Best Pet Hair Vacuum

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If you have a problem with dog hair or cat hair then look no further - we have found the best pet vacuums.  A “pet vacuum” is generally a vacuum cleaner with an effective brushbar that is very capable at pulling cat or dog hair from carpet.  It should also have sufficient suction to remove animal hair from hard surfaces and it shouldn’t clog easily. In addition, many pet hair vacuum cleaners come with one or more special attachments that excel at removing hair from carpet or upholstery.  These attachments are usually hand tools with air-driven brushbars, although some hand tools today are motor-driven. 

There are many different vacuum models that claim to be good at dealing with pet hair and indeed many of them are, however some of these machines work better than others.  Following is our list of the best vacuums for dealing with pet hair.


Best Full Size Vacuums for Pet Hair

 Rank  Brand & Model  Approx. Cost (USD)
 1           Miele Complete C3 Cat & Dog  900 - 1000
 2  Shark Rotator NV752 TruePet  300 - 400
 3  Bissell Pet Hair Eraser 1650A  200 - 300
 4  Dyson DC25 Animal  400 - 500
 5  Hoover T-Series WindTunnel Pet UH30310    100 - 200


Best Handheld Vacuum for Pet Hair

 Rank  Brand & Model  Approx. Cost (USD)
 1           Bissell Pet Hair Eraser 33A1                         20 - 30


#1 Best Pet Hair Vacuum - Miele Complete C3 Cat & Dog

Miele Cat & Dog Miele Cat & Dog

Our choice for best pet hair vacuum is the Miele Complete C3 Cat & Dog Canister Vacuum.  As the name suggests, this unit excels at removing cat and dog hair.  The Cat & Dog has received top notch consumer ratings and is a well built, quality vacuum cleaner.  This bagged vacuum is manufactured in Germany and it uses a 2-fan motor that carries a lengthy 7-year warranty.  This has a motorized brushbar and is capable on all manner of flooring from bare floors to low-pile, medium-pile and even deep-pile carpet.  A very high percentage of owners comment favourably on the unit’s ability to pick up pet hair.  It is also a quiet machine with a quality fit and finish.

The turbo brush attachment is exceptional at vacuuming up hair from stairs, upholstery or vehicle interiors, and the unit'’s sealed system construction ensures that all of the air entering the vacuum is properly filtered before being exhausted.  On board filters also include activated charcoal layers that help remove pet odors.   There are many additional features on the Cat & Dog, however like most Miele machines it is rather expensive at about $950USD.  

You may wish to read our Miele Cat & Dog review here or you can see owner reviews and pricing on Amazon.

Shark Rotator NV752Shark Rotator NV752 TruePet

#2 Best Pet Hair Vacuum - Shark Rotator NV752 TruePet

The #2 best vacuum for pet hair is the new Shark Rotator NV752 TruePet.  It not only excels at pet hair removal but it also performs well in other tasks and is a well-rounded machine.  As a result the vacuum has garnered top-notch consumer ratings and we have scored it 94/100.  It is also our Best Upright Vacuum for 2016.  You can view the full Shark NV752 review here.

There is considerable consensus on the vacuum’s abilities when it comes to pet hair.  Owners feel the vacuum performs very well when it comes to picking up pet hair on both hard surfaces and carpet.

The NV752 TruePet comes with two pet tools:
1) True Pet Mini motorized brush (motorized brush attachment that fits in palm of your hand and works very well to remove pet hair from carpet)
2) Pet Upholstery tool (removes pet hair and dust from curtains, delicate fabrics, upholstery)

In addition, the vacuum has a lift-away canister that allows one to carry the canister and a powered brush roll to clean stairs or other hard to reach places.

The NV752 carries a 7-year warranty and can generally be found online for about $300 - $350.  You can view pricing & owner reviews on Amazon.

Bissell Pet Hair EraserBissell Pet Hair Eraser 1650A

#3 Best Pet Hair Vacuum - Bissell Pet Hair Eraser 1650A

The #3 best vacuum cleaner for pet hair is the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser model 1650A.  This vacuum comes with several specialized features for households with pets.  
- A tangle-free brushroll that ensures you don't have to constantly clean it.
- A Febreze Odor Eliminating filter which leaves rooms smelling fresh.
- A sealed system to make sure the filtration does its job.
- A Cyclonic Pet Hair Spooling System for effective hands-free dust canister emptying.
- A turbo hand tool for removing pet hair from carpet and upholstery.

One of the great things about this machine is that all these features actually work.  

The vacuum also has brushroll on/off controls and 5 different height settings which allow it to clean capably on both carpet and bare floors.  In addition, the power cord is a decent length at 30 feet and it has a neat crevice tool with its own LED light.  It also carries a respectably long 5-year warranty and can usually be found for about $250.  Consumer ratings generate a score of 87/100 for the Bissell 1650A which is quite good.

This is not a lightweight vacuum however and potential buyers should consider that it weighs 18 lbs.  You can view the full Bissell 1650A review here.  You can also view pricing & owner reviews on Amazon.

Dyson DC25 AnimalDyson DC25 Animal

#4 Best Pet Hair Vacuum - Dyson DC25 Animal

Even though we found that the turbo hand tool for the Dyson DC25 Animal had only average consumer ratings, you just cannot argue with the plethora of comments that state the DC25 Animal is very effective at vacuuming up pet hair.

In addition, consumers (from multiple sources) rate this vacuum an average 9 out of 10 and it comes with a lengthy 5-year warranty.  It also includes HEPA filtration and lifetime washable filters.  It is less expensive that the Miele Cat & Dog but is still somewhat pricey at between $400 and $500USD (it can sometimes be found for slightly less). See pricing & owner reviews on Amazon.

You can read more about the DC25 vacuums in our Dyson DC25 All-Floors review and the Dyson DC25 Animal review - these machines are quite similar.

#5 Best Pet Hair Vacuum - Hoover UH30310

Hoover UH30310 Hoover UH30310

The more cost conscious consumer may wish to consider the Hoover WindTunnel T-Series Pet upright vacuum (model UH30310).  This model was recommended by Consumer Reports who said it was “excellent at pet hair removal and cleaning bare floors and very good at cleaning carpet”.  The vacuum comes with two pet hair specific tools including a Pet Hand Tool and a Pet Upholstery Tool.

The vacuum has HEPA level filtration and activated carbon which removes pet odors. It also includes several height settings, powerful suction, a 30 foot power cord and it carries a 2-year warranty. Owners report that the vacuum is effective on pet hair and consumer ratings and comments are good.

The UH30310 can usually be found online for under $200 – sometimes as low as $150.  You can read more in our Hoover UH30310 review or view pricing and owner reviews on Amazon

Bissell Pet Hair EraserBissell Pet Hair Eraser

Best Handheld Vacuum for Pet Hair

If you are looking for a simple and cheap handheld vacuum for dealing with pet hair then the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Hand Vac is a great choice.  You get very good pet hair removal ability in a handheld for about 30 bucks.  Like the Dyson this vacuum is rated an average of 9 out of 10 by consumers (and there are a large number of ratings to draw from). 

It also sports a HEPA filter - something you don't see every day on a handheld, as well as two specialized nozzles.  It should be noted that this is not a battery operated unit, rather it is corded.  The Bissell Pet Hair Eraser carries a 1-year limited warranty. See it on Amazon.


Do you have one of the above pet vacuums?  Is it good at removing pet hair?  Do you think another vacuum is better?  We encourage comments!



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0 # Jackson 2012-09-09 15:07
Bought a Bissell Power Groom at Walmart last February. Best vacuum I\'ve used. Attachments work great on furniture. HIGHLY recommend. Much better than the Shark Navigator my Mom bought me a few years ago.
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+2 # cmsd 2013-05-08 16:10
What I want to know is, who has the best BELTLESS vacuum? Even if it\'s not as good as one with a belt! I\'m so tired of having to struggle to get a new belt on my Wind Tunnel vacuum--and as I\'m aging, it gets tougher and tougher. but seems like the vac is always sucking up something it can\'t swallow, and then the belt breaks.
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-2 # Vendetta 2015-12-01 06:27
As I am getting older I need less stress! I have 11 cats but am quite fussy house cleaner. I paid over $1,500.00 for a Rainbow vacuum. It was great but so heavyweight! Sold it for $300.00 and bought a Hoover Linx with no cord! I love it! I bought another one for out in garage and bought one for my 92 year old father.
He loves his too. I have hardwood floors in most of house and one carpeted bedroom. Also a sun room with very short nap. Works great!
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-1 # Nancy Beck 2016-03-22 21:23
I loved the Hoover Linx at first, but also have multiple cats and no carpet. It zips around easily and great against the walls. BUT it has a small dirt cup and it clogs up all the time in the part before it gets to the dirt cup. Also the smaller roller wheels on the bottom also clog up with fur/dirt. Have to unscrew everything after every vacuuming now.
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+2 # Vendetta 2016-03-23 01:13
I have owned a Hoover Linx for over three years and never had clogs on anything! With 11 cats, it is used so much. I love mine!
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0 # Katie 2015-09-16 21:28
Hilariously enough I use a shop vac it works best in my hardwoods, couches, rugs (kind a tricky but works) I have 3 dogs 2 w/ long hair , but the other dog still sheds a lot !
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0 # Tiredof BadDesign 2016-12-03 19:01
No word on how they navigate or operation details, spec. How easy are the rollers to remove because they will get strung up with hair. I've had several vacs yet ti have one that magically untangles the rollers. I have had one in which the rollers were easy to remove and put back in. As to the navigation, outside of the Dyson most vacs don't have wheels that turn. In tight corners you have to rock them into a turn or pick up and set down again. Even the lightest vacs get annoying at that point.
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