Dyson vs Shark – A Personal Review 2017 Update

Dyson vs Shark vacuums… How do they compare? Both companies are very competitive towards putting out the best vacuums for all types of vacuuming needs. They both have full power vacuums. They both have light weight  or compact versions. They both have many options to consider. They both are innovative and come out with some great technology.

Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Plus Allergy - CordedDyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Plus Allergy – CordedView on AmazonComparing the newest vacuums, Dyson’s Cinetic Big Ball Animal Plus Allergy 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 Cinetic Big Ball Animal Plus Allergy

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.

It is the Dyson Ball Upright Series that won the 2016 J.D. Power customer satisfaction award that the Shark had won for two years in a row.

 Just FYI the cinetic big ball does not have  suction quite as strong as the Dyson ball Upright series. To decide between these two models which is more important to you… no filters to clean or stronger suction?

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 Cons for the Dyson

What are the drawbacks on this machine? Well, it does not have quite as strong airflow to the hose as the Shark but you might not want that anyway. You usually use the hose for more delicate things above the floor. 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 that has a smaller cleaning head. A lot depends upon where you will be using the vacuum.

& What are the drawbacks on this machine? Well, it does not have as strong airflow to the hose as the Shark Rotator Powered Lift Away, but you might not want that anyway. If you watched the shark videos on TV or you tube, 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 large open areas quicker than with a vacuum with a smaller cleaning head.



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)View on AmazonThis is honestly the most versatile and handiest vacuum cleaner I have ever seen. It is also a powerful machine. 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 brands those filters do not get clogged up as quickly anyway. I only need to clean the filters every 3 or 4 months in my Shark machine and they are not that dirty then.

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 room 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. There is a caddy to place the bin in or if you prefer you can simply carry the bin while going under tables or chairs and then put it right back on.

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 at picking up pet hair than the air driven brush of previous Dyson and Shark models. This model  also includes the Hard Floor Genie Attachment with a washable microfiber pad for superior bare floor cleaning. This attachment helps you to clean bare floors better than you could with just a vacuum alone.



The 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.

Cons for the Rotator Powered Lift-Away

Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Speed (NV683)Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Speed (NV683)View on Amazon

What about the cons? Although the powered lift away is lighter than the Dyson most of the weight is on the handle. So when you use it in upright mode it might be too heavy for some people like the elderly or those who are frail. This is where the Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Speed version comes in.

It is much smaller and lighter but still does an excellent job. Some people prefer it because of it’s smaller size and weight. It is available with all the same attachments as the larger vacuum. This is Shark’s most compact vacuum. It also has the detachable canister and caddy. The convenient push button controls on these vaccums make changing from carpet to bare floors quick and easy. Although this is the blue model shown here you can also get it in other colors.

Which  is Best – Dyson or Shark?

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 Ranked Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Upright Vacuums for two years in a row. Dyson ranked second. In the 2016 studyDyson was at the top of the rankings with Shark right behind and Miele placing third. There are a lot of factors that go into making a customer happy.  I am glad that the two companies are competing and keep making their machines better. It is not always about having the best suction. There needs to be ease of use, great cleaning power, filtration to help people with allergies, cost of purchase, cost of upkeep and a number of other considerations.

Shark Rotator Lift-Away Professional...

Shark Rotator Lift Away Still a great machine

Navigator Lift Away Professional

Shark Navigator Pro

Things to Consider

Most of the YouTube videos available to watch try to show which model has the most powerful suction. Sometimes you question the methods individuals use to show this. While good cleaning power is important, you must also think about things like

  • Size, whether the vacuum will fit in your storage space.
  • Is the vacuum heavy duty and full powered for tough cleaning jobs?
  • Do you actually need the highest power in your home? If not does it have adequate suction for your cleaning needs?
  • Do you need a lightweight  vacuum for someone who may be frail or elderly?
  • Can you get into tight places easily or will you have to move your furniture around to clean?
  • Will the vac be used to pick up pet hair?
  • Is the vacuum durable?
  • Is cost reasonable for what you will be getting?

As you can see there are lots of things to think about in addition to good strong power. You probably have some criteria that is especially important to you that I have not even named here.

Have you seen the television commercials comparing Dyson’s vacuum cleaners against

Dyson DC 65 Animal Complete

Shark’s? Well, I got a chance to see for myself. I wound up with both a Dyson Animal Complete 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 well.

I have serviced them myself (not recommended for anyone unless you are a true DIYer with some skills and tools. Usually you should have a professional do this) I can tell you that the Shark was much easier to take apart and clean than the Dyson was. However in late 2016 both machines work as good as new. My Dyson is an older DC07 Animal complete and does not have the ball feature. But it does have incredible suction. It was purchased in 2002. How is that for durability? Four years ago I did not put the Dyson back together properly when cleaning the filter and thought that it had lost power. That is when I bought the Shark. When I discovered my error with the Dyson and fixed it… I had two great vacuums. I would love to have one of the newer models but these just won’t quit. LOL But that is a good thing. I do keep up to date with what is going on in the vacuum world so if I ever do need to replace them (or simply retire them), I will know what the best choices are for me. I have pets and need to vacuum daily.

Sealed Systems Help with Allergies

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 elderly 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. There is a foam filter that needs to be washed at least once a month. A dirty filter means less suction. This is one that I would not recommend for most homes. It does not have really strong suction even when totally clean.  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. She lives in an apartment  with no pets and very little gets tracked inside.

The newest versions of both Shark and Dyson are easier to maneuver than the older ones were. With the newer Sharks you can get in and around furniture and small spaces with ease. The Dyson is a little harder in crowded places. However, the Dyson is an incredible piece of technology, especially with the cinetic feature.  I don’t mind washing a filter once every few months, but you might be one that wants to avoid that. 

There is enough variety in both the Dyson and Shark models to meet both your budget and your own special cleaning needs. Think about where you will be using it and whether a smaller compact machine would be better or a larger one with full power would be needed. Dyson has come down in price on some of it’s machines but the Sharks are generally more affordable with just as much if not more capability. 

Which Brand is Right For You?

So what is the answer to which is best… Shark vacuums or Dyson? As you can see, both brands produce reliable, durable, powerful machines. That is really subjective as it depends on which features are most important to you. Both brands have loyal fans that declare that their brand is the best.  The real question is which model is right for you. I hope that I have helped you to think a little about that.

Have a great day!