So what makes a good vacuum for pet hair? One that will keep on top of those pesky hairs, and while some models are good all rounders, others are made specifically to excel in picking up shedded cat & dog hair
But giving a one size fits all answer to the best vacuum for pet owners is not always going to return the perfect answer for everyone's requirements. After all, every company is advertising theirs as the best one to buy, and it leaves you wondering which one is telling the truth.
Plus, you have so much else to take into consideration – things like your budget, the type (cordless, upright, cylinder or even robot) as well as what surfaces you need to tackle.
To help make things easier for you, we have put together this guide, detailing the key features you should be looking for when buying a vacuum cleaner for pet hair.
If you are in a hurry, here are our two top selections, both of these models are corded uprights and both are from Shark who simply excel at pet vacuums not to mention both have superb filtration so if you are an allergy sufferer these do an amazing job at retaining 99.9% dust particles and pet dander for example.
2. Budget pick
Shark NV602UKT Lift-Away Upright Vacuum
- A Few Thing to Consider When Buying a Pet Vacuum
- Best Vacuum for Pet Hair UK ( In Order)
- 1. Shark TruePet NZ801UKT Powered Liftaway
- 2. Shark NV602UKT Lift-Away Upright Vacuum
- 3. Miele C3 Cat & Dog Powerline Cylinder
- 4. Dyson V11 Absolute Cordless Vac
- 5. Shark HZ400UKT Corded Stick Vacuum
- 6. Shark Truepet NV601UKT Upright Vacuum
- 7. ILIFE V3s Pro Robotic Pet Vacuum
- 8. Dyson V7 Animal Cordless Vacuum
- 9. Holife Handheld Pet Hair Vac
- 10. Gtech AirRam K9 - Mk2 Pet Hoover
- 11. Neato Robotics D5 Robotic Pet Vac
- 12. Dyson DC40 Animal Pet Vac
- 13. Bosch BCH6PETGB Athlet Pet Vacuum
- 14. Shark IZ251UKT Cordless Stick Vacuum with Anti-Hair Wrap
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A Few Thing to Consider When Buying a Pet Vacuum
We’ve put together this great little video that highlights all of the key features you should be looking out for looking to buy the best vacuum for pet hair. They are as follows:
Budget - how much bang you get for your buck
Type - you’ve got quite a few to choose from, pick the one that works for your home
Filtration - an essential for those who have asthma and allergies
Dust Capacity - the larger the bin, the more pet hair it is able to hold
Attachments - all those handy little tools to make cleaning fluff easier
Floor types - a consideration if you have a mix of hard floor & carpet
Best Vacuum for Pet Hair UK ( In Order)
8. Dyson V7 Animal Cordless Vacuum
Another great pet vacuum from Dyson
The best cordless pet hair vacuum is never easy to find, but like the V11 above Dyson V7 Animal is another great cordless model that tackles pet hair efficiently
I own a dog that sheds a lot. Think husky fur but ten times worse, and as a result, I really needed a vacuum cleaner that could cope with sucking up an entire dog made from fur regularly.
What I found with this stick vac is that the suction is incredibly powerful, picking up fur and fluff with no issues and without getting clogged - ensuring that the home could be cleaned quickly and efficiently.
The brush bar gives carpets a really deep clean, and both power modes work excellently to ensure that your floors are left in the best possible condition – whether they are hard or carpet.
It can even convert into a handheld so that you can clean the stair efficiently, as well as your furniture and inside your car, which you need if you have pets. With compact storage and a range of tools, it has everything you need to tackle pet hair.
The Not So Good
The dust canister can be a little small, which means that it needs to be emptied more frequently when in use.
- Power: 100 watts
- Run Time: 30 mins
- Charge Time: 3 hours
- Weight: 2.3kg
- Dust Capacity: 0.5L
- Battery Voltage: 21.6v
- Noise: 72db
Our pick as the best Dyson vacuum cleaner for pet het is a powerful machine that ensures that your home remains free from pet hair and without the machine clogging up - even if you have a really fluffy pet.
While the canister does need to be emptied more regularly, it is still a good size considering the lightweight and compact build of the machine. It really is surprising how much power it can offer, and the running time is really good as well, so you can keep your home in perfect condition.
Q: How long does the Dyson V7 take to charge?
A: With a full charge, the V7 runs for about thirty minutes on its standard power settings. This may not seem like a particularly long time, but if it takes you longer than that to vacuum your house you're going to want a bigger vacuum anyway.
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It's a Wrap
We all love our pets and we definitely should! Once we decided to become a fur parent, we are aware of the responsibilities that we have to take on and the additional work we have to put in – which includes getting rid of all the pet hair around the house and even the car.
Some vacuum cleaners seem to be very powerful yet it doesn’t have enough capability to suck in all the pet hair. This proves to be very annoying especially if you’re just too tired of cleaning and you expect your vacuum to do the job for you.
The models above listed in our best vacuum for pet hair guide above are made with a special feature to get rid of all those dog hairs scattered around your home in addition to doing a great job in cleaning the rest of the place. Check our site regularly for more updates and if you have more questions or if you believe that we missed some details, please leave a comment below and we’ll try our best to answer right away.
Last Updated on March 8, 2021 by Gemma Tyler
Gemma Tyler is a freelance journalist with 15 years of experience writing for consumer publications. She has tested and reviewed a wide range of household items from vacuum cleaners to washing machines and dehumidifiers to steam irons. Her attention to detail and exhaustive testing certainly makes her an expert in her field.