The direct answer to the question What is the difference between the Shark Navigator model NV356E and NV355 is all about the attachments. Otherwise, both of these vacuums are part of the 350 series of Shark Navigator® Lift-Away® Professional Upright Vacuums.
- Shark Navigator NV356E has a Hard Floor Hero Attachment, a Pet Power Brush, Dusting Brush, and 8″ Crevice Tool.
- Shark Navigator NV355 has a Professional Dust-Away bare floor tool, washable microfiber pad, and pet hair cleaning tool.
Perhaps a more significant difference between these two vacuums in the “real world” is that the Shark NV355 is no longer being made by Shark, so it’s harder to find new (and the replacement parts are also more difficult to locate).
Despite being an older model, the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional NV356E continues to be a best selling vacuum, probably because of it’s affordable price for a 2 in 1 upright and portable canister vacuum with HEPA filtration.
The other feature that distinguishes the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional from earlier Lift-Away upright vacuums is the Dust Away Hard Floor Attachment which makes it possible to really get rid of all that dirt, even ultra fine particles.
For more information about the Shark Navigator NV356E, read our detailed review to see if it is the right choice for your budget and needs.
How to decide between Shark NV356E vs NV355
Actually, since two models use the same technologies and suction power, the decision between 2 models will mostly depend on the price value.
Other models within the Shark 350 series include NV355C, NV355CFS, NV355WM1, NV356K, NV356Q, NV357, NV358, NV370, NV370_26, NV391, NV391C, UV541CCO and UV550 – most of which are no longer available.
Shark NV356E is the most popular model in this Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional series, with over ten thousand feedback and it gets a very high rating for performance. The unit price is also very affordable and sometimes there is a discount on shark NV356E.
With that being said, Shark has since released many newer model upright vacuum cleaners, which also often go on sale. So you might want to take a look at other options before you make a decision. This is especially true if you are looking for more advanced technologies such as DuoClean or Zero-M.