If you’re on this article, then you are obviously trying to decide between the Dyson V6 vs the Shark Rocket. They are both pretty simple vacuum cleaners with a few things in common and a number of things totally different.
We should quickly mention that both vacuum cleaners are a series in their own right. That is, they come in a number of models and these models differ from each other.
As a result, some of the features of the V6 we’ll be pointing out won’t be present in all the V6 models and same goes for the Shark Rocket.
However, we will make sure to point out where the differences are. That said, the Dyson V6 vs Shark Rocket isn’t our only Dyson vs Shark comparison.
If you care to see some others, you should check out the Dyson V8 vs Shark IONFlex.
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Comparison Overview — Dyson V6 Vs Shark Rocket
Overall Rating Of The Dyson V6 Vs Shark Rocket
In our opinion, the fact that the V6 was created a long time ago (it is the earliest cleaner in the Dyson V line) is responsible for a lot of the differences.
One difference that has nothing to do with when either of the cleaners was made is the fact that while the Shark Rocket is a corded cleaner, the V6 is cordless.
Other differences that could be a result of anything include the size of the bin (0.85 for the Shark as against 0.4 for the V6) and even the size of the cleaners themselves (9.9 pounds for the Shark as against 5.1 pounds for the V6).
As far as similarities go, both cleaners are kinda similar in structure and can either serve as a stick cleaner or a handheld.
Price/Value Ratio — Dyson V6 Vs Shark Rocket
While the Dyson V6 is the earliest V model from Dyson, it still costs more than the Shark Rocket.
As a result, we consider the Shark Rocket better value for its cost.
The Dyson brand is really popular for its various lines of vacuum cleaners; from handheld and stick cleaners, to the 2-in1 kinds and the upright ones.
However, its product base is wider than just vacuum cleaners. Dyson also has its hands in other electronics, including hair care products, fans and heaters and even hand driers.
Dyson is also known for its quality and that quality does not come cheap.
The Shark brand is really a member of the Euro Pro Operating LLC located in Massachusetts, Newton.
The Euro Pro is actually a home appliance producing brand that pushes out different classes of products under different brand names.
Shark just happens to be its vacuum cleaner producing arm. And we can honestly say it does a good job.
Now that we’ve done that, we can get to the meat of the matter.
Comparison Table — Dyson V6 Vs Shark Rocket
|Run Time||20 minutes without motorized tool. 10 minutes with motorized tool. 6 minutes on max mode.||It’s a corded cleaner.|
|Dimensions||9.8 by 8.2 by 46.4 inches||10.2 by 9.8 by 46.4 inches|
|Weight||5.1 pounds||9.9 pounds|
|Charging Time||3 hours and 30 minutes||Doesn’t need to be recharged.|
|Dustbin Capacity||0.4 liter||0.85 liter|
|Cord Length||Cordless||30 feet|
|Cleaning Tools||Direct drive cleaner head, combination tool, crevice tool, mini motorized tool, soft dusting brush and soft roller cleaner head.||DuoClean Technology, dusting brush, upholstery tool, dusting crevice tool, and car detail kit.|
Watch This Comparison Table — Dyson V6 Vs Shark Rocket
Which Is Better Under What Circumstance? — Dyson V6 Vs Shark Rocket
|The Dyson V6 is the sleeker option and so will reach better into tight spaces.||On the other hand, the Shark Rocket is significantly more affordable.|
|Also, the Dyson V6 is lighter and so can be easily used to reach ceilings and high places in general. Furthermore, this cleaner has the HEPA filtration feature that captures allergens in the air. Making it a better option for people with allergies.||Also, the dustbin offers a bigger volume which should reduce the number of times you have to dispose of the content.|
|Finally, the Dyson V6 is cordless and so is the more portable option.||Finally, being a corded cleaner does have its advantage. You don’t have to be bother about run time.|
Common Features — Dyson V6 Vs Shark Rocket
Now, while the Dyson V6 and the Shark Rocket do not necessarily look alike, they are basically structured in the same way.
You have the head at the top (of course). In the head is contained the handle, the motor that runs the cleaner, the dustbin, a couple of buttons for operation and a protruding connection point.
Furthermore, as a result of the cleaner motor located in the head, both the Dyson V6 and the Shark Rocket are top heavy. Hence, neither of them can stand in an upright position.
We should also point out that the head of the Shark Rocket is significantly bulkier and heavier versus the Dyson V6. This might not be a real issue unless you need to use the cleaner high up.
Aside the head, there is the vacuum stick and then whatever cleaning tool you decide to use. And in both the Dyson V6 and the Shark Rocket, these components are in the exact same position.
This is one impressive feature that both the Dyson V6 and the Shark Rocket share.
When we say a cleaner is 2-in-1, we mean it is versatile, as in, it can serve as either a stick vacuum cleaner or a handheld vacuum cleaner.
With both cleaners, it is pretty easy to do the switch. If you need the cleaner to be a stick vacuum cleaner, then you’ll attach the vacuum stick to the connection point, then attach the appropriate cleaning tool to the stick.
If, however, you need a handheld device, you’ll need to attach the cleaning tool directly to the connection point on the head.
Both the Dyson V6 and the Shark Rocket do not feature the typical bags for waste disposal. They feature one sizable dustbin each that is quite easy to get open.
However, with both cleaners, there is the very significant possibility that some debris woud get stuck somewhere inside the bin. Thence, you’d have to use your fingers to coax what got stuck in.
However, it is a bit more difficult with the Dyson V6’s dustbin as you’ll probably have to disassemble the dustbin to get all the stuff out.
Disassembling the dustbin isn’t exactly the problem but reassembling might be.
Furthermore, the Dyson’s bin is smaller vs the Shark Rocket’s bin. This translates into you having to make frequent trips to the waste bin to dispose of the content of the dustbin.
Both the Dyson V6 and the Shark Rocket come with one wall mount each.
Dyson refers to it as a docking station and it is designed such that it can accommodate the cleaner itself and 2 other cleaning tools aside the one attached to the cleaner itself.
We should point out that the docking station is designed in such a way that you can pass the charger through it in order to charge the cleaner while it is in storage.
On the other hand, the wall mount that comes with the Shark Rocket is designed to hold just the cleaner.
However, you also get a kind of clip that you attach to the hung cleaner and on which you can hang an extra accessory.
Furthermore, the Shark Rocket is designed such that you can remove the head and attach it to the bottom of the cleaner.
This way, you’ve transferred the weight from the top to the bottom and so the cleaner can stand upright.
5. Cleaning Tools
Floor Cleaning Tool
The floor cleaning tool(s) that both the cleaners come with are competent enough at cleaning stuff off floors and carpets. However, there is a slight difference in how they appear.
With the Dyson V6, you get 3 different tools for different functions. There is the direct driver that does well with small debris but isn’t wonderful with large debris.
Then there is the soft roller cleaner head for taking care of the large debris. However, the soft roller head comes with only the V6 Absolute model.
Furthermore, there is the mini motorized tool. This one is practically a small sized soft roller cleaner head and is used for taking care of pet hair or even ground-in dirt.
This is not saying, though, that the other two cannot take care of pet hair. This one is just the special tool for that. Also, this tool doesn’t come with all of the V6 models like the Motorhead.
We should point out here, that these tools are compact enough that they will do well in small places like the stairs.
The Shark Rocket, on the other hand, comes with just one large floor cleaning tool that is a bit bulkier. So, it probably will not do a good job of cleaning your staircase.
Furthermore, the Shark Rocket comes with just one large cleaner head for floors. However, it was able to do this because of the DuoClean technology.
This allows the Shark Rocket combine two brush rolls in just one head, allowing for an easier switch between floors. There is also the mini-tool (upholstery tool) for more specific cleaning.
Both the Dyson V6 and the Shark Rocket come with a tool that is designed to be able to reach into corners and crevices.
However, while the crevice tool that comes with the Dyson V6 is basically a nozzle, the one that comes with the Shark Rocket is a small brush. But as we have already pointed out, they both perform the same function.
Additionally, the crevice tool comes with all the models of both the Dyson V6 and the Shark Rocket.
This one is a slighter bigger brush than what the Shark Rocket’s crevice brush.
The bristles are quite soft and it is typically used for dusting off sensitive surfaces like keyboards and screens.
Furthermore, the dusting brush doesn’t come with some of the models of both the Dyson V6 and the Shark Rocket.
Watch This Dyson V6 Demonstration Video — Dyson V6 Vs Shark Rocket
Unique Features — Dyson V6 Vs Shark Rocket
This is probably the most significant difference the Dyson V6 and the Shark Rocket.
Now, anybody familiar with Dyson, especially the V series, will know that Dyson does a lot of cordless vacuum cleaners. And the V6 is not left out of it.
So how is the Dyson V6 powered? You charge it for about 3 hours and 30 minutes and then you get 20 minutes of use out of it. That is if you are not making use of any of the motorized tools (the floor cleaning tools).
If, however, you attach a motorized tool, your run time is cut in half. That’s not all, the Dyson V6 operates in 2 modes: standard and max. Now, if the cleaner is operating on max mode, you get only 6 minutes of use.
Before you go off thinking that it is all bad with the powering, remember that there is a definite advantage to this.
Because the Dyson V6 is cordless, you can carry it practically anywhere to clean without having to bother about an electric socket or such.
The Shark Rocket, on the other hand, is a corded cleaner with the cord being 30 feet long.
The cord is long enough to reach a number of different places without having to unplug and move again.
However, there is the possibility of getting things tangled up and even ultimately having to unplug and plug again.
There is an advantage to this, though. You don’t need to stress about battery run time, provided there is electricity and an electric socket.
2. Combination Tool
This is a tool that combines two different cleaning heads: a nozzle and a small brush. You basically just have to slide up the tool you want to use at any point in time.
The combination tool comes with all the Dyson V6 models but doesn’t come with any of the Shark Rocket models.
3. Car Detail Kit
This is a collection of micro tools that are meant for cleaning cars and some other home surfaces.
The Car Detail Kit actually comes with only 1 model of the Shark Rocket which is the HV302.
However, it is worthy of note that there is a Dyson V6 model that is dedicated to the cleaning of cars. It is a handheld model, the Dyson V6 Car + Boat Handheld.
We didn’t list the Car Detail kit under the common features because the Shark Rocket HV302 actually comes with a kit while the Dyson V6 Car + Boat Handheld only comes with a number of car cleaning instruments.
These include a cleaning hose and a car charger, not exactly a kit.
4. HEPA Filtration
The Dyson V6 Absolute (one of the Dyson V6 models) has this awesome feature that allows it capture allergens in the air and trap them in the bin.
This is a good idea for people who have allergies or even people who have asthma. The Shark Rocket, on the other hand, doesn’t come with this feature.
5. LED Headlights
With some of the Shark Rocket models, you get headlights on the head and the large floor cleaning tool. The idea behind adding the headlights is to improve visibility.
This way, even if you are doing your cleaning in dim light, you can still see what you are doing.
Furthermore, the LED headlights will also come in handy if you are cleaning beneath low furniture.
The headlights will light up the path, allowing you clearly see what you’re doing.
Unique Pros — Dyson V6 Vs Shark Rocket
Pros Of The Dyson V6
- The HEPA filtration feature is really cool. It captures the allergens in the air, traps them in the dustbin and leaves fresh air for people to breathe.
- We also like the cordless feature. This is because you don’t need to bother yourself thinking whether or whether not there is an electric outlet wherever. If you’ve got to clean a place, the Dyson V6 can go there.
- Furthermore, the head of the Dyson V6 isn’t so bulky. So, you can easily lift it if you have to clean something high up.
- Also, the Dyson V6 is lighter and sleeker vs the Shark Rocket. As a result, storing the Dyson V6 is easier and less space consuming.
- We’ll also like to point out that the motorized tools that come with the Dyson V6 are pretty sleek and so can be maneuvered into different places and spaces.
Pros Of The Shark Rocket
- First off, the Shark Rocket is a more affordable vacuum cleaner vs the Dyson V6.
- Also, we like the nice touch with the LED headlights as it makes cleaning in dim light more manageable.
- The fact that the Shark Rocket is a corded cleaner means you don’t have to be bothered about how long the battery will last as you clean.
- We also like that the dustbin on the Shark Rocket has a decent enough volume that you don’t need to make many trips to the waste bin.
Unique Cons — Dyson V6 Vs Shark Rocket
Cons Of The Dyson V6
- The dustbin volume of the Dyson V6 is quite small and will necessitate frequent trips to the waste bin.
- The run time that this cleaner affords (20 minutes without a motorized tool) might not be enough for one to get all of one’s cleaning done. It gets even shorter if you decide to go on max mode (6 minutes).
Cons Of The Shark Rocket
- While both the Dyson V6 and the Shark Rocket are top heavy, the Shark Rocket is significantly heavier vs the Dyson V6. Heavy enough that if you’ll probably need 2 hands to lift it high enough to clean your ceiling.
- The floor cleaning tools are pretty bulky and may not fit into tight spaces like staircases.
- Furthermore, the cord feature could be restricting if you do not have electric sockets all over the place. However, we do concede that 30 feet of cord is quite long.
Common Pros — Dyson V6 Vs Shark Rocket
|Bagless||The Dyson V6 replaces the traditional waste bag with a small dustbin. This contributes to making the cleaner that much seeker and more portable.||Same as the Dyson V6. However, the Shark Rocket’s bin has a larger carrying capacity.|
|Flexible||The Dyson V6 is also pretty flexible. It can serve as either a stick vacuum cleaner or a handheld cleaner. Furthermore, to switch between the types is pretty easy. It is basically about attaching or not attaching the vacuum stick. Flexibility also refers to the Dyson V6’s ability to go low beneath low furniture and also high up on ceilings.||Same as the Dyson V6. However, to use the Shark Rocket for high up cleaning will require a bit more energy.|
|Plethora Of Cleaning Tools||With the number of tools that the Dyson V6 comes with, you should have a tool to clean practically any surface.||Same as the Dyson V6.|
|Storage||The Dyson V6 comes with a docking station that allows for the convenient storage of the cleaner and two other cleaning accessories. Furthermore, the docking station allows you to charge the cleaner while it is storage.||The Shark Rocket also comes with a wall mount that allows you hang your cleaner off the floor. However, it comes with a special feature that allows you transfer the head to the bottom, allowing the cleaner free stand. This way, you can store it on the floor without having to lean it against a surface.|
A Shark Rocket Demostration Video — Dyson V6 Vs Shark Rocket
Common Cons — Dyson V6 Vs Shark Rocket
|Dustbin||Disposing of the content in the bin could get a bit unsanitary. The reason is, debris could get stuck inside the bin, making you have to use your fingers to get them out. Some other times, you might not even be able to get your fingers in. So, you’ll have to disassemble the dustbin, get off the debris and re-assemble.||Same as the Dyson V6. However, you won’t get to the point where you have to disassemble the bin.|
What People Think About Both — Dyson V6 Vs Shark Rocket
|People have a lot of positive things to say about the Dyson V6. Granted, there are a number of not so positive with the chief of them being the run time.||People also have positive things to say about the Shark Rocket. Of course a number of people have some not so good things to say like the limitations of the cleaner being corded and also the fact that the cleaner seems to love to propel itself forward.|
|However, the positives are really glowing. Apparently, the cleaner does work well. And the numerous cleaning tools help people do a wide range of cleaning on a wide range of surfaces.||However, people still like the LED headlights, the versatility in storage and the numerous cleaning tools in general.|
Our Opinion — Dyson V6 Vs Shark Rocket
|We like the Dyson V6, especially the Absolute model. It is lightweight, flexible and cordless. This makes it a more portable option than the Shark Rocket.||We also do like the Shark Rocket, especially the HV382. We especially like the special touch with the headlights.|
|The run time is still an issue we cannot deny or gloss over. However, if you are looking for the more flexible option, one that can fit in basically anywhere, then we suggest you go for the Dyson V6 .||Of course we remember that this cleaner is a corded one. However, it does give you as much run time as you need, provided you have electricity supply. So, you probably want to consider getting this one.|