Bagless vacuums offer a variety of advantages over their older, bagged counterparts. You save money on replacement bags. A bagless system helps reduce loss of suction you experience over the life of your vacuum. The canister configuration also makes them far easier to clean. While they need to be emptied more frequently (thus running a greater risk of spilling), many consumers have found them to be an easy to use, economical alternative to older generation vacuums. The Shark Navigator NV352 Lift-Away Vacuum provides all of these benefits and more, while minimizing the aforementioned drawbacks.
This a highly compact machine, meaning it can navigate small areas easily. At 12.5 pounds, it is not the lightest vacuum on the market, but is still far lighter than most bagged models. The combined weight and compactness make the Shark a cross between an upright and a stick vacuum, but with the full power of an upright. The patented Lift-Away Canister allows you to attack dirty and high-traffic areas like stairs and couches with closer attention. The 25 foot cord means it will reach across most areas in your home easily.
Ease of Use and Versatility
A large swivel joint configuration makes this vacuum very easy to steer. The master hinge allows the vacuum to lay back at nearly 180 degrees. This, combined with the compact size, makes it easy to sweep under most furniture. The roller assembly is lower to the ground than most vacuums of this kind. Combine this with the extensions and tools that come with the Shark, and you have a machine that can maneuver in the tightest corners and clean effectively along baseboards. The roller assembly provides a 9.25 inch cleaning area.
The versatility does not stop there. You can deactivate the roller, so you can clean hard floors. The extensions are designed for counter tops, cupboards, and dry bathroom surfaces. With the extension and crevice tools attached, you have an extra 30 inches in length, allowing you to reach above doors and into ceiling corners. Each nozzle (with the exception of the crevice tool) swivels, minimizing the elbow grease and adjustments you have to make in hard-to-reach places.
To reduce allergens like pollen and pet dander, the canister unit is filtered with sealed HEPA technology. Allergens that get trapped in the filter will not be dispersed back into the air when you empty the canister. This has its advantages and disadvantages. On the plus side, you will be removing 99.99% of allergy-causing molecules when you clean (at least according to SharkNinja’s claims). The only major drawback is that you periodically have to replace the filter (though far less often than you would have to replace a vacuum bag). The high capacity canister reduces the number of times you have to empty it. Realistically, filters get less effective over time, meaning dumping the canister will result in allergen re-dispersal if the filter is not replaced regularly.
The Online Consensus
A perusal of online reviews reveal several positives that SharkNinja does not advertise. Most reviewers tout the incredible suction power, which is unexpectedly strong for a vacuum of this size. It can easily pick up paperclips, coins, and small rocks (though this is not recommended). The canister unit is exceptionally light, especially when compare to other full-sized canister models. The middling weight of the machine as a whole is offset by its maneuverability.
The Shark retails for around $100, with attachments included. For this price, you get a vacuum that is superior to most machines of this size and weight.