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Shark Navigator NV356E Upright Vacuum Cleaner

Reviewed By: Andrei D
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This upright vacuum cleaner lives up to the hype of being the best unit of them all for 3 reasons: consistent always-on suction power, professional anti-allergen technology which traps 99.99% of dirt particles (even better than the renowned “HEPA” filter), and the capability to adapt to a variety of surfaces, including bare floors and carpets. If you need a high-quality everyday vacuum that can efficiently deal with dust and pet hair, then look no further. Customers who bought it reported that not only it can deal with small particles of dirt, but also that it can suck up bigger things, such as loose cat litter, pet food, and even an entire scarf for the matter.

The Shark Navigator Pro Lift-Away sort of resembles a first-rate steam mop cleaner, for the sole fact that it comes with a washable microfiber pad. A pet hair cleaning tool has also been included to maximize this unit’s efficiency on carpets and furniture, and for those tight spaces, a crevice tool is also on-board.  This unit’s top-notch maneuverability is assured by smooth-gliding wheels, a 180-degree steering swivel, and also a super-stretch hose, which is guaranteed to never entangle. Finally, the competitive price this upright vacuum recommends it for both household use and Christmas gifts.

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  • Works on a variety of surfaces
  • Never loses suction power
  • The dust filters are lifetime guaranteed
  • The unit is a little on the heavy side
  • The foam filter needs to be washed frequently
  • Lacks on-board storage for the included attachments


  • Never loses suction Technology for consistent suction power
  • Professional dust-away bare floor tool, with washable, microfiber pads
  • Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology(tm) traps 99.99% of dust inside the vacuum not back into the air you breathe
  • Swivel steering and smooth-gliding wheels promises easy maneuvering around furniture
  • Includes: Professional dust-away bare floor tool washable, microfiber pads, Super-stretch hose, crevice tool, pet hair power brush

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How to Choose a Vacuum

Choices; they aren't always easy. Informed choices are. In the case of buying a vacuum there can be jargon to hop skip and jump over. As there are many vacuums to choose from but also many features. That's where this quick guide comes into play. Learn some of the common factors of vacuums so you can make an informed choice.


Power (in watts) is kind of a big deal when it comes to vacuums. If you don't have the right power for the job then it's not worth doing. Vacuums come with many power ranges. Some vacuums that don't have much power are still great while others aren't. Look out for the strength of the power behind that vacuum if you want to be sure it'll suck all that dirt up.

Upright or Cylinder

From a personal perspective upright is the better choice generally. The issue is upright vacuums are usually awkward when it comes to hard-to-reach areas. They do come with attachments usually, but the reach just isn't there as it is with cylinder vacuums  In essence  a cylinder vacuums is generally more versatile when it comes to nooks and crannies. Choose wisely, it could be a big regret.

Bag or Bagless?

Do you want to empty your vacuum regularly and not replace the bag? It's a huge money saver to not have a bagged vacuum  The better option usually being bagless. It's down to personal preference here, and probably again, maneuverability when it comes to the emptying process.

Filters (Allergies?)

A vacuum with a suitable filter can go a long way in any case. Though if you have an allergy, a filter will go an even longer way. There's a range of common filters to choose from, that each have their own advantages, either value for money or more allergy suitable:

Standard Filtration

Nothing out of the ordinary here, just a standard filter that will need replacing every now and then.

HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air)

This is actually a bit of a mouthful to say, never mind understand. All you really need to know about HEPA filters is that they are becoming industry standard, and claim to capture 99.7% of all particles taken in by the vacuum. Meaning that the air outflow is cleaner and especially cleaner for those with allergies.

Lifetime Filters

They say nothing lasts a lifetime, but have you ever owned one of those old Nokia phones? Lifetime filters come in both standard and HEPA, and can save on having to buy replacements which is great for saving money.

Size and Weight

Does size matter? Yes it does. When shopping be careful to check the dimensions of a product. Is it suitable for your storage? Suitable to carry? Will it be a big struggle or the perfect size for your needs? Speaking of size, there are vacuums that come as handhelds for small tasks; usually great for cleaning up after pets or that mess you leave after your artistic creations.

Wet, Dry & Steam

Depending on the surface; you may look into a wet, dry or steam powered vacuum. Check suitability of the surface for the vacuum you purchase  you may find that dry is better than steam or wet is better than both.


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