Let’s face it we all love our pets. But one of the biggest hassles that face us day to day is the cleaning up of their hair. Whether it is on the floor, stairs, or on furniture, it feels like a never ending battle. Hence why we created this page is dedicated to helping you find the best vacuum for pet hair. We try to keep our list up to date and have already put up our top 2017 choices. As an owner of two long haired cats and a dog, I am faced with numerous embarrassing situations like unexpected company showing up, or missing a spot that someone notices. It feels like I have to keep my house clean 24 hours a day, 7 days a week just in case.

As you will see in the next section, we have looked at around 10 different vacuums that specialize in picking up pet hair and that are readily available now. We provide a chart along with characteristics of each feature that we feel provides benefit. All of our information was found using Amazon.com. So sit back, grab a coffee and enjoy. I hope you find the right vacuum!.

The Ultimate Guide to finding the Best Pet Hair Vacuum

Comparison Chart

ImagePet Hair VacuumRating (/5)PriceWeight (lbs)Cord Length (ft)Hose Length (ft)Latest Price
Dyson DC654.4$$$193515.4
Shark Lift Away4.4$$14258.5
Miele U14.2$$$223912
Eureka Mighty Mite4.0$8.6206
Hoover Pet Rewind3.9$$17258

Quick Reviews of the Top 5

best vacuum for pet hairHoover WindTunnel Pet Rewind – Priced at $100 the last time I checked, the Hoover Pet Rewind features many add-on tools specifically designed for taking care of pet hair. Made with a special rubber material, hair can be effortlessly removed from any furniture you may have. Another great feature is the fact that it has 27 feet worth of cord which means you don’t have to be constantly plugging and unplugging your vacuum from room to room. With a folding handle for better storage, you can’t go wrong with this one. Read our review.

Dyson DC65 Animal Complete – Admittedly more expensive than most, if you really are looking for the best vacuum for pet hair, nothing compares to the ball technology used by a Dyson. If you’ve used a Dyson before, you’ll know exactly what I mean when I say how easy it is to move around. For easiness, the DC41 comes with a tangle-free turbine tool to help you remedy the issue. This turbine tool uses counter rotating heads with built-in brushes to pull that hard to reach pet debris from spaces like your furniture and floors. Many people in reviews I have seen posted have also commented on its strength with picking up hair inside carpets. Read our review.

vacuum for pet hairShark Navigator Lift-Away – For 2016, we love the choice of the Shark Lift Away. Perfect for everyday use as well, the Shark Navigator Lift-Away is probably the most popular due the value it provides. Where more vacuums lose suction power over time, the suction power is always preserved with the Lift-Away as they use a unique dirt collection and filtering process. For pets specifically, the Shark Navigator comes with a larger turbo pet brush which lifts it off problem surfaces. With swivel steering and a lightweight base, there is no doubt this vacuum will remain your favorite for many years! In addition, most homes now come with some sort of hardwood flooring. The Lift away excels with hardwood floors as well making it a great combination vacuum. Read our review.

Miele S7260 – Catered specifically to animals, the Miele S7260 includes a unique brush that automatically adjusts to the surface it is being used on. Where some vacuums use different tools to get hair from floors and furniture, the Miele S7260 allows you to use the same device the whole time. With an auto close filter bag, and the top of the line HEPA filter (great against allergies) the S7260 promises to pick up more than 99.99% of any dust and dirt in your home. Read our review.

Eureka Pet Lover – At less than 9 pounds, the Eureka Pet Lover Mighty Mite is one of the lighter vacuums we looked at in our best. Priced very well, the Eureka Pet Lover includes an additional rotating brush specifically designed to pull and suck animal hair out of anything. Many people have found the vacuum works very well if you have cat litter issues as well like we do. With the additional Arm & Hammer dust bag, you’ll also notice massive improvements in the smell of your house. Read our review.

Best Cordless Handheld Vacuums for Pet Hair

Most of the vacuums looked at so far are bigger than average. You may be looking for a smaller and lighter solution and hence we have added this section to highlight some of the top choices when it comes to those that are cordless and handheld. These handheld devices are great for things like couches and other pieces of furniture in your home. Although the larger, more “traditional” vacuums pack a great deal of suction and power, sometimes it is just easier to grab something light and easier to move around. The next sub-sections are what we feel are the top-3 choices for both cordless, and handheld that still are effective against pesky pet hair.

Black + Decker Platinum BDH2000FL 20-Volt

The Black + Decker Platinum BDH2000FL20-Volt is a lightweight and cordless vacuum which comes with a 4-foot hose which allows homeowners to remove embedded dirt. The vacuum cleaner is an updated version of the FHV1200 which relied on a Nickel Cadmium battery with a long charging time and a short battery life. Black + Decker Platinum BDH2000FL20-Volt has a battery that charges 6 times than older Nicads and emits more power.

At a glance

  • Uses 25% less energy
  • Powered by a 20 volt lithium-ion battery that lasts for 15-30 minutes and takes up to 5 hours to recharge
  • Comes with a pet hair tool, a crevice tool and a 2 in one brush
  • Has a transparent, bag-less canister that can hold up to 17 ounces of dirt
  • Comes with a 4-foot hose which can be wrapped or unwrapped to reach deeper areas
  • Comes with an extra washable filter
  • Weighs 3.8 pounds
  • Washable cone-type filter as well as a 3-stage filtration system

Even with an odd design, this vacuum cleaner is really great for pet hair due to its crevice and pet hair tools which work together to remover pet hair embedded in hard to get at surfaces and objects.

Shark Perfect II

With shark perfect II, pet hair doesn’t stand a chance. The vacuum comes with plenty of features that ensure that all the dirt and pet hair in your house is removed. These include a powerful, rechargeable 18-volt battery. It’s also cordless and weighs 4.8 pounds.

At a glance:

  • Comes with a deluxe charging stand that sits on a table top and can be easily mounted on the wall
  • Comes with an 18-volt rechargeable nickel cadmium battery that lasts for 15 minutes, give or take, and takes 16 hours to charge
  • Has a motorized brush that works magic with pet hair
  • Has a crevice and brush tool to add versatility
  • It is bag-less
  • Comes with a washable filter

The manufacturing company, Shark, offers 1 year warranty for purchase of the product. Given its motorized brush, pet tool and washable filter, it’s evident that shark perfect II is great for pet hair. You can use it to remove pet hair on just about anything imaginable. The only downside is that the vacuum cannot rotate or swivel.

Dyson V6

This vacuum cleaner is based on a motor that spins at a speed of 110,000 rpm making it one of the most powerful ones in the market. It has a soft head roller which is perfect for hard floors and removing large debris. It also comes with a rechargeable battery and an extension tube. The Dyson V6 is a mighty fine for cleaning pet hair. Dyson V6 comes with two motor-powered Turbo brushes, a crevice tool with an innovative suction release vent.

At a glance:

  • Comes with a built-in Lithium battery pack which has a running time of 20 minutes
  • Comes with a wall mountable charger
  • Comes with a soft mini-brushing which is great for pet hair
  • Swivel steering
  • Carries a washable post motor filter and a HEPA filtration
  • Lightweight making it easy to clean with
  • Crevice and brushing tool
  • Two vacuum heads

The Dyson V6 vacuum cleaner is a great cordless cleaner as it’s easy to assemble and light. It produces normal sound which increases in volume when Boost mode is activated. Equipped with a soft mini-brush and complimenting accessories, Dyson V6 is very effective for cleaning pet hair.

Best Robotic Vacuums for Pet Hair

Pets are great at home. However, at any giving time of the year, they are always shedding the hair. This means that you will have to vacuum all throughout the week just to keep it away! Some vacuum cleaners are not built for the intricacies of pet hair, while others require pushing to every corner of the room. Even then, little dust balls of fur are often missed! A robotic vacuum cleaner makes your life easier as it will tackle these problems on its own.

Cats shed their hair throughout the whole year; Rabbits shed hair once every three months; Most dogs shed the hair during fall and spring. This is what makes a robot vacuum so nice…just turn it on, sit back and relax while it does the work for you. You can even be at work or outside enjoying yourself while the robot works away at getting rid of all the pet hair in your home. The following models that are available in 2016 seem to stick out the most at being the best.

Roomba 650

best robot vacuum for pet hair

The iRobot Roomba 650 is a small circular robot vacuum that works in back and forth motion when doing its cleaning. It uses a patented system of brushes to clean the hard services and remove pet hair. Roomba 650 has three stages of cleaning the surfaces. The first stage involves agitation of the debris that is embedded on the surface. The machine has a side brush that brushes along the wall edges while another counter-rotating one cleans underneath.

The second stage involves the use of a powerful air jet that sucks the dirt that has been agitated. The dirt is then put into the dustbin from the back to enable it hold more dirt.
The vacuum cleaner uses iAdapt Responsive Navigation programming that enables it navigate through furniture and fitting while doing its cleaning. It also voids climbing raised surfaces and stairs. Its small design enables it to go under small beds, sofas and other furniture without being stuck. It conveniently cleans hard to reach areas. It also comes with rubber bumpers at all sides to prevent it from scratching the furniture and floorboards as it zooms past them.

You can preset your Roomba 650 to clean daily up to seven times a week. This gives you the power to automate you cleaning and have it done whether you are available or not. Its programming is quite easy and does not require any expertise. Moreover, it is easy to maintain the cleaner and empty the dustbin. Whenever, its battery runs low, the cleaner goes back to its charging base for recharge. This action is automatic and does not require your input.

Limitations of the Roomba 650

Roomba 650 takes long to fully charge. Thus, it consumes a lot of power for its charging. It also does not have a battery meter. You cannot tell how much power is left. The vacuum cleaner also does not come with a remote control, which makes it hard for you to direct it to clean a particular area in an expansive room. The cleaner can only work well in clearly defined areas. It may not be of much assistance in areas with many pieces of furniture as it may leave some places unattended.

Neato XV Signature Pro Pet

The Neato Pro Pet vacuum cleaner is an easy to operate, laser guided vacuum cleaner. It can clean room to room automatically and work on the edges, around the corners and below the furniture. The cleaner creates a map of the room and knows where it has been during the cleaning. The map is updated once it encounters a new obstacle that was not present during the previous cleaning run.

Unlike many of its competitors, it has a systematic way of cleaning a room by starting from one end all the way to the other end. This ensures that no area is left out during the cleaning exercise. The Neato XV signature pro has a multi control center that enables you schedule for daily cleaning, clean a specific spot, or clean more than one room. The setup is easy to use and select the preferred mode of cleaning.

You can upgrade your robot vacuum cleaning software once new features become available. You do not need to sell the one that you have for the latest model. The vacuum cleaner has an advanced brush system that includes a combo brush and the blade. The duo agitates and picks up tough pet hair and dirt from any type of floor. It also has some of the best filters in reducing allergens and dust on the floor.

The bag less dustbin is easy to empty and maintain. The square design enables the vacuum cleaner to keep close to the wall edges and pick as much debris, dirt and hair as possible. The smart vacuum cleaner goes back to its charging base once the battery charge goes down. Once charged, it goes back to the location where it was last, and continues with the cleaning where it had left off.

Roomba 770

The Roomba 770 is one of the very best robotic cleaning vacuums when it comes to cleaning very dirty surfaces. It comes with dirt detect technology that optically detects areas with the highest concentration of dirt, pet hair dust so that it can perform focused cleaning in these areas. The cleaner also comes with a remote control, which gives you more control over the functionality of the vacuum cleaner. You can have it repeat on an area or change its direction with the remote control.

The Roomba 770 uses a 3-stage cleaning system that involves agitating the dirty or hair, brushing it off the surface and using a powerful suction to deposit it in the dustbin. It also has a side brush that cleans the edges of the wall as the cleaner workers along the corners. You can schedule the cleaner to clean the room automatically up to seven times. Its responsive navigation systems enable it work around barriers and furniture and do the cleaning without bumping on the objects. It also has a convenient size, which enables it to go below low beds and furniture for cleaning.

Finally, Roomba 770 uses advanced filters that capture fine dust and removes the allergens leaving your room fresh and healthy. It has a long battery life and automatically goes to its base for charging when the battery is low.

What to look for when buying a pet vacuum?

Most people will just purchase a regular vacuum and assume it will work just as well with pet hair. Unfortunately, this is a big mistake. We’ve tried many different types of regular vacuums (some expensive and some not so expensive), and have never had much luck with getting it out of certain pieces of furniture. So what are some things you need to look for when deciding on a vacuum for pets? Here are a few things we think you should include in your search:

  • Attachments – Most vacuums advertised for picking up pet hair simply include an additional attachment. This attachment is normally a power rotating brush that is designed to pick it from difficult places like furniture. There are some vacuums that already have this feature built in, so if you don’t like switching nozzles all of the time you may want to look into one of these models.
  • Capacity – Another great feature to look for is how much capacity the vacuum can hold. One of the more frustrating aspects of vacuum cleaning is the constant emptying that some require in order to continue to clean. A larger capacity vacuum allows you to do more with much less maintenance.
  • Cord length – If you are anything like me, you like a vacuum with a long cord length so you don’t have to move the cord from room to room. In some cases if you are lucky with your house layout and the cord length of the vacuum, you may be able to plug your unit into a central spot and vacuum your entire floor. Cords are a pain!
  • Multi-floor capability – Most living spaces now include many different surfaces that need to be cleaned. This can be hardwood flooring, and furniture coverings. If this sounds like your living space, you’ll need a vacuum that can perform on many different surfaces. Some in our list even auto detect when a switch is made which is incredibly neat.
  • Hose length – The hose length can be an important part of the decision making process. We’ve seen many instances of our cat and dog hair ending up high in the curtains. Without a long hose, we would have never been able to reach or clean those areas!

Must Have Accessories

Most of us like to keep pets, especially cats or dogs. One of the major problem when you are having these pets at home is that their dander can cause allergies for people living in the house. The best way to avoid allergies is to use a vacuum cleaner to clean the bed, furniture, and car. Many of the standard vacuum cleaners do not have the necessary attachments to deal with the dog, cat hairs and dander however. There are many accessories available that can be fitted to standard vacuums to keep it free from animal hair. These include:

  • Pet Accessories Kit – There are many premium pet accessory kits available in the market, which helps you to convert any ordinary vacuum cleaner to a pet vacuum cleaner. This kit will contain a turbo hand tool or brush which effectively removes debris from floors and furniture. Cats and dogs have the tendency to sleep on furniture and will often leave their fur there. The turbo hard brush effectively removes it from floors, furniture, and many other surfaces. This brush can be attached to most vacuums with the use of the adapters provided along with the kit.
  • Car Accessory Kit – This kit will provide all the accessories which are handy in cleaning pet debris from car upholstery. The turbo tool in the kit removes pet debris and the flexi crevice tool removes dirt from places that are otherwise unreachable.
  • Extension Hoses – These hoses will come handy if your power outlets are far from the area you are cleaning with your vacuum cleaner. Look for extension hoses which are made of quality and durable material.
  • Adjustable Wands – These wands help to attach various cleaning pads and by adjusting the height of the wand you can reach under the items like sofas and beds, and clean the everything from these areas.
  • Well there you have it. We hope you have enjoyed our 2016 list featuring the best vacuums to remove unwanted pet hair. If you have any issues with any of our reviews, we would love to hear from you.