Here we have our first suggestion from BISSEL – the Corded Pet Hair Eraser Handheld. Just like the name suggests, this model is meant to deal with pet hair and it does so with ease. It easily outperforms the other products of its price range and qualifies for our best handheld vacuum list based on that alone. And even though this is enough to win it a review, the model has even more positive qualities that push it up above the competition.
The BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser is powered by a 4 amp motor, which provides more than enough suction power for its job. Obviously, the prime goal of the model is to make quick work of any type of pet hair left after cats and dogs, and it easily outperforms even more expensive products in that task. It also has no problems quickly cleaning up most types of dry messes that it comes across. The model is bagless, with a cord length of 16′. It uses a HEPA filtration system, with changeable filters.
The model comes with two specialized nozzles – a Hard Nozzle and a Contour Nozzle. The Hard Nozzle is intended to deal with normal tasks and dry messes, while the Contour Nozzle is able to pull out dirt and pet hair out of difficult to reach areas. These tools while simple, are usually more than enough to cover the tasks of a handheld pet vacuum.
There are three things that make the BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser worth of the best handheld vacuum cleaner title. First and foremost we have its powerful suction. It’s very rare for a model of this price tag to be so powerful, and most of the cheap solutions included in our best vacuum review series are hidden jewels like this one. Then comes the obvious pet hair functionality. This one shouldn’t really come as a surprise – the model is named Pet Hair Eraser, after all. Finally, we have the low price. And while there are a ton of low priced vacuums on the market, there are very few that are actually worth more than what they are being sold for. And this BISSEL product is one of them.
Powerful Suction – The model can handle most domestic tasks with ease and can even compete with some of the more expensive choices in the middle price area. The 4 amp motor is powerful enough to allow the vacuum to pick up even some of the larger pieces of debris and pet hair.
Great For Pet Hair – Well, the name says it all. The model has been designed with pet hair in mind, and that gives it an edge over its competition. Not that there are many models of the same price tag that can compete with it.
Affordable – The low price tag makes this model one of the best handheld vacuum cleaners for pet owners, looking for vacs on a budget. The BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser is a staple of what low priced handheld models should be – affordable, yet solid, reliable and powerful.
The major downside of the model is the result of a design flaw. Even though it has a nozzle that is meant to be used in tight spaces, because the vacuum itself is a bit larger, it ends up having problems there. It’s more of a design flaw than anything else, and it doesn’t really end up affecting much more than it’s ability to deal with thigh spaces. Sadly, this trait can easily be found deal breaking by many people, especially those who are looking for a support vacuum to deal with the pet hairs left over by their main one.
Reach – The model has troubles reaching into tight spaces, regardless of the fact that it has a special attachment for the job. If you are looking for something to clean up tight corners and awkward to reach places, we would advise you to stay away from this model.
The BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser gets an 8 out of 10. Sadly, it’s main flaw is quite major, even if it doesn’t seem like that at first glance. First of all, people usually buy handheld vacuums as support models, to add to their cleaning arsenal after they have already went over their apartment with a canister or an upright vac. And they usually want to clean up all the awkward to reach places that were left behind for later on. And this model can’t handle such a task.
However, if you don’t take the downside into consideration (people who have long flexible hoses for their canisters for example), the BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser can be counted as 9.5 out of 10. The model has many positive sides and all of them make it excel in its category and price range. As such we can easily recommend it as one of the best handheld vacuum cleaners for pet owners, especially if you are shopping on a budget.