Are you shopping for a new vacuum cleaner? For over 10 years I have been a devoted fan of the Dyson Animal vacuum cleaner. There is no doubt that it is both powerful and durable. I didn’t think that there was anything that could compare to it. Even so, Shark has come out with some products that has caused me to re-think my position. When we got our Dyson we had two old dogs who shed. That meant frequent cleaning with a good vac. The cleaner outperformed everything I had used prior to that.
Over the years the dogs passed away and we acquired a family of cats: a mama and her babies to whom we got very attached. But that is another story. (still more fur)
Have you seen the television commercials comparing Dyson’s vacuum cleaners against Shark’s? Well, I got a chance to do my own comparison.
I Thought The Dyson Was Dead
I recently bought a Shark Navigator Vacuum (NV22L) because I mistakenly believed that my old Dyson was dead. It still ran but it just was not picking up like it used to do. After all, it was over 10 years old. After getting the Navigator I discovered what was wrong with the Dyson, fixed it and now I have two great vacuum cleaners.
So Now, How Do They Compare?
This is my personal opinion based on the two cleaners that I have….. Incredibly close. Now you have to keep in mind that one cleaner is over 10 years old and the other is brand new. They each have features that I love and each is better for different purposes.
First The Dyson:
This machine has a sealed system which keeps dust, pollen or what have you from coming back out into the air. After fixing the problem it still has awesome power and suction after over 10 years of use.
You would think that after years of use you would pay attention and know when you didn’t have it sealed back after clearing a clog. In my own defense, however, there was a tiny little pebble in the way that I just didn’t see. Also, there never were many clogs to clean out. It just didn’t happen. On the rare occasion that I fed the machine something that just shouldn’t be sucked up it still was easy to get it out. The machine I had before my Dyson was constantly getting clogged and those clogs were hard to remove.
I love the extra long cord and large dirt cup that comes with my Dyson. This is a well built machine and looks to be able to last for many more years.
My machine is heavy and a bit clunky to move around objects but from what I have read the newer Dysons are a breeze to use as they are built much lighter and the Dyson Ball technology enables them to swivel into almost any desired position.
Now the Shark Navigator:
This little baby is so small and lightweight that it is very easy to underestimate it’s capability. It, too has a sealed system. When I first turned it on and let down the handle it surprised me by actually pulling itself across the carpet. It only does this on carpet mode.
It is very easy to change from carpet mode to bare floor mode..just a flip of the switch close to your hand. The floor nozzle is small but does a great job and enables you to quickly move in and around your furniture for a quick clean up. The only things I don’t like about this one is the smaller dirt cup and shorter cord. However the professional lift away model has a much larger cup. It also has a longer power cord.
What about pet hair? They both do a great job. They both have turbine tools to get hair off the furniture. I was amazed at how well the Shark Navigator pulled hair off my sofa that I could not even see. You could sure see it swirling around in the dirt cup.
In my home I use the Dyson for the bigger jobs. The head is wider which helps you get large areas vacuumed quicker. You also don’t have to unplug/re-plug or empty the dirt cup as often. The Navigator is handier for quick cleanups or when I need to get into small spaces.
The Dyson has proven durability to me. I have used it now for many years with few problems. In fact, the only problem was when I took it apart and then put it back together without paying attention.
The Shark may turn out to be pretty durable too but I have not had it as long to compare that feature. The cost for the Shark is much less though and it still is an efficient machine.
I have a friend whose business is cleaning homes and offices. She also uses a Dyson and it is about 7 years old, still going strong. When she is having her Dyson serviced guess what she uses? Yep, it is the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional.
Incredible power and suction…both, nothing lacking in either one.
Ease of use…
Shark wins this one especially if you have a lot of furniture or toys to move around. However I don’t have the Dyson Ball technology in my old machine. That is supposed to make moving around much easier.
I have to choose Dyson at least for now. Over ten years old and still going strong. That is dependability. I recently saw some testing done on the DC 65. Even though the warranty is for 5 years the machine is built to last for at least 10 years of use. I believe that because my older model is well over that and still going strong.
Shark just may be the better value if you are just cleaning your own home. At least in the short term. It will do the job beautifully and without the higher price.
If you are doing professional work you may want either the Dyson Animal Complete or an upgraded Shark like Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away (NV501) Both of these have multiple tools included to help with almost any vacuuming need.
Like I said, just my opinion based on my own use of the vacuums I have. It looks to me like you would have a winner with either machine. It just depends on how you are going to use it and how much you are willing to pay. You need to remember that whatever you choose your carpet will pay the price if you don’t get the dirt and sand out of the fibers. That will wear out a carpet much too soon. The expense of replacing a carpet is what you will have if you don’t get something that gets it deep down clean.
With my allergies I have to have something with a sealed system and they both have that. There is no need to worry about dust and pollen coming back out of the vacuum into the home with either of them.
The newest Shark products like The Rotator and the Navigator professional lift away have a feature where you can actually turn down the suction in order to protect your more delicate rugs or when vacuuming curtains. That is something that the Dyson does not have and sometimes the suction can be too strong. Right now The Rotator Professional is the best selling upright vacuum on Amazon.