Cordless stick vacuums have become very popular in recent years. These products have become the go-to choice as they can not only clean floors but easily reach other areas, such as in cars or ceilings. The lightweight nature does not compromise the power and cleaning performance. Shark and Dyson are two of the standout brands in the stick vacuum market. The Shark IONFlex 2X DuoClean and Dyson V10 Absolute are very well known models that some of the most popular choices of a stick vacuum. This article will compare the Shark IONFlex vs Dyson by looking at their suction power, accessories, battery life, and other key features that define how good stick vacuums are. We compare a range of Shark and Dyson vacuums in more detail in another article.
Shark IONFlex 2X DuoClean
The Shark IONFlex 2x DuoClean is the leading stick vacuum from the company. In addition to having many of the standard features ticked off, the IONFlex has some unique qualities that differentiate it from other models. The MultiFLEX technology is a part of the name of this model as it is a defining feature of it. Up the stick is an adjustable joint the allows the vacuum to bend and reach further under furniture or other objects, rather than having to bend down. The bend can also let the Shark ION be parked and stored in a more compact way as it comes down over itself. LED headlights on the brush light up the way when cleaning under furniture which helps make sure every piece of dirt is picked up.
The Shark IONFlex 2X DuoClean has one brush that cleans on both hard floors and soft floors. This is labeled as DuoClean as it is a 2 in 1 cleaning head as it includes a combination of a bristle brush and soft rollers for both fine dust and larger particles. Many other vacuums, including the Dyson V10, has different cleaning heads for different floor types. The Shark IONFlex has a relatively small dustbin which is 0.28 litres. Another factor to consider is that there isn’t a sealed HEPA filter and fine particles such as pollen and allergens can escape the vacuum. One of the key points of the Shark IONFlex 2x DuoClean is that it comes with two batteries and two charging stations. This addresses the limited battery life of the first model which was around 24 minutes. With two interchangeable batteries, you get 48 minutes of total cleaning time which is a big improvement. Accessories included with the Shark IONFlex include:
- Duster Crevice Tool
- Pet Multi-Tool
- 2 ION Power Pack Batteries
- Charging Cord
- Charging Dock
- Anti-Allergen Dust Brush
- MutliFLex Under-Appliance Wand
Dyson V10 Absolute
The Dyson V10 is the second top V series cordless stick vacuum after the V11, although it is nearly as good. Dysons V series was proclaimed to be “the upright vacuum killer” as it performs to the same level but with effortless maneuverability. The Dyson V10 is, in particular, a very impressive vacuum as its specifications and cleaning ability are at a very high standard. At the core of the product is the V10 digital motor which spins up to 125,000 times a minute generating 151 airwatts. Although the Shar IONFlex doesn’t explicitly state its airwatts, the V10 is undoubtedly more powerful. A big difference is that the Dyson V10 has a much larger dustbin than the Shark IONFlex, over twice as big at 0.76 litres.
Another advantage of the Dyson V10 is that it has a HEPA filter which is a must for anyone who is sensitive to allergens, pollen, or pet dander. Although the Dyson V10 doesn’t have interchangeable batteries, it does have a very impressive battery life of 1 hour off just one battery. It should be noted that going on a higher power mode, as with any vacuum, will drain the battery faster. The battery takes 3.5 hours to fully charge. For the sake of this comparison, we are looking at the Dyson V10 Absolute as it is the most complete version of the vacuum. With the Absolute, you get access to a few additional cleaning heads in addition to the basic accessories. The basic accessories are the following:
- Wall Mount
- Combination Tool
- Crevice Tool
- Mini-motorized tool
There are three cleaning heads that come with the Absolute, which are the Torque Drive, Fluffy Head, and Direct Drive. All three of these cover a range of surfaces including hard floors and soft floors such as carpets.
Shark IONFlex vs Dyson V10
- Suction Power: The Dyson V10 is more powerful than the Shark IONFlex.
- Stick bend: MultiFLEX technology is a unique feature of the Shark IONFlex that allows the vacuum to bend and reach under furniture. This also bends the stick over itself on the vacuum for more compact storage.
- Battery life: The Dyson V10 has a battery life of 60 minutes off one battery. In contrast, the Shark IONFlex just has 48 minutes off two interchangeable batteries.
- LED headlights: On the cleaning, head is LED lights that show the user what they are cleaning in darker areas. This works well with the MultiFlex technology.
- Cleaning heads: The Shark IONFlex has one DuoClean head for both hard floors and soft floors, whilst the Dyson V10 has different heads for different floor types.
- HEPA filter: The V10 has a sealed HEPA filter but the Shark IONFlex doesn’t.
- Price: Dyson is a more premium brand and the V10 is a more advanced model, making it more expensive than the Shark IONFlex.
The Dyson V10 is a much more advanced and capable vacuum in most ways. When it comes to the main features that matter, such as suction power, battery life, and dustbin size, the V10 takes the lead. Additionally, anyone sensitive to allergens and fine particles should get a model with a HEPA filter, which the V10 has but the IONFlex doesn’t. However, the Dyson V10 is quite a bit more expensive and the Shark IONFlex does have some unique features which may make it more appealing to some users. MultiFlex technology and LED headlights are a couple of examples of this, which may take the fancy of some individuals. For another stick vacuum comparison take a read of Tineco A11 vs Dyson V10.