Shark Handheld Vacuum Review (WV200UK) – How Does it Compare to Other Cordless Handhelds?

Written by James Hall | 0 Comments | Last Updated: March 17, 2020

Shark Handheld WV200UK

7.4

Value

6.0/10

Ease of Use

9.0/10

Suction Power

9.0/10

Features

7.0/10

Accessories

6.0/10

Pros

  • Excellent suction for a handheld
  • Stylish design
  • Lightweight and easy to use
  • 2.5 hour recharging time
  • HEPA filter

Cons

  • No motorised brush bar (or turbo tool)
  • Only 8-10 minutes battery life
  • Small dust capacity
  • Loud
  • Docking station can't be wall mounted

Thinking of buying a Shark handheld vacuum? In our Shark WV200UK review, we take an in-depth look at this innovative vac’s features, accessories and performance.

The Shark WV200UK handheld cordless vacuum is a lightweight model that’s designed for simplicity and ease of use.

It’s not meant to replace a full-size vacuum, or even rival cordless vacuums. Instead, it’s a convenient device for quickly cleaning crumbs in the kitchen, mud in car interiors, or small amounts of pet hair.

How does it compare to other handheld vacuums though? And is it worth the relatively high price? Keep reading our Shark handheld review to find out.

Appearance and Design

The Shark Handheld Vacuum WV200UK

The first thing you’ll notice about the Shark is the sleek and stylish design. Unlike bulky Dyson handheld vacuums, we don’t think most people will mind displaying the Shark on a counter-top or side table.

It’s also one of the lightest vacuums we’ve reviewed, weighing just 0.6kg. This is considerably lighter than the Dyson V7 Trigger, which is around 1.4kg. The lightweight design makes it easy to clean higher locations that would be awkward with a regular upright or cylinder.

A benefit of the lightweight and balanced design is that it’s allowed Shark to make the WV200UK much longer than a typical handheld vacuum – especially when you’re using the crevice tool. A longer design makes it much easier to clean cobwebs on ceilings, car interiors or around furniture.

The Shark has an “On/Off” button rather than a trigger system. While a trigger system helps conserve battery life, a standard button is more convenient and great for people who might struggle to hold a trigger for extended periods.

It has a small 0.25 litre dust canister though. This is one of the smallest on the market and fills up very quickly, so be prepared to empty it often.

Noise Output

Despite the small and lightweight design, the Shark handheld is surprisingly loud. We actually think it’s slightly louder than Dyson handhelds, even though it doesn’t have a motorised brush bar.

If you’re looking for a quiet handheld vacuum for cleaning when your kids (or spouse) are asleep, this isn’t the model to choose!

Battery Life

A drawback of the WV200UK compared to other handhelds is the short 8-10 minute run-time.

A battery life of close to 10 minutes is fine for light tasks and quick spills, but the Shark isn’t designed for longer cleaning sessions. You may even struggle to clean an entire car interior before needing to recharge.

For comparison, the Dyson V7 Trigger has a maximum run-time of 30 minutes, although this is in lower power mode and without a motorised tool.

An upside of the WV200UK’s battery is the correspondingly short charge time though. As the battery holds less charge, it can be fully charged in as little as 2.5 hours.

Tip: Want to learn more about how Shark vacuums compare to Dyson – including their handheld models? Click here for our Dyson Vs Shark comparison.

Filtration

The Shark Handheld WV200UK comes with a HEPA filter. This is great news for allergy sufferers, as HEPA filters are much more effective at removing dust, pet dander, and other allergens from the air.

Emptying, Cleaning & Maintenance

Emptying the Shark

As you would expect from a vacuum designed for simplicity, the Shark handheld is easy to maintain.

Emptying the Shark is as simple as activating a switch on the main body. This flips open the dust canister, allowing dust and dirt to fall into a bin.

One thing to note is that the dust canister opens quite violently, which allows smaller particles and allergens to escape into the air. If you suffer from allergies, make sure you get someone else to empty it outside.

We’re also not big fans of how the dust canister hinges down. The problem is that this makes it difficult to aim where the dust is going to fall – plus, as it needs to be held horizontally, you can’t put it deep inside a bin. A trap door system would be much easier to use.

Accessing the washable filter is simple, so you can clean it without buying a new one. Make sure it’s fully dry before you use it again though.

There’s also the option to fully remove the dust canister. This is great for properly cleaning the canister, which is sometimes difficult on other vacuum cleaners.

Tools and Accessories

As with most handheld vacuums, the WV200UK doesn’t have a traditional floorhead. Instead, the primary nozzle is built into the vacuum’s head.

This nozzle doesn’t have a rotating brush bar. Powered brush bars are more effective at removing dirt and debris from carpets, as they agitate fibres while cleaning.

Sadly, the Shark Handheld WV200UK also doesn’t come with a motorised attachment. A non-motorised pet tool is included, which is useful for sucking up hair on carpets or car interiors, but a turbo tool would have been a welcome addition.

Aside from the pet tool, the WV200UK comes with a combination crevice/dusting brush attachment. This adds to the vacuum’s long and thin design, making it a useful tool for cleaning under furniture or in other awkward places.

The WV200UK also has a docking station for charging and storage. This ensures the vacuum is always ready to go, which is important as the Shark’s main purpose is to quickly clear up spills and small patches of dirt.

It’s also great that Shark has included tool storage slots on the docking station. You’re much less likely to lose an important tool if they are always stored in the same place.

A potential drawback, depending on where you want to store the vac, is that the docking station can’t be mounted on a wall.

Suction Power and Cleaning Performance

Cleaning up pet hair

Let’s be clear: the Shark handheld vacuum isn’t designed to replace your main vac.

Even so, it offers plenty of suction power for a handheld vacuum. If you’ve ever tried to clean with a low-quality handheld, the difference in suction is instantly noticeable.

The WV200UK does a great job at picking up small or medium debris on most surfaces, so it’s brilliant for cleaning up quick spills or sprucing up a staircase.

Car interiors are another area the Shark WV200UK excels. The combination of lightweight design, long body and powerful suction make it an excellent tool for cleaning your car.

The downside is that the strong suction means the 0.25 litre capacity fills up very quickly.

Another drawback is that the Shark doesn’t have a motorised brush bar or a turbo attachment. This means it doesn’t do a great job of digging into carpet fibres to remove dust and dirt, although it’s not really designed for deep cleaning.

Despite the lack of a motorised pet tool, the Shark WV200UK performs surprisingly well when cleaning pet hair. Don’t expect the performance of more powerful vacuums that have a powered brush bar though.

Price and Value for Money

The Shark handheld WV200UK is an expensive vacuum, with an RRP of around £130 (although you may be able to find it for cheaper than this in a sale).

Is it worth the money though?

If you’re looking for a small and lightweight handheld to use as a complement to your primary vacuum, the Shark is an excellent choice. It’s great for cleaning up small spills in the kitchen, or patches of pet hair on rugs, making it a useful extra tool in the home.

If you’re looking for a handheld that can do the bulk of the vacuuming in your home, however, there are better options for the money.

Specification Table

Battery3.6V
Battery TypeLithium-Ion
Bagless/BaggedBagless
Max Run-Time8 minutes
Charge Time2.5 hours
Weight0.6kg
Capacity0.25 litres
FilterHEPA
Motorised Pet ToolNo

Comparison With Other Handheld Vacuums

Shark WV200UK Vs WV251UK – What’s the Difference?

The pricier WV251UK has one main advantage over the WV200UK – an extra battery and the ability to swap when one runs out. This gives you an effective run-time of up to 16 minutes, although you’ll need to change the battery half-way through.

If the 8 minute run-time of the Shark WV200UK handheld is the only thing putting you off, the WV251UK could be the perfect solution.

Summary

The Shark WV200UK Handheld Cordless vacuum is a lightweight model that provides excellent suction power.

It’s convenient for quick cleanups and doesn’t look out of place on a kitchen worksurface or side table. The vacuum also has enough power to pick up light and medium debris.

The biggest drawback is the short 8-10 minute battery life. This is fine for quick jobs, but the Shark simply isn’t designed for long cleaning sessions. It also has a small dust capacity, and the lack of a motorised brush bar limits its effectiveness on carpets.

Even so, we still think the Shark handheld provides good value for money – but only if you’re looking for a lightweight handheld to complement your main vacuum cleaner.

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