In my opinion, Shark and Dyson are two of the most innovative brands right now when it comes to product design.
Shark Rocket Duo Clean
Dyson pioneered a bagless system that fundamentally disrupted the way other manufacturers created their products.
And Shark is one of the byproducts of this disorder.
There’s no doubt in my mind that Shark drew his inspiration from Dyson when designing the Rocket series.
The shark is an innovator in itself. One of their most innovative products is the “Lift Away” series that converts vertically into a canister-type vacuum cleaner with the push of a lever.
But that’s another topic for another day. Today we will be looking at Shark Rocket with Duo Clean and Dyson V8.
Both of these products have the same design principle.
This is having interchangeable tools with a removable wand to work on and over floors.
Both are fitted with power tools for upholstery and floors.
The V8 is a little longer than the Shark by about 3 inches, so it’s better to reach for a bit.
One is wireless and the other is wired. But what is it. The best.
Let’s go through their features one by one and break everything down.
This is to use a compact drive stuffed into a small case that also includes a trash can. Without the attached long tube, you’d think these products were portable devices.
With the tube connected, it becomes a sticky vacuum cleaner that you can use on floors.
But unlike other stick scrubbers, these machines have real power.
Here’s the cool part, you can attach other tools to the wand to clean the high areas above your head.
All of these tools can be used with or without the wand.
So diversity is the name of the game for these two. Using a smaller motor takes a toll on power but you do get a great deal of maneuverability with these two products.
Dyson pioneered this design and Shark was one of the first to copy and incorporate it into their Rocket product line.
Other brands like Hoover and Bissell have their own versions, but Shark added a bit of flavor to it (you’ll find out in a bit).
You could say the Rocket is the wired version of the Dyson Wireless.
Yes, they copied the design but so far Dyson hasn’t sued them for that and I don’t think they would use the resources for R&D just to bring competitors to court even though they have done so in the past.
For me, that’s a good thing because we the consumers are winners. Innovation begins when two competing brands try to outdo each other and that’s what we see here.
main cleaning head
Out of the box, the Dyson V8 offers several tools for the job – direct drive cleaning and a soft roller cleaning brush.
The Dyson V6 was the first to use this kit.
Dyson says these tools have 150% more turbulence than the V6 Cord-Free.
If you’re not familiar, a direct drive head works best on carpet and a soft roller head on a bare floor.
Here is a short demo of the soft roller cleaning head…
And here is the head of the direct driver hygiene …
Sharek took this idea and combined it into one. Instead of just copying Dyson, they innovate and create something unique – they call it DUO CLEAN technology.
It combines a soft brush roller and a bristle brush that work together to capture small to large debris.
With the soft brush on top, it all eliminates the plowing effect of traditionally styled wands and even straight blanks.
This is because this part “pulls” the dirt and pushes toward the inlet where it takes on the uptake.
You will notice that the floor tool is not as low as those found in other vacuum cleaners. Shark revealed a lot of roller. This is by design to maximize capture and excitement.
Watching Duo Clean in action…
The second video is an advertisement from Sharek. But you have to admit, it’s pretty impressive with the range of dirt it can clean.
One feature that Shark has over the Dyson is the presence of LED lights. This helps in terms of visibility in low light areas and dust tracking.
winner: even in
The V8 Absolute has two filters inside – one main filter and a HEPA filter after the engine. Both are washable.
The two-layered radial cyclones combine with filters to capture particles as small as 0.3 microns in size, Dyson says.
On the other hand, shark does not have a HEPA filtration. It uses two washable foam filters, one stacked on top of the other.
The filtration is not very good, so if you have an allergic condition, you may want to go with a Dyson.
Dirt container capacity
A shark can hold nearly twice as much dirt as a Dyson. It can hold about 0.25 gallons of dry dirt, which is about 1 liter. A V8 engine can hold only about 0.14 gallons.
Both brands use a similar design principle. Each uses a single trap door design at the bottom and mainly relies on gravity to dislodge dirt. But Dyson has improved on its original design.
The new design actually has a mechanism that helps push dirt down. This reduces the need to use your fingers to dislodge statically charged dirt such as dust trapped inside.
winner: Shark Duo Clean
Dyson comes with a total of 6 accessories. These include fine roller cleaning head, direct drive motor cleaning head, motorized small tool, compound tool, crevice tool and fine dusting brush.
Shark comes with a bit more in terms of tools. Out of the box, you’ll get a dusting brush, a crevice of a duster, an upholstery tool, a down wand, a True Pet mini robotic brush and a Duo Clean tool.
In terms of excitement, it’s hard to beat what Dyson brings to the table with its direct drive motor and smooth cylinder head. The devil is in the details, they say.
When you look closely at a Dyson bristle tool, you’ll notice that it has two types of brushes – tough nylon bristles and softer carbon fiber filaments for dirt and ground dust.
The soft roller bar is the biggest innovation in the last 5 years by Dyson.
This tool is washable and easy to maintain.
For Shark, I like the way they include the bottom device stick. Cleaning the areas under low furniture is a pain, and having a tool like this will save you time from having to pick up that furniture and put it back in place just to clean it.
Despite having this, I still love the cleaning tools that Dyson has to offer but Shark’s Duo Clean tool is a huge step forward for them. If they can improve on the rough part of this tool, they stand a legitimate chance of bypassing Dyson.
winner: Dyson but not much
Shark says this vacuum cleaner has a 600-watt motor.
Dyson uses a different form of measurement called air watts. The V8 has 100 watts of air power when running in max mode.
If you’re not familiar with air watts – it’s the power in the suction port where dirt gets in. To put it into perspective, it’s like the horsepower of the wheels or the force in the wheels where it matters most.
Even if the Shark has a wire, the power difference is negligible. This is when Dyson is on max.
But in normal mode, Shark will have a slight advantage.
Remember that suction alone does not make the vacuum cleaner perform well. You’ll have to look at how much excitement you have and that’s where the motorized brush comes in.
And in my opinion, the Dyson still has an advantage over the Shark because it will raise better on floor and carpet.
Weight and ergonomics
At first glance, you might think that both spaces have the same balance when working above ground.
With the motorized tool and extension wand attached, the Shark is heavier than the Dyson.
But without it, that number drops to just 4.6 pounds.
One thing I’m about about the Shark is that it uses the slide switch rather than the trigger as the power button. This reduces pressure on the arms and wrists, especially when cleaning on floors.
Shark does not need to use a trigger as it has a constant power supply. You can leave the vacuum cleaner on and not worry about running out of juice.
The Dyson V8 weighs only 5.75 pounds and since it has no wire, you don’t have to worry about finding an outlet when cleaning areas like the attic or even inside the garage.
winner: even in
Shark Backs Rocket with a Lifetime VIP Warranty. Make sure to read the finer details and I’ll paraphrase what he says. Unfortunately, only non-corrosive components are part of the warranty.
All Dyson cordless vacuums come with a 2-year warranty on the entire appliance.
|Shark Rocket with Dual Cleaning||Dyson V8 Absolute|
|Energy||600 watts||100 Aw (maximum)|
30 ft power cord
25 – 40 minutes running time
|Weight||9.9 lbs (with floor tool and stick)
4.6 lbs (hand vacuum weight)
|Tools included||dust broom
Under the device stick
True Pet . mini motorized brush
Duo cleaning tool
Guarantee VIP for life
|Soft cylindrical cleaning head
Direct Engine Cleaning Head
motorized small tool
Soft dusting brush
Guarantee VIP for life
|Price||Check Price||Check Price|
Where do I buy?
You can purchase both products from their websites at SharkClean.com and Dyson.com. Another option is to buy this from Amazon.
- Shark Rocket
- Dyson V8
The Shark Rocket will be a few hundred dollars cheaper compared to the Dyson but with all the gear you’ll get from a V8 Absolute I think you’ll get a lot for the dollar.
I love the innovation that Shark and Dyson brought to the table.
Dyson is clearly the king when it comes to cordless vacuum cleaners and the V8 is arguably the best with two motorized disposable tools for bare floors and carpets.
It doesn’t have any wire, so the Dyson wins in terms of maneuverability and portability because you don’t have to worry about that.
But the Dyson V8 is pricey, and if you can’t afford it, the Shark Rocket with Duo Clean offers something cheaper, albeit wired.
You’ll get about 90% of the performance for less than half the cost. Shark has created a stylish solution for cleaning bare floors and carpets by combining a soft roller and a bristle brush into a cleaning tool ideal for multiple surfaces.
But I don’t think it can beat the Dyson in terms of excitement especially on a carpet or bare floor because the latter has a larger diameter throttle rod that rotates faster.
Now remember that Rocket Duo Clean has a 30-foot cord that you have to tidy up after every cleaning session, but if you don’t mind that, I wouldn’t blame you for choosing a shark.