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Shark vs Dyson

Shark and Dyson are two brands in the manufacture of vacuum cleaners that are leaving a mark in the market, thanks to the diversity of the products they provide. Both brands have vacuum cleaners that promise performance without clogging and losing suction. Furthermore, they can be used on floors that are carpeted and those not carpeted.

In this comparison of Shark vs Dyson vacuums you will find that both brands utilize the same technology such as the use of bagless containers for collecting dust and dirt. Their vacuum designs share other similar features, such as a switch for choosing whether you want the brush to move if you are vacuuming carpets or you want it to remain stationary for floors without carpets.

However, the main difference is seen in the pricing, with the Dyson vacuum cleaners being more expensive than the Shark. They are also heavier. Shark's vacuum cleaners also have a shorter power cord, but they are also lighter.

Another difference is in their warranty; the main Dyson models have a 5-year warranty, yet the Sharks have 7-year warranty on their full sized upright models. Furthermore, when it comes to the Dyson and Shark cordless models, the Shark again is the winner with a 5-year warranty versus only 2 years on the Dysons. Overall both brands offer much longer warranties than most other vacuum cleaner brands.

Shark vacuum cleaners

Shark produce a variety of corded and cordless vacuum cleaners, with their best selling models categorized as:

Shark Navigator

Shark Navigator

Shark Rotator

shark versus dyson

Shark ION

shark vs dyson cordless

Shark Rocket

Shark Rocket Cordless

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Their full sized cleaners are lighter in comparison to Dyson and therefore suitable for cleaning larger homes or homes with levels because of going up the stairs.

Shark's cordless ION stick vacuums offer strong suction performance without the hassle of cords. They generally come with replaceable batteries that can be swapped for a spare to provide longer runtimes than their competitors, including the Dyson. This compares to a fixed non-replaceable battery on Dyson's cordless models.

Shark also produce handheld cordless vacuums, such as the popular Pet Perfect II and the ultra handy WANDVAC. However Shark do not produce canister vacuums so there is no comparison with the Dyson Ball Canister in these reviews.

Dyson vacuum cleaners

Dyson produces vacuum cleaners that are unique and innovative. For instance, their upright cleaners have a rotating ball for easy turning and increased suction. 25 years or so ago Dyson invented the first 'Dual Cyclone Technology’, a suctioning technology that ensures that hair, pollen, dust, dander get into the cleaner and stay there without losing suction

Dyson Upright
Dyson Canister Vacuum
Dyson V10 Review

source: Dyson.com

Historically, manufacturers based “no loss of suction” claims on a single test that can be completed before a vacuum’s bin is full. Dyson repeat that test to bin full 100s of times consecutively, amounting to 10 years’ worth of test dust, to ensure Dyson vacuums maintain constant suction.

They have continued to improve and innovate, particularly when it comes to cordless vacuum technology. As a result, the Dyson V11, V10 and V8 cordless models feature 'Multi Cyclone Technology' - more powerful with every new release yet also smaller and lighter than ever.

Excellence in Cleaning Pet Hair and Filtration

Pet owners prefer Dyson because its Animal series does a good job of picking up pet hair and it is also one of the best vacuums for long hair. In addition, all Dyson vacuums come with HEPA filtration, but some of Shark's cordless models do not. However, Shark is catching up Dyson when it comes to dealing with pet hair with features such as the tangle-free self cleaning Zero-M brush rolls found on the Shark Apex DuoClean.

Comparison between Dyson and Shark vacuum cleaners

In the Dyson versus Shark reviews that follow, we compare the latest models from both brands according to the following categories:

  • Corded Uprights - Shark Rotator Powered Lift Away vs Dyson Ball Animal 2 
  • Cordless Sticks - Dyson V11 Torque Drive vs Shark ION F80 MultiFLEX
  • Handheld - Shark Cordless Pet Perfect II vs Dyson V7 Trigger
- Corded Uprights - Dyson Ball Animal 2 vs Shark Rotator Powered Lift Away

Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean


Shark Rotator Powered Lift Away- True Pet NV752

Dyson vs Shark

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Whole-machine HEPA filtration

Sealed HEPA washable filtration

Cord length



Suction Power

270 AW


Bin Capacity

0.57 gallons






5 years

7 years

shark vs dyson

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These are the latest upright vacuum cleaners from both brands. Both vacuum cleaners are suitable for pet owners because they can remove fur and pet hair easily.

The vacuum cleaner is made using the latest technology from Dyson. With it, the cleaner provides the best filtration money can buy, whole machine HEPA, for fade-free high powered suction. The cleaner is suitable for cleaning pet hair as well as deep cleaning of carpets. You can use if you have a hard floor, a carpet and pets with long hair.


  • Whole Machine HEPA Filtration
  • Bagless & Lifetime Washable Filter
  • Self-adjusting cleaner head
  • Designed for use in homes with pets
  • Weighs 17.42 pounds
  • A switch for brush to turn it on or off
  • Auto wind cord
  • 13.4 inches wide cleaning head
  • Can remove allergens
shark v dyson comparison

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  • Cleans larger areas fast due to the wide cleaning head.
  • Very powerful suction - the official suction power is exactly the same as the Shark Rotator at 270 Air Watts. However Dyson state that no other vacuum has stronger suction at the cleaner head. The active base plate on the cleaner head provides a good seal between the cleaning nozzle and the floor. The brush roll also really vibrates carpets for a deep clean - more so than the Shark Rotator.
  • The vacuum cleaner uses Dyson's radial root cyclone technology, and therefore does not lose suction. This makes it suitable for deep cleaning and getting rid of fine particles.
  • The vacuum cleaner is attached with different tools that make it versatile at cleaning. The Total Clean model comes with 6 extra tools and a tool storage bag. You can use it to clean pet’s hair, crevices, upholstery and even areas that are difficult to reach.
  • The tangle-free turbine tool does an excellent job of picking up pet hair without it getting tangled up on the brushes. This will mean you don't have to spend time removing tangled pet hair that is a common problem with many turbine tools.
  • The HEPA filtration ensures that the machines expel cleaner air and it is also certified asthma & allergy friendly. It removes allergens and it’s meant for allergy sufferers due to its ability to remove allergens and fine dust even in places that are difficult to reach.


  • May be heavy for some people. Heavier than the Shark.
  • May not get far under the furniture due to the big ball and its wide cleaning head.
  • The tangle free turbo brush is only air-driven (Shark's mini brush is motorized).
  • Can drag dirt behind it on the backpass rather than picking it up - see video below.
  • The bin capacity is 0.57 gallons, which is smaller than the Shark's 0.82 gallon bin.
  • The Dyson has quite a loud operation and is noisier than the Shark.
  • It is more expensive than the Shark Rotator, which can be attributed to the Dyson brand being generally more expensive than Shark. Dyson's vacuums are rigorously tested and feature state of the art technology, which is reflected in the price. The price, however, seems excessive considering that its performance difference from the competition is not that large.

Video REviews & Comparison

The video below from Dyson provides an overview of the features of the Dyson Ball Animal 2, the tools that are included and how to use the vacuum.

In the next video, the Vacuum Advisor talks through some of the positive aspects of the Dyson Ball Animal 2, which we have summarised above. The video is 14 minutes long and talks through the best aspects of the vacuum, in particular its powerful suction, excellent filtration and useful tools. If you go to 6:15 on the video you will see how the Dyson's brush roll really vibrates the carpet much more than the Shark Rotator.

The next video provides a detailed overview of some of the negative aspects of the Dyson Ball Animal 2. This video is great as it actually compares the Dyson Ball's pickup performance against the Shark Rotator NV752 (see from 2:06 on the video). The self adjusting cleaner head on the Dyson Ball can tend to pull dirt behind it when you pull back the vacuum. This is shown in the video and the Shark Rotator doesn't have the same problem.

DYSON'S Ball Animal 2 Total Clean

is available at a discount price from Amazon:

Although this vacuum cleaner has washable filters, its advanced cyclonic technology ensures that they aren’t clogged quickly. This can explain why Shark’s Rotator Powered Lift Away- true pet NV752 does not lose its suction power with time.

The vacuum cleaner can be operated as a canister, upright or handheld thanks to the Powered Lift Away Technology. This feature enables it to be used for cleaning under the furniture. It also maneuvers around objects easily.


The Shark Rotator is suitable for all floor types, but as its an upright it is most suited to carpeted homes. Although it is rated as one of the best vacuums for laminate floors in other reviews we think you'd be better off with these other options if you have mainly hard floors in your home (including the Dyson V8 that we review below).

This model has a mini motorized brush, which is a huge improvement from the air driven brush of the previous models. This handy tool will not lose power or get stuck, a common issue with air driven brushes.

shark versus dyson

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  • Uses complete seal technology that ensures that dirt and dust is sealed.
  • Has motorized brush in lift-away.
  • 3 vacuums in 1 - It is a powerful upright, canister with caddy and lift-away pod.
  • Hard floor genie attachment.
  • HEPA filters.
  • Attachment of TruePet mini-motorized brush.


  • The vacuum cleaner reaches even hard to reach areas due to its powered lift-away.
  • It’s a combination of three vacuums in one which you can use depending on your needs.
  • You can use it to clean hard floors thanks to its hard floor genie attachment.
  • Cheaper in comparison to other models in the same category, including the Dyson.
  • The Shark Rotator NV752 is quieter than the Dyson Ball Animal 2.
  • Can be used by those with allergies due to its anti allergen capabilities of complete seal technology and HEPA filter.
  • The 3 in 1 makes it capable of becoming portable and be used as a handheld, canister or upright.


  • Its filters need washing every now and then.
  • The Shark Rotator has a slightly shorter cord (30ft) than the Dyson Ball Animal 2 (35ft).

Video Review

If you are looking to see this Shark upright in action the video review below courtesy of the Vacuum Cleaner Advisor is the most thorough one we have found. Well worth a watch if you have a spare 20 minutes!

Shark’s Rotator Powered Lift Away- true pet NV752

is available at a discount price from Amazon

Summary - Dyson vs Shark Corded Uprights

So do we have a clear winner here? Well it depends. If price is a major driver for your decision then you may be swayed by the huge difference in price between the Dyson and Shark. That's not to say that the Dyson upright vacuum is really expensive but it is on the higher end of pricing. And the Shark is very cheap. 

However we know that Dyson rigorously tests its vacuums to replicate 10 years of use so you can be confident that the reliability of the Dyson is solid. Perhaps that is enough to justify the additional cost but that's for you to decide!

- Cordless Sticks– Dyson V11 Torque Drive vs Shark ION F80 MultiFLEX

DYSON V11 Torque Drive 


Shark ION F80 Multiflex

Dyson V11 Torque Drive

Dyson V11 Animal Cordless Vacuum Cleaner, Purple

SHARK ION F80 Multiflex

Shark ION F80
Dyson V11 Torque Drive
Shark ION F80 Multiflex


Whole machine HEPA filtration with washable lifetime filter

Pre-motor + Post-motor Filters (NOT HEPA)

Battery/ Run Time

Up to 60 mins run time (12 mins in boost mode)

Up to 80 mins runtime with 2 batteries (20 mins on Mode 2)

Charge Time

4.5 hours

3.5 hours

Suction Power

185 Air Watts (Max Mode)

38.6 Air Watts (Mode 2)

26 Air Watts (Mode 1)

300 Watts

Air Watts not disclosed, however independent tests range from 100-120 Air Watts in Max Mode

Bin Capacity

0.75 liters

0.33 liters





2 years

2 years - battery

5 years - vacuum


For this Shark vs Dyson contest we are comparing the latest cordless sticks from both brands. 

Both of these models provide excellent suction and cleaning performance, however the Dyson outperforms the Shark in terms of suction power, weight and filtration. By contrast, the Shark marginally outperforms the Dyson on overall runtime when using its 2 batteries continuously.

Ready to Ditch Your Corded Upright?

In comparing these Dyson and Shark cordless models to full sized upright vacuums you will see that their suction performance in Air Watts is much less.

In addition the runtime on max mode for both models is less than 20 minutes.

So although cordless sticks are improving in performance all the time, if you have a large home with carpets you may still need a full sized upright. However, the Dyson Outsize V11 cordless is a good option for larger homes due to its replaceable battery, larger dust bin and larger cleaner head.

Alternatively, the best corded stick vacuums provide the suction performance of a full sized upright in a lightweight stick design.

Dyson V11 Torque Drive Cordless Handheld Portable Vacuum Cleaner, Blue

The Dyson V11 Torque Drive is simply the best lightweight cordless vacuum in the market. All cordless vacuums are limited by their battery life and the Dyson V11 performs better than most in this regard.

The Dyson V11 was released in early 2019 with improved performance and features versus its predecessor the Dyson V10. Dyson have officially stopped upgrading their corded upright models now as they are confident their cordless sticks are the future. We tend to agree, however as mentioned above they are not quite there yet.

With this latest release we think Dyson have the best cordless stick vacuum in the market. Its cutting edge technology delivers exceptional performance and is simply the best you can buy currently. 

The downside of course is that they do not come cheap. If you really want a Dyson and budget is a problem, the Dyson V10, which we reviewed here is still a great option and is much cheaper.

V11 Torque Drive Features

  • Up to 60 minutes of fade free suction (around 30 minutes with motorized floor tool attached). Trigger releases instantly. Battery power is only used for cleaning.
  • Cord-free. Hassle-free.
  • Torque-drive cleaner head intelligently adapts suction to deep clean carpets.
  • Includes 5 other cleaning heads for specific tasks - Mini Motorized Tool, Stubborn Dirt Tool, Mini Soft Dusting Brush, Combination Tool, Crevice Tool
  • Transforms to a handheld.
  • Wall Mount for easy storage.
Dyson V11 Torque Drive Cordless Vacuum Cleaner, Blue
  • Twice the suction of any cord-free vacuum
  • High Torque cleaner head intelligently adapts to different floor types in Auto mode
  • LCD screen displays run time countdown and machine performance in real time
  • Dyson Digital motor V11 helps deliver 40% more suction power than the Dyson V8 cord-free
  • Whole-machine filtration captures 99.97% of microscopic dust particles as small as 0.3 microns


  • Top performing lightweight cordless cleaner
  • Easy to remove the brush bar for cleaning and removing any tangled pet hair.
  • Whole Machine HEPA filtration
  • Acoustically engineered to absorb vibrations and dampen sound. As a result it is one of the quietest vacuums you can buy.
  • Ideal for homes with pets.
  • Solid secure fit of different tools - clicks nicely into place. Better than the "compression fit" of the Shark ION's tools.


  • Expensive. A cheaper alternative is the older Dyson model V10 cordless, which is around 25% cheaper with similar performance.
  • Although the battery life is best in its class, this cleaner can't be used for long periods (only 25 minutes when using the motorized brush head). There is no way of swapping out the battery with a spare so when your time is up you must wait to recharge before using again! Dyson have changed this with the new Dyson V15.
  • The vacuum cleaner cannot stand up by itself, however this is not generally an issue when using the docking station.

Video Review

The 2 videos below from the Vacuum Advisor provide an in-depth demonstration of the features as well as the pros and cons of the V11. Well worth taking the time to watch before purchasing.

DYSON'S V11 Torque Drive

is available at a discount price from Amazon:

Shark ION F80 MultiFlex Cordless Stick

Shark ION F80 Lightweight Cordless Stick Vacuum with MultiFLEX, DuoClean for Carpet & Hardfloor, Hand Vacuum Mode, and (2) Removable Batteries (IF281)

Shark ION F80 Lightweight Cordless Stick Vacuum with MultiFLEX, DuoClean for Carpet & Hardfloor, Hand Vacuum Mode, and (2) Removable Batteries (IF281)

The Shark ION F80 comes at a bargain price when compared to the Dyson but it does not compromise on performance.

Battery power performance is similar to the Dyson V11 but due to the replaceable second battery you get a longer overall runtime. The table below compares the average runtimes for both the Shark and Dyson vacuums that we've calculated using manufacturer's data and reports from independent testing.

Shark vs Dyson Cordless Battery Runtimes

Low Power

Low Power

Medium Power

Max Power

Non-Motorized Tools

Motorized Tool

Motorized Tool

All Tools

Shark ION F80 (both batteries)

80 mins

50-64 mins


10-20 mins

Dyson V11

60 mins

50-60 mins

40 mins

10-12 mins

The Shark ION™ F80 is equipped with Shark's DuoClean® Technology. This features a bristle brush to deep clean carpets and an additional soft brushroll to pull in larger particles whilst also directly engaging floors for a polished look. The soft brushroll is located at the front of the floor nozzle. 

Like the Dyson V11, the Shark ION converts to a handheld and also features a suction boost mode, "ION Boost". However the drawback as with the Dyson in this mode is that it quickly drains the battery. If you want a lightweight vacuum that provides endless high powered suction then we recommend a corded stick vacuum.

Shark ION F80 Features

  • DuoClean® Technology -  caputre fine dust and large debris on carpets and hard floors. One powerhead, two brushrolls
  • Removable Battery so you can use a spare to clean for longer (spares bought separately). Dyson's battery is not removable.
  • Up to approximately 60 minutes of runtime for hard floor cleaning and 50 minutes of runtime for carpet cleaning in low power mode.
  • MultiFLEX technology meaning cleaning under furniture is an absolute breeze. It also means that the vacuum can stand up by itself, something the Dyson V11 cannot do.
  • Transforms to a hand vacuum for lightweight handheld cleaning in hard-to-reach places, above the floor, and in the car.
Shark ION F80
Shark ION F80


  • Bargain price for a powerful cordless stick vacuum!
  • High performance powerful suction on carpets, hard floors and designed to handle pet hair.
  • MultiFLEX® technology provides ultimate maneuverability and is more versatile than the Dyson.
  • Removable battery not offered on the Dyson.
  • You don't have to hold down the trigger to keep the vacuum on unlike the Dyson.


  • Quite a bit heavier than the Dyson V11.
  • Small bin capacity
  • Non-HEPA filter - won't capture allergens as well as the Dyson.
  • Less tools than with the Dyson V11 and tools are "push fit compression" type. We prefer the "click to fit" tools on the Dyson V11.
Shark ION F80 Lightweight Cordless Stick Vacuum with MultiFLEX, DuoClean for Carpet & Hardfloor, Hand Vacuum Mode, and (2) Removable Batteries (IF281)
  • Powerful cordless suction for everyday dirt, debris, pet hair, and high traffic areas
  • Upto 80 minutes of total runtime with 2 batteries in hand vacuum power mode; Vacuum, switch the battery, and keep going
  • 2X Ion power pack system includes 2 removable, rechargeable lithium ion batteries and a charging dock
  • Multiflex technology enables convenient under furniture reach and freestanding, compact storage
  • Duoclean technology invented for fine dust and large debris on carpets and hard floors; One powerhead, two brushrolls; Do not use soap

In summary, the Shark ION F80 is a great model cordless stick vacuum that is on sale at a bargain price. It is significantly cheaper than the Dyson. As with a lot of Shark's vacuums you are getting a lot for your money with the F80. If you don't have a large area to clean or extensive carpets then this could be a good option for those on a budget. We wouldn't recommend this as a suitable vacuum for allergy or asthma sufferers though due to the lack of HEPA filtration.

Shark ION F80 MultiFlex Cordless Stick

is available at a discount price from Amazon:

Summary - Dyson V11 vs Shark ION F80

The Shark ION F80 is a clear winner on price versus the Dyson V11. It also has a longer overall runtime compared to the Dyson with the use of 2 batteries. However when it comes to cleaning ability we rate the Dyson V11 more highly overall. The Dyson V11 is very hard to beat in that department.

- Handheld – Shark Ultracyclone Pet Pro Plus Cordless vs Dyson V7 Trigger

Dyson V7 Trigger Cord-free Handheld


Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro Plus Cordless

Shark vs Dyson cordless

image credit: www.dyson.com

Shark CH951 Cordless Handheld Vacuum UltraCyclone Pet Pro Plus, with XL Dust Cup, in Black


Washable lifetime filter

Washable filter

Battery/ Run Time

Li-ion battery.  Up to 30 mins run time (6 mins in boost mode)

Li-ion battery. Avg runtime 15mins.

Charge Time

3.5 hours

6 hours

Suction Power

28 AW (Standard Power) or 100 AW (Boost mode)

80 watts

Bin Capacity

0.12 gallons

0.45 qrts





2 years

2 years


Here we have the Shark vs Dyson contest between the latest handheld vacuums on offer from both brands.

The Dyson V7 Trigger is a few years older than the Shark Ultracyclone as Dyson haven't updated their handheld only models in line with their new Cordless Stick models (take note Mr Dyson!). The Shark Ultracyclone is also much much cheaper than the Dyson and performs just as well on suction and cleaning performance. As a result the Shark cordless is the clear winner in this category.

If you're not convinced by either of these Shark and Dyson handheld vacuums then check out our Best Hand Vacuum Reviews where we look at 5 great alternatives. 

Dyson V6 Trigger - Cordless

Dyson handheld vacuums are powered by the Dyson digital motor V7. This power-dense motor uses digital pulse technology and a neodymium magnet to spin at up to 110,000 times a minute. Its small size means that the machines it powers can also be small, light and powerful.


  • Patented 2 Tier Radial™ cyclones generate powerful centrifugal forces to spin dust and dirt out of the airflow.
  • Post motor filter and complete sealed system means the air expelled is cleaner than the air you breathe.
  • Run-time enhancing trigger. Trigger grip releases instantly, meaning battery power is only used for vacuuming. On when you need it, off when you don't.
  • Fade-free lithium-ion battery provides up to 30 minutes of continuous cleaning.
  • Max-power mode to boost the suction when needed.

In the box

dyson vs shark tools
dyson tools crevice

image credit: www.dyson.com


  • Strong suction on max boost power, good suction on standard setting.
  • Combination of li-ion battery and trigger function equals exceptional cordless performance.


  • Expensive considering this is just a handheld cleaner and has limited use.
  • Does not come with a wall charger that you can hang it on (can be purchased separately).
  • Relies on suction power only. No brush roll.


is available at a discount price from Amazon:

Shark CH951 Cordless Handheld Vacuum UltraCyclone Pet Pro Plus, with XL Dust Cup, in Black

The Shark Ultracyclone Cordless combines powerful cyclonic suction with a self cleaning brushroll for ultimate handheld cleaning. The suction performance is reported by Shark and users to be very good during use and this is enhanced via the self cleaning brushroll.


  • An innovative brushroll removes hair wrap as it cleans for a powerful pet vacuum experience.
  • Four cleaning options! Direct suction, Self cleaning pet power brush, scrubbing brush, and crevice tool for hard to reach areas.
  • Two ultra-powerful cyclonic air streams for incredible suction and long-lasting filter and motor life.
  • Lithium-ion battery technology ensures reliable power and performance.

  • Good at removing pet hair with the self cleaning brushroll.
  • Easy to use, maneuver, take apart and charge.


  • Battery life could be longer, however sufficient for most cleanups.

SHARK'S Ultracyclone Pet Pro Cordless

is available at a discount price from Amazon:

Summary - Dyson V7 Trigger vs Shark Ultracyclone

Shark is the hands-down winner here. A hand vacuum should not be expensive and for the price of the Dyson Trigger you might as well buy a full sized cordless stick vacuum. The Shark by contrast is a very reasonable price and has excellent performance so why would you pay the extra?


In conclusion, whether to choose Dyson or Shark vacuum cleaner is a decision that should be based on your needs. You should weight on factors such as performance, budget, ease of use, the area to be cleaned, pet hair and special needs, among others. It should not be about choosing one brand over the other just because you like it. However, it is most noteworthy that Shark is giving Dyson stiff competition if you compare their performance and price difference.

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