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1 October 2021

Best Shark vacuum deals for 2021

Shark vacuums are often on sale, but are you actually saving money? Our experts are on hand to separate this month's deals from the duds.
Joseph Perry
Best Shark vacuum deals

We're all drawn to a deal, but with some Shark vacuums appearing to be on sale more often than not, it can be hard to know whether you're getting value for money.

Whether you're after a trusty corded vacuum, a flashy cordless model or a handheld helper, our experts can help you find genuine savings.

We've scoured the market for the latest Shark savings. Read on to discover the best deals this month – and to find out how to snag a bargain this Black Friday.

Deals updated: 1 October 2021.

Find out whether Sharks sink or swim in our vacuum tests in our Shark corded and Shark cordless vacuum reviews.

Best Shark vacuum deals for October 2021

Shark IZ251UKT – save £50

  • We like: great cleaning on hard floors and upholstery
  • We don't like: struggles on carpets

This cordless Shark typically costs £349, but it's currently available for £299. It comes with two batteries and a pet hair tool, making it a good option for larger homes and households with four-legged residents. It does a good job on hard floors and upholstery, but there are better vacuums if your home is mainly carpeted.

Read our Shark IZ251UKT review to get our full verdict.

Or buy it now at Appliances DirectArgosCurrys, Sonic Direct or the Shark website.

Shark ICZ160UK – save £50

  • We like: large dust capacity and long run time on maximum power
  • We don't like: poor cleaning on some surfaces

It typically costs £299, but this cord-free Shark is currently on sale for £249. It has a 1.6-litre dust capacity, which is much bigger than most cordless models, and gives you 20 minutes of cleaning time on maximum power. However, we found it lacking in some key areas.

Head to out Shark ICZ160UK review to find out more.

Or buy it now AO.com, Appliances Direct, Hughes, Sonic Direct, Very or the Shark website.

Can't see a Shark deal you like? Take a look at the latest Dyson deals instead.

Is the price you've seen actually a good deal?

handheld hoover on wooden floor in living room

Whether it's Amazon Prime day, Black Friday or the January sales, here are the prices you should look out for if you're after a bargain.

Based on historical pricing data, we think these prices represent genuinely good savings on some of Shark's most popular models:

  • Shark IZ300UK – anything under £299
  • Shark ICZ160UK – anything under £299
  • Shark IZ201UK – anything under £249
  • Shark NV702UK – anything under £189
  • Shark NV602UK – anything under £169
  • Shark HZ500UK – anything under £179

We've noticed that Shark prices can rise in the weeks leading up to big sales events such as Big Friday, creating the illusion of special offers on the day.

In the table below, you can see how prices fluctuate for different Shark vacuums. Use this table, as well as our top tips below, to sort the deals from the duds.

You can click through to our reviews of each model to find out how they performed in our independent vacuum tests versus rivals from Dyson, Gtech and more.

Shark pricing guide

Lowest price
Typical price
Highest price
Shark IZ300UK (single battery)
Shark IZ320UK (twin battery)
Shark WandVac WV361UK
Shark NV702UK
Shark NV612UK
Shark NV602UK
Shark HZ500UK

Table last updated: October 2021. Prices taken from PriceRunner and PriceSpy to give a general market overview – current prices might differ from the above. Table excludes pet variants.

It's not all about Dyson and Shark – check out our Best Buy cordless vacuums to see which other brands are worth considering.

Top tips for getting the best Shark deal

The Shark AZ950UKT vacuum cleaner in use

With Shark vacuums often on 'special offer', it can be hard to know which deals are genuine money savers.

Stick to these golden rules to get the best value:

1. Don't fall for features

Shark models come with impressive-sounding features, including 'Flexology' (a flexible cleaning tube), 'Lift-Away' (a detachable handheld mode) and 'TruePet' (an extra motorised brush for dealing with pet hair).

However, while useful, most of them aren't unique. You'll find a similar features across most other brands, just with more conventional names.

So don't rush into buying a Shark vacuum because of its features. There could be cheaper options with the same features.

2. Check the prices of similar models

Most Shark models have a basic package and a more expensive pet variant, which comes with a mini-tool for cleaning up after your furry friends.

Sometimes you'll be better off buying the basic model and getting the pet tool separately (it usually costs £20).

However, always check the prices of variants, as you might find the pet version on offer for less than the basic model.

3. Think about how many batteries you need

Cordless Sharks are sold with one, two or sometimes three batteries.

If you opt for a package with extra batteries, you can prolong your vacuum's run-time and don't have to worry about sourcing a new battery if one stops working.

However, as you can buy spare batteries from the Shark website for around £70, the deal only makes sense if the package is a similar price to the single-battery model.

If you live in a smaller home, you probably don't need extra batteries in any case – a single charge will last long enough to vacuum around your home in one go, and battery faults should be covered by the manufacturer's guarantee for the first two years.

4. Check out the latest price data

If a deal seems too good to be true, you can use price comparison sites such as PriceRunner and PriceSpy to see historical price data. It's worth having a quick Google too, as some retailers' price feeds aren't picked up by these sites.

The data should reveal how regularly a vacuum goes on sale (if it's on 'special offer' for most of the year, the offer isn't all that special) and whether the 'before' price is accurate.

5. Shop around

There are some great Shark vacuums, but there are plenty more fish in the sea – including cheaper options from alternative brands.

See our list of the cheapest Best Buy cordless and corded vacuums for the top bargains.

How long do Shark vacuums last? Find out in our corded and cordless vacuum brand guides.

Black Friday Shark deals

Woman holding Black Friday shopping bag

Black Friday is usually a good time to get a cheap Shark, but look out for underhand tactics. While you'll see a flurry of special offers and discounts ahead of the big day, not all Black Friday deals are good value.

Some retailers hike their prices up in the weeks leading up to Black Friday, creating the illusion of bigger savings on the day. Make sure you check out our pricing guide in the table above for realistic 'before' prices.

Last year, Shark slashed prices on several of its corded and cordless models, including the Shark AZ950UKT, Shark HZ500UKT, Shark ICZ160UKT, Shark NZ801UKT and the Shark IZ201UKT range, so there are likely to be more deals this time around.

Keep an eye on this page, as we're constantly updating the latest Shark deals ahead of Black Friday.