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Comparing Shark Vs Dyson Vacuum Cleaners - an In-Depth Review


Which is the Better Overall Brand - Dyson or Shark?

At a glance, when comparing these two vacuum cleaners against each other, there seems to be many similarities except for the price tag.

A good example of this would be Shark's Navigator Lift-Away Vacuum and Dyson's Animal DC25 model. Both vacuum cleaners are uprights that swivel for easy maneuvering.

The seemingly endless positive reviews of these two brands paint an overall picture that they are both excellent choices.

One great feature of both vacuums is that they can be used interchangeably for either carpeted or non-carpeted floors (I've found this feature extremely useful for thick carpets, thin area rugs and tile floors).

They also don't have traditional vacuum bags, instead they have clear, plastic dust containers that you just have to empty and clean once it's filled with dust and other particles.

Both the Shark and Dyson companies claim that their products never lose suction and won't clog.

There is however a noticeable difference in the prices between the two, with Dyson vacuum cleaners usually running several hundred dollars more expensive than the Shark vacuums.

I'll explain why later.

Shark Navigator Review

Shark Navigator Review

How Well Shark Stacks Up

You have several models to choose from, but it is important to note that Shark vacuums are like the Hyundai of vacuums (vs Dyson being more like a Mercedes).

While they don't have the recognition of being the ultimate product, it does work well and there is a good warranty on their products should anything go wrong.

Satisfied users definitely outnumber those who aren't in terms of durability and performance.

1. Rocket

2. Navigator Professional Lift Away

3. Rotator Lift Away

They also utilize some of the same types of technology as the Dyson, such as bagless containers that collect the dust and other material found on the floor.

Another feature I like is an easy and convenient switch which allows you to choose whether you want to have the brush move (which is ideal for carpets) or remain stationary (best for bare floors).

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The biggest concern about Shark's products is that the power cord is a little short which may limit its mobility for some (a quick fix if you have an extension cord). Other than that, there doesn't seem to be any big complaints.

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A lot of people are actually raving about how cheap it costs considering how great of a product it is versus some of the other brands on the market.

Top Rated Shark Vacuum Cleaners

These are some of the best Shark vacuums that I wanted to highlight and show you. They also are best sellers on Amazon for their category.

The Classic Navigator - Corded Vacuum

The Shark S2 Navigator has been around for a while now. It's got a huge following and over 17,000 reviews on Amazon. If you have a pet, then the suction power has to be good enough to pick up even the finest hair from a cat or dog.

One thing that I am always looking for in a vacuum is the ability to remove the canister easily. I don't enjoy fiddling with these items because it could very easily release dust all over the place. For the S2 Navigator, you simply press the button and it allows you to transport your vacuum into the areas you need to go.

Steering is made easy using the swivel design to avoid objects and make tight turns around the home.


The ultralight series by Shark came out a few years ago and is becoming more and more popular. They feature light weight and thin vacuums that are easy to carry and can be stored much easier than a traditional push vacuum.


The Newer Cordless and My Must Haves

When I look for a cordless vacuum, it's gotta have a few features or else I'll just stick with the traditional corded version.

  • First, it has to be light weight. Can't drag around a heavy machine all over the house, especially as I get older and try and climb the stairs.
  • The battery has last long enough to get the whole house clean. I don't want to have to recharge once I clean the downstairs and have to wait hours or days to finish upstairs.

Powerful Shark Cordless - The Rocket DuoClean Vacuum

Video Comparing Shark's Performance and Features vs Dyson

Dyson Vacuum Cleaner Review

Dyson Vacuum Cleaner Review

The Dyson Rundown

Dyson Videos - The Dynamics of Building High Quality and Efficient Machines

Best Dyson Vacuums for the Money

With a variety of different models, Dyson's unique selling proposition is in the suction technology called "Root Cyclone Technology". It essentially means that hair, dander, pollen, dust and other allergens get into the vacuum cleaner (instead of airborne) through a patented suction ability.

Shark vs Dyson Preference

Which Vacuum Brand Do You Like the Best

And the winner is??

A huge advantage of Shark over Dyson is that Shark vacuums are much more lightweight which is perfect for people with large homes or several levels.

Since the Dyson is generally heavier, having to carry them up several flights of stairs could be a huge pain (unless you have the DC50 which is one of the lightest on the market - see review above).

Dyson's edge over Shark is its appeal to pet owners. A lot of animal lovers, particularly those with long-haired cats and dogs like the Dyson Animal vacuum cleaner series because of its ability to pick up pet hair.

Shark has the same feature and while some have found success in using this to clean up fur, there are others who have had to untangle or cut out their pets' hair from the appliance.


Winner: Best Vacuums For Cleaning Up Pet Hair

Dyson has a specific line of vacuums dedicated to help pet owners minimize the impact of pet hair. With all the fur and hair getting on clothes and furniture, the Animal line works really well to get rid of both thick and thin animal hair.

Shark - Winner: Best Lightweight Vacuums For The Money

Where weight is definitely a factor, Shark wins hands down. I considered this when purchasing one as a gift for my aunt. She is getting older in age and not able to handle the heavier Dyson vacuums, especially up the stairway.

You really can't go wrong with the Shark vacuum cleaners since they are much cheaper than Dyson. A lot of people are satisfied with their lineup and there really isn't any reason not to get it.

These two brands have really good ratings. It's really just a matter of matching it to your lifestyle and budget.

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