Dyson or Shark?

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Dyson or Shark, now there’s a fight worth upgrading your TV package and staying up until ridiculous 0-clock to watch! Actually, although some may assume this to be a round one KO, on closer inspection I think most people would come to the conclusion that it would go the full 12 rounds and come down to points.

Boxing analogies aside, the simple truth when it comes to whether Dyson or Shark is the best vacuum cleaner brand to go for is that they’re both very good brands, and which is best comes down to you, your home and your lifestyle. A lot of it comes down to how highly you rate convenience and how deeply you’re prepared to dig into your pocket to achieve it. 

Just about everyone in the UK will be familiar with Dyson and Shark, and when choosing a hoover the initial question many people have is whether they should go for a Dyson or a Shark. While we’d encourage our readers to broaden their horizons a bit as there are many other brands that are worth considering, Shark and Dyson are the most obvious choices, especially for people who prefer to buy right rather than buy twice.

The major difference between Dyson and Shark, is that Dyson are now fixated with cordless hoovers. 

This seems like a bit of an odd choice, in my humble opinion, because while cordless are the best option for some, they’re not the best option for all.

Dyson’s decision to turn their back on such a huge portion of the market or to expect people to spend more than they really need to spend to get features they really don’t need just to be able to own a Dyson does seem somewhat strange, arrogant even. I’m sure Shark threw a party when they heard about this, as they’ve effectively left a huge part of the market open for Shark to take.

This isn’t to say you can’t buy Dyson corded vacuum cleaners, by the way, they’re still selling the older models, it just means that the only new models they’re developing are cordless, and as the years go on their corded vacuum cleaners will just become more and more obsolete. 

So while Shark are developing new cordless vacuums which incorporate their latest and greatest features, if you want the newest features that are being developed by Dyson, you have to go cordless.

Is having to plug in a power cable that big a deal? If you think it is, for example, if you have a bad back (ditto) and your plug points are all down at skirting board level and you’d pay any premium to have a high-performance cordless hoover, then fair enough.  If this is the case, then yes – Shark are very much at the cutting edge of cordless vacuum cleaner technology, but Dyson also produces some really, really good cordless options, which give Dyson a great run for their money, especially when cost is taken into account.

Dyson and Shark Vacuum cleaner types

Vacuum cleaners as a whole are broken down into three main categories and then those categories are broken down into different types of those categories.

The three main categories are cordless vacuum cleaners, upright vacuum cleaners and cylinder vacuum cleaners.

Cylinder vacuum cleaners

Cylinder vacuum cleaners have a main unit that contains the motor and waste container and attached to that is a hose and a telescopic pole.

The most famous and best-selling cylinder vacuum cleaner of all time is Henry the Hoover.

Cylinder vacuum cleaners are corded hoovers that you have to plug into the wall and change the socket as you move from room to room.

Dyson and Shark do not do cylinder vacuum cleaners so we won’t discuss those any further.

Dyson has done them in the past and you can still buy one if you search hard enough but they haven’t developed a new one for a number of years and they do not intend doing so ever again as they are concentrating on cordless going forward.

A good vacuum cleaner should last you at least 5 years and by that time something much better will have been invented so there is not much point in buying something that is already old such as a Dyson cylinder vacuum and so you are much better off looking at the latest and best that Dyson and Shark have to offer.

Cordless vacuum cleaners

As the name would suggest these types of hoover only need to be plugged into the wall to charge the battery.

They do not require any cord nor do they need to be plugged into the wall whilst you are cleaning as they are powered by a battery.

The biggest benefit by far of a cordless hoover is the convenience that it offers. Never again do you need to concern yourself with the cable getting in the way or hindering you as you move in and out or hard to reach areas.

Dyson is so convinced that cordless vacuum cleaners are the future that they are only developing this type of vacuum cleaner going forward and have ditched everything else.

One of the hardest things to achieve until now was getting the same amount of suction power from a cordless vacuum that you can get from a corded one that you plug into the wall.

Dyson has managed to do that with their latest range of cordless vacuums but it does come with a few downsides.

One of the most expensive component parts on a cordless vacuum is the battery and the better the battery the more costly it becomes and that is one of the main reasons that Dyson and Shark cordless vacuum cleaners are costly compared to other types.

Shark offer corded and cordless vacuum cleaners and their corded ones deliver the same level of performance as a Dyson cordless in terms of suction power but they cost a lot less because they don’t need an expensive battery.

So one of the things you need to decide is whether you want to pay more for the convenience of a battery-powered cordless hoover or perhaps you are happy to have a cord and get the same level of performance and pay less with a corded hoover.

The other downside of cordless vacuum cleaners is battery life. No-one has worked out how to get a long life out of one battery on full power.

Dyson will make claims of up to 60 minutes on one battery but that’s always followed by the small print and reflects using it on low power on a certain type of flooring.

The reality is that if you want to use a cordless vacuum cleaner on full power all the time you will be lucky to get 20 minutes out of it.

With a corded vacuum you can go on full power for as long as you want because it’s plugged into the wall.

Shark gives you a choice of corded or cordless but with Dyson you only get cordless as an option (if you want the latest technology)

With Shark, you can decide what works for you but if you go with Dyson you are choosing convenience over price and you need to be comfortable that the battery will last as long as you need it for.

With Shark and Dyson they have both gone down the route of “stick” cordless hoovers which make them very versatile as you can detach the central “stick” and easily turn it into a handheld hoover for use with various attachments.

With Dyson, you can choose from one cordless vacuum cleaner (different variations come with different accessories but the main hoover is the same).

Shark gives you more choice to select one that is tailored to your needs. Some Shark models end in a “T” and this stands for pet tool. If you have pets or a home with lots of hair then you can choose a model ending “T” and it comes with a motorised pet tool.

With Shark, they are available with or without a mini motorised tool but with Dyson, you get one whether you need it or not.

With Shark, some cordless models come with “flexology” which means the “stick” part becomes bendy and you can get underneath furniture without bending down. Dyson’s can’t do that.

Some Shark cordless models come with “powered lift away” that allows you remove the central unit that contains the motor and waste container and makes it super easy to clean anywhere above floor such as the stairs.

Here is a short video that shows powered lift away in action:

Upright vacuum cleaners

All vacuum cleaners are upright so it can be a little confusing to understand the difference between upright, cordless and cylinder but when it comes to Dyson or Shark cordless means no cord and upright means it comes with a cord.

Dyson only does cordless (new and future models) but Shark recognises that not everyone needs the convenience of cordless and some people would rather have a cord and save money.

With a corded upright not only can you save money compared to cordless but you don’t need to worry about the battery running out or running it on a lower power setting to preserve the battery.

With all corded hoovers you can just crank it up to full power and vacuum to your heart’s content.

In our view, the best value for money lies within a corded upright because the high cost of a battery is eliminated but the best Shark corded hoovers provide a very similar level of performance to a Dyson cordless but they cost a lot less.

Dyson doesn’t do any new corded hoovers so you don’t have that option with them.

Corded stick upright vacuum cleaners

Similar to cordless stick vacuums this type of hoover is only available from Shark and not Dyson.

With these you can choose from “flexology” where the central wand bends making it easy to get into hard to reach areas and another where you can easily convert it into a handheld as well.

The main benefit of these is the price. They tend to be a lot cheaper than their cordless equivalent.

Those are all the different types of vacuum cleaner that are available from Dyson and Shark.

Next, we will take you through the best ones and how best to choose between them.

These are the best Dyson and Shark Vacuum Cleaners in the UK:

Shark IZ400UK / IZ400UKT & IZ420UKT Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

Dyson used to be miles ahead of all the competition when it came to premium cordless hoovers but that has changed in recent years and in our opinion, this cordless model in the Stratos range is better than any Dyson and cheaper.

It comes with “Clean Sense IQ” which senses whether you are on hard floor or carpet and adjusts automatically, the battery lasts even longer than previous models and they were already good enough to do a whole large home in “one sitting”.

This has “anti odour technology” “anti hair wrap plus” as well as Sharks staple features such as flexology and a motorised pet tool if you opt for it. Find out what all of these features are and why this is as good as a Dyson but won’t set you back as much in our full review below.

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See full review of the Shark IZ400 / IZ400UKT / IZ420UKT Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

 

Shark Stratos HZ3000UKT Corded Stick Vacuum Cleaner

The Stratos range of vacuum cleaners proves that Shark never rest on their laurels and are continually looking to improve. I use this vacuum cleaner in my home. See my full review from using this hoover every day:

See full review of the Shark Stratos HZ3000UKT Corded Stick Vacuum Cleaner

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Shark IZ300 & IZ320 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

 

This is one of Sharks flagship cordless hoovers, boasting the highest suction power Shark has ever managed to produce in a cordless vacuum. In addition to the supreme suction power, this model features the latest Shark innovations including Duo Clean, Powerfins, Anti Hair Wrap, Flexology  & the Anti-Allergen Complete Seal.

I’ll just quickly explain these features, because unlike some of the pointless drivel you’ll often read in manufacturer’s blurb, in my humble opinion some of these innovations from Shark are really useful. 

Duo Clean

Instead of the usual single brush roller, there are two of them, one of which is the more usual hard brush roller, and the other being a soft brush roller. This improves the versatility of the hoover when it comes to performance on different floor types,  it improves its ability to deal with the three main particle sizes, and thanks to the soft roller hard surfaces get a polish while being vacuumed.

Powerfins

These are cleverly shaped and specifically positioned strips which help the rollers to dig into fibres and in particular it’s designed to allow Shark vacuum cleaners to retrieve more hair from carpet fibres.

Anti Hair Wrap

When you look at this feature it doesn’t really look like much to be honest, it’s essentially a shark plastic comb sitting close to the brush roller, but looks can be deceiving and this is true with this feature. What this seemingly small feature does is to cut strands of hair so that the hoover can simply hoover them into the waste container, so you don’t have to undergo the fiddly, thankless task of cutting hair from the brush rollers. 

Flexology Wand

When I talk about the strapline for this feature “bends so you don’t have to”, I usually share the fact that I think “bends because you won’t be able to get back up again” is probably a more factual strap line, well it is in my case (dodgy disk), but joking apart this is another really clever feature from Shark. It addresses the difficulty of hoovering under very low items like sofas, coffee tables and so on, with a simple hinge on the wand, and it works a treat!

Anti-Allergen Complete Seal

This is a bagless vacuum cleaner, of course, and while most bagless hoovers will have HEPA filters to filter out the microscopic nasties, including dust, dust mite faeces, dried dead pet skin and pollen, the filter is only as good as the seal. In bagged hoovers the filters are in the bags, so the only way the air being forced through the vacuum can escape is through the filter.

When it comes to bagless hoovers, this is only the case if there is a complete seal around the filter, and Shark are very proud of the complete seal they’ve accomplished on their filter, which they’ve not so imaginatively named “complete seal”. 

The features this Shark cordless vacuum cleaner  has are very impressive when you consider that it sells for around half the RRP of the leading Dyson cordless vacuum cleaners!

The difference between IZ300 and IZ320, in case you were wondering is simply that the 300 comes with a single battery and the 320 comes with two batteries for double the cleaning time. 

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See full review of the Shark IZ300 & IZ320 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

Shark IZ201 & IZ251 Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner

If you like the idea of a lightweight cordless stick vacuum cleaner but you want a bit more bang for your buck, this model is a great way to get similar features and performance at a lower price. It’s not quite as high powered as the 300 & 320 on maximum power, but for cleaning in the standard power mode you’re likely to see little difference in overall cleaning power. 

As with all technology (and yes it may seem strange to class vacuum cleaners as tech, but these kinds of cordless hoovers from Dyson and Sharek really are technology), if you go for a model which was at the cutting edge just a year or two previously, you’ll save a relatively hefty chunk of moolah.

The IZ201 & IZ251 (the 251 is the twin battery bundle) include the majority of Shark’s aforementioned great features, including the same “bends because you won’t get back up again” Flexology wand, duo clean brush rollers, and it very easily converts into a handheld hoover for vacuuming stairs, cars etc.

It includes the Anti Hair Wrap feature, which is a feature I’m always harping on about, but I just think it’s genius, just think, you’ll never have to take the scissors to your hoover’s brush roller again! Here’s a video that shows this feature in action:

You can tailor this cordless model to suit the specific requirements of your home so that you don’t need to spend more money than you need to. There are 4 different ways you can buy this cleaner. With or without a motorised pet tool and with one or two batteries (there is a 5th triple battery option as well but we can’t imagine anyone needing more than two batteries).

With Dyson, you get what you get and you can easily never use it to its full potential. With this one, if you don’t have pets don’t buy the pet tool and if you have a smaller home or never spend more than 20 minutes hoovering at any one time you only need the single battery version.

If you live in a 5 bedroom home and you have cats and dogs then the pet tool version with twin battery is the way to go.

The “Duo Clean” floorhead allows you to seamlessly switch between hard flooring and carpets so you don’t need to give a second thought when you move from the kitchen to a carpeted area. Suction power is exceptional and you can expect 20 minutes cleaning time on full power with one battery or up to 40 minutes if you preserve power on one of the lower power settings.

If you go for the twin battery version the battery pops out with one click and you can just switch in the spare which will be more than enough runtime for the vast majority of homes.

It easily converts into a handheld as well by just popping the top section off and adding one of the accessory tools making it super easy to clean the stairs and car.

Because of the different variations, you can choose this hoover is suitable for any home size from flats to larger homes with multiple bedrooms.

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See the full review of the Shark IZ201 & IZ251 cordless stick vacuum cleaner

 

Shark ICZ160 & ICZ300 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

This is one of Shark’s flagship cordless upright hoovers, and incorporates the best of everything Shark has to offer, in a cordless upright vacuum cleaner.

There are two different variations available, with or without pet tool. If you have cats or dogs, or both, then the motorised pet tool is well worth having for above-floor cleaning for the likes of stairs and sofas.

With no wires or cables in sight it offers ultimate ease of use and convenience. It comes with the Duo Clean floorhead for super easy switching between hard floors and carpet and this model also comes with cordless “powered lift away”.

This allows you to remove the central unit with one click and with no cables so you can manoeuvre into any spot that is awkward such as under furniture, up to the ceiling and up and down stairs with no bother.

You also get the brilliant Anti Hair Wrap feature, so no more having to unwrap or cut away hair which has been wound around the roller.

Suction power is very strong and the battery will last around 25 minutes on full power or up to 50 minutes with the ICZ160 or 60 minutes with the ICZ300 if you vary the power settings.

This is a workhorse of a vacuum cleaner suitable for medium to large size homes.

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See full review of the Shark ICZ160 & ICZ300 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

 

Dyson V10 Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner

Dyson V10

The V10 might not be Dyson’s very latest cordless hoover, but your wallet will thank us for recommending this one over Dyson’s latest and greatest models. 

The thing about Dyson is that they’re very much ahead of their time where vacuum cleaner technology is concerned, especially where cordless vacuums are concerned as cordless vacuum cleaners are now all that Dyson design, thanks to James Dyson’s apparent phobia of power cables. 

There’s no arguing with the fact that Dyson are at the cutting edge of vacuum cleaner technology, and this has been the case for quite some time. The negative side of this is that if you buy their latest models, you have to part with a substantial sum of money in return, and that’s mainly due to the cost of developing the very latest tech, which is passed on to the customer. 

It’s the same with mobile phones, most of us get sucked into thinking that we must have the very latest Samsung or Apple smartphone, and the cost of developing the latest model means that we end up paying a ridiculous price for them. The latest models of the leading smartphones cost over a thousand pounds, but the more frugal among us will simply choose the previous release or the one before, and in some cases the savings are in the hundreds of pounds, and the differences can be relatively small loss in camera quality or processing power.

Going for the Dyson V10 vs one of the latest models is like picking the best iPhone release from a couple of years ago instead of the latest release, and saving hundreds of pounds for a smartphone which will do just about everything useful that the latest model will do. A lot of upgrades on the latest smartphone models are just fluff, and the core increases are often quite small, slightly better cameras, and slightly faster processors.

The good news about this is that because Dyson are so ahead of the game, if you buy a Dyson model that was designed a few years ago, you’re going to save a LOT of money in comparison to the latest models, but you’re still going to be getting a hoover which is very competitive against similarly priced new options from other brands. 

This is particularly true of the Dyson V10, because of the improvement in technology in the V10 vs its predecessor, the V8, was huge where the most important factors are concerned (suction power and battery performance) and Dyson V12 which was subsequently released wasn’t as ground breaking.

The V12 is a great vacuum cleaner, there’s no doubt about that, but in my humble opinion the extra money vs the cost of the V10 isn’t worth it. I have the V10, and I’ve been using it for quite a while now, it’s an exceptional hoover. 

The suction power is second to none and the motorised accessory attachment is amazingly effective and leaves absolutely nothing behind.

One click to remove the top section from the central wand and it becomes the best handheld cleaner you’ll ever use so much so that I have started doing the inside of my car myself because it does as good a job at vacuuming as my local hand car wash.

Dyson set the bar for cleaning performance when they turned the world of hoovers upside down a few decades ago and they are still hard to beat as long as you are prepared to pay premium prices.

The only real thing to be aware of is the battery life. Low and medium power are good in their own right for a lot of dust and dirt but if you keep it on full power the whole time you won’t get much more than 10 minutes out of it.

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See the full review of the Dyson V10 cordless stick vacuum cleaner

 

Shark NZ801 / NZ850 / PZ1000 Corded Upright Vacuum Cleaner

Another way to save a considerable amount of money on going for one of the latest Dyson vacuum cleaners is to go for a Shark instead. 

Some of the best Shark vacuum cleaners stack up very well against the best Dyson models, Dyson often have more grunt in the max power mode but that’s not really a practical cleaning mode given how quickly the battery life drains on that mode. 

This model from Shark will deliver a similar overall cleaning performance as some of the latest Dyson’s, without the requirement of a lottery win or a remortgage.

There is the NZ801 / NZ850 and the 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.

You get most of the latest & greatest shark features in this model, including Duo Clean, Powered Lift Away,  Anti Hair Wrap and the motorised pet tool. 

There is no digital display to tell you different things and you will have to plug it into the wall but if you are prepared to put up with the cord then you’ll never have to worry about the battery running out because its plugged into the wall and you can keep it on maximum power the whole time.

It comes without or without a pet tool according to your needs, powered lift away so you can remove the central unit for easy use around the home and it comes with anti-hair wrap on the brush roller for hair-free cleaning.

This is a great option for all home types if you want to save money but still want premium cleaning performance.

See full review of the Shark NZ801 / NZ850 / PZ1000 Corded Upright Vacuum Cleaner

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Shark HZ400UKT Corded Stick Upright Vacuum Cleaner

Corded sticks are a great way to get most of the benefits of a cordless stick (light-weight, easy to move around, quickly and easily convert into hand-held hoovers) while not getting the downside of cordless vacuums (additional cost, relatively small amount of cleaning time in high powered mode)

The Shark HZ400UKT represents a great opportunity to get the best of both worlds, as long as you don’t have the same kind of dislike for power cables that James Dyson has (in case you missed that reference, Dyson no longer develop corded hoovers). 

This model gives you the aforementioned duo clean brush heads, anti hair wrap, allergen complete seal, lift away, and its self-standing which makes storage easier.

The “T” in the model name means that this shark cordless vacuum cleaner comes with the powered pet tool, which is a smaller motorised brush head specifically made for removing pet hair and fir, but it’s not only a great feature for pet owners, many people use the pet tool for hoovering sofas and stairs.

Being corded, you get a LOT of suction power with this model, and with no worry about your hoovering fun being cut short due to batteries running out of power. 

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See the full review of the Shark HZ400UKT corded stick vacuum cleaner

 

Shark WV200UK Handheld Vacuum Cleaner

If you’re shopping for a Dyson or Shark handheld hoover, you’ll find quite a big difference both in design and in cost between the latest Shark and Dyson handheld vacuum cleaners. 

While the Dyson handhelds look like some kind of scary alien weapon from the Men in Black franchise, Shark’s handhelds are a lot more friendly on the eye, and the wallet. Many handhelds, including the beastly looking Dyson handhelds, are usually hidden away in cupboards, not exactly being the kind of device that you’d want to keep out on show, but this isn’t the case with the Shark WV200. 

In fact, I have one of these Shark handhelds, and out on display on the kitchen work surface is exactly where I keep mine. Due to the small stature and the kitchen-friendly design, it looks right at home on the kitchen units, and this is great given that it’s right where I need it when I have a small spillage to zap, instead of having to go on an expedition into the dusty dark depths of the Harry Potter cupboard to find the handheld vacuum cleaner!

It’s fair to say that the beastly-looking Dyson V7 is also more of a beast by nature than the Shark WV200, having quite a bit more raw suction power, but it’s also relatively huge in stature and in price, being about 50% more expensive, so you just need to ask yourself if you really need that level of suction power in a handheld.

If you’re simply looking for a small, lightweight handheld that will look good on its charging stand in your kitchen and be readily available to quickly vacuum up the result of occasional “oops” moments, then I think the Shark is a great cost-effective solution. 

It’s incredibly slim at 9.5cm wide and just 38cm tall but it still packs a big punch when you put it to the test. The waste container is small and it’s not intended to be used for big jobs but it’s great for all the things you don’t want to drag the main hoover out for.

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See the full review of the Shark WV200UK handheld vacuum cleaner

 

Shark S6003Uk “Klik n Flip” Steam Mop


Dyson doesn’t do steam mops but Shark do and it’s worth pointing a few out because steam mops are often overlooked and underrated home cleaning tools. In effect steam mops are to the old-fashioned mop and bucket what the latest smartphones are to  90s house brick sized “mobile phones” that were proudly carted around by the most successful pony tail sporting yuppies of the day. 

The S6003UK is Shark’s premium steam mop and it glides across the floor surface leaving a small film of water that dries within 60 seconds. It also comes with a “blast of steam” option that gets rid of the toughest stains without bother and is activated easily by just flipping the pad to blast away the offending stain.

This is a very highly rated mop by many thousands of happy customers over the years.

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See the full review of the Shark S6003Uk “Klik n Flip” steam mop

 

Shark S1000UK Steam Mop

This is a more entry-level steam mop from shark, and while it doesn’t boast all the features of their “Klik n Flip” it’s still quite a step up from the traditional manual mop and bucket, or “Slop and Mop”. 

It’s lightweight at 2.6kg and comes with a 5-metre cord. You can very simply switch from cleaning with water only to steam mode, the water tank simply removes from the unit so you can fill it under the kitchen tap, and it comes with machine washable “Dirt Grip” cleaning pads, so you don’t have to worry about continually buying disposable cleaning pads.

Shark have designed the mop head to be low-profile to make it easier to steam mop in harder to reach spaces, and overall I think this is a great low cost option for smaller homes.

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See the full review of the Shark S1000UK steam mop

Is Shark Better Than Dyson?

We believe that Shark is better than Dyson when you compare all of the most important factors to consider when choosing the best vacuum cleaner for your needs.

Dyson has decided to only develop cordless stick vacuum cleaners going forward.

If you are looking for a new vacuum cleaner you quite rightly do a lot of research to find the right one to suit your needs but let’s be honest you have a lot more important things to be thinking about than choosing a hoover every couple of years.

If you want to get the most from your vacuum cleaner and get it to last the maximum amount of time possible you should choose the latest model with the latest technology and if you do you can expect it to last 5 years or more if you look after it properly.

If you are prepared to spend hundreds of pounds on a hoover that will clean your home then get the best you can within your budget then it will be cheaper in the end because you won’t have to replace it as often as a cheaper one.

There is no question that Dyson and Shark are the best choice out of any manufacturer as long as you are willing to invest several hundred pounds or more as they are firmly positioned at the premium end of the market.

So when it comes to the things that matter how do they both fare when compared to each other?

Choice

If you want the latest technology and the best cleaning performance Dyson give you a choice of 1 to choose from and Shark gives you a choice of about 12.

It may look like Dyson have some choice but they only really have one model that is the latest. There are different variations of the same model in terms of the accessories that it comes with but essentially it’s the same.

The other models represent the technology of previous years and they tend to reduce the price on those each year and make the older models available for a few years before discontinuing them.

Dyson is an excellent choice if you have a large home with lots of people and pets that create a big mess.

The suction power their latest model delivers is second to none and the fact it is cordless and light makes it super easy to clean anywhere and everywhere.

But it comes at a price. A big price but if you have a big, busy home it may be worth it.

Shark knows that one glove doesn’t fit all so they offer a much bigger choice to accommodate individual homes specific needs.

Whether you live in a one-bedroom flat or a six-bedroom mansion Shark have covered every eventuality and give you a range of different options tailored to your needs.

Shark win when it comes to choice.

Price

Dyson vacuum cleaners cost a lot of money but it doesn’t mean they are expensive.

We judge whether something is expensive if you don’t get good value for money for your purchase.

Because Dyson vacuum cleaners cost a packet, in order to get value for money and benefit from the convenience of cordless and the incredible suction power they provide you really need to have a big home with lots of mess to benefit fully.

To give an extreme example, if you live in a small 1 bedroom flat on your own and you have no pets and you take your shoes off when you come in then you would pretty much be wasting your money if you bought a Dyson vacuum cleaner,

There are plenty of Shark hoovers that are cheaper than a Dyson and will do an excellent job of cleaning small to medium-sized homes and larger homes as well.

Where Dyson have deliberately targeted the top end of the market and are best suited to larger busy homes, Shark accommodates all home types with a broad choice of hoovers.

It’s a draw on price between Dyson and Shark, just don’t buy a Dyson if you don’t need one and won’t benefit from one.

Budget & value for money

Most people have a budget in mind when it comes to how much you are prepared to spend on a vacuum cleaner.

It’s a bit like a car. Everyone would be happy with a Porsche but most people don’t have the budget to be able to buy one.

For most people, it’s the same with a vacuum cleaner. You have an upper limit that you are prepared to spend and above that it just isn’t affordable and doesn’t make any sense.

Dyson is the Porsche of vacuum cleaners and has decided that delivering the absolute best quality and performance is the most important thing and the price is secondary.

If you don’t have a budget then, by all means, go for a Dyson, they are really really good vacuum cleaners.

If you want to get performance that is ever so slightly less but still excellent AND save lots of money and it will still do a superb job at cleaning your home then Shark is a better option.

Shark wins if you have a limit to how much you want to spend.

The most outstanding product regardless of price

Dyson is at the forefront of technological development when it comes to vacuum cleaners.

They spend a lot of money on research and development and that shows in the outstanding cleaning performance that their vacuum cleaners deliver.

The convenience of cordless truly delivers corded suction power with the latest Dyson cordless cleaners.

If money is no object and you just want the absolute best then go for the latest Dyson cordless. You won’t be disappointed with the cleaning performance and how easy it is to use and manoeuvre around your home.

Dyson wins when it comes to the best if you don’t mind how much you spend.

Verdict

It may seem that we are biased towards Shark but we have no specific incentive to recommend them over Dyson so we just look at all the facts and take an impartial view as to who is best once you take everything into account and this is what it boils down to:

If you have a lot of money and a large home and pets and you don’t mind spending a lot of money on a vacuum cleaner then Dyson is an excellent choice.

They are at the cutting edge of technology and make brilliant vacuum cleaners that do an incredible job of cleaning your home.

But. Not everyone wants to or can afford to spend the kind of money that Dyson asks for their vacuum cleaners and a lot of homes just don’t need the super top end cleaning power that a Dyson vacuum cleaner provides,

Shark offers a much bigger range of vacuum cleaners at a budget and price level to suit everyone, not just people with loads of money and big homes.

Dyson also has a lot on their plate with loads of other products in their range from haircare to hand dryers and aircare and lighting and more.

Shark focus all their energy on one thing – floorcare. They are all in to produce the very best product for cleaning your home.

And we like that when a business has all their eggs in one basket because it means they have to make sure it works because they have nothing else to fall back on. And it works, Shark has an excellent range of vacuum cleaners.

Once everything is said and done and everything is taken into account Shark is better than Dyson.

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