Product Comparison: Shark NV360 vs Shark NV501
- Has really strong suction that can be controlled via a dial near the handle. This is very useful when vacuuming a light weight carpet.
- Being able to switch to bare floors with the beater off is good as it prevents dust and pet hair blowing away from the vacuum.
- As far as vacuuming goes, it is awesome. The Dyson wouldn't pick up kibble from the floor without lifting a corner because it was too flat to the floor. On bare floors the Shark picked up everything nicely.
- And even though the suction it great, it's not so powerful that you cannot pull it away from whatever you're vacuuming. It's just properly designed.
- Really strong suction. OK, that was also a "pro", but the reason I put it in the "con" section, too, is because it's so strong that I can't do curtains with it sucking them in. It'd be nice if there was another setting to tone it down for this kind of purpose.
- Very powerful bare floor and carpet suction. Killed my Kirby in performance in both areas.
- The cleaner head is narrow. This seems both good and bad, good because it concentrates the suction area but bad in that it would take longer to vacuum. The Dyson's is 12", the Shark's 9.5"
- Awesome job picking up dog fur and dirt out of my carpets. It's amazing how much dirt there was embedded in the carpet, yuck! Five stars for performance.
- Filters are easily visible, right in your face when you go to empty the bin, so you know when they need to be cleaned
- The foam filter has started to rip in 2 places. I believe this is the 2nd filter after the dustbin, so right before the HEPA. It's good that the foam filter has been catching a lot of dust and dirt instead that stuff heading straight for the HEPA.
- The suction along the edges of the vacuum is non-existent. At least an inch on each side is left un-vacuumed. I have to use attachments to vacuum along the baseboards every time.
- This vacuum is awesome. Nice size and weight and attachments. Other reviews show pluses.
- Love the size and way it looks. For my longer rug I just have to adjust the suction to lessen it a little bit. Would definitely recommend this vacuum.
- It's a great size for me, I'm disabled so I can't lug around a huge, heavy vacuum.
- The head is smaller than I thought it would be, especially since the overall unit seems normal size, but still does the job. Not too noisy.
- I love the size for me and easy to maneuver around, and the attachments are easy to use.
- The Shark has a good sized dust bin and it is super easy to empty. I washed the dust bin and the top sponge filter and it only took about 10 minutes start to finish.
- The dirt canister is about half the size of every other one I've had.
- The Shark is slightly narrower and lighter than the Dyson. It turns as it vacuums just as easily as the Dyson, and the lighter weight makes it easier to push it around.
- The width of the vacuum when sitting sideways is pretty wide but hasn't affected us in any way... It is a full sized vacuum.
- Not super light-weight, though this may actually be a Pro since more weight on the front probably helps the vac suck better
- Swivel - I've never owed one before, and it's a very nice feature. It works fine, no issues.
- It's not very loud at all. We previously had a cheap Dirt Devil. Yikes, that thing could bust an eardrum. It was so annoying to use. This Shark is at a much lower, tolerable decibel.
- It's very easy to empty the dirt tank. It opens at both ends. I take it outside to the trash, open it up, and empty it directly into the garbage can.
- Easy-to-clean debris canister. Both top and bottom open up to remove debris. You can wash it out, as well as the filters. Be sure to immediately dry screws or other metal parts. But most of it can air dry.
- It'd be nice if the attachments easily stored on the unit. If there is a way to do this I haven't been able to figure it out, so I keep them in the closet where I store the vacuum.
- It's relatively quiet, not whisper-quiet but much better than our Hoover
- Brushroll is easy to clean, the hair tends to collect in the center - big points for that
- The lift away feature is helpful for cleaning furniture, stairs, and curtains.
- Using normal pressure and speed I found that the air-powered tool works efficiently; especially on the back or pull stoke.
- Tools are attached by friction. Dyson's for the most part use a locking system
- I've had to re-fashion the path of the cord to keep it from dragging on the floor and out of my way. The length is okay.
- The cord is not retractable but I don't have an issue with that.
- The cord isn't as long as the impression I got from their video ad, and the cord can be managed (kept out of your way) reasonably IF YOU'RE LEFT HANDED, but a little tricky if you're a righty.
- No retractable cord - definitely not a deal-breaker at all.
- There is a little clip that one clips the cord into up by the handle. It is next to useless as the cord constantly comes out of the clip
- Cord is long enough, even though the Dyson's was longer by a few feet
- The Shark has a ridiculously long cord. I have a 1400 sq-ft house and I can vacuum almost the entire thing (minus bedrooms) from one outlet.
- There's a "cord hook" on the neck so if you don't want the cord dangling down by the attachment
- The cord length is great, but kinda gets in the way. I put it through the handle and that really helped. Not too sure about some of the attachments, I think I like the Dyson's better.
- The cord release seems loose, there's a screw you can turn but it doesn't seem to help