So you need the Appliance Hunter’s help again eh?
Oh, you haven’t been here before?
Well, I guess you can still have my help… This time… As long as you’re looking for a Shark vacuum, otherwise you’re in the wrong place!
I’ve found and reviewed all the best Shark vacuum cleaners, check out the table below for a quick summary and the latest models.
Top 5 Best Shark Vacuum Cleaner Reviews UK
- Top Choice – Shark Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner [IZ251UK] Anti Hair Wrap
- Best Upright – Shark Upright Vacuum Cleaner [NZ801UKT] Powered Lift-Away with Anti Hair Wrap Technology
- Best For Pets – Shark Upright Vacuum Cleaner [NV681UKT] Pet Hair, Powered Lift-Away, Powerful
- Cheapest Shark vacuum – Shark Lift-Away Upright Vacuum Cleaner [NV601UK]
- Best Corded Stick Vacuum – Shark Corded Stick Vacuum Cleaner [HV390UK] Lightweight
1. Top Choice – Shark Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner [IZ251UK] Anti Hair Wrap
- Anti hair wrap to stop brush head getting tangled
- Duo clean for hard floor and carpet
- 80 minute run time
- 3.5 hour change time
- Upright storage
- HEPA filter for allergies
- Great for pet hair
- Emptying could be easier
I love this vacuum, yes that’s right I love a vacuum because it’s got the feature I’ve always dreamed of, an anti hair wrap brush head.
This means it doesn’t get tangled in long hair that you have to awkwardly try and cut off while the vacuums on the side pouring dust everywhere. You can just pick it up and go time and time again only having to stop and empty it.
It also comes with two batteries with 40-minute battery life each so you can use one, charge one and easily get around your entire house. Each battery is guaranteed for 2 years but if you interchange which one you use I can see them lasting much longer than that which is great.
It’s also got Shark’s du clean which is a soft brush to pick up dust off of hard floors and a beater brush to bash dust and pet hair out of carpets.
You can also bring it on to the furniture by changing it down to its handheld mode and use either the smaller brush head that comes with it or the main head for powerful suction and a deep clean of stairs.
The only problem is that the canister you empty sometimes gets wrapped with hair and you have to stick your hand in and pull it out. Not the end of the world but it makes emptying a little more of a messy job.
Finally, it’s got flexology technology which means it bends in half which you can use to easily get under furniture or, and this is the bit I like, you can fold it in half and it stores upright.
Wall mounts are great but I prefer just being able to stand my vacuum in a corner.
This is my top choice of cordless vacuum and one of my best ever picks, you couldn’t ask for better out of a vacuum cleaner.
2. Best Upright – Shark Upright Vacuum Cleaner [NZ801UKT] Powered Lift-Away with Anti Hair Wrap Technology
- Anti-hair wrap technology
- DuoClean Technology For
- Powered Lift-Away Technology
- True pet Motorized Brush head
- Most Powerful Cleaning Power
- Best Shark Vacuum For Hard Floor And Carpet
- Quite heavy at 10kg
This has the same great features the cordless model above does, you have the anti hair wrap for easy vacuuming and the DuoClean head for carpets and hard floors.
What makes it different?
Well, it’s corded for one, so you have to plug it in and out and it’s heavier which you feel as you push it around.
It has a more powerful suction because it has more space for the motor. So if you need an extra deep clean this is the way to go, but if you want to clean more frequently then go for the cordless above.
It’s also got a lift-away body which is still corded but makes cleaning the stairs easier, the hose comes out and you can just hold the body which is a lot lighter. This gives it some more versatility and makes it ideal for a whole house clean.
You can get this one with or without the pet attachment head. If you want a deep clean of your stairs and around furniture then get the pet attachment otherwise it’s probably not worth it.
Overall, a great choice if you want a deeper clean once a week instead of a daily or every few days quick clean up.
3. Best For Pets – Shark Upright Vacuum Cleaner [NV681UKT] Pet Hair, Powered Lift-Away
- Powered Lift-Away Technology
- True pet Motorized Brush head
- Great Suction
- Great Price
- Not as good on hard floor
The Shark NV681UKT is the most popular model of Shark vacuum cleaner. It’s the perfect middle ground of affordable and superb cleaning power.
The brush head is powered by an even deeper clean and works as a powered brush head even when it’s lifted away. So you can get really deep cleaning power anywhere you go in your house!
It’s Amazon’s most popular model and if you click through for the price you’ll understand why. I’m not allowed to say what the price is here because it breaches their terms and conditions I’m afraid. But if you click through you can read more reviews yourself!
The Tru Pet head is cool because it’s a smaller motorized head you fit right on to the end of the hose so you can de-hair any furniture, or the curtains or the stairs, upholstery a lot easier and more thoroughly than using the normal vacuum head.
Where it falls down is hard floors because it’s missing the DuoClean head you get in the above models.
Overall, The two above also do a great job with pet hair, even better even, but this is a little cheaper and a fine choice for cleaning up after your cat, dog or whatever other pet you have.
4. Cheapest Shark vacuum – Shark Lift-Away Upright Vacuum Cleaner [NV601UK]
- LED lights to see under furniture
- Strong suction power
- swivel steering
- Anti-allergen with HEPA filter
- Can’t use the main head in lift-away mode
The difference between this and the above model is that when you lift this away you can’t use the regular floor head, you can only use the few tools it comes with, crevice tool and the pet tool if you bought that model. This only really limits a deep clean of the stairs, because you can still use the hose on the stairs but not with the main head.
A small price to pay for the price difference in my opinion although if you’re dealing with pets then the above model will be better.
Apart from that, you’ve got all the good things a Shark vacuum can bring, easy to use, comfortable swivel steering for easy vacuuming and it’s a little heavy but you get great cleaning power at an affordable price.
Overall, A great choice of vacuum cleaner, pet owners will need a higher-end model but for a general house clean this is perfect.
5. Best Corded Stick Vacuum – Shark Corded Stick Vacuum Cleaner [HV390UK] Lightweight
- DuoClean for all floor types
- Flexology to reach under furniture
- no charging required
- Debris sometimes falls out after turn off
Stick vacuum cleaners are lightweight and if you don’t like worrying about keeping batteries charged you can just buy a corded one! The cord is 10m long which is a long way to get around your house from as few plug sockets as possible.
It’s cheaper and has the DuoClean head for effective floor cleaning on carpet and hardwood floors. And the flexology allows you to easily reach under furniture or, like the cordless counterpart, it means you can fold it in two for upright storage which I like. No installing a bracket required.
It also converts down to a handheld that uses the main floor head but also attaches to a crevice tool and dusting brush. A great choice if you’re cleaning your car so you can get right in and about the seats.
I personally prefer the cordless model but I know some people don’t like dealing with batteries if that’s you this is a great choice.
So Who Are Shark?
Shark is an American family-run company passing down cleaning knowledge through 3 generations. Best known for their vacuum cleaners they also make steam mops but those are saved for a different article.
And that’s pretty much all you need to know!
Different Types Of Shark Vacuum
In this Shark Vacuum review, we’re going to be looking at the upright vacuums and the stick vacuums.
Shark Upright Vacuums
Upright vacuums are great because they have far superior cleaning power, nice big canisters for holding dust and they’re (usually) nice and easy to empty.
The only problem they have is that they’re a lot bulkier and you have to move them from plug to plug as you go around your house. They can also be a pain to store but they do stand up by themselves so you can just tuck them in a cupboard somewhere.
Shark Cordless Stick Vacuums
The stick vacuums are normally cordless and have an excellent run time of about 22 minutes.
They charge up easily, nice and lightweight and you can change them into handhelds to get in and about everywhere that dust gathers. It makes the stairs way easier too!
When you put them into their handheld models they’re also great for cleaning out the car.
Some people don’t like that you have to charge them but I love being able to take out a stick vacuum and have a quick vacuum around the house.
Shark Corded Stick Vacuum Cleaner
They have a version of stick vacuum that doesn’t rely on batteries, even lithium-ion batteries! These are lightweight and easy to use and are good if you want a lightweight shark but don’t want to charge it as you would a cordless vacuum cleaner, non-rechargeable and still great for allergy sufferers.
And of course, bagless vacuums like all Shark models are.
What Makes Shark Vacuums Better
Loads of things! They’re just great vacuum cleaners! But it wouldn’t be much of a review if I didn’t give you a little more than this now would it?
One of the cool things about the Shark upright vacuums is their lift away technology.
This lets you lift the canister out of the main vacuum and use it with just the hose. Handy for cleaning the stairs and getting to the harder to reach places.
And combined with the below feature to get Shark DuoClean powered lift away vacuum cleaners, that’s a mouthful eh?
Shark Duo Clean is the combination of two roller heads instead of one in the head of the vacuum cleaner.
If you’ve looked under a vacuum you’ll be used to seeing the one roller head right? Well, this is the same idea, only there are two slightly different ones.
Well, one is a firmer brush which makes cleaning carpets nice and easy because the bristles can lift dirt out of the fibres of the carpet.
Meanwhile, the other roller is soft so you can seamlessly transfer to hard floors without having to switch heads or change settings.
Anti Hair Wrap
This is the newest Shark innovation and one I’ve long anticipated. long hair doesn’t get wrapped around the brush bar! it goes straight into the dustbin where it can be emptied easily.
No need to turn it upside down and figure out if the rollers are detachable so you can cut all the hair out. Absolute bliss.
If you register your Shark Vacuum with them you get a 5-year guarantee for a little extra peace of mind.
They’re excellent value, built to last powerful suction and great cleaning power. You get way above and beyond the price you pay for it.
The Shark Vacuums all come with a built-in HEPA filter.
What’s that you ask?
It’s a filter that catches and removes all the allergens out of the air. So as you’re hovering around the house you’re cleaning up the air too.
If you have pets or live near a busy road you’ll notice the difference from this.
But I wouldn’t want to take away from the surprise of the individual reviews so I’m going to make a start on them.
Is Shark better than Dyson?
They are more affordable which I take as a plus, they’re cleaning power is comparable but Dyson has the edge, but it comes at a cost of almost double in some cases. Shark are my favourite for that reason.
Is Shark better than Gtech?
Again it’s hard to say, I think Shark is the more accessible brand, they’re more popular and while they don’t have the same innovation they make very good vacuum cleaners.
Which Shark has the best suction?
That’s got to be the Shark NV801UKT.
Is Shark a good vacuum brand?
Why yes they are! A strong brand who make some of the best vacuum cleaners around.
Which Shark is best for carpets and hard floors?
Any Shark that has the DuoClean head will do a great job on both, otherwise, they tend to struggle on hard floors.
Other Shark Vacuum Reviews
Shark NV340UKT Vacuum Review
- TruePet Motorized Brush head
- Lift-Away Technology
- good carpet cleaning
An honourable mention for the Shark NV340UKT because it’s the older version of the two above, so it doesn’t have powered lift away technology or DuoClean.
The weird thing is at the time of writing this it was a lot more expensive than the NV680UKT. Now I’m not sure why because it’s older and not as powerful.
I can only imagine it’s an error on Amazon’s part so if that gets changed and it becomes the cheapest then it’ll get to stay on the list.
Because it’s still a great vacuum cleaner, the Lift-Away technology’s still there and it hoovers up well. But not well enough to have to pay more for it than the top model.
Overall, for now it stays but go for either of the above models if you’re looking for an upright Shark Vacuum.
Shark DuoClean IF200UK Vacuum Review
Style: Cordless Stick
- DuoClean Technology
- Stick Folds For Easy Cleaning
- 22 Minute Run Time
- Converts To Hand Vac
- Great On Carpet And Hardfloor
The Shark IF200UK is the ideal cordless stick vacuum. It’s got the same DuoClean technology as the NV800UKT upright so you can get a deep clean.
Plus it has the very fancy-sounding Flexology built into it. No that’s not a new type of Yoga it’s a sort of kink in the middle of the shaft that you can use to get right underneath furniture no problems at all.
It’s nice and lightweight so you can carry it around easily and it folds down into a handheld vacuum so you can clean the stairs, even your car, no trouble at all.
It’s also got a 22-minute runtime which is excellent for a cordless vacuum and it can fold down so that it stands up by itself. A lot of cordless stick vacuums have to be proper against something which isn’t ideal so this is just fine.
You charge it by running a cable to the vacuum or you can take the battery out and charge it that way if you don’t want to leave a loose cable lying around. The charge time is about 3.5 hours from flat, excellent when I’ve seen small handheld vacuums that take 12 hours to charge!
Overall, Easily The Best Shark Cordless Vacuum, great power, great runtime and easy charging.
Shark HV380UKT Review
Style: Corded Stick Vacuum
- DuoClean Technology For
- TruePet Motorized Brush head
- Follow Up to Their Popular Rocket Vacuum
- Wall Mounted
What’s cool about the HV380UKT is that it can be wall-mounted when it’s getting stored. Great if you don’t have a lot of space or just like to be tidy.
This is similar to the IF200UK above with the all-important difference that this one is corded!
So you plug it in rather than charging it up. I know some people don’t like having to charge their vacuum but love the lightweight use of a stick vacuum so this one’s perfect.
It also has the great DuoClean power that we’ve talked about so much but it doesn’t have the fun Flexology. It is lightweight enough that holding it down near the floor isn’t too much of a problem though.
Overall, A great corded stick vacuum, lightweight and wall-mounted for easy storage.
There are other even older models of Shark vacuum the Shark Rocket, Shark Navigator, and Shark Rotator, Shark Apex but I decided to limit to the current best picks and the most recent ones if you’re trying to find a second-hand model.