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Shark vacuum cleaners rated

By Matthew Knight

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Find out how Shark vacuum cleaners compare with rival vacuum brands, and their pros and cons.

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American brand Shark offers an innovative array of bagless upright and cordless vacuum cleaners that aim to make cleaning a breeze. Upright models often have a lift-away canister that allows you to tackle fiddly jobs, such as the stairs, in handheld mode, and its cordless models have handy extras such as a folding tube, LED headlights and swappable batteries.

Do these fancy features add up to a better cleaning experience? When we test vacuum cleaners, we check how easy they are to use for a range of common house cleaning jobs. So, whether you've got lots of tricky corners to tackle, or want a smooth ride as you whip round your home, our vacuum cleaner reviews and cordless vacuum cleaner reviews reveal the best options.

We've pulled together all our know-how on corded Shark vacuums in the table below. You can find out the overall pros and cons of Shark models, and how they tend to perform during lab testing, as well as our overall verdict on the brand. Only logged in Which? members can view our exclusive ratings and verdicts. If you're not yet a member, join Which? to get instant access.

To get our verdict on Shark's more recent cordless models, head to our Shark cordless vacuum cleaner reviews.

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How much do Shark vacuum cleaners cost?

Shark corded vacuum cleaners tend to cost between £200 and £300, which puts them roughly in the middle of the range of prices you can pay for a new vacuum cleaner. 

Its cordless range can cost as much as £450, which positions them at the top end of the cordless market in terms of price.

If you've got your eye on a Shark vacuum, it's worth shopping around and using our price predictor tool, as they are often on offer.

Choosing the best Shark vacuum cleaner

The brand's features include a lift-away handheld unit, which could make some cleaning tasks less troublesome. Some corded models have a slim stick-style design, which can make moving around your home easier.

As with all brands, though, quality can vary between individual vacuum cleaners so, if you're considering a Shark, make sure you check our vacuum cleaner reviews before you make a purchase. 

Shark also has a range of cordless vacuum cleaners, priced between £250 and £450. Some have floorheads with dual brush bars, which Shark says makes them great for sucking up fine dust and large debris at the same time. Premium versions come with an extra battery, to extend the battery life. To see how Shark cordless vacuums compare with premium models from Bosch, Dyson and Gtech, read our cordless vacuum cleaner reviews