Best Handheld Vacuums for Pet Hair

Review & Comparison, Last Update August 13, 2018
All pet owners can agree that cleaning pet hair can be tricky, especially if you own breeds with long hair. While regular models are useless on some surfaces, handheld vacuums for pet hair can clean furniture and other hard-to-reach spots with ease. We have selected the top models on the market so that you could pick the right one for cleaning your home. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
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OUR VERDICT
Type
Cleaning
Tank Capacity
Power Source
Power
Brushes and Attachments
Convenience
Warranty
 
PROS

Built-in extension hose significantly simplifies the cleanup of hard-to-reach spots where regular vacuum cleaners are useless. Moreover, it can be folded inside the body when you don't need it.

CONS

It has somewhat short runtime.

OUR VERDICT

This is the vac that can easily pick up all the hair from your carpets and furniture. It's a highly powerful model that has a 6" cleaning path for faster cleaning.

detailed parameters
Type

Handheld

Cleaning

Dry

Tank Capacity

~14 oz dust cup

Power Source

Cordless (up to 15 min running time)

Power

22 V

Brushes and Attachments

Motorized brush roll tool (~6" cleaning path), Crevice tool, Dusting brush, Extension wand with dusting tool

Convenience

Dual LED lights, Built-in extension hose, EasyEmpty™ dirt bin, 2-stage filtration system

Warranty

2 years

PROS

A special charging base simplifies storage of the device during charging. Additionally, the cord is long enough to let you clean far away from a socket. 

CONS

It takes a lot of time to charge the battery.

OUR VERDICT

With several multi-purpose brushes and nozzles, this is an excellent versatile handheld vacuum for pet hair. It can clean just everywhere. 

detailed parameters
Type

Handheld

Cleaning

Dry

Tank Capacity

~10 oz dust cup

Power Source

Cordless (up to 20 min running time)

Power

14.8 V

Brushes and Attachments

Motorized brush (~5" cleaning path), Short crevice tool, Long crevice tool, 2-in-1 bristle brush

Convenience

Dual-level HEPA filtration system

Warranty

1 year

PROS

Triple-level filtration system not only cleans the surfaces from dirt but also purifies the air by capturing all the allergens inside the dust tank.

CONS

The suction power is rather low.

OUR VERDICT

This budget-friendly model from Bissel is extremely compact and lightweight for a hassle-free cleaning. Two detachable nozzles allow you to clean floors and furniture equally well.

detailed parameters
Type

Handheld

Cleaning

Dry

Tank Capacity

~24 oz dust cup

Power Source

Cordless (up to 20 min running time)

Power

14.4 V

Brushes and Attachments

Motorized brush (~5" cleaning path), Upholstery tool, Crevice tool

Convenience

Triple-level filtration system

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The battery life of this vac (after a full charge) can reach as many as 25 minutes, which is more than enough for cleaning several rooms or a whole car interior at a time.

CONS

Crevice tool can be inconvenient to use due to its small diameter and length.

OUR VERDICT

This lightweight vacuum from SharkNinja is ideal for cleaning carpets, upholstery, and stairs. It's also a fairly multipurpose product that is suitable for cleaning the interior of your car or boat.

detailed parameters
Type

Handheld

Cleaning

Dry

Tank Capacity

~20 oz dust cup

Power Source

Cordless (up to 25 min running time)

Power

15.6 V

Brushes and Attachments

Motorized brush (5" cleaning path), Crevice tool

Convenience

Twister™ suction technology, Removable and washable filter

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The specially-designed rubber nozzle will pick every hair and scrape the dirt away from the toughest areas like carpeted stairs and upholstery. In addition, the nozzle is countered and has comb-like bristles.

CONS

Cord length is less than impressive.

OUR VERDICT

A corded model from Bissell is a true pet hair eraser. With a strong motor on board and a lightweight body, it does an amazing job at removing pet hair from floors and furniture with just one pass.

detailed parameters
Type

Handheld

Cleaning

Dry

Tank Capacity

~26 oz dust cup

Power Source

Corded (16 ft power cord)

Power

4 A

Brushes and Attachments

Contoured rubber nozzle (~4" cleaning path), Hard nozzle tool

Convenience

Multi-level HEPA filtration system

Warranty

1 year

Bissell 1985

Unusual Approach

For those of us who don’t have a leather sofa, the pet hair removal might be a problem. Thankfully, there are many effective solutions to this problem, with vacuuming being the easiest one of them. The advantage of the Bissell 1985 handheld vacuum cleaner is that it combines effective performance with the convenience of use and that, unlike many other models, it can be used on wet surfaces.

Thanks to its 22V Li-ion battery, you can easily vacuum any surface for up to 15 minutes without the need of recharging. Although this runtime might not seem like a lot of time, you won't need to perform additional runs since its high suction power allows for cleaning hard floors as well as carpets in a few quick passes.

With the Bissell 1985 cleaner, you will be able to clean even the most hard-to-get areas, thanks to an extension wand that comes supplied in the box. What is more, the 13.5-oz dirt tank is big enough to hold a large amount of dust, pet hair, and debris saving you the need to empty it too often. Aside from a fairly sizeable dirt tank, there are a few more features that you should appreciate. One of them is a 2-stage filtration system that allows keeping all nasty allergens inside the tank before you can safely remove them. Another one is a detachable dust cup which uses an EasyEmpty™ technology for hassle-free emptying, making the cleaning of the device an easy job.

Review of Bissell 1985 Lightweight Cordless Hand Vacuum

True Lifesaver

What makes this dustbuster highly effective is a motorized brush that, unlike many rivals which are propelled by moving air, works independently from the mains. This brings this vac far above the competition, allowing its use even on very thick and fluffy carpets. While being a real find for pet owners due to its capabilities of cleaning tiny hairs, the Bissell 1985 will also do a great job of cleaning dust and dirt from window sills, car interiors, upholstery, and other surfaces that can be reached with an extension hose. It's a multi-purpose model.

Bissell 1985 Lightweight Cordless Hand Vacuum in the use

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Dibea BX-350

Works Longer Than Others

A cordless BX-350 from Dibea has all the right features on it, making it a highly functional and versatile vacuum cleaner. The first thing we'd like to mention about this vac is that it has a powerful 2200 mAh battery which provides up to 25 minutes of continuous use; quite impressive for a portable appliance, right? Second, it provides amazing suction power with 120 W of power yield, which makes it perfect for cleaning quite sizeable areas. Despite the fact that a more powerful engine requires a bit longer to recharge (4-5 hours on average), the performance it provides is well worth it. Next, the BX-350 weighs only 4.7 lbs allowing you to hold it and operate with one hand. Some users may find 10 oz capacity of the included dust cup somewhat limited compared to other options, yet, since it can be detached and emptied in just a matter of seconds, its cleaning shouldn’t be such a big fuss. Besides, 10 oz capacity is still big enough for most light-duty cleanups. In our opinion, the Dibea BX-350 is one of the better alternatives to more pricey vacuum cleaners presented on the market.

Review of Dibea BX-350 Cordless Portable Handheld Vacuum

Unique Filter Technology

Whether (or not) you are a fan of healthy lifestyle, you should be pleased to know that this vac features a patented dual-level HEPA cyclone filtration system that traps bacteria and allergens. The filter itself can be detached with a single press of a button and cleaned under tap water.

Though the Dibea BX-350 was designed specifically for dry cleaning, its cleaning capabilities are more than impressive. It can easily pick up dirt and pet hair from carpets, laminate, tile, and other flooring. Moreover, it has a very compact size, which makes it convenient for cleaning even tight spaces such as car interiors. The additional tools that come along with the vac include a short crevice tool and a bristle brush, both of which simplify the cleaning of hard-to-reach places.

Fully-featured and budget-friendly, the BX-350 from Dibea is a perfect pick for you, should you be looking for a reliable and powerful vacuum for pet hair.

Dibea BX-350 Cordless Portable Handheld Vacuum in the use

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Bissell 2390A

Extremely Powerful

If you own several pets that have long hair, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better vacuum cleaner that the Bissell 2390A. With a 14V motor under its hood, this vac does a great job of picking stubborn, ingrained dirt and fine hair from carpets, upholstery, and furniture. Like all Bissell vacuum cleaners, the 2390A isn't big, yet it delivers exceptional suction power. You can use it for cleaning just about any kind of dirt including pet hair and dander. However, what makes the Bissell 2390A even more attractive is its triple-level filtration system which allows it to capture not only hairs but also microscopic bacteria and allergens, making it the best choice for those sensitive to dander and hair. The included dust cup is huge at 24 oz, meaning you will not need to empty it often. All of these make the Bissell 2390A one of the more powerful handheld vacuum cleaners on the market. But let's not forget it's still a handheld vacuum cleaner, and using it for collecting larger debris might negatively affect its performance.

Review of Bissell 2390A Pet Hair Eraser Lithium Ion Cordless Hand Vacuum

For Your Convenience

Like all new Bissell vacs, the 2390A hand vacuum comes with a special motorized brush which, combined with a high suction power, allows erasing dirt from any carpeted floors. Two other additional attachments that you get with the purchase include an upholstery tool for cleaning soft furniture like armchairs and a coach, for example, and a crevice tool for cleaning under them. The runtime of the 2390A is pretty decent compared with other handheld vacuums. In total, you get about 17 minutes of continuous use on one full charge. This puts the 2390A darn close to professional-grade models. However, no product is perfect. With regards to the 2390A, we wish its battery wouldn't have been built-in so that it would be possible to replace it when it dies. Unfortunately, the longevity of the 2390A will directly depend on its battery life. However, that's the only gripe we have. Other than that, like all Bissell vacuums, the 2390A is a decent model which can help you in performing plenty of cleaning tasks.

Bissell 2390A Pet Hair Eraser Lithium Ion Cordless Hand Vacuum in the use

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Shark LV801

Super Multifunctional

A cordless handheld vacuum from SharkNinja is a versatile model that is suitable not only for removing pet hair but also for completing many other light-duty jobs around the house. Plus, it can easily remove crumbs and food from cars, boats, and RVs, which broadens its scope of application significantly. You can safely apply the Shark LV801 to literally any surface thanks to the Twister® suction technology, which generates a strong suction power allowing it to remove all kinds of debris left by your furry friends.

Having the Shark LV801 will allow you to effectively clean upholstery, car mats, and furniture. Moreover, if you attach a crevice tool that comes with a purchase, you will be able to clean exceptionally dirty spots. The crevice tool will direct all the power to that very area, giving the dirt and grime no chance to escape. Same way you can use the crevice attachment for cleaning around walls, couches, stairs as well as floors under electrical appliances. Along with the crevice tool, the package contains a detachable motorized pet brush, designed for picking pet hair and dander. This brush is almost a foot wide and can pick up anything that comes its way.

So despite its seemingly small dimensions, the Shark LV801 packs quite a power. It can lift not only bigger debris like crumbs, for example, but also spot tiny dust mites, trapping them and their eggs. All of this makes it great for everyday use.

Review of Shark LV801 Cordless Pet Perfect Lithium-Ion Handheld Vacuum

For Quick Cleanups

Now, after we've covered suction capabilities, let's say a few words about the battery installed in the vac. In comparison to other models we've seen, the battery here is quite capacious and allows for performing several cleaning cycles from one charge, which should be enough for a day use granted that you don't use it for spring cleaning and one cycle doesn't last more than 10 minutes. If you keep vacuuming continuously for about 20 minutes, you'll notice that the vacuuming power will start to fade slowly. Saying that, we still consider this model a great vac. For its size and weight, it's a decent mini pet vacuum that provides enough versatility. It's effective, lightweight, compact enough to carry easily with you, and its battery life is more than sufficient for daily cleanups.

Shark LV801 Cordless Pet Perfect Lithium-Ion Handheld Vacuum in the use

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Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Handheld Vacuum, Corded, 33A1

Double the Nozzle - Double the Effectiveness

Although cleaning pet hair might a daunting task, cleanup of the messes that pets can create is even more difficult. The 33A1 vacuum cleaner from Bissell is one of few corded handheld models that is able to do just that. It does not matter what kind of pet you own, a simple parakeet, cat or dog that molts twice a year (in some cases even throughout the year), this hair eraser will not leave a single trace of hair or other debris.

The vac itself is highly powerful as it doesn’t need any batteries or charging in order to run. This small but mighty vacuum cleaner that is powered by a 4 Amp engine is able to clean any debris left by animals such as dry food crumbs, thick hairs, and much more. Unlike similar handheld models, this one blows the air out the sides, which allows for more effective usage. While the power aspect is certainly the Bissell 33A1's strong suit, where it could have been improved is the length of the cord. Though the 16-inch power cable is not a bad option, many customers wish it were a little bit longer so that they wouldn't need to use an extension cord.

Review of Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Handheld Vacuum, Corded, 33A1

For Any Surface

A simple yet highly effective vacuum from Bissell is perfect for erasing pet hair from various kinds of furniture such as couches, armchairs, beds and many more. The upholsteries that are made from tight fabrics are usually hard to clean with a regular vacuum cleaner, but with this little fellow, the dirt and hair will not have a chance to escape. This is achieved thanks to a special rubber padding on the front nozzle of the device. The nozzle itself picks up hairs and pulls out dirt at the same time. What is more, the appliance comes not with one but with two nozzles that are meant for different cleaning purposes. The hard nozzle will help you in cleaning dry debris from the floor, while the contour nozzle will effectively remove the pet hair from the furniture upholstery. If pet hair has become an issue in your house, do not hesitate, this handheld vacuum for pet hair is a perfect pick for both professional breeders and amateur pet owners.

Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Handheld Vacuum, Corded, 33A1 in the use

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What Is a Handheld Vacuum for Pet Hair?

The symptoms of pet allergy can be a real problem for many people. Sneezing, runny nose, coughing, itchy and red eyes as well as other symptoms are surely no fun, especially when you live with a pet that molts several times a year. Although the main trigger of pet allergy is dead skin flakes that domestic animals leave, the pet hairs can be even more dangerous since they can get almost everywhere from your bed to your table. That is why it is so important to remove them in time. That being said, one of the best ways to clean your house from pet hair is vacuuming.

While regular vacuums are of no use, the pet hair vacuum cleaners are an effective solution when it comes to an effective cleaning. The handheld models are compact, easy to use, and as effective as their bigger options. The difference between them is that the majority of handheld models are powered by batteries and some of them have smaller dirt cups. Nonetheless, they are still quite powerful and can perform cleaning of furniture and even carpets.

Yet, if you are looking for more powerful cleaning tools for your house, we recommend that you take a look at regular-sized vacuums for pet hair and canister vacuum cleaners to make your rooms allergen-free.

What Features to Compare

Motor Suction Power

One of the most important things to consider is the motor power. The more power a vac has, the more pet hair it will be able to pick up in one run. Usually, bigger vacuums have higher speeds.

Battery Capacity

The battery capacity determines how long you will be able to perform cleaning. Even though handheld models are less powerful than their full-size versions on the whole, they still should have batteries capacious enough to allow you to use the vac without having to recharge it.

Charging Time

Knowing the charging time of a vac, you will have an idea of how quickly you will be able to finish the cleaning. The quicker, the better. And if you have several pets at home, we'd recommend that you stick with models that not only recharge quickly but also provide enough runtime for performing at least a couple cleaning cycles per day.

Dirt Bin Capacity

Another aspect that is worth taking into account when selecting a handheld vacuum cleaner is how big the dust canister is, since the bigger it is, the less often you will need to empty it. Not like cleaning the dust container is big of a fuss, and yet, if you have a big house and own several pets, doing it frequently might be bothering. Saying that, we would not recommend you to opt for the most sizeable dustbin only for sake of it because the bigger the bin the heavier the cleaner. Choose a cleaner that has the right weight and the right dimensions.

Filter Service Life and Reusability

Most vacuum cleaners come fitted with special filters that keep all collected dirt so that it won't get inside the motor. The service life and reusability of the filter will determine the length of time during which you'll be able to use your vac without buying any replacement parts. Vacuum cleaners with HEPA filters are the best choice since they can not only sift dirt but also purify the air (Learn more about HEPA technology here).

Additional Cleaning Equipment and Flexibility

Last but not the least, you should also see to how many accessories come included in the purchase. The more additional tools the vac includes the more cleaning jobs you will be able to perform. As we've mentioned earlier the weight of the cleaner is also important, so make sure to check it too. Vacuum cleaners that are ergonomic and light in weight are easier to operate in hands. Also, it's easier to lift them when extending to hard-to-reach spots and cleaning in-between furniture. All vacuum cleaners including handheld models fall into corded and cordless models. If you choose to go for a corded one, make sure to check whether it has a cord long enough to use it without extension cables. If it's not (which will mostly depend on the area of your house), purchase an extension wand additionally. 

Did you know?

How to Clean Your Vacuum Cleaner

In order to significantly extend the service life of your vacuum and its filter, you must clean the inner parts of the device as well as its dust bin timely. So, if you intend to use your vacuum cleaner for longer than a couple of months, here are some tips on how to clean a vac properly.

First things first, so let’s take a look at the most popular types of vacuum filters out there. The most common types are foam, cartridge, and HEPA filters. HEPA filters are more efficient yet less popular since their cost is significantly higher.

While the foam and cartridge filters are basic types, the latter one will have to be replaced over time, since there is no way to clean the HEPA filter without strong industrial chemicals.

  • To successfully clean the foam filter, you will need to put it in water and gently squeeze to let the dirt go away. After that, you will have to dry it out before inserting it back into the appliance. Additionally, you can add a few drops of essential oils to make the air in your room fresher.

  • Although cartridge filters look like plastic cups, they are actually made of synthetic fabrics and can be disposed of. However, their service life can be easily prolonged with proper maintenance. To clean a cartridge filter, you will have to manually remove the dust and dirt from the cartridge, which will improve the airflow inside the device.

  • The HEPA filters are perhaps the most sophisticated type of all filters listed because they are capable of cleaning even the smallest (down to microscopic) particles. Thus, it will be much easier for you just to purchase a new one instead of trying to clean it using different chemical solutions.

The Dangers of Pet Hair to Your Health

We can all agree that pet dander is not a pleasant thing, especially if you have a pet with long fur. It can be difficult to clean the hair from all the surfaces inside your house, and that is why it is important to have a special tool that can pick up all the fur and hair of your four-legged friend. This is extremely important in case you or other members of your family are allergic to pet hair. This reason alone explains how pet in bed can be even more dangerous than mites.

According to a common belief, the pet hair can get into many human organs such as liver, lungs, or even brain. The truth is, however, the pet dander can only get into your stomach. The only reason this misconception exists is that there might be some parasites that lurk in pet hair that penetrate into these organs. So, if your pet hasn’t been treated by the professional veterinarian yet, it is high time to do so.

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Publish Date: 2018-08-13 11:19:27