Hair can be somewhat challenging for some vacuums. Long strands of hair can get caught in brushrolls or clog various components, compromising overall suction performance. Vacuums that are well-suited to dealing with this kind of debris shouldn't only excel in cleaning pet hair but should have removable brushrolls for easy cleaning of hair wraps or vacuum heads with some anti-tangling function.
We've tested over 130 vacuum cleaners, and below are our recommendations for the best vacuums for hair. These recommendations are based on their hair cleaning performance on different types of surfaces, their design, and their price. If you're looking for alternatives, look at our list of the best vacuums for pet hair, the best cordless vacuums for pet hair, the best robot vacuums for pet hair, and the best handheld vacuums for pet hair.
The best vacuum for long hair we've tested is the Dyson V15 Detect. This cordless stick vacuum comes with separate floorheads for bare floors and carpets, each with removable brushrolls that are easy to clean and built-in anti-tangle combs that can help trap any pet hair. It has no trouble dealing with hair strands on floors and carpeting, while its surface detection system lets it automatically increase its suction power on carpeted surfaces. It also has an onboard particle sensor to monitor allergen quantities inside your home.
Unfortunately, this vacuum does feel a tad flimsy, which is a disappointment at this price bracket. Consider the Samsung Bespoke Jet if you want a better-built cordless stick vacuum. The Samsung also comes with a stand-up charging rack/base station that sucks debris from the vacuum's dustbin into an internal dirtbag, so there's no plume of dust released when emptying the vacuum. That said, compared to the Dyson model's single roller floorhead, the Samsung vacuum's dual-brushroll head is bulky and tangle-prone.
Check out the Dyson V12 Detect Slim if you don't mind exchanging raw power for a cheaper purchase price. It also has a much smaller dustbin than the Dyson V15 Detect, but thankfully it's similarly effective in clearing away long hair. Like the V15, it comes with two floorheads, one with a soft roller and the other with a multi-surface bristled brushroll, both of which can be easily removed and cleaned. Other similarities it shares with the V15 are its built-in piezo sensor, which counts and measures particles being sucked into the vacuum, and the surface and dirt sensor, which increases its suction power on carpeted floors or whenever it passes over an area with a lot of debris. Its max runtime of about 70 minutes is also rather long for a vacuum of this type.
The vacuum's small size makes it easy to maneuver in tight spots. It also has a wide assortment of smaller attachments for dealing with hair on furniture or in hard-to-reach areas, like a conical turbo brush with an anti-tangle brushroll and a crevice tool. Unfortunately, it feels fragile in places like its thin, easily dented metal wand and clear plastic dustbin. If that's an issue, the Ulitmate variant of the LG CordZero A9 is a solid substitute; it's a little heavier and lacks the Dyson vacuum's automatic power adjustment system, but it's more sturdily built, has a bigger dustbin, and comes with a similarly wide array of attachments.
The best vacuum cleaner for long hair we've tested in the mid-range price bracket is the Samsung Jet 75 Pet. This cordless stick vacuum doesn't have the automatic power adjustment feature found on the Dyson V12 Detect Slim or Dyson V15 Detect. Still, it's much cheaper and just as effective when handling hair on various surface types, thanks to a 200AW suction motor that's very powerful for a cordless model in this price range. The mini turbo brush attachment that comes bundled with this vacuum variant is a tad unwieldy. Still, it's somewhat effective for dealing with pet hair on fabric furniture, and you can always use its upholstery tool to deal with any shorter strands that get left behind. Its brushroll is easy to remove and clean, though some hair can get wrapped around its bearings.
The vacuum's five-stage filtration system, complete with an onboard HEPA filter, also does a great job of sealing fine allergens like dust or pet dander. While it isn't included with the Pet variant of the vacuum, all Jet 75 models are fully compatible with a self-emptying base station. You can dock the vacuum on this station and have the debris sucked from its dustbin into a dirtbag inside the rack through an airtight seal, so you don't need to worry about making a mess when emptying it. That said, it's worth noting that this accessory is rather pricey.
If you're on a budget, the best vacuum for hair is the JASHEN V16. It struggles a lot more with larger debris than the pricier Samsung Jet 75, but it still does a fantastic job sucking up hair at an even more affordable price point. It comes with two swappable brushrolls, one for bare floors and the other for carpets, both of which you can remove quite easily and are fairly simple to clean. The included HEPA filter is effective in trapping allergens. It's a rare addition for a budget vacuum, as is the LED touchscreen at the back of its body, which allows you to change its suction power mode and monitor its battery life.
Unfortunately, its maximum runtime of about 40 minutes is unimpressive compared to many other models. You can check out the Wyze Cordless Vacuum if that's an issue, which can run for up to an hour. However, the Wyze's selection of attachments is more limited than the JASHEN, with no turbo brush to clean pet hair from upholstered furniture.
The Dyson Ball Animal 3 is a great option for dealing with long hair if you prefer using an upright. You don't have the grab-and-go convenience of a comparably-priced cordless model like the Dyson V12 Detect Slim or the go-anywhere range, but it's a much better option for long cleaning sessions that require a lot of power. Its floorhead features a set of built-in plastic vanes that are highly effective in capturing hair before it can get tangled around the brushroll and jam the mechanism. The Extra variant, which sits at the top of the model lineup, even comes with a dedicated pet grooming tool for shedding pets, not to mention a miniature turbo brush.
If you're looking for something more affordable, check out the Shark APEX Upright Vacuum, which has a pretty effective self-cleaning floorhead. Unfortunately, unlike the Dyson, its brushroll isn't removable, making it a hassle to clean. It also struggles more with clearing away pet hair on carpets. If you value the more hygienic means of debris disposal that come with a bagged vacuum and don't mind replacing a dirtbag now and then, the Kenmore Intuition Bagged is worth a look. However, it isn't as effective as the Dyson in clearing away hair and has a more tangle-prone floorhead.
If you want to go corded but prefer the more maneuverable design of a canister over an upright vacuum, the Miele Complete C3 is a great choice. The upper mid-range Cat & Dog variant is pricier than the Dyson Ball Animal 3, but it does have its fair share of advantages. It comes with Miele's SEB 228 powerhead, which offers five levels of height adjustment and is quite effective for dealing with hair on carpeted surfaces, as well as a straight suction floorhead for dealing with hair on bare floors. The upholstery tool, included with all C3 models, is also great for dealing with long hair on fabric upholstery. It feels amazingly well-built and has a fully-sealed construction, so you won't have to worry too much about allergens. The Cat & Dog PowerLine model comes with a charcoal filter, which can help reduce odors as you clean.
The SEBO Airbelt D4 is a great alternative if you want something that incurs lower ownership costs. That said, the SEBO is heavier and bulkier. If you don't mind the lack of an onboard storage compartment and a shorter range, the Miele Classic C1 is a good mid-priced option, while the flimsy-feeling Eureka Mighty Mite is still worth a look if you want something budget-friendly and don't mind the aforementioned missing features.
Jun 01, 2023: Replaced Tineco PURE ONE S11 Tango with Samsung Jet 75 Pet as 'Best Mid-Range Vacuum For Long Hair' due to current availability.
Apr 04, 2023: Removed less relevant Notable Mentions picks and added the Shark Stratos Cordless to Notable Mentions. Verified that all main picks are still the best fit for user needs.
Feb 03, 2023: Ensured all main picks are still available and represent the best choice for user needs. Removed less relevant Notable Mentions picks.
Dec 06, 2022: Replaced Samsung Jet 90 Complete with Dyson V12 Detect Slim as 'Best Upper Mid-Range Vacuum For Long Hair' due to current pricing. Added Samsung Jet 90 Complete to Notable Mentions.
Oct 07, 2022: Major article restructuring to better-align with user needs. Removed less relevant Notable Mentions picks, and added the Shark APEX UpLight and Airsign HEPA Vacuum to Notable Mentions.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are currently the best vacuums for dealing with long hair to buy. We factor in a fairly wide range of factors, including availability, price, and reader feedback.
If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our vacuum reviews ranked by their pet hair cleaning performance. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no vacuum is perfect for every use, most are good enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.