Shark nv356e vs nv360: Which Vacuum Cleaner Is Better?

When looking for a vacuum cleaner you will want to compare its size, functions, and ease of use. We are going to do all that for you and provide unbiased opinions about the Shark nv356e and nv360. These two models come from Shark’s Lift-Away line, making them 2-1 vacuums. Their color makes them look different but there are also some small yet significant differences between Shark nv356e vs Shark nv360.

Shark nv356e vs nv360

Before we take a look at these differences, we will go over the similarities.

The Lift-Away feature means that both models can be used as a vertical vacuum. Then, with a click of a button, you can remove the canister and you are left with a vacuum to use in trickier places like under the sofa. The maneuverability is really helped with the swivel steering on both models.

The Shark nv356e and nv360 are excellent vacuums for those people who suffer from allergies. They have Anti Allergen Complete Seal Technology. This means that 99.9% of dust and pollutants are sucked into the canister. The HEPA foam filters recycle the air leaving it much cleaner.

The final similarity is the size of the cleaning head. Both models have a cleaning path of 9.5”. Although smaller than other Shark vacuums, it is still a decent size head. You can change the head from carpet areas to hard areas by simply sliding a button, without having to turn off the vacuum.

Now we will move on to specific differences that will help you choose between the Shark nv356e vs Shark nv360.

Shark nv356e vs nv360

Shark nv356e

Shark nv356e

  • Size: 14.9” x 11.4” x 45.2/ 14lbs
  • Color: Silver
  • Cord length: 30ft
  • Hose length: 5ft
  • Filters: Anti Allergen Complete Seal Technology and HEPA
  • Fingertip Controls: Yes
  • Bagless: Yes
  • Lift Away: Yes
  • Canister Capacity: 1.1 gallons
  • Attachments:   Hard floor attachment with washable pads/ dusting brush/ wide upholstery tool/8” crevice tool

 

Shark nv360

Shark nv360

  • Size: 11.4 x 12.4 x 45.2/ 16lbs
  • Color: Blue
  • Cord length: 25ft
  • Hose length: 8.5ft
  • Filters: Anti Allergen Complete Seal Technology and HEPA
  • Fingertip Controls: Yes
  • Bagless: Yes
  • Lift Away: Yes
  • Canister Capacity: 0.77 gallons
  • Attachments: Motorized floor brush/ crevice tool/ dusting brush/ pet turbo brush

 

Shark nv356e vs nv360: Appearance

Many people who make a decision based on how a vacuum looks. The size will make a difference in where you can store your vacuum and how easy it is to carry it around. An average vertical vacuum is about 45”. The width and weight will depend on the canister, most weigh between 15lbs and 20lbs. Even the color will have an effect on the buyer’s choice.

Shark nv360 Comparison

Shark nv360

The Shark nv356e

It comes in silver with a weight of 14lbs, so a bit lighter than others. It is 14.9” x 11.4” x 45.2”, you won’t notice a difference in size compared with others.

The Shark nv360

This model comes in blue and weighs 16lbs. The dimensions are 11.4 x 12.4 x 45.2, again a normal sized vacuum.

The winner is – A Tie

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Shark nv356e vs nv360: Canister capacity

The capacity of the canister will determine how often you have to empty it. It can range from 0.5 gallons to 1.25 gallons.

The Shark nv356e

The nv365e will hold 1.1 gallons of dry dirt. This is definitely an advantage.

The Shark nv360

The nv360 can hold 0.77 gallons, while not as much, it is still a good capacity.

The winner is – The Shark nv356e

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Shark nv356e vs nv360: Power and Cord Length

The more power a vacuum has, the better the suction it will have and in turn a better performance. A vacuum can use between 500w and 3000w. It is typical for a cord to be 30” long.

Shark nv356e comparison

Shark nv356e

The Shark nv356e

This vacuum will use about 1100w. It is a little less than average but you will still be impressed with the suction. The cord is 30” so you won’t have to worry about changing outlets.

The Shark nv360

Here you will have 1200w, while not at the top, it is closer to the average. The cord is slightly shorter at 25”.

The winner is – The Shark nv360

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Shark nv356e vs nv360: Attachments

The extras you receive in the box make a huge difference in how you are able to use your vacuum. For some it is more important to have a crevice attachment for the narrow stretches, others will prefer a brush to vacuum upholstery. While the hose is not an attachment, the length will make a difference for those higher up areas.

Shark nv356e in action

The Shark nv356e

Included in your box are a hard floor attachment with washable pads, an upholstery brush, and a dusting brush. There is also an 8” long crevice tool, which will really help for those places you can’t vacuum. The hose length is 5”, sufficient for high areas.

The Shark nv360

You will have a pet turbo brush, a dusting brush, a crevice tool, and a motorized floor brush. We feel that this version is better if you have pets not only for the turbo brush but also for the motorized floor brush. It works well on upholstery and helps with pet hair. The hose is 8.5ft long so you will have no problems vacuuming higher up.

The winner is- The Shark nv360

Pros and Cons

The pros and cons of each model are the last summaries before we deliver the overall winner.

The Shark nv356e

Pros:

  • Extra dirt capacity in the canister
  • The 8” crevice tool is great for narrow areas, especially in the car
  • It weighs less than the average upright vacuum

Cons:

  • The hard floor attachment doesn’t work as well as we like

 

The Shark nv360

Pros:

  • It has more 100w more than the nv356e
  • The 8,5ft hose length means you will never have to struggle around ceiling areas
  • The motorized floor brush is a great attachment

Cons:

  • It falls over quite easily when the hose

 

The Final Verdict

We have chosen the Shark nv360 for two main reasons. We liked the attachments, particularly for those who have pets. The extra power and hose length was the other reason for selecting this vacuum. However, if you don’t have pets, you can’t go wrong with either of these Shark vacuums.


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