Best Vacuum for Pet Hair for 2020 (15 Tested)

Best Vacuum for Pet Hair for 2020 (15 Tested)

  • 26 min read
  • Last Updated: 07/10/2020
  • Author: Jonathan Burton

You know that last-minute dash to clean the house before visitors arrive and feeling like the pet hair is taking over even though we just vacuumed an hour ago! The right vacuum cleaner can help you stay ahead of the pet hair and make cleaning up after your fur-babies a breeze! After 30 hours of research and testing, we are excited to recommend the Shark Apex Upright Vacuum with DuoClean as our top overall pick. This vacuum does an amazing job on both hard surfaces and carpet.

Read on to learn more about our findings on top vacuums on the market for removing pet hair.

 

Best Vacuums for Pet Hair:

 

Click here to scroll down to see what things we look for
when choosing the best vacuum for pet hair

Best Canister-Style

Miele Classic C1 Cat & Dog Canister Vacuum Cleaner

9/10

6 Speeds

All floor types

5 level height adjustment

30 foot operating radius

18 foot power cord

Crush proof hose

Brush head may push larger debris

Additional cost for bags & filters

Higher price point

VACUUM TYPE
Canister style
ATTACHMENTS
5
WEIGHT
16.1 lbs
FILTER TYPE
Replaceable charcoal AirClean
Best Overall

Shark APEX Upright Vacuum with DuoClean Technology

9/10

Powered lift away canister

Ideal for multiple floor surfaces

LED headlights above brush roll and on the wand

30' long cord

Swivel steering

Higher price point

Self-propelled may not be ideal for some users

Heavy

VACUUM TYPE
Upright
ATTACHMENTS
3
WEIGHT
17.1 lbs
FILTER TYPE
Reusable HEPA + Complete Seal Anti Allergen

BISSELL Cleanview Swivel Pet Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner

5/10

Long cord (27')

Bagless

Scatter free technology

Edge to edge cleaning

Pet hair corner tool

Hand attachment malfunctions

Flimsy construction

On the heavier side

VACUUM TYPE
Upright style
ATTACHMENTS
5
WEIGHT
17 lbs
FILTER TYPE
Reusable

BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser Turbo Plus

3/10

Quick release extension wand

Convenient pet roller attachment

Tangle-free brush roller

Easy-empty canister

Flimsy construction

Weak suction

Scatters easily

VACUUM TYPE
Upright style
ATTACHMENTS
4
WEIGHT
14 lbs
FILTER TYPE
Reusable

Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor Canister Vacuum

6/10

Self-righting design

Turns easily on central ball pivot

Easy to pull

Easy-release hygienic bin

Higher price point

Flimsy canister latch

Poor performance on carpet

Repairs/warranty issues complicated

VACUUM TYPE
Canister style
ATTACHMENTS
4
WEIGHT
17.64 lbs
FILTER TYPE
Washable lifetime filter

Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute Lightweight Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner

9/10

60 minute cleaning time

Great on bare floors

Variable suction strength

Best for smaller areas & bare floors

Smaller canister than traditional vacuums

High price point

VACUUM TYPE
Stick vacuum
ATTACHMENTS
6
WEIGHT
6 lbs
FILTER TYPE
Reusable HEPA

Hoover Power Drive Pet Bagless Upright Vacuum

3/10

Suction control

Extra large capacity canister

Swivel steering

Bright headlights

Quality control issues

Scattering even with brushroll off

VACUUM TYPE
Upright style
ATTACHMENTS
4 plus storage bag
WEIGHT
16 lbs
FILTER TYPE
Reusable filter + sealed allergen system

Hoover React QuickLift Deluxe Bagless Upright Vacuum

6/10

Suction control valve

Swivel steering

LED headlights

Hoover app for maintenance

Automatic floor type sensor

Quality control issues

Noisy

No onboard storage for attachments

VACUUM TYPE
Upright
ATTACHMENTS
5
WEIGHT
16.2 lbs
FILTER TYPE
Reusable filter

Hoover T-Series WindTunnel Rewind Plus Bagless Corded Upright Vacuum

6/10

Retractable cord

8 foot stretch hose

5 Position carpet height adjustment

No scuff bumper

Best for carpeted surfaces only

Scattering on bare floors

VACUUM TYPE
Upright
ATTACHMENTS
WEIGHT
16.5
FILTER TYPE
Reusable HEPA

iRobot Roomba 960 Robot Vacuum with Wi-Fi Connectivity

6/10

Highly customizable cleaning

Custom navigation

Outstanding performance on multiple surfaces

Reports/maps available of cleaned areas

Bluetooth and Alexa compatible

Can only clean one level of home

Not as effective on thick carpet

Noisy on bare floors

Smaller dirt canister

High price point

VACUUM TYPE
Robot style
ATTACHMENTS
0
WEIGHT
8.7 lbs
FILTER TYPE
Replacement filters

SharkNinja Rocket DuoClean HV382

8/10

Converts to lightweight hand vac

LED lights on floor nozzle and hand vac

Easily picks up large debris

Polishes floors

Effective on carpets or hard floors

Quality control issues

Top heavy

VACUUM TYPE
Stick style
ATTACHMENTS
4
WEIGHT
9.9 lbs
FILTER TYPE
Reusable HEPA
Best Budget

Shark Rotator Professional Upright Corded Bagless Vacuum NV501

9/10

Lift-away canister and wand

LED lights

Swivel steering

Extra-large canister

Pet power brush

Some quality control issues in some models

Price point

VACUUM TYPE
Upright
ATTACHMENTS
5
WEIGHT
15.5 lbs
FILTER TYPE
Reusable HEPA

Miele Dynamic U1 Cat and Dog Upright Vacuum

8/10

Quiet

Bare floor performance

Suction control

Bags are expensive

Heavy

Frequently clogs

High price point

VACUUM TYPE
Upright
ATTACHMENTS
4
WEIGHT
22 lbs
FILTER TYPE
Charcoal CleanAir

Eufy 11S Vacuum Cleaner

7/10

Low clearance and can go under furniture

Does well on bare floors

Strong suction

Affordable robot tech

No wifi/smart connectivity

Poor performance on carpet

Struggles with long hair

VACUUM TYPE
Robot
ATTACHMENTS
0
WEIGHT
FILTER TYPE
Best Robot-Style

iRobot Roomba i7 Plus 7550

8/10

Multiple room coverage

Rubber multi-surface brushes

Alexa/Google Voice Assistant

Empties its own bin

No remote control

Home base can be glitchy

VACUUM TYPE
Robot style
ATTACHMENTS
1
WEIGHT
7.2 lbs
FILTER TYPE
High-efficiency filter

Choosing a vacuum cleaner can feel as complicated as buying a new car. There are many reliable trusted brands that all make many different models. There are bells and whistles and features you didn’t even know you needed. With so much to choose from in this market, take a thorough inventory of where and how you’ll be using a vacuum before you begin shopping. First of all, think about your own needs- Do you have allergies or a sensitivity to dust? Will you need a vacuum that is lightweight or would you prefer a canister style that can be dragged along behind you? Is having everything at your fingertips on an upright vacuum better? The new stick vacuums cleaners on the market are lighter than ever and many are cordless too.

Think about your budget. Some vacuum cleaners will need ongoing purchases of filters and bags, while others are more low maintenance with no bags and reusable filters.

Next, consider your home environment- do you have hardwood floors, tile, laminate, carpet or a combination? Do you have a lot of stairs you’ll need to vacuum? If you have a lot of bare floors, it’s good to choose a vacuum meant for bare floors or that comes with attachments such as a bare-floor brush or separate roller head. Carpeting requires a powerful vacuum with enough suction to pull dirt, hair, and dander from the fibers and weave. Some vacuums require changing attachments to go from a bare floor to carpet, others can be adjusted with the flip of a switch.

Are there high ceilings, ceiling fans, ledges or other hard to reach places in your home? Many vacuums come with great tools and attachments for dusting and reaching those areas. A vacuum cleaner is an effective alternative to using a cloth or other duster that may stir up and encourage more dust to settle back down you’re done cleaning.

Cleaning and vacuuming stir up a lot of dust so most vacuum cleaners have filters built in to help remove allergens such as mites, pollen, fur, dust, and other contaminants from the air. Most vacuum cleaners today have reusable filters that can be cleaned and others will need to be replaced. Many vacuums have HEPA filters but others are equipped only with standard filters that won’t pull as much out of the air. You may breathe better with a stronger filter to keep the bad stuff out of the air but the filter will need to be changed or cleaned regularly to be effective.

Bagless vacuum cleaners are increasingly popular, but if anyone in your home is sensitive to dust, allergens or has respiratory health concerns, you may want to consider a vacuum cleaner that uses bags. These are easily discarded without releasing dust back into the air and most vacuum cleaners with bags have great guarantees about how much dust they pick up. However, the trade-off is that bags can be expensive and your vacuum cleaner will be useless without them on hand.

Bagless vacuum cleaners typically have a clear canister that sits in front of or below the filter that is emptied with a hinged door at the bottom. These are usually easy to clean with a visual indicator of how full the canister is getting. It’s highly gratifying to observe how much your vacuum cleaner is picking up close and personal through a clear canister.

Next, consider your pets. Do they have long or short hair? Some vacuums have brush rolls meant specifically for pet hair and others may not fare so well with longer pet hair or big clumps of it.

We’ve got a list of some of our favorite vacuums for removing pet hair sorted into the categories below:

Upright Vacuum: Typically a vacuum cleaner designed around a vertical shaft with a handle on the top and the motor, rotating brush and intake at the bottom with a canister or vacuum cleaner bag in between.

  • Most common variety of vacuum
  • Some models can convert to a canister mode
  • Typically the most inexpensive

Canister Vacuum: A separate canister containing the motor and canister/bag attached to a long wand by a hose.

  • Typically made by luxury or higher end brands
  • Ideal for both bare or carpeted floors
  • Depending on its size and weight may make stairs harder to clean
  • Takes up more space for storage

Stick Vacuum: Lightweight with a long stick-like handle, the canister typically just below the handle.

  • Often available in cordless models
  • May sacrifice power for size
  • Best for smaller areas and light cleanings such as a kitchen or workroom
  • Smaller canister size

Robot Vacuum: Smaller automatic vacuum cleaners (usually flat cylinder shaped) that function using a computer to move around rooms, map out your home and find their way back to a charger

  • Higher price point
  • Time-saving and convenient
  • Can be programmed to vacuum when you are at work
  • Not as convenient for multi-level homes

Making a decision can be overwhelming but once you’ve sat down to evaluate your needs versus the features out there you’ll be well on your way to making a purchase that should make your life easier and your home cleaner.