Shark WV200UK review 2022
This lightweight vac will clean small spills and pet hair well, and is a doddle to empty. But its battery life is disappointing, as is its capacity.
Shark WV200UK (1.0) handheld vacuum review
How well does the Shark WV200UK clean?
We tested this Shark on carpet to see how well it fared tackling Cheerios, rice and biscuit crumbs.
After we dumped a large handful of cereal on the carpet, the WV200UK managed to pick up all of it with a couple of sweeps without any special attachments. Impressive indeed. However, when we added a few more Cheerios it reached its limit. The machine hit its 0.1L capacity and the head clogged up, spitting out the extra hoops.
This WandVac picked up nearly 90% of the rice from the carpet in 3 sweeps without any special attachments. It didn’t blow away grains like stronger models such as the Shark CH950UKT or the Gtech MK2 K9 did.
It performed well at sucking up half a crumbled biscuit with the multi-tool attachment. With 3 sweeps, the WV200UK munched around 90% of the crumbs with no clogging or blow away. The remaining crumbs, now rubbed into the carpet, came up in 5 more sweeps.
On hard surfaces, with the same tests, the WandVac did similarly well.
The crevice tool did a great job with biscuit crumbs in awkward ridges of a sofa and between the sofa cushions. It took a couple of sweeps to fully pick up the crumbs.
These tests confirm that this WandVac is great for small messes. A step up is the Shark CH950UKT, which has over 4 times the capacity of this WandVac.
Can the Shark WV200UK clean pet hair?
Shark says this model is designed to clean pet hair. So we rubbed some into carpet and a velvet sofa to test this out.
Using the multi-tool attachment, around 80% of the hair was picked up from the carpet in 3 sweeps. The strands which had become attached to the carpet were dislodged, but this took a lot more force and more passes.
The sofa was similar to the carpet. The brush tool is adept at removing the looser strands, but requires a push to get the individual hairs out. After 3 sweeps, it cleaned 80% of the hair and it took some scrubbing to remove most of the rest.
Overall, it’s a decent pet hair remover but the lack of a motorised pet tool means a few hairs will remain. A better option would be the Shark CH950UKT.
What’s the run time of the Shark WV200UK?
With 2.5 hours of charge time, this Shark can run for 8 minutes. This is the shortest claimed run time of all the models on our list, with the Black and Decker Dustbusters at a close second with 10 minutes of stated run time.
This limits the vac to small spills and light cleaning. You won’t be able to clean your entire car with this. Other options to consider with a longer run time are the Shark WV251, the similar sized Beldray Revo (4.5-hour charge time for 30 minutes) and the capacious Dyson V7 Trigger (with a 3.5-hour charge time) with a huge 30 minutes of claimed run time.
How convenient is the Shark WV200UK?
The small capacity makes this model less convenient, but if you don’t mind having a bin handy, this Shark won’t give you much hassle.
Its dust release mechanism will flick open and dump the collected dust into the bin without much shaking needed. If you want to clean the dust cup and filter, it’s easy to slide both out and wash with lukewarm water.
Its charging dock is sturdy and if the battery doesn’t work for whatever reason and your 2-year warranty is already up, you can buy a replacement.
As with all the WandVacs, this model is easy to store and great for small homes or flats.
Is the Shark WV200UK easy to use?
This baby Shark is one of the easiest handhelds to use. The crevice tool and multi-head both clip on and slide off with ease. At 0.6kg, it’s the lightest handheld we’ve reviewed (tied with the WV251), making it suitable for cleaning heights and dust on walls without straining your arm. It’s very smooth when cleaning most surfaces, but watch out for clogging and clean the multi-tool brush often for optimum performance.
It won’t bend over the top of cabinets to snaffle up dust gathered there. Better options for trickier areas are the Black and Decker Dustbusters (Pivot and Flexi) with their innovative designs and attachments.
Shark WV200UK customer reviews
With over 3,500 ratings, this Shark scores 4.5 stars on Amazon (last updated May 2022). Many love its suction power, crevice cleaning, lightness and ease of emptying. The main gripe is its short battery life.
Pros and cons
- Great for light messes
- Great for corners and crevices
- Easy to empty
- Easy to manoeuvre
- Short battery life
- Limited capacity
- Will struggle with larger pieces of debris
- No motorised pet tool
Our verdict: Is the Shark WV200UK any good?
This WandVac is good for quick bursts of cleaning around your house, on the sofas and tidying after the doggo has had a roll around on the couch. It’s simple to use and empty too. If your priority is a longer clean, then there are other options to consider as this machine’s run time is likely to let you down.
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If you’re looking for a sleek and nimble handheld with good pulling power this Shark is worth considering. Launched in 2018, it has a strong reputation along with the other WandVacs in the collection. But it does have some weaknesses compared to its siblings – the battery life, in particular. 8 minutes of run time when fully charged pales in comparison with the other handhelds we’ve reviewed. The relatively short 2.5-hour charge time is a slight saving grace. As with all the WandVacs, the 0.1 litre capacity will have you bounding to the bin to empty it often. But it has plenty of positives – its multi-tool head will suck pet hair from carpets and sofas, the crevice tool will sneak into corners and down sofas, and it will pick up smaller debris like rice and crumbs off carpet and hard floors easily.