These Are the Best Vacuums for Cleaning Up Pet Hair, According to the Experts
We all love our pets, and why wouldn't we? What's not to love about a fluffy little fur ball running around the house? We think that sight could put a smile on anyone's face. The only real downside to a pet? Shedding. Whether you're team cat or team dog, the hair your beloved pet loses on a regular basis can be a real pain to deal with—but it doesn't have to be. We spoke to Kristen Levine, a pet living expert, about how to handle pet hair before it becomes a problem.
It turns out prevention is half the battle. "A lot of people don't regularly brush their pets, so start there," Levine says. "Use a shedding blade or your favorite brush and give your dog or cat a good brushing a few times a week." She further explains: "Regular brushing not only eliminates excess hair, but it also cuts down on hair balls in cats, too. Regular bathing removes excess hair as well." Even though prevention is important, you'll still have hair shed around the house—that's where the right appliance comes in.
To choose the right vacuum, there are a few things to look for, and you'll want to keep an eye out for models that are pet friendly. All of the major brands seem to have a version. "Find a vacuum with attachments for multiple nooks and crannies that can clean a variety of surfaces," Levine advises. "I also prefer bagless vacuums, because bags can create odors, so with a canister you can pop it out to clean it. A carbon filter will also help with odors."
Overall, it's important to choose a model that works with your lifestyle. "If you only have a heavy duty version, you're less likely to whip it out to do a quick clean, so vary your cleaning tools. It doesn't hurt to also have something on hand that's really lightweight for in between cleanings," she explains. Browse some of these best selections in the market, and invest in a high-quality vacuum that will make clean up that much easier.
A model that works while you watch Netflix? Yes, please. The iRobot Roomba i7+ robot vacuum does it all, including emptying its own bin. It can also remember multiple floor plans so you can use voice controls to get a certain room cleaned as soon as possible. If you have an accident prone or incontinent pet, it might be smart to use a robot vac when you're home to avoid an even messier situation.
Shop Now: iRobot Roomba i7+ with Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal, $799.99, bedbathandbeyond.com.
You've probably seen people on social media raving about this Bissell pet vacuum. Boasting superior suction, its high-power digital motor spins at up to 420 mph, while its tangle-free brush roll prevents dreaded hair wrap (great for long haired pets and humans, alike). With plenty of attachments designed to be able to reach even the most stubborn spots, you can easily clean up any pet hair or messes.
Shop Now: BISSELL ICONpet Cordless Vacuum, $250, amazon.com.
Black + Decker
Doing a little maintenance between a heavy duty cleaning keeps your house feeling fresh longer. Perfect for in-between jobs, this handheld vacuum offers a ton of power in a tiny package. It comes with a special head designed to clean up pet hair (it's made from rubber bristles that won't clog). Plus, the handy battery indicator shows you how much power you've got left.
Shop Now: Black + Decker 20V MAX Dustbuster AdvancedClean and Cordless Handheld Vacuum With Powered Pet Head, $90, target.com.
If you can't stand emptying your vacuum's tank—and who can blame you because it can be seriously gross—you'll be pleased to know that you don't have to lift a finger with this self-emptying model. The Shark IQ Robot Vacuum has mapping technology and empties when it heads back to its base. Offering superior suction, it also can be voice or app-operated, so you can clean without even getting out of bed.
Shop Now: Shark IQ Robot Vacuum R101AE with Self-Empty Base, Wi-Fi & Home Mapping, $450, walmart.com.
Don't be fooled by its small silhouette! This model from the pet pros at Bissell offers 17 minutes of cleaning. Thanks to all of its special features it helps get rid of embedded dirt and pet hair like the motorize brush, crevice, and upholstery tool. Another important element is filtration, and this version has triple level filtration and an easy empty dirt tank so you can keep all of that hair in one spot.
Shop Now: BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser Lithium Ion Cordless Pet Hand Vacuum, $73, amazon.com.
The latest and greatest in vacuum technology seems to be cordless models that are easy to carry around the house and this Tineco model is a great example. With a fifty-minute run time or twenty minutes of deeper cleaning, you get extreme suction whether you're vacuuming carpets or hard floors. Thanks to its fully sealed filtration system and an easy to empty filter, you don't have to worry about anything you suck up will stay contained.
Shop Now: Tineco A11 Hero+ Cordless Vacuum Cleaner, $260, amazon.com.
Most of us know about Dyson's incredible suction, but the V11 Animal features a digital motor that spins the brush bar up to 60 times a second. Its nylon bristles work deep into your carpeting to pick up stubborn, ground-in pet hair. Another cool feature is the point and shoot mechanism that ejects the dirt and hair into the bin without you having to touch any of it.
Shop Now: Dyson V11 Animal, $500, amazon.com.