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Shark Navigator Lift-Away NV350

Est. $180
Reviewed
December 2013
by ConsumerSearch
Shark Navigator Lift-Away NV350

Best budget bagless vacuum cleaner

Pros
  • Lightweight
  • Lift-away feature doubles as a canister vac
  • Powerful suction for pet-hair pickup
  • Great on carpets and bare floors
Cons
  • Emptying the dirt cup is messy
  • Top-heavy; may tip during use
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Bottom line

The Shark Navigator Lift-Away NV350 is a lightweight, affordable upright vacuum that rivals the performance of expensive brands like Dyson and Miele. With powerful suction and unmatched versatility -- it doubles as a canister vac and comes with a slew of accessories -- a single appliance can be used to clean every surface of your home, including stubborn pet hair. On the downside, it's a bit top-heavy, and the canister is a pain to empty.

Performance

Great for multi-surface cleaning. The Shark Navigator Lift-Away NV350 has a relatively narrow, 12.5-inch cleaning path, but some owners posting reviews to sites like Target.com say this makes it easier to vacuum in tight spaces. It's also powerful enough that it only takes a single pass to clean most surfaces. Editors from one consumer testing organization give this vacuum high scores for carpet and bare floor performance, but only a fair score for pet-hair pickup. Users, on the other hand, say it's excellent for pet-hair removal. It's also extremely quiet, offers good airflow and has low emissions.

Features

Vast assortment of attachments for versatility. The Shark Navigator Lift-Away NV350 series of vacuums is sold under different model numbers at different retailers, all identical in design and functionality but with different accessory packages. The NV350 model includes a powered pet-hair brush, dusting brush, and 12- and 24-inch crevice tools. A three-stage, sealed HEPA filtration system removes 99.99 percent of allergens and particles from the air, and owners posting to consumer review sites say they can feel the difference. It offers suction control, but the power cord isn't retractable, and there is no manual pile-height adjustment, headlight or bag-full indicator.

Ease of use

Doubles as a canister vac. The Shark Navigator Lift-Away NV350 has a 25- to 30-foot power cord, depending upon the model in the series. Shark is not specific about which size comes with which model.  There's onboard storage for two attachments; the rest are kept in an included accessory bag. At 12.5 pounds, it's one of the lightest uprights available. It doubles as a canister vac by simply lifting the canister out of the unit. The dirt canister has top- and bottom-release doors, with push-button release for easy emptying over a trash can. However, both owners and professional testers say this isn't as easy as it seems and is actually quite messy.

Maintenance

Great customer service. The Shark Navigator Lift-Away NV350 is bagless with lifetime, washable filters, so there are no ongoing costs. The foam and felt filters should be washed every three to 12 months, the HEPA filter every two years. The Shark Navigator NV350, the base model in the NV350 series, is the direct-purchase version available only on the Euro-Pro website. This model is backed by a 10-year warranty, while the NV350 and other models available at retailers are backed by a five-year warranty. There are a few isolated complaints of split hoses, but customer service sends replacement parts promptly, owners say.

Where To Buy
Shark Navigator Lift-Away Bagless Upright Vacuum, NV351

 (9 reviews)
Buy new: $209.99 $198.49   7 New from $179.99

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Our Sources

1. ConsumerReports.org

Editors at ConsumerReports.org rate 89 upright vacuum cleaners, including the Shark Navigator Lift-Away NV350, in its latest round of vacuum cleaner testing. Both bagged and bagless uprights are rated for carpet and bare floor performance, ability to pick up pet hair, noise, emissions, airflow and maneuverability.

Review: Upright Vacuum Cleaner Ratings and Reliability, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not dated

2. Amazon.com

About 650 owners rate the Shark Navigator Lift-Away NV352 at Amazon.com, where it earns an average rating of 4.4 stars out of 5. Owners say it's powerful, lightweight and versatile. However, there are some issues such as a loss of suction as the canister gets full and an awkward handle.

Review: Shark NV352 Navigator Lift Away, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2013

3. Walmart.com

The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Bagless Upright Vacuum earns an average rating of 4.7 stars out of 5 in more than 785 owner-written reviews. Even users who have owned expensive models like Dyson and Miele say they're impressed by this lightweight, easy-to-maneuver vacuum's incredible suction power.

Review: Shark Navigator Lift-Away Bagless Upright Vacuum, NV351, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of December 2013

4. BestBuy.com

The Shark Navigator Lift-Away is one of the top-rated vacuums sold at BestBuy.com, earning an average rating of 4.6 stars out of 5 in about 290 owner-written reviews. Users like the convenient attachments and lift-away feature, which allows it to function as a canister vac.

Review: Shark - Navigator Lift-Away Bagless Upright Vacuum - Lavender, Contributors to BestBuy.com, As of December 2013

5. Target.com

About 40 owners have weighed in with feedback on the Shark Navigator Lift-Away, contributing to an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Owners say it's incredibly easy to maneuver and easily navigates around furniture. It transitions easily between floor types and is excellent for pet hair.

Review: Shark Navigator Lift Away Vacuum - Lavender (NV352), Contributors to Target.com, As of December 2013

6. Target.com

About 40 owners have weighed in with feedback on the Shark Navigator Lift-Away, contributing to an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Owners say it's incredibly easy to maneuver and easily navigates around furniture. It transitions easily between floor types and is excellent for pet hair.

Review: Shark Navigator Lift Away Vacuum - Lavender (NV352), Contributors to Target.com, As of December 2013

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