We love our pets and we can’t imagine life without them, but living with the hair your dog or cat sheds all over the place can quickly become tiresome. Apart from getting on your clothes and finding its way onto seemingly every surface in your home, pet hair can cause or aggravate allergies in children and adults. Thankfully, there are dozens of great vacuums out there that are specifically designed to tackle the shedding that occurs in the 68 percent percent of all US households that own a pet. of great vacuums out there specifically designed to tackle pet hair.
The best pet hair vacuum for you, however, will depend on your specific needs. Do you require a cordless vacuum that will retrieve pet hair from hard-to-reach places? Do you have hardwood floors or carpeting? Do you frequently need to deep clean your carpet? These are all questions you’ll need to consider when shopping for your perfect match.
A vacuum cleaner that works best on carpet, for instance, won’t necessarily be great for hardwood floors, and vice versa. Carpet is an uneven surface, so pet hair can burrow into nooks and crannies, making it difficult for you to remove it without a powerful brush bar. On the other hand, using a brush bar on hardwood floors can scatter dirt and provide less suction, so you want to make sure it’s off when vacuuming your these surfaces.
You’ll also want to take vacuum type into account: Handheld pet vacuums are great for sucking hair from sofas and other furnishings, while back-friendly upright vacuums mean no more bending over. You can even buy a robotic vacuum cleaner if you really don’t feel like lifting a finger!
Best Vacuum Cleaners for Pet Hair
From a Dyson model with a practical handheld design to a bagless Bissell that’s both carpet- and hardwood floor-friendly, there are many floor cleaning options to choose from. Keep scrolling to shop FIRST for Women’s picks for the best vacuum cleaners to to eliminate pet hair in your house!
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Best Handheld Vacuum Cleaner for Pet Hair
Where to buy: $30.99 (originally $36.99), Amazon
The Bissell Pet Hair Eraser hand vac is a powerful and convenient way to eliminate messes on your carpet and upholstery. This nifty little handheld vacuum has a contour nozzle that easily cleans up dirt and hair. It’s great at tackling those hard-to-reach areas, like armrests and curtains, and it's perfect for cleaning the inside of the car, too. It's also extremely lightweight and simple to use wherever you go, thanks to an easy-grip portable handle.
Best Lightweight Vacuum Cleaner for Pet Hair
Where to buy: $49.99, Amazon
Weight in at less than 5 pounds, this Dibea stick vacuum cleaner is as light as can be — but don’t let its featherweight frame fool you. It's got impressive 600-watt power that allows for efficient vacuuming on marble, tile, thin carpeting, and hardwood floors, and it picks up all kinds of dirt, from crumbs and pet hair, to dust and kitty litter in its removable 1-liter dirt cup. A near 20-foot cord allows you to clean a large area without having to change power sockets, and, thanks to its flexible swivel steering, it’s easy to maneuver around or under furniture, making sure you get every nook and cranny. Plus, you can detach the tube and vacuuming head to take your hand vac wherever it's needed.
"My home is covered with carpet, it works well on my carpet, and the cat hair is cleaned," assured on happy buyer.
Best Upright Vacuum Cleaner for Pet Hair
Where to buy: $$219.99 (was $299.99), Amazon
The Shark Rotator is a lightweight, 2-in-1 upright vacuum cleaner with a detachable, extra-large dirt-collecting canister that converts to a portable hand vac. It also has a completely sealed bagging system with a filter that traps 99.9 percent of dust and allergens. This vacuum comes with a lot of perks, including an innovative nozzle with LED lights, so you can easily see under furniture, plus advanced swivel steering for excellent control when maneuvering around chairs and tables. The Shark Rotator also has a premium pet power brush attachment that picks up hair and debris and deep cleans all surfaces.
Customers agree, writing, "I could not believe how much pet hair, sand and lint this picked [up]," and "Absolutely thrilled. Picked up cat and dog hair that had been embedded in my carpet ... for months. The old vacuum just was not picking it up."
Best Bagless Vacuum Cleaner for Pet Hair
Where to buy: $147.94 (was $159.99), Amazon
This is a great vacuum if you're not a fan of vacuum bags. It's got a .75-liter dirt cup and a "SmartSeal" allergen system that means pet hair and dirt won't escape into the air when you empty it. The bristles of the Bissell PowerGlide work together to loosen, lift, and remove embedded dirt and hair from deep down in carpet, while long, silk-like bristles gently brush and remove any fine debris on hardwoord floor, leaving it spick and span. There's even an optional pet odor eliminator filter to keep your house smelling fresh. Better yet, up to $10 will be donated to the Bissell pet foundation for every purchase.
Best Pet Hair Vacuum With Attachments
Where to buy: $149.99 (was $179.99), Amazon
The Shark Navigator deluxe upright comes with plenty of bells and whistles (a 2.6-quart dust bin, a 25-inch power cord, and modes for bare floors and carpets come to mind), but our favorite just might be its included pet hair power brush. Wrote one buyer, "The pet hair attachment is fantastic. It's just a simple upholstery brush, but it has a thin line of lint brush material on either side, and it really does a great job picking up the pet hair. I spent far less time doing the chairs and sofa than I usually do, and they look good."
You'll also get a 24-inch crevice tool and a smaller crevice attachment.
Best Robot Vacuum for Pet Hair
Where to buy: $499 (was $$649.99), Amazon
If you quite like the idea of your house being vacuumed for you while you sit and read a book, then the cordless Roomba 960 vacuum cleaner is for you. It comes with a required Alexa-enabled Echo Dot, so you can command it to clean with your voice, and automatically recharges as needed. You can also schedule it via an app to run at a certain time. Best of all, however, it's equipped with a high-efficiency filter that's said to trap up to 99 percent of cat and dog allergens.
Best Vacuum Cleaner for Pet Hair on Carpets
Where to buy: $218.60, Amazon
The DuoClean Rocket from Shark is a superbly versatile vacuum that has been specially designed to remove embedded pet hair from all surfaces. It also converts into a 4.6-pound hand vac, so you can clean your sofas, furniture, and even the car with ease. It features a bristle brush that deep cleans carpets, plus an additional soft brush roll that pulls in larger debris and effectively polishes hardwood floors.
One Amazon reviewer wrote, "This vacuum works wonders on my hardwood floors and can easily switch to carpets. Finally something that can handle all fur and dirt my pets leave behind! Very happy with my purchase."
Best Dyson Vacuum Cleaner for Pet Hair
Where to buy: $309 (originally $399.99), Amazon
You’ll never have to worry about pet hair on floors or furniture again with the aptly named Dyson “Animal.” The company's vacuuming experts have created an amazingly powerful and effective machine that's cord-and hassle-free. You’ll get up to 30 minutes of powerful, fade-free suction, and its clever filtration system captures a reported 99.97 percent of allergens, so that the air it expels is actually cleaner than before it went in the vac! What’s more, it converts into a handheld device for quick cleanups of everything from pet hair on furniture to cobwebs in corners.
Best Deep Cleaning Carpet Vacuum
Where to buy: $109.99, Amazon
Just like our hair, our carpets can benefit from a good deep cleaning from time to time. For the most thorough clean, pick up Hoover's PowerDash pet carpet cleaner. Made with a unique pet brush roll that not only cleans, but provides antimicrobial protection as it goes, this vacuum penetrates carpet fibers, rinsing and blasting them with Hoover's "HeatForce" dryer for a quick-dry solution to any mess. You'll even get a sample of Hoover's Expert Pet shampoo ($29.99, Amazon), which tackles everything from tracked-in dirt to urine stains.
Best Wet/Dry Vacuum for Pet Hair
Where to buy: $299.99, Amazon
For an all-in-one mop and vacuum with enough power to rid your home of both thick pet hair and liquid messes, pick up Bissell's Crosswave Pet. This multi-surface cleaner is a multi-tasker's dream. Using an innovative microfiber/nylon pet brush roll and strainer, it deep cleans carpets while seamlessly transforming into a mop-like tool upon change of surfaces. Best of all, with each purchase, Bissell will donate up to $10 to the Bissell Pet Foundation, which was created with the goal of ending pet homelessness.
Best Tangle Free Pet Hair Vacuum
Where to buy: $229.99, Amazon
If tangled pet hair has you fixing your vacuum more often than you'd like, check out Bissell's Pet Hair Eraser. Made with a tangle-free bush to eliminate annoying hair balls, this lightweight and agile vacuum is a dream for animal lovers everywhere. Extras such as a LED-lighted tool and a two-in-one pet dusting brush sweeten the deal, and there's a "SmartSeal" allergen system with a Febreeze filter to keep your home smelling — and looking! — ultra-fresh.
Best Vacuum Cleaner for Pet Hair and Edges
Where to buy: $59.99, Amazon
It's no secret that pet hair has a tendency to accumulate in corners and crevices that most vacuum cleaners have trouble reaching — that is, most vacuums aside from the Bissell PowerEdge. Specifically designed to capture debris along edges and in tight spaces, this vacuum features a V-shaped head that helps direct larger debris into the center suction path, ensuring no dirt (or pet hair) gets left behind.
One Amazon buyer raved about it, saying, "This vac has a ridiculously large amount of suction for its size. The suction power, together with the odd looking but highly-effective V-shape front edge, pulls the hair and dirt into the vac rather than pushing it around. This is the best vacuum I have found in 34 years for sucking up the cat hair."
Best Easy to Clean Pet Hair Vacuum
Where to buy: $68.90 (was $72.99), Amazon
There's no sense in buying a machine for cleaning that's a pain to clean in and of itself. Thanks to Eureka's NEU180B bagless design, you can empty it less frequently. And, when its filter and extra-large 2.6-liter dust cup are in need of a wash, you can simply run them under water for a cheap and easy rinse. This device is only 10 pounds, meaning you can comfortably carry it up stairs to vacuum the bedrooms. Plus, it comes with five height settings to ensure you get the best clean no matter what surface you're vacuuming.
Best All Around Pet Hair Vacuum
Where to buy: $199.99 (originally $239.99), Amazon
For a vacuum with all the bells and whistles, pick up the Hoover React Professional. Designed with FloorSense technology, it uses micro-sensors to detect changes in your floor's surfaces and automatically adjusts its brush speed for the best clean. Both bagless and compatible with the Hoover App, which helps customize and maintain your cleaning experience, this vacuum also meets Hoover's standard for optimal pet hair removal. As such, it comes stocked with included pet upholstery and Pet Turbo tools, making it worthy of its "Paws & Claws" seal.