05 Apr Best Shark Vacuum Overall
The fact that you’re researching the best shark vacuum cleaners would suggest that you’ve come to the decision that Shark vacuums are among the best on the market. While there are debates to be had when it comes to which brand may be the ultimate no1, and the answer to that question I think depends on what perspective of the person asking, there’s no doubt that Shark vacuum cleaners are among the best in the UK.
But, the question we’re exploring here is, of course, which is the best Shark vacuum cleaner, and I think this question just needs tweaking slightly, simply to add the words “for me”. There really isn’t any such thing as “best”, as it’s subjective, and we all have different requirements.
The best vacuum cleaner for someone living alone in a small apartment with no pets isn’t necessarily going to be the same model that going to be regarded as the best for a family of six living in a large home with cats and dogs. OK, these are two exaggerated examples, but even two homes of a similar size, being lived in by a similar number of people may require a different set of features.
One of the great things about the Shark range of vacuum cleaners is that while they all share the fundamental features that make Shark one of the leading brands of hoovers in the UK, they have a diverse enough range of different vacuum cleaners to suit practically all needs and budgets.
This is one of the areas I think Shark has the edge over Dyson, the other brand usually regarded as among the best vacuum cleaner brands. While Dyson has fixed their sights on a very specific group of people, with their efforts now focused purely on cordless sticks, the Shark range is more inclusive, and they are developing both corded and cordless vacuum cleaners.
So whatever the size of your house and your specific requirements, whether you live in a studio apartment, a houseboat (or a superyacht that you modestly refer to as a houseboat) or a large six-bedroom home, it’s very likely that there’s going to be a vacuum cleaner within the Shark range which is perfect for you.
But, which is the best Shark vacuum cleaner for you? If you scan through the Shark website you’ll usually find around 20 different hoovers for you to choose from at any one time, so how do you choose?
How to choose a Shark Vacuum cleaner
As I’ve mentioned, Shark have an inclusive range, and this range includes three of the most popular types of hoovers, which are:
- Cordless vacuum cleaners
- Corded uprights
- Corded cylinder vacuum cleaners
- Corded sticks
How do you choose the type of Shark vacuum cleaner go for?
Flipping a coin won’t work, clearly, unless you have very rare a four-sided coin ;-). You could try drawing straws, that would probably work, as long as you have four straws and one of them just so happens to be shorter than the other three. Probably the best idea, however, is just to understand the pros and cons of each kind and apply it to your circumstances & requirements, to figure out which kind of hoover would be the best for you.
Shark Cordless Vacuum Cleaners
Cordless hoovers are for people who need wireless vacuum cleaning. If you have a home where having to plug your hoover into the wall would cause problems, then choosing a cordless vacuum cleaner would make sense.
I think cordless vacuums are great as long as the person buying one of these cleaners really needs one, and understands the pros and cons of corded vs cordless. One of the reasons that Shark and Dyson are up there as the two of the best vacuum cleaner brands in 2023, is that they’ve managed to design cordless vacuum cleaners that can deliver the appropriate cleaning power to enable them to do the job as well as corded vacuum cleaners.
The cons for cordless, though, are that they’re more expensive than corded, and even the very best corded vacuum cleaners can only compete with corded hoovers for suction power for relatively short periods of time before the battery needs recharging.
Like I’ve said, if you need a cordless, then great – one of the Share cordless vacuum cleaners will be a great choice, but if you don’t actually need the cordless feature, you’ll get more bang for your buck if you’re not too fussed about having to plug it in.
If you do need cordless, then the Shark cordless vacuum cleaners are great. You don’t have to continually squeeze the trigger as you do with Dyson cordless sticks, they’re more affordable, and unlike Dyson, Shark cordless vacuum cleaners have quick-change batteries, so if you need to clean for long periods of time and one battery dies you can simply swap the battery out and carry on.
Shark makes it easy for you to buy one of their cordless hoovers with either one two or even three batteries, for those who love to while away hours on end vacuum cleaning, and each to their own! Keep in mind, though, that the number of batteries you choose to buy with your Shark cordless vacuum cleaner will impact the price you pay, and the single battery options are the cheapest.
So if you have a small to medium sized home and you tend to hoover for around 20-30 minutes at a time, then cordless vacuum cleaners are a great option.
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
The corded uprights are where the best value lies, overall, in the Shark range, in my humble opinion, offering the best where value for money is concerned, weighing up the features of these hoovers against the lower cost prices, compared to cordless. This is partly down to the cost of batteries, which of course aren’t required with corded cleaners, but also partly due to the cost of designing and manufacturing cordless vacuum cleaners which perform well.
The most obvious pro of the Shark corded options vs their cordless models is the constant high suction power without having to think about batteries, and the lower cost price, while the main con is that you have to plug them in. Shark tend to put really long cables on their vacuum cleaners, though, so it’s really not all that much of an inconvenience to plug and unplug your hoover, if you have average sized rooms you should be able to cover two to three rooms before having to change sockets.
The corded upright vacuum cleaners from Shark also have a great feature called “Powered Lift Away”, in which 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
Cordless stick vacuum cleaners are very popular, but they’re also very expensive, and as I mentioned earlier, not everyone really needs a cordless hoover. Also, I think many people don’t quite appreciate the compromises they’re making when choosing cordless. If the only con was cost, then it’s simply down to the individual as to whether or not they value the lack of a cable enough to pay the extra money.
There is another compromise, however, and this is the cleaning time that a cordless vacuum cleaner gives you on a single charge. While Shark cordless cleaners are among the best, and their cordless sticks can match the power of their cordless sticks, the question is, for how long without changing batteries?
If 20-30 minutes gives you enough time to do your usual hoovering, then great, but if you’re someone who needs to spend a bit longer doing the vacuum cleaning, due to having a bigger home, or just because you find it therapeutic and you don’t feel the need to rush, then you may need a second, and even a third battery.
Their corded sticks, however, give you as much cleaning time as you’d like, without having to stick to a lower power setting to eek out more battery life, and with the same features and benefits as the cordless equivalents.
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.
Corded cylinder vacuum cleaners
Corded cylinder hoovers are the very best type of vacuum cleaner where value for money is concerned.
They may seem old fashioned, compared to the newer models of cordless stick vacuums which don’t tend to look like vacuum cleaners at all, but it’s largely down to their simple design that makes corded cylinder vacuum cleaners such a good option when it comes to getting premium performance from a smaller budget.
These are among the cheapest Shark vacuum cleaners, and they still provide some of the popular Shark features, including the Anti Hair Wrap, which stops hair from getting wrapped around the brush rollers – Flexology wand, a clever feature which enables you to clean under sofas and beds without having to do yourself a mischief, and Duo Clean, which is a two brush roller system that provides superior cleaning performance on all floor types.
Shark Steam Mops
OK steam mops aren’t exactly vacuum cleaners, but the Shark range of cleaners includes some of the best steam mops on the market, and are a great option, particularly for homes with a lot of hard flooring including tiles, hardwood flooring and laminate.
Most of the Shark vacuum cleaners feature”DuoClean”, which combine two powered brush rollers working in combination, so a hard floor that has been hoovered with one of these and then given a quick glide with a Shark steam mop, should be just about clean enough to eat off, not that I’m endorsing that kind of behaviour.
Shark Handheld Vacuum Cleaners
While many of the Shark vacuum cleaners will more or less convert into handhelds, and this works well for occasional handheld use, if you’re looking for a powerful purpose-built handheld vacuum cleaner, Shark offers some great handhelds.
While there are many handheld hoovers on the market, the handhelds from Shark offer great power and performance, in sleek and well-designed formats as I’d expect from Shark, and with decent run times for handheld cordless cleaners, with fast battery charging too.
OK so that gives us a quick overview of the kind of vacuum cleaners offered by Shark, and hopefully gives you some insight into which kind of Shark vacuum cleaner may be right for you.
Next I’ll give you a more detailed breakdown of some of the best & most popular Shark options.
These are the best Shark Vacuum Cleaners In The UK:
Shark IZ400UK / IZ400UKT & IZ420UKT Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
Shark just keep getting better and better with their ethos of continuous improvement and the “Stratos” range is no exception.
Compared to previous models this comes with extra powerful suction, anti-hair wrap plus, Anti-odour technology and the best suction power ever from a Shark vacuum cleaner.
This is on top of the usual things like Duo clean flexology and a motorised pet tool. Who needs Dyson when you can get a hoover this good? See below for the full review or check out the pricing.
Shark IZ300 & IZ320 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
Shark have become the number 1 vacuum cleaner brand in the UK and for good reason. Every year they continuously improve on the previous year with better features and better performance. The IZ300 & IZ320 have 50% more suction power than the previous models in this range (IZ201 and IZ251) making this the best ever suction power from a Shark hoover.
To put that into perspective, the previous range was one of Shark’s best sellers with thousands of positive reviews and now this range has been released with way more suction power and more features.
In addition to the Flexology wand which enables you to easily hoover under sofas and beds, the IZ300 & IZ320 include:
A handy LED display which keeps you informed of the current battery level
Anti Hair Wrap feature no more fiddling around with scissors trying to remove hair that has become wrapped around the brush rolls.
Powerfins specially designed plastic fins that enable deeper penetration into carpet fibres.
Increased battery life giving up to 60 minutes of cleaning from a single battery (so up to two hours with the dual battery option).
This is destined to be one of Shark’s best-selling vacuum cleaners ever.
Shark Stratos HZ3000UKT Corded Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Shark are constantly upgrading the cleaning performance that their hoovers can achieve and this corded stick model in the Startos range is no exception, its excellent. I bought one and i use it every day. Find out more in my full review here:
Shark NZ801 / NZ850 / PZ1000 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.
This range includes the models NZ801 / NZ850 and PZ1000. The only difference between the 3 of them is the size of the waste container, so if you have a large home and you want to empty the waste container as little as possible then the PZ1000 has a huge 1.6 litre capacity. Most homes will be fine with either the NZ801 with 0.83 litres and the NZ850 1.3 litres
The reason we have chosen this 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:
They all come with either “UK” on the end or “UKT”. 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 and a long 8m cord that ensures you don’t need to faff about changing the plug socket all the time.
Suction power is excellent and you never need to worry about the battery running out.
Shark CZ250UKT & CZ500UKT cylinder vacuum cleaner
As I alluded to earlier, Shark’s cylinder vacuum cleaners are a great way to get better bang for your buck, simply due to the fact that cylinder hoovers are usually less expensive to produce than uprights, and certainly less expensive to develop than cordless sticks.
This is a great alternative to consider versus all of Shark’s regular upright vacuum cleaners. You get a very large 1.6 litre bagless waste container which is perfect for medium to large sized homes or if you just don’t like emptying the dust and dirt after most cleans, and it comes with the best of Shark’s features, including Anti Hair Wrap, Flexology Wand, Anti-Allergen Complete Seal & LED headlights to shine a spotlight on hiding dust & dirt.
It also comes with a long 9m cable, with automatic rewind, and is supplied with a fantastic 5 year Shark guarantee, which just goes to show how much confidence Shark themselves place in the quality of this vacuum cleaner.
Shark HZ400UKT Corded Stick Upright Vacuum Cleaner
The Shark HZ400UKT corded stick is compact in design but it comes with all of the features of larger upright hoovers.
This features Shark’s “DuoClean” technology, which features two brush rolls instead of just the usual one, which work in unison and independently to ensure effective cleaning on a wide range of surfaces.
This means you don’t have to faff around changing tools when moving from one floor type to another, and it enables what Shark call “Triple Particle Cleaning”, which simply means none of the three groups of particle sizes are a problem for this hoover. This feature also helps to prevent “snow ploughing” which can happen when you’re trying to hoover up larger particles on hard floors.
The Anti Hair wrap feature means that hairs are snapped and hoovered into the waste container instead of being able to wrap around the rollers, which is a great feature, meaning you’ll never again have to hack 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 & ICZ300 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 for the ICZ160 and 60 minutes for the ICZ300 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 models with a “T” on the end 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 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 roughly 2 minutess 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, but you want to invest in a great brand, then the S1000uk is a great value for money option.
It’s very light at 2.6 kg and is perfect for small to medium sized homes.
Shark WV200UK handheld Vacuum Cleaner
If you’ve ever owned a handheld hoover, your opinion of them may be that they’re about as much use as a chocolate fireguard… That is more or less my opinion of most handheld vacuum cleaners, as most are relatively big & bulky, have little cleaning power, don’t give you much cleaning time and take ages to charge.
If you have a similar opinion, then the Shark handhelds will possibly change that, as they’re the opposite of most of the statements I just made about portable vacuums. They’re small, lightweight, powerful, have more than enough battery life for all the hoovering most people would be doing with a handheld, and they come with a charging dock so they’re always ready to go when you need to grab it.
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.
Is Shark better than Dyson?
Better is really a subjective thing, it depends on the perspective of the person asking the question, there are pros and cons to Dyson and Shark vacuum cleaners, and it depends on which models you’re comparing, too.
Generally speaking, where cordless sticks are concerned, if money is no object then in some cases Dyson cordless sticks are slightly lighter weight and slightly more powerful. There are multiple pros of Shark Vs. Dyson, though, one of which is cost, with comparative Shark models often being a lot more affordable. The fact that Shark batteries can easily be quick changed (not so with most Dysons) is another pro for Shark, as is the fact that you don’t have to keep the trigger constantly pressed on Shark vacuum cleaners.
While there are some people who will only buy Dyson, some who even wait eagerly for the next model to be released as if it were the latest iPhone, I think most people would find that a Shark vaccum cleaner is a more sensible choice, all things considered.
Don’t get me wrong, Dyson vacuum cleaners are incredibly 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 in my humble opinion, simply because Dyson will discontinue them at some point, 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.