Buying a top quality vacuum cleaner is a significant though worthwhile investment. It will provide unsurpassed cleaning power, ease of use and convenience, but it does represent a sizable financial outlay. Before you purchase a high-end vacuum, it’s important to find which one will best satisfy your individual lifestyle and cleaning needs. The best vacuum cleaners on the market are built to last a lifetime. For that reason, you should do some ‘due diligence’ before making a purchase.
With many consumer products, the challenge is to distinguish the companies that make high-quality products from those who don’t. The vacuum cleaner marketplace doesn’t follow that template. In fact, there is an abundance of solid companies making any number of well-built devices that get the job done. The products of every top manufacturer are all well liked by their owners and get enthusiastic reviews on various websites. When people find a vacuum cleaner that is the perfect fit for their needs, they become raving fans. To find the right device amidst so many good ones requires extensive and detailed research.
UPDATE – Jan 2016
Recently Dyson has updated names of certain vacuum cleaner models, namely the the DC59 to Dyson V6, DC58 to Dyson Trigger and the DC65 to Dyson Ball. In this article we will discuss about the Dyson DC65 models. The Dyson DC65 Animal is now known as the Dyson Ball Animal and the Dyson DC65 Multi Floor is now known as the Dyson Ball Multi Floor Upright Vacuum so as to avoid any confusion. The older model name vacuums are available till they run out of stocks.
A Comparison of the Shark and Dyson Vacuum Cleaners
Dyson Ball Animal Vs Multi Floor
With that preface in mind, we’ll look at some vacuum cleaners from two of the top brands in the business starting with the Dyson Ball Animal (formerly Dyson DC65 Animal) Upright Vacuum Cleaners. Obviously, this is a product targeted at pet owners for their unique cleaning needs. The other vacuum in the line–the Dyson Ball Multi Floor (formerly Dyson DC65 Multi Floor) which also offers specific functionalities while retaining the same form factor and basic feature set.
The Dyson Ball ‘family’ also provides us with some clarity as to each model’s most effective usage. The ‘Multi-Floor’ is a perfect device for homes without pets, kids or other heavy cleaning needs. It’s the same device as the other model but without the extra attachments that can be more suitable to deal with heavy animal traffic in the home.
All of the Dyson ball models promise superior suction power. They are also extremely maneuverable built with a unique ‘ball’ design that provides very easy steering control. The beater brushes are now more powerful thanks to an updated design. An additional touch of convenience is a self-adjusting cleaner head that automatically changes setting for different floor types.
Shark Rotator NV501 Vs Shark Rotator TruePet NV752
Another product line targeting the same market niche is the Shark Upright Vaccum Cleaner series. In fact, the three Shark vacuums we’ll look at corresponding almost identically to the Dyson Ball range. The Shark Rotator TruePet Powered Lift-Away and the Professional Lift-Away have a similar base design. Both offer 1200 watts of power with a 30′ cord and self propel quite well and come with headlights to illuminate dark spaces especially under furniture. The weight is essentially the same–the NV752 is 15.6 pounds to the NV501’s 15.8 pounds. Swivel steering and floor level LED lighting makes both models highly maneuverable and easy to use.
Other design elements that are common throughout the Shark Rotator range of vacuum cleaners include a high capacity dust cup which makes for less frequent emptying. All of the Shark full sized upright and canister vacuums feature proprietary sealant technology that virtually eliminates dust and other microparticles. One of the few noticeable structural differences is the size of the cleaning head and the resulting cleaning path. The NV752 has a 12″ cleaning path to the NV501’s 11.5″ cleaning path. The Shark Rotator TruePet Powered Lift-Away (NV752) includes specialized accessories for pet hair removal as well as a ‘Hard Floor Genie’ making it a better fit for these uses.
Shark Rotator’s Versatility and Quality
The Rotator is the ‘premium’ line of Shark Vaccum Cleaners, and one primary selling point is their remarkable versatility. The device transforms easily from a standard upright vacuum cleaner to a canister vacuum. In addition, the ‘lift away pod’ for portable cleaning in hard to reach areas. Switching from one mode to the other is virtually effortless and instantaneous. The motorized brushroll further enhances this well rounded product and allows the user to turn it on and off depending on the type of floor surface.
Every product in the Shark Rotator line features the same high-quality construction and attention to detail in design.
No matter which specific Rotator model you choose you’ll enjoy a lifetime of unsurpassed cleaning and convenience. If your needs include more specialized applications–pets, children, hardwood floors, easy to carry lightweight vacuum, then the Shark Rotator TruePet Powered Lift-Away (NV752) includes a wide assortment of accessories to deal with these cleaning challenges. The Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away (NV501) includes a more basic accessory set and is perfect for cleaning all floor types and with more suction power compared to the TruePet model.
Shark Navigator NV356E Vs Shark Rotator
The Lift-Away Professional NV356E also features a design for household and pet usage and the removable portable canister is a big plus for both the Navigator and Rotator vacuum cleaner models when compared to the Dyson. While the Navigator has the same wattage and cord length as the Rotator line, it is a slightly smaller, lighter device made for maneuverability and ease of use. These are no headlights on this vacuum. Despite the not too different size and weight, the Shark Navigator Lift-Away has a 9.5″ cleaning path and the same suction quality as the larger Rotator units.
You’ll find the same commitment to quality in the Navigator line that you do in the premium Shark Rotator line. Both product lines share performance features like a powerful engine and suction control as well as convenience features including swivel steering and an extra long cord. The unique sealing technology that all but eliminates allergy causing dust and microparticles is here too. But the Shark NV501 comes with a highly functional accessory bundle that includes specialized accessories for dust removal and pet hair removal. Overall, the Navigator line brings you Shark quality, durability and ease of use at a value price point.
Shark Versus Dyson – Making the Choice
If you’re looking to make a choice between the Shark and Dyson models discussed above don’t expect any help from online reviews. All of these models receive extremely high grades and glowing testimonials from their owners. And to be sure, for basic cleaning and vacuuming you won’t go wrong with any of these products. You’ll get a well made, dependable and effective vacuum cleaner.
The best guidance is to buy the vacuum that is best for your individual cleaning needs. Since all of the Dyson and Shark vacuums discussed above are such good products it becomes a high nuanced evaluation of the smallest details. Maybe the ball design of the Dyson just ‘feels’ better, or the attachments of one of the Shark vacuums perfectly addresses an individual cleaning need. In this group of excellent vacuum cleaners made by highly respected manufacturers, it all comes down to which details stand out as the most impressive or best able to address your needs.