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Published on March 19th, 2013 | by Patricia


6 Best Vacuum Cleaners For Pet Hair

I think we can agree that having pets in your life is one of the most rewarding experiences. That being said, it can certainly be more than a handful trying to clean up after them – especially the hair!  And while vacuuming can be effective to keep this mess at bay, the fact is that unless you have a specifically designed pet hair vacuum, you’re going to do a little more than putting a dent in what is actually attaching itself to almost every surface of your home.

Having dealt with pet hair for a good part of my life, below is the my personal list of 6 Best Vacuum Cleaners for Pet Hair available on the market.

Hoover WindTunnel T-series Pet Rewind Plus

best vacuum for pet hairHoover WindTunnel T-Series Pet Rewind Plus

This specific vacuum is easily the most powerful vacuum cleaner for pet hair that you can find on the market today. It has a number of on-board pet tool including a 12 inch extension wand, crevice tool and pet air-powered furniture nozzle with rubber blades.

The rubber blades work like magic and can easily removed pet hair from any surface, even the most embedded pet hairs in carpet and upholstery. My aunt has always had problems with cleaning pet hair stuck in her carpet and this is the only vacuum that does the trick.

Furthermore, this specific vacuum cleaner also has carbon filters built right in to eliminate any pet odors, which is really handy. The HEPA filter system will ensure that all the smallest particles will be removed, giving you an eased mind about allergy and other health problems.

The thing I like about this vacuum is the 27 feet power cord, which will allow you to extend your cleaning without having to replug. The cord is also rewindable with a simple tap. You may not consider this as an important feature, but you will come to love it. It’s just awesome and saves you a lot of time.

The Windtunnel T-series is actually very light weight, so maneuvering around is really a breeze. Storage is painless as the handle is fold-able and the cord, as mentioned earlier, is rewindable.

One thing I forgot to mention is that this vacuum is pretty quiet, compared to many vacuums that I have used.

If you have a problem with pet hair, then this is your go-to vacuum. For approximately $130, the performance of this machine is on par with many other more expensive vacuums.

Bissell PowerEdge Pet hard floor vacuum

BISSELL PowerEdge Pet Hard Floor Vacuum, 81L2TBISSELL PowerEdge Pet Hard Floor Vacuum, 81L2T

Bissel PowerEdge is easily the most affordable vacuum for pet hair on this list. For the price lower than $50, you will be surprised by the power that this machine can dish out. The V shape base directs larger debris and pet hair into the central suction while the smaller debris will be pulled up by the suction at the end of the V.

With this setup, the PowerEdge doesn’t clog up like many others, especially when dealing with pet hair, while able to clean up against the edges and in tight places. Overall, in terms of cleaning performance this vacuum does a really good job. Many customers actually praised this machine for hardwood floor use as well. So if you want to deal with pet hair and hardwood floor at the same time, you should definitely consider this vacuum.

With a quite slim profile and light weight, this vacuum is very easy to move around. Emptying and cleaning dust cup is a breeze as well. However, the dust cup is rather small, hence filled up quickly. You may have to empty it several times if there’s a lot of things to vacuum.

At this price, there will be no extra on-board tool like crevice or upholstery tools, which at some point you might feel wanting. One thing that Bissel can definitely improve is the length of the cord. About 25 feet is the ideal length for hassle-free cleaning. All in all, at this price, the Bissel PowerEdge is highly recommended.

Hoover Linx Cordless Stick vacuum cleaner

Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum CleanerHoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner

While the Hoover Linx cordless stick is not a vacuum specifically built to tackle pet hair, I include in this list because I have hands-on experience with it. When we welcomed 3 dogs into our home (through a rescue mission), this was the vacuum I bought to replace the old one that didn’t seem to be able to clean pet hair.

But to be honest, I bought this machine primarily because I love the sleek look and cordless set up. It’s also lightweight so it’s really effortless to move this baby around the house. Sometimes, those corded vacuums can make you feel annoyed when cleaning, but I actually enjoyed cleaning with this machine. It has a low profile base that makes it really easy to clean hard to reach spots like under tables and chairs.

If you worry about the battery, then worry no more. With an 18 V lithium ion battery pack producing consistent suction power about four hours of cleaning you will surely get the job done in one go.

Not only having the look, this vacuum cleans like a boss. The motorized brush, which can be turned on and off easily, will enable you to clean up pet hair, debris, dust that are most caked down. The edge cleaning bristles help you remove all the dirt up against edges, a feature I find very useful when cleaning stair steps.

Get this vacuum and you will understand why I consider it one of the best vacuum for pet hair money can buy.

Dyson DC41 Animal Bagless Vacuum Cleaner

Dyson DC41 Animal Bagless Vacuum CleanerDyson DC41 Animal Bagless Vacuum Cleaner

Dyson is probably the biggest name in the vacuum industry and while their products’ prices are on the high side, the quality and performance are undeniable. So if you are serious about seeing your floors and furniture totally cleaned off pet hair, consider the Dyson DC42 Animal Bagless Vacuum.

For the price of over $400, you will expect this vacuum to perform extraordinarily well. And it does live up to it. This machine cleans like nobody’s business. Pet hair is pulled out from every corner and at places you wouldn’t have thought of, thanks to the mini turbine head attached to the wand.

While manufactures might tell you that their vacuums are suitable for every floor type, the fact is many upright vacuum have fixed settings for cleaner head, which is not optimal. The DC41 Animal uses the self-adjusting cleaner head to create the perfect contact with each floor type, be it wood, carpet, tile or vinyl. That’s where Dyson excels. I have used many different vacuums and most of the time a vacuum is only really good for one floor type. If you want an all-in-one solution then Dyson is the way to go.

Another reason that so many love Dyson is it’s extremely quiet. They way it runs give you the feeling of premium product. Apart from the excellent performance, here are other things I like about Dyson Animal:

  • Despite weighing at 20 pounds, steering this piece of machine is really easy. It rides on ball, which Dyson called ball technology.
  • The instant release wand: trust me, this will be handy. It can reach all the way over a flight of stair.
  • The dust cup/canister: The part I hate most about bagless vacuum is emptying and cleaning the dust cup/canister. It can get all dirty and messy. With the Dyson Animal, you can just pull the whole canister off the vacuum, bring it over to thrash can and dumps everything out of the bottom. Pretty neat.

While Dyson animal comes with all the bells and whistles of higher class product, surprisingly it’s not equipped with a rewindable cord, a feature that you would expect to see at this price point. Other than that, this is definitely one of the best vacuum cleaners for pet hair, if not the best.

Eureka Pet Lover Mighty Mite

Eureka Pet Lover Mighty Mite,3684FEureka Pet Lover Mighty Mite,3684F

If you want a simple solution to your pet hair then the Eureka Pet Lover Mighty Mite is for you. This is a really compact canister vacuum cleaner, weighing at only 8.6 pounds (which is typical in a handheld vacuum). You can effortlessly carry around your house and not having to fight your way up the stair. Maneuvering and cleaning with this machine is such a breeze.

Although the description does not make it clear, but this vacuum comes with a pet attachment. That seems to do the trick as this baby can really suck a lot of pet hair. Customer also report this vacuum works really well on hardwood floor vacuum, which is consistent with what concluded about the Mighty Mite series in my hardwood floor vacuum review.

Although only priced at $85.54 (at the time this article was written), the Eureka Pet Lover also comes with some bells and whistles only seen in higher end vacuum. The HEPA filter helps capture over 99.97% of dust and allergens down to 0.3 microns. The odor-eliminating dust bag absorbs pet odors which makes maintenance easier.

There are few things on the downside though. The cord is rather short to my taste, 20 feet sometimes really limit your cleaning area. Another concern is the flimsy material, which leaves the durability of this model in doubt. All in all, this vacuum is still a wise choice if you want something affordable to tackle your pet hair problem.

Neato XV-21 Pet & Allergy Automatic

Neato XV-21 Pet & Allergy Automatic Vacuum CleanerNeato XV-21 Pet & Allergy Automatic Vacuum Cleaner

My mother-in-law has this automatic vacuum for she’s a type of person that’s obsessed with keeping the house spotless. While she can’t attend to the cleaning herself, she will set the schedule for the Neato XV-21 to automatically run. Pretty cool, right? My mother-in-law has 5 dogs (we have 3) and since this vacuum is specifically made for pet and allergy it is the perfect solution for her.

It’s really astounding to see how this robotic vacuum works and how technology has evolved and empowered us. This machine uses its laser to scan the surrounding and create a map of areas it needs to clean. You can manually press the start button or set a time schedule for it to clean. When finished, it automatically returns to the charger. It can’t get more hands-free than this. The robot is also very user-friendly, it will tell you when the dust bin needs cleaning or when it is stuck with a chirp.

While you may think that this vacuum might not perform well, think again. It works just like any upright vacuum and maybe even more powerful. A special bristled brush helps pick up dust, pet hair and fibers while the pet and allergy filter boost suction and airflow to pick up small practices.

Keep in mind that before you set it to work, make sure you clean the areas of obstacles like shocks, toys and etc (oh, this doesn’t work really well on carpet). If it’s stuck and there’s no one around, the battery will drain and you will have to start over again as it doesn’t remember where it’s left off. Also if there are many furniture in the room, the vacuum might not be able to return back to its dock. So make it easy for the robot to do its job. With that said, this definitely is a vacuum you should consider buying if you want your floor stay clean everyday without having to put in much effort.

So those are the 6 best vacuum cleaners for pet hair on the market right now. I hope this article has been helpful to you. Do let us know what’s your pick and how that works out for you. Oh, don’t forget to do me a favor of sharing this article on Facebook, Twitter or any other places you hang out.


About the Author

I'm Patricia Baker, a kindergarten teacher turned stay at home mom. I enjoy writing product review as a way to help other consumer (just like myself) make informed decisions.

7 Responses to 6 Best Vacuum Cleaners For Pet Hair

  1. Adela says:

    Hello there,
    I have 4 cats and wanted an upright vacuum to use 2-3 times per week in between my more in depth cleaning. I have a central vacuum but I don’t always feel like taking it out. Of these 6 vacuums which do you recommend more. I have been researching this for the last month or so and there are so many reviews on so many vacuums.
    Thanks so much

    • Patricia says:

      Hi Adela,

      Thanks for stopping by. My suggestion for you is the Hoover WindTunnel T-series Pet Rewind Plus. I like the built-in carbon filter to eliminate pet odors, which is not available in most of models for pet hair.

      The Dyson is a fantastic choice, but consider its price and you already have a central vacuum, the Hoover is the winner.


  2. Jody Haynes says:

    Hi Patricia,

    I can’t afford the expensive Dysons. I would love to get a pet quality roomba (I could run it every night and then the upstairs carpet would stay clean ) but, I don’t know if it really does as good as they claim.

    Any suggestions? I don’t really care whether it’s canister or upright – makes no difference to me.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Patricia says:


      I wouldn’t get a roomba for carpet. Although the manufacturers say it works well on carpet, it’s not likely the case. It should only be used on flat and smooth surfaces (like tile or hardwood)

      I think the Hoover WindTunnel T-series Pet Rewind Plus might be a good choice, for both money and quality.

      Hope that helps.


  3. nancy says:

    after 30+ yrs w/rainbow taps were finally blown & now w/o a vacuum. Prefer canister allowing easy under furniture cleaning, pet hair, attachments, long cord. Reliable & well built –
    Could you list the best performing on the market?


    • Patricia says:

      Hi Nancy,

      Thanks for stopping by. If you just want a reliable and well built canister vacuum then I suggest the Miele S2121 Olympus.

      On the other hand, to tackle pet hair then the Pet Lover Mighty Mite mentioned above is a good choice. I couldn’t recommend other models since I don’t have much experience with canister vacuum.


  4. Stephanie says:

    Hi Patricia,

    For as long as I’ve been alive, my mother, father, two sisters, and I have always had multiple pet dander/fur shedding pets at all times. See also; a dog, a cat, two rabbits, 3-5 parakeets, a parrot…etc simultaneously in the same house.
    The pet hair/dander combo was manageable with an average non-pet-friendly vacuum up until about 3 years ago when I got my second rabbit. My first rabbit has thick hair, but it was never really an issue with vacuum clogging because it came off easily with a brush. Now, my second rabbit has very thin hair, but a lot of it. And the issue is the shedding 6 months out of the year, and not being able to brush it because of the thin nature. It gets deep in my carpet, and with two or three cleanings of the floor, the vacuums break because it can’t handle the extent of my rabbits hair. I have had to try to fix three separate vacuums after only vacuuming a handful of times. The clogging and breaking of my vacuums time after time again is just not working.
    Now, I usually sweep the hard wood, but carpet is my main concern since it covers the majority of my house. As with Jody, I also can’t afford the expensive Dysons. What would you suggest? The wind tunnel listed above? I also plan to have more rabbits later on, so I want this to be the best bang for my buck that will last a reasonable amount of time, without breaking my bank. What do you think would be my best, yet practical and a fiscally sensible vacuum option?

    After a long ramble, I thank you for your advice.


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