If you are looking for a cordless stick vacuum, the top two choices in the market are the Shark cordless stick vacuum and the Dyson cordless stick vacuum. What are the pros and cons for each of these cordless vacuum cleaners, and where does each excel over the other?
Battle of the Dyson and Shark Cordless Vacuums 2017
1. Shark Cordless Vacuum, Model SV1106
What are the strengths and weaknesses of the Shark cordless stick vacuum cleaner, model number SV1106?
The Shark SV1106 cordless stick vacuum’s biggest strength is its price. It costs around $130 at full price, but it can be found for around a hundred dollars on sale. If you want the extra tools that come with other models of the Shark cordless vacuums, you can buy a separate handheld tool kit.
It looks like an upright vacuum cleaner and moves like one. The Shark cordless vacuum weighs around seven and a half pounds. So you get the flexibility and maneuverability of a cordless vacuum with the function and style of a standard one. It also does a better job than the Dyson deep cleaning carpet as it glides over the floor.
This vacuum has settings to turn off the brush heads to make it safe for hardwood floors, as well as a setting for carpet.
It has a larger dust cup that is easy to empty.
The Shark batteries have a known problem with losing charge quickly and taking several hours to charge. New batteries cost a third to half the price of a new vacuum cleaner. Note that there are other Shark vacuum cleaner models with higher voltage (and power) than this one. However, the Shark model SV1106’s battery life of twenty minutes does match the performance of the Dyson V6.
The intake tends to clog, which interferes with suction. Cleaning this is a hassle.
Shark’s warranty and customer service are not as good as Dyson’s. At its price, it isn’t unreasonable for the solution to a problem to be buying a new vacuum cleaner.
It doesn’t have a battery light level indicator, so you may not know the battery is about to go dead until it does. It does share the Dyson’s strong performance until just before the battery dies.
2. Dyson Cordless Vacuum, the Dyson V6 Model
What are the strengths and weaknesses of the Dyson V6 cordless stick vacuum cleaner? How does it compare to the Shark stick vacuum?
It has a handheld mode that lets you use it as a car vacuum cleaner.
The battery normally runs around twenty minutes. This is comparable to the Shark’s battery life.
The vacuum comes with a charging cradle that charges the vacuum, and it can store both the vacuum and all accessories.
The vacuum is easy to empty.
The brushes on the head are safe for hardwood floors. And Shark sells replacement brush bars and rollers, as well as other replacement parts.
The biggest weakness of the Dyson V6 is its cost. It costs around three hundred dollars at full price, and it is rarely marked down on sale.
The vacuum can only pick up pet hair on max power, which dramatically shortens the running life. However, many cordless vacuums can’t get pet hair at all. Don’t use max power continuously, or the battery will run out within six minutes. In standard mode, it is good enough to pick up crumbs and dust.
The motorized head of the vacuum cleaner needs to be cleaned every few weeks, more so if you have pet hair.
It takes three hours to charge the battery after, at best, twenty minutes of use.
The V6 animal, which is a different model, comes with a crevice tool and mini motorized tool. However, the model V6 vacuum can be used to clean carpeted stairs, spots on the floor, upholstery and other areas you need to clean. It just doesn’t get in the crevices between the couch cushions, baby seat crevices or deep clean any spot it is used on.
The vacuum uses a trigger to turn it on. This extends the battery life over a vacuum that simply runs until the battery turns off, but it also aggravates carpal tunnel syndrome and isn’t a good choice for those with a limited hand grip.
You can hand wash the filter instead of having to regularly replace it, but you have to let it dry or else it will clog up faster.
The Dyson is the better choice if you want a versatile vacuum cleaner capable of picking up pet hair or one that doubles as a car vacuum. The Dyson stick vacuum is not a good choice if you have arthritis or need to pick up long pet hairs.
The Shark vacuum is better at cleaning carpets for an extended area than the Dyson. In a comparison of the Shark cordless vs Dyson cordless, the Shark wins if you need a lightweight vacuum for cleaning your throw rugs in a home of mostly wooden or tile floors as well as cleaning the wood floors safely.