Reviews and FAQs of Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional NV356E

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Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional NV356E is one of the top-rated upright vacuum cleaners over many years and this model is highly appreciated for a lot of reasons: an ergonomic design with XL dust cup, lightweight, easy to use and low price. It can be a great companion for any one who needs a vacuum that works without fancy features. 

Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional Upright Vacuum Cleaner - NV356E

You may not realize that Shark NV356E is the upright vacuum having massive reviews on many marketplaces. On Amazon for instance, it has over 14 thousand reviews! It could be a record for an upright vacuum!

Several benefits Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional NV356E such as: 

  • A great vacuum for eldery: it is a very lightweight, multi-functions and a super big dust cup (2.2 dry quarts).
  • Can be used on many surfaces because the brush roll can be turned on/off manually.
  • Very safe for allergic person: it uses HEPA filter and a completely sealed system to trap the dust
  • You can remove the canister because it has Lift-away features.

Let’s see how Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional NV356E  performs in this video: 

Demo of Shark NV356E -source: manufacturer website

There are a few shortcomings of Shark NV356E (but I do not think it is a big deal for most users):

  • The model is a little bit top-heavy 
  • The hose and cord length is a bit short
  • And the foam filter can be dirty very quickly

Should you buy Shark NV356E in 2020/2021?

If you do not mind these issues, Shark NV356E is highly recommended if you need an all-in-one vacuum machine with high reliability and amazing performance for various surfaces: tiles, carpets, rugs, etc.

Pros and cons of Shark NV356E


  • Lightweight (compared with many other vacuums), and glides across any floor effortlessly.
  • powerful suction ability.
  • Completely safe for allergic person (British Allergy Foundation seal of approval).
  • Extra-large and easy-empty dustbin 
  • Lifetime (washable) filters (including the HEPA, all of which you typically have to replace on other vacuums)
  •  No need to replace/service a brush-roll belt.


  • Super top-heavy
  • The foam filter gets dirty very quickly and needed to be cleaned after 2-3 weeks
  • The vacuum tube when in hand-held mode is a bit tight and short
  • No place to store the long hard tube on the vacuum

Compare of Shark NV356E with other upright vacuums


Rating of Shark NV356E 

Shark NV356E has nearly 15 thousand reviews on Amazon which is 10X more than a typical model. Although Shark NV356E has been introduced to the market for many years, it still gained a very high rating of 90 points on 100 points scale.

  • Easy to assemble:  96/10
  • Suction power:  90/100
  • Easy to clean after use: 92/100
  • Light weight:  96/100
  • Ergonomic value:  90/100
  • Designed for stair:  82/100

Specifications of Shark NV356E

  • Other models in the same series: NV355, NV355C, NV355CFS, NV355WM1, NV356E, NV356K, NV356Q, NV357, NV358, NV370, NV370_26, NV391, NV391C, UV541CCO, UV550
  • Dimensions: 14.96 x 11.4 x 45.5 inches
  • Weight: 13.7 pounds
  • Uses: Pet Hair, Carpet, Hard Surface, Bare Floors
  • Warranty: five-year limited warranty.
  • Color: White and Silver
  • Voltage: 120 Volts
  • Dust cup capacity: 2.2 quarts
  • Lift away: yes
  • Filtration: Anti-allergen complete seal technology plus a HEPA filter
  • Brush roll shutoff: yes

FAQs of Shark NV356E

When using the attachments, do you use the brush roll on or the bare floor setting?

Answer: I’m not sure it matters. I usually just leave it on the setting it’s already on when I need the attachment. I honestly hadn’t paid attention or thought about that.

Question: Does this model have the self cleaning brush roll?

Answer: No, but it’s easier to take the plastic top off than the one I had previously. The brushes also remove easily, so you feel you’re getting it super clean.

Question: Does this version come with an upholstery tool?

Answer: I did not expect it based on the description, but mine arrived with one.

Question: Have the “Hard floor hero attachment” compatible with this vacuum?

Answer: As far as I know it is only compatible with this Shark Navigator lift-away professional vacuum. I love this attachment!

Question: How can I talk to a representative on the phone.

Answer: use chat first they will help you If the need for a phone communication arises you will be connected

Question: Does this vacuum stink like a dog everytime you vacuum after use in a house with a big dog?

Answer: No, but you do proper maintenance as suggested by the manufacturer.

Question: Can the hepa filter be cleaned?

Answer: According to the manual, cleaning the HEPA filter is not recommended. However, it only needs to be replaced annually, and the filters are not expensive. All the other filters can be cleaned.

Question: Does this have a motorized small furniture attachment?

Answer: I am not sure what that is, so not sure. There is a furniture brush attachment called “Pet hair power brush”.

Question: Does these vacuum have attachments

Answer: I did not purchase attachments, but I have an older model that came with them. I think this is the best vacuum, ever,. Lightweight, and the price is terrific. Also a workhorse. The older model is still working great, and there’s a lot of carpet at my house.

Does this include the hvda300 attachment?

Question: Does the wand have a light on it? This has become an important feature for us!

Answer: No, mine does not have a light on the wand.

Question: I have asthma. In theory, this sealed vacuum should be right for me. But cleaning the compartments, added filters, triggers asthma. Is this different?

Answer: You should be ok. For safety and health sake, can you wear a mask doing the latter? I’ve not noticed any problems so far.

Question: Can you order the hard floor attachment separately?

Answer: i don’t know. It would be nice.

Question: Does this have a rolling brush attachment to clean stairs?

Answer: Yes it does. The Top part of the vacuum comes off so you can easily carry it up the stairs as you clean.

Question: How to check the brush motor

Answer: Green light on the outside right side of the base unit. If it is out , pull the connection hose next to it. I found that dog hair will clog it, remove hair and it should work.

Question: Hi, which voltage is this item working with? i want this item for outside of us, 220v is used in our country

Answer: This runs on lower voltage. That would be way too much. Sorry

Question: What is the hardwood floor hero attachment

Answer: It is just the base portion of the vacuum.

Question: Two issues! how to lift the front of vacuum while in motion going from floor to area rug?? and – cord, keep running it over. help!!! and thx!

Answer: Unravel the cord to the length you need. Then grabbing the cord closest to you and holding it in the same hand you vacuum with, works for me.

What size filters fit this vacuum?

Answer: There is no real filter in it. You can actually remove the foam filter and hand wash it in the sink

Question: can it cut the hair off the brush?

Answer: My vacuum does not cut the hair off. However, I don’t have any problem keeping the brush free of dog hair. This is the best vacuum I’ve ever purchased

Question: Is it normal to get hot around the motor area?

Answer: I haven’t experienced any issue with mine yet. That may be a flaw in your unit, I would get it looked at.

Question: How to buy a replacement canister?

Answer: Go to the manufacturer website. If it’s under warranty, good luck getting in touch with someone. I’ve been trying for weeks.

Question: what Shark vacuum has a wider cleaning head?

Answer: Check with manufacturers

Question: I am thinking of buying the nv356e and I’m reading it comes with a premium roller or standard roller. 

Answer: It does come with it and it’s amazing!!!

Question: Where is it made? Not buying Chinese

Answer: We would like to inform you that this vacuum is manufactured in China.

Question: Is the brush motorized or air powered?

Answer: We would like to inform you that this vacuum includes a dusting brush, 8″ crevice tool, and pet power brush. The pet power brush is air driven.

Question: What is the suction power in aw? i want to compare the specs with dyson models.

Answer: Very good suction power. Light weight and so easy to use.

Question: will this model stand alone or must it lie on the floor?

Answer: We would like to inform you that this vacuum stands on its own when not in use.

Troubleshooting of Shark NV356E

How and when do I adjust the suction of Shark NV356E?

The suction control collar at the base of the handle will helps you to adjust the suction level for different surfaces. You can rotate clockwise or counterclockwise to increase or reduce the suction, respectively.

How and when do I adjust the suction of Shark NV356E?

What should I do if the brush roll of Shark NV356E stops spinning?

Use scissors to carefully cut away any hair wrapped around the brushroll. Check that the nozzle release button is locked in place, making the electrical connection complete.

You can see a detailed instruction of how to remove blockage out of Shark NV356E brush roller in the below image

Replacement parts of Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional Upright Vacuum

  • Foam & Felt Filter Kit
  • Hard Floor Hero
  • Accessory Holder
  • Back Saver Wand
  • Bare-Floor Nozzle
  • Crevice Tool
  • Dust Cup
  • Dust-Away Microfiber Pad
  • Dust-Away Pads
  • Duster Pads
  • Dusting Brush
  • Dusting Kit
  • Extension Tube
  • Extension Wand
  • Filter Grill
  • Floor Nozzle Hose
  • Hard Surface Brush
  • HEPA Filter

Reviews and FAQs of Shark Vertex DuoClean PowerFin AZ2002 Upright Vacuum

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Reviews and FAQs of Shark Vertex DuoClean PowerFin Upright Vacuum

Shark Vertex AZ2002 is the newest upright vacuum series from Shark brand released by Oct, 2020. This model can be considered as an upgraded series of Shark most successful series: Shark APEX Duoclean by adding a new brush roller design called Powerfin roller. 

Shark new roller: The Powerfin roller
Shark new roller: The Powerfin roller

What is Powerfin roller? The shark fin-like silicone roller can go deep down to the carpet foundation to lift up more dirt. We will go deeper about this new design in the below section.

Shark Vertex AZ2002 inherits the many features from previous series such as: 

Duoclean brushroll: the greatest roller design over many years which can pick up hair, fine dust, large debris in just 1 cleaning pass. 

Self- cleaning brush roll: You do not need to remove pet hair manually because the brush roll is capable of cleaning itself. You will save more time and energy.

Anti-Allergen Complete Seal: This Shark Vertex is designed for people with allergies because it can keep 99,99% of dust and allergens inside.

Power-Lift Away: You can clean under furniture with this lift-away feature.

Besides these perks, this Shark Powerfin series is added with 2 new features:

Strongest suction power: Shark Vertex uses new technology called Accelerated Suction to give more suction power compared to any Shark vacuum today.

Powerfin: a new design of the brush roll with flexible silicone in fin-like shape to dig down the carpet foundation and engage on hard floors to pull up more dirt in each pass. 

Here is the difference between the fins and brushes on rollers:

Technologies and benefits of Shark Vertex

One of the most annoying problems with any traditional upright vacuum is about the hair tangling issue. Over many years, Shark has focused on innovating many brushroll designs to solve the issue, and the Duoclean brushroll is perhaps the most efficient brushroll on the market.

Duoclean brushroll does not only pick up more fine dust and hair, but also reduce hair tangling issues.

However, the Duoclean brushroll along can’t dig deeply on carpet foundation to pick up embedded dirt, that’s why Shark upright vacuum models mostly have 2 brush roller: 1 Duoclean roller and 1 traditional roller to pick up dirt on carpet and rug, like this Shark APEX

Shark APEX brush roller system

Shark APEX brush roller system

Shark Duoclean brush roller system

Shark Duoclean brush roller system

In this Shark Vertex upright vacuum, a new roller is applied which is called Duofin roller -which resembles the Shark fins to dig down the carpets and rugs better. Here is how the Duofin roller works:

The aim of this is to pick up more dirt, debris and hair with no hair wrapping issue

How to use Shark Vertex: 3 ways to use Shark Vertex upright vacuum

Shark Vertex upright vacuum uses a Powered-Lift Away technology, which means you can detach the canister for cleaning under the furniture, bedding areas without losing suction. This is completely different from the Lift-away technology used on Shark Rotator, Shark Navigator series.

When you need to clean the ceiling, you just only need to attach the extended wand. While the detached canister is a bit more weighty than a cordless stick vacuum, the standard dust cup size is a great benefit because you won’t have to empty frequently

  • Canister weight: > 8 lbs.
  • Dust cup size: 1 quart

Casually, Shark Vertex works as an upright vacuum with bright LED lights, wide cleaning nozzle path (12 inches) and very maneuverable 

Dirt filtration system of Shark Vertex – perfect for allergic person

Like most advanced vacuum cleaners, Shark Vertex uses a HEPA filter to capture the dust, and its exclusive technology called Complete Sealed Filtration System to keep all the dust inside. Without the sealed system, the dust can be expelled out of the vacuum and cause air recontamination, like this illustration:

Shark Vertex suction – new technology to give strongest suction power

To boost suction power to a new level, Shark Vertex uses a technology called Hypervelocity, which is an accelerated suction power, to give more suction at the hose than any Shark vacuum. This test is done based on ASTM F558 criteria.

(This technology is currently exclusive to Shark Vertex series and Shark APEX UpLight model)

Shark Vertex Attachments

Specifications of Shark Vertex AZ2002

  • Type: Upright
  • Model Vector DuoClean with Powered Lift-Away; AZ2002
  • Power: 1344 Watt
  • Motor: 11.8 amp
  • Height 46.25″
  • Depth 11.2″
  • Width (inches) 15.09″
  • Weight 16.38 lbs
  • Hose: 5.5 ft
  • Floor Type: All
  • Filter: HEPA, Washable
  • Dust Bin: 1 quarts
  • Cord: 30′
  • Reach: 35.5′
  • Bagless: Yes
  • Returns: Varies by retailer
  • Warranty: 5-Year limited
  • 5-Year Limited Warranty
  • 60-Day Money Back Guarantee
  • User Manual – download here

Pros and cons of Shark Vertex AZ2002


  • Can clean efficiency all floor types and above floor cleaning
  • Strong suction and large dust cup
  • New brush roller design


  • Price is still high
  • Noisy

Performance of Shark Vertex AZ2002

The dirt and hairs pulled out of carpets

Replacements of shark vertex

  • Extension Wand
  • Foam and Felt Filter kit
  • Handle with hose
  • Post motor filter

Ratings of Shark Vertex

Average Ratings of Shark Vertex is 92/100, specifically

  • Quality: average rating is 98/100
  • Value: average rating is 94/100
  • Performance: average rating is 98/100
  • Design: average rating is 96/100

Should you buy Shark Vertex AZ2002 upright vacuum in 2020/2021

Shark Vertex AZ2002 is a great upright vacuum cleaner if you are looking for an all-in-one vacuum for seamlessly cleaning your home. However, its price is expensive so it depends much on your budget. Check the price of Shark Vertex AZ2002 on Amazon here.

If you need a cheaper upright vacuum with powerful performance, Shark APEX Duoclean can be a good alternative. 

Further reading related to Shark Vertex for you:

  • shark vertex cordless
  • shark vertex ultralight
  • shark vertex vs apex

Reviews and troubleshooting of iRobot Braava 380t Robot Mop

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Reviews and troubleshooting of iRobot Braava 380t Robot Mop
Reviews and troubleshooting of iRobot Braava 380t Robot Mop

iRobot Braava 380t Robot Mop is a robot cleaner designed for cleaning hard surfaces like laminate floor, tile floor, gloss tile, etc. This robot has 2 cleaning modes: the dry mode to vacuum, remove debris from carpets and floors and the wet mode to polish your floor without any hassle. 

It is a great product to clean pet messes and highly recommended for busy pet owners. However, this Braava 380t Robot Mop has a relatively weak suction compared to a standard robot vacuum cleaner (it is not a vacuum), and it does not connect to Wifi too.

Should you buy iRobot Braava 380t Robot Mop?

If you have large areas that accumulate dust and dirt easily, iRobot Braava 380t Robot Mop can be a right solution for your home. You should bear in mind that it is designed for hard floors so it is not suitable for vacuuming or cleaning carpets.

Here are a few features of Braava 380t Robot Mop:

Reviews and troubleshooting of iRobot Braava 380t Robot Mop

Triple pass mopping action – clean amazingly hard surfaces

The Braava 380t Robot Mop will clean your floors with 3 passes on the same area to remove dirt and grime on the floors 2 cleaning modes: Braava 380t Robot Mop can do Mopping and sweeping. You can also uses different cleaning cloths for polishing your floors: either a reusable microfiber cloths or other disposable cleaning cloths are all applicable

Smarter navigation- move efficiently

Reviews and troubleshooting of iRobot Braava 380t Robot Mop


iAdapt 2.0 Navigation is used on Braava so it can “remember” your floors while cleaning and clean more efficiently

Ideal for large spaces – Clean the whole house in just a single charge

Reviews and troubleshooting of iRobot Braava 380t Robot Mop

Fast charging system – fully recharged in 2 hours

Fast charging with the Turbo-Charge Cradle. .

Reviews and troubleshooting of iRobot Braava 380t Robot Mop

The package of iRobot Braava 380t Floor Mopping Robot includes:

  • 1 iRobot Braava 380t Floor Mopping Robot
  • 1 NA Adapter
  • 1 2000 mAh NiMH Rechargeable Battery
  • 1 NorthStar Navigation Cube, Channel 4 (requires 2 C batteries, included)
  • 1 Microfiber Mopping Cloth, 1 Microfiber Damp Mopping Cloth
  • 1 Multi-Purpose Cleaning Pad
  • 1 Pro-Clean Reservoir Pad
  • 1 Turbo Charge Cradle

Specifications of iRobot Braava 380t Floor Mopping Robot

  • Dimensions: 15 x 4.5 x 13 inches
  • Package Weight: 8.7 pounds
  • Robot Dimensions: 3 x 8.5 inches
  • Robot Weight: 4 pounds

Pros and cons of Braava 380t


  • Cleans Effectively
  • Easy To Use
  • Hassle Free Operation
  • Cleans Under Furniture
  • Long Run Time


  • Misses Spots
  • Long Charge Time
  • Can Get Stuck
  • Difficult To Clean
  • Small Debris Bin

Recommendation of of iRobot Braava 380t Floor Mopping Robot

  • Hardwood Floors
  • Large Rooms
  • Small Rooms
  • High Traffic Rooms
  • Pet Hair
  • Tile Floors

FAQs of iRobot Braava 380t Floor Mopping Robot

Does Braava work with the Turbo Charge Cradle?

Only Braava 380t is compatible with the Turbo Charge Cradle. 

Braava 320 cannot be used with the Turbo Charge Cradle because it does not have charging parts on its back.

What kind of floors can Braava clean?

Braava is recommended for cleaning hard-surface floors such as: wood, tile, vinyl, laminate, etc.

Is Braava a vacuum?

No, Braava is not a vacuum. Braava uses cleaning cloths to both sweep and mop hard surface floors to keep them free of grit and grime. 

Irobot braava 380t troubleshooting

If you are having problems with Braava 380t and would like to find troubleshooting, so here it is:

Troubleshoot when Braava 380t won’t turn on

What you see: Your Braava does not move, lights will not turn on. This can be due to 4 reasons: the Battery is not charged, the battery is no longer holding charge, the battery is not connected or the power button is defective. 

Troubleshoot: check the battery carefully, replace the battery if necessary or fix the button power.

Troubleshoot when Braava 380t won’t move 

What you see: Your iRobot Braava 380t turns on but it does not move. This can be due to the wheel system. The robot wheels are worn, stuck or broken. Sometimes, the wheel motor can be a problem too.

Troubleshoot: check the wheel system, replace worn wheels, check the side view to see if there are any pet hairs that get stuck on the wheel.

Troubleshoot when Braava 380t won’t move  normally

What you see:Your iRobot moves in circles, not turning around. Again, this can due to the wheel system, either it is defective or is jammed with hairs. Sometimes, the mop head is not attached properly and can also cause this.

Troubleshoot: check the wheel system and the mop head.