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The 4 Best Robot Vacuums For Pet Hair - Spring 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: iRobot Roomba S9

    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 sort of 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 quite a few parts that need to be replaced over time, so you might want to consider an alternative like the Neato D8 if lower operating costs are important to you. However, it's important to note that the Neato does have a considerably shorter battery life than the iRobot and isn't as maneuverable.

    See our review

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

    If you're looking to spend less on a robot vacuum for dealing with pet hair, consider the Roborock E4. This robot vacuum does a fantastic job of clearing away pet hair on bare floors as well as low and high-pile carpet. Its brushroll is easily removable, allowing you to cut away tangled hair with minimal difficulty. It also features an onboard HEPA filter to help seal in fine particles and can even adjust its suction power to suit different surfaces. This vacuum does a great job of maneuvering itself around obstacles and cleans in an organized series of S-shaped patterns. It's also compatible with a mopping module for dealing with stains like tracked-in mud on hard floors. However, you have to pay a little bit more for the variant of this vacuum that comes bundled with this attachment.

    Unlike the Wyze Robot Vacuum, the E4 doesn't have a LIDAR mapping system to generate a permanent map of its coverage area, so you can't set up virtual no-go zones that the vacuum won't enter or direct the vacuum to clean a specific room. If those features are important to you, the Wyze is worth a look, though it is notably pricier, has a much smaller dustbin, and has a slightly harder time dealing with pet hair on carpets.

    See our review

  3. Best Self-Emptying Robot Vacuum For Pet Hair: yeedi vac station

    If you don't want to deal with the hassle of emptying pet hair from a vacuum's dustbin yourself, the yeedi vac station is a great option. Its self-emptying feature allows it to 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 out 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 like the yeedi, 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 harder time dealing with pet hair on bare floors.

    See our review

  4. Best Robot Vacuum For Pets With Mopping Capability: Ecovacs DEEBOT OZMO T8 AIVI

    If you're looking for a robot vacuum that comes with a mopping attachment for dealing with any mud and dirt that your pet might track in, consider the Ecovacs DEEBOT OZMO T8 AIVI. This high-end robot vacuum comes with a mopping module to saturate and clear away dried-on stains that can accumulate on bare floors. The vacuum also does a good job of dealing with pet hair on a variety of surfaces, but it might need to make an extra pass to collect all of it. It features an advanced navigation system, which combines onboard cameras for real-time obstacle avoidance as well as a LIDAR sensor that allows it to precisely map out its coverage area. You can use its companion app to set up virtual boundary lines the vacuum won't cross, direct it to a specific area, or schedule cleaning sessions for individual rooms. It also has a very long battery life, but unfortunately, it takes quite a while to recharge.

    You might want to take a look at the Roborock S7 if you're looking for a robot vacuum that also has a mopping feature and charges a lot faster. However, the S7 has a shorter maximum battery life, doesn't feel quite as well-built, and struggles a little bit more with pet hair on carpeted surfaces compared to the DEEBOT.

    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
  • iRobot Roomba j7+: The iRobot Roomba j7+ is a robot vacuum that has a self-emptying feature and can identify hazards like pet waste in real-time. However, it struggles with clearing pet hair on bare floors, especially compared to the yeedi vac station. See our review
  • Roborock S6 MaxV: The Roborock S6 MaxV is a robot vacuum with real-time hazard identification and avoidance capability. That said, it has a very hard time cleaning pet hair on carpeted floors. See our review
  • Neato D8: The Neato D8 is a cheaper alternative to the iRobot Roomba S9 that delivers similar overall performance in regards to dealing with pet hair. However, it has a shorter battery life and doesn't maneuver itself as effectively. See our review
  • Roborock S7: The Roborock S7 is a fairly advanced robot vacuum with a LIDAR mapping system and an ultrasonic mopping feature, which results in impressive stain-cleaning performance. However, it does a terrible job of sealing in fine particles, despite the fact that it has a HEPA filter. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. 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.

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

  3. 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.

  4. Feb 17, 2022: Recategorized Neato D8 as 'Cheaper Alternative' to maintain consistency with other recommendation articles.

  5. Jan 18, 2022: Ensured that all main picks are still available and represent the best option for their given category.

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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