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The 5 Best Handheld Vacuums For Pet Hair - Fall 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 handheld vacuums best suited for dealing with pet hair should not only be easy to carry around 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 for 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, look at our lists 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 Pet Hair

    The best handheld vacuum for pet hair we've tested is 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 carpets. Its onboard HEPA filter helps seal in some fine particles, though it doesn't have an allergen-sealed construction. Its compact size makes it a breeze to store in cupboards, closets, or larger drawers. It also comes with a fairly wide variety of accessories to help make cleaning hard-to-reach areas easier, like a flexible extension hose for a bit of added reach 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, which is quite long for a handheld vacuum of this size. However, 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 Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+, it doesn't come with a miniature turbo brush for easier cleaning of fabric surfaces. That said, the Shark lacks a HEPA filter and doesn't last nearly as long on a single charge.

    See our review

  2. Best Budget Handheld Vacuum For Pet Hair

    If you want to spend as little as possible on a handheld vacuum for cleaning up pet hair, you could take a look at the BISSELL AeroSlim. It does a fantastic job of dealing with pet hair on low and high-pile rugs as well as bare, flat surfaces, like hardwood floors or shelves and tables. It comes with a crevice tool/extension wand to help you clean tight spots and extend your overall reach, not to mention a slip-on soft-bristle tool for cleaning delicate surfaces. Its battery life of almost 15 minutes isn't very long, but it should be enough to spot-clean hair from a few places.

    This handheld vacuum is remarkably compact, allowing you to store it in a large drawer or at the back of a cupboard or cabinet. Its simple design is easy to maintain, and despite its affordable price point, the dense plastic body feels reasonably robust. Unfortunately, its very compact size begets a tiny dirt compartment that needs very frequent emptying.

    See our review

  3. Best Handheld Vacuum For Allergies

    The Dyson Humdinger is a great option if you're looking for a handheld vacuum for dealing with pet hair and require superb air filtration performance. This compact handheld vacuum has an allergen-sealed construction, resulting in whole-machine HEPA filtration and making it a fantastic option if you suffer from allergies, even when compared to other models with just a HEPA filter, like the Wyze Handheld Vacuum. It does a fantastic job sucking pet hair on flat, even surfaces like hardwood or tile, as well as low and high-pile carpet. Its miniature turbo brush attachment is quite effective for dealing with pet hair on upholstered surfaces. It also has relatively few parts that need periodic cleaning.

    This vacuum's lightweight plastic construction makes it easy to pick up and carry from room to room, though it also leaves it feeling somewhat fragile in places. It can run for a maximum of roughly half an hour 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 roughly 10 minutes.

    See our review

  4. Best Mid-Sized Handheld Vacuum For Pet Hair

    If you want a handheld vacuum that can hold a larger-than-usual amount of hair, the Black+Decker dustbuster AdvancedClean+ Pet is worth a look. This handheld vacuum has a relatively large dustbin that doesn't need emptying very frequently. It does a fantastic job of sucking up pet hair on bare surfaces as well as low and high-pile carpets. It also comes with a miniature turbo brush to help deal with hair on upholstered surfaces, not to mention a built-in crevice tool/extension wand to give you a bit of added reach. It can run for about 30 minutes in its default power mode, which is quite long for a vacuum of this type.

    Unfortunately, this vacuum doesn't have an allergen-trapping HEPA filter. As a consequence, it does a terrible job of sealing in fine particles, so it isn't the best option if you suffer from allergies. Thankfully, the build quality is decent, and despite its relatively big dustbin, it's still easy to store in a cupboard or a cabinet.

    See our review

  5. Best Stick/Handheld Vacuum For Pet Hair

    The Samsung Jet 70 Pet is the best stick/handheld vacuum for pet hair we've tested. This cordless stick vacuum is remarkably effective at 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 its miniature turbo brush attachment is a little cumbersome and can leave some small strands of hair behind. Its five-stage filtration system is quite effective in trapping fine allergens like pet dander. If you plan on using it more in its default stick configuration, you can also buy 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 fast when using it in its high-power 'MAX' mode, which can drain its battery in as little as five minutes. If you want a cheaper alternative that lasts longer on a charge, the Wyze Cordless Vacuum is a great alternative, though it doesn't come with a miniature turbo brush attachment and takes much longer to recharge.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • iRobot H1: The iRobot H1 is a cordless handheld vacuum among the best hand vacuums for pet hair that we've tested. It represents a good alternative to the Dyson Humdinger, thanks to its much bigger dirt compartment. However, it's much heavier and takes longer to recharge. 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. However, it does have more parts needing regular cleaning. See our review
  • JASHEN V16: The JASHEN V16 is a cordless stick/handheld vacuum that does a great job cleaning pet hair on different 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Shark ION W1 WANDVAC: The Shark ION W1 WANDVAC is a compact handheld vacuum that excels when dealing with pet hair, but it's a lot pricier than the Wyze Handheld Vacuum and has much shorter battery life. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jun 29, 2022: Extensive article restructuring to better align with user expectations. Recategorized Wyze Handheld Vacuum as 'Best Handheld Vacuum For Pet Hair' pick. Recategorized Dyson Humdinger as 'Best HEPA Handheld Vacuum For Pet Hair'. Recategorized Black+Decker dustbuster AdvancedClean+ Pet as 'Best Mid-Sized Handheld Vacuum For Pet Hair' pick. Moved Shark ION W1 WANDVAC to 'Notable Mentions'. Removed Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+, BISSELL Adapt Ion Pet, BISSELL Featherweight Stick 2033, Miele Triflex HX1, Samsung Jet 90 Complete, Dyson V11 Animal, Dyson Micro 1.5kg, Shark Vertex Pro, Wyze Cordless Vacuum, and Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H from Notable Mentions.

  2. 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.

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

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

  5. 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.

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are currently the best handheld vacuums for dealing with 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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