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The 4 Best Cordless Vacuums For Pet Hair - Summer 2023 Reviews

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Best Cordless Vacuums For Pet Hair

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 different surfaces.

We've tested over 135 vacuum cleaners, and below are our recommendations for the best cordless vacuums for dealing with pet hair. 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.


  1. Best Cordless Vacuum For Pet Hair

    The best cordless vacuum for pet hair we've tested is the Dyson V15 Detect. This high-end stick vacuum does a fantastic job of handling pet hair on bare floors and low and high-pile carpet. It comes with two floorheads, one with a bristled multi-surface roller and the other with a soft roller and a laser light to help you see fine strands of hair or small debris on hard floors. There are a few other handy attachments, like a miniature turbo brush and a combo upholstery tool/soft bristle brush, which are effective for tackling pet hair on fabric surfaces. It also features a built-in particle sensor that you can use to keep an eye on allergen quantities inside your home.

    If you're in the market for a premium stick vacuum and suffer from allergies, consider the Samsung Bespoke Jet. While its twin-roller floorhead is bulkier and less maneuverable than the Dyson, the Samsung has a rack station that sucks debris from the vacuum into an external dirtbag when it's docked, so you won't have to worry about creating a plume of dust when emptying it, which is pretty handy if you suffer from serious allergies.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Cordless Vacuum For Pet Hair

    If you're shopping at an upper mid-range price point, the best cordless stick vacuum for pet hair we've tested is the A907GMS variant of the LG CordZero A9. Unlike the Dyson V15 Detect, the LG can't automatically adjust its suction power setting and lacks a built-in particle counter. It's still remarkably well-equipped, cheaper, and perhaps most importantly, as effective in handling pet hair across different surface types.

    This higher-end version of the A9 comes equipped with two floorheads: a bristled multi-surface roller and a soft roller that improves debris pickup on hard floors. Both brushrolls are easily removable, making it a cinch to clear away tangled hair. The vacuum is also fully compatible with LG's Power Drive Mop attachment, a purpose-designed floorhead with a pair of rotating mop pads and a water dispersal nozzle to saturate and scrub away dried-on stains, like dirt or mud that your pet might track inside.

    This model variant also comes with LG's unique Power Punch Nozzle, which looks outwardly similar to a miniature turbo brush but functions very differently; rather than employing a rotating brush, it uses a vibrating component that agitates the surface it's pressed against to shake out any fine particles like pet dander, allowing the vacuum to suck them up. While emptying the vacuum's dustbin can release a cloud of dust and debris, the vacuum's HEPA filter helps trap common allergens as you clean. This model variant also includes two batteries, so it fits larger homes well.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Cordless Vacuum For Pet Hair

    The best stick vacuum for pet hair at a mid-range price point that we've tested is the Shark Cordless Pro. This cordless stick vacuum does a fantastic job of handling pet hair on various surface types, though it's heavier and a little less maneuverable than the LG CordZero A9. It has the newest iteration of Shark's PowerFin floorhead design, with a soft cleaning surface and integrated anti-tangle fins meant to discourage hair wraps. It's a fairly effective design, with only a small amount of hair getting stuck in the mechanism.

    Better yet, unlike the vast majority of older Shark vacuums, this roller is fully removable, so you can easily clear away any strands that do get wrapped around the roller. While it doesn't come with a miniature turbo brush for cleaning fabric surfaces, its straight-suction upholstery tool is more than up to cleaning hair on furniture. The vacuum is bulky and unwieldy when you use it as a handheld. Its Clean Sense IQ system also allows it to automatically ramp up its suction power when passing over an area with a lot of debris.

    The Shark also features a unique odor neutralization feature: a cartridge in its floorhead emits a pleasant detergent-like scent to mask unpleasant odors. However, this can be overwhelming if you clean every day. Unfortunately, battery life isn't a strong point, with its max runtime topping out at about 40 minutes.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Cordless Vacuum For Pet Hair

    The best cordless stick vacuum for pet hair at a budget-friendly price that we've tested is the Shark Pet Cordless (IX141). This budget-friendly cordless stick vacuum does a fantastic job of handling pet hair on various surface types, ranging from bare floors to low and high-pile carpet. While it doesn't come bundled with a miniature motorized turbo brush, its straight-suction upholstery tool is quite effective in dealing with pet hair on fabric surfaces.

    Unfortunately, the Pet Cordless' build quality is noticeably less sturdy than the pricier Shark Cordless Pro. It also lacks that more expensive vacuum's automatic power adjustment feature and odor-neutralizing system. Its max battery life of about 40 minutes is far from impressive, but that's close to its more expensive stablemate's runtime.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Shark Stratos Cordless: The Shark Stratos Cordless is Shark's flagship cordless stick vacuum. It does an excellent job of handling pet hair and has a unique odor-neutralization system. Unlike other vacuums like the Dyson V15 Detect, its brushroll isn't removable, making it very difficult to deal with any hair that does get tangled around it. See our review
  • Samsung Jet 90 Complete: The Samsung Jet 90 Complete is a great alternative to the Dyson V15 Detect, thanks to its slightly more maneuverable design and compatibility with a dedicated mopping floorhead. It doesn't have the V15's dirt sensor or automatic power adjustment feature. See our review
  • Miele Triflex HX1: The Miele Triflex HX1 is an upper mid-range cordless stick vacuum that does an excellent job of handling pet hair and feels well-built. However, it has a shorter battery life, a smaller dustbin, and a more limited set of attachments than the LG CordZero A9. See our review
  • Shark Vertex Pro Lightweight [IZ662H, IZ682H]: The Shark Vertex Pro Lightweight is a cordless stick vacuum designed similarly to the Shark Cordless Pro. Still, unlike that newer model, its brushroll isn't removable, making it challenging to clear away tangled hair. See our review
  • Samsung Jet 75: The Samsung Jet 75 is a good alternative to the Shark Cordless Pro if you want something with a little more power. However, its floorhead is trickier to clean than the Shark's, and its optional turbo brush attachment isn't as effective in cleaning furniture as the Shark's upholstery tool. See our review
  • Wyze Cordless Vacuum: The Wyze Cordless Vacuum is a budget-friendly stick vacuum with similar overall performance to the Shark Pet Cordless (IX141) and a longer battery life, but availability for replacement parts is limited. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Sep 07, 2023: Replaced JASHEN V16 with Shark Pet Cordless (IX141) as 'Best Budget Cordless Vacuum For Pet Hair' pick due to current availability.

  2. Aug 10, 2023: Replaced Shark Pet Cordless (IX141) with JASHEN V16 as the 'Best Budget Cordless Vacuum For Pet Hair' pick due to current availability.

  3. Jul 13, 2023: Replaced JASHEN V16 with Shark Pet Cordless (IX141) as 'Best Budget Cordless Vacuum For Pet Hair' due to current availability. Removed the 'Best Lower Mid-Range Cordless Vacuum For Pet Hair' category. Added Wyze Cordless Vacuum to Notable Mentions.

  4. Jun 09, 2023: Recategorized the Tineco PURE ONE S11 as the 'Best Lower Mid-Range Cordless Vacuum For Pet Hair' pick due to current pricing. Added the Shark Cordless Pro as the 'Best Mid-Range Cordless Vacuum For Pet Hair' pick. Added Samsung Jet 75 to Notable Mentions.

  5. May 12, 2023: Replaced Tineco PURE ONE S11 Tango with entry-level Tineco PURE ONE S11 variant due to limited availability.

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are currently the best cordless vacuums for cleaning up 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.