Shark vs. Dyson — these are two of the most popular vacuum brands on the market today, and for good reason.
Both of these companies produce vacuums that are designed to make cleaning quicker, easier, and more effective.
This review is going to compare Shark vs. Dyson vacuums across the board, including all types and many models.
Prefer to watch rather that read? We’ve got our Dyson vs. Shark video guide here.
Shark vs. Dyson – What’s different?
Both Shark & Dyson vacuum cleaners provide great cleaning and easy usability. The main differences between the two brands are price, suction, and weight.
Dyson vacuums tend to be more expensive, heavier, and have more suction. Shark vacuums are typically more budget-friendly, but generally don’t have as much suction power.
Dyson vs. Shark Cordless
- Dimensions: 46.5″ x 10.6″
- Weight: 9.0 lbs.
- Run Time: 60 minutes
- Dust Bin Capacity: 1.29 L
- Warranty: 5 Years
- Dimensions: 50.6″ x 9.8″
- Weight: 6.68 lbs.
- Run Time: 60 minutes
- Dust Bin Capacity: 0.77 L
- Warranty: 2 Years
Both of these vacuums are two of the best models overall that each brand produces.
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Dyson vs. Shark Upright
For uprights, the best Shark and Dyson would have to be the Shark APEX DuoClean Zero-M and the Dyson Animal Ball 2. However, Shark’s new Vertex DuoClean upright is more-or-less a toss up for #1 vs. APEX.
- Dimensions: 46 x 12.2 x 11.2″
- Weight: 17.1 lbs.
- Power: 30′ cord
- 2-in-1: Yes
- Dust Bin Capacity: 1.42 L
- Dimensions: 42.1 x 15.3 x 13.4″
- Weight: 17.35 lbs.
- Power: 30′ cord
- 2-in-1: No
- Dust Bin Capacity: 2.1 L
Both of these models have large capacity dust bins, great filtration, numerous attachment and accessories for variable cleaning styles, and swivel steering.
Dyson vs. Shark For Pet Hair
When vacuuming pet hair, there are a few critical pet-friendly factors you may want to be on the lookout for.
These factors tend to improve the cleaning performance of pet hair, pet dander, and other ailments that are more common in homes with pets.
So what’s most important for cleaning pet hair?
- Large capacity dust bins
- HEPA filtration
- Tangle-free attachments or brushrolls
- Swivel steering to maneuver into hard-to-reach places
- Upholstery tool for cleaning pet hair from pet beds or sofas
So what’s the real truth? How do Dyson and Shark compare at cleaning dog and cat hair?
|Dyson V11 Animal||Check Price|
|Dyson V10 Animal||Check Price|
|Shark Rocket Pet Pro||Check Price|
|Shark Rotator Lift-Away||Check Price|
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|Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro Plus||Check Price|
I would recommend the Shark Rocket Pet Pro, Dyson V11 Animal, or Dyson V10 Animal. All three of these models have great suction against pet hair and added portability. In addition to great suction and cleaning power, all three are 2-in-1 designs, meaning they can convert into a handheld or be used as a stick vacuum.Check Price
Pets with Shorter Hair
The Shark Rotator Lift-Away could be a good option. It doesn’t have the impressive build quality of the higher-end Shark uprights, nor a tangle-free brushroll, but it’s still a serviceable option for many users. Ultimately, the budget-friendly price is the biggest reason to buy.Check Price
Raw Suction Power
Go with the Dyson Ball Animal 2 if you have pets with long hair, a large home, or just want the raw power of a corded upright vacuum. The Animal 2 delivers 306 AW of suction power (the most of any vacuum cleaner on the market). It also includes a number of helpful attachments for dealing with pet hair. If you want sheer power, get the Animal 2.Check Price
What is the Best Shark & Dyson?
If you simply want the best of the best (regardless of price) that Shark and Dyson have to offer, here is how we break it down.
For Shark, the best vacuum is a toss up between the Shark APEX DuoClean upright and Shark Vertex DuoClean upright. However, the Shark Vertex DuoClean is a close runner up, while being a cordless option.
Powerful & Easy to Use Upright
Shark APEX DuoCleanThe Shark APEX DuoClean is tied for the best vacuum that Shark makes, in our opinion. Its got an incredibly solid build quality. The DuoClean brushroll works great on hard surfaces and carpets alike. It has more than enough suction to handle anything you can throw at it. It’s just an incredibly solid vacuum. It’s not cheap, but it’s far from expensive.Check Price
In late 2020, Shark launched the Shark Vertex DuoClean upright. It shares many similarities with the APEX (which you can read about in our side-by-side Shark APEX vs. Vertex comparison here). As a result, we think it’s tied with the APEX as Shark’s best vacuum.
Improved DuoClean Brushroll
Shark Vertex DuoCleanShark’s Vertex DuoClean is a powerful upright with an improved DuoClean brushroll. Shark added what they call “power fins” to the brush, which are shallow rubber agitators. These help further improve cleaning performance across a range of debris and floor types. The Vertex has fantastic build quality alongside a 30′ cord, on-board tools storage, and a lift-away canister.Check Price
The Ultimate Cordless Vacuum
Dyson V11 OutsizeThe Dyson V11 is the objectivly the most powerful cordless vacuum ever built. It has 220 AW of suction power and is capable of running up to 2 hours (via 2 batteries). Its 1.89 L dust bin is as big as many uprights. The Outsizes uses a click-in battery system. And the 12.5″ cleaning path helps you finish cleaning faster. Its only real drawback is the price.Check Price
Shark vs. Dyson V11 vs. Dyson V10
The battle for the best cordless vacuum has been a long and storied fight between Shark vs. Dyson. Dyson’s V-series has continually pumped out upgraded models almost every year.
Shark has also launched new cordless models with great frequency, but they don’t always push the limits of performance as Dyson vacuums tend to.
Dyson’s V11 and Shark’s IONFlex DuoClean are the 2 top models between these brands.
The V11 shares many similarities with the Dyson V10 (see our Dyson V10 vs. V11 comparison here).
When it comes to Shark DuoClean vs. Dyson V11 it really is the same story as the Shark vs. Dyson V10 (see our analysis further down the page).
In general, the Dyson V11 is objectively a better vacuum. It offers more suction, intelligent suction, and an LCD screen.
However, those features also mean it’s more expensive than the Shark DuoClean (see our full Shark DuoClean review).
Nevertheless, Shark IONFlex DuoClean still scored a 98% on our cleaning tests compared to Dyson V11’s 99%. So the cleaning performance is effectively the same.
The question really is whether all of the usability and convenience factors on the Dyson V11 are worth the extra money for you. In terms of cleaning power, it’s a closer comparison.
Shark Vacuums Overview
Shark offers all types of vacuums including upright, stick, handheld, canister, and robot vacuums. Across their brand line, there doesn’t seem to be a shift in vacuum type, as all products have a varied amount of exposure on their site.
They develop vacuums that are designed to suit the modern home. Many Shark models are adaptive, unique, and some can quite literally bend in half to help make cleaning easier.
Dyson Vacuums Overview
With the release of the Dyson V10, owner James Dyson was quoted saying “this is why I’ve stopped developing corded vacuums”, in regards to their small, powerful motor on the cordless stick vacuums.
Since the V10 launched in March of 2018, Dyson has not released a single new corded vacuum. However, they have released several cordless vacuums including the V11 Torque Drive (launched 2019) and V11 Outsize (launched 2020).
Shark vs. Dyson – Cordless Vacuum Comparisons
Both Shark and Dyson are well known for their selection of cordless stick vacuums. As battery performance increases nearly every year cordless vacuums have fewer disadvantages relative to corded vacuums.
This guide is going to look at design, battery power, cleaning performance, size, features, and more.
|Model||Dyson V11||Dyson V11 Outsize||Dyson V10||Dyson V8||Dyson V7||Shark Vertex DuoClean IZ462H||Shark IONFlex DuoClean IF201||Shark Rocket Pet Pro IZ163H||Shark ION F80 IF281||Shark Rocket Lightweight IX141||Shark Anti-Allergen IZ362H||Shark Navigator Freestyle SV1106|
|Max Suction||185 AW||220 AW||140 AW||115 AW||100 AW||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown|
|Weight||6.7 lbs.||7.9 lbs.||5.9 lbs.||5.8 lbs.||5.5" lbs.||9.0 lbs.||8.7 lbs.||7.17 lbs.||8.7 lbs.||4.7 lbs.||7.2 lbs.||7.5 lbs.|
|Run Time||60 mins.||120 mins.||60 mins.||40 mins.||20 mins.||60 mins.||20-30 mins.||40 mins.||80 mins.||40 mins.||40 mins.||Unknown|
|Dust Bin Capacity||0.77 L||1.89 L||0.77 L||0.54 L||0.4 L||1.29 L||0.33 L||0.34 L||0.28 L||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown|
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- Dimensions: 9.8 x 10.3 x 50.6″
- Run Time: ~60 minutes
- Weight: 6.68 pounds
The Dyson V11 is one of most advanced vacuum Dyson has ever built. It shares many similarities with the Dyson V10 including a 60 minute run time, cordless design, tons of cleaning attachments, and a sizable dust bin.
The Dyson V11 is Dyson’s first truly smart vacuum. It uses intelligent suction to automatically increase / decrease suction depending on the floor type and debris.
Additionally, the V11 is equipped with an LCD screen that shows the remaining run time, maintenance videos, and cleaning modes.
- A length 60 minute run time gives you more than enough time to clean everything you need to
- Intelligent suction automatically increase / decrease suction in order to best clean the surface, while also preserving battery life
- Rear LCD displays remaining clean time, cleaning mode, and more
- Second highest suction of any cordless stick vacuum at 185 AW in boost mode (second only to the V11 Outsize, see more below)
- V11 models built after Q4 2020 include a click in battery system
- Very pricey. This is one of the most expensive vacuums on the market.
Shark Vertex DuoClean
- Dimensions: 10.24 x 10.6 x 46.5″
- Run Time: ~60 minutes
- Weight: 9.0 pounds
The Shark Vertex DuoClean is the most powerful cordless vacuum within Shark’s lineup as of January, 2021. The run time is now at an impressive 60 minutes, equivalent to Dyson’s most high-end cordless vacuums.
It’s equipped with the upgraded DuoClean brushroll, which now contains “power fins”. These are rubberized agitators on the brushroll and according to Shark offer improved cleaning performance vs. the original DuoClean brushroll.
While our tests of the upright Vertex with its power fins equipped brushroll didn’t strike us as massively improved, it still cleared 99% of debris in those tests.
- Solid 60 minute run time
- DuoClean brushroll is excellent at cleaning any floor type
- Flexible joint on the wand allows for easy cleaning under furniture and compact storage
- Relative to Dyson’s highest end vacuums, it’s quite affordable
- On the heavy side at 9 pounds
Dyson V11 Outsize
- Dimensions: 12.5 x 10.3 x 50.6″
- Run Time: ~120 minutes
- Weight: 7.85 pounds
The Dyson V11 Outsize launched in March, 2020. While it is a variant of the V11, it has many significant improvements that in our view should have made it a new model altogether (Dyson V12 anyone?)
The V11 Outsize has a larger dust bin, larger cleaning head, more suction, and runs for 120 minutes (via 2 batteries). The Outsize is the first Dyson vacuum to use a click-in battery system.
It has all of the same accessories that come with the V11 Torque Drive. In addition, it still uses the same intelligent suction system and LCD display on the rear of the motor.
- It has the most suction of any cordless vacuum at 220 AW on boost mode
- It has the largest dust bin we’ve ever seen on a cordless vacuum at 1.89 L. This dust bin makes it as large or larger than many full-size upright vacuums.
- It has a sizable 12.5″ wide cleaning head, so you can cleaner faster by covering more area with each cleaning pass.
- Uses a clickable battery system and comes with 2 batteries. Each battery runs for 60 minutes, giving it a combined 2 hour run time.
- Like the original V11, the V11 Outsize is expensive. It’s the most expensive vacuum Dyson currently sells.
Shark IONFlex DuoClean
- Dimensions: 13.4 x 10.2 x 45.9″
- Run Time: ~20-30 minute
- Weight: 8.7
The Shark IONFlex DuoClean is similar in style and size to the Shark Rocket ION. It is a 2-in-1, cordless stick vacuum that converts to a handheld vacuum.
The main differences here are that this model has a flexing wand, allowing the vacuum to squeeze under furniture, tables or beds easily. Also, the DuoClean technology is designed for cleaning large debris messes without having to use a broom or getting debris stuck.
- Added flexibility with the MultiFlex technology- can bend 180° at the midpoint.
- DuoClean cleaning head allows for easier large debris pick up, by eliminating the bristle brushroll.
- Option of an upgradable battery for extended run time.
- One of Shark’s priciest cordless stick models (but also arguably the best).
- Dimensions: 9.8 x 10.1 x 49.2″
- Run Time: ~60 minutes
- Weight: 5.8 pounds
The Dyson V10 is part of Dysons flagship vacuum cleaners. It launched in Spring 2018 and offers a 60 minute run time, a redesigned “point-and-shoot” dust bin, and low maintenance costs.
Last, but not least, the Dyson V10 easily converts between a stick vacuum and a portable handheld unit.
- The 60-minute run time offers one of the longest run times of any cordless stick vacuum on the market today.
- Redesigned “point and shoot” dust bin helps keep the maintenance process more hygienic.
- Virtually no annual maintenance costs help keeps cash in your pocket. (Battery lasts 15 years according to James Dyson.)
- The re-designed cleaning body make this (and the V11) slightly heavier. V10 is 5.8 pounds.
- While it’s not as expensive compared to when it launched it’s still not a cheap vacuum
Shark Rocket Pet Pro
- Dimensions: 7.1 x 10.2 x 46.1″
- Run Time: ~40 minutes
- Weight: 7.17 pounds
The Shark Rocket Pet Pro looks like it was designed to compete more directly with Dyson’s V-series vacuums. It has a similar configuration, with the dust bin, 2-in-1 design, and battery life.
The Rocket Pet Pro has a re-designed cleaning head that’s said to be better at capturing pet hair, while avoiding being tangled by it.
In 2020, Shark updated the Rocket Pet Pro to include the pivot flex joint on the extension wand (same as the IONFlex DuoClean). This gives it even more cleaning versatility.
The pivot joint also allows the vacuum to basically fold in half for storage.
- Long 40 minute run time is sufficient for many homes
- 2-in-1 design allows you to use as a handheld or full-size stick vacuum
- Spiral rubberized brushroll is designed to better remove pet hair
- Very reasonably priced
- Small dust bin at only 0.34 L
- No wall mounted storage option
Shark ION F80 IF281
- Dimensions: 13.4″ x 10.3 x 46″
- Run Time: 80 minutes
- Weight: 8.7 pounds
The Shark ION F80 packs a ton of features and convenience into this cordless stick form factor. The F80 includes Shark’s multi-flex wand, which allows you to pivot the wand for cleaning under furniture and for compact storage.
Like most Shark stick vacuums, it doubles as a handheld and has tons of accessories. The DuoClean brushroll has consistently performed well in our cleaning tests on all floor types.
And the 80 minute run time via 2 batteries is more than enough cleaning time for most users.
- Multi-flex pivot allows for convenient storage and under furniture cleaning
- 80 minute run time
- DuoClean brushroll is truly a workhorse across all floor types
- Slightly heavier than other Sharks at 8.7 pounds
- Dust bin is on the smaller size at 0.28 L
- Dimensions: 9.8″ x 8.8″ x 49″
- Run Time: ~40 minutes
- Weight: 5.75 pounds
The Dyson V8 continues to improve on the design of the V6 and Dyson V7. There are some slight tweaks to the redesigned dust bin that was introduced with the V7 model. In addition, a larger capacity battery provides a longer 40-minute run time, which is twice the run time of the V6 model.
The V8 is a cordless stick model that converts to a handheld vacuum when you need to clean on-the-go.
- Extended run time of ~40 minutes, compared to the shorter run time of the Dyson V6 and V7.
- Improved cleaning performance for larger debris types (ie, cereal).
- A pricier model, compared to other stick vacuums on the market.
- A 40-minute run time is shorter than that of the Dyson V10 model.
- Dimensions: 9.8″ x 8.2″ x 49″
- Run Time: ~30 minutes
- Weight: 5.45 pounds
The Dyson V7 is the successor to the V6 model. It offers an extended run time, by providing 10 extra minutes. Between all of the V-series Dyson models, the V7 is the quietest model when running at full power (70 dB).
Similar to the V6, the V7 can also convert between a stick vacuum and a handheld vacuum unit. In addition, there is a redesigned dust bin that makes it easier to empty and keeps you from accidentally touching the dirt as you empty.
- Still comes in at a reasonable price point for a Dyson
- Redesigned dust bin makes it easier (and cleaner) to empty over the V6
- Excellent cleaning performance on low or high pile carpet
- Relatively short run time at only 30 minutes (compared to the 60 minute run time on the V10 and V11)
- Struggles a bit more with medium and large size debris, when cleaning hardwood floors. Dyson’s newer V10 Absolute does a much better job on hardwood floors (and was the best stick vacuum for hardwood floors in our deep dive guide).
- Dimensions: 9.8″ x 8.2″ x 47.5″
- Run time: ~20 minutes
- Weight: 5.1 pounds
The Dyson V6 is the most basic model currently available in the V-series class. While the 20-minute run time may be short, it comes in at an excellent price point and retains an excellent cleaning performance across all flooring types.
In addition, the V6 model is a 2-in-1 style, meaning that it can operate as an upright stick vacuum or a portable handheld.
- Comes in at an affordable price point for a Dyson
- Provides excellent cleaning performance on all floor types
- Converts between a stick vacuum or a portable handheld
- Only has a 20-minute run time, which may be a little short for larger homes or big jobs
- Struggled a bit with the large cereal debris test, during our analysis
Shark Vertex DuoClean vs. Dyson V11
SIZE | The Shark Vertex DuoClean is shorter than the Dyson V11, but also wider and deeper. Also, it weighs 9.0 pounds, while the Dyson V11 weighs only 6.68 pounds. This makes the V11 a little easier to maneuver and get around.
HOW IT CLEANS | The Vertex DuoClean uses a dual powdered brushroll system that combines a standard bristle brushroll with a soft roller brushroll to help capture large and fine debris types. In addition, Shark upgraded their DuoClean brushroll in 2020 to add rubberized paddles.
By comparison, the Dyson V11 comes with a single multi-surface cleaning head with 3 manual height adjustment options. If you do have lots of hard surfaces in your home you could add a soft roller brush cleaning head.
BATTERY | The Dyson V11 uses a 3,600 mAh battery and can run for up to 60 minutes.
The Shark Vertex battery runs for up to 60 minutes.
Both Shark and Dyson (as of late 2020) utilize a click-in battery system. This allows to own multiple batteries to extend run time even further.
The Biggest Difference
- The Shark Vertex DuoClean has an interesting feature of being able to bend over 180° for easy storage or inversely to squeeze under furniture, beds, or tables—something unique to Shark.
- The Dyson Cyclone V11 has more raw suction power at 185 AW and a significantly longer run time (comparing single battery vs. single battery).
|Model||Dyson V11 Torque Drive||Shark Vertex DuoClean|
|Weight||6.68 lbs.||9.0 lbs.|
|Run Time||60 mins.||60 mins.|
|Dust Bin Capacity||0.77 L||1.29 L|
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Shark vs. Dyson – Upright Vacuum Comparisons
Both Shark and Dyson manufacture and design upright vacuum models, in addition to cordless stick vacuums. Amidst popular marketing campaigns, brand awareness, and popular fads, it can be hard to know which model is best for you and your family.
Shark vs. Dyson: What’s the real truth?
Honestly, the real truth is that both Shark and Dyson could be right for you. They each have good models with slightly different features.
Shark offers four main upright vacuums:
- Shark Rotator
- Shark Navigator
- Shark APEX
- Shark Vertex
Dyson offers two main upright vacuums:
- Dyson Ball Animal 2
- Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2
Of course, there are additional variations and sub-models within those overarching categories. Even so, the above 6 major model types make up the core of both Shark & Dyson’s upright line.
COMPARISON: Want to see Shark Navigator vs. Rotator up close? Check out this complete comparison to get the full rundown of these two models.
It should be no surprise that Dyson bases their design of upright vacuum of the cyclonic technology and patented “Dyson Ball”.
By comparison, the Shark upright models are a bit more traditional in appearance, but they still provide excellent cleaning performance.
|Model||Dyson Ball |
|Dyson Ball |
|Shark Vertex DuoClean (AZ2002)||Shark APEX DuoClean|
|Shark Navigator (NV356E)||Shark Rotator
|Max Suction||306 AW||250 AW||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown|
|Weight||17.4 lbs.||15.6 lbs.||16.4 lbs.||16.3 lbs.||13.7 lbs.||15.5 lbs.|
|Power||30' cord||30' cord||30' cord||30' cord||30' cord||30' cord|
|Dust Bin Capacity||2.1 L||1.6 L||0.94 L||1.65 L||1.32 L||1.43 L|
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Shark Vertex DuoClean
- Dimensions: 12″ x 10″ x 46.5″
- Power: 30′ cord
- Weight: 16.4 pounds
The Shark Vertex DuoClean (AZ2002) launched in late 2020 and by all accounts appears to be the best Shark upright currently on the market.
It’s equipped with a DuoClean brushroll in addition to Shark’s new “Power Fins”. These are rubberized paddles on the primary brushroll that are designed to help agitate and remove additional debris.
During our tests the Vertex DuoClean dominated our cleaning tests, removing 99.4% of total debris. The Vertex is a big, powerful upright that’s at the top of Shark’s line.
- Fantastic cleaning performance, removing 99.4% of debris during our cleaning tests
- Build quality is a clear and significant step up compared to Shark’s more budget-friendly Rotator & Navigator lines
- DuoClean brushroll works well on both hard and carpeted surfaces
- On the more expensive side
- Dust bin is on the smaller size at 0.94 L (smaller than Shark’s APEX and Dyson’s flagship uprights)
RELATED – See how Shark’s top models compared in our Vertex vs. APEX comparison.
Shark APEX DuoClean
- Dimensions: 12.5″ x 12″ x 46″
- Power: 30′ cord
- Weight: 16.3 pounds
The Shark APEX DuoClean upright vacuum cleaner features two of Shark’s proudest technologies— APEX and DuoClean.
The APEX technology includes features like fingertip controls, LED lights, improvements to the allergy seal, and overall a quieter vacuum compared to the Shark Navigator and Rotator models.
DuoClean technology is basically just a soft roller brush that is designed to work with the traditional brushroll to help suck up large debris or bare floor cleaning.
- Controls built into the handle of the vacuum
- DuoClean cleaning head offers improved suction on bare floors or large debris messes
- 2-in-1 design offers upright performance or lift-away portability
- Higher price point than the Shark Navigator or Rotator series
- Heavier than the Shark Navigator and Shark Rotator models as well
Dyson Ball Animal 2
- Dimensions: 15.3″ x 13.4″ x 42.1″
- Power: 30′ cord
- Weight: 17.35 pounds
The Dyson Ball Animal 2 upright vacuum is a great option for pet owners. It features an XL dust bin with over 2 L of capacity, cyclone suction technology, swivel steering, and an on-board extension hose.
This vacuum comes with a washable lifetime filter, a motorized turbine tool, a stair tool, combination tool, and high-reach wand for hard-to-reach places.
- Washable filter and HEPA filtration helps keep pet dander and allergens at a minimum
- Includes a wide range of accessories, providing great versatility in cleaning
- Powerful suction at 306 AW, the most of any upright vacuum cleaner on the market
- Great swivel steering with the “Dyson Ball”
- Can create too much suction on thick / high pile carpets.
- Heavier than all the Shark upright models listed above.
Dyson Ball MultiFloor 2
- Dimensions: 15.6″ x 13.4″ x 41.9″
- Power: 30′ cord
- Weight: 15.6 pounds
The Dyson Multi Floor 2 is a powerful upright designed to seamlessly transition across multi-surface flooring. This model uses the same cyclone technology that Dyson is known for.
It’s about 2 lbs lighter than the Dyson Animal 2 and comes with similar accessories—the high reach wand, washable lifetime filter, stair tool, and combination too.
- Swivel steering with the Dyson ball design
- Lighter than the Dyson Ball Animal 2 upright model
- Powerful suction with patented Dyson cyclone suction technology
- As a Dyson, the price point is higher than most of the Shark models
- Smaller dust bin than the Dyson Ball Animal 2 (but larger than the Shark Navigator and Rotator)
- Does not convert to a portable handheld like the Shark Lift-Away models
- Dimensions: 15″ x 11.4″ x 45.5″
- Power: 30′ cord
- Weight: 13.7 pounds
The Shark Navigator is a more traditional looking vacuum but offers a slew of features. This vacuum is a 2-in-1, meaning that it can run as a standard upright or the lift-away canister can be removed for a more portable style.
The Navigator features an XL dust bin, on-board accessories, and a comfortable handle that makes it easy to use the extension wand and hose for areas that are hard to reach.
- 2-in-1 body style makes this vacuum versatile for many jobs around the home
- XL dust bin capacity can handle the messes of larger homes
- Includes a large variety of accessories and on-board attachments
- Lacks some of the fancier bells and whistles of the Shark Rotator Pro
- May struggle with cleaning high pile carpet, especially large debris types
- Dimensions: 12.2″ x 12.2″ x 45.7″
- Power: 30′ cord
- Weight: 15.5 pounds
The Shark Rotator upright vacuum offers a few more bells and whistles, over the Shark Navigator series. The Rotator features LED headlamps, swivel steering, and text notations for easy usability.
As a trade-off, the dust bin capacity of the Shark Rotator is about half that of the Shark Navigator series and the overall unit is about 2 pounds heavier.
- Added features like LED headlamps and on-machine text labels for improved usability
- Great cleaning performance on all floor types and against all debris (except for cereal on high carpet)
- 2-in-1 design functions as a traditional upright and portable canister vacuum
- About half the dust bin capacity of the Shark Navigator series
- About two pounds heavier than the Shark Navigator as well
Dyson Big Ball Cinetic
- Dimensions: 17.2″ x 13.4″ x 43.3″
- Power: 30′ cord
- Weight: 19 pounds
The Dyson Big Ball Cinetic upright vacuum is the largest upright vacuums that Dyson manufactures, to date. It offers extremely powerful suction and is filter-free. Depending on the exact model you get, the accessories with this vacuum may vary.
The Cinetic Animal and Allergy comes with a combination tool, stair tool, mattress tool, reach under tool, multi-angle brush, carbon fiber soft dusting brush, and a tool bag to hold it all.
By comparison, the Cinetic Multi Floor model simply comes with the combination tool and stair tool (but costs significantly less as well).
- No filter to maintain helps prevent suction loss and decreases maintenance costs and time
- Large dust bin capacity for cleaning big areas
- The Animal + Allergy model comes with many different accessories
- Pretty high price tag for an upright vacuum cleaner
- Much larger and heavier compared to other upright models in its class
Dyson Small Ball
- Dimensions: 14.1″ x 11″ x 31.7″
- Power: 30′ cord
- Weight: 12.15 pounds
The Dyson Small Ball is the smallest, most compact upright manufactured by Dyson, at this time. This model is the only one with a telescoping handle / wand for easy storage, while retaining powerful suction and the features that make it a Dyson.
The Small Ball model still uses cyclone technology and the Dyson Ball. The ball is a bit smaller than the Big Ball models, which makes it easier to maneuver throughout the home.
The DC50 Animal compact was the predecessor to the Small Ball model. You can check out our full review of the DC50 here. It has many of the same features.
- Smaller body and lighter weight vs. many other Dyson models
- Telescoping handle makes it easy to store this model in a small closet or other tight space
- Still has standard Dyson features like the cyclone suction, Dyson Ball swivel steering, and a washable filter
- Smaller dust bin capacity at only 0.8 L
- Cheaper than many of the other full-size upright vacuums, but still not inexpensive by any means
Dyson vs. Shark Rotator Lift Away
While there are many upright models, we’ll be looking specifically at the Dyson Animal 2 vs. Shark Rotator Pro Lift-Away in this section.
SIZE | The Shark Rotator is over 3″ taller, but narrower and slimmer throughout the body and base. The Shark is also about two pounds lighter than the Dyson Animal 2 upright. With that in mind though, the Dyson has a dust bin capacity of about 30% more than the Shark (2.1 L vs. 1.4 L)
HOW IT CLEANS | Both of these uprights have a central brushroll that agitates and collects dirt, dust, and debris with advanced swivel steering for nice maneuverability. They both also have extension wands and hoses, although the Dyson extension handle feels a bit awkward when reaching high or narrow spaces.
ACCESSORIES | The Shark Rotator Lift-Away comes with a hardwood floor tool, dusting brush, crevice tool, upholstery tool, pet power brush, and HEPA filtration. The Dyson Animal 2 comes with a motorized turbine tool, a stair tool, the combination tool, and a lifetime washable filter.
The Biggest Difference
- The Dyson Animal 2 comes with a lifetime washable filter and more suction power (by a large margin). It’s also heavier and more expensive.
- The Shark Rotator Lift-Away is lighter weight, has a lift-out canister for mobile cleaning, and notably less expensive than the Animal 2.
|Weight||15.5 lbs.||17.35 lbs.|
|Power||30' cord||30' cord|
|Dust Bin Capacity||1.43 L||2.1 L|
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Shark vs. Dyson For Pet Hair
Both Shark and Dyson offer many models designed specifically for pets.
The best vacuum for pets may be different for each person, depending on your pet and lifestyle, but there are some features that all great pet vacuums have in common.
Here is a list of five things to look for in the best vacuum for pets:
- Large capacity dust bins
- HEPA filtration
- Tangle-free attachments or brushrolls
- Swivel steering to maneuver into hard-to-reach places
- Upholstery tool for cleaning pet hair from pet beds or sofas
Large Capacity Dust Bins
The Dyson Ball Animal 2 stores as much as 2.1 L. Larger homes or homes with high levels of pet traffic could really benefit from these larger bins.
Of course, if you mainly use your pet vacuum for upholstery, car interiors, or another relatively small space, the smaller capacity dust bins may still work just fine for you.
Dyson utilizes lifetime washable filters that can be cleaned by simply rinsing them out with cold water. This saves maintenance costs and helps to prevent the build-up of allergens or dander.
By comparison, the Shark vacuums use a combination of HEPA, felt, and foam filters.
Some are washable and others are disposable. Typically, the more expensive Shark models (like APEX and Vertex) utilize the washable filters. While less expensive models utilize disposable.
Tangle free attachments and brushrolls
All of the vacuums listed in the table below all come with motorized pet hair attachments.
These use a specially designed brushroll or turbine tool to help capture pet hair, without the mess and tangles that can frequently happen with traditional systems.
Being able to adapt to unique environments and pet obstacles can be an important part of a good pet vacuum. Swivel steering is the ability for a vacuum to do just that.
Not only can it turn on a dime, but it can also lean nearly 180 degrees back without the cleaning head lifting off the floor, if you need to squeeze under furniture or beds.
The Shark Rotator, Shark APEX, Shark Vertex, Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2, and Dyson Ball Animal 2 use traditional swivel steering as an upright vacuum.
Many pet owners find their furry friends enjoying a warm spot on the couch or cozying up on the bed.
This tool is especially great at removing pet hair from upholstery, bedding, or other soft surfaces.
MORE: For more information, check out our complete guide on How to Remove Dog Hair here.
Here are some of the top Shark and Dyson models that we would recommend for removing pet hair.
|Model||Dyson V11||Dyson V11 Outsize||Dyson V10||Dyson Ball |
|Shark Vertex DuoClean (AZ2002)||Shark APEX DuoClean (AZ1002)||Shark Rocket Pet Pro (AZ163H)||Shark Rotator|
|Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ (CH951)|
|Weight||6.68 lbs.||7.85 lbs.||5.9 lbs.||17.35 lbs.||16.4 lbs.||17.1 lbs.||7.17 lbs.||15.5 lbs.||2.7 lbs.|
120 mins. (2 batteries)
|2,600 mAh |
|30' cord||30' cord||30' cord||40 mins.||30' cord||15 mins.|
|Dust Bin Capacity||0.77 L||1.89 L||0.77 L||2.1 L||0.94 L||1.42 L||0.34 L||1.43 L||0.43 L|
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Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+
- Dimensions: 6.5″ x 6″ x 20″
- Run Time: ~15 minutes
- Weight: 7.9 pounds
The Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro Plus (CH951) is Shark’s flagship handheld vacuum. It’s cordless, light weight at 2.8 pounds, and has an XL dust bin (0.43 L).
It uses a self-cleaning brushroll that’s designed to prevent tangles for both pet and human hair.
The UltraCyclone Pet Pro Plus is the successor to the legacy Shark Pet Perfect 2 (largely discontinued). By any measure, the new Pet Pro Plus seems to be a significant upgrade.
- Ultra lightweight at 2.8 pounds
- Realtively large dust bin (for a handheld) at 0.43 L
- Self-cleaning brushroll that prevents hair tangles
- Fairly expensive for a handheld vacuum
- Fabric filter (not washable and not HEPA)
Shark vs. Dyson – Vacuums by Type
The following sections break apart the collection of Dyson and Shark vacuums by type, calling out the most popular models from each manufacturer and any special features.
Shark vs. Dyson – Upright Vacuums
Both Dyson and Shark offer a few upright models, varying in price from under the $$ tier to well within the $$$ tier. You pay for more features, higher suction, on-board accessories, additional cleaning heads, etc.
Most Shark and Dyson upright models include large capacity dust bins, on-board accessories, an extension wand and hose, and advanced swivel steering.
The Shark Vertex DuoClean upright (AZ2002) launched in late 2020. This is arguably the most high-end vacuum Shark now makes. It crushed our cleaning tests, removing 99% of debris. Its build quality is every bit as good as the Apex and the only notable drawback is a moderately sized dust bin.
The Shark APEX DuoClean is among Shark’s most advanced vacuum cleaners. It has a large 1.42 L dust bin, full-size frame, and 30′ cord. The DuoClean head is great for large and small debris on a variety of flooring surfaces types. In our view, this is one of the very best vacuums (upright or otherwise) that Shark builds.
The Shark Navigator is a more basic model, but it offers an XL dust bin that can hold 2.2 dry quarts, almost twice the capacity of the Shark Rotator. For accessories, it comes with the Dust Away Genie cleaning head, brushroll cleaning head, HEPA filter, crevice tool, dusting brush, pet power brush, and a 30″ hose.
The Rotator, although having a smaller dust bin, comes with a few more bells and whistles, like LED headlamps, a redesigned comfort hose handle, and text notations for easy usability. The Rotator comes with a hard floor cleaning head, brushroll cleaning head, HEPA filter, crevice tool, dusting brush, pet power brush, upholstery brush, and a 30″ hose.
This upright vacuum is made for homes with pets (though it’s fine in other homes as well). It comes with a self-adjusting cleaner head, a washable lifetime filter, and three accessories—the combination tool, stair tool, and a turbine tool with no brush bar. This tool is excellent for cleaning up pet hair and limits tangles.
This vacuum is more lightweight than the Animal 2 (15.6 lbs for the Multi Floor vs. 17.5 lbs for the Animal 2) and still comes with a self-adjusting cleaner head and lifetime washable filter. For accessories, it includes the combination tool and a stair tool.
The Dyson Small Ball is the smallest and lightest Dyson upright vacuum. It weighs only 12.15 lbs. and has a telescoping wand / handle, which allows this vacuum to be stored in small spaces. It includes a washable lifetime filter, stair tool, and combination tool.
This vacuum is designed for people who suffer from allergies, as it’s the only Dyson upright that is filter-free. It also features a redesigned dust bin, which makes emptying the bin easier and more hygienic. This model includes the combination tool, stair tool, mattress tool, reach under tool, multi-angle brush, carbon fiber soft dusting brush, and a tool bag to store all the accessories.
Shark vs. Dyson – Stick Vacuums
Stick vacuums are arguably the most popular models from Shark and Dyson, with both companies offering many different styles, features, and price points.
Corded vs. cordless, 2-in-1 vs. traditional stick vacuum, atandard brushroll vs. soft roller brushroll for cleaning large debris— select your features, narrow down models, and let’s find the best choice for you.
The Dyson V11 is the most high-end vacuum Dyson has ever manufactured. It uses intelligent suction to dynamically increase or decrease run time in order to best clean. Offers 60 minutes of cleaning time, tons of attachments, LCD display, and 185 AW of suction power—truly a bleeding-edge vacuum. As of Q4 2020, the V11 also includes a click-in battery system.
In March 2020, Dyson launched the new V11 Outsize. While technically, it is just a variant of the V11, the Outsize is packed with upgrades. It includes a larger 1.89 L dust bin, larger 12.5″ cleaning head, 2 batteries giving it a 2 hour run time, click-in battery system, and an increase in suction, to a maximum of 220 AW.
The Dyson V10 is the 2nd most advanced Dyson cordless stick vacuum, to date. It offers the longest Dyson battery life, up to 60 minutes, and includes a wide range of accessories for a versatile cleaning experience. The V10 also performed excellent during our tests on all floor types.
The Dyson V8 has a strong battery, with up 40 minutes of run time. This cordless stick can be used as-is or easily converted to a portable handheld unit. All accessories that may be attached to the full-size stick vacuum may also be used as a handheld.
The Dyson V7 is one step above the V6 model. It has a slightly longer run time of 30 minutes and great cleaning performance on low pile or high pile carpet. The V7 struggled a bit on our hardwood cleaning test, especially large debris cleaning.
The Dyson V6 is the most basic of the V-series cordless stick vacuums. It has a shorter run time at only 20 minutes, but offers powerful suction, excellent steering control, and great cleaning performance.
The Shark Vertex DuoClean is the new #1 cordless vacuum from Shark. It’s equipped with an upgraded DuoClean brusholl. The new brushroll has rubberized paddles to help improve carpet agitation.
In addition, the Vertex DuoClean has a large 1.29 L dust bin, 60 minute run time, and multi-flex joint for compact storage and easier flat cleaning. It’s also available in a corded version if you prefer.
The Shark IONFlex DuoClean is a cordless stick vacuum that comes with two unique Shark technologies. “IONFlex” is essentially a joint in the middle of the extension wand that allows this vacuum to bend forwards or backward to upwards of 180° for compressed storage or sneaking under furniture or hard-to-reach places.
The DuoClean technology is basically an additional soft roller cleaning head that helps the Shark to capture large debris messes and for when cleaning bare floors.
In 2020 Shark released the Rocket Pet Pro Plus (IZ163H), an upgraded version of a similar model (now largely discontinued) that launched in 2019. The Pet Pro Plus version has mostly the same features, but now includes a pivot joint on the wand. This allows you to clean under furniture more easily and also provides for more compact storage.
The Shark Rocket is not a cordless vacuum, but it is a 2-in-1 and can easily convert from a stick vacuum to a smaller handheld vacuum. The Shark Rocket comes with a large number of accessories for versatile use around the home.
The Shark Rocket ION is a cordless stick vacuum that also operates as a portable handheld vacuum. It features the Shark ION rechargeable battery so you could charge up one, while cleaning with the other (Note: Initial purchase only includes one battery.)
The Navigator Freestyle is an excellent option as it comes in at the $ tier. It has a slender, lightweight body and a large-capacity dust bin. It is powered by a 14.4 V battery that can charge in four hours. In addition, this model comes with a brushroll that can clean at two different speeds.
LARGE DEBRIS PICK UP | To tackle large debris, both Shark and Dyson have developed designs that allow for large debris to more easily be swept up.
Shark DuoClean: DuoClean technology combines the standard brushroll with a soft roller brush at the front of the cleaning face. These two rollers spin counter-directions from each other allowing debris to be sucked into the dust bin more easily. All Shark vacuums with the tag name “DuoClean” come with this cleaning head.
- Shark Vertex DuoClean
- Shark APEX DuoClean
- Shark IONFlex DuoClean Cordless Ultra-Light
- Shark Vertex Ultra Lightweight DuoClean
Dyson Fluffy: The Fluffy cleaning head is a soft roller that takes a similar approach. It uses a simple soft roller design that is designed to grab and suck the debris into the dust bin. All Dyson V-series stick vacuums with the tag name “Absolute” come with this Fluffy cleaning head.
FLEXIBILITY | Shark takes the cake for integrated flexibility. Shark models with the tag name Flex, Multi-Flex, and IONFlex have the ability to bend nearly 180° for great maneuverability or easy storage. The following vacuums have flex capability.
- Shark IONFlex DuoClean Cordless Ultra-Light
- Shark ION F80 MultiFLEX
- Shark Rocket Pet Pro Plus MultiFlex
Emptying the Dust bins
ADVANCED DUST BIN | One area where Dyson excels is the design of the dust bin. Later V-series models are designed in varying ways that results in cleaner, more hygienic methods for emptying the dust bin.
- Dyson V6 – Dust bin release hatch is by the trigger; a little awkward
- Dyson V7 and Dyson V8 – Dust bin release hatch pulls up from the top (by the cyclones)
- Dyson V10 and Dyson V11 – Dust bin release hatch is on the side, like a “point-and-shoot” approach
Shark vs. Dyson – Robot Vacuums
Shark and Dyson both offer robot vacuums; Shark having the IQ and ION robots and Dyson having the 360 Heurist. The Shark robot vacuums come in within the $$ to $$$ tier, while the Dyson 360 tops the charts at in the $$$$$ budget tier per unit.
The Shark IQ is the top of the line robot offered by Shark. It has enhanced mapping, good cleaning, and most important a self-emptying dust bin. The Shark IQ is able to clean your home, return to dock, and then empty itself. This feature is incredibly rare among robots and usually you pay a lot more for it (see our Roomba S9+ review here).
The Shark RV871 has improved suction over the 700 series Shark robots. It also has an extra large dust bin and a 90 minute run time. Like most Shark vacuums, you can control the robot with the Shark app.
The Shark ION AV751 is a pretty basic robot and near the bottom of Shark’s line. It runs for up to 120 minutes, has drop sensors, and all the other standards you see everywhere. You can connect it to your smartphone for app based control. You can also buy this robot in white, if you prefer.
The AV751 appears to be a replacement to the RV750, which is now discontinued.
The Shark ION 720 comes with a scheduling remote and cleans using a standard brushroll and two spinning side brushes. Infrared navigation help this Shark to navigate your space, slowly bumping and continuing as it goes. The lithium-ion battery boasts up to a 60 minute run time for this robot.
Like Shark’s line of uprights and stick vacuums, Shark produces a TON of different robot vacuum models. We’ve included the most popular versions above, but there are plenty of others.
Here’s a quick run down of Shark’s less popular robot models:
- Shark AV752 – basic robot, appears to be exactly the same as the AV751, except it’s white instead of black.
- Shark AV970 – Includes more advanced navigation, recharge and resume, improved suction, and a self cleaning brushroll.
- Shark AV993 – More or less the exact same feature set included on the AV970.
- Shark RV2001 – Includes everything from the AV970 / 993, but also adds home mapping and an improved brushroll (with powerfins).
- Shark RV2001WD – Does everything the RV2001 does, but also mops.
While Shark offers a nice selection of robot vacuums, Dyson is quite frankly pretty lacking. Currently, Dyson only makes one robot, the 360 Heurist. However, even the Heurist has had a very limited global release.
The Dyson 360 Eye uses advanced navigation to move around the space, calculating a cleaning pattern as it goes. This vacuum also has wifi-connectivity, allowing you to schedule or control the robot, as well as check out data from previous cleaning cycles. Unique to the 360 Eye, is the full-width Dyson brush bar, eliminating the need for spinning side brushes.
That said, the Dyson 360 Eye has been largely discontinued around the world. It’s pretty hard to find this robot.
Last, but not least we have the Dyson 360 Heurist. The Heurist is the newest Dyson robot vacuum and seems that it is meant to replace the 360 Eye. However, the Heurist seems to only be available in Canada and the UK. And even there it’s plagued by out of stock issues.
While it has not been formally discontinued it certainly seems it is heading that direction.
Shark vs. Dyson – Handheld Vacuums
Vacuums that are strictly handheld models are few and far between within the Shark or Dyson brand. More often, there are stick vacuums or even upright vacuums that double as handheld units.
The design of a 2-in-1 vacuum increases vacuum versatility and keeps you from having to buy different products for every small need within your home.
The Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro plus is the new flagship handheld from Shark. It is incredibly light at 2.8 pounds and has a respectable 0.45 quart dust bin. Additionally, it’s equipped with a tangle-free brushroll designed for pet hair.
There is also a non-pet version of the UltraCyclone here.
Shark Pet Perfect 2
The Shark Pet Perfect handheld offers cordless performance with up to a 30-minute run time. It comes with minimal accessories, however, the price point is decent for a quality handheld vacuum. Unfortunately, the cost for a replacement battery is nearly the cost of the vacuum itself, but overall this is a solid choice for a handheld.
In 2020, the Shark Pet Perfect 2 was discontinued and replaced by the Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro Plus.
The Dyson V6 Trigger is one of the only renditions of the V6 that is offered as a handheld only. The V8 and V10 come as 2-in-1 stick vacuums that can easily convert into a handheld. This handheld, and all vacuums in the V-series, have a trigger design for the on / off switch. Simply hold down the trigger and get to cleaning with no waster battery power.
The Dyson V7 Trigger is the most recent standalone handheld vacuum Dyson has built. It’s a step up from the V6 Trigger. It has 100 AW of suction power on max mode and uses the trigger switch.
Shark vs. Dyson – Canister Vacuums
Historically, Shark has offered canister vacuums, but as of 2020 they seem to have discontinued all canister vacuums.
Dyson, while more known for their uprights and V-series cordless vacuums, is still producing a small selection of well reviewed canister vacuums.
Dyson Canister Vacuums
On the Dyson website, there are three main models to select from:
- Dyson Ball
- Dyson Big Ball
- Dyson Cinetic Big Ball
There are two models with the Dyson Big Ball class, the Multi-Floor and the Musclehead, resulting in a total of four Dyson canister models to choose from.
Includes a trigger head floor cleaning took that uses rotating bristles to agitate and capture debris. Also includes two attachments—the combination tool and a stair tool, with a lifetime washable filter.
The bigger ball allows for a larger dust bin, and also introduces a new cleaning head—the carbon fiber turbine cleaning head. Also includes the combination tool and stair tool. The dust bin has been redesigned on this model, allowing you to place the dust bin further in the can before emptying, which makes it more hygienic and clean.
Includes the carbon fiber turbine head and the musclehead floor tool which has a slimmer profile. For in-hand accessories, the Musclehead model comes with the combination tool and the stair tool. This model also auto-adjusts for varying floor types and has the same advanced dust bin release as the Big Ball Multi-Floor model. Regarding maintenance, this model also uses a lifetime washable filter.
This is the most advanced Dyson canister vacuum to date. It requires no filter, can right itself if toppled over, and includes more accessories. With this model, you get the carbon fiber turbine head, the turbine tool hose attachment, the combination tool, stair tool, and a stiff bristle brush for dried-in dirt.
If you’re in the market for a canister vacuum specifically, I would say that Dyson takes the cake in this category, offering more canister styles with unique features.
So…Which is Better? Shark or Dyson?
Truthfully, we don’t think there is a “best”. Not 100% of the time, at least.
Both Shark and Dyson offer a wide variety of products with different features, performance levels, accessories, cleaning profiles, and price points.
This means there is a multitude of different options depending on what you actually need and desire in a new vacuum cleaner.
So how do you choose between Shark vs. Dyson?
The first question you need to answer, what type of vacuum do you need?
- Upright vacuum – this is a more traditional vacuum, highly versatile and great for cleaning lots of different areas
- Stick vacuums – these vacuums are lighter weight and more mobile, making them great for quick and easy cleans. They also usually are cordless and utilize a 2-in-1 design (for use as a stick or handheld)
- Robot vacuums – if you want a vacuum, but don’t want to do the vacuuming yourself, a robot vacuum is the way to go. These have come a long way in recent years, with their performance rivaling other vacuum types.
- Canister vacuums – if you prefer maximum power at the cost of mobility a canister vacuum is great.
- Handheld vacuums – maximum mobility, great for localized and small messes. If you opt for an upright or canister vacuum (or stick vacuum that isn’t a 2-in-1) you may want an extra handheld for quick small cleanups.
The second question you need to answer, what is your budget?
If you’re looking to spend at or over the $$$ pricing tier, chances are you’ll want to go with a Dyson. There are of course exceptions (handhelds, older models, etc.), but most Dyson vacuum models are going to be above the $$$ tier.
If you’re looking to spend less than $$$ you’ll want to go with Shark. Just as with Dyson, there are Shark’s that are more than $$$, but most tend to be less than $$$.
The third and final question, what features are important to you?
- You want a cordless vacuum that runs for the longest period of time? The Dyson V10 or Dyson V11 or Dyson V11 Outsize is for you.
- You want an upright vacuum, but also one that’s fairly light? Check out the Shark Navigator or Shark Rotator.
- You want a full-sized upright with a gigantic dust bin? The Dyson Ball Animal 2 has 2.1 L dust bin.
- You want the DuoClean brushroll? The Shark APEX DuoClean upright or Shark IONFlex DuoClean are by far our two favorites (though Shark’s Vertex is up there too).
- You want a handheld vacuum for removing pet hair? Give Shark’s UltraCyclone Pet Pro Plus a try.
- You need a budget-friendly pet vacuum? It’s hard to beat the value offered by the Shark Rocket Pet Pro.
There are lots of different models that may be better or worse, depending on the specific features that you need.
Still can’t decide? Please drop us a comment down below. We’re happy to personally help you. We do our best to answer within 24 hours.
- January 29, 2021 – Major overhaul to the page improving formatting, correcting errors, adding new models, and removing discontinued / antiquated models. Some new models earned the top recommendation, resulting in some models being pushed down and/or off the list. Removed maintenance cost estimates due to difficulties in keeping those accurately updated.
- March 30 / 31, 2020 – Corrected a number of issues and errors. Updated and added to our recommendations across several categories, with emphasis on the new Dyson V11 Outsize and Shark Rocket Pet Pro. Added new / updated vacuum descriptions for many models.
- February 21, 2020 – We’ve reviewed all of our recommendations and made updates, additions, and removals above. Our updates are designed to reflect our current opinions, performance tests, prices, and model availability.
- February 2, 2020 – We’re in the process of re-analyzing all Shark & Dyson models and updating our recommendations accordingly. Expect more updates over the next few days / weeks.
- April 12, 2019 – Added Dyson V11 into the mix of recommendations. Modified other recommendations and content based on this addition. Updated and improved formatting and layout.
- October 24, 2018 – Modified the intro section.
- August 30, 2018 – Added a few more side-by-side comparisons up top. Cleaned up a few formatting issues.
- May 23, 2018 – updated a few formatting issues.