At Sensual Appeal, we’re obsessed about cleanliness, which is why you’ll find so many posts about vacuum cleaners here. There’s just something intoxicating about the whirr of the motor! In this post, we’ll compare two very well-known vacuums: Hoover and Shark.
So in a head to head of Hoover Vs Shark, who comes out on top? The answer is that there is no short answer 🙂
Both vacuum brands are really good and they make solid products. To make this comparison easier, we’ll look at two categories of vacuums: upright vacuums and cordless stick vacuums. We chose these two because they’re some of the most popular kinds of vacuums around and all of the manufacturers are jumping on the cordless bandwagon.
Uprights, of course, have been around for quite a long time.
Hoover Vs Shark Upright Vacuums
Let’s take a look at one of Hoover’s most popular upright vacuums and compare it with one of Shark’s most popular uprights.
Hoover React Professional Pet Plus
The highlight of the React Professional Pet Plus is the FloorSense technology. The React essentially “reacts” to the kind of floor you’re using it on and adjusts the motor speed accordingly for an optimal cleaning.
So you can expect the motors to slow down on hardwood floors, and speed up on thicker carpets. The good thing is that you don’t have to fiddle with the controls and you can seamlessly move from one area to the next.
Here are some quick specs:
- Cord length: 30 feet
- Dirt cup: 1.5 liters
- Cleaning path(how much can be cleaned in one pass): 13 inches
- Hose length: 10.5 feet
- Weight: 17.6 lbs
Another powerful feature of the Hoover React is the Paws and Claws system, which is basically Hoover’s way of saying that this vacuum has been thoroughly tested with pet hair and does a great job of pulling out even the most stubborn hairs from your carpet fibers.
The vacuum uses a two-filter system which pulls out up to 99% of allergens in your home and seals them in the filter and canister.
You also get a whole host of tools: a crevice tool, an upholstery tool, a dusting brush, and a pet turbo tool.
Shark Rotator Professional
The Shark Rotator Professional is a really unique vacuum cleaner – while it is not advertised to be specifically designed around removing pet hair, it holds its own in this category and does an admirable job of cleaning up pet hair.
One of the main selling points of the Shark Rotator Professional, however, is the Lift-Away system. You simply push a button and the canister unit separates from the handle and the brush roller.
Now you have a portable vacuum cleaner that you can take anywhere to clean hard-to-reach spots, like stairs and corners.
The steering system is based on a very easy to move swivel, so the overall maneuverability of this vacuum is pretty darn good.
Here are some more specs:
- Weight: 15.5 lbs
- Cord length: 25 feet
- Canister size: 2 liters
- Hose length: 8.4 feet
As far as filtration goes, the Shark Rotator has a HEPA filter that traps dust and allergens inside the vacuum and prevents it from going back into the air.
As you can see, both vacuums hold their own in their categories.
On one hand, you have the Hoover with its React technology which adjusts the motor speed automatically.
On the other hand, you have the Shark with its detachable canister.
At the end of the day, I feel like the Shark edges out the Hoover mainly because of the extreme convenience of the detachable canister(lift-away system), plus the oversized dust cup which means you can go through a lot more cleanings before having to empty it out.
- Lift Away Press a button to lift the canister away and easily clean hard to reach areas
- Anti Allergen Complete Seal Technology + a HEPA filter Traps 999 percent of dust and allergens inside the vacuum
Hoover vs Shark: Cordless Showdown
Now that we’ve got upright vacuums out of the way, let’s talk about cordless vacuums for a moment.
Two cordless vacuums from these brands that fall in the same price range are the Hoover Cruise and the Shark Rocket ION. How do these two stack up against one another? Let’s find out.
The Hoover Cruise is one of Hoover’s entry level cordless vacuums. It’s great value for money on the whole, so let’s see what makes it so special.
Here are some quick specs:
- Weight: 4.7 lbs
- Removable li-on battery
- Can be used as a hand vacuum
- Includes a wall mount for easy storage
- 0.42 dry quart dirt capacity
- 2 year limited warranty
The Cruise has a brush roll feature where the roller will also spin (with a motor). This is to agitate carpet fibers better and get dirt out from inside it. You can switch this on and off when moving from carpet to hardwood.
With the Hoover, you get an upholstery tool, a dusting brush, and a crevice tool, which should cover most of your needs. It should be noted that there is no specific tool for pet hair included.
Since cordless vacuums are so versatile, you can use them as an upright, a handheld vacuum for your car, or for cleaning the ceiling and drapes.
To start the Hoover Cruise, there is a trigger mechanism which you can lock into place so you don’t have to hold it down.
In some cases, the Hoover is a bit tough to move around as the head does not turn quite so easily at all times. However this can be considered just a minor issue.
Now let’s talk about filters. The Hoover does not have a HEPA filter, but the filters are washable so you can reuse them.
If you have pets, the Hoover is not the best for sucking up pet hair, especially since it does not come with a dedicated tool for pet hair.
Finally, battery life: the Hoover gets around 20-30 minutes of battery life depending on which power setting you use it on. This is pretty standard for a cordless vacuum. Charging the battery will take around 3.5 to 4 hours.
Shark Rocket ION
Cordless vacuums are the new standard it seems because of their portability and versatility. Shark actually makes quite a few different cordless vacuums, but we chose this one to compare against Hoover because this and the Hoover fall on the same level in terms of pricing.
Here are some quick specs for the Shark:
- Removable li-on battery
- Converts to a handheld vacuum
- LED lights
- 0.3 dry quart dust bin
- 3.8 lbs weight
- 5 year warranty(limited)
There is a small panel on the back of the vacuum which allows you to set the desired power of the Shark. You will need to adjust the power as you move from one kind of surface to the next. Bright LEDs will indicate which mode you have selected.
Aside from changing the power for floor types, you can also change the power to prolong battery life(high power uses more energy).
You can use this vacuum in three ways: as an upright vacuum, as a hand-held vacuum, or you can even hold it upside down to clean drapes and the ceiling.
To turn the machine on, there is a button that you push. You don’t have to hold it down or anything – simply pushing the button will start the vacuum and keep it on.
As far as filtering goes, there is no HEPA filter, but there is a sealed filtration system which ensures that allergens sucked in by the motors don’t inadvertently go back out into the air. There are two filters, both of which are washable, and they do a good job of trapping dust.
Because the whole system is specially sealed, it is highly unlikely that the allergens will escape back out.
For storage, you’ll need a wall hook of some sort to keep the vacuum upright. Because most of the weight is concentrated at the top of the vacuum, it won’t balance by itself.
If you have pets, the Shark comes with a special tool meant to remove pet hair. Unfortunately, cordless vacuums are simply not as powerful as regular uprights or canister vacuums, so you may find that the vacuum gets clogged if there is a lot of hair to clean up.
Finally, let’s talk about the achilles heel of cordless vacuums: the battery.
Since the motors draw so much energy, the vacuum will only run for about 30 minutes on a single charge, and even less if you’re using tools or the high power mode. What’s more, li-on batteries charge very slowly, so you’ll need to charge for about 3 hours to get 30 minutes of cleaning time.
Like the uprights, the Shark edges out the Hoover again in the cordless category.
Here’s a quick summary:
If you have pets or allergies, the Shark is a better option because of the pet hair tool and the sealed filter.
The Shark is more maneuverable.
The Shark has a longer warranty.
- ION power pack: removable, rechargeable lithium-ion battery
- Upgradeable runtime: vacuum while charging a second battery (sold separately)