Shark ION W1 WANDVAC Vacuum Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Updated Sep 16, 2021 at 10:07 am
Shark ION W1 WANDVAC Picture
7.6
Bare Floor
7.7
Low-Pile Carpet
7.0
High-Pile Carpet
8.7
Pets
9.1
Stairs
8.7
Cars
Vacuum Type
Handheld
Bagless
Yes
Cordless
Yes
Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
Yes

The Shark ION W1 WANDVAC is a compact cordless handheld vacuum. It delivers good performance on flat, even surfaces like countertops and small sections of bare floor, easily clearing pet hair and small debris like rice, though bulky debris like cereal can clog the entry to its dirt compartment. It also performs very well on low-pile carpet. Its mainly plastic construction feels sturdy too, and it isn't difficult to maintain and incurs virtually no recurring costs. Unfortunately, its battery life is very short, so you need to work quickly while cleaning larger messes. It also struggles to clear fine and large debris, like baking soda or sand, from high-pile carpet.

Our Verdict

7.6 Bare Floor

The Shark WANDVAC is good for bare floors. It has no issue sucking up pet hair and small debris like rice, but bulky material like cereal can clog the entry to its dustbin. Thankfully, it feels sturdily built, is easy to maintain, and incurs almost no recurring costs. It's also equipped with an allergen-trapping HEPA filter. However, its short battery life and tiny dirt compartment make it a bad fit for cleaning large rooms.

Pros
  • Good build quality.
  • Virtually no recurring costs.
  • Easy to maintain.
  • Clears small debris on bare floors easily.
Cons
  • Large debris can get stuck at dirt compartment entry.
  • Short battery life.
  • Small dirt compartment.
7.7 Low-Pile Carpet

The Shark WANDVAC is a good choice for cleaning low-pile carpet. It does a fantastic job sucking up pet hair and is fairly effective in clearing larger and finer material like sand or baking soda. It's also lightweight, compact, and has a sturdy, easy-to-maintain design that incurs virtually no recurring costs. However, it's worth noting that some debris can get caught on the allergen-trapping HEPA filter. Also, its small dirt compartment requires frequent emptying.

Pros
  • Good build quality.
  • Virtually no recurring costs.
  • Easy to maintain.
  • Good overall performance on low-pile carpet.
Cons
  • Large debris can get stuck at dirt compartment entry.
  • Short battery life.
  • Small dirt compartment.
7.0 High-Pile Carpet

The Shark WANDVAC is decent for high-pile carpet. While it struggles somewhat to clear fine and large debris, like baking soda or sand on this surface type, it can easily suck up pet hair. It's also easy to maneuver, thanks to its lightweight design. That said, some debris can get past its pre-filter and stick to the HEPA filter, requiring you to clean it after use.

Pros
  • Good build quality.
  • Virtually no recurring costs.
  • Easy to maintain.
Cons
  • Large debris can get stuck at dirt compartment entry.
  • Short battery life.
  • Small dirt compartment.
8.7 Pets

The Shark WANDVAC is excellent for pet owners. It easily cleans pet hair on bare floors as well as low and high-pile carpet, and it's equipped with a washable allergen-trapping HEPA filter. It's also solidly built, easy to maintain, and incurs practically no recurring costs, which is great. That said, it doesn't come with a turbo brush to help clear debris on fabric-lined surfaces.

Pros
  • Virtually no recurring costs.
  • Easy to maintain.
  • Clears pet hair easily.
  • Has a HEPA filter.
Cons
  • Small dirt compartment.
  • No turbo brush.
9.1 Stairs

The Shark WANDVAC is a superb option for vacuuming stairs. Its lightweight construction makes it easy to pick up and carry, while its cordless design ensures that you don't need to stay close to an electrical outlet when cleaning longer staircases. It feels sturdily built, too, and it does a good job of cleaning most kinds of debris on various surface types. That said, you need to work quickly, as it has very short battery life, though this can vary in the real world.

Pros
  • Good build quality.
  • Lightweight design.
  • Clears small debris on bare floors easily.
  • Good overall performance on low-pile carpet.
Cons
  • Large debris can get stuck at dirt compartment entry.
  • Short battery life.
  • No turbo brush.
8.7 Cars

The Shark WANDVAC is amazing for cleaning your car. Thanks to its lightweight cordless design, it's incredibly portable and easy to carry to any part of your car's interior without having to worry about a power cord snagging on anything. It comes with an extension wand to help you clean tight corners, as well as an upholstery brush to clear messes on your car's seats. However, it lacks a turbo brush for easier removal of debris on fabric-lined surfaces. In addition, its short battery life and small dirt compartment can interrupt your cleaning sessions.

Pros
  • Good build quality.
  • Lightweight design.
  • Comes with an extension wand to clean tight spaces.
  • Good overall performance on low-pile carpet.
Cons
  • Short battery life.
  • Small dirt compartment.
  • No turbo brush.
  • 7.6 Bare Floor
  • 7.7 Low-Pile Carpet
  • 7.0 High-Pile Carpet
  • 8.7 Pets
  • 9.1 Stairs
  • 8.7 Cars
  1. Updated Sep 25, 2020: Review published.
  2. Updated Sep 22, 2020: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Shark WANDVAC feels well-built. Its body is made of sturdy-feeling hard plastic, though its removable clear plastic dustbin feels as though it could break if you were to drop it. The vacuum itself requires no assembly out-of-the-box.

7.0
Design
User Maintenance

This vacuum has a simple design that's decently easy to maintain. There are a few parts that need to be taken care of regularly.

  • Dirt compartment: You can remove the dirt compartment by pressing a release button on the top of the vacuum and then pressing a separate yellow button on the dustbin itself. You should empty it after every use, and you can wash it with water and detergent.
  • Filters: The HEPA filter is located inside the pre-filter housing, which is inside the dustbin. You can clean both the pre-filter and HEPA filter of debris by tapping them against the side of a garbage can. You can also clean the HEPA filter under water after dealing with a particularly tricky mess, like baking soda spills. The manufacturer doesn't specify a specific maintenance interval, but you should clean the filter regularly to maintain suction performance.

All parts that you can clean with water should be left to dry for at least 24 hours before putting them back in the vacuum.

10
Design
Recurring Cost
Bag Part Number
No bag
Filter Part Number
XHFWV200
HEPA Filter Part Number
XHFWV200

The Shark WANDVAC has virtually no recurring costs. As long as the HEPA filter is regularly maintained, it shouldn't need replacing. That said, if you notice a difference in suction power or somehow damage the filter, you can buy a replacement on Shark's website.

7.6
Design
Storing
Height
15.16" (38.5 cm)
Width
4.13" (10.5 cm)
Depth
9.06" (23.0 cm)
Cord Storing/Management
Not Needed
On-Board Tool Storage
No
Vacuum Rack/Station
Yes

The Shark WANDVAC is very easy to store. It's quite compact and comes with a low-profile charging station that holds the vacuum upright and has space for the included tools and accessories. If you'd like something even smaller, take a look at the eufy HomeVac H11, though be aware of the fact that it doesn't have a charging station or an accessory rack.

2.3
Design
Dirt Compartment
Dirt Compartment Volume
0.02 gal (0.07 L)
Full Dirt Compartment Indicator
No
Bag Included
No Bag Needed

The Shark WANDVAC has a very small dirt compartment. It needs frequent emptying and doesn't have a max fill line to give you a quick indication of how full it is. That said, the dustbin is slightly larger than that of the BISSELL AeroSlim.

Design
In The Box

  • Shark WANDVAC handheld vacuum body
    • Dirt compartment
    • Combination crevice tool/extension wand/soft bristle brush
    • Upholstery cleaner
    • Pre-filter
    • HEPA filter
  • Charging station and cable
  • Vacuum user guide

10
Design
Range
Cord Length
N/A
Hose Length
N/A

Since the Shark WANDVAC is a cordless vacuum, its range is limited only by the remaining battery life and the room left in its dustbin.

9.4
Design
Portability
Total Weight
1.37 lbs (0.62 kg)
Weight In Hand
1.37 lbs (0.62 kg)
Carrying handle
Yes

This vacuum is remarkably portable. It weighs very little and can be carried from room to room without too much trouble.

5.6
Design
Battery
Minimum Battery Life
8 min
Maximum Battery Life
8 min
Recharge Time
118 min
Recharge Dock
Yes
Battery Life Indicator
Yes
Removable Batteries
No

This vacuum's battery performance is sub-par. If it's run continuously, it should drain its battery in under 10 minutes, which means you need to work quickly while clearing larger messes. That said, it's worth noting that battery life can vary in the real world. In addition, it recharges much faster than the eufy HomeVac H11. The power button features an indicator light that gives you a rough estimate of the remaining charge as it transitions from solid blue to blinking blue at a low battery level.

Design
Quality Of Life Features
Rotating Head
No
Power Adjustment
No
Self-Propelled
No
Headlights
No
Easy On/Off
Yes
Surface Type Adjustment
No

This vacuum doesn't really have any additional quality of life features, aside from a power button that's within easy reach even when maneuvering the vacuum in tight corners. If you're looking for a handheld vacuum with a suction power adjustment feature, consider the Black+Decker dustbuster AdvancedClean+ Pet, which has a more powerful 'Boost' mode for dealing with particularly stubborn debris.

Design
Tools And Brushes
Brushroll
No
Brushroll On/Off
No
Removable Brushroll
No
Turbo Brush
No
Crevice Tool
Yes
Upholstery Tool
Yes
Soft Bristle Brush
Yes
Hard Bristle Brush
No
Extension Wand
Yes
Ceiling Fan Tool
No
Pet Grooming Tool
No

This variant of the Shark WANDVAC comes with a three-in-one combination tool, which allows you to swap between using it as an extension wand, a crevice tool, and a soft bristle brush depending on your needs. There's also a dedicated upholstery tool to clear debris from couches and chairs. That said, unlike the Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+, it doesn't come with a motorized turbo brush.

Design
Alternative Configuration

The Shark WANDVAC can only be used as a handheld vacuum. You can connect its combination tool to help you clean tight spots or shelves and furniture that would normally be out of reach.

Performance
7.6
Performance
Bare Floor (Hardwood, Laminate, Tiles)
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
100%
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
43%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L)
100%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used Default

The Shark WANDVAC delivers good performance on bare floors. It easily clears pet hair and small debris like rice. However, bulky debris like cereal can clog the entry to the dirt compartment and reduce its ability to pick up debris. If you're looking for a handheld vacuum with better performance on bare floors, check out the HoLife HM036E.

7.9
Performance
Low-Pile Carpet
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
100%
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
70%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L)
74%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used Default

The Shark WANDVAC's low-pile carpet performance is very good. It does a fantastic job of sucking up pet hair and clears most fine debris like baking soda, though you still may need to make another pass to clear it all. It performs adequately well in dealing with larger materials like sand too. That said, it's worth noting that debris can bypass the pre-filter and get stuck on the HEPA filter, so you may need to wash it after cleaning.

6.8
Performance
High-Pile Carpet
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
98%
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
44%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L)
30%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used Default

This vacuum does an alright job on high pile carpet. It clears pet hair without a problem, but it struggles somewhat with sucking up fine debris like baking soda and larger material like sand. In addition, some debris can get past the pre-filter and become trapped in the HEPA filter. Consider the Wyze Handheld Vacuum if you're looking for a handheld vacuum that performs better on this surface type.

7.0
Performance
Maneuverability
Under The Couch
Bad
Under Low Table
Bad
On Furniture
Excellent
Rug With Tassel
Bad
Electric Cord
Good

This vacuum is decently maneuverable. It's compact and lightweight, making it easy to maneuver around, under, and on top of furniture and other kinds of obstructions. You can also clean shelves and tight spaces with the combination extension wand. Unfortunately, it can be a little tricky to push forward on upholstery due to its strong suction power.

Automation
0
Automation
Automation (Robot Vacuum)
Remote Controller
No
Automatic Bag Emptying
No
Automatic Recharging
No
Schedule Programming
No
Boundary Markers
No
Random Pathing
No
Smart Pathing
No
App Name
No App

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Shark WANDVAC has a couple of different variants. While Shark lists the WV200, WV205, and WV220 models as variants on their website, only the WV200C and WV201 models seem to be available for purchase. We tested the latter model, and you can see its label here. We can't say if the other model performs similarly due to its differently configured combination tool.

Model Name

Tools and Brushes
WV200C Crevice Tool, Upholstery Cleaner

WV201

Duster Crevice Tool, Upholstery Cleaner, accessory storage rack on charging station

If someone comes across a different variant than the ones listed, let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Vacuums

The Shark WANDVAC is a cordless handheld vacuum that's versatile enough to clean a wide variety of surfaces. It's also very lightweight, with a compact design that makes it easy to maneuver and store. It's also quite simple to maintain shouldn't incur any recurring costs as long as it's properly maintained. However, its short battery life and small dirt compartment limit its usage to spot cleaning.

If you're looking for an alternative, take a look at our list of recommendations of the best lightweight vacuums, the best cordless vacuums, and the best cordless vacuums for pet hair.

BISSELL AeroSlim

The Shark ION W1 WANDVAC is a better-performing handheld vacuum than the BISSELL AeroSlim. The Shark clears more debris on bare floors and low-pile carpet, has a larger dirt compartment and an additional upholstery tool and is equipped with an allergen-trapping HEPA filter. It also charges much faster, though the BISSELL has longer battery life. The BISSELL is also a little more compact and a bit lighter.

Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+

The Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ is a better handheld vacuum than the Shark ION W1 WANDVAC. The UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ is easier to maintain, it has a larger dirt compartment, and its battery life lasts longer. It also comes with a turbo brush that has a self-cleaning brushroll to take care of hair wraps. Its performance on all surface types outperforms the ION W1 WANDVAC. However, the ION W1 WANDVAC has virtually no recurring costs, and it's easier to store.

eufy HomeVac H11

The Shark ION W1 WANDVAC is a better overall handheld vacuum than the eufy HomeVac H11. The Shark is more effective on all surface types, has a larger dirt compartment, and recharges much faster. Unlike the eufy, it also has a charging station with an accessory rack and incurs virtually no recurring costs. The eufy has a slightly longer continuous runtime and is a little bit lighter.

Black+Decker dustbuster CHV1410L

The Black+Decker dustbuster CHV1410L and the Shark ION W1 WANDVAC have different strengths. The Black+Decker is better on bare floors, has a much larger dirt compartment, and a longer continuous runtime. Conversely, the Shark comes with a HEPA filter to reduce the spread of allergens, has virtually no recurring costs, is smaller and lighter, and performs better on low-pile carpet. It also recharges much faster.

Black+Decker dustbuster AdvancedClean+ Pet

The Black+Decker dustbuster AdvancedClean+ Pet and the Shark ION W1 WANDVAC are handheld vacuums with different strengths. The Black+Decker has a better battery performance and a larger dirt compartment. It also comes with a turbo brush and offers a better overall performance on bare floors and high-pile carpet. However, the Shark is better on low-pile carpet. It feels better-built, uses a HEPA filter, and has virtually no recurring costs. 

HoLife HM036E

The HoLife HM036E and the Shark ION W1 WANDVAC are two cordless handheld vacuums with different strengths. While both are similarly well-built and decently easy to maintain, the HoLife is better on bare floors. It has a larger dirt compartment, its battery performance is significantly better, and it also comes with a specialized liquid nozzle for tackling wet messes, though we don't currently test for this. In comparison, the Shark has the edge when it comes to low-pile carpet as it can pick up more small debris.

Dyson Humdinger

The Dyson Humdinger is slightly better than the Shark ION W1 WANDVAC. The Dyson has fewer parts that require regular maintenance, is equipped with a larger dustbin, has a suction power adjustment feature, and comes with a motorized turbo brush. It also performs better on bare floors and high-pile carpet. Meanwhile, the Shark is a little lighter, feels better built, and does a better job of clearing pet hair and fine debris like baking soda from low-pile carpet.

iRobot H1

The Shark ION W1 WANDVAC and iRobot H1 each have their own advantages. The Shark is easier to maintain, incurs virtually no recurring costs, is notably lighter, and recharges much faster. Conversely, the iRobot comes with a motorized turbo brush as well as a larger dustbin and performs notably better on high-pile carpet. It also has a suction power adjustment feature and lasts much longer in its most energy-efficient configuration.

Wyze Handheld Vacuum

The Wyze Handheld Vacuum is better than the Shark ION W1 WANDVAC. The Wyze delivers better performance on bare floors and high-pile carpet, comes with a broader assortment of tools, lasts longer on a single charge, and has a larger dirt compartment. Meanwhile, the Shark has virtually no recurring costs and does a better job of sucking up fine debris, like baking soda, from low-pile carpet.

BISSELL Featherweight Stick 2033

The Shark ION W1 WANDVAC and BISSELL Featherweight Stick 2033 are suited for different tasks. The Shark is better for spot cleaning as its cordless handheld design allows you to navigate tight spaces more easily. It's also better-built, more effective on carpeted surfaces, and comes with a HEPA filter, which is a handy addition for pet owners. Meanwhile, the BISSELL is superior when it comes to cleaning large areas of bare floor as its corded design gives you an effectively unlimited runtime. It's also even easier to maintain.

Dyson V7 Animal

The Dyson V7 Animal and Shark ION W1 WANDVAC have different strengths and weaknesses, which is normal for vacuums with different intended uses. The Shark is a dedicated handheld vacuum for spot cleaning that feels sturdier and lighter, is easier to maintain and store, and clears more debris on bare floors. The upright/handheld Dyson is better for clearing large sections of floor due to its larger dirt compartment, longer continuous runtime, and a broader selection of tools and brushes. It also performs better on carpeted floors.

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