There are many reasons to love pets. Unfortunately, shedding isn't one of them. Pet fur has a bad habit of getting everywhere, so having a vacuum that you can take to cover every square inch of your home, not to mention the inside of your car, is an invaluable asset to your cleaning arsenal. Thankfully, there's no shortage of cordless vacuum cleaners on the market that do an outstanding job of sucking up hair on a variety of surfaces.
We've tested over 50 vacuum cleaners, and below are our recommendations of the best cordless vacuums for pet hair to buy. These recommendations are based not only on their pet-hair cleaning performance on different types of surfaces but also on their feature set and price. For more buying recommendations, take a look at our list of the best cordless vacuums, the best vacuums for pet hair, and the best robot vacuums for pet hair.
The best cordless vacuum for pet hair on bare floors that we've tested is the Shark Rocket Pet Pro. This stick/handheld does a fantastic job on bare floors since it easily clears pet hair as well as debris such as cereal and rice. Thanks to its reusable HEPA filter, it also helps trap allergens as you clean.
It has a flexible wand to help you get under couches or tables where pet hair can accumulate. If you want to improve its maneuverability or portability, you can reconfigure it into a handheld so that you can more easily get into hard-to-reach places. It also comes with a couple of handy tools and brushes, such as a hard bristle brush for tackling more stubborn messes. The head has a self-cleaning brushroll to help remove hair wraps as you clean.
Unfortunately, some of its parts need regular maintenance. While its battery performance is decent overall, its most power-intensive mode only offers around 12 minutes of continuous vacuuming time before it needs to be recharged again. Luckily, if you're using its default mode, its battery can last over 40 minutes. Thanks to its outstanding performance on bare floors, this is a suitable choice for those looking to pick up pet hair on surfaces like linoleum or hardwood.
If you're looking for a stick/handheld vacuum with a few more tools to help you clean pet hair in hard to reach areas, consider the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute. It has more demanding maintenance needs, feels a little less sturdy, and is less maneuverable than the Shark Rocket Pet Pro, but it delivers similarly remarkable pet hair-cleaning capability on bare floors and comes with a much wider assortment of specialized brushes and accessories. This includes an upholstery brush to clear shed fur from couches and chairs, as well as a 180-degree extension cleaner that can help you reach high-up shelves or window sills that your pet may like to lounge on. While its maximum power setting can drain its battery even faster than the Shark, you can stretch out its runtime to over an hour if used in its low-power 'Suction 1' mode.
Get the Shark if you prioritize maneuverability and want something a little more solidly built, but take a look at the Dyson if you want a wider assortment of accessories to help you clean tight spots.
The best cordless vacuum for pet hair on carpet that we've tested is the Shark ION P50 Upright. This upright handheld model should have no trouble sucking up pet hair on both densely woven, low-pile carpeting and shaggy high-pile carpet. It has a satisfactory build quality and practically no recurring costs, thanks to its washable pre-motor and HEPA filters. You can easily reconfigure it into a handheld appliance, useful when trying to clear shed hair from around furniture or even the inside of your car.
Its battery performance is very good, as you can expect a continuous runtime of over 20 minutes even if it's run continuously in its most powerful 'ION BOOST' mode. That extends to close to an hour if used more conservatively, so you can clean pretty large areas with less worry about running out of charge. Thanks to its readily accessible power and surface adjustment buttons, as well as its grippy rubberized handle, it's also quite easy to maneuver, even in cluttered or small environments.
It has quite a few parts that need regular maintenance and cleaning. For the most part, they're easy to access, but the head's hard brushroll isn't removable, which is annoying when trying to remove tangled hair. That said, if you're looking for a cordless vacuum that can clean pet hair from carpets without trouble, this is a very good choice.
The best robot vacuum for pet hair that we've tested is the iRobot Roomba S9. This exceptionally well-built robot model has a HEPA filter to trap allergens while you clean. It's able to pick up pet hair from most surface types without too much of a problem.
Thanks to its iAdapt 3.0 navigation system, it's able to create an efficient cleaning path so that it can maneuver around obstructions or go over areas that need more cleaning. It also automatically adjusts its head to better suit the floor type it's cleaning. Using its companion app, you can create a virtual map of your home, set up boundary markers, and schedule cleaning times. It has an outstanding battery performance and can last just under 50 minutes in its most powerful mode.
Unfortunately, it has demanding maintenance needs and many recurring costs. Its dirt compartment isn't that big either, but if you need more space, you can purchase a combination charging dock/dirt bin separately, which allows it to automatically empty its dirt compartment each time it returns to its dock. That said, this robot vacuum is a great way to automate the cleaning experience, especially if you have shedding pets.
The best handheld cordless vacuum that we've tested is the Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+. This lightweight handheld has no problem tackling pet hair on any surface type. It also comes with a turbo brush with a self-cleaning brushroll that detangles hair wraps as you clean.
While it isn't meant to tackle large messes, it's able to spot clean quite effectively. In addition to its turbo brush, it comes with a crevice tool so that you can get into hard-to-reach areas, as well as a hard bristle brush for tackling stubborn messes. It has a well-built and mostly durable design, and it's easy to maintain as well. It also offers an overall fantastic performance on bare floors as well as low and high-pile carpet, so you're also able to clean other kinds of messes when they appear.
Unfortunately, it doesn't have a HEPA filter to help trap allergens while you clean. It also has a short battery life of around 11 minutes, which may not be enough to tackle a large mess or stubborn debris. That said, this portable model offers an outstanding performance picking up pet hair on all surfaces, and it's even one of the best handheld vacuums for pet hair that we've tested.
The best budget cordless vacuum for pet hair that we've tested is the JASHEN V16. This stick/handheld clears pet hair without an issue on most kinds of surfaces. It comes with two brushrolls for its head, one which is better for bare floors and the other more well-suited for cleaning carpets. There's also a turbo brush and upholstery cleaner to suck up fur on surfaces like couch cushions.
It has a bagless design and a reusable HEPA filter, so not only are allergens from pet hair kept from spreading around, recurring costs are virtually absent. It features a simple design that can be quickly reconfigured into a handheld to help you clean shelves or the inside of your car. Its battery life is relatively good; you can expect over 40 minutes of continuous runtime if you use it conservatively. However, you should be aware that you can drain its battery in a little over 10 minutes if you run it continuously in its highest suction mode.
Some users may be put off by its plasticky build quality, which doesn't feel all that sturdy. There are also quite a few parts that need to be maintained regularly, though thankfully, it's quite easy to access them. Its top-mounted dirt compartment and battery can also get in the way when cleaning under low-lying furniture. That said, it delivers outstanding pet hair cleaning performance for a budget-friendly price.
11/17/2020: Replaced the Shark ION W1 WANDVAC with the Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ as 'Best Handheld Cordless Vacuum For Pet Hair'.
10/27/2020: Replaced the Neato Botvac with the iRobot Roomba S9 for 'Best Handheld Cordless Vacuum for Pet Hair' and moved the Neato to Notable Mentions.
10/06/2020: Added new 'Best Handheld Cordless Vacuum For Pet Hair' category. Replaced BISSELL Adapt Ion Pet with JASHEN V16 as 'Best Budget Cordless Vacuum For Pet Hair' pick. Moved BISSELL Adapt Ion Pet to Notable Mentions.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are currently the best cordless vacuums for pet hair to buy. We factor in a fairly wide range of factors, including availability, price, and reader feedback.
If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our vacuum reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no vacuum is perfect for every use, most are good enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.