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 130 vacuum cleaners, and below are our recommendations for the best vacuums for pet hair. 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.
The Dyson V15 Detect is the best vacuum for pet hair we've tested. This high-end cordless stick vacuum has no problem dealing with pet hair on a wide variety of surface types, whether you're using the multi-surface floorhead or the soft-roller floorhead with an integrated laser light to help you see fine debris. Its built-in dirt sensor also gives you an idea of allergen quantities inside your home, and its washable HEPA filter is effective in sealing in allergens. Meanwhile, its surface detection system lets it automatically ramp up its suction power on carpets. While this vacuum can run for more than 70 minutes in its most energy-efficient configuration, that does drop quite a bit when used in its 'Boost' setting.
Worried about running out of charge midway through a cleaning session? Check out the Samsung Bespoke Jet, which has a charging rack that can top up its two included batteries at once, so you can swap in a fully-charged pack when you run out, effectively doubling its runtime. The freestanding charging rack also works as a self-emptying base station, as it can suck debris from the Samsung vacuum's dustbin into an internal dirtbag, minimizing maintenance requirements. That said, it's less maneuverable than the Dyson.
If you don't mind giving losing out slightly in terms of battery life and suction power compared to the Dyson V15 Detect's in exchange for a lower price point, the Dyson V12 Detect Slim is among the best stick vacuums for pet hair that we've tested. It uses the same particle sensor and improves upon the V15's automatic power adjustment capability by not only adjusting suction power to match the surface it's on, but also the concentration of debris on the ground. It easily clears away pet hair across a wide range of surface types when used with either its multi-surface floorhead or its secondary floorhead with a soft brushroll, intended for use on hard floors. The brushrolls for both floorheads, as well as its miniature turbo brush attachment, are easily removable, making it a cinch to clear away any tangled hair.
Its smaller dustbin has about a third the capacity of the V15 but is also endemic to its smaller, lighter motor unit, which makes it easier to pick up and carry and maneuver in cluttered areas whether used in its stick or handheld configuration. Unfortunately, like the V15, build quality isn't especially impressive, with an easily-dented metal wand and floorhead wheels that can get clogged up with small debris.
The best vacuum for cat hair in the mid-range price bracket that we've tested is the Tineco PURE ONE S11. This cordless stick vacuum can tackle pet hair on bare floors as well as low and high-pile carpet at a much lower price point than either the Dyson V12 Detect Slim or Dyson V15 Detect. It also features a dirt sensor that lets it increase its suction power when running over an area with a high concentration of debris. Unfortunately, the flip side of that lower price point is its less robust build quality and shorter battery life, which tops out at a little over 40 minutes.
This vacuum isn't the most maneuverable stick vacuum out there, with a tangle-prone floorhead that doesn't articulate very smoothly. If that's a concern, the Dyson V8 also happens to be one of the best stick vacuums for pet hair we've tested, as it's easier to maneuver in tight spots. However, it lacks the Tineco vacuum's self-adjusting power function and has a smaller dustbin.
If you're shopping in a slightly more affordable price bracket, check out the Samsung Jet 60 Pet. It lacks Tineco PURE ONE S11's dirt sensor, and its miniature turbo brush attachment is less effective in handling pet hair than the Tineco's. However, it's cheaper and still does an excellent job handling pet hair on bare floors and carpets when used with its standard floorhead. Its five-stage filtration system is highly effective at capturing allergens too. It's also very lightweight, even by the standards of other stick vacuums, making it a breeze to maneuver in tight spots.
Unfortunately, battery performance is unimpressive, as its maximum runtime of about 40 minutes falls short of pricier cordless stick vacuums. Used in its high-power 'MAX' mode, battery life drops to a little over five minutes forcing you to work quickly when cleaning pet hair on thicker carpet.
The JASHEN V16 is among the best vacuums for dog hair at a budget-friendly price point that we've tested. If you don't mind its back-to-basics design, which lacks the automatic power adjustment feature found on pricier models like the Tineco PURE ONE S11 and can put up with a flimsier-feeling plastic body, it delivers a superb hair-cleaning capability for an affordable price. It has separate brushrolls for cleaning bare floors and carpets, and both are pretty easy to clean. Unusually for a vacuum in this price bracket, it also has a HEPA filter to help seal in allergens as you clean.
This vacuum's maximum runtime of about 40 minutes is on the shorter end of the scale, though you can keep tabs on runtime with the LED display at the back of its removable battery. Want a longer runtime? The Wyze Cordless Vacuum is a worthy alternative, though it comes with a limited set of attachments with no miniature turbo brush included in the box.
If you prefer the all-in-one design of an upright vacuum, the Dyson Ball Animal 3 is among the best vacuums for dog hair we've tested. This bagless upright is far more of a hassle to deploy than a comparably-priced cordless model like the Dyson V12 Detect Slim, but it's worth a look if you prioritize performance above all else. It easily clears away pet hair on a range of floor types, and its floorhead offers three levels of surface adjustment and a set of built-in vanes to prevent hair from getting tangled in the mechanism. It's also allergen-sealed and has an onboard HEPA filter to limit the spread of fine allergens like pet dander as you clean. Unfortunately, you still might want to watch out for the plume of dust that can get kicked up when emptying its dustbin.
Prefer the cleaner means of debris disposal that come with a bagged vacuum? Check out the Kenmore Intuition Bagged, which is easier and more hygienic to maintain than the Dyson, but it also has a far more tangle-prone floorhead that doesn't do quite as well with pet hair on bare floors.
If you want a canister model, the Miele Complete C3 is among the best vacuums for pet hair and hardwood floors we've tested. It doesn't have the go-anywhere range of a comparably-priced cordless model like the Dyson V15 Detect, and you'll have to pay a premium to get a C3 model with a powerhead that's as effective on carpets as that of the Dyson Ball Animal 3. Still, it's worth a look if you prefer the more maneuverable design of a canister vacuum over a bulkier upright. It's remarkably effective in dealing with pet hair and has a superb filtration system, even if you don't spring for a pricier variant with a HEPA-rated filter. Build quality is fantastic, and the vacuum has a seven-level power adjustment feature, so you can quickly adapt to a range of surface types.
If you're looking for a mid-priced alternative to the C3, the Miele Classic C1 is a great option that delivers similar overall performance; however, it doesn't have the C3's onboard tool storage compartment and feels less robust.
Nov 25, 2022: Replaced Samsung Jet 90 Complete with Dyson V12 Detect Slim as 'Best Upper Mid-Range Vacuum For Pet Hair' due to current product pricing. Added Samsung Jet 90 Complete to Notable Mentions.
Nov 04, 2022: Added Samsung Jet 60 Pet to as new 'Best Lower Mid-Range Vacuum For Pet Hair'.
Oct 06, 2022: Major article restructuring to better align with user needs. Removed less relevant Notable Mentions picks, added Shark Cordless Vertex Pro Powered Lift-Away, Airsign HEPA Vacuum, and SEBO Airbelt D4 to Notable Mentions.
Jul 15, 2022: Replaced Wyze Cordless Vacuum with Eureka Mighty Mite as 'Best Budget Vacuum For Pet Hair' pick. Removed Miele Classic C1, Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H, Dyson V8 Animal, Dyson Ball Animal 2, and Samsung Jet 70 Pet from Notable Mentions.
Jun 16, 2022: Article restructuring to better align with user expectations. Replaced Dyson V15 Detect with Samsung Jet 90 Complete as 'Best Cordless Vacuum For Pet Hair' pick. Recategozied Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine as 'Best Vacuum For Pet Hair' pick. Replaced Eureka FloorRover Elite NEU630 with Shark APEX Upright Vacuum as 'Best Upright Vacuum For Pet Hair' pick. Replaced Shark ION W1 WANDVAC with Wyze Handheld Vacuum as 'Best Handheld Vacuum For Pet Hair' pick. Removed SEBO Airbelt D4 and Roborock E4 from main recommendations. Removed Dyson V11 Animal, Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute, BISSELL Adapt Ion Pet, Miele Triflex HX1, Dyson V7 Animal, Shark Cordless Vertex Pro Powered Lift-Away, and iRobot H1 from Notable Mentions. Added Samsung Bespoke Jet, Dyson V8 Animal, and Wyze Robot Vacuum to Notable Mentions.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are currently the best 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's 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.