Dyson Vs Shark- A Personal Review

Are you shopping for a new vacuum cleaner? A while back I got to do my own Dyson Vs Shark comparison. I had an olderDyson DC 65 Animal Dyson vacuum which had never failed me. For over 10 years I had been a devoted fan of the Dyson Animal vacuum cleaner. There is no Navigator Lift Away Professionaldoubt that it was both powerful and durable. I didn’t think that there was anything that could compare to it. Even so, Shark had come out with some products that caused me to re-think my position.

Have you seen the television commercials comparing Dyson’s vacuum cleaners against Shark’s? Well, I got a chance to see for myself. I wound up with both a Dyson Animal and a Shark Navigator in my home and did my own testing. I found that the machines I had were incredibly close in both power and performance. I found that the Dyson was better for larger open areas, but the Shark was easier to  move around furniture and get into tight places. They both had incredible suction and it was hard to tell the difference in that. I still have both machines and they continue to run very good. But what about the newest offerings? Both companies have continued in their research and development and have come out with some incredible technology.

I have learned from Consumer Reports that Shark along with Kirby has the highest reliability ratings among the upright vacuums. I was surprised to see Dyson lower down the line. I did not use to think that the Sharks were built quite as durable but apparently they are or else have caught up and passed the others. According to JD Powers, Shark Ranks Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Upright Vacuums for the second year in a row. Dyson ranked second. Dyson Ranks Highest in Satisfaction with Canister Vacuums for the first time. Shark tied with Miele for second place in the canister division – See more at: http://www.jdpower.com/press-releases/2015-vacuum-satisfaction-study

Shark Rotator Lift-Away Professional...

Shark Rotator Lift Away Still a great machine

Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Vacuum at top of stairsBoth Dyson and Shark have been on the winning end of the question “which one has the most power?” They each have models that have beaten the other in that category. Here is an example of their newest most powerful models in a short You Tube Clip. You may notice that in the clip the suction is measured through the hose. Dyson’s claim for the most powerful suction is measured at the floor. Neither one is at all shabby.


Each company and individuals have produced videos that demonstrate their power and efficiency at different points in time.There is no question as to the fact that both companies continue to produce vacuums that are both powerful and effective in cleaning. If you watch some of these you can compare the Dyson DC65 compared to the Shark Rotator Professional, The Shark Rocket compared to the Dyson V6, and older models such as the Dyson DC41 versus the Shark Navigator. In my own home, I found that the Shark was easier to use in smaller tight places. They both have incredible cleaning power and they both do a great job getting up pet hair. My daughter-in-law also has both and prefers to use the Dyson because it has a larger cleaning head and she can get through her larger areas quicker.

Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal vs Shark Rotator powered Lift Away

Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Plus Allergy - CordedDyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Plus Allergy – Corded

Comparing the newest vacuums, Dyson’s Cenetic Big Ball Animal and Shark’s Rotator Powered Lift Away almost seems like comparing apples to oranges. While both are powerful machines they each have totally different types of new technology that they feature.

Dyson’s newest large model vacuum cleaner is the Cinetic Big Ball. (the C is pronounced as a K) Dyson has upped the game with this machine by designing it where no washable or replaceable filters are needed. According to Consumer reports it is impressive at both deep cleaning carpets and picking up pet hair. This 19-pound upright from Dyson is bagless and has HEPA filtration, a brush on/off switch, and a 35-foot, manual-wind cord. The new Cinetic feature prevents dust from clogging the airflow. Therefore, no washable or replaceable filters are needed. Just FYI the cinetic big ball does not have as strong suction as the Dyson ball Upright series. It is the Dyson Ball Upright Series that won the 2016  J.D. Power award that the Shark had won for two years in a row.

Who is this machine for? It is for anyone with carpet and hard surface flooring who likes automatic pile adjustment, no bags, and no filters to wash. It is particularly for those with pets who need a powerful machine. The cleaning head is a wide 13.4 inches which is a big help if you have large open areas that you want to clean quickly. If you have a lot of cleaning needs you may be happy with this model.

What are the drawbacks on this machine? Well, it does not have as strong airflow to the hose but you might not want that anyway. If you watched the video above you saw that the Shark has better suction power through the hose. The Dyson may be a little too big and bulky for some people. Another con is that with the big ball feature you cannot get as far under your furniture as you might like. The wide cleaning head may make it more difficult to maneuver around and in between furniture. But this may enable you to clean larger areas quicker than with a vacuum with a smaller cleaning head. A lot depends upon your own individual cleaning needs.



What does the Shark Rotator Powered Lift Away have to offer?Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away TruePet (NV752)Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away TruePet (NV752)

This is honestly the most versatile and handiest cleaning machine I have ever seen. Dyson boasts of no filters to wash or replace. The Shark Rotator Powered Lift Away does have washable filters but unlike some of the cheaper machines those filters do not get clogged up as quickly anyway. The reason for that is the Advanced cyclonic technology that separates fine dirt from the air. This prevents dirt from clogging the filters and keeping suction power strong over time. From the first use to the last room, you never lose cleaning power.

The powered lift away technology is what makes this machine so versatile. You can operate it as a hand held, an upright, or as a canister. Their last Rotator model did that too. However, with this machine when you remove the bin, you have a low cleaner head that is still powered and able to get under much of your furniture without your having to move it. Even with the Rotator Lift Away set up as an upright it is still easy to maneuver and get around objects easily. Above the floor cleaning is excellent as well. With the True Pet version you have the mini motorized brush which works much better than the air driven brush of previous Dyson and Shark models.



using the lift away featureThe Shark Rotator Powered Lift Away has a 30 foot power cord. It is 46 inches high, twelve inches wide and thirteen inches deep. The whole vacuum weighs only 15.6 lbs and the Lift Away pod weighs 8 lbs. The dust bin holds 3.3 quarts which is more than Dyson’s 0.57 gal. Both brands have complete seal technology which really helps people like me with allergies.

Dyson has a five year limited warranty and Shark has the leading 7 year warranty offer. Either way you go, you are going to get a great machine.

There are many things to consider when buying a new vacuum. Things like budget, weight, performance, ease of use, reliability, durability, available storage space, size of areas to be cleaned, special cleaning needs like children, allergies or pet hair, temporary uses like in dorm rooms or the fragility of the elderly all come into play when you are trying to choose the best vacuum for you. For this reason the choice cannot be based solely on which brand has the most power. You might actually need the most powerful out there. You might just need something that is easy to use.

A little lady whom I used to help was very clean and neat. She had low pile carpet and tile flooring. Very little dirt was carried into her house and she had no pets. An inexpensive lightweight vac was all that she needed to maintain her home. I would bring in my Shark every two or three months to get up the deep down stuff. For everyday, her little vac was all that she needed. Another family I know has pets and children, all of whom carry dirt into the house. The pets also meant pet hair to deal with. That home needs a powerful vacuum like either the Shark Rotator NV752 Powered Lift-Away TruePet Vacuum or the Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Vacuum.

Like a lot of other people I have allergies. That is one of the reasons that I like both Dyson and Shark so much. They both do a great job of keeping in what gets sucked up inside the vacuum. when I was helping my friend to clean her home, I always wound up coughing and sneezing. Her little vac did not have a sealed system and you could always smell the dust that came back out the vent. That was no fun.  

Now I have another home health client whom I help and she has a Dirt Devil  Breeze. That also is a bagless vac but it is not sealed either. It was a disappointment because the amount of suction is not that great and the filters get dirty really fast. A dirty filter means less suction. This is one that I would not recommend for most homes. It might be fine for a dorm room or a place really small. The brush roll works really good on it though and makes up for lack of strong suction in her home.

I am sure that by now you have figured out that I am partial to the Shark but that is because it fits my needs better than the Dyson. The newest version is even easier to get in and around furniture and small spaces. Your cleaning needs might be very different from mine. When you go to choose your next new vacuum cleaner, give it a lot of thought. There is enough variety in both these brands to meet both your budget and your cleaning needs. Think about where you will be using it and whether a smaller cleaner head would be better or a larger one but with the ball that might get in your way. Both brands.. Shark and Dyson have great suction and keep finding ways to make cleaning your home easier. Dyson has come down in price on some of it’s machines but the Sharks are generally more affordable with just as much capability. Here are a few more models of each brand that you might would like to compare for yourself.

Dyson DC50 Ball Compact Animal Upright Vacuum Cleaner, Iron/Purple - CordedDyson DC50 Ball Compact Animal Upright Vacuum Cleaner,  CordedDyson Ball Multi Floor Upright Vacuum - CordedDyson Ball Multi Floor Upright Vacuum – CordedDyson V8 Absolute Cord-Free VacuumDyson V8 Absolute Cord-Free Vacuum battery last longer than the V6Dyson Ball Allergy Upright VacuumDyson Ball Allergy-claims to have the strongest suction of any vacuum 



Shark Navigator Powered Lift-Away Deluxe Vacuum (NV583)Shark Navigator Powered Lift-Away Deluxe Vacuum (NV583)Shark Rocket PowerHead (AH452)This Lightweight Shark Rocket PowerHead  has the bin in the headShark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Speed (NV682)Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Speed (NV682)Shark UV450 Rocket Ultra-Light Deluxe Upright Stick Extended Vacuum CleanerShark UV450 Rocket Ultra-Light Deluxe Upright Stick Extended Vacuum Cleaner



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