I currently have an (old) Henry Hoover but I’ve been thinking that a new cordless vacuum may be the best way to go. There are a number of reasons for this.
Number one, we have wooden floors downstairs and one floor is dark wood which attracts the dust and dirt very quickly and it’s a bit of a pain keep getting the Henry out every time to clean.
Number two, our house is across 3 floors so we have to keep unplugging/plugging in the Henry. Number three, we have 2 youngish boys and (especially after meal times) we need to have a quick sweep up of the floor around the table. The Henry is not well suited to this task.
So I started to look into a cordless vacuum that we can use in addition to the Henry. These are what I saw as the good and bad points:
Overall, it looks like a cordless model will suit my situation well, I just need to be very careful that I don’t get carried away and spend a fortune!
Having looked at various brands of cordless vacuum cleaners my final two came down to the Shark DuoClean and Dyson V8 models as these seemed to have the most and best reviews. Specifically the models I choose to compare were the Shark DuoClean IF200UK (this is the single battery, non-pet model) and the Dyson V8 Absolute.
So how does each model compare on my key requirements: price, tools/functions, cleaning head, charge/ run time?
First off the Shark DuoClean…
This particular model retails for £350 (although is available for less on stores like Amazon.co.uk) and at first glance it seems quite a bulky design compared to the sleek Dyson V8. There are a number of features that I really like about this vacuum:
So far, so good with the Shark but how does it compare versus the Dyson V8?
I decided to compare the Absolute rather than the Total Clean due to price. The V8 Total Clean has a retail price of over £500 as does the V8 Absolute but you can often find the Absolute model on offer for less than £400 (click here to check prices on Amazon for the V8 Absolute). However, this model is still probably going to work out at between £75-£100 more than the Shark cordless.
This is what I see as the key points about the V8 Absolute:
Overall, I think for the extra money the Dyson offers nothing more than the Shark. Watching some reviews on YouTube, the Dyson V6 seems to offer similar performance and functionality (and is lighter) to the V8 but can be bought for less than £300 which puts it more into the price range of the Shark DuoClean. Check out the V6 Absolute here on Amazon as an alternative.
The GTech is a heavy advertised cordless vacuum cleaner that is at least £100 cheaper than the Shark DuoClean and Dyson V6/V8 models, so why did I not consider this?
Firstly, it just doesn’t seem to do anything special compared to the Shark/Dyson. Yes it can swivel and fold flat and work on different floor surfaces but thats really all I could find. The main point though is its not a handheld model so I would then have to buy a cordless handheld vacuum cleaner as well. If you are interested in the GTech though you can find more information here on Amazon.
Through the research I’ve done on writing this blog post I have decided to go with the Shark DuoClean.
For now, I’ll buy the single battery version as I can always buy another battery later if I need to (for £70 direct from Shark).
Why did I choose this over the Dyson? I think the Dyson V8 is actually a very good cordless vacuum but for me the Shark offered better features that I needed (such as the removable battery charging) and is also more competitively priced.
I’ll be buying the Shark very soon (click here for latest prices on Amazon) and I’ll write a review on this site after I’ve used it for a few weeks.