It always happens that the old vacuum cleaner dies at the least opportune moment. You need your house spic and span for company on the weekend, but suddenly, a loud jarring mechanical sound is heard from the old vacuum, and next thing you know you’re waving smoke out of the air, and sweeping up the debris that’s fallen all over the floor. In these instances it’s time to toss the old vacuum cleaner into the trash, and start searching for the best vacuum cleaner.
I didn’t have a lot of time to search for the best vacuum cleaner. It involved me perusing five models at a popular big box store in town. I finally decided on the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional Upright NV356E vacuum cleaner, and brought it home.
With not a moment to spare, I quickly had it set up. The box claimed that this model would be perfect to vacuum stairs, hardwood floors, carpet, furniture, and even the ceiling. I’d been mistaken in my belief that the best vacuum cleaner couldn’t be versatile, but my new vacuum cleaner purchase certainly proved me wrong.
It wasn’t long before the canister filled up, but it still retained the same suction power. This was great as I didn’t have time to empty the canister as four rooms in my home had to be vacuumed as quickly as possible.
I was impressed by the HEPA filter. My old vacuum cleaner would have me sniffling and sneezing, but I could breathe easier with my new Shark Navigator. It contains a washable HEPA filter that screens out dust and allergens, so that only clean air is passed through to the outside.
This vacuum cleaner comes with a power head which is perfect for vacuuming carpets, but another attachable floor head worked better for hardwood floors and tiled floors. On the base of this attachment is a microfiber pad. This attachment is called the Dust-Away hardwood floor attachment. The microfiber pad grabs tiny microparticles that you can’t normally see.
Like most families, we had an assortment of pets, resulting in the constant vacuuming of carpet, couch, and chairs. My Navigator also included a pet tool attachment. It worked great at vacuuming up pet hair that was deeply embedded into the upholstery of my chairs. I was impressed that it didn’t take me half an hour to clean one chair, and that my hands and arms weren’t tired afterwards, even though the furniture looked spotless. I wasn’t even upset when the cats immediately jumped up onto the chair for sleep.
Besides making vacuuming up pet hair simpler, the pet hair and fur didn’t clog up the tools, nor did it wrap itself around the brushes. It made maintenance of the vacuum cleaner much simpler too.
The tubing of the vacuum could also be detached from the main unit. This enabled me to vacuum up the cobwebs that had accumulated in the corners of my room. I was also impressed with how much easier it was to vacuum the stairs.
Once I was done cleaning, I found it easy to detach the canister and empty it into the garbage. This was far easier than messing around with a vacuum cleaner bag. I could even rinse it under the sink to get it clean.
The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional Upright NV356E is priced at around $140, making it an affordable all-purpose vacuum cleaner. You won’t need to purchase a handheld vac as the tubing lifts out from the main unit, and you can add whatever tools you wish. Overall, I think this is one of the best vacuum cleaner on the market today. I was quite happy with my Shark Navigator purchase.