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The 5 Best Handheld Vacuums For Pet Hair - Spring 2022 Reviews

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Best Handheld Vacuums For Pet Hair

For many households, pets are a limitless source of joy, comfort, and laughter. Unfortunately, they can also be limitless sources of pet hair, which has a nasty tendency of getting everywhere. Having a lightweight vacuum that can cover almost every part of a home is invaluable for owners of heavily shedding animals. The best handheld vacuums for pet hair should not only be easy to carry around and easily suck up pet hair but also should have a variety of tools to tackle small, closed-off areas. A HEPA filter is also a handy addition since it can trap allergens as you clean.

We've tested over 115 vacuum cleaners, and below are our recommendations of the best hand 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 for pet hair, the best vacuums for pet hair, and the best robot vacuums for pet hair.


  1. Best Handheld Vacuum For Bare Floors And Pet Hair

    The Dyson Humdinger is the best handheld vacuum for pet hair that we've tested for bare floors. This compact handheld vacuum does a fantastic job sucking pet hair on flat, even surfaces like hardwood or tile. It has an allergen-trapping HEPA filter that shouldn't need replacing as long as you clean it regularly, and it comes with a turbo brush for helping remove pet hair from upholstered surfaces.

    This vacuum weighs very little, making it easy to pick up and carry from room to room. It also has relatively few parts that need periodic cleaning. It offers a maximum of roughly half an hour of continuous runtime on a single charge, which should be more than sufficient for most spot-cleaning tasks. You can increase its suction power for dealing with especially stubborn messes by using the 'MAX' suction switch, though running it in this power mode decreases its battery life to just roughly 10 minutes.

    Unfortunately, it has a very small dustbin that needs frequent emptying and feels quite fragile, as it could break if you were to drop it. In addition, larger debris like sand can get caught in the crevices of its turbo brush. Otherwise, if you're looking for a handheld vacuum that delivers superb pet hair cleaning capability on bare floors, this is a good option.

    See our review

  2. Best Handheld Vacuum For Carpet And Pet Hair

     The Shark ION W1 WANDVAC is the best handheld pet vacuum for carpets that we've tested. This compact cordless vacuum can easily handle pet hair on low and high-pile carpets and rugs. Unlike the Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+, it doesn't come with a turbo brush to help clear away pet hair on upholstered surfaces, but it still manages to do a decent job of clearing away pet hair on chairs and couches.

    Unique for a handheld vacuum of this type, it has an onboard HEPA filter that helps it trap fine particulates as you clean, which is great if you have allergies. Since the filter is washable and shouldn't need to be replaced as long as it's cleaned according to manufacturer recommendations, recurring costs aren't a major concern. It also feels well-built and has an easy-to-maintain design.

    Unfortunately, Its short battery life of a little over 10 minutes forces you to work quickly when spot-cleaning larger areas. Its tiny dirt compartment also needs to be emptied frequently. Still, its compact size, HEPA filter, and superb pet hair-cleaning performance make it one of the best cordless vacuums for pet hair that we've tested.

    See our review

  3. Best Stick/Handheld Vacuum For Pet Hair

    The Samsung Jet 70 Pet is the best stick/handheld vacuum for pet hair that we've tested. This cordless stick vacuum is remarkably effective when it comes to clearing away pet hair on bare floors as well as low and high-pile carpet. It also does a decent job of dealing with pet hair on furniture, though it's worth noting that its miniature turbo brush attachment is a little cumbersome to use and can leave some small strands of hair behind, which you might need to clear away with its narrow-nozzle combination tool.

    This vacuum's onboard HEPA filter is part of its five-stage filtration system, which is quite effective in trapping fine allergens and is quite useful if you have a heavily-shedding pet. Its floorhead's brushroll does attract pet hair, but you can easily remove it from the floorhead and cut away any tangled debris. You can also purchase a dedicated mopping floorhead separately, which is great for clearing away stuck-on dirt and debris that your pet might track in after going outside.

    Unfortunately, while this vacuum can run for up to 50 minutes in its most energy-efficient 'MIN' mode, you need to work quickly when using it in its high-power 'MAX' mode, which can drain its battery in as little as five minutes. Unlike the pricier Samsung Jet 90 Complete, it also doesn't have a telescopic wand, which would make it easier to find a height that suits your preferences. Otherwise, it's a great option if you're looking for an easy-to-maintain stick vacuum that can easily handle pet hair.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Handheld Vacuum For Pet Hair

    If you're looking for a budget-friendly handheld vacuum for dealing with pet hair, we recommend the Wyze Handheld Vacuum. This cordless vacuum delivers superb pet hair cleaning performance on bare surfaces, like countertops or shelves, as well as low and high-pile rugs and carpets. It also has an allergen-trapping HEPA filter.

    This vacuum's compact size makes it a breeze to store in cupboards, closets, or larger drawers. It also comes with a fairly wide variety of tools and accessories to help make cleaning hard-to-reach areas a little easier, including a flexible extension hose and an upholstery tool for dealing with pet hair on furniture. It should last for about half an hour in its default suction power mode, though its runtime drops to a little over 10 minutes when using it in its 'Max' mode, so you need to work quickly when spot-cleaning dense carpeting.

    While this vacuum does a fantastic job of dealing with pet hair, you should be careful when cleaning around bulky debris, which can clog its suction inlet. It's also worth noting that, unlike the comparably-priced Black+Decker dustbuster AdvancedClean+ Pet, it doesn't come with a miniature turbo brush for easier cleaning of fabric surfaces. Otherwise, if you need an affordable, compact handheld vacuum that can easily handle pet hair, it's a great choice.

    See our review

  5. Alternative With A Larger Dirt Compartment

    If you're looking for a cordless handheld vacuum with a larger dirt compartment, consider the Black+Decker dustbuster AdvancedClean+ Pet. It doesn't clear pet hair quite as effectively on low or high-pile carpet compared to the Wyze Handheld Vacuum and isn't as compact or lightweight, but it does have a bigger dustbin that doesn't need emptying nearly as often. While it lacks an extension wand or hard bristle brush, it comes with a turbo brush to help clear debris on upholstered surfaces more easily. It supplies roughly anywhere between 15 to 30 minutes of runtime on a single charge depending on your choice of suction power mode and attachments, though it takes notably longer to recharge. Also, it lacks a HEPA filter to trap allergens as you clean, and its plastic pre-filter and main filter need replacing quite frequently.

    Get the Wyze if you want a smaller vacuum with a HEPA filter, but consider the Black+Decker if the inclusion of a larger dirt compartment and a turbo brush are more important to you.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+: The Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ is a compact cordless vacuum with larger dirt compartment than the Shark ION W1 WANDVAC and has a miniature turbo brush. However, it lacks a HEPA filter and does a terrible job of sealing in allergens. See our review
  • iRobot H1: The iRobot H1 is a cordless handheld vacuum with longer battery life than the Shark ION W1 WANDVAC and a much bigger dirt compartment. However, it's substantially pricier, has higher recurring costs and is more demanding in regular maintenance. See our review
  • Dyson V8 Animal: The Dyson V8 Animal is a cordless stick/handheld vacuum with a broad range of tools and great overall performance that represents a great alternative to the Samsung Jet 70 Pet, but it does have more parts needing to be cleaned regularly. See our review
  • JASHEN V16: The JASHEN V16 is a cordless stick/handheld vacuum that does a great job cleaning pet hair on a variety of surfaces. However, it takes longer to charge and has a harder time handling debris other than pet hair on carpets compared to the Samsung Jet 70 Pet. See our review
  • BISSELL Adapt Ion Pet: The BISSELL Adapt Ion Pet is an unusually designed cordless upright/handheld vacuum with fantastic pet hair cleaning performance. It has an extremely long recharge time of almost five hours. See our review
  • BISSELL Featherweight Stick 2033: The BISSELL Featherweight Stick 2033 is a budget-friendly upright/handheld vacuum. However, its performance on carpet isn't as good as the Wyze Handheld Vacuum, and some may find its corded design a little limiting. See our review
  • Miele Triflex HX1: The Miele Triflex HX1 is a cordless vacuum that has a fantastic performance on bare floors, similar to the Samsung Jet 70 Pro. It has a unique 3-in-1 design that allows you to use it in an upright, stick, or handheld configuration, but it has a smaller dustbin and a shorter maximum battery life. It's also slightly less effective when cleaning pet hair from carpets. See our review
  • Samsung Jet 90 Complete: The Samsung Jet 90 Complete is a cordless stick/handheld vacuum that easily cleans pet hair from bare floors and carpets. It uses a more powerful suction motor than the cheaper Samsung Jet 70 Pet, but both vacuums deliver similar pet hair cleaning capability. See our review
  • Dyson V11 Animal: The Dyson V11 Animal is a highly versatile cordless stick/handheld vacuum that can clean pet hair without difficulty from a wide range of surface types. Unfortunately, its overall performance across most surface types is inferior to that of the Samsung Jet 70 Pet. See our review
  • Dyson Micro 1.5kg: The Dyson Micro 1.5kg is a very lightweight cordless stick/handheld vacuum that does a fantastic job of cleaning pet hair on bare floors. Its floorhead's soft brushrolls mean you can't use it on carpets. See our review
  • Shark Vertex Pro: The Shark Vertex Pro is a cordless stick/handheld vacuum that can clean pet hair from a wide variety of surface types and has a HEPA filter to trap allergens as you clean. It's a good alternative to the Samsung Jet 70 Pet thanks to its larger dustbin and longer battery life, but it's noticeably heavier and has a non-removable brushroll. See our review
  • Wyze Cordless Vacuum: The Wyze Cordless Vacuum is a budget-friendly cordless stick/handheld vacuum that delivers superb pet hair-cleaning capability, but its availability is somewhat limited. See our review
  • Dyson V15 Detect: The Dyson V15 Detect is a premium cordless stick vacuum with a built-in particle sensor and an automatic power adjustment feature. It delivers excellent overall performance across a wide variety of surface types, but the Samsung Jet 70 Pet delivers similarly outstanding pet hair-cleaning performance at a much lower purchase price. See our review
  • Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H: The Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex is a cordless stick vacuum that does an outstanding job of dealing with pet hair. Unfortunately, its brushroll can't be removed from the floorhead, making it much harder to deal with tangled hair. See our review
  • LG CordZero A9 A916BM: The LG CordZero A9 A916BM is a cordless stick vacuum that delivers similarly superb pet hair cleaning performance to the Samsung Jet 70 Pet on floors and has a less unwieldy turbo brush attachment for dealing with pet hair on furniture. That said, it can be a little hard to find. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Apr 22, 2022: Substantial article restructuring to better align with user expectations. Replaced Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ with Shark ION W1 WANDVAC as 'Best Handheld Vacuum For Pet Hair On Carpet' pick. Added Samsung Jet 70 Pet as new 'Best Stick/Handheld Vacuum For Pet Hair' category pick. Moved Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+, Dyson V15 Detect, and Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H to Notable Mentions. Added LG CordZero A9 A916BM to Notable Mentions.

  2. Feb 23, 2022: Ensured all main picks still represent the best fit for user needs and expectations.

  3. Dec 24, 2021: Ensured that all main picks are still available and represent the best choice for their given category.

  4. Oct 26, 2021: Replaced HoLife HM036E with Dyson Humdinger as 'Best Handheld Vacuum For Pet Hair On Bare Floors' due to current availability. Added Wyze Cordless Vacuum, Shark Vertex Pro, and Dyson Micro 1.5kg to Notable Mentions.

  5. Aug 31, 2021: Checked accuracy of picks; no change to recommendations.

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are currently the best handheld 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 handheld vacuum reviews, ranked by their performance in picking up pet hair. 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.

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