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Shark vs Dyson – comparing these 2 popular vacuum cleaner brands to see which is best

Published by Finn Hayden

Vacuum cleaners are an essential part of any household - even if you're trying your hardest to stay clean, dirt and debris is an inevitable part of home life. If you've got kids and pets then having a good vacuum cleaner is even more important, and it might even be something that you use every single day.

When it comes to vacuum cleaners that you can buy in the UK, there are 2 brands which have risen above almost every other brand - Dyson and Shark. We wanted to compare these 2 vacuum cleaner brands to see which is best. We'll be looking at a number of factors, including price, quality, and more. We'll also be looking at third-party reviews of each brand. Let's get into it:

Which brand has the best upright vacuum cleaners?

You might think that the battle of the upright vacuum cleaners would also be a surefire win for Dyson, as what really helped the brand to explode in popularity is the famous Dyson ball. There is no denying that the Dyson ball really revolutionised upright vacuum cleaners and made these previously bulky and slow vacuum cleaners move with much more freedom and speed.

But the Shark upright vacuum cleaners are also impressive, and although none of the Shark upright vacuum cleaners have anything like the Dyson ball, there are some great upright vacuum cleaners from Shark which are worth considering.

One thing which is really impressive about the Dyson upright vacuum cleaners is the cord length, and it seems that the Dyson upright vacuum cleaners generally have longer cords than the upright vacuum cleaners from Shark. For example, the Dyson Ball Amimal has a cord length of 9.5m, whereas it seems that 8m is the standard cord length for all of the Shark upright vacuum cleaners.

All of the Shark upright vacuum cleaners can transform into portable vacuum cleaners with the Lift-Away technology, which sounds great but is actually quite bulky in our opinion. The Dyson vacuum cleaners have a Telescopic handle which means they can extend a bit further but not as far as the upright vacuum cleaners from Shark.

We also noticed that the Shark upright vacuum cleaners seem to generally be a little bit heavier than the Dyson upright vacuum cleaners. For example, the Dyson Ball Animal weighs 5.6kg, and if we compare that with a similar sized vacuum cleaner from Shark such as the NZ801UKT which weighs 6.5kg, you can see the difference in weight is quite significant.

The deciding factor between Shark and Dyson when it comes to the upright vacuum cleaners from the brands could very well be the price - the cheapest Dyson upright vacuum cleaner you can buy still costs £279.99, whereas you can buy an upright vacuum cleaner from Shark for well under £200.

Which brand has the best cordless vacuum cleaners?

When it comes to cordless vacuum cleaners, we'd definitely say that it's a bit closer between Shark and Dyson. For starters, Shark has a much larger selection of cordless vacuum cleaners to choose from compared to Dyson - we counted at least twice as many.

We were impressed to see that Shark has a number of cordless vacuum cleaners which have a battery life of up to 80 minutes - the best that Dyson has is the Gen5 (pictured), which has a battery life of up to 70 minutes.
 

Weight is a huge factor to consider with cordless vacuum cleaners as you'll be carrying this type of vacuum cleaner around quite a lot, and this is where the Dyson technology really shines - the Gen5 is the most powerful cordless vacuum in the Dyson range, but it still only weighs 3.5kg. The most powerful cordless vacuum from Shark is probably the ICZ300UKT, which weighs almost 6kg. This will make a huge difference to some people.
Gen5 Dyson

Is Shark or Dyson better for pet hair?

We know that the reason many of you are looking to buy a top of the range vacuum cleaner is because you have pets in your home. We love our furry friends, but there is no denying that they can be the source of a lot of mess, mainly pet hair. So if you've got pets and you're wanting to keep your floors clean, you need a good vacuum cleaner.

Both Shark and Dyson have vacuum cleaners that claim to effectively tackle pet hair, so let's look at 2 vacuum cleaners from each brand which are intended to be effective against pet hair:

Dyson Ball Animal Multi-floor

We know that the reason many of you are looking to buy a top of the range vacuum cleaner is because you have pets in your home. We love our furry friends, but there is no denying that they can be the source of a lot of mess, mainly pet hair. So if you've got pets and you're wanting to keep your floors clean, you need a good vacuum cleaner.

Both Shark and Dyson have vacuum cleaners that claim to effectively tackle pet hair, so let's look at 2 vacuum cleaners from each brand which are intended to be effective against pet hair:

Dyson Animal Ball

Shark IZ202 Pet

Shark actually has a cordless vacuum cleaner designed for dealing with pet hair, which is great to see and actually very useful (especially if you've got pets who like to crawl under sofas and into hard to reach places). The main feature which makes this vacuum cleaner from Shark so well-suited to cleaning homes with pets is the Anti Hair Wrap - this removes hair from the brush-roll automatically. The other really interesting feature of this vacuum cleaner which might make it especially well-suited to older people with pets is that it can actually bend. So if you need to get the vacuum cleaner under a low table where your cat or dog likes to lie, then you can reach that area without having to bend over.

This vacuum cleaner is for sale on the Shark website for exactly the same price as the Dyson pet vacuum cleaner - £379.99 - so there is nothing to separate the 2 devices in terms of price.

Both Shark and Dyson have vacuum cleaners that claim to effectively tackle pet hair, so let's look at 2 vacuum cleaners from each brand which are intended to be effective against pet hair:

Shark vacuum cleaner pet

Third-party reviews

We're a big believer in checking third-party reviews for brands before deciding to buy from them, and it's great to see that both Shark and Dyson collect reviews via third-party platforms. Our preferred third-party review platform to refer to is Trustpilot, and it's great to see that both of these brands have verified Trustpilot profiles. Dyson is currently sitting with a 'Great' rating of 3.8 out of 5, whereas Shark has an 'Excellent' rating of 4.3 out of 5. However, it's worth noting that Dyson has almost 3 times as many reviews as Shark on Trustpilot. Overall, reviewers seem very happy with both brands, although it seems that some people are knocking off points for Dyson because of poor customer service experiences.

Anything else to mention?

There are a few other minor things to consider when deciding between Shark and Dyson. This includes:

Guarantees

You get a 5-year guarantee from both Dyson and Shark if you order directly via the brand websites, so there is nothing to separate the brands on there.

Returns

Shark has a 30-day return policy on main units, and it's absolutely free to send your Shark back to the company. Dyson does a little better than this with a 35-day return policy, giving you almost an entire extra week to make sure that you're happy with your vacuum cleaner, or you get your money back.

Deliveries

Both companies will offer free next-day delivery 7 days per week, which is really impressive. Both brands will provide this if you order before 8pm - there really is very little to separate Shark & Dyson on this!

Style

People often think of style as a minor factor to consider when it comes to a vacuum cleaner, but if you've got your vacuum cleaner on display constantly then it's quite important that it looks good. And we have to say that Dyson wins this hands-down - the Dyson vacuum cleaners look futuristic in a very cool and stylish way, whereas we'd say that the Shark vacuum cleaners look pretty straightforward.

Final thoughts - which is better, Shark or Dyson?

Overall, we'd have to say that we think Dyson is a better choice than Shark, generally speaking. You'll have to pay more upfront with Dyson, however it definitely seems that the Dyson vacuum cleaners will perform better and last longer than the vacuum cleaners from Shark.

Having said that, if you're not wanting to spend more than £300 for a vacuum cleaner then we'd absolutely recommend Shark as a great alternative to Dyson.

Let us know what you think of these 2 vacuum cleaner brands and if you have any other thoughts on our comparison!

Finn is the editor of You Well and has been writing about travel, health, and more for over 10 years.

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