Best Vacuum For Pet Hair of 2018 & Buying Guide

Buying a vacuum is always a bit of a process. You have to sort through a bunch of different models, each with different features and each by a different brand. Chances are, you won’t find the best vacuum for you at the hardware store and you’ll have to look online.

That’s why we’ve put together this guide for buying vacuums that are good for pet hair. Pet hair isn’t always a primary concern of vacuum makers, though some of them do make vacuums that have special hardware and attachments for cleaning up pet hair. We’ve looked through all these makers just so you don’t have to and we’ve put together this guide so you know what the best vacuum for pet hair is.

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#1

Dyson 206031-01

98/100

#2

Eureka AirSpeed One Pet

97/100

#3

Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away TruePet

96/100

#4

New Miele Dynamic U1

93/100

So what’s the best vacuum for pet hair?

Well, in short, it depends on your personal situation. For example, someone living in a house with hardwood floors isn’t going to need the same vacuum for pet hair as someone living in a house with carpets. That said, there are some vacuums that are generally better for cleaning pet hair than others. Still, it’s important that you understand your specific situation before you go out and spend cash on a pet hair vacuum.

Consider, first, the type of vacuum you need. The type of vacuum you’re going to buy has a huge impact on the storage you’ll need, the amount of power, and the convenience.

  • Standup vacuums are the most common forms of vacuums. They’re the big, tall upright ones that are often difficult to steer. More importantly, they’re difficult to If you live in a small apartment with only one or two closets that are already occupied by clothes, then you’re probably not going to want to get a big bulky standup vacuum.

Standup vacuums, however, are much more powerful than their alternatives. Since they’re big and bulky, they have more room to store powerful motors. The best vacuums for cleaning hardwood floors are often standup vacuums, because you need a lot of suction power to clean stuff off a hardwood floor.

  • Canister vacuums are another popular option for cleaning up cat litter. They may not be able to boast the same suction power as some of the higher-end standup vacuums, but they compensate for the lack of power with convenience and storage space. Standup vacuums are often very short, and very lightweight, so they’re easier to move and store.
  • Stick vacuums are good because they often have the same height as standup vacuums, but are a lot less heavy. Stick vacuums can be stored much easier – some of them can be hung on wall mounts. Unfortunately very few of them are as durable as standup vacuums and most of them don’t have the same suction power.
  • Handheld vacuums are often great for pet hair you’re only looking to clean the pet hair off of your furniture. Some handheld vacuums are cordless and rely on batteries. This makes it easier to use them on furniture and hard-to-reach surfaces that other types of vacuums can’t reach. Unfortunately handheld vacuums, while being great for pet hair, aren’t good for cleaning your whole house.
  • Convertible vacuums are a good option for cleaning pet hair. A good example of a convertible vacuum is a stick vacuum that can be switched into a handheld vacuum. This means that you can use the stick vacuum to clean your floors, and the handheld unit to get pet hair off of your furniture.
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What are my choices of features?

Once you’ve decided what kind of vacuum you want to buy (or maybe you haven’t decided yet and want to be more specific) you can look into the features of different vacuums. Every kind of vacuum has different features, and every model is unique. You can choose between these things when you’re looking to clean pet hair.

  • Suction power is one of the most variable things that you can choose on your vacuum cleaner. Some lower-end models don’t have adjustable suction, but you know what? A lot of the time, that’s perfectly fine, particularly if you live in a house with only one type of flooring. However, if you live in a house with different types of floors, say hardwood and carpet, you’re going to need a vacuum that can switch speeds.

Some vacuums make it as simple as pushing a button or turning a knob to adjust the suction power.

  • Cleaning tools are great for pet owners, and some vacuum cleaners are marketed as ‘pet vacuums’ only because of the inclusion of one or more ‘pet hair cleaning’ tools. These are great for getting pet hair off upholstery and furniture that you otherwise wouldn’t want to risk damaging.

Aside from pet hair tools, other cleaning tools might include crevice tools for cleaning tight spots, extension wands to make your house longer, or gentle brushes. These should all be easily attachable and detachable.

  • Bonus features might include LED headlights that you can use to look under furniture or to make sure you don’t actually suck up anything immediately in front of the vacuum that you wouldn’t want to.

What about filters?

Filters are very important things to consider, especially when you’re cleaning up pet hair which many people are allergic to. In an unfiltered vacuum (which fortunately are uncommon these days) the air that is used to suck your dirt off the floor is just spat back out for you to breathe.

This is very bad for your lungs because you’re now inhaling all the particulate matter that was in the floor. There are several types of filters that you can get with your vacuum.

HEPA filters

HEPA (high energy particulate air) filters are the best of the best and are the most common type used in mid-to-high class vacuums. They are known to remove up to 99.7% of particles from the air that you’re vacuuming.

Keep in mind that not all vacuums using HEPA filters are the same. Just as important as the filter is the gasket that’s used to attach the filter to the rest of the vacuum. If your gasket isn’t sealed tight, then air will escape through the holes in the sealant, and you’ll end up breathing it completely unfiltered.

Other filters

The two other most common types of filters are foam filters and cloth filters. Foam filters can be cleaned fairly easily, but cloth filters need to be replaced. They’re both much cheaper than HEPA filters but the low price comes with a compromise to the quality of air you’re breathing.

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So what are the best vacuums for pet hair?

Once you’ve figured out what you need for your own house, in regards to the type of floor you have, your budget and the features you want, it’s time to go looking for a vacuum. Fortunately, we’ve made that process a heck of a lot easier for you by rounding up the best of the best. We’ve put together this list of vacuums we reviewed, and you’re sure to find one that suits your needs.


1.Dyson 206031-01 Cinetic Big Ball Animal Closeout Upright Vacuum

Dyson always manages to have a model that reaches the top five of our best vacuums. With this one, Dyson claims to have the toughest, most powerful suction out of any vacuum on the market. Whether or not that’s true, we’re not sure, but Dyson is very consistent and reliable.

Part of this is because of their radial root cyclone. We don’t claim to fully understand the process of this but it allows a significant improvement to suction, meaning this vacuum can suck some pretty dense particles that are wedged into your floor.

It has a self-adjusting cleaner head which will make adjustments according to the type of floor you’re cleaning. It’s also got a tangle-free turbine tool which is able to suck pet hair out of even the most tangled carpets, which is really why this one shines as far as cleaning pet hair goes.

Pros:

  • Made by one of the most reliable brand names
  • Uses radial root cyclone technology to suck powerfully
  • Can be used on all sorts of different floors
  • Easy to adjust between different settings

Cons:

  • Heavy

2. Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away TruePet (NV 752)

Shark’s generally considered to be one of Dyson’s strongest competitors, and for good reason. This vacuum’s a bit more expensive than the previous model but it’s got its own set of cool features.

The first feature is the lift-away system which allows you to pick up the suction part of the vacuum and use it with your hands so you can reach all sorts of areas from floor to ceiling. You can also clean furniture this way.

Because of this, this vacuum is considered a convertible 3-in-1 unit. It can be used as an upright vacuum, be lifted away into a handheld vacuum, and can also be used as a canister vacuum.

Pros:

  • 3-in-1 unit that can be easily converted thanks to lift-away
  • Good suction power
  • Can be used to clean floor to ceiling
  • Easy to move
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Cons:

  • Takes time to adjust to the differences

3.Eureka AirSpeed One Pet, Black Le Mans Blue

If you’re looking for a great budget vacuum for cleaning pet hair, then this is the choice for you. It’s much cheaper than anything else on this list, being the only unit to come in under a hundred bucks.

It’s great for use on carpets but can also be used on hardwood floors. Fortunately, it’s extremely lightweight which means it’s not a chore for you to move this vacuum across the floor, or from room to room.  It’s got pretty powerful suction and ensures that you can get matted pet hair out of carpets and easily suck it away from hardwood floors.

However, the low price comes at a cost. It’s got no HEPA filters, and it’s fairly loud. However, if you’re not allergic to pet hair and you don’t mind the noise, it’ll be worth your money.

Pros:

  • Super cheap and affordable
  • Lightweight
  • Good suction power for grabbing pet hair
  • Easy to move

Cons:

  • Loud
  • No HEPA filters

4. New Miele Dynamic U1 Cat and Dog Upright Vacuum

Miele is one of the best names in the vacuum industry and was actually the brand that pioneered the HEPA filter. This means that you can be sure Miele vacuums meet quality standards, though their prices reflect that.

This vacuum’s heavy. This vacuum’s expensive. However, it’s also got incredible suction power on par with Dyson. One of the main differences between this and Dyson’s top models is that it’s incredibly quiet, making it ideal for people with families, or for people in the hospitality industry.

It’s a charm to move, using swivel-steering that you can control with your wrist instead of having to crank your whole body into the movement. The filtration system is designed specifically to eliminate air and pet odors, making it just as effective, if not more, than the original HEPA filters.

There is a dial on the unit that you can use to adjust the suction speed. That means you can use this vacuum on very thick carpets, on linoleum, hardwood floors, you name it.

Pros:

  • Uses a unique pet-centric filter system to kill odors and allergens
  • Great suction power
  • Convenient steering
  • Made by a good brand name

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Heavy

So which one’s the best?

As always seems to be the case when Dyson makes an appearance on our list, they win this round again. The first vacuum reviewed, Dyson Big-Ball Animal Vacuum, is just as good as all the other models on the list. It uses a unique radial cyclone suction system which Dyson claims is the most powerful on the market, and it manages to do this without being more expensive than Shark or Miele.

It’s also great for cleaning pet hair and is made specifically to take matted hair out of difficult places, making this the best vacuum you can find for general-purpose pet hair cleaning.