Best Shark vacuum 2021: our top 5 Anti Hair Wrap, Lift Away and DuoClean vacuum cleaners

Take a look at our top-rated Shark vacuum cleaners to help make vacuuming the home a whole lot easier, this year and beyond

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Looking for a Shark vacuum? Of course you are! We consider them one of the best vacuum cleaners (your) money can buy.

There's a vacuum style for every home and need, including the upright, stick or cordless vacuum cleaner. Shark have even created a number of vacuum cleaners that adapt with your cleaning needs, getting to hard to reach areas (thanks Flexology tech) and the coveted anti-hair wrap tech on some models is a lifesaver in homes with pets and long haired inhabitants. There's more to the floor cleaning head, too, with the Shark DuoClean which features not one but two motorised brush-rolls which work together to clean all types of flooring.

Whatever the reason why you want one of these top-rated vacs, a Shark vacuum is a decent shout for tackling pet hair or converting to a handheld vacuum for getting into those hard-to-reach areas. There's plenty to choose from, but we've rounded up our faves and listed them below. Oh and don't forget to check out the latest Shark sale where you could save up to £150 on a new vacuum cleaner or a steam mop – now there's a thought!

Keep scrolling to see our reviews and what's in store (online) for you...

Which is the best Shark vacuum cleaner?

If you want the best Shark vacuum (in our opinion), you'll want to buy the Shark DuoClean Lift-Away Upright Vacuum Cleaner with TruePet NV702UKT. Why? Because it's super easy to use and capable of picking up even the thickest of pet hair. And whether you're tackling carpet or hardwood floor, it's just what you need to get the job done easily and efficiently.

Want to keep looking? No worries: keep scrolling to see more of what we think are the best Shark vacuum cleaners.

Best Shark vacuum cleaners 2021: our top picks

SHARK DuoClean Lift-Away True Pet NV702UKT

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1. Shark DuoClean Lift-Away Upright Vacuum Cleaner with TruePet NV702UKT

The best Shark vacuum overall: for homes with several types of flooring and / or pet owners

Specifications
Type: Upright, bagless and handheld
Container capacity: 1.1Ltr
Weight: 5.25kg
Dimensions: H118 x W28.5 x D26 cm
Charge time: N/A
Running time: N/A
Reasons to buy
+Pet-friendly+Tools included+Easy to use+Lovely grey & rose gold colour
Reasons to avoid
-Some may prefer cordless

This is our pick of the best Shark Vacuum – is a pet-friendly model which comes with a motorised tool that helps lift fur that’s settled into upholstery. Also making this a winning design is its ability to tackle floor-to-ceiling cleaning in every room thanks to the unique Lift Away technology.

The verdicts
This model is designed to deal with daily cleaning challenges and is one which effortlessly navigates around furniture with enhanced swivel steering. Being an upright vac, it has a large container capacity and Shark’s revolutionary DuoClean floorhead will glide from carpet to hard floor without stopping. 

Reviewers on the Shark site were pretty much in agreement with a flat out 5 out of five score rating. Highlights for these buyers? Its one of the best vacuum for pet hair and dirt, pick-up ability and its long 8 metre cable which gave users ample flexibility.

Shark Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner with Flexology and TruePet [Twin Battery] IZ251UKT

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2. Shark Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner with Flexology and TruePet [Twin Battery] IZ251UKT

Best Shark cordless vacuum: for pet owners who enjoy cordless freedom

Specifications
Type: Cordless, bagless, stick and handheld
Container capacity: 0.4 ltr
Weight: 4.1kg
Dimensions: H118 x W26 x D24.5cm
Charge time: 3.5 hrs
Running time: Up to 80 mins
Reasons to buy
+Fab run time+Good choice for allergy sufferers +Flexible wand to reach under furniture+Lightweight
Reasons to avoid
-Smallest capacity

We've just reviewed this Shark vacuum and it gets our vote for the best cordless model. Its running time of up to 80 minutes isn’t to be sneezed at, which is achieved courtesy of the twin batteries. What’s the deal? Well, one battery can be charging while you’re merrily vacuuming, so there are no awkward pauses when you’ve run out of power. Talking of sneezing, this model tackles that issue, too, with its anti-allergen complete seal that takes the exhaust air through a filter to prevent dust and allergens being released.

The verdict
Pet owners get a specialist tool that makes fur removal effective – and we know how many of you need a good solution for this job. We’re also fans of the flexible wand that reaches under furniture where the dust (and pet hair) accumulates.

The users who left a review on the Shark site offered an average 4.5 out of five score for this model. Noted with delight were the machine’s manoeuvrability and lightweight, and the powerful suction on wood floors and different weights of carpet.

For Currys PC World purchasers, it was a happy 8.9 out of ten average score. The plus points for the vac’s users included how easy it is to use the pet tool, how great the suction is and how easy it is to store.

The best Shark vacuum for large homes: Shark Anti Hair Wrap XL with Powered Lift-Away AZ950UK upright vacuum cleaner

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3. Shark Anti Hair Wrap Upright Vacuum Cleaner XL with Powered Lift-Away AZ950UK

Best Shark vacuum for large homes: it's extra large floor head will moves seamlessly between rooms

Specifications
Type: Corded, bagless, upright and handheld
Container capacity: 1.65 ltr
Weight: 7.5kg
Dimensions: H117.5 x W30.5 x D28cm
Cord length: 8m
Reasons to buy
+Largest capacity+Anti-tangle feature +Easy to empty+Light to see under furniture+Good value
Reasons to avoid
-Some may prefer cordless

If you prefer bagless cleaners but find the dust container gets full too quickly, we would highly recommend buying this Shark vacuum. Another of your quibbles with your current vac that hair – yours and the pets’ – gets tangled in the brushes? This vac is designed to remove that hair itself so the job’s not yours.

The verdict
We rate this cleaner highly for those with large homes and/or messy occupants both two and four-legged. Fewer trips to the bin with the dust container, plus a large floorhead that means you’re picking up more dirt with each push make this a great buy for you. It’s versatile, though, featuring Shark’s Lift-Away to let you turn it into a portable to tackle the stairs.

The judgements on the Shark site? Reviewers awarded an overall 4.6 out of five stars. They concluded that the anti-tangle feature was no empty promise, and found the machine quiet to use. Its efficiency with picking up pet hair was also commended.

The design was also a hit with buyers at Currys with an average score of 9.3 out of 10, and the most highly rated features its performance, design and value for money. These users praised its suction power, ease of emptying and liked the lights that illuminate the floor surface for better dirt spotting.

The best Shark vacuum for manoeuvrability: Shark DuoClean with Flexology, TruePet Model HV390UKT corded vacuum cleaner

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4. Shark DuoClean Corded Vacuum Cleaner with Flexology TruePet HV390UKT

Best Shark vacuum for manoeuvrability: a lightweight, corded option with swivel steering

Specifications
Type: Corded, bagless, stick and handheld
Container capacity: 0.49 ltr
Weight: 4.8kg
Dimensions: H118 x W26 x D34cm
Cord length: 10m
Reasons to buy
+Lightweight+Folds down for storing+Long cord+Makes cleaning under furniture easy
Reasons to avoid
-Some may prefer cordless

The combination of a stick vacuum design and a generous 10m of cord to go with it means there’s no charging required, but your vac is still light in weight. This Shark vacuum also has the benefit of folding down for storage so it’s a natural for smaller homes. As this is a TruePet it also offers effective fur removal.

The verdicts
We like the option of a stick that lets you roam far from a socket without the prospect of pulling the plug out of the wall, and swivel steering also makes this an easily manoeuvrable choice. With flex that lets it easily clean under the furniture and a pet tool, this vac will suit plenty of different households, and those whose living space is compact will like its modest dimensions. For us, a head you don’t need to change between different types of flooring is a time-saving plus.

On the Shark site, this vacuum cleaner won approval for picking up pet hair a rival had left behind. Buyers also liked its low weight and the way it converts easily for cleaning the stairs. Overall? It was 4.3 out of five from these purchasers.

At Amazon, the judges’ finding was an average four out of five. Here, reviewers liked its ability to clean right to the edges, admired its power, and said it had given carpets a new lease of life.

The best Shark upright vacuum: Shark Lift-Away with TruePet Upgrade NV601UK upright vacuum cleaner

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5. Shark Lift-Away Upright Vacuum Cleaner with TruePet NV601UK

Best Shark upright vacuum for value: a great option for homes on a budget

Specifications
Type: Corded, bagless, upright and handheld
Container capacity: 1.65 ltr
Weight: 6.2kg
Dimensions: H117 x W31 x D34cm
Cord length: 8m
Reasons to buy
+Good on carpets+LED lights+Comes with pet tool+Long hose+Not super loud
Reasons to avoid
-Some may prefer cordless

Great for cleaning carpet, as well as looking after hard flooring, this Shark vacuum gets our vote for the best Shark upright. It features built-in LED lights to help ensure you won’t miss anything on the floor, and you can swap to vacuuming upholstery, stairs, and hard surfaces with the portable pod with just a press of a button. The pet tool will sort out the leavings of your furry companions, too.

The verdicts
We think devotees of upright vacs will love this take on the design for its ability to transform into a handheld vac as well as function as a powerful floor cleaner. Some 8m of cable won’t leave you wishing for a cordless, we reckon, and pet owners should be delighted by the results of their vacuuming efforts.

Buyers via the Shark site gave this model 4.8 out of five as an average score. There were plaudits for the long hose that made ceiling cobwebs easily removable, the ease with which it can be emptied, and its restorative effect on carpets.

At Amazon, purchasers awarded 4.7 out of five as an average for this best-selling vacuum cleaner. It was praised for removing black fur from cream carpet with outstanding results, the quietness with which it operates, and how easy it is to push and control.

How we test the best Shark vacuum

Here at Real Homes we like to get some hands-on experience with each of the products we feature in our buyers' guides. This means that it'll help us to understand more about what you are getting for your money.

Each time we hear of a new product announcement or we see a product with outstanding user reviews, we just have to call it in. You can read our full reviews by selecting the highlighted product titles in orange. Those you see in this hue have been used for a number of weeks (sometime months) in our own homes so that they are faced with real-life hurdles. Sometimes, we're even fortunate to keep hold of the vacuum cleaners after testing which means that we can update our guides as we continue to learn about then over a long period of time. 

We've considered all the important 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 vac, we've taken into account feedback from other users who have left reviews on the website where they have bought it from. 

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