Are you interested in a Shark vacuum, but aren’t sure which one is best for cleaning up pet hair? We’re here to help you decide.
Shark is one of the most popular manufacturers in vacuuming, and it’s produced many a vacuum that’s perfect for pet owners.
We’ve done in-depth research and have found four of the best Shark vacuums for pet hair that we think you’ll love.
Why You Should Buy a Shark
On its website, Shark describes itself as a “pioneer in small household appliances and cleaning solutions that fit the lifestyles of busy people” (1). The company started in 1998 and has been on a steady rise since its inception.
Though in competition with much fiercer brands, Shark — in a true underdog story — grew to dominate the industry. In 2014, a Forbes report revealed that Shark had outsold Dyson to become the leader of vacuum cleaners in the US market. Back then, it was a 1.6 billion dollar company, owning 20 percent of market control (2).
It’s only natural to assume that in the last five years, as Shark has experienced a new boom in popularity, those figures are much higher. One theory is that Shark remains on top because it offers affordable vacuums that don’t lack in innovation.
We like Shark, but we have to judge it fairly, as we do other brands. So, we won’t deny that hype plays a big role in its success, but we can vouch for them. We believe Shark is a worthy brand, and here’s why:
1. It’s More Affordable
This is Shark’s greatest appeal. It manufactures vacuums with more or less the same sought-after technology as other popular manufacturers, but you pay less for them. Considering that most consumers complain that other vacuums are sorely overpriced, it’s no wonder that Shark is on top of the market.
When tackling pet hair, you don’t have to pay more for an effective machine. Shark vacuums will give you a powerful clean without burning a hole in your wallet.
2. Lots of Extras
Customers are impressed by the wide range of features that Shark vacuums boast. Their innovation, add-ons, and user-friendly mechanics add extra value for money to their products.
We know that some competing brands fall short in giving customers what they want. But Shark rarely fails to deliver. The majority of consumers are pleased by how nifty and complete these vacuums are.
They’re versatile in ways that other brands can’t compete with and their usability keeps them unique. This helps pet owners, as most Shark vacuums will include extras that help you clean pet hair more efficiently.
Shark makes an effort to keep up with its competition. They produce a range of vacuums for you to choose from. So, rather than specializing in one type of vacuum, equal attention goes into each different type.
There’s something for everyone with this brand, and this could be the greatest reason why it has such a massive, loyal following. Even pet owners are likely to find a model that suits their exact needs.
4. Happy Customers
At the end of the day, what matters most is having a product that you are satisfied with. As the leader in vacuum sales in the USA, it’s safe to say that Shark has got this covered.
The vast majority of feedback is excellent, and Shark’s multitude of loyal customers are vocal about their support. Of course, not everyone will agree, but those who don’t prefer Shark are sorely outnumbered.
Types of Shark Vacuums
Shark produces four types of vacuums, each with their own benefits and drawbacks. So, before you purchase one for your home, think about which kind suits you best.
Shark has a good range of upright vacuums, which are some of the most powerful makes you can find. These traditional models are sometimes considered the original and best, mostly because of how efficiently they clean. An upright will remove pet hair with ease.
However, they’re not as sophisticated as other models, so they often cost less. They don’t require any assembly, and they’re better for your back and posture. Even though vacuum technology goes far beyond their simplicity, many people choose to stick with them.
- They’re powerful.
- No assembly needed.
- Better for your back.
- They’re not versatile.
- Can be heavy.
These models have risen in popularity in recent years, and are praised for their versatility. They don’t require a power source to run, are lightweight, and can convert into handhelds for extra convenience.
They’re by far the most sophisticated vacuums of our time and are handy for pet owners because of their usability. They have all the power of traditional (or upright) vacuums, without the limits of size, shape, or cables.
- They’re the most versatile.
- They’re lightweight.
- Some can convert into handhelds.
- Battery operated.
- They’re expensive.
- Not as durable as uprights.
Like cordless vacuums, stick vacuums are lightweight and versatile. They’re a bit more limited because of their cords, but they also have some advantages.
Corded stick vacuums won’t cost as much as cordless ones, for one. Plus, because they’re plugged in, they access more energy for stronger suction. The biggest benefit of this is that you get more efficiency with less effort than traditional machines.
They’re maneuverable too, which is handy for pet owners who might need to clean up in hard-to-reach spots.
Last, but not least, are robot vacuums. These aren’t a staple yet, but they’re catching on quickly. The appeal here is that they do all the work for you.
In uprights and both corded and cordless sticks, the user has to manually operate them. Robot vacuums, however, use smart technology to clean without your help, which saves you a lot of time.
They’re also quieter than most other vacuums, which is a big perk for pets. They also work independently too, so you don’t always have to monitor them in person.
- No manual labor.
- Quieter than other vacuums.
- They save time.
- Only work on flat surfaces.
- They’re pricey.
- Have blind spots.
Is Shark Right for You?
Shark isn’t a perfect brand, and you must take a few things into consideration before you settle on one. These are nothing earth-shattering, but could make or break your decision to buy one:
- They have smaller capacities: Of course, this won’t always be the case. But generally speaking, Shark vacuums won’t clean as much as competitors in one go. You’ll still get a decent amount of space in there, but you may miss the extra if you intend to clean frequently.
- More maintenance: Following the first point, their smaller dust bins mean that you’ll have to maintain them more often. Again, this isn’t a problem for users who won’t clean every day, but it may be problematic for those who will.
- Lower quality: You get what you pay for. While Shark vacuums are still good products, their builds are inferior to other competitors who invest more into their materials. This could mean that a Shark won’t be as durable as you expect it to be.
The Best Shark Vacuums for Pet Hair of 2020
After considering our own experiences, hours of careful research and reading dozens of customer reviews, we’ve picked our favorites. We’ve chosen one from each type, based on how efficiently it cleans pet hair and customer feedback.
1. Shark TruePet
We’ve chosen this machine as our top choice because of its power. It has the upper hand in suction and is far more versatile than other uprights because of its special quirk — a detachable canister.
While with other uprights, a flaw is that they are hefty and difficult to maneuver. Shark has innovated its design by adding a Powered Lift-Away canister that you can move around to better reach difficult spots. This keeps the brush roll spinning while eliminating the rigidity of the machine.
It also has fingertip controls to regulate the machine’s power. You can easily power it on or off, or switch between modes. There are two suction modes — Hard Floor and Carpet Mode.
The TruePet Motorized Brush and Pet Multi-tool are added to clean pet hair from all surfaces. It can tackle both light and stubborn hair and works especially well on medium-pile carpets. It also includes a special tool to better clean hard floors — the Hard Floor Hero.
You get double protection from allergens, thanks to the Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology and HEPA filter. This combo removes and traps almost 100 percent of allergens from your floors, and the air around you.
Two more great features include LED lights for precision and Dynamic Swivel Steering for more moveability.
Why We Love It
This machine solves a problem that almost all other uprights have — maneuverability. The detachable canister in this machine makes cleaning difficult spots easier, meaning you can get rid of more hair.
As above, this upright is far more maneuverable than others thanks to its Dynamic Swivel Steering. The shaft of this machine pivots, giving you more control.
Great for Allergies
The anti-allergen technology and HEPA filter combination give you extra protection against irritants. This machine won’t just pick up hairs, it will trap them too. Your floors and the air will stay fresher for longer.
Keep In Mind
Customers note that this machine, while powerful, weighs more than they expected. It’s large and could prove difficult to lift or carry.
Using It Might Be Tricky
Though users love this model and say it works well, some have complained that it’s finicky. They think the design of the controls could be better, and that attachments tend to get in their own way.
|Suction Power||1150 watts|
|Dimensions||46 inches by 12 inches by 13 inches|
|Special features||Detachable canister, Dynamic Swivel Steering|
|Accessories||Pet multi-tool, Hard Floor Hero, crevice tool|
2. Shark IonFlex DuoClean
Cordless vacuums are all the rage now, and if you’re looking for a versatile Shark, we recommend this one. Its defining feature is that it has double the battery power of competitors, thanks to the 2x ION Power Pack System.
This means you get two rechargeable batteries, to lessen the chances of running out of power. You can use one battery while charging the other too, so waiting for a full charge is not a factor here. What a time saver.
Staying true to cordless models, this machine has features that emphasize its flexibility. It incorporates MultiFLEX Technology, which makes this vacuum easier to use and store. It’s also great for cleaning under furniture.
Its DuoClean Technology gives it multi-floor capabilities and is the reason why this is good for pet hair. We love that it has a bristle brush to tackle even stubborn dirt on hard floors and carpets. It also comes with an anti-allergen tool, which is a great addition for pet owners.
The ultra-light version we’re showing weighs just 3.8 pounds — one of the lightest around. It’s convenient if you’re looking for a lightweight machine capable of deep cleaning your entire home. Plus, it converts into a handheld for cleaning high spots.
Why We Love It
The 2x ION Power Pack System is a big help. You don’t have to worry about running out of power, or waiting for your machine to charge before you can use it. It’s extra special that the batteries are independent, so you can charge one as you use the other.
We like that this model easily converts into a handheld. This, combined with the MultiFLEX technology, gives it extra versatility that you don’t often find in cordless machines. You can clean your floors, high spots, and under furniture without spending extra on attachments or specialized machines.
Following that, this machine can be used everywhere. It’s good for carpets and hard floors, and you can use it on upholstery, corners, curtains, and car interiors with ease.
Keep In Mind
Some users noted that the vacuum gets heated. Though the back-up battery is a big help, take care not to push this machine beyond what is healthy for it. Excessive use could fry its electronics and cause it to shut down.
It’s Not Durable
This is not a complaint against Shark only. Cordless vacuums, in general, are not as durable as traditional vacuums. So, although it’s likely that you’ll get a good run out of this machine, remember that cordless models aren’t built to last.
|Dimensions||13.4 inches by 10.4 inches by 45.9 inches|
|Special features||2X ION Power Pack System, handheld convertible, MultiFLEX Technology, DuoClean Technology|
|Accessories||Dusting brush, crevice tool, upholstery tool, anti-allergen dust brush, battery pack|
3. Shark Flex DuoClean
This corded vacuum has the patented MultiFLEX technology, allowing it to bend for easier reach under furniture. It also features DuoClean technology for deeper carpet cleaning.
The Shark Flex DuoClean was engineered specifically to remove pet hair and dander from a variety of surfaces. So, beyond effective carpet cleaning, it also works well on upholstery and hard floors. A nice touch is that its soft brush polishes them as it goes.
It’s also beneficial to those who struggle with allergies. It traps dirt using Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology. This technology is proven to remove 99 percent of dust and allergens from your surroundings.
What’s great about this vacuum, though, is that, like many of its cordless counterparts, it can convert into a handheld. We also like that the cord does not draw too much away from the usability of its stick build. You can still use it to clean out-of-reach spots with ease.
It comes with a free-standing and compact storage facility and uses Active-Glide technology to travel smoothly over your floors. You’ll also get a Pet Multi-tool and a MultiFlex Under Appliance Wand for extra reach.
Why We Love It
Converts to Handheld
You wouldn’t expect it from a corded vacuum, but Shark was innovative in creating a corded convertible stick vacuum. So, it has the extra power of a plug-in vacuum, with all the maneuverability of a cordless.
Even though this vacuum shines most on carpets, it gives your hard floors the treatment they deserve. The Active-Glide technology enables smoother traveling over your floors, leaving them sparkling.
Everything about this vacuum, from its stick build to its add-ons, was made for reach. The MultiFlex technology and tools allow you to reach under furniture or appliances, and since it’s a stick, it’s light enough to lift for high spots.
Keep In Mind
It Clogs Easily
The capacity of this vacuum could be better. Some customers noted that it fills too quickly, and is prone to clogging. This won’t be too big a problem if you use it infrequently, but regular use will call for more maintenance.
You Have to Fold It
Though this machine comes with a free-standing unit, it won’t stand up on its own unless you set it to storage mode. Again, this is not a big deal, but disgruntled customers mention that it’s more frustrating than you’d think.
|Dimensions||10.2 inches by 16.5 inches by 49 inches|
|Special features||MultiFlex Technology, DuoClean Technology, Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology, Active Glide Technology.|
|Accessories||Pet tool, MultiFlex Wand|
4. Shark Ion Robot RV720
As with all its models, Shark has created a machine that keeps up with its competitors and still saves you money. This machine is a testament to the sophisticated simplicity that Shark is capable of. Some robot vacuums are overkill, but this one has just the right amount of utility for pet owners.
As pet lovers, our favorite feature is the self-cleaning brush roll. It’s designed to collect dust, dander, allergens, and both long and short hair from your surfaces. So no matter which type of pet you have, this machine will take care of their mess.
The long-life battery gives you more than an hour of run time, which is a lot more than almost all other battery-operated vacuums. It also has two dual spinning side brushes for quick and effective cleaning of corners and skirting edges.
Its navigation can travel seamlessly between floors and carpets, and the machine can adapt to the layout of your home. Do you have a hectic daily routine? Then you can schedule this Shark robot with a remote to do your cleaning. The remote batteries are included.
This Shark may not be as smart as other robot vacuums, but it comes with handy attachments. Included with the machine are a cleaning tool, four side brushes, two filters, a battery, a 9-foot virtual wall with connectors, and a charging dock.
Why We Love It
Robot vacuums are futuristic, and they often try so hard to outdo each other that customers lose track of how to operate them. This machine, while it has super-cool features, will provide just what you need from a robot vacuum. No more, no less.
Long Battery Life
An hour’s run time is almost unheard of in robot vacuums, so we’re impressed by this battery’s duration. It gives the machine extra time to deep clean pet hair out of your carpets and off your floors.
We really like the spinning side brushes. They help remove dirt from corners, edges, and wall skirts. Not all robot vacuums have this feature, and we think it’s extra-handy in a pet-friendly home.
Spinning brushes will collect more dirt, dander, and hair from places other robot vacuums can’t get to.
Keep In Mind
It May Get Stuck
Since this little guy isn’t as smart as some other robot vacuums, it tends to get a little bit lost at times. How bothersome this is depends on how patient you are. Every now and then, you may have to rescue it or give it a nudge in the right direction.
Programming Is Flawed
Some users, though they still praise this machine, have reported problems with its scheduling. Some say its automatic features don’t respond, while others say it skips a few days or ignores certain controls.
|Power||1000 Pa / 22 watts|
|Dimensions||12.6 inches by 2.6 inches|
|Special features||90 minutes run time, spinning side brushes|
|Accessories||Remote control, batteries included, charging dock, virtual wall, 2 extra side brushes, extra filter|
|Shark TruePet||Best Upright||1150 W||46″ x 12″ x 13″||16.7 lbs||Detachable canister, Dynamic Swivel Steering||Pet multi-tool, Hard Floor Hero, crevice tool|
|Shark IonFlex||Best Cordless||300 W||13.4″ x 10.4″ x 45.9″||3.8 lbs||2X ION Power Pack System, handheld convertible, MultiFLEX Technology, DuoClean Technology||Dusting brush, crevice tool, upholstery tool, anti-allergen dust brush, battery pack|
|Shark Flex||Best Corded Stick||600 W||10.2″ x 16.5″ x 49″||9.8 lbs||MultiFlex Technology, DuoClean Technology, Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology, Active Glide Technology.||Pet tool, MultiFlex Wand|
|Shark Ion Robot||Best Robot Vac||1000 Pa / 22 W||12.6″ x 2.6″||5.5 lbs||90 minutes run time, spinning side brushes||Remote control, batteries included, charging dock, virtual wall, 2 extra side brushes, extra filter|
Get a Grip on Pet Hair
Shark vacuums may not be of the same caliber as their competitors, but they’re still the leaders of the industry. Our guess is that they’ve earned their place because they make truly useful products. Shark understands you and what you need.
If you want to buy a Shark to help manage the pet hair in your home, you’ve made a good choice. You’ll get a fair product, that works well and saves you money. There are very few reasons to turn away from it.
Which of these Sharks is your favorite? Why are you considering buying one? Your thoughts, comments, and questions are always welcome, so post them below.