Shark NV356E Upright Vacuum Cleaner Review

September 11, 2017

If you’re looking for an  upright vacuum that packs a lot of power but is lightweight and easy to use, this Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional Upright NV356E is one model you may want to investigate. Sometimes known as just the Shark NV356E.  this vacuum is incredibly popular for people looking for the best upright vacuum for carpet and hardwood floors. 

It is a hardworking, utilitarian machine that handles carpets, hard floors, stairs, and still manages to get into hard to reach spaces where dirt can hide.

We haven't found too much to complain about with this upright vacuum. Take a look at the quick facts below and you will notice there isn't much of a downside on this machine.

Effectiveness 9.5/10
Ease of use 8/10
Power 9/10
Price 8/10
Overall Rating 9.2/10
Shark NV356E Upright Vacuum

We Like

  • Includes Shark’s Never Loses Suction technology
  • Portable canister is lightweight and extra-large capacity
  • Incorporates HEPA filtering
  • Includes a hard floor attachment with microfiber pad to clean the finest of dust from your hard flooring
  • Swivel steering makes for ease in maneuvering around furniture
  • Swivel steering makes for ease in maneuvering around furniture
  • Includes gentle brush roller for use on hard floors
  • Pet tools for removing pet hair
  • Euro-Pro five year limited warranty

We Don't Like

  • ​Somewhat top-heavy design can be unwieldy for some
  • Some assembly required
  • Hose is somewhat stiff
  • Can be rough on high pile carpets
  • Short hose length limits reach of wand

When you purchase a Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional Upright (NV356E) you don’t have to worry about the loss of suction after extended use. The powerful motor is designed to be a workhorse and it does not disappoint. The advanced cyclonic-style technology separates the fine dust from the air. This prevents the filters from clogging quickly and cutting the suction capability. Shark combines HEPA filtration with its own anti-allergen complete seal technology to trap 99.9 percent of dust or allergens from getting back into your home.

Disconnecting the handheld extra-large capacity dirt collection unit for the portability to clean stairs and other hard to reach areas is easily done. It can be used for upholstery in the home to mats and seats in your car. Included is Shark’s patented Dust-Away attachment that allows one-step cleaning of dry floors. A microfiber pad is added to wipe away the minute particles that like to hide in small nooks and crevices. Pet attachments are designed specifically to remove pet hair and ground-in dirt from carpets, upholstery and other areas of your home.

The swivel steering makes it easy to maneuver around furniture and fixtures. The top-heavy design can make steering awkward for some. The control handle at the top of the stick can turn at an unwieldy angle that some may have difficulty with. Reaching some areas can be difficult because the hose attachment is on the short side. To clean stairs, you have to take the handheld unit up the stairs with you, and it is difficult to reach high drapes or ceiling fans.


The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional Upright (NV356E) is a sturdy, hardworking cleaning system that can handle just about any floor surface in your home. While it may be a bit rough on high pile carpets, it cleans deeply and thoroughly on standard rugs and carpets. The transition from hard floor to carpeting is easy. Cleaning is no hassle with the bagless technology that empties easily and quickly. For a solid multipurpose vacuum, this Shark Navigator fills the bill

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