We’ve Tested Dozens of Pet Vacuums, and This Lightweight Model Is the Best at Tackling Stubborn Odors and Stains

published Aug 15, 2023
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When you have a pet at home, there are a number of cleaning tools and supplies that come to mind right away. Items like stain removers, dog wipes, and waste bags are obvious; however, there are some everyday cleaning devices that might need upgrades to take on the task of cleaning up after your furry companions. Vacuums easily rank high on that list. In addition to stains and odors, pet hair is a beast all its own. I have two dogs at home and my living room carpet at any given time seems to have a layer of fur strewn across it. I’m constantly vacuuming, so it was a requirement that any vacuum I brought into my space needed to do a good job of picking up pet hair.

At Apartment Therapy, many staffers have pets at home so it’s not a huge challenge to get recommendations for high-quality products that will efficiently keep your household clean. When it comes to vacuums, none scored better than Shark’s UltraLight PetPro Corded Stick Vacuum.

What Is The Shark UltraLight PetPro Corded Stick Vacuum?

Shark’s UltraLight PetPro Stick Vacuum is the mid-priced model of Shark’s corded stick vacuums that caters specifically to pet owners. Equipped with Odor Neutralizing Technology, the vacuum has a self-cleaning brush roll and detachable handheld vac for deeper cleaning. The hand vac can also reach high spaces with the help of the wand attachment. Plus, the vacuum being corded is a huge benefit as it doesn’t put a battery limit on your cleaning. That means you can get it all done in one go and enjoy the rest of your day.

Like other editor-favorite Shark vacuums, the PetPro has powerful suction, excellent reach under furniture, and convenient built-in storage. It also has LED headlights that allow you to see dirt and dust particles in the path of the vacuum, so you’ll know for sure when the floor is clean. The PowerFins HairPro brush roll is especially good for homes with pets — or for those who find themselves vacuuming up a lot of hair in general — as collects hair and doesn’t tangle. Multiple reviewers mention that they love not having to take a pair of scissors to the brush roll in order to clean it. Other accessories that come with this vacuum are an upholstery tool, a precision duster, and an 8-inch crevice tool.

Why Editors Love the Shark UltraLight PetPro Corded Stick Vacuum

“I wasn’t expecting such a lightweight vacuum to pack such a powerful punch, but one pass of my couch picked up so much pet hair. Like embarrassing, is-my-couch-a-shade-lighter-now? amounts. Plus it’s so much easier to use on my staircase runner than my bulky vacuum. It’s so small and easy that I vacuum more often, too, which is an added bonus!”

— Courtney, Creative Studio Senior Writer

In addition to its surprisingly lightweight build, Courtney gave the UltraLight PetPro Corded Stick Vacuum five stars for ease of use, filtration, odor blocking, suction, and overall handling. She used it on the hard flooring, rugs, and furniture in her home, and said it did a great job picking up dirt and leaves from the outdoors as well as pet hair and dust. “My only quibble is that it’s SO lightweight that it can be a little unwieldy to maneuver,” she adds, “but I got used to it. I’ll take that for the ease of carting it up and down my stairs. [It’s] such a great addition to my routine.” The PetPro’s dust bin is another highlight of the vacuum: It has a removable dust cup that empties in a snap. While this vacuum isn’t the quietest (or the noisiest) device, there’s no denying that it’s super effective for cleaning your home from top to bottom.

What Shark Reviewers Are Saying

“We have three yellow labs, and accordingly, have yellow hair everywhere. After using our old vacuum, we used the new Shark Ultralight Pet Pro Stick Vacuum and it was unbelievable at how much hair it picked up! Lightweight and easiest vacuum we have ever had!” — hunter58301

“I love the Shark vacuum cleaner and how lightweight it is. It has amazing suction to get the dirt out of all the little areas. We have three dobermans so the odor neutralizer is amazing at getting out their odor, especially since one is a puppy. It’s also amazing at picking up all their little black hairs that they leave everywhere. It’s very easy to empty and start going right back to vacuuming. I like the fact its corded because I don’t have to worry about charging it or misplacing the charger.” — jcraig09

“To say we have lots of pet hair is truly and understatement. We have three medium-haired dogs and a long-haired cat. It is a constant struggle to control the animal hair. I used this for the first time on a carpet that had been vacuum with another top brand just a few hours before, and bam, so much pet hair was vacuumed up. Buy it, you won’t be sorry!” — Laurba13

Buy: Shark UltraLight PetPro Corded Stick Vacuum, $189 (normally 259.99)