When you are looking for a small, light vacuum cleaner, the decision is often down to the Dyson Slim vs Shark Rocket. What are the pros and cons of each model? If you are debating the Dyson vs Shark stick vacuums, what information do you need to make an informed decision?
Pros of the Dyson Slim
- Works well on all floor surfaces
- The Dyson V6, the latest model in the Dyson slim series. The Dyson V6 has a range of vacuums, namely V6, V6 Animal, V6 Motorhead, V6 Absolute and V6 Fluffy which are suited for different tasks and price ranges.
- Dyson has a two years parts and labor warranty if you buy the vacuum through Dyson or an authorized reseller. This is probably a better warranty than the one on your Goodman air conditioner which only covers parts for a year or two.
- The Dyson Slim vacuums has a very efficient motor, extending the operating life per charge.
- Standard suction levels aren’t very loud. However, maximum suction is very loud.
Cons of the Dyson Slim
- Dyson vacuums in general do poorly when it comes to overall air flow. Fortunately, Dyson’s design means that the unit doesn’t lose further air flow as the dust bin fills.
- The down side is that Dyson has a small dust bin that fills up quickly.
- The Dyson’s suction isn’t as powerful as the Shark unless you use the “max” power button. And this setting shortens the life of the battery.
- Dyson requires you to keep your finger on the vacuum’s trigger to remain on. This power saving feature ensures the vacuum isn’t running the motor one moment than it has to, but it also strains your hand in addition to the load of carrying the vacuum.
Observations about the Dyson Slim
You may be tempted to splurge on a vacuum attachment kit to supposedly do more with the vacuum cleaner. Consumer Reports recommends against splurging for extra cleaning tools. Most standard tools are good enough if used correctly. So you can skip the Dyson cordless tool kit advertised to everyone buying a Dyson Slim.
Charge the Dyson Slim at least six hours before first use. And ensure that it charges fully between uses so that the battery’s “memory” isn’t reduced. This is akin to a gas tank that loses capacity if not refilled all the way. If the new Dyson battery dies too soon after recharging, contact the company immediately for a replacement. If you have owned the Dyson Slim for a year or so before this happens, it is cheaper to replace the battery than get the unit fixed.
Advantages of the Shark Rocket Ultralight HV302
- In the Dyson vs Shark Rocket debate, Shark wins on price for most models.
- Shark has several models in the CR best buy and recommended models list in the bagless upright category. While the Shark Rocket is not among their top recommendations, Shark overall is recognized by Consumer Reports as a quality brand.
- For many of the stick vacuum models, the Shark is one to three pounds lighter than the comparable Dyson. This matters if you have limited upper body strength or intend to use the vacuum as your primary vacuum cleaner for a small apartment or RV.
- The Shark Rocket has better steering and flexibility in models with a swivel head. The Shark Rocket isn’t as top heavy as the Dyson, so it won’t tire your wrist as much as you maneuver it.
- Shark has a slightly bigger cleaning head, so it takes fewer passes than a Dyson to clean a floor.
- No more cat and dog hair on your floors after you have used this vacuum.
- If you decide to send the Shark vacuum back, whether because you are unhappy with it or need to get it fixed, you are on the hook for the forty dollars or so in shipping charges.
Observations about the Shark Rocket
Bagless vacuums are not ideal if you have allergies or asthma, since you may create a cloud of dust when emptying the vacuum. You can reduce some of this risk by regularly replacing the washable filters instead of hand cleaning them as well as cleaning out the dust cup completely with cleaning wipes or soap and water, taking care to ensure it is completely dry before you start cleaning again. Replacement washable filters for the Shark Rocket are around $17. If you want to upgrade to HEPA filters, the cost rises to around $25. Unlike the Dyson, the Shark HV302 is not cordless so you are limited by the length of the cord but not worry about vacuuming with a limited charge time. Shark has come out with a new version of the Rocket. The HV322 Shark Rocket Truepet model has a motorized brushroll in the handheld vacuum part for deep cleaning, that does a terrific job of cleaning up pet hair from carpeted stairs and upholstery