Shark vs. Dyson — these are two of the most popular vacuum models 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.
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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 will literally bend over backwards to help make cleaning your home 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.
Both Shark and Dyson are well known for their selection of cordless stick vacuums. This market is rapidly growing, since they are easy to move, easy to store, and still retain high suction power like a traditional upright. This guide is going to look at design, battery power, cleaning performance, size, features, and more.
|Model||Shark Rocket ION||Dyson V8||Shark Rocket IONFlex DuoClean||Dyson V10|
|Weight||7.2 lbs||5.8 lbs.||8.7 lbs.||5.9 lbs.|
|Power||Lithium Ion battery|
|2,800 mAh |
~40 min run time
|Lithium Ion battery|
|Dust Bin Capacity||0.33 L||0.54 L||0.33 L||0.77 L|
|Maintenance Costs||$20 / year||$32 / year||$28 / year||$0 / year|
|Buy||Check Price||Check Price||Check Price||Check Price|
Shark Rocket ION
11.9 x 10.3 x 45.6
~$20 / year
The Shark Rocket ION stick vacuum is a lightweight, cordless stick vacuum that easily converts between stick vacuum and handheld vacuum. You can also upgrade the battery for an extended run time on this model.
- Lightweight body style is easier to maneuver.
- Can easily upgrade batteries for extended run time.
- Converts between stick vacuum and handheld vacuum.
- Does not have the MultiFlex technology like more advanced Shark models.
- Does not have the DuoClean technology like more advanced Shark models.
9.8 x 10.1 x 49.2
~$0 / year
The Dyson V10 is the most advanced cordless stick vacuum that Dyson has to offer today. It launched in Spring 2018 and offers a 60-minute run time, a redesigned “point-and-shoot” dust bin, and the lowest maintenance costs of any of the Dyson V-series models.
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 helps keeps cash in your pocket. (Battery lasts 15 years according to Dyson.)
Shark Rocket IONFlex DuoClean
13.4 x 10.2 x 45.9
~$28 / year
The Shark Rocket 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 is 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.
9.8″ x 8.8″ x 49″
~$32 / year
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).
9.8″ x 8.2″ x 49″
~$17 / year
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.
9.8″ x 8.2″ x 47.5″
~$32 / year
The Dyson V6 stick vacuum 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 DuoClean vs. Dyson V10
In the market for a powerful cordless stick vacuum? Check out this mini vacuum battle, as Shark DuoClean vs. Dyson V10 go head to head! There are quite a few different models between these two classes so for further clarification, we’re going to be looking at the Shark IONFlex DuoClean and the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute.
SIZE | The Shark IONFlex DuoClean is shorter than the Dyson V10, but also wider and deeper. Also, it weights 8.7 pounds, while the Dyson V10 weighs only 5.9 pounds. This makes the V10 a bit more portable.
HOW IT CLEANS | The IONFlex 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. By comparison, the Dyson V10 comes with two interchangeable cleaning heads- one is a soft roller head for bare floors and large debris and the other is a standard brushroll for agitating and cleaning carpeted floors.
BATTERY | The Dyson V10 uses a 2,600 mAh battery with a ~60-minute run time. The Shark ION batteries are a little more discreet regarding specs and estimates run time. Shark, however, does offer replacement battery packs, encouraging users to own two battery so you can charge one while you use the other. They even package the vacuum with two batteries if you want to buy the Shark IONFlex 2X DuoClean cordless stick vacuum.
THE MAIN DIFFERENCE
- The Shark IONFlex 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 V10 easily and quickly converts between an upright stick vacuum to a portable, lightweight handheld. With that, Dyson includes a large variety of accessories for wherever messes might take you.
|Model||Shark IONFlex DuoClean||Dyson V10||Dyson V8|
|Weight||8.7 lbs.||5.9 lbs.||5.8 lbs.|
|Power||Lithium Ion battery|
Run time unknown
|2,600 mAh |
|Dust Bin Capacity||0.33 L||0.77 L||0.54 L|
|Maintenance Costs||$28 / year||$0 / year||$32 / year|
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Dyson V8 vs. Shark Cordless
The Dyson V8 vs. Shark Cordless (DuoClean) has historically been a popular comparison point for many consumers. However, with Dyson’s release of the V10 we believe the Shark DuoClean vs. Dyson V10 is now a better comparison point.
SHARK CORDLESS VS. DYSON V8 | That said, many of the differences between the Shark DuoClean vs. V8 still remain when looking at the Dyson V10. The only reason we would recommend the Dyson V8 over the Dyson V10 when comparing it to the Shark DuoClean is if you’re looking to save a little bit of money.
DYSON V8 VS. V10 | The functional differences between the Dyson V8 and Dyson V10 include the V10’s longer run time (60 minutes vs. 40 minutes), larger dust bin (40% larger), and improved suction (20% greater).
VALUE JUDGEMENT | So when looking at the Dyson V8 vs. Shark Cordless you’ll just need to decide on the performance vs. price point. For most users, we think both the Dyson V8 and Dyson V10 offers better performance. However, it’s also more expensive than the Shark cordless DuoClean.
Both Shark and Dyson also manufacture and design upright vacuum models, in addition to cordless stick vacuums. Despite their popularity, Shark only offers two main upright vacuums (the Navigator and the Rotator) and Dyson offers four models (the Ball Animal, the Ball Multi-Floor, the Cinetic Big Ball, and the Small Ball).
It should be no surprise that Dyson bases their design of easy vacuum of the cyclonic technology and patented “Dyson Ball”.
In comparison, the Shark upright models are a bit more traditional in appearance, but they still provide excellent cleaning performance.
|Model||Shark Navigator (NV356E)||Shark Rotator|
|Shark APEX DuoClean|
|Dyson Ball |
|Dyson Ball |
|Dyson Cinetic |
|Dyson Small Ball|
|Weight||13.7 lbs.||15.5 lbs.||16.3 lbs.||17.35 lbs.||15.6 lbs.||19.0 lbs.||12.15 lbs.|
|Power||30' cord||30' cord||30' cord||30' cord||30' cord||30' cord||30' cord|
|Dust Bin Capacity||1.32 L||1.43 L||1.65 L||2.1 L||1.6 L||1.6 L||0.8 L|
|Maintenance Costs||$20 / year||$17 / year||$68 / year||$12 / year||$12 / year||$12 / year||$12 / year|
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15 x 11.4 x 45.5
~$20 / year
The Shark Navigator upright vacuum 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 comfort 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.
Dyson Ball Animal 2
15.3 x 13.4 x 42.1
~$12 / year
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 and great swivel steering with the “Dyson Ball”.
- Higher price tag compared to Shark models.
- Heavier than all the Shark upright models listed above.
Shark APEX DuoClean
12.6″ x 12″ x 46″
~$68 / year
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 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
Dyson Ball MultiFloor 2
15.6 x 13.4 x 41.9
~$12 / year
The Dyson Multi Floor 2 upright vacuum 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.
12.2 x 12.2 x 45.7
~$17 / year
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 text notations 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.
Dyson Big Ball Cinetic
17.2 x 13.4 x 43.3
~$12 / year
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
14.1 x 11 x 31.7
~$12 / year
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.
- 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
Upright vacuums more your style? Check out this comparison of Dyson vs. Shark
Rotator Lift Away.
While there are many upright models, we’ll be looking specifically at the Dyson
Animal 2 and the Shark Rotator Pro Lift Away upright vacuum.
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 upright have a central brushroll that agitates and collects dirt, dust, and debris with advanced swivel steering for nice maneuverability. The 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 cool, 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 MAIN DIFFERENCE
- The Dyson Animal comes with a lifetime washable filter, one click dust-bin emptying, and a great selection of accessories.
- The Shark Rotator Lift-Away comes with LED headlamps, a more malleable extension hose for getting in awkward spaces, and has a lighter body overall.
Both Shark and Dyson offer many models designed specifically for furry friends in mind. 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.
Five things to look for in the best vacuum for pets includes:
- 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 Shark Rotator and Dyson Ball Animal 2 both have large capacity dust bins of over 1 L. The Dyson Ball Animal 2 stores as much as 2.1 L. For 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 larger capacity dust bins may still work just fine for you.
The Dyson V10, Shark Rotator, and Dyson Ball Animal 2 all integrate HEPA filtration systems. Dyson utilizes lifetime washable filters which can be cleaned by simply rinsing them out. This saves maintenance costs and helps to prevent the build-up of allergens or dander.
By comparison, the Shark vacuums use a combination of felt and foam filters. Some of these can wiped clean to lengthen their lifespan, but eventually all of these filters need to be replaced. Depending on your level of use, this could be anywhere from 3-9 months.
Tangle free attachments and brushrolls
All four 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. The Dyson V10 has the best swivel steering of the vacuums listed below.
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 and Dyson Ball Animal 2 both use traditional swivel steering as an upright vacuum. The Shark Pet Perfect 2 doesn’t require swivel steering as a handheld, but this is certainly something to consider for larger models.
Many pet owners find their furry friends enjoying a warm spot on the couch or cozying up on the bed. The Shark Rotator, Dyson Ball Animal 2, and Dyson V10 include an upholstery tool. This tool is especially great at removing pet hair from upholstery, bedding, or other soft surfaces.
The Shark Pet Perfect 2 can also be used on upholstery and other fabrics, however, the raw suction and pet hair agitation isn’t going to be as strong as the other 3 vacuums, in our opinion.
Here are some of the top Shark and Dyson models that we would recommend for removing pet hair.
|Model||Dyson V10||Shark Rotator|
|Dyson Ball |
|Shark Pet Perfect 2|
|Weight||5.9 lbs.||15.5 lbs.||17.35 lbs.||4.25 lbs.|
|Power||2,600 mAh |
|30' cord||30' cord||~60 minute
|Dust Bin Capacity||0.77 L||1.43 L||2.1 L||0.3 L|
|Maintenance Costs||$0 / year||$17 / year||$12 / year||$53 / year|
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Shark Pet Perfect
14.1 x 11 x 31.7
~$53 / year
The Shark Pet Perfect 2 is a powerful handheld that’s great for quickly cleaning pet hair from your home. It comes with a simple wide-mouth nozzle that is specifically designed for cleaning pet hair. There is a small capacity dust bin with a replaceable filter.
There are two simple switches by the handle. One is an on / off power switch, while the other switch releases the dust bin.
- Lightweight and portable body.
- Wide-mouth head is great for cleaning large debris or pet hair from upholstery.
- The 30-minute run time is pretty lengthy for such a reasonably priced unit.
- A replacement battery costs as much as the unit itself.
- Relatively small dust bin capacity.
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.
SHARK NAVIGATOR | 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. Check out our full review of the Shark Navigator here.
SHARK ROTATOR | 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. Check out our full review of the Shark Rotator here.
DYSON BALL ANIMAL 2 | This upright vacuum is made for homes with pets. 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.
DYSON BALL MULTI FLOOR 2 | 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.
DYSON CINETIC BIG BALL | 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.
DYSON SMALL BALL | 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. Check out our full review of the Dyson Small Ball Animal Compact here.
Shark vs. Dyson – Stick Vacuums
Stick vacuums are arguably the most popular models for Shark and Dyson, both companies offering many different styles, features, and price points.
Corded vs. cordless, 2-in-1 vs. traditional stick vacuum, Standard brushroll vs. soft roller brushroll for cleaning large debris— select your features, narrow down models, and get to work.
DYSON CYCLONE V10 | The Dyson V10 is the 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 very well when cleaning all floor types. You can see our full Dyson V10 review here.
SHARK ROCKET IONFLEX DUOCLEAN | The Shark Rocket 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 backwards 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.
DYSON V8 | 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. You can see our full Dyson V8 review here.
SHARK ION ROCKET | 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 can charge up one, while cleaning with the other (Note: Initial purchase only includes one battery.)
SHARK ROCKET DELUXE PRO | 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. You can see our full Shark Rocket review here.
SHARK NAVIGATOR FREESTYLE | 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 in 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 DuoClean Powered Lift-Away Speed
- Shark IONFlex 2X DuoClean Cordless Ultra-Light
- Shark IONFlex DuoClean Cordless Ultra-Light
- Shark DuoClean Corded Ultra-Light
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 “IONFlex” have the ability to bend nearly 180° for great maneuverability or easy storage. The following vacuums have IONFlex capability.
ADVANCED DUST BIN | One area where Dyson really 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 – Dust bin release hatch pulls up from the top (by the cyclones)
- Dyson V8 – Dust bin release hatch pulls up from the top (by the cyclones)
- Dyson V10 – Dust bin release hatch is on the side, like a “point-and-shoot” approach
Shark and Dyson both offer a robot vacuum; Shark having the ION robot and Dyson having the 360 Eye. The Shark robot vacuums come in within the low end of the $$$ tier, while the Dyson 360 tops the charts at in the $$$$ budget tier per unit. The Dyson 360 robot is arguably the most expensive robot vacuum we’ve noted, to date.
SHARK ION 720 | 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.
SHARK ION 750 | A step about the ION 720 is the ION 750. The Shark ION 750 offers wifi-connectivity and voice control, via Amazon Alexa. You can start, pause, or schedule a cycle using an app on your smartphone, making it easier than ever to clean your home. Similarly to the 720, the ION 750 also uses a central brushroll with two side brushes to sweep debris.
DYSON 360 EYE | 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.
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.
SHARK PET PERFECT II | 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.
DYSON V6 Trigger | 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.
Shark vs. Dyson – Canister Vacuums
I will say that neither Shark nor Dyson are very fond of mass-producing canister vacuums, but Dyson does have a bit wider selection. With Shark, their canister vacuum has the same features as an upright class, just with a different body style. By comparison, Dyson canister vacuums have a more unique look and design that is only for canisters.
If you search the Shark website, you may notice that they have a section for “Upright and Canister Vacuums”. In this section, they mainly highlight upright uprights and uprights with a portable canister that lifts out of the upright base. The only current traditional canister vacuum produced by Shark is the Shark Rotator Powdered Lift-Away Canister vacuum.
SHARK ROTATOR POWERED LIFT-AWAY | This canister vacuum is designed with a similar style to the upright Shark Rotator vacuum. You can use the vacuum with the handheld stick and wheel the canister behind you or simply lift if out of the base and carry it. It features a comfort handle for cleaning awkward ankles as well as a large capacity dust bin.
On the Dyson website, there are three main models to select from: the Dyson Ball, Dyson Big Ball, and 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 select from.
DYSON BALL MULTI-FLOOR | 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.
DYSON BIG BALL MULTI-FLOOR | 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.
DYSON BIG BALL MUSCLEHEAD | 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.
DYSON CINETIC BIG BALL ANIMAL | 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 are 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 clean ups.
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 is for you.
- You want an upright vacuum, but also one that’s fairly light? Check out the Shark Navigator.
- You want a full-sized upright with a gigantic dust bin? The Dyson Ball Animal 2 has 2.1 L dust bin.
- You want a handheld vacuum for removing pet hair? Give Shark’s Pet Perfect 2 a try.
There are lots of different models that may be better or worse, depending on the specific features that you need.
Still can’t decide? Send us an email here. We’re happy to personally help you.
Last Updated - May 23, 2018
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Derek Hales is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of ModernCastle.com. He is a passionate perfectionist when it comes to testing and reviewing products for the home. When he is not testing new products, Derek enjoys golf, tennis, and PC gaming. Derek lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife, Samantha, and poodle, Tibbers.