Shark vs. Dyson

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Executive Summary

Versatility


Power


Ease of Use


Warranty


Price

Despite the two brands being relatively close in some of the main metrics, the Dyson line of vacuums wins this comparison on sheer strength. Simply put, Dyson’s industrial-level power and efficiency coupled with incredibly versatile and light design make it the best vacuum cleaner brand on the market.

Introduction

Some vacuum cleaners suck more than others, and that’s not always a bad thing. When shopping around for the right one for you, it can be challenging to really see the meaningful differences. Sure, they both stand upright and get the crumbs off the carpet, but there can be a lot more to it than that.

If you’re having trouble deciding between the two most popular vacuum cleaners of the day, the Dyson Ball and the Shark Rotator, then you’ve come to the right place. To make your life easier, we’ve compared these two action-packed dust-busters on the 5 most important things you’ll want to know before you make a purchase.

Versatility

The Shark Rotator is a pretty versatile vacuum, coming equipped with the convenient ‘Lift-Away’ mode that converts the standard upright vacuum into a portable hand-held cleaner and an ‘Above-Floor’ mode for going up and down stairs and sweeping all the nooks and crannies under furniture and in ceiling corners that normal vacuums can’t reach. The Dyson Ball, however, comes with an instant release wand that does the work of both of these feature. And while the Shark Rotator has a one-touch control for switching between carpet and hard-surfaced floors, the Dyson Ball does this automatically.

Sure, both vacuums come out of the box with full attachment kits, but with the Dyson Ball you can be sure you’ll have uncompromised suction power no matter which setting you’re in.

Our pick

Dyson V6 Slim Vacuum Cleaner, Yellow (Certified Refurbished)

“Awesome product, I have been wanting a cordless Dyson for some time but balked at the price. The price is great and I could not see any differences between this refurbished and a new model.”
-T. Stoddard

Our pick

Dyson V6 Slim Vacuum Cleaner, Yellow (Certified Refurbished)

“Awesome product, I have been wanting a cordless Dyson for some time but balked at the price. The price is great and I could not see any differences between this refurbished and a new model.”
-T. Stoddard

Power

The Shark Rotator’s HEPA anti-allergen seal traps 99.9% of dust and allergens (according to IEC 60312-1 standard). The Dyson Ball uses a patented Radial Root Cyclone™ technology to ensure no loss of suction over time, while also being the only popular cleaner on the market that is certified asthma & allergy friendly by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

One major plus for the Shark Rotator is the front-mounted LED lights it comes with to illuminate any dust that might be hiding under the bed. It’s a nice feature, but with the Dyson you can be sure that dust will be gone before you see it. It is ASTM F558 tested at 270AW and equipped with stiff nylon bristles, so it packs a lot of power in that small frame.

Our pick

Dyson DC65 Animal Complete Upright Vacuum Cleaner

$628.00

“if you are buying this for its suction power and its suction power alone, you will probably be very happy with this vacuum. It does an amazing job at sucking up dust, animal hair, etc.”
-Jake Fantom

Our pick

Dyson DC65 Animal Complete Upright Vacuum Cleaner

$628.00

“if you are buying this for its suction power and its suction power alone, you will probably be very happy with this vacuum. It does an amazing job at sucking up dust, animal hair, etc.”
-Jake Fantom

Ease of Use

The Dyson Ball is impressively user-friendly for how well it does the job. It even earned the top score for the J.D. Power 2016 Vacuum Satisfaction Study and has an average user rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars, which means people have definitely noticed. The Shark Rotator has been given an average user rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars, putting it at a close second place for customer satisfaction. While that is nothing to scoff at, it’s just barely outclassed by the Dyson Ball.

The Shark Rotator uses an enhanced swivel-steering technology to make navigating pretty easy. However, the Dyson’s Ball technology gives it an unsurpassed maneuverability that lets you take tight turns around edges and into corners without doing a doozy on your forearms or your wrists.

One major drawback of the Shark Rotator is that you will need to replace filters at some point, though it comes with several filters included. And while the Rotator has an easy-empty dust cup, the Dyson comes with a washable and reusable button-release filter and dust cup so you can just pop it open and empty it in the garbage, then give it a good rinse before you’re ready to get back to the action. No replacement filters necessary.

Our pick

Dyson DC50 Animal Compact Upright Vacuum Cleaner, Iron/Purple - Corded

$326.50

“I love the hands free dumping of the waste basket. The ball is so smooth and easy to maneuver around.”
-Jeffrey Schirf

Our pick

Dyson DC50 Animal Compact Upright Vacuum Cleaner, Iron/Purple - Corded

$326.50

“I love the hands free dumping of the waste basket. The ball is so smooth and easy to maneuver around.”
-Jeffrey Schirf

Warranty

The Dyson Ball comes with a 5-year limited warranty, parts and labor included. It is tested to last up to 10 years, but with proper care and maintenance it can last much longer.


The Shark Rotator includes a 5-year limited warranty, with helpful resources like a free help hotline for troubleshooting and an online marketplace for new or replacement attachments. After your warranty expires, you can even contact their free ‘out’ warranty center to inquire about repairs and maintenance after the date of your warranty has passed. The Dyson Ball, however, also has a 5-year limited warranty (parts and labor included) but it is tested to last up to 10 years.

Just look at what the company puts this uniquely resilient cleaner through:


“We subject Dyson Ball Multi Floor to 12,800 hours of rigorous testing including 663 individual tests. 

These include:

• 200 sideway slams into steel blocks
• 147,000 hose stretches
• 362 miles of carpet cleaning
• 7,342 careless drops
• 800 hours of non-stop pushing and pulling
• 10,000 cable tugs
• 20,000 button presses”

That’s a pretty long-lasting vacuum cleaner.

Our pick

iRobot Roomba 650 Robot Vacuum

$249.98

“Useful, compact and it does the job for you. I would choose this over the over-priced Dyson machines, which you still have to walk around and push to clean.”
-DC Reader

Our pick

iRobot Roomba 650 Robot Vacuum

$249.98

“Useful, compact and it does the job for you. I would choose this over the over-priced Dyson machines, which you still have to walk around and push to clean.”
-DC Reader

Price

Depending on the exact model, retailer, and date of purchase, Dyson Ball cleaners range from $222.99 to $399.99. This is to be compared with the average price range for a Shark Rotator, which is between $113.99 and $299.99. Since they both come with a 5-year warranty and a full attachment kit, you at least know you’re comparing apples to apples.

The Dyson Ball is obviously more expensive, so if you’re on a budget then it might not be right for you. However, they say “You get what you pay for.” and that can be true in the world of vacuum cleaners. The Shark Rotator is a great cleaner for the price, but if you need the best and most durable one on the market then the Dyson Ball is what you need.

Our pick

Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Upright Vacuum, Orange (HV302)

$143.99

“Does all the things that more expensive brand does at one-third the price.”
-Earl White

Our pick

Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Upright Vacuum, Orange (HV302)

$143.99

“Does all the things that more expensive brand does at one-third the price.”
-Earl White

Conclusion

The Shark Rotator is a very cost-efficient vacuum cleaner and the ratings it accomplishes are nothing to scoff at. It’s incredibly versatile, light-weight, and has a lot of features that put other vacuums to shame. But the Dyson Ball is without a doubt the best cleaner on the market, outmatching and outclassing the competition at every turn. It may not be as cheap as the Shark, but it will last twice as long and you can be confident you’re getting the best cleaner around.

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Executive Summary

Versatility


Power


Ease of Use


Warranty


Price

Despite the two brands being relatively close in some of the main metrics, the Dyson line of vacuums wins this comparison on sheer strength. Simply put, Dyson’s industrial-level power and efficiency coupled with incredibly versatile and light design make it the best vacuum cleaner brand on the market.

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