It can be a pain to be constantly clean 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 an especially helpful tool 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 over 10 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 types of surfaces but also on their design and price. For more buying recommendations, take a look at our list of the best vacuums for pet hair, the best robot vacuums, and the best vacuums for high-pile carpet.
The best robot vacuum for pet hair on carpet that we've tested is the iRobot Roomba S9. Unlike some of its competitors, this very well-built model doesn't have a problem maneuvering on low and high-pile carpet. It can easily pick up pet hair from either surface type, which makes it a handy tool for a carpeted home, and it has a HEPA filter to help trap allergens while it cleans.
Thanks to its iRobot Home companion app, you can schedule cleaning times for different rooms as well as set virtual boundary markers to keep it out of some spaces. It can also automatically adapt to different surface types and detect messes so that it can focus more of its power to get those spots clean. It has a remarkable battery performance as well, and even in its most powerful suction mode, it lasts just under 50 minutes before it returns to its dock to charge. If you're looking to clean up small and large debris on carpet, it offers a very good overall performance on both low and high-pile carpet.
Like many other robot vacuums, it requires a lot of regular maintenance. Pet hair can wrap around the brushroll and side brush, so you may need to remove this debris by hand once or twice a month. A few of its parts need to be replaced over time, such as its HEPA filter. Still, if you and your fuzzy friends have a lot of carpet at home, this robot model offers versatile and automated performance.
If you're looking for a robot vacuum that can pick up pet hair from carpet, but that has less demanding maintenance, consider the Neato Botvac D7. While its overall performance on low and high-pile carpet isn't as good as the iRobot Roomba S9, it has fewer parts that need regular maintenance, and it can still easily pick up pet hair from these surfaces. It comes with physical boundary strips that you can lay out to stop it from entering certain areas, as well as a cleaning tool to help remove hair wraps from the brushroll or side brush. You can even pilot it using the companion app, which is handy if you prefer to have a bit of control cleaning.
Consider the iRobot if you have a lot of carpet in your home, and you don't mind its maintenance needs. However, check out the Neato if you prefer an easier-to-maintain vacuum that still has a solid performance on carpet.
The Roborock S6 is one of the best robot vacuums for pet hair on bare floors that we've tested. It easily picks up pet hair from bare floors like laminate and hardwood. It also comes with a mopping attachment feature that uses disposable mops so that you can tackle spills or sticky messes like mud too. However, we don't currently test this feature.
This very well-built model has an outstanding build quality. It comes with excellent automation features as you can pair it with the Mi Home or Roborock apps to set virtual boundaries, schedule cleaning times for different rooms, and even control it. It's highly maneuverable so it doesn't have a problem chasing down dust bunnies or pet fluff under hard-to-reach places like couches and tables. It's able to easily clear small and large debris on bare floors too, which is handy for keeping your whole home clean.
Unfortunately, it has demanding maintenance needs. Several parts also need to be replaced over time, which can add up. Luckily, its companion app can tell you how many hours are left before you need to replace or change a part. It also struggles more with carpeted surfaces like rugs. While it can pick up pet hair without much fuss on this surface type, it has a harder time with both small and large debris. That said, it's outstanding performance makes it the best robot vacuum for pets on bare floors that we've tested.
The Roborock E4 is the best robot vacuum for pet hair in the budget category that we've tested. It has no issues clearing pet hair on everything from hardwood flooring to densely-packed shag carpeting, thanks to its self-adjusting suction power feature. It's equipped with a HEPA filter that should reduce the spread of allergens as it cleans, which is great if you have a heavily-shedding pet.
It's impressively well-built, with dense plastic construction and durable rubber wheels that allow it to maneuver smoothly on carpeted surfaces. Battery life is outstanding, as you should expect it to run continuously on its highest power mode for just under two hours. If used more conservatively, you can expect that figure to extend to over three hours. While it doesn't have the LIDAR system found in more expensive robot vacuums, it still does a great job of maneuvering around various obstructions.
Unlike those more expensive models, it builds a temporary, rather than a permanent, map of its cleaning area, meaning that you can't schedule cleaning times for specific rooms or set up virtual boundary markers. It also has quite a few sources of recurring cost, which can add up over time. Still, it's among the best robot vacuums for dog hair that we've tested.
If you're looking for an even cheaper robot vacuum, consider the eufy RoboVac 11S. It's more demanding in terms of maintenance, less well-built, and isn't nearly as effective in cleaning pet hair on various surfaces as the Roborock E4, but it's quite a bit cheaper. It's also slightly smaller, so it can easily maneuver under low-lying furniture where stray strands of pet hair can hide. It comes with a remote to allow you to control it and doesn't have a companion app, which may actually be a handy feature if your internet connection is unreliable. Its battery life is also great, and you can expect up to almost two hours of continuous battery life when used on its lowest power setting.
Get the Roborock if you want superior overall performance, but take a look at the eufy if you don't want to spend quite as much and still want a fairly versatile robot vacuum.
11/12/2020: Minor updates to the text, verification for accuracy.
10/22/2020: Replaced the Neato Botvac D7 with the iRobot Roomba S9 as 'Best Robot Vacuum for Pet Hair On Carpet' and added the Neato Botvac D7 as 'Easier To Maintain Alternative'. Added the iRobot Roomba i7+ to Notable Mentions.
10/01/2020: Replaced the eufy RoboVac 11S with Roborock E4 as 'Best Budget Robot Vacuum For Pet Hair'. Removed iRobot Roomba 675 as 'Easier-to-Maintain Alternative' and replaced it with eufy RoboVac 11S as 'Even Cheaper Alternative'.
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.