Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional with Dust-Away NV356E
Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional with Dust-Away NV356E is one of the most popular upright vacuums and with good reasons. It is based on the Shark’s Lift-Away technology – the unit can be used as ordinary upright cleaner, or the canister can be lifted away and used as canister vacuum cleaner with hose and telescopic wand.
Also, Shark’s Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology with a true HEPA filter, helps trap 99.9% of dust and allergens inside the vacuum – note that true HEPA vacuum cleaner (not just filter), traps 99.97% of 0.3 micrometer (or larger) particles. Nonetheless, Shark NV356E has excellent air filtration, which is very important for people with allergy, asthma and other respiratory or similar health issues.
Thanks to its design and available attachments, Shark NV356E can be used for cleaning various surfaces from the floor to the ceiling – it comes with a dusting brush, 8" (~20 cm) crevice tool, pet power brush, dust-away hard floor attachment with 2 washable microfiber pads.
Shark Navigator 356E also includes a brushroll shut off/on button, to help transition from carpets to bare floors and back, while the Dust-Away hard floor attachment help picking up and cleaning debris and dust from bare floors, like tiles, hard wood and similar.
Unit weights is 13.7 pounds (~6.2 kg), while pod weight without the cord is 8 pounds (~3.6 kg), so it can be easily carried around for cleaning stairs, corners, upper floors, car and other hard to reach areas and places. Note that the unit doesn’t come with headlights, which can be very helpful in low light conditions, for example, under the furniture.
To help the unit move around and clean with as less effort as possible, unit comes with swivel steering.
Dirt bin is transparent and the user can easily see amount of the vacuumed dirt. Dirt bin capacity is 2.2 dry quarts (~2.4 liters) and is more than enough for most applications. To avoid buildup of unpleasant gases and smells, it is highly recommended to empty the dirt bin after each use.
Power cord is 30 feet (~9.1 m) long and one power outlet can be used to cover rather large area. Hose is 5 feet long and could be perhaps longer, but the canister part is carried around without much effort, making it relatively easy to vacuum elevated surfaces.
Cleaning path width of the main cleaning head is 9.5 inches (~24.1 cm) and it could be wider, to cover larger area in less time. But, the vacuum does its job well, and 9.5” nozzle helps keep the suction high – wider nozzle would require stronger and larger motor, this would lead to heavier and more expensive unit etc.
Shark 356E is very well designed and very affordable unit and it does its job well.
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