With a portable, detachable canister, this Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe NV360 upright vacuum makes it easy to clean your home's stairs and hard-to-reach areas. The Anti-Allergen Complete Seal technology helps reduce dust and other allergens.
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Lighter, quicker, stronger, cleaner
Posted by: USteve from: Colorado and Taiwan on
BTW, this is my first Shark, so I won't be comparing it to other Sharks, even though it's a new model (NV360, blue, no "k"). We have a Hoover Windtunnel T-series "PAWS" now 3 years old. I have looked at other vacuums including Dyson and Hoovers with features like this Shark.
Cleaning with the floor head: Basic operation is job 1. I am impressed. While the cleaning width is 11" rather than 12" or 13", the ability to swivel the head and the on/off motor drive for the beater brush, gave it superior cleaning and especially edge cleaning. The lighter weight makes it seem easier, even though there will be a few more strokes in open areas due to the slightly narrower head. Note that the cleaning head floats over the carpet or surface, so there is no adjustment for carpet thickness. It handled our carpet well, and the bare floors much better than the previous vacuum. There was one floor mat that sealed to the vacuum resulting in difficult movement. There is a partial suction release ring on the handle that is supposed to help with this by providing another path for some air. The motor drive also helps by moving the head over the carpet in a forward motion. There is a green indicator when the brush motor is turned on, and it turns red if the brush is not turning. To go from upright to vacuuming position, you place one foot on the floor head and lean back the handle. There is a noticeable release as it clicks out of the upright position. I am now sold on the benefits of a swivel connector, which means that you can easily steer the floor head by angling the handle as you push or pull. This makes the vacuum feel much easier to control and less tiring to run.
Cleaning the vacuum: This is a hepa-filtered vacuum, which unlike old school models, runs the air through most of the filters before the vacuum motor, with only the hepa filter placed after the motor. My lady found the canister easy to empty and clean and very securely mounted, ensuring there is no leakage of air in the vacuum path. All the filters can be rinsed with water, prolonging their life. The instructions call for regular emptying of the removable canister, rinsing and drying the foam and fiber filters every 3 months, and rinsing and drying the hepa filter every 2 years. This is a less frequent interval than the hoover windtunnel.
Construction was solid and impressive. As a geek, I loved the modular construction with secure, easy to fasten connections and clearly marked levers to fasten and unfasten. There is no cord rewind, which is good from my point of view, as this is a wear item over the years. Our prior vacuum now will not reliably stay out. I think most people have the opposite problem of tangling and jams, but we are very careful with our cords. There is also no light on the floor. I usually vacuum with the lights on anyway.
Weight: This is a lighter vacuum, even fully assembled, much less in the optional configurations for hand use, due to the lighter floor head in part, but the air flow through the vacuum is very strong. I like it.
Assembly and options: I have never assembled a vacuum without any tools at all. I actually didn't even have to cut the box open. The pieces are modular, with the floor head securely clicking into the canister with a clearly marked red lever, the handle serving as an extension hose, with clear red levers that securely click, so you can actually remove the floor head and the handle and use the canister as a lightweight (just as powerful) corded vacuum that you can carry, place on the stairs or a ladder, etc. You can also fully disconnect the floor head when you are using the handheld attachments with the vacuum in vertical standing position so no suction is lost. This is part of the design. Attachments are not show in the picture, but they include a 6" "pet brush" that has a swivel in the hose and a suction-powered (not motor driven) beater brush. I think it is much better than the Hoover pet brush we also have. The front and back sides have inserts like those used to remove lint from clothes and this could also be used as an effective lint remover as well as curtain and upholstery cleaner. On softer fabrics, you may need to use the optional air intake ring on the handle to lower suction. It worked great at full suction on the carpeted stairs with the canister detached from the floor head for easy lifting. My lady didn't even set it down, just carrying it as she progressed up the stairs. Other attachments include the pointed nozzle and the small nozzle with brushes around it, as well as one that is new to me--a long, almost flat extendable tube that allows you to vacuum under couches, stoves, refrigerators, and the like, as well as along walls behind furniture without moving the furniture. This does not store on the vacuum itself, nor does the pet brush head. I have attached pictures since these are not in the item photo (currently).
Summary: On sale or off, the price for this vacuum was roughly 50% more than the "hundred dollar models" that will still do the job. Given the number of hours spent vacuuming and our need to replace one of those after three years of careful usage, I am feeling very five-stars about this vacuum, and I understand now why Shark has such positive reviews. I could also note that the BB sales person uses this one to clean the store every night, and that there was a sign posted by the store use Shark (last years model) not to use the dysons from the display stock because they had broken. That is not my story to tell....
96 out of 111 found this review helpful.
Posted by: geekster66 from: on
Wow! Used my old vacuum in the bedroom and then the Shark over the same area. It is scary what my old one missed and the Shark picked up. Worth every penny.
27 out of 28 found this review helpful.
Posted by: happy from: on
This vacuum works wonders! My carpet has never looked cleaner! It sucks up more dirt than I expected and my allergies have definitely improved. I have two cats as well so I am eliminating more cat hair with the Shark's powerful suction. Happy with my purchase! And incredibly pleased at the fact that I missed a sale by one day yet still received that sale price since I mentioned it. No questions, just a smile. That's a story I keep sharing. Best Buy cares about the customer.
19 out of 19 found this review helpful.
Powerful Vacuum for a Great Price!
Posted by: BurlesonMom from: on
I read tons of reviews, watched videos, and scoured the internet to find my next vacuum. Of course, I wish I could have afforded a Dyson or an Oreck. But, to be honest, I needed to keep it in the $150-$200 range.
We have a Berber carpet with long fibers and tends to trap dirt, so I needed good dependable suction that would stand the test of time. I was pleasantly surprised when I got my Shark vacuum home. It was very easy to assemble out of the box and the directions were more than sufficient.
The first time I powered this vacuum up, I knew right away I made the right choice. I had a sense of satisfaction after that first deep vacuum. We had been without our old vacuum for about a week so the carpet needed a good cleaning! This one did the job and then some. I use it on our tile in the front and on our linoleum in the kitchen. It works wonderfully on all surfaces. It has adjustable suction in case you need to turn it down or up. I love that feature. It's also very easy to dump the canister out and do a quick rinse, dry it off, and go for more.
This is a great machine and I would definitely buy again in the future. I have no complaints whatsoever.
18 out of 18 found this review helpful.
Posted by: fairladyc from: on
I vacuum every day (husband works with concrete, so every day he tracks mud, dirt, and concrete into our carpeted floors. I also have a 4 year old and 2 year old who are constantly spilling stuff or spreading stuff on the carpet: cereal, flour, seasonings, dirt from outside, and I have 2 dogs that shed a lot). I was tired of my old vacuum (that actually cost $20 less than this one) so I saw a recommendation in this one, looked it up, read reviews, bought it the next day. I LOVE THIS. It picked up more dirt and other stuff in one passing than my other one did in five passings. I am both fascinated and disgusted with how great the suction is on this vacuum. It's so easy to clean out as well, I'm a no mess/fuss person and don't like to struggle. I also like that I can detach the main part to take around with me and use the hose, it makes it easy to reach places like the top corners of the ceiling. And when I'm feeling too lazy to sweep I can also use it on my wood flooring and it picks up all the dirt and small trash that ends up on the floor. I've even used it to give a quick pass on my car and it worked great. Love this vacuum highly recommend it!
14 out of 14 found this review helpful.
Best Vacuum and at a Great Price!
Posted by: Horus14 from: on
I purchase the Shark - Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe vacuum a couple months ago and I must say it works great! It's very powerful and picks up all of my cats hair and dirt that cannot be seen. The suction is so powerful it lifts up the carpet threads or whatever they are called so the carpet looks and feels like it is new. The Shark is lightweight and you can even remove the canister and use it like a smaller hand held vacuum for easy cleaning of stairs or hard to reach areas. It comes with many good/useful attachments. I have purchased many vacuums in the past and this one was not only the lowest price, but the best vacuum overall. I highly recommend the Shark - Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe vacuum.
12 out of 12 found this review helpful.
Just what we needed!
Posted by: MJ32123 from: Reno, NV on
My wife wanted something that could pick up the dog hair better than our old vacuum. They let us try this out at the store, and we liked the features. We came home and she immediately tried it out. She vacuumed the entire house (about 1000 square feet) and had to empty the container three times because it filled up so much with dog hair. I couldn't believe how much stuff it could get that our other one couldn't.
15 out of 16 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Dana from: on
We wanted a vacuum for downstairs so we did not have to move it up and down. My wife says that it works as well as (if not Better) than our Dyson.
11 out of 11 found this review helpful.
Amazing Shark Vacuum
Posted by: RonNorthBay from: on
This vacuum cleaner is the best I have ever owned. Its got a powerful suction that sucked up so much dirt/dust that my old vacuum never got. I was amazed how much filled the bagless bin after just a short run in my living room. And its pretty quiet for how well it works. Really impressed & love it!!
13 out of 16 found this review helpful.
Posted by: ramper from: Palm Springs, Ca on
We have two dogs that shed a lot. We had a vacuum that was good but could not believe the amount of dog hair it left behind. The shark with the supplied attachments did a great job.