Shark ION W1 WANDVAC Vacuum Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Sep 25, 2020 at 09:28 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 cordless handheld vacuum that's versatile enough for spot cleaning on a variety of surface types. It does best on flat, even surfaces like countertops and small sections of bare floor. While large debris, such as cereal, can sometimes get stuck at the entry to its dirt compartment, it can clear pet hair without issue. It's very lightweight, fairly easy to maneuver, and quite well-built. It's simple to take apart and put back together again, with virtually no recurring costs to worry about. Unfortunately, its battery life is very short, so you need to work quickly while cleaning larger messes, and it isn't really meant for cleaning large sections of floor. Still, if you're looking for a handheld to take care of small spills, this is a good choice.

Our Verdict

7.6 Bare Floor

The Shark WANDVAC is good for bare floors. It's well-built, easy to maintain, incurs virtually zero recurring costs, and can be carried almost anywhere in your house. It cleans pet hair and small debris without an issue, but debris like cereal can get stuck at the entrance to the dirt compartment. It also has a very short battery life that makes it ill-suited 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 low-pile carpet. It's lightweight, compact, and has a sturdy, simple design that's easy to maintain and incurs practically no long-term costs. It cleans pet hair without an issue on this surface type, and it should be able to suck up material like sand and baking soda with only a few passes. That said, that material can get stuck on the HEPA filter, and 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 satisfactory for high-pile carpet. While it struggles somewhat to clear both small and large debris on shaggy carpets, it can easily suck up pet hair. It's also quite easy to maneuver and maintain, with a simple design that doesn't need to be serviced often. That said, material like baking soda and sand 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 all surfaces and has a HEPA filter to reduce the spread of allergens as you clean. It's also solidly-built, easy to maintain, and incurs practically no recurring costs, which is great.

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

The Shark WANDVAC is outstanding for stairs. It's light enough to be carried up and down multiple flights of stairs and employs a cordless handheld design that ensures you'll never need to worry about tripping over a power cord. It's also quite sturdy and 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.

Pros
  • Good build quality.
  • Lightweight design.
  • Clears small debris on bare floors easily.
Cons
  • Large debris can get stuck at dirt compartment entry.
  • Short battery life.
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. It comes with an extension wand to help you clean tight corners as well as an upholstery brush to clear messes on your car seat. That said, 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.
Cons
  • Short battery life.
  • Small dirt compartment.
  • 7.6 Bare Floor
  • 7.7 Low-Pile Carpet
  • 7.0 High-Pile Carpet
  • 8.7 Pets
  • 9.1 Stairs
  • 8.7 Cars

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Shark WANDVAC is a well-built handheld vacuum. It's made entirely of sturdy-feeling plastic. Unfortunately, the removable dirt compartment is made of a slightly flimsier grade of see-through plastic and could break if dropped. The vacuum itself is ready to use out-of-the-box and is quite easy to take apart.

7.0
Design
User Maintenance

This vacuum has a simple design that's 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 another yellow button on the part itself. It should be emptied after every use and can be washed with water and detergent.
  • Filters: The HEPA filter is located inside the pre-filter housing, which can only be accessed after removing the dirt compartment. Both the pre-filter and HEPA filter can be cleaned of debris by tapping them against the side of a garbage can. You can also clean the HEPA filter under water after you deal with a particularly tricky mess, like baking soda spills. While the manufacturer doesn't specify a maintenance interval, it's important to keep the filter clean for the vacuum to perform consistently.

All parts that can be cleaned 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, which is outstanding. 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, a replacement can be bought on Shark's website.

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

The Shark ION W1 WANDVAC is very easy to store. It's quite compact and comes with a 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 even smaller 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 ION W1 WANDVAC's dirt compartment is tiny and doesn't have much space for debris, though that's normal for a vacuum this small. It requires frequent emptying and doesn't have a max fill line, but it is slightly larger than that of the BISSELL AeroSlim.

Design
In The Box

  • Shark ION W1 WV201 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

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

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 handheld vacuum is incredibly portable. It's very lightweight and can be carried from room to room without an issue.

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 run continuously, it should drain its battery in under 10 minutes, which means you need to work quickly while clearing larger messes. Thankfully, it recharges far more quickly than the eufy HomeVac H11. It also features a power light that allows you to monitor its charge status. It goes from a solid blue to blinking blue when the charge level drops.

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 is a no-frills handheld vacuum. It features an easily-accessible power button on top of the handle, but nothing else.

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

The WV201 variant of the Shark WANDVAC comes with a combination extension wand, crevice tool, and removable soft bristle brush to help you clean tight spots and hard-to-reach shelves. It also comes with an upholstery cleaner to clear debris from couches and chairs.

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 are normally 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 clears pet hair and small debris, such as rice, without a problem. That said, larger debris, like cereal, can get stuck at the entry to the dirt compartment and reduce its ability to pick up debris. If you're looking for a handheld vacuum with a 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 clears pet hair without trouble and does a good job of sucking up fine particles, like baking soda. It does a decent job with coarser material such as sand, though debris can get past the pre-filter and become stuck on the HEPA filter, meaning that you'll have 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. Similarly to its performance on low-pile carpet, it has very little issue clearing pet hair. That said, it may take several passes to clear both small and large debris, as materials like baking soda and sand can get past the pre-filter and become trapped in the HEPA filter.

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 doesn't weigh all that much and is very compact, making it easy to maneuver around 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 high 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

This vacuum has no automation features.

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 WV201 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 differently-configured variant than the ones listed, let us know in the discussions below so that we can 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 away. It's also quite simple to maintain, with virtually no recurring costs to worry about. That said, its short battery life and small dirt compartment limit its usage to spot cleaning. For more options, 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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