Shark vs. Dyson - The Real Truth 2018

Which is better Shark or Dyson? If you want to know the answer - you'll love this guide.

Last Updated on October 9th, 2018

Do you need a powerful upright vacuum, an agile stick vacuum or maybe a handy little handheld vacuum? Maybe it's pet hair vacuums you are looking for?

Or maybe you want a robotic vacuum cleaner to do the vacuuming while you read the paper and have your morning cappuccino?

Whatever type of vacuum you’re looking for, Dyson and Shark have you coveredIt’s just a matter of figuring out which kind of vacuum fits your needs and comparing the best vacuums from both brands in that category.

Sounds time-consuming and boring?
Don’t worry; we’ve done the hard work for you.

Matt helps you to choose between Dyson and Shark

Contents

Quick, simple and straightforward. Find your type and find out which brand is the winner in that category. It’s time for Shark versus Dyson – which one is your perfect vacuum cleaner?

  • 1. Best cordless stick vacuum

    Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute vs. Shark IONFlex DuoClean Cordless

  • 2. Best upright vacuum

    Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean vs. Shark APEX DuoClean Powered Lift-Away

  • 3. Best handheld vacuum

    Dyson V7 Handheld Vacuum vs. Shark Pet Perfect XL

  • 4. Best robotic vacuum

    Dyson 360 Heurist Vs. Shark ION Robot Vacuum S87

  • 5. What should I know about the brands?

    Is one of the brands better?

  • 6. Q & A

    Questions you may be asking.

  • 7. + User review: Dyson V8 vs. Shark IONFlex DuoClean

    Dyson V8 and Shark IONFlex DuoClean reviewed and compared

Quick Pick - Best Dyson and Shark Vacuums

Dyson versus Shark – best vacuums from both brands compared and analyzed

1. Best cordless stick vacuum Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute vs. Shark IONFlex DuoClean Cordless

Are you looking for an agile and adaptable stick vacuum to help you out with you daily cleanups?

Look no further; these two vacuums are the cream of the crop.

Full of convenient features and excellent suction power, both the Dyson V10 and Shark IONFlex DuoClean offer advanced technology and well-designed details to make vacuuming easy and effortless.

                  Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute

VS.

Shark IONFlex DuoClean Cordless

But which one has done a better job at designing the ultimate stick type vacuum – Dyson or Shark? Continue reading to find our detailed comparison.

What our comparison covers:

  1. Quick Pick - Comparison chart
  2. Quick Pick - Our verdict
  3. Detailed Review
    • Suction power
    • Runtime
    • Attachments
    • Filtration
    • Dirt cup
    • Maneuverability and ease of use
    • Performance
    • Pros and cons
    • Summing up 
  4.  Why choose a stick vacuum?
    • Why Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute is the best stick vacuum from Dyson
    • Why Shark IONFlex DuoClean Cordless Vacuum is the best stick vacuum from Shark

1. Quick Pick - Comparison Chart

If you don’t have the time for in-depth analysis, but you want the details, here is the full comparison table with all the important features:

Comparison chart Shark IONFlex DuoClean Cordless vs Dyson Cyclone v10 Absolute

2. Quick Pick - Our Verdict

Winner: Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute

Fantastic vacuum cleaner with excellent features that make vacuuming easy and effortless. Users praise this newest addition to the Dyson family giving it five-star ratings, and when you compare it to other stick vacuums you see why. This vacuum really is the top dog in it’s category.

winner shark versus dyson

The only downside is the hefty price tag, but if you can stretch your budget you won’t regret the investment. The vacuum is durable and functional with great attention to detail in engineering and design. This vacuum will give you many years of convenience and easy vacuuming.

However, the Shark IONFlex DuoClean Cordless is not a bad choice either. It might lack a few features in comparison to Dyson V10, but it is a great stick vacuum as well compared to other products from other brands in the same category. It has many handy features, and it will do a great job at keeping your home nice and clean.

If the Dyson V10 is out of your budget but you are interested in comparing Shark DuoClean vs Dyson V8, we have an extensive comparison of the two right here.

3. Dyson V10 Absolute VS. Shark IONFlex DuoClean Cordless - Detailed Review

Suction Power

Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute

With the new Dyson Digital motor V10, this product offers the best suction power out of all the cordless vacuums in the market. According to Dyson, their new motor provides a 150AW suction, which is 20% more compared to the previous V8 motor.

The V10 is the lightest and smallest yet most powerful motor Dyson has designed. The motor spins at 125.000rpm – which is more than 2.000 times per second - producing a strong suction which is comparable to many corded upright vacuums.

It has three power modes you can choose from, depending on what you are vacuuming and which attachment you use. Even the lowest suction mode is powerful enough for picking up dirt and debris, but to get that deep clean on your carpets, you need to use level two or three suction.

Using the high power modes will drop the run time down to 20-40 minutes depending on which tool you are using, but the combination of power and runtime is still admirable.

Shark IONFlex DuoClean Cordless

The Shark IONFlex DuoClean cordless vacuum also provides excellent suction and a max mode for those tough spots. It can easily pick up even some of the heavier debris like gravel and food pellets.

On their website, Shark won’t disclose the actual results from their ASTM F558 measurement, but according to users, the suction power is somewhere around 100AW. Although somewhat lower than the suction power of the Dyson V10, it is still very powerful and sufficient for residential use.


Verdict:

Both brands claim they have the vacuum with the most suction power, and Shark actually straight up compares their vacuum to the Dyson V8 model on their website saying the Shark IONFlex DuoClean is the one with more power. However, what you see written in the fine print is that this is only true when both vacuums are in the extended runtime mode.

Actually, Dyson V10 has higher suction power when you use the max mode on both vacuums. But since Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute has three power modes and the Shark IONFlex only two, on the lowest power setting the Dyson has a slightly weaker suction.

Although Dyson V10 is the winner in this category, both vacuums have enough suction power to provide top class cleaning results on all surfaces. You should keep in mind though, that if you have thick high-pile wall-to-wall carpeting, an upright vacuum cleaner could be a better choice for you since they offer a deeper clean on challenging carpets.

Runtime

Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute

At an incredible 60 minutes of fade-free suction, the cordless Dyson V10 boasts an even better battery with an even longer runtime than the previous V8 model which was capable of running the powerful suction for 40 minutes. The 60 minutes applies when you are using the lowest suction mode and a non-motorized tool. No other cordless vacuums cleaner on the market can run for so long with one full charge.

It takes 3.5 hours for the Dyson V10 lithium-ion battery to be fully charged, but if you use the wall-mounted dock to store and recharge the vacuum, it is practically always ready for use. The runtime goes down to 40 minutes with the Soft roller cleaner head and further to 20 minutes with the extremely powerful Torque drive cleaner head.

Although it may sound like a short time, it is actually a lot more than what most vacuums in this category offer. Strong suction is bound to use a lot of battery, and the Dyson V10 run time is top class in cordless vacuums especially when compared to its powerful suction.

If you really want to find a fault in the Dyson battery, we would say it’s the fact that the batteries are not interchangeable. Once you use up the battery, you can’t change it to a new one, and you have to wait for the vacuum to be recharged. However, with the more than adequate 60 minutes of run time, this is just a minor flaw.

Moreover, anyone considering buying the Dyson V10 will be happy to hear the founder of the Dyson vacuums James Dyson has been quoted promising the battery will last for 15 years, and by that time you probably already have a new vacuum.

Shark IONFlex DuoClean Cordless

The Shark vacuum comes with what they call the ION power pack. It is a removable and rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which provides a runtime of 22 minutes. A removable and rechargeable battery means you can charge one battery when you are using the other. As the Shark puts it: Always Be Charging.

The great thing is that you can buy as many batteries as you want, although the extra batteries are expensive. If you don’t mind the price, you can extend the runtime to whatever you need, which is a good thing. However, as it takes 3.5 hours for a single battery to be charged, you might always be charging but not always vacuuming. Even with two consecutively used batteries, you will only get 44 minutes of vacuuming time, after which you have to wait almost three hours for the first battery to be fully charged again.

You can plug the charger into the vacuum itself, or you can remove the battery and pop it into the charger. Either way, it is not quite as convenient as a wall-mounted dock, but pretty handy anyway.


Verdict:

Both vacuums are cordless, which is a huge advantage when it comes to daily cleanups. Unwrapping the cord, plugging it in and wrapping it back up may not seem like a big deal. But with that extra work involved, you’ll probably skip a little vacuuming here and there letting the mess accumulate. With a lightweight cordless stick vacuum, it’s easy to attend to those messes when they are made. Vacuum up spilled cereal, and dirt brought in by your kids or the hair your dog left behind on the couch. The secret to a spotless home is keeping up the tidiness.

When it comes to runtime the Dyson V10 is a clear winner. The runtime is a full 60 minutes on the lowest suction setting, which is more than enough for light cleaning, compared to Shark which runs 22 minutes with one battery. The runtime is shorter with more powerful tools on the Dyson, but so it is with the Shark IONFlex DuoClean as well - although Shark fails to mention it.

Although you can add another battery to extend the runtime of the Shark up to 44 minutes, it still does not catch up with the V10. Also, the batteries are expensive and involve the hassle of changing them while cleaning. The idea of an interchangeable battery is excellent, but when the charging time is 3.5 hours, it’s not as convenient as it sounds.

Attachments

Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute

The Dyson V10 comes in a few different versions with different attachments: Animal, Absolute, and Motorhead. Out of these three, we recommend the Absolute, which comes with the most comprehensive and adaptable set of accessories.

It has two main cleaning heads; one for carpets and one for hard floors. The Torque Drive Cleaner Head is Dyson’s most powerful cleaner head yet, and it is excellent at digging deep into even some of the thicker carpets that are usually considered a challenging surface for stick vacuums. Dyson says it removes 25% more dust than the cleaning head of the previous V8 model.

The Dyson V10 Absolute also comes with the Soft Roller Cleaner head, which has a softer brush bar covered with woven nylon to capture larger pieces of debris while the anti-static carbon fiber filaments remove the fine dust and give hard floors a polished clean.

Other attachments include a Combination tool, Crevice tool, Mini Soft Dusting Brush and a Mini-motorized Tool. These tools are convenient, and especially pet owners will love the motorized brush roll tool. It is outstanding when it comes to picking up pet hair and dander on upholstered furniture, bedding or carpeted stairs.

What we consider a minor downside is the fact that there is no clip on the vacuum itself to carry the attachments along when cleaning, although there is a place for them on the wall-mounting charging dock. Also, some reviews state that long hair can get tangled on the Torque Drive Cleaning Head.

On the upside, Dyson has many amazing add-ons for its vacuums. Mattress tool, extension hose and even a mess-free Grooming Tool for medium- and long-haired dogs. You have to buy these separately, which of course adds to the already high cost, but with such an excellent variety of add-ons, you can get the most out of your investment.

Shark IONFlex DuoClean Cordless

The main vacuuming head of the Shark IONFlex is called the DuoClean floor head. It is designed to give excellent vacuuming results both on carpets and hard floors with its two brush rolls.

The first rotating soft brush has soft bristles to closely engage hard floors and to give a polished result. This brush roll is excellent at picking up even the finest dust as well as larger debris like cereal, cat litter or gravel. It can also pull in piles of debris, which is something most vacuums struggle with.

The second brush, on the other hand, has stiffer bristles which are more effective on carpets. This brush roll digs deep into carpets and rugs actively lifting up dust, debris, and hair for the suction to pull in.

With the two brush rolls the main vacuuming head is quite heavy, but on the plus side, you don’t have to change the cleaning head when you move from one type of surface to another.

The other attachments include an 8 inch Duster Crevice Tool, Anti-Allergen Dust Brush and a Wide Upholstery Tool for fabrics. What is lacking though is a motorized brush tool for upholstery and carpeted stairs. Shark has an excellent attachment called the Deep-Cleaning Motorized Pet Tool which can be purchased separately at their website, but upgrading your vacuum with this add-on will also add to the cost.


Verdict:

When looking at the attachments, both Shark IONFlex DuoClean Cordless and Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute are versatile and adaptable products, which are sure to manage any surface high and low. We might call it a tie on this one.

Both vacuums have great main cleaning heads, but Shark has managed to combine two brush rolls in one head saving you the hassle of changing the attachment when moving from hard floor to carpet. Although this makes the head bulkier and heavier, it does add quite a bit of convenience.

On the other hand, Dyson V10 Absolute comes with a small motorized brush roll tool, which you can buy separately for the Shark vacuum as well, but it is not included and will add to your costs. This tool is especially handy if you have pets that shed their hair all over your furniture or if you want to give your carpeted stairs a deep clean.

Both vacuums have their pros and cons when it comes to the attachments, and you need to look at your overall needs to decide which one is the winner from your perspective. If you have hard floor surfaces and thick carpets the DuoClean head could be convenient. However, either Dyson main head will work great on hard floor and low-pile carpets, and it comes with a motorized brush tool and some superb add-ons.

Filtration

Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute

The Dyson V10 has a very efficient filtration system, which catches 99.97 of particles as small as 0.3 microns in size. That is enough to capture pollen, allergens, bacteria and even tobacco smoke.

Dyson calls the filtration system ”advanced whole machine filtration.” The system is fully sealed with an airtight gasket around the cyclones and a pressurized rubber seal around the advanced filter to prevent any air leaking back into the air you breathe before it is thoroughly filtered.

The system has 14 concentric cyclones around the central axis to produce powers of 79.000g that fling microscopic particles into the bin. Narrowing cyclones accelerate the airflow from 45mph to 120mph creating centrifugal forces which filter most particles out of the exhaust air even before it enters the filter.

Pre-motor and post-motor filter are combined to make maintenance as easy as possible. The lifetime washable HEPA filter doesn’t have to be replaced unless it gets damaged, which will save you money in the long run with basically no maintenance costs. Just wash the filter once a month under cold water and let it dry for 24 hours.

Shark IONFlex DuoClean Cordless

The Shark stick vacuum cleaner has two pre-motor filters and one post-motor filter. The two pre-motor filters are made out of foam and felt, and they should be rinsed under cold water once a month. The post-motor filter will clean the exhaust air before it exits the vacuum, and it is washable too.

Shark recommends changing the post-motor filter every nine months, and although the pre-motor foam filter is washable, it should be replaced every few months also. The filters are not expensive, but the maintenance costs will add up in a few years.

The filtration is not HEPA grade, and the system is not sealed. When they started marketing this product Shark made claims that the vacuums have an ”Anti-Allergen Complete Seal,” which would be almost as effective as a HEPA filter when it comes to cleaning the air blown out of the vacuum. Later Shark withdrew these claims, and now there is no mention of such a feature on their website anymore.


Verdict:

The winner in this category is obviously Dyson. With its highly effective cyclone system and HEPA filter, it can provide extremely clean and fresh air free of allergens, odors and other particles. Moreover, with the filters being washable and durable it’s clear that Dyson has done an excellent job at designing the filtration of this vacuum cleaner.

Dirt cup

Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute

Compared to the previous stick vacuums Dyson has a new innovative inline design in the V10 stick vacuum. With the motor, bin, and cyclones aligned, the vacuum generates 20% more suction power than its predecessors.

The dirt bin resembles the old design, but it comes with a ”point and shoot” feature to allow hygienic and easy emptying. What that means is that pushing the lever on the side of the container will automatically eject all its contents to the trash bin. It’s straightforward to use, and you don’t have to pull out chunks of nasty dust and hair with your fingers.

The bin is also 40% larger with a 0.2 gallon (0.77 liters) capacity. This is great news for pet owners because pet hair can often quickly fill up the dirt container and block the airflow.

Shark IONFlex DuoClean Cordless

The size of the dirt cup on the Shark vacuum is only 0.3 dry quarts (0.33 liters) which is quite small. If you have a larger home or you have a pet, this could mean you have to empty the dirt cup before you can finish cleaning.

The dirt cup is easily detached to empty the contents. With a push of a button, the bottom opens releasing the contents in a trash can. Although it sounds pretty simple, Shark suggests to tap the cup a few times or use your fingers to help the dirt and hair fall out. They make it seem like it’s no big deal, but that we are hearing is that the dirt can get lodged inside the container making the process of emptying a bit more of a chore.


Verdict:

Again we conclude that Dyson has a superior design when it comes to the dirt cup. Already judging by the size of the container, the V10 is a clear winner having double the capacity of the Shark vacuum. Not only that, but the self-ejecting design leaves out the part where you pull wads of disgusting hair out of the bin. Just point at the trash can, push the lever, and all that mess is gone.

Maneuverability and ease of use

Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute

The Cyclone V10 Absolute is lightweight and easily maneuvered. It is easy to use, although some users don’t like the trigger switch. It is not heavy on the hand, and you get used to it, but it might feel awkward at first. The trigger is designed to save every drop of the battery power towards actual vacuuming and not letting the motor run while the vacuum is idle. When you look at it from that point of view its actually a pretty smart feature.

One downside this vacuum cleaner has is the fact that it has two main cleaning heads. It no problem if you have low-pile carpets and hard floor because you can use either tool to get satisfactory results. However, if you have plush carpets and hard floor, changing the attachments might be a hassle. Of course, depending on the layout of your home, you can always do the hard floor areas first and the carpets after that, but this is something you should consider.

On the other hand, the Dyson stick vacuums come with one incredibly practical feature, and that is the wall-mounting charging dock. With this dock, you can keep your vacuum at hand and charge it whenever you don’t need it. You don’t have to worry about plugging the charger and storing the tools, because it’s all there. You just pick the vacuum up, do a quick cleanup and pop in back in. According to many users, this is what makes the Dyson stick vacuum a lifesaver in homes with kids or pets. It’s always ready and at hand, which enables you to keep up with the mess. Also, it converts to a handheld vacuum easily.

Shark IONFlex DuoClean Cordless

The IONFlex DuoClean stick vacuum has three great features that add to the ease of use. For one it has headlights that allow you to spot those wads of pet hair under the furniture. Secondly, it has fingertip controls that allow you to change to the max mode and switch between hard floor and carpets without changing attachments. These are small but significant features that make vacuuming more comfortable.

Thirdly, the vacuum has an innovative MultiFLEX technology which allows it to be stored in a free-standing mode and offers more comfortable reach under furniture. The wand folds in two halfway down. Bending the vacuum fully forward distributes the weight so that it can stand on its own. It’s a pretty convenient feature for storage, but while vacuuming it’s just quicker to place it on the floor or lean it up against something if you need to free your hands.

Bending the vacuum halfway also enables you to push the vacuuming head under furniture without bending down. For people with back problems this could be useful, but in all honesty, it makes the vacuum harder to maneuver, and the feature isn’t as handy as you might imagine.

When vacuuming floors, the product is easily maneuvered. It converts to a handheld vacuum easily, and the weight distribution makes it comfortable to handle when reaching up.


Verdict:

In this category, it’s hard to announce the final winner. To be fair both products are lightweight and easy to operate and maneuver.

The Shark IONFlex comes with headlights, free-standing storage mode, fingertip controls and mode that allows you to vacuum under furniture without bending down. All features that sound great and make you think using this vacuum is probably a breeze. However, when actually using the appliance these features are not as functional as they might seem.

The Dyson, on the other hand, comes with two main cleaning heads, one for carpet and one for hard floors. Changing between these attachments doesn’t exactly add convenience; especially if you compare it with the Shark DuoClean feature that has both cleaning heads combined into one.

However, with the IONFlex batteries, you need to change batteries and make sure you plug them to the charger. The Dyson vacuums, however, come with a wall-mounting charging dock that is extremely easy to use.

We’ll call it a tie and let you decide which features fit your individual needs better.

Performance

Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute
Shark IONFlex DuoClean Cordless

0/5

Carpet

0/5

Hard floor

0/5

Upholstery
sand

Sand
95%

dog hair

Pet Hair
100%

corn flakes

Cereal
95%

dust

Dust
100%

kitty litter

Kitty Litter
100%

Pros and Cons At a Glance

Dyson V10 Absolute

Pros:

  • Better run time
  • Stronger suction
  • Better filtration
  • Convenient charging dock
  • Motorized brush roll attachment
  • Great add-ons available
  • Bigger dirt cup
  • ”Point and shoot” emptying

Cons:

  • More expensive
  • Two main cleaning heads

Shark IONFlex DuoClean Cordless

Pros:

  • Headlights
  • Free-standing storage mode
  • Interchangeable batteries
  • DuoClean cleaning head

 

 

Cons:

  • Small dirt cup
  • Lacking HEPA filtration

Summing up - which one is the best stick vacuum?

Winner: Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute

The clear winner in the stick vacuum category is Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute. It is a fantastic vacuum cleaner with many excellent details and features that make vacuuming quick, simple and easy. Users keep praising this new addition to the Dyson product family, and there is no reason why they shouldn’t. The company has bees carefully listening to consumers and continuously redesigning their products to provide an even better cleaning experience.

dyson or shark is the winner

Actually, the only downside in this product is the price tag, which is pretty hefty. But if your budget can be stretched that far, you won’t regret your choice. The Dyson vacuums are durable and high-quality, and their customer service is excellent. This vacuum will give you many years of convenience and easy vacuuming.

That being said, the Shark IONFlex DuoClean Cordless is not a bad choice either. It might be lacking a few features in comparison, but if the Dyson V10 is out of your budget range, it is a great stick vacuum as well compared to other products in the same category. It has many handy features, and it will do a great job at keeping your home nice and clean.

If you got interested, you can read real user reviews and check out more pictures of Dyson V10 here and Shark IONFlex DuoClean here.

4. Why choose a stick vacuum?

A stick vacuum is the slimmer version of an upright vacuum. Many people still think that stick vacuums don’t have the power to be efficient and to deliver satisfying cleaning results, but with all the advances in technology that is not true anymore. The best stick vacuums come close to the cleaning performance of upright vacuums, and they have the added benefit of being incredibly agile and easy to use.

With heavy and bulky upright vacuums even getting the vacuum out and plugging it in can feel like a chore. But with a stick vacuum, you just pick it up, do a quick cleanup and pop it back. It’s quick and easy, and your stick vacuum will adapt to all sorts of cleanups all around your home and car.

You should choose a stick vacuum if you want a nimble machine that can take care of all the various cleanup jobs you come across. It is perfect for keeping your house tidy on a daily basis.

Pros

  • Very agile and adaptable
  • Cleans hard floors, carpets, and above-floor areas
  • Compact storage
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to take out for quick cleanups

Cons

  • Not the best choice for homes with high-pile carpeting

Why Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute is the best stick vacuum from Dyson

Dyson is well-known for its impressive stick vacuums, and the Dyson V10 is its newest addition released in 2018. The V-series boasts some excellent features and high-quality products, but they come at a high price. For many buyers, the question is whether it’s worth investing in or if another brand could deliver the same features and performance at a lower cost. So that is what we are here to find out.

Compared to the V6 and V8 models, the V10 has a longer runtime, more power modes, 40% bigger bin, easier bin emptying, better filtration, etc. It is the best of the best, but it is a substantial investment for most households. If you can make that investment, we would definitely recommend getting the V10. It is worth every penny. However, if you can’t stretch your budget that far, you could also consider the V8 which is a top-notch vacuum too. The V6 is also an excellent vacuum, but with the technology advancing rapidly, you might find it becoming outdated sooner than you’d like and therefore V8 is a better choice.

We chose the V10 for this comparison because it is the most advanced of the Dyson series with some pretty amazing features. If you like Dyson design but you have a limited budget, you can check out this comparison chart to figure out if you could settle for a previous version of the vacuum. Also, you can take a look at our detailed review of both V6 and V8 here.

Dyson V6 vs. Dyson V8 vs. Dyson V10 comparison chart

Why Shark IONFlex DuoClean Cordless Vacuum is the best stick vacuum from Shark

Shark actually has two stick type vacuums, which could be considered as competition for the Dyson V series stick vacuums: Shark Flex DuoClean Corded Ultra-Light Upright (HV391) and the Shark IONFlex DuoClean Cordless Vacuum.

Both vacuums share many features like the DuoClean cleaning head, freestanding MultiFLEX storage mode, reach mode and lightweight design. Both are very capable and functional lightweight vacuums with excellent features. What sets them apart though, is that the Shark Flex DuoClean Corded Ultra-Light Upright (HV391) is corded. There are some minor differences as well, but this feature is the one which will affect your cleaning experience the most.

Generally, cordless stick vacuums are considered a better choice because having to plug it in would compromise its convenience. If you don’t mind changing power outlets and you prefer steady power without having to worry about the battery running out, you could also choose the Shark Flex DuoClean Corded Ultra-Light Upright (HV391).

For this comparison, we chose the Shark IONFlex DuoClean Cordless Vacuum, because we wanted a vacuum that could challenge the extreme agility of the Dyson V10.

2. Best upright vacuum Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean vs. Shark APEX DuoClean Powered Lift-Away

Are you looking for an upright vacuum to tackle that mess at your home?

Something powerful and adaptable that will enable you to keep your home clean from floor to ceiling; all carpets, crevices, and furniture included?

Shark APEX DuoClean Powered Lift-Away Vacuum and the Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean are both extremely powerful and functional vacuums. But which one is better? Let's find out!

 

Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean

VS.

Shark APEX DuoClean Powered Lift-Away

What our comparison covers:

  1. Quick Pick - Comparison chart
  2. Quick Pick - Our verdict
  3. Detailed Review
    • Suction power
    • Adaptability
    • Attachments
    • Filtration
    • Dirt cup
    • Maneuverability and ease of use
    • Performance
    • Pros and cons
    • Summing up 
  4.  Why choose an upright vacuum?
    • Why is Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean the best upright vacuum from Dyson
    • Why is Shark APEX DuoClean Powered Lift-Away Vacuum the best upright vacuum from Shark

1. Quick Pick - Comparison Chart

If you don’t have time for a thorough and detailed comparison, you can find all the information you need in the table below. It will give you all the details you need to figure out which vacuum is a better fit for your needs.

However, if you want all the specifics and a comprehensive comparison of the two products scroll down.

Shark APEX DuoClean vs Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean comparison table PetHairPatrol

2. Quick Pick - Our Verdict

Winner: Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean
(but only by a narrow margin)

These two vacuums are very different, but they both offer excellent cleaning results and impressive easy-to-use features.

They both come with a pretty steep price, but the quality in design and engineering are worth the investment if you’re looking for a practical vacuum that will serve you for many years.

winner shark versus dyson

The money you put in a product like this will pay off in convenience and functionality. After all, there is no sense in buying something that doesn’t work.

Dyson is considered the winner here because of better attachments, but in every other aspect, it’s a tie. According to user reviews these vacuums have excellent design and attention to detail. They are the top products in their product category, and they come with highly functional features.

They are different but equally impressive. To decide between these two products, you should go with the one that you see yourself using, and you won’t regret your choice. You can find more info and see what the users say about these machines here (Dyson) and here (Shark).

Still not sure which one is the best for your needs?

Let’s go ahead with setting these two products side by side in the seven most important aspects you should consider before you buy a new vacuum cleaner. What are the actual differences between a Dyson upright vacuum cleaner and a Shark upright vacuum?

3. Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean VS. Shark APEX DuoClean Powered Lift-Away - Detailed Review

Suction Power

Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean

On their website, Dyson claims the Ball Animal 2 vacuum has the strongest suction compared to any other vacuum cleaner. A 1200 watt motor powers the machine and the suction is measured at 306AW, which is very strong for a residential vacuum.

Users applaud the strong suction, but if you have plush throw rugs, it can even be a bit too much. Some users say the suction is so strong, they find maneuvering the vacuum on thick carpets somewhat tricky, and the vacuum can even pull up lighter rugs which then get stuck in the cleaning head.

On the other hand, it does dig deep into carpets lifting up all that dust and dirt that collects between the fibers, but you might want to reconsider this vacuum if your house still in the 1970’s with plush carpets.

Dyson uses advanced Radial Root Cyclone technology to maximize the suction and to capture microscopic dust. This design accelerates the air flow to produce a powerful suction and to fling all the dirt in the dirt bin.

Also, the adjusting cleaner head seals in the suction on different surfaces by lowering and raising the active base plate, which ensures continuous suction when moving from one surface to another.

Because the cleaner head is large with a wide 13.4-inch cleaning path, you get more done with one pass. Combined with the strong suction that leaves no dirt behind, this vacuum is exceptionally efficient.

Shark APEX DuoClean

The vacuum cleaner is powered by a 1350 watt motor, which does make it a pretty strong vacuum. As usual, Shark does not reveal their AW measurements, but it has been tested to rate at 270-300 AW, which is very powerful.

Users rate the suction with five stars and recommend this product to someone looking for an upright cleaner with powerful suction. It has no trouble at picking up everything on it’s path from dust to dirt and even large particles.

The vacuum maintains a strong suction when moving from one surface to another, thanks to the Active-Glide Technology. It’s actually just self-propelled wheels which allow smooth gliding on all surfaces and a swivel function, but it also enables the vacuum to keep up a continuous suction even when the surface changes.

The cleaning path is 11.9 inches, which is quite generous although not quite as wide as the one Dyson has. With the wide cleaning path, strong suction and DuoClean technology combined, you do get excellent results with just one pass.


Verdict

When it comes to suction power, it’s a tie between Shark and Dyson. Both machines have strong suction and a well-functioning cleaning head which provide excellent results and a clean surface with just one pass.

Adaptability

Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean

With upright vacuums, we can’t measure runtime, and the cord length only takes you so far. In this category, it’s important to look at the adaptability of the vacuum cleaner to really assess how practical and useful it is.

To start with, the cord length on the Dyson is 35ft. That is very long, and it allows you to reach even the far corners of large rooms without having to switch power outlets.

The length of the hose is about 13 feet and 7 inches when streched out, which also is very long and enough for you to reach all those cob webs in the corners of the ceiling. Some users feel the hose is a bit stiff, but it is easy to release and use, and the vacuum doesn’t tip over when using it.

Dyson also states a maximum reach of 50 ft, which is the cord length combined with the length of the wand and hose. In practice, this is more than enough in residential use, and you will get any cleaning job done from the floor to ceiling.

The instant-release high-reach wand makes this product very adaptable. It is quickly and easily detached when you need to reach under furniture or up high. This feature is great when you have stairs or furniture to clean, and you need your vacuum to adapt to all kinds of surfaces.

The unique ball design is something that enables easy steering and maneuvering, but at the same time, it keeps the vacuum from going under furniture. With the long hose and wand, you can easily reach under that big couch, but some users would like to see the vacuum with a lower profile.

What Dyson is known for is their fantastic range of add-ons which you can buy separately to fit your unique cleaning needs. The Animal 2 Total Clean actually comes with more tools than you’d ever imagine you need, and they will have you covered whatever the job may be. But you could also opt for one of the more basic models and then just add the tools you feel you need.

Shark APEX DuoClean

In this vacuum, the cord length is 30ft, which is pretty generous as well. It’s not quite as long as the one Dyson has, but it’s sufficient and it will allow you to reach all the places you need to.

The hose, on the other hand, is easy to detach and use, but it’s not long enough. It only reaches 7 feet when stretched, and the design of the vacuum causes it to fall over if you extend the hose too far.

However, this vacuum does use the Powered Lift-Away technology, which means the vacuum cleaner can be transformed to a canister vacuum by lifting up the canister. For reaching high up in the corners of the ceiling without tipping the machine over, you need to detach the canister and hold it in your hand. Some people find the Lift-Away mode handy, while for others it is an extra step when you just need the hose for some quick overhead cleaning.

For cleaning under furniture though, the Lift-Away mode is excellent. In this model, you have the sturdiness of an upright vacuum combined with the agility of a canister vacuum. When you can’t fit the bulky machine under low-built furniture, you just pick up the canister and use it with the hose and wand.


Verdict

In this area, we have to announce Dyson as the winner simply because of the longer cord and hose that make it that much easier to use.

But when it comes to the design and configuration of these machines, it’s a matter of opinion.

Dyson has the unique ball design which makes maneuvering the machine easy but prevents it from being used under furniture as such. If you need to vacuum under low-built furniture, you can use the long hose with the wand which works perfectly.

The Shark has this same problem solved with another type of unique design. Although the hose is short and the bulky body won’t fit under furniture, the Lift-Away technology allows you to pick up the motor and to use it as a canister vacuum for more comfortable reach.

To choose the ultimate winner of this category you need to think about the design of each vacuum and decide which you would feel more comfortable with. In the end, the perfect appliance is the one you don’t mind taking out and using.

Attachments

Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean

The main vacuuming head has a cleaning path of 13.4 inches and a motorized brush bar that digs up dirt giving all floors a deep clean. It is designed for use on all kinds of surfaces from hardwood floor and tile to vinyl and carpeting. The active base plate limits the loss of suction and removes the need to adjust the nozzle height on different surfaces while giving all floor types a perfect clean.

The attachments of this product include: Tangle-free Turbine tool, Articulating Hard Floor Tool, Mattress tool, Reach Under Tool, Multi-angle Brush, Carbon Fiber Soft Dusting Brush, Stair tool, and a Combination tool.

All the tools attach easily to the Instant Release High-Reach Wand and make this vacuum a very versatile product. With these tools, you can clean all sorts of surfaces and all those hard to reach places up high and down low.

The Articulating Hard Floor Tool removes dirt and debris from hard floor surfaces easily reaching between and around furniture, and the Reach Under Tool is handy in those hard-to-reach places. It extends, bends and twists to remove dust and allergens with its brush lining from awkward spaces such as under and between appliances. It’s also a great help when it comes to dusting those baseboards!

You also get a Multi-Angle Brush which is another convenient tool for getting to those hard-to-reach spots. It twists and locks at different angles to enable cleaning of all those high-up areas like vents and above the door frame.

Carbon Fiber Soft Dusting Brush, on the other hand, comes with densely-packed carbon fiber filaments that prevent static and help pick up fine dust. This tool is excellent for vacuuming blinds or shutters!

The Mattress Tool is something every household should have. It is designed to remove dust and allergens from mattresses, cushions, and upholstery. The sealed suction pulls out all that nasty dirt that builds up in these areas leaving them thoroughly vacuumed.

And for pet owners, there is a pleasant surprise as well! The Tangle-Free Turbine Tool with its two counter-rotating brushes removes all that pet hair from carpets and upholstery. It’s the ultimate attachment every pet owner with a hairy pet friend should have. It is simply amazing how efficiently this tool removes pet hair from carpets, upholstery bedding, and other surfaces. And it doesn’t tangle even with the longest pet hair!

In addition, you get a tool bag for storing all those attachments.

But that’s not all folks! Dyson even has some amazing add-ons like the Mess-Free Grooming Tool for medium- and long-haired dogs. You just attach it to the hose, and the vacuum quickly sucks up all the dog hair while you groom leaving no mess behind.

Shark APEX DuoClean

What we find one of the best features in this Shark vacuum is the main vacuuming head with its DuoClean technology. It’s two brush rolls combined in one cleaning head: the softer brush picks up dirt and polishes hardwood floors while the bristled brush digs deep into carpets to pull up even the most stubborn dirt.

The DuoClean vacuuming head has an open front to allow the vacuum to pick up even piles of larger debris without plowing them forward. With the DuoClean technology, the vacuum can pick all kinds of dirt from sand to cereal. It also tackles dust leaving floors clean and polished. And you don't’ have to change settings when moving from one type of surface to another as the DuoClean get’s the job done on all surfaces.

The Apex DuoClean comes in three different models with different combinations of tools along with them. If you have pets, you should definitely opt for the AX952 with the motorized pet tool. Or you could get the standard version and upgrade with the add-ons that meet your specific cleaning needs.

The attachments available for this vacuum are:

The Deep-Cleaning Motorized Pet Tool, which is a compact motorized brush that has enough power to remove all that annoying pet hair from all surfaces. At the same time, it lifts up allergens, dust, and dirt to give your stairs, furniture and other upholstered items a thorough clean-up.

Another tool pet owners will appreciate is the Pet Multi-Tool. It is a 2-in-1 tool which is designed to dust, remove large piles of debris and to get rid of pet hair on delicate surfaces. In addition to this tool, you have the Anti-Allergen Dust Brush, which is used to remove allergens and dust on delicate surfaces.

The MultiFLEX Under Appliance Wand pivots and extends to enable you to reach under low-built furniture and appliances, to get to those tricky crevices, and to reach up high above furniture and door frames.

You also get the Duster Crevice Tool, which, again, is two tools in one. The crevice tool lets you reach all those tight spots while the dusting brush helps get that dust removed from surfaces. And when you are finished cleaning, you can store all these tools in the Accessory Bag.

This is what you get with the different models:

AX950

The base model with just the basic accessories: Duster Crevice Tool, Anti-Allergen Brush and Pet Multi-Tool.

AX951

Standard attachments plus the Multi-Flex Wand which is great for cleaning underneath furniture and appliances, and an added accessory bag.

AX952

Standard attachments plus the Motorized Pet Tool, which is heaven-sent for pet owners. Definitely the best choice for anyone with pets.


Verdict:

Although both vacuums have great attachments, we have to announce Dyson as the winner here with a slight margin. The Tangle-Free Turbine Tool is slightly better than the Deep-Cleaning Motorized Pet Tool when it comes to performance, and the overall design is better in the Dyson attachments. There is more attention to detail, and a quality feel to them.

Although Dyson goes that extra mile in this category, Shark isn't bad either. Their tools are highly functional and let the vacuum adapt to all kinds of cleaning needs you might come across. In regards to attachments, either vacuum would be an excellent choice.

Filtration

Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean

Dyson vacuums use the innovative Advanced Radial Root Cyclone technology to capture even microscopic dust. The radial cyclones maximize the airflow and suction while flinging the particles into the dirt bin.

Dyson also uses what they call Whole-Machine HEPA filtration. The whole machine is carefully sealed, which ensures that allergens are trapped inside the appliance and not expelled back into the air you breathe. The filtering is so efficient the product is certified asthma and allergy friendly by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

If you or your family members suffer from allergies, this vacuum is definitely one to consider. It does a great job at cleaning up all dust and allergens, and the filtration guarantees they won’t get back into the air.

The filter is washable and will last the lifetime of the vacuum, which means maintenance is easy and there are no added costs. This is another great bonus when you’re buying a vacuum to last many years.

Shark APEX DuoClean

With the Advanced Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology the Shark upright vacuum traps dust and allergens, blowing out fewer particles than HEPA standards require. According to Shark, the APEX filtration system can catch 99.9% of dust particles measuring as low as 0.3 microns.

The product is fitted with three filters which are washable and reusable. Foam and felt filters take care of the pre-motor filtering while a HEPA filter cleans the air before it exits the vacuum.

This upright vacuum cleaner has an extremely efficient filtering system, which is why it can be recommended to anyone with allergies. Also, the maintenance is easy, and there are no added costs with the washable filters.


Verdict:

It’s a tie. Both vacuums do an excellent job of filtering the exhaust air, and either vacuum is a perfect investment in a home that needs to remove as many allergens as possible by vacuuming. Also, having washable and reusable filters is a huge plus, and it means there are no maintenance costs.

Dirt cup

Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean

The vacuum is bagless, and the transparent dirt bin holds 0.55 gallons or 1893 ml of dust and dirt. The capacity is huge and more than you need even if you have a large home and multiple pets.

The One-Click dirt emptying function is easy to use as the bottom of the bin is opened by pushing a button on the handle. Most of the dirt falls out, but like with all this type of dust containers, you sometimes need to help it out by reaching in.

Shark APEX DuoClean

This vacuum is bagless, and the transparent dirt bin holds 1.5 dry quarts or 1652 ml of dust and dirt. This is more than enough even if you have a large house and many pets to clean after.

To empty the dirt cup you simply hold it over the trash can and press the button that releases the bottom. Most of the content should fall out, but sometimes you have to pull out the dirt if it is tightly packed.


Verdict:

Again we have a tie. The dirt bin on the Dyson is slightly bigger, but the difference is not something you would notice in practice. Both containers are huge and easily carry all the dirt and dust even from a bigger house with a couple of furry friends.

Maneuverability and ease of use

Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean

The Dyson Ball series uses what they call ”Ball Technology.” The design of this upright vacuum cleaner is actually pretty innovative and distinctive. The motor sits on a big glass-reinforced polypropylene ball, which protects the motor and all the over 100 key components inside. Because the center of gravity is low, the vacuum is stable and easy to maneuver. When you turn the vacuum, the ball’s axis tilts, and it’s turning circle tightens. This allows the vacuum to turn on the spot with just a turn of the wrist.

Maneuvering this vacuum is light and effortless, and the machine is easily steered between furniture. This new design enables no sweat handling, but it also prevents the upright vacuum to be pushed under low-built furniture. Although the vacuum cleaner has a long hose and wand for reaching under furniture and appliances, this is something you should be aware of when making your pick.

The product is pretty heavy at 17.5 lbs, and users say it can be awkward to lock into upright position. And, because the suction is powerful, it can be difficult to push on deep-pile carpets.

On the plus side, there is no need to change manually between hard floor and carpet, because the self-adjusting cleaner head seals the suction across all surfaces. The active base plate automatically rises and lowers when you move from one surface to another.

What many users like is the long 50 ft reach this vacuum offers. The lengthy power cord and the added reach of a hose and wand enable you to reach all the far corners in the room without having to change power outlets constantly.

Users review this vacuum as easy to assemble and use. All the functions and features have been carefully designed to make vacuuming simple, and Dyson has done an excellent job at producing a functional high-end vacuum that is definitely worth the investment.

Shark APEX DuoClean

Shark uses the Powered Lift-Away design in their upright vacuums to offer that versatility and easy steering consumers are looking for. It means that you can lift up the canister and continue using the main cleaning head with the DuoClean double brush rolls to reach under furniture. If you want, you can even place the canister on a caddy to be used as a canister type vacuum.

This Lift-Away Mode is practical and convenient. The canister detaches with an easy snap, and the DuoClean system guarantees you get the best cleaning results even under those large pieces of furniture like couches. On the other side, the design makes it, and the vacuum may tip over when you use the hose without detaching the canister.

This product also has Active-Glide Technology, that is designed to provide smooth maneuverability on all kinds of surfaces while still maintaining the powerful suction.

Some users say the vacuum feels like it is self-propelled as the motorized brush rolls seem to pull the vacuum forward. This makes maneuvering the vacuum forward effortless but strains your arm when you need to pull it backward.

The product also has other smaller features that are helpful: ergonomically placed fingertip controls you can operate with your thumb and dual LED headlights for more visibility. It also has a noise reduction technology, which minimizes noise and softens the pitch of the vacuum.


Verdict:

Both vacuums have an innovative design and some excellent functions that make them easy to use and handle. They are very different, but both score high on maneuverability and ease of use. For you to find the perfect upright vacuum cleaner, you need to consider your preferences. Either vacuum is an excellent choice, and you should go with the one that you intuitively feel more comfortable with.

Performance

Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean
Shark APEX DuoClean

0/5

Carpet

0/5

Hard floor

0/5

Upholstery
sand

Sand
96%

dog hair

Pet Hair
99%

corn flakes

Cereal
96%

dust

Dust
95%

kitty litter

Kitty Litter
97%

Pros and Cons At a Glance

Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean

Pros:

  • Extremely powerful suction
  • Easy to maneuver
  • Wide cleaning path
  • Effective at picking up pet hair
  • Excellent on both hard floors and carpet
  • Washable lifetime filters
  • Sealed HEPA filtration
  • Tangle-free turbine tool for pet hair
  • Cleaning reach of 50ft
  • Whole machine HEPA filtration
  • Easy to empty dust canister

Cons:

  • Quite heavy
  • Difficult to maneuver on thick carpets
  • Can get stuck on plush throw rugs
  • Expensive

Shark APEX DuoClean

Pros:

  • Very powerful suction
  • Easy to maneuver
  • Good at pulling up pet hair
  • Efficient on both bare floors & carpet
  • Not too noisy – has a low pitch
  • Front roller polishes bare floors
  • Washable HEPA filter
  • Sealed filtration system
  • LED headlights for visibility
  • Motorized Pet Tool works well

 

Cons:

  • Somewhat heavy
  • Bulky design
  • May tip over
  • Can get stuck to some area rugs
  • Short hose

Summing up - which one is the best upright vacuum?

Although very different, both Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean and Shark APEX DuoClean are superb high-end vacuum cleaners.

They both come with a hefty price tag, but the quality in design and materials are worth the investment if you’re looking for a functional vacuum that will last you several years. The money you put in a product like this will pay off in practicality and functionality. After all, you won’t do much with a vacuum cleaner that doesn’t perform well.

shark is better than dyson

We have to announce Dyson as the winner in the upright vacuum cleaner category, but only by a narrow margin. It does come with better attachments, but in every other aspect, it’s a draw.

Numerous users have verified that both of these vacuums are examples of excellent design and attention to detail. Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean and Shark APEX DuoClean are the top dogs in their product category, and they definitely come with highly functional features.

To decide between these two vacuums, you should go with the one that you feel more comfortable with. They are different but equally impressive. Just choose the one that you see yourself using, and you won’t regret your choice.

4. Why choose an upright vacuum?

Upright vacuum cleaners are the most powerful type of vacuum. It should always be your choice if you have high-pile carpeting or plush carpets that need to be kept clean. But an excellent upright vacuum doesn’t stop there: it should have outstanding features that allow it to adapt to all kinds of surfaces from upholstered furniture to carpeted stairs, curtains and even under low-built furniture.

If you’re looking for an upright vacuum, you should make sure it has the power to deep-clean carpets and rugs while also being sensitive on more delicate floor surfaces like parquet. Because most upright vacuums are quite bulky and heavy when compared to other types of vacuums, they should be easy to steer and maneuver to make vacuuming effortless. Also, they should have features like a detachable wand or hose that lets you vacuum down under furniture or high up in the corners of the ceiling.

An upright vacuum is a good choice for the primary vacuum cleaner at any home. If it’s versatile and it has fantastic features – as the Dyson and Shark do – it should take care of all you vacuuming problems and easily tackle all that dust and dirt which gathers in your home.

Pros

  • Powerful
  • Clean carpets thoroughly
  • Adapt to many surfaces
  • Hold a large amount of dirt
  • Have wide cleaning paths

Cons

  • Can feel bulky and heavy
  • Take up storage space

Why Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean is the best upright vacuum from Dyson

Dyson has a few different upright vacuums which all share the ball design. They have slight differences, but we could recommend each one of them as they all are excellent products with a high-quality build and very functional design. The Dyson Small Ball is a bit more compact in size, the Cinetic Big Ball does the filtering with only cyclonic technology, Dyson Ball Multi Floor comes with a Triggerhead floor tool, and Ball Animal 2 Total Clean with a few extra tools.

Mostly these vacuums share the same functional features, superb filtration, and maneuverability that comes with the ball design. In the end, the differences are quite small, and each one of these products is something you could choose and be a satisfied owner of a top-class upright vacuum.

We decided to choose the Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean because it has the strongest suction of all vacuums on the market and the extra tools add to the already excellent versatility. It gets excellent ratings and reviews from users, and it boasts top-notch features.

Why Shark APEX DuoClean Powered Lift-Away Vacuum is the best upright vacuum from Shark

You’ve probably heard about Shark Navigator, Shark Rocket TruePet, Shark Rotator Professional, Shark Rotator nv752, and Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away vacuums. They are some of the excellent bestselling vacuum cleaners Shark has marketed in the recent years. All of these models are well-functioning, good-quality upright vacuum cleaners that get excellent ratings and reviews from their users. The reason you’ve probably heard about them is the fact that people like to promote the products that have already proven themselves on the market. They often ignore the newcomers that actually might be better products because of their new improved design.

This is also the case with Navigator and Rotator. Don’t get me wrong; they are fantastic products that do their job efficiently and have high scores on performance. But Shark has already come one step further in designing their new ultimate upright vacuum: the Shark APEX DuoClean Powered Lift-Away.

We want to review this specific product because Shark claims it is their ultimate upright vacuum and they compare it to the Dyson Big Ball vacuum themselves. At a quick glance their comparison seems straightforward with the Shark APEX DuoClean certainly giving the Dyson Big Ball a run for its money, but when you have a closer look, the comparison is not quite as objective as you’d think.

The Dyson vacuums are often considered the cream of the crop, which is why we wanted to compare it with the best vacuum Shark has to offer. And that is the Shark APEX DuoClean.

3. Best Handheld Vacuum Dyson V7 vs. Shark Cordless Pet Perfect XL

Which handheld vacuum is better?

Are you looking for a compact handheld vacuum for small cleanups all around your home and maybe even your car? A handy little machine that can take care of all those small messes kids, pets and everyday life leaves behind?

A handheld vacuum is what you’re looking for, but it seems you’re not sure which one. In this section, we are comparing the best handheld vacuums from both Shark and Dyson to find out which one is a better purchase.

                  Dyson V7

VS.

Shark Cordless Pet Perfect XL

 

What our comparison covers:

  1. Quick Pick - Comparison chart
  2. Quick Pick - Our verdict
  3. Detailed Review
    • Suction power
    • Runtime
    • Attachments
    • Filtration
    • Dirt cup
    • Maneuverability and ease of use
    • Performance
    • Pros and cons
    • Summing up 
  4.  Why choose a stick vacuum?
    • Why Dyson V7 is the best handheld vacuum from Dyson
    • Why Shark Cordless Pet Perfect XL is the best handheld vacuum from Shark

1. Quick Pick - Comparison Chart

If you don’t have the time for in-depth analysis, but you want the details, here is the full comparison table with all the essential features:

Shark Pet Perfect XL vs. Dyson V7 Handheld Vacuum comparison table PetHairPatrol

2. Quick Pick - Our Verdict

Winner: Both.

So, which one is better? The answer to this question is not straightforward.

First of all, the Dyson V7 and Shark Cordless Pet Perfect XL are set in two very different price categories.

Secondly, they are targeted at very different type of consumers.

winner shark versus dyson

If you are looking for an excellent high-quality handheld vacuum with powerful suction, long runtime and top-notch features, Dyson V7 should be your choice.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for an affordable solution for small touch-ups, the Shark Cordless Pet Perfect XL could be the ideal choice for you. It’s not the cream of the crop as you can probably tell by the price, but it does the job as a basic handheld vacuum.

But now, let’s get to that comparison.

3. Dyson V7 VS. Shark Cordless Pet Perfect XL - Detailed Review

Suction Power

Dyson V7

This vacuum actually provides a stronger suction than any handheld vacuum on the market thanks to the Dyson digital motor V7 which spins at up to 107,000rpm by using digital pulse technology and a neodymium magnet.

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The suction is 28AW on the powerful mode and 100AW on MAX mode. The suction is fade-free, which means you will have the full power to your use until the battery runs out.

What is great about this vacuum is that the suction power is strong and it can pick up all kinds of dirt and debris. We also like the fact that it is fade-free, which means you won’t lose suction when the battery starts to run out. Using the MAX mode for tough spots lowers the runtime to 6 minutes, but in our experience, it’s surprising how much vacuuming you can do even in that short time.

Shark Cordless Pet Perfect XL

Shark isn’t actually very open about the details and specifications on its products. They claim that this vacuum has stronger suction than any other vacuum cleaner in this category, but finding details on the measured suction power is impossible. The vacuum uses Twister® Suction Technology to produce the strong suction, but again Shark does not disclose any further information about this technology.

However, users say the suction is strong and able to pick up all kinds of dirt from sand and gravel to cereal and food pellets. Although we would like to see a number on that AW column, the user experience is what it comes down to, and strong suction is what we're looking for in a vacuum cleaner.


Verdict:

On the suction, we call this a tie. Suction power is the most important feature a vacuum has along with the attachments. A well-designed motor is able to provide enough suction power so that the appliance can tackle the most common types of dirt we find in our homes.

Both vacuums have strong suction and get the job done. Although we would like to see Shark provide the results for measuring of the suction, we feel user experience if ultimately the thing that counts. Both vacuums have tons of users that are satisfied with the suction and performance of these vacuums. This tells us that the suction is adequate for its purpose and these products get the job done.

Runtime

Dyson V7

This vacuum offers 30 minutes of fade-free vacuuming on the powerful mode and 6 minutes on maximum power with the MAX mode. Although 6 minutes may seem short, it’s only occasionally that you need to turn the power up for some heavy-duty vacuuming. Also using a motorized tool will bring down the runtime depending on the tool and surface you are using it on.

The battery takes 3.5 hours to charge which may seem like a long time. Unlike the Dyson stick vacuums, the handheld ones don’t come with a wall-mountable charging dock. If you want, you can buy it separately to make charging your vacuum cleaner more convenient. After you have finished vacuuming, you can just pop back the hand vac on the charger on the wall, and it will be charged and ready for your next cleanup.

In the handheld vacuum cleaners, 30 minutes is a very good achievement. This is an exceptionally long runtime that will let you do more than just a quick clean-up of the couch.

Shark Cordless Pet Perfect XL

The runtime for this vacuum is 13 minutes when using a motorized tool and longer when not. Shark does not actually tell you how long the vacuum will run when fully charged and with no tools attached. According to user experience, the battery runtime is about 15 minutes, and after about a year this can go down to about 10 minutes.

It can take up to six hours for this vacuum to be fully charged which in our opinion is just too long. If you have a few kids or pets, you might need to vacuum many times a day. With a long charging time, you might run into a situation where the vacuum is out of battery just when you need it the most.


Verdict

Dyson is the clear winner in this category. Not only is their runtime two or even three times longer in the normal mode, but they also have a shorter charging time which leaves the vacuum ready for use when you need it. In the MAX mode the runtime is shorter on the Dyson, but at least you have the option of using a more powerful mode for stubborn dirt.

Attachments

Dyson V7

The Dyson V7 has three attachments: Mini Motorized Tool, Combination Tool, and Crevice Tool. These tools add a great deal of versatility to the vacuum. The Combination Tool is used for gentle dusting and the Crevice Tool allows you to get those baseboards and tight spots cleaned. But what we really love is the Mini Motorized Tool, which does a fantastic job at cleaning your furniture, car seats, and carpeted stairs. It has a motorized brush bar that digs deep into the fabric with its stiff nylon bristles removing dust, hair, and dirt. This tool is something pet owners and people with carpeted stairs will love.

If you have specific cleaning needs, you could also consider one of the other models like Dyson V7 Mattress, Car+Boat, Baby+Child or Top Dog. They all come with different sets of attachments which will help you tackle your individual cleaning problems. For the Car+Boat model, you get an extension hose to help you reach all those crevices and a car charger to keep you charging on the move. The Baby+Child comes with a Wide Nozzle Tool for upholstery and large debris, and the V7 Mattress with a HEPA filter.

What is excellent about Dyson vacuums is that they have a bunch of add-ons you can buy separately. If you have a dog that needs grooming, they have a mess-free grooming tool that is attached to the vacuum. You can also find all sorts of specialized tools for different purposes on their website.

Shark Cordless Pet Perfect XL

The attachments of this vacuum cleaner include a Detachable XL Motorized Pet Brush, crevice tool, and dusting brush. The Motorized Pet Brush removes pet hair and ground-in dirt from furniture, upholstery, carpets, car seats and other such surfaces, which makes it an excellent tool for pet owners and people with carpeted stairs. The stiff bristles of the motorized brush roll are very efficient at digging into the carpeting to remove even the most stubborn pet hair or dirt.

The set of attachments that come along with this product is pretty decent, and they enable you to use the vacuum for many kinds of cleanups. Some users hope the crevice tool would be longer, but all users are delighted with the motorized brush tool.


Verdict:

In this category, we have to announce Dyson as the winner. Although both vacuums have a nice set of attachments that add to their adaptability, Dyson goes a step further with a wide array of add-ons available for purchase.

That said, both products have a good set of attachments which allow you to clean all kinds of surfaces in your home and car. From this point of view, we can recommend either product as your choice of a handheld vacuum cleaner.

Filtration

Dyson V7

The Dyson vacuums use two stages of filtering to ensure the exhaust air is clean and fresh. First, 15 compact cyclones placed in two parallel tiers generate powerful g-forces which separate the dirt from the air flinging it into the dirt bin. This cyclone technology can capture fine dust and microscopic particles as small as 0.5 microns.

The second stage is the post-motor filtration. The filter is a lifetime washable filter, which means there are no added maintenance costs. You just wash the filter under cold water and let it dry completely before popping it back in.

Shark Cordless Pet Perfect XL

The filter in this vacuum is pretty flimsy. It does keep dirt and dust inside the vacuum, but it’s certainly not anything close to a HEPA filter like the one Dyson V7 has. The filter is washable, and it clicks into place inside the dirt container. It’s made out of mesh and felt-type fabric, which will keep most of the dust from exiting with the exhaust air, but if you or your family members have allergies, we would recommend a vacuum with better filtration.

For maintenance, you need to wash the filter regularly and also replace it once in a while. The filters are only about five bucks a piece, but the cost does add up in a few years.


Verdict:

Dyson is the clear winner in this aspect. It has a far better filtration system that will keep the air that is being blown out of the vacuum extremely clean. For a pet owner, a family with kids or someone with allergies, the Dyson V7 is a far better choice. Like with many things, you need to pay for quality and functional design.

Dirt cup

Dyson V7

The dirt cup on the V7 is a good-sized 0.15-gallon detachable and washable container, which uses the Hygienic Dirt Ejector technology to push out all the collected dirt into the trash hygienically.

What is fantastic about this technology is the fact that it keeps your hands clean when emptying the dirt cup. With many vacuums, you have to use your fingers to pull out the disgusting strands of hair and packed dirt. With the Dyson however, you just pull up the red lever, and the mechanism ejects the contents of the cup into the trash can. Its quick, easy and hygienic.

Shark Cordless Pet Perfect XL

The Shark handheld vacuum also comes with a good-sized 0.16-gallon dirt cup. It is washable and although there is no mechanism for emptying it, the shape of the container allows most of the dirt to fall out without you having to help it out with your fingers.

Shark recommends you empty the cup after every vacuuming session and clean the filter while you're at it to keep up its optimal performance.


Verdict:

In this category, we have to call it a tie. Although both dirt cups are pretty much the same size, they are entirely different. The Dyson container is pretty sophisticated with its dirt ejecting feature while the Shark has a basic bowl-shaped dirt cup which makes emptying easy with its simple design.

Maneuverability and ease of use

Dyson V7

The Dyson V7 handheld vacuum weights 3.77 pounds, which makes it a very lightweight machine considering the power of the motor packed inside. Being lightweight it is easy to maneuver and handle. The weight distribution is well designed so that the battery and motor are close to your hand making it seem even lighter than it actually is.

What divides user opinions is the trigger design. The vacuum turns on when you keep the trigger down, and for some users, this feels uncomfortable. The trigger is extremely light and sensitive, and you don’t need to squeeze it to keep the vacuum running. Even without the trigger, you would probably be holding the machine the same way, and it doesn’t affect how you maneuver the appliance or cause strain on your finger. Some users feel they would like the vac to continue running even when you let go of the handle, but there is a very practical explanation for this design: when the motor is designed to run only when the vacuum cleaner is actually used, it won’t waste any of the precious run time of the battery when idle.

Maintenance is also effortless with the V7. You just empty the dirt cup when it’s full using the Hygienic Dirt Ejector feature and rinse the post-motor filter now and then. No need to buy new filters or to do any other type of maintenance.

If you want, you can buy the wall-mountable charging dock, which makes using the handheld vacuum even more convenient. You can place it on the wall at any accessible location in your home and always have your Dyson charged and ready to go.

The Dyson V7 is a top-grade vacuum with a steep price that comes with the attention to detail. All the nice extra features and little details that make using the product effortless and convenient come at a price, but according to many users that price if worth paying for the ease of use.

Shark Cordless Pet Perfect XL

The handheld vacuum from Shark weighs 4.5 pounds, and although it is heavier than it’s competitor, it can still be considered lightweight and easy to carry around. However, what some users have found uncomfortable, is the shape of the handle and how your hand is positioned when using this vacuum. The weight distribution could be better, and although this vacuum is not used for long periods, the extended posture of the user's wrist may cause problems for some people.

The power switch is at the tip of your fingers and easily reached, but the positioning of the handle may make it harder to tackle areas like upholstery where you need to excert some power to get the surface thoroughly cleaned.

Maintenance is pretty simple: just empty the dust bin and rinse the filter after every use. The filters need to be replaced every few months which is an additional cost, but luckily they are cheap, and you can order them online.

To keep the vacuum ready at all times you can buy the charging dock which is sold separately. It isn’t mountable, which means you have to find a convenient place for it, but if you have some room on your kitchen counter that would be an ideal place to keep the handheld vacuum charged and ready for quick cleanups.


Verdict:

When it comes to ease of use Dyson V7 has the upper hand.

We’re not saying the Pet Perfect XL is somehow awkward or inconvenient, but the attention to detail in design does pay off when it comes to household appliances. The positioning of the handle and posture of your hand is better in the Dyson V7, and it is designed to have better weight distribution. Also, the lifetime filter, mountable charging dock, and overall maneuverability make it very easy to use.

The Shark handheld vacuum is also easily maneuvered, and if you’re not ready to invest in a Dyson, it’s a terrific deal with the reasonable pricing it comes with. The design might be more basic, but it is still very functional.

Performance

Dyson V7 Handheld Vacuum
Shark Cordless Pet Perfect XL

0/5

Carpet

0/5

Hard floor

0/5

Upholstery
sand

Sand
94%

dog hair

Pet Hair
99%

corn flakes

Cereal
90%

dust

Dust
95%

kitty litter

Kitty Litter
96%

Pros and Cons At a Glance

Dyson V7  

Pros:

  • Excellent performance
  • Easy to use
  • High-quality design
  • Strong suction
  • MAX mode
  • Long 30 minute runtime
  • Lightweight at 3.77 pounds
  • Useful attachments
  • Hygienic Dirt Ejector
  • Washable lifetime filters
  • 0.15-gallon dirt cup

Cons:

  • Price

Shark Cordless Pet Perfect XL

Pros:

  • Price
  • Great performance
  • Useful attachments
  • 0.16-gallon dirt cup

 

 

 


Cons:

  • Only the basic functions
  • Can strain your arm

Summing up - which one is the best handheld vacuum?

Winner: Both.

So what it all comes down to is that these two vacuums are very different from each other. Dyson V7 handheld vacuum is a high-quality top-class vacuum with a matching design – and a price tag.

The Shark Pet Perfect XL, on the other hand, is a basic lower mid-range handheld vacuum: it’s simple but functional.

dyson and shark both perform well

In the end, this comes down to your personal preferences and budget.

If you’re looking for a product that is powerful, high-quality and has excellent features and attention to detail, the Dyson V7 should be your choice. It’s not cheap, but with the price you pay, you do get an excellent runtime, strong suction, effective filtration, useful attachments and overall functionality and ease of use.

However, if your looking for a product that is moderately priced and you’re ok with not having all the bells and whistles, the Shark  Pet Perfect XL would be an excellent purchase to help you out with small cleanups.

4. Why choose a handheld vacuum?

As we just mentioned, both Dyson and Shark seem to be moving away from designing and manufacturing handheld vacuum cleaners. More people are buying stick vacuums because in the recent years they have developed quickly and today they have enough power and adaptability to be used as the primary vacuum in many households.

Most stick vacuums are basically just a handheld vacuum with a detachable wand that enables you to reach up high and down low. With the floor cleaning head, you can vacuum more than just small floor areas and furniture. Actually, the stick vacuum is a step up from the handheld vacuum in versatility and convenience, but of course, there is a step up in the price as well.

If you’re looking for just a small vacuum that you can carry around to clean small messes or to make small touchups before the guests arrive, a handheld vacuum is the one you’re looking for. You can quickly pick up that scattered cat litter or spilled cereal, or you can remove that persistent cat hair on the couch. You can even take it to your car or boat.

A handheld vacuum is a convenient little helper especially if you have kids or pets. You can use it to keep your home tidy at all times without having to take out the massive upright vacuum for small touchups.

Pros

  • Easy to pick up for small cleanups
  • With the compact design, you can use it anywhere
  • Storage is no problem
  • Great for keeping the house tidy at all times

Cons

  • The short runtime can be a problem with cheaper products
  • Not as powerful as bigger vacuums

Why Dyson V7 is the best handheld vacuum from Dyson

As we mentioned before, Dyson seems to be moving away from the idea of a plain handheld vacuum and steering its customers towards stick type vacuums. This is a smart move because although stick vacuums are a bit more expensive, the versatility and adaptability are worth that extra investment. That’s why you may want to consider a Dyson stick vacuum.

That being said, we will concentrate on the Dyson V7 handheld vacuum. Currently, it is the only handheld vacuum Dyson is marketing. It has the powerful V7 motor and some great attachments. You can find models specifically designed for boats and cars, homes with pets, households with kids, and homes with allergies and the need to thoroughly clean mattresses.

It is an excellent choice for a handheld vacuum because the runtime is long in comparison to other vacuums, the suction is strong, and the well-designed features make it convenient and easy to use.

Why Shark Cordless Pet Perfect XL is the best handheld vacuum from Shark

Just like Dyson Shark does not seem to be concentrating on designing new handheld vacuums. They are steering towards stick vacuums which can be used as handheld vacuums by detaching the wand. A stick type vacuums is, of course, a more significant investment, but it is also more powerful, versatile and adaptable. The added features will quickly make up for the higher price. If you feel like a stick vacuum could be something you’re interested in, check out the comparison between stick vacuums above.

If, on the other hand, you are just looking for a small, affordable hand vac for small touchups, the Shark Cordless Pet Perfect XL is perfect for you. It is a pretty basic model, but it does have everything you need to pick up that scattered dirt on the floor, or to vacuum dust and hair off your furniture and stairs thoroughly. For a compact hand vacuum in the lower price range, it is an excellent choice.

4. Best robotic vacuum Dyson 360 Heurist vs. Shark ION Robot Vacuum S87

An improved version of the 360 Eye model, Dyson 360 Heurist, has just been announced by Dyson. Shark has also recently brought a new robotic vacuum model to the market. It has combined two innovations in one cleaning system — a high-performance robot vacuum with a built-in, powerful handheld vacuum (this sounds promising!).

Our team will be comparing these two robotic vacuums from Dyson and Shark as soon as the new Dyson arrives in the States – stay tuned!

5. What should I know about the brands?

Both brands are well-known household names with a good reputation and countless satisfied customers. There isn’t really anything about the brands that would make one better than the other, but they do have their differences.

Shark is one of the several house-care brands in the SharkNinja family producing small household appliances and functional cleaning solutions for everyday use. The company takes pride in manufacturing highly functional and innovative products to impact peoples lives positively.

The company started out in Montreal, Canada in 1998, but today they are based in Needham, Massachusetts. In several recent years, they were recognized as one of the 5000 fastest growing companies in America by the Inc. Magazine.

SharkNinja has quickly gained a significant market share by producing inventive products at an excellent value, and they are one of the leading companies in their market sector today. What Shark vacuums are known for is innovative design, ease of use and competitive pricing.

Dyson, on the other hand, is a British company founded by James Dyson in 1991. It designs and produces household appliances such as vacuum cleaners, hand dryers, bladeless fans, heaters and hair dryers. The company is known for innovative, high-quality products that are made to last.

Currently, its headquarters are located in Malmesbury, United Kingdom. As of February 2017 the multi-billion company had more than 8500 employees worldwide.

The whole company was founded on James Dyson’s determination to create a vacuum cleaner that would use cyclonic technology for dust separation. After having his invention rejected by major manufacturers of vacuum cleaners, James Dyson decided to set up his own company, research center and factory.

His attempt to create a bagless vacuum was seen as impossible, but he managed to find funding and succeeded in building a vacuum that used cyclonic technology instead of dust bags. The product quickly gained popularity, and the company later became one of the market leaders in the UK as well as the United States.

This company later grew into the multi-billion company we know as the manufacturer of five-star Dyson vacuums. The company still continues to value innovation, high quality, and functional design. They constantly listen to users and re-design their products to pursue perfection.

Although both brands value innovation and functional products, there is one critical aspect that separates them. While Dyson manufactures true top-class products with very high quality and exceptionally well-designed features, their products, of course, come with a bigger price tag. Shark, however, aims to keep its products moderately priced, which is why they don’t have that same attention to detail.

Why are Dyson vacuum cleaners so successful? Because they are high-quality products with attention to detail in engineering and design. Are Dyson vacuums really worth the cost? Yes, according to user reviews people are very pleased they have invested in a functional high-quality product. But, if your budget won't stretch that far, Shark makes great vacuums too.

Both brands offer fantastic products which will make your life a lot easier. Which brand you should choose comes down to what you are looking for. Are you looking for the top dog or could you settle for less? It depends on what type of vacuum you are looking for and where you will be using it. Do you need a handheld vacuum cleaner or a large upright one? What kind of surfaces do you have and do you own pets?

You can’t decide on the brand without comparing the vacuums.

And that is what we are here to do.

What it comes down to....

Is Shark or Dyson better is something many people have asked us, so we decided to find the definitive answer.

When comparing the two, which one is the better vacuum cleaner brand?

To tell you the truth there is no final answer to this question. Both brands manufacture high-quality vacuum cleaners with attention to detail and some fantastic features. In the end, it depends on what type of vacuum you are looking for.

Read our thorough reviews to see the features each vacuum has and think about your individual cleaning needs. Which vacuum do you see yourself using? Which features would make your life easier?

What it all comes down to is the fact that you need to get the vacuum out and use it for it to perform well. It’s a bad investment if you never use it. You should never skimp on those features that you think would make cleaning less of a chore.

The best vacuum is the one that makes vacuuming quicker and more comfortable.

6. Q&A

Is one of the brands better?

No. Both Shark and Dyson manufacture high-quality vacuum cleaners. You could say Dyson is more of a high-end manufacturer, and Shark is somewhere in the upper mid-range. All Dyson products are expensive and top-notch, with a price to match – of course. Shark, on the other hand, has products in different price categories to match a wider variety of customer needs.

What it comes down to is the fact that you should only pay for what you need. If you feel a cheaper vacuum has everything you need, there is no need to pay more. However, if you feel you should invest a bit more to get those extra features you really need, it’s probably wise to do so.

A vacuum cleaner has to fit your needs perfectly, or it won’t be useful. It’s not about the brand, and it’s not about the price. It’s about investing in something that will make your life easier every day for several years. That is why you should look at the features and not the brand.

You shouldn’t skimp, but you shouldn’t spend too much either. Pick the one that feels right. A true story: hated vacuuming, because getting the vacuum out and plugging it in was such a pain. Bought Dyson V6 and never regretted spending that money. Every single day that vacuum makes my life easier.

Does the price always correlate with quality and features?

Yes and no. Often the price correlates with quality. With a bigger price tag, you get more durable materials and attention to detail in the design and engineering. However, sometimes you don’t need the vacuum to last for 15 years. With technology advancing at such a speed, you might want to update your vacuum cleaner in say five or seven years. You should only pay for what you need.

Because a vacuum cleaner is something that brings convenience to your everyday life, you should not skimp. However, sometimes it’s not worth paying for the luxury brand if you can get a better deal with a cheaper product. Our reviews will reveal all this on the best vacuums from Dyson and Shark.

With features, it’s a different matter. The bigger the price, the better features you often have. This is just pure math: four tools cost more than two. Also, doing research is costly, which means that the more groundwork there is behind the development of a product, the more it will cost the consumer.

Often the quality of materials and features, attention to detail and usability go hand in hand with the price. All the hard work that went into development will be reflected in the value of the final product.

What are the critical features a good vacuum should have?

These are the features you need to look at before deciding which vacuum to buy:

Suction power
Is the vacuum cleaner powerful enough to pick up even the most stubborn dirt? If the suction is weak, the vacuum will be useless. A strong suction equals good performance.

Battery life / cord length
If you’re looking for a cordless vacuum, you should make sure the vacuum has a runtime that matches your needs. If you need to vacuum some cat litter off your kitchen floor, 10-15 minutes is just fine. However, if you need to vacuum the couch, recliner, and stairs, you will need the vacuum to run for at least 30 minutes.

Attachments
A vacuum should come with a comprehensive set of functional attachments designed for different surfaces and purposes. Without proper tools, your vacuum will lack versatility and adaptability, and it won’t perform as well on all kinds of different surfaces.

Filtration
Without an efficient filtration system your vacuum will be blowing some of that dust and those nasty allergens back into the indoor air you breathe. A filtration system should have a pre-motor filter or cyclonic system to keep the larger dirt from getting in contact with the filters. This will prevent the filters from becoming clogged and lengthen their lifetime. Also, having washable filters will save you money when it comes to maintenance costs, and a HEPA filter is something you should consider especially if you or your family members suffer from allergies.

Dirt cup
You should check if a vacuum has a good-sized dirt cup and if it is washable. A large dirt cup will not fill up as quickly blocking the suction and having you run to the trash can to empty the bin while vacuuming. Especially pet owners need to keep their eye out on the capacity of the dirt cup because pet hair tends to fill the dirt cup up fast.

Maneuverability and ease of use
An excellent vacuum should be easily maneuvered and operated. Swivel steering, fingertip controls, length of the hose, the weight of the vacuum and many other aspects need to be taken into consideration when weighing the maneuverability and ease of use of each product. If a vacuum is tedious to operate and use, you probably won’t be using it much. The mess will accumulate, and the product will be a waste of your money.

Performance
If a vacuum doesn’t perform well, it is a waste of your money. Moreover, it’s not all about the suction power. Different surfaces need different tools, and different types of vacuums are designed for different surfaces. If you have thick wall-to-wall carpeting, you shouldn’t buy a stick vacuum. Also, if you need to vacuum your stairs, a robotic vacuum won’t be the one to perform perfectly.

You need to find a well-functioning vacuum cleaner that fits your needs to find one that performs well considering the circumstances. You can have a look at our reviews to find the best vacuums in each category.

How do I know which vacuum is perfect for my home?

To find a perfect vacuum you need to think about your home and the surfaces you will be vacuuming. After figuring out which type of vacuum cleaner you need, you still need to pick one that actually does a good job instead of just moving the dirt around. Our reviews will help you decide which one to choose.

Generally speaking, a stick vacuum is excellent for smaller homes with various surfaces and an upright vacuum is the best choice for large homes with carpeting. A canister vacuum, on the other hand, can be the best choice for large homes with only hard floors and low-pile carpeting. Handheld vacuums are for small cleanups all around the house, and a robotic vacuum should be your choice if you're looking to keep your chores to the minimum.

We have comparison charts that will show you the features side by side allowing you to compare the differences and figure out the perfect vacuum for your needs.

Dyson vs Shark for pet hair?

Although vacuums from both brands can deal with stubborn pet hair effectively, Dyson takes the lead in each category. If you have pets and you need a vacuum that will lift up that persistent hair and suck it up in no time - Dyson has the solution for you whether you need a handheld vacuum or an upright one.

cute dog sitting on floor

Shark IonFLEX DuoClean and Dyson V8 Absolute reviewed and compared

Want to know which one is the best cordless stick vacuum? 

Last Updated on August 16th

This post is written by Connor H. He is one of my readers and the owner of a German Shepherd. He contacted me and asked if he could write a comparison of these two vacuums since he just recently bought both. This is what he has to say:

Hi guys! Just recently I was in need of two stick vacuums. I needed one for my home and another one for the office because I often took Remus to work with me and it was necessary to keep things looking tip top for when clients paid a sudden visit.


Dyson V8 Absolute


Shark IONFlex DuoClean

I was interested in both the Dyson V8 Absolute and the Shark IonFLEX DuoClean cordless stick vacuums. They both had excellent ratings, and pet owners were saying they do an excellent job with pet hair.

I read Matt’s reviews and looked at all the details on both vacuums, but I just couldn’t decide which one I wanted. Because I needed two vacuum cleaners, I decided to buy one of each and see how they perform.

So for a while now I’ve had the opportunity to use both vacuums and see how they perform. I will tell you which one was my favorite, but not just yet. First I will go through all the crucial features in detail to help you make up your mind. Here's what's coming up:

  1. Comparison chart - Dyson vs Shark for Pet Hair
  2. Brand - Dyson versus Shark
  3. Suction Power
  4. Battery life
  5. Attachments
  6. Dirt cup
  7. Filter
  8. Weight
  9. Warranty
  10. Storage
  11. Performance and summing up

1. Comparison chart - Dyson vs Shark for Pet Hair

Shark vs Dyson Comparison chart

2. Brand - Dyson versus Shark

First, let’s have a look at both brands.

Shark is a well-known brand manufacturing highly functional, easy-to-use and innovative products to help you clean all your the daily messes. The company behind Shark products is Euro-Pro. Their experience in housecare appliances dates back more than a century, and although originating in Europe, they have since relocated to Newton, Massachusetts.

Users describe their products reliable and practical, which probably is why Shark has gained quite a significant market share in the vacuum, steam mop and sweeper manufacturing industry.

Dyson, on the other hand, is an England based company, which was originally founded by James Dyson, the inventor of the cyclonic vacuum technology. Dyson has grown from a one-man business to a huge worldwide brand with more than 1,000 engineers around the world constantly working to research and develop their products. Dyson is all about innovative inventions and improving existing technology. No wonder users describe their products as extremely functional, durable and easy-to-use.

Both companies offer practical quality products to make your household chores easier and more comfortable. There isn’t a big difference in the brands, as you can rely on both offering top design and functionality. To decide between the two vacuums, you need to have a look at the features they offer.

3. Suction Power

Comparing the suction power of the two vacuums is a bit hard on paper, as the manufacturers measure suction in different units. I don’t have any devices to measure the suction, so you will have to rely on my experiences with both vacuums.

Both the Dyson V8 Absolute and Shark IonFLEX DuoClean have a strong suction power for a cordless stick vacuum. They both have no problems in picking up heavier dirt such as small pebbles or dog food Remus spills around while eating. So really the units don’t matter, as I find both vacuums have suction strong enough to deal with tough cleaning jobs.

Dyson promises a fade-free battery that will run on full suction until the power is entirely exhausted. Shark makes no such promises, but I have not found the suction to decrease when the battery starts running out.

Shark also claims that the IonFLEX DuoClean generates more suction power than the Dyson V8, but this claim refers to the suction power you get when using the low power mode. In my experience, I would say that the max power mode of the Dyson V8 is stronger than the one on IonFLEX.

All in all, I would say both vacuums are powerful, and they have high suction power. They offer excellent performance, which of course is what it all comes down to.

4. Battery life

The previous Dyson cordless vacuums offered only 20 minutes of run time, but Dyson has been continually listening to its users and developing their products. The newer V8 motor has a runtime of up to 40 minutes depending on the tools you use. Using a motorized tool will decrease the run time to 25 minutes, and if you use the max mode for a tougher cleanup job, the runtime will go down to 7 minutes. For a full charge, you need to charge the battery for 4 hours.

Dyson V8 has been the leader in runtime amongst cordless vacuums, and therefore Shark has felt the pressure to go a step further.

The Shark IonFlex DuoClean introduces a removable battery which can be recharged while you use another battery for vacuuming. With this feature ”you’re always charging” as Shark advertises.

The rechargeable battery is a nice feature for a  cordless vacuum, as you can purchase new batteries depending on your personal cleaning needs. But although you can always be charging, you won’t always be vacuuming. The maximum runtime with one Lithium-ion Power Pack battery is 22 minutes, but the time needed to reach full charge is 3.5 hours. The extra batteries are expensive, but even if you buy a second one, you can vacuum for 44 minutes just barely topping Dyson’s maximum run time.

I guess this one is a tie, and the winner depends on your preferences. I have the Dyson at my office, and I only use it for small cleanups, so I always have more than enough battery. I can see myself vacuuming my apartment, but for big houses, the runtime might be a bit short.

The Shark vacuum would allow me to change batteries, but I would have to purchase the second one first. With one battery I only get 22 minutes of vacuuming, which is quite short even for my smallish apartment. So yes, if your willing to change batteries mid vacuuming, you get 4 minutes of extra runtime by choosing the Shark vacuum. Whether you want to change batteries or not is up to you.

5. Attachments

Next, I’ll go through the attachments each of these vacuums comes with. For pet owners, the accessories are an essential feature, because pet hair gets into all kinds places in your home and you need special tools to make sure your vacuum has enough versatility to cover all areas possible.

The Dyson V8 Absolute comes with a good variety of attachments. You get the Direct-drive cleaner head for vacuuming both hard floors and carpets. This tool is something you could use on all floor surfaces, and it would do a good job. On the other hand, if you have hardwood floors, you would be happy also to get the Soft roller cleaner head, which does an excellent job on cleaning up all debris and dust from hard floors giving them a polished look at the same time.

Dyson V8 also has a variety of tools for other surfaces. The Quick Release Mini Motorized Tool is something I love! It is a small motorized brush that is designed to dig deep into fabrics removing pet hair, dander, and dust. It is convenient, and it removes all hair with one pass.

I use it to vacuum the upholstered recliners in my office after Remus has been taking a nap in one of them. I certainly wouldn’t want an important client sitting on one before I give it a quick cleanup with my Dyson.

With a Dyson, you also get a Combination Tool, Crevice Tool, and Mini Soft Dusting Brush, which I find very useful for dusting and picking up larger debris. The toolset that comes along with the vacuum is fantastic. You get tools for all kinds of cleanups around the house and not once have I not been able to find a tool that would work perfectly for a specific vacuuming job I have come across.

The Shark IonFLEX, on the other hand, comes with a new innovative DuoClean floor head. They have combined a brush roll with stiff bristles with a softer and denser brush roll in one cleaning head, which is very effective on hard floors and carpets alike.

The first brush roll with soft bristles engages hard floors picking up large debris as well as dust and leaving a polished result. The other brush roll digs deep into carpets and rugs lifting up all the dirt ground between the piles. Though the head is part of why this vacuum is heavier than the Dyson V8, it comes with the advantage of not having to change attachments when moving from one surface to another.

You also get some other necessary attachments with the Shark vacuum, such as the 8 inch Duster Crevice Tool, Anti-Allergen Dust Brush and a Wide Upholstery Tool for fabrics. What is missing though is a motorized brush tool for upholstery, which is something most pet owners find a necessity.

With everything added up, I think we have a tie with the attachments. The Shark IonFLEX does have the excellent DuoClean floor head, but Dyson V8 comes with a very functional motorized brush tool for upholstery. With this one, we have to look at individual needs, and you should choose based on whether you need to vacuums floors or furniture.

6. Dirt cup

With the dirt cup, you can see some significant differences. Although both vacuums have washable see-through dirt containers, the size and system used for emptying are quite different.

The Dyson dust cup is larger at 0.14 gallons when the Shark vacuum has a smaller dust cup at just under 0.09 gallons. This feature is something pet owners especially need to take into consideration. If you have many pets or even one large dog that sheds a lot, the Shark dirt cup will probably be too small for your needs.


Here's the dirt cup of V8...


And here you can see the dirt cup of the IonFLEX.

You don't have to empty the Dyson V8 dust cup after every cleanup. I have mostly done small vacuuming sessions, and I empty it every fifth time or so. A few times I have taken care of bigger jobs like vacuuming all the floors in our office. After a thorough vacuuming the container is often full, but still it’s considerably larger than the one on the Shark vacuum.

With the Shark, I find I have to empty the cup after every cleanup and even after small cleanups if I’m dealing with a lot of shed pet hair. Sometimes I need to dump the container even mid vacuuming, which I find annoying.

When comparing dust cup sizes, Dyson V8 is a clear winner, but there is another bonus feature their V8 vacuum. With most bagless vacuums you detach the dust cup and dump the contents in the trash. This is the case with Shark as well, but Dyson has taken it a step up.

The Dyson vacuums have a hygienic and easy-to-use ejecting system, which takes care of emptying the dust and dirt. You just place the vacuum cleaner above a trash can, and with a push of a button the bottom of the dirt cup opens, and all the contents are ejected without having to pull all the packed up pet hair out with your fingers. The system is incredibly smart and handy!

In this category, Dyson V8 Absolute is a clear winner.

7. Filter

Filtering is another critical feature for pet owners to consider. Pets shed a lot of hair, but then there is also the dander. To keep a pet home clean, you need your vacuum to have top grade filtration.

filter for dyson shark pet hair

All Dyson vacuums use the innovative cyclonic system to filter particles out of the air. Inside the Dyson V8 motor, there is a patented 2 Tier Radial cyclone system. The cyclones spin air at high speeds creating strong centrifugal forces to separate dirt and dust from the air. The cyclone technology guides the dirt to the dirt bin before it blows the exhaust air through the HEPA filter. This way the filtration is not clogged by dirt reducing the suction power.

In addition to the cyclonic filtration, the Dyson V8 also uses a HEPA filter to make sure the exhaust air is thoroughly cleaned up to the point where it is cleaner then air you breath. The filters are washable lifetime filters, meaning you will never have to replace them. You should wash the filters monthly.

The Sark IonFLEX Duoclean also has washable filters, but none of them is HEPA level. There are two pre-motor filters, of which one is foam, and one felt. You should clean the filters monthly under running water. Also, you have one post-motor filter, which according to the manual should be washed every nine months.

I think this round goes to the Dyson V8 Absolute. I love that it comes with a HEPA grade filter and the filtration system seems to be very functional and efficient. The Shark vacuum will also do an excellent job of filtering the air, but again Dyson appears to be a small step further.

8. Weight

The Dyson V8 is very lightweight at only 5.75 pounds when the Shark is a bit heavier at 8.7 pounds. Both are easy to handle, but the difference in weight is still considerable. Of course, the total weight of each machine depends on the tools you are attaching to the handheld piece.

The weight distribution in this type of vacuums makes them feel lightweight and comfortable to lift. The Shark MultiFLEX Duoclean is quite a bit heavier than the Dyson V8, but when cleaning floors, you barely notice the difference.


V8 is lightweight and it can be easily lifted.

When you use either vacuum as a handheld vacuum, you can feel the Shark vacuum is heavier, but it isn’t anything I would consider a significant drawback.

If you’re going to use your stick vacuum mostly for vacuuming floors in the stick mode, I wouldn't be too concerned about the weight. But, if you see yourself using the handheld mode for cleaning the car, furniture, stairs or other hard to reach spots, you might want to lean towards the Dyson.

9. Warranty

Dyson offers a 2-year limited warranty with the Dyson V8 vacuum, which is pretty standard for this type of appliances. Shark, however, stands out from all other vacuum manufacturers and offers the IonFLEX DuoClean vacuum an incredible warranty of 5- years (2 years for the battery).

You can consider the warranty as proof of quality, but I would say that both vacuums seem sturdy and first-rate vacuum cleaners. The winner in this category is of course Shark, but Dyson is a close second, as a two-year warranty is considered a good deal for this type of products.

10. Storage

One of the best features of Dyson V8 is that it comes with an easy-to-use docking station used for charging the vacuum. I  mounted mine on the office wall in a convenient location where I could just grab the vacuum cleaner when needed. Though it not the most stylish piece of decor, it quickly blended in. I totally understand why Matt thinks this vacuum is the best pick for a pet hair vacuum. I have mine at the office, but I can imagine how I would quickly grab it for small cleanups several times a day at home too. The docking station is convenient and keeps the vacuums always charged and ready to go.


Shark IonFlex stands on its own.

Shark IonFLEX Duoclean introduces the MultiFLEX technology, which allows you to fold the vacuum in two halfway down the wand. This technology offers two advantages: the weight is distributed so that the vacuum can stand on its own and you will find it easier to reach under furniture.

The freestanding mode is pretty handy, though it takes some getting used to, and for quickly arranging furniture out of the way I usually don’t bother with the folding, and I just prop it up against something. When storing the vacuum I find this feature useful as the vacuum cleaner stands on its own, but it doesn’t save any space though.

When I compare the Dyson V8 docking station and Shark freestanding MultiFLEX technology, there is undoubtedly a  winner. Though the MultiFLEX feature is a convenient concept in itself, the Dyson docking station is the clear winner. It is easier to use, and you don’t have to plug in the vacuum to be charged or detach the batteries. I think it is a lifesaver in households with kids or pets, where cleaning is a continuous task.

11. Performance and summing up

Last and most importantly there is the matter of performance. All the nice features are pointless if the vacuum doesn’t perform well. A highly functional vacuum should be able to clean up all kinds of debris on all surfaces.

Pet owners deal with all sorts of dirt. There is the pet hair being shed in copious amounts, and pets can bring in mud, soil, sand, grass, and pebbles after spending time outside. Cats can scatter the cat litter around, and rabbits spread wood shaving everywhere. There are so many types of messes to deal with; an excellent pet hair vacuum has to perform well in many areas.

What I like about the Shark IonFLEX Duoclean is that it is great on floors. I mostly have hardwood floors, but I also have some carpeting in my bedroom. The Shark vacuum is very efficient on both surfaces and because of the Duoclean system moving from one surface to another is a breeze.

I also like the Multiflex system which allows me to reach under furniture without bending down, but I have to say it is not quite as handy as what it looks like in the commercials. What is missing though is a tool for cleaning furniture, although you do have some basic tools for other small cleanups.

The runtime offered with one battery is short, and I think I'd need to invest in a second battery to keep using the Shark as the primary vacuum at my home. Otherwise, it is a highly functional and convenient vacuum cleaner to have. I would recommend it – though for me the Dyson V8 Absolute is the winner.

The Dyson V8 handles both hard floors and carpets very well, although you have to change attachments if you want to get the best results for hardwood floors. One of the best features is the mini motorized tool which will take care of pet hair on upholstered furniture. This attachment is something every pet owner should have.

The runtime of 40 minutes, powerful suction, HEPA filter and dirt ejector just add to the fantastic features and performance offered by the Dyson V8 Absolute.

In this Dyson vs. Shark comparison, I found Dyson V8 Absolute to walk away with the first prize, while Shark IONFlex DuoClean became the close second. Both vacuums have some amazing and well thought out features, and they both are quality vacuums with great performance.

I won’t be giving up either of them, but I think I will switch them around because I do most of my cleaning at home and that where I want to be able to benefit from the runtime and effortless cleaning the Dyson V8 Absolute offers.

Shark vs Dyson comparison chart with star ratings

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