Shark NV356E Upright Vacuum Cleaner Review Updated for 2017 - Best Vacuum For Hardwood Floors 2018

Shark NV356E Upright Vacuum Cleaner Review Updated for 2017

November 14, 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. 

Shark NV356E Upright Vacuum

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

We Like

  • Includes Shark’s Never Loses Suction technology
  • Portable canister is lightweight and extra-large capacity
  • Shark NV356E 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 Aren't Impressed By

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

Vacuum Setup

The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional Upright NV356E is quite easy to set up out of the box.  You don’t need any tools to set it up, which is a huge bonus if you are one of those people who doesn't have a full set of matching screw drivers.  (By the way, if you don't have a full set of matching screw drivers, you need to get a set as soon as possible.  Trust us!)  Everything snaps together quickly and efficiently; the main power unit snaps into the base unit, the wand and hoses snap in also.   The unit has its extension wand made out of metal which is a big plus for us.  All in all, It takes less than 6 minutes to pull everything out and put it together and throw the packaging into the recycling bin.   The Shark NV356E instructions are intuitive, with nifty pictures so you can possibly put it together without even being able to read.  (We can't say as much for this article though.)  Anyway.  Due to the well thought out design, you should be cleaning up cheerios and dog hair in short order.

Special Design Features - Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional Upright for Hard Floors & Carpet

  • Pro tip: Don't let your kids eat on the furniture.

What We Really Like about the Shark Navigator Hardwood Floor Vacuum

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.

Areas For Improvement

The Shark NV356E swivel steering makes it easy to maneuver around furniture and fixtures. However, the center of gravity is a little bit high because the heavy motor is sitting up higher on the vacuum.  This the top-heavy design can make steering awkward for some.   And it can fall over when you are rolling up the cord.  The control handle at the top of the stick can turn at an unwieldy angle that some people 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.

Pricing Considerations for the Shark NV356E

We are quite interested that this Shark NV356E is about 1/3 the price of comparable performance Dyson machines.  It seems that you get about the same cleaning performance for a way lower price.  It is well constructed but maybe not quite as heavy duty as the Dyson, so the longevity of use is still yet to be determined.  Even still, If you are looking for a vacuum for tile, hardwood flooring and laminate floors, this one is pretty well suited.

shark nv356E hardwood floor vacuum

Noise Levels on the Navigator Lift-Away

We like that the noise levels on the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional are lower than many of its lower cost competitors.  While not as quiet as other machines costing twice as much, the noise levels are still acceptable.  It probably isn't a great idea to be vacuuming in the hall while your little children are sleeping with this vacuum, but it won't be super loud either.


  • Dusting Brush 
  • 8" Crevice Tool
  • Pet Power Brush
  • Dust-Away Hard Floor Attachment with 2 Microfiber Pads
  • Accessory Bag


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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