Best Vacuum Cleaner for Pet Hair

The vacuum cleaners that perform best in my test on carpets

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The best vacuum cleaners for pet hair

Bagless canister vacuum that performs well on all floors. One of my favorites!
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Suction Performance
8.5
Cleaning Result
9
Usability
8
Design
8
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One of the most powerful stick vacuum cleaners I have tested, with a well-functioning laser that allows you to see dirt better.
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Suction Performance
8
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8
Usability
9
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7.5
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Good choice for pet hair: one of the few cylinder vacuum cleaners that comes with a motorized brush.
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Suction Performance
8.5
Cleaning Result
8
Usability
8.5
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7.5
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Flexible stick vacuum with many accessories, including a charging station where it can empty itself.
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Suction Performance
8
Cleaning Result
8.5
Usability
9
Design
8
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Cordless vacuum with a bottom-moved dustbin, making it a good lightweight choice.
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Suction Performance
7.5
Cleaning Result
7
Usability
8.5
Design
8

If you're a pet owner, you're no stranger to finding pet hair in the most surprising places around your home. Regular vacuums often struggle to thoroughly pick up pet hair, and to add to the problem, hair can often cause unpleasant odors. But don't worry, we're here to help.

A good vacuum cleaner for removing pet hairs should have at least a motorized brush, as this efficiently pulls and sucks up the hairs. Additionally, it should be equipped with a quality HEPA filter to significantly reduce the risk of allergic reactions or a vacuum that smells.

Currently, we consider the Samsung Bespoke Jet to be an excellent choice. This stick vacuum cleaner comes with multiple motorized floor brushes and boasts a tremendously high suction power. If you prefer a canister vacuum, consider the Philips PowerPro Expert FC9745/09, a bagless vacuum.

Key considerations

Information about vacuum cleaners for pet hair

Pet hair vacuums differentiate from regular vacuums through several key features designed to handle the unique challenges of pet ownership. They typically possess greater suction power to tackle stubborn pet hair that weaves itself into carpets and upholstery.

 

They're also equipped with specialized brush designs, often featuring silicon flaps or rubberized blades to effectively capture pet hair without tangling, unlike the traditional bristled brushes of regular vacuums.

 

Furthermore, pet hair vacuums often utilize advanced filtration systems, such as HEPA filters, to trap allergenic pet dander. Lastly, they often come with additional task-specific attachments, like motorized brush attachments and upholstery nozzles, to facilitate cleaning hard-to-reach areas prone to pet hair accumulation.

 

In essence, pet hair vacuums are specialists, crafted to meet the specific needs of pet owners in their fight against pet hair and dander.

How was the ranking determined?

Pet hair presents unique challenges that require special considerations. Its stubborn, weave-like nature makes it difficult to extract from various surfaces, and it often contains dander – small particles that can trigger allergic reactions. This is where a vacuum's filtration system comes into play. A good filter is crucial for trapping these hairs and microscopic particles, ensuring they don't get redistributed into your home's environment. Therefore, the efficiency and quality of filters form a critical part of our ranking process. We examine whether they can effectively capture and contain pet hair without compromising airflow.

 

Next, we focus on the motorized brushes. Pet hair can be particularly tricky to remove from carpets and other floor types. This is why a vacuum with a high-quality motorized brush is essential. These brushes, driven by the vacuum's motor, can agitate carpet fibers and other surfaces, helping to dislodge and suck up the stubborn strands of pet hair. The design and effectiveness of these brushes are also a significant part of our ranking process.

 

Beyond filters and brushes, we also conduct a series of standard tests for each vacuum under consideration. This includes assessing their suction power, ease of use, durability, and noise levels, among other factors. This comprehensive testing procedure ensures that we only recommend vacuums that are not just great for dealing with pet hair, but are all-round performers.

How I research the best vacuum cleaner for pet hair

In all my vacuum cleaner reviews I always check how suitable a vacuum cleaner is for removing pet hair. Whether it is a stick vacuum cleaner or a hand vacuum cleaner. But, what requirements should a good vacuum cleaner for pet hair meet?

In my opinion, the best vacuum cleaner for pet hair is at least equipped with a motorized brush. Such a brush is also called a motorized turbo brush and consists of a roller brush that rotates quickly. In this way, animal hairs are actually pulled along and sucked in.

In my opinion, the best vacuum cleaner for pet hair is at least equipped with a motorized brush.

I'm testing how well these brushes can remove pet hair. And yes: of course I use real animal hair.

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However, with only such a pet hair brush, a vacuum cleaner does not necessarily have to be suitable for pet hair. Of course, there must also be good suction. I always measure this: I do this with the help of a custom-made vacuum tester.

I also check the filters under the hood. For example, some filters are equipped with an anti-allergy filter, which can be very interesting in a household with a pet. The same applies to an odor filter: with this a vacuum cleaner that smells can be prevented.

Finally, I also measure the noise level of a vacuum cleaner. For example, a dog may be scared of vacuums, which is mainly due to the sound of the device. If a vacuum cleaner makes an incredible amount of noise, this is a less suitable choice.

What I would like to point out

When we're trying to find the perfect vacuum cleaner for dealing with pet hair, there's one feature that really stands out from the rest – the suction power. Picture this: You come home from a long day at work and you notice that your furry friend has left a trail of hair all over your favorite rug. Those pesky pet hairs can weave themselves deep into the fibers of your carpets and rugs, making them really stubborn to remove.

 

So, what do we need to win this battle against pet hair? The answer is strong suction power. The stronger the suction, the easier it is to lift those stubborn hairs from your carpets, rugs, and even upholstery. It's like having a superpower that can pull up and capture the tiniest of hairs from the deepest of your carpet's fibers.

 

Here at Vacuumtester, we understand this challenge all too well. That's why we pay extra attention to the suction power when testing vacuum cleaners for pet hair. We want to make sure that the vacuums we recommend have enough ‘muscle' to deal with these stubborn hairs. We want you to come home, see your pet's hair trail, and think – “No worries, my vacuum's got this!”

Why you can trust my research?

You can trust our research as Vacuumtester holds itself to the highest standards by reviewing vacuums first hand, testing for the most important aspects of vacuum cleaners with a unique approach. We operate completely independent of vacuum brands and do not accept gifts or other compensation other than a commission through retailers. Because of this, you will always get our honest opinions.

 

When someone asks me what the best vacuum cleaner is, I always ask what they want to vacuum in particular. Animal hair is one of the frequently mentioned answers. When you bring a vacuum cleaner into your home without the right specifications, removing pet hair can be impossible.

 

By also testing how well it removes pet hair in every vacuum cleaner review, I can help you make the best choice. By the way, I'm not doing these investigations alone: I get help from Caesar, a nice furry cat!

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Different pet hair vacuum cleaners

In this research, I researched the best choice for pet hair for each type of vacuum cleaner. It's just a question of which vacuum cleaner you want. The canister vacuum is very powerful and I would especially recommend it for households with a lot of carpet.

 

Do you want to vacuum wirelessly and are you looking for a vacuum cleaner that you can quickly reach? Then, a stick vacuum for pet hair can be an interesting choice. These vacuum cleaners are wireless and often very light, so you can quickly grab it if you see a tuft of animal hair.

 

If you mainly want to vacuum fabric furniture or, for example, the mattress, it is best in my opinion to choose a hand vacuum cleaner. This makes it nice and mobile and makes it easier to vacuum.

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