Dyson and Shark are 2 of the most popular vacuum brands in the UK, and both sell corded and cordless vacuums. Some people love Dyson and some love Shark, as each brand has slight differences which make them more appealing depending on the circumstances.

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To help you decide which one is best suited to you and your cleaning needs we've done a detailed comparison, comprising all the things you may find important when choosing a vacuum, such as weight, capacity, price, attachments, technology and battery life.

We also also asked families in our Top testers club what they think about their Dyson and Shark vacuums too.

If you want to compare all the models Shark and Dyson offer then jump straight to see their cordless and corded models.

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Shark vs Dyson technology

Shark and Dyson vacuum cleaners both use very similar technology, but the brands use different terminology, which can be confusing.

Models from both brands have built-in illumination and detangle/anti wrap technology to stop hairs getting caught around the roller. However, although both brands offer levels of smart cleaning, they both do it in slightly different ways. Some Dyson vacuum cleansers can actually track your level of "clean" and the volume of particles collected. Shark does this work behind the scenes.

If you want more data on how clean your house is, then Dyson is probably the best option for you. However, if your focus is on practical elements such as a flexible wand and anti-odour technology then Shark may be better for you.

It's important to note that although we've listed some of the great technology each brand offers, this is not to say that every vacuum they make offers these features; some of these functions are only available on premium models.

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Dyson illumination technology

Illumination The vacuum head has a precisely-angled beam so you can detect particles and dust you wouldn't normally be able to see to get a fuller and deeper clean.

LCD screen – The handy LCD screen on the cordless vacuum displays the battery life, and on some models such as the Dyson V15 Detect it even shows the size and quantity of the particles being sucked up.

Measures microscopic dust particles – The piezo sensor counts the dust particles passing through the inlet 15,000 times a second and increases suction power depending on how many particles it detects.

Scientific proof of a deep clean – You can see just how well you're cleaning by looking at the size and number of particles you've cleaned up for proof of a truly deep clean.

De-tangle technology – The vacuum's head has a detangling comb with 56 polycarbonate teeth to prevent hair tangling around the bristles.

Advanced filtration – The vacuum has a 5-stage advanced filtration process which captures dust and seals in 99.99% of microscopic particles to prevent dust from escaping.

Shark

Shark Vacuum flexology

Twin tech floorhead – The DuoClean brush-rolls work on both carpet and hard floors. You don't need to change the floorhead as one head has the technology to vacuum both surfaces.

Flexology – With Shark you can reach under and over anywhere. The wand is flexible and bends to go under sofas and tables. It also makes it great for storing compactly too as it can fold down.

De-tangle technology – Similar to Dyson, Shark also has anti hair wrap tools to stop hair getting tangled around the brush.

DuoClean PowerFins – To help you pick up more hair the DuoClean head with PowerFins can dig deep into carpets for a deep clean.

Clean Sense IQ – This feature automatically detects dirt and adjusts cleaning power accordingly. The floorhead illuminates as the suction automatically increases and then decreases again once all the dirt has been vacuumed up.

Anti-odour technology – Some models have a unique cartridge system which guards against dust cup odours which are caused by pet hair, dust and dander.

Illumination – Like Dyson, Shark vacuum cleaners also have lights to help detect and show dust for a more thorough clean.

Shark vs Dyson price

Dyson and Shark vacuum cleaners are in a similar price range, with most models starting at around £300. However, although Dyson's cheapest cordless model is slightly cheaper than Shark's, their highest model is £160.99 more than Shark's most expensive offering.

When it comes to corded vacuums, Dyson models are a little more expensive than Shark, but only very marginally.

Dyson

Dyson's cordless vacuums range from £329.99 for the Dyson v8 to £659.99 for the Dyson v15 Detect Absolute + Vacuum (gold).

Dyson's corded vacuums start at £279.99 for the Dyson Ball Animal and go up to £429.99 for the Dyson Ball Animal Complete.

Shark

Shark's cordless vacuums start at £349.99 for the Shark Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Vacuum and go up to £499 for the Shark Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Stick Vacuum (double battery).

As for Shark's upright vacuums, the Shark Classic Upright Vacuum starts at £249 and goes all the way up to £369.99 for the Shark Anti Hair Wrap Upright Pet Vacuum.

Shark vs Dyson capacity

Both Shark and Dyson cordless vacuums have very similar capacities. However, if you want a very light one with a small capacity then Dyson is the best option.

As for corded vacuums, Dyson offers a much larger option at 1.8L compared to Shark's larger capacity vacuum at just 1.3L.

Dyson

Dyson vacuum capacity

Dyson's cordless vacuum's capacity ranges from 0.77L to 0.35L. The cordless vacuums with the biggest capacity are the Dyson Cyclone v10 and the Dyson v15 detect. The one with the smallest capacity, just 0.35L, is the Dyson v12 detect slim.

The upright corded vacuums have a much larger capacity than their cordless counterparts, which is to be expected. They range from 1.1L (the Dyson Ball Animal Upright Vacuum) to 1.8L (the Dyson Ball Animal Multi-Floor Upright Vacuum).

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Shark vacuum capacity

Shark's cordless vacuums all have a capacity of 0.7L other than their Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Upright Vacuums which only have a capacity of 0.6L.

Their corded vacuums have a capacity of 1.1L, Shark Classic Upright Vacuum, to 1.3L, Shark Anti Hair Wrap Upright Pet Vacuum.

Shark vs Dyson weight

Carrying a vacuum around is not easy, especially when trying to do the stairs. If you want a super light cordless vacuum then Dyson's are much lighter– almost half the weight – starting at just 2.2kg instead of 4.1kg.

But this changes if we're talking about a corded vacuum. Shark's corded vacuums start much lighter at 5.2kg compared to Dyson's lightest model starting at 7kg.

Dyson

man vacuuming the stairs with a Dyson vacuum

Dyson's cordless vacuums vary in weight from 2.2kg for the Dyson v12 Detect Slim Absolute Cordless all the way up to 4.9kg fr the Dyson v10 Extra Cordless. This does not include the Dyson Omni-glide Cordless Vacuum for hard floors which weighs just 1.9kg.

Their corded vacuums are 7kg to 7.4kg with the Dyson Ball Animal being the lightest and the Dyson Ball Animal Multi-floor being the heaviest.

Shark

Woman vacuuming stairs with Shark vacuum

Shark's cordless vacuums start at 4.1kg for the Shark Classic Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Stick Pet Vacuum and go up to 5.7kg, for the Shark Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Upright Vacuum.

As for their corded vacuums, they range from 5.25kg to 7.21kg with the Shark Classic Upright Vacuum being the lightest and the Shark Anti Hair Wrap Upright Pet Vacuum being the heaviest.

Shark vs Dyson battery life

If you have a bigger house that will take longer to vacuum, then a Shark may be best for you. Thanks to the twin battery options they have a lot longer run time, almost double that of a Dyson. However, extra batteries do add to the cost.

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Dyson's cordless vacuums have an average battery life of up to 60 minutes, depending on the power mode you're using. The Dyson V8 vacuum and Dyson V8 Absolute vacuum have a run time of up to 40 minutes.

The only exception is their Dyson Omni Glide, a vacuum for hard floors which only has a run time of up to 20 minutes.

It can take up to 4 hours to fully charge your Dyson battery.

Vacuum battery life

Shark

Shark's cordless vacuums have, on average, a longer battery life than Dyson. The average run time is around 60 minutes, depending on power setting. However they have some cordless models with up to 80 to 120 minute run time thanks to their twin batteries.

The Shark Stratos Anti Hair Wrap Plus Pet Pro Cordless Vacuum offers up to 120 minutes with it's twin battery pack, which is double Dyson's average.

The longest time available with a single battery is 60 minutes. There are some models such as the Shark Classic Anti Hair Wrap Cordless which only offer 40 minutes.

The Shark vacuum battery also takes approximately 4 hours to charge, the same as Dyson.

Shark vacuum battery life

Shark vs Dyson attachments

Both vacuum brands offer a selection of tools and attachments with the vacuum, although, how many you get included depends on which vacuum you buy. The attachments can also be bought separately too.

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Accessories for cordless vacuums:

  • Scratch-free dusting brush, £30
  • Awkward gap tool, £30
  • Hair screw tool, £50
  • Light pipe crevice tool, £35
  • Up-top adaptor tool, £30
  • Low-reach adaptor, £29
  • Mini soft dusting brush, £25
  • Extension hose, £25
  • Fabric and mattress tool, £12.50
  • Stubborn dirt brush, £25
  • Crevice tool, £25
  • Combination tool, £25

Accessories for corded vacuums:

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Accessories for all vacuums:

Shark vs Dyson cordless models

Dyson

Dyson v8, £329.99

Dyson v8

Technology: Detangles, fully-sealed filtration, transforms to handheld | Battery life: 40 mins| Capacity: 0.54L | Weight: 2.5kg | Attachments: Digital motorbar, quick-release mini motorhead tool, combination tool, crevice tool

Available from: Dyson

Dyson v8 Absolute, £379.99

Dyson v8 Absolute

Technology: Detangles, fully-sealed filtration, transforms to handheld | Battery life: 40 mins| Capacity: 0.54L | Weight: 2.5kg | Attachments: Digital motorbar, quick-release soft roller cleaner head, quick-release mini motorhead tool, low reach adaptor, combination tool, crevice tool

Available from: Very, John Lewis and Dyson

Dyson v10 Extra, £419.99

Dyson v10 Extra

Technology: Fade-free power, whole-system filtration, transforms to handheld | Battery life: 60 mins| Capacity: 0.77L | Weight: 4.9kg | Attachments: Digital motorbar, mini motorised tool, low reach adaptor, combination tool, crevice tool

Available from: Dyson and Currys

Dyson Cyclone v10 Total Clean, £419.99

Dyson Cyclone v10 Total Clean

Technology: Fade-free power, whole-system filtration, transforms to handheld | Battery life: 60 mins| Capacity: 0.77L | Weight: 2.6kg | Attachments: Digital motorbar, soft roller cleaner head, low reach adaptor, combination tool, crevice tool

Available from: Dyson

Dyson Cyclone v10 Absolute, £429.99

Dyson Cyclone v10 Absolute

Technology: Fade-free power, whole-system filtration, transforms to handheld | Battery life: 60 mins| Capacity: 0.77L | Weight: 2.6kg | Attachments: Digital motorbar, soft roller cleaner head, mini motorised tool, low reach adaptor, combination tool, crevice tool

Available from: Amazon, Currys and Very

Dyson v12 Detect Slim Absolute, £529.99

Dyson v12 Detect Slim Absolute

Technology: Illumination, piezo sensor to measure dust particles, scientific proof of deep clean, LCD screen, transforms into handheld | Battery life: 60 mins| Capacity: 0.35L | Weight: 2.2kg | Attachments: Digital motorbar, illuminated cleaner head, hair screw tool, low reach adaptor, combination tool

Available from: Very, John Lewis and Dyson

Dyson v12 Detect Slim Absolute +, £559.99

Dyson v12 Detect Slim Absolute +

Technology: Illumination, piezo sensor to measure dust particles, scientific proof of deep clean, LCD screen, transforms into handheld | Battery life: 60 mins| Capacity: 0.35L | Weight: 2.2kg | Attachments: Digital motorbar, illuminated cleaner head, hair screw tool, low reach adaptor, combination tool, crevice tool, mattress tool

Available from: Dyson

Dyson v15 Detect Absolute, £629.99

Dyson v15 Detect Absolute Vacuum

Technology: Illumination, piezo sensor to measure dust particles, scientific proof of deep clean, LCD screen, detangles, transforms to handheld | Battery life: 60 mins| Capacity: 0.77L | Weight: 3kg | Attachments: Digital motorbar, illuminated cleaner head, hair screw tool, low reach adaptor, combination tool, crevice tool

Available from: Very, John Lewis and Dyson

Dyson v15 Detect Absolute +, £659.99

Dyson v15 Detect Absolute +

Technology: Illumination, piezo sensor to measure dust particles, scientific proof of deep clean, LCD screen, detangles, transforms to handheld | Battery life: 60 mins| Capacity: 0.77L | Weight: 3.1kg | Attachments: Digital motorbar, illuminated cleaner head, hair screw tool, low reach adaptor, combination tool, crevice tool, up-top adaptor, mattress tool, quick-release mini soft dusting brush

Available from: Dyson

Shark

Shark Classic Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Stick Pet Vacuum, £379.99

Shark Classic Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Stick Pet Vacuum

Technology: Anti hair wrap, twin tech floorhead, flexology | Battery life: 40 mins| Capacity: 0.7L | Weight: 4.1kg | Attachments: Motorised pet tool, crevice tool, dusting brush, upholstery tool

Available from: Shark Clean and Very

Shark Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Pet Vacuum, £379.99

Shark Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Pet Vacuum

Technology: Anti hair wrap, flexology | Battery life: 40 mins| Capacity: 0.7L | Weight: 4.74kg | Attachments: Crevice tool, upholstery tool, pet tool

Available from: Very, Shark Clean and Amazon

Shark Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Pet Vacuum, £429.99

Shark Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Pet Vacuum.

Technology: Anti hair wrap, DuoClean + PowerFins, flexology | Battery life: 60 mins| Capacity: 0.7L | Weight: 4.58kg | Attachments: Crevice tool, multi surface tool, powerfins pet tool

Available from: Very, Shark Clean and Currys

Shark Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Pet Vacuum (double battery), £449.99

Shark Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Pet Vacuum (double battery)

Technology: Anti hair wrap, flexology, LED lights | Battery life: 80 mins| Capacity: 0.7L | Weight: 4.7kg | Attachments: Crevice tool, upholstery tool, pet tool

Available from: Very, Shark Clean and John Lewis

Shark Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Vacuum (single battery), £349.99

Shark Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Vacuum (single battery)

Technology: Anti hair wrap, flexology, LED lights | Battery life: 40 mins| Capacity: 0.7L | Weight: 4.7kg | Attachments: Crevice tool, upholstery tool

Available from: Very, Shark Clean and John Lewis

Shark Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Vacuum (double battery), £449.99

Shark Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Vacuum (double battery)

Technology: Anti hair wrap, flexology, LED lights | Battery life: 80 mins| Capacity: 0.7L | Weight: 4.7kg | Attachments: Crevice tool, upholstery tool

Available from: Very, Shark Clean and Amazon

Shark Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Vacuum, £399.99

Shark Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Vacuum

Technology: Anti hair wrap, flexology, LED lights, DuoClean + Powerfins | Battery life: 60 mins| Capacity: 0.7L | Weight: 4.58kg | Attachments: Crevice tool, multi surface tool

Available from: Very, Shark Clean and John Lewis

Shark Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Stick Vacuum (double battery), £499.99

Shark Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Stick Vacuum (double battery)

Technology: Anti hair wrap, flexology, LED lights, DuoClean + Powerfins | Battery life: 120 mins| Capacity: 0.7L | Weight: 4.58kg | Attachments: Crevice tool, multi surface tool, anti allergen brush

Available from: Very, Shark Clean and Amazon

Shark Stratos Anti Hair Wrap Plus Cordless Vacuum (single battery), £449.99

Shark Stratos Anti Hair Wrap Plus Cordless Vacuum (single battery)

Technology: Anti hair wrap, flexology, LED lights, clean sense IQ, anti-odour| Battery life: 60 mins| Capacity: 0.7L | Weight: 4.1kg | Attachments: Crevice tool, multi surface tool

Available from: Very, Shark Clean and John Lewis

Shark Stratos Anti Hair Wrap Plug Pet Pro Cordless Vacuum (single battery), £479.99

Shark Stratos Anti Hair Wrap Plug Pet Pro Cordless Vacuum (single battery)

Technology: Anti hair wrap, flexology, LED lights, clean sense IQ, anti-odour| Battery life: 60 mins| Capacity: 0.7L | Weight: 4.1kg | Attachments: Crevice tool, multi surface tool, pet tool

Available from: Very, Shark Clean and Lakeland

Shark Stratos Anti Hair Wrap Plus Pet Pro Cordless Vacuum (double battery), £549.99

Shark Stratos Anti Hair Wrap Plus Pet Pro Cordless Vacuum (double battery)

Technology: Anti hair wrap, flexology, LED lights, clean sense IQ, anti-odour| Battery life: 120 mins| Capacity: 0.7L | Weight: 4.1kg | Attachments: Crevice tool, multi surface tool, pet tool, anti allergen brush

Available from: Very, Shark Clean and John Lewis

Shark Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner with Flexology, Pet Model (single battery), £379.99

Shark Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner with Flexology, Pet Model (single battery)

Technology: Anti hair wrap, flexology, LED lights| Battery life: 40 mins| Capacity: 0.7L | Weight: 4.74kg | Attachments: Crevice tool, upholstery tool, pet tool

Available from: Shark Clean

Shark Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Upright Vacuum, £399.99

Shark Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Upright Vacuum

Technology: Anti hair wrap, DuoClean + Powerfins, powered lift-away portability, LED lights| Battery life: 60 mins| Capacity: 0.6L | Weight: 5.7kg | Attachments: Dusting brush, wide upholstery tool, crevice tool

Available from: Very, Shark Clean and Amazon

Shark Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Upright Pet Vacuum, £429.99

Shark Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Upright Pet Vacuum

Technology: Anti hair wrap, DuoClean + Powerfins, powered lift-away portability, LED lights| Battery life: 60 mins| Capacity: 0.6L | Weight: 6.2kg | Attachments: Dusting brush, wide upholstery tool, crevice tool, anti hair wrap pet tool

Available from: Very, Shark Clean and Currys

Shark vs Dyson corded models

Dyson

Dyson Ball Animal, £279.99

Dyson Ball Animal

Technology: Detangles hair, no loss of suction, advanced filtration |Capacity: 1.15L |Weight: 5.6kg |Attachments: Combination tool, quick-release tangle-free turbine tool, stair tool

Available from: Argos and Dyson

Dyson Ball Animal Multi-Floor, £379.99

Dyson Ball Animal Multi-Floor

Technology: Detangles hair, no loss of suction, advanced filtration |Capacity: 1.8L |Weight: 7.4kg |Attachments: Combination tool, quick-release tangle-free turbine tool, stair tool, soft dusting brush, flat out head

Available from: Very, Argos and Dyson

Dyson Ball Animal Complete, £429.99

Dyson Ball Animal Complete

Technology: Detangles hair, no loss of suction, advanced filtration |Capacity: 1.8L |Weight: 7.4kg |Attachments: Combination tool, quick-release tangle-free turbine tool, stair tool, soft dusting brush, flat out head, mattress tool, reach under tool

Available from: Dyson

Shark

Shark Classic Upright Vacuum, £249.99

Shark Classic Upright Vacuum

Technology: Lift-away portability, anti-allergen complete seal, LED headlights |Capacity: 1.1L |Weight: 5.25kg |Attachments: Crevice tool, multi surface tool

Available from: Very, Shark Clean and Amazon

Shark Anti Hair Wrap Upright Vacuum, £349.99

Shark Anti Hair Wrap Upright Vacuum

Technology: Anti hair wrap, DuoClean, lift-away portability, LED headlights |Capacity: 1.3L |Weight: 7.21kg |Attachments: Crevice tool, multi surface tool

Available from: Very, Shark Clean and Currys

Shark Powered Lift-Away Upright Pet Vacuum, £299.99

Shark Powered Lift-Away Upright Pet Vacuum

Technology: Lift-away portability, anti-allergen complete seal, LED headlights |Capacity: 0.83L |Weight: 7kg |Attachments: Crevice tool, multi surface tool, pet tool

Available from: Very, Shark Clean and Amazon

Shark Anti Hair Wrap Upright Pet Vacuum, £369.99

Shark Anti Hair Wrap Upright Pet Vacuum

Technology: Anti hair wrap, DuoClean, lift-away portability, LED headlights |Capacity: 1.3L |Weight: 7.21kg |Attachments: Crevice tool, multi surface tool, pet tool

Available from: Shark Clean and Currys

Shark vs Dyson warranties

Dyson and Shark both offer guarantees to ensure you don't lose out. They're roughly the same but they're slightly different for each model so be sure to read the terms and conditions beforehand. If you buy from a retailer (such as John Lewis) they too may offer their own warranty or guarantee too.

Dyson

Dyson cordless vacuums come with a 2-year guarantee and you can get a 5-year guarantee for corded vacuums. This covers parts, repair and replacement. If you want to upgrade your vacuum and pass your old one onto someone else then this guarantee can still be transferred to them.

Shark

Shark offers a 5-year guarantee on their corded vacuum cleaners and a 12-month guarantee on their cordless models which can be extended for up to 2 years. If you buy from their site this is activated automatically. If you buy from a retailer then you can register it online to receive your guarantee.

Shark vs Dyson – what our top testers say

We asked our Top Testers club if they have a Shark or Dyson vacuum and if they do, how they feel about it.

  • 29% answered I have a Shark and love it
  • 24% said I have a Dyson and love it – a very even split.
  • 23% said they've owned both Shark and Dyson but prefer a Shark
  • 2% said they've owned both but prefer the Dyson
  • 9% who have a different brand vacuum cleaner, showing just how much these 2 brands dominate the vacuum market.

Here are some comments from the top testers:

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  • "I have both a Shark cordless and a Dyson cordless. The Dyson has a better suction but the Shark has better battery life and is easier to empty." – Katie
  • "I love my Shark, it's fantastic for cleaning up after the puppy and toddler." – Cat
  • "I actually thought I wanted a Shark but when we tried them in the shop the Dyson was so much lighter." –Laura
  • "After having a Dyson for many years and loving it, I couldn't think of any reason to replace it until I went over to my friends one night and tried her Shark and have never looked back!" – Sarah
  • "We have 2 long haired cats who moult a lot! We've used both Dyson and Shark pet specs and Shark's anti tangle works so much better than Dyson's." – Robert

About the author

Chloe is a Digital Reviews Writer and Coordinator for Immediate Media's Parenting team. She researches and writes articles, recommending the best products for parents, ranging from best sleep aids to best playpens. She has a First-Class Honours Psychology degree where she developed a strong interest in child development.

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