Shark is a massive name in vacuum cleaners, and for a good reason. They have been around for over a century and have mastered what it takes to make an effective vacuum cleaner. In recent years, they have even made headlines for their innovative designs, putting bigger companies like Dyson on high alert.
So, these vacuums have really caught our attention so we decided to test them on arguably the hardest messes a homeowner will encounter: pet messes.
If you have pets, you've probably had issues cleaning up after them.
Haven't we all.
Over the years we have come to trust Shark when it comes to vacuum cleaners that do well with pet hair. Specifically, they have four models that excel in cleaning up pet messes, so we are here to share that information with you.
We have taken the time to test and review the best shark vacuum cleaners for pets, so you have the tools you need to make an educated purchase decision.
Here's the bottom line:
If you're in the market for a vacuum cleaner for pet hair, all of these vacuums from Shark will do well. The one you choose is dependant on your budget and what additional features you require.
Here's a preview of the models we selected for this review. If you'd like to more about any particular model, click "jump to more details" and we will carry you to the section of this article that talks about that model.
Shark Rotator NV752 TruePet
The top pick for best Shark vacuums for households with pets. It is the perfect balance of versatility, power and affordability.
Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Speed with DuoClean
This vacuum is great for people with multiple flooring types. It has great suction and maneuverability. Includes a HEPA filter so great if someone in your household has allergies.
Shark Rocket TruePet UItra-light
This is the most maneuverable vacuum on the list, and also the lightest at only 9lbs. It lacks some of the power of the bigger machines but can transform into a handheld for detail cleaning and is great for upholstery.
The Shark Navigator Freestyle
This is the least expensive option on our list. It is powerful, but cordless so you're limited to 15 minutes of continuous cleaning. Great for people with smaller homes looking for an affordable and reliable solution for pet hair.
Shark Rocket Complete HV382
This is the most versatile vacuum on this list, having the ability to function as an upright vacuum or a handheld without skimping on power. It is a great overall choice if you need power and find the handheld configuration useful.
- 3-in-1 Upright, cannister & handheld
- HEPA filter for those sensitive to allergens
- Has attachments for pet hair on upholstery and hardwood floors
- Very effective cleaning on all surfaces
- Heavy in comparison to other comparable models
- Mediocre maneuverability
More About The Shark Rotator NV752 TruePet
The Shark Rotator NV752 tops our list for many reasons. Most importantly, it is incredibly versatile and comes with attachments specifically designed to suit the needs of pet owners.
True Pet Motorized Brush:
Specifically, the pet hair removal tool is electrical. It is more than just an attachment you stick on the end of a hose. It spins to help pick up pet hair which is then sucked into the vacuum.
While it may lack in some areas like maneuverability, it is still the best overall Shark vacuum for homeowners with pets. It transitions from a traditional upright vacuum to a cannister and a handheld making it extremely versatile.
Power & Function:
The Shark Rotator NV752 TruePet is a powerful, yet quiet machine. Its low-volume power is one of the more remarkable areas in which the TruePet excels. It is rare that you can find a vacuum that can clean low, medium and high carpet, hardwood, tile, upholstery and just about everything else and isn't either incredibly expensive or very loud. The Shark Rotator NV752 TruePet is a perfect mix of power, versatility, and affordability which is marketed directly to pet owners.
- LED-lit wand for illuminating dirt in dark areas
- HEPA filter to trap allergens
- 15.6 lbs
- Includes TruePet Mini Motorized brush for cleaning pet hair
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- Great suction power
- Effective on carpeting and hard floors
- Easy, inexpensive maintenance
- HEPA Filter
- Short hose
- Narrow cleaner head
- Has a high center of gravity
- Mobility issues on high-pile carpeting
More About The Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Speed with DuoClean Technology NV803
The Shark Rotator NV803 is another great option for pet owners. While it doesn't have all the power or the accessories of the TruePet, it is still a solid choice.
Duoclean Technology - What Does That Mean?
Its duoclean technology means that the vacuum comes with two brush rolls that work together. The first one is the usual bristle brush roll which helps pull up large debris from carpeting. The second is a soft brush roll which allows this unit to excel with cleaning hardwood floors. If you turn off the first roller, the second roller will gently clean up dirt and hair from your hardwood floors without damaging them.
As with the Rotator NV752 TruePet, the Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away comes with a HEPA filter, which is a great plus if you are sensitive to allergens. Another great part about the filters on this machine is that they are washable and reusable. So, there's no excuse for not having a good filter -- you don't have to buy a replacement.
- 14.5 lbs
- Accessories include: Pet multi-tool, Duster crevice tool, Pet power brush, Under-appliance wand, Accessory bag
- "DuoClean" technology
- Easy to clean brush rolls
Note: If you have areas in your home with high pile carpeting, you may need a vacuum with more power. Read more about them here.
- Lightweight - only 8.6 lbs
- Comes with a motorized pet hair removal tool
- Larger dustbin than previous rocket models
- Easily converts to a handheld
- Brushes cannot be turned off - so its bad for hardwood
- Cannot stand upright on its own
- When converted to a handheld, it is a bit too heavy for our liking to be handled with one hand.
- No HEPA Filter
- Less powerful than upright vacuums
More About The Shark Rocket TruePet UItra-light
This vacuum can best be described as a Dyson DC44 alternative. It is very similar in design and function but doesn't have the "Dyson" price tag.
This is a somewhat unique feature. You don't see it very often in vacuums made by other brands, but Shark has embraced it. It is a handy addition. Especially if you have pets, hair can get into tiny cracks and crevices, as well as under furniture, so having a headlight to illuminate the area you're cleaning is a big plus.
Being an ultralight vacuum, the Shark Rocket TruePet Ultra-Light is the most maneuverable of the vacuums on this list. This is because it is the lightest and is designed with a swivel head with the bin being near the top. With traditional vacuums, even with a swiveling head, you don't get as much mobility just because the bulky container gives you less versatility than the stick.
With this vacuum, you're paying for the ability to clean more places, not the ability to clean a single area as best as possible. Now, this isn't to say that the Shark Rocket TruePet Ultra-Light won't do a decent job vacuuming your carpet, it's just that it lacks the power that you're going to find in a traditional upright vacuum such as the Shark Rotator NV752 TruePet.
- LED lights to illuminate hair/dirt
- 30-foot power cord
- 5-year warranty
- Cordless so you can clean the whole house without re-plugging in your vacuum
- Good on carpet and hard floors
- Can clean large debris due to an opening in the middle of the base
- Battery powered - only lasts 15 minutes
- Difficult to clean
- Not good for deep cleaning
- Normally under $100
- No hose/upholstery accessories
More About The Shark Navigator Freestyle
If you have a small home or apartment, and a single animal and don't want to spend a lot of money on a vacuum, this is your best bet.
Cordless Power & The Battery:
While you only get around 15 minutes of run time out of this bad boy, that's generally enough time to clean either your carpets or your upholstery in one go. Since it is cordless, you're not limited to areas where your cord reaches. This gives you a leg up if you want to use this vacuum to clean areas like a back porch or even your car. (If the idea of having a vacuum that can clean your home and your car sounds appealing, check out our article about best cordless vacuums here).
Another thing to note about the battery -- it is replaceable. Though a replacement will run you around $50, it means you won't have to replace the entire unit if the battery goes bad.
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If we are honest here for a second, this vacuum can't compete with standard corded upright vacuums. It lacks the ability to get in deep in your carpet to drag out dirt and hair that aren't on a surface level. This is an excellent choice for lightweight maintenance but won't replace the cleaning power of a full-sized vacuum.
- Cordless - which can be a pro or a con depending on your preference
- 1-year warranty
- 14.4 volt Ni-MH battery
- Needs 4-7 hours to recharge
- Strong suction
- Washable filters
- Includes plenty of attachments
- Can work as handheld or upright vacuum
- Not freestanding
- No HEPA filter
- Small canister
- Handheld configuration is bulky
More About The Shark Rocket Complete HV382
The Shark Rocket Complete HV382 is a mix between an upright vacuum and an ultralight stick vacuum. It includes some of the benefits and drawbacks of each.
Power & Stability:
Most notably, the Shark Rocket Complete HV382 has the power of an upright vacuum, but lacks the stability to stand upright. This is a common flaw with most ultralight stick vacuums. Personally, it isn't a deal breaker because you have the ability to clean areas you can't normally get to with an upright vacuum, but don't have to sacrifice the power.
The Shark Rocket Complete HV382 comes with a whole suite of accessories. Some common, and others pretty unique. Out of the box you get the following accessories:
- TruePet mini motorized brush
- Under appliance wand
- Upholstery tool
- Dusting brush
- Duster crevice tool
- Accessory bag
- Wall mount
The TruePet mini motorized brush is the same brush we mentioned in previous sections. It is a motorized attachment that goes on the vacuum's hose which allows you to more effectively. The brushes spin, which pulls up hair from your upholstery better than a static attachment.
The most notable accessory, which can't really be found with anyone but Shark, is the under appliance wand. This strange little tube may look funny, but it actually does a really great job cleaning under appliances like your stove and your fridge.
- LED headlights
- 5-year warranty
- 9.9 lbs
- 30 ft. cord
Pet messes can be a hassle, and finding a quality brand of vacuum to clean up hair and litter can be challenging. Shark has always proven to be a quality brand that puts function first. Their vacuums are generally less expensive than other comparable brands that provide the same quality level.
If you are looking for the best of the best when it comes to Shark vacuums for pet hair, the Shark Rotator NV752 TruePet is our pick and the best overall choice. It is a perfect balance between versatility, power, and affordability. The Shark Rotator NV752 TruePet may lack the maneuverability of some smaller models, but it makes up for it with strength and cleaning quality.
Best On A Budget:
If you're sold on staying with Shark, the best budget vacuum for pets is the Shark Navigator Freestyle. It will clean most pet messes in a small area. It is not suitable for a large home because it is battery powered and only lasts 15 minutes. This being said, you can generally find it for under $100 with most retailers. For that price, you can't find one that is much better.
If versatility is what you're looking for, the Shark Rocket Complete HV382 is the best choice. It comes with the most attachments and can operate as an upright vacuum or a handheld. This versatility gives you the ability to clean areas you wouldn't typically be able to reach, and it doesn't skimp on power.
If you value being able to go clean-crazy and not be limited by the maneuverability of your vacuum, the Shark Rocket TruePet UItra-light is by far the best choice. It weighs under 9 lbs, so it is great for overall efficient cleaning.
None of these vacuums do it for you? Check out our roundup post of the overall best vacuums of 2018.
Now Its Your Turn:
What Shark vacuum you're going to buy for your pet-friendly household? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.