Shark handheld vacuum WV200UK vs WV251UK

Two WandVacs go head to head. The WV200UK is the original, and cheaper, Shark handheld. But the WV251UK has an extra battery.

Shark makes a few handheld vacuums for quick and convenient cleaning. The WV200UK and WV251UK resemble each other in everything, except for the extra battery that the latter comes with. The WV200UK is cheaper, however. We’ve pitted them against each other so you can decide which one’s for you.

Shark WV200UK vs Shark (double battery) WV251UK: Vital statistics

Shark WV200UK

What owners think about Shark vacuums

Owner rating★★★★★
Owner value for money rating★★★★★
Owner reliability rating★★★★★
Would recommend87%

Round 1: Performance

Shark WV200UKShark WV251UK
Hard surface cleaning★★★★★★★★★★
Carpet cleaning★★★★★★★★★★
Pet hair cleaning★★★★★★★★★★
Crevice cleaning★★★★★★★★★★
Finder rating★★★★★★★★★★

Both perform near identically on all surfaces. They’re excellent at cleaning crevices with the specialised narrow head, and decent on carpet and hard floor with various debris. Both struggle with a lot of debris in one go due to their small 0.1-litre capacities and they’re not great at picking up pet hair.

Round 2: Convenience

Shark WV200UKShark WV251UK
Capacity (litres)0.10.1
Dirt release button
Charging dock
Convenience★★★★★★★★★★

Round 3: Charge time and run time

Shark WV200UKShark WV251UK
Charge time (hours)2.52.5
Run time (minutes)816

Here’s where the conjoined twins are separated. The WV200UK has a very short run time of 8 minutes with its sole battery. The WV251UK’s USP is the extra battery included, which charges on the dock while the other whirs away. The case opens and you can easily transfer the fresh battery in for an extra 8 minutes of runtime.

Our verdict: Is the Shark WV200UK better than the WV251UK?

It’s simple really. Because of the extra battery and multifaceted charging dock, the WV251UK comes out on top and it’s worth paying the extra cash for longer cleaning. Besides that, there’s nothing to separate these 2 slim wands.

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