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You can’t stop the shedding, but thankfully, you’ve got these powerful vacuums on your side. Whatever your budget, we’ve rounded up the best pet hair vacuums that work for real dog and cat owners.
Finding the best vacuum is a research process, to be sure. A good vacuum is one of the most important (and most expensive) pet tools you’ll purchase. Before making the plunge, consider:
- Your carpet type
- Floor surface mix
- Size and type of living area
- Ease of use
- Allergy concerns (allergy sufferers need a vacuum with a HEPA filter)
For instance: do you frequently find long hairs trapped in your ultra shaggy carpets? Or do you struggle to really suck up the kitty litter on the linoleum? Do you need a crevice tool for couch cushions? Do you have to climb stairs? Look carefully at the features for your specific scenario so you can feel confident that you’re getting what you need.
Of course, budget is also a factor. If you can swing it, the pricier pet hair vacuums often make up for the initial cost in longevity. Take a look at warranty details, too.
These pet hair vacuums range from handheld to canister to a standard upright vacuum, and all of them have great reviews from dog people, online and in our Rover community.
The Best Vacuums for Dog People (Cats Too!)
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.
Here are quick links to our top picks for best vacuums for cleaning pet hair.
- Hoover PowerDrive Pet
- Bissell Pet Hair Eraser
- bObsweep Robotic Vacuum
- Dyson Ball Animal Upright
- Dyson V11 Animal Cordless
- Shark Rotator LiftAway TruePet
- Shark Rocket Corded Handheld Vacuum
- Electrolux UltraFlex Canister Vacuum
- Miele Complete C3 Cat & Dog Canister
- BISSELL Cleanview Swivel Rewind Pet
- Shark APEX Upright Vacuum
- Eureka PowerSpeed Pet Bagless Upright
- Eureka Mighty Mite Pet Lover
- Dirt Devil Razor Pet Bagless
- eufy BoostIQ RoboVac
- Bissell Air Ram Cordless Vacuum
- Kenmore Elite Pet-Friendly Bagged Upright
- Eureka FloorRover Upright Bagless
- Black + Decker Flex Vac with Pet Hair Brush
- Black + Decker 2-in-1 Anti-Allergen Vacuum
Now let’s dig into the details on each one.
For the price, the Hoover PowerDrive is a great deal thanks to the attention to quality. In particular, we love that the brush roll doesn’t get tangled with pet hair – which is why many pet owners rave that this is the best vacuum cleaner for removing cat & dog hair. It also has a hard floor function; flip the switch and you can use it to suck up kitty litter, pet hair, and crumbs from the kitchen and bathroom.
Like you’d expect from a modern vacuum, the Hoover has good swivel steering. But as an added bonus, this bad boy uses powerful LED lights, making it easy to see in dim, dark rooms or small spaces. Lastly, because it’s bagless, all you have to do is empty the dust cup into the trash and voila. Note that at 16 pounds, it’s certainly not the heaviest pet hair vacuum around, but it’s still somewhat heavy for lugging up the stairs.
Promising Review: “I’m amazed at how much hair it picks up! I have a German Shepherd, two cats and two very messy kids who leave crumbs and small pieces of garbage all over the place. This vacuum picks it all up. I never thought I’d love a vacuum.”Buy Now on Amazon for $149
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 dog and cat hair. Note that it’s really just for pet hair: it’s not as effective for sucking up regular old dirt.
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.”Buy Now on Amazon for $34.99
Some of us like to set our vacuums free and forget about ’em, and to that, we say, more (suction) power to ya. Robot vacuums for the win! This alternative to the Roomba was designed specifically for pet owners, with features aimed at picking up hair and dust. Though it’s 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 Pet hair vacuum. It has great suction and is easy to use. It’s an attractive design and the blue color is beautiful. 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.”Buy Now on Amazon for $281.99
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 Cinetic Big Ball Animal Vacuum is worth the investment. If you’re ready to do some deep cleaning, this vacuum is here for you.
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 turbine tool that removes hair. This vacuum doesn’t use filters but rather, features whole machine HEPA filtration. That’s why it’s both asthma- and allergy-friendly. The cleaner head adjusts automatically for the type of surface, which means you don’t have to push any buttons when switching from hard floors to carpets.
There are two downsides. One is that if you’re dealing with a lot of pet hair, this vacuum can get clogged—specifically the internal fine mesh screen. It’s relatively easy to clean it out, but you’ll have to take apart the vacuum to do so and get that suction back.
Lastly, some reviewers complain of its weight, so if you have trouble with lifting, this may not be the vacuum for you.
Promising Review: “The Dyson is better at cleaning than I thought possible with reasonable noise and no smell to get your allergies to kick in. 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.”Buy Now on Amazon for $349
If you’ve got your eye on a Dyson vacuum but also want something flexible and lightweight, this cordless stick vacuum might be for you. The upgraded Dyson V11 is very popular with pet owners thanks to its efficient motor, which makes it much more powerful than other stick vacuums on the market. It works well on both carpet and hardwood floors and comes with all the typical attachments, including a crevice tool for sucking up hair, crumbs, and dirt from between couch cushions and under furniture.
Like other Dyson vacuums, the filtration system is excellent—and while yes, it’s battery-operated, the battery life is surprisingly good. The charging time is between 3.5 – 4.5 hours, which does mean you’ve got to take a breather between heavy cleaning sessions (if they’re going to last longer than 60 minutes at a time.)
We especially like that this pet vacuum converts to a handheld vacuum, which makes it a great upholstery tool or stair vacuum.
Promising Review: “This is a great vacuum. The station it charges on is well made and easy to use. The cordless aspect of it makes it really easy to grab and do a touch-up or do a full vacuum. The big selling point for me is that it converts to a handheld vacuum for stairs. This one has an attachment that really works well for stairs.”Buy Now on Amazon for $584.99
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.
The TruePet converts from an upright vacuum cleaner to a handheld one when you’re working with stairs and furniture, though it is heavy, so vacuuming stairs can get awkward if you have several to do. Some reviewers also note that the suction is not as good on very thick carpets. That said, this is definitely one of the best pet hair vacuums in this price range.
A lower-priced alternative from Shark is the Shark Navigator LiftAway, which features the same anti-allergen seal technology but doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of the Rotator.
Promising Review: “Exceptionally easy to assemble and easy to use. Powerful suction, doesn’t get clogged with pet hair (I have three 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, a great birthday gift to myself.”Buy Now on Amazon for $279.99
The Shark Rocket is one of the best values on this list. As a handheld vacuum cleaner, it’s not ideal for cleaning large rooms, but it’s extremely useful when it comes to furniture, stairs, and quick cleanup jobs. If you need it for the car, a vacuum attachment kit for car detailing is only about ten dollars more.
So, how does it work? With a long power cord and stretch hose, it’s easy to maneuver. The dusting brush is designed for hard-to-reach surfaces and the foot-long crevice tool is great for furniture. The True Pet motorized brush is designed especially for pet hair, but it doesn’t quite have the necessary “oomph” for deep carpets. For shorter carpets, bare floors, and upholstery, it’s just fine.
As a smaller vacuum than others on the list, the dust cup needs to be emptied more often—simply do it over a trash can so that you don’t get the dust flying everywhere. For the price and versatility, this is a good deal in handheld vacuums, particularly for car cleanup.
Helpful Review: “The power is fantastic, it really has strong suction and cleans very well. For use on stairs, it can’t be beaten. I use the pet brush with the mini beater bar and it’s exactly what I needed to vacuum my carpeted stairs. The unit is also very solidly built.”Buy Now on Amazon for $84.79
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 for use on a variety of surfaces.
Some users complain about hard-to-reach customer service for this brand, however.
Promising Review: “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.”Buy Now on Amazon for $258
Okay, we’ll just come right out and say it. This vacuum is expensive. It is very expensive. It is an investment in every sense of the word—but if you can afford it, the Miele is an absolute BEAST. There’s a reason it’s known as one of the best vacuums for pet hair you can buy. One Rover employee with a high-shedding husky mix says that her Miele is “the best thing [she] ever bought, hands-down.” Plus, it will outlast cheaper models and comes with a great warranty.
With an air-cleaned, sealed filtration system, the Miele actually tackles pet odor along with dog and cat hair, pet dander, and regular old dirt. The dusting brush, crevice tool, and upholstery tool get those hard to reach areas, while the “turbo brush” (great name, no?) goes to town on cat hair. Other details help the Miele stand out from the pack, including a 3D bumper that protects the walls and furniture from scuff marks while you clean. Strong suction, a complete seal, a sturdy vacuum head, and the six-stage motor that you can adjust with a foot pedal combine to make this a premiere option.
In general, canister vacuum cleaners have more suction, but the tradeoff is needing to lug the canister around behind you as you clean. The Miele Complete C3 offers that great suction with a lightweight design and a comfort handle, and indeed, it’s well-reviewed for ease of use issues. It’s also particularly quiet, which is handy if your pet is scared of vacuums, as mine are.
Promising Review: “I have avoided spending this kind of money on a vacuum for ten years. Then we got a puppy. We love dogs, but we have guests that are allergic or just grossed out by a smelly house. I researched and researched and researched….This vacuum cleans the floor and keeps your air clean. It is another level of air filtration.”Buy Now on Amazon for $1,028.95
The Bissell Cleanview is notable for its swivel steering, which makes it fast and easy to maneuver around your floors. Reviewers love how versatile it is; it can go from wood floors to tiles to carpet with no problem. And the specialized pet tools for cleaning mini-blinds, corners, and upholstery store right onboard, so you can switch out tools in a jiffy.
Another great feature of this vacuum: its retractable cord. Just press the “Rewind” button to wrap up the cord and store it away for the next time you need to clean up pet hair.
Promising review: “I bought this primarily for hard floor (and it’s great for carpet too!), and I could not be happier with its performance. It does a fantastic job picking up both dust and debris, and IT ACTUALLY CLEANS THE EDGES.”Buy Now on Amazon for $139.99
Shark has several models of pet vacuums. So, what sets the APEX apart? It’s the biggest and most powerful one, with 1350 watts of sucking power. Some reviewers say it’s a bit heavy, but others don’t mind because of how strong it is. Plus, the canister detaches to become a handheld, portable vacuum to use on stairs. Whatever function you’re using, the APEX’s Complete Seal, anti-allergen HEPA filtration system removes allergens and pet odors. And, it has built-in noise reduction to protect your ears—and your pets’ ears—from that scary vacuum cleaner sound.
The APEX has one more super-cool feature: a self-cleaning brush roll that removes pet hair as it’s picked up, directing it straight into the canister. No more stuck rollers or picking and unwrapping long hair from the roller brush with your fingers!
Promising review: “This is the best vacuum I’ve ever owned. I have two Malamutes that have long hair and shed enough to stuff a king size pillow almost daily. This vacuum really does a great job on the hardwood and the low area rugs I have. It handles the fur without issue and picks up sand size particles from hard floor without throwing it back at your feet.”Buy Now on Amazon for $329.99
Check out those cool LED headlights! They’re not just for show; they light up pet hair and dirt underneath couches and counters.
But of course, what matters most is how well this Eureka pet vacuum picks up dirt, dog hair, and cat hair. With five height adjustment settings, it works on everything from linoleum to high-pile carpet. Reviewers say it works surprisingly well for the relatively low price point, and especially love the detachable tools that store on the body of the unit.
Promising review: “The amount of dirt and pet hair this got out of one room was just amazing! And we had just cleaned! We have used this to deep clean our entire apartment and love it! Our only complaint is that the hose for all the attachments isn’t long….at all. So you either have to lift and carry the vacuum or constantly hold it up so it won’t fall over. But still amazing for the price!”Buy Now on Amazon for $119.99
I know what you’re thinking: a bagged vacuum? Who can be bothered? But there are benefits to the bag. For one thing, they contain all that sucked-up dirt and pet hair in one disposable receptacle, which means you don’t have to vacuum the vacuum cleaner itself.
The Eureka Pet Lovers canister vacuum is ideal for pet people with allergies because all that dander and dust goes straight into the bag with less risk of it re-entering the air. In fact, its built-in HEPA filtration system captures over 99.7% of the dust.
Reviewers like how compact this unit is, making it handy for vacuuming multilevel homes. And as a bonus, it comes in several bright colors.
Promising review: “I have two German Shepherd dogs and three cats. I have a lot of pet hair. Sometimes I vacuum daily, sometimes I ignore the hair for a day or two. [This vacuum] has a bag that holds lots and lots of dog hair…it has a nice long cord so I don’t need to keep unplugging and replugging as I clean house. Love it!”Buy Now on Amazon for $104.60
This lightweight, bagless pet vacuum cleaner is a bargain buy. It may not have all the bells and whistles of some of the pricier vacuums available, but its SpinPro roller brush and strong suction help lift and remove pet hair and dirt. It even comes with a detachable cleaning wand and “Turboclaw” pet tool to easily vacuum couches and crevices.
Reviewers praise the strong, long-lasting suction. Overall, the Dirt Devil Razor is a great choice for pet people on a budge.
Promising review: “At last a vacuum cleaner that does just what they say it will! This little gem picked up so much animal hair it was shocking. With a furry dog and three cats, I needed help. I love the swivel feature. The canister holds a good bit of dirt/hair and is easy to empty. There’s not a single thing that I don’t like about this product.”Buy Now on Amazon for $85.00
Here’s another hands-free robot vacuum that does the work so you can put up your feet and relax with your dog. At under 3″ tall, the eufy BoostIQ fits under low furniture to suck up all that dust, dirt, and pet hair. And reviewers love how quiet it is, with powerful suction that’s no louder than a microwave.
Promising review: “Don’t let the cheaper price trick you into thinking it’s an inferior vacuum because it’s not at all. With my four cats, this vac does a great job at picking up pet hair too and it’s not afraid of dark carpets. This little vac cleans my huge BLACK area carpet wonderfully!”Buy Now on Amazon for $223.99
One of the most unique-looking vacuums we’ve ever seen, the Bissell Air Ram is also uniquely good at cleaning up pet hair. With a 22V lithium-ion battery, it delivers up to 40 minutes of powerful suction with no pesky cords underfoot. Speaking of feet, use yours to push the large on/off foot pedal without bending down. Purchasers say the Air Ram is incredibly lightweight, making it easy to maneuver around furniture.
Promising review: “I have a 200-year-old house with wooden floors and two large dogs that shed. This is the best sweeper I’ve ever used! It not only picks up dirt and dog hair but the dust on my floors that comes from owning an old house! This is so light and no cord hassle…makes my cleaning life so much easier.”Buy Now on Amazon for $209.00
Kenmore makes old-school workhorse vacuums that have stood the test of time. This upright bagged beltless model has a fast-spinning roller brush that picks up dander, pet hair, and dirt from floors, furniture, and stairs. Plus, the HEPA filter system keeps 99.97% of allergens “in the bag.” It’s even certified by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). The included Pet Handi-Mate tool cleans hard-to-reach places
Promising review: “It easily goes from carpet to bare floor just by turning the switch to a different position. I am severely allergic to dust mites, and this has a HEPA filter and HEPA bag that come included. This is the 2nd Kenmore bagged vacuum cleaner I’ve owned, and it’s unbeatable in terms of suction and cleaning ability.”Buy Now on Amazon for $224.99
The FloorRover Upright Vacuum looks shiny and modern, and according to reviewers, cleans a lot better than old-fashioned vacuums. With an ergonomic handle, easy-glide wheels, and swivel steering, it’s comfortable to steer around the whole house. The attached pet turbo brush will spin its turbo blades to grab pet hair and dander. And once you’re done vacuuming, just rinse off the filters under a faucet.
Promising review: “We have two large dogs, a very large fuzzy cat, and two kids. This vacuum works fantastically for all our needs. We have carpet and vinyl in our home and use it on both.”Buy Now on Amazon for $185.99
This powerful handheld vacuum is cordless, lightweight, and STRONG. It’s also ultra-compact and portable, making it perfect for everything from vacuuming the car to sucking up furballs from floors. The included pet hair brush even removes pet hair from upholstery. Reviewers love how portable and flexible the Flex Vac is, saying it’s great for everything from sucking up cat litter to cleaning the interior of an RV.
Promising review: “Makes quick work of picking up dirt, crumbs, and pet hair on our hardwood and tile floors. Have had this about six months I think and it still holds a charge long enough to get the whole main level done at once. When you don’t have to keep moving a cord it takes less time, and this baby is so light—you just keep moving on!”Buy Now on Amazon for $97.99
Black + Decker does full-size vacuum cleaners, too. This 2-in-1 anti-allergen vacuum has a high-performance filter that captures over 99% of allergens, and it can run for up to an hour on a single charge. Plus, you can go from floors to ceilings with the extension wand and four-foot hose. Extra features include touchpad controls, adjustable suction speed, and LED lights.
Promising review: “This vacuum had the power to go through the whole house, vacuum two sets of couches, and got all of it. I especially like the feature that changes the level of suction automatically when I get to a rug, and then lowers it when I get back to hard flooring. It definitely gets pet hair.”Buy Now on Amazon for $179.99
Best Pet Hair Vacuums for Allergies
Studies show a whopping 15% of the population is allergic to pets. One study showed that even if advised to give up their pet by their doctor, only one of five people did.
What makes a person allergic? A secreted protein released by dander and saliva is to blame—these allergens are sticky, clinging to pet fur but also clothing, mattresses, drapes, or bedding for long periods of time. They also stay suspended in the air for several hours.
To deal with your allergies, invest in a great vacuum. Vacuuming frequently can keep allergens from piling up. The single most important key to vacuuming frequently is to use a vacuum with a HEPA filter, which removes 99.97% of all tiny particles.
Even more important is a vacuum that can trap allergens instead of redistributing them through the air. The vacuum must be properly sealed or dirty air can bypass the filter, sending allergens right back into the home.
Once you have the right vacuum, make sure you empty it outside in your outdoor garbage can to prevent spreading the trapped allergens in your home.
The Bottom Line
The right pet hair vacuum is out there. Do your research to get the right fit, then sit back and enjoy the benefits of less pet hair and dander in your home.
Need more? We’ve got you covered for all things pet hair, pet allergies, and pet cleanup.
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