Having a home with pets, especially dogs and cats, lends itself to needing constant cleaning.
It can be extremely difficult to narrow down your options and choose a vacuum that is good for multiple uses. This is especially true if you need a vacuum that not only can clean all parts of your home, but is strong enough to handle the demands of cleaning constant pet hair.
Most articles about pet hair for vacuums simply give you a long list of vacuums to choose from, all of which do ok for pet hair. In this article, we approach things a little differently.
Here's the bottom line:
We aren't going to give you a huge list of vacuums that are all fairly similar. That's just too much information to digest.
Instead, we are going to give you a short list of the best of the best.
We will also tell you what to look for when shopping for a vacuum cleaning for a home with pets. With this information, you can make your own decision about which vacuum is the best for your home.
Bagless vacuums for pet hair are best
In our tests, bagless vacuums performed the best overall. Most modern consumer-grade vacuums on the market are bagless. For pet hair specifically, with bagless vacuums you generally get more accessories included for cleaning upholstery, they are more versatile, and the ones selected have no issues with pet hair tangling.
Before we get started, here is a quick preview of the products that made the cut:
Shark Rotator NV752 TruePet Vacuum
This 3 in 1 vacuum works great on all surfaces and does a great job on pet hair. It comes with a HEPA vacuum is an exellent all around choice. An older model that still holds it own but can often be found on sale.
Hoover T-Series WindTunnel Pet Rewind
This lightweight affordable vacuum is specifically designed to clean up pet messes. It comes with a variety of attachments that make it great for multiple uses.
Bissell 1650A Pet Hair Eraser
The Bissell pet hair eraser is the ultimate vacuum for pets. I comes with more attachments to help clean up pet messes than any other model. It's anti-tangle brushes makes maintenance easy.
Bissell 9595A CleanView Bagless Vacuum with OnePass
The Bissell CleanView is a bargain. At under $100 is does a decent job and is arguably the best value for the money. It struggles with hard floors but does well with pet hair on carpet and upholstery.
Samsung Powerbot R7070
The Samsung Powerbot is an intelligent robot vacuum that will clean up your pet messes for you. It tackles pet hair, cat litter and other debris and requires nearly no maintenance.
More About The Shark Rotator TruePet NV752
When it comes to vacuums for homes with pets, Shark has basically cornered the market. They are known for putting out top quality products that are engineered to suit the needs of people who have a lot of pet hair to deal with.
The Shark Rotator NV752 is easily the most popular model by Shark when it comes to cleaning up pet messes for a variety of reasons.
First, it is extremely versatile. This vacuum can easily transition from carpet, to wood, to tile, and back to carpet without much effort. It is powerful enough to clean deep down in carpets but has the option to be gentle enough to not scratch your floors.
True Pet Motorized Brush:
This is a pretty big deal. Most vacuum cleaners don't come with an additional motorized attachment. The brush is an electric tool that snaps onto the end of your hose and allows you to clean upholstery much for effectively. This was one of my personal favorite parts of this vacuum and is something to strongly consider when you are thinking of making a purchase.
This is a powerful vacuum, especially for its price range. It is an older model, but it has stood the test of time. This vacuum is also remarkably quiet for how strong the suction is. It is very rare that you find a product as affordable as this one, with so power and versatility. It will easily get pet hair that is deep down in carpet, in tile grout, or up against the edges of your wall.
- LED lit wand for cleaning under furniture or dark areas
- HEPA Filter
- 15.6 LBS
- Includes motorized brush attachment
- Lightweight - under 20 lbs
- Includes a 25 foot retractable cord
- Comes with an air powered hand tool to help with upholstery and stairs
- Short hose attachment
- Hassle to empty
More About The Hoover T-Series WindTunnel Pet Rewind
Hoover is one of the oldest vacuum companies still in business, so it goes without saying that they know how to make a quality vacuum. What makes the T-Series WindTunnel Pet Rewind so special is how much they managed to pack into this machine and still manage to keep it under $200.
With this vacuum, you get a lot of features that you would expect to only find in higher priced premium models. Features such as the air powered brush attachment, retractable cable, and tangle-free suction system are just a few of the things that make this vacuum stand out.
The T-Series WindTunnel does well with both small and large particles on carpeting, but it should be noted that with this vacuum, you cannot turn off the brush rollers so if you have wood, you want to consider another vacuum that can better protect your floor from scratches.
Noise and Suction:
This is a very powerful vacuum, and can easily compete with higher priced models. However, this power comes at a price. This is one of the loudest vacuums on this list, with an average noise output of around 80db, which is about as loud as a garbage disposal.
- Retractable cable
- Air powered hand tool
- 80db running noise
- Tangle-free brush tool
- Multiple specialized pet tools
- Adjustable head height for various floor types
- Extremely easy to clean
- Struggles with debris other than pet hair
More About The Bissell 1650A Pet Hair Eraser Vacuum
If your primary concern for purchasing a vacuum is to help get rid of pet hair, this is an excellent option. The Bissell 1650A Pet Hair Eraser Vacuum comes with more tools that designed specifically for use with pet hair than any other model on this list.
Accessories & Extras:
This vacuum comes with a motorized brush, a 2-in-1 pet hair hose attachment, a LED-lit crevice tool, and a few other additional accessories.
The Bissell 1650A Pet Hair Eraser comes with two filters, one regular one, and one febreeze one. The Febreeze filter is great if you're worried about pet odor. It leaves a fresh scent behind after cleaning. This is the only vacuum on this list with this type of filer. However, replacing this filter costs a little more than replacing an ordinary filter, and it doesn't actually do a better job filtering out dust and dander. So, using this filter is really up to personal preference.
Good For All Floor Types:
While this vacuum excels on the carpet, you can choose to shut off the brushes and raise the head if you want to clean hard surfaces. This will help protect your hardwood floors from scratches. It performs best on carpeting, where it's full power can be put to the test, but you should be able to clean up pet hair on other floor types as well.
- Multiple pet-oriented tools
- Febreeze filter included
- One finger push to empty canister
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More About The Bissell 9595A CleanView Bagless Vacuum with OnePass
This vacuum is not the most powerful, and it honestly doesn't do the best job on all surfaces, but the reason it made its way onto our list is that it is an incredibly good value. Usually, it can be found for under $100, and it still does a good job, and will exceed your expectations for a vacuum in this price range.
Power & Suction:
Like we mentioned before, this is not the strongest vacuum you will find. However, it is strong enough for most situations. It had no trouble picking up large and small debris, as well as long and short pet hair from carpeting. It did struggle on hard floor, and made more of a mess than it did cleaning. If you have primarily wood or tile floors, do not get this vacuum or you will be disappointed. If you have carpet, however, this is an excellent option as a price you can't say no to.
One really great thing about the Bissell 9595A CleanView Bagless Vacuum with OnePass is that you have the option to buy a bundle, or just buy the vacuum by itself. If you are willing to spend a little extra money, you can opt for a bundle that includes a hand tool, an easy maintenance bundle, and stain remover bundle and a few others. This is pretty unique, and offers the ability to give consumers a wide range of price options if they want this vacuum, but only want certain accessories.
- Robot Vacuum - so it cleans for you
- Great at edge cleaning
- Can be scheduled
- Does great on all types of hair and other debris
- Not good for spot cleaning
- No upholstery accessories
More About The Samsung Powerbot R7070
If you would consider a robot vacuum for your home, the Samsung Powerbot R7070 is easily the best option for a home with pets. This robot vacuum will run circles around traditional upright vacuums (literally).
Navigation + Mapping
Once the Samsung Powerbot R7070 has cleaned your home for the first time, it'll store a virtual map of your floor plan. From here it can intelligently clean every corner of your home that you want it to.
Power + Suction:
Just because this vacuum is small doesn't mean it isn't powerful. In fact, it is more powerful than the Bissel vacuum we just reviewed and did better on large debris, especially on hard surfaces. It had no issues with hair, flour, and large cereal.
The maintenance on a robot vacuum is a little different than that of a traditional vacuum. The dust bin is smaller, so naturally you have to empty it more often. Apart from that, the brushes do not tangle and there aren't any cables or attachments you need to worry about, so maintenance on the Samsung Powerbot R7070 is almost non-existent.
How To Choose A Vacuum For A Home With Pets
When you start your journey looking for a good vacuum for a home with pets, you were probably overwhelmed with the options available. It is essential to take a step back and pay attention to what's important.
You need to know what features to pay close attention to, and which ones aren't as important. The following are the most important things to consider when looking for a vacuum for pets.
Choosing The Best Vacuum For Dog Hair
When it comes to dog hair, you need to consider what breed of dog you have and how often they shed. Generally speaking, dog hair isn't as thick as cat hair, but there is more of it. Unless you have a husky or another winter-ready breed, you won't have to worry much about a thick undercoat.
When selecting a vacuum for a household with dogs, you want a vacuum that has strong suction and can clean along the edges of the room well. You won't have to worry as much about a vacuum that can pick up larger debris such as cat litter. However, you'll probably want a vacuum that comes with a air powered or motorized attachment if you let your dogs on the bed or couches.
Choosing The Best Vacuum For Cat Hair
For a home with cats, you need a vacuum that is a little more versatile than one you would have in a house with just dogs. Cats usually shed year-round, and their hair sticks to furniture and in your carpet more.
When selecting a vacuum for a house with pets, you obviously want one with strong suction that can get the hair out of carpets and upholstery, but you also need one that can handle picking up cat litter as well. If you have hardwood floors, this can get tricky.
Make you go with a vacuum that at the very least has attachments for upholstery. Ideally, you want a motorized head since cats tend to pick one favorite area and lay there all day, so the hair in that area can be incredibly difficult to get rid of.
If none of these vacuums do it for you, check out our roundup post for the best vacuums of 2018 to see more options.
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