You know how you’re getting old? When you get excited about a vacuum cleaner… or am I the only one? Just me? Cool 🤣. A little back story before we get into the Dyson vs. Shark vacuum and which one is better. I have always been picky about my vacuums, and because of my mom’s cleaning background, I swore off any vacuums that weren’t Kenmore. Since I have been married (12 years), I have now bought 3 Kenmore vacuums, two in the last two years.
I was so frustrated with the vacuum we had, the cord, how heavy it was, and how we kept having so many problems. So, I took it to Instagram to ask what kind of vacuums you used. Sure enough, it was a split between Dyson vs. Shark vacuum. Then I went down this big rabbit hole of which one is better, and is $600 for a freaking vacuum really worth it? I mean, for $600, it better make vacuuming a walk in the park, right?!
I took one for the team and bought BOTH vacuums and put both to the test for two weeks. Putting BOTH to the test, and gathering my thoughts on each one. I also made JB use both and asked him to share his input too!
Dyson vs. Shark Vacuum
Let’s break down the Dyson vacuum first, shall we?
Model: Dyson V11 Animal Vacuum
Thoughts: I will have to admit; I am now a Dyson fan because of this vacuum. I still can not swallow the $600 price tag on this sucker, though. Does the vacuum live up to the hype? Yes, it does! I was also surprised that I was able to vacuum my whole house with one charge. I know many people worry about the battery, but my tip is to simply always keep the vacuum in the docking station, and you should be good!
- Sleek design
- Cordless, duh! 🤣
- Powerful suction, especially on the boost mode. (downside is boost mode will drain the battery quickly)
- It has a smart technology to distinguish when your vacuuming floor or carpet.
- Cleaning out the bin is extremely easy!
- AMAZING for cleaning the car. Actually, I love cleaning random corners with the attachment pieces.
- Reaches under low furniture well!
- Not as loud as I expected.
- I legit had a sore forearm after vacuuming my whole house after the first use.
- I do not like that I have to press and hold the button for it to stay on. Like for $600, I should be able to press a button and not have to hold it on.
- The bin could be a bit bigger. But to be honest, it’s so easy to clean the bin, it’s not a big deal. I’m just being really picky here.
- With only having Ruggable rugs, it does lift up the rugs.
Dyson vs. Shark Vacuum
Moving on to the Shark Vacuum
Model: Shark APEX UpLight Corded Lift-Away Vacuum
Thoughts: Overall, I thought this was a good vacuum. It has excellent suction. I would argue that the suction on the shark is a bit better than the Dyson. Jordan doesn’t think so. But, I should have captured a picture to show you what the bin looked like after the first time I used it upstairs… it wasn’t pretty!
- Great suction
- Self-cleaning brush roll
- Cleaning the bin is also not too hard
- Not too loud
- Easy carpet to floor transition
- Top Heavy
- Way too many pieces
- Do not love the design (but then again, it’s a vacuum, not a deal-breaker)
- Did not give my wood floors a “polished look” as it claims
- Once you try a cordless vacuum, anything with a cord annoys you
- Does not reach under low furniture
- Probably the biggest deal-breaker for me was the bottom carpet/ floor attachment was not a smooth swivel. It vacuums the carpet great, but the wood floor, not so much. You have to vacuum straight up and down.
So which one did I keep? Dyson! And I am so happy with our decision! Now once we move in, I want to buy another one for the upstairs. But I will probably buy an older model to save a bit.
Have you tried a Dyson or Shark vacuum? What has your experience been like? Share with me below!
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