Shark Vacuum Cleaner

The vacuum marketplace is a highly competitive place. The battle for brand recognition is fought aggressively in both the traditional mediums like informercials and cable advertising as well as in online mediums like Google AdWords and Facebook.

Dyson and Hoover have remained the dominant brands in the space for decades, but Shark has been coming on strong thanks at first to aggressive marketing and now – it seems – to providing the best cost performance in the market.

Shark had carved out a niche in the market as an inexpensive, easy-to-use solution for busy people. In recent years the brand has gained further traction thanks to its newer models being designed to compete directly with Dyson and Hoover’s bigger, more powerful models while – crucially - offering a significantly lower price point. The brand provides additional value by including a wider variety of attachments on most of its models. 

According to Consumer Reports data, of 33,000 subscribers who purchased a vacuum between 2011 and 2016 just 11 percent of those who owned a Shark upright vacuum experienced a breakage by the third year of ownership. This is less than half the breakage rate of popular brands Hoover and Eureka. It’s the same story for Shark’s stick vacuums: The third-year breakage rate is 11 percent compared with 21 percent for Hoover and 22 percent for Dyson.

 

The Bottom Line

People looking for the best cost performance therefore, are likely to be most satisfied with Shark’s current line of vacuums. The Shark is a very good vacuum with solid construction and intuitive design. Other vacuums at the highest price point do perform better, but none of them can match Shark’s value for the price.

 

Which Model To Choose

The Shark line of vacuums is big enough that it can be difficult to choose the best vacuum for your needs. Here are our recommendations for three specific usages:

 

For Larger Spaces

Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away XL Capacity NV755

This Shark, which has 30% greater capacity than its top-scoring brand-mate (the NV586) is worth the extra money if you a have large space. This 3-in-1 model is typical of Shark vacuums in that it smoothly converts from an upright to a handheld canister or a full wheel canister vacuum with the touch of a button. Also like all Shark vacuums, a lot of thought has gone into details like the placement of the on/off switch (in this case found easily on the vacuum handle) and the fact that the cord is long enough for even poorly spaced outlets. Also like most Shark vacuums, it comes with so many attachments and accessories that you are pretty much guaranteed to have the right brush for the job at hand. 

 

For Allergen Reduction

Shark Rocket DeluxePro TruePet HV322

This model, which includes HEPA filtration, scores the highest among Shark’s line of vacuums in emissions tests. With this model, you can expect - like most Shark vacuums - great design features such as easy conversion to a hand vacuum and compact storage.

 

Handheld

Shark Pet Perfect II SV780 

If all you want is a hand vacuum—perhaps for dealing with pet hair—this is the best choice. The battery-powered SV780 delivers impressive cleaning on carpets and bare floors alike. It is also very effective on pet hair.

 

The YouTube Channel "Ezvid Wiki" made a video about their "6 Best Shark Vacuums 2018”:

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