18 Sep Shark vs Gtech
Shark is one of the top vacuum cleaner brands in the world and has taken on Dyson at the premium end of the market but Gtech is a bit of a hidden gem when it comes to keeping the hoovering simple whilst Shark offer something for all home types but who is the best?
Once its all said and done Gtech is best if you want a hoover that is ultra-easy to use and resembles the way that vacuum cleaners were in the past except massively upgraded with excellent suction and they are very light making them really easy to move across the surface you are cleaning.
There is one button to turn the Gtech AirRam hoover on and the same button to turn it off. There are no buttons that turn it into a handheld hoover and it doesn’t have the kind of specification and features that require you to read through a long manual to work out how it works.
It takes less than 2 minutes to set it up and it’s good to go. If you are not into tech and you are not interested in LCD displays and you just want something that’s going to keep your floor clean with no fuss then the Gtech is a winner.
If you want a vacuum cleaner that offers the ability to clean above-floor surfaces such as stairs and sofas then you may have to look to Shark as the Gtech AirRam doesn’t come with any accessories and is only suitable for cleaning the floor.
If you really like the simplicity of the Gtech then you can pair it with their very nifty handheld vacuum cleaner that they tend to offer at a discount if you buy them both together but more on that later.
If you want an all in one vacuum that effectively cleans all above-floor surfaces as easily as the floor then Shark has a huge array of different options to suit any home large or small.
Shark normally have 20 different vacuum cleaners to choose from at any one time and Gtech has 3 so for simplicity Gtech win because sometimes having too much choice can be confusing and if something works really well and cleans your home to a high standard then there may not be any need to look any further than Gtech.
We will break down each of Gtech’s vacuum cleaners so that you can understand what each one is capable of and also the difference between them so that you can make a judgement on which one may be most appropriate for your needs and whether it is worth paying extra for the more expensive model or not.
With Shark, we won’t be going through all 20 different models that they offer because the objective of this article is to make it easy for you to understand the difference between Shark and Gtech so we will pick out the best of what Shark has to offer so that it’s easy to compare them and work out what’s best for your home and your lifestyle.
What’s the main difference between Shark and Gtech?
All 3 of Gtech’s vacuum cleaners are cordless with no cables attached and run off a battery that you can expect about 40 minutes of life from on one charge.
Shark do a combination of both corded and cordless vacuums. They give you more options to choose from to fit your budget and your home and they offer a higher specification compared to Gtech.
Some of the best value for money within vacuum cleaners as a whole is in corded as they provide the same power as equivalent cordless models but there is no expensive battery to pay for and you can also vacuum for as long as you want because it’s plugged into the wall so the battery will never run out.
The compromise you have to make is a cable which actually isn’t as bad as it sounds. Until recent years all hoovers were corded and was it really that much of an inconvenience?
If you have a large budget then you can get the benefit of no cord and excellent suction but if you want to save money without compromising on performance then a Shark corded vacuum is well worth considering.
The main difference between the two is that you get more choice with Shark and they have more features that can make them slightly longer to learn how to use not that they are difficult in the first place it’s just that with Gtech there is nothing to it.
What kind of features does Shark have that Gtech don’t?
Shark vacuums have some really good features that they have developed over time and are unique to them and work in a very simple but clever way to ensure you get the maximum benefit with the minimum of fuss.
We have some detailed articles that explain each of these features in detail so if you want more of a long read on each once then links are below.
Duo Clean. All Shark floorhead comes with their Duo Clean technology and that basically means that they come with two rollers instead of one like one most hoovers.
Hard floors are cleaned best when you use a soft roller and carpets are cleaned best with a brush roller.
Most vacuum cleaners have a brush roller because they do a good job on both hard floor and carpets but to get the best results you should switch between the two.
With some of the top end Dyson vacuums you can get a soft roller as an added extra but you have to switch it over yourself but with Shark they are both built-in already so it just does it automatically for you.
This article shows you exactly what it does:
Anti Hair Wrap. How annoying is it when over time the suction and performance of your hoover seems to be getting worse and then you realise that there are huge clumps of hair wrapped around the brush.
First of all, you realise that is hasn’t been working well before you noticed it and so it’s been taking you longer to get the cleaning done and then you have to spend 10 minutes with the scissors chopping it all out. Not nice.
Those days are gone with a Shark anti-hair wrap vacuum cleaner. Most of their hoovers now come with a cleverly designed brush head that totally stops all hair form ever becoming wrapped around the brush every again.
And it really works too. This article explains how:
Below we go through all of the Gtech vacuum cleaners and a small selection of the best Shark vacuums that you may wish to consider as an alternative to the Shark.
These are ones we have picked out as the very best but if you want a more comprehensive list of all of the best Shark vacuum cleaners then you can find them in this article:
Gtech only does cordless vacuum cleaners so if you want to compare Gtech specifically to Shark cordless and you want to rule out corded completely then this is a complete breakdown of all of Sharks cordless vacuums:
And if you would like to do some further comparisons at the premium end of the market then this article compares Dyson with Shark:
These are all the Gtech vacuum cleaners with a breakdown of the differences between them:
Gtech Mk2 AirRam Cordless Upright Vacuum Cleaner
There is only one power level on this vacuum cleaner and that is high. It has very strong suction power that more than capable of digging down to the bottom of your carpet fibres and easily scoops all dust and debris from any hard floor surface.
This can be described as two-finger operation because when used on hard floor or short pile carpet it literally glides across the floor and you can control it by loosely holding the handle with two fingers.
You cant get an easier vacuum cleaner to use as there is pretty much nothing to it. You stand on a pedal to pull the handle back and you turn the power on from the handle and that’s it.
No high tech and no digital displays and no attachments that morph it into an alien. It cleans floors really well and its really easy to use.
It’s very light at just 3.3kg and the battery will last 40 minutes on a full charge and its also very easy to maintain. the waste container clips out with one click and the filter is easily removed for occasional cleaning.
This vacuum is meant for floor cleaning only and so if you want to clean other surfaces such as the stairs or the car then you will need to use your own handheld hoover if you have one or you can pair it with Gtechs excellent handheld which is described below.
This hoover is perfect for anyone elderly or anyone that just wants a no-frills hoover that does a good job quickly.
This short video shows how easy it is to set up out of the box and how to use it:
Gtech Mk2 AirRam K9 Cordless Upright Vacuum Cleaner
This version of the AirRam normally sells for about £50 more than the standard version. The build and suction power are exactly the same as the standard one but you get a stronger more robust brush head.
So if you have pets or it’s going to be used very frequently then it might be worth considering the upgrade.
It also comes with some scented fragrance filters so that it freshens the room when you clean.
Gtech Pro 2 Bagged Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
This is quite an unusual vacuum cleaner because you don’t get many cordless stick hoovers that have bags. Bagless vacuum cleaners are way more popular these days and so it’s common to assume that they are better but that’s not necessarily the case.
Most vacuum cleaners release some of the dirt that you suck up into the waste container back into the air because the filters are not great and the dust bin is not fully sealed especially at this price level.
As this is a sealed bag 100% of what goes in stays in so it’s great for anyone with dust allergies and it also removes the need to clean out the waste container when it’s full because the bag just pops out and goes straight in the bin.
It’s lightweight has great suction power for a cordless vacuum at this price level and represents really good value for money.
Gtech Multi Mk2 Handheld Vacuum Cleaner
This is right up there with the Dyson handheld except it’s cheaper and is great as a standalone handheld vacuum cleaner or perfectly compliments one of the MK2 Airram vacuum cleaners to deal with all above-floor cleaning.
The suction power is very strong and the motorised brush head deals with even deep embedded pet or human hair.
One full battery will give you 15-20 minutes of use and it’s not hard on the wrists either weighing just 1.5kg
These are the best Shark vacuum cleaners in the UK:
Shark IZ400UK / IZ400UKT & IZ420UKT Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
This cordless vacuum cleaner is part of the Stratos range and is directly targeting Dyson and asks the question, do you really need to spend the extra £200-£300 to buy a Dyson when this does the same thing but for less?
In our opinion the answer is no and don’t just take our word for it, there are thousands of 5 stars reviews for almost all Shark hoovers and this one is no exception. Sharks previous range of cordless cleaners was excellent and they have now found a way to make them better again with newer features like anti-hair wrap plus, anti-odour technology and even more suction power with even longer battery life.
Check our full review for a full breakdown of this excellent vacuum cleaner
Shark Stratos HZ3000UKT Corded Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Another success story from Shark as they never rest on their laurels and continue to innovate year after year. See my full review of this hoove rin the Stratos range after using this vacuum cleaner on a daily basis here:
Shark IZ300 & IZ320 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
This range has Sharks best ever suction for this type of cordless hoover with 50% more power than the previous IZ201 and IZ250 range.
In their bid for constant improvement they have also introduced “powerfins” which are plastic fins that scoop up dirt form deep within carpets and across hard floors for Sharks best ever cleaning performance.
This is in addition to already well established features such as flexology which is a “bendy” central column to make it easier to get under low areas without bending down, duo clean for both carpet and hard floors in one seamless roller and anti hair wrap to ensure you never have to do that horrible job of cutting out the hair that always wraps around the roller.
You get 4 different options to choose from so you can get exactly what suits the size of home you have and whether or not you have pets. It comes with a single or twin battery and with or without a motorised pet tool
Shark NZ801 / NZ850 / PZ1000 Corded Upright Vacuum Cleaner
This corded model provides suction power the same as the top-end premium models from both Shark and Dyson but its an awful lot cheaper.
The only difference between the 3 different models is the capacity of the waste container. Most homes will be fine with either the NZ801 (0.83 litre capacity) or the NZ850 (1.3 litre capacity). For larger homes or if you ‘d rather not empty the waste container very often then take a look at the PZ1000 which has a 1.6 litre waste container.
You can clean above floor as easily as floor level with this hoover as one-click enables the “lift away” feature that allows you to easily get to the stairs and up to the ceiling if necessary.
It also comes with Sharks duo clean technology with a soft roller and a brush roller built into the floorhead for seamless cleaning of both hard floor and carpets.
An 8-metre cord ensures you won’t need to change the socket much and it has a good-sized 0.83l waste bin.
It also comes with anti-hair wrap technology and this short video shows how that works:
Shark ICZ160 & ICZ300 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
This is the top of the range cordless model from Shark and is suitable for all homes but particularly large homes that require frequent deep cleaning.
You’ll get about 22 minutes out of the battery on full power or at least 30 mins if you switch between medium and high power.
Its basically got all of the things that are great about Shark. Powered lift away , super strong suction power, duo clean floorhead and anti hair wrap.
This is definitely one of the best vacuum cleaners out there.
The ICZ160 comes with 50 minutes of cleaning time from one charge and the ICZ300 has 60 minutes and the ICZ300 also comes with “powerfins” allow the roller to get deeper than ever into carpet fibres for Sharks best ever clean
Shark IZ201 & IZ251 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
This is a good alternative to the Gtech pro stick vacuum and it also easily converts into a handheld as well so you get two in one.
You can also choose more than one battery if the 30 minutes you get from one full charge isn’t enough for you and it also comes with an optional pet tool if you have stubborn hair that needs dealing with on a regular basis.
It also comes with “flexology” which means the central wand bends in order to easily get under low-level furniture so you don’t have to bend down.
Which is the best Gtech cordless vacuum?
The AirRam MK2 represents the best value for money and does a great job at simple, no-hassle cleaning of all floor surfaces. The stick cordless is good but the Shark equivalents are better.
Which is better Shark or Gtech?
Gtech is perfect if you want to clean floors effectively and easily. They are lightweight and have an on/off button with no frills and no bells and whistles.
Shark has a much wider choice and accommodates more lifestyles and home types than Gtech does.