Best Shark Vacuums for Pet Hair in the Market (June 2018)

As a dog lover, I understand (and endure) every pet owner’s dilemma: the hair everywhere!!! I love cuddling with my pets, but my partner is prone to sneezing spells and therefore prohibits the dogs to get on the bed or practically anywhere she is.


As much as we adore our pets, don’t you just hate the random strands of fur that stick to your coat? Have you ever had to discreetly remove pet hair from your mouth in the middle of a meeting? Because I have! I love cuddling with my pets, but my partner is prone to sneezing spells and therefore prohibits the dogs to get on the bed or practically anywhere she is.

Fret no more, because the hairy days are over.

To help you kiss all that hair goodbye, here are some weapons I have tried and tested:

Best Shark Vacuums for Pet Hair

Shark Rotator NV501

- GOOD ALTERNATIVE -

Shark-NV501

PRICE: $$$

Rated By A​ustin

Shark Rotator TruePet

- BEST CHOICE -

Shark-Rotator-NV752-TruePet

PRICE: $$$

Rated By A​ustin

Shark Rotator NV801

- DUOCLEAN TECHNOLOGY

Shark-NV801

PRICE: $$$

Rated By A​ustin

The Transformer: Shark Rotator NV752 TruePet

Quick Summary

Shark-Rotator-NV752-TruePet

Price: $$$

Rated By Austin

The Shark Rotator NV752 TruePet is one of our best-rated pet vacuums. This baby prides itself in exceptional suction, proven by the amount of dust, debris, and hair it picks up.

After trying it out, you just know that the sound is accompanied by power that collects debris with impressive capabilities.

Apart from that, it can work on multiple modes: upright, canister, and handheld – depending on how and where you wish to use it. 

Its ability to get in tight spaces is also unparalleled. No matter how and where it is used, the power and its capacity to clean never faltered.

What really caught my attention about the NV752 is its performance when it comes to picking up pet hair. As we all know, pet hair can be extremely clingy. This doesn’t matter to the NV752, though, because no matter the kind of surface you’re working on, the NV752 gets it – literally. The pet hair attachment not only works for the traces of your furry friends but also for cleaning upholstery.

This model also comes with several appendages that cater to your every cleaning need: a dusting brush, a dusting genie which is basically a combination of a crevice tool and dusting brush, the True Pet Motorized Brush that fits right in the palm of your hand, a Pet Upholstery Tool which can remove pet hair and dust from curtains, delicate fabric, and upholstery, a Hard Floor Genie which is a washable microfiber pad, and the canister caddy.

You have to watch out, though, because the TruePet can tip easily because of its structure. If you are on the shorter side, handling the NV752 can be a little challenging as the handle is longer than the usual length.

PROS

  • The vacuum has a motorized brushroll.
  • The unit operates in multiple modes – upright, canister, and handheld.
  • Optimum cleanliness is ensured through its very powerful suction.
  • It comes with various attachments that will maximize usage.

CONS

  • The unit may be a little difficult to handle for people on the shorter side.
  • The canister is a little small so it has to be emptied frequently.
  • It can tip easily

The Double Cleaner: Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Speed with DuoClean Technology (model NV801)

Quick Summary

Shark-NV801

Price: $$$

Rated By Austin

The Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Speed with DuoClean Technology NV801 is an upright vacuum.

It felt sturdy and well-made seeing as how the fit and finish are easy to the eyes and hands. Thanks to the swivel steering and small cleaner head, it was easy to handle this baby.

However, hearing the idea of a vacuum having two brushrolls seemed a little redundant to me at first. I mean, what’s the point? But after using it, this feature has proved to be one of its key ones.

The DuoClean Technology (dual brushrolls) makes it easier for the NV801 to pick up dust and debris, especially on bare floors.

The front brushroll is soft and grabs big and small debris. After the front brushroll does its job, the debris collected are then fed to the main brushroll which is in the center of the nozzle. It is also worth mentioning that the soft brushroll slightly acts as a polisher.

Another key feature of the NV801 is its pet multi-tool. This is a hand tool with a suction driven brushroll. This enables the vacuum to remove pet hair from upholstery, but I have to admit that it is not as good as the NV752. To make up for that, though, this baby carries a long-drawn 7-year warranty.

One thing that could have been better is the location of the power button. It would have been more convenient if it were on the handle instead of the body. I also noticed that the hose is a little short making it necessary to constantly lug the unit around.

PROS

  • The LED headlights are useful and make it easy to see the surface being vacuumed.
  • The lift-away feature has proven to be useful in multiple instances.
  • The vacuum is easy to maneuver.

CONS

  • The cleaner head is a little narrow.
  • The power button is located on the vacuum body.
  • The hose is a little short to our liking.

The Oldie but Goodie: Shark Navigator Lift-Away Rotator NV501

Quick Summary

Shark-NV501

Price: $$$

Rated By Austin

This classic vacuum has been around for quite some time now and this only proves how trusty it is. With thousands serviced, this cleaning weapon won’t cost you your arm and leg.

For a person like me who has no patience in completing a puzzle, assembling this baby was very easy and straight-forward.

As expected from something that has been proven to do the job time and time again, the NV501’s strong suction makes it so easy to pick up debris, both big and small, and even cat and dog hair.

In conjunction to its powerful suction, the appendages and the lift-away feature add ease to debris collection. 

I like how it is just the right weight and comes with a reasonably long power cord. The NV501 has your back with its 5-year warranty.

Another key feature of the NV501 is the LED lights. Color me guilty, but I usually shy away, or worse, avoid spaces that are no longer seen – under the bed, sofa or even behind your cabinets. This specification makes it possible to see surfaces you wish to go over, but are dimly-lit.

Just like the NV801, the location of this model’s power button is also a minor room for improvement.

PROS

  • The vacuum is easy to assemble.
  • It has strong suction power.
  • It is reasonably priced.
  • It has the lift-away feature.

CONS

  • The weight rests on the handle .
  • The location of the power button is an issue.

The Hybrid: Shark Rocket Complete HV382

Quick Summary

Shark-Rocket-Complete

Price: $$$

Rated By Austin

The Shark Rocket Complete HV382 is an anomaly. It is a hybrid between a stick vacuum and an upright. Because of its size, I can say that this model is ideal for those who have smaller homes or apartments.

Just like the NV801, it also equipped with two brushrolls. Unlike many stick vacuums today that run on rechargeable batteries, this model is corded.

Because of its looks, it can be easy to assume that this baby does not have as much strength as the other models we’ve talked about.

Don’t be fooled, though, as looks can be deceiving! This unit definitely packs a wallop and performs utterly well when picking up pet hair from carpeted areas to smooth flooring.

The HV382 brags of the TruePet mini-motorized brush specially designed to pick up pet hair. This tool works flawlessly as it is small enough to get into the innermost nooks and crannies. This tool can be used on the end of the handheld vacuum or on the end of the wand. What makes this tool more precious is that it is bagless and the filters are washable, effectively lowering maintenance cost.

However, since this model is smaller, it has no HEPA filter or Anti-Allergen Complete Seal technology. I also noticed how it does not stand upright. You will have to bend and pick it up or find a wall you can lean it on.

PROS

  • The model’s size does not compromise the suction power
  • It operates fairly quietly
  • The filters are washable.
  • It comes with a variety of tools

CONS

  • It has no HEPA filter.
  • It has no Anti-Allergen Complete Seal technology.
  • It cannot stand upright on its own.

Details to Consider Before Choosing Your Weapon:

The Mess

Before buying your arms, you have got to make sure what you’re dealing with first. Is it just pet hair? Dust? Crumbs? To know what you need to arm yourself with, know your “enemy”.  This will dictate the features you want to have in a vacuum.

Your Location

As you’ve seen earlier, the models do not vary much in size. However, you want to make sure that every nook and cranny in your home is reached by your device with ease. You would also want to consider how many levels your home has and the surfaces to be cleaned. This way, you can anticipate if you need to frequently haul the unit around. Knowing the exteriors to be cleaned is also key because some models work best on particular textures.

Your Usage Frequency

Let’s be honest here - vacuuming can be an unpleasant thing. I mean, there’s the noise, all the effort to make sure you pick up debris and dust properly, and it takes time. When I vacuum thoroughly, it takes roughly a whole day to get it all done. So if you are an avid vacuum user, you have to make sure that your model is easy to access and put back. Its maintenance should also be next to effortless.

And the Award Goes to…

the Shark Rotator NV752 TruePet!

Dubbed as the Transformer, this model converts into three functional modes. The upright or canister modes are for the general spaces in your home. The handheld mode is perfect for the farthest inwards of your home. These modes make this fantastic model so easy to maneuver and bring around your home.

Whether it is a mess on the carpeted living room, human or pet hair on upholstery or various house debris, the Shark Rotator NV752 TruePet’s exceptional suction power has got your covered. There are three settings you can choose from: thick carpet or area rug, carpet or low pile, and hard floors. These settings control the strength utilized in each surface. With all these settings, I should mention that the NV752 operates with an acceptable noise level. There was no need to yell so loudly around the house every time I had to say something.

Shark-Rotator-NV752-TruePet

One thing I appreciate about the TruePet is its LED headlights on its main nozzle. This makes vacuuming in dimly lit areas like under the bed or sofa, places our furry friends love to frequent, easy to see. You’re confident that you leave no dirt picked up. I would also like to add that there is a little spotlight on the vacuum handle which is very useful when using attachments.

Another winning point for me is the HEPA level filtration which removes allergens from the air. For someone who lives with a person prone to allergic rhinitis, this feature is important to maintain a healthy living environment. To converge with this feature, the NV752 also has an Anti-allergen Complete Seal Technology which ensures that the air does not leak from the vacuum before it is properly filtered.

Can you imagine exerting all that effort only to find out you’re in a horrible cycle? Because of these features, TruePet has three filters. Each filter is can be rinsed and is easy to clean. We should remember that cleaning the filter after every use keeps any vacuum running optimally.

At the end of the day, no matter how annoying our pet’s stray fur is, it is outweighed by the joy they bring. It is up to us, humans, to make the necessary adjustments to keep living with them enjoyable, comfortable, and fun. This is the very reason Shark came up with this line of products that would benefit both the pets and their owners. So, don’t think there is no way to solve this bind. We have laid out all your possible weapons, now it’s time for you to take decide and take your pick.