In this article, we’ll be comparing 2 interesting vacuum cleaners, the Dyson V6 vs Shark IONFlex. However, before we go right down into the comparison, there are a number of things we want to bring to your attention.
The Dyson V6 happens to be a mini-series comprising a number of different models. These models can be broadly classified into the handheld models and the stick models.
Each model typically differs from the other in the number of cleaning equipment it comes with and not necessarily technical sophistication.
On the other hand, the Shark IONFlex is also a series. However, it only comprises stick cleaners. And just like the Dyson V6, the models differ from one another in the features they come with.
Now because of this plethora of models, we’ll largely be basing our comparison on the most ‘comprehensive’ model of each cleaner.
However, at every point, we’ll point out to you which feature you won’t find on other models.
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Comparison Overview — Dyson V6 Vs Shark IONFlex
Overall Rating Of The Dyson V6 Vs Shark IONFlex
Both the Shark and the Dyson have a number of similar features. They are both bagless and cordless and, in our opinion, that improves their functionality.
Furthermore, while they do not exactly have the same run time (the Shark can be used for longer, especially considering that it has two batteries), they have the same charge time.
Interesting both cleaners could be used as either a stick cleaner or a handheld cleaner.
And as for the places they differ, those include the number of cleaning tools, the size of the bin (that o the V6 is slightly larger) and the fact that only the V6 has a line of handheld cleaners.
Price/Value Ratio — Dyson V6 Vs Shark IONFlex
The Shark IONFlex is considerably more affordable than the Dyson V6. And considering that they have an even distribution of similarities and differences, we consider the Shark better value for money.
The Dyson brand is a fairly popular brand, especially in the world of cleaners. Dyson has different lines of cleaners from upright cleaners to stick cleaners and even handheld cleaners.
However, Dyson does not just produce vacuum cleaners. It also produces other kinds of electronics including heaters and fans and even electronic hair products.
Dyson is generally known to be a high end producer so, its products typically cost quite a bit. However, this is largely due to the fact that its products are pretty high end on quality. And we can all agree that quality does not come cheap.
Now while Shark could be said to be a brand of its own, it is actually a subsidiary of the Euro-Pro Operating LLCC. The Euro-Pro is a brand that has its hands in a number of electronic products.
However, it does all its production and marketing under different brand names and the Shark brand happens to be its vacuum cleaner brand.
Shark is kinda known for its creative use of technology in the production of its cleaners. This we can see in the MultiFlex technology and the DuoClean technology. These 2 technologies will be discussed later on in this article so be sure to stick with us through to the end.
Now that we know a bit about these brands, we can confidently go into discussing its products. Ready? Let’s do this!
Comparison Table — Dyson V6 Vs Shark IONFlex
|Run Time||20 minutes without a motorized tool 10 minutes with a motorized tool 6 minutes on max mode||30 minutes with 1 battery|
|Dimensions||9.8 by 8.7 by 46.4 inches||13.4 by 10.4 by 45.9 inches|
|Weight||5.1 pounds||8.7 pounds|
|Charging Time||3 hours and 30 minutes||3 hours and 30 minutes|
|Dustbin Capacity||0.4 liter||0.3 liter|
|Cleaning Tools||Direct drive cleaner head, soft roller cleaner head, mini motorized tool, combination tool, crevice tool and dusting brush tool.||DuoClean Technology, duster crevice tool, dusting brush, wide upholstery tool, anti-allergen dust brush.|
Which Is Better Under What Circumstance? — Dyson V6 Vs Shark IONFlex
|The Dyson V6 comes in a number of different models and with a number of different cleaning tools. So, you could consider this if you need all the works.||The Shark IONFlex is more affordable. So, if you need to save a few bucks, consider getting this cleaner.|
|The Dyson V6 also has a slightly larger bin.||The Shark IONFlex also has headlights. So, you can use it to do your cleaning in the dark.|
A Dyson V6 Demonstration — Dyson V6 Vs Shark IONFlex
Common Features — Dyson V6 Vs Shark IONFlex
The Dyson V6’s stick line of cleaners and the Shark IONFlex have the basic same structure.
We wouldn’t go as far as saying they look alike because there are some obvious differences, like the fact that the Shark IONFlex is slightly larger than the Dyson V6.
However, there are similarities in the way they both are structured. Basically, there they are kinda divided into the head, the body, which is the vacuum wand, and then the cleaning tool(s).
Furthermore, with both cleaners the motor is located in the head. This is the reason that both cleaners are top heavy and so cannot stand without some form of assistance.
Now to be more specific, both the Dyson V6 and the Shark IONFlex have the same components in their heads.
These include a dustbin, a motor (which we’ve already talked about), a handle, a couple of operation buttons and a protruding connection point.
The Dyson V6 comes in 2 lines of vacuum cleaners. However, for the 2-in-1 feature, we’ll be looking at the stick line because those are the cleaners that are 2-in-1 cleaners.
Now what do we mean by a vacuum cleaner is 2-in-1? It basically means that the cleaner can serve as 2 types of cleaners, not necessarily simultaneously, though.
Having known that, both the cleaners in this review can serve as either a stick cleaner or a handheld cleaner. And it is pretty easy to make the switch too.
Here’s what you need to do. If you need the cleaner to be a stick cleaner, you’ll need to attach the vacuum stick to the connection point and then attach whatever cleaning head you prefer to the vacuum stick.
However, if what you’re going for is a handheld cleaner, you’ll need to do without the vacuum stick and just attach the appropriate cleaning tool directly to the connection point.
3. The Dustbin
All the models of both the Dyson V6 and the Shark IONFlex come with a dustbin instead of the more traditional trash bags. This makes for a more portable and convenient means of collecting and disposing of waste.
Furthermore, both these cleaners have a feature that purifies the air of allergens. How does this relate to the bin?
Well, when both cleaners collect the allergens in the air, they trap the allergens in the bin so that they do not escape.
Now, this feature is referred to as the HEPA filtration on the Dyson V6. Furthermore, it comes with only the Mattress model of the handheld line and only comes with Absolute model in the stick line.
On the other hand, the allergen filtration feature is referred to as the Anti-Allergen Complete Seal on the Shark IONFlex.
This feature also does not come with all the models of the Shark IONFlex but you’ll definitely get it with the IF251.
Now about capacity, both cleaners do not have very large bins. However, with a 0.4 liter capacity, the Dyson V6 has more capacity than the Shark IONFlex which offers 0.3 liter.
It is definitely important to mention that whatever the model, both the Dyson V6 and the Shark IONFlex are cordless.
This is possible because both cleaners are rechargeable and come with their own chargers.
So, there’s no need for the cleaner to be plugged in before it can be in use. This already makes both cleaners more portable (that is, added to the fact that they are not exactly heavy).
You can basically just move your cleaner from room to room without bothering about length of cord or whether the next room has a wall socket or not.
5. Cleaning Tools
Floor Cleaning Tools
Like basically every vacuum cleaner, the Dyson V6 and the Shark IONFlex come with tools designed to be used in cleaning floors.
These tools are motorized which means they make use of the power from that motor in the head.
This also means that engaging these tools could reduce the run time available to you.
Now, the Dyson V6 comes with 2 basic tools for cleaning floors; one is the direct drive cleaner head and the other is the soft roller cleaner head.
The direct drive cleaner head has stiff brush rolls and is typically used on carpets for this reason. The stiff brush rolls are able to dig into carpets and dislodge the dirt buried in them.
This tool is available with all the cleaners in the stick line and none of the cleaners in the handheld line.
However, the direct drive cleaner head isn’t exactly known for its excellent performance with large debris.
This is the reason Dyson decided to come up with the soft roller cleaner head.
This tool is typically used on bare or hardwood floors and can take care of the large debris. However, this tool only comes with the Absolute model of the V6.
On the other hand, the Shark IONFlex comes with only 1 major floor cleaning tool. This tool is referred to as DuoClean Technology and here is the reason.
Those 2 tools that the Dyson V6 comes with are combined into 1 with the Shark IONFlex.
So, in that 1 tool, you have 2 different brush rolls. One is the soft brush roll for hardwood floors and the other is the stiff brush roll for carpets. Also, this tool comes with all the Shark IONFlex models.
The name of this tool practically explains what it is about. So, the crevice tool is used for cleaning inside corners and crevices.
Furthermore, the crevice tool comes as a nozzle with the Dyson V6. The nozzle is kinda streamlined at the moth so that it can properly penetrate into those hard to reach places.
However, on the Shark IONFlex, the crevice tool comes as a brush. The brush is slim and the bristles are somewhat stiff for the job it is meant for.
We should point out that this tool is not a motorized tool and so will not reduce the run time you get. Also, this tool comes with all the models of both cleaners.
This one is a slightly bigger brush than the Shark IONFlex’s crevice brush, plus, its bristles are softer.
This is basically because the dusting brush is used for sensitive surface dusting like for keyboards and screens.
Now, the dusting brush comes with all the models of the Shark IONFlex. However you do not get this tool with all the models of either the handheld line or the stick line of the V6.
Both the Dyson V6 and the Shark IONFlex come with tools that can be used on upholstery and also to take care of pet hair.
The Dyson V6 stick cleaners come with a mini motorized tool that can be used for that purpose.
As for the handheld models, some of them also come with the mini motorized tool while yet others come with both the mini motorized tool and a wide upholstery nozzle.
The Shark IONFlex, on the other hand, only comes with an upholstery tool for this purpose.
A Shark IONFlex Demonstration Video — Dyson V6 Vs Shark IONFlex
Unique Features — Dyson V6 Vs Shark IONFlex
1. Handheld Models
Of the Dyson V6 vs the Shark IONFlex, only the Dyson V6 comes with a line of handheld cleaners.
Furthermore, these handheld models usually come with a number of specific tools that you won’t find with their stick counterparts.
Some of these tools include an extension hose that comes with the Car + Boat model for reaching corners in the car.
There is also the soft bristle brush that comes with a number of the handheld models.
2. Combination Tool
This one is, as the name implies, a combination of 2 tools: a small nozzle and a small brush.
This tool is used for basically any kind of small scale cleaning and it is not a motorized tool.
Furthermore, this tool does not come with any of the Shark IONFlex models. And as for the Dyson V6, you’ll get the combination tool with all the models of the stick line but none of the models in the handheld line.
3. Cleaner Wand
If you didn’t already know, the cleaner wand serves more of a purpose than just making the cleaner serve as a stick cleaner.
The cleaner wand is the chute through which whatever the cleaning tool picks up passes through to the bin. Now, this is all there is to know about the Dyson V6’s cleaner wand.
Now, for the Shark IONFlex, there is something cool you need to know. When Shark talks about its cleaner wand, it mentions the MultiFlex technology.
This technology allows the Shark IONFlex’s cleaner wand bendable. So, you can basically bend the wand in half. What then does this do for you?
First off, that the cleaner wand is bendable ensures better reach beneath low furniture without having to lift anything.
And that’s not all, bending the wand makes it possible for the cleaner to stand on its own. Here is how it works.
Remember we pointed out that the Shark IONFlex is top heavy (much like the Dyson V6) which makes it impossible for it to stand on its own.
However, bending the wand in half, successfully transfers the weight from the top to the bottom, thereby ensuring the cleaner stands on its own.
This means, if you need to take a quick break as you clean, you can quickly fold it in and leave it where it is instead of looking for something to lean the cleaner against.
Of the Dyson V6 Vs Shark IONFlex, only the Dyson V6 comes with a storage equipment.
When you get the Dyson V6, you also get a docking station which is basically a wall mount.
This docking station has 3 pockets; 1 big pocket for the cleaner and 2 small pockets for other cleaning accessories. This might not be sufficient storage space for all the cleaning tools, though.
Furthermore, the docking station also provides a convenient place for you to charge your cleaner.
You’ll have to mount the docking station close to a wall socket so that you can plug the charger to the socket and then pass it through the docking station to charge the cleaner.
However, on the other hand, the Shark IONFlex doesn’t come with a storage equipment.
It relies on the flexibility of the wand for this purpose. So, you’ll have to bend the cleaner and then store it in a closet or something.
5. LED Headlights
Of the Dyson V6 vs Shark IONFlex, only the Shark IONFlex comes with headlights.
The headlights are on the head and on the motorized cleaning tools too.
The idea behind adding these headlights is so that you can conveniently do your cleaning in dim light.
The headlights light up the path directly in front of the cleaner, allowing you see what you need to do.
First off, the Shark IONFlex makes use of 2 rechargeable batteries that are replaceable.
Each battery lasts for 30 minutes if fully charged. So in total, you have about 60 minutes of run time.
The replaceable battery thing is really convenient seeing as 1 battery can be in charge while you use the other one. This way, you almost always have a charged battery.
On the other hand, the Dyson V6 comes with 1 battery that is not easily replaceable.
Furthermore this battery has a run time of 20 minutes which is reduced to about half that if you use a motorized tool.
As regards charge time, both cleaners need 3 hours and 30 minutes to charge.
Now, while this might seem like a similar situation remember the peculiarities with the run time of each cleaner.
Another Dyson V6 Demonstration Video — Dyson V6 Vs Shark IONFlex
Unique Pros — Dyson V6 Vs Shark IONFlex
Pros Of The Dyson V6
- We like that the Dyson V6 comes in a variety of models and cleaning tools. There should be something there for somebody.
- We also like that the Dyson V6 comes with a storage equipment that helps you conveniently store and charge the cleaner.
- We should also point out that the cleaning tools this cleaner comes with are pretty slim and so can fit into certain tight spaces like staircases.
Pros Of The Shark IONFlex
- We really like the LED headlights on the Shark IONFlex because they help you get your work done even in dark conditions.
- We also like the MultiFlex technology thing as it allows you leave the cleaner on its own every once in a while.
- And yes, we won’t forget to mention that the Shark IONFlex is more affordable than the Dyson V6, especially the stick line.
Unique Cons — Dyson V6 Vs Shark IONFlex
Cons Of The Dyson V6
- To get and keep the Dyson V6 running, you’ll have to consistently hold down the power button which is on the inside of the handle. Now, while this could be a good thing as it helps conserve battery, one’s fingers could tire out from having to hold the power button for so long.
- 20 minutes of run time, which actually gets reduced if you add a motorized tool, is probably not long enough to do all the cleaning you need to do.
Cons Of The Shark IONFlex
- We think a storage equipment would have made things easier for everybody.
Common Pros — Dyson V6 Vs Shark IONFlex
|Cordless||The Dyson V6 is a rechargeable cleaner and so doesn’t come with a cord. This allows for convenience in moving from room to room.||Same as the Dyson V6.|
|Flexible||Also, the stick line of the Dyson V6 can be made to serve as either a stick cleaner or a handheld cleaner.||Same as the Dyson V6.|
|Allergen Filtration||Some of the Dyson V6 models come with a feature that allows them purge the air as they clean. They capture allergens in the air and then trap them in the bin so that they do not escape.||Same as the Dyson V6.|
Another Shark IONFlex Demonstration Video — Dyson V6 Vs Shark IONFlex
Common Cons — Dyson V6 Vs Shark IONFlex
|Dustbin Capacity||The bin that the Dyson V6 comes with has a 0.4 carrying capacity. This will definitely necessitate your having to make frequent trips to the waste bin to dispose of the content.||Same as the Dyson V6. However, at 0.3 liter, the Shark IONFlex has less capacity.|
What People Think About The Dyson V6 Vs Shark IONFlex
|A good number of people look to the Dyson V6 if they are in the market for a secondary cleaner, seeing as it comes in a number of handheld models. The stick cleaners also have their own following, especially because of the variety.||A good number of people are excited about the Shark IONFlex’s MultiFlex technology and DuoClean technology. The headlights also get people going with this cleaner.|
|However, people mentioned the run time and powering the cleaner as issues they are having with the cleaner.||However, people have mentioned the dustbin capacity as an issue they have with this cleaner.|
Our Take On The Dyson V6 Vs Shark IONFlex
|The Dyson V6 is really versatile with the plethora of models it comes in and tools it comes with. There are shortcomings, yea, but we think they are things that can be worked with.||We also like the Shark IONFlex for the basic same reasons that other people do. This does not say, though, that our eyes are closed to the shortcomings.|
|Get the Dyson V6 now!||Get the Shark IONFlex now!|