Top 8 Best Cordless Vacuums for Pet Hair 2019

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If you’re like most pet owners, even though your love for your fluffy companion is unmatched, it does not mean that you love finding their hair all over your home. Even if your dog matches the duvet or your cat the carpet, an invaluable tool for pet owners is the right pet hair vacuum to combat the cyclical mess of shedding!

Dirt and debris cling to pet hair, and while you are an “animal lover,” you probably don’t consider yourself a “dust bunny lover.” Cohabitation with a pet means taking care of them, but also means taking care of your home in new ways, and that shouldn’t have to feel like an arduous chore.

Gravity and static cling settle most shed hair onto your floors, carpets, cushions, or other surfaces where your pet might play or rest. If it stays there, it can easily find its way onto your clothes or even into your morning coffee! Regular cleaning of those surfaces goes a long way toward making your home comfortable for you and your pet, not to mention inviting to others–and the right tool for the job goes a long way.

Let’s explore a top eight list of vacuums that you should consider when researching the right product to complement your four-legged companion!

Our Top 8 – Quick Overview

1. Dyson V11 Animal

Dyson V11 Animal Cordless Vacuum Cleaner, Purple Dyson holds an excellent track record in the world of vacuums, so from this “animal” you can expect top performance. The V11 is built to impress. This latest version of Dyson’s tchnology is a fourteen-cyclone system that ups the ante.

The V11 Animal is the most formidable cordless stick vacuum we have ever had the pleasure of testing. It packs an efficient DC motor and a digital pet-hair brush with a nylon bristle that really gets the job done. Its carbon fiber filaments are ahead of the curve at picking up finer particles on hard surfaces.

This vacuum also comes with a high torque cleaning head, mini motorized cleaning head, combination tool, a crevice tool, and a stubborn dirt brush – everything you need to remove pet hair, pet stains, and other grime from every crevice of your home.

ECO, Auto, or power boost modes with LED display, allow you to modulate the rate of battery use against the intensity of your cleaning job. The notable nickel-cobalt-aluminum battery can go for a full hour of vacuuming after just 4.5 hours of charge time. This model also has an easy drop-in wall-mounted dock to make charging and storage simple and tidy.

At 6.68 lbs, the V11 is light and space efficient. There is a convenient touch and release emptying button to clean out your 0.2-gallon bin. If you are interested in an easy to handle stick vacuum to help you combat pet hair, look no further than this beast!

Pros

  • 1 hour runtime
  • Powerful but quiet
  • High quality filtration
  • Large dust bin
  • 2-year warranty

Cons

  • Non-swappable battery

2. Tineco Pure ONE S12 Plus

Tineco Cordless Vacuum Cleaner, Pure ONE S12 Plus Smart Stick Vacuum 500W Rating Power Auto-Adjust Suction LED Screen Display App Control 2LED Power Brush Perfect for Hardfloor Carpet Hair Corner

In line with its price point, the Tineco S12 Plus is a sophisticated piece of machinery, well equipped to handle pet hair. Tineco is a new name on the market. It’s a subsidiary of Ecovacs Robotics, Inc. of San Francisco, CA, a prominent robot vacuum company.

The S12 is user-friendly with smartphone app integration that gives performance feedback in real-time, as well as cleaning reports, maintenance reminders and instant access to tech support (though you don’t need to use this feature in order to get great cleaning performance out of this vacuum).

With up to 150 air watts of suction, it’s powerful. More than four times more powerful than Tineco’s first generations stick vacuum. It weighs just 6.6 pounds and its impressive runtime is up to 100 minutes.

In both handheld and upright position an “iLoop Sensor” in the stem screens the quantity of debris that passes in order to adjust the suction for optimal performance, and to limit the use of maximum suction to achieve the best possible battery life. (This can also be overridden manually using control buttons on the handle).

Pros

  • Long runtime
  • Smart functions
  • Superior filtration
  • Excellent maneuverability
  • Removeable, rechargeable batteries

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Dust bin can clog

3. Tineco A11 Master+

Tineco A11 Master+ Cordless Vacuum Cleaner, 450W Rating Power High Suction,Dual Charging Wall Mount, Lightweight Handheld Stick Vacuum, 2 LED Brush for Pet Hair Hardwood Floor, 2 Year Warranty

This Tineco option offers two detachable batteries that, used consecutively, deliver up to 50 minutes of runtime to keep you going. Its MAX mode goes up to 120 air watts of deep cleaning suction and its full-size power brushes are especially designed to remove pet hair.

The A11 Master+ converts to a handheld vacuum, so that cleaning pet hair and dirt from the car, mattress, and sofa is a breeze. The bin is transparent for easy fullness visibility, as well as easy to empty. The four-stage filtration system secures 99.99% of particulates with no leaks, so all that flows out of your machine is clean, non-allergenic air. It comes with a rinse-free filter cleaning tool.

The primary nozzle is suitable for both delicate surfaces like hardwood as well as carpets. It’s gentle, but the brush also spins to adequately disturb the dust particles lodged in your carpet fibers. The cleaning heads also come with bright LED lights, so you can see what’s going on in shadowy corners and dark crevices.

It can be wall mounted for easy storage and battery charging–and since two batteries can change at once, this set up gives you the convenience of starting each cleaning job with maximum battery life at your disposal.

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Superior filtration
  • Cleaning head lights
  • Handheld convertible
  • Excellent maneuverability
  • Removeable, rechargeable batteries

Cons

  • Relatively short runtime
  • Primary nozzle isn’t great for tight corners

4. Shark ION F80

Shark ION F80 Lightweight Cordless Stick Vacuum with MultiFLEX, DuoClean for Carpet & Hardfloor, Hand Vacuum Mode, and (2) Removable Batteries (IF281)

The Shark ION F80 is notable on the market for its long runtime, with two detachable batteries that, used consecutively, deliver up to 80 minutes of runtime. The batteries charge in just three and a half hours. This battery life that gives even Dyson a run for its money. Additional batteries can be purchased separately, as well as replacement parts or other accessories.

Its DuoClean® cleaning head works well on hardwood and carpet. Instead of a single brush roll, it has two, carefully designed to work together to remove large particles as well as fine dust from your carpets and floors. The MultiFLEX® feature allows for dynamic under-furniture reaching and compact storage. It weighs in at 8.7 pounds.

This machine has LED headlights, fingertip controls, and transforms into a handheld vacuum at the push of a button, for convenient cleaning above floor level. The transparent dust bin allows you to judge when to empty based on the “max fill” line. To empty the “dust cup” (as Shark calls it) simply detach the handheld by pressing “wand release,” hold over your trash receptacle and press the “empty” button.

The pre-motor foam & felt filters are reusable and washable! They should be rinsed and left to dry for approximately twenty-four hours, about once a month. The post-motor filter approximately every nine months. It comes with an impressive five-year warranty.

It includes two accessory bags for storing the following range of useful tools when they aren’t in use: the pet multi-tool, the deep-cleaning motorized pet tool; 8-inch and 12-inch crevice tools; an 18-inch flexi crevice tool; five versatile dusting brushes; a precision duster; two upholstery tools; and assorted micro tools for cars and keyboards.

Pros

  • Freestanding
  • Solid runtime
  • 5-year warranty
  • MultiFlex® technology
  • DuoClean® technology
  • Removeable, rechargeable batteries

Cons

  • No HEPA filter
  • Small dust bin
  • Heavy

5. Shark IONFlex 2X DuoClean

Shark IONFlex 2X DuoClean Cordless Ultra-Light Stick Vacuum, IF251, Blue

The Shark IONFlex has with two detachable batteries that, used consecutively, deliver up to 60 minutes of runtime, and take three hours to charge. With approximately 115 air watts of maximum suction and DuoClean® technology, it can transition easily between different types of floor in your home.

It includes four tools: a pet multi-tool, a duster crevice tool, an anti-allergen dusting brush, and a MultiFLEX under appliance wand. It’s 8.7 pounds and offers a 5-year warranty. The shared motor of the two brush rolls helps pull particles in right up to cleaner head. There is also a buffing effect that removes stuck-on dirt from smooth floor surfaces.

The Shark IONFlex easily converts from a stick vacuum to a handheld vacuum. Attachments will fit on each. The controls are simple, one-touch buttons, and all filters are washable and reusable. Headlights on the primary head are a nice feature, while MultiFLEX technology means you can compactly park this vacuum anywhere you want, even while a battery charges somewhere else. (A hinge mid-wand allows it to pivot and fold over on itself so that the vacuum can sturdily free stand).

Pros

  • Freestanding
  • 5-year warranty
  • DuoClean® technology
  • MultiFlex® technology
  • More attachments available online
  • Removeable, rechargeable batteries

Cons

  • No HEPA filter
  • Small dust bin
  • Heavy

6. Black + Decker HCUA525JP

BLACK+DECKER POWERSERIES PRO Pet Cordless Stick Vacuum, 2-in-1, Purple (HCUA525JP)

This cordless 2in1 pet vacuum has rubber bristles that don’t tangle and effectively pull hairs out of carpet fibers. The dust compactor feature means you have to empty the dust bin less often. There is a display that updates the user on the charge level of the internal battery (Batterysense™) and one that alerts you of the filter’s need for a change (Filtersense™).

An LED light illuminates the way to surfaces ahead in need of cleaning. The HCUA525JP Pet has automatic adjustment features for different floor types and can be manually adjusted by the Smartech™ touchscreen. This vacuum weighs 8.25 lbs.

Attachments are a 3 in 1 accessory tool: 6-inch nozzle, crevice tool, and upholstery brush, as well as pet accessories: 5-inch pet brush and a 9-inch pet crevice. The battery maxes out at up to 60 minutes of runtime. The dust bin is easily emptied into a trash bin with the touch of a button.

The extension wand and 4-foot hose make this product versatile and allow for overhead reach. The primary canister can detach for portable, handheld use. The brushes in the main cleaning head are easily separated for cleaning.

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Washable filter
  • Dust compactor
  • Anti-tangle rubber bristles

Cons

  • No HEPA filter
  • Non-swappable battery

7. Shark Navigator

Notably a great vacuum for pet hair, the battery-operated Shark Navigator Freestyle Cordless Stick Vacuum comes with a one-year warranty. It is easily maneuverable around furniture, performs especially well on carpet, and has a large dust bin capacity—which means even though it is a breeze to empty in your garbage can, you spend doing that!

Six hours of charge time on its precision charging stand earns you approximately fifteen minutes of vacuum power, so this machine is best for maintaining cleanliness in small areas. It has a 2-speed motorized brush roll that buffs grime up off the floor and lifts embedded pet hair out of carpets.

The Shark Navigator Freestyle Cordless weighs in at 7.5 lbs. The battery is a 14.4 V nickel-metal-hydride. This vacuum does not convert to a handheld, nor does it come with a selection of interchangeable tools.

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Large dust bin
  • Stops charging when battery is full

Cons

  • Short runtime
  • Relatively noisy
  • No accessory tools
  • Non-swappable battery
  • Does not convert to handheld

8. Hoover Linx BH50010

Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner, Lightweight, BH50010, Grey

The LINX Cordless Fade-Free Lithium-Ion Battery System includes an interchangeable, rechargeable lithium-ion battery that maxes out at about 20 minutes of runtime after a three-hour charge. Charging can happen anywhere, in the standalone charger. There is also a power gauge that will let you know how much power remains as you clean.

Its Extreme Recline Handle and low-profile base allow you to reach further under and around furniture.  This saves you from having to move furniture out of the way as you hunt down those pet-hair dust bunnies. The brush rolls must be turned on separately for even stronger suction power, but both the motorized brush roll and the edge cleaning bristles are remarkably effective on corners and edges.

This model transitions seamlessly from hard surfaces to carpeted ones. The power controls are at your fingertips – right on the handle. The swivel motion at the base is somewhat limited, but Windtunnel Technology™ provides suction that impressively lifts and eliminates loose particles as well as deeply embedded dust and hair.

This machine is the heaviest on this list and still comes in under 10 lbs. Its wide cleaning path can shorten your cleaning time. The bottom release dust bin is relatively large and is no-hassle to empty. There is a 2-year warranty included.

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Handles corners well
  • two-year warranty
  • Removeable battery

Cons

  • No accessory tools
  • Short battery life
  • Does not convert to a handheld

Summary

These are all great vacuums, so keep in mind that we are comparing the best ones! However, as you might expect, at least to some extent, you get what you pay for. Some of the less expensive vacuums on the list can certainly get pet hair off your floor, but they lack versatility, have shorter run times, and are bulkier machines. These drawbacks scale with the cost difference.

If you are cleaning a small space without a lot of edges and obstacles, these shortcomings don’t concern you. Further, consider if a HEPA filter is important to you; or whether you prefer maneuverability over versatility; or swappable batteries for continual charging vs. the grab-and-go ease of a wall-mounted charging with an internal battery.

If you are looking for a straightforward machine that wins for being lightweight, powerful, elegant, versatile, and quiet performance (because most of our pet friends don’t like a roaring vacuum, and likely neither do you), Dyson V11 Animal is a worthy investment and at the top of this list for a reason.

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Dyson V11 Animal Cordless Vacuum Cleaner, Purple
  • Twice the suction of any cord-free vacuum. ¹
  • High Torque cleaner head intelligently adapts to different floor types (in Auto mode)
  • Dyson Digital motor V11 helps deliver 40% more suction power than the Dyson V8 cord-free.
  • Whole-machine filtration captures 99. 97% of microscopic dust particles as small as 0. 3 microns.
  • Up to 60 minutes fade-free floor cleaning* *Actual runtime will vary based on power mode and/or attachments used.
  • 14 cyclones generate forces of more than 79, 000g to fling microscopic particles into the bin.

Buying Guide for Cordless Vacuums

Here is a quick list of basic vacuum knowledge to get you started as you search for the right pet hair management machine for your home-type and your lifestyle:

Upright vs. Stick and Handheld

Upright vacuums are classic. Often most effective at sucking up dirt and hair from both hard floors and carpet, they usually have wider heads, so they can clean large areas quickly.

Among upright vacuums, there are single-motor models and dual-motor models. The former is a vacuum and brush driven by one motor, while the dual-motor has a separate motor for the brush, giving it more suction and power.

Stick vacuums are compact, lightweight, and often easily convert to a handheld for cleaning harder to reach places in upholstery, car interiors, vents, spiderwebbed corners, or windowsills.

Stick vacuums are excellent for high traffic areas that require daily Passover (e.g. everywhere your pet goes!). If you are a multistory dweller, you might want one on each floor of your home.

Lifestyle Considerations

  • Since you are looking to clean up pet hair, power is going to be a consideration, and you may also be interested in attachments specially design for pet hair—with tough brushes and wider opening to limit clogging at the head.
  • Your vacuuming schedule is a factor. If you are vacuuming daily, your convenience (vacuum weight and maneuverability) might be more important than the suction power of runtime. On the other hand, if you vacuum infrequently, you might want to invest in a machine with a long runtime, a lot of power, and a large dustbin, so you aren’t constantly interrupting your deep clean to empty it.
  • If dust mites or other allergens are an issue for anyone in your house, a HEPA filter may be important, and the ability to wash the filter and reuse it can save you money in the long run.
  • Pets, babies, or neighbors might all be compelling reasons to seek out a relatively quiet machine.

Finally, Know Your Features

  • Most modern vacuums and all of those on this list are bagless. They have a hygienic dust bin that empties into your garbage can at the touch of a button, and they save you money on replacements bags, as well as the hassle of fiddling with inserting them. Some models have a clear dust bin so you can easily see when it has reached capacity and needs to be emptied.
  • Many homes have a variety of floor surfaces throughout, so look for a vacuum that can handle multi-floor or multi-surface situations.
  • Power can describe the amps delivered to your vacuum battery from your all outlet, up to a maximum of twelve for a home outlet. Whereas air watts indicate the vacuum’s sucking power capacity. Anything greater than 200 air watts can be considered powerful.
  • HEPA filters remove particles like dust, dander, and allergens from the air. If your model requires filter replacement, you will need to do that every six months or so. Washable, reusable filters are convenient and can save you money.
  • Before buying a cordless vacuum, carefully weigh the battery charge time and run time to make sure that you will have the time you need to get your cleaning done on your schedule. Runtime describes how long the machine will run on a full battery. Charge time is the interval required to recharge those batteries on the charger once they are run down.

While the list prices associated with this top eight offer some useful information, bear in mind that you can often find cordless vacuums at discounted price points, so poke around online and call your local home and consumer electronic stores. Also, keep your eye out for sale events. Happy shopping!

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