Best Vacuums for Pet Hair 2019

The House Method team tested a variety of pet vacuums and rated them on a range of factors including suction power, maneuverability, noise, mobility, and more. Read our full review here.

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Odds are if you’re a pet owner, your main reason for vacuuming is to remove the overwhelming amount of pet hair embedded in your carpets, furniture, and hard floors. You likely find yourself lugging out a heavy upright or canister vacuum several times a week just to keep up with your pet’s shedding.

If you’re going to invest so much time in vacuuming, why not choose a vacuum that’s engineered to clean up pet hair? There are several vacuums on the market that claim to be the best vacuum for pet hair, so our team at House Method tested and reviewed multiple vacuums to determine which ones are actually the best. Here are our top picks.

Best vacuums for pet hair

Conclusion
Pros
Cons
Best product

Dyson Ball Animal 2

Conclusion

Specifically designed for tackling pet hair and other debris on carpets and hard floors, this upright vacuum is an outstanding choice for pet owners.

Pros

It has a bar-free brush, meaning pet hair won’t get tangled during a clean. It’s also certified asthma and allergy friendly by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

Cons

It weighs just above 17 pounds and its ball design prevents it from reaching under low-set furniture.

Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Upright

Conclusion

If you need a sturdy upright vacuum that specializes in cleaning pet hair on carpets, go with this upright.

Pros

A tangle-free brushroll doesn’t get tangled with pet hair. The vacuum features a SmartSeal Allergen System with Febreze that eliminates pet odors. It also features a quick-release wand that lets you spot clean on shelves, drapes, and stairs.

Cons

Though it’s great at sucking up pet hair, its suction for picking up other debris is average.

Best value

Miele Complete C3 Cat & Dog Canister Vacuum

Conclusion

This canister vacuum is the perfect choice for homes with medium to deep pile carpeting.

Pros

An Active Air Clean Filter with active charcoal layers neutralizes and absorbs unwanted pet odors. The Cat & Dog is also equipped with a Deluxe Comfort Grip handle and six-stage suction control via a foot switch.

Cons

The vacuum head is a little thick and has trouble fitting under most couches. The power cord is very short.

Eufy RoboVac 11S

Conclusion

This robotic vacuum is the perfect solution for pet owners looking for daily pet hair maintenance with zero effort.

Pros

It features intelligent BoostIQ Technology and has a run time that lasts up to 100 minutes. It also contains an infrared sensor for avoiding obstacles and drop sensors to prevent the vacuum from falling down the stairs.

Cons

If you have a pet that sheds frequently, expect to empty the dust bin on a constant basis (this has the smallest dust bin compared to the other pet vacuums).

Dyson Ball Animal 2

Featuring the strongest suction of any other pet vacuum on the market, the Dyson Ball Animal 2 is a fierce competitor when it comes to sucking up pet hair and other pet messes.

Design

This pet vacuum has a self-adjusting cleaner head that raises and lowers to lock in suction across multiple floor surfaces. Despite its heavy weight, it’s easy to turn and maneuver thanks to Dyson ball technology. This upright also features a washable, reusable filter, a clear dust bin that’s easy to empty, and an extra-long hose that pulls out from the vacuum’s side to clean blinds, ceilings, and other hard-to-reach spots.

How this vacuum cleans

Powerful suction combined with a tangle-free turbine tool that removes pet hair from carpets and upholstery allow this vacuum to clean up the toughest messes in all areas of your home. Not to mention, this upright features one-click dirt emptying that allows you to release the contents from the dust bin in one action.

Usability

Though this vacuum is heavy, it’s extremely easy to move around furniture. Its ball design makes it difficult to clean under low-set furniture, but it comes with a few accessories (like the instant-release high-reach wand and stair tool) that can help solve this issue. The Dyson Ball Animal 2 also comes with a long power cord that allows you to clean large rooms without having to unplug the cord and find another outlet.

Accessories

This Dyson comes with a counter-rotating, tangle-free brush tool that’s designed for animal hair, a stair tool that’s designed for simple, effective cleaning on stairs, and an instant-release, high-reach wand for above-floor cleaning.

Our recommendation

If you want an all-around pet vacuum that cleans pet hair from carpets and hard floors and comes with accessories that target dust and dirt in hard-to-reach spaces, the Dyson Ball Animal 2 is the best vacuum for you.

Buy the Dyson Ball Animal 2

Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Upright

This monster of a vacuum comes with a plethora of pet attachments, making it one of the best vacuum cleaners available for removing pet hair.

Design

This bright green Bissell pet vacuum features a patented cyclonic pet hair spooling system for hands-free emptying and a SmartSeal® Allergen System with a Febreze® Pet Odor Eliminator Filter that helps trap allergens inside the vacuum and eliminates pet odors. It also has a tangle-free brushroll that never gets stuck with pet hair.

How this vacuum cleans

The Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Upright has a high-end filtration system combined with tight seals that help it suck up dirt, dander, and pet fur without leaving debris that aggravates allergies or asthma. It also features multi-surface cleaning that maximizes pet hair, dirt, and debris pickup on multiple surfaces including carpets, hard surfaces, and upholstery.

Accessories

This Bissell pet vacuum comes with a LED-Lit crevice tool to uncover dirt in hidden areas and a Pet TurboEraser® Tool to remove embedded hair from carpets and upholstery.

Usability

Using this vacuum is easy thanks to swivel head steering and broad cleaning head. Though it can clean on hard surfaces and carpet, it does a much better job on carpets.

Our recommendation

If you want a vacuum that comes with an array of cleaning tools to remove pet hair and debris from carpets, the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Upright is the best vacuum for you.

Get a more in-depth look at the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Upright

Miele Complete C3 Cat & Dog Canister Vacuum

With an Electrobrush for carpeting and a smooth floor tool for hard floors, this Miele canister vacuum is recommended for all flooring types. It even comes with three standard cleaning accessories, along with a mini handheld Turbobrush, specifically meant for cleaning pet hair on floors and furniture.

Design

This powerful vacuum comes with a self-retracting power cord, a HEPA filter, and six speed settings that can be controlled with plus/minus foot controls. It has an ergonomic handle for easy carrying and a Parquet Twister that provides 180 degrees of rotation.

How this vacuum cleans

Featuring a powerful six-speed motor that works on hardwoods and carpeting, this canister vacuum targets pet hair on all types of surfaces. We especially love the self-adjusting automatic setting that senses the floor type and adjusts the motor accordingly. The Miele also comes with two cleaning heads, an electrobrush that’s ideal for medium- to high-pile carpeting, LED lighting, and a Parquet Twister head with super soft bristles that delicately clean your hard floors. Not to mention, odors are neutralized with an Active AirClean filter.

Usability

This vacuum is easy to use, so long as you don’t mind carrying the canister as you clean. It’s relatively lightweight

Accessories

Featuring an Active AirClean filter that combines AirClean technology with an active charcoal cassette to neutralize and absorb odors, an STB 101 mini turbobrush for vacuuming cut-pile carpets and delicate upholstery, and an AirClean Sealed system to filter and capture 99.9% of lung-damaging particles, this Miele vacuum is a strong competitor against other pet vacuums.

Our recommendation

If you want to invest in a versatile, powerful vacuum that reduces the amount of pet particles and allergens in your air, the Miele Complete C3 Marin is the best pet vacuum for you.

Buy the Miele Complete C3 Cat & Dog Canister Vacuum

Eufy RoboVac 11S

Robot vacuums are ideal for pet owners who want to keep their floors clean without a ton of effort. Though there are plenty of more expensive, advanced robot models on the market that can keep up with pet hair, the Eufy Robovac 11S is an affordable, efficient robot that gets the job done.

Design

This slim robot is equipped with sensors that detect when extra suction power is necessary and boosts the vac for 1.5 seconds, meaning it will clean areas with pet hair buildup. It has large wheels that roll over carpets and hard floors for non-stop cleaning and drop-sensing technology that prevents it from falling down stairs.

How this vacuum cleans

With a run time of 100 minutes, this vacuum is able to clean an entire floor without having to go back to its home base to recharge. The RoboVac 11S sucks up dirt and dust with 1300Pa of suction for a spotless clean you can see and feel. Additionally, this vacuum combines a dual-layer filter and a high-performance filter to capture microscopic dust particles and allergens and features multiple cleaning modes for a more effective clean.

Usability

This vacuum doesn’t have WiFi capabilities like some robot vacuums do, but it can be programmed by a remote control and set to clean areas of your home whenever you want. Because of its short height, it can glide under low-set furniture and remove any pet hair that’s collected in these spaces over time. However, since this robot has a small dust bin, it will have to be emptied quite frequently (especially if you have a long-haired dog that sheds a lot).

Accessories

It comes a charging base, remote control, power adapter, cleaning tool, four side brushes, an additional high-performance filter, and an additional foam filter.

Our recommendation

If you want a no-hands approach to cleaning up pet hair in your home, this is the best vacuum cleaner for you.

Buy the Eufy RoboVac 11S

Our pick

The best vacuum for pet hair is the Dyson Ball Animal 2. This Dyson Animal Vacuum has a large dust bin for containing pet hair and debris, incredible suction power that removes fur from carpets, and easy maneuverability to reach behind furniture and around corners. Not to mention, this upright is certified asthma and allergy friendly by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, making it a solid choice for pet owners and allergy sufferers, alike.

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Why choose a vacuum specifically designed for pet hair?

If you’re a pet owner—or in any position where animals are frequently in your home—you’re probably not unfamiliar to dealing with the fur they shed. If you check out the contents of your vacuum dust canister (especially in the summer months), it probably comprises mostly pet hair. Choosing a vacuum that’s specifically designed to remove pet hair will noticeably improve your vacuum experience and make cleaning your home a little bit easier. These vacuums often come with attachments that are engineered to remove hair without entangling the brush or clogging the filters and most have HEPA filters to improve the indoor air quality of your home.

In addition to vacuuming, here are more ways to keep your home free of pet hair.

5 factors to consider before buying a pet vacuum

Type of vacuum cleaner

With so many vacuum cleaners on the market, it can be difficult to know which one is best for you and your cleaning needs. Here are five popular types of vacuums:

  • Upright—Upright vacuums have some of the most powerful suction on the market. They typically have suction settings for carpets and hard floors, are easy to maneuver, and come with different accessories to reach tight spaces.
  • Canister—These are usually lighter than uprights and much easier to carry around the home. Most of them are bagged models, which keep pet hair and other debris from entering your air as you empty the vacuum.
  • Stick—Stick vacuums are extremely lightweight and generally don’t have as much power as uprights (though there are some models that are comparable to upright suction). They have smaller dust cups than uprights and canisters, so they may not be the best vacuum for pet hair.
  • Handheld—Handheld vacuum cleaners don’t have the strongest suction, but they’re ideal for spot cleaning small messes or cleaning out your vehicle. We suggest buying a handheld to supplement an upright or canister.
  • Robot—These are by far the most convenient vacuums to use. Program them to clean pet hair during the day and empty them at the end of each cleaning cycle. Though these are efficient, they still don’t possess the same amount of suction as uprights or canisters and might miss deeply embedded fur.

Your home’s layout and flooring

If you have a multi-level home, opt for a canister vacuum that’s easier to carry and transport than an upright. Uprights are great at delivering powerful suction, but they can be difficult to carry up and down stairs and from room to room, especially if you have arthritis or experience trouble holding heavy objects for an extended period. If you have a single-level home, a robot might be your best bet—simply schedule it to run and set it loose.

Accessories

Attachment pieces are essential when it comes to cleaning up after pets. The Bissell Pet Hair Eraser upright vacuum by far has the best accessories. In addition to the filter installed in the vacuum, a Febreze PreMotor filter is included to emit a fresh scent when cleaning. Also included is an LED light crevice tool, a Pet TurboEraser® tool, and a snap-on dusting brush to clean all the nooks and crannies in your home.

Maintenance and upkeep

If you have a pet that sheds quite frequently, you’ll probably want a vacuum cleaner that can hold a decent amount of pet hair. Look for vacuums with large dust cup capacities. Additionally, most pet vacuums will have HEPA filters that need to be washed on a regular basis in order to maintain optimum vacuum performance.

HEPA filtration

If you suffer from allergies, you may want to consider investing in a vacuum with a HEPA filter. HEPA filters remove 99.97% of microscopic dust and allergens from your home and keep your indoor air cleaner.

Frequently asked questions

What is the best vacuum cleaner for pet hair?

The best vacuum cleaner for pet hair is the Dyson Ball Animal 2. This Dyson Animal Vacuum has a HEPA filter to trap microscopic dust and allergens, a large dust bin for containing pet hair and debris, and incredible suction power to remove even the toughest messes from hard floors and carpets.

What is the best robot vacuum for pet hair?

The best robot vacuum for pet hair is the Eufy RoboVac 11S. It can run for up to 100 minutes at a time and fit under low-set furniture, where pet hair is likely to collect over time.

Can a Roomba handle dog hair?

Yes, a Roomba is capable of picking up all types of pet hair. However, since Roomba dust bins are small, you’ll have to empty the bin after each cleaning cycle.

About the author

Kealia is a staff writer and social media coordinator for House Method. She writes for a variety of beats, including home inspiration (her favorite), real estate, and home wellness.


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