While Dyson have led the market for years, offering premium, powerful vacuums, Shark are hot on their heels with great-value vacuums that don't break the bank.
When you drill into the details, there's a world of difference between the best best Dyson vacuums and the best Shark vacuums. We've had extensive time with both in our homes and testing facility, so we know exactly which comes out on top.
Black Friday deals
We've been keeping an eye on all the best Black Friday deals. If you just need a good price, these are our favorites.
Shark Stratos |
Was $499.99, now $399.99 at Walmart
This cordless vacuum is selling for 25% less than its listing price. Armed with an infrared sensor, the Stratos detects the dirt that you can't see and automatically increases power.
Dyson V11 |
Was $569.99, now $349.99 at Walmart
The Dyson V11 is about as advanced as a Dyson you can buy before you're looking at their laser and particle-detecting models. It's powerful and excels on every floor type, and it has a great runtime. It's now it's at the best price I've ever seen it.
Alex is Head of eCommerce at Homes & Gardens and spends his days trawling the internet for the latest product launches and deals, as well as testing homes products in our specialised test facility. Before H&G, he got his start in consumer journalism reviewing vacuums; after many hours vacuuming the same yard of carpet over and over on test, he's well placed to cover the best vacuum cleaners.
Shark vs Dyson: which is best?
TLDR: Dyson is the winner, and our pick for the best vacuum in the world is the Dyson V15 Absolute. It picks up debris incredibly well, has huge a huge capacity, a high-tech laser to illuminate debris and anti-hypoallergenic filtration.
However, the $700 price point is out of reach for most of us. Very few people can afford to drop nearly a thousand dollars on a vacuum cleaner, no matter how good it is. The Shark Vertex Pro Lightweight Cordless is our narrow runner up in the guide to the best vacuums, and offers incredibly effective cleaning without the expense.
However, those are just our overall picks. Read on if you want to drill into the detail on the best cordless, pet hair, upright and robot vacuums from both brands. We also cover which brand is better value, which has stronger suction, and which offers the best warranty.
Buy a Shark vacuum if you:
- Are looking for value
- Want powerful suction
- Don't want to pull hair out of your vaccum
- Need LED lights on your vacuum
- Don't like trigger-style power
- Need a longer warranty