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 90 vacuum cleaners, and below are our recommendations for the best vacuums for long hair. These recommendations are based not only on their hair cleaning performance on different types of surfaces but also on their design and 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 cordless vacuum for long hair that we've tested is the Dyson V15 Detect. This stick/handheld does a fantastic job of cleaning pet hair from a wide variety of surface types, ranging from bare floors to low and high-pile carpets. The brushrolls for its turbo brush, primary motorized vacuum head, and secondary vacuum head, meant for bare floors, are all removable, making it easier to clear hair wraps or any other stuck-on debris.
It's lightweight and easy to maneuver, even in cluttered areas, and reconfiguring it into a handheld vacuum is simple. Its allergen-trapping HEPA filter is washable and reusable, so as long as you regularly clean it, it shouldn't need replacing, meaning that recurring costs are virtually nonexistent. Battery performance is okay overall, as you can expect roughly anywhere between 10 to 70 minutes of runtime on a single charge depending on your choice of suction power mode and attachments; this can vary in the real world. An LCD at the back of the battery allows you to monitor its remaining battery life in real-time.
Unfortunately, this vacuum has many parts that need periodic cleaning. Its mainly plastic construction also feels a little fragile in some places, which is disappointing at this price point. Also, its strong suction force can sometimes cause it to drag around some lighter rugs. Otherwise, this vacuum's mix of performance, maneuverability, and diverse feature set make it one of the best multi-surface vacuum cleaners that we've tested.
If you're looking for a cordless vacuum that's similarly adept at clearing long hair but don't want to spend nearly as much, consider the Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H. Unlike the Dyson V15 Detect, this stick/handheld doesn't come with a turbo brush, but it is notably less expensive and delivers similarly exceptional hair cleaning performance. While its primary head's brushroll isn't supposed to be easily removable, it does feature plastic fins meant to reduce the incidence of hair wraps. Maneuverability is excellent, with lightweight construction and a relatively compact design that makes it easy to navigate in cluttered areas. Recurring costs are also impressively low as a result of its washable pre-motor and allergen-trapping HEPA filters. That said, it only supplies roughly 10 to 40 minutes of runtime depending on your choice of attachments and suction power mode, which is notably less than the Dyson. However, it does charge substantially faster and it's one of the best vacuums for hair we've tested.
Get the Dyson if you're looking for a vacuum with more tools and accessories, but consider the Shark if you want to save some money without giving up performance.
The best corded vacuum for long hair that we've tested is the Shark APEX UpLight. This stick/handheld vacuum delivers superb performance when cleaning hair from a variety of surface types. It has a vacuum head with two brushrolls; one is removable for easier cleaning, while the other is fixed in place but uses plastic fins to reduce the incidence of hair wraps. The brushroll in its miniature turbo brush isn't removable, but you can access it by lifting a plastic cover underneath the tool to clean it.
This vacuum has a bagless design and washable, reusable pre-motor and allergen-trapping HEPA filters, so recurring costs shouldn't be an issue. Its dirt compartment is decently spacious, so it shouldn't need emptying very often. Its rotating head and lightweight construction make it easy to maneuver in tight areas, while its onboard tool clip lets you quickly swap attachments on the fly. Its main power cord is also fairly long, so you don't need to worry too much about swapping outlets when cleaning larger spaces.
Unfortunately, this vacuum has many parts that need regular cleaning. Also, its hose is short, making it a little tricky to clean hard-to-reach areas when using it in its semi-handheld configuration. Still, if you're looking for a versatile, lightweight corded vacuum that can easily handle long hair, this is a good option.
The best vacuum for long hair that we've tested with a handheld design is the Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+. This cordless handheld vacuum offers fantastic hair cleaning performance on bare, even surfaces like linoleum or hardwood and both low and high-pile carpets. It even has a turbo brush with a self-cleaning brushroll, so hair wraps shouldn't be a concern.
This vacuum feels well-built, with dense plastic construction and an easy-to-assemble design. It's small and light enough to carry around without fatigue for extended periods. Few parts need regular cleaning, and its dust cup filter is the only component that needs regular replacing, so recurring costs are low. While its dustbin is somewhat small, it's relatively large by the standards of other handheld vacuums and should be sufficient for most spot-cleaning tasks.
However, this vacuum lacks a HEPA filter to trap allergens, which could be an issue if you have a pet that sheds heavily. Its roughly 10-minute runtime is also very short, though this can vary in the real world. In addition, it lacks a suction power adjustment feature, so you can't temporarily increase its suction power to deal with especially stubborn debris or decrease it to conserve battery life. Still, its sturdy, lightweight design and versatile performance help make it one of the best handheld vacuums that we've tested.
The best robot vacuum that we've tested for long hair is the iRobot Roomba S9. This robot vacuum feels very well-built, with premium materials and high-quality rubber wheels that glide easily across surface types. It's small and stores easily with a charging dock that doesn't take up too much space. Its battery life is also fantastic, supplying roughly 50 to 150 minutes of cleaning on a full charge, depending on settings.
It does an incredible job of cleaning hair from most surface types. Its brushrolls also have fins to reduce hair wraps, and you can easily remove them to clear any tangles or debris. It also has a sophisticated automation system that uses a camera navigation system to develop increasingly efficient cleaning patterns. The iRobot Home companion app also lets you set schedules for specific rooms or set up virtual boundary markers.
That said, it has many parts that need regular cleaning and maintenance, and like most robot vacuums, many of its parts need to be replaced periodically, leading to high recurring costs that can add up over time. Still, this is one of the best robot vacuums we've tested for carpets because of its premium build quality, impressive overall performance, and automation features.
If you're on a budget, the best vacuum for hair that we've tested is the BISSELL CleanView Swivel Pet. It's a corded upright vacuum that has a cost-efficient bagless design with a large-capacity dirt compartment. It's somewhat easy to maintain, though it has a few parts that need regular cleaning, and its two pre-motor filters need to be replaced periodically, so it's not totally free of recurring costs.
Still, it has five different surface type settings that you can manually adjust to suit your needs. It clears hair from all surface types without issue, and you can remove its brushroll to clear any hair wraps. It also does an impressive job of clearing both large and small debris from low-pile carpet, and while it struggles a bit more on high-pile carpet, it's still decent overall and its suction power stays consistent even as you fill the dirt compartment.
Unfortunately, it can be difficult to maneuver. It's on the bulkier side, so its body can get in the way when trying to clean under tables or couches. Also, its rotating head doesn't swivel very well. That said, it does have an alternative semi-handheld configuration that can help clean hard-to-reach spots. All things considered, if you want a vacuum that can handle long hair without breaking the bank, this is a good option.
Aug 30, 2021: Reviewed accuracy of picks with minor updates to text for clarity.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are currently the best vacuums for 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