How to Find the Best Vacuum for Pet Hair After 2015
Whether you have a tiny teacup Yorkie or a pack of Siberian Huskies, it’s never easy to keep your home pet hair-free, is it? Fido may not be allowed on the bed or sofa, but somehow you find hair there – and everywhere.
Dyson DC50 Ball Compact Animal Upright Vacuum Cleaner
Our favorite for 2020
Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Handheld Vacuum
A very close runner-up
Shark Navigator Deluxe
A great option from Shark
To keep your home clean, you need a good vacuum. Here are some things to consider when looking at different vacuum models:
- Pet-Specific Models: First and foremost, you need a vacuum that’s designed for pets. Sure, a regular vacuum can probably get the job done, but if it’s a pet-specific model, it probably has better suction, better filtration, and tools to help you eliminate pet hair from hard-to-reach places.
- Versatile: Can you use the vacuum on both carpeting and hard flooring? Can you clean furniture with it? Ideally, you want a vacuum that can do it all if you have multiple surfaces that need to be cleaned.
- Well Rated By Users: We always recommend reading through user reviews when looking for a vacuum. If buyers have a good experience, you will likely have a good experience as well. But if users are complaining about parts breaking or the vacuum not doing a good job picking up pet hair, it may be time to scratch that model off your list.
These are the most important things to consider (we’ll cover more soon) when comparing vacuums, and these are the main points we kept in mind when making our list of the best vacuums for dog hair.
The Best Pet Hair Vacuum Reviews for 2020
Hoover T-Series WindTunnel Pet – Hoover is a vacuum brand we all know and trust, and their WindTunnel Pet model is one of the best for pet hair. No matter what type of pet or how many you have, the WindTunnel will seek out and remove pet hair from anywhere. And if you’re short on storage space, you’ll love the fold-down handle feature.
This model was designed for homes with pets, so it has a built-in HEPA filter as well as a carbon filter to remove household allergens. The great thing about these filters is that they can be cleaned, so you won’t be spending a fortune on replacement filters.
An automatic rewind cord makes it easy to finish up cleaning, and the cord extends 27 feet, so you won’t be constantly switching outlets.
Extra tools are included, like a turbo brush, to remove pet hair from anywhere – corners, edges, furniture, etc.
The WindTunnel is one of the best vacuums for pet hair on the market – period.
Bissell Pet Hair Eraser – Maybe you’re not looking to buy a brand new vacuum. Maybe you just want something to help get rid of pet hair on the stairs or sofa. Bissell has you covered with the Pet Hair Eraser. This compact, lightweight vacuum can clean your car, upholstery, stairs and any other hard-to-reach surface to quickly remove pet hair, food and debris.
A 16-foot power cord gives you plenty of room to move around, and the multi-layer filtration system traps household allergens for a cleaner home.
This model also features the Bissell Cyclonic Cleaning System and a rubber nozzle that attracts hair while pulling out hair from carpeting.
BISSELL PowerEdge Pet Hard Floor – Need a vacuum just for hard flooring? The PowerEdge is a great choice. This lightweight stick vacuum features a unique V-shape head that pushes large debris into the center for easy clean-up. Fine brushes along the edges pick up fine dirt and debris along the way.
And the V shape also makes it easier to clean around furniture edges. A swiveling head makes it easy to maneuver this vacuum around the house.
While this model is designed for hard surfaces, you can use it on low pile rugs as well.
If you have hardwood floors in your home, this affordable vacuum does a great job of picking up hair – not just kicking it around – and food from smooth surfaces.
Shark Navigator Deluxe – The Shark Navigator Deluxe is one of the brand’s best-selling models for pet-friendly homes, and the Never Loses Suction technology means that this vacuum will continue working just as well as it did the first day.
The Navigator’s affordable price makes it hard to pass up. In our opinion, you get nearly as much value with the Shark vs Dyson – without paying the high price tag.
Lightweight and easy to maneuver, this model comes with premium pet hair cleaning tools, and can be used on both carpeting and hard surfaces.
If you want a powerful, lightweight upright vacuum that has all the pet hair tools you could ever need, the Navigator Deluxe is a great choice.
Dyson DC50 Ball Compact Animal – It’s impossible not to include the Dyson DC50 on this list. The Ball Compact Animal is one of the best in Dyson’s lineup for homes with pets, and its ultra-lightweight design (11 pounds) makes it a pleasure to use.
The 2-tier radial cyclones work to capture microscopic particles, while the self-adjusting head automatically adapts to the flooring you’re cleaning.
The ball design of this vacuum makes it easy to maneuver, so you can steer with ease. And the specially designed head removes pet hair and dirt from deep down in carpeting.
The DC50 is the best Dyson vacuum, and because it never loses suction, it’s worth every penny.
Buyer’s Guide – How to Choose the Right Doggy Vacuum
If you have pets in your home, you’re going to be vacuuming more than the average person. And if you have a vacuum you hate, you’re never going to use it (or dread it every time you do). Here are some things to consider when choosing a vacuum for dog hair:
- Weight: Most people overlook the vacuum’s weight, and sure, there are more important things. But do you really want a big, heavy, bulky vacuum if you plan on vacuuming every day (or every other day)? Probably not. Look for models that are lighter in weight, so vacuuming is a pleasure – not a chore.
- Type: Don’t forget to consider the vacuum type. Do you want an upright, stick, or canister? All of the models on our list are uprights or stick models because they tend to be the best option for homes with pets (mainly because of the included tools). Stick vacuums are ideal for homes with hardwood floors, while full-size uprights are great for carpeting or a mix of hard and soft surfaces.
- Filters: Ideally, you want a vacuum with filters to remove allergens and irritants. HEPA filters remove 99% of allergens, and many vacuums also have carbon filters. Make sure that the model you choose has at least the HEPA filter.
- Price: Last, but not least, consider the cost of the vacuum. It’s worth it to invest in a higher-priced model if it’s of good quality. But if you’re on a tighter budget, buy the best quality you can. It’s great to save money, but if the vacuum doesn’t do a great job of picking up hair, you’re going to waste time going over spots repeatedly.