05 Apr Best Shark Vacuum
Shark have a range of vacuum cleaners to accommodate every household whether you have a one bedroom flat or a large six bedroom home. The best Shark vacuum cleaner depends on what your specific cleaning needs are and the best Shark hoovers offer fantastic value for money and superior cleaning performance.
But if you look through the Shark website there can be more than 20 different hoovers for you to choose from at any one time so how do you work out which one is right for you?
How to choose a Shark Vacuum cleaner
Shark have three different types of vacuum cleaner to choose from. Cordless, Cordless Upright and Corded Stick.
How do you choose between those three?
Shark Cordless Vacuum Cleaners
If you absolutely want the most convenient way of cleaning your home and you can’t stand the thought of plugging a cable into the wall and dragging a cable around with you then Shark have an excellent range of cordless vacuum cleaners to choose from.
Shark cordless vacuum cleaners come with interchangeable batteries so if you need to clean for long periods of time and one battery dies you can simply swap the dead battery out and switch it for a fresh one in seconds.
Shark makes it easy for you to buy one of their cordless hoovers with either one two or even three batteries (if you love cleaning for hours on end).
Batteries for cordless vacuum cleaners however, make up a decent chunk of the cost of any hoover so be aware of that when it comes to buying one.
By all means if convenience is really important to you then go for the double or triple battery versions of the cordless Shark vacuums.
To get the best value for money out of Sharks cordless range of cleaners, the single battery options are the way to go.
So if you have a small to medium sized homes and you tend to hoover for blocks of around 20 minutes these are an excellent option to consider.
However, if you don’t want to fork out for extra batteries and you want to spend a little bit less money then one of Sharks corded cleaners is a great value for money way to achieve excellent cleaning performance.
Shark Corded Upright Vacuum Cleaners
This is where the best value lies in the entire Shark range of hoovers.
Shark put really long cords on their vacuums so it’s really not that inconvenient at all to plug your hoover in and zip through your home.
You can normally cover at least two to three rooms at once without changing the plug socket.
Because there are no expensive batteries to pay for the corded vacuum range offer more features at a lower price with full suction power 100% of the time.
The corded upright range also have an excellent feature called “Lift Away” where the central unit literally lifts away from the main body of the vacuum making it super easy to clean all parts of your home.
Here is a short video showing you how the lift away feature works:
The corded upright range of Shark vacuums are perfect for medium to large sized homes with or without pets.
Shark Corded Stick Vacuum Cleaners
These work out a lot cheaper than the cordless equivalents mentioned above but you get the same features and benefits.
So again, if you can deal with plugging the vacuum into the wall then you really get some great value for money with the corded stick range.
You also get a number of different options within the range to choose from such as Sharks “lift away” feature shown in the video above and “flexology” that enables you to vacuum right underneath very low areas like sofas without even bending down.
The corded upright range is perfect for small to medium sized homes with pets.
Shark Steam Mops
Shark has some of the best steam mops in the market and they can be used in conjunction with their vacuum cleaners particularly in homes that have lots of hard flooring or laminate.
A lot of Shark cleaners have duo clean brush heads that include a brush for carpet and a soft roller for hard floors so once you have vacuumed your flooring you can then give it a quick glide over with a steam mop.
Shark Handheld Vacuum Cleaners
Many of Sharks vacuum cleaners convert into a handheld but they are a little bit clunky when you convert the main cleaner into a handheld so Shark has a great range of powerful purpose-built handheld cleaners.
They are sleek, well designed, lightweight yet very powerful and are perfect to grab from the worksurface for all those small accidental spills.
That completes the overview of Sharks range of cleaning products.
Now for a more detailed breakdown of the specific vacuums that are the best of what Shark has to offer.
These are the best Shark Vacuum Cleaners In The UK:
Shark NZ801UK Corded Upright Vacuum Cleaner
All of Sharks corded upright range come with the “lift away” feature that allows you to remove the central unit making it super easy to clean stairs and other above floor areas that are hard to reach.
The reason we have chosen the NZ801 as the standout model within the upright range is that it comes with powered lift away as opposed to just regular lift away. With powered lift away you get the same motorised power as you do when it’s in normal mode.
So if you have the pet tool accessory on to clean stairs the brush rotates even when it is not connected to the main body of the hoover.
Another excellent feature with this model that does not come with all of their corded upright vacuum cleaners is their anti hair wrap technology.
The brush has been specially designed to avoid any hair, human or pet getting tangled in the roller. It’s a brilliant feature and avoids having to get the scissors out to cut all the hair out and it ensures the vacuum is permanently operating with 100% suction power.
This short video shows how the anti hair wrap technology works:
There is the NZ801UK and the NZ801UKT. The one with the T on the end comes with a motorised pet tool and the other one doesn’t. If you have pets then the pet tool is well worth it.
It comes with duo clean technology meaning it comes with both a brush and a soft roller making it easy to switch from carpet to hard flooring with the touch of a button.
You also get a long 8m cord that ensures you don’t need to faff about changing the plug socket every time and it has a large 0.83 litre waste container.
Suction power is excellent and you never need to worry about the battery running out.
Shark HV390 Corded Stick Vacuum Cleaner
If you prefer a more compact vacuum cleaner and the look of the more modern “stick” design then the HV390 range represents great value for money.
This comes as the HV390UK (with no pet tool accessory) or the HV390UKT (with pet tool accessory) so this model works if you have any 4 legged friends in your home or not.
It is feature packed despite being offered at a very attractive price. You get Duo clean so you can clean both hard floors just as well as you can clean carpet and it converts easily to a handheld for above surface cleaning.
You get “flexology” where the central wand bends allowing you to underneath furniture without having to bend down.
It comes with a super long cord of 10 metres and the waste container sits at the top of the vacuum holding 0.5 litres of waste before it needs changing. It’s also lightweight at 4.8kg.
Shark HZ400UKT Corded Stick Upright Vacuum Cleaner
This corded stick is compact in design but it comes with all of the features of larger upright hoovers.
The main brush head is duo clean with a soft roller and a brush roller for cleaning all floor surfaces and it also has anti hair wrap on the brush roller so you’ll never have to cut away that nasty accumulation of human and pet hair that gets tangled around the brush.
The waste container sits at the top of the vacuum and holds 0.5 litres of waste before it needs emptying and it comes with a long 10 metre cord.
The top also lifts away from the main stick allowing you to clean stairs and higher surfaces easily.
Shark ICZ160 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
This is our favourite Shark vacuum because quite simply it’s got the lot.
It is cordless so you never have to faff around with a cable or changing plug sockets. The battery is also very good with a claimed 50-minute runtime but not on full power.
If you go hell for leather on full power you’ll get about 22 minutes out of it but the suction is so strong that full power is not required a lot of the time so you can bank on getting about 30 minutes out of it on average.
That’s plenty for most homes but if you need more the battery is interchangeable so you can buy a spare from Shark if you really need to and then you’ll never ever run out of charge.
You get duo clean technology for seamless cleaning across carpet and hard floors, anti hair wrap technology so no pet or human hair wrapped in the roller ever again.
It comes with powered lift away and the ICZ160UKT also comes with the pet hair tool for easy cleaning of all hair no matter how embedded it may be in your carpet .
This is basically the all singing all dancing Shark vacuum but what makes it exceptional is that the price is much cheaper than a top-end Dyson but in our opinion its much better.
Shark IZ201 & IZ251 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
This a cordless with options. There are 5 different versions to choose from and it just depends on how long you want to clean for in one go and whether or not you have pets.
You can choose from a single battery, twin battery or if you can resist cleaning and you just love it then you can even opt for a triple battery version.
You can also choose with or without the pet tool which is well worth having if you have cats and dogs in your home.
The bendy central wand lets you get under sofas without getting down on the floor and it easily converts into a handheld for cleaning above floor.
Shark S6003UK “Klik n Flip” Steam Mop
There are a lot of steam mops out there and this one is not the cheapest but I’ve been using it for over a year now on my hard floor and it’s definitely worth paying a few quid extra for.
The beauty is in the simplicity. Turn it on, wait 2 mins and you are good to go. There are 3 settings. Low, medium and high.
The steam flow is so effective that when in use is just glides across the surface. I use high for my tiled surfaces in the kitchen and bathroom and medium throughout the rest of my home which is Amtico laminate.
Don’t believe anyone that says not to use a steam mop on laminate, I have had no issues in over a year. For sure it’s a bad idea to use a traditional mop and bucket because you should not soak any hard floor surface in water.
But the Shark S6003UK steam mop creates a very thin film of water that literally dries in 60 seconds so it never gets time to settle on the floor.
The microfibre cloth it comes with is excellent and you can change it without even bending down.
The feature I like the most is the “shot of steam”. If you come across a particularly stubborn stain you just “flip” the mop head over and it blasts it away with a shot of steam.
A brilliant steam mop.
Shark S1000UK Steam Mop
If you just want to give your floors a good once over without any bells and whistles then the S1000uk is a great value for money option.
Its very light at 2.6 kg and is perfect for small to medium sized homes.
Shark WV200UK handheld Vacuum Cleaner
Most handheld cleaners are big and bulky and not very powerful.
The Shark WV200UK is well designed and very powerful. It looks so good that I keep mine out on the worksurface all the time ready to grab to zap any accidental spillage.
It’s very thin and light and almost works as an extension of your arm. One button turns on the powerful suction and it comes with accessories that clip onto the bottom with ease for more focussed suction.
Its the only handheld vacuum that is powerful and good looking enough to justify space in the corner of a kitchen worksurface. It lasts for about 8 minutes before needing to be popped back on the charger.
Is Shark better than Dyson?
If money is no object and you have a really big house that gets messy all the time then under those conditions Dyson is probably better than Shark.
But if you don’t have a huge home with lots of messy people and lots of pets and you don’t want to spend a fortune on a Hoover then Shark is better than Dyson.
Dyson vacuum cleaners are really good. They have amazing cleaning ability and when it comes down to overall performance they are second to none.
There are however two very big problems with Dyson vacuum cleaners and that is choice and price.
Dyson is not developing corded vacuum cleaners anymore but they do still have a few in their range. These are not worth considering because Dyson will discontinue them and they are not developing that technology any more.
Dyson has decided that cordless vacuum cleaners are now as powerful as corded vacuums and the batteries are now good enough that they are powerful enough and will last long enough so that you don’t have to consider plugging your hoover into the wall any more.
That’s true, as long as you have loads of money to spend on a vacuum cleaner. But if you don’t want to spend £500 – £600 on a hoover then Shark is better.
Dyson has one cordless vacuum cleaner at a time in their range that represents the latest technology. It comes in a few different variations with different accessory tools and with or without digital displays but essentially it’s the same thing.
They also sell previous years technology at a lower price but those are 1-3 years old and are significantly inferior to the latest model.
So if you want the latest hoover that Dyon offer you have a choice of one which is great if you have a large sum of money to spend and you have a big house.
Shark has a large range of vacuum cleaners that will do a brilliant job of keeping your home clean and they cater for all home sizes whether large or small with pricing for everyone.
Overall when you combine choice with cost and overall value for money Shark beat Dyson by a long way.