Shark HandVac CH950UKT Cordless Handheld Vacuum Cleaner Review

Written by James Hall |

Shark HandVac CH950UKT

7.8

Value

9.0/10

Ease of Use

9.0/10

Cleaning Power

7.0/10

Features

6.0/10

Accessories

8.0/10

Pros

  • Strong suction for a handheld vacuum
  • Motorised pet tool is great for cleaning up hair
  • Excellent value for money
  • Easy to empty

Cons

  • Very short 10-minute battery run-time
  • Short crevice tool

Thinking of buying the Shark CH950UKT Handvac? Read our review of this popular handheld vacuum before you make a decision.

The Shark Handvac CH950UKT is a cordless handheld vacuum designed with pets in mind. It sits at the lower end of the price scale, but still comes with a motorised pet tool and two other accessories. Plus, it’s lightweight at just 1.39kg.

Can the Handvac really offer effective cleaning for the price? And how does it compare to other handheld vacuums? Keep reading our Shark Handvac CH950UKT review to find out.

Overview of the Shark Handvac’s Features

  • Lightweight 1.39kg cordless handheld vacuum
  • 0.45 litre bagless dust capacity
  • Motorised pet tool with bristles for deep cleaning
  • Dusting brush and crevice tool
  • Up to 10 minutes run time with a 4 hour charge time
  • Easy to use with one power setting
  • 2-year guarantee when you register your cleaner with Shark

Shark HandVac CH950UKT Appearance and Design

Split image of Shark HandVac

The Shark Handvac is a cordless handheld vacuum that’s designed to complement your corded vacuum cleaner, rather than replace it. It’s a great tool for spot cleaning and getting into those awkward spaces, but don’t expect it to handle bigger cleaning jobs.

As you would expect from a handheld vacuum, the Handvac has a simple design with an easy-grip rear handle. Shark has also kept it lightweight at 1.39kg (similar to the 1.38kg Dyson V7 Trigger,) which means it’s convenient to use and suitable for people with arthritis or hand pain.

We like the overall design of the Handvac, especially as it has an on/off button rather than a trigger system. The sealed battery is disappointing, however, as it can’t be swapped to extend the low 10 minutes run time.

Manoeuvrability and Ease of Use

The Shark Handvac only has one power setting, so it’s straightforward to operate. The button for this is easy to reach when holding the cleaner. This is important, as you’ll need to switch it on and off regularly to maximise the short battery run-time.

For a handheld vacuum, it has a reasonable 0.45 litre dust capacity. This may sound small, but it’s not far off the 0.5 litres you get from a Samsung Jet 90 Pet, which is a full-size cordless stick vacuum cleaner.

On the other hand, the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser has a generous 0.7 litre capacity, so there are bigger options available. You’ll probably need to empty it after each use, but it’s still an easier option for quick jobs than getting your main vacuum out.

We also like how painless it is to swap the attachments over. Everything slides onto the main nozzle without any complicated push-button systems, although the pet attachment has some extra pins to secure it.

Filtration

There’s no HEPA filter with the Shark Handvac, which is disappointing for a pet vacuum. A HEPA filter is more effective at containing dust and pet dander, so it’s a good choice for people with animals and allergies. The more expensive WV200UK uses this premium filter.

Instead, the Shark has a basic washable filter. While it’s not the best choice, the filter still does a decent job of preventing particles from escaping. It’s also easy to clean, although be sure to let it dry naturally for at least 24 hours before you use the vac again.

Emptying and Cleaning

Emptying

Shark has nailed the emptying system with the Handvac, which is important for a vacuum that’s designed for convenience.

Instead of needing to detach a canister, the CH950UKT uses a one-touch emptying system. There’s a button on the side for opening the dust compartment door. It releases the dirt as soon as you push it, so make sure you do this over a bin, or even outside.

The downside to this simple system is that there’s no internal collar for pushing out clumps of debris that might become stuck inside. If this happens, you’ll need to pull the clump out by hand.

Overall it’s easy to maintain this little cleaner. Everything comes apart easily and can be rinsed in the sink. The only exception is the brushbar on the pet attachment. It doesn’t take much for it to clog, but it’s tricky to clean. You’ll need a screwdriver to get the brushbar out if you want to untangle hairs and clean it.

Shark HandVac CH950UKT Battery Life

Shark has prioritised suction power over a long battery life. This makes sense, as the CH950UKT is designed for quick cleaning jobs, but it’s important to have realistic expectations of how long the battery lasts.

The 10.8V lithium-ion battery powers the Shark Handvac for up to 10 minutes. For a modern vacuum, this is disappointingly short – especially when it takes up to 4 hours to recharge.

In contrast, the Dyson V7 Trigger provides up to 30 minutes run time on a 3.5 hour charge, which is a much better ratio.

The battery is also sealed into the unit on the Shark, so you don’t have the option to swap batteries to extend the run time. There’s not even a lower power setting to extend battery life.

Even so, ten minutes should be enough for spot cleaning, and that’s all the Handvac is designed to tackle. It might not be long enough for cleaning a car interior though.

Shark HandVac CH950UKT Tools and Accessories

Motorised Pet Tool

One of the standout features of the Shark CH950UKT is the mini motorised pet tool that clips onto the main nozzle. This has a rotating bristle brush that’s effective at getting out pet hair from carpets, upholstery, and other soft furnishings.

We think it’s a big plus point to have this tool included with such a well-priced vacuum. It makes the vacuum cleaner more versatile, as it can agitate carpet fibres to pull out more embedded pet hair. Having a rotating brush bar also improves the all-round cleaning performance of the Shark.

Note: If you’ve seen a version with rubber fins, this is the US model. The UK models have bristles.

Other Tools and Accessories

You also get a crevice tool and dusting brush included with the Shark Handvac. These tools are standard, but the crevice tool is somewhat on the short side, so it’s tricky to get between car seats. It’s still useful for areas like skirting boards, small gaps, and cobwebs though.

All the attachments are easy to take on and off, but there isn’t a wall mount or onboard storage included, so you’ll need to find somewhere else to keep them.

Shark HandVac CH950UKT Suction Power and Cleaning Performance

Pet tool

Let’s start by clarifying that the Shark Handvac isn’t supposed to replace your main cleaner. It’s intended for short bursts of cleaning, so it doesn’t need the same level of performance as an upright or cordless vacuum.

That said, it offers impressive suction power that can pick up debris of all sizes from a range of surfaces. But you need to make sure you get the angle of the nozzle right, otherwise you lose some of the cleaning power.

It’s not the best suction we’ve seen from a handheld, though. The Dyson V7 Trigger has better performance overall. But the price of the Shark Handvac reflects this, and we still think it’s a useful bit of kit.

Around the Home

There’s a good mix of tools for picking up spills from all sorts of places, including work surfaces, hard floors, and furniture. The crevice tool can get into drawers and down the sides of furniture without any hassle. And the suction power is strong enough to pick up dust, as well as larger debris, like cat litter.

The Shark Handvac is good for these areas of spot cleaning, but thick rugs and carpets will drain the battery life quicker. When it’s already short at 10 minutes, this is a real downside.

Car Interiors

The Shark Handvac is small enough to get into tight spaces, so it’s useful for cleaning car interiors. The mini motorised tool is also great for pulling out dirt and hair from seats.

Unfortunately, it’s let down by the crevice tool. This tool is too short to get between seats, making it difficult to give the car a full clean. And, with only around 10 minutes of run time, you might not get the whole interior cleaned before running out of battery.

For these reasons, we don’t recommend buying the CH950UKT specifically as a car vacuum. It can still be useful for cleaning most of your car interior though.

Stairs

The combination of lightweight design and mini motorised tool makes the Shark cordless handheld vacuum cleaner excellent for cleaning stairs. The bristles dig deep into carpet fibres to pull up dust and dirt. The crevice tool is also great for whizzing around the edges.

But, once again, it comes back to the short battery life. Ten minutes is pushing it to try and vacuum the stairs and also get the edges done. You may find you need to wait the lengthy four hours for it to recharge before you can finish the job.

Pet Hair

As we’ve mentioned earlier, the Shark Handvac CH950UKT has a mini motorised pet tool with bristles for pulling up hair. This tool is great for agitating fabric surfaces and picking up embedded pet hair, making the CH950UKT an excellent handheld vacuum for pet hair.

You’ll need to occasionally unwrap hair from the bristles though. It’s easy maintenance that will prevent the brush bar from clogging and keep it running smoothly.

As well as the pet tool, the dusting brush is also useful for pet mess. The stiff bristles get muddy paw prints out of the carpet once they’ve dried out. And the portability allows you to clean up hair and dirt from wherever your furry friends like to leave it.

Shark HandVac CH950UKT Price and Value for Money

The Shark Cordless Handvac sits at the lower end of the price range for handheld vacuums. We’re impressed with how much you get for your money when you factor in the suction power and range of attachments.

This cleaner offers an inexpensive solution if your primary vacuum isn’t great in tight spaces or can’t convert to a handheld. It might not have the same fancy features as some of the other handheld vacs on the market, but it provides strong cleaning performance – especially for the price.

Shark Handvac CH950UKT Specification

Ninja Column 1Ninja Column 2
Price Range£
Maximum Run-Time10 minutes
Weight1.39 kg
Capacity0.45 litres
TypeBagless
Motorised ToolYes
HoseNo
FilterWashable

Comparison With Other Vacuums

Shark CH950UKT Vs Shark WV200UK

Both of these are handheld vacuum cleaners from Shark, so let’s run through a few key differences.

While both vacuums offer around 10 minutes run-time, the WV200UK is a smaller and lighter vacuum. It weighs just 0.6kg and has a tiny 0.1 litre dust capacity to match. The streamlined design is less bulky than the CH950UKT, and it has the added benefits of removable quick-charge batteries and a HEPA filter.

On the other hand, the WV200UK’s pet tool isn’t motorised, unlike the CH950UKT. This makes the CH950UKT a better option for pet hair.

We think they’re both great handheld vacuum cleaners, but the WV200UK is more upmarket than the basic style of the CH950UKT. Of course, the price reflects these, with the WV200UKT costing almost twice as much.

For more info, read our full Shark WV200UK review.

Shark CH950UKT Vs Dyson V7 Trigger

The Dyson V7 Trigger is another handheld vacuum alternative to the Shark CH950UKT. They’re almost identical in weight with the Dyson a fraction lighter at 1.38kg Vs 1.39kg for the Shark. But Dyson has managed to get a larger 0.54 litre dust canister and a bigger, better battery.

The V7 has an impressive 30 minute run time and only takes 3.5 hours to charge. It’s significantly better than the 10 minutes run time and 4 hours charge time for the Shark.

We think the Dyson has more powerful suction and all-round superior cleaning performance. But it’s one of the most expensive handheld cleaners on the market, unlike the budget Shark vac.

To help you decide which one’s right for you, why not read our full Dyson V7 Trigger review.

Shark HandVac CH950UKT Verdict

The Shark Handvac CH950UKT provides handy cleaning for a very reasonable price. It’s a basic handheld cleaner that’s excellent for cleaning up quick spills and pet hair. The motorised pet tool is also a great perk that brings versatility and effective cleaning for a range of surfaces.

We think it’s a useful addition to a full-size cleaner, but it won’t replace your main vacuum. It has limited suction power, and the short 10 minute run-time lets it down. It’s just not designed for longer cleaning sessions and is only suitable for quick bursts. The lack of a wall mount makes storage somewhat tricky, too.

Even so, it’s a convenient machine and one to consider if you want an easier way to clean up after your pets. The Shark Handvac CH950UKT won’t break the bank and is useful for spot cleaning pet hair, dry spills, and mud.

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