Shark Vacuum Cleaners – 2021 Review

Do you want to buy a vacuum cleaner which will make your cleaning regimen faster, much more efficient, and easy? With a Shark vacuum like the Shark Navigator ZU561, or any other devices on our top 10 list, you will ensure that your home is much cleaner, sanitary, and allergen-free.

Take a look at our picks for the favorite Shark vacuum cleaners currently being offered on the market.

Best overall

Shark ZU561 Navigator Upright Vacuum with Lift-Away, Zero-M Anti-Hair Wrap Technology

The ZU561 Shark Navigator vacuum is our definite top pick for 2021 for a variety of reasons. This is a light and easy to use and store vacuum cleaner with an especially designed Zero-M cleaner head, which will prevent that nasty hair wrapping which people with long hair or with pets are very familiar with. The Zero-M cleaner will efficiently remove all types of hair from the brush roll, no matter whether the hair is short, long, human, or from your pets. The hair will go straight into the dust canister instead of you having to spend time and effort to perform the arduous task of untangling the hairs and disposing of them manually. This function keeps the brush roll clean and ready for serious deep cleaning.

The powerful vacuum has a 2.2-quart dust canister, so you can clean on without having to empty it in the middle of the cleaning job.

This upright vacuum from Shark also has a very nifty functionality named Lift-Away. It allows you to easily detach the canister if you need to clean areas above the floor, such as the upholstery of your furniture or the front side of your steps.

We love the fact that this Navigator vacuum also has a reliable HEPA filter and an anti-allergen complete seal technology, which will keep all of the dust mites, pet dander, dust, and other allergens out of the air in your home and safely trapped inside the canister instead. This is an excellent option if you have allergic people at home or people with respiratory problems. And also, you can wash the filters and reuse them time after time, instead of having to pay for expensive replacements.

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You won’t have to buy replaceable bags for the dust either, as you can easily empty and wash the dust collector.

You can power the cleaning tool on and off from the top, where you can also switch in between the carpet and hard floor mode without looking for hard-to-reach buttons and switches.

Thanks to the swivel steering technology of this cleaner, you can move around the home effortlessly and reach even the hardest-to-reach places with it, so that you end up with a perfectly clean and sanitary home every time.

This vacuum weighs only 13.4 lbs. and is 12 x 9.5 x 46 inches in size, so you won’t have to deal with a bulky and hard-to-move cleaner anymore once you start using this latest generation Shark vacuum cleaner.

The runner-up

Shark NV358 Navigator Lift Away Professional Upright Vacuum, Silver

Our second favorite Shark vacuum for this year is the NV358 Professional Upright cleaner from the Navigator series.

It has the useful Lift-Away functionality of our favorite, which allows for easy detachment of the canister with the push of a button so that you can carry the canister with one hand and reach up or in hard-to-reach areas with the other.

The vacuum also has an innovative Dust-Away attachment for floors fitted with a washable microfiber pad which will help you easily and efficiently remove all fine dust along with any debris from hard floors.

This vacuum cleaner is a powerful machine, and yet it is lightweight and very easy to maneuver and carry. It weighs only 13.7 lbs. its size is 15.4 x 11.6 x 28 inches, and it has a very comfortable and easy-to-use swivel steering control, so you can move around the house and furniture with very little effort.

It too has the Anti-Allergen complete seal technology paired with a washable HEPA filter which will keep the allergens out of the air and out of your furniture and floors and safely sealed in the dust can. In fact, you will be able to remove about 99.9% of all allergens from your home thanks to this excellent Shark vacuum cleaner.

With it, you can easily switch between deep carpet cleaning and gentler hard floor cleaning thanks to the motorized brush roll. It also has an added pet power brush attachment, a dusting brush, and an 8-inch crevice tool to reach into all of those crevices in your furniture without effort.

The capacity of the dust cap is 2.4 dry quarts. And the cleaning path of the 2-in-1 vacuum is 9.5 inches, so you will be able to vacuum your home easily and quicker than ever.

The powerful vacuum has a wattage of 1200W and a 25ft. long cord.

Overall, the Shark NV358 is a cleaning tool that will help you dust and clean your entire home, remove all allergens, and will make your life much easier thanks to its maneuverability, its versatility, and its easy storage and maintenance.

Best budget choice

Shark WV201 ION W1 Handheld Vacuum

Our top budget-friendly choice is this 1.4lb handheld cordless Shark vacuum. It may be small, but this vacuum cleaner sure is powerful. Thanks to its brushless high-speed motor, you will be amazed by the suction of this compact vacuum.

Thanks to its size and lightweight you can reach and clean every single bit of your home, including the furniture, blinds, and hard-to-reach places. Its dimensions are just 16.5 x 2.5 x 2.4 inches, so you can carry it around easily and store it away even when space is tight.

You can zero it in with the nifty crevice tool, and clean up even the tightest spaces in your home or in your car easily and efficiently.

The handheld vacuum also comes with a multi-surface pet hair removal tool, to clean your carpets and upholstery from all those pet hairs – long and short.

The vacuum comes with an ION charging dock which allows for easy charging, storage, and access. The unit is charged completely for just 2.5 hours.

You can empty all the collected debris without ever having to touch the dirt with an easy to empty dust canister which you can open with the press of a button.

This compact vacuum has a special filtration technology that captures both the large debris as well as the dust specs and will help you clean your entire home impeccably.

Our other top favorite Shark vacuums

Shark AZ1002 APEX Upright Vacuum with DuoClean for Carpet and Hard Floor Cleaning

With the AZ1002 Shark Apex vacuum, you will be able to clean every speck of dust and piece of dirt in your entire home quietly and with as little effort as possible.


  • Thanks to the DuoClean technology you can simultaneously perform deep carpet cleaning and hard floor polishing without switching modes
  • The Powered lift away function is super useful when you need to clean stairs or hard to reach areas – all you will need to do is push a button to detach the canister
  • The vacuum has Zero-M functionality, which is one of the features Shark is famous for, and provides a very powerful suction combined with auto hair wrap removal
  • It is excellent for homes with people with allergies or respiratory problems as it will remove nearly 100% of the airborne allergens thanks to the Anti-Allergen complete seal tech and the added washable HEPA filter
  • The vacuum is one of the quietest in this range due to the Noise reduction technology used
  • You will clean everything much faster and easier with the Active Glide technology ensuring smooth and easy maneuverability
  • The vacuum can be used in upright mode and in over-the-floor mode
  • The unit comes with a 12″ crevice tool, a pet multi-tool, and a deep-cleaning motorized pet tool
  • Its size is 11.2 x 12.2 x 46 inches, and it weighs 16 lbs.
  • The dust canister has a capacity of 1.5 quarts

Shark IONFlex IF205 DuoClean Cordless Ultra-Light Vacuum

If you prefer the convenience of using a cordless and yet powerful vacuum cleaner, the Shark IONFlex IF205 could be the most suitable Shark vacuum for you.


  • Powered by a rechargeable and removable lithium-ion battery, so you won’t be restricted by a power cord for hassle-free cleaning
  • If you purchase additional batteries you can upgrade this vacuum to a device with an even longer runtime, as it can hold two batteries at once
  • The extended runtime is about 25 minutes per battery, and you can use the vacuum at maximum power for 11 minutes per charge
  • You will be able to reach all of the hard to reach spaces via the MultiFlex technology
  • You can fold the vacuum for easy and compact storage as a freestanding device
  • The DuoClean technology includes both a deep cleaning bristle brush and a polishing hard floor roll
  • The vacuum can be converted into a handheld cleaner which you can use for vacuuming your car, furniture, blinds, and another above-floor cleaning
  • It is sold with a duster crevice tool, a wide upholstery deep cleaning tool, a dusting brush, an anti-allergen dust brush, and a battery charger
  • The size of the cleaning device is 8 x 11 x 34 inches, and it weighs 14.2 lbs.

Shark 18V Cordless Hand Held Vacuum SV780 VX33

If you want an easy-to-use, light and still very powerful vacuum cleaner, the SV780 VX33 18Volt handheld Shark vacuum is an affordable and very good option for you.


  • It uses a powerful, rechargeable 18 Volt battery for operation
  • The device is completely cordless so that you won’t be tied to the wall and be restricted by a power cable
  • The bagless cup is easy to empty and clean out and doesn’t require the purchase and use of bags
  • The vacuum has a powerful suction thanks to the Shark twister cyclonic technology
  • A perfect option for cleaning cars, stairs, hard floors, carpets, upholstery, blinds, and just about anything
  • The unit is sold with an added crevice tool and a detachable motorized deep cleaning brush for carpets and upholstery
  • It also comes with a charging dock
  • The vacuum is very small and light – only 9 x 7.5 x 18 inches in size, and 4.85 lbs. in weight, so you won’t get fatigued and sore hands when using it, and it won’t take up precious space when you store it away
  • Very reasonable priced and with a 1-year warranty

Shark Navigator NV71RD DLX Bagless Upright Vacuum

The bagless Shark Navigator DLX NV71RD is as powerful as a professional vacuum cleaner but comes at a much more affordable price.


  • Offered in blue, red, or green color options
  • The anti-allergen complete seal technology will keep all pet dander, dust mites, and other allergens away from your floors, furniture, and the air in your home
  • Very light and easy to maneuver with a comfortable and convenient swivel steering technology
  • It comes with an XXL dust cup which is 3 times larger than that of the original Navigator vacuum
  • No bags need to be purchased and used, all you need to do is remove, empty and wash the dust canister
  • Sold with premium pet cleaning tools including an efficient pet hairbrush
  • It has very powerful suction and still is one of the quietest vacuum cleaners in this range
  • The long 25 ft. power cord will allow you to clean your home without any restrictions
  • Its size is 9 x 10 x 47 inches, and its weight is 20 lbs.

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Vacuum Cleaner 1200w Swivel

This powerful Shark vacuum cleaner offers an amazing 1200 watts of suction which will ensure that every single dust speck and piece of dirt is efficiently removed from your floors.


  • A beautiful gold-colored design
  • Its dimensions are 12.2 x 11.4 x 45.5 inches and weighs 23 lbs.
  • The vacuum will collect and trap about 99.9% of all allergens
  • It can be used both on hard floors and for deep cleaning and sanitizing carpets
  • It has smooth gliding wheels and swivel steering for easy maneuverability
  • The 30-foot power cord will allow you to clean large areas without needing to unplug and plug in the device repeatedly
  • The cleaning path of the brush is 9.25 inches, so you can clean your home faster than ever
  • A 2 motor cleaning system switches the brush roll off so you can deep clean your carpets and proceed to clean your hard floors seamlessly and effortlessly
  • The super stretch hose is very handy for reaching underneath furniture or areas located high above the floor level
  • It has a nifty extension wand to get to everywhere you want
  • The other attachments include a pet hair brush, foam filters, a dusting brush a HEPA filter, and a 5-inch crevice tool
  • You don’t need to buy bags for collecting the dust and debris

Shark NV450 Rotator PowerLight Professional Vacuum Cleaner

Do you get frustrated because of the dust and dirt which remains stuck in the corners and tight spaces of your home? With the PowerLight NV450 professional vacuum cleaner by Shark, you will be able to reach into every corner and in any tight space without effort.


  • Thanks to its enhanced swivel steering technology you can easily clean up corners as well as other hard to reach areas
  • The extra-long hose of the cleaner will help you remove every spider web and speck of dirt from each corner of your home
  • This vacuum has the famous Shark anti-allergen sealing system and a HEPA filter to keep all allergens safely away from your furniture and from the air at home
  • You can seamlessly clean both carpets and bare floors thanks to the easy brush control of this unit
  • None of the suction will be lost even when you move from one surface to another
  • It comes with specialized pet hair and dander cleaning attachments
  • The machine has headlights to show every piece of dirt and every hair you need to clean as you go
  • The deluxe motorized brush will deep clean your carpets and upholstery thoroughly every time
  • The handles of the unit are comfortable and ergonomic
  • The dust cup is extra-large and easy to empty without making a mess
  • It has a generous 30-foot power cord
  • The size of the cleaner is 28.8 x 12.5 x 10.8 inches and it weighs 17.35 lbs.

Shark NV501 Rotator Professional Upright Corded Bagless Vacuum

If you are losing the battle with all the pet hairs stuck to your furniture and carpeting, the NV501 vacuum may be able to help you get rid of the pesky hairs once and for all.


  • It comes with a premium pet power brush that can pick up any types of pet hairs even those stuck deep into the carpet
  • The vacuum will clean all of the allergenic pet dander from every surface
  • It has a lift-away mechanism so you can clean high and hard to reach spaces and areas
  • It features the complete seal anti-allergen Shark technology to pick up and keep allergens sealed inside the dust canister
  • The HEPA filter will keep the collected allergens from becoming airborne during the cleaning
  • The professional vacuum has advanced swivel steering for maneuvering around furniture and obstacles
  • All of the filters in the vacuum are washable and reusable
  • The nifty LED lights on the nozzle will ensure that you never miss a single speck of dust even when cleaning underneath furniture or in other dark areas
  • The extra-large dust cup allows for extended uninterrupted cleaning
  • The size of the vacuum is 45.7 x 12.1 x 12.2 inches, and it weighs 15.5 lbs.

Features to look for when shopping for a Shark vacuum cleaner

As you can see, there are so many Shark vacuums on the market that are worthy of your attention, that making up your mind about which one to buy could be quite a difficult task.

Here are some of the main features to keep an eye on when you are shopping for a vacuum cleaner.

The filter types

Overall, vacuum cleaners come with several main filter types, including disposable ones, washable ones, and anti-allergenic HEPA filters. Disposable filters can turn out to be quite a serious expense in the long run. The ones which can be washed are easy to maintain and can be reused many times, which will save you money. HEPA filters are specially designed to trap small particles and allergens and to keep them inside the vacuum instead of releasing them into the air.

Our favorite Shark vacuum cleaners all have washable and reusable filters, and most of them have HEPA filters along with a complete seal technology to keep all potential allergens out of the air and your furniture.

The dust collection type

Bags used for collecting debris and dust are convenient as you can simply throw them away, but in the long run, this will become an ongoing expense if you choose to buy a bagged vacuum cleaner.

All of our top choices for the leading Shark vacuum this year are bagless and have dust cans that are easy to remove, empty, and wash out. This will save money and time for having to go shop for replacement bags.

Corded or cordless

We have picked cleaning devices of both types in our top 10 list for you. Of course, a cordless vacuum cleaner is much easy to move around and use without being restricted by a power cord, but on the other hand, cordless cleaners have a limited runtime when compared to corded ones. This means that if you need to clean a large area, you may want to opt for a corded vacuum if you don’t want to have to stop in the middle of the cleaning session to recharge your device.

Cordless vacuums are perfect for cleaning small areas or areas where there are no power outlets nearby.

Both the corded and the cordless vacuums in our list have sufficient suction and power to clean properly, so you should choose depending on the size of your home and based on whether you are planning to use the cleaner for your car or at another place where a power outlet is not readily available.

The capacity of the dust can

Also, keep an eye on the capacity of the dust canister of the vacuum before buying one. You may want to get a vacuum which will allow you to clean the entire house without stopping to empty the can, or if you prefer a more portable option, you can choose one of the smaller-sized handheld options from our list.

Size and weight

Nobody wants to feel like they are dragging a humongous suitcase or a piece of furniture when vacuuming, so it makes sense to pick a cleaner which is lightweight and easy to maneuver instead.

The size of the vacuum is also essential when it comes to easy portability, maneuverability, and your available storage space.

Price and warranty

You have probably noticed that our list consists of vacuum cleaners in low and mid-range price levels. Handheld portable vacuums are the most affordable type, but for a serious cleaning of large areas, especially if you have somebody allergic at home and also have pets, you may want to invest in a larger and more powerful Shark vacuum. Naturally, you should check out the warranty given by the manufacturer for your vacuum cleaner if you want to rest assured that any issues will be taken care of in the near future.

Final words

Shark is one of the most reputable brands when it comes to vacuum cleaners. The manufacturer offers a wide range of options from small handheld vacuums to large professional, powerful ones. We have picked the finest of all types, so hopefully, you will be able to find the one which suits your needs best.

Overall, any one of these Shark vacuums is very well-built, powerful, and versatile, and whichever one you choose to buy, you can be sure that your cleaning will become much more efficient, fast, and allergen-free.

Get ready to say goodbye to the dust, the pet dander, and hairs and to all debris from your floors, furniture, and other household items with one of these top-quality vacuum cleaners offered by Shark!

Last update on 2022-06-02 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API