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Just as there is plenty of interest when two heavyweight boxing champions face up to each other in the ring, when two of the very best vacuum cleaner manufacturers go head-to-head it is fascinating to see who comes out on top. Our Shark vs Dyson comparison for instance is one of our most popular articles.
In our latest vacuum cleaner 'Battle Royale' we are going to see a Shark vs Bissell comparison, and we are not going to look at only one product from each. Instead, we’ll compare one each from Bissell and Shark, in the following categories: upright, cordless stick and canister vacuum cleaners.
Once we have looked at the features of both vacuum cleaners and how they might benefit you, we will give you our honest assessment of which one comes out on top in our Bissell vs Shark contest for that category.
Shark vs Bissell Upright Vacuums
Our first Shark vs Bissell matchup is the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Lift Off vs. Shark DuoClean Apex. We gave a detailed review of the Shark Apex DuoClean earlier this year but this is our first look at the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Lift Off.
Shark Apex Duoclean
BISSELL PET HAIR ERASER LIFT OFF
Upright with Lift-Away
Upright with Lift Away
Washable HEPA Filter
Febreeze Odor Eliminating Filter (Non-HEPA)
1.5 Dry Quarts (approx 0.4 gal)
1350 Watts (11.3 Amps)
800 Watts (7 amps)
BISSELL PET HAIR ERASER LIFT OFF Review
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Shark DuoClean Apex Review
Conclusion: Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Lift Off vs Shark DuoClean Apex
This choice here is between two upright vacuum cleaners which both have great cleaning power, can be adapted for hand-held use, and are both very effective at dealing with pet hair.
Of the two, the Shark offers more accessories, and the under appliance tool will be loved by those who can't get under low items as it will allow them to finally reach under. Both the Shark and Bissell have the option to remove the canister, while continuing to clean but the Shark also includes noise reduction and glide technology.
From Bissell, we have a cleaner that is geared up to fight dog hair, and its easy-to-empty bin will delight those who have had the drag it out with their bare hands. It also has a lower price which is always a plus.
However, with its array of tools, suction power, sealed HEPA filtration and usability we believe the Shark DuoClean Apex is worth the extra spend, and therefore it is our winner in the Bissell vs Shark upright vacuum cleaner category.
Shark vs Bissell Cordless stick Vacuums
SHARK IONFLEX Duoclean IF205 Cordless Vacuum Review
If you have the time, check out this 20 minute video from Shark showcasing all of the features of their IONFlex Duoclean Cordless.
Bissell Bolt ION XRT Cordless Vacuum Review
Conclusion: Shark IONFlex vs Bissell Bolt ION
This is a very tough one to call as both these stick vacuum cleaners offer great features and cleaning options.
We love the flexible wand on the Shark Ion Flex, and its ability to let you reach places where you would not normally be able to clean. Its Duoclean system is powerful, and with the Smart response settings you have enhanced control whilst you are cleaning.
The Bissel Bolt ION is especially good for those who must deal with pet hairs day in and day out, and the accessories will be particularly useful for this. It is also a very light cleaner, so its appeal includes how easy it will be to maneuver.
Taking these two features into account, and with the added cleaning power of its 'EdgeReach' technology, we believe there is more than enough here to give the Bissel Bolt ION our top recommendation in the Bissell vs Shark cordless vacuum cleaner category.
Shark vs Bissell Canister Vacuums
BISSELL HARD FLOOR EXPERT MULTI-CYCLONIC
Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Canister NR96
Conclusion: Bissell Hard Floor Expert Multi-Cyclonic vs. Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Canister NR96
In our canister vacuum cleaner category, the Shark vs Bissell comparison saw two very similar products come head to head.
The Bissell excels when it comes to cleaning hard floors, and does a very good on carpets too, provided the pile is not too deep. Its multi-cyclonic action ensures you have all the cleaning power you need, and its enhanced filtration system means that dust is kept in the machine, where it belongs.
The Shark has a bit more to offer in terms of being user friendly with features like 'Lift-Away' enhanced steering, more accessories, and little extras such as an LED. The question is whether this is enough to justify paying a bit more for it than the Bissell, and our answer to that is 'Yes, it does!'
So, the winner of our canister vacuum comparison is the Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Canister NR96.
This last result means the overall score in our Bissel vs Shark vacuum cleaner reviews is a 2-1 victory for Shark.
Last update on 2020-01-18 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API