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How to Empty Shark WV200UK Handheld Vacuum

Written by James Hall |

Empty shark wv200uk

Need to empty your Shark WV200UK? Here’s our quick guide to emptying this popular handheld vacuum cleaner.

The Shark WV200UK is a compact handheld vacuum that’s designed for quick cleaning jobs. We liked the WV200UK when we tested it, although one of our complaints is that it needs to be emptied a lot due to its tiny 0.25L dust capacity.

Fortunately, Shark has made it very easy to empty the WV200UK – although there are a few potential issues to avoid. Here’s how to empty it.

1. Hold The Vacuum’s Canister Over a Bin

Bin location

As you can see from the image above, the Shark’s bin is found in the middle of the main vacuum body. When the release button is pressed, the bin flips down from a hinge (on the right hand side of the image), allowing dirt to fall into a bin.

For this reason, it’s vital to hold the vacuum so that the dust falls into the bin when it flips down. The bin system is quite sudden and sharp, so failing to position the vacuum correctly could cause dirt to be sprayed over the surrounding floor.

If possible, we recommend emptying the Shark WV200UK into an outdoor bin. The bagless bin latch system allows dust to escape into the air when emptying, which is bad news for people with allergies.

2. Press The Bin Opening Slider And Empty The Vacuum

Bin Emptying Button

Once the vacuum has been switched off and positioned correctly over a bin, emptying the Shark WV200UK is as simple as pressing the “One Touch Easy Empty” slider located next to the On/Off switch.

Pressing this button causes the vacuum’s bin to hinge downwards. Most dirt, hair, and other debris should fall into the bin, but you may need to give it a gentle tap to remove anything that remains.

Shark also recommends tapping the filter screen to get rid of dirt and debris that might be stuck on it. The filter screen is the metallic sheet that’s located on the opposite side of the bin to the hinge.

3. (Optional) Wipe The Dust Bristle

The Shark’s WV200UK has dust bristles along one of the edges. If there’s visible dirt or dust on these bristles, you can use a dry cloth to clean them.

Don’t press too hard on the bristles when cleaning, however, as this could damage them.

Removing The Dust Cup For Cleaning

Bin Removed

You can also fully remove the dust cup for cleaning. You won’t need to do this every time you empty the vacuum, but it’s a good idea to clean the cup whenever there is visible dirt or dust.

  1. Turn off the power, empty the vacuum, and leave the bin hinged downwards.
  2. Slide forward the filter housing to remove it.
  3. Press the orange release tab on the bin and simultaneously pull the cup away from the vacuum.
  4. Handwash the vacuum bin with lukewarm water (do not use any detergents or cleaning products).
  5. Allow the bin to dry fully before reinserting it into the vacuum.
  6. Replace the bin by sliding it into the bottom of the nozzle. There will be a click once it’s in position.

4. Close The Bin

Closing the bin

Finally, hinge the bin back into position until it clicks into place. Your Shark WV200UK is now ready to use again!

Side Note: Our Issue With The WV200UK’s Bin Emptying System

Latch of the bin

During our review, we found that the WV200UK has strong suction power and is easy to use. We also liked how easy it is to empty the Shark – especially as this is a process you’ll follow almost every time you use the vacuum cleaner.

However, we don’t like how violently the bin hinges down when emptying the vacuum. We found this can flick the contents of the dust cup, rather than letting it fall gently into the bin. It certainly takes some practice to get right without causing a mess!

Another issue is the bin’s placement. As it’s in the middle of the main body of the vacuum and hinges down, you can’t point it deep into a bin when emptying. This is another reason why we recommend emptying this vacuum into an outdoor bin.


The Shark WV200UK is a useful vacuum cleaner that’s great for quick jobs. It’s also easy to empty – but it’s important to be careful to avoid flicking dirt and other debris.

Here’s an overview of the process:

  • Turn off the vacuum cleaner.
  • Hold the vacuum over the bin, so that dirt falls into the bin when the dust cup hinges down. Remember that the hinge is on the opposite side of the dust cup to your hand.
  • Press the slider to empty the vacuum into the bin.
  • (Optional) Wipe the dust bristles to remove any excess dust. You should also occasionally fully remove the dust cup to clean it with lukewarm water (do not use detergents or a dishwasher). If you clean the dust cup, make sure it’s dry before re-inserting it.
  • Close the bin.

Do you have any questions about emptying the Shark WV200UK vacuum cleaner? Please let us know in the comments section below. You may also want to read our guide to cleaning the Shark WV200UK’s filters.

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