When it comes to upright or stick vacuum cleaners, two brands stand head and shoulders above the rest. There are many great products from a number of different brands, but Shark and Dyson are probably the two favorites among the top end products.
Neither of these brands are cheap, they are among the most expensive. When you look at cordless vacuum cleaners vs corded alternatives, you’ll be paying even more for battery-powered vacuum cleaners – regardless of the brand. So this makes the two leading cordless vacuum cleaners from both Shark and Dyson some of the most expensive vacuum cleaners in their class. There are a lot of people who see the sense in paying extra for these machines – their popularity is proof of this. So before spending all that money, you might want to find out which is the best option.
Which is the best cordless vacuum cleaner, the Shark IONFlex or the Dyson V8?
I wouldn’t be able to answer that question for you, they are both great cordless vacuum cleaners. They cost about the same but their features are not all the same. So it’s really a question of which works better for your individual needs. To help you decide, we’ll be reviewing both the Shark ION Flex and the Dyson V8 in a comparative review. By doing this, you can decide which of the features on either model appeal to you.
The Shark IONFlex DuoClean vacuum cleaner is a little cheaper than the Dyson V8, though, at this price level, a minor difference in cost won’t affect the decision of most buyers. While your budget may be a secondary concern for some, it should be pointed out that the Shark ION Flex comes standard with two rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, which does make it better value for money than the Dyson V8.
If you’re cleaning a large house and want to work for as long as possible without interruptions, a battery-powered vacuum cleaner has its limitations. You can only work for so long before the battery runs flat and needs to be recharged. This is why many people who rely on battery-powered devices keep a spare battery (or two). By having a standby battery on charge at all times, you can simply swap out the battery when needed. Of course, buying extra batteries pushes up the cost of an already expensive machine. The added value of the extra battery on the Shark ION Flex might just sway the decision of some people.
The Shark ION battery will give you up to 25-minutes when using it in economy (low power) mode, but when using the full power and the roller brush, this could be as little as half the time. The battery takes 3.5-hours to fully recharge. So if you do the math, having two batteries isn’t going to keep you working continuously if you intend working for 30-minutes to an hour (depending on your power settings). Then again, how many people spend an hour vacuuming, without a break?
The Duo cleaning of the Shark ION-Flex basically means that it has two brush rolls, a hard bristle brush for deep cleaning your carpets and a soft brush roll that picks up heavy debris and provides a gentle polishing action for hard floors. This does not mean that you have to change the brush roll for different floor types, as both the brushrolls are already fixed in the vacuum head hence the name DuoClean. If you need to clean the soft brush roller, Shark has made this really easy – the brush roll clips in and out of position in seconds. Some may prefer separate brush rolls for different floor types, but it can be argued that having dual brush rolls means that there’s no compromise. You can change the type of surface you need to clean by simply pressing the carpet or floor buttons located at the top of the vacuum.
Another feature that I’m sure many will love on the Shark IONFlex is the flexibility of the pipe that gives this vacuum its name. The upright pipe is able to bend in the middle, this makes the Shark ION Flex one of the best vacuums for getting in under furniture. The Shark ION Flex is able to twist and bend to get into places that would otherwise need a contortionist to do this. This Flex action of the Shark also makes it very compact to store, the pipe can fold over double which almost halves the height of the vacuum cleaner. It also the added flexibility of converting into a handheld vacuum cleaner, weighing only 3 LBS. Even in its full form, the Shark ION isn’t a very heavy machine, it weighs 8.7 LBS when used as an upright stick vacuum.
The Shark ION-Flex is fantastic at removing pet hair and it comes with a Pet Multi-tool for removing pet hair from your upholstery. You also get a crevice/duster tool, anti-allergen dusting brush along with two batteries and a charging station. Shark offers a wide range of add-on accessories that you can buy separately and this includes improved air filters. It goes without saying that the Shark ION Flex offers great power, though the Dyson V8 is probably superior in this department. The Shark ION Flex has several power settings to maximize your cleaning power for the job at hand whilst also optimizing the battery time.
In conclusion, I’d say that the Shark has an advantage when it comes to its flexible reach, thanks to their Flex system. Some may prefer the dual roller brushes, while others may prefer separate brush rolls for different floor types. The extra battery does add some value to your purchase, but you’ll see that, when we review the Dyson V8, it has a better battery – so the batteries that you get with the Shark isn’t all that advantageous. In the end, the Shark ION Flex is a fantastic cordless stick vacuum, offering great value for its level of specifications and quality. The customer service that you’ll get from the guys at Shark is of the best and so is their warranty of 5 years on the Shark IONFlex DuoClean.
The Dyson V8 is probably the most expensive cordless stick vacuum cleaner on the market, though many consider it to be the best. An independent market survey indicated that the Dyson V8 was voted the best cordless vacuum cleaner out of 7 high-end models that were tested. It also has one of the best lithium-ion batteries, giving you up to 40-minutes cleaning time. Though if you’re going to use the full suction power and use the roller brush for maximum effect on carpets, you’ll get around 25-minutes, or less if you use the extra power boost. This does mean that although the Shark ION Flex comes with two batteries, the Dyson V8 doesn’t really fall far behind when it comes to the amount of time you’re getting from the battery.
Probably the most significant feature on the Dyson V8 is the two-tier cyclonic system that uses 15 cyclonic cones to remove fine dust and small particles from the air before it reaches the dust cup. This improves the air cleaning effect of the already fantastic HEPA filter and reduces the dust collecting in the filter, making for easier maintenance.
Unlike the Shark ION Flex, the Dyson V8 has two separate brush rolls – one for deep cleaning carpets and a softer brush roll for hard floors. The Dyson V8 is a lot lighter than the Shark IONFlex at 5.8 LBS. It also converts into a handheld vacuum cleaner that’s even lighter.
The direct drive roller brush is not only incredibly efficient in its use of the electric power that it consumes, but is also very effective at removing dirt and pet hair from deep inside the carpet fibers and is just as great when used on hard floors. It has a power boost mode that will increase the suction power for 7-minutes, this gives you the best suction when its need, at the same time improving the battery performance under normal conditions.
The Dyson V8 comes with a nice selection of attachments which include a motorized pet hair removal tool, combination crevice/surface tool, standard crevice tool and a soft dusting brush. It also has a wall-mounted docking station for easy storage and battery charging. The dust cup is one of the easiest and most hygienic to empty.
Many will prefer the extra power and battery time that the Dyson V8 offers. The two-tier cyclonic air cleaning system and superior HEPA air filter will make this the best cordless vacuum for allergen-free air in the home. Quality and customer service is every bit as impressive as what you’ll get from Shark but the warranty is not. Dyson offers a 2-year warranty on the V8.