Best Handheld Vacuums for Pet Hair

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 11, 2019
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
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Type
Cleaning
Tank Capacity
Power Source
Power
Brushes and Attachments
Convenience
Warranty
 
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 autonomous operational time of this model can reach a staggering 35 minutes before the vac needs to be recharged. Thanks to this, you will be able to clean a big room or interior of your car easily.

CONS

It is quite tiresome to switch the filters.

OUR VERDICT

This dustbuster removes dust, dirt, pet hair, and even liquids without breaking a sweat. Moreover, it features two separate bins for dust and liquids. Simple in storage and use, it is a must-have option for a small house or apartment.

detailed parameters
Type

Handheld

Cleaning

Dry / Wet

Tank Capacity

20 oz dust cup (liquid spills: up to 3.4 fl.oz.)

Power Source

Cordless (up to 35 min running time)

Power

14.8 V

Brushes and Attachments

Cleaning brush, Crevice nozzle, Rubber nozzle

Convenience

HEPA filter (2 filters included)

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The sound of the vacuum will no longer bother you, since the motor of this model is exceptionally quiet, which makes this handheld vac model an ideal pick for families with very sensitive pups.

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

PROS

The 2.5-foot long hose gives you plenty of reach and allows you to perform a thorough cleaning of hard-to-reach spots. Behind, beneath, and in-between the furniture, this vacuum easily accesses those places. 

CONS

The unit is quite noisy.

OUR VERDICT

Even though this vac isn't the biggest handheld model out there, a QuickFlip™ Crevice tool integrated into its housing makes cleaning an effortless task. The powerful 7-Amp motor enables dustbuster to pick up even the smallest dust particles and pet hair from both soft and hard floors.

detailed parameters
Type

Handheld

Cleaning

Dry

Tank Capacity

15 oz. dust cup

Power Source

Corded (16 ft power cord)

Power

7 A

Brushes and Attachments

Dusting brush, QuickFlip™ crevice tool, 2.5-ft hose

Convenience

HEPA filter

Warranty

2 years

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 to 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 regard 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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Veken VK347

Prolonged Vacuuming

Most cordless vacuums lack a good battery that would allow them to operate for more than just 20-25 minutes. Fortunately, the Veken VK347 vac has something to bust this misconception. Once fully charged, the VK347 can operate for up to 35 minutes straight, before the battery runs out of power. The charging process, on the other hand, takes up to 3 hours, which is a typical result for a handheld vacuum model.

The unit is equipped with a docking station that can be mounted on a wall if needed. Thanks to this, the dustbuster becomes easily accessible at any given time and can be put back to recharge as long as the base is connected to the power outlet.

With the weight of only 2.4 pounds, the vac is quite easy to wield with one hand, which makes cleaning almost effortless. As for the additional gear, this handy vac comes together with a dust brush tool that removes any debris from both soft and hard surfaces. When it comes to cleaning spots behind and underneath the furniture, you can always attach a crevice tool that is included in the package.

Owing to the increased suction power of 7500 Pa, this dustbuster from Veken easily deals with pet hair, cat litter, and small debris. To add more, the detachable filter ensures that not a single hair will escape once it gets sucked in.

Review of Veken VK347 Handheld Vacuum Cordless/Pet Hair

Powerful Enough to Remove Liquids

What is notable, this vacuum is suitable for both dry and wet cleaning. It's capable of sucking up liquids as long as they are spilled on hard surfaces. This is achieved thanks to a special rubber nozzle that is designed specifically for cleaning any liquid spills. What is more, the built-in liquid tank is separated from the dust cup and allows users to remove up to 3.4 oz of liquid per one go. As for the dust bin, it can handle up to 20 oz of dust and other debris before it needs to be emptied.

The rechargeable 2200 mAh lithium-ion battery included in the package has quite a long service life that can endure up to 2000 charging cycles before it needs to be replaced. And as a nice addition, the vac features 3 bright LED lights that will conveniently indicate when it is time to recharge the unit.

All in all, the Veken VK347 handheld cordless vacuum will be a good pick for you in case you own a cat or a dog that sheds their hair fairly often. It's also perfect for removing dirt, pet stains, food spills, and other mishaps.

Veken VK347 Handheld Vacuum Cordless/Pet Hair in the use

 

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. Additionally, the vacuum can be used to clean cat litter as well.

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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Dirt Devil Scorpion

Deals with Any Type of Dirt

This vacuum from Bissell combines power and portability in one neat device. This is achieved thanks to a relatively low weight of the unit and an exceptionally long 16-foot power cord. Owing to this deft combo, you can reach pretty much every corner in your house.

For added convenience, the Bissel Dirt Devil is equipped with a 2.5-foot hose that will make any spot easily accessible, turning cleaning from a tiresome chore into a quick and effortless task. Moreover, the built-in crevice tool transforms the small vacuum into an almost full-size unit, which is surely one of the main selling points of the device. Once retracted, the crevice tool allows you to pick up dirt, dust, and small debris from any surface.

Aside from its main purpose of cleaning pet hair, this little dustbuster can also be used as a car vacuum. The 7-Amp electric motor of the portable vacuum, combined with the dusting brush, makes it easier for you to clean the upholstery of your vehicle’s interior and the spots underneath the seats. Powerful as it is, this model can get quite noisy but considering its enormous suction power, this hardly will be an issue.

Importantly, the vacuum doesn’t lose its suction power throughout the whole cleaning process. The only thing that can limit the cleaning is the 15 oz dust tank, which could be a little bit larger in our opinion. But other than that, there’s nothing that really affects the performance of the vacuum.

Review of Dirt Devil Scorpion Quick Flip Corded Bagless Handheld Vacuum

Easy to Maintain

Moving on, let’s take a closer look at the inner parts of this little dustbuster. Owing to the high-quality HEPA filter, you can finally get rid of annoying pet hair that gets everywhere.

However, you may notice that the vacuum may not suck dirt and dust that effectively over time. To deal with this problem, you just need to clean the filter. Thanks to the washable materials, the HEPA filter can be rinsed, put back inside, and the vac will be as good as new. To do so, simply detach the filter and rinse it with regular tap water. After this, your vacuum will be ready for another powerful cleaning session.

All things considered, the Bissell Dirt Devil is definitely the best budget-friendly handheld vacuum available on the market today. Light and extremely powerful, it cleans any surface without breaking a sweat.

Dirt Devil Scorpion Quick Flip Corded Bagless Handheld Vacuum 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. 

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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 the cat or dog 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 cat or dog 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