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 90 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 surface types but also on their feature set and price. For more buying recommendations, look at our list of the best cordless vacuums, the best vacuums for pet hair, and the best robot vacuums for pet hair.
The Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H is the best cordless vacuum for pet hair that we've tested. This stick/handheld model delivers a fantastic performance on bare surfaces like linoleum and hardwood flooring, where it easily cleans pet hair. It has a self-cleaning brushroll that should detangle hair wraps on its own.
You can use it in a handheld mode, which is helpful when you're cleaning out-of-reach areas like stairs or shelves, and it has a flexible wand that makes it easier to clean under low furniture. It has a HEPA filter, which is great if you're concerned about allergens. Though there are a few parts that need regular maintenance, it incurs virtually no recurring costs thanks to its bagless design and washable filters.
Unfortunately, the battery can be depleted in as little as 12 minutes if you use the most powerful suction mode. Fortunately, that stretches to more than 40 minutes if you use the default power setting. Overall, it's a great option for pet owners looking for something to keep their bare floors clean. It's even one of the best vacuums we've tested.
If you're searching for a stick vacuum with a wider assortment of tools, consider the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute. It feels less sturdy than the Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H and has more parts that need periodic cleaning. That said, it comes with quite a few extra accessories for different cleaning tasks, like a 180-degree extension cleaner to reach high-up areas, a flexible extension wand, and a soft bristle brush for cleaning delicate surfaces. It also comes with a turbo brush, a crevice tool, and a combination upholstery cleaner/hard bristle brush combination tool. It does an exceptional job of cleaning pet hair from bare floors. It's maneuverable but lacks any onboard tool storage to let you access some of its accessories as you clean, and its filter housing can get in the way when reaching under tables or couches.
Get the Shark if you want a more solidly-built, maneuverable vacuum, but consider the Dyson if you'd prefer more tools and accessories and longer battery life.
The Dyson V15 Detect is the best cordless vacuum for pet hair on carpet that we've tested. This stick vacuum can suck up pet hair without difficulty from a wide range of surface types, whether that be bare floors or high-pile carpet. It features an onboard HEPA filter to trap allergens as you clean. The brushrolls for its turbo brush and vacuum heads are also removable, allowing you to clear hair wraps with less difficulty.
This vacuum is bagless and uses washable filters, so recurring costs shouldn't be a major concern. It offers over 70 minutes of continuous runtime in its most energy-efficient configuration, though this can drop drastically if you run it continuously in its high-suction 'Boost' mode, and it's worth noting that battery life can vary drastically in the real world. It can be easily reconfigured into a handheld vacuum and comes with a wide assortment of tools and accessories, like its aforementioned conical turbo or its laser slim fluffy vacuum head, which can illuminate hard-to-see debris. Its lightweight construction makes it easy to pick up and carry from room to room.
Unfortunately, this vacuum's strong suction force can make it difficult to push around on some carpets or can even cause it to drag around some lighter rugs. There are also quite a few parts that need to be cleaned on a regular basis. It also feels somewhat flimsy in places, particularly its clear plastic dirt compartment. Otherwise, this vacuum is a fantastic option for dealing with pet hair on carpets.
The iRobot Roomba S9 is the best robot vacuum for pet hair that we've tested. This amazingly well-built robot vacuum performs well on bare floors and low and high-pile carpet, and it picks up pet hair well. It also comes with a HEPA filter that traps allergens while it cleans, which is especially useful if you have a pet that sheds.
Its iAdapt 3.0 navigation system lets it create efficient cleaning paths and maneuver around obstacles. Using its companion app, you can create a virtual map of your home and schedule cleaning times for specific rooms. It has three power settings and remarkable battery performance, lasting 50 minutes in its most powerful setting. You can also purchase this vacuum along with a charging station/dirt bin, which lets the vacuum empty its dirt compartment automatically when it's full.
However, it's demanding in terms of maintenance since quite a few parts need regular cleaning. Also, it has many recurring costs since a few parts need replacing periodically. That said, this robot vacuum lets you automate the cleaning experience while maintaining a great cleaning performance, especially when picking up pet hair.
The Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ is the best handheld cordless vacuum for pet hair that we've tested. This handheld model easily clears pet hair on any surface type, from bare surfaces like hardwood floors or tiled countertops to carpets. It's has a well-built and sturdy design that's easy to maintain.
It's very light and incredibly portable, so it's easy to carry out to your car or wherever you may need it. It comes with some useful tools and brushes, including a turbo brush that's equipped with a self-cleaning brushroll, so it should detangle hair wraps on its own as you clean. There's also a crevice tool for cleaning tight corners and a hard bristle brush for scrubbing away stubborn debris.
Unfortunately, this vacuum doesn't have a HEPA filter, which is a little disappointing if you're concerned about allergens. It's also not intended for long cleaning sessions since its battery only provides roughly 11 minutes of continuous cleaning time. That said, if you're looking for a portable vacuum that can tackle pet hair, it's a great choice for spot cleaning.
The best cordless vacuum for pet hair that we've tested in the budget category is the BISSELL Adapt Ion Pet. This hybrid upright/handheld vacuum picks up pet hair easily from all surface types, though it struggles to clean debris like sand and baking soda on high-pile carpet. It can be easily reconfigured into its handheld setting for cleaning stairs or tighter spaces.
It's amazingly maneuverable since its upright body can fold, allowing you to clean under furniture without crouching. It's also lightweight and amazingly portable, so you can easily take it between rooms or to your car. Since it's bagless and uses reusable filters, it has almost no recurring costs, as long as the parts are maintained. It also comes with a few specialized tools, including a crevice tool and an upholstery brush.
However, it doesn't have an allergen-trapping HEPA filter, which may be annoying if you have a pet that sheds a lot. Also, its battery performance is disappointing since it can only last for just under 20 minutes. However, it's still a good vacuum for cleaning pet hair at a more affordable price.
Jun 17, 2021: Replaced Dyson V11 Animal with Dyson V15 Detect as 'Best Cordless Vacuum For Pet Hair On Carpet'. Added Dyson V11 Animal to Notable Mentions.
Apr 20, 2021: Checked picks to make sure that the best products are still being recommended, and that they're available.
Feb 19, 2021: Replaced the JASHEN V16 with the BISSELL Adapt Ion Pet for the 'Best Budget Cordless Vacuum For Pet Hair' category. Added the JASHEN V16 to Notable Mentions. Replaced the Shark ION P50 Upright with the Dyson V11 Animal due to availability. Confirmed that we're still recommending the best products for our users and that they're still in stock.
Dec 21, 2020: Minor text updates, with no changes to product picks.
Dec 08, 2020: Minor text updates and verification for accuracy. No changes to product recommendations.
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.