With all the many attractive and affordable models in the market today, choosing a handheld vacuum can prove to be quite the uphill task. Each model seems to have some outstanding aspect or feature that makes us want to own it. Unfortunately, you can’t own all models of handheld vacuums so you will have to settle on one that best addresses the needs that are most important to you.

Shark WANDVAC Handheld Vacuum Review

The Shark WV201 WANDVAC Handheld Vacuum is the model to pick if you are looking for something unique, portable, powerful, and stylish. Everything about it is different from the familiar handheld vacuum that we are used to.

Let’s take a closer look and see what it brings to the table.

Sleek Attractive Design

The first thing you will notice about this vacuum is the design. The entire unit is compact and looks like a thick rod. It has a tapered nozzle that looks good and gives you an easy time when picking up small and large particles. The vacuum together with the attachments fit perfectly on the charging dock to give you a sleek and elegant look that fits in nicely with the décor in your home.

It will not look out of place even if you leave it on a prominent place like on the kitchen countertop. This means that it is easy to access when you have a quick cleaning job. The fact that it sits on the charging dock ensures that it is always fully charged and ready to go whenever you need it.

Shark WANDVAC Handheld Vacuum

Portable and Lightweight

This is where this vacuum shines. At only 1.4 pounds, you will have no trouble using it in different parts of your home. It is amazingly lightweight when you consider the amount of suction that it can produce.

It is particularly effective when cleaning under furniture and other tight spots. The narrow design coupled with the fact that the entire vacuum is very lightweight gives you better access to some tight spots that would have been hard to reach with the conventional designs.

This sleek design also means that you get a narrower cleaning path of only 2.3 inches, but this can be increased to 3.6 inches by attaching the Multi-Surface tool.


Ease of Use

The best thing about this hand vacuum is the fact that it is both fun and easy to use. Just grab the device, point it at a mess and it disappears. You will not need to get it from the closet, untangle the power cord, and find a power outlet that’s close enough to the mess you want to vacuum. This one will encourage you to do some cleaning because it’s so fun to use.

Emptying is also an easy one-button affair, and the spring-loaded dust canister will pop open and shoot all the debris out. You never have to touch any dirt in the process. With that said, it’s important to mention that the dust cup is quite small and might call for more frequent emptying if you are dealing with a large mess with plenty of debris.

All the controls that you will need to use when cleaning are strategically placed close to the handle to ensure that they can be easily reached and operated using a finger from the hand that is holding the handle.

Shark ION W1 Handheld

Fast Charging

Most cordless handheld vacuums will need about 4 hours before they are fully charged. This one will go from a fully depleted battery all the way up to a fully charged battery in only 2.5 hours. This is significantly shorter than what you would get in most handheld vacuums.

The runtime that you will get from a single charge on the Shark WANDVAC is nothing extraordinary – just the usual 10-15 minutes typical of handheld vacuums. However, if you consider the fact that this vacuum will deliver up to 2 times the suction you get from most other models of handheld vacuums, then the battery life is incredible.

Besides, if you only use it for a few minutes cleaning up small messes before returning it to the dock, you will probably never need to deal with a fully discharged battery.

Shark WANDVAC Review


This vacuum comes with two attachments that help it clean a wide array of surfaces. The nozzle alone with no attachment will clean small messes involving small solid debris on most flat surfaces. If you need to clean pet hair, there is a Multi-Surface tool that also does a good job cleaning carpets and upholstery.

The second tool is a 2-in-1 combination tool with a crevice tool and dusting brush. The vacuum doesn’t come with a motorized brush tool so you might have trouble cleaning pet hair if you have long haired pets.

Shark WANDVAC Handheld Vacuum


Unfortunately, the Shark WV201 WANDVAC Handheld Vacuum does not come with a HEPA filter so if you have allergies, you might want to consider another model. However, this is not uncommon with mid-range handheld vacuums. There is a screen to keep large particles from the filter and a fabric filter that further filters the finer particles that go through the screen.

The filter unit is washable, so you don’t have to worry about high maintenance costs that come with having to replace the filter every time it gets dirty.

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Final Words

In conclusion, this hand vacuum is a powerful little dustbuster with a functional and unique design. It is easy to use and looks good even if you leave it on the kitchen counter. It only has three downsides: the lack of a HEPA filter, lack of a motorized brush tool and a small dust cup. Other than that, this hand vacuum is an excellent choice.

Shark WANDVAC Handheld Vacuum

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