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Shark NV360 vs. NV356E vs. NV501

Shark NV360 vs. NV356E vs. NV501
Today, I will make a comparison review between the Shark NV360 vs. NV356E vs. NV501. Shark has manufactured a lot of vacuums, and in today’s market, these three upright models are among the best-selling upright vacuums from Shark.

Canister models can be difficult to move around because they are heavier than other vacuum types. But thanks to the Lift-Away Technology that all three models have, it is now possible for you to vacuum above-floor areas.

Are you considering getting a Shark soon? If you don’t have a moment to read the face to face comparison, here is a quick summary of what you will be expecting.

  • I recommend the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe NV360 if you are looking for a lighter unit that will also leave a little extra in your pocket.
  • The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional NV356E may be the best option for you if you want an extra-large dustbin and a longer power cord.
  • I recommend the Shark Lift-Away Rotator Professional NV501 if you want a vacuum cleaner that is as good as it looks.

Main Differences

  • Dust Bin
    The dustbin to the Shark NV356E, which can hold 2.2 dry quarts, has almost twice the capacity of the Shark NV501 and NV360. If you have kids and pets, this could be an important factor to consider.
  • Fancy Add-Ons
    The Shark Rotator Professional NV501 comes with a few extras, such as LED headlights, a cord wrap, and a redesigned comfort hose.
  • Power Cord Length
    The Shark NV356E has a 30-feet power cord, while the power cord for the Shark NV360 and NV501 is only 25 feet in

Comparison Table

Name
Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe NV360 Upright Vacuum, Blue
Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional NV356E, White and...
Shark Rotator Professional Upright Corded Bagless Vacuum for...
Star Rating
Dimensions
12 x 15 x 45 inches
12 x 15 x 45 inches
12 x 12 x 45.7 inches
Weight
12.5 pounds
13.7 pounds
15.5 pounds
Wattage
1200
1200
1200
Amps
10
10
10
Cord Length
25 feet
30 feet
25 feet
Cleaning Path
11 inches
9.25 inches
9 inches
Anti-Allergen Complete Seal
Dust Cup Size
1.2 quarts
2.2 quarts
1.3 quarts
Lift-Away
Specific Uses
Above floor areas, stairs, carpet, bare floors
Pet hair, above floor, carpet, hard surface, bare floors
Above floor areas, stairs, carpet, bare floors
LED Headlights
Name
Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe NV360 Upright Vacuum, Blue
Star Rating
Dimensions
12 x 15 x 45 inches
Weight
12.5 pounds
Wattage
1200
Amps
10
Cord Length
25 feet
Cleaning Path
11 inches
Anti-Allergen Complete Seal
Dust Cup Size
1.2 quarts
Lift-Away
Specific Uses
Above floor areas, stairs, carpet, bare floors
LED Headlights
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Name
Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional NV356E, White and...
Star Rating
Dimensions
12 x 15 x 45 inches
Weight
13.7 pounds
Wattage
1200
Amps
10
Cord Length
30 feet
Cleaning Path
9.25 inches
Anti-Allergen Complete Seal
Dust Cup Size
2.2 quarts
Lift-Away
Specific Uses
Pet hair, above floor, carpet, hard surface, bare floors
LED Headlights
Reviews
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Name
Shark Rotator Professional Upright Corded Bagless Vacuum for...
Star Rating
Dimensions
12 x 12 x 45.7 inches
Weight
15.5 pounds
Wattage
1200
Amps
10
Cord Length
25 feet
Cleaning Path
9 inches
Anti-Allergen Complete Seal
Dust Cup Size
1.3 quarts
Lift-Away
Specific Uses
Above floor areas, stairs, carpet, bare floors
LED Headlights
Reviews
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Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe NV360

The Shark NV360 is one of the highest consumer-reviewed products on Amazon. With a price so low and features so rich, I am not surprised at all! If you have never owned a vacuum before with swivel steering, you will surely experience a new level of comfort and maneuverability with this unit.

As the name hints, this model features Lift-Away Technology. With a push of a button, the canister detaches for portable cleaning power. Even when used as a handheld vacuum, it delivers the same speckles results.

While it has powerful suction, you can dial it down when vacuuming lightweight rugs and drapes. Also, there is a brushroll switch to prevent dust and pet hair from blowing away on bare floors. And just because it is a powerful vacuum, it doesn’t mean it could burst an eardrum!

The only thing that I dislike about this upright vacuum is its poor balance. Ironically, this model teeters and totters. Give it a light tap, and it falls to the floor. This machine is a solid piece of engineering, so I am not worried about damages whatsoever. However, it can be annoying at times.

Pros

  • Powerful, adjustable suction
  • Swivel steering
  • Lift-Away Technology
  • Multi-floor cleaning
  • Washable pre-motor filters and post-motor filter
  • Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology
  • Quieter than most vacuums
  • Picks up pet hair effectively
  • Easy to empty and clean
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Doesn’t actually stand upright
  • Debris as large as Froot Loops don’t get sucked easily

Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional NV356E

The Shark NV356E is perfect for carpets and hard floors. With its Lift-Away feature, you can use this upright vacuum cleaner as a handheld canister with just a push of a button. This function gives its users the ability to efficiently clean those hard-to-reach areas, including stairs and your parked car outside.

Another notable feature is the HEPA filter, which effectively traps allergens. What’s more, the two pre-motor filters and the post-motor filter are washable and reusable for a long period.

Although I have a prolific shedder at home, I am impressed with this machine’s efficiency in cleaning carpets and pet hair. The brushroll is gentle enough to accommodate my delicate hardwood floors, but it rages against dirt and debris.

I find this vacuum cleaner a breeze to use. But if you suffer joint pain due to arthritis, I’m not sure if you can carry its weight. On the bright side, the Lift-Away feature will hive off a whopping eight pounds so that you will find it easier to use. By then, I doubt you will have issues moving it around your home.

Pros

  • Powerful, adjustable suction
  • Swivel steering
  • Lift-Away Technology
  • Multi-floor cleaning
  • Extra-large dust cup
  • Washable pre-motor filters and post-motor filter
  • Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology
  • Quieter than most vacuums
  • Comes with useful attachments
  • Picks up pet hair
  • Easy to empty and clean
  • Reasonably priced

Cons

  • Debris as large as Froot Loops don’t get sucked easily
  • Heavier than the NV360 and NV501

Shark Rotator Professional NV501

The Shark NV501 is a versatile unit suitable for both hard floors and carpets. This snazzy-looking vacuum cleaner doesn’t require much maintenance to tackle different dirt. Likewise, it features different accessories.

The Shark NV501 has many of the features you can find in the Shark NV360 and NV356E. This model has swivel steering, Lift-Away technology, powerful suction, and HEPA filtration, among others. Given that it costs more than the NV360 and NV356, I am sure you are expecting extra features.

Unlike the two Navigators, this model comes with an LED headlamp, which is handy in low-light conditions and to people with reduced vision. There is also a cord wrap and a redesigned comfort hose handle.

Pros

  • Powerful, adjustable suction
  • Swivel steering
  • Lift-Away Technology
  • Multi-floor cleaning
  • Washable pre-motor filters and post-motor filter
  • Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology
  • Quieter than most vacuums
  • Sufficient cleaning accessories included
  • Picks up pet hair
  • Easy to empty and clean
  • LED headlights

Cons

  • More expensive than the NV360 and NV356E
  • Narrow cleaning head takes more time to finish a cleaning cycle
  • Debris as large as Froot Loops don’t get sucked easily

Face to Face Comparison

This guide allows you to compare the Shark NV360 vs. NV356E vs. NV501 side by side in one area to help you make an informed decision.

Dimensions

Let’s kick things off with the dimensions. The Shark NV360, NV356E, and NV501 are distinctly lightweight compared to the big and bulky upright vacuum cleaners we grew up with.

Shark NV360

Shark-NV360
The Shark NV360 measures 12 inches wide, 15 inches deep, and 45 inches tall. The height is suitable for the majority, and even older people can handle this machine without having to bend down frequently.

Likewise, this unit weighs 12.5 pounds, which makes it the lightest upright vacuum cleaner in this review.

Shark NV356E

Shark Navigato Lift-Away
The Shark NV360 vs. NV356E is equal in terms of size. However, this model is a tad heavier, as it weighs about 13.7 pounds.

Shark NV501

Shark NV501
The Shark NV501 is not the lightest in town, but at 15.5 pounds, it is still manageable. Many people would still lift and push this vacuum cleaner without much effort. This model measures 12 inches wide, 12 inches deep, and 45.7 inches tall.


Design

Design Shark NV360 vs NV356E vs NV501
Both the Shark NV360 and NV356E belong to the Navigator showroom. The Shark NV501, on the other hand, is a Rotator model.

The Shark Navigator NV360 and NV356E don’t have bells and whistles. Meanwhile, the Shark NV501 Rotator has added features like LED headlights and a brushroll indicator light. But in terms of design, the difference between the said Navigator and Rotator models is negligible.

The Shark NV360, NV356E, and NV501 have these basic points:

  • a wide cleaning head
  • a see-through canister that “lifts away”
  • an upright wand
  • and a few handy attachments

Overall, the body style and layout for these models are basically similar. Each of these units is capable of running as an upright or as a handheld vacuum cleaner.

The only difference I see right off the bat is the color.
The Shark NV360 is available in blue, light purple, and black. Meanwhile, the Shark NV356E is only available in white with a faux chrome accent trim. The same goes for the Shark NV501 that has a red and grey color scheme.

Power Cord

As with any cleaning appliance, you will benefit from a longer power cord. Fortunately, the Shark NV360, NV356E, and NV501 have long power cords that allow you to reach corners without having to transfer from one power outlet to another.

Shark NV360

shark NV360 power cord
The Shark NV360 has a power cord length of 25 feet, similar to the Shark NV501.

Shark NV356E

shark NV356E power cord
The Shark NV356E has a 30-feet power cord, which makes it 5-ft. longer compared to the Shark NV360 and NV501. Thirty feet is sufficient for cleaning a large room without having to unplug and re-plug the cord on different power outlets. However, the hose of the Shark NV356E is 5-ft. long.

Shark NV501

shark nv501 power cord
As hinted earlier, the Shark NV501 has a power cord measuring 25 feet in length. On the bright side, this model has an 8.4-ft hose, which is handy for cleaning hard-to-reach areas.


Dustbin Capacity

Another distinction between the Shark NV360 vs. NV356E vs. NV501 is the size of the dust cup. A larger dustbin is preferable to reduce the times you need to empty your vacuum cleaner.

Shark NV360

shark NV360 dust bin capacity
The Shark NV360 has the smallest dust cup. This model is only capable of holding 1.2 dry quarts (11.8 cups) of dust and debris until it reaches the fill line.
The maximum capacity is 4.4 dry quarts (17.3 cups).

Shark NV356E

shark NV356E dust bin capacity
The Shark NV356E has the largest dust cup. This model can hold 2.2 dry quarts (8.6 cups) up to the fill line and has a maximum capacity of 4.4 dry quarts (17.3 cups). Since the dust cup is fairly large, you won’t have to empty the canister as frequently as you would with the Shark NV650 and NV501.

Shark NV501

shark NV501 dust bin capacity
The Shark NV501 has a dust cup that can hold up to 1.3 dry quarts (5.1 cups) of dust and debris.


Accessories

Each model comes with a tool clip so that you can attach your tools below the handle. It is very convenient to have your tools nearby, especially if you are vacuuming off somewhere. However, each model includes a different set of accessories.

Shark NV360

The Shark NV360 includes the following attachments:

  • Upholstery: suitable for cleaning upholstery furniture and fabrics
  • 5.5-inch Crevice Tool: cleans narrow crevices

Shark NV356E

The Shark NV356E uses the following attachments:

  • Pet Power Brush: picks up pet fur and human hair
  • Hard Floor Hero Attachment (sold separately): picks up fine dust and debris from hardwood, tiles, and bare floors
  • Dusting Brush: suitable for cleaning upholstery furniture and delicate items
  • 8-inch Crevice Tool: cleans between furniture items and tight crevices

Shark NV501

The Shark NV501 includes the following attachments:

  • Wide Pet Upholstery Tool: designed to cover a wider area when cleaning pet fur from fabrics and upholstery
  • Dusting Brush: suitable for cleaning furniture and delicate items
  • 12-inch Crevice Tool: the extra length allows its user to reach every nook and cranny


Swivel Steering

Swivel Steering
When comparing the Shark NV360 vs. NV356E vs. NV501 in terms of maneuverability, I would say these models are head-to-head. Part of the genius of newer Shark upright vacuums is the swivel steering, and all of the three models in this review have that feature.

Thanks to this feature, I can easily reach under desks and furniture. Likewise, I can go around furniture items, as well as navigate through narrow corridors and crowded rooms in a cinch.

I love that there is no complex ball steering. A little twist by my left hand tilts and turns these Sharks into smaller spaces.

Lift-Away Technology

Lift-Away Technology
All three models highlight Lift-Away Technology, which is among the recent innovations by SharkNinja. This feature allows you to detach the motor assembly from the main body so that you can carry it using one hand while you grab the hose using your other hand.

Although I am still tethered by the power cord, I still have a fair bit of reach for cleaning the ceiling, vehicle interiors, cabinets, and other areas that a standard upright vacuum can’t reach.

Brushroll Control and Suction Release

Brushroll Control
The Shark NV360, NV356E, and NV501 also have a brushroll control. If I am cleaning carpets, I can turn the brushroll on and turn it off when I am doing hard floors. Many upright vacuum cleaners don’t allow you to do that.

If the brushroll continues to spin on a bare surface, such as hardwood, it can cause some scatter. You also don’t want the brushroll spinning on a delicate bare floor.

Also, each model has a suction-release collar. OK, I know what you’re thinking. Why would you want to bleed the suction off? Well, there are instances when you need to bleed the suction off so that it would be easier to push the vacuum. Likewise, you may need to dial your suction down to prevent damage to delicate materials.

Filter System

Filter System
Each of these units comes equipped with two pre-motor filters, both of which you can wash in water and air-dry. One is a foam filter, and the other is a felt filter. Meanwhile, the post-motor filter is a HEPA filter. Again, this filter is washable in water. You can pop the filter right back in as soon as it dries up.

As for the replacement frequency, Shark suggests to replace the foam and felt filters every 12 months and HEPA filters every 24 months.

Another selling point of the Shark NV360, NV356, and NV501 is the Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology. This technology guarantees that not a single speck of dust or dirt can escape as soon as it has already been collected inside. Therefore, any of these units is a good fit for those who have allergies or asthma.

Suction Power

Suction Power
All three models are given with a 1200-watt (10 amps) engine, which makes them powerful enough for cleaning carpets and bare floors. What I love about these vacuums is that each of them has an advanced cyclonic technology that SharkNinja refers to as “Never Lose Suction.” Combine that with the anti-clogging mechanism of the filters, and you will get a powerful Shark with a consistently strong suction power regardless of the amount of dust and debris it has collected.

Noise

The Shark NV360 and NV356E generate 77 decibels of noise from three inches away. However, the Shark NV501 is noisier at 80 decibels.

Tests on Different Types of Floors

To compare the cleaning performance of the Shark NV360 vs. NV356E vs. NV501, I scattered 100 grams of small- and medium-sized debris (sand, sesame seeds, corn flakes, Froot Loops, M&M’s, and shredded cotton) on hardwood and Berber carpet.
Tests on Different Types of Floors
I should say that the pickup ability of each model on the hard floor and the carpeted surface is virtually similar. All three won’t require repeated passes to deliver optimum cleaning results.

But because the cleaning gate was narrow and constricting, I had to use the cleaning wand to clean up the Froot Loops, and M&M’s that these Sharks left behind after the first pass. I also noticed that the suction on the edges is not as robust as the middle of the brushroll. Sometimes, a trail of sand would be left behind the sides.

Nevertheless, each of these upright vacuum cleaners was able to clean up everything as swiftly as the other. Unsurprisingly, it is because they have the same 1200-watt motor.

Frequently Asked Questions

Shark NV360 vs. NV501: Which vacuum has the most suction?

Both the Shark NV360 and NV501 are rated 1350 watts. Any of these two models is suitable if you have a lot of stubborn dirt and debris to clean, especially if the dirt is embedded in carpets.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between the Shark Navigator NV360 vs. NV356E?

Aside from the included attachments, another difference between the Shark Navigator NV360 vs. NV356E is the length of the hose and power cord.

Can I use my Shark NV501 to vacuum my car?

Thanks to the Lift-Away Technology and 25-feet power cord, you can use your Shark NV501 to clean less accessible areas, such as your car.

Can you wash a Shark NV356E HEPA filter?

SharkNinja suggests we wash the NV356E HEPA filters regularly and make sure the filter is absolutely dry before putting them back inside the unit.

Conclusion

The Shark NV360 vs. NV356E vs. NV501 are in many ways the same. All three models have the Lift-Away Technology, making it possible for me to vacuum any area without being restrained by the mobility of an upright unit.

Moreover, all three vacuum cleaners have the same 1200-watt motor. Each model also has a suction-release valve and a brushroll control. Therefore, I could turn the brush off when I am cleaning hardwood floors, and turn it back on instantly for better agitation when doing carpets.

Most importantly, these machines don’t leak dirty air into my home. Know that the Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology is a rare feature for vacuums in this price range to have.

While I would recommend any of these three vacuums, I personally think that the Shark NV365E is the best all-around upright vacuum cleaner in this review because it strikes the right balance between price and features.

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