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The 5 Best Robot Vacuums For Pet Hair - Summer 2022 Reviews

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Best Robot Vacuums For Pet Hair

It can be a pain to be constantly cleaning up after a shedding pet. While you love your furry friends, their hair and dandruff can quickly pile up and get caught in fibers or under furniture. Luckily, a robot vacuum can help take some weight off your shoulders by automating the cleaning process. It can independently travel around your home and pick up pet hair so you can spend more time with your cats or dogs. A robot vacuum can be helpful if you're in the middle of seasonal shedding, as you can program it to clean a room several times a day if needed.

We've tested more than 40 robot vacuum cleaners, and below are our recommendations for the best robot vacuums for pets to buy. These recommendations are based not only on their pet-hair cleaning performance on different surfaces but also on their design and price. For more, look at our lists of the best vacuums for pet hair, the best robot vacuums, the best robotic vacuums for hardwood floors, and the best handheld vacuums for pet hair.


  1. Best Robot Vacuum For Pet Hair

    The best robot vacuum for pet hair that we've tested is the iRobot Roomba S9. This high-end robot vacuum does a fantastic job of dealing with pet hair on both low and high-pile carpet, not to mention bare surfaces. It also features an onboard HEPA filter to help trap fine allergens as it cleans. Its twin brushrolls are easily removable to help you clear any tangled hair wraps. The vacuum can automatically adjust its brushroll height depending on the surface that it's on. Its optical navigation system generates a permanent map of its coverage area, letting you set up virtual boundary lines that the vacuum won't cross or direct it to specific rooms within your home. That said, it lacks any real-time hazard-avoidance capability, so you should make sure to remove any potential hazards like pet waste before letting it run.

    It also has a few parts that need replacing over time, so it isn't the best option if low ownership costs are a significant factor in your purchasing decision. There also isn't a mopping attachment, which could be a deal-breaker if you need a vacuum that can also deal with any mud or dirt your pet might track into your home. It is compatible with a self-emptying base station, but this is a somewhat expensive upgrade.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Robot Vacuum For Pet Hair

    If you're yeedi vac station is a great option if you're looking for a vacuum at a slightly more affordable price point. Its self-emptying feature lets it automatically transfer debris from its internal dustbin into an external dirt compartment mounted to its charging station, reducing hands-on maintenance requirements and making for a more hygienic means of debris disposal. You can use its companion app to set up boundary lines that the vacuum won't cross or direct it to clean a specific area. It also does a fantastic job dealing with pet hair on bare surfaces as well as low and high-pile carpet. You can also easily pull out its brushroll to clear any tangled pet hair. Unfortunately, this vacuum doesn't have a HEPA filter, so it isn't the best choice if you're very sensitive to allergens.

    If having a vacuum with a HEPA filter is a priority, you might also want to consider the iRobot Roomba j7+. Not only does it also have a self-emptying feature, but it also features real-time hazard-avoidance capability; this allows it to maneuver around new un-mapped obstacles like pet waste. That said, the j7+ has a hard time dealing with pet hair on bare floors.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Vacuum For Pet Hair

    If you're looking for a mid-priced robot vacuum that can easily handle pet hair, the Neato D8 is worth considering. This robot vacuum does a fantastic job of clearing away pet hair on bare surfaces like hardwood as well as low and high-pile carpets. There's also an onboard HEPA filter to help seal in any fine allergens like pet dander. It has a LIDAR mapping system that enables it to map out the precise location of various obstacles in your home. You can access a coverage map that it outputs to set up virtual boundary lines that you don't want the vacuum to cross. Unfortunately, this vacuum doesn't have a mopping attachment that would allow it to scrub away dried-on dirt or stains on bare surfaces like hardwood, tile, or laminate.

    Build quality is impressively robust, with a matte-finish plastic body that looks and feels sturdy. There aren't many parts that need regular cleaning, and you can quickly pull out its brushroll to cut away any tangled hair. However, it isn't the best option for very long cleaning sessions, as its maximum battery life of about 70 minutes is considerably shorter than most other models. Consider the Wyze Robot Vacuum if you want something that can run for a longer time, though be aware that it has a slightly harder time dealing with pet hair on high-pile carpet.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Robot Vacuum For Pet Hair

    If you're looking to spend as little as possible on a robot vacuum for dealing with pet hair, consider the eufy Robovac 25C. This basic robot vacuum is remarkably effective when it comes to handling pet hair on bare floors, though it might need to make an extra pass to clear away pet hair on low and high-pile carpets and rugs. It also comes with a remote controller that allows you to make a wide variety of inputs without having to download its companion app, which is handy if your connection to the internet is unreliable at home. It's also very quiet, so pets that are sensitive to loud noises shouldn't be overly disturbed while this vacuum runs.

    Unfortunately, the eufy's rudimentary mapping system doesn't store a permanent map of its coverage area. Instead, it relies on random pathing to move through its coverage area, which isn't particularly time-efficient and causes the vacuum to miss some small areas while cleaning others more than once.

    See our review

  5. Best Robot Vacuum For Pets With Mopping Capability

    If you're looking for a robot vacuum with a mopping attachment for dealing with any mud and dirt on bare floors, consider the Roborock S7 MaxV. This vacuum has a mopping attachment that actively scrubs away dried-on stains, which is great for dealing with any mud or dirt your pet might track in. Its surface detection system also enables it to raise its mop pad on carpeted surfaces, and it's capable of vacuuming and mopping in the same cleaning session. It also does a fantastic job of dealing with pet hair on bare floors, but it might need to make an extra pass to collect all of it on carpeting. It features an advanced navigation system, which combines onboard cameras for real-time obstacle avoidance and a LIDAR sensor that allows it to precisely map out its coverage area. You can look through the vacuum's onboard camera via its companion app and talk to your pets while you're away from home, thanks to the built-in speakers.

    If you want a cheaper alternative, the Roborock S7 is a good option. It has the same highly-effective ultrasonic mopping and carpet detection systems as the MaxV, and it does almost as good a job when it comes to tackling pet hair. However, it lacks the MaxV's optical sensors, so it can't detect and avoid small hazards like pet waste in real-time or be a roving security camera.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • yeedi K650: The yeedi K650 is a budget robot vacuum with longer battery life and better build quality than the eufy Robovac 25C. However, it doesn't come with a remote control and has a slightly harder time clearing away pet hair on carpeting. See our review
  • Roborock E4: The Roborock E4 is a well-rounded robot vacuum that does a great job dealing with pet hair, but it has a less sophisticated mapping system than the Neato D8. See our review
  • eufy RoboVac X8: The eufy RoboVac X8 has a fairly comprehensive set of automation features. It delivers exceptional overall performance on bare floors but isn't quite as effective in cleaning pet hair on carpeted surfaces compared to other alternatives like the Neato D8. See our review
  • Ecovacs DEEBOT OZMO T8 AIVI: The Ecovacs DEEBOT OZMO T8 AIVI is a high-end robot vacuum with a similar dual-sensor navigation system to the Roborock S7 MaxV. However, it has a less advanced mopping system and isn't as effective in dealing with pet hair on bare floors. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jul 21, 2022: Minor article restructuring to better align with user needs. Recategorized yeedi vac station as 'Best Upper Mid-Range Robot Vacuum For Pet Hair' pick. Recategorized Neato D8 as 'Best Mid-Range Vacuum For Pet Hair'. Replaced Roborock E4 with eufy Robovac 25C as the 'Best Budget Robot Vacuum For Pet Hair' pick. Replaced Ecovacs DEEBOT OZMO T8 AIVI with Roborock S7 MaxV as 'Best Robot Vacuum For Pets With Mopping Capability'. Added Ecovacs DEEBOT OZMO T8 AIVI and Roborock E4 to Notable Mentions.

  2. Jun 29, 2022: Added Neato D8 to main recommendations as new 'Best Mid-Range Vacuum For Pet Hair' category pick. Removed Roborock S7, Neato D8, iRobot Roomba j7+, Wyze Robot Vacuum, Shark EZ Robot Self-Empty AV911S, Shark IQ Robot RV1001, iRobot Roomba i7+, iRobot Roomba E5 and Roborock S6 MaxV from Notable Mentions.

  3. May 20, 2022: Extensive article rewrite to better align with user needs and expectations. Recategorized iRobot Roomba S9 as 'Best Robot Vacuum For Pet Hair'. Recategorized yeedi vac station as 'Best Self-Emptying Robot Vacuum For Pet Hair' pick. Added Ecovacs DEEBOT OZMO T8 AIVI as 'Best Robot Vacuum For Pet Hair With Mopping Capability'. Added Neato D8 and Roborock S7 to Notable Mentions.

  4. Apr 22, 2022: Verified that all main picks are still available and represent the best option for user needs and expectations.

  5. Mar 16, 2022: Ensured all main picks are still available and represent the best option for user needs and expectations. Added iRobot Roomba j7+ and Roborock S6 MaxV to Notable Mentions.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best robot vacuums for dealing with pet hair for most people. We factor in the price, feedback from our visitors, and availability.

If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here's the list of all our robot vacuum reviews, ranked by pet hair 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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