Shark IONFlex Vs Dyson V10 – Detailed Comparison

Allow us welcome you to our Shark IONFlex vs Dyson V10 comparison article. The Dyson V10 happens to be a member of a larger family we can refer to as the ‘V Series”.

Furthermore, the Dyson V10 itself, is a mini-series in its own right. And it comprises 3 models: the Motorhead, the Animal and the Absolute.

The Dyson V10 happens to be the most recent and sophisticated model of the ‘V Series’. In the same vein, the Dyson V10 Absolute is the most sophisticated model of the Dyson V10 mini-series.

On the other hand, the Shark IONFlex comes in 2 models: the IF281 and the IF251. These two models are practically the same with only one differentiating feature.

Anyway, not to worry, when we get to discussing that feature, we’ll be sure to point out to you which cleaner does and which doesn’t have that feature.

Comparison Overview — Shark IONFlex Vs Dyson V10

Overall Rating Of The Shark IONFlex Vs Dyson V10

Both the Shark IONFlex and the Dyson V10 have a number of similar functions.

Chief among those similarities is the fact that both cleaners are stick cleaners that could also function as handheld. As a result, they both have a removeable cleaner wand.

They also have some similar cleaning tools. However, probably because they are from different brands, these two cleaners are really different.

The run time is different (this one is kinda complicated), the bin capacity is different (the V10 has larger) and even the kind of tools that they feature is different.

Price/Value Ratio — Shark IONFlex Vs Dyson V10

One of the things that the Shark IONFlex has over the Dyson V10 is the fact that it is more affordable.

And we consider the Shark more value for money than the V10, especially considering that the former is really comfortable.

Brand Reputation


The Shark brand is a subsidiary of a parent brand known as the Euro-Pro Operating LLC. The Euro-Pro Operating LLC is a brand concerned with the production and marketing of household electronics.

It does this as different brands which focus on different kinds of household electronics. The Shark brand happens to be the vacuum cleaner producing arm of the company.

The Shark brand has a number of different vacuum cleaners to its name. We are talking industrial, stick and even handheld.


The Dyson brand is a pretty popular vacuum cleaner brand. This popularity is well earned as it boast of a number of different cleaners in series and models to its name.

However, Dyson isn’t just a vacuum cleaner. It happens to have its hands in other products like fans and heaters and even hair care electronics. We think it is safe to say that it does a good job on all count.

Now that we all have an idea of the brands behind these products, let’s get right down to business!

Comparison Table — Shark IONFlex Vs Dyson V10


Shark IONFlex

Dyson V10

Run Time 30 minutes with 1 battery. 60 minutes without a motorized tool. 40 minutes with a motorized tool on suction I. 20 minutes with a motorized tool on suction II.
Dimensions 13.4 by 10.4 by 45.9 inches 9.8 by 10.1 by 49.2 inches
Weight 8.7 pounds 5.8 pounds
Charging Time 3 hours and 30 minutes 3 hours and 30 minutes
Dustbin Capacity 0.3 liter 0.77 liter
Cleaning Tools DuoClean Technology, duster crevice tool, dusting brush, wide upholstery tool, anti-allergen dust brush. Torque drive cleaner head, soft roller cleaner head, mini motorized tool, combination tool, crevice tool, dusting brush tool

A Comparison Video — Shark IONFlex Vs Dyson V10

Which Is Better Under What Circumstance? — Shark IONFlex Vs Dyson V10

Shark IONFlex

Dyson V10

If you are looking for the more affordable option, you’ve found it. The Dyson V10, on the other hand, is the better option for people with allergies and/or asthma. It does a better job of capturing and trapping the allergens. 
The Shark IONFlex is also the option with better reach beneath low furniture. And this is basically because of the MultiFLEX stick. Also, the Dyson V10 has the larger bin vs the Shark IONFlex. So, you won’t need to make as frequent trips to dispose of the content of the bin.

Common Features — Shark IONFlex Vs Dyson V10

1. Structure

If you saw these two cleaners side by side at a glance, you’d probably think that they are more similar than they actually are.

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You will definitely not think that they are the same, though, seeing as the Shark IONFlex is bulkier than the Dyson V10.

However, they both have the same basic features (the head, the body and the cleaning tool(s)). Aside that, the basic features are positioned in the exact same way. Let us explain.

We already mentioned that one of the basic features is the head. Now, contained in the head is the handle a couple of buttons for operation, the connection point and a dustbin which is positioned parallel to the handle.

Now, with both cleaners, you have the exact same components in the head. Also, the connection points and the dustbin are in the same place.

And just so you know, the connection point is that point where you attach the cleaner stick or the cleaning tool, depending on the function you’re going for. We’ll discuss this soon.

2. 2-In-1 Feature

This is basically the ability of both the Shark IONFlex and the Dyson V10 to be used as either a handheld cleaner or a stick cleaner.

So, remember we said the basic components are the head, the body and the cleaning tool(s).

Well, if you want either of the cleaners to function as a stick cleaner, then you’ll need all three features.

What happens is, you attach the body which is the cleaner stick, to the connection point and then attach the appropriate cleaning tool to the stick.

However, if what you are going for is a handheld, you’ll have to skip the cleaner stick and attach the appropriate cleaning tool to the connection point. It is pretty easy to do this switch with either of the cleaners.

3. Dustbin

Unlike some other models that use a bag for debris collection, the Shark IONFlex vs the Dyson V10 use a dustbin/cup for this function.

Now, we have already mentioned that on both cleaners the dustbin is positioned the same way. However, there’s more to this.

First off, disposing the content of the dustbin (on both cleaners) is pretty easy and sanitary, unlike some of their earlier models.

You basically just have to push a button and the bin opens, causing the content to fall out.

You don’t need to use your fingers to prod some debris out, they’ll come out on their own.

Furthermore, both cleaners have a kind of system that traps allergens in the bin, making the air safe for people with allergies or asthma.

On the Dyson V10, this feature is referred to as HEPA Filtration. On the other hand, it is referred to as the Anti-Allergen Complete Seal on the Shark IONFlex.

Whatever name it goes by though, we know they perform the same function.

However, we should point out that the Dyson V10 does a better job of this as it captures 99% of the allergens in the air.

We should also point out that while the IF251 model of the Shark IONFlex comes with this Anti Allergen Complete Seal, the IF281 version does not. However, you get the HEPA filtration feature with all the Dyson V10 models.

Having known all these, there’s an important variation you’ll like to know. The bins do not have the same carrying capacity at all.

With the Shark IONFlex, you get a bin volume of 0.3 liter. This is going to necessitate a number of trips to the waste bin before you’re done cleaning. On the other hand, you get a bin volume of 0.77 liter with the Dyson V10.

4. Cordless

Both the Shark IONFlex and the Dyson V10 are rechargeable and so do not need to be plugged to a wall socket to be used. This is the basic reason why they come without cords.

This way, you can use either cleaner to clean any part of your house or building without having to bother about whether or whether not there is a wall socket.

You also won’t need to bother about cords getting tangled up somehow with something.

Furthermore, seeing as both cleaners are rechargeable, they each come with a charger.

5. Cleaning Tools

Floor Cleaning Tools

We refer to all the tools whose primary function is to take care of floors of whatever type.

The reason we decided to give them this one compound name is because they come in different names but basically do the same thing.

For instance, the floor cleaning tool on the Shark IONFlex is called the DuoClean Technology.

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Now, this tool gets its name from the fact that it combines two cleaning heads in one tool.

So, there is the soft cleaner brush roll for bare floors and the cleaner head with the tough bristles for digging into carpets. You should know, though, that both parts will be on as you clean.

That is, you cannot turn off one feature and use the other. However, you can reduce the brush bar power to fit whatever surface you are cleaning.

This feature does have its advantage seeing as you won’t need to keep swapping cleaner heads as you move from room to room or floor to floor.

On the other hand, the Dyson V10 comes with two separate tools. These tools are basically the same as those combined in the Shark IONFlex and perform the same functions; one for carpets and the soft roller head for bare floors.

However, allow us point out that only the Dyson V10 Absolute comes with the Soft Roller Head.

Furthermore, the Motorhead model of the Dyson V10 comes with a Direct Drive Cleaner Head while the other models come with a Torque Drive Cleaner Head. Basically, the later is more effective.

We also see the advantage with this one. Instead of having all the tools in one with no way of switching off the one you don’t currently need, having a specific tool for a specific kind of floor does make sense to us.

Mini Motorized Tool

Both the Shark IONFlex and the Dyson V10 come with a mini motorized tool. This tool is generally used on furniture and specifically for taking out pet hair and even human hair.

Now, Dyson refers to this tool as a mini motorized tool while Shark refers to it as the wide upholstery tool. Whatever name the tool goes by, know that it performs the same function.

Crevice Tool

This one is usually used for reaching dust and debris hidden in corners and crevices.

It isn’t a motorized tool so it won’t reduce the power available to you on the Dyson V10.

Furthermore, this is one tool that is referred to as the same thing with both cleaners.

However, they do not exactly look alike. So, while the crevice tool on the Shark IONFlex is a brush, the crevice tool on the Dyson V10 is a nozzle.

Dusting Brush

We should start out by pointing out that the dusting brush tool is not the same size or even texture as the Shark IONFlex’s crevice tool. This one is slightly bigger and the bristles are slightly softer.

Furthermore, this tool is often used on what could be considered as sensitive surfaces like window panes and screens.

The bristles are soft so they shouldn’t leave marks on your surfaces. And yes, this is also not a motorized tool.

This time around, though, this tool is referred to as a dusting brush on both cleaners.

A Shark IONFlex Demonstration Video — Shark IONFlex vs Dyson V10

Unique Feature — Shark IONFlex Vs Dyson V10

1. Combination Tool

This is basically a tool that combines 2 cleaning heads: a small dusting brush and a small nozzle.

You just slide up the tool head you want to use and slide down when you’re done; pretty convenient.

However, this cleaning tool only comes with the Dyson V10 and not the Shark IONFlex.

2. Anti-Allergen Dust Brush

This is a tool that works in cooperation with the Anti-Allergen Complete Seal.

So, if you have allergies and/or asthma, this is the tool you want to use for your dusting. It helps collect the allergens in the air and traps them in the bin.

Furthermore, seeing as we’ve already mentioned that the Anti-Allergen Complete Seal comes with only the Shark IONFlex and the IF251 model, specifically, you should have come to the conclusion that this one does too.

3. Vacuum Cleaner Stick

This is a fundamental difference between the Shark IONFlex and the Dyson V10.

With the Dyson V10, you get a cleaner wand that is pretty basic. It serves as the connection between the head of the cleaner and tools and then serves as the passage for dirt and debris.

However, with the Shark IONFlex, you get something a bit different. The cleaner stick still performs those basic functions, but it is also foldable.

That is, the cleaner can be folded in on itself and here is why it is a significant thing.

First off, it allows for better reach under low furniture. The Dyson V10 is actually pretty good at reaching beneath furniture. However, a cleaner stick that folds does take the cake.

Furthermore, this feature allows the cleaner to be able to stand on its own. Both the Shark IONFlex and the Dyson V10 are top heavy because their motors are in their heads. Hence, they cannot stand upright without help.

The Shark IONFlex, however, does have help in the form of its MultiFLEX stick.

You can bend the cleaner wand to a 90 degree angle such that you transfer the weight from the top to the bottom. Thereby, allowing the cleaner stand on its own.

4. Storage

The Dyson V10 comes with a docking station that is meant to be mounted on a wall.

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The docking station has the large pocket for holding the cleaner and 2 smaller pockets for holding any 2 cleaning tools.

The Spark IONFlex, on the other hand, doesn’t come with a wall mount of any kind.

However, because the wand is foldable, you can fold it in and put it in a corner somewhere.

5. Battery

First off, the Shark IONFlex comes with 2 rechargeable batteries that are replaceable, while the Dyson V10 comes with only 1 rechargeable battery that is not easily replaceable.

By ‘not easily replaceable’, we mean you’ll need to unscrew things to get at the battery.

Furthermore, for each battery in the Shark IONFlex, you get about 30 minutes of run time, which is about 1 hour with the 2 batteries.

The Dyson V10, on the other hand, has a runtime of 1 hour. However, this is only if you aren’t using a motorized tool. With a motorized tool on suction 1, you are looking at 40 minutes, while suction 2 offers 20 minutes.

Additionally, both cleaners require a charge time of 3 hours and 30 minutes.

6. Power

Like basically every other Dyson cleaner, the Dyson V10 has a button on the inside of the handle. To get the cleaner running, you’ll need to press that button.

However, this is not a button you’ll just press and leave. You’ll need to press that button down for as long as you need the cleaner on.

The basic idea behind this is to save battery power. If the button is not pressed down, the cleaner won’t run. Hence, there is no possibility of accidentally leaving battery power.

However, the Shark IONFlex has the regular power button. You click the button, use the cleaner and click the button again to turn the cleaner off.

7. LED Headlights

Between the Shark IONFlex vs the Dyson V10, it is the former that comes with LED Headlights.

The idea behind this is for you to be able to use the cleaner in a dim place without an extra light source.

The headlights basically light up the path allowing you see what you’re doing. The lights will also come in handy when you’re cleaning beneath furniture.

Unique Pros — Shark IONFlex Vs Dyson V10

Pros Of The Shark IONFlex

  • We like the LED headlights that the Shark IONFlex comes with. It makes cleaning dim areas and beneath furniture that much easier.
  • We also really like the MultiFLEX stick. With this feature, you can fold the cleaner in half and make it stand on its own. Also, this feature allows the cleaner have better reach beneath low furniture.
  • That the Shark IONFlex comes with 2 rechargeable batteries that are replaceable also really works for us. This way, you could be using one in the cleaner and be charging the other at the same time.
  • Finally, the Shark IONFlex is more affordabled vs the Dyson V10 Absolute.

Pros Of The Dyson V10

  • The bin on the Dyson V10 Absolute has a large carrying capacity vs the Shark IONFlex.
  • We also like that the Dyson V10 Absolute actually comes with a storage unit. This way, you end up saving some floor space.

A Dyson V10 Demonstration Video — Shark IONFlex Vs Dyson V10

Unique Cons — Shark IONFlex Vs Dyson V10

Cons Of The Shark IONFlex

  • While folding up the cleaner could help with storage, it would still have to stay on the floor. A storage unit, especially a wall mount, would have helped clear up floor space.
  • Also, at 0.3 liter, we can say the dustbin is pretty small. Hence, one will have to make frequent trips to dispose of the content in the bin.

Cons Of The Dyson V10

  • Having to consistently press down the power button to get the cleaner running could get tiring.

Common Pros — Shark IONFlex Vs Dyson V10


Shark IONFlex

Dyson V10

Cordless The Shark IONFlex is a rechargeable cleaner and so does not come with cords attached. This way, you can use the cleaner to cleaner practically any part of your house without having to think about electric outlet availability. Same as the Shark IONFlex.
Flexible As a 2-in-1 cleaner, the Shark IONFlex can function as either a stick cleaner or a handheld cleaner. Also, the cleaner can reach properly beneath furniture and even high up on walls and ceilings. Same as the Shark IONFlex. However, the Shark IONFlex has better reach beneath furniture vs the Dyson V10 because of the MultiFLEX stick.
Plethora Of Tools The Shark IONFlex comes with a decent variety of cleaning tools that should be fine for a decent variety of surfaces. We are looking at bare floors, carpets and even upholstery. Same as the Shark IONFlex.

Common Cons — Shark IONFlex Vs Dyson V10


Shark IONFlex

Dyson V10

Charging Time The Shark IONFlex needs to be charged for 3 hours and 30 minutes. Granted, there are 2 batteries but 3 hours and 30 minutes for 30 minutes of use? That doesn’t seem commensurate. Same as the Shark IONFlex. However, the Dyson V10 comes with only 1 battery that lasts for 1 hour without a motorized tool.

What People Think About Both — Shark IONFlex Vs Dyson V10

Shark IONFlex

Dyson V10

There are 2 features that a lot of users seem to be excited about. One is the MultiFLEX stick and we can understand why people would love that. The other is the fact that the cleaner comes with 2 replaceable batteries and we also understand why. People also seem to love the headlights. Generally, we can see that people really like this cleaner. The Dyson V10 also has a lot of fans.  People like that the different cleaning tools do a really good job. The fact that it is lightweight also makes this cleaner a joy for a good number of people. One thing that’s really high up there in a lot of people’s list of likes is the carrying capacity of the dustbin.
There are some complaints though, especially as regards the carrying capacity of the dustbin. However, not everybody is excited about having to constantly hold down the power button to get the cleaner running.

Our Opinion — Shark IONFlex Vs Dyson V10

Shark IONFlex

Dyson V10

The Shark IONFlex has made quite an impression on us. We like that the little details that went into the production like the headlights and the MutiFLEX stick. We also like the Dyson V10, especially because it is a huge improvement on earlier models. This cleaner runs for longer and has larger bin capacity.
If the Shark IONFlex has also made an impression on you, you could get it here. If the Dyson V10 is what you’ll rather have, get it here.

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