These Lightweight Cordless Machines are Some of the Best Stick Vacuum for Pet Hair on the Market

TL;DR: Dyson V8 is still the king in this segment. It’s still the best stick vacuum on the market, especially for pet hair.

Here are the stick vacuums we will be reviewing:

Gone are the days of corded, bulky and heavy vacuum cleaners. Say hello to the best the industry has to offer – Cordless Stick Vacuums.

Stick vacuums typically weighing under 8lbs, and has a run time of up to 40 minutes. They are my favorite type of vacuum cleaners. They make cleaning almost fun again, but definitely much more bearable. So here are my picks of the best stick vacuum for pet hair.

Stick vacuums are my ride-or-die type of vacuum – and here’s how I pick the best

Stick vacuums (part of the upright vacuum category) will become the main vacuum for most households.  It’ll be taking the crown throughout 2022 as the most popular type of vacuum cleaner. The canister vacuum follows closely behind.

This shift in consumer preference is met by a boom in the stick vacuum market. And this is good news!

More demand = more competition = better products

So goes the conventional wisdom.

Here are the top 3 things you need to look out for to determine if a stick vacuum is good. These features pertain to pet owners cleaning up after their pets. So whether it is fur, dander, feathers, dirt or litter dust, you need to be able to clean it up quickly and easily.

The process should be somewhat pleasant enough for both you and your furries. So that both can stay on top of cleaning and messing up respectively.

Cleanable/ washable filter

Warning: If you’re easily grossed out by fecal matter, skip ahead to the next requirement on the list.

TL;DR Cats are dirty, but the filter doesn’t need to be.

Cats are not very clean creatures. There, I said it. People often mistake constant grooming with cleanliness. Let’s think about that for a moment.

When does putting a body part on another body part (tongue on fur, that is, get your head out of the gutter) qualifies as pursue of hygiene? I don’t think so.

And let’s not forget the biggest un-cleanliness thing that cats (at least the ones I have the great honor to be of servant to) do: flinging out poop-coated litter from the litter box.

You know, small bits of poop clinging to litter. Or Mr Fluffy has an upset stomach and had to take a watery dump. Nasty!

It’s been countless times when I had to clean up that sort of mess, and it ain’t pretty. You basically have 3 options:

Option #1: Sweep it up with a broom

There is a VERY high chance of a poop-transfer situation. That’s getting poop on the broom bristle, and the fecal matter gets transferred to another area in your home. No, thank you.

Option #2: Wipe it with some wet paper towels

It needs to be wet. Otherwise it doesn’t stick to your towels, and you’ll just be dragging it across the floor (not a pretty sight). I do this quite often for a small pile of mess. But I’m loss when it’s a big mess.

Here’s a case study: Pooper dragged out some poop-coated litter. Roommate takes a toilet break, and dragged out even more mess after realizing its paws touched Pooper’s poop. So Roommate starts frantically flinging poop-coated litter around. Now, that’s some vivid imagery.

Option #3: Vacuum it

Against my better judgement, I sometimes go for this option. Without realizing the poop-coated litter is going to travel up the nozzle, through the wand and into the dust cup, if I’m lucky.

What if the filter cap is not secure? Hypothetically speaking, fecal matter can get into the filter. Gasp!

So a washable filter is one of my main requirements in a vacuum cleaner. Wash it with water and mild detergent, let it dry and assemble it back into the machine, sans-poop.

Some filter designs are easier to clean than others. Consider opting for a flat surface if possible, it’s much easier to clean than an accordion-style filter.

HEPA filter

High-efficiency particulate air, or HEPA, is a common filtration system in air purifiers. And according to the study by Health Quality Ontario, “A HEPA filter uses mechanical filtration to remove airborne particles. A HEPA filter is standardized at a minimum 99.97% efficiency rating for removing particles greater than or equal to 0.3μm (1/83,000 of an inch) in diameter.”

Multiple scientific articles have shown the efficacy of HEPA filters on improving air quality, especially for asthmatic children or adult sensitized to cat or dog .

The “[p]rimary end points in combined asthma outcomes (bronchial reactivity and treatment requirements) were statistically improved in the treatment group over the controls.”

Although a vacuum cleaner does a very different job than an air purifier, a vacuum cleaner is usually the first line of defense. It is the first to triage any dirt and dust situation, and having a HEPA filter on it is definitely a good call.

Noise level

European Union lawmakers drew a line at 80 decibels (dB). This is an effort to increase energy efficiency and lower carbon emission.

The EU has banned the sales of vacuum cleaners operating at above 80 dB back in 2017. And for the hearing and mental wellbeing of creatures in our household, we ought to get onboard as well.

Quiet Mark is an international approval award program associated with the UK Noise Abatement Society charitable foundation.

According to the organization “it has not been uncommon for some [vacuum cleaners] to emit around 95 decibels, a level that could damage hearing if exposure is regular and prolonged; 85 is the so-called “action level” where heavy-duty hearing protection, through ear plugs or headphones, is recommended.“.

I know what you’re thinking – Wouldn’t the suction power go down the drain as well? Well, according to the same The Guardian article, a reduction in motor size (to increase energy efficiency and lower carbon emission) is not going to affect the suction power. As “motor size is rarely an indicator of effectiveness”, so we can put that concern to rest.

Getting a quieter vacuum cleaner is clearly a good idea for your pet’s (and your) hearing and the environment. Double win!

These are among my top concerns when it comes to picking out a stick vacuum. Why specifically a stick vacuum? Because it’s my main machine, it’s the vacuum cleaner that I’ll be using for the weekly deep clean. I might have different requirements for a handheld vacuum. But it’s my stick vacuum that does the heavy lifting.

Bissell PowerEdge Pet Stick Vacuum

Best stick vacuum for pet hair on hard surfaces

If your home has zero carpeted area, then this stick vacuum is for you. This is a classic case of getting the right tool for the job.

Bissell has specifically labelled this as a stick vacuum for hardwood floor. And it excels at that. It is not marketed to be used for carpets or rugs. So folks, let it fulfill its destiny.

Now let’s address the elephant in the room – the pacman looking foot. The Bissell PowerEdge Pet Stick Vacuum comes with a one-of-a-kind V-shaped brush attachment. This design allows 2 things to happen.

First, it allows you to go right up against corners and edges. The brush bristles hugs baseboards and furniture legs, making  cleaning twice as quick. As you are covering 2 adjacent sides in one sweep.

Secondly, like pacman with it’s mouth wide-open when gobbling up the power cookies, this stick vacuum gather debris using the wider opening into the ‘mouth’.

This increases what it’s called the cleaning path width to 11.35 inches. That’s pretty wide, considering the typical foot on a stick vacuum is usually around 9-10 inches.

Another feature that makes it such a winner for hardwood floors is the V-shaped base is lined with rubber squeegees. The squeegee drags/pushes dirt and hair to the center, which is where the suction point is.

This stick vacuum works on most hard surfaces: hardwood, tile/ceramic, LVF (luxury vinyl floors), and concrete.

This stick vacuum is corded and the 20 feet cord can start to feel too short when you’re working on larger floor spaces. It can get tiring (and annoying) having to replug the vacuum constantly.

Weighing 7.5lbs, this vacuum is easy to use, and easy to clean. But the loud noise from this stick vacuum is still its biggest weakness, in my books. If it’s not easy on my pet’s ears, I’ll say forget about it.

Pros: Wide cleaning path, unique base that cleans efficiently

Cons: Only cleans hard surfaces, loud noise

Moosoo Cordless 4-in-1 Stick Handheld Vacuum

Best budget stick vacuum for pet hair

This versatile unit has an outstanding performance when compared to other stick vacuums twice its price. This cordless stick vacuum can hold a charge up to 45 minutes, that’s comparable to the runtime of a Dyson V8.

The battery is detachable from the machine and it takes about 5 hours to fully charge.

The Moosoo Cordless 4-in-1 Stick Handheld Vacuum is relatively quiet, and that’s music to my ears. I like it when a cleaning tool is not actively disrupting your life, and all you can do is to only clean when using it.

With this stick vacuum on low power, you can actually have a conversation. I don’t have to scream at my companion whose face is only 2 feet from mine.

You can use this unit as a stick vacuum or a handheld. The base machine (without attachment on) is 3.3 lbs. It comes with a small cleaning tool (to clean the vacuum – How meta is that!) especially for long hair that’s stuck in the motorized brush.

This stick vacuum cleans well on most surfaces,. It does a great job at pulling hair out of high pile rugs as well (when using the high power setting).

Cleanup is easy, the dust cup hold about 5.5 cups. It has a HEPA filtration system and the cloth-like material on the filter is washable. Remember to use water and mild detergent only.

Dry it before assembling it back into the machine since this vacuum does not do well with water. It is a dry-only vacuum. All in all, this is a great option if you’re looking to get a stick (and handheld) vacuum that does it all.

Pros: Lightweight, low noise

Cons: Cannot handle carpet well

Dyson V8 Absolute Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner

Best Stick Vacuum for Pet Hair, if you have the budget for it

This might not be the latest or most powerful model in the Dyson line of all-too-expensive vacuum cleaners. But it’s the best for what we need our vacuums to (primarily) do – clean up pet mess, quietly.

Another thing we love about this particular unit is that it’s mid-range price, without losing out suction power. It’s still one of the best selling models in the Dyson lineup.

Most vacuum cleaners produce noise between 75-80 decibels (dB). And according to HealthLink British Columbia, noise above 85 dB is harmful. The Dyson V8 Stick Vacuum operates at a relative quiet 67 dB.

This is a major advantage this unit has over the other contenders, because noise is my #1 priority. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, if the vacuum will be scaring the daylight out of my pets, I wouldn’t be using it even if it cleans like a dream.

And especially if I’m going to use the vacuum multiple times a week. I don’t want my pets scrabbling under the bed or hide in the storage room every time I take the vacuum cleaner out to clean.

The Dyson V8 Stick Vacuum is great for both carpets (high or low pile, using the motorized brush head) and hard surfaces (hardwood, tiles, LVF, etc.).

The dust cup (2.3 cups) is an okay size, emptying it can be a bit tricky if there’s long hair in there. It requires some reach-in-and-pull-hair-out action, which is not too fabulous, but there’s really not much to complain about this machine.

It weighs 5.75 lbs, which is in the neighborhood of Dyson’s line of stick vacuums – between 5 to 6 lbs. It is very easy to maneuver and is definitely light enough to vacuum the ceiling with (yes, it’s not weird, how else are you going to get rid of the cobwebs?).

It takes about 5 hours to fully charge, and run fade-free up to 40 minutes (definitely less when you use the motorized brush).

Pros: Quiet, cleans all surface types

Cons: Relatively small dust cup, process of emptying dust cup can be clunky

Tineco A10 Hero Handheld Stick Vacuum

If Dyson V8 is way out of budget, then this is vacuum is your best bet for combating pet hair

If the Dyson V8 Stick Vacuum is simply too much money for just a vacuum cleaner, then consider the Tineco A10 Hero Handheld Stick Vacuum. This more affordable option does pack a punch in the suction power department (110 W vs Dyson V8’s 115 W).

It handles pet hair and mess well on carpets as well as hard surfaces like tiles or concrete. The long wand snaps off and you can turn it into a handheld vacuum.

This stick vacuum operates at around 70 decibels (dB), it is around 3 dB louder than the Dyson V8. But remember, the decibel scale is logarithmic (not linear like a ruler).

“[T]he logarithmic decibel scale goes up in powers of ten: every increase of 10dB on the scale is equivalent to a 10-fold increase in sound intensity”. That means it’s significant enough to hear the difference.

If you’re unsure if a single charge will be sufficient for your entire cleaning routine, then there’s good news for you. The battery pack is detachable, and you can purchase a second battery pack.

This can be a game changer for homes with large square footage but still want the convenience of cordless stick vacuums. Once you go cordless, you’ll realize how much time is actually spent re-plugging and adjusting cords every few pass.

A full charge gets you about 10-25 minutes (depending on the power mode used). And it takes about 3.5 hours to charge completely.

The Tineco A10 Hero Handheld Stick Vacuum is easy to use and the power button is well designed. If you’re spot cleaning, you can aim and press the button to stuck up debris. If you want continuous power, it’s just a flip of the clip.

The dust cup holds about 1.7 cups. The filter can be washed (and cleaning it often makes a world of difference in the suction power). But do make sure to dry it thoroughly before reassembling.

Pros: Good suction power, detachable battery pack, option for continuous power

Cons: Louder than Dyson, battery runtime is short

Bissell Air Ram 1984 Cordless Vacuum

If carrying weight is a problem, then this model will be your best bet

The Bissell Air Ram Cordless Vacuum has a slightly different build than a typical stick vacuum. Its motor and dust cup are located at the foot pedal of the machine.

This bottom-heavy design is more ergonomic as you’re not carrying the bulk of the weight at your wrist. The wand/stick (with the handle) is simply to maneuver the machine. So think of it as a robot vacuum, but with a stick handle attached. It pivots at the base, and provides good maneuverability.

This stick vacuum works well on most common types of surfaces. It does not come with any extra attachment or brush rolls. You’re using just one motorized brush for everything. And it works very well!

It’s convenient as you don’t need to swap out attachment (or figure out how to carry or store them). And speaking of storage, this unit is very compact. The stick handle collapse down to half the length and you can store it in lower, tighter spots.

The suction power on this machine is very strong, even rivals some of the corded units. It picks up pet hair on carpet, even high pile ones. And one of the biggest advantages of this stick vacuum is the run time.

It runs up to 40 minutes fade-free. This is on par with the Dyson V8’s run time, but with a much more affordable price tag. The battery pack is detachable. This allows the vacuum to be stored elsewhere while the battery is charging. A full charge takes approximately 4 hours.

The dust cup holds about 2.5 cups, it empties extremely well with practically no mess. Just lift out the dust container, open it and use the built-in slider to push all the debris out. It’s very simple and straightforward.

A con of this machine is the filter seal. It sometimes allow dirt to get from the dust cup into the filter. Although the filter is washable (and you should be cleaning it anyways every so often), it’s just takes more work to clean it out.

Pros: Bottom-heavy design for good weight distribution, good suction, great run time

Cons: No extra attachment, flimsy filter seal

Clean, cleaner and quiet are the name of the game

So what’s my pick in this vacuum cleaner category? The Dyson V8 Stick Vacuum. It ticks all the boxes in my top 3 requirements: cleanable filter, HEPA filter and low noise level. 

The Dyson V8 Stick Vacuum comes with a cloth-like filter that’s very easy to clean. It has the texture of a microfiber cleaning cloth, it washes and rinses well, and dries quickly.

Dyson claims that it’s a lifetime filter, meaning you don’t ever have to change it. But having pets dramatically increase the volume of cleaning that the vacuum will be doing in its lifetime. So I’d say, just change it out every 6 months or so.

The HEPA filter is not a standard feature on all Dyson vacuum cleaners. Older models don’t have them. Both the Dyson V8 Animal or Absolute come with HEPA filters.

Finally, the noise level on the Dyson V8 stick vacuum is definitely within the acceptable range (under 80 dB). Operating at under 70 dB, this quiet machine still produces one of the stronger suction power on this list.

If you have the budget for it, I would recommend getting the Dyson V8. It’s an elegant solution to the messy life with pets we all endure.