Miele and Shark are two trusted and popular vacuum brands that you will likely encounter in your search for a cordless vacuum. Both companies also offer a variety of canister, upright, and stick vacuums.
Miele vacuum has a long-standing reputation for providing superior clean. As far as appliances are concerned, Miele is the definition of reliablity and premium-quality. That’s why many people (myself included) were excited when Miele released their first cordless vacuum. Shark, on the other hand, has been creating cordless vacuums for longer than Miele, and therefore, has a bigger selection. In addition you can always expect a Shark cordless vacuum to be cost-effective no matter which model you’re choosing.
When deciding which cordless vacuum is right for you, it can take a lot of research and time. To make the process easier for you, we created this handy guide comparing the Miele cordless vacuum lineup vs. the Shark cordless vacuum lineup. Let's get started!
Miele Cordless Vacuum Overview
The company entered the cordless vacuum space in 2020 with the release of the Triflex HX1 series. The Triflex HX1 series has three different models -- the Standard, the Cat & Dog, and the Pro. Each model in this series comes with a generous two-year warranty, which is double that of most other manufacturers. What also sets the Miele Trilex HX1 models apart is that they clean just as effectively as heavier canister vacuums do.
The Miele Triflex HX1 Standard ($499): The Standard Model is the least expensive in the Triflex HX1 series, priced at around $499. However, it possesses just as much cleaning power as the pricier HX1 models. The Standard is very lightweight, coming in under 8 pounds.
The Miele Triflex HX1 Cat and Dog ($699): The Cat and Dog model is an ideal model for pet-friendly homes that require heavy-duty cleaning. This model has all the features of the Standard and then some. Most notably, it has a HEPA filter, which is essential for allergy sufferers. Front LED lights are a great addition and help locate dirt and dust which is not easily visible at certain angles when you are standing up.
The Miele Triflex HX1 Pro ($799): The Pro model has all the features available in the other Triflex HX1 models. It also comes with two replaceable batteries, which means more uninterrupted cleaning time. Also, Miele extends the warranty on this model for an extra year. Keep in mind the Miele warranty covers also battery performance.
Shark Cordless Vacuum Overview
Shark cordless vacuums can be harder to navigate than other brands since they don't release models in series. They also have a wider selection than Miele because Miele just entered the cordless vacuum space in 2020. However, Shark's models follow a logical upgrade path -- offering more features and power for a higher cost.
The Shark Navigator ($129): By far the least expensive cordless vacuum on this list, the Navigator is priced at just $129. While not the most versatile cordless vacuum, the Navigator is great for cleaning hardwood floors and low pile carpets. With a battery that lasts up to 20 minutes, this vacuum is best for spot cleaning.
The Shark Rocket Pet Pro ($279): Priced at $279 and designed for pet owners, this cordless vacuum detaches as a handheld vacuum. It also works very effectively as a stick vacuum, especially since the vacuum head comes with lights. The Shark Rocket Pet Pro comes with a HEPA filter and a self-cleaning brushroll, which prevents hair from becoming tangled.
The Shark ION F80 ($349): The Shark ION F80 is one of the most premium cordless vacuums that Shark offers. It features Shark's innovative DuoClean technology, which makes switching between hard floors and carpeting seamless. It also comes with two rechargeable batteries.
The Shark ION P50: Is another premium Shark vacuum. Like the Shark ION F80, it includes DuoClean technology. The ION P50 comes with a HEPA filter, which is strongly suggested for anyone with allergies and upper-respiratory issues, as it's able to capture nearly all allergens and debris.
Important Factors to Consider When Shopping for a Cordless Vacuum
Convenience is the main reason why cordless vacuums are so popular. Without any cords to bother with, you can clean just about anywhere with a cordless vacuum. However, not all cordless vacuums are equally as convenient as others.
Both Shark and Miele are lightweight, although Miele is slightly lighter.
Miele also offers a feature that is rare among cordless vacuums: it stands up on its own. This upright feature means that if the phone rings while you're cleaning, you don't have to find a wall to prop up the vacuum. Nearly all other cordless vacuums fall without a wall or piece of furniture to lean on.
Versatility is another fact that makes cordless vacuums convenient. Ideally, your cordless vacuum can get the job done no matter where you take it. Most Shark vacuums are versatile due to their ability to detach into a handheld. In contrast, all of Miele's cordless vacuums offer this feature.
Shark and Miele are well-known vacuum brands for a reason -- they are fully capable of cleaning well.
Miele, however, excels at cleaning all floor types. Even high pile carpets, which typically trip up other cordless vacuums, are a breeze for the Miele Triflex to clean. Shark models cannot clean high pile rugs, and some models are better suited for only hardwood floors and low pile rugs.
All Miele Triflex HX1 models provide an automatic surface detection feature, which means they can automatically adjust the suction based on the type of flooring they're cleaning. This feature is similar to Shark's DuoClean technology, which is available with the ION F80 and ION P50. However, both of these Shark models aren't as capable of cleaning all carpet types as the Miele is.
Anyone suffering from allergies or upper-respiratory conditions should invest in a vacuum that has a HEPA filter. These filters catch up to 99.97% of dust and other airborne particles.
The Shark Rocket Pet Pro and the Shark ION P50 come with both a HEPA filter and Shark's Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology. These two models trap dust and allergens inside the vacuum so that you don't have to breathe in what you just cleaned up.
All of the Miele Triflex HX1 models come with a HEPA filter, except for the Standard model. Miele also offers lifetime filters for all its cordless vacuums.
One drawback for Miele is that the Triflex HX1 does not offer a sealed system. Miele does, however, provide a touchless, hygienic dust bin. This bin prevents allergens from reentering the air while the waste bin gets cleaned.
The Miele and the Shark cordless vacuum models have comparable decibel levels, with the Miele coming in a little lower. However, the Shark emits a higher frequency noise than the Miele, making it sound louder than its decibel level suggests.
Shark offers a one-year warranty, which is standard for most manufacturers. With a two-year warranty on all cordless vacuum models, Miele provides double the warranty coverage.
Shark does not release any information about how they test their products before bringing them to market. Miele, however, is known for its transparency about its rigorous product testing.
Miele releases its products outside the USA before bringing them stateside, which is further assurance that what you're buying from Miele has been adequately tested. While Miele is known for taking a long time to release new vacuum models, it's safe to assume that their unparalleled product testing makes the wait well worth it.
Just check out what testing Miele cordless vacuums undergo:
- The battery is replaced 6,000 times
- The dust bin is opened and removed from the base mount 3,000 times
- The handle is loaded 120,000 times with over 11 lbs
- The model is snapped into the upright, parking position 20,000 times
Best Miele vs Shark Cordless Vacuums
While Miele has an excellent reputation for creating premium-quality cleaning appliances, the company only entered the cordless vacuum space in 2020. Shark offers more cordless vacuum models than Miele because they have been making cordless vacuums for longer. To top it off, there are major differences between these two brands. All of these factors can make it confusing when selecting the right cordless vacuum for you.
To make it as easy as possible, we pitted three popular cordless Shark models against the three models from Miele's Triflex HX1 cordless vacuum series. Check out how they stack up.
Best Overall: Miele Triflex HX1 Standard ($499) vs Shark ION P50 ($300)
Both of these cordless vacuums are lightweight and can detach into a handheld vacuum. The Shark ION P50 has up to 50 minutes of battery life, while the Miele Triflex HX1 Standard can last up to 60 minutes.
The Shark ION P50 is more cost-effective and comes with both a HEPA filter and Shark's Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology, which are important for allergy sufferers. The Miele Triflex HX1 Standard, on the other hand, does not come with a sealed system or a HEPA filter. However, it does have a filter that can eliminate 99.98% of these particles.
While both offer tremendous cleaning power, the Miele edges the Shark out performance-wise for the “Best Overall” title. Simply put, Miele's cordless vacuums offer unprecedented cleaning power for a variety of surfaces. For instance, while the Shark ION P50 works well on hardwood and low and medium-pile carpets, the Miele Triflex HX1 Standard can power through any carpeting. For this reason, the Miele wins this round.
Best on Pet Hair: Miele Triflex HX1 Cat and Dog ($699) vs. Shark Rocket Pet Pro ($279)
When it comes to features that are important to pet owners, both of these vacuums check all the important boxes. Both models have a HEPA filter, are lightweight, and detach into a handheld vacuum. Handheld vacuums make cleaning up after your four-legged friends in the car possible. Both models also have lights on their cleaning heads to make small debris more visible and easy to clean.
There are quite a few differences between these two models as well. In terms of battery power, the Shark Rocket Pet Pro can last up to 40 minutes, while the Miele Triflex HX1 Cat and Dog lasts up to 60 minutes. As previously mentioned, the Miele Triflex also offers the ability to stand upright. This feature is rare among cordless vacuums and scores some major convenience points.
Triflex HX1 Cat and Dog also comes with a motorized mini brush attachment, which makes cleaning pet hair off of furniture and upholstery easy. The Shark Rocket Pet Pro offers a self-cleaning brushroll. This brushroll stops even long hair from getting tangled up in the vacuum's brush.
The Triflex HX1 Cat and Dog offers more substantial cleaning power for a wider variety of surfaces and has a better battery life. However, the Shark Rocket Pet Pro wins this round due to its excellent price point. With that said, the Triflex HX1 is a better investment if you need powerful cleaning on different types of carpeting throughout the home.
Best Battery: Miele Triflex HX1 Pro ($799) vs. Shark ION F80 ($349)
The Miele Triflex HX1 Pro and the Shark ION F80 each come with an extra replaceable battery, which effectively doubles the amount of time both vacuums can clean. The Miele can last up to 120 minutes, and the Shark ION F80 lasts for up to 80 minutes.
Both vacuums detach into a handheld and are lightweight. However, there are distinct differences between the two models. Namely, the Shark ION F80 does not come with a HEPA filter, while the Miele Triflex HX1 Pro does. Also, the Miele offers stronger cleaning power on all types of carpeting and floors.
The Shark ION F80 has a multi-flex button. When you press this button, the vacuum bends, making it easy to clean under furniture. Because of this feature, the vacuum also collapses when you need to put it away in storage.
Despite some of the great features available in the Shark ION F80, the Miele Triflex HX1 Pro wins this round. Not only does it have a longer battery life, but it also cleans more surfaces more effectively.
Both Miele and Shark make cordless vacuums that are fully capable of cleaning a wide variety of surfaces. Shark is a more cost-effective brand that offers a broad array of cordless vacuums. For their price point, Shark vacuums are a great value. However, Shark's cordless vacuums are more limited than Miele’s when it comes to what types of surfaces they can clean effectively.
Miele's cordless models can clean virtually all surfaces and are built-to-last. Their reputation as a premium-quality maker of appliances is well-founded. They place their products under rigorous testing before bringing them to market, which provides a lot of confidence for anyone investing in a cordless vacuum.
*A very special thank you to Becky Brooks for her contributions to this article! *
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