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A Comparison Of The Best Vacuums For Cat Litter

Have you ever tried to sweep up cat litter with a broom? ​It is mighty frustrating.

Yes, it can be done but there is a much easier way. Cat litter can make such an awful mess.

The Most Efficient Way To Clean Up Cat Litter

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Our cat has not yet been tempted by the vacuum or worn lipstick

Use a vacuum to deal with cat litter. It's faster, easier and more efficient than sweeping.

Even if you don't want to vacuum daily, the litter can still be swept with a broom or dustpan and brush to clean the immediate area and then vacuumed when you are ready. 

Dos And Don'ts Of Cleaning Up Cat Litter

  • Avoid vacuuming wet litter.  Wet litter is a sweep and pick up job, no getting around that.
  • Use a cat litter mat under the litter tray. This will hugely help minimize the hassle of any litter cleaning job.

Some people comment that the vacuum cleaner will smell like the cat litter.
This could be the case if it is large amounts of litter that are being vacuumed however we are talking about the overflow from the cat litter tray or mat so it shouldn't be an issue.

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Do you think we could train the cat to vacuum the litter? It's an idea!

My Dyson V8

I have recently bought a Dyson V8 and I love it. That is the first time I have ever said that about a vacuum cleaner.

I can even vacuum around my ageing cat and he doesn't budge, so it's obviously not scaring him. However we both know our boundaries, so I try to keep out of his way.

The Dyson is an expensive purchase and I did a fair amount of research before buying. I expect a large cost item like the Dyson, to last for years and years.​

Dyson was a good choice for me because I needed a vacuum cleaner for hardwood floors with several rug and tiled areas. The vacuum also needed to be able to handle cat hair and cat litter. 

Something you will hear in almost any vacuum discussion is a HEPA filter.

What Is A HEPA filter?

A HEPA filter traps pollens, allergens, dander, dust mites, tobacco smoke, mould, bacteria and other allergens by using a mechanical filter.

Vacuum cleaners can suck up these allergens however not all vacuum cleansers have a HEPA filter.
Just in case you were wondering what HEPA stands for - it is High-Efficiency Particulate Air.

There's more information here about HEPA filters.​

Reviews of Vacuums Designed For Cat Hair and Cat Litter

The vacuums reviewed below are all "pet" friendly as part of their function is to pick up animal hair.

Dyson V8 Animal Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner

Cordless Stick Vacuum for animal hairDyson V8 Animal Cordless Stick Vacuum – Nickel

I have to say that Dyson products are brilliant. When I first opened my Dyson I thought it looked a bit plasticky, especially for the price however I have come to realize that it is a tough machine and the range of motion is excellent.

In addition to picking up litter and cat hair and everything else in normal household life, it is handy to use to vacuum the cats bedding or where the cat mostly hangs out. 

This model, the V8 is specifically designed for homes with pets. The price can be a sticking point and I totally understand that as I was the same. I now realize I will have my Dyson for many years and vacuuming is no longer a chore and I do mean that. This model is a V10.

It is so easy to whip out of the cupboard that I tend to vacuum smaller areas but more frequently because it is not an issue, compared to having to get out the old vacuum cleaner, pull out the cord, plug it in and them move to another plug, untangle the cord and so on.

This machine can change from a stick to a small handheld in seconds and I continually swap between the two with no problems at all.

I hardly need to say, that it works exceptionally well.  I am always amazed at the dust and debris in the container even when I think the floor is clean. It is easy to empty. 

This product does have a HEPA filter. Mr Dyson has done a good job! I can’t recommend this machine highly enough.

Shark Rocket TruePet Corded Ultra-Light Upright   

Pet Ultra-Light Upright Corded VacuumShark Rocket TruePet Ultra-Light Upright Corded Vacuum, Bordeaux (HV322)

This stick vacuum converts to a handheld vac and is super lightweight. I recently had problems using my right arm and had no choice but to vacuum using my left arm (well I could have not vacuumed at all but that wouldn’t be good either).  It was then that I appreciated having a lightweight vacuum was a big bonus.

It has really good suction and will handle cat litter however you may have to go over the same area several times as you would with any larger pieces of debris being vacuumed. This is not a deal breaker.

It is electric so will still need to be plugged in. It has a pet hair attachment.

It does not have a HEPA filter however it has an easily removable sponge filter that can be washed and replaced.

For the price, a hard to beat product and you would surely use it for more than just picking up cat litter.

Bissell Pet Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner

Pet Hair  Upright Bagless Pet Vacuum Cleaner Machine Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Upright Bagless Pet Vacuum Cleaner Machine with Tangle Free Brush Roll, 1650A

This vacuum is specifically targeted towards pet owners and features an Integrated Pet Hair Lifter, and a pet TurboBrush tool.

In addition to picking up cat litter it gets the big thumbs up for removing animal hair from both cats and dogs.

It is bagless, so no purchasing bags, hooray, and it is electric with a 23 ft cord length.

It does not have a big profile so it’s easy to put away in a cupboard without taking up much space.

What About A Carpet Sweeper for Cat Litter?

Great idea! A carpet sweeper definitely has the convenience factor. Vacuuming a whole house can be tiring so using a carpet sweeper as an in between clean is an attractive idea and it can be used daily to pick up cat litter.

There are two models reviewed below. The first model reviewed is battery powered and the second model reviewed is human powered, meaning that is not electric and does not have a battery.

1. Shark Cordless Floor and Carpet Sweeper

For easy everyday cleaning at a good price and most importantly it does handle kitty litter.

Depending on your needs it is a good accompaniment to the regular vacuum cleaner used for a whole house.

It is rechargeable and the charge last about 30 minutes.

It has a folding handle which is useful for swivel steering.

Rechargeable Floor & Carpet Sweeper for cat litterShark Cordless Rechargeable Floor & Carpet Sweeper

2. Bissell Sweep-Up Sweeper Pets Carpets Floors

This carpet sweeper is fine for any floor surface,hard floors or carpets.

It is lightweight and super effective at picking up cat litter on tiles and carpets.

There is no power either electric or from a battery.

It won’t get into small crevices because it doesn’t have attachments like vacuum cleaners however if you want something portable, lightweight and is going to do the job quickly and easily this is a good choice.

Carpet sweeper suitable for cat litterBISSELL 2101B Sweep-Up Sweeper

This carpet sweeper is fine for any floor surface,hard floors or carpets. It is lightweight and super effective at picking up cat litter on tiles and carpets. There is no power either electric or from a battery. It won’t get into small crevices because it doesn’t have attachments like vacuum cleaners however if you want something portable, lightweight and is going to do the job quickly and easily this is a good choice.

A hint when using a carpet sweeper is to first of all sweep the litter to one area so that it is easier to pick up.

Handheld Vacuum For Kitty Litter And Cat Hair

A handheld is a great idea if the vacuum cleaner is doing a good job but a quick fix is needed.
A quick whizz around and it’s done.

Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Handheld Vacuum, Corded

This is the corded product as opposed to the cordless handheld vacuum Pet Eraser also made by Bissell.

This one is favoured because the cordless model can have battery issues plus this model is cheaper and does the same job.
You will just need to plug it in. 

Bissell customer service is very good  so whether you buy this model or the cordless you can be assured of good customer service if needed.
Bissell is a reliable brand but hey even the best of best can sometimes be faulty.

It works really well for dry kitty litter and dry cat food. It is super useful around the home, great for upholstery and cleaning the car.

It is easy to store and bag less so no purchasing new bags (that can be such a nuisance as new models come along and the bags change).

Some Extra Hints for Making Vacuuming Cat Litter Easier

Mostly cat litter is on a tiled or hard floor yet it is actually easier to vacuum up from carpet.
For that reason some people find it is easier to sweep the cat litter to the carpet and then vacuum the carpet. This would work well if the carpeted area was nearby.

This method applies to carpet or a hard floor  -  As you are approaching the litter, with the vacuum, lift the vacuum head slightly so that the suction will take care of the litter before the brushes scatter it.


If you want a handheld vacuum, the small corded and very affordable Bissell is unbeatable. There is not the worry of batteries malfunctioning which can happen in some of these smaller handheld vacuums. The Bissell is specifically for pets but of course can be used elsewhere in the home. A super handy product to have in the home.

As far as stick vacuums go, the Shark is hard to beat.  There is no bending to vacuum as with a small handheld.  This model does also convert to a handheld so does both jobs.

If you want the creme de la creme and are prepared to make a big purchase that will last for years, the Dyson V8 is amazing. I love that I don't have to go and get out the vacuum cleaner, plug it in, pull the cord free from the unit and then pull the cord around furniture.  I just pop the cleaning head I want onto the stick  and off I go, no cords.

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