Even the most devoted pet lovers hate having clumps of dog fur on the couch and or cat hair covering their cashmere joggers. Luckily, there are vacuums that are designed for removing the mess from furniture and clothing and eliminating sneeze-inducing dander from the air. The good news is that you don’t need to spend a fortune to have a pet hair-free household, either. We considered and tested plenty of models on both ends of the price spectrum that get the job done. Read on for the best options the market has to offer.
What to Consider
Vacuums that are good for removing pet hair usually come with a special attachment, and so performance depends on how well it works. Powerful suction is important, but you’ll also want a tool that won’t get clogged from tangled fur. For allergy sufferers, it’s essential to have a vacuum with an excellent filtration system, so look for models with a HEPA filter or those that are specially designed to trap dander and other small particles without re-expelling them into the air. Beyond that, finding the right vacuum depends on personal preference—canister, upright, stick, handheld, or robot—and if you’re willing to deal with a cord.
How We Chose
Along with reading countless user reviews for vacuums with four stars or more, we also dug into our own testing results for the best vacuums for 2021. Our selection covers a range of styles, from uprights to robots to canisters, chosen to include a range of price points. You can get a reliable vacuum of good quality, whether you’re looking for something affordable, like a Bissell for under $100, or a high-end Miele priced at $700.
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Our Value Pick
Cleanview Bagless Upright Vacuum
We tested Bissell’s Cleanview vacuum, which gets rave reviews with an average 4.7 stars from more than 30,000 customers—and it’s priced at just under $100.
It has a swivel head to easily maneuver around around furniture and a substantial brush roll packed with bristles. It comes with attachments to remove pet hair from stairs and hard-to-reach corners on hardwood and carpeted floors. It’s also easy to empty, with a button on front that releases dirt straight into the garbage, but it doesn’t have a retractable cord.
- Quality vacuum for a great price
- Comes with multiple attachments
A Step Up
MultiClean Allergen Upright Vacuum with HEPA Filter
If you can spend a little more, this Bissell has a HEPA filter, plus a lineup of other value-packed features. Three attachments are included and all store on the vacuum. There’s one for pet hair to use on carpeted stairs and upholstery, along with a dusting brush and crevice tool. The vacuum’s wand releases to clean ceiling corners and molding up to 12 feet high. Emptying the dustbin is just as easy as the Bissell above, though it also lacks a retractable cord.
- HEPA filtration
- Wand releases for cleaning ceilings
The Mid-Priced Upright
Dyson Ball Animal 2 Upright Vacuum
There’s a lot to like about this well-designed Dyson vacuum. It can tackle cleaning tile just as well as carpet and hardwood floors, with a head that self-adjusts for multiple surfaces. The vacuum has a special attachment that does a stellar job of removing pet hair, plus two other tools to use for various hard-to-reach spots around the house and for cleaning stairs.
It’s a smart pick for allergy sufferers, as it captures pet dander and other small particles. There’s also a button on the top of the dustbin to release dirt into the garbage so you won’t kick up dust. The only drawback is that the vacuum is on the heavy side, at roughly 16 pounds.
- Head automatically adjusts for multiple surfaces
- Versatile attachments
- Whole-machine filtration system
- Heavier than some other uprights
The Budget Cordless
Powerseries Cordless Stick Vacuum
This reasonably priced cordless vacuum will run for nearly an hour on a single charge and has a brush bar with rubber bristles for picking up pet hair. It stands up on its own and there are three speeds for vacuuming hardwood, carpet, and area rugs, plus LED floor lights on the head for cleaning under furniture and beds. Other highlights among features include a washable filter, a crevice tool, and a removable battery, plus it converts to a handheld vacuum.
Overall, it gets high marks from reviewers, with an average 4.5 stars, but some customers say the dustbin detaches too easily and can get knocked off.
- Long runtime
- Converts to a handheld vacuum
- LED lights on head
- Some customers say the dustbin is easily knocked off
The Upgraded Cordless
Dyson V11 Animal Cordless Vacuum
The Dyson V11 is incredibly powerful and has cleaning modes that that target specific tasks. The vacuum automatically changes speed on carpet and hardwood floors, and there are settings for light cleaning and quick but tough cleanups that require more juice. An LED screen at the top allows you to switch settings while vacuuming, plus keep an eye on battery life and filter maintenance.
The Dyson also has a whole-machine filtration system for capturing allergens, and there’s a “point and shoot” release for emptying the dustbin. It also gets bonus points for being ultra-lightweight, at under 7 pounds.
- Task-specific cleaning modes
Miele Classic C1 Cat & Dog Canister Vacuum Cleaner
People who have a Miele swear by them—and with good reason. The brand has a fleet of high quality, powerful canister vacuums in a rainbow of colors, and this one is designed specifically for cleaning pet hair. The vacuum head can be adjusted to five height to tackle everything from high-pile rugs and dhurries to hardwood floors and tile, and there are six speed settings.
There’s a charcoal filter that traps pet odor and tiny particles, and attachments include a powerful mini turbo brush that removes pet hair from furniture, plus a dusting brush and tools for cleaning upholstery and crevices.
- Powerful motor
- Lots of attachments included
- Excellent air filtration system
Roborock S6 MaxV Robot Vacuum
If you’re looking for a vacuum that’s magna-cum-laude-smart, this robot ranks at the top of a pet owner’s dream team. We tested Roborock’s S6 MaxV and it has an excellent navigation system that uses advanced laser and imaging technology to prevent it from getting stuck or circling in random patterns. It also mops floors and is designed to know the difference between pet hair and poop, so it won’t track smelly smudges across your house.
- Advanced navigation system
- Mops floors
Pet Hair Eraser Lithium Ion Vacuum
This top-rated handheld is perfect for quick cleanups, like getting pet hair off the couch or vacuuming up spilled dry food before company comes over. It comes with a powerful motorized brush and tools for upholstery and crevices, plus it has a triple-level filtration system and a large bin that’s easy to empty. It’s also lightweight, at just over 4 pounds and is said to run for 17 minutes on a full charge, though it gets mixed reviews for battery life.
- Motorized pet brush works well
- Mixed reviews on battery life
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