Our dogs bring us so much joy and companionship. Unfortunately, that love and loyalty often come with excessive fur. Many of us dog owners fight a daily battle with the fuzz. Loose dog hair coats our sofas, bedding, carpets, and clothes, and we often feel like the distant cousins of the wooly mammoth. If you’re tired of the tumbleweeds of fluff or your current vacuum just isn’t cutting it, a vacuum designed specifically to remove hair pet can help you win the battle of the fuzz and provide you with more free time to play with your beloved dog.
If you’re looking for a vacuum that won’t quit or leave fur behind, we found the best pet vacuums on the market. And trust us, these vacuums truly suck (in a good way, of course).
This vacuum is lightweight and effective. It pulls in pet hair without clogging. And once the canister is full, it’s easy to press the button to empty it. Its edge-to-edge design eliminates that margin that most vacuums leave along the edges. This means it pulls fur from corners and along floorboards without you needing to bend down with the hose attachment. Its controls are intuitive, and it has pedal buttons to make operation simple. It smoothly maneuvers and slips under furniture with ease. It also reels in its own cord, which may seem minor, but it makes vacuuming slightly less of a chore.
Best for: Excellent for homes many carpeted rooms and multiple pets.
- Budget Pick: Eureka Powerspeed Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner
This is one of the lightest pet hair vacuums you will find on the market. We love the detachable handle which makes getting in corners a sinch. It comes with a tool specifically for removing pet hair from furniture and upholstery. This attachment tool works great on your clothes if your dog decides to give you a snuggle before you head out to a meeting or interview. It is powerful and moves easily over carpet or hard surfaces. This is a great budget buy that gets the job done.
Best for: Great for smaller apartments, single-pet homes, and hard surfaces.
This cordless vacuum cleans your floors and the air. It features a HEPA filtration system that pulls dust particles out of the air and a lightweight wand-style body. This vacuum is small but mighty and doesn’t have a cord, making it easy to maneuver around and under furniture. Best of all, this vacuum does an incredible job of sucking up pet hair, and it’s quiet so it won’t force your dog or cat to hide beneath the bed for hours after its use. Despite not being one of the big names in the vacuum world, this vacuum has a cult following for good reason–it works.
Best for: Best for pet owners with back problems, those that vacuum daily, and pet owners in apartments.
This handheld vacuum makes quick work of pet fur. It will slurp up your dog or cat’s fur tumbleweeds without breaking your back or losing power before you can finish your job. The trusted Bissell team did an astounding job when they designed this lightweight vacuum specifically designed for pet owners. This vacuum will erase evidence that you let your dog on the couch or your cat on the office chair.
Best for: Thie handheld is great for furniture, cars, stairs, spot cleaning
This vacuum looks like the cousin of Darth Vader, and it leaves pet fur shaking in its boots. This is one heavy-duty vacuum that makes pet hair disappear. It has a sealed system to reduce allergens and dust. It also swivels to dance its way around furniture and into tight spaces. It comes with three power settings that can reduce noise and make operation easier. It also has a bare floor setting for tile and wood floors. With a long lifespan and strong suction, this vacuum is well worth the price.
Best for commercial use, longevity, and those of us that a few more pets than the average Joe
This canister-style vacuum has a hidden secret: its water filtration system. For pet parents, this water basin does double duty: trapping fur and dirt while eliminating dust and dander that cause odor and allergies. This vacuum is thorough, powerful, and leaves your home feeling clean, clean, clean. It’s also quite quiet, considering how powerful it is.
Best for area rugs, pet owners with allergies, and pet parents with back problems
Looking for a deep clean and suction that doesn’t give up? The Shark Navigator is a true trailblazer on the market. It pulls fur that’s embedded in the carpet or upholstery and prevents pet hair from tangling around its self-cleaning roller. It has a large canister and prevents allergens from escaping back into your home. Despite its strength, this vacuum is light and easily glides over carpeting or hard floors.
This vacuum is versatile and great for multi-pet homes, large homes, and pets with long fur.
This Hoover wand-style vacuum was designed to maintain its powerful suction after several carpeted rooms. It also has a huge canister, so you won’t need to empty it before you completely clean your home. We love that it has a HEPA filtration system to reduce dust, dander, allergens, and the itchy eyes and sneezing that often accompany pet hair. The wand allows you to reach those dust bunnies hidden beneath the sofa without lifting it off the floor. If you’re looking for a trusted brand that holds up, this is it.
The Hoover MAXLife is great for multi-pet homes, clean-freaks, and pets with thick coats.
This automatic robotic vacuum is a pet parent’s dream come true. It improves upon the first iterations of the robo-vacuums. It’s intuitive, reliable, and it puts itself back on the charger without dying mid-floor. It’s pretty quiet and does make pet fur disappear.
Excellent for pet owners that despise vacuuming
Can a pet hair vacuum reduce allergens?
Yes. You can even improve most vacuums by buying an allergen reducing filter. Water-basin canisters are considered the most effective at pulling allergens out of the air and trapping them to be disposed of. You will also want to look for vacuums with HEPA filters.
How can I extend the life of my vacuum?
Check and change the filter often. A clean filter allows better airflow and puts less strain on the motor.
How can I prevent clogs?
Empty your vacuum’s canister often and watch for signs of clogging. If you hear a high-pitched mild or severe screech, turn off the vacuum and check for a knot of fur around the rollers.
Handheld vacuums, cordless vacuums, upright vacuums, canister vacuums, and wands: the lingo that goes along with vacuums can seem like speaking another language. Don’t worry. We have what you need to know to help you decide what style and model is best for your home.
Upright vacuums are traditional vacuums. Most are bagless and come with easy-to-empty canisters. Most professional cleaners prefer bags because they’re less likely to clog, but most households benefit more from the convenient canister. If you run a grooming business or doggie daycare, a professional-grade vacuum like the Miele U1 Maverick may be your best bet.
Handheld vacuums work well for spot cleaning, furniture, the car, stairs, and touching up corners. They are usually battery-powered and come with a charging stand. Often the more powerful the battery, the better the vacuum will function and the stronger the suction.
Cordless vacuums are often handhelds, upright, or wand-style vacuums. One of the biggest benefits is the lack of cord (no surprise). They’re often lighters, as well. The biggest drawback of a cordless vacuum is that you can usually only get about 15-25 minutes out of the battery before needing to recharge it. This makes these vacuums ideals for smaller spaces. They are also excellent for those that prefer acuuming more often.
Wand vacuums allow you to press a button and turn the handle into a handheld-like vacuum. They’re amazing for tight spots and cobwebs, but the hose length makes all the difference. It can be frustrating to reach up and have a heavy vacuum pull against you or fall over.
Canister vacuums may seem old fashioned, but they are an excellent option for pet owners with back or wrist problems.
What about robot vacuums? We hate to say it, but they just don’t work as well when it comes to cleaning up pet hair. They often have small canisters that can’t hold more than a cup or so of pet fur. Pets are also usually pretty terrified when a robo vacuum comes to life and begins scurrying around the house. They also tend to knock into things and knock over pet bowls from time to time. Some even nip or snap at them. We do have one in our list if your pet is a light shedder.
Don’t let your pet’s fur get you down or suck up all your time. Using an effective vacuum can make a world a difference. Investing in a quality vacuum is an investment in the time it takes to clear your floor of fur, a long-term cleaning tool, and a reduction of allergies.
Don’t give dust bunnies a chance to get too comfortable.