Best Cordless Vacuums for Pet Hair

Best Vacuum for Pet HairHaving a dog in your home is like having a love/hate relationship. You adore them because of their unconditional love but you hate them because they leave a lot of litter and pet hair!

There are 83.3 million dogs and 95.6 million cats in American households and those numbers will continue to grow.

What do those numbers mean? I mentioned those statistics because these are the number of people at risk to have asthma or any respiratory ailment because of exposure to pet hair and other contaminants from these animals.

Perhaps one of the biggest challenges a pet owner has would be cleaning up pet hair. It’s all over the place – the sofa, bed, chair, rugs, carpet, etc. and we’re not even talking about shedding season!

One of the best tools to clean up pet hair would be a cordless vacuum because it will literally clean anywhere. It won’t have the same power as an upright or canister but the portability more than makes up for it.

Enough talk, let’s look at 5 of the best cordless cleaners that’ll help you keep up with the amount of hair shed by your pet.

ModelBlack + Decker Platinum BDH2000FL 20-Volt

Black & Decker Platinum BDH2000FL 20-Volt
Hoover Linx Stick

Hoover Linx Stick
Dyson DC59 MotorHead

Dyson DC59 MotorHead
Hoover Cruise

Hoover Cruise
Shark Pet Perfect II Hand Vac

Shark Pet Perfect II Hand Vac
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Attachments4" Flexi hose

Pet hair cleaning tool

Crevice tool
NoCrevice tool

Combination tool

Mini motorized tool

Direct driven MotorHead tool

Extension wand
Upholstery tool

Crevice tool

Brush tool
Crevice tool

Floor tool

Extension Wand
Cleaning path
Length11.9" + 4 foot hose42"48"45"18.1"
Weight (pounds)
Battery20 volt (Max) Lithium Ion18 volt Lithium Ion22.2v Nickel Manganese Cobalt/Li-ion22v Li-Ion18V Compact Lithium-Ion Battery
Charging time5 hours3 hours3.5 hrsN/A24 hours (initial)

16 hours (afterwards)
Run time
18 - 30 mins15 mins (with the brush roll turned off)

10 mins (with the brush roll turned on)
20 minutes (normal)
6 minutes (boost)
Approx. 30 mins15 mins
Power22-AwN/A28-Aw (normal)
100-Aw (max)
Washable filterYesYesYesYesYes

What's your budget?

Under 100101 to 200201 to 300301 and up

How to Choose One?

The first thing to look for is a pet hair tool and every manufacturer will have its own design.

The most common tool for this is a motorized brush that “sweeps” up pet hair.

Others brands will use agitation – Black & Decker uses this in one of their handheld models.

One big advantage agitation has over a beater bar would be the time needed for upkeep. You’d need to remove the motorized brush and cut off hair and dander build up.

This will take time but these tools are far more efficient so there is a give and take here.

Handhelds are great for upholstery and stairs. But if you also need it to clean floors then I’d recommend something with detachable tools.

A good example would be a Dyson V8 or any of the V6 series that comes with detachable wands that convert it from handheld to stick.

For those looking for a corded stick with the same type of versatility, you can have a close look at the Shark Rocket.

Our pick: Black and Decker BDH2000FL 20-volt

Our Pick - Black and Decker BDH2000FL 20-voltA surprising pick but it is hard to ignore the features that make this one of the best vacuums for pet hair.

It utilizes a unique round shaped pet tool that consumer’s say is effective in cleaning pet hair. Add the 4 foot flexible hose you have a versatile cleaner that can clean almost any nook and cranny.

Note: Black & Decker has an upgraded version of this called the BDH2020FL. It has the same features as the BDH2000FL but with a bit more power and a larger bin.

If you need the extra reach or clean small areas inside the kitchen or living room then the BDH2020FLFH would be a good option because it comes with an extension wand. But this will only work on bare floor.

These two features alone are enough to bolt this to the number 1 slot here.

It uses a lithium ion battery so there is minimal fading and memory loss, and it charges up in just 5 hours. Run time will be around 15-30 minutes which is enough for spot clean ups.

Bottom line: This lightweight cordless is great for cleaning up small mess thanks to its lightweight design. The flexible hose and pet hair tool allow you to really agitate tough pet hair messes on upholstery, yes even inside cars. If you’re looking for a vacuum that will clean up small messes around the house then look no further that this.

Old Reliable: Hoover Linx Stick

Old Reliable - Hoover Linx StickHave you heard of the term “If ain’t broke why fix it”? This term applies to the Hoover Linx Stick.

It’s been in the market for around 5 years but still gets great reviews, particularly from pet owners who love how this stick vacuum picked up pet hair.

This stick vacuum is capable of cleaning large debris like cereal or pet food because it has an opening at the middle that funnels these types of dirt towards the brush roll.

That same brush roll works pretty well on surfaces like hardwood and low/medium pile carpet. CNET did a controlled lab test and reported that the Linx was able to pick up 100% of pet hair on these surfaces. It even outperformed more expensive products like the Dyson V6 Absolute.

Among the “mid level” stick options this is the best in cleaning different surfaces. But its not all roses and peaches with this product.

Potential Issues

Even with the brush roll turned off this vacuum will run for a maximum of 15 minutes. With the beater bar on that goes down to 10 minutes.

Also this product is strictly a floor cleaning machine. It does not have any hose or tools for above the floor cleaning.

Hoover does have a newer product called the Air Cordless that somewhat solves this lack of flexibility.

Power could is another issue that limits how this product cleans. It will have some issues picking up really fine dust on carpet but that shouldn’t be an issue on bare floor.

Plastic quality is also a big concern – especially the part that connects the handle and body. According to reviews this is a weak link in the construction. Even if this comes with a two year warrant, it doesn’t cover wear and tear items.

Bottom line: The Hoover Linx stick vacuum is a great low/mid level cordless for spot cleaning high traffic areas. It will not have the same power as a Dyson but it’s a few hundred dollars cheaper – a good enough reason to buy it.

Versatility at a Premium: Dyson 59 MotorHead

Versatility At A Premium: Dyson DC59 MotorheadThis product is perhaps the most versatile of the 5 vacuums listed here. It’s a similar product to the DC44 but with more power.

Since I’ve featured the DC44 Dyson has unveiled several new products.

And one of them is the Dyson DC59 MotorHead (this is the same as the Dyson V6 MotorHead).

How is this version different from the DC44?

Well the MotorHead is totally new machine from the inside out. First let’s look at the motor.

It comes with the all new V6 motor found in the V6 line. Dyson claims that this is the most powerful cordless vacuum.

If you look at numbers (this one has up to 100 air watts on tap), they are right but there’s a catch.

You’ll have to use the max button which eats more juice than usual.

At the default mode run time will be around 20 minutes. But when you activate the max suction that number goes down to 6 minutes but it is nice to have that power on tap.

It also comes with the updated brush roll that has 75% more agitation than the original DC59 brush roll. The added agitation was evident in CNET’s cleaning test where it picked up 100% of all pet hair scattered on hardwood and carpet (low and mid pile).

The biggest downside to a beater bar would be cleaning off pet hair wrapped up. It isn’t a difficult task but it does take time.

Bottom line: The DC59 MotorHead is the most expensive of the bunch but its versatility makes up for it. You can use it as a stick vacuum and clean pet hair off carpeted or hardwood floors and use the same tool minus the extension wand on upholstery.

Dyson Clone – Hoover Cruise

Another company who’s been busy with product development would be Hoover.

Over the past couple of years alone it has unveiled several new products, some with never before seen features.

Products like the Hoover Air Cordless, Air Cordless Upright and Air Cordless Lift have changed the way consumers see cordless vacuums.

Their latest product is the Hoover Cruise. It follows the same blueprint as a Dyson – interchangeable tools and a detachable wand to give it a level of flexibility to use on floors and upholstery not found in a lot of products.

It is a few hundred dollars cheaper than a Dyson V6 Absolute but it has fewer tools and less power.

If a Dyson is too expensive for you then you have to look at this as an alternative.

Now let’s look in detail how this compares to the original.

First have a look at how the floor tools differ…

Both of these tools have their own motors but the Dyson would provide more agitation and has the fine bristles for picking up dust.

Also what’s lacking in the hoover are padding strips that protect floors from scuff marks.

Compared to the newer brush roll found in the DC59 MotorHead the Hoover is slightly narrower (9″ vs 9.8″).

The Hoover Cruise also has a slightly smaller bin (0.4 vs 0.45 liters).

It wouldn’t match a Dyson in terms of cleaning performance or in refinement but it will still provide a level of cleaning that isn’t a reflection of the price difference.

Bottom line: The Hoover Cruise is a good cheap alternative to the DC59 MotorHead. It will not match the cleaning performance or refinement but it does provide you with a useful tool to pick up pet hair on carpet and bare floor.

The Budget Pet Hair Cleaner – Shark Pet Perfect Hand Held

Budget Pet Hair Cleaner - Shark Pet Perfect Hand Held

The Shark Pet Perfect handheld vacuum is an ideal tool for cleaning pet hair on upholstery.

At just under $50 bucks, this hand vacuum is the cheapest of the 5.

It got good reviews from a couple of big review sites – Good Housekeeping and Consumer Reports.

I’m not gonna lie to you, this influenced my decision to put this in here.

It comes with a motorized brush that inhales pet hair according to Consumer Reports. Good Housekeeping also said it does a good job removing pet hair and gave it a B rating.

However because of these limitations it didn’t go higher.

First, the motorized attachment does not swivel and this makes it difficult to move this back and forth. You’ll have to use your hand and wrist to adjust the angle in order to maintain surface contact which can be straining.

Second, the attachment does not have a locking mechanism that “clicks” in place. Its locking mechanism isn’t as robust as the other vacuums listed here so it’ll fall of when you don’t attach it properly.

Third, it takes too long to charge (16 hours) because it uses a nickel cadmium battery.

Run time will vary based on reviews. It can go long as 15 minutes but that’s without the motorized brush.

On the plus site it costs less than $50 so this product is really cheap or around 50% less than a Black & Decker and Hoover.

This would be great for people who don’t have a lot of pets at home because it’ll have some trouble cleaning a thick layer of hair.

Bottom line: If you’re looking for something cheap, the Shark Pet Perfect hand vac is the perfect choice for you. It is robust enough to clean a small amount of pet hair but don’t expect it to perform as well if you have a family of 5 dogs and 2 cats.

To Wrap It Up

These vacuums will help you clean up small pet hair messes before it piles up into a huge fur ball.

The Black & Decker BDH2020FL would be the best portable option because of the hose and pet hair tool that allows you to really dig in and scrub fabric upholstery.

Hoover Linx is a great option if you’re just looking for a floor cleaning tool – bare floor or carpet. Even with the old tech NiCad battery and limited run time, it does a pretty good job and has been a top selling stick vacuum for years.

If money were not an issue and you value cleaning performance over anything else my hands down choice would be the Dyson DC59 MotorHead.

Remember that Dyson has around 10 variants in their V6 product line and you can select one based on what your need is.

The DC59 and V6 are the same just different branding.

For example, if your home does not have any carpet, you can opt for the V6 Fluffy. Or go with the next step up which is the V8 that has the latest cordless technology Dyson has to offer.

But if Dyson is too expensive then go with the Hoover Cruise. It’s got a similar blueprint as a Dyson so it brings in the same level of versatility but only with less power and refinement. But it costs much less.

The Shark Pet Perfect handheld is the cheapest option here at less than $50 but it uses an old NiCad battery that will take 16 hours to charge.

Garrick Dee

Garrick is the founder of the Cordless Vacuum Guide that originally focused on cordless vacuums but he has now expanded to reviewing corded vacuums and carpet cleaners to be able to provide a more complete guide in terms of choosing the right cleaner.

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