Cleaning up pet hair can be a never-ending job if you have pets that shed often or those with long hair. It’s important to have the right cleaning equipment so the pet hair in your home is kept under control. A good vacuum that is specially designed to deal with pet hair is an essential item for most pet owners.

There are many different vacuum options available and most come with accessories or attachments that can make it easier to keep your home free of pet hair.

Top 10 Vacuum For Pet Hair

Bestseller No. 1
Bissell Cleanview Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner, Orange, 1831
1861 Reviews
Bissell Cleanview Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner, Orange, 1831
  • One Pass Technology With Powerful Suction And Innovative Brush Design To Clean On The Initial Pass (Removes...
  • Powerful, Multi-Cyclonic Suction System For Lasting Suction That Captures And Keeps Dirt In The Bin, Where It...
Bestseller No. 2
Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional NV356E
9286 Reviews
Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional NV356E
  • Lift-Away. Press a button to lift the canister away and easily clean hard-to-reach areas.
  • Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology + a HEPA filter. Traps 99.9% of dust and allergens inside the vacuum.
Bestseller No. 3
Shark Upright & Canister Upright Vacuum TruePet Mini-Motorized Brush Bordeaux
2184 Reviews
Shark Upright & Canister Upright Vacuum TruePet Mini-Motorized Brush Bordeaux
  • Shark's original, full-sized Powered Lift-Away. A canister that detaches to deep clean hard-to-reach areas...
  • Hard Floor Hero. Picks up surface litter and stuck-on debris, providing superior bare floor cleaning.
Bestseller No. 4
Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Handheld Vacuum, Corded, 33A1
6953 Reviews
Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Handheld Vacuum, Corded, 33A1
  • Surface Type: upholstery, auto, stairs, Power Rating: 4 amps
  • Filtration: multi-layer filtration, The Bissell hand vac uses the Cyclonic Cleaning System
Bestseller No. 5
BISSELL Cleanview Swivel Rewind Pet Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner
178 Reviews
BISSELL Cleanview Swivel Rewind Pet Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner
  • Maximize pet hair removal with triple action brush roll + scatter-free technology
  • Automatic cord rewind with 27' power cord so you never have to wrap a cord again
Bestseller No. 6
BISSELL Cleanview Swivel Pet Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner, Green, 2252
214 Reviews
BISSELL Cleanview Swivel Pet Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner, Green, 2252
  • Powerful pet hair pick-up with triple action brush roll + scatter-free technology
  • Swivel steering to easily maneuver around furniture and other obstacles
Bestseller No. 7
Eureka NEU180B Lightweight Powerful Upright, Pet Hair Vacuum Cleaner for Home, Graphite
854 Reviews
Eureka NEU180B Lightweight Powerful Upright, Pet Hair Vacuum Cleaner for Home, Graphite
  • 【Lightweight & Portable】This 10-lbs Eureka powerspeed upright vacuum cleaner can be easily carried around...
  • 【Powerful Multi-surface Vacuum】With five height adjustment settings, this versatile vacuum is applicable...
Bestseller No. 8
Bissell Pet Hair Eraser 1650A Upright Vacuum with Tangle Free Brushroll
1052 Reviews
Bissell Pet Hair Eraser 1650A Upright Vacuum with Tangle Free Brushroll
  • Tangle-free brush roll, specialized pet tools - remove embedded pet hair everywhere
  • NEW pet turboeraser tool, new snap on handle- 2in1 pet brush, brush on/off for scatter free cleaning
Bestseller No. 9
Shark Rotator Professional Upright Corded Bagless Vacuum for Carpet and Hard Floor with Lift-Away...
4451 Reviews
Shark Rotator Professional Upright Corded Bagless Vacuum for Carpet and Hard Floor with Lift-Away...
  • Lift-Away. Press a button to lift the canister away and easily clean hard-to-reach areas.
  • Premium Pet Power Brush. Picks up pet hair and debris, and deep cleans dander from all surfaces.
Bestseller No. 10
Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Lift Off Bagless Upright Vacuum Blue
297 Reviews
Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Lift Off Bagless Upright Vacuum Blue
  • 2-in-1 vacuum with Lift-Off technology easily Transitions from a powerful upright vacuum to a detachable,...
  • Tangle-free brush roll: good-bye, hair wrap. Power Rating : 7 amps

Best Vacuum Specifically Designed for Pets

Shedding is natural for our furry companions and getting rid of all that hair is a lot tougher than a novice pet owner would think – the first line of defense is a vacuum specifically designed to clean pet hair. As a backup for those with tiled or wooden floors, you could then follow up your cleaning process by using a high-quality steam mop.

Most normal vacuums simply aren’t designed to effectively suction pet hair – whether they’re hand-held models, heavy-duty uprights or even high-powered central systems. You need to carefully evaluate each of their features to determine the top vacuum from the pet hair brands available and match them with your unique needs and preferences. The mantra is to choose a machine with suction, filters, and tools to handle high volumes of pet hair.

Different Types of Vacuums for Pet Hair

There are several options you will want to consider – these can include upright vacuums, canister vacuums, and all-around vacuums. Canister vacuums usually offer greater maneuverability over close edges compared to the upright vacuums.  There are also some great cordless stick vacuums such as the Bissell Bolt XRT Pet 2-in-1 Cordless Vacuum which do a great job on pet hair. You can read more in Groom+Style’s complete vacuum cleaner buying guide at the bottom of this article.

Other Tricks to Combat Pet Hair

Before moving on to the list of best vacuums for households with pets, the Groom+Style team wanted to point out the review we have completed on the best air purifiers.  Air purifiers can be used as another tool in your arsenal to combat your furry friend’s tendency to shed hair all over the place – especially if you or someone in your family suffers from allergies.

Buying Guide – Things to Consider When Deciding on What Vacuum to Buy

With so many vacuum cleaners and vacuum cleaner brands available, choosing the right product for your needs can be confusing. There are specific factors that you need to evaluate before settling on the right vacuum cleaner, such as:

1. Canister Versus Upright Vacuums, or Combined – Which Is Better?

These are two words you will bump into a lot when shopping for your vacuum cleaners. So what is the difference between the two types?

What you choose is thus more or less dependent on your personal preferences. In terms of the cleaning action, the performance is usually equal, and will typically depend on the model you buy.

2. Bag Versus Bagless Vacuum Cleaners

This is another confusing element when it comes to the choice of vacuum cleaners. A vacuum “with a bag” will store the collected dirt and dust and you will have to purchase a package of bags when buying the vacuum – as they typically have a limited lifespan and will need to be replaced.  Bagged vacuums generally have a cheaper upfront cost, but higher ongoing costs.

3. The HEPA Air Quality Feature

The HEPA feature (which stands for High-Efficiency Particulate Air) is a very important function, which many modern vacuum cleaners now have, and is responsible for filtering out particles (pet fur and dander, for example) in the air leaving your home free of allergens. The HEPA is usually replaced on a regular basis based on the manufacturer’s recommendation – although some vacuums like the #1 Dyson have Non-washable lifetime HEPA filter, and the Shark and Hoover vacuums on our list have washable filters.

4. The Power and the Performance of the Vacuum Cleaner

It goes without saying that you’re going to use your vacuum to pick stuff up – so the suction power of a pet hair vacuum is important. A model with low suction will only remove surface dust, without collecting the dirt and hair that’s stuck in carpet or upholstery or picking up heavier material like cat litter.

It can be difficult to compare models in this regard since the suction is measured by several different metrics and the ones that manufacturers are likely to boast about don’t really tell you much about the actual suction. For example, watts, amps, and horsepower tell you about the amount of power the motor uses or puts out. They usually not use measurements when it comes to suction, because they don’t measure how efficiently the vacuum uses the power it consumes.

5. Consider the Areas That You Will Be Vacuuming

It’s a much easier task to remove a short-haired pet’s loose fur from a hardwood floor than it is to suck out what seems like “half a cat” from a carpeted cat tree or the deep folds of an upholstered couch. That’s why it’s important to consider where (and what) you’ll be vacuuming before choosing a machine. A vacuum with incredible suction – and a price tag to match – could be overkill for routine jobs.

6. Pet Hair Vacuum Accessories

While we’re on the subject, here a few of the accessories you might want to look for when choosing a pet hair vacuum. Some models include them with your purchase; other manufacturers make them available as options. Depending on your situation, all can be helpful.

  • Turbo Eraser: This powered tool adds extra suction power for those really difficult areas where pet hair has wedged deep into carpets or upholstery.
  • Telescoping Extension Wand: Your pet loves to climb and explore? That means there’s probably pet hair in hard-to-reach spots, and an extension wand helps you clean them up easily.
  • Lighted Crevice Tool: Many vacuums come with LED lights on their crevice tool, but it can be invaluable when searching for hidden hair.
  • Disinfection Tool: It does what the name implies, and it’s particularly helpful in homes with sensitive occupants (or smelly pets).
  • Grooming Kits or Tools: These allow you to use your pet hair vacuum to suck the loose hair right off of your pet – assuming he or she will stay still long enough to be groomed.

 

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