Has your vacuum seen better days? If you're having to vacuum your home twice over and use a dustpan and brush to pick up the last of the debris, this is your sign that you need a new vacuum cleaner. And this year, Shark has got the powerful answer for every home in its range of vacuums.
Packed with incredible technologies to make sure you can clean every nook and cranny of your home with ease, Shark's vacuums have been made specifically for us, the regulars at home, so we can face any and every cleaning challenge that's thrown our way. With options for cordless, corded, handheld, and a bunch of handy accessories, we're sure there's a Shark vacuum with your name on it.
We’ve explored the whole range and found the best, most advanced Shark vacuums you can buy and explained exactly what you should be looking for so you can find the perfect vacuum for your home.
What's so good about Shark's technology?
Not only does Shark build its products based on consumer research to make sure it's giving us exactly what we need in a vacuum, but Shark vacuums are also loaded with a range of cleaning accessories and technologies to make cleaning less of a chore - something we're definitely on board with!
To breakdown some of the jargon and help you find the right Shark vacuum for your home, here's the tech you can find on selected models:
• Anti-Hair Wrap Technology: Actively removes hair from the bristle brush-roll as you clean
• DuoClean Technology: Two brush-roll floorhead that work together to clean all floor types
• Lift-Away Technology: Allows you to lift the pod away from the floorhead for portable cleaning
• PowerFins: Brush-roll is designed to agitate and pick up more dirt in one pass. Ideal for carpets
• Flexology: With one click, the flexible wand bends so you don’t have to. Folds down for compact storage and easily cleans beneath furniture
• TruePet: Purposefully designed to removed embedded pet hair
• Anti-Allergen Complete Seal: Captures and traps 99.9 per cent of dust and allergens inside the vacuum
Choosing the right Shark vacuum for you and your home
Besides the advanced technology that makes Shark so special, there are other features and specifications you need to be wary of when choosing the right vacuum for your home. These can be identified when looking at the size of your home.
There are corded and cordless Shark vacuums available, but if you'd prefer cordless to save getting in a tangle, you'll need to ensure you're picking one with an adequate runtime to match your cleaning schedule. You can opt for vacuums with a battery runtime from 15 minutes up to 60 minutes, or even choose models that come with two swappable, rechargeable Lithium-ion batteries that double the runtime so you’re never caught short.
You'll also need to consider the dust cup capacity. While Shark's vacuums are bagless and easy to empty, many just require the touch of a button, they can really vary: Corded upright vacuums can have a capacity up to 1.65L, cordless vacuums up to 0.7L, and handheld vacuums up to 0.45L. If you're looking to empty less frequently or often find yourself picking up a lot of debris on your run-around-the-house, consider models with a larger capacity.
Another key consideration is the weight and size of the vacuum in relation to your own strength and available storage space in your home. Upright vacuums are typically larger and heavier weighing up to 7.5kg, whilst cordless stick vacuums weigh as little as 3kg. A number of models also come with Flexology which means they can fold for storage and make cleaning easier if you struggle to bend.
Now you know what you're looking for, check out our pick of the best Shark vacuums for 2022. Still unsure? Shark has a quiz online that’ll help you find your perfect match.
The best Shark vacuums 2022
If you're looking for a cordless vacuum to save you from getting in a tangle or keep you from feeling restricted by cables, this is the vacuum for you. Not only does the floorhead incorporate PowerFins, DuoClean, and Anti-Hair Wrap to pick up even more hair on all floor types without getting caught, but this vacuum has versatile cleaning options too. Transform into a cordless handheld, bend under furniture or fold for storage with Flexology, and use the LED screen to toggle between Eco, Deep Clean, and Boost suction.
And just because it's cordless, doesn't mean you'll be short of power. This vacuum has an amazing 120 minutes of battery life thanks to the interchangeable twin batteries - you'll always have one fully charged and ready to go when your first battery's 60 minutes are up. Though we're hoping you're not having to vacuum for this long in one sitting!
Capacity: 0.7 litres
Battery runtime: 120 minutes with twin battery
Shark technology: Flexology, PowerFins, DuoClean, Anti-Hair Wrap, and Anti-Allergen Complete Seal
Attachments included: Crevice Tool, Multi-Surface Tool, Anti-Allergen Brush, and Motorised Pet Tool
Promising review: "I love it. The suction is great. If you think your last Hoover 'hoovered', think again! After a few vacuums, as I use mine, every day the carpet pile was looking great. It definitely collects the pet hair. Easy to use. No cord to trip on. Compact and easy to put away. This is my 2nd Shark and I wouldn’t use anything else."
A handheld vacuum is great for having alongside your main vacuum cleaner if you're looking to do quick and easy clean-ups of surfaces. Extra lightweight at just 650g and ergonomic, the next-generation Shark WandVac charges on display on its base, something we'd be more than happy to do with its sleek and stylish design.
But what makes it next-generation? Compared to the earlier model, it's upgraded on battery and suction. You can enjoy 15 minutes of runtime with two suction modes available including Boost to customise your clean, and the dust cup is super easy to empty with just the touch of a button.
Capacity: 0.1 litres
Battery runtime: 15 minutes
Shark technology: N/A
Attachments included: Duster Crevice Tool and Multi-Surface Pet Tool
Promising review: "The shape of this is great; I tried a few others in a shop and the weight of them didn’t suit the design, whereas this is quite ergonomic and lightweight. The suction is the best I’ve seen in a handheld device, compared to other ones that a bit cheaper. So in my opinion, it’s worth the money for the ease of use and suction power.
"I did wonder if the charge time was a lot, but then compared it to others and they came out with 4+ hrs, so this Shark’s charge time of 2.5hrs is actually short! I love it for the convenience of not having to get my big vacuum out for small jobs. I’d recommend this to anyone!"
If you prefer a more traditional, upright corded vacuum with endless power, we have to recommend the Shark Upright Vacuum Cleaner NZ850UK. Not only does it have a DuoClean Anti-Hair Wrap floorhead for tackling all floor types with ease, but with Powered Lift-Away you have the freedom to transform it into a lightweight, portable vacuum - perfect for cleaning up high or under furniture.
Powerful and versatile, this vacuum has easy-to-use controls on the handle where you can switch between floor settings and Shark's signature LED lights in the floorhead to help illuminate hidden dust - you'll never miss a spot again.
Capacity: 1.3 litres
Battery runtime: Corded - 8m power cord
Shark technology: DuoClean, Anti-Hair Wrap, Powered Lift-Away, and Anti-Allergen Complete Seal
Attachments included: Crevice Tool and Multi-Surface Tool
Promising review: "This is the third vacuum cleaner I have bought in the last year. My problem was always my long hair and my sewing and knitting threads. Even when I bought a vac with no rotating brush the insides got all wrapped with long hair. So far I love this one with no trouble with tangled brushes. The lift off section was easy to use on the stairs. The small head was a bit noisy echoing on the stairs but cleaned really well. I think I have found the one that is right for me and I'm very pleased."
While cylinder vacuums may feel like a thing of the past, Shark has brought them back with a bang in their Shark Bagless Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner CZ500UKT. Bringing it into 2022, these vacuums are bagless, come with automatic cord rewind, and best of all, incorporate Shark's Dynamic Technology.
This tech has resulted in a vacuum with powerful suction, an extra-lightweight 4kg pod-design, and smooth gliding wheels for an effortless clean. With DuoClean and Anti-Hair Wrap it can clean all floor types and the Flexology wand bends under furniture so you don't have to. There's also the perfectly weighted pod that can easily be perched on the stairs as you're cleaning, something we definitely couldn't say of cylinder vacuums in days gone by.
Capacity: 1.6 litres
Battery runtime: Corded - 9m power cord
Shark technology: Dynamic Technology, DuoClean, Anti-Hair Wrap, Flexology, and Anti-Allergen Complete Seal
Attachments included: Crevice Tool, Multi-Surface Tool, and Anti-Hair Wrap Pet Power Brush
Promising review: "At first glance, I thought this Shark vacuum looked a bit old-fashioned. Not only is not cordless, but the main vacuum is on wheels like something from the 90s, and the head looks massive. Unlike a 90s hoover though, it is bagless.
"However, once you start using the thing you realise it is super modern. The thing looks heavy, but it isn't at all. And while it has a cord, it is nine metres long, so you don't really notice it as it never restricts you. The wheels are very smooth too, so there are no problems with movement. Most importantly, suction power is high and it comes with a range of heads. As a cat owner, I can testify to the anti-hair wrap technology being true to its name. My favourite feature is the bending arm, which allows you to hoover under beds or sofas much more easily.
"Overall, I think this actually offers far more oomph and functionality than my wireless Dyson, with the added bonus of not running out of charge halfway around the house."
The Shark Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner IZ201UK was reportedly the UK’s best-selling cordless vacuum cleaner in 2021 and it's still a fantastic choice for 2022. First and foremost, storage is limited in smaller homes, but thanks to Shark's Flexology Technology, this vacuum can bend to reach those tricky spots under furniture and be stored anywhere. You can even store the vacuum away when the battery pack is charging elsewhere.
In terms of usage, this vacuum has an impressive 40 minutes of runtime even with just one battery and it can be transformed into a handheld with ease. Simple to use, it has DuoClean and Anti-Hair Wrap for seamless cleaning on all floors of your home and a one-touch empty dust cup for emptying when you're done.
Capacity: 0.7 litres
Battery runtime: 40 minutes
Shark technology: DuoClean, Anti-Hair Wrap, Flexology, and Anti-Allergen Complete Seal
Attachments included: Crevice Tool, Dusting Brush, and Upholstery Tool
Promising review: "This is an amazing vacuum cleaner, I was appalled when the LED lights showed up just how much dust was still under the furniture after using my other cordless cleaner, I used it at night with the house lights off. The machine is so flexible, powerful, and versatile that I was literally taken by surprise the first time I used it. This is also the best cleaner I have ever used on my car.
"The only drawback is the weight, it's just too heavy for my wife to use with her arthritis, not a problem for me though."
The Shark Upright Vacuum Cleaner XL PZ1000UKT has an extra-large dust cup capacity and wide floorhead, perfect for capturing more debris between empties and saving you from doing as many vacuum strokes across your flooring. Equipped with DuoClean and Anti-Hair Wrap, this TruePet model is a must-have for modern homes, being able to effortlessly glide from carpet to hard flooring whilst picking up those tough embedded pet hairs too.
Much like the NZ850UK, this model has Powered Lift-Away so you can instantly transform from a powerful upright into a portable vacuum cleaner and even in this mode the brush-rolls will continue to rotate for a deep clean every time. So don't worry, you won't be restricted to using the full weight at all times!
Capacity: 1.6 litres
Battery runtime: Corded - 8m power cord
Shark technology: TruePet, DuoClean, Anti-Hair Wrap, Powered Lift-Away, and Anti-Allergen Complete Seal
Attachments included: Crevice Tool, Multi-Surface Tool, and Anti-Hair Wrap Pet Tool
Promising review: "Straight out the box, so impressed with the power of suction, the amount of dirt it picked up - I was impressed and a little shocked, and the no hair tangle works well, although had to clear a little but nothing half as bad as a normal hoover. Would definitely recommend."
We never thought we'd say it, but this vacuum is beautiful - trust us, we've seen it in person! If you're looking for an easy grab-and-go vacuum that does more than just a handheld, this is the perfect pick for you. Not only that, but it's the lightest floor vacuum available in the Shark range, ideal if you struggle with hand dexterity or heavier vacuums.
This vacuum incorporates the handheld Shark WandVac into a complete cordless system so you can tackle the crumbs and debris on surfaces and floors as well. And in floor mode, the WV362UKT model has Anti-Hair Wrap Technology so you can briskly clean up pet and human hair without it getting tangled. Available in navy, rose gold, and blue, it's a great companion to your regular-sized vacuum if you're looking for a quick and decent clean.
Capacity: 0.13 litres
Battery runtime: 32 minutes with twin battery
Shark technology: Anti-Hair Wrap in floor mode
Attachments included: Crevice Tool, Multi-Surface Tool, and Motorised Pet Tool
Promising review: "I have physical disabilities, spine and shoulders, so find vacuuming very difficult. I chose the pet version with 2 batteries and the extra tool. I was dubious about buying a cordless vac but am so glad I did. Okay, the suction isn't the greatest, the battery only lasts about 15 to 20 minutes and it does not go right up to the skirting boards... BUT. It is very lightweight, it does a very acceptable job at cleaning my floors and the attachments reach places I usually can't reach without help.
"The big attachment really is the best for not getting hair stuck in the brushes. Instead of having to wait for people to come and help I can now vacuum the high traffic areas every day. Which makes me very happy. All the attachments are useful, as is the ability to use them as a handheld. Emptying the dust thingy is sooo easy and I reckon the filter will last for ages with regular cleaning.
"I probably still need my big vacuum for major cleans but someone else can help me with those. And I won't be ashamed of my carpets when they arrive anymore."
How to get the most out of your Shark vacuum
Whilst many of the models come with a five-year guarantee, you'll be wanting to keep them in tip-top condition as with any vacuum cleaner for peace of mind and so you don't have to hunt for a new one sooner than you'd hoped.
Thankfully, Shark has provided some fab tips to help your Shark vacuum continue to thrive for years to come:
• Register your guarantee in order to get your free extended guarantee on Shark Clean UK.
• Empty the dust cup: make sure to periodically clean out your vacuum, especially if dust and debris are reaching the MAX fill line.
• Check for blockages in the floorhead, wand, hose, and airways.
• Clean your filters to keep suction at its best. To do this, remove the filter, tap off loose dirt, hand wash underwater, and allow it to dry before reinserting.
• Take advantage of your accessories!
• Tidy before you vacuum for a speedier clean and to prevent things getting sucked up that shouldn’t.
• Clean your brush-rolls – for vacuums with one brush-roll, detach from your vacuum and use scissors to cut away any string, hair, or debris wrapped around it. For DuoClean floorheads, clear away debris or blockages from the bristle brush-roll and clean the soft front roller by wiping clean and handwashing in the same way as the filters if necessary.
Make sure to check your instruction booklet for details before dissembling.