A little larger and bulkier than some other handheld cleaners, the Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ CH951 is nevertheless a well priced and quality cleaner for those looking to specifically deal with pet hair. It can tackle some other jobs, too, although pet hair is its speciality.
- Good price
- Deals with pet hair easily
- Simple to use
- A little bulky
- Long charge time
- USARRP: $89.99
TypeA handheld vacuum cleaner that ships with a motorised pet brush for removing hair from carpet, couches and more.
Battery lifeDelivers 10 minutes of battery, but recharging takes six hours.
As pet owners can attest, the biggest problem of accommodating a furry friend is the amount of hair that gets everywhere. Sure, you can grab your regular (or cordless) vacuum for pet-hair pickup, but it can be a hassle if you’re regularly having to do that. With the Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ CH951, you get a grab-and-go vacuum cleaner designed specifically for this job.
It’s well priced and performs well, but it’s a touch bulky and not quite as versatile as I’d hoped – making it a unit for pet owners only.
Design and features
- Simple to use
- Dust cup is a little fiddly to empty
- Decent range of accessories
Bold, big and a little bulky is the best way to describe the Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ CH951. At 20.8 x 3.8 x 4.3in, this vacuum cleaner is a little larger than some of its rival handheld cleaners, although at 1.28kg, it still very much fits into the light and easy-to-grab category of cleaners.
Having a slightly larger body allows for the inclusion of a slightly larger 0.45qts dust cup on this model, which is typically bigger than you’d get with most handheld cleaners. Given that this vacuum is designed for sucking up pet hair, which can be bulky, this makes a lot of sense.
You eject the bin by pressing the button at the back, which springs the whole forward-half of the unit open. Make sure that you aim carefully into the bin, as the energetic eject action could result in dust and debris landing outside the desired area. It’s a little fiddly to get all the contents out, since a lip at the bottom of the pin tends to collate dust.
I found it easier to remove the entire bin from the vacuum cleaner, which allowed me to give it a good shake to get everything out, and even clean it regularly under running water. At the back of the dust cup is the pull-out washable filter, which requires regular cleaning to keep the vacuum cleaner in its best operating condition.
As with most handheld cleaners, the Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ CH951 is simple to use. There’s a single power button on the rear that turns it on and off, as well as a large looped handle that makes it easy to hold.
In the box you get three tools: a motorised pet brush, which will be your main tool for carpets and couches, plus a crevice tool and stiff-bristled brush – the latter is great for lifting ground-in hair out. The pet brush is a self-cleaning one, which means hair won’t become wrapped around it, so you won’t have to experience the painful job of cutting filthy pet hair out of the roller.
This model comes with an integrated battery, which is charged by plugging the provided adapter into the back. It’s a shame there’s no charging dock in the box – this is an optional $29.95 accessory, which wall-mounts and provides storage for two tools.
- Short battery life and long charge times
- Deals with pet hair easily
- Can tackle some other small spills
To test the Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ CH951, I put it through my usual set of tests. First, I started with my raw power test, which measures the vacuum cleaner in AirWatts (a combination of airflow and suction power). Here, I got a score of 29.11AW, which is towards the low-end of what you’d expect from a regular cordless model. The Roborock H7, for example, managed 44.32AW on its standard mode.
But raw power is just an indicator of performance; it’s the quality of tools that often makes a difference to how well an appliance cleans. Plus, the Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ CH951 has a short nozzle without a wand, so that suction power is available right at the tip of the tools you use.
I started my real-world tests with the carpet test. Here, I sprinkled a teaspoon of flour on the floor and gave the Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ CH951 a pass (backward and forward) through the middle. As you can see, there was mostly a clean path, but the vacuum left a bit of dust at its edges, where the brush wasn’t quite making contact.
Still, with a few more passes forward and backward, it was possible to lift dirt easily enough from the entire carpet.
For the hard floor test, I sprinkled a teaspoon of rice onto the floor. A single-pass was sufficient for the Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ CH951 to pick up everything along the width of the motorised brush. I could get the rest of the mess by the wall using a crevice tool. Impressively, no grains of rice fell out of the tool.
Cleaning pet hair is the main purpose of this appliance, and in this regard the Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ CH951 did a great job. Combing cat hair into my test carpet, a single sweep of the cleaner was enough to pull out everything in one go. Likewise, I was able to get my velvet couch looking its best again quickly. I mostly used the motorised brush, but the hard bristle brush was useful for getting into the corners.
Battery life is around 10 minutes off a charge, which doesn’t sound like much However, if you’re just tackling a couch, a pet bed or a bit of carpet, it will be sufficient to get the job done. Recharge times are six hours from zero to 100%, which is quite long. As such, this cleaner is best used often for smaller periods of time, as you won’t get bigger jobs done in a reasonable amount of time.
In terms of noise, I measured the Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ CH951 at 77.5dB – which makes it louder than your average vacuum cleaner, but it isn’t too intrusive.
Should you buy it?
If you have pets and regularly need to tackle small areas of shred hair, this is a great little vac