Vacuums: Shark, Dyson, or Other

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Post # 2
2566 posts
Sugar bee

I have a Shark and I really like it. I think certain models are specifically geared toward pet hair so you might want to look into that. Also consider whether you have any particular types of surface you need cleaned. For example, I have a shag rug and that really narrowed down my vaccuum options because a lot of them can’t handle high pile rugs. 

Post # 3
5096 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

I have the Dyson Animal. I have 3 dogs and really long hair. I can’t speak about the Shark, but one of the things I like about the Dyson is that you can easily remove the brush to clean it so it doesn’t get too tangled with hair. We don’t have carpet anymore, so I only use it on area rugs now (it works on bare floors, but it’s a little overkill), but our previous house was all carpet and the Dyson worked great. 

Post # 4
8467 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

PrincessPeach13 :  SHARK! Shark all the way! I shed, my husband sheds, and the dog sheds too. The Shark gets it ALL. I also think it’s more comfortable to manuever than the Dyson. It also has attachments that work on carpet and hardwood (a regular upright is just “meh” on hard floors so you need the canister attachment) which is a major bonus in my book. 

Post # 5
2514 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I love my shark. I’ve had multiple. If you take care of them per the manual and occasionally do a deep clean, they last a long time too. We have a black lab who sheds incessantly and it has really helped. I fill the canister basically anytime I vacuum. 

Post # 6
1489 posts
Bumble bee

Not heard of shark before, presume it’s a US brand. However, I know a lot of people who have Dysons and say they’re well worth the money. 

Post # 7
756 posts
Busy bee

My shark is the best vacuum ever. Hands down. 

It does with my long hair, my cat’s hair, everything.


On a side note, I worked in the Dyson factory as a summer job whilst at university and would rather live in filth than give James Dyson a penny of my money. His/the company’s complete lack of consideration for basic human decency was shocking.

Post # 8
1687 posts
Bumble bee

I have a Dyson and I love it. I like that it’s easy to take it apart to find anything blocking or tangled in the brushes. I will say though that we got ours on clearance. 

Post # 9
1469 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015 - Holly Hedge Estate

PrincessPeach13 :  We have the Dyson animal. Its okay. wouldn’t ever re-purchase though. We have a German SHepherd and while it does pick up his hair, I feel like it could be much better for the amount of money spent on it. It has certainly last a while though….about 7 years so far sooooo maybe it is worth it. Seeing all these people loving the Shark, I will definitely look into that when we need another vacuum.

Post # 10
3198 posts
Sugar bee

I hate my Shark Liftaway!!!! It ALWAYS falls over because it doesn’t have a stable base for its suction power. It hits me in the back of the legs, the walls, and dings the floors. Not awesome.

I wouldn’t register for a $400 vacuum, but there are Dysons for $200-250. I had the yellow kind and the purple Animal kind (but it was a stowaway variety, not upright). I much prefer Dyson to Shark because it has power and stability. I don’t mind it being heavier.

Post # 11
2570 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I have had the Dyson Pet-Hair vacuum for over 5 years now and it STILL works really well on both carpet and hard flooring. It’s much better than the POS Dirt Devil vacuum I had before, but I have never had or used the Shark, so can’t compare the two. 

Post # 12
3123 posts
Sugar bee

I’m obsessed with my Shark. It’s freaking awesome. It sucks up so much dirt I can’t even see, and I’m a daily vacuumer. Mine has a light on it, too, which helps me see more hair I otherwise wouldn’t notice (a blessing and a curse). Plus I find it really user friendly, and it’s easy to empty. Oh, and I have a house full of cats and a toddler. 

Post # 13
2289 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019 - Chateau Lake Louise

PrincessPeach13 :  So, I gotta put in my vote for  Miele. You can get a C1 for about $300

When I was a cleaning lady for a high end service, these were the machines we used. They are powerful, quiet, and super-light. They are easy to manouver, and do a better job than any other vacuum I have ever encountered. I have one myself (though a different model) and even my fh, who was super skeptical and likes to research everything to death, agreed it was rated the best manufacturer around. 

A canister vac tends to be more effective and efficient, since it’s not fighting gravity quite as hard to get the material off the floor. Also, Miele has unsurpassed filtration, if dust or allergies are a concern.

Just my 2 cents!

Post # 14
847 posts
Busy bee

I have two Dysons, they are a good vacume but not worth the inflated price tag.

Post # 15
236 posts
Helper bee

I LOVE my Dyson stick vacuum. It’s rechargable so no cord to deal with and it picks up my golden retrivers hair like a champ. I like that its so small it’s not a big hassle to pull it out to do a quick vacuum every other day. With my old bigger unit I hated getting it out and plugging it in so it only happened once a week. Plus its amazing for doing base boards and my stairs (so many attachments!). It came with two big main heads, one for carpet and one for hardwood (amazing).

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