Best Shark vacuum of 2024 in the UK – our top 7, reviewed

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1. The list in brief ↴
2. Best overall: IZ300UK
3. Best cordless: Stratos
4. Best new: Detect Pro
5. Best powerful: ICZ300UKT
6. Best handheld: Wandvac
7. Best upright: DuoClean
8. Best cylinder: Cylinder Pet
How we test
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Looking for the best Shark vacuum? We've reviewed many of the top picks from this brand, including upright and cordless models, to help you make your decision. 

Choosing a new Shark can be tricky due to the sheer amount of models on the market, which is why we've created this list to help you narrow things down.

There's a reason that the best Shark vacuum cleaners also feature heavily in our guide to the best vacuum cleaners overall. While the price can vary massively, we're big fans of the quality and innovation you'll get with a Shark vacuum. 

Design perks such as the DuoClean brush head, which toggles between carpet and hard floors with the touch of a button, and Flexology, which easily pivots to reach under furniture, will make an instant difference in your cleaning routine.

Below, you can find links to the specific Shark vacuum reviews for models we've tried and tested so that you can read more before you make your final decision and start making use of Shark discount codes.

Quick list - the best Shark vacuums

Short on time but looking for the best Shark vacuum around? Take a look at our quick list below to find the one you're looking for quickly.

Best Shark vacuum overall

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Best Shark vacuum cleaner

Specifications

Cordless?: Yes
Dust tank capacity: 0.7 litres
Weight: 4.58kg
RRP: £249.00

Reasons to buy

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Deep and effective cleaning
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Nifty storage
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Immense power
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Smart charging

Reasons to avoid

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No pet attachment (although it still did a great job on hair)

Buy it if: you need an affordable, reliable Shark vacuum.

The Shark Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner with PowerFins & Flexology is one of Shark's trademark exports, and boy did it wow us when we took it for a spin. Firstly, it feels incredibly sturdy and well-made, with a separate charger for up to two batteries at a time, meaning you can double your runtime for larger homes.

Switching between carpet and hard floors is very easy thanks to the DuoClean brushrolls, which switch over with the touch of a button. It's also possible to go between three power levels, although we found the lowest level perfectly strong enough for the majority of tasks.

At under 5kg it's a sturdy but not too hefty model, and if you struggle with storage, you'll enjoy the fact that the Shark Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner with PowerFins & Flexology hinges forwards to fold when stored. It does have a smart touchpad at the top of the vacuum that shows the battery level very clearly, too.

Features we loved during testing

The newer feature that Shark added to the Shark Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner with PowerFins & Flexology is its PowerFins tech. These are essentially flexible silicone paddles that dig deep into carpets and effectively pick up dirt from right down at the base of rugs and carpets. This was immensely successful at picking up pet hair and dust that we didn't even know was there during our tests. Opt for the Shark IZ300UKT Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner for a double-battery model, or the regular Shark IZ300UK if you're happy with just one battery.

Our Shark IZ300UK Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner review has the full details. 

Best cordless Shark vacuum

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The best cordless stick Shark vacuum

Specifications

Cordless : Yes
Dust tank capacity : 0.8 litres
Weight : 4.07kg
RRP: £429.99

Reasons to buy

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Great amount of power 
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Hair doesn't get caught in the brushroll 
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CleanSense IQ is good for high-traffic areas

Reasons to avoid

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Lacks a stand to keep tools tidy 
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Dust tool doesn't do a lot 

Buy it if: you have the budget for a brand new, top-of-the-range Shark vacuum.

The Shark Stratos goes further than other vacuums from the brand to make debris and dust pick-up as easy, and nice-smelling as possible. It showed unbelievable suction power during testing, and left carpets visibly cleaner, with no issues with pet hair or human hair. 

There's no doubt that our testing process proved that this vacuum is worth the large price tag that it carries. Even if you don't have pets, the ease with which this vacuum does away with hair is astounding, and our Ecommerce Editor Molly found that it was unmatched when it came to suction. 

Features we loved during testing

The capacity of this vacuum to transform into a smaller handheld model is phenomenal, and you'll be reaching for the smaller attachments all the time to quickly resolve smaller messes all over your home. Another highlight is the new anti-odour capsules that you can pick up with this vacuum, which make that horrible dusty smell a thing of the past.

You can fork out more for the two-battery Shark Stratos model if you think you need a spare pack on charge while the other is in use, but it's not a necessity if you live in a small or medium-sized home. All in all, this is admittedly a pricier vacuum, but if you can afford to fork out, it will impress you time and time again. We just wish it had a stand to make storing all of the elements easier, and to keep small spaces tidier.

Our Shark Stratos IZ420UKT cordless vacuum review has the full details.

Best new Shark vacuum

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The best new Shark vac

Specifications

RRP: £349.99
Cordless: Yes
Dust tank capacity : 0.4 litres
Weight : 2.76kg

Reasons to buy

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Unbelievably lightweight, but still powerful
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Best looking Shark vac we've seen 
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Four different detection technologies 
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Run time of 60 minutes

Reasons to avoid

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Dust tank is very small
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Won't cut it if you need a heavy duty model

Buy it if: you love to have the latest Shark on the market.

We were very excited to test the brand-new Shark Detect Pro for a few reasons. The first is that it's unbelievably lightweight, at just 2.76kg, so your days of lugging around a heavy vacuum are behind you. 

The second was the wealth of new technologies that Shark boasted about with this vacuum when we got a first glimpse of it at IFA 2023. This vacuum has four detection technologies so that cleaning your home is more thorough than ever. When we were testing, we found dealing with high-traffic areas much easier thanks the the amped up suction and the FloorDetect technology makes transitioning into different rooms across your home much easier too. 

Features we loved

The RRP of £349.99 is steep, yes, but the cleaning performance of this vacuum very much impressed us during testing. You gain design points too with this new release, which is available in a swish white colour scheme and has a stripped-back LED control panel.

It performed excellently in our at-home tests, and the new detection features go a long way to improve day-to-day vacuuming sessions. I'm a huge fan of the stand system too, even though it comes at an additional price, and would be keen to try out the self-emptying bin system next, which seems like a lifesaver.

Our Shark Detect Pro Cordless Vacuum Cleaner IW1511UK review has the full details.

Best powerful Shark vacuum

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Best Shark vacuum cleaner for serious power

Specifications

Cordless?: Yes
Dust tank capacity: 0.6 litres
Weight: 6.2kg
RRP: £429.99

Reasons to buy

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Very strong on pet hair
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Has the power of a corded vacuum
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Long battery life
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Lift away to clean stairs or cars

Reasons to avoid

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It's hefty

Buy it if: you need the power of a corded Shark vacuum but want a cordless one.

The Shark Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Upright Vacuum Cleaner with PowerFins, Powered Lift-Away & TruePet has everything you need (as you might've guessed from the name) to stay on top of the busiest of homes, in a cordless model. 

Shark claims that it has all the power of a corded vacuum cleaner but in cordless form, and after testing we couldn't agree more. It's got DuoClean which makes switching modes immensely straightforward, and the controls make it easy to see how much battery you have left. To charge, simply lift out the battery on the side of the dust tank and pop it into its charging port.

Features we loved during testing

The vacuum has lights that illuminate its path, and it left a visible path of clean carpet when we took it through the floor around the bed of a fluffy black labrador. Very impressive, so prepare to remember what colour your carpet was when you moved in!

At over 6kg the Shark Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Upright Vacuum Cleaner with PowerFins, Powered Lift-Away & TruePet is quite heavy, but it does have the Powered Lift-Away to make it easier to tackle stairs and upholstery. Another minor gripe during the testing period was the small dust tank, which fills up very quickly when you're dealing with pet hair. We can confirm the battery life does extend to around one hour though, so this Shark cordless can tackle your entire home in one go.

Our Shark ICZ300UKT Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Upright Vacuum Cleaner review has the full details.

Best handheld Shark

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5. Shark Wandvac WV200UK

The best handheld Shark

Specifications

Cordless?: Yes
Dust capacity : 0.1 litres
Weight: 0.7kg
RRP: £129.99

Reasons to buy

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One touch bin emptying
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Neat storage/ charging dock
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Not too loud
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Strong suction

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Short run time

Buy it if: you need a handheld vacuum to supplement your main cleaner.

This handheld vacuum cleaner from Shark is a must-have handy for those quick tidy-ups. It's cordless which always helps with moving around the home (and car) quickly since you're not tethered to a plug. And the (up to) 8 minutes battery life is sufficient enough for sweeping up dust, and crumbs and taming those stray hairs which seem to get anywhere and everywhere. Oh and did we mention? It's one of our top picks in our round-up of the best handheld vacuum cleaners, too.

Features we loved during testing

Our expert tester Helen loved how this vacuum empties at the touch of a button, flipping the dirt directly into the bin. She thought it made emptying quick and mess-free. 

When using it to clean her car, Helen was very impressed with the overall performance, with the vac effectively removing dirt from her car. It did struggle a little more to collect hairs from the carpet, but overall the suction was strong.

Overall, we love this vacuum for its performance and how it looks, as it's pretty enough to keep out on your worktop. It's almost full marks from us on this one.

Best upright Shark

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Best Shark upright vacuum with a cord

Specifications

Cordless?: Yes
Dust tank capacity: 0.3 litres
Weight: 5.25kg
RRP: £327.99
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Reasons to buy

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Pet-friendly
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Can be used on all floor types
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Available in a lovely colour

Reasons to avoid

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Some may prefer cordless

Buy it if: you don't want to lose out on the power of a corded vacuum.

For those of us who find comfort in being plugged into the mains as we vacuum our homes, our reviewer Jen has established that this Shark vacuum could well be the best option for you. It's a good combination of where a stick vacuum meets an 8-metre-length cord which ultimately means no charging, whilst still being lightweight.

Features we loved during testing

During testing, Jen found that this vacuum was well equipped to deal with daily cleaning issues, with a versatile robust design that saw her through various challenges. The enhanced swivel steering came in handy across Jen's entire home, and the debris pickup across the board was good. The huge 1.1-litre dust cup was also great for a whole house clean, meaning Jen didn't have to backtrack at any point to empty at the bin.

She also loved the portable vacuum cleaner element that is accessible with just the push of a button. This is thanks to Powered Lift-Away which is super handy for using the suite of attachments to refresh upholstery or vacuum skirting boards.

One of the attachments which comes with this Shark vacuum is the pet tool. As with many of the best vacuum cleaners for pet hair, it was excellent at drawing out embedded hair from rugs, blankets and anywhere else your four-legged friend likes to reside. Overall, this is a strong contender for those looking for a large-capacity Shark vacuum that they can rely on.

Our Shark DuoClean Upright Pet Vacuum NV702UKT review has the full details.

Best cylinder Shark

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7. Shark CZ500UKT DuoClean & Anti Hair Wrap Bagless Cylinder Pet Vacuum

Best Shark vacuum with cylinder design

Specifications

Cordless?: No
Dust tank capacity: 1.6 litres
Weight: 7.99kg
RRP: £329.99

Reasons to buy

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Large capacity
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Easy to empty
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Onboard tools
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DuoClean makes it easy to switch floor types

Reasons to avoid

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On the heavier side 
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Restricted with corded design

Buy it if: you need a super affordable Shark vacuum. 

If you want to complete a deep clean in your home without having to empty your vacuum, then the Shark DuoClean & Anti Hair Wrap Bagless Cylinder Pet Vacuum CZ500UKT will be a brilliant choice for you. Its large capacity, easy-to-use controls and excellent suction power on carpets shone through our review process, which was completed by our eCommerce Writer Molly.

Although it is a corded vac, the 9-metre-long cable will give you an adequate radius to work your way around the various floors in the home. Molly lives in a two-bedroom flat and never found the cord to be an issue, with space to get to all of the rooms she needed to.

Features we loved during testing

The Anti-Hair wrap technology in this vacuum will actively remove hair from both the rollers in the floor head so you don't need to worry about de-tangling any locks at the end of each clean. After trying it out, Molly found it to be true that she didn't need to take her scissors to this floorhead, which was a big win. 

There's a suite of onboard tools which can be used with this vac too, Molly's favourite being the Anti Hair Wrap Power Tool which is great for upholstery and smaller jobs.

How we test Shark vacuums

We really like to get a hands-on experience with the products which we feature across Ideal Home, in line with our testing protocol. It means that we get to understand more about what you are getting for your money.

Each time we hear of a new vacuum cleaner that's been added to the brand's portfolio, or we see one with outstanding user reviews, we just have to try it out. You can read what we really thought about each model in the descriptions in this guide where you'll also see our marks out of five. Each one with descriptions like these have been tested for a number of weeks (sometimes months) so they've been faced with some real-life challenges. In some instances, we're even fortunate enough to be able to keep the vacuum cleaners so the test is always ongoing, if you like.

Everything has been considered during our in-depth reviews. Factors such as manoeuvrability, run-time, emptying of the canister (or bag) and general controls. In any instance where we have been unable to review but couldn't miss not featuring the vacuum cleaner in this guide, we've taken into account feedback from other users who have left reviews on the website where they've bought it from.

If you want to learn more, below you can find information on exactly who has reviewed each of the vacuums in this list.

Molly Cleary
Molly Cleary

Our Ecommerce Editor Molly oversees vacuum and cleaning content at Ideal Home. She's tested out the Shark CZ500UKT DuoClean & Anti Hair Wrap Bagless Cylinder Pet Vacuum, alongside the Shark Stratos and the Shark Detect Pro Cordless Vacuum. She's also visited Shark HQ in Battersea to learn more about their testing process, as well as to see all of the brand's latest innovations.

She's a certified Consumer Expert when it comes to Shark vacs, after undergoing a five-step process which included interviewing Tom Brown, SharkNinja's President, UK & Europe.

Millie Fender
Millie Fender

Millie was previously Reviews Editor for Ideal Home, working to ensure that the products we feature have been tried and tested by us. She has lots of experience with vacuums of all kinds. From this list she's tried out the Shark IZ300UKT, making her well equipped to compare and rank the vacs in this guide.

FAQs

When's the best time to buy a Shark vacuum cleaner?

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It's possible to find pretty good deals on Shark vacuums year-round over on our cordless vacuum deals page, but there is one time of the year that's undoubtedly better than any other to take the plunge on this brand. Yep, we're talking about Black Friday deals, which start cropping up in November. 

In previous years we've seen discounts of up to 50% on Shark vacuums, meaning that this pre-Christmas rush is most definitely the time to shop for essentials for your home, including vacuums. If you miss out on Black Friday, then there's plenty of cash to be saved with Boxing Day deals too. 

How can I choose the best Shark vacuum?

The first thing you'll need to decide is whether you want to opt for a cordless or corded Shark. Each type will suit different homes, and our feature on corded vs cordless Shark vacuums can answer every conundrum you might have. 

Another thing specific to shopping Shark vacuums is all the lingo that the brand uses to market their vacs. To untangle some of the meanings, we've listed a few of them below but we also have a full explainer on the extensive list of Shark terms if you want to learn more.

Is Shark as good as Dyson?

Shark's value for money, with RRPs often near to half of what Dyson's vacuums are, means that there is constantly a comparison raised between the brands. Our explainer on Shark vs Dyson has the full lowdown on the technical differences, but we think that if you're looking for a budget vacuum, you can't go wrong with investing in a Shark. 

Molly Cleary
Kitchen Appliances Editor

Molly is Ideal Home’s Kitchen Appliances Editor and an all-around baking and cooking enthusiast. She joined the team in September 2022 as an Ecommerce Editor after working across Real Homes, Homes & Gardens and Livingetc. She's been reviewing products for 4 years and now specialises in weighing up kitchen essentials' pros and cons, from air fryers to bean-to-cup coffee machines. 

She's always been a keen reader, so after graduating from the University of Exeter in 2020 she was thrilled to find a way to write as a full-time job. Nowadays, she spends her days at home or the Ideal Home test facility trying out new kitchen innovations to see if they’re worth a space on your worktop. Her most beloved and hard-working appliance is her Sage coffee machine though she also takes the title of Ideal Home’s in-house air fryer expert after writing about them religiously over the past few years.

When she's not thinking or writing about kitchen appliances, she loves getting around London exploring new places, going for a dip at the Ladies’ Pond and consuming every bit of pop culture she can get her hands on.