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Shark WANDVAC handheld vacuum review

The Shark WANDVAC isn't for everyone due to its short battery life and high price point, but its stylish design and powerful suction is great for day-to-day use.

Shark WANDVAC handheld vacuum review
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Our Verdict

The Shark WANDVAC is an expensive handheld vacuum, but for the price you get a lot of great features such as a lightweight design and two nozzle attachments.

For

  • Great warranty
  • Super lightweight
  • Quick charge time

Against

  • Expensive
  • Small dust cup capacity
  • Short battery life

The Shark WANDVAC handheld vacuum is a modern take on the handheld, cord-free vacuum cleaner. This vacuum weighs only 1.4 lbs, so it's incredibly lightweight. It also comes with a charging rack (looks a bit like a knife rack, if you ask us) which it claims will fully charge in under an hour. 

There are so many advantages to cord-free handheld vacuums. They allow you to clean anything from the corners of kitchen cabinets to your car upholstery, but the common shortcoming of the best handheld vacuums is that they have limited battery lives. For the Shark WANDVAC, it's lower than most. While it offers powerful suction, you can only use it for ten minutes before the battery gives out. This will be fine for smaller tasks, but could be irritating if you want to give your car a deep clean. 

Shark WANDVAC: Main features 

Shark WANDVAC info

Weight: 1.4 pounds
Dust cup size: 0.08 quarts
Warranty: 2 years
Charge time: 1 hour
Battery life: 10 minutes 

The Shark WANDVAC is a super slimline handheld vacuum. It has a bagless dust cup which has one-touch debris emptying. This is great because you can dispose of any debris from your home or car into the trash without having to touch it. You'll need to do this a lot though, because it only has a 0.08 quart capacity for picking up dirt. That may struggle with heavy duty tasks, because you'll need to empty regularly. 

This handheld vacuum has a great design, which we'd expect of Shark as the company behind some of the best robot vacuums.  It weighs only 1.4 lbs and it is incredibly portable. This smart design puts it at a steep price - almost three times as much as some of the more budget options in our roundup. If you want a low-cost handheld vacuum, this isn't the one for you. However, you're covered by an impressive two year warranty when you buy the WANDVAC. 

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This handheld vacuum comes with two nozzle attachments. There's the Duster crevice tool which is designed to reach difficult areas and extend your vacuum cleaner. Its bristles will help to dislodge anything trapped in tough surfaces such as carpets or car crevices. The other attachment is the Multi-surface pet tool. As the name suggests, this is designed for pet hair, but this can also be used for tough tasks and on upholstery. The charging dock will keep these attachments together and looking neat and tidy. That's the whole point, after all.

Shark WANDVAC: User reviews 

Most users love the WANDVAC. One reviewer said "I am amazed at the powerful suction this little handheld has. Love this handy vacuum, being lightweight, small, a good quality, charged and handy for use anytime." Another said "Between the dog hair and the dirt and leaves left behind after the nursery, it worked like a champ. The tip is small enough to get into cup holders and door creases. Strong enough to pick up everything from dog hair to gravel." 

The Shark WANDVAC is not perfect, though. First of all, it has a very short battery life, which has left many people without any power half way through cleaning their cars. Another complaint is that the button to empty the dust cup is directly adjacent to the power button, so be careful when turning on or off or you could end up releasing all the dust you've been cleaning!

Should you buy the Shark WANDVAC?

The Shark WANDVAC is a powerful and petite handheld vacuum, but you should know what you intend to use it for before you invest. First off, it's expensive, and you can only use it for ten minutes at a time. This is the main complaint users have with the WANDVAC, because it doesn't last long enough to complete larger tasks. For spills and day-to-day use though, this is a great choice. It has an attractive design which will looks sleek sitting out or tucked away for storage, and its two attachments give you the power to reach touch spots and tackle pet hair.