Dyson vs Shark Vacuums 2019

Dyson vs Shark vacuums… How do they compare today in 2019? 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 came out with some great technology during the last couple of years. We saw some brand new features come out which we talk about below.

All this makes people wonder, which is better, Dyson or Shark? Is the Dyson really better or is the Shark just as good? From our own personal experience we found that there is very little difference in the performance of each brand but each has areas in which they excel.

If you have very thick plush carpet you also may find that the suction (which cannot be turned down) of the Dyson Animal 2 is too strong to be able to vacuum without a great deal of strength and effort. That Dyson is better for low pile carpets and smooth flooring. The Shark Apex adjusts for high or low pile carpet and is easy to push.

Also, we found that the cheaper models do not perform as well as the higher priced models within the same brands. So of course, you would not be fair to compare one brands top performing model with the other brand’s economy model. Both brands have top performing machines but Shark has a greater advantage when it comes to economy models. Dyson has been a leader when it comes to innovation but in recent years Shark has caught up with and even passed them in my own humble opinion.

Dyson continues to manufacture the upright vacuums but their newer research is now concentrated on the cordless stick models. Shark continues to research and innovate both the upright and the stick vacuums. Their Apex with Duoclean and the Zero M Anti hair wrap has full power and all the flexibility you could want.


Shark’s Newest Features and How They Benefit You

SharkNinja Shark DuoClean Powered Lift-Away (NV803), Standard, CinnamonSharks newest features include the DuoClean brushroll system and the Zero-M Anti Hair wrap system. Not all of the newest offers include both features. When you look at a product pick the feature that will benefit you the most. Some of the top selling models do indeed include both features.   Just be sure to check for the features you want before you purchase.

The Duoclean feature puts two brushrolls on one head. You do not need to change heads to get what works best for either carpet or hard flooring. the same head works for both. The soft roller in front will pull in larger debri that other brush rolls may just push aside. It also makes hard flooring look more polished as every spec of dust is wiped up.

The long awaited feature that pet owners love includes the Zero-M Anti-Hair Wrap feature on some of the newest Shark vacuums such as this Apex. (I absolutely love this on the Shark I bought recently). It is great to have the hair removed automatically as you vacuum. without this feature you may have to cut the hair out of the brush rolls manually. If you have long hair yourself or pets that shed, then this is a great feature to have.

What do Consumers Report?

We looked at both the J D Power satisfaction awards and Consumer Reports for answers. For several years Shark has taken the top spot in the Upright category. A couple of years back Dyson took the top spot with Shark right behind. Just like in my own home, there was only a very little difference in customer satisfaction. Before the 2016 survery, Shark took the top spot and has ever since in the upright category.

This past year, Shark won the upright category while Dyson won the stick category. Miele actually took the top spot for the canister category. 

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Comparing Shark and Dyson almost seems like comparing apples to oranges. While both make powerful machines they each seem to focus on different types of technology.  Which is best for you might depend on which technology you prefer for your own needs. Now, Dyson states that they will spend no more time developing the Upright vacuums but will concentrate on developing the Cordless stick vacuums. Their uprights will continue to be manufactured though.

A good comparison of the Dyson and Shark Stick vacuums can be found here.

Shark DuoClean Vacuums

Shark now has several models that feature the DuoClean technology.  They tested the feature out on the Shark Rocket before offering it on their other models.The combination of the two brushrolls is quite effective.

The Apex is the most powerful yet is an extremely quiet machine. Consumers seem to love this model better than vacuums that sell for a much higher price. This is a great vacuum that includes both of the newer technologies mentioned above.

The Apex is the full size, full powered, full featured vacuum. The Speed Upright is a slightly smaller, lighter weight version that still impresses with it’s cleaning power. The IONFlex is a cordless lightweight vacuum that is free standing and includes two batteries so you can always be charging one of them. I would not recommend getting the version that just has one battery unless you have a small area to clean or use it in between cleanings with your big vacuum. The DuoClean Rocket is also an ultralight at 9.9 pounds. Instead of being cordless it does include a 30 foot power cord and a wall mount storage hook. It has great features and is a less expensive way of experiencing the great DuoClean technology.

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What About the Shark Rotator Powered Lift Away?

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Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away TruePet (NV752)Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away TruePet (NV752)View on Amazon

The Shark Rotator True Pet powered lift Away was one of the most versatile  vacuum cleaners I had ever seen when it first came out. Now the Apex above has even more versatility with more bells and whistles. However, this model that Shark has produced is still just as powerful as ever. It has played a large part in keeping the Shark customers happy in the surveys.


Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute Lightweight Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner

While Dyson has moved on to developing their cordless vacuums, Shark continues to upgrade and come out with new innovation for their full size uprights. It is no wonder that the Shark has won so many of the customer satisfaction awards.

The Shark Rotator Powered Lift Away  has washable filters but unlike some of the cheaper brands those filters do not get clogged up very 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. I also have purchased additional filters so that I can allow them several days to completely dry and still be able to use my machine at a moment’s notice.

The reason the filters do not need to be washed that often is the Advanced cyclonic technology that separates fine dirt from the air. This prevents dirt from clogging the filters and keeps 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. With this machine when you remove the bin, you have a low cleaner head that still has a powered brush. This enables you to get under much of your furniture without your having to move it. This is an advantage over the far bulkier Dyson models.

I love the fact that this model along with some other Shark models have the LED lights to enable you to see any fine dust, dirt or hair that may be hiding from you.

The TruePet Rotator model has a caddy to place the bin in or if you prefer you can simply carry the bin while vacuuming 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 to use on your furniture. It 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 full powered upright 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 more compact Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Speed version comes in to help you out.

The Speed version of Shark’s Powered Lift-Away 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 vacuums 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 study, Dyson was at the top of the rankings with Shark right behind and Miele placing third.  In the 2017 study, Shark was back on top for the upright vacuums. There are a lot of factors that go into making a customer happy.  

No matter which way you prefer to go, either of the vacuums on this page are powerful machines that make cleaning easier for you. It just depends largely on where you  need to use it, how long you need to use it and how much power is required for your task.

In the real world is where it really counts. This Amazon customer talks about her experience with both Dyson and Shark as well.

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. The important thing is to determine just which vacuum will work best for your own individual needs.

The highest power vacuum just may be the Dyson if their claims is accurate. That claim was challenged in court by Shark when they came out with some more powerful vacuums. Or if you want a vacuum with no filters to wash and with all the attachments, the Cinetic by Dyson might be best for you. That vacuum is not always available though. On the other hand, The Shark products are also very powerful yet are less bulky and are easier to use. They also have come out with some fantastic technology of their own like in the DuoClean models  or the Zero-M Anti hair models.

Over the years I have had the opportunity to use several different Dyson models and also several different Shark models. Both brands have been consistent in cleaning my home or the homes of people that I have helped in Home Health. They both are great at removing pet hair. Before choosing a model just make sure that it is designed for pet hair as there are special tools included that help a lot.

Sealed Systems – Better For Allergy Sufferers

Like many 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. 

I also had the opportunity to try out 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 was not that great to start with, 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. My client  had to replace that vacuum in about a year, because she had long hair that would wind up around the roller and caused the vacuum to overheat. 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 but not for long term use. 

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 to maneuver in crowded places. They seem to be correcting that by now focusing on the Cordless Stick  models.

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.  As you might be able to tell I have switched from favoring the Dyson to preferring the Shark. In my own home I have both but the Shark gets used the most. It is the most convenient and the suction is comparable with the Dyson. The real question is which model is right for you. I hope that this article has helped you to determine that.

Have a great day!


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