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The 8 Best Vacuums For Pet Hair - Spring 2022 Reviews

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Best Vacuums For Pet Hair

If you're a pet owner, there's no doubt you've had to deal with the hassle that comes with shedding. We all love our furry friends, but there's no denying pet hair is a nuisance. It has a nasty tendency of getting everywhere, so a vacuum that can clear this type of debris across a wide range of surfaces is crucial. Good maneuverability and portability are plus points, as they let you clean pet hair from underneath and around couches, tables, and other types of furniture.

We've tested over 115 vacuum cleaners, and below are our recommendations for the best pet vacuums. These recommendations are based not only on their pet-hair cleaning performance on different types of surfaces but also on their design and price. For more buying recommendations, look at our list of the best robot vacuums for pet hair, the best handheld vacuums for pet hair, the best apartment vacuums, and the best vacuums for high-pile carpet.


  1. Best Cordless Vacuum For Pet Hair

    The Dyson V15 Detect is the best vacuum for pet hair that we've tested. This cordless stick vacuum is remarkably effective when dealing with pet hair on bare, hard surfaces like tile or vinyl, as well as low and high-pile carpeting. It comes with two floorheads, one with a fluffy brushroll for improved debris pickup on flat surfaces and the other with a more conventional bristled brushroll for cleaning carpets. Both brushrolls are removable, allowing you to quickly cut away any tangled hair.

    This vacuum features a built-in particle sensor that counts and measures the size of debris being sucked into your vacuum, which is handy if you're a pet owner who suffers from allergies and want to know about the presence of fine allergens in your home. You can easily reconfigure this vacuum into a handheld by removing its wand and floorhead. It comes with a wide array of attachments, including a miniature turbo brush that helps the vacuum do a decent job dealing with pet hair on upholstered surfaces.

    Unfortunately, it's worth noting that parts of this vacuum's mainly plastic construction feel a little flimsy, like its dustbin and the top covers of its floorheads. Its suction force at its floorhead is also quite strong and can cause it to drag around some lighter carpets and rugs. Still, if you're a pet owner and don't want to deal with the hassle of a power cord while vacuuming pet hair, this vacuum is a very good choice.

    See our review

  2. Best Corded Vacuum For Pet Hair

    The best vacuum for pet hair and hardwood floors that we've tested is the Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine. This premium canister vacuum can easily handle pet hair on flat, even surfaces like hardwood. It's also capable of dealing with this kind of debris on the occasional low or high-pile rug and has a HEPA filter to trap allergens as you clean. This variant uses Miele's AllTeQ Combination floorhead, which doesn't have a brushroll, so you don't have to worry about pet hair getting tangled in it.

    This vacuum has a wide range of features to help make cleaning a little easier, including a seven-level suction power adjustment feature that allows you to adapt to different surfaces on the fly, ranging from curtains to carpet. There's an onboard storage compartment for its three included attachments, as well as a power cord that retracts with the press of a button. The vacuum itself feels very well-built and is exceptionally easy to maintain, with the few parts requiring regular maintenance being very easy to access.

    Unfortunately, this vacuum does incur recurring costs since its dirtbag needs replacing once it's filled, and its pre-motor and allergen-trapping also need to be swapped out periodically. Its hose is a little short, making it difficult to clean hard-to-reach areas, though thankfully, the vacuum itself is still remarkably easy to maneuver. Overall, it's an excellent option if you're looking for a feature-packed vacuum with strong performance and sturdy build quality.

    See our review

  3. Alternative With Lower Recurring Costs

    If you're looking for a corded vacuum that incurs lower recurring costs, you might want to consider the SEBO Airbelt D4. Like the Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine, it's a high-end bagged canister vacuum, but its stiffer hose and heavier body make it a little less maneuverable in tight spaces. However, it uses much larger dirtbags, while its pre-motor and exhaust filters are expected to last for years. Its three-stage filtration system also makes it an excellent option if you suffer from allergies, as it's capable of capturing 99.9% of particles as small as 0.3 microns in diameter. It comes with a crevice tool, a soft-bristle dusting brush, and an upholstery tool. The upholstery tool has a thin bristled brush instead of a more conventional lint strip, making it harder to drag around on fabric surfaces than the Miele's upholstery tool.

    Get the Miele if you want a more maneuverable canister vacuum, but consider the SEBO if lower costs of ownership and a longer range are more important for you.

    See our review

  4. Best Upright Vacuum For Pet Hair

    If you prefer the all-in-one design of an upright vacuum, the Eureka FloorRover Elite NEU630 is a fantastic option for dealing with pet hair. It easily cleans pet hair on bare floors and low and high-pile carpet. It has an allergen-trapping HEPA filter that shouldn't need replacing very often as long as it gets regular cleaning, resulting in low recurring costs. Plus, its brushroll is removable for easier cleaning of tangled hair.

    You can use this vacuum in a semi-handheld configuration in conjunction with any of its attachments, including a turbo brush and a crevice tool for cleaning messes in hard-to-reach spots. It has a brushroll on/off switch, which is good if you want to avoid scratching bare floors. Its dirt compartment is quite large, so you don't need to empty it very often. The power cord is quite long, allowing you to clean large areas without swapping outlets.

    Unfortunately, this vacuum's hose is fairly short, making it tricky to clean hard-to-reach areas in its semi-handheld configuration. Its large dustbin can also get in the way when cleaning under tables and chairs, and its mainly plastic construction doesn't feel especially sturdy, as it squeaks while in use. Still, its strong pet hair cleaning performance and onboard HEPA filter make it an excellent option for pet owners.

    See our review

  5. Best Handheld Vacuum For Pet Hair

    If you're looking for a handheld vacuum for spot-cleaning pet hair, consider the Shark ION W1 WANDVAC. This cordless handheld vacuum can easily handle pet hair on bare floors as well as low and high-pile carpet. It's also quite effective when it comes to dealing with pet hair on upholstered surfaces too.

    The vacuum's compact size and lightweight body make it easy to store or carry wherever you might need it. It also feels well-built and isn't especially difficult to maintain. Unique for a vacuum of this type, it has an onboard HEPA filter and is fairly effective when sealing in fine particles. It also comes with an upholstery tool and a two-in-one crevice tool/soft-bristle dusting brush.

    Unlike alternatives like the Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+, it doesn't come with a motorized turbo brush, which would make it easier to deal with debris on cloth-lined surfaces. Its dirt compartment is also tiny and needs frequent emptying, while its short battery life of under 10 minutes forces you to work fast when cleaning bigger messes. Still, its superb pet hair-cleaning performance and HEPA filter make it a solid choice for pet owners looking for a handheld vacuum.

    See our review

  6. Best Robot Vacuum For Pet Hair

    If you're looking for a hands-free means of keeping your floors clear of pet hair, consider the iRobot Roomba S9. This robot vacuum does a fantastic job dealing with pet hair on bare floors and low and high-pile carpet. Thanks to its surface detection system, it can automatically adjust the head height depending on the floor type that it's on. It has a HEPA filter, which is great if you happen to be sensitive to fine allergens.

    This vacuum's vSLAM navigation system helps it develop fairly efficient cleaning routes. Since it stores a permanent map of its coverage area, you can use its companion app to set up virtual boundary lines that the vacuum won't cross or schedule cleaning sessions for specific rooms. It can also resume a cleaning session from where it left off if it needed to return to its dock to recharge. It has a maximum battery life of over 2.5 hours, though its runtime can drop to under an hour in its most powerful suction mode.

    Unlike some newer robot vacuums like the iRobot Roomba j7+, it doesn't have real-time hazard-avoidance capability, so you should remove any small obstacles like pet waste before the vacuum starts cleaning. It also has many parts that need regular replacing, meaning recurring costs can add up over time, though this isn't unusual for a robot vacuum. Its relatively dense feature set and excellent build quality make it a good option if you're looking for a premium robot vacuum.

    See our review

  7. Cheaper Alternative

    If you're looking to spend less on a robot vacuum to deal with pet hair, consider the Roborock E4. Unlike the iRobot Roomba S9, it doesn't store a permanent map of its coverage area. It means it loses out on some of the more advanced automation capabilities, like being able to set up virtual no-go zones or sending the vacuum to a specific room within your home. That said, it's much more affordable and does just as good a job in cleaning pet hair from a wide variety of surface types. Unusually for a budget-friendly robot vacuum, it has a surface detection system that lets it automatically adjust its suction power depending on the floor type that it's on. There's an onboard HEPA filter to help trap allergens as it cleans, too. Its maximum battery life of over three hours should be more than enough to vacuum most rooms, and even in its most powerful 'Max' mode, it provides almost two hours of runtime. Unfortunately, it takes much longer to recharge.

    Get the iRobot if you want a robot vacuum with a much wider range of automation capabilities. Consider the Roborock if you're looking for something much cheaper that still delivers exceptional pet hair-cleaning performance.

    See our review

  8. Best Budget Vacuum For Pet Hair

    If you're a pet owner looking for a budget-friendly vacuum that can easily tackle pet hair, consider the Wyze Cordless Vacuum. This cordless stick vacuum is remarkably effective when dealing with pet hair on bare floors as well as low and high-pile carpets. Unusually for a vacuum in this price range, it has an allergen-trapping HEPA filter and is quite effective in sealing in fine particles, which is good if you suffer from allergies.

    This vacuum is lightweight, even compared to most other cordless stick models, making it easy to carry around from room to room or maneuver in cluttered areas. Battery performance is decent overall, as you can expect a maximum of roughly one hour of runtime in its most energy-efficient configuration. Its runtime does drop to a little over 10 minutes in its 'Boost' mode, but that isn't unusual for a vacuum of this type.

    However, this vacuum does a poor job clearing away pet hair on fabric surfaces with its upholstery tool. It is compatible with a miniature turbo brush attachment, but it doesn't come bundled with the vacuum, and you'll need to buy it separately. This vacuum also feels a little cheaply built in some places, like the bottom plate of its floorhead, which scratches easily. Still, its affordable price point and strong performance make it one of the best cheap vacuums we've tested.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Dyson V11 Animal: The Dyson V11 Animal is a great cordless vacuum for cleaning pet hair and comes with quite a few brushes, but it takes a very long time to charge. See our review
  • Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute: The Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute is a close match for the Dyson V15 Detect, though it doesn't perform as well on carpeted floors and isn't as easy to store. See our review
  • Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H: The Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H is a cordless stick vacuum that delivers exceptional pet hair cleaning performance on several surfaces and represents a viable alternative to the Dyson15 Detect. However, it has a shorter runtime. See our review
  • BISSELL Adapt Ion Pet: The BISSELL Adapt Ion Pet is an upright-handheld vacuum with virtually no recurring costs and excellent maneuverability. It also has poor overall performance on bare floors, short battery life, no HEPA filter, and a limited selection of cleaning tools. See our review
  • Miele Classic C1: The Miele Classic C1 is an excellently performing canister vacuum on bare floors. The Miele Complete C3 Alize Powerline is better on this surface type, and it has a HEPA filter. See our review
  • Miele Triflex HX1: The Miele Triflex HX1 is a uniquely designed 3-in-1 cordless vacuum. It can clean pet hair from all surface types very effectively but lacks an allergen-trapping HEPA filter. On carpets, the Dyson V15 Detect outperforms it, but it could be a good alternative if you like its more configurable design. See our review
  • Dyson V7 Animal: The Dyson V7 Animal is a good alternative to the Dyson V15 Detect due to its slightly lighter weight. Its overall cleaning performance isn't quite as impressive. See our review
  • iRobot H1: The iRobot H1 is a handheld vacuum that does a similarly fantastic job cleaning pet hair compared to the Shark ION W1 WANDVAC. However, it incurs higher recurring costs and is a little heavier. See our review
  • Dyson Ball Animal 2: The Dyson Ball Animal 2 is a bagless corded upright vacuum that does a fantastic job cleaning pet hair from a wide variety of surface types. Its strong suction force makes it very hard to push around on carpets and causes it to drag around some lighter rugs. See our review
  • BISSELL CleanView Swivel Pet: The BISSELL CleanView Swivel Pet is a budget-friendly bagless upright that does a fantastic job cleaning pet hair on several surfaces. However, it's bulky and doesn't have a HEPA filter. See our review
  • LG CordZero A9 A916BM: The LG CordZero A9 A916BM is a cordless stick vacuum that delivers superb pet hair cleaning performance and comes with an additional battery, but it can be somewhat hard to find. See our review
  • Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+: The Shark UltraCylcone Pet Pro+ is a cordless handheld vacuum that does a fantastic job sucking up pet hair on bare floors and carpets, and unlike the Shark ION W1 WANDVAC, it comes with a turbo brush. However, it lacks a HEPA filter and does a terrible job of sealing in fine particles. See our review
  • Shark Cordless Vertex Pro Powered Lift-Away: The Shark Cordless Vertex Pro Powered Lift-Away is a cordless upright that does a fantastic job dealing with pet hair on floors and furniture. While it does have a self-cleaning primary brushroll, that component isn't removable, making it harder to cut away tangled hair. See our review
  • Samsung Jet 70 Pet: The Samsung Jet 70 Pet is a cordless stick vacuum that represents a great alternative to the Dyson V15 Detect if you're looking for something cheaper, though its battery life is shorter. See our review
  • Samsung Jet 90 Complete: The Samsung Jet 90 Complete is a cordless stick vacuum that represents a great alternative to the Dyson V15 Detect, but it does make a little more noise. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. May 10, 2022: Ensured all main picks are still available and represent the best option for user needs. Added Shark Cordless Vertex Pro Powered Lift-Away, Samsung Jet 70 Pet, and Samsung Jet 90 Complete to Notable Mentions.

  2. Apr 11, 2022: Removed Dyson V8 Animal from recommendations due to current availability. Added SEBO Airbelt D4 as a new 'Alternative With Lower Recurring Costs' pick. Replaced Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ with Shark ION W1 WANDVAC as 'Best Handheld Vacuum For Pet Hair' pick. Added LG CordZero A9 A916BM and Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ to 'Notable Mentions'.

  3. Mar 11, 2022: Ensured that all main picks are still available and represent the best option for user needs and expectations.

  4. Feb 08, 2022: Verified that all main picks are still aligned with user expectations and needs.

  5. Jan 14, 2022: Ensured that all main picks are still available and represent the best option for their given category.

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are currently the best pet vacuums 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.

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