Shark vs. Dyson - Reviewed and Compared 2019

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

Last Updated on January 26th, 2019

The good news: Whatever type of vacuum you’re looking for, Dyson and Shark have you covered.

The bad news: There's no straightforward answer to the question which brand is better.

Because the thing is that if you REALLY want to find out which brand is better, you need to:

  1. First figure out which kind of vacuum fits your needs, and
  2. Then compare 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.

So whether you need a powerful upright vacuum, an agile stick vacuum or a handy little handheld vacuum... or a robotic vacuum cleaner to do the vacuuming while you have your morning cappuccino...

Just sit back and relax:

Matt helps you to choose between Dyson and Shark

You’ll find the ultimate comparisons of their latest top vacuums + all the essential information you need to back up your decision right here. Let's dive in!

Shark or Dyson – which is better and what are the main differences?

In general Dyson vacuums are high-end products with higher quality and better features, but also a higher price. Shark vacuums are mid-range products with matching price and quality. Ultimately it depends on the features. You need to compare specific products to each other to find the best vacuum for your particular needs.

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 ION F80 MultiFlex
    + Review: Dyson V10 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 ION W1
    + Review: Dyson V7 vs. Shark Pet Perfect II

  • 4. Best robotic vacuum

    Dyson 360 Heurist Vs. Shark ION Robot Vacuum S87

  • 5. What should I know about the brands?

    Useful information to back up your decision.

  • 6. Shark or Dyson - FAQ

    Dyson vs. Shark for pet hair? Is one of the brands better?
    And other questions you may be asking.

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

    Dyson V8 vs. Shark IONFlex DuoClean - reviewed and compared

Dyson versus Shark – The Real Truth: best vacuums from both brands compared and analyzed

1. Best cordless stick vacuum Shark ION F80 MultiFlex vs. Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute

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

The Dyson V10 and Shark F80 are the cream of the crop.

Full of convenient features and excellent suction power, they both offer advanced technology and well-designed details to make vacuuming easy and effortless.

                  Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute

VS.

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 + videos
  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 ION F80 is the best stick vacuum from Shark
  5. Dyson V10 vs. Shark IONFlex DuoClean Cordless - Detailed Review

1. Quick Pick - Comparison Chart + Videos - Shark f80 vs. Dyson v10

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:

Dyson V10 Shark f80 comparison table

And after all that data, here's a sneak peek of V10 in action:

... as well as of Shark F80:

2. Quick Pick - Our Verdict - Shark ION f80 vs Dyson

Winner: It’s a tie!

Both vacuums are practical appliances with excellent features. They are different, but both offer many useful functions.

To compare the two, you need to set their differences side by side. And to choose between the two, you need to figure out which features are more critical for you.

dyson and shark both perform well

If you have allergies, the V10 has better filtration. On the other hand, if you have a large home, the F80 has a longer runtime.

Here’s the deal:

Dyson Cyclone V10 has

  • stronger suction
  • a brush roll tool for upholstery
  • HEPA filtration
  • bigger dirt cup
  • wall-mountable charging dock for storage

But Shark ION F80 MultiFlex

  • has longer runtime (80 min opposed to 60 min) and interchangeable batteries
  • has 2 in 1 cleaning head for carpets and hard floor surfaces
  • can be stored in a freestanding mode.

Which vacuum has those features that are essential to you? If you’re not sure which would fit your needs better, read on and have a look at our detailed comparison.

Or, click here to see the latest prices of Dyson V10 and Shark F80.

The bottom line: Go with the one that you see yourself using.

After all, the best vacuum is the one that you feel comfortable using, otherwise, it will just be buried in the kitchen cabinet.

3. Dyson V10 Absolute VS. Shark ION F80 - Detailed Comparison

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.

stick vacuum for pet hair

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 light debris, but to get that deep clean on your carpets and crevices of the floor, you need to use level two or three suction.

Here you can find the suction power comparison between all the Dyson cordless stick vacuums.

Dyson cordless stick vac suction power comparison V6 V7 V8 V10

Shark ION F80

The F80 offers excellent suction, although Shark does not actually disclose the results from their ASTM F558 measurements.

However, according to user experience, the suction is strong, and it does even lift up some of the lighter area rugs. It does well in picking up even heavier dirt like sand or large food pellets.

Tests show the suction power to be somewhere around 100AW, but of course, these tests are not 100% reliable when not done in a controlled setting. Although the maximum suction is not as strong as the suction power of the Dyson V10, it is still pretty powerful and more than adequate for residential use.

But what’s the real story?

The DuoClean attachment doesn’t rely as much on the suction as it does on the mechanics of the brush roll. Therefore you can mostly use the lower suction mode and only turn to boost mode when you really need to deep clean high-pile carpets or plush rugs.

The ION F80 is actually an upgrade from their previous Shark IonFlex 2X. The main difference is in the runtime, which has doubled. However, they have not changed the battery. The exact same battery is being used in the upgraded version, but Shark has extended the runtime by adjusting the power of each suction setting.

Now you see:

The battery last longer, but the suction is lower than in their previous version.


Verdict:

Dyson is the winner, but not only because of a stronger maximum suction.

Dyson has more powerful suction, but you have to keep in mind that is only in the boost mode. As the air watt measurements are not clear on the suction power of the F80, we will have to rely on user experience and how the suction performs.

In the maximum suction mode, the Dyson vacuum definitely is the winner with its 150AW measurement. Ultimately it has a stronger suction for when you need to clean those tough spots.

However, Dyson does have three suction modes, and Shark only has two.

In the lowest power setting, Dyson and Shark match each other. The third extra setting is actually handy. It gives a slight increase in the suction, which is just enough to thoroughly clean low-pile carpets and crevices of the floor.

When it comes to performance, both vacuums have enough suction power to clean efficiently. They have excellent performance and ability to pick up debris, and ultimately that’s what counts. Check out the latest prices of Dyson V10 here and of Shark F80 here.

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.

Dyson Cyclone V10 runtime

As with all cordless vacuums, the runtime does go down when you use the boost mode and a motorized tool. This is what you can expect:

Runtime in Suction mode 1

  • Runtime when using a motorized head: 35 minutes
  • Runtime when using without a motorized head: 60 minutes

Runtime in Suction mode 2

  • Runtime when using a motorized head: 20 minutes
  • Runtime when using without a motorized head: 30 minutes

Runtime in the Maximum suction mode

  • Runtime with all tools: 5-6 minutes

Although 5-6 minutes may sound like a short time, it is actually a lot more than what most vacuums in this category offer with a max mode. Strong suction is bound to use a lot of battery, and the Dyson V10 runtime is top class in cordless vacuums especially when compared to its powerful suction.

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, your vacuum is always charging when not in use.

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.

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 ION F80 

The F80 comes with two batteries they call the ION Power Packs. They are interchangeable lithium-ion batteries, that give you up to 40 minutes of runtime each. Because you can change the battery, it means you can always be charging one when the other one is being used.
As Shark advertises: Always be charging.

But there is a catch:

A single battery takes 3.5 hours to charge fully. That means, that when your second battery runs out, the first one won’t be fully charged yet. You could add as many batteries as you want (if you don’t mind the additional price), but changing and charging them can be a bit of an extra hassle.

Also keep in mind, that the runtime is UP TO 80 minutes, and it has been measured with the lower suction setting and only using the handheld motor without any attachments.

Shark claims that you get ”Up to 60 minutes of runtime for hard floor cleaning and 50 minutes of runtime for carpet cleaning when using both batteries consecutively in ION Power Mode”.

This refers to the lower suction setting, and if you use the ION Boost setting (the max mode) and a motorized tool, you will only get 10 minutes of runtime per battery.

Changing between the carpet and floor mode changes the suction and the brush roll speed, which affects the runtime. According to user experiences and testing the runtime can vary quite a lot depending on the power mode, attachment, and surface.

Another new feature is the one-minute timer on the ION boost mode. The vacuum will automatically turn down to the lower suction setting to economize the use of the battery.


Verdict:

Shark is the winner, but there is a but…

Unofficial user testing shows that the lower suction level of Shark ION F80 matches that of the Dyson V10, which means that with the same lowest suction level and without any attachments the Dyson reaches 60 minutes of runtime and the Shark 80 minutes. But that is only in the lowest suction mode.

When you look at using a motorized tool on the boost mode, Shark has a longer runtime with 10 minutes on each battery, but it does have a weaker suction. Dyson has a more powerful suction, which causes it to run for only 5-6 minutes.

Comparing the two isn’t straightforward because the strength of the suction affects the runtime. Although the difference is quite small in practice, you need to figure out which is more important to you: powerful suction or long runtime.

Now:

Both vacuums are cordless, which can be a significant advantage when it comes to keeping your home clean. Because you can skip unwrapping the cord and plugging the vacuum in, you are likely to vacuum more often and not let the mess build up.

Some users feel Dyson is easier to use because you don’t have the inconvenience of charging batteries and figuring out which one was charged and which one was not. On the other hand, the two batteries on the f80 give you 20 minutes more runtime, and you could get more batteries if you wanted.

Although Dyson has a shorter runtime, it is easier to grab, and you don’t have to change batteries. For some users that might just be the extra convenience, they need from their stick vacuum.

Maximum Airwatts (AW) is recognized as the best and most accurate way to measure the actual cleaning power of a vacuum cleaner by the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM). Dyson reports their maximum suction in AW, but for Shark, we don’t have those numbers. Our information is based on unofficial testing, but it does give you an idea.

See what users say about the runtime of Shark f80 and Dyson v10.

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.

Dyson Cyclone V10 Combination tool, Crevice tool, Mini Soft Dusting Brush, Mini-motorized Tool

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 ION F80

The main vacuuming head of the F80 is identical to the one on previous Shark IONFlex vacuums. It has the DuoClean feature, which combines two different brush rolls in one cleaning head.

Because it has two brushes designed for different surfaces, it does an excellent job when moving from bare floor to carpet – and without changing the attachment.

The first soft brush has softer and denser bristles that firmly engage the floor and give it a polished cleaning result. It is also excellent at picking up piles of larger debris like cereal, cat litter or sand. Many vacuums struggle with piles of dirt, but the brush on the DuoClean head is soft and flexible enough to pull even larger pieces of debris under it.

The second brush roll has stiff bristles which dig deep into carpets to pull up dust and dirt. The results on carpets are excellent because the brush roll actively digs into the carpet and lifts up the dirt for the suction to pull in.

What we love about this design is the fact that you don't have to change the cleaning head when moving from bare floor to carpets or area rugs.

On the downside though:

The brush rolls cannot be turned off if you have delicate woven rugs that should not be cleaned with a brush. Also, the cleaning head is quite massive, which affects the ease of use.

Other attachments include only the 8" Crevice Tool and the Upholstery tool.

What is lacking is a dusting brush and a motorized brush roll tool for pet hair and carpeted stairs. Shark does have some excellent tools you can buy separately online, but of course, you have to add up the additional costs to evaluate the price-quality ratio of this vacuum.


Verdict: 

Again, it’s a tie.

When you look at the attachments, you can see that both vacuums are versatile and adaptable products that can handle all kinds of cleanups throughout your home.

The main cleaning heads on both vacuums perform well and have a smart design. What we love about the Shark f80 is that you don’t have to change the attachment when you move from one surface to another. It does add quite a bit of convenience, although it is heavier and bulkier.

On the other hand, Dyson has included a handy small motorized brush roll tool that will tackle pet hair, dander, dust and dirt on all upholstered items and carpeted stairs. It is something every pet owner should have! Shark has a tool like this as well, but you have to buy it separately.

What it comes down to is this:

Both vacuums have their ups and down when it comes to the functionality of the attachments. Shark has both brush rolls combined in one head, but this makes it bulky and heavy. Although the Dyson has two heads, it’s lightweight and more comfortable to handle, and you could always vacuum the floor first and then the rugs and carpets.

Also, the v10 comes with four additional tools and Shark f80 comes with only two. You can buy more online, but that will bring up the total cost.

It comes down to what kind of surfaces you have at your home and which attachments you prefer. And whether you want to buy the complete package, or buy accessories that match your needs later on.

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 Cyclone v10 filtration

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 ION F80

The new upgraded F80 vacuum comes with the same filtration system as the previous IONFlex vacuums.

It has two pre-motor filters that are made of foam and felt, and one post-motor filter. All filters are washable, and they should be rinsed under cold water regularly.

The pre-motor filters should be washed once a month, and the post-motor filter every nine months. The filters do not have a lifetime guarantee, and you may need to replace them at some point. Filters are not expensive, but the cost does add up, and this is something you might want to factor in when considering these two vacuums.

You also have to consider this:

The filtration on the Shark is not HEPA level, and the system is not sealed. It means that particles can get out of the vacuum without being filtered. Because of this, it might not be the ideal product for pet owners.


Verdict:

The winner is of course Dyson.

The highly effective cyclone system, two filters, and sealed system make sure the filtration is up to HEPA standards. It even removes allergens, odors, and other microscopic particles.

Because of this, we would encourage all pet owners and anyone with allergies to choose the Dyson V10.

Also, with washable lifetime filters, there are no added costs.

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.

Dyson Cyclone v10 has a big dirt cup

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 ION F80

The size of the dirt cup is only 0.3 dry quarts, which a bit under the average of stick vacuums.

The container is smallish, which might be a problem if you have one or more long-haired pets, as the cup gets filled quickly restricting the airflow and lowering performance.

The dirt cup is easily detached to empty the contents. A push of a button opens the bottom releasing all the dirt into a trash can, and the system is easy to use and springy.

Like with many other bagless vacuums, you sometimes have to fish out some of the contents with your fingers. Especially if you have pets, the hair tends to get tightly packed and has to be helped out.


Verdict:

Again, Dyson is the winner.

Their dirt cup is bigger and it has a system that ejects the dirt without you having to fish it out.

This is something that especially pet owners should consider.

If the dust cup is too small, all that pet hair will clog the vacuum and lower its performance. Also, a bigger dirt cup saves you from the hassle of running back and forth to the trash can.

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 ION F80

The F80 has some handy features like the LED-lights that help you get all that dirt hiding under the furniture.

Also, it has fingertip controls which makes it easy to switch between modes while vacuuming. You can change from ION Power Mode to ION Boost Mode when you need a stronger suction for tough spots.

Also, you can switch from floor setting to carpet setting with a press of a button – and there is no changing of attachments involved. Some small but beneficial features.

But this is what makes ION vacuums unique:

Another Shark innovation in this vacuum is the MultiFLEX feature. The vacuum bends both ways, which allows it to be stored upright in a free-standing mode, but which also offers a more comfortable reach under the furniture.

When you bend the vacuum backward, the weight distribution changes and the vacuum cleaner can stand up on its own. It’s a nice feature for storage, but when vacuuming it is just easier to lean it up against the wall or to place it on the floor.

Bending the vacuum forward allows you to slide the cleaning head under furniture comfortably without bending down yourself.

At first, this feature seemed like a gimmick, and some users have criticized that the vacuum is difficult to maneuver in this mode. But in all honesty, it does come handy once in a while.

The vacuum is quickly turned into a handheld vacuum for above-floor vacuuming, but the weight distribution does make it feel a bit heavier than it actually is. Otherwise, this vacuum is lightweight, easy to maneuver and practical.


Verdict:

The winner? It depends on your preferences.

In this category, again, both products have their pros and cons.

Both products are lightweight, functional and easy maneuver. However, they are entirely different in many ways.

The Shark F80 has:

  • headlights,
  • free-standing storage mode,
  • fingertip controls, and
  • mode that allows you to vacuum under furniture without bending down.

The two brush rolls are combined in one cleaning head, and all in all the vacuum is easy to handle. Excellent features that add to the usability and ease of use.

The Dyson, on the other hand, has:

  • a convenient docking station,
  • easy-to-empty dirt bin, and
  • a battery-saving trigger switch.

If you don’t like the hassle of switching and charging batteries, you will love the wall-mounted charging dock that keeps your Dyson ready and charged at all times.

The weight distribution is better on the Dyson V10, and the Shark vacuum feels heavier although the weight of these vacuums is basically the same.

In this category, we have to call it a tie and let you decide which vacuum you feel more comfortable using. See what customers are saying about Shark f80 and Dyson v10.

Performance

Carpet

  • Dyson V10

    0%
  • Shark F80

    0%

Hardfloor

  • Dyson V10

    0%
  • Shark F80

    0%

Upholstery

  • Dyson V10

    0%
  • Shark F80

    0%

Dyson V10

sand grains

Sand
95%

dog hair

Pet Hair
100%

cereals in a bowl

Cereal
95%

dust

Dust
100%

kitty litter

Kitty Litter
100%

Shark F80

sand grains

Sand
95%

dog hair

Pet Hair
90%

cereals in a bowl

Cereal
100%

dust

Dust
100%

kitty litter

Kitty Litter
100%

Pros and Cons At a Glance

Dyson V10 Absolute

Pros:

  • 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 ION F80

Pros:

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

 

Cons:

  • Small dirt cup
  • Lacks HEPA filtration

Summing up - which one is the best stick vacuum?

Winner: It’s a tie

These two vacuums are the top products in the stick vacuum category right now. They are very different, but both are excellent vacuums with useful features and incredible performance.

stick vacuum for pet hair

A tie, really?

Yes. Because in the end, it comes down to user preferences. Both have high ratings, and they get praising user reviews.

Which one is the one for you depends on your home, budget and cleaning needs.

The Dyson Cyclone is more expensive than the F80, but it’s a complete package, and it doesn’t have any maintenance costs. With the Shark, you need to factor in the additional attachments you might need and the new replacement filter every now and then.

Both have excellent performance, but the V10 does have a stronger suction. On the other hand, lowering the suction has enabled Shark to beat Dyson when it comes to runtime. Is that additional 20 minutes of runtime something you need or are 60 minutes enough? It depends on the size of your home.

Pet owners and people with allergies will appreciate the HEPA filter, motorized pet hair tool and large dirt cup on the Dyson V10. Also, if you have a hard time lifting things, the V10 is lighter and easier to handle due to its weight distribution. On the other hand, if you suffer from back pains, you might need the MultiFLEX feature.

The bottom line:

Use the comparison table to set the vacuums side by side. Which one feels more comfortable to you? What it comes down to is the fact that you need a vacuum you love using, and that makes cleaning effortless. You can read real user reviews, see the latest prices and check out more pictures of Dyson V10 here and of Shark f80 here.

 

If you still have unanswered questions, we have written super detailed reviews of both of these vacuums. You can read our Dyson v10 review here and Shark f80 review 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's 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 Dyson 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 comparison chart

Why Shark ION F80 Cordless is the best stick vacuum from Shark

The Shark ION F80 MultiFlex is actually an upgraded version of the Shark IONFlex DuoClean Cordless Vacuum.

The biggest change has happened in the battery life, which has doubled. Instead of 2 x 22minutes, you now get 2 x 40 minutes of runtime.

Your first thought probably is that they redesigned the battery and that gives the vacuum a longer runtime. But actually what Shark did was they decreased the suction power on both suction modes. Since the DuoClean vacuuming head mainly relies on its mechanics to lift up dirt, the vacuum doesn’t need a strong suction. Still, this is something you should note when comparing the F80 with other vacuum cleaners.

Shark 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 ION F80 MultiFlex, because we wanted a vacuum that could challenge the extreme agility and runtime of the Dyson V10.

If you feel you could be interested in their previous Shark IONFlex 2X DuoClean Cordless with basically the same features but a runtime on 44 minutes, check out our review below.

5. Detailed comparison - Dyson V10 VS. Shark IONFlex DuoClean

You might also be interested in how the Shark IONFlex DuoClean - which was the best stick vac from Shark before the release of f80 -  performs in comparison with the new Dyson V10.

Shark IONFlex has been very popular among users. It's an efficient vacuum and gives Dyson V10 a run for its money.

                  Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute

VS.

Shark IONFlex DuoClean Cordless

But which one is a better stick vacuum? Continue reading to find our detailed comparison.

Some of the information concerning V10 can be found from the above comparison (Dyson v10 vs. Shark F80) - so be sure to read the bits about V10 from there!

1. Quick Pick - Comparison Chart + Videos Dyson V10 and Shark IONFlex

Shark IONFlex DuoClean vs. Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute comparison table PetHairPatrol

Here's Shark IONFlex DuoClean in action:

2. Quick Pick - Our Verdict Dyson V10 vs. Shark IonFLEX

Winner: Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute

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.

V10 really is the top dog in its category - a fantastic vacuum cleaner with excellent features that make vacuuming easy and effortless.

winner shark vs 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 Comparison

Suction Power

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

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 DuoClean IONFlex 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

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

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

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 Cyclone V10 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

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

Carpet

  • Dyson V10

    0%
  • Shark IonFLEX DuoClean

    0%

Hardfloor

  • Dyson V10

    0%
  • Shark IonFLEX DuoClean

    0%

Upholstery

  • Dyson V10

    0%
  • Shark IonFLEX DuoClean

    0%

Dyson V10

sand grains

Sand
95%

dog hair

Pet Hair
100%

cereals in a bowl

Cereal
95%

dust

Dust
100%

kitty litter

Kitty Litter
100%

Shark IonFLEX DuoClean

sand grains

Sand
95%

dog hair

Pet Hair
90%

cereals in a bowl

Cereal
100%

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.

stick vacuum for pet hair

Users keep praising this new addition to the Dyson product family, and there is no reason why they shouldn’t. The company has been carefully listening to consumers and continuously redesigning their products to provide an even better cleaning experience.

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 see more pictures of Dyson V10 here and Shark IONFlex DuoClean here. Or, if you want to dive deep into the details, you can check out our full reviews of the V10 and the IONFlex.

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 + Videos
  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 + Videos Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean and Shark APEX DuoClean Powered Lift-Away

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

Enough details? Here's a video of Ball Animal 2:

And Shark DuoClean:

2. Quick Pick - Our Verdict Dyson Ball Animal 2 vs. Shark APEX

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.

shark or dyson ball animal

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 Comparison

Suction Power

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.

soft dusting brush attachment

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. And it doesn’t tangle even with the longest pet hair.

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

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.

crevice tool attachment

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.

dust and dander on table

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

Carpet

  • Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean

    0%
  • Shark APEX DuoClean

    0%

Hardfloor

  • Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean

    0%
  • Shark APEX DuoClean

    0%

Upholstery

  • Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean

    0%
  • Shark APEX DuoClean

    0%

Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean

sand grains

Sand
95%

dog hair

Pet Hair
98%

cereals in a bowl

Cereal
96%

dust

Dust
100%

kitty litter

Kitty Litter
97%

Shark APEX DuoClean

sand grains

Sand
95%

dog hair

Pet Hair
95%

cereals in a bowl

Cereal
97%

dust

Dust
100%

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 ION W1

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.

What our comparison covers:

  1. Quick Pick - Comparison chart + Videos
  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 ION W1 is the best handheld vacuum from Shark
  5. Dyson V7 VS. Shark Cordless Pet Perfect II - Detailed review

1. Quick Pick - Comparison Chart Dyson V7 and Shark ION W1

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 ION W1 vs Dyson V7 comparison table

And here you can take a quick look of how Dyson V7 works:

Shark W1 is a lot slimmer, as can been seen from this video:

2. Quick Pick - Our Verdict Dyson V7 vs. Shark ION W1

Winner: Both.

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

The Dyson vacuum is clearly a more robust product with a slightly higher price. It is designed for some serious vacuuming, and it has many excellent features.

The ION W1, on the other hand, is a sleek little helper for small touch-ups around the house.

dyson or shark handheld vacuum, the winner

The design is very different on both vacuums. The new Shark handheld is stylish, and you can keep it within reach on your kitchen countertop. Although it gets excellent reviews from users, it has a smaller dirt cup and less suction power. The Dyson V7, however, might not be the most elegant appliance, but it is more powerful, and there is a quality feel to the product.

What it comes down to is this:

  1. If you want a handy little helper that you can quickly pick up for small cleanups, choose Shark ION W1. It's great for vacuuming baseboards, picking up spilled cereal and doing a quick touchup before the guests arrive.
  2. If you have kids or pets, go with the Dyson V7. It has more power, and it’s more efficient at tackling all those messes you face at your home every day. The dirt container is bigger, the runtime is longer, and the suction is stronger. It will help you keep a tidy house even with those untidy roomies of yours.

What seems to be happening is that both brands are steering away from designing pure handheld vacuums. Dyson has their top-notch stick vacuums, which turn into a handheld vacuum by releasing the wand. Why not just get one of those? With a small addition to your budget, you get the wand and a cleaning head for floors, which adds a significant amount of versatility to the vacuum.

Shark is also moving towards cordless stick vacuums, which turn into a handheld vacuum. With the motor being the most expensive part of a vacuum, why not just get the whole thing? That is why their new ION W1 handheld vacuum is so different from their earlier designs.

If you already have a stick vacuum for most vacuuming purposes, you only need a stylish little appliance for small touchups. And that is what the Ion W1 is. It’s functional, and it does its job, but the short runtime and small dirt cup only enable small cleanups.

With this new direction on the market, we recommend you give some consideration to the idea of buying a stick vacuum instead of a handheld one. You can find our comparison of the best stick vacuums both brands have to offer here.

If you’re looking for a top-rated top-quality product, you could opt for the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute instead of V7. The V7 is a great vacuum, but by stretching your budget a little, you can get the newest Dyson design with all the bells and whistles. It is a stick vacuum that is easily converted into a handheld vacuum.

It’s a bit more expensive, but if you want a fantastic vacuum cleaner that will solve all your cleaning issues, this is the one. You can use it as a handheld vacuum or pop back the wand for more reach. It’s packed with great features, longer runtime, stronger suction, and added versatility. You can read more about the Dyson V10 above.

If you are interested in the Shark Pet Perfect II, which is their slightly older bestselling handheld vacuum, see our comparison.

 

All that said, we will still give a shot at thoroughly comparing the two handheld vacuums these brands are currently offering. Here we go.

3. Dyson V7 VS. Shark ION W1 - Detailed Comparison

Suction Power

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 ION W1

Again Shark fails to report some essential details related to the performance of their product. But clever people like you seek more information, and clever people like us find it and share it publicly.

Although Shark won’t disclose the runtime of this vacuum, it’s pretty easy to test. At it’s best the runtime is 15 minutes. But...

For some reason, users have found that the vacuum may run for a shorter time. The machine seems to get clogged easily, and it will turn off when the airflow is restricted. Using tools will also bring down the runtime, as will different surfaces. If you're using the Multi-Surface Pet Tool on a tough surface, the runtime can drop to 5-9 minutes.

Since the runtime is quite short, we’re happy to notice that reaching full charge only takes 2.5 hours. The vacuum also comes with a handy charging dock you can place at a convenient location in your home. It does take up some space on your kitchen countertop, but at least it doesn’t hurt the eye.


Verdict

Dyson is a clear winner. Their vacuum runs twice as long, and user testing proves the runtime doesn’t go down when the battery ages. The battery life is actually longer than on any other handheld vacuum on the market.

The 30-minute runtime allows you to vacuum your car or take care of all the above-floor cleaning of your home in one go. Handheld vacuums, in general, take a long time to charge, which can be annoying if you keep running out of battery before finishing the job.

Although Dyson V7 is the winner ION W1 does not do badly either. If you want to use the vacuum in your car or you have a lot of above-floor cleaning to do, we recommend the V7.

However, if you think just need the vacuum every now and then for small under 10-minute cleanups, the Shark could be your ideal vacuum.

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.

Handy Dyson Attachments

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 ION W1

This vacuum comes with two tools: Duster Crevice Tool and Multi-Surface Pet Tool. The tapered nozzle enables you to reach tight spots, and you can attach the crevice tool for added reach. You can also add the dusting brush on the crevice tool for vacuuming baseboards and dusting furniture.

The Multi-Surface Pet Tool is designed to remove pet hair and other dirt from carpets and upholstery. It’s a nice addition, but we would like to see a motorized brush roll tool for this purpose. The attachment they now provide does a nice job if you have some loose hair on your couch or recliner, but if you have pets and you need to get rid of pet hair efficiently, we recommend a vacuum that comes with a brush roll attachment.

The ION Charging Dock is also included. It provides easy access, quick charging and a place to store your attachments. It is a convenient addition – if you have space, and want to keep your handheld vacuum within easy reach.


Verdict

We announce Dyson V7 as the winner for two reasons: it comes with a motorized brush roll tool, and you can buy excellent add-ons. If you need to vacuum your car, you can add a toolkit with a hose. Or, if you have dogs, you can add a mess-free grooming tool. You can even get a tangle-free turbine tool if those dogs have long hair.

Even with the basic tools that come along, V7 is the vacuum that has more adaptability. Also, the brush roll tool is one of the best attachments for removing pet hair we have ever seen. Enough said. Dyson is the winner, but ION W1 has some nice accessories too.

Again, if you have pets or you need more adaptability from your vacuum, go with the Dyson. If you don’t need an efficient upholstery tool and you mostly use the dusting and crevice tools, go with the Shark.

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 ION W1

The Shark filtration system consists of a filter screen that blocks larger debris from clogging the filter, and a fabric filter which filters smaller particles. The filter is washable, and Shark recommends rinsing it once a month.

The filtration is quite basic. Shark has not disclosed any information on the performance of the filtration, and close inspection of the filter leads us to believe it won’t be able to remove small particles even close to the level of HEPA filters. Some stores claim this product has HEPA filtration, but that is false information.


Verdict

Dyson wins.

Comparing the filtration on these vacuums is difficult because Shark hasn’t provided any measurements or information on the performance of the filter. Dyson in being very clear about their filtration, and even by visually comparing the two systems you can draw the conclusion that Dyson has the superior filtration system.

If you only need to filter out dirt and most of the dust, the ION W1 would be adequate. But if you have pets and you or your family members suffer from allergies, definitely pick the V7. The exhaust air will be a lot cleaner.

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 ION W1

The dirt cup on this vacuum is pretty small. The 0.08-quart size is enough for small cleanups like scattered kitty litter or spilled cereal. But if you have pets that shed a heap of hair, or you have kids, and you use the vacuum many times a day, frequently emptying the container might be annoying.

The dirt cup is emptied with a single touch. Or to be exact, a push of a latch. The dirt cup flings open, and the contents are released to the trash. It’s quick, simple and hygienic.

But although it’s easy to empty, you might want to consider your cleaning needs before deciding on this vacuum. If you think a small container would not be enough for your needs, you might want to choose Dyson V7 instead.


Verdict

Dyson is the winner here. Both vacuums have dirt cups that are easy to empty, but the one on Dyson V7 is considerably larger.

Whether this is a deciding factor depends on your home and where you intend to use the vacuum.

If you have pets or kids, we would recommend the V7. Even with one large dog shedding medium length hair, the dirt cup on the ION W1 would get quickly filled up preventing the airflow.

However, if it’s just a few strands of pet hair on the recliner, some sand in the hallway and light dusting, the W1 should have no problem in dealing with it.

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 ION W1

The design of this model is very different from its predecessors. The sleek body is stylish, and it enables you to reach under furniture and appliances. On the other hand, some users find the extended posture of the wrist more straining. Some users find the new design awkward at first, but pretty functional once they get used to it.

The vacuum is exceptionally lightweight at only 1.4 pounds. This is definitely something to take into account especially with elderly people. Some people feel the placement of the power switch could be better, but otherwise, the design is seen as functional and easy to use.

Maintenance is easy with a washable filter and dirt cup. Both parts are easily detached and rinsed under water. Make sure you allow them to dry completely before placing them back inside.

The whole idea of this vacuum is to be easy-to-use. The charging dock keeps the vacuum at hand and ready for use at all times, the dirt cup is emptied with a release button, and the overall design makes the vacuum easy to grab whenever you run into a small mess.


Verdict

Here we call it a tie.

Both vacuums are easily maneuvered and easy to use. The design is very different but equally practical. Maintenance is simple, and the overall features are functional.

The V7 is clearly heavier, but it also has a larger dirt cup and a more powerful motor. And although it’s heavier, it still feels very lightweight because of its weight distribution.

When you compare the two vacuums, you can easily see that because of the design the ION W1 feels heavier than it actually is, while the V7 feels lighter.

Performance

Carpet

  • Dyson V7

    0%
  • Shark ION W1

    0%

Hardfloor

  • Dyson V7

    0%
  • Shark ION W1

    0%

Upholstery

  • Dyson V7

    0%
  • Shark ION W1

    0%

Dyson V7

sand grains

Sand
95%

dog hair

Pet Hair
100%

cereals in a bowl

Cereal
90%

dust

Dust
100%

kitty litter

Kitty Litter
100%

Shark ION W1

sand grains

Sand
90%

dog hair

Pet Hair
85%

cereals in a bowl

Cereal
90%

dust

Dust
93%

kitty litter

Kitty Litter
94%

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 ION W1

Pros:

  • Price
  • Great performance
  • Easy to use
  • Good attachments
  • Only 1.4 pounds
  • One-touch emptying
  • Washable filters


Cons:

  • Fairly basic
  • Only 15-minute runtime
  • Feels heavier than it is
  • Small dirt cup

Summing up - which one is the best handheld vacuum?

Winner: Both.

Although Dyson V7 is the clear winner in many perspectives, Shark Ion W1 also has its advantages.

V7 is more expensive, but it also has stronger suction, a larger dirt cup, better filtration, better attachments, and longer runtime. Actually, Dyson is the winner in almost every category.

dyson and shark both perform well

If you’re looking for a powerful handheld vacuum with excellent design and high-quality build, go for the Dyson. It’s a better option for anyone with pets or anyone who wants a high-performing machine. It’s also the best cordless handheld vacuum for pet hair.

However, if you only need a compact dust buster for dusting surfaces, picking up some spilled food in the kitchen or doing a quick touchup before your guests arrive, the ION W1 could be perfect for your needs.

If you’re on the fence, go with the Dyson V7. You won’t regret it. But if you have a tight budget, you will probably be pleased with the ION W1 as well. Do you need more information to make a decision? Follow these links to read user reviews and to see more pictures of V7 and W1.

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 ION W1 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 vacuum 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.

Shark has just recently introduced it’s new Shark ION W1 cordless handheld vacuum, but the design is entirely different from the traditional handheld vacuums we are used to. As consumers are buying more adaptable and lightweight stick vacuums, handheld vacuums need to be re-invented as well.

the ION W1 is not the old ugly somewhat bulky handheld be are used to. Shark has really focused on the design, and the result is something you can proudly keep within easy reach on your kitchen countertop.

It’s not so much of an all-around cleaning product as it is a handy quick-to-use tool for small touchups. Spilled some cereal? No worries. Need to vacuum baseboards? Sure. Right now this product is with no question the best handheld vacuum from Shark.

5. Detailed comparison - Dyson V7 vs. Shark Cordless Pet Perfect 2

You might also be interested in how the previous Shark handheld vacuum called Pet Perfect II performs in comparison with the Dyson V7.

The Pet Perfect vacuum is a cordless handheld vacuum in the lower price range. It’s pretty basic, but it does take care of small cleanups efficiently. If you’re looking for a cheap handheld vacuum for just some very basic spot cleaning, this could be something to consider.

                  Dyson V7

VS.

Shark Cordless Pet Perfect II

 

 

 

Scroll down to find out more about the features and how this product compares to the top-notch handheld vacuum from Dyson.

Some of the information concerning V7 can be found from the above comparison (Dyson V7 vs. Shark ION W1) - so be sure to read the bits about V7 from there!

Quick Pick - Comparison Chart Dyson V7 vs. Shark Pet Perfect II

Here is the full comparison table with all the essential features:

Shark Pet Perfect 2 vs Dyson v7 comparison table

Quick Pick - Our Verdict Dyson V7 vs. Shark Pet Perfect II

Winner: Both.

Dyson V7 and Shark Cordless Pet Perfect II are set in two very different price categories. Also, they are targeted at very different type of consumers.

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.

winner shark vs dyson

On the other hand, if you’re looking for an affordable solution for small touch-ups, Shark Pet-Perfect II 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.

Dyson V7 Handheld VS. Shark Cordless Pet Perfect II - Detailed Comparison

Suction Power

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

Dyson V7 has the stronger suction, but you should not leave it at that. 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

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 model for stubborn dirt.

Attachments

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. What we like about both vacuums is the fact that they come with efficient motorized brush roll tools. This type of tool is something you definitely need to clean upholstery or carpets.

Filtration

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

The Shark handheld vacuum 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

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 exert some power to get the surface thoroughly cleaned.

Maintenance is pretty simple: just empty the dustbin 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 V7 has the upper hand.

We’re not saying the Pet Perfect 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

Carpet

  • Dyson V7

    0%
  • Shark Pet Perfect II

    0%

Hardfloor

  • Dyson V7

    0%
  • Shark Pet Perfect II

    0%

Upholstery

  • Dyson V7

    0%
  • Shark Pet Perfect II

    0%

Dyson V7

sand grains

Sand
95%

dog hair

Pet Hair
100%

cereals in a bowl

Cereal
90%

dust

Dust
100%

kitty litter

Kitty Litter
100%

Shark Pet Perfect II

sand grains

Sand
90%

dog hair

Pet Hair
93%

cereals in a bowl

Cereal
87%

dust

Dust
95%

kitty litter

Kitty Litter
90%

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 II

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 better 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 II, on the other hand, is a basic lower mid-range handheld vacuum: it’s simple but functional.

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, Shark Pet Perfect II would be an excellent purchase to help you out with small cleanups.

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

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. Which brand is better - Dyson or Shark?

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

What Shark vacuums are known for is innovative design, ease of use and competitive pricing.

  • 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.
  • It's 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. 
  • 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.

Dyson

The company is known for innovative, high-quality products that are made to last.

  • It 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.
  • 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. Shark or Dyson – FAQ

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.

Dyson vs. Shark for pet hair -Best stick vacuum: Dyson V10. Compared to Shark F80, it has a HEPA filter, motorized pet hair tool, and larger dirt cup. See the latest prices and more images here or read the comparison and why Dyson v10 is the winner in this category here.

Dyson vs. Shark for pet hair – best upright vacuum: Dyson Ball Animal 2 (but only by a narrow margin). See the latest prices and more images of the Dyson Ball Animal 2 here or read the comparison between the upright vacuums here.

Dyson vs. Shark for pet hair – best handheld vacuum: Dyson V7. It’s the best handheld vacuum for pet hair. Period. See the latest prices of V7 here or read our comparison to find out why Dyson beats Shark when it comes to pet hair.

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.

Shark IonFLEX DuoClean vs. Dyson V8 Absolute - reviewed and compared

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

dyson v8 shark ionflex duoclean comparison table

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.


Dyson V8 vs. Shark IONFlex - which one is the winner? I found Dyson V8 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 have also thoroughly covered all the differences between these vacuums in this article.

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.

Dyson v8 vs Shark comparison table

That was our ultimate Shark vs. Dyson-guide.

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