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Crumbs on the carpet? Filth on hardwood floors? Stubborn pet hair on the sofa? Time to call in the big guns and bring in one of the best vacuum cleaners around - whatever your dirty dilemma, there’s a Shark for that.
Shark vacuum cleaners have an excellent reputation for being powerful and reliable, tackling dust and fluff with ease and even making light work of pet hair.
Mumsnetters love Shark for the brand’s innovative technologies. The Anti-Hair Wrap feature ensures that hair doesn’t get tangled around the roller, while Flexology helps you to vacuum the parts that even the best robot vacuums can’t reach (you'll find our full low-down on Shark terminology in the buyer's guide below).
But with a dizzying array of products, which is the best Shark vacuum to meet your needs?
Whether you're looking for the best upright vacuum cleaner or the best cordless vacuum cleaner, Shark has got you covered. We’ve consulted the Mumsnet forums and have come up with our top picks of the best Shark vacuum cleaners in 2024, as tried and recommended by Mumsnet users.
To keep on top of household chores, we've also got handy guides to the best steam cleaners, the best carpet cleaners, and the best Dyson vacuum cleaners, all featuring reviews and recommendations from Mumsnet users.
Best Shark vacuum cleaners - editor's pick
System 2-in-1 Cordless Handheld Vacuum Cleaner with Anti Hair Wrap
Handheld Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
Lift Away makes it easy to vacuum stairs and those hard-to-reach places
Long 8-metre cord
No need to worry about your vacuum running out of charge
You may find the Lift Away rather cumbersome or difficult to use if you have arthritis or mobility issues
Price: £170 | Bagged/bagless: Bagless | Capacity: 0.99 litres | Weight: 7kg | Run time: N/A | Charging time: N/A | Included tools: Upholstery tool, 2-in-1 duster crevice tool
The powerful Shark DuoClean Powered Lift-Away Anti Hair Wrap AZ910UK makes light work of mucky carpets. The 2-in-1 duster crevice tool can help you get into all those tricky nooks and crannies while the LED headlights leave dirt, dust and crumbs with nowhere to hide. The Lift Away feature means you can detach the canister from the wand, enabling you to vacuum stairs and soft furnishes with ease. With Shark’s DuoClean technology and a larger floorhead than other vacuums, this magnificent machine can move from room to room, cleaning carpets and hard floors without you needing to stop to switch heads.
The Anti-Hair Wrap technology means that hair doesn’t get tangled around the roller while the bin is easy and clean to empty, making the Shark a good bagless choice for allergy sufferers and pet owners alike. All these features make vacuuming just that little bit easier and this is why the Shark DuoClean Powered Lift-Away Anti Hair Wrap is our pick of the best overall Shark vacuum cleaner.
No cord to hold you back
Super lightweight - weighs less than 1kg
Can be used as a handheld vacuum
Very small capacity
Short run time
Price: £200 | Bagged/bagless: Bagless | Capacity: 0.13 litres | Weight: 0.9kg | Run time: Up to 32 minutes | Charging time: 150 minutes | Included tools: Crevice nozzle, floor nozzle, turbo brush
If you have a small home or tend to vacuum in short daily bursts (to clear away snack crumbs on the regular for example), this compact and lightweight vacuum is a good buy. And at £200, it's an affordable Shark product too.
Yes, the bin capacity is on the small side (0.13 litres) and the full run time is around half an hour, but it functions as both a traditional cordless vacuum cleaner and a handheld device too. It's incredibly nifty and can be nipped out to deal with under-the-sofa debris and clumps of pet hair in an instant. And its slim design means it's very easy to store.
It's not the kind of vacuum cleaner that can cope with a full-house clean in one go but it's great for quick clean ups.
Handy pet tool makes light work of pet hair
LED lights highlight hidden dust and dirt
Easily adjusts between hard floors and carpets
Lift Away can topple over if you overstretch
Price: £200 | Bagged/bagless: Bagless | Capacity: 1.3 litres | Weight: 6.6kg | Run time: N/A | Charging time: N/A | Included tools: Pet tool, mattress nozzle, crevice nozzle, upholstery nozzle, turbo brush
If you are forever fighting a battle against dog and cat hair and the associated debris that comes hand-in-hand with pet ownership, then this Shark is one of the best vacuums for pet hair.
Shark’s Anti-Hair Wrap Technology tackles both long and short human and pet hair with ease, which makes it an excellent choice if you have dogs or cats. The anti-allergen complete seal captures and traps dust, hair and allergens, helping to keep your home clean and hygienic. The Shark Upright Vacuum Cleaner can quickly transform into a portable, handheld vacuum unit using the Powered Lift-Away. The Shark easily adjusts to different floor types, which makes cleaning both carpets and hard floors an absolute doddle.
Excellent at dealing with pet hair
Strong suction power
Easy to empty
Handy odour eliminator
Attachments can be tricky to add/remove
Requires frequent charging
Price: £329 | Type of vacuum cleaner: Cordless | Weight: 2.16kg | Capacity: 0.7 litres | Runtime: 60 mins | Charge time: 30 mins | Dimensions:114 x 27 x 17cm | Warranty: 5 years (2 years for battery)
Tested by MNHQ: Read our full Shark Stratos review
We tested this powerful cordless vacuum cleaner with two Patterdale Terriers at home and found it really effective at clearing furry clumps and lifting stray hairs across all surfaces. The handheld pet tool is great for on-the-spot hair blitzing from sofas, edges and stairs and the anti hair wrap feature removes long and short pet hair from the brush as you clean so you don’t have to constantly pick tangled strands from the device.
It works well on hard floors and carpets, and everything feels properly cleaned and fresh thanks to its handy odour eliminator. This is a good buy if eliminating odours is as important to you as shifting hair from your home.
Features Flexology technology
Handle controls allow you to switch between carpet and hard floors with ease
Comes with fewer tools and attachments than other models
Doesn’t transform into a handheld vacuum
Has a run time of just 16 to 40 minutes, depending on the setting used
Price: £190 | Bagged/bagless: Bagless | Capacity: 0.7 litres | Weight: 4.74kg | Run time: Up to 40 minutes | Charging time: 3.5 hours | Included tools: Crevice tool, upholstery tool
If you like the freedom of a cordless vacuum cleaner, the Shark Anti Hair Wrap IZ202UK Cordless Vacuum Cleaner comes highly recommended by Mumsnet users. This cordless stick vacuum boasts Shark’s Anti-Hair Wrap Technology and Flexology, allowing you to get to those hard-to-reach places with ease, while you can switch between carpet and hard floor modes using the handle controls. LEDs light the way so you can make sure you get every last speck of dirt.
There’s good news for allergy sufferers too as the Shark’s Anti-Allergen Complete Seal traps up to 99.9% of dust and allergens inside the vacuum. However, unlike the Shark Classic Anti Hair Wrap Pet Cordless Vacuum Cleaner, this model can’t be changed into a handheld vacuum. A boost button can be activated if you need more power, but this can cut the battery time down to just 16 minutes - not ideal if you have a big cleaning job ahead of you.
Shark’s technology for a bargain price
Great for pet hair
Only offers a 10-minute run time
Price: £79 | Bagged/bagless: Bagless | Capacity: 0.45 litres | Weight: 1.2kg | Run time: 10 minutes | Charging time: 4 hours | Included tools: Crevice tool, motorised pet tool
Mumsnet users rave about full-size cordless Sharks, so it’s no surprise that they also love this handheld for tackling pet hair on the sofa or mucky car seats.
The HandVac is ideal if you have a pet as it comes with three handy accessories, including a Motorised Pet Tool to remove embedded pet hair from upholstery. It’s great value when you consider the cost of full-size Sharks and you still get Shark’s two-year warranty if you register your vacuum cleaner. The only downside is the run time – it lasts just 10 minutes before it needs to be recharged.
Are Shark vacuums as powerful as Dyson vacuum cleaners?
This really depends on who you ask - Dyson owners will argue that their vacuum is the business while team Shark will say their vac packs more of a punch.
The truth is, Shark and Dyson are both responsible for some very powerful vacuum cleaners and there is little difference. Although review site Tom’s Guide claims that Dyson has the slight edge, power wise, the Shark can more than give Dyson a run for its money, particularly when you engage the booster button. But beware that this power boost can quickly drain the battery, reducing the run time on cordless models.
It’s also worth remembering that other factors impact on power, including the model of vacuum cleaner, the type of vacuum cleaner and whether the vacuum is kept clean and unclogged.
What type of Shark vacuum cleaner do I need?
Just like other popular brands of vacuum cleaner, Shark vacuums come in several different guises.
Upright: An upright vacuum cleaner is what many would consider a 'traditional' corded vacuum cleaner. They are great for covering large areas of floor and because they are mains-powered, there is no chance of an upright conking out mid-clean. However the cord can be restrictive and it's a pain having to unplug and replug the vacuum as you move around the house. Some people find upright vacuum cleaners rather cumbersome and difficult to lug up and downstairs. They may not be suitable for people who are frail or have mobility issues. Check out our guide to the best upright vacuum cleaners to find out more about whether an upright is the vac for you.
Stick: Stick vacuum cleaners are far more lightweight and easy to use than upright vacuum cleaners. Some Shark stick vacuum cleaners have 'Flexology', which allows the stick part of the vacuum to bend, making it easier to get under beds, coffee tables and other low-lying furniture. Of course the downside of a stick vacuum cleaner is they have a smaller bin capacity than uprights, which means more trips to the bin, plus as many are cordless, you must make sure you charge up before vacuuming. Check out our guide to the best cordless vacuum cleaners for more things to consider before buying a cordless vacuum.
Handheld: Handheld vacuum cleaners are exactly that - small handheld devices that are useful for spot-cleaning. Although handheld vacuum cleaners are not a replacement for an upright, stick or cylinder vacuum, they are handy for smaller jobs, such as tackling pet hair on sofas and ridding car seats of crumbs and dog hair. We've rounded up a selection of the best handheld vacuum cleaners, as recommended by Mumsnet users.
Cylinder: A cylinder vacuum cleaner is a vac broken down into two parts - the main body, which is on wheels and pulled along behind as you vacuum, and the suction head. The two are joined together by the hose. Cylinder vacuums can be bagged or bagless and the vast majority run on mains power. Much like upright vacuum cleaners, they can be quite heavy and unwieldy, but they are great for big cleaning jobs. Check out our round-up of the best cylinder vacuum cleaners, featuring recommendations from Mumsnet users.
What are the features of Shark vacuum cleaners?
Before you commit to buying a Shark vacuum cleaner, it's probably best you get up to speed with Shark-speak, so you know exactly what these special features are and what they do.
DuoClean: Shark’s DuoClean motorised floor heads have two rollers which ensure the vacuum can perform well on both carpeted and hard floors. The first roller is soft and is designed to pick up dirt from a hard floor. The second is a brush roller, to allow for the extra deep cleaning of carpets.
Anti Hair Wrap: If you have long hair or a perpetually moulting pet, you will know the sheer devastation this can have on a vacuum cleaner roller. Shark’s anti-hair wrap feature works the hairs out of its rollers as it collects them, preventing them from getting tangled.
Lift Away: Shark's Lift Away feature means you can detach the canister from the wand, transforming it into a portable, handheld vacuum unit. This allows you to get to those high and hard-to-reach places and vacuum the stairs with ease.
Flexology: Flexology is a handy feature on Shark stick vacuum cleaners. The wand bends with the click of a switch, so you can get the vacuum right under the sofa and low-level furniture without hurting your back. This feature also means the vacuum can be folded up for easy storage.
How to choose the best Shark vacuum cleaner
To choose the best Shark vacuum cleaner for you, you should consider the following:
Power: What air wattage does each vacuum cleaner offer? Cordless vacuums range between 20 - 250AW. Anything over 100AW will give you a powerful and efficient clean.
Bin capacity: A larger bin capacity means that you can clean for longer but your vacuum may be heavier. As a rule of thumb, cordless vacuum cleaners have a smaller bin capacity than corded models. Cylinder models generally have a larger capacity than upright vacuums, meaning you have to empty them less often. Handheld vacuums only have a small bin capacity, but this type of vac is not meant for big cleaning jobs.
Weight: Larger models may have more power and capacity than smaller ones but may be harder to lug around. If you suffer from a bad back, arthritis or mobility issues, then you should consider a more lightweight model that will not exacerbate any health conditions.
Charge and run time: A longer charge time usually means a longer run time. However the cordless Shark vacuums on our list only offer up to 40 minutes of running time after a full charge. Some Dyson models can run for one or two hours, depending on the settings used. If you have a large house or clean frequently, you may prefer a cordless vacuum with a longer run time, or perhaps consider whether a corded vacuum would best meet your needs.
Price: Shark vacuum cleaners are generally cheaper than Dysons, but they can still set you back several hundred pounds. The latest models will usually cost more but you may find that a mid or lower-range model will suit your needs and still outperform other branded vacuum cleaners in the same or lower-price category. Many Mumsnetters would argue that a quality vacuum cleaner is worth the investment.
What’s the best Shark vacuum cleaner?
Mumsnet users recommend the Shark DuoClean Powered Lift-Away Anti Hair Wrap AZ910UK Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner. Technologies such as the Anti Hair Wrap and DuoClean, plus the hand Lift-Away feature, help to make this particular household chore just that bit easier, which can only be a good thing.
How we chose our recommendations
When compiling our list of recommendations, our team of experienced, trusted parenting journalists spend hours researching every product category, using a variety of sources to analyse and evaluate which products perform best. Many of the recommendations for Shark vacuum cleaners came from Mumsnetters themselves who’ve spent hours of their time putting the products through their paces to clean their own homes.
We searched the Mumsnet forums for posts about which Shark vacuum cleaners Mumsnetters really rated and then researched expert review sites and retailers, such as Argos, Amazon and Currys, to allow us to accurately hone our list of tried-and-tested products.
During our research, we vetted each vacuum cleaner, considering the quality, suction cleaning power, weight, manoeuvrability, extra features, material and overall performance to ensure they performed well across the board.
About the author
Laura Cooke is a Content Editor at Mumsnet, with a special focus on home care content.
Laura started writing Swears By articles for Mumsnet in 2021 and has recently taken over responsibility for floor care and laundry content. She writes buyers guides, including what to consider when buying a robot vacuum cleaner, cleaning articles and tests products, including the Henry Quick vacuum and the Beldray 60m Rotary Airer, to help Mumsnetters make informed choices when it comes to parting with their pennies.
Laura has also written articles for publications including the Daily Mirror, the i, Metro, Stylist and Happiful magazine.
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