After a month of testing, I determined Dyson V10 is the best cordless stick vacuum because it’s light, quiet and versatile, with different heads for different floor types. Shark ION F80 has great suction and comes with two batteries, but there are design deficiencies.
I’ll compare and contrast these two stick vacuums (Shark Ion F80 vs. Dyson V10) by evaluating five categories: carpet, hard floors, battery, design, and dustbin.
- Battery: Low suction gets 45 minutes, medium 27 minutes, and high 7 minutes.
- Design: It’s gorgeously designed and comes with a wall-mountable charging dock.
- Dustbin: It holds 757 ml and has a push release. You don’t touch the debris.
Best for you if...
You want a versatile, quiet, lightweight vacuum or you have pets.
V10 Absolute is the best stick vacuum for hard surfaces because of the brilliant Soft Roller, which works well on low power mode and gives you 45 minutes of runtime. It includes the same carpet roller as the V10 Animal.
V10 Motorhead performs great on carpet, while V10 Animal provides equal power with a bigger dustbin. You’ll need to use at least the medium suction setting (27 minutes).
Shark ION F80
- Battery: You get 50 minutes at the normal suction level, with both batteries combined.
- Design: It's heavy, bulky, loud, and doesn’t work well as a handheld.
- Dustbin: It only holds 284 ml, and it’s hard to remove the debris without getting dirty.
Best for you if...
You want replaceable batteries and don’t have pets (the bin fills up quickly).
Shark ION F80 outperforms the V10 Motorhead and V10 Animal on wood because of its combination roller. It’s a great budget option for those who don’t want to spend $600 on the V10 Absolute.
Shark ION F80 works well on carpets, but the V10 Motorhead picks up more debris on medium power mode. The Shark head automatically propels, which can make it more difficult to control.
- The V10 works great on carpet when you use the Torque or Direct drive cleaning heads. One of these is included with any variation: Motorhead, Animal, Absolute.
- The high power mode produces 151 Airwatts of suction, by far the most of any stick vacuum on the market.
- The lowest power mode produces only 15.8 Airwatts.
- You’ll need at least the medium suction (33 Airwatts) while on carpets.
Hard Floor (A):
- V10 Motorhead & V10 Animal:
- You’ll need to use medium suction if you’re using the Torque or Direct drive cleaning heads. They’ll work on well enough on wood, but not as well as Shark Ion.
- V10 Absolute:
- The Soft Roller is a gamechanger on hard surfaces because it uses carbon fiber to counteract the static electricity found with most wood floors.
- The Soft Roller only comes with the Absolute Dyson variants. With the Soft Roller, you can get by with the lowest suction setting. This gives you 45 minutes of cleaning time.
- Dyson doesn’t want to overwork the motor, so their batteries aren’t replaceable.
- With motorized tools, the low suction gets 45 minutes, medium 27 minutes, and max 7 minutes.
- Dyson advertises a 60-minute runtime, but that’s decisive because that’s without any tools. In most cases, you’ll need the tools and at least medium suction power.
- It takes 3.5 hours to recharge the battery.
- It comes with a wall-mountable charging dock, which means it should always be charged and ready to go.
- It’s much quieter than the Shark.
- I like the control and turn radius with Dyson vacuums more than Shark.
- It looks like it’s from the future. The design is amazing.
- It weighs 3.6 pounds. It’s better to use as handhelds because of its weight distribution.
- The Dyson cleaner heads sit lower to the ground than Shark, so it doesn’t do as well with taller pieces of debris.
- You need to hold down the power button while using it. My finger gets tired after 20 straight minutes of cleaning. But that’s the only annoying design aspect.
- You won’t need to get your hands dirty. You push the red tab down, then the bin is lowered and releases the debris, while filter gets the debris squeegeed off of it too.
- It holds 757 ml of dry material. This is close to three times the size of Shark Ion F80.