2-in-1 Lift-Away upright vacuum with a detachable canister for portable cleaning power. With the push of a button, Lift-Away technology allows you to lift the canister away and easily clean in hard-to-reach areas. This vacuum is also equipped with a completely sealed system and a HEPA filter to trap dust and allergens. It also includes a Brush roll Shutoff button so you can easily switch between carpet and bare floor cleaning.
Shark Navigator NV356E has no carpet pile-height adjustment, but performs well on most carpets. When used with carpet this machine does a great job, picking up a great amount of dirt and making cleaning quick with it’s wide floor head. This floor head has stiff bristles that are designed to get into the carpet fibers and extract lots of dirt.
This action, combined with the powerful suction allows the machine to extract lots of dirt, dust and even pet hair. In our tests the machine did an excellent job on short and medium pile carpet. The floor head also will automatically adjust between different floor types to keep the cleaning power maximized and the head sealed to the floor.
It’s also performs quite well on bare floors as an upright. On the hardwood floors in our cottage, Shark Navigator Lift-Away Pro NV356E does a very good job in upright mode. To get hard floors really clean, and get under and around furniture, we really like the Lift-Away mode with the Dustaway’s Swiffer-like cloths.
Which is Better Dyson or Shark vacuum?
I already own a Dyson Roller Ball and when the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Pro (NV356E) arrived I put it through my test. I vacuumed the whole house 3800 sqft with the Dyson. Then I went over it again with the Shark. I have to say that I had to empty the canister 4 times. The carpet pile popped up as though I had just had then steamed cleaned. When the wife saw them she asked who came and cleaned the carpets. I told her that the Shark had come and I wanted totest it out. Needless to say I have not used the Dyson since getting this awsome machine.
This vacuum is very well known and most people have strong opinions on it. On one hand, it claims to do all that a Dyson can and 1/3 the price and on the other, it has a radically different design and is not HEPA rated. No matter what your opinion on the vacuum is, the facts are that it does clean very well for the price, about as well as the Dyson DC33 in our tests. It does lack a few things that the Dyson has like auto-emptying top cyclones and a HEPA filter. It has some things that some Dyson models lack like a separate brushroll motor and not being forced to use the wand for attachments. The Shark Navigator is also must cheaper and comes with more attachments compare Dyson.
The brushes on the Shark really groom the nap of the carpet and allow the powerful suction to reach deep and remove all the ground in dirt. This means the bin will fill quickly which is a problem due to the fact that the bin is quite small compared to most vacuums. This vacuum is cyclonic which means that the vacuum will not lose suction over time as you clean your living space. The vacuum houses 21 cyclones in the top portion of the bin which you have to manually empty about every 5 uses or the suction power will decrease. This is something that is nice about the Dyson which automatically empties the upper cyclones.
This is a fine vacuum and well worth the money. Note that in the review above it does not mention that the canister has two ways to empty – there exist both top and bottom lids. This is handy as pet hair can sometimes wrap around the left support brace.
Our Hoover wind tunnel has served us well but the rug pile was not rising and we always found embedded hair when we carpet cleaned – no doubt because we have two dogs and two cats! The Shark raises the rug pile and extracts two inches of hair and grime AFTER using the Hoover. We are sold and now recommend it to anyone looking for a Dyson clone that is better because of the Lift-Away feature.