The Best Shark Vacuums for Pet Hair, According to Our In-Depth Testing

The clear winner is the Rocket Pet Pro Cordless Stick Vacuum.

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Living with pets makes your home a happier place, but that tail-wagging level of joy also comes with messy downsides. Even if your furry friend is properly house-trained so that you never have to worry about stained carpets or scratched furniture, they can't help that all of that playing, lounging, and petting leads to constant shedding.

If you're shopping for a vacuum for pet hair, you've likely seen several options from Shark. Shark pet vacuums are popular thanks to their affordable prices and innovative features aimed at sucking up every single piece of fur in your home. We put those features to the test ourselves to find the best Shark vacuums for pet hair.

  • Best Overall: Shark Rocket Pet Pro Cordless Stick Vacuum
    Our favorite by far, this stick model sucked up pet hair without tangling, and the fold-up feature makes it small and space-friendly without sacrificing power.
  • Best Robot: Shark AI VacMop
    The mopping features of this device aren't top-notch, but its ability to pick up invisible-to-the-eye pet hair makes up for that.
  • Best for Everyday Use: Shark Wandvac
    Available in colors like mint green, rose gold, and navy, the Wandvac makes cleaning up pet hair a stylish chore.

How We Tested

We put these vacuums through a series of in-studio tests and at-home trials with our editors' own pets. In our studios, we tested suction strength by picking up whole and crushed cereal, cat litter, synthetic hair, and synthetic pet hair on a variety of low and high pile carpets, textured rugs, and tile. We also tested the durability of each model by running it into baseboards and knocking them over. We took note of how easy it was to empty the dustbins into the trash and the experience of contacting customer service in the event of a broken part or malfunction.

After our in-studio testing, we sent the vacuums home with editors, where they used them to clean up real pet hair and recorded their findings.

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Shark Vacuum Features

Alex Moschella, manager of product development at Shark, says the brand's vacuum features are constantly evolving with customer wants and needs. For example, its self-cleaning brush roll allows users to suck up pet hair while keeping the machine clean and free of blockage. Plus, Shark vacuums are designed to stand out—some are offered in various colors, like the Wandvac mint green and rose gold vacuum, so you don't have to sacrifice your home's color palette for powerful suction.

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Here is a breakdown of the Shark features you'll see on vacuums included in this list.

  • Self-Cleaning Brush Roll: This component is designed to pick up pet and human hair without hair wrapping around the roller. Our testing found there is a limit to the amount of hair it will pick up before it starts to tangle, but the way the fins and bristles lift the hair off the roller make it easy to cut out if needed.

    If hair does become entangled, keep the vacuum running on a low pile carpet to help it suction through the barrel, advises Moschella. If that doesn't solve the problem, follow the manual's instructions for clearing the blockage.
  • DuoClean PowerFins: These are curved fins that dig deep into your carpets to help unearth embedded dirt and pet hair for a deeper clean. The DuoClean PowerFins also have a soft roller in the front to help slowly pull up debris. This will keep your vacuum from sucking up socks and rugs, as the soft roller serves as the first line of defense against potential messes.

    "DuoClean PowerFins is a dual-brush roll system that picks up debris, dirt, and pet hair—with no hair wrap. While a soft front roller pulls in particles, the bristle-free PowerFins deliver nonstop contact to pick up more in every pass," says Moschella.
  • Dustbin: The dustbin size will make a big impact on which vacuum you choose. If you're looking for an everyday cleaner, the smaller dustbin of the Wandvac will work well for you, but if you're looking for an extra-large dustbin, opt for the Vertex Upright or Vertex Cordless Stick vacuum.

While some Shark vacuums come with all these features, you can opt for fewer bells and whistles if you're looking to spend less. It's ultimately up to your personal preference and budget. However, the models with self-cleaning brush rolls (especially the ones with the yellow fins, such as the Shark Rocket Pet Pro and the Ultracyclone Pet Pro) performed best in our tests, and we think they're worth the investment.

The Best Shark Vacuums for Pet Hair

01 of 07

Best Overall: Shark Rocket Pet Pro Cordless Stick Vacuum

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What we loved: The self-cleaning brush roll kept hair from getting tangled up. The vacuum folds in half for easy storage and can transform into a powerful handheld vacuum.
Things to keep in mind: While it folds in half easily, it won't stand upright on its own without tipping over.

The Shark Rocket Pet Pro passed all of our tests with flying colors. It was one of the only vacuums we tested that picked up human hair without getting tangled, so if you have an animal with long hair (or if you are a shedder), this is an excellent option. Making use of one Lithium ion battery, the Pet Pro boasts up to 40 minutes of runtime. It's relatively lightweight at 7.5 pounds, comes with a HEPA filter, and can transform into a handheld vacuum with the press of a button. Its XL dust cup will help you finish the job without multiple stops. Along with the cordless stick vacuum, you get a crevice tool and a pet multi-tool for tougher jobs. It also folds over for easy storage in a cabinet or small closet.

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Ruby Grais, product reviews coordinator and owner of a Siberian cat, Gizmo, and two fosters, Ginger and Lily

My carpet looked like it had been newly shampooed after using the Shark Rocket Pet Pro. I like that it hinges in the middle, which makes cleaning under furniture and other hard-to-reach places easier. It picked fur up from corners, baseboards, the carpet, and the couch.

Ruby Grais, product reviews coordinator and owner of a Siberian cat, Gizmo, and two fosters, Ginger and Lily
02 of 07

Best Upright: Shark Vertex Lift-Away Upright Vacuum

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What we loved: It has powerful suction, rose gold accents, and a lift-away feature that's great for cleaning stairways and hard-to-reach spots.
Things to keep in mind: This upright vacuum with a large canister is the bulkiest option on this list.

This Shark upright is packed with every feature you could imagine. It has DuoClean PowerFins, a self-cleaning brush roll, a HEPA filter, and rose gold accents. But what impressed our testers the most was its suction power. It stood head-to-head with Dyson's Animal Ball 2 in our tests, and it was able to remove pet hair and cat litter from all types of carpet in one back-and-forth swipe.

Since it is an upright vacuum, the Vertex is bulkier than the other vacuums on the list, but its power makes up for the extra space it takes up. The lift-away features makes it easy to get to harder-to-reach spots like stairways and behind furniture, and Shark even sweetens the deal by including a steam mop when you buy directly from its site.

03 of 07

Best Handheld: Shark Ultracyclone Pet Pro Plus Cordless Handheld Vacuum

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What we loved: It's lightweight, picks up hair without tangling, and is easy to stash in a car or cabinet.
Things to keep in mind: Besides the pet power brush, the included accessories are not that impressive.

Pet hair is no match for Shark's Ultracyclone Pet Pro Plus. Similar to the Rocket Pro, the yellow-finned brush roll sucked up all our testing pet and long hair without tangling. It's ultra-durable, and at less than 3 pounds, it's a great portable option. The handheld vacuum comes with three accessories, including the pet power brush, making it an excellent choice for a car vacuum or quick cleanups. Plus, this Shark vacuum is under $100.

Erin Johnson, senior product reviews writer and owner of a dog named Pup

This handheld vacuum has been a great addition to my car. My dog rides with me often, so there's always pet hair on the seats. With just a few swipes, this vacuum sucked up all the white fur, so my friends can confidently sit in the passenger seat without tiny white hairs sticking to their outfits.

Erin Johnson, senior product reviews writer and owner of a dog named Pup
04 of 07

Best Robot: Shark AI VacMop

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What we loved: It offers a hands-free clean and a small docking station, plus an AI laser vision feature that avoids messes.
Things to keep in mind: You need to download an app and connect to a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network to operate this device, and the mopping features aren't great for big messes.

Robot vacuums have come a long way in the past few years, and the Shark AI VacMop has all the latest technology: room mapping, artificial intelligence laser vision to avoid messes, and a self-cleaning brush roll. While the design of robot vacuum cleaners limits the places it can clean in your home (no nooks or crannies), this is an excellent option for daily clean-ups. This docking station is also small, so it should be easy to find a place for it in your home.

While this vacuum didn't do an excellent job picking up cat litter, it picked up a ton of pet hair that wasn't visible to the human eye while making its 20-minute run in our tester's apartment. Also, our tester didn't love the mopping feature because it wasn't great at tackling sticky messes.

Related: How to Clean a Robot Vacuum to Keep It Performing Its Best

05 of 07

Best for Embedded Pet Fur: Shark Corded Vertex Stick Vacuum

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What we loved: It has a 30-foot cord, can quickly transform into a handheld vac, and comes with an easy-to-empty dustbin.
Things to keep in mind: It's a bit loud and blows warm air out of the motor.

Corded stick vacuums offer a convenient design without the worry of battery life. This one has a cord that's 30 feet long, so it won't limit where you can go. Also, the top part of the vacuum can detach, so it's easy to store anywhere. Our testers loved that this vacuum was self-propelled, making picking up pet hair that much simpler. It has two modes—hard floor and carpet—and it also converts to a handheld vacuum.

Claudia Fisher, ecommerce deputy digital director and owner of two cats, Luna and Twig

I was super impressed with how well the Shark Corded Vertex, on carpet mode, suctioned cat hair from an area rug one of my cats always rolls around on. Usually, there's a hazy gray layer over it (charming, I know), but after doing just one pass with this vacuum, the carpet is much brighter, and there isn't any cat hair left.

Claudia Fisher, ecommerce deputy digital director and owner of two cats, Luna and Twig
06 of 07

Best for Everyday Use: Shark Wandvac

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What we loved: The chic design comes in multiple colors and is easy to store.
Things to keep in mind: The bin is very small.

The Shark Wandvac isn't explicitly marketed for pet hair, but that doesn't mean it can't vacuum up a mean furball. This vacuum stood head-to-head with the Dyson v8 in our tests, performing just as well as the more expensive model for nearly half the price. The bin is small, so it's better for daily cleans than deep cleaning, but since it comes in various colors, including rose gold and mint green, it makes everyday cleaning a little bit more bearable.

Rachel Nussbaum, ecommerce writer and owner of three cats: Topples, Timothee Chalamet, and Dora the Explorer

I've been using a Tineco until now and was shocked by how powerful the Shark's Wandvac's suction power is. I appreciated that the vacuum is customizable for different situations… the extender was particularly useful for reaching under and behind furniture too heavy to move. It was gross and fascinating to see it yoink away pet hair clumps from hidden places.

Rachel Nussbaum, ecommerce writer and owner of three cats: Topples, Timothee Chalamet, and Dora the Explorer
07 of 07

Most Powerful: Shark Vertex Cordless Stick Vacuum

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What we loved: This compact model has powerful suction and quickly transforms into a handheld vacuum.
Things to keep in mind: The large head of the vacuum can't get into tight spaces, and it's louder than other stick models.

The Shark Vertex cordless stick vacuum was designed to offer the same powerful cleaning as a full-size vacuum in a smaller size. It's packed with features: DuoClean PowerFins, a self-cleaning brush roll, an anti-allergen filter, and a flexible stick that's easy to maneuver and store. Its suction was super powerful, but longer hair did get tangled in the brush roll. However, it conquered pet hair with no problem, and at the end of testing, we reached for this vacuum to quickly clean up the leftover testing debris in our studio.

Braelyn Wood, health and wellness writer and dog mom to Cleo

We have another cordless stick vacuum that we've owned for a year. I always assumed it was cleaning up everything until I put it side by side with the Shark Vertex. The Shark may have been loud, but it swept up everything: long fur from my Australian Shepherd, food crumbs, dust, and a pile of spilled sugar. I could hear everything getting sucked up and physically feel the difference underfoot on my hardwood floors.

Braelyn Wood, health and wellness writer and dog mom to Cleo

Warranty and Returns

When purchasing a quality vacuum, it's essential to feel confident about your selection. Shark offers a 60-day satisfaction guarantee, and the warranty on these recommended products varies from one to five years, but it does not include normal wear and tear.

Contacting customer service during our test was simple. Shark's website has many options for troubleshooting problems, but if you can't resolve yours, you can input your number, and a customer service representative calls you immediately. In our hypothetical product-breaking request, they offered to get on a video call to see what part needed replacing and then process the warranty.

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