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Shark Vacuum Reviews – Which is the Best Shark Vacuum Cleaner?

Written by James Hall |

A guide to Shark vacuums

Shark vacuum cleaners have exploded in popularity in the US – but are often overlooked in the UK. This is a shame, as the company produces a range of innovative vacs at reasonable prices. Keep reading for our top Shark vacuum reviews.

#1 Pick: Shark Powered Lift Away NZ801UKT

Shark Powered Lift Away NZ801UKT

Rating StarsShark Powered Lift Away NZ801UKT
The Powered Lift Away NZ801UKT is our top pick for a Shark vac.

It’s one of Shark’s powered lift-away models, making it useful for cleaning stairs and under furniture. It also provides excellent suction, along with extras such as LED headlights, anti hair wrap technology and efficient filtration.

The Shark vacuum cleaner brand, which is developed by a company called Euro-Pro, has grown in popularity in recent years. While Shark hasn’t received the recognition of Dyson, Vax or other popular brands, they still produce some excellent vacuums.

The company manufactures a range of upright and stick vacuum cleaners. These typically combine several proprietary features, such as:

  • Lift-Away – A detachable canister to improve mobility and turn the vac into a more portable vacuum cleaner. There are also powered lift-away vacuums which maintain a powered brush bar when the canister is detached.
  • DuoClean – A dual brush floor head that’s designed to remove both small and larger debris. It’s great for moving between hard floors and carpets without changing floorhead.
  • TruePet – Models with this tag include a pet turbo tool. The turbo tool is great for removing hair from upholstery, stairs and car interiors.​
  • Anti Hair Wrap – Technology in the floorhead that prevents (most) hair from becoming tangled around the brush bar.
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In this article, we’ve listed our favourite Shark vacuum cleaner reviews. Each of the models on this list provides great value, excellent cleaning performance and has been well received by buyers. These aren’t the only Shark vacuums that are worth buying – but we believe they are the cream of the crop.

Tip: Want to see how Shark stacks up against Dyson? Check out our in-depth comparison of these two popular brands.​

Which Are the Best Shark Vacuums?

1. Shark Lift Away NV681UK

SHARK Lift Away NV680UK

One of the best Shark vacuum cleaners is the Powered Lift Away NV681UK. It’s an upright bagless vacuum with a stylish design, excellent filtration and great suction power.

The most important feature of the NV681UK is its lift-out design. Shark aren’t the only company to do this (Vax also have lift-out uprights), but the design makes it easy ​to clean under furniture using the fully powered floor nozzle. It’s also more convenient for cleaning stairs than typical uprights.

According to Shark, the NV681UK is able to prevent up to 99.9% of allergens escaping into the air due to its combination of foam filter, HEPA filter and “seal” technology. This makes it a decent choice for people with mild allergies (people with severe allergies should probably choose a bagged vac).

Other features include LED headlights, 8 metre power cord, and 1.1 litre dust capacity. It’s also great on both carpets and floorboards – although a pet turbo tool isn’t included.

There are a few drawbacks to this model though. Firstly, it can struggle on laminate flooring – especially with small particles. The dust bin is also small for an upright and tricky to empty without spilling dust everywhere.

If you’re looking for a mid-range upright that’s easy to manoeuvre around the home, however, the Shark NV681UK is an excellent option. We don’t recommend it for pet hair or laminate floors, but for everything else it provides great value.

Note: An alternative model is the Shark NV702UK. It doesn’t have a pet tool or HEPA filter, but comes with the DuoClean floorhead and is available for a reasonable price. The Shark AZ910UKT is another excellent option with similar features.

Key Features:
  • Versatile powered lift-out design makes it easy to clean both high and low spots
  • LED headlights that illuminate dust
  • Decent filtration for allergy sufferers
  • Weight: 6.3kg
  • Power: 750W
  • Price Range: £££
  • Dust Capacity: 1.1 litre
  • Filter: Washable &
  • HEPA

2. Shark Cordless IZ251UKT True Pet

Shark IZ251UKT

If you’re looking for a Shark cordless vacuum cleaner, the Shark IZ251UKT is an excellent choice – especially if you have pets.

The stand-out feature of the IZ251UKT is the combination of Shark’s DuoClean floor head and anti hair wrap technology. In short, the head contains two different brushrolls, which combine to remove both large debris and smaller particles. Many people have also found the DuoClean technology helps remove more pet hair, while the anti hair wrap system reduces the amount caught around the brush roll.

Aside from a DuoClean head, the IZ251UKT is built with Shark’s “Flexology” technology. This is a joint in the middle of the stick, allowing you to clean under furniture more conveniently. It’s also useful for storage – especially as the vacuum can’t stand up on its own.

Like most Shark vacuums, the IZ251UKT comes with a range of other features. These include a handheld mode (similar to the Dyson V8 or V10,) LED headlights and a relatively lightweight design. Pet owners will also enjoy the motorised tool for cleaning upholstery and stairs.

Shark has greatly improved the run-time compared to previous cordless pet vacuums. In contrast to the IF200UKT, which could only last 22-minutes, the Shark IZ251UKT has dual batteries for up to 80-minutes run-time (although this drops in maximum power mode.)

While the Shark is excellent at cleaning pet hair and hard floors, we don’t think it quite matches the carpet cleaning standards of the Dyson V11. It provides decent carpet pickup – and excels on hardwood or tiles – but it can struggle with thick fibres.

Even so, the DuoClean IZ251UKT is an excellent vacuum cleaner and one of the best cordless vacs for pet hair. It’s great for cleaning hard floors, makes quick work of dog and cat hair, and is convenient to use around the home.

Note: If you don’t have pets, the cheaper IF251UK is the same vacuum but without the pet hair tool. There’s also the Shark IF201UK, which doesn’t have the second battery or a pet tool.

Full Review: Shark IZ251UKT

Key Features:
  • Cordless vacuum with Shark's DuoClean floor head
  • Great for pet hair (which cordless models often struggle with)
  • Flexology design to make it easier to clean under furniture
  • Weight: 4.1kg
  • Power: Cordless
  • Price Range: £££
  • Dust Capacity: 0.7 litres
  • Filter: HEPA

3. Shark Powered Lift-Away TruePet NV681UKT

Shark NV681UKT

If you like the look of the Shark NV681UK but are worried about its performance with pet hair, the NV681UKT could be the perfect alternative. Despite the similar name, it has a few extra features that make it an excellent choice for homes with pets.

The first thing to note about the NV681UKT is that it’s built with Shark’s “Powered Lift-Away” design. This allows you to lift out the cylinder without sacrificing motorised brush bar power, which is great for cleaning stairs or other awkward areas.

But what makes this model ideal for pets? Firstly, it comes with a HEPA filter instead of just the sponge filter found on cheaper vacs. This is much more effective at removing small allergens such as pet dander. It also comes with a turbo brush for getting rid of pet hair on stairs or carpets (this isn’t included with the NV681UK).

Our biggest complaint about the NV681UKT is that it has a small dust capacity considering the price. This means you’ll need to empty it more often than other uprights. We also wish it was a bit better on hard floors (it doesn’t come with a hard floor nozzle), although it’s great on carpets.

If you’re looking for a Shark pet vacuum, the NV681UKT is probably your best bet. It’s not cheap, but is great for getting rid of pet hair and can filter most dander before it’s released into the air.

Full Review: Shark NV681UKT

Key Features:
  • Turbo tool for removing pet hair on upholstery and stairs.
  • Powered lift-away design for cleaning stairs and other awkward areas
  • Excellent filtration due to the HEPA filter
  • Weight: 6.3kg
  • Power: 750W
  • Price Range: ££££
  • Dust Capacity: 1.1 litre
  • Filter: Sponge &
  • HEPA

4. Shark DuoClean True Pet HV390UKT

Shark DuoClean HV390UKT

Another excellent Shark pet vacuum cleaner is the DuoClean HV390UKT. Shark calls it a “Handstick” vacuum, as it can convert between stick and handheld modes for more versatile cleaning. It also comes with a mini turbo tool, for removing pet hair, and a dual-brush floorhead that excels at both small and large debris.

Unlike the other vacuums on this list, the HV390UKT is primarily a stick upright vacuum. This provides a middle ground between a cordless and upright, as its lightweight yet isn’t constrained by battery life. It has a small one litre capacity (0.5 litre max fill), yet is one of the most energy efficient vacuums on the market with a power rating of 450W.

The HV390UKT’s biggest strength is its versatility. For pet owners, the vacuum comes with a miniature turbo tool that’s more effective than a basic upholstery tool.​ It’s also effective on carpets and comes with both a dusting brush and crevice tool.

An additional feature is the HV390UKT’s “Flexology” design. This is effectively a joint in the middle of the stick, which is great for cleaning under furniture.​

A drawback of the stick design is that it’s more difficult to clean higher locations. This is partly solved by the handheld mode, although you don’t get the extra reach of a traditional hose. It can also be quite messy to empty.

Despite these minor issues, the Shark DuoClean True Pet is a great choice for a pet vacuum if you don’t want a full-size upright. While it has a small capacity, its versatile array of attachments and relatively lightweight design are why we think it’s the best Shark stick vacuum.

Key Features:
  • Turbo tool for removing pet hair
  • Great on hard floors
  • Stick design means it's lighter than other Shark vacuums
  • Weight: 4.8kg
  • Power: 450W
  • Price Range: ££
  • Dust Capacity: 1 litre (0.5 max fill)
  • Filter: Foam &
  • HEPA

5. Shark NZ801UKT Powered Lift-Away Anti Hair Wrap

Shark NZ801UKT

The Shark NZ801UKT isn’t just one of the best Shark vacuums – it’s one of our favourite upright vacuum cleaners from any brand. This model includes nearly all of Shark’s innovative features, while providing excellent performance on almost any type of floor.

Let’s start with the advanced features. It’s a powered lift-away model, so you can remove the canister without losing cleaning performance. This makes it a versatile vacuum that’s great for cars, stairs, and other awkward locations. The NZ801UKT also comes with the DuoClean floorhead and True Pet tool for pet hair.

The latest Shark feature is “anti hair wrap technology.” This automatically untangles and removes hair from the brush bar, which can save time and frustration. It’s not 100% effective – it works better on certain types of hair than others – but is a useful addition if your brush bar is regularly tangled.

In terms of performance, the Shark NZ801UKT is excellent at cleaning pet hair. It also does a great job on hard floors and a decent job on carpets, although it’s not the best carpet vacuum on the market.

The biggest downsides are the small dust capacity and relatively short 8 metre cable. It’s also a pricey vacuum – although Shark packs a lot of features in for the price.

Overall, the Shark NZ801UKT is one of the best upright vacuums on the market. It’s effective, versatile, and brilliant for pet owners. Click here to read our full review.

Key Features:
  • Pet tool for removing hair
  • Great on hard floors
  • Anti hair wrap technology
  • Weight: 6.5kg
  • Power: 750W
  • Price Range: ££££
  • Dust Capacity: 0.8 litre
  • Filter: Washable

6. Shark HandVac CH950UKT Handheld Vacuum

Shark CH950UKT handheld

If you need a small vacuum cleaner for quick clean-ups and tackling dry spills, then the Shark HandVac CH950UKT could be a great choice.

It’s a lightweight model that generates excellent suction power, although this comes at the expense of run-time. There’s also a motorised pet tool, making the CH950UKT one of the best handheld vacuums for pet hair.

There are some downsides though. It’s not the strongest handheld vacuum we’ve seen, although it’s good enough for most small tasks. A bigger issue is the 10-minute battery run-time, which is at the lower end for handheld vacuums.

Despite these drawbacks, the HandVac is a convenient handheld vacuum that’s useful for removing pet hair between cleaning with your full-size vacuum. We also think it provides great value for money. Click here to read our Shark HandVac CH950UKT review.

Key Features:
  • Decent suction power for a handheld vac
  • Comes with a motorised pet tool
  • Easy to use
  • Weight: 1.39kg
  • Power: Cordless
  • Price Range: £
  • Dust Capacity: 0.45 litre
  • Filter: Washable
Shark Vacuum in Action


Shark vacuums are definitely worth considering as an alternative to vacuum brands like Dyson and Vax. Their models tend to be reasonably priced and provide strong suction power. Many also have innovative features such as the company’s Lift-Away design and Swivel Steering.

Listed above are our top four Shark vacuum cleaner reviews. While each model provides great value, it’s important to buy the model that most closely matches your requirements. If we had to pick our top model though, it would be the Shark Powered Lift-Away True Pet NZ801UKT.

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