Cleaning isn’t fun, but purchasing a vacuum that makes cleaning easier can be.
We put two of the arguably most popular stick vacuum models on the market head-to-head in an in-depth product comparison. Figure out whether the Dyson V6 or the Shark Rocket is right for you.
The vacuums: At a glance
The Dyson V6 Absolute and the Shark Rocket HV300 have a lot in common. Each is a slim stick device from a well-known vacuum brand. Each is lightweight. Each can be converted into a handheld for smaller cleaning jobs. Each includes a number of tools and accessories.
But with a $400 difference in price between these two models, it’s worth your while (and better for your budget) to do some research before you buy one or the other.
[No matter which vacuum you declare the winner, take a look at our Vacuum Buying Guide for tips on which features you should be paying attention to.]
|Dyson V6 Absolute||Shark Rocket HV300|
|Price||$599.99 from Dyson||Price varies by retailer|
|Weight||5.1 pounds||Under 8 pounds|
|Cord length||Cordless||32 feet|
|Convertible to handheld?||Yes||Yes|
|Surface types||Carpet and bare floor||Carpet and bare floor|
|Accessories||Mini motorized tool, mini soft dusting brush, docking station, combination accessory tool, crevice tool||Wide upholstery tool, dusting brush, 12-inch crevice tool, wall mount|
|Buy on Amazon|
The vacuums: Up-close and personal
It’s easy to see where these sticks differ, but what isn’t so easy to see is which one would work better in your household. Read our complete analysis for a better picture of what sort of cleaning jobs these devices are intended for.
NerdWallet takes you shopping: Starting off our stick vacuum standoff is the Dyson V6 Absolute. With a regular retail price of $599.99, this device is considerably more expensive than the $199.75 Shark.
This lightweight (5.1 pounds) and brightly colored stick vacuum is a versatile home-cleaning assistant. The vacuum is equipped with two roller heads — one soft and one direct-drive — to clean hard floors and deep carpet alike.
Additionally, users can get as close to household messes as they’d like, thanks to the vacuum’s ability to convert into a handheld.
This stick boasts 100 air watts of maximum suction power, a 0.11-gallon dirt bin, washable lifetime filters and a host of attachments (mini motorized tool, mini soft dusting brush, docking station, combination accessory tool and crevice tool).
Since this device is cordless, it’ll need to be charged between uses. An average charge time of 3.5 hours will provide 20 minutes of run time. While the vacuum is in operation, switch on max power mode for six minutes of higher suction.
Good fit for: If you don’t mind shelling out extra for your stick, opt for the Dyson V6 Absolute. The vacuum’s lightweight design and cordless nature make it extremely portable for around-the-house cleaning, while its included accessories make it a match for all types of cleaning jobs. Shoppers who have large homes should consider that the device’s 20-minute run time might not be enough to clean every room in one sweep.
NerdWallet takes you shopping: Next up is the Rocket HV300, a stick vacuum from popular home cleaning brand Shark.
This sleek vacuum is intended to clean multiple surface types, from flooring to area rugs. Additionally, its swivel steering makes it capable of reaching tight spaces, as does its handheld vacuum conversion capability.
From its comfortable handle to its storage hooks and wall mount, this product maximizes user convenience. Maintenance is also a cinch, thanks to the Rocket’s push-button dust cup release feature and washable filters.
So why is this stick $400 less than the preceding Dyson? It’s heavier, corded and lacks some of the more-advanced features (dual cleaner heads, max power mode and mini motorized tool, for example).
Good fit for: For a reliable and affordable stick vacuum, select the Shark Rocket HV300. Despite a price that’s hundreds of dollars less than competitors models, this vacuum still boasts many desirable stick features. Potential buyers should keep in mind that the device is corded, so they’ll need to plug and unplug it from the wall during operation.
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For more vacuum buying advice, check out:
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