5+ Best Handheld Vacuum Cleaners For Pet Owners
Need a great hand vacuum to clean up pet hair?
Even if you don't allow your pets on your furniture, pet fur and feathers find a way to fly around your rooms until they land on something nice and soft, like your furniture fabric, with great sticktoitiveness. And what about their pet beds and your carpeted stairs? It's a lot easier and more efficient to use a lightweight handheld vacuum cleaner to suck up these pet hairs than an upright vacuum (even upright vacuums designed to be great for pet hair).
Having a lightweight yet powerful hand vacuum to clean up after your dogs and cats can be a life changer for pet owners. And if you have a handheld vacuum that is really great at sucking up pet hair and dander, it will make keeping your home clean so much easier. Here are five of the best handheld vacuums that get rave reviews from pet owners....
The Black + Decker MAX Lithium Vacuum has a high performance motor with cyclonic action to provide really strong suction. It has a cool pivoting head feature which makes it really easy to clean different surfaces easily. It has a handy pivot tool and brush set which is really great for grabbing pet hair from furniture and other upholstery. With its lithium battery, you will have enough of a charge to actually clean without worrying about losing suction before you are done cleaning. Of all the handheld Black + Decker small vacuums, I think this one offers the strongest suction in the smallest package.
With the words 'Pet Hair Eraser' in its name, the Bissell better be good! Well, according to pet owners, it rocks! The Bissell comes with two nozzles, one rubber for cleaning upholstery, one hard plastic for sucking up messes, like when there's kitty litter all over the floor. It's a great vacuum for cleaning furniture.
The Bissell is bag-free and its container is easily removable as is its HEPA filter; both are washable. A powerful little vacuum, a sucker for pet hair, you can find the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Hand Vac 33A1 here.
"Eureka!" pet owners say. The five-pound Eureka Hand-Held Vacuum 71 B is the pet owner favorite on Amazon.com. Indeed, it's not short on suction with its 5.5 amp suction motor. And it has another motor that runs the cleaner!
With an on-board crevice tool and a 'Riser Visor' for carpeted stairs and car upholstery, the Eureka Hand-Held Vacuum 71 B does its snazzy sleek appearance justice.
What a joy it is to own a cordless vacuum, especially a handheld one, which has the benefit of easy portability. You can just hop around from room to room, without having to switch wall outlets. This Hoover Linx Pet Cordless Hand Vac is especially designed to suck up pet hair and its 3-blade attachment for hard surfaces and its two brush attachments for upholstery and fragile surfaces are effective at doing just that.
An 18 volt lithium batter powers this Hoover Linx, and what's great about it is that its power doesn't fade as you use it, like most re-chargeables. When the time comes to charge the battery, it just stops, so it maintains its suction power until then. Another feature of this model is its 25 degree swivel feature, very unusual in a handheld vacuum. Take a closer look at the Hoover Platinum Linx Pet Cordless Hand Vacuum BH50030 at Amazon.
The Dyson DC44 is a hand vacuum with a telescope, immensely convenient for going from sofas to (bare) floors (and cat trees!), and this vac's extension really gets into corners where pet hairs gather. It's also conveniently cordless, with a 20 minute power last. You have to hold the power button down if you want continuous vacuuming, but if you're just doing spots, this should not be a problem.
As you might expect, the Dyson DC44 is more expensive than the other highly rated hand-held vacuums, but most owners say it is well worth it because of its power. If you have only bare floors and you can afford the Dyson, you might not need another vacuum! I splurged and bought this vacuum and I can't recommend it highly enough. It has wonderful suction and it is so light and easy to use that I rarely pull out the upright unless I really want to do a really thorough complete house cleaning. You can find the Dyson DC44 Animal Digital Slim MK2 here.
Bonus - Best Simple No Frills Handheld Vacuum: Dirt Devil SD20005RED Scorpion Quick Flip 7 AMP Hand Vac
If you are looking for something really affordable that still does a great job, consider the Dirt Devil. Customers who swore they would never buy another Dirt Devil have bought the new Dirt Devil Scorpion Quick Flick, and most love it. With 7 AMPs of power and its Quick Flick crevice tool, I can see why.
But there are other advantages to the Dust Buster. First, it's very light weight - only 3.5 pounds. And it has a 3 year warranty, longer than most handheld vacuums. And, even though the Dust Buster has the Quick Flip crevice tool, the vacuum comes with another, more narrow, crevice tool as an attachment, along with two sizes of hoses, and a pet hair brush. This vacuum is great for cleaning furniture and handling small tight spaces. The Dirt Devil SD20005RED Scorpion Quick Flip 7 AMP Hand Vac is available here.
So these are the 5+ hand vacuums that I think are better than all the rest. Have you had good experiences with any of these? Is there one that you think is better?
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Originally published November 2012 and updated and republished May 2015.