The vacuum comes equipped with LED backlighting. The LED light will effectively illuminate dust in any condition, so poor lighting won't stand between you and cleanliness.
Because of the high suction power, it's rather noisy.
The Gtech Multi MK2 is a versatile vacuum that comes with a good set of accessories which makes it suitable for most jobs. It's priced towards the higher end of the market but you certainly get what you pay for. It's a good addition to any busy household.
Cordless (up to 20 min runtime)
Extension tube, Crevice tool, Motorized brush
Easy empty dust bin, LED light, Washable filter
The detachable motorized brush can capture more embedded dirt and pet hair, ensuring a deeper clean.
The two-stage filtration system prolongs the filter life and improves the quality of cleaning.
The battery indicator isn't very accurate.
If you need an agile cleaner that can get in every spot, it's your choice. The Pet Hair Eraser comes with a crevice tool and upholstery nozzle to remove all the messes around your house.
Cordless (up to 15 min runtime)
Motorized brush, Upholstery tool, Crevice tool
Dual-action filtration system
With incredible 550-Watt cyclonic power, it's designed for intensive spot cleaning. Actually, it can lift almost anything, even the most stubborn dirt and pet hair from many surfaces. The Turbo mode facilitates the process.
The vac is corded so it might be unsuitable for cleaning car interiors.
If you're looking for a super-powerful handheld vac for intensive spot cleaning, the Hoover SM550AC Jovis + is a solid choice. It's excellent for people who often need to clean quite a lot of messes.
Corded (6 m cord)
Turbo brush, Crevice tool, Dusting brush
Hygienic empty bin, Washable filters
A large suction nozzle ensures easy removal of tough debris, while the Motorized stair tool will thoroughly remove dog and cat hair from the stairs, sofa, and chairs. The crevice tool gets into the narrowest gaps in between the furniture.
The dustcup isn't very capacious.
This inexpensive and functional hoover for dog hair is an ideal choice for quick pick-ups. It’s great for cleaning stairs, upholstery, dirty spots around your house, car interiors, boats, and many other things.
Cordless (up to 20 min runtime)
Motorized brush, Motorized stair tool, Crevice tool
Gator mouth technology, Charging base included
The smart tech filter sensor automatically detects when the filter becomes clogged and informs you when it requires cleaning. The battery sensor notifies you when the charge runs low.
It's a bit difficult to change the nozzles.
This handheld pet eraser from Black and Decker is almost as powerful as its corded upright counterparts. Thanks to the motorized brush with a wide cleaning path, you will be able to remove all dirt in one go.
Cordless (up to 15 min runtime)
Motorized brush, Crevice tool, Flip-out brush tool
SmartTech™ sensors, Intelligent boost mode, Charging base included
Gtech Multi MK2
The Gtech Multi Mk2 handheld vacuum is perfect for cleaning just everything from your car interior to the pictures hanging on your walls. It's cleverly designed and has strong suction power to quickly pick up spilled food from your kitchen floor, granola from your dining table, debris from your hallway rug, dog food, and so on and so forth.
As you've probably noticed, since the Gtech Multi Mk2 is extremely versatile, it's a bit larger than other handheld cleaners. However, it weighs just 1.6 kg and not too laborious to carry around. Plus, it has a soft-touch grip that makes it very comfortable to hold. So, balancing a vac when cleaning stairs won't be a problem.
What also adds to usability is that the vacuum comes equipped with the LED backlighting. The LED light will effectively illuminate dust and other debris, so poor lighting won't stand between you and cleanliness.
After a full charge, this portable vacuum provides 20 minutes of operation. There's a bank of four LEDs on the top of the unit telling you how much charge is left, which is always a nice addition. Take note that the full charge takes four hours, but if you want the vac to get back to business faster, you can give it a 1-hour quick charge. That will be enough for a burst of additional run time.
Though it's a relatively small vac, its wide selection of additional attachments can assist you in big jobs. It comes with a crevice tool, dusting brush, flexible hose, extension tool and a power brush head. The crevice tool can help you get into tight spaces, while the extension tool along with flexible hose is great for removing cobwebs from hard-to-reach areas. The power brush nozzle is perfect for cleaning the furniture, stairs, and carpets.
If you want, you can buy an additional Car Accessory Kit with a small upholstery brush, flexible crevice tool, soft dusting brush, and a padded case.
All things considered, Gtech offers a very versatile vacuum that comes with a good set of accessories which make it suitable for most jobs. It's priced towards the higher end of the market but you certainly get what you pay for. It's a good addition to any busy household.
Bissell Pet Hair Eraser (1987e)
The Bissell pet hair eraser is a brilliant cordless hand vacuum that is lightweight, speedy, and simple to use. It can help you remove hair and dirt left by your four-legged friend on your furniture, blankets, carpets, mats, and elsewhere your little friend likes to play. And as it's a cordless vacuum, you’ll be able to clean just wherever you want. For example, if you often travel with your pet, you're free to take this little vac on your trips and clean the seats of your car on-the-go. Just charge the vacuum to the fullest beforehand.
The major selling point is that the Bissell has an improved motorized brush roll. The new brush roll has its own motor and provides better cleaning and agitation on upholstery and carpets. More agitation means more pet hair sucked in. The felt-on motorized foot helps the unit support suction and capture more pet hair and tough dirt from surfaces.
Also, the BISSELL Cordless Handheld Vacuum for Pet Hair is supplied with a narrow crevice tool that can easily get into hard-to-clean areas and an upholstery tool for furniture. All the attachments securely lock into place with a click.
The Bissell hand vac uses a durable 14.4-volt battery that needs approximately 5 hours of charging. After that, the vac can operate for up to 15 minutes. Though this isn't the longest operation time we've seen, given the price tag of the vac, it's still a very good result. Besides, what the vac lacks in runtime, it makes up in suction power. And there's a 10-cm cleaning path, meaning it will need fewer passes to get the job done. Still, the vac works much quieter than most other handheld models, so it’s less likely to drive your pets crazy.
A great improvement of the previous model is the advanced filtration system. This mini vacuum has a dual-stage filtration system - the fine mesh filter protects the main, cloth filter from clogging by blocking out all the gunk, dirt, pet hair and dust. Both filters are washable and reusable.
All in all, the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser offers great value. Whether you need to clean stubborn pet hair or spilled cereal, it would be the perfect addition to your cleaning equipment.
Hoover Jovis (SM550AC)
If you're looking for an exceptionally powerful device that will be able to remove large messes but won't break the bank, you should definitely consider the Hoover SM550AC Jovis + Corded Handheld Vacuum Cleaner. As the name suggests, it's a corded vac, so it's not surprising that it outperforms its cordless counterparts in terms of suction power. With 550-Watt cyclonic power, it's designed for intensive spot cleaning. Actually, it can lift almost anything, even the most stubborn dirt and pet hair from many surfaces.
The mini hoover comes supplied with the Pet Turbo brush that works perfectly for deep cleaning of your carpets, furniture, curtains, and other fabric surfaces. Even if you don’t have pets, this tool can be very useful for spot cleaning around your house. For extra tough dirt and embedded hair, you can select the Turbo mode and the bristles will rotate faster to penetrate deeply into the surface.
Besides the motorised Pets Turbo brush, this handheld is supplied with a crevice tool for narrow spaces and a dusting brush for a multitude of chores.
As mentioned, it's a corded vac that offers non-stop strong suction. However, the tradeoff for that continuous power is a restricted operation area. For example, you won't be able to remove messes outdoors and cleaning the interior of your car may be problematic as well. Yet, for home use, it's quite handy. It features a 6-meter power cord that is long enough for above-floor cleaning and stair cleaning. To understand how usable it can be consider the fact that the vacuum can clean a 13-step staircase in one go without any extension cords.
For continuous cleaning, the vac is fitted with a generous dust bin. The chamber is nice and always stays well-closed. But when you want to empty it, you simply need to press a button. With one-touch release system, you can dispose of the dirt quickly and hygienically (no dirtying your hands).
To wrap things up, if you need a super-powerful handheld vac for intensive spot cleaning, the Hoover SM550AC Jovis + is a solid choice. It's excellent for people who often need to clean quite a lot of messes around the house.
Vax Gator Pet (H85-GA-P18)
For Quick Pick-ups
The Vax H85-GA-P18 handheld vacuum for pet hair is a true bestseller on the UK market for a good reason. It’s very compact, pretty powerful, and extremely affordable. For less than £60, it has quite a lot to offer. Stuffed with a powerful 18-volt battery, it delivers up to 20 minutes of continuous operation. Hence, you get cordless freedom and convenience to clean all hard-to-reach areas such as furniture, car seats, and stairs per one burst.
The Vax Gator handheld pet vacuum can effectively pick up pet hair, food crumbs, spills, paper trimmings, and other everyday messes around your house. And although a 0.3-litre capacity dirt bin isn’t that large, it's quite adequate for small cleaning jobs.
When you’re done, you can take the vac over your trash bin and press the dirt release button. The Gator mouth will open and you’ll just need to shake the dirt into the trash bin.
Ideal for Pet Owners
We would like to point out that the whole unit has a sturdy feel and is very lightweight and portable, meaning it’s a good option for cleaning stairs, dirty spots around your house, your car interior, and so on.
For homes with pets, the Vax H85-GA-P18 comes supplied with the motorised TurboTool. This attachment is very effective for daily pet cleanups like removing cat litter, dry food, and fur. Also, a set includes a purposeful crevice tool for getting deep into corners and tight spaces with ease.
All in all, if you need an agile vac for tidying up light spills, crumbs, pet messes, and wood shavings, this one is a solid fit. Yet, take note that it doesn't have enough suction power for removing overly stubborn dirt. It won't be able to clean up tough spills or dirt but if used along with your conventional vacuum, it will help you give the finishing touch or take care of small messes that occur day-to-day. It's a good performer, especially for the price.
BLACK + DECKER DVJ325BFSP-GB
The BLACK+DECKER DVJ325BFSP-GB is a powerful yet compact vacuum for little cleaning jobs inside and outside your house. It’s a smart little cleaner that boasts some advanced technologies for more intuitive cleaning experience. To begin with, this dustbuster is designed with the smart tech filter sensor that detects once the filter gets clogged and needs cleaning. This function will help you maintain optimum performance without the decrease of suction. The washable pleated filter is easy to remove and rinse under warm water.
The other smart sensor, a tech battery sensor, shows how much power is left so that you can use your cleaning time wisely. A battery sensor has LED lights that flash to let you know where you are. And as we've already touched the topic of battery, it's worth mentioning that this pet hair collector is powered by a Lithium-ion battery (27Wh) that delivers up to 15 mins of runtime. Although you won’t be able to clean your whole house per one go, you still can tackle all general cleaning jobs.
Intuitive Cleaning Experience
This handy portable vacuum comes with the Pet Beater Bar, a detachable motorised brush designed especially for effective pet hair removal. It can easily pick up even embedded hair trapped in your carpets or upholstery. It has a wide-mouth design and can even suck in large debris like crumbs and dust bunnies. And to help you reach every awkward bit, the dustbuster has a built-in crevice. It's hidden neatly inside the nozzle and can be extended for getting into all those nooks and crannies if needed. Also, there's a brush tool that can remove major debris from delicate surfaces.
What Is a Handheld Vacuum for Pet Hair?
The symptoms of pet allergy can be a real problem for many people. Sneezing, runny nose, coughing, itchy and red eyes as well as other symptoms are surely no fun, especially when you live with a pet that sheds hair several times a year. Although the main trigger of pet allergy is dead skin flakes that domestic animals leave, pet hairs can be even more dangerous since they can get almost everywhere, from your bed to your table. That is why it is so important to remove them in time. That being said, one of the best ways to clean your house from pet hair is vacuuming.
While regular vacuums are of no use, pet hair vacuum cleaners are an effective solution when it comes to an effective cleaning. Handheld models are compact, easy to use, and as effective as their bigger options. The difference between them is that the majority of handheld models are powered by batteries and some of them have smaller dirt cups. Nonetheless, they are still quite powerful and can perform cleaning of furniture and even carpets.
Yet, if you are looking for more powerful cleaning tools for your house, we recommend you also take a look at regular-sized vacuums for pet hair and canister vacuum cleaners to make your rooms allergen-free.
What Features to Compare
Motor Suction Power
One of the most important things to consider is the motor power. The more power a vac has, the more dog and cat hair it will be able to pick up in one run. Usually, bigger vacuums have higher speeds.
The battery capacity determines how long you will be able to perform cleaning. Even though handheld models are less powerful than their full-size versions on the whole, they still should have batteries capacious enough to allow you to use the vac without having to recharge it.
Knowing the charging time of a vac, you will have an idea of how quickly you will be able to finish the cleaning. The quicker, the better. And if you have several pets at home, we'd recommend that you stick with models that not only recharge quickly but also provide enough runtime for performing at least a couple cleaning cycles per day.
Dirt Bin Capacity
Another aspect that is worth taking into account when selecting a handheld vacuum cleaner is how big the dust canister is, since the bigger it is, the less often you will need to empty it. Not like cleaning the dust container is big of a fuss, and yet, if you have a big house and own several pets, doing it frequently might be bothering. Saying that, we would not recommend you to opt for the most sizeable dustbin only for the sake of it because bigger bins make vacuum cleaners heavier too. Choose a cleaner that has the weight and dimensions that are right for you.
Filter Service Life and Reusability
Most vacuum cleaners come fitted with special filters that keep all collected dirt so that it won't get inside the motor. The service life and reusability of the filter will determine the length of time during which you'll be able to use your vac without buying any replacement parts. Vacuum cleaners with HEPA filters are the best choice since they can not only sift dirt but also purify the air (Learn more about HEPA technology here).
Additional Cleaning Equipment and Flexibility
Last but not least, you should also consider how many accessories come included in the purchase. The more additional tools the vac includes the more cleaning jobs you will be able to perform. As we've mentioned earlier the weight of the cleaner is also important, so make sure to check it too. Vacuum cleaners that are ergonomic and light in weight are easier to operate in hands. Also, it's easier to lift them when extending to hard-to-reach spots and cleaning in-between furniture. All vacuum cleaners including handheld models fall into corded and cordless models. If you choose to go for a corded one, make sure to check whether it has a cord long enough to use it without extension cables. If it's not (which will mostly depend on the area of your house), purchase an extension wand additionally.
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How to Clean Your Vacuum Cleaner
In order to significantly extend the service life of your vacuum and its filter, you must clean the inner parts of the device as well as its dust bin timely. So, if you intend to use your vacuum cleaner for longer than a couple of months, here are some tips on how to clean a vac properly.
First things first, so let’s take a look at the most popular types of vacuum filters out there. The most common types are foam, cartridge, and HEPA filters. HEPA filters are more efficient yet less popular since their cost is significantly higher.
While the foam and cartridge filters are basic types, the latter one will have to be replaced over time, since there is no way to clean the HEPA filter without strong industrial chemicals.
- To successfully clean the foam filter, you will need to put it in water and gently squeeze to let the dirt go away. After that, you will have to dry it out before inserting it back into the appliance. Additionally, you can add a few drops of essential oils to make the air in your room fresher.
- Although cartridge filters look like plastic cups, they are actually made of synthetic fabrics and can be disposed of. However, their service life can be easily prolonged with proper maintenance. To clean a cartridge filter, you will have to manually remove the dust and dirt from the cartridge, which will improve the airflow inside the device.
- The HEPA filters are perhaps the most sophisticated type of all filters listed because they are capable of cleaning even the smallest (down to microscopic) particles. Thus, it will be much easier for you just to purchase a new one instead of trying to clean it using different chemical solutions.
The Dangers of Pet Hair to Your Health
We can all agree that pet dander is not a pleasant thing, especially if you have a pet with long fur. It can be difficult to clean the hair from all the surfaces inside your house, and that is why it is important to have a special tool that can pick up all the fur and hair of your four-legged friend. This is extremely important in case you or other members of your family are allergic to pet hair. This reason alone explains how pet in bed can be even more dangerous than mites.
According to a common belief, the pet hair can get into many human organs such as liver, lungs, or even brain. The truth is, however, the pet dander can only get into your stomach. The only reason this misconception exists is that there might be some parasites that lurk in pet hair that penetrate into these organs. So, if your pet hasn’t been treated by the professional veterinarian yet, it is high time to do so.