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 have vacuum heads that have 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, take a 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, so you can easily cut away any tangled hair. It has no trouble dealing with this kind of debris on a wide variety of floor types, and its surface detection system lets it automatically increase its suction power on carpeted floors. Its onboard particle sensor also provides an estimate of the allergen count in your home, meaning you can keep tabs on pet dander levels in 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're looking for a better-built cordless stick vacuum. The Samsung also comes with a self-emptying base station that sucks debris from the vacuum's dustbin into a built-in dirtbag, so you won't have to worry about a plume of allergens releasing when emptying it. That said, its dual-brushroll floorhead is somewhat bulky and tangle-prone.
Check out the Dyson V12 Detect Slim if you're looking for a mid-priced vacuum for long hair. It has a much smaller dustbin than the Dyson V15 Detect that'll need emptying more regularly and a less powerful suction motor, but it's thankfully similar in terms of its ability to clear 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 aren't especially difficult to clean. Another similarity it shares with the V15 is its piezo sensor for providing a rough estimate of particle count and its automatic power adjustment capability, which not only increases its motor output on carpeted floors, but also whenever it passes over an area with a high concentration of debris. Its max runtime of about 70 minutes is also rather long for a vacuum of this type.
The flip side of this vacuum's smaller dirt compartment is its smaller dimensions, making it even easier to maneuver in cluttered areas. It also has a wide assortment of smaller attachments for cleaning furniture or hard-to-reach areas, like a miniature turbo brush with a conical anti-tangle brushroll and a crevice tool. Unfortunately, it feels fragile in places like its thin, easily dented metal wand and clear plastic dustbin.
The best vacuum cleaner for long hair in the mid-range price bracket that we've tested is the Tineco PURE ONE S11. Given its relatively low price point, it'll be no surprise that there are a few compromises compared to pricier models like the Dyson V12 Detect Slim, like the lack of a particle counter and a shorter max runtime of about 40 minutes. If you don't mind that, it offers plenty of bang for the buck, with similarly exceptional hair-cleaning performance and a built-in dirt sensor that increases suction power in the presence of large amounts of debris. Unfortunately, both included floorheads have removable brushrolls that are easy to clean; they're pretty tangle-prone and don't rotate very smoothly.
Looking for something a little easier to clean? Check out the Shark Rocket Pet Pro. Its floorhead has a built-in comb to capture long hair and a finned brushroll to minimize tangles. That said, unlike the Tineco, the brushroll itself isn't removable, making it far trickier to clear away anything that does get stuck. If you want something a little more maneuverable, the Dyson V8 is a good choice, but it lacks the Tineco's auto-adjusting power feature.
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 Tineco PURE ONE S11, 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 are easy to clean. The included HEPA filter is 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.
Its maximum battery life of about 40 minutes is unimpressive compared to many other models. You can check out the Wyze Cordless Vacuum if that's an issue, as it can run for up to an hour. However, its 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 if it's an all-out long hair-cleaning performance you're after, it's worth a look. 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. It even comes with a dedicated pet grooming tool for shedding pets, not to mention a miniature turbo brush.
If you're looking for something a little more affordable, you could check out the Shark APEX Upright Vacuum, which has a pretty effective self-cleaning floorhead. Unfortunately, its brushroll isn't removable and struggles more than the Dyson with clearing away pet hair on carpets. Want a bagged upright instead? The Kenmore Intuition Bagged is worth a look, though 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. Unlike the Dyson Ball Animal 3, the entry-level Alize variant of the C3 only has a basic straight suction floorhead, so while it doesn't provide the same level of surface agitation on carpets, you also don't need to worry about hair getting tangled within a brushroll mechanism. If you find yourself cleaning hair on thicker carpeting, go for a higher-end model with a turbo floorhead or a powerhead, like the C3 Calima or C3 Cat & Dog. Regardless of the variant you pick, it also does a fantastic job of dealing with hair on fabric surfaces when used with its included upholstery tool. It feels amazingly well-built and has a fully-sealed construction, so you won't have to worry too much about allergens, even if you go for a cheaper model without a HEPA-rated post-motor filter.
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.
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.
Jun 23, 2022: Recategorized Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine as 'Best Vacuum For Long Hair' pick. Replaced Dyson V15 Detect with Samsung Jet 90 Complete as 'Best Cordless Vacuum For Long Hair' pick. Replaced Shark ION W1 WANDVAC with Wyze Handheld Vacum as 'Best Handheld Vacuum For Long Hair' pick. Removed BISSELL Adapt Ion Pet, Eureka FloorRover Elite NEU630, Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H, Roborock H6 Adapt, SEBO Airbelt D4, Neato D8, and Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ from Notable Mentions. Added Samsung Bespoke Jet and Miele Classic C1 to Notable Mentions.
Apr 26, 2022: Article rewrite to align with test bench update. Replaced Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H with Samsung Jet 70 Pet as 'Cheaper Alternative' pick. Replaced Shark APEX UpLight with Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine as 'Best Corded Vacuum For Long Hair' pick. Replaced Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ with Shark ION W1 WANDVAC as 'Best Handheld Vacuum For Long Hair' pick. Added SEBO Airbelt D4, Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+, Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H, and Shark Cordless Vertex Pro Powered Lift-Away to Notable Mentions.
Feb 24, 2022: Ensured all main picks are still available and represent the best option for user needs and expectations.
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