Shark CH950UKT

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Shark CH950UKT review and test

Testing methodology:
1.1
Date published:
2023-06-13
Last modified:
2023-09-19

Pros

  • Suitable for pet hair removal
  • Good cleaning results
  • Comes with three cleaning attachments

Cons

  • Feels a bit heavy
  • Short runtime (10 minutes)
  • Noisy

Verdict

The Shark CH950UKT is a suitable option for pet owners due to its effective pet hair removal capabilities and good overall cleaning results. It comes with three cleaning attachments, providing versatility in tackling different cleaning tasks. However, it has a few drawbacks to consider. Firstly, it may feel a bit heavy during use, which could impact maneuverability. Additionally, the vacuum has a relatively short runtime of only 10 minutes, which may be limiting for larger cleaning sessions. Lastly, it is worth noting that the Shark CH950UKT can be somewhat noisy during operation. Overall, if you prioritize pet hair removal and effective cleaning, and are willing to tolerate the limitations of weight, runtime, and noise, the Shark CH950UKT could be a suitable choice.

Shark CH950UKT
Shark CH950UKT (Image: Reoverview)

The Shark CH950UKT is a simple but popular handheld vacuum cleaner. It comes with a motorized brush, which is particularly useful for pet hair removal. We have reviewed the Shark CH950UKT in accordance with our test methodology 1.1 for handheld vacuum cleaners.

Shark CH950UKT (Video: Reoverview)

Who is the Shark CH950UKT suitable for

  • The Shark CH950UKT is a popular handheld vacuum cleaner, suitable for households with pet hair. It comes with a motorized cleaning brush which is good at picking up animal hair. However, if you don’t have pets you can get more for your money by choosing a model that does not have this accessory, such as the Bosch Move BHN14N.

Who is the Shark CH950UKT not suitable for

  • The vacuum cleaner feels a bit heavy (it weighs 1.2 kg with the motorized brush attached). If you don't have that much strength in your arm, you should consider choosing a lighter hand vacuum cleaner, such as the Shark WV200UK.
  • You should be aware that the operating time is only 10 minutes, so if you need to carry out larger cleaning tasks, you should consider a handheld vacuum cleaner with a longer operating time or with a replaceable battery, such as the Shark WV251UK with a runtime up to 16 minutes, or the Bissell 2278N Pet Hair Eraser which has a runtime up to 18 minutes.

Battery

The Shark CH950UKT is built with a 10.8 volt lithium battery. In general, lithium batteries have a longer life span compared to NiMH batteries.

The battery has a runtime of 10 minutes, which is decent. However, there are many options available with a longer runtime, such as the Shark WV270UK which has a runtime of 15 minutes, and the Bissell 2278N Pet Hair Eraser with a runtime of 18 minutes.

A 10-minute cleaning time is suitable for small cleaning tasks, however be aware the charge time might be shorter if you use the motorized brush. The battery has a charge time of 4-5 hours, which is faster than many other handheld vacuum cleaners. In general lithium batteries charge faster than NiMH batteries.

The battery of Shark CH950UKT is not interchangeable.

Cleaning

We test the cleaning ability of all handheld vacuum cleaners we review. We perform three tests on each handheld vacuum cleaners:

  • Parquet floor test: We test the vacuum cleaner’s ability to pick up 50 grams of sand from a parquet floor in 10 seconds.
  • Carpet test: We test the vacuum cleaner’s ability to pick up 50 grams of sand from a carpet in 10 seconds.
  • Pet hair removal test: We test the vacuum cleaner’s ability to pick up dog hair from carpet.

The test for the Shark CH950UKT went as follows:

  • Parquet floor test result: In this test the vacuum cleaner managed to pick up all of the sand. We have yet to test a handheld vacuum that hasn't managed this.
  • Carpet test result: The vacuum cleaner did a very good job in this test and managed to pick up 40 grams of the sand (80%). It is one of the best results among the handheld vacuum cleaners we have tested. The Bissell 1987N Pet Hair Eraser did a bit better, picking up 84% of the sand.
  • Pet hair removal test result: The vacuum cleaner did an almost perfect job in this test. The test shows that the vacuum cleaner is suitable for removing stubborn hair from carpets.

Overall, the vacuum cleaner did a very good job in the cleaning tests. The suction power of the vacuum cleaner also feels powerful.

From just before the sand pick up test on carpet started
From just before the sand pick up test on carpet started (Image: Reoverview)

From just after the sand pick up test on carpet was finished
From just after the sand pick up test on carpet was finished (Image: Reoverview)

The weight of the vacuum cleaner before the pick up test on carpet started
The weight of the vacuum cleaner before the pick up test on carpet started (Image: Reoverview)

The weight of the vacuum cleaner when the sand pick up test on carpet was finished
The weight of the vacuum cleaner when the sand pick up test on carpet was finished (Image: Reoverview)

Just before the pet hair removal test started
Just before the pet hair removal test started (Image: Reoverview)

When the pet hair removal test was finished
When the pet hair removal test was finished (Image: Reoverview)

Functionality

Toppen af Shark CH950UKT
The top of the Shark CH950UKT (Image: Reoverview)

The handheld vacuum cleaner has one button near the handle, which is for turning power on and off, and it only has one speed setting.

On the underside there is a button to remove the front part so that the filter can be taken out. Near the front there is another button to open the dust bin. You empty it by placing the part of the vacuum cleaner with the dustbin above a bag and open it by clicking on the button.

The filter is washable and the vacuum cleaner is not suited for picking up liquids.

Comfort

The vacuum cleaner has a light indicator, which shows when the battery is low and that blinks when it is charging.

The vacuum cleaner has a dustbin capacity of 0.45 liters, which is large and means it doesn't need to be emptied that often.

We measured the weight of the Shark CH950UKT to 1008 grams without attachments, and goes up to 1216 grams with the motorized brush attached. The vacuum cleaner feels a bit heavy in the hands, compared to other models we have tested, such as the Shark WV200UK and the Bosch Move BHN14N.

Accessories

The Shark CH950UKT has the following accessories included:

  • Motorized turbo brush (suitable for pet hair removal)
  • Dust brush (suitable for cleaning of sensitive areas, such as keyboards)
  • Crevice nozzle (suitable for cleaning of hard-to-reach areas)
  • Charge cable
  • Manual
The nozzles included
The nozzles included (Image: Reoverview)

Noise level

The maximum noise level measured for the Shark CH950UKT
The maximum noise level measured for the Shark CH950UKT (Image: Reoverview)

We have measured the noise level of the Shark CH950UKT. The noise level is measured an arm’s length from the vacuum cleaner and the results was as follows:

  • Maximum noise level: 79.4 dB
  • Average noise level: 76 dB

The noise level measured for the Shark CH950UKT was very high, and it is one of the most noisy handheld vacuum cleaners we have tested. In comparison, the Shark WV200UK was measured to a maximum noise level of 75.4 dB and for the Bissell 1987N Pet Hair Eraser the maximum noise level was measured at 74.6 dB.

Alternatives

If you're not sure if this is the right choice of handheld vacuum, but you want a model with a motorized brush, take a look at the Bissell 2278N Pet Hair Eraser, or the Bissell 1987N Pet Hair Eraser which also performs very well.

Dimensions

The vacuum cleaner measures:

  • Height: 10.85 cm
  • Width: 9.52 cm
  • Depth: 52.0 cm

The vacuum cleaner is a bit longer than other models which also makes it feel a bit heavier too.

Measurements in test

Parquet floor cleaning test results
Parquet floor, 50g sand
100%
Carpet cleaning test results
Carpet, 50g sand
80%
Noise emission test results
Noise emission, Max mode (Max)
79.4 dB
Noise emission, Max mode (Avg)
76 dB
Weight
Weight
1008 g
Testing methodology
Testing methodology
1.1
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Specifications

Battery
Max runtime
10 min
Runtime (Turbo-mode)
10 min
Charge time
300 min
Type of battery
Li-ion
Battery Voltage
10.8 V
Interchangeable battery
No
No. of batteries included
1
Cleaning and functions
Type de produit
Handheld vacuum cleaner
Dustbin capacity
0.45 L
Nombre de vitesses
1
Housing material
Plastic
Wet & dry vacuuming
No
Attachments
Crevice nozzle
Yes
Furniture brush
No
Mini turbo brush
Yes
Round brush
Yes
Dimensions and weight
Height
52.0 cm
Width
9.52 cm
Depth
10.85 cm
Weight
1.2 kg

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Name Shark CH950UKT Shark WV200UK Shark WV270UK
Score
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Price £59 £120 £129
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Max runtime 10 min 8 min 15 min
Runtime (Turbo-mode) 10 min 8 min 10 min
Charge time 300 min 150 min 210 min
Type of battery Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion
Battery Voltage 10.8 V 10.8 V 14.4 V
Battery capacity 1900 mAh
Interchangeable battery
No. of batteries included 1 1 1
caret-up caret-down Cleaning and functions
Type de produit Handheld vacuum cleaner Handheld vacuum cleaner Handheld vacuum cleaner
Dustbin capacity 0.45 L 0.1 L 0.1 L
Nombre de vitesses 1 1 2
Sound level
Suction power
Housing material Plastic Plastic Plastic
Wet & dry vacuuming
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Crevice nozzle
Furniture brush
Mini turbo brush
Round brush
Rubber nozzle
caret-up caret-down Dimensions and weight
Height 52.0 cm 38.5 cm 39.0 cm
Width 9.52 cm 9.5 cm 7.5 cm
Depth 10.85 cm 22.0 cm 7.5 cm
Weight 1.2 kg 0.6 kg 0.7 kg

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