Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Cordless Hand Vacuum review

This Bissell handheld pet hair vacuum is an affordable and convenient vacuum for small cleanups all around your house.

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At a glance

The cordless and lightweight design makes this vacuum a handy tool for any pet owner. Powerful suction collects dirt efficiently, and the motorized brush provides a deep clean to remove pet hair and dirt embedded in fabrics and carpets. Three attachments and a dual-action filtration system add to the versatility.The Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Cordless handheld vacuum was also voted the best handheld vacuum for vacuuming cat litter in 2017. Click here to read real user reviews on Amazon.

  • Cordless
  • Bagless with easy-to-empty dirt cup
  • Dual-action filtration system
  • Run-time up to 15minutes
  • Comes with three attachments: motorized brush, crevice tool, and an upholstery tool
  • 3 pounds
  • 4.5 x 16 x 6.8 inches
  • Two-year limited warranty

+  Cordless – no hassle with the power cord
+  Bagless with washable dirt container
+  Offers powerful suction
+  Lightweight and pleasant to maneuver
+  Motorized brush removes pet hair from all surfaces
+  Crevice tool included for cleaning difficult-to-reach areas
+  Upholstery tool with felt edge to attract more pet hair
+  Dual-action filtration for easy cleaning

-  The use of NiMH-battery  is a bit out-of-date
-  Filter screen can be washed, but filter needs to be replaced periodically
-  Some users have had problems with charging, but the 2-year warranty covers that

  • Performance

  • Ease of Use

  • Quality

  • Price


Summed up

The Bissell Pet Hair Eraser cordless hand vacuum is a reasonably priced mid-level vacuum. There are no frills, but it does what it says by erasing pet hair. For this price point, it offers some good adaptability with its three attachments.

The motorized brush is very good at pulling out pet hair from different kinds of fabrics and carpeting, and the crevice tool allows you to pick up others messes, such cat litter and spilled pet food. Basic yet functional.

Our rating

Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Cordless Handheld Vacuum Full review


As you can guess by the name, The Bissell Pet Hair Eraser cordless vacuum is another product designed specifically for pet owners. Reasonable price and some great features make this a good purchase if you're looking for a basic handheld vacuum to clean up after your pet.


Cleaning after pets at home can be a challenging task. However, this is only so if you do not have the right equipment to do the job. While traditional upright vacuums may prove to be useful when it comes to cleaning overall, there are specific spaces and areas which may be difficult to reach and clean with a big vacuum.

These situations are where handheld vacuum cleaners prove to be highly valuable. These cordless models allow you to have better control over cleaning, reaching areas which may have been otherwise unreachable using a big, bulky vacuum.

One such little helper is the Pet Hair Eraser Cordless Hand Vacuum Cleaner. This model is cordless and lightweight, allowing you to clean after pet hair, as well as dust and dirt which gets collected on the furniture, floor, carpet, or any area where your pets love to spend time.

Among it’s selling points, I would include the detachable motorized brush which helps in capturing embedded dirt and pet hair, thus giving your home a deeper clean. The upholstery tool and crevice tool may be separately used, or stacked so that they can combine their capabilities and usefulness.

On top of that, this pet hair vacuum cleaner also comes with a two-stage filtration system which is designed to extend further the filter life, and at the same time, offer easier cleaning of the vacuum.

By using the Pet Hair Eraser, you can ensure that your cushions and carpets at home are kept free from pet hair. Aside from the features already mentioned, this compact cleaner offers several other features that make it one of the best options for a handheld pet hair vacuum out there.

Key Features

This Pet Hair Eraser from Bissell comes in a cordless design. It gives you the freedom of cleaning messes in different areas within and outside your house without having to worry about power.

The vacuum is lightweight so that you can easily vacuum places like your car. It has a run-time of 15 minutes or more with a charge time of less than 5 hours, which is quite good for a small vacuum cleaner in this price category.

Some users have reported problems with the battery running out in only a few minutes, but the 2-year warranty covers such incidents, and you will be sent a new vacuum to replace the one that malfunctioned.

This vacuum has a NiMH 14.4 volt battery, which can seem a bit yesteryear, but it has its advantages when used in high power machines. Just remember to unplug the vacuum after charging, and to let it run out completely once a month to lengthen the working life of the battery.

This vacuum cleaner is equipped with nozzles specially designed with pet owners in mind. These attachments will get you to all the places that need attention when vacuuming.

What makes this vacuum great with pet hair, is the motorized brush, that provides a powerful suction combined with rotating bristles to give a deeper clean to all surfaces. It is particularly effective on carpets and upholstery, where the bristles lift up even the most stubborn hair embedded in the fabric.

The cordless Pet Hair Eraser is the lightest vacuum in this category at only 3 pounds.

Because of its lightweight and sleek design, it is easy to maneuver.

It comes equipped with an easy-grip handle which is very comfortable to hold. It also has a fingertip access to the on/off switch, keeping it easy to control and adjust the settings while vacuuming.

Although cordless, the Pet Eraser offers a powerful suction. User reviews say that it has no problem with picking up the debris of different sizes.

This is good news for us pet owners, as we have all kinds of dirt from dander and dust to pebbles we need to clean up. This vacuum was actually voted the best handheld pet vacuum for vacuuming up cat litter, which can be a challenging task to any vacuum cleaner.

The dirt bin is big, which means it can handle large amounts of pet hair. I interviewed an owner of three German Shepherds, who uses the cordless Pet Eraser, and he said that the dirt bin can easily handle all the dog hair the vacuum picks up in his house.

The vacuum also has a dual-action filtration system to protect the filter from hair and other larger dirt. The filter is protected with a washable screen, which captures the hair and prevents it from clogging the filter. When emptying the bin, it is easy to pop it out and clean the screen from remaining pet hair to keep the airflow to the filter unobstructed.


This cordless Pet Hair Eraser vacuum cleaner steps up from its older sibling. It uses a dual-layered filtration system, which ensures that the filter does not get clogged and soiled.

If you take a look at the type of filtration system that is used in this model, you can see that it has a fine mesh screen which works in blocking all dirt and debris as well as pet hair from possibly clogging up the paper filter.

The filter is protected by this washable screen, which allows only finer dust to enter the filter when larger pieces of dirt are kept in the dirt cup.

A minor downside in this vacuum is, that although the screen is washable, the paper filter is not. It is suggested you tap the filter after every few vacuuming sessions to clean it and to keep the dust from building up, but eventually, you will have to replace the filter.

Not as high tech as the cyclone systems in the more upscale vacuums, but sufficient and understandable at this price level.


Pet Hair Removal

As this vacuum was designed for pet owners, it has features to make it a great pet hair vacuum. It is a handheld vacuum, so it is intended for smaller cleanups rather than vacuuming your floors, but for light vacuuming jobs, it works well.

It will remove pet hair from all surfaces with the motorized brush roll, and for wads of hair floating around you can use the crevice tool.

The big dirt container allows you to do quite a bit of vacuuming before it needs emptying – even if you have pets with long hair that shed a lot. The motor is powerful enough to deal with not just pet hair, but also other dirt pet owners are familiar with such as cat litter, wood shavings, sand, and soil.


Because it is a handheld vacuum, it is of course designed for just spot cleaning your carpets. Although it is quite powerful and does a nice job cleaning carpets, it is not very convenient on large surfaces. It is very lightweight though, so you could use it to vacuum a carpeted staircase for example.

If you have small areas of low to medium pile carpets to vacuum, this could be a useful tool. However, vacuums this size don’t do well with thick carpets and doing many passes to clean large areas on such carpets would be strenuous.

But again, for small areas of low pile carpeting, it will work fine. If you already have a main vacuum you use to clean your carpets, the Pet Hair Eraser is a great addition for some touchups between thorough vacuumings.

Bare Floors

As emphasized before, this model is designed to be used as a spot cleaning tool. When used as a spot cleaner on bare floors, you can expect this tool to pick up pet hair and all kinds of messes your pets leave behind.

The crevice tool is great if you need to clean up dirt such as sand, soil or food pellets. This vacuum has also received great reviews as a vacuum for picking up cat litter. For finer dust and fine pet hair, you have the brush roll, which thoroughly cleans bare floors without scattering dirt around as some brush rolls do.


As an upholstery tool, the Pet Hair Eraser is at it’s best. It is very lightweight, which makes it easy to maneuver it around furniture or the upholstery of your car.

The easy-grip handle makes it easy to point to areas that need cleaning, and the brush roll is very efficient at brushing through the fibers and lifting up all embedded hair and dust. The brush roll is efficient enough to clean fabrics with one pass, meaning you don’t have to tire yourself by going back and forth on uneven surfaces of furniture.


Along with the Pet Hair Eraser are three attachments. These include a motorized brush, an upholstery tool, as well as a crevice tool. The attachments are easily and smoothly interchangeable with a quick click, and they can also be stacked to give you more range when it comes to hard-to-reach places.

The motorized brush provides a deep clean by digging into the fabrics and removing embedded dirt and hair. You can also use it on hard surfaces to sweep up finer dirt and dust.

The crevice tool allows you to reach in small crevices, but it is also handy when cleaning baseboards and corners, or just picking up such debris as spilled cat litter or pet food.

The third attachment is an upholstery tool, which has a felt edge to attract pet hair. It can be used on lighter cleanups on bedding and upholstery.

These three attachments offer some nice versatility for a vacuum at this price point.

Pros & Cons

+  Cordless, allowing you to clean anywhere there is a need to
+  Offers powerful suction through its motorized foot
+  Lightweight and simple to maneuver
+  Motorized brush removes pet hair from all surfaces
+  Crevice tool included for cleaning difficult-to-reach areas
+  Upholstery tool with felt edge to attract more pet hair
+  Dual-action filtration system
+  A big and easy to use dirt bin

-  The use of Ni-Cad battery is somewhat outdated
-  Not very high tech
-  Some users have had problems with charging, but the 2-year warranty covers that

Summing Up

This cordless Pet Hair Eraser from Bissell is a great budget option for you if you are a pet owner searching for a dependable tool that will help you clean up small messes around the house and pet hair from your bed, upholstery and low pile carpets.

Bissell has more than 135 years of experience in cleaning tools, and this vacuum proves they know what they are doing. At this price, you can’t expect any frills or high-tech features, but it is a reliable little helper for small vacuuming chores all around your home.

Matt Clayton
Matt Clayton
Chief Editor & Founder of PetHairPatrol

Matt is the founder of and has years of experience helping pet owners keep their homes clean. He's been featured in publications like Reader's Digest, Money, and BestLifeOnline. When this neat freak is not searching for better ways to get rid of pet hair, dander, and other messes pets leave behind, he's usually enjoying outdoors with his two (hairy) Goldens: Ben and Jerry. Read more.

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