Round 1: Pick Up Tests
Dyson V10 AbsoluteIonflex
When it came to pet hair both The Ionflex and the V10 did great on carpet, in low power and in high power mode. Though as expected the V10 didn’t do so hot with pet hair on hard floor with the torque drive, the soft brush did amazing though, if you have hard floors the V10 Absolute seems to be a must because of the included soft brush.
Both again did well with medium to large debris, I only tried these tests with the soft brush for the v10 though since it is designed for larger debris.
The real problem came with the extra large debris test. While the ionflex did admirably on both hard floors and carpet the V10 as expected struggled with the test with the torque head, but even with the soft brush it also was unable to pick up the fruit loops without stalling out. I understand that the extra large test is somewhat unreasonable but you would hope it could pick up at least fruit loop sized debris.
I did another test with just the extension wand to see if the V10 could at least process debris that size without the head. It didn’t make it through the test without shutting down. The problem is that the fruit loops were getting stuck in the intake which is relatively small hole, the V10 just wont handle debris of a certain size, and while that is true of every vacuum I would have not expected froot loops to be the Achilles heel of the V10.
So the Shark Ionflex Takes Round 1, but don’t worry Dyson fans I happened to know for a fact that the V10 will win round 2.
Round 2: Crevice Pick Up Tests
Round 2 includes 3 tests – starting with the crevice pickup test.
The crevice pickup test was developed by Dyson to demonstrate their suction power. The early Shark vacuums couldn’t pass this test, while the newer Sharks uprights (like the 800 series or above can)
The V10 did amazingly well picking up the majority of the debris from both the 1/8” and ¼” crevices in 1 pass. It did well with both the torque drive and the soft heads.
In fact it did better than any vacuum I have tested yet, including the ball animal 2.
The Shark Ionflex however did not fair so well. It reduced the debris some but left the majority of it in both crevice types.
The next test was the edge cleaning test where they both performed as well as can be expected.
And the last test for round 2 was the suction proximity test, where they both showed little to no pulling ability with either the head or the wand until they were right on the debris, which is to be expected for vacuums of this type.
So with the great showing on the crevice pickup test, round 2 goes to the Dyson, Which gives us a tie 1 to 1, and I think there will be some surprises for round 3 so consider hitting that subscribe button.
Round 3: Battery Tests
Round 3 is all about battery life.
We are going to test the battery life on max power with the cleaner head motorized, the battery life on low power with no attachments
And the recharge time from totally drained to fully charged.
On max power with the motorized brush, the Dyson V10 lasted 6 minutes and 26 seconds. I re-tested this to be sure getting 6:35 the second time.
The Shark Ionflex lasted almost twice as long at 11:38
The Dyson made up for it in the low power mode big time by lasting 61 minutes when the Ionflex could only go 24 minutes.
So I guess you could say that The Ionflex would be better for longer vacuuming in high power mode and the Dyson would be better in low power mode.
I should mention that the fade free power feature which Dyson promoted with the V10 seems accurate, it went from full power, to nothing when the battery died. Though to be fair the shark seemed to do the same thing.
The final test in round 3 is the recharge time.
The Dyson recharged in just a little over 3 hours but the Shark battery, which wont start charging until it cools down took almost 5 hours. This is why Shark offers the Ionflex 2x which is the same unit with 2 batteries and a different color,
This one is a hard round to judge. If I was testing the Ionflex 2x against the V10 here I think I would give this round to the Ionflex because of the extra battery.
But as it is Its really an apples and oranges problem, the Ionflex demolished the V10 with the max power test but the V10 demolished the Ionflex with the low power test, I think I am going to give them both a point and we will call this round a tie.
Round 4 is Suction and Wind Speed.
Lets start with some wind speed measurements .
For context the Dyson ball animal 2 upright vacuum, which claims to have the most suction of any vacuum, measured about 135.3 mph at the hose.
The Dyson V10 had a max wind speed 107.9 in high power mode
In low power mode the wind speed dropped significantly to 51.9 mph on the V10
The Shark Ionflex managed 86.2 mph on high power
But did 61.1 mph on low.
So you can see that on high power the Dyson V10 has 17% more power than the Shark Ionflex but on low power the Shark has 17% more power than the Dyson.
I wanted to measure the wind speed at the cleaner head, but I couldn’t get accurate numbers, So I made a contraption to give some idea of this, and we see that again the Dyson won on high power, this time by 44%. The shark won on low power though, by 13%
There is probably a lot of margin for error in that particular test so take it with a grain of salt.
Finally we have the strait suction test tested at the intake. Here the Shark ionflex won on low power by a whopping 215%
With the high power strait suction test the Shark Ionflex did 93 inches of water, which is very good, for example the Dyson ball animal 2 which we mentioned earlier tested at 96 inches of water.
Unfortunately I couldn’t get an accurate number on the Dyson V10 since its automatic shutdown feature kept kicking in though I never saw a peak over 88 inches of water.
I think we need to give this round to the Dyson for winning all the max power test and by having significantly more suction at the cleaner head.
Round 5: Ease of Use and Weight.
Both the Shark Ionflex and the Dyson V10 weight about the same, with the shark being slightly heavier, though the weight actually felt on the arm when vacuuming floors was slightly less with the Shark.
That changed however when using the vacuums as a handheld, here the weight of the Shark seemed much heavier than the Dyson V10. The Dyson V10 seems lighter I suppose because of better weight distribution, It felt like I could hold it that way for some time. This is compared to the Ionflex which seemed like it could be used as a handheld only for short period of time before your arm gettig tired.
A part of ease of use is its agility.
On hard floors the Shark Ionflex seems more agile, it turns where I want it to go much more accurately, where the Dyson tends to turn sharper than you might want it to much of the time causing you to have to make slight corrections. Don’t get me wrong they are both more agile that 90% of the vacuums out there but there were slight differences.
They both werent very agile on carpet The Dyson was harder to push, but on the extreme other end the Shark was harder to pull back, as the strong brushroll pulls the ionflex forward on carpet and it takes some forearm strength to pull it back. I would much rather vacuum carpet with the Dyson, but on the other hand I would rather vacuum hard floors with the Shark.
I think ease of use will go to the Dyson, as it feels a lot lighter and more agile as a handheld, and even though its agility on floors wasn’t perfect it is certainly above average.
Round 6: Features
The Shark Ionflex has quite a few features. The cleaner head has Duoclean technology which is probably the best cleaner head technology on the market, I am still amazed at how much it picks up, im not just talking about big debris either its the little things that I am used to vacuums not picking up. Its also nice that you don’t have to change the cleaner head for different jobs.
It also has the multi flex feature which allows you to vacuum under furniture in a unique way by pressing a button which causes the extension wand to bend. The same button allows you to put it in a storing position, which is actually very usefull. It also has LED lights which are more helpful than you might think.
The Dyson doesnt have too much in the way of features, besides its new bin emptying style which allows you to put the canister deeper into the trash can to empty it. IAlso n place of a way to store it compactly the Dyson V10 has the charger caddy.
So I think its safe to say that the Shark Ionflex takes round 6.
Round 7: Price
I didn’t mean for this to be a tie and honestly some of these rounds may have more importance than others to you depending on your needs.
Ill conclude with some quick thoughts about each vacuum
I think the Shark Ionflex is a great vacuum, it main losses in this fight were mostly its lack of suction power compared to the V10, but cleaning floors isnt all about suction.
I also felt fearless when vacuuming with the Ionflex because it seemed like I could pick up anything. I guess the Ionflex is a little more utilitarian it does a great job at a low price.
The Dyson on the other hand is a finely crafted piece of machinery that is certainly better at getting to places the Shark could not because of the suction difference, we saw that with the crevice pickup test, Im sure it deep cleans carpet better than the Shark as well for the same reason.
But its losses in this series were troubling, not being able to process fruit loop sized debris in round 1 is an issue for me, also its less than stellar 6.5 minutes of battery life on max power was notable. But if I was in the right situation, perhaps a smallish apartment in the city with mostly hard floors or low pile carpet, I would be super happy with the V10 as long as I got the V10 Absolute with the soft cleaner head.
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