I have two dogs at home that I absolutely adore. Unfortunately, as practically any pet owner can attest, it’s a huge pain having to constantly clean up stray pet hair around the house. No matter how much we may love our pets, we kind of wish they never shed, right?
Well, there’s nothing we can do about that. But what we can do is get our hands on a good vacuum cleaner that will take care of that pet hair. While many people believe that any old vacuum cleaner can easily get rid of pet hair, that’s not exactly the case — there are definitely some vacuums that are better at removing pet hair than others.
You want to look for a model that has a strong motorized suction and preferably some kind of pet hair attachments. Suction is key here, as obviously those pet hairs can get hard to pick up, as they stick to floors and often get caught in carpet. You’ll note by the names of some of the vacuums below that certain manufacturers are designing these units specifically with pet hair in mind.
Top 10 Pet Hair Vacuums
- This is arguably the single best all-around vacuum on the market, and the reviewers on Amazon seem to agree. Design, suction, portability, value — the Shark Navigator has it all. If your budget is in the $200 range, this is probably your best choice. If it’s a little lower, well, keep on reading.
2. Boasting a few extra features than its sister vacuum (the Navigator), the Shark Rotator Lift-Away has a wider cleaning path, an optional canister caddy, and deep carpet cleaning, making it an even more attractive option for those consumers willing to spend an extra $60 or so.
3. This vacuum is specifically targeted toward pet owners, and for good reason — it does an excellent job of picking up those pesky dog and cat hairs. The Hoover WindTunnel Best Vacuum for Dog Hair ships with a special HEPA filtering bag as well, which claims to eliminate 99+% of dust and dander. Other features include their patented “wind tunnel” technology which makes for great suction and power.
4. The Hoover WindTunnel 2 Pet Plus has a huge dust collector and powerful motor, which makes vacuuming up pet hair and dust a breeze. This model also comes with attachments especially designed to tackle pet hair.
5. The Eureka Pet Lover 3684F is a lightweight canister vacuum that extremely versatile — you can use it on wood floors, for dog hair, on stairs, and even in your car. At only around $75 and weighing less than 9 pounds, it’s a nice option for budget-conscious shoppers.
6. If you’re looking for an impressively crafted vacuum that will last you a very long time, then you should take a close look at the Miele S7260 Cat & Dog vacuum. Yes, it will run you more than $600, but that’s due to the quality of the materials, the sleek design, and overall performance of this model.
7. The Eureka 3670G Mighty Mite is another one of those canister vacuums that check all the familiar boxes — it’s lightweight, compact, and cheap (you can get yours for around $60), and it’s built to perform those quick clean up jobs in a small room, car, or garage.
8. Our first (and only) robot vacuum to make the list, the iRobot Roomba 630 is arguably the most popular robot vacuum available today. A robot vacuum provides you with a couple of unique benefits — you can schedule it to work while you’re not in the house, it works on its own, and it’s faster than doing it yourself.
9. This is one of my favorite vacuums on our list, and that’s because of 1) how well the vacuum performs, and 2) how lightweight and sleek the design is. That’s a winning combination. The Hoover Linx is cordless and bagless, so it’s not for everyone, but it works great not only on carpeting for pet hair, but also on wood flooring.
10. Dyson DC41 Animal Complete
Dyson has a very recognizable brand name in the market, and for good reason — they make extremely well-built machines that perform incredibly well. The DC41 is no different, as it boasts an impressive industrial design with an unmatched suction power. But it will certainly cost you.