What’s the Best Cordless Vacuum for Pet Hair?

No more fuzz on your couch cushions, carpets, and clothes.

Cordless vacuum with white sneakers on rug.
G'bye pet hair.The Creative Exchange, Unsplash

Pets are awesome. Their shedding fuzz is not. Unfortunately, some vacuums aren’t built to handle the job of cleaning the stuff up. Corded, upright vacs with bags are some of the strongest suckers on the market, and are often a great choice for tough cleanups. But they’re bulky, heavy and can be awkward to use. So if you’re on the lookout for a lighter-weight, easy-to-use cordless, here’s what every pet owner should consider.

Shark ION P50 - IC162, Lightweight Cordless Upright Vacuum with HEPA Filter, Handheld Vacuum Mode, and DuoClean for Carpet and Hardfloor Cleaning
This model gets rid of 99.9 percent of dust and other particles that can trigger reactions in people with allergies.Shark

HEPA filters are the gold-standard filtering systems for people with allergies. They’re used in home air purifiers, hospital HVACs, and even some vacuums. If you have people in your home who are sensitive to dander, pet hair or other allergens like dust mites, consider a vacuum with an upgraded filtration system and HEPA filter. They can be a bit more expensive than other models, but the investment in your health and comfort is worth it.

BISSELL ICONpet Cordless with Tangle Free Brushroll, SmartSeal Filtration, Lightweight Stick Hand Vacuum Cleaner
A mid-range model specifically designed with animal-lovers in mind. Includes an anti-clog roller and pet-hair focused tools: a high-powered brush for especially sticky situations and a lighted crevice tool for crannies.Bissell

Have you ever spent a half hour painstakingly taking apart the roller brush on your vacuum so you can cut away long pet (and people) hairs? If you hate this chore as much as we do, you’ll be happy to hear that some vacuum brands are now including tangle-free rollers in their products. They work differently from brand to brand, but some include an extra “comb” that brushes the hairs from the roller so they can get sucked into the dust bin. Others have specially engineered bristles that resist tangles.

Shark Navigator Freestyle Upright Stick Cordless Bagless Vacuum for Carpet, Hard Floor and Pet with XL Dust Cup and 2-Speed Brushroll (SV1106), White/Grey
A solid pick from a well-loved brand. It’s not as slim or light as stick vacuums, but we're fans of the oversized dirt-collection bin—fewer trips back and forth to the trash can to empty it.Shark

One drawback of some cordless machines is their skinny dust bins. Small dirt-catchers are great for slimming down a vacuum’s profile and making it lighter to carry, but the tradeoff is that the bin fills up faster and may need to be dumped mid-job. If extending your uninterrupted cleaning time is more important than how much your vacuum weighs, consider one with a larger-than-average dust cup.

Dyson V7 Motorhead Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner, Fuchsia
This already lightweight model converts into a little handheld perfect for use on furniture, car upholstery and stairs. Battery life isn't as long as other models, so it's best for quick jobs.Dyson

Pets get hair and other messes on…everything, not just your floors. So you may want to consider a convertible vac that can quickly transform into a handheld. Most stick vacuums are already somewhat lightweight, but anyone who has tried to hoist one up onto a couch cushion knows how unwieldy that can be. Convertible cordless—and corded—vacs are fairly common these days, so luckily you will have plenty of options to choose from if you go this route.

Also Consider

MOOSOO Cordless Vacuum 4 in 1 Powerful Suction Stick Handheld Vacuum Cleaner for Home Hard Floor Carpet Car Pet - XL-618A, Lightweight
A cheaper model is likely not going to be as powerful—or durable—as a pricier one. But if you're on a budget and need a pet hair solution ASAP, consider this one. It does have the all-important motorized floor brush for rugs and carpets, and even a HEPA filter for dust and allergens.MOOSOO M
Dyson V11 Torque Drive Cordless Vacuum Cleaner, Blue
This high-end pick is specially designed for pets, with a 60-minute run time and advanced filtration technology to help trap pet hair and other allergens.Dyson