The 5 Best Robot Vacuums For Pet Hair - Black Friday 2021 Reviews

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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 of the best vacuums for pet hair 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 On Carpet: iRobot Roomba S9

    8.8
    Pets
    Vacuum Type
    Robot
    Bagless
    Yes
    Cordless
    Yes
    Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
    Yes

    The best robot vacuum for pet hair that we've tested on carpets is the iRobot Roomba S9. It's a premium vacuum with excellent build quality, made of high-grade plastic. It's remarkably efficient at picking up pet hair from all surface types and has a HEPA filter to reduce allergens. It also automatically adjusts its brushroll to different surface types, so it can easily maneuver across carpets.

    It has a sophisticated automation system that allows it to develop increasingly efficient cleaning patterns. Once you connect it to the iRobot Home app, it creates a virtual map of your space, and from there, you can set up virtual boundary markers or schedule cleaning sessions for specific rooms. The app also lets you monitor the vacuum's battery life and turn it On/Off remotely, and the vacuum has a fantastic battery life with a relatively quick recharge time.

    It has many parts that require regular maintenance, along with high recurring costs that can add up, which is typical of a robot vacuum. It's also a bit heavy and bulky, which can be a hassle if you need to move it up or downstairs. Still, this is one of the best multi-surface vacuums we've tested, and most users should be pleased with it.

    See our review

  2. Easier-To-Maintain Alternative: Neato D8

    Vacuum Type
    Robot
    Bagless
    Yes
    Cordless
    Yes
    Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
    Yes

    If you're looking for a robot vacuum that has fewer parts needing regular cleaning, take a look at Neato D8. This robot vacuum doesn't feel quite as premium as the iRobot Roomba S9 and can't adjust its brushroll height automatically, but it does have fewer maintenance requirements. It also does a similarly fantastic job of cleaning pet hair on low and high-pile carpet. You can use its companion app to change its suction power mode, set up virtual boundary markers on its coverage map, or check cleaning session history. It also has a HEPA filter to trap allergens as it cleans. Unfortunately, its battery life of approximately 40 to 70 minutes isn't nearly as long as the iRobot. In addition, while its maneuverability is decent overall, it still gets stuck around obstructions far more frequently, and it can struggle to climb over obstacles like electrical cords.

    Get the iRobot if you want a vacuum with longer battery life and superior maneuverability, but consider the Neato if you want something easier to maintain.

    See our review

  3. Best Robot Vacuum For Pet Hair On Bare Floors: yeedi vac station

    8.7
    Pets
    Vacuum Type
    Robot
    Bagless
    No
    Cordless
    Yes
    Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
    No

    The best robot vacuum for cleaning up pet hair on bare floors that we've tested is the yeedi vac station. This robot vacuum has a self-emptying function that lets it dump any accumulated debris from its internal dustbin into a dirt compartment built onto its charging station. It offers a wide variety of other automation functions, as you can use its companion app to schedule cleaning sessions for specific areas or rooms in your house and set up boundary lines that the vacuum won't cross.

    This vacuum delivers superb pet hair cleaning capability on flat, even surfaces like hardwood floors. It even comes with a mopping attachment that's advertised for clearing messes on bare floors. Its surface detection feature is helpful if you have a lot of rugs around your home since it enables it to avoid carpets when mopping or increase its suction power when vacuuming carpeted surfaces. Battery performance is exceptional, as you can expect roughly anywhere between 80 to 180 minutes of runtime on a single charge.

    Unfortunately, this vacuum doesn't have a HEPA filter to trap allergens as it cleans. It also incurs high recurring costs and has many components that need regular cleaning. That said, its advanced automation capabilities, great build quality, and versatile overall performance also make it one of the best robot vacuums for carpet that we've tested.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Robot Vacuum For Pet Hair: Roborock E4

    8.8
    Pets
    Vacuum Type
    Robot
    Bagless
    Yes
    Cordless
    Yes
    Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
    Yes

    The best robot vacuum for pets that we've tested in the budget category is the Roborock E4. Despite its relatively affordable price, its high-grade plastic construction feels impressively robust. Depending on your choice of suction power mode and usage habits, it supplies roughly anywhere between two to three hours of continuous runtime, which should be more than enough to clean larger areas.

    This vacuum can automatically adjust its suction power level depending on the floor type that it's on. It has an allergen-trapping HEPA filter and does a superb job of sucking up pet hair on a wide variety of surface types, from hardwood and tile floors to high-pile carpet. It's also impressively maneuverable, as it easily avoids obstructions like furniture and is small enough to clean under some couches and tables.

    Unfortunately, it has quite a few parts that need regular cleaning, though thankfully, its brushroll is removable if you need to clear any hair wraps or stuck-on debris. Many parts need regular replacing, so recurring costs can add up over time. It doesn't support more advanced automation capabilities, like virtual boundary markers or scheduling cleaning sessions for individual rooms. Otherwise, if you're looking for a budget-friendly robot vacuum that can easily handle pet hair, this is an excellent option.

    See our review

  5. Even Cheaper Alternative: eufy RoboVac 11S

    Vacuum Type
    Robot
    Bagless
    Yes
    Cordless
    Yes
    Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
    No

    If you're looking for a less expensive robot vacuum, you may want to take a look at the eufy RoboVac 11S. This budget-friendly robot vacuum doesn't feel as well-built as the Roborock E4, incurs higher recurring costs, and has more parts that require regular cleaning, but it's notably cheaper. It does a good job cleaning pet hair from low and high-pile carpets, though it struggles a little more when clearing this kind of debris from bare floors. Depending on your suction power level and usage habits, it supplies anywhere between 70 to over 100 minutes of runtime, which should be sufficient for cleaning most spaces. It also doesn't require an internet connection to function since it comes with a remote control. Unfortunately, it lacks any physical boundary markers to keep it out of certain areas. It also doesn't come with a HEPA filter to trap allergens as it cleans.

    Get the Roborock if you want a better-performing vacuum, but consider the eufy if you're looking to save some money and don't have an especially stable internet connection at home.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • iRobot Roomba E5: The iRobot Roomba E5 can pick up a lot of pet hair on bare floors as well as low-pile carpet. However, it struggles a lot more on high-pile carpet. See our review
  • iRobot Roomba i7+: The iRobot Roomba i7+ is a robot vacuum that can automatically empty its dirt compartment into its charging dock's dirt bin. However, its performance on carpet isn't as good as the iRobot Roomba S9. See our review
  • Shark IQ Robot RV1001: The Shark IQ Robot can easily pick up pet hair from bare floors and low-pile carpets but struggles with high-pile carpets. It also has a lot of recurring costs and lacks a HEPA filter. See our review
  • Shark EZ Robot Self-Empty AV911S: The Shark EZ Robot Self-Empty AV911S is a robot vacuum that does a fantastic job of sucking up pet hair and has a self-emptying function, similar to the yeedi vac station. However, the Shark isn't as well-built, has a smaller range of automation features, and doesn't maneuver itself as effectively. See our review
  • yeedi K650: The yeedi K650 is a budget robot vacuum with longer battery life and better overall performance than the eufy RoboVac 11S, but it's not as good at cleaning pet hair from carpets. If you're looking for a cheap robot vacuum and mostly have bare floors like hardwood or laminate in your home, it's a good alternative. See our review
  • Roborock S4 Max: The Roborock S4 Max is a robot vacuum with a long battery life that does a great job cleaning pet hair on bare floors and high-pile carpet but struggles slightly in this respect on low-pile carpets. See our review
  • Wyze Robot Vacuum: The Wyze Robot Vacuum has an advanced suite of navigation features and clears pet hair without difficulty on bare floors, but it may take an extra pass to fully clear this debris from low and high-pile carpet. See our review
  • eufy RoboVac X8: The eufy RoboVac X8 has a fairly comprehensive set of automation features and delivers exceptional overall performance on bare floors, but it isn't quite as effective in cleaning pet hair on carpeted surfaces compared to some other alternatives. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Nov 25, 2021: Ensured that all main picks are still in stock and represent the best choice for their category. Added eufy RoboVac X8 to Notable Mentions.

  2. Oct 26, 2021: Verified that all main picks are still in stock and represent the best choice for their given category. Added Shark EZ Robot Self-Empty AV911S to Notable Mentions.

  3. Sep 30, 2021: Replaced Roborock S6 with yeedi vac station as 'Best Robot Vacuum For Pet Hair On Bare Floors' due to current availability. Removed Neato Botvac D7 and Roborock S5 from Notable Mentions due to current availability.

  4. Sep 03, 2021: Checked accuracy of picks with minor updates to text for clarity.

  5. Aug 05, 2021: Ensured that all main picks are still in stock and represent the best choice for their given category.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best robot vacuums for 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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