We’ve identified the best pet hair vacuums that will be popular for 2017. Which one is right for you depends on your budget, whether you like robot vacuums and some of the features that a few units have that they others don’t.
Best Vacuums to Tackle Pet Hair
Shark Rotator TruePet Powered Lift-Away NV752
A 3-in-1 design will always attract buyers that want a little extra versatility from their vacuum cleaner and the Shark Rotator NV752‘s combination of a powerful upright machine, lift away pod with brush roll and a canister with a caddy is particularly appealing to those looking for the best vacuum for pet hair. This is going to be flagship model for Shark in 2017
The power and effectiveness of the pod and its brush make it one of the top vacuums for dog hair and this is enhanced by the use of the anti-allergen complete seal technology and the TruePet mini-motorized brush attachment. This neat little accessory joins the hard-floor genie to showcase the potential of this Shark pet vacuum as a truly versatile mode across different surfaces and addition of the LED lights and “extreme” under furniture reach just add to its capabilities. Lifting pet hair may be the primary aim but this adaptability means any dirt can be attacked from almost anywhere.
Bissell Bolt Lithium Ion Pet, Model 1954
The Bissell Bolt is a cordless stick vacuum cleaner with the suction and brushes to take on pet hair. You can detach the head to have a decent powered handheld vacuum cleaner for picking up pet hair off the upholstery. It is lightweight fully assembled as a stick vacuum and easy to use as a handheld, and it comes with a crevice tool.
It costs around $150 at full price but can be found for around $120 on sale. It offers an extra large capacity bin for a cordless vacuum. The charging base doubles as a tool holder. It runs twenty to thirty minutes on a fully charged battery, so this stick vacuum is best used for spot cleaning or cleaning a small apartment.
One of the few issues to consider is the difficulty of getting service if you buy the vacuum cleaner online versus through a brick and mortar retailer, because Bissell doesn’t always recognize a warranty for online purchases.
Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away XL Capacity, Model NV755
This corded upright vacuum cleaner is the ideal choice if you have multiple, large shedding pets. It will be able to work until the very large capacity bin is full. And its HEPA filter and tight seals prevent fine dander created by the pet hair pickup from aggravating allergies and asthma.
It converts from an upright vacuum to a handheld vacuum for cleaning pet hair and debris off stairs and furniture. It also works on both short carpets and hard floors. Its greatest weakness is thick carpets; though rated to handle pet fur on thick carpets, it fails to do this job even on high suction. The unit is also heavy and awkward, though this is in part due to its high capacity.
This unit costs around $400 at full price. It can be found on sale for as little as $250. At full price, it isn’t worth it. On sale, it is a good choice when you have multiple shedding pets as long as you don’t have thick carpets or a different device for cleaning those thick throw rugs.
Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Vacuum Cleaner, Model 1650A
The basic model of this pet hair vacuum cleaner costs around $250 at full price. If you buy the versions with the two extra pet hair tools, the cost is closer to $300. You can buy the vacuum cleaner and then purchase the pet hair tools separately like the handheld tool that connects to the quick release wand to clean up spilled litter and pet messes.
The Bissell Pet Hair Eraser vacuum cleaner offers tangle free brush rolls perfect for pulling up the long strands of fur from those pets with long, luxurious coats that are lovely to pet but a pain to pick up off the furniture. It does a decent job of trapping dust and dander inside the vacuum cleaner.
The Febreeze branded motor filters are high priced compared to their functionality. Replacements are twenty dollars each. This is useful for controlling the odor of wet pet fur but otherwise not. One of the weaknesses of this unit is its tendency to clog on large wads of pet fur like when you pick up fur the cat threw up. Loosely shed dry fur, in contrast, is no problem at all. It has good suction in front but almost none on the sides.
The vacuum itself weighs around twenty pounds and has average maneuverability. It does a better job on carpets than on hard floors due to the exhaust tending to scatter debris and dirt even as you try to pick it up if it isn’t mediated by the vacuum pulling up carpet strands instead.
Hoover Vacuum Cleaner WindTunnel 3, Model UH72630PC
It costs around $200 at full price but can be found for less than $150 on sale. Yet you get a variety of tools like a telescoping wand, dusting tool and upholstery tool on a long extension hose. And you can control how much suction goes to the tools via a dial.
It offers an ultra-long cord. It has good all-around suction on the front and sides.
One annoyance of this model is that if you pick it up by the canister, something that can be done with other canister vacuums, the canister will pop off and you risk a major mess. You can and should pick it up by the handle, though this is awkward.
The belts have a limited life, but you can change them yourself instead of sending it in for service and Hoover offers replacement belts at a reasonable price. Some vacuums are sold with an extra belt.
Dyson Ball Allergy Upright Vacuum Cleaner
The Dyson Ball Allergy Upright is officially $600, but you can find it for $500 or less on a number of name brand retail sites. You get Dyson’s turn on a dime maneuverability, the ability to clean your whole house with a single vacuum, not a very heavy vacuum, you literally won’t tire of using, and a good warranty if you buy through a licensed seller. The Dyson Ball Allergy version has everything the Dyson Ball Multi-Floor vacuum has plus a few extras like a turbine tool and a soft brush for dusting.
One of its few weaknesses is that, despite all the tools and maneuverability, it doesn’t do stairs very well. On the upside, you’ll be able to pick up all the hair the dog shed on the carpet, cat hair on the cushions and crumbs spilled on the kitchen floor. One of the best upright vacuums for 2017.
New Miele Complete C3 Cat & Dog Canister Vacuum
The Miele Complete C3 vacuum cleaner is a premium vacuum cleaner, and it has a premium price tag. Replacement vacuum bags are several dollars each. It is easy to find replacement bags and filters for this vacuum cleaner. One benefit of the air filters is their charcoal layer to neutralize odors as air passes through it. This vacuum has an air cleaned sealed system. It is one of the cleaner pet vacuums on the market. At twenty pounds, it is not one of the lightest. About reliability, if you buy the vacuum this year in 2017, you will not have to think of buying one for atleast another 10 to 15 years.
This vacuum has a six stage motor whose speed you can adjust via a foot pedal to suit the suction level you need. It has a long cord, but the cord self-winds to stay out of the way. The Miele Complete C3 vacuum has an adjustable wand you can set to the length you want. You get three common tools with this vacuum cleaner: a dusting brush, crevice nozzle and upholstery tool. The turbo brush does a good job of picking up pet hair. The extension arms and connector for the vacuum tools are flexible so that it can clean close to the surface as you work.
This vacuum can create a lot of static working on artificial fiber carpets. A 3D bumper on the vacuum cleaner ensures that as you work, you won’t scuff furniture or scrape the walls. If you can afford it, this is one of the best pet hair vacuum cleaners for simultaneously removing both pet hair and pet odors.
Shark Rocket TruePet Stick Vacuum HV322
When we think of the best vacuums for dog hair, those that are tough enough to handle the worst messes our pets create, we don’t often think of a machine that looks like the Shark Rocket TruePet but this is a very clever, reliable option underneath its minimal design. This purple Shark Hv322 Rocket may be incredibly thin and have a weight of under 8lbs but it promises to never lose suction, has a removable dust cup that is 2x bigger than that of the previous Rocket and it comes with a very powerful motorized handheld brush for a deep clean of carpets.
This performance on pet hair is great but the main reason it is seen as one of the best vacuums for pet hair is that its design lets it clean pretty much anywhere. The combination of bare floor cleaning, advanced swivel steering, 30ft cord and the LED lighting make it an adaptable, interesting alternative to standard upright vacuums. You can also look for the newer Shark HV382 model which is bound to get popular in 2017.
Electrolux UltraFlex Canister Vacuum
The UltraFlex canister vacuum stands out for its ability to tackle soft plush carpets that clog other pet hair vacuum cleaners. It is one of the few pet hair vacuum cleaners with the suction power and brush rolls to handle long pet hairs in thick carpets. And the brush rolls have a self-cleaning button to help you de-tangle them. You can adjust the height for everything from tall carpets to low carpets to hard bare floors.
This canister vacuum costs over $300 at full price, and it is rarely on sale. You can buy a separate hand brush for cleaning upholstery while the tool is attached to this vacuum cleaner. Replacement filters cost ten to fifteen dollars.
You can’t replace belts yourself with this vacuum if they break, and getting service from Electrolux, especially if you bought this vacuum cleaner online, is a challenge.
Bissell 1984 Air Ram Cordless Vacuum
The Bissell Air Ram cordless vacuum cleaner is a versatile, maneuverable cordless model that looks and acts like a corded model. You can lay it flat to clean under furniture and push it across carpets and tiles without having to adjust the vacuum head height.
Its multi-surface brush can pick up light debris and pet fur from short carpets and hard floors with equal ease. Nor will it scratch up your wood floors. This cordless vacuum cleaner by Bissell doesn’t come with the upholstery brushes, crevice tools and other detailing tools the Bissell 1954 does.
This Bissell vacuum cleaner has a basic two year warranty. You need to take care to fully charge the battery when you buy it and return it immediately if the battery doesn’t maintain charge or else you’ll be out $120 for a new battery. The lithium battery does offer better than average run life of 30 minutes per charge. Bissell offers a wide range of replacement parts like replacement dirt bins, handles and foot pedals.
Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away NV501
The Shark Rotator NV501 is $239 for the basic vacuum, and the model with the car detail kit is often the same price. With the bonus toolkit, the price rises to $300. Even the most expensive package for the Shark Rotator NV501, it is far cheaper than the Dyson DC65.
The Shark Rotator is lighter than Dyson with an equally long cord and similar maneuverability. Some people like the ability to remove the canister caddy that lets you use the vacuum and its suction nozzle to clean stairs without relying on a handheld vacuum cleaner. The NV501 not only has a narrow crevice wand that is stiff (and thus a fairly common vacuum tool) but a flexible crevice tool to get in those hard to reach spaces behind things. It has a flexible, multi-angle dusting brush.
This vacuum has suction control to allow you to adjust the suction level, preventing problems like getting stuck on thick shag carpet with a Dyson because it sucks up the strands so tightly you can’t move the vacuum any further. The Shark does better on hardwood floors and tile than carpet. But it does a great job picking up pet hair and other messes on hard surfaces than Dyson.
Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Vacuum
The Dyson Cinetic vacuum cleaner costs around $600 at full price. You can find it on sale for less than $500. This animal vacuum cleaner is ultra-flexible and has a small maneuvering radius. The only concern is the amount of strength required to do so due to the vacuum’s high suction. It takes two hands to move it, so don’t get this vacuum cleaner if you have limited upper body strength or arthritis. This is the latest upright pet hair vacuum from Dyson and will will be the goto Dyson vacuum cleaners for pet owners in 2017.
This vacuum gets the fine dust and dander that can clog other vacuum cleaners. This vacuum doesn’t use filters. Instead, it has whole machine HEPA filtration. This vacuum cleaner is certified asthma friendly and allergy friendly as a result of the high degree of filtration. The only downside is that the fine mesh screen in the collection bin can be clogged, which requires cleaning in order for the vacuum to get its suction back. And you have to take apart the vacuum to clean this.
The cleaner head automatically adjusts to match the floor level. It works just as well on hard floors as carpets. The vacuum’s turbine tool can pick up pet hair without tangling hair in the brush. If you’re picking up pet hair, you’ll need to empty the dirt cup often. This is a great high power pet hair vacuum cleaner if you don’t mind having to clean what is advertised as a no-maintenance vacuum cleaner.
Electrolux UltraPower Studio, Model EL3020A
This stick vacuum cleaner costs around $250 at full price. It can be found for a little over $200 on sale. It is highly maneuverable even for a stick vacuum. It is also very light, weighing around six pounds when empty. The high powered battery charges in four hours but provides up to an hour of runtime on low levels of suction.
The vacuum can handle short and mid-length pet hair without tangling. The design lets you readily reach the brush rolls if they tangle on long pet hair.
The filter is washable but you can buy replacement filters from Electrolux; be careful to get the filters that actually fit this model because not all Electrolux parts are interchangeable. The biggest weakness is customer service from Electrolux for anything other than buying replacement parts. For example, if the battery fails to recharge after a year, good luck trying to get it replaced under warranty.
Dyson v6 Animal Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
The Dyson V6 is one of the few cordless stick vacuums that has the built in power to suck up pet hair. It is lightweight, just under five pounds. This unit is similar to the V6 Motorhead but without the motorized main brush head. By skipping the motorized main brush head and direct drive for the cleaner head, you save $50 on the unit.
This Dyson vacuum generation runs for 25 to 30 minutes on low power. Turn on the high suction and the battery life drops to ten minutes unless mixing high and low suction. Given the battery life, this pet hair vacuum is best for someone with a small apartment or RV. The unit is around $500 new, but you can often find it for $400. Take a look at the newer Dyson V8 model. Different versions of the V8 vacuums are expected to be released in 2017 in other parts of the world.
Shark Rocket Corded Hand Vacuum HV292
The Shark Rocket model HV292 unit is an affordable handheld vacuum cleaner that costs a little over a hundred dollars. A vacuum attachment kit for car detailing costs about ten dollars more. This vacuum has a long stretch hose. It comes with a dusting brush and 12 inch crevice tool. The dusting brush does a good job. The True Pet motorized brush does a decent job of picking up pet hair, though at about half an inch deep, it won’t get to the root of thick carpets unless you dig it into the flooring. This vacuum has good suction overall. And it is lightweight, around four pounds.
The vacuum has a fifteen foot long power cord, so it won’t lose suction as the battery runs low. The cord length is enough to clean a car but you’ll have to change outlets at least once while cleaning stairs. The dust cup has average capacity, but it is easy to empty. Just make sure you empty it over an empty trash bin with the base of the vacuum inside the trash can to contain all the debris. The filters can be washed and reused. However, you’ll want to replace them eventually to maintain suction. The six inch vacuum head is best used for spot cleaning, car detailing and upholstery. This is the best handheld pet hair vacuum for 2017 which can also be used for spot cleaning and cleaning your car.
Dyson Cinetic Ball Animal Canister Vacuum
The Dyson Cinetic ball Animal canister vacuum has excellent suction that it sustains up to and until the dirt cup is full. Because it lacks filters but has a design that traps dirt and dander in the cyclone, it needs little maintenance compared to other vacuums except for emptying out the dirt cup. This vacuum maintains Dyson’s excellent reputation when it comes to suction and cleaning ability. It is highly maneuverable, has long reach, comes with conveniently stored accessories and a turbine tool that makes it invaluable for pet owners.
The Cinetic’s turbine tool is the best on the market when it comes to picking up pet fur from upholstery. The turbine tool is immune to tangling, even with long pet fur. It continues to pick up pet fur, dander and dirt until the dirt compartment is full. If you regularly clean the couch where the long haired critters love to curl up and shed, the Dyson Cinetic Ball model is the best choice for you. If you need something to spot clean the medium thickness carpets where the cat likes to lay before cleaning the rest of the house, this is a decent choice as long as you plan on cleaning out the small dirt bin periodically.
BISSELL PowerGlide Pet Vacuum 1305 with Pet Hair TurboEraser Tool
The Bissel Powerglide 1305 immediately looks like a tough machine that can handle a lot of dirt with its beefy design and 12.5 inch foot but it also has some nice red accents and a range of features to increase its appeal. As you may suspect from this image, the power of the suction plays a very important part here and the device boasts a 9x multi-cyclonic action and edge to edge cleaning for the most effective performance.
The Powerglide’s role as a pet hair vacuum is one of the most important selling points for buyers and this purpose is fulfilled by the combination of the simple on/off switch on the brush roll, the “pet turbo eraser tool” and the multi-level filtration to reduce allergens; however, there are other key features to help make it one of the top vacuum cleaner models, such as the swivel steering and extended reach hose.
iRobot Roomba 980 Vacuum Cleaning Robot
The Roomba is probably the most famous robotic vacuum cleaner. It costs around $900. You can buy replacement filters and side brushes for several dollars each. The model 980 includes fixes to many of the flaws of its earlier models, such as iAdapt navigation that lets it navigate around the house to clean the whole home instead of bouncing around at random. Note that you need wi-fi for this and the app to work, and you have to configure the Roomba with the app before you can use the app to control the robot vacuum.
It knows to return to recharge and can navigate back to wear it left off, though it still can’t empty its own dirt cup. The recharge and return feature isn’t available with the Roomba 880. The multi-room navigation feature is only available with this vacuum, the Roomba 980, and the 880 model. At a little under four inches tall, it is less likely to get stuck under the recliner and can better find its way out from under the dining room table.
You can set cleaning schedules via an app with this vacuum. The model 980 Roomba does a better job of sucking up fine dander and pet hair than its predecessors. And unlike the models five years ago, long pet hair and string is far less likely to tangle the vacuum brush so it can no longer do its job. The tangle free extractor is only available in the models 870, 880 and 980. This is one of the best pet hair vacuums that will remain a favorite for the year 2017 among the increasingly competitive realm of robotic vacuum cleaners.
Bissell PowerFresh Pet Steam Mop, Model 19404
This steam mop combo is the best choice for cleaning up after semi-wet biological messes like when the puppy pees on the tile floor or the cat vomits on the hardwood floor. The steam controls let you use hot water to sterilize an area or keep things dry so you don’t warp your unsealed wood floors. Unlike some steam mops, you can disconnect and refill the water tank without wrangling the whole mop to the kitchen sink. It has a wide mop head.
You can use the dry mop head to pick up pet hairs off hard floors. The flip down scrubber lets you scrub spots on the floor without getting down on your hands and knees. Nor do you have to hand pump it to release steam, a design flaw with other steam mops that made them impossible for someone with arthritis or carpal tunnel to use.
The main annoyance is that the scrubber pads sometimes scrunch up, decreasing cleaning effectiveness when you need it most. Replacement mop pads are five to ten dollars each. If you buy the branded bottles of demineralized water, this is expensive to use, but you can use standard distilled water instead.
It is an affordable hundred dollars for the base unit. Depending on where you buy it, you may be able to get extra scrubbing pads or filters with the steam mop for very little additional cost.