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Shark vs. Dyson: The Definitive Guide

Shark vs. Dyson â€” 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.

Dyson vs Shark overall vacuum comparison

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 not as pricey, slightly lighter, and don’t have quite as much suction power.

Dyson vs. Shark Cordless

Concerning cordless vacuums, the best model from each brand would have to be the Shark ION Flex DuoClean vs. the Dyson V11.

Shark IONFlex DuoClean
Shark IONFlex DuoClean
  • Dimensions: 46 x 13.4 x 8.7″
  • Weight: 8.7 lbs.
  • Run Time: ~20-30 minutes
  • Dust Bin Capacity: 0.3 L
  • Maintenance Costs: $28 / year
Dyson V11
Dyson V11
  • Dimensions: 50.6 x 9.8 x 10.3″
  • Weight: 6.68 lbs.
  • Run Time: ~60 minutes
  • Dust Bin Capacity: 0.77 L
  • Maintenance Costs: $0 / year

Both of these vacuums are some of the best versions that each brand produces.

Shark IONFlex DuoClean

Shark IONFlex DuoClean

I would recommend the Shark ION Flex DuoClean if you’re looking for the following features:

  • 2-in-1 body style for handheld or upright cleaning
  • Less expensive than the Dyson V11 stick vacuum
  • Inverted recline allows you to easily clean under low furniture
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Dyson V11

Dyson V11

I would recommend the Dyson V11 if you’re looking for the following features:

  • 2-in-1 body style for handheld or upright cleaning
  • Incredible suction on both hardwood and carpeted floors
  • Over twice the run time of the Shark IONFlex DuoClean
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Need a less expensive cordless vacuum?

For a more budget-friendly version of each of these vacuums, check out the Shark Rocket IZ163 and the Dyson V10 Motorhead.

Dyson vs. Shark Upright

While there is certainly no shortage of lightweight stick vacuumsupright models are still a powerful option to consider.

For uprights, the best Shark and Dyson would have to be the Shark APEX DuoClean Zero-M and the Dyson Animal Ball 2.

Shark APEX DuoClean Zero-M
Shark Apex DuoClean Zero-M
  • 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
Dyson Animal 2
Dyson Ball Animal 2
  • 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.

Shark APEX DuoClean Zero M

Shark APEX DuoClean

I would recommend the Shark APEX DuoClean Zero-M if you’re looking for the following features:

  • DuoClean brushroll head is great for hardwood & carpets
  • Lift-Away canister allows it to operate as a handheld or upright vacuum
  • Typically less expensive than Animal 2
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Dyson Ball Animal 2

Dyson Ball Animal 2

I would recommend the Dyson Ball Animal 2 if you’re looking for the following features:

  • Larger dust bin capacity than Shark APEX
  • Raw suction power at 306 AW (the most of any vacuum on the market)
  • Great build quality, Animal 2 feels great in-hand
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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?

  1. Large capacity dust bins
  2. HEPA filtration
  3. Tangle-free attachments or brushrolls
  4. Swivel steering to maneuver into hard-to-reach places
  5. 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
Dyson V11 Animal
  • Type: Cordless stick
  • Price: $$$
  • Dustbin Capacity: 0.77 L
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Dyson V10 Animal
Dyson V10 Animal
  • Type: Cordless stick
  • Price: $$$
  • Dustbin Capacity: 0.76 L
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Shark Rocket Pet Pro
Shark Rocket Pet Pro
  • Type: Cordless stick
  • Price: $$
  • Dustbin Capacity: 0.32 L
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Shark Rotator Lift Away Pro
Shark Rotator Lift-Away
  • Type: Upright
  • Price: $$
  • Dustbin Capacity: 1.43 L
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Dyson Ball Animal 2
Dyson Ball Animal 2
  • Type: Upright
  • Price: $$
  • Dustbin Capacity: 2.1 L
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Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro Plus
Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro Plus
  • Type: Handheld
  • Price: $
  • Dustbin Capacity: 0.43 L
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Dyson V10 Absolute

Cordless Vacuums

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.

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Shark Rotator

Pets with Shorter Hair

The Shark Rotator Lift-Away could be a great option. It lacks the tangle-free brushroll, but has many of the other features that are important in a vacuum for pet hair. Additionally, the lower price point makes this one an excellent choice for budget-friendly pet hair vacuums.

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Dyson Ball Animal 2

Raw Suction Power

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 Dyson Ball Animal 2 is the best choice. 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.

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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 the Shark APEX DuoClean upright. Closely followed by the Shark IONFlex DuoClean.

Powerful & Easy to Use Upright


Shark APEX DuoClean

The Shark APEX DuoClean is 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 sucution 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

For Dyson, the best vacuum is Dyson V11 Outsize cordless stick. Runner up would be the Dyson V11 Torque Drive.

The Ultimate Cordless Vacuum


Dyson V11 Outsize

The 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. Its 1.89 L dust bin is as big as many uprights. 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

One of the newest vacuums to hit the market is the Dyson V11 (launching March, 2019, see our V11 review here).

Dyson V11 cleaning carpet
Dyson V11

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 V11 (see our side-by-side analysis here).

Shark IONFlex DuoClean 2x Vacuum Review
Shark IONFlex DuoClean 2X

In general, the Dyson V11 is objectively a better vacuum. It offers more suction, a longer run time, 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 DuoClean still scored a 98% on our cleaning tests compared to Dyson V11’s 99%. So the cleaning performance is similar.

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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cordless Vacuums
  2. Upright Vacuums
  3. Pet Vacuums
  4. Robot Vacuums
  5. Handheld Vacuums
  6. Vacuums by Type

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.

Shark Navigator vs. Rotator

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 cleaning easier.

Dyson Vacuums Overview

Dyson offers all types of vacuums including upright, stickhandheld, canister, and robot vacuums. Arguably, their “bread and butter” is the line of cordless stick vacuums (the V-series).

Dyson V8 vs. V10 vacuum comparison review

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. 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.

ModelDyson V11Dyson V11 OutsizeShark IONFlex DuoCleanDyson V10Shark Pet ProDyson V8Shark Rocket ION
Shark IONFlex DuoClean Cordless stick vacuum cleaner reviewDyson V10dyson v8Shark ION Rocket stick vacuum review
Max Suction185 AW220 AWUnknown140 AWUnknown115 AWUnknown
Weight6.68 lbs.7.85 lbs.8.7 lbs.5.9 lbs.7.17 lbs.5.8 lbs.7.2 lbs
Battery3,600 mAh3,600 mAhUnknown2,600 mAh Unknown2,800 mAhUnknown
Run Time60 mins.120 mins.20-30 mins.60 mins.40 mins.40 mins.20-30 mins.
Dust Bin Capacity0.77 L1.89 L0.33 L0.77 L0.34 L0.54 L0.33 L
Cleaning Performance99%99%98%99%99%
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Dyson V11

  • Dimensions: 9.8 x 10.3 x 50.6″
  • Run Time: ~60 minutes
  • Maintenance: ~$ 0 / year
  • Weight: 6.68 pounds

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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.

Dyson V11 Torque Drive
Dyson V11

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)


  • Very pricey. This is one of the most expensive vacuums on the market today.

Dyson V11 Outsize

  • Dimensions: 12.5 x 10.3 x 50.6″
  • Run Time: ~120 minutes
  • Maintenance: ~$ 0 / year
  • Weight: 7.85 pounds

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The Dyson V11 Outsize is the newest Dyson vacuum cleaner. While it is a variant of the V11, it has many significant features 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 twice as long compared to the original V11.

Dyson V11 Outsize
Dyson V11 Outsize

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.
  • 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
  • Maintenance: ~$28 / year
  • Weight: 8.7

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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.

Size and dimensions of the Shark IONFlex DuoClean 2x Vacuum
Shark IONFlex DuoClean 2X

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.

Dyson V10

  • Dimensions: 9.8 x 10.1 x 49.2″
  • Run Time: ~60 minutes
  • Maintenance: ~$0 / year
  • Weight: 5.8 pounds

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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.

Dyson V10 cordless vacuum
Dyson V10 cordless vacuum

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 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
  • Maintenance: Unknown
  • Weight: 7.17 pounds

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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.

Shark Rocket Pet Pro stick vacuum
Shark Rocket Pet Pro stick vacuum

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.


  • 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 and it cannot stand on its own

Shark Rocket ION

  • Dimensions: 1.9 x 10.3 x 45.6
  • Run Time: ~20-30 minutes
  • Maintenance: ~$20 / year
  • Weight: 7.2 pounds

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The Shark Rocket ION is a lightweight, cordless stick vacuum that easily converts between a stick vacuum and handheld vacuum. You can also upgrade the battery for extended run time on this model.

Shark Rocket ION
Shark Rocket ION stick vacuum cleaner review (image source:


  • 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 the more advanced, Shark IONFlex DuoClean
  • Doesn’t have the DuoClean cleaning head

Dyson V8

  • Dimensions: 9.8″ x 8.8″ x 49″
  • Run Time: ~40 minutes
  • Maintenance: ~$32 / year
  • Weight: 5.75 pounds

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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.

Dyson V8 cordless vacuum
Dyson V8 cordless vacuum

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.

Dyson V7

  • Dimensions: 9.8″ x 8.2″ x 49″
  • Run Time: ~30 minutes
  • Maintenance: ~$17 / year
  • Weight: 5.45 pounds

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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).

Dyson V7 cordless vacuum
Dyson V7 cordless vacuum

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).

Dyson V6

  • Dimensions: 9.8″ x 8.2″ x 47.5″
  • Run time: ~20 minutes
  • Maintenance: ~$32 / year
  • Weight: 5.1 pounds

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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.

Dyson V6 cordless vacuum cleaner
Dyson V6 cordless vacuum cleaner

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 V11

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 V11 Torque Drive.

Dyson V10 Absolute cordless vacuum

SIZE | The Shark IONFlex DuoClean is shorter than the Dyson V11, but also wider and deeper. Also, it weighs 8.7 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 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 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 ION batteries are a little more discreet regarding specs and estimates run time to be 20-30 minutes per battery.

Shark, however, does offer replacement battery packs, encouraging users to own two batteries 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 Biggest 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 V11 has more raw suction power at 185 AW and a significantly longer run time (comparing single battery vs. single battery).
ModelDyson V11 Torque DriveShark IONFlex DuoClean
Dyson V10Shark IONFlex DuoClean Cordless stick vacuum cleaner review
Weight6.68 lbs.8.7 lbs.
Battery3,600 mAh Unknown
Run Time60 mins.20-30 mins.
Dust Bin Capacity0.77 L0.33 L
Maintenance Costs$0 / year$28 / year
Cleaning Performance99%98%
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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 three main upright vacuums:

  • Shark Rotator
  • Shark Navigator
  • Shark APEX

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, but we’re talking just the basics here.

COMPARISON: What 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.

ModelDyson Ball
Animal 2
Shark APEX DuoClean
Dyson Ball
Multi-Floor 2
Shark Navigator (NV356E)Shark Rotator
Dyson Animal 2 upright vacuumShark APEX DuoClean upright vacuumDyson Ball Multi Floor 2 upright vacuumShark Navigator Lift-Away Pro upright vacuum cleaner reviewShark Rotator Lift-Away Pro upright vacuum review
Max Suction306 AWUnknown250 AWUnknownUnknown
Weight17.35 lbs. 16.3 lbs.15.6 lbs.13.7 lbs.15.5 lbs.
Power30' cord30' cord30' cord30' cord30' cord
Dust Bin Capacity2.1 L1.65 L1.6 L1.32 L1.43 L
Cleaning Performance99%99%98%84%86%
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Shark APEX DuoClean

  • Dimensions: 12.5″ x 12″ x 46″
  • Power: 30′ cord
  • Maintenance: ~$68 / year
  • Weight: 16.3 pounds

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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.

Shark APEX DuoClean Zero M
Shark APEX DuoClean Zero M

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


Dyson Ball Animal 2

  • Dimensions: 15.3″ x13.4″ x 42.1″
  • Power: 30′ cord
  • Maintenance: ~$12 / year
  • Weight: 17.35 pounds

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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.

The Dyson Ball on the Animal 2 upright
The Dyson Ball on the Animal 2 upright

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
  • Maintenance: ~$12 / year
  • Weight: 15.6 pounds

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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.

Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2
Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2

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

Shark Navigator

  • Dimensions: 15″ x 11.4″ x 45.5″
  • Power: 30′ cord
  • Maintenance: ~$20 / year
  • Weight: 13.7 pounds

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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.

Shark Navigator vs. Rotator reach
Using the wand on both the Shark Navigator and Rotator you can reach hard to reach spots both above and below you.

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

Shark Rotator

  • Dimensions: 12.2″ x 12.2″ x 45.7″
  • Power: 30′ cord
  • Maintenance: ~$17 / year
  • Weight: 15.5 pounds

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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.

Shark Rotator vs. Navigator
Both the Shark Rotator and Navigator can turn at approximately 45°

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
  • Maintenance: ~$12 / year
  • Weight: 19 pounds

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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.

Dyson Cinetic Big Ball upright vacuum
Dyson Cinetic Big Ball upright vacuum (image source:

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
  • Maintenance: ~$12 / year
  • Weight: 12.15 pounds

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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.

Dyson Small Ball compact upright vacuum
Dyson Small Ball compact upright vacuum (image source:

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

Shark Rotator vacuum cleaner

While there are many upright models, we’ll be looking specifically at the Dyson Animal 2 vs. Shark Rotator Pro Lift-Away.

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.

Dyson ball animal 2 vacuum cleaner

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.
ModelShark Rotator
Dyson Ball
Animal 2
Shark Rotator Lift-Away Pro upright vacuum reviewDyson Animal 2 upright vacuum
Weight15.5 lbs.17.35 lbs.
Power30' cord30' cord
Dust Bin Capacity1.43 L2.1 L
Maintenance Costs$17 / year$12 / year
Cleaning Performance86%99%
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Shark vs. Dyson For Pet Hair

Both Shark and Dyson offer many models designed specifically for furry friends in mind.

Arhaus Kipton sofa with pets on it

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:

  1. Large capacity dust bins
  2. HEPA filtration
  3. Tangle-free attachments or brushrolls
  4. Swivel steering to maneuver into hard-to-reach places
  5. Upholstery tool for cleaning pet hair from pet beds or sofas

Large Capacity Dust Bins

The Shark Rotator, Dyson V11 Outsize, 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. Larger homes or homes with high levels of pet traffic could really benefit from these larger bins.

Emptying the dust bin on the Dyson Animal 2 upright
Emptying the dust bin on the Dyson Animal 2 upright

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.

HEPA filtration

The Dyson V11Dyson V10, Shark Rotator, Shark Navigator, Shark APEX DuoClean, and Dyson Ball Animal 2 all integrate HEPA filtration systems. 

Dyson utilizes lifetime washable filters that can be cleaned by simply rinsing them out. This saves maintenance costs and helps to prevent the build-up of allergens or dander.

Dyson washable V11 HEPA filter
Dyson washable V11 HEPA filter

By comparison, the Shark vacuums use a combination of HEPA, felt, and foam filters.

Some of these can be wiped clean to lengthen their lifespan, but eventually, all of these filters will need to be replaced. Depending on your level of use, this could be anywhere from 3-12 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.

Swivel steering

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 and V11 have the best swivel steering of the vacuums listed below.

Dyson V11 cordless vacuum - fully reclined
Dyson V11 cordless vacuum fully reclined

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.

Upholstery tool

Many pet owners find their furry friends enjoying a warm spot on the couch or cozying up on the bed. The Shark RotatorDyson Ball Animal 2, Dyson V11, Shark APEX DuoClean, and Dyson V10 include an upholstery tool. 

Shark APEX DuoClean dusting brush and upholstery tool
Shark APEX DuoClean 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.

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.

ModelDyson V11Dyson V11 OutsizeShark APEX DuoCleanDyson V10Shark Rocket Pet ProShark Rotator
Dyson Ball
Animal 2
Shark Pet Perfect 2
Dyson V10Shark Rotator Lift-Away Pro upright vacuum reviewDyson Animal 2 upright vacuumShark Pet Perfect 2 handheld vacuum reviews
Weight6.68 lbs.7.85 lbs.17.1 lbs.5.9 lbs.7.17 lbs.15.5 lbs.17.35 lbs. 4.25 lbs.
Power3,600 mAh
60 mins.
3,600 mAh
120 mins. (2 batteries)
30' cord2,600 mAh
60 mins.
40 mins.30' cord30' cord30 mins.
Dust Bin Capacity0.77 L1.89 L1.42 L0.77 L0.34 L1.43 L2.1 L0.3 L
Cleaning Performance99%99%99%99%86%99%98%
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Shark Pet Perfect

  • Dimensions: 14.1″ x 11″ x 31.7″
  • Run Time: ~30 minutes
  • Maintenance: ~$53 / year
  • Weight: 4.25 pounds

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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.

Shark Pet Perfect 2 cordless handheld vacuum
Shark Pet Perfect 2 cordless handheld vacuum

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 – 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 Navigator vs. Rotator cleaning heads
Shark vs. Dyson – Who is the better vacuum?

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 Uprights

Shark APEX DuoClean

SHARK APEX DUOCLEAN | 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.

See our full Shark APEX DuoClean review here.

Shark Navigator Lift-Away Pro

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 upright vacuum cleaner

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 Uprights

Dyson Animal 2 upright vacuum

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.

Check out our full review of the Dyson Ball Animal 2 here.

Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 upright vacuum

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.

Check out our full review of the Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 here.

Dyson Cinetic Big Ball upright vacuum

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 upright vacuum

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 Stick Vacuums

Dyson V11

DYSON V11 TORQUE DRIVE | 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.

You can see our full Dyson V11 review here.

Dyson V11 Outsize stick vacuum

DYSON V11 OUTSIZE | 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, and an increase in suction, to a maximum of 220 AW.

You can find our complete Dyson V11 Outsize review here.

Dyson V10 Absolute

DYSON CYCLONE V10 | 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 very well when cleaning all floor types.

You can see our full Dyson V10 review here.

Dyson V8 Absolute

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.

Dyson V7

DYSON V7 | 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. 

You can see our full Dyson V7 review here.

Dyson V6 Cord-Free

DYSON V6 | 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. 

You can see our full Dyson V6 review here.

Shark Stick Vacuums

Shark IONFlex DuoClean

SHARK IONFLEX DUOCLEAN | 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.

You can see our full Shark IONFlex DuoClean review here.

Shark Rocket Pet Pro

SHARK ROCKET PET PRO | In late 2019 Shark launched the Shark Rocket Pet Pro. It includes a spiral rubberized brushroll designed for pet hair and can run for up to 40 minutes. The 0.34 L dust bin leaves something to be desired. However, its price point is so reasonable it’s hard to complain.

For more information please see our Shark Rocket Pet Pro review here.

Shark ION Rocket stick vacuum

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 could charge up one, while cleaning with the other (Note: Initial purchase only includes one battery.)

Shark Rocket stick vacuum

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

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 at two different speeds.

Best Features

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.

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.

Emptying the Dust bins

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 â€“ 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

Dyson V6

Dyson V6 dust bin

Dyson V7

Dyson V7 dust bin

Dyson V8

Dyson V8 dust bin

Dyson V10

Dyson V10 dust bin

Dyson V11

Emptying Dyson V11 dust bin

Shark vs. Dyson – Robot Vacuums

Shark and Dyson both offer a robot vacuum; Shark having the IQ and ION robots and Dyson having the 360 Heurist. 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.

Shark ION Robot 720

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 Robot 720

SHARK ION R75 / 750 | A step up from 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.

Shark R85 / RV850

Shark ION R85 / 850 | The Shark ION R85 is the top of the line within Shark’s ION robot series. It includes wifi control, voice control, and good cleaning performance. It scored a solid 94% in our cleaning tests overall, with the only real hiccup being sugar on high pile carpets. It’s a solid, budget-friendly option.

See our Shark R85 review here.

Shark IQ R1010AE

Shark IQ R101AE | 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).

Dyson Robots

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.

Dyson 360 eye robot vacuum

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.

That said, the Dyson 360 EYE has been largely discontinued around the world. It’s pretty hard to find this robot.

Dyson 360 Heurist

DYSON 360 HEURIST | 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 is only available in Canada and the UK, so it’s impossibly difficult to find in most country markets.

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.

Shark Pet Perfect 2

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.

See our Shark Pet Perfect 2 review here.

Dyson V6 Trigger handheld vacuum

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.

See our Dyson V6 Trigger review here.

Dyson V7 Trigger handheld vacuum

DYSON V7 Trigger | 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

I will say that neither Shark nor Dyson is 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.

Shark Canister Vacuums

As of February 2020, it seems that Shark has all but discontinued all of their canister vacuums. In our research, we were unable to find any Shark canister vacuum available at or other major retailers.

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 select from.

Dyson Ball Multi Floor canister vacuum

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 Canister vacuum

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. 

Read our Big Ball canister review here.

Dyson Big Ball Musclehead Canister vacuum

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 canister vacuum

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 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 â€“ this is a more traditional vacuum, highly versatile and great for cleaning lots of different areas
  • Stick vacuums â€“ 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 â€“ 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 â€“ if you prefer maximum power at the cost of mobility a canister vacuum is great.
  • Handheld vacuums â€“ 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?

There are lots of different models that may be better or worse, depending on the specific features that you need.

For more information on specific models and how to choose check out our Best Shark vacuums and Best Dyson vacuums.

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.

Update Log

  • 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 â€“ Modified the intro section.
  • August 30, 2018 â€“ Added a few more side-by-side comparisons up top. Cleaned up a few formatting issues.
  • May 23, 2018 â€“ updated a few formatting issues.

About Derek Hales

Derek HalesDerek Hales is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of He has been featured in Fast Company, Reader's Digest, Business Insider,, She Knows, and other major publications. Derek has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Kansas State University. Hales has been testing and reviewing products for the home since 2014.

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    • There are no Dyson nor Shark vacuums that I would describe as quiet.

      The only vacuums that could fall into “quiet” category would be robot vacuums. Robot vacuums tend to be around 10 dB quieter than traditional corded upright vacuums.

  2. Just wanted to make you aware that the the ads to the left of the screen is covering part of the article. It cuts off the writing to the left of the article. I powered through but it was very annoying not to be able to read the entire article as it was mean to be read. There is no way to adjust or minimize the ad.

    • Yikes…I’m sorry to hear that happened. It certainly shouldn’t be.

      Are you to tell me what browser and resolution you’re using? We will get it fixed as soon as possible.

  3. Need a vacuum that picks up short pet hair and is able to reach under the bed and sofa and has really suction power that can go from carpet to floor. Which do you suggest? Also any cobwebs on the ceilings. Not too concerned about a stick or canister, nor cord or cordless.

    Thank you

    • I’d suggest either the Dyson V10 Absolute or Dyson V11 Torque Drive. Or if you want to go Shark, get the Shark IONFlex DuoClean.

      I tend to personally prefer the Dyson over the Shark, but honestly, they are really close. And the IONFlex DuoClean is an amazing machine in its own right.

      All 3 of these models perform exceptionally well, have a long run time, can reach high and low, and easily move between floor types (carpet or hard surfaces). Based on your needs and desires I am confident in all 3 models to get the job done, it really just comes down to price.

      V11 – – is most expensive, but has the best cleaning power and is the smartest machine.

      V10 – – is a good middle of the road option and includes the soft roller head as a standalone attachment.

      IONFlex – – is the least expensive and includes a combination DuoClean head, so you don’t have to switch.

  4. I have a Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Tru-Pet HV320 which has always been a wonderful and reliable Vac.
    Just recently the brush stopped turning on the motorised power head. I had asked my husband to have a look at it for me and the next thing I know he had thrown it out as the rubbish went out that day!!
    I rang to try and replace the motor head, only to be told that they no longer sell that model and I could NOT get a replacement of the same head!! I was offered another unit at a reasonable price but was not happy, I did not want to buy a new machine.
    After asking the question and the salesperson having to go away and check they were able to offer me another head, but it would not work as it was intended to with my current model.
    I have purchased this head anyway as I did not want to buy a whole new vacuum. It has not arrived yet but I will be really disappointed if it does not fit my model.
    Shark vacuum’s are an expensive item, and I was VERY disappointed that they did not have a better spare parts division for their discontinued models. As it is it has made me think long and hard about the value of buying a Shark next time!

    • I’m sorry to hear you had such a hard time finding a replacement cleaning head.

      Thank you for sharing your experience though!

  5. The shark actually lasts longer on high settings with a power attachment on it. The dyson will only last around 6 minutes on high with a power attachment were as the shark will last around 12 minutes. low power with no power attachments is the only way to get 60 minutes of run time out of the dyson which is better than the shark which was only 25 minutes or so.

    • Thanks for sharing, Matthew.

      Which Shark model do you have?

      We’re getting a few more Shark’s, including the IONFlex within the next couple of weeks here for updated testing on these.

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