Dyson and Shark are two of the biggest and most popular brands in the world of sucking up dust and dirt from your floors, but which really offers the best vacuum cleaners and the best value for money? To help you decide, Canstar Blue has produced this comparison of their vacuum cleaners large and small, paying close attention to their sucking power, features, accessories and prices.
Both Dyson and Shark boast innovative features, but which comes out on top? Read on to find out as we compare the standout appliances from each brand.
Dyson has a well-regarded reputation with a number of futuristic vacuum designs, aiming to make them more exciting than household appliances really are. Its vacuums are separated into three categories – cord-free vacuums, upright vacuums and barrel vacuums.
Dyson Ball Animal
The iconic Dyson Ball vacuum is an upright style vacuum, providing 270 Air Watts of suction power. It’s designed with a spherical roller and cyclonic separation tubes around the main airflow section to intake maximum air pressure. The rolling ball design allows for easy movability into tight spaces. The cleaning head itself has a self-adjusting base plate to adjust to the surface being cleaned, allowing for optimal suction. The upgraded brush bar has 25% more power than the previous model. With this vacuum you will also find an instant release hose, which allows you to vacuum stairs without needing to tug the whole vacuum with you up the stairs.
Another specific feature you will find with this model is Dyson’s ‘Tangle-Free Turbine tool’, which is a useful function if you have pets as the counter-rotating head is claimed to not have hair tangle around the brush bar. It is further claimed to capture allergens and expel cleaner air. It weighs 11.19kg and has a 10.7m cord length.
- RRP: $799
There are two other options in this range, including the Small Ball Multi Floor option, which is a more compact version for easier storage. It weighs 5.5kg and has RRP of $599. The Dyson Small Ball Allergy, specific for capturing allergens and deep cleaning floors, comes in at $699.
Dyson v8 Cordless
This is a cord free, versatile vacuum with a compact design, handheld electronic motor and two tiers of cyclone chambers being claimed to deliver most powerful suction. Dyson boasts inbuilt batteries, which provide twice the runtime. It is also claimed to have had acoustic improvements for a quieter machine with the same amount of suction.
- RRP: $399 – $999 (depending on model)
Dyson Cinetic Big Ball and Dyson Big Ball
The barrel style vacuum is Dyson’s largest and most powerful vacuum. Its spherical barrel design gets back into a self-right position whenever it’s knocked over. It has two tiers of radial cyclone generators for maximum suction as well as to help loosen microscopic particles. It’s equipped with a self adjusting standard head plus a few other tools for a number of cleaning needs. The 360-degree extendable handle also makes it a very ergonomic vacuum.
- RRP: $499 – $999 (depending on model)
Shark has a slightly more modest range of vacuum cleaners compared to Dyson, but what it lacks in quantity it more than makes up for in quality. Although Shark doesn’t produce cordless vacuums, this range is on its way, to be released in 2018. The full range currently extends to the following models:
- Shark Powered Lift Away with Duo-Clean Rotator Bagless Corded Vacuum
- Shark Lift-Away Rotator Bagless 850W Corded Vacuum
- Shark Lift-Away Rotator Bagless Corded Vacuum
- Shark DuoClean Upright Bagless Corded Vacuum
- Shark Rocket True Pet Upright Bagless 500W Corded Vacuum
- Shark Lift-Away Rotator Bagless 750W Corded Vacuum
Let’s look at arguably the two standout models.
Shark Lift-Away Rotator Bagless 750W
This Shark upright vacuum is claimed to be lightweight with enhanced swivel steering for cleaning around and under furniture. It’s a “lift around” vacuum to help clean staircases or high areas. With the anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology it is claimed that there is no loss of suction. Shark’s HEPA filtration system also aims to capture and hold 99.9% of dust and allergens inside the vacuum.
The Shark Lift-Away Rotator vacuum provides 740W of suction power, which differs to the Air Watts measurement that Dyson vacuums boast, so don’t be fooled by this large spike in numbers. It’s simply a different type of calculation, which may ultimately confuse consumers even more. At time of writing this model was approximately $299 from leading retailers.
Shark Rocket True Pet Handstick
This is a corded 500W vacuum with a 9m cord length. Although some may find cordless vacuums convenient to use, the downfall is the operating time. Unlike battery-operated versions, Shark boasts the corded Handstick design to never run out of power while maintaining a light weight, 4kg in total. At the time of writing the price was approximately $399 from leading retailers.
Dyson Vs Shark | Who offers the best value for money?
There are several factors to consider before purchasing either a Dyson or a Shark vacuum cleaner. These include:
- The effectiveness of the clean the vacuum
- Ease of use and storage of the vacuum
- Noise levels of the vacuum cleaner
Dyson offers a large range of vacuum cleaners to suit any home and it certainly boasts innovative features as well as modern designs that stand out. You may find that Dyson sits higher on the price spectrum, but this is not to say that Shark doesn’t scratch up with its features. If you’re on a budget, Shark vacuum cleaners will be up to the task.
While Dyson tends to provide a compact design with its vacuums for easy storage, Shark offers simple designs for ease of use, as well as advancing in technology for noise reduction. Depending how you use your vacuum and if you need specific features such as the ability to vacuum high ceilings, you may like to choose accordingly. Via the link below, you can find how Aussie consumers rated the two brands along with the other top vacuum cleaner brands.