Shark vs Dyson (Which is Best?)

Shark vs Dyson: Which is Best? In-Depth Comparison

Two of the best vacuum cleaner brands out there, Shark and Dyson are leading brands for a reason – and both produce some of the best and most innovative vacuum cleaners on the market.

Each of the models I am looking at today is cordless, and as someone who always finds themselves tripping over cords and forever looking for a socket, they solve a whole load of issues for me.

I have owned cordless vacuums in the past, with Dyson being my usual choice, but I also own a Shark steam cleaner – and it is one of the best cleaning tools I’ve ever bought.

As a result, their cordless vacuum range has always been very appealing to me, and in this guide, I am going to take you through a detailed comparison review. I will be taking the Dyson V8 Animal and putting it up against the Shark IF200UKT, and the Dyson V10 Total Clean to compare with the Shark IF250UKT. Who will be the winner?

Shark vs Dyson; What you need to consider

Before you decide to invest in a cordless vacuum cleaner, in this case a shark or a Dyson there are a few things to take into consideration. If you get frustrated with the hassle that comes with cords and how restrictive they can be, or you never seem to have enough sockets to reach the entirety of your home, a cordless vacuum cleaner is probably the right choice for you.

Both the Dyson and Shark models are able to convert into handheld vacuums, making cleaning your home a simpler task as you are able to reach the stairs and furniture with great ease. They also pack away nicely, so they can be stored in small spaces and cupboards with ease.

The Dyson models can even be mounted on the wall to charge and be stored. However, there is one thing to watch out for with cordless vacuums, and this is the fact that they do tend to need a minimum of three hours to charge, so they aren’t always available.

Plus, models with a turbo mode tend to have a tiny battery life on that setting. This is where a corded vacuum might work better for you because they do not need to charge up, and you don’t need to worry about the battery life.

Presenting the Shark DuoClean IF200UKT / IF250UKT and the Dyson V8 / V10 

The Dyson V8 Animal was part of the second range to be released in the V series. Made to impress, it solved many of the issues that the V6 range faced, boosting the battery life and increasing the suction. It is sure to give your home an excellent clean, promising a truly thorough job that leaves no mess or debris behind.

Plus, this model was designed for pets and so can tackle all of their fur and fluff. This model comes with a superb range of attachments for reaching difficult areas and removing pet hair. It is the perfect model for those with one or more pets, but it should be noted that the dust canister is a little small and it has a long charge period.

Pros

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    40-minute running time
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    Very powerful suction 
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    Transforms into handheld 
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    Comes with excellent tools 
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    Great filtration system 

Cons

  • Small dust capacity
  • Turbo mode lasts less than 10 minutes 
  • 5-hour charge period 

The Shark IF200UKT is one of the early members of the IF2 range, and it incorporates some really interesting technology, like the dual brush floorhead, to create a vacuum cleaner that is able to tackle almost any kind of mess.

Ideal for pets, it has both powerful suction and comes with tools that have been specially designed to deal with the hair that they leave behind. The rest of the tools are equally great when helping you out, and this cordless vacuum even converts into a handheld model for ease of use and reaching tricky areas.

While it is a great choice for homes with pets, the running time is quite short when compared to other cordless vacuums, and the canister is very small.

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    DuoClean brush technology 
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    Works across all floor types 
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    Excellent range of attachments 
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    Converts into a handheld model
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    Designed for homes with pets 

Cons

  • Running time is only 22 minutes 
  • Small dust capacity 
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    High price considering battery and capacity

The Dyson V10 Total Clean is part of the latest range in the V series, and it was designed to be an improvement on its predecessor in terms of battery life and suction.

It ticks all the boxes, and allows you to clean your home with plenty of time to spare, while also converting into a handheld model and coming complete with a fantastic range of tools for you to use.

It works seamlessly across hard floors and carpets alike. The new canister emptying system is the icing on the cake here. However, if you are on a budget, this is not the one for you as the price is quite high.

Pros

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    60-minute running time
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    Very powerful suction 
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    New system for bin emptying
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    Comes with excellent tools 
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    Great filtration system 

Cons

  • Price is very high
  • Turbo mode lasts less than 10 minutes 
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    Heavier than previous models

The Shark IF250UKT is another model from the IF2 range, and it is great for those who want a little more time to clean their home as it boasts the best runtime out of the entire collection.

This is because it has a twin battery system to provide you with a little more energy, and it is a great model for getting every area of your home nice and clean – all thanks to the powerful suction that can reach even embedded grime in your carpets.

It comes with some really good accessories, and you will find them especially handy when it converts into a handheld model to reach the stairs and other difficult areas – it’s perfect for every kind of home. However, it should be noted that this model does have a very small dust capacity.

Pros

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    44-minute running time
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    Converts into a handheld model
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    DuoClean floorhead technology
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    Excellent suction 
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    Compact and lightweight 

Cons

  • Dust gets stuck on the shroud 
  • Small dust capacity 
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    High price 

Features and Benefits of the Shark DuoClean IF200UKT / IF250UKT and the Dyson V8 / V10

Key Features

Dyson V8

  • Suction Power (MAX): 115aw
  • Suction Power (REG): 28aw
  • Weight: 2.61kg
  • Battery Life: 40 minutes
  • Charge Time: 5 hours 
  • Type: Cordless stick and handheld
  • Price: £349.99

Dyson V10

  • Suction Power (MAX): 150aw
  • Suction Power (REG) 35aw
  • Weight: 2.68kg
  • Battery Life: 60 minutes
  • Charge Time: 3.5 hours 
  • Type: Cordless stick and handheld
  • Price: £449.99

Shark IF200UKT

  • Suction Power (MAX): 100aw
  • Suction Power (REG): 44aw
  • Weight: 4 kg
  • Battery Life: 22 minutes
  • Charge Time: 3.5 hours 
  • Type: Cordless stick  
  • Price: £313.50

Shark IF250UKT

  • Suction Power (MAX): 100aw
  • Suction Power (REG): 44aw
  • Weight: 4 kg
  • Battery Life: 44 minutes
  • Charge Time: 3.5 hours 
  • Type: Cordless stick 
  • Price: £419.00

Power and Design

Dyson V8 Absolute

The Dyson V8 Animal is a cordless stick vacuum cleaner that has a slim design to help it reach tight places with ease. It has a purple wand to let you know it is an Animal model, and the way it has been designed means that the process of emptying it (hold it over the bin and press the release button) and vacuuming are very easy and require minimal effort.

The Shark IF200UKT is also a pet vacuum cleaner as well as a stick vacuum. However, one of the main and most interesting differences in design is that this vacuum cleaner has a flexible wand.

This means that when you are trying to vacuum under furniture and other tight locations, the whole thing will bend in order to reach it. The Dyson V10 Total Clean is also a cordless stick vacuum, and it has a similar design to the V8 Animal, but the wand is red and actually goes directly through the dust canister.

This means that the wand needs to be removed for you to empty it, but the process is incredibly easy – something that we will look at a little later in this review. It is also easy to handle when cleaning your home.

The Shark IF250UKT, once again, is a cordless stick vacuum, and it has a design that is almost identical to the IF200UKT – the only real difference is that this one has a twin battery instead of a single.

It also has the flexible wand that will bend so that it can reach under furniture, making everything easier and also providing you with a much better radius overall. The Dyson V8 Animal comes with a main floorhead in the form of a brush bar.

This works well on all floor types, and has been made to deal with pet hair and dirt in an efficient manner. It reaches right into the deepest crevices of your carpet to get embedded fluff, while also remaining gentle and reliable on hard floors.

Both the Shark IF200UKT and the IF250UKT have the same floorhead, and this is an innovative piece of technology.

It uses the DuoClean feature, which consists of two different brush rolls working in unison to give your carpets and hard floors an incredible clean, and one that will reach even the deepest levels of dirt, all while restoring its natural lustre, leaving it good as new.

Dyson V10 Absolute

The V10 Total Clean has two different floorheads from you to choose from. The first is the classic burhs bar, which can be used on carpets and hard floors, and is especially good for reaching embedded dirt and grime.

The second of these is the soft roller brush, and this has been designed for hard floors as it provides a gentler clean while still remaining very thorough. With power and suction, there are a few differences between each of the models.

The Dyson V8 Animal produces 115aw of suction, which is quite impressive. On the other hand, the Shark IF200UKT has 100aw – which is still good, but not as much as the Dyson.

Looking at the Dyson V10 Total Clean, that model produces an incredible 150aw, and the Shark IF250UKT manages 100aw. Both models from Dyson and Shark are able to be transformed into a handheld vacuum cleaner so that you can reach tight areas like the stairs, as well as your furnishings.

However, the Shark goes a step further, and makes it so that the flexible wand can be folded down too – creating an incredibly compact vacuum cleaner that can be stored away just about anywhere.

Each model here has great benefits, as well as a few shortcomings. However, for both sets of comparisons, the Shark wins this section. It may have less power, but as a whole it is way more compact and also offers extra features, like the flexible wand, to make things much easier.

Battery Life 

This is really important, because you want to be able to clean your entire home in one go. The Dyson V8 Animal has a total running time of 40 minutes, which should give you more than enough time to get the average home clean, all while collecting pet hair and grime at an efficient rate.

However, the turbo setting only lasts for around eight minutes. The Shark IF200UKT only lasts for 22 minutes, however, and this is only really enough time for small homes and apartments. While it is still a decent running time, it is not ideal, and the turbo power setting will last for five minutes or less.

It still does a good job of picking up dirt though, as we explored in the previous section. The V10 Total Clean has three power settings instead of the two Dyson tend to have. On the regular mode, this model has 60 minutes of battery life so that even large homes can benefit from it being used, and it provides an effective clean.

Shark IF200UKT

The medium setting provides around 20 minutes, which is great, but the turbo mode is at a disappointing eight minutes of battery life. The Shark IF250UKT has a better battery life than the rest of the range, and this is because it has a twin battery instead of a single one.

As a result, it lasts for 44 minutes on its regular setting, which is more than enough time to clean medium and slightly larger homes. The turbo mode does only last around eight minutes, but it is only really needed for really grimy areas – like most turbo settings.

In this section, the best model for battery life is won by Dyson on both occasions. Each model has better charge than its competitor, and this makes them the better choice when it comes to finding a cordless vacuum cleaner that can really scrub your home.

Charging Period 

The time it takes your cordless vacuum to charge is also important, as it means that you know how often you are able to use it each day. The V8 Animal was designed with a larger battery than the V6 series that came before it, and as a result, it has a longer charging period than the rest of the V series at five hours. 

As a result, it may not be available for a good part of the day. The Shark IF200UKT only needs three hours to charge, and while the battery life is shorter, it does mean that it is more readily available for use. They also have removable batteries, so it can be charged up in any location that is convenient for you.

The Dyson V10 Total Clean has a larger battery than most in the V series due to its increased running time, but the charge time is only 3.5 hours. This means that you can pick it up for use a few times a day, so it is readily available when you need it most.

The Shark IF250UKT has a charging period of three hours, and this means that it is even more readily available than the V10. Additionally, the removable twin batteries mean that you can put it on charge anywhere in your home without the bulk of the vacuum cleaner’s main body.

When it comes to the charging period, the Shark IF200UKT and IF250UKT are both faster than their Dyson comparisons. Therefore, if you want a model that charges really fast, the Sharks are the way to go – although the IF250UKT only takes 30 minutes less than the Dyson V10 Total Clean to charge fully.

Filtration System 

Shark IF250UKT

If you have allergies or asthma, the filtration system in your vacuum cleaner should be of massive importance. Interestingly, the Dyson V8 Animal and V10 Total Clean have an identical system installed.

They each have a HEPA filter installed, and this is able to trap 99.7% of allergens and dust due to the secure filtration system they have in place.

It ensures that all of the air going into the vacuum cleaner is forced through the filter, where the allergens are trapped, and then clean air is pushed out of the machine. Both the Shark IF200UKT and IF250UKT use the same filtration system as well.

It consists of two tiers and filters, each of which aims to collect the majority of dust and allergens that pass through – leaving you with cleaner air being pushed back out of the machine. However, the main filter is very messy to reach, and so it is advised that you don’t take it out over your freshly vacuum floor.

When it comes to filtration, there is no real winner here as both systems use an excellent and advanced system to minimise the amount of dust going back into the air. Plus, they both have multi-tiered practices to ensure safety and comfort while you clean.

Weight 

The Dyson V8 Animal only weighs 2.61kg, which makes it a lightweight model and one that is very easy to handle when you are cleaning your home, and it has a flexible floorhead as a bonus feature. On the other hand, the Shark IF200UKT weighs 4kg, and while this is still a light model, it could become heavy over the usage period.

However, it is still pretty good in terms of handling. The Dyson V10 Total Clean weighs in at 2.68kg because of its large battery. However, this is still very light, and it is also able to provide smooth and easy handling throughout your cleaning experience.

The Shark IF250UKT weighs 4kg, and so it is heavier than many cordless models, although this one does have a twin battery. It still remains great in terms of handling though. Between the competing Dyson and Shark models, the former of these wins both times.

The Dyson V8 Animal and V10 Total Clean are lighter than their Shark counterparts by nearly two kilos, and while all four are incredibly easy to handle, Dyson is the way to go for a lightweight vacuum.

Dust Capacity 

You want a good dust capacity because it means that you don’t have to empty it every five minutes, and it is an area that cordless vacuum cleaners are often lacking in because of their lightweight and compact designs.

The Dyson V8 Animal has a capacity of 0.54L, which is decent but does mean it will need to be emptied more frequently. Both the Shark IF200UKT and IF250UKT have 0.3L capacities, and while these are not bad, it does mean you will have to prepare yourself for more frequent trips to the bin in order to get rid of the built-up dirt and dust.

Plus, the shroud does have a tendency to get fluff and hair stuck on it. The V10 Total Clean has a larger capacity of 0.76L, and it uses Dyson’s new emptying system as well.

After removing the wand to access it, once you open the bin, the shroud will clean itself so that you don’t have to worry about getting dust on your hands or spreading it. When it comes to the dust capacity, the Dyson wins every time without a doubt.

This is because both the V8 Animal and V10 Total Clean have much larger capacities than their Shark counterparts, making them the better choice for those who would like less frequent stops for emptying.

Attachments 

Most vacuum cleaners come with at least a basic set of tools, and in this section, we take you through everything each of our featured Dyson and Shark models has to offer.

The Dyson V8 Animal comes with the following:

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    Main floorhead (as discussed)
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    Soft floorhead (as discussed)
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    Docking station and charger to mount the vacuum on the wall for storage/charging 
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    Combination tool
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    Crevice tool 
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    Mini motorhead 
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    Quick release dusting brush

The Dyson V10 comes with the following:

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    Main floorhead (as discussed)
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    Soft floorhead (as discussed)
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    Docking station and charger to mount the vacuum on the wall for storage/charging 
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    Combination tool
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    Crevice tool 
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    Mini motorhead 
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    Mattress tool
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    Quick release wand adaptor for flexibility 

The Shark IF200UKT comes with the following:

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    Motorised pet tool 
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    Crevice tool
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    Upholstery tool
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    Dusting brush

​The Shark IF250UKT comes with the following:

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    Motorised pet tool 
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    Crevice tool
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    Upholstery tool
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    Dusting brush
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    Anti-allergen dusting brush

What makes the Dyson V10 Total Clean different from all the rest, however, is the new quick release system for attaching tools to the wand and the handheld section. The tools clip into place, ensuring that they do not come loose from wear, or end up jammed in place from too much force.

Each of the vacuum cleaners here has an impressive selection of tools for you to choose from, but the Dyson V10 Total Clean has the best and widest. If you are going to go for one model based on the tools, it should be this one – especially with the new quick release system in place.

Social Proof 

Of course, I don’t expect you to take my word for everything here, and it is important to see how other customers felt about the vacuum cleaners that they bought. To give you further insight, I scoured the internet and discovered these great reviews for each of the Shark and Dyson models that we have listed here.

Dyson V8 Testimonials 

I have owned this for nearly a week and this is by far the best hoover I have ever owned. I was a little skeptical about the power with a cordless cleaner but I am amazed by how powerful it is.

This hoover is even better than previous corded hoovers I have owned! So easy and lightweight it makes cleaning a pleasure. - Chezza

Expensive,but a good product,would recommend if one can afford it,to purchase extra filters,the maintenance schedule states the filters should be washed every month,the drying period for the filters takes about 24hours,rendering the cleaner redundant for that period of time!! - Graham Maggs

Fantastic design and very efficient with one small drawback .... I find I get a small static shock between my hand holding the handle and the recharging connection which is set into the handle. When in use every two minutes or less there is a sharp unpleasant very, very small sharp shock.

The DYSON helpline are AWARE OF THE PROBLEM and suggest not cleaning deep rugs or carpet on the max setting. I simply put a small bit of insulating tape over the recharging inset connector which solves the problem, I notice someone says they wear kitchen gloves to avoid the shock.

It is an outstanding machine but I am surprised there are not more complaints in the reviews but perhaps I wear too much nylon clothing. - Ian L.

Dyson V10 Testimonials 

Great vacuum, very handy for a quick blast around and nipping up and down stairs without lugging a blooming great thing out of the cupboard trailing hose and lead, but why oh why is there no carrying tool for all the useful attachments?? Come on Dyson! One step away from the perfect item.- Michaela Campbell

It's amazingly powerful, I thought the V8 was good and did not see how it could be bettered but Dyson have done it, another leap forward. Mum and I are disabled so cant cope with a mains powered one, we can both use this to clean around the house.

The Dyson V10 will probably beat most corded vacuums. The only downside is the price, if you can afford it it's well worth looking at. - Andrew

Got this recently and it's absolutely great compared with the previous, coded one. Way easier and faster to use (cleaning time is reduced considerably) and it lasts for the whole house. Not sure how it behaves with carpets as I use it on wooden floors. With its parts it's good as you can use it for car as well. - Catalin

Shark IF200UKT Testimonials 

Good model and brand, however, you are paying for the lithium ion battery in the end. Could have been built for better performance though easpecially on carpet and in small spaces since the power brush is the only thing which gives the vaccuum its suck and pull - overall does the job required and will easily suck up pet hair. - N. Wright

My old hoover was so heavy I decided enough was enough and I needed a lighter Hoover, plus I'm a full time cater to my mum and she makes a lot of mess so I decided to go with a cordless Hoover. I needed something that I could literally get out quickly and the shark looked ideal.

I've used aol before and they are always superb from start to finish so I had no hesitation in ordering. The hoover was super easy to set up and I couldn't wait to charge it up and get started! Wow was I shocked just how much dirt this thing picked up!

It's used several times a day and it really has halved the time it takes to hoover. It's so light and easy to use and I literally am in love with this hoover (who I have called Dave lol) thanks aol for another great purchase. - Steph M.

I wasn't too sure about this hoover as there are so many on the market at the moment. My husband wanted this, so went for it. So glad i bought this, really easy to use, useful in all rooms and stairs even car. I have put my corded hoover away in the cupboard, no need for it any longer. Husband and kids love it. Wish i had bought it sooner. - Marie Gilmour

Shark IF250UKT Testimonials

Loving my new Shark! Well engineered, but lightweight, simple to manoeuvre anywhere, very powerful, and so simple to operate, and interchange from being just an upright hoover. Works brilliantly on hard floors, and really powers over carpets.

Cleans very thoroughly. Simple to empty, and recharging is a doddle, thanks to 2 battery packs, which is a great idea. All the tools are robust and work well particularly the wand, and I am really pleased that I bought this product. Total value for money! - Russ Holman

Light weight and very easy to use. i use to suffer with backache hoovering the stairs and our main room now I can do the full house with no problems.

It is compact and light which means it is easy to store, take out for a quick small job and back away without any fuss. Absolutely love it and don't know how I managed in the past. - Kathy

Not the cheapest on the market, but well worth the spend. The suction on it is really good and the battery seems to last for longer than the 20 mins stated. Easy to assemble and the fact it folds in half, for storage is a real bonus. The tools are very easy to attach and detach and emptying it couldn't be simpler.

This is just as well as it does need emptying a lot. I find after vacuuming the stairs it is full. It also won't stand independantly, unless it is folded in half. However, these are only minor irritations considering its performance. Performs as well as my old corded Miele. - Laura S.

Final Thoughts - Shark or Dyson??

We hope that this guide has helped you to learn more about each model, as well as which one will work best for you. It’s difficult to choose which is the best, because each vacuum cleaner listed here is reliable and comes with some great tools.

They provide powerful suction, and also sports additional features that are unique to the brand (looking at Shark’s flexi-wand). However, the Dyson V10 Total Clean is the overall winner because it sports an amazing battery life, dust capacity, filtration system, tools, and suction. It’s our favourite, and one that is sure to serve you well.  

What did you think of this comparison guide? If you would like to check out the Dyson V8 Animal, you can click here, and for the Dyson V10 Total Clean, just follow this link.

For the Shark DuoClean IF200UKT, you can go here, and the Shark DuoClean IF250UKT can be found by following this link. They are all great vacuums, and we would love to hear your thoughts on them below.

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