You can’t stop the shedding, but thankfully, you’ve got these powerful vacuums on your side. Whatever your budget, we’ve rounded up top vacuums that work for real dog owners.
6 Great Vacuums for Dog People
To prevent shedding, be sure to groom your dog regularly (and if you can, brush them outside!) Even regular grooming, however, can’t prevent the pileup of dog hair from certain coat types. That’s where a daily vacuum works wonders.
For a mid-priced model, Hoover’s T-Series WindTunnel Pet Bagged Upright is a very good option for pet owners. Note that while users praise the suction, some note that the attachments are of lower quality than they’d like.
Promising Review: “I don’t usually get excited about cleaning products, because frankly vacuuming is not my favorite thing to do, but my new Hoover vacuum cleans so thoroughly and easily, I’m delight[ed] with it. There’s a lot of dog hair to get rid of every week, and this vacuum removes it very effectively from the carpet and furniture!” -KrisnCorrie
While it won’t replace a large vacuum for bigger surfaces, Bissell’s little number is perfect for furniture, dog beds, cat stands, and small messes. It’s lightweight, handheld, and boasts a nozzle with rubber comb-like bristles to grab hair. Note that it’s really just for pet hair: it’s not as effective for sucking up regular old dirt. We love that it’s just $26.
Promising Review: “Holy crap!! I’ve seriously bought every kind of vacuum out there … I have 4 cats and a Golden Retriever, so I was getting desperate! I. Am. SOLD! BTW, I’ve NEVER taken the time to review a product before, just FYI.” – Luka Chan
Some of us like to set our vacuums free and forget about ’em, and to that, we say, more (suction) power to ya. This alternative to the Roomba was designed specifically for pet owners, with features aimed at picking up hair and dust. Though it’s much pricier than others on the list, the convenience may just be worth it for you. Pro tip: you can find older versions at half the cost.
Promising Review: “I love my new bObsweep Pethair vacuum. It has great suction and is easy to use. It’s an attractive design and the blue color is beautiful. We have three small rescue dogs so it gets a little hairy at our house. In the morning I turn bOb loose and in forty-five minutes all the pet hair and anything else that’s on the floor is gone. … The new WiFi remote works like a charm from anywhere in the house. I’m just sorry it took us so long to get one.” – late_nite
It’s currently $377 on Amazon in limited quantities. Find it here.
This vacuum is expensive, but according to the hundreds of people who’ve left reviews about this “dream come true for pet owners,” the Dyson Ball Animal Upright Vacuum is worth the investment. Right now, it’s also on sale on Amazon for $399.
Beyond having the best in basically every category from suction to filtration, this vacuum is designed specifically for homes with pets, with a tangle-free tool that removes hair. Note that some reviewers complain of its weight, so if you have trouble with lifting, this may not be the vacuum for you.
Promising Review: “If there is another vacuum cleaner which can do the work as well as this one, I’d have to see it to believe it. The Dyson is that good cleaning better than I thought possible with reasonable noise and no smell to get your allergies to kick in. If you demand the very best in a clean house, I seriously doubt you can do better than this amazing unit. After running this cleaner through my house, the place has a fresh air smell as if the air were scrubbed. The smell or lack of smell is like you get after a rain. It’s a wonderfully effective cleaner.” – Vine reviewer Paul
The Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away TruePet is a high-quality alternative to the Dyson that many pet parents swear by. Beyond great suction, commenters love how lightweight, maneuverable, and easy to handle it is. Shark offers a variety of vacuums; this one is their pet-specific model. On sale for $249.99.
Promising Review: “Exceptionally easy to assemble and easy to use. Powerful suction, doesn’t get clogged with pet hair (I have 3 dogs and too many cats to admit to), works great on both carpet and hard floors. Quickly removes cobwebs from ceilings and walls. All the attachments work wonderfully. I absolutely love it, great birthday gift to myself.” -Cris
The Electrolux vacuum is particularly beloved for its ability to suck up long pet hairs from plush or extra-soft carpets. Reviewers point out that its suction power and brush rolls easily handle deep carpet without getting clogged. In fact, the brush rolls have a self-cleaning feature to prevent tangles. Adjust the height to clean a variety of surfaces. Some users complain about hard-to-reach customer service for this brand, however. On sale for $224.
Promising Review: “Great vacuum. Read many reviews before purchasing and am very happy my purchase. It does a great job with our thicker carpets and three cats. The special head works really well for this. Removes most fur with one go over. I like the furniture attachment and this works very well too. The cord is quite stiff as others mentioned in their reviews, but it doesn’t detract from how well this vacuum works.” -Di and Eugene Venter
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