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 60 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 that we've tested is the Shark Rocket Pet Pro. This stick/handheld model has an outstanding performance on bare floors, where it clears pet hair with no issue. It's also equipped with a self-cleaning brushroll, which is designed so that it clears hair wraps by itself.
It can be used in a handheld configuration, which is useful if you want to clean up after your pet in awkward areas like stairs, and it has an allergen-trapping HEPA filter. It has excellent maneuverability, with a flexible wand that makes it easy to reach under low furniture. There are some tools and brushes included, like an upholstery tool for fabric-covered furniture and a crevice tool that fits into narrow spaces. Also, since it doesn't use a dirtbag and has washable filters, it incurs virtually no recurring costs.
Unfortunately, it has quite a few parts that require regular maintenance. In addition, while its overall battery performance is decent, if you use its most powerful "MAX BOOST" mode, it only provides roughly 12 minutes of continuous runtime. That said, it's great at cleaning pet hair from surfaces like hardwood or laminate, and it's also one of the best vacuums we've tested.
If you like the versatility of a vacuum that comes with a variety of tools and brushes, consider the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute. This stick/handheld vacuum isn't as portable or well-built as the Shark Rocket Pet Pro, but it has similarly outstanding performance on bare floors and comes with a lot of accessories that can help with different cleaning jobs. This includes a soft bristle brush for cleaning delicate objects like lampshades and a turbo brush that helps to dislodge dirt from furniture. There's also a 180-degree extension wand, which is useful for reaching high-up shelves, and a removable brushroll, which should make it easier to remove tangled hair. Unfortunately, it's a bit tricky to maintain, because it has quite a few parts that need to be serviced on a regular basis.
Go for the Shark Rocket Pet Pro if you prefer a better-built, more portable vacuum. If you want something that comes with more tools and brushes, the Dyson is a great alternative.
The Shark ION P50 Upright is the best cordless vacuum for pet hair on carpet that we've tested. This upright can easily pick up pet hair and most debris from low-pile and high-pile carpet and is equipped with a HEPA filter to trap allergens. You can also use it in a semi-handheld configuration, which is useful if you're cleaning up after your pet on furniture or in your car.
It's quite maneuverable and can fit under low furniture. It also comes with several tools and brushes, including a crevice tool for reaching narrow spaces and a soft bristle brush meant for cleaning fragile objects like lampshades or curtains. The battery life is very good, lasting roughly 20 minutes to one hour depending on what power setting is used, and the dirt compartment is a decent size, so you should be able to vacuum an entire room without emptying it or running out of battery.
Unfortunately, it's a bit bulky to store and isn't the easiest to maintain since quite a few parts need to be taken out and serviced regularly. Also, because the main brushroll can't be removed, you need to use scissors to get rid of any tangled hair that gets caught there. That said, if you're looking for a way to clean pet hair from your carpets, this is one of the best cordless vacuums we've tested.
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 cordless vacuum for pet hair we've tested in the budget category is the JASHEN V16. This stick/handheld model is very effective at clearing pet hair from bare floors as well as low and high-pile carpets. It's fairly lightweight, and you can easily reconfigure it into a handheld vacuum if you're cleaning stairs or the interior of your car.
There are three power settings and two different brushrolls, one for bare floors and one for carpets, so you can adapt the vacuum to different surface types. It has a good battery performance, as it should provide more than 40 minutes of continuous cleaning time if you use the lowest power setting. It's equipped with an allergen-trapping HEPA filter and incurs virtually no recurring costs. There are also a few tools and brushes included, like a crevice tool for getting into tight corners and a turbo brush to dislodge dirt from fabric-covered furniture.
Unfortunately, it has a really hard time sucking up bulky debris, like cereal, from bare floors. It's also mostly made of plastic that doesn't feel very sturdy. However, considering its budget-friendly price, it's a solid option for anyone looking for a vacuum that can clean up pet hair.
12/21/2020: Minor text updates, with no changes to product picks.
12/08/2020: Minor text updates and verification for accuracy. No changes to product recommendations.
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.