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The best Shark vacuum cleaners for dust-free floors

Ready to bust some dust? We've rounded up the best Shark vacuum cleaners, including top cordless, upright, handheld and cylinder vacuum cleaners, to help you on your way to dirt-free floors.

By Laura Cooke | Last updated Feb 9, 2024

Best Shark vacuum cleaners

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 cleaner overall

Shark DuoClean Powered Lift-Away Anti Hair Wrap AZ910UK Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner

What we like
  • 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

  • LED headlights

What we don't like
  • You may find the Lift Away rather cumbersome or difficult to use if you have arthritis or mobility issues

Key specs

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

What Mumsnet users say
2beautifulbabs · Tried & Tested
Shark anti hair wrap it's amazing and no longer need to untangle the roller in the vacuum.
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Coriandersucks · Recommended
Shark anti hair wrap cordless - picks up cat hair embedded into the carpet perfectly!
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Our verdict

Tested by MNHQ: Read our in-depth Shark DuoClean Powered Lift-Away Anti Hair Wrap AZ910UK review

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.

Read next: The best budget vacuum cleaners - our favourite products under £200

Best lightweight Shark vacuum cleaner

Shark Wandvac Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

What we like
  • No cord to hold you back

  • Super lightweight - weighs less than 1kg

  • Can be used as a handheld vacuum

What we don't like
  • Very small capacity

  • Short run time

Key specs

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

What Mumsnet users say
LadyCleathStuart · Tried & Tested
I have a Shark Wandvac which I love and use every day, sometimes two or three times a day as it is so convenient and light (we have 2 DC and 2 dogs so it gets messy).
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Our verdict

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.

Read next: Bag a bargain with our roundup of the best vacuum cleaner deals

Best Shark vacuum cleaner for pet hair
What we like
  • Handy pet tool makes light work of pet hair

  • LED lights highlight hidden dust and dirt

  • Easily adjusts between hard floors and carpets

What we don't like
  • Lift Away can topple over if you overstretch

Key specs

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

What Mumsnet users say
Theraffarian · Tried & Tested
I bought this one Shark a few months ago, long hair and a cat that spreads hair everywhere, and I’m very pleased with it . Picks up everything, no blockages and none of my hair gets caught around the bottom. The pet tool picks up all the cat hair. My one complaint is that it topples over while using it a lot if you overstretch the wand.
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Our verdict

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.

Best cordless Shark vacuum cleaner for pet hair
What we like
  • Excellent at dealing with pet hair 

  • Strong suction power 

  • Easy to empty 

  • Handy odour eliminator

What we don't like
  • Attachments can be tricky to add/remove

  • Relatively bulky 

  • Requires frequent charging

Key specs

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)

What Mumsnet users say
Snoopysimaginaryfriend · Tried & Tested
We just got the new shark stratos and it’s amazing (dog, cat, three long haired people in house).
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A34 · Recommended
I've just bought the Shark Stratos cordless and am very pleased with it. It is a full-sized and hand-held in one, and surprisingly powerful.
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Our verdict

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.

Best cordless Shark vacuum cleaner
What we like
  • Features Flexology technology

  • Handle controls allow you to switch between carpet and hard floors with ease

What we don't like
  • 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

Key specs

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

What Mumsnet users say
mommybear1 · Recommended
I've got the cordless anti-wrap as I have long hair and thought this would be the answer - I love it.
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Our verdict

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.

Best handheld Shark vacuum cleaner
What we like
  • Shark’s technology for a bargain price

  • Great for pet hair

What we don't like
  • Only offers a 10-minute run time

Key specs

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

What Mumsnet users say
roseopose · Tried & Tested
It's great, picks up mud, cat litter, crunched up crisps... it does need to be charged but it runs for quite a while once full.
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Our verdict

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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