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The Best Vacuums for Pet Hair

Feb. 5, 2016
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NerdWallet Shopping’s rankings of the best vacuums for pet owners are based on our analysis of the opinions of experts and shoppers like you.

Picking a vacuum isn’t easy. And when you have a specific need, like expert pet cleanup, searching through all those reviews can feel like a real chore.

We researched some of the most popular models on the market to make your decision less confusing. To narrow down the field, we looked at expert opinions from review sites such as The Sweethome, CNET and Good Housekeeping. Next, we analyzed user reviews to see what shoppers were saying about the various attributes of each vacuum.

We recognize that consumers look for different qualities in vacuums, so we ranked users’ observations on multiple features of top models, including their performance on carpet and hard surfaces.

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Our analysis

Our scores range from a low of 1 to a high of 10. Here’s how we devised them:

Overall score: The overall score reflects reviewers’ satisfaction with each vacuum in 10 categories, including how well it cleans across various surfaces, ease of use, durability and noise.

How well it cleans: This score reflects reviewers’ satisfaction with the vacuum’s performance on carpet and hard floors, including hardwood, bare, tile and vinyl. It also considers their satisfaction with the vacuum’s ability to clean up pet hair and debris.

Ease of use: This score reflects reviewers’ satisfaction with the vacuum’s ability to maneuver, including its weight and cord length; the process of emptying or cleaning it out; and whether it was considered easy to operate.

The rankings

1. Shark Rotator NV752

The Shark Rotator NV752 is an upright vacuum that features power-lift-away technology that allows it to deep-clean even the tightest corners. But the feature pet owners really love is the TruePet mini motorized attachment, which powers deep into carpets and upholstery, extracting dirt, dust and allergens.

Overall score Pet hair removal Ease of use
9.5 10 8.8


Buyers Like

  • Thoroughly picks up all pet hair
  • Its performance on stairs
  • Quiet and durable

Buyers Dislike

  • Heavy

2. Miele S8590 Alize

With positive reviews for performance, styling and maneuverability, the Shark Rotator NV752 vacuum’s strong suit is just about everything.

Overall score Pet hair removal Ease of use
9.4 10 9.2


Buyers Like

  • Its ability to pick up pet hair
  • Its performance on bare floors and stairs
  • Easy to clean

Buyers Dislike

  • Its performance on carpets and rugs

3. Dyson V6 Motorhead

Users of the Dyson V6 Motorhead could not say enough about this powerful, cordless stick vac’s cleaning power — especially the way its mini motorized tool worked its magic on wayward pet fur.

Overall score Pet hair removal Ease of use
9.3 10 9


Buyers Like

  • Its ability to pick up pet hair
  • Adaptable cleaning power on carpets, hard flooring and stairs
  • Easy to maneuver

Buyers Dislike

  • Small dust cup can be messy to empty
  • Handle-motor combination is awkward for some
  • Short battery life

4. Hoover Platinum UH30010COM

The ultra-light upright Hoover Platinum comes with a removable canister to clean those off-the-floor jobs, illuminated fingertip controls, two speed settings, a self-sealing HEPA bag, and the ability to extract pet hair from the deepest carpets.

Overall score Pet hair removal Ease of use
9.1 10 9.5


Buyers Like

  • Expertly picks up pet hair, even out of deep-pile carpets
  • Effective and easy to use on stairs
  • Its performance on carpets and rugs

Buyers Dislike

  • Loud
  • Not as effective on hard flooring

5. Dyson V6

A light but powerful stick vacuum, the Dyson V6 has a detachable wand that makes it easy to reach difficult spaces, features whole-machine HEPA filtration, has mess-free push-button bin emptying, and offers a max power mode that will make you forget that Fido even sheds.

Overall score Pet hair removal Ease of use
9.0 10 9.2


Buyers Like

  • The way it makes cat or dog hair disappear
  • Fantastic on hard floors and stairs
  • Its durability

Buyers Dislike

  • Short battery life
  • Noisy

6. Miele S7260 Cat and Dog

This powerful upright transitions from carpets to hard floors and back again with just the flick of a switch. And the Miele S7260 Cat and Dog’s turbo brush attachment makes cleaning up pet hair from upholstery and stairs a breeze.

Overall score Pet hair removal Ease of use
8.9 10 7.6


Buyers Like

  • Thoroughly sweeps up pet hair
  • Cleans carpeting and hard floors equally well
  • Turbo brush attachment

Buyers Dislike

  • Relatively heavy
  • Attachment hose could be longer

7. Miele S7280 Jazz

Its SwivelNeck technology makes the Miele S7280 Jazz easy to maneuver, its electrobrush means the vacuum adjusts automatically to different types of flooring, and it unfolds flat to the floor for cleaning those awkward areas where pet hair tends to gather.

Overall score Pet hair removal Ease of use
8.8 10 7.7


Buyers Like

  • Powerful suction makes pet hair disappear
  • Excels on all types of flooring
  • Easy to maneuver

Buyers Dislike

  • Falls short on stairs — especially if they’re carpeted
  • Its heavy weight can be a problem

8. Hoover WindTunnel Pet UH70935

This powerful upright vacuum features an 8-inch stretch hose, a foot-long extension wand, easy-to-use carpet height adjusters, and a suction-only mode. But what dog and cat owners really love are its air-powered, rubber-bladed pet hand tool, crevice tool and pet upholstery brush.

Overall score Pet hair removal Ease of use
8.7 10 7.7


Buyers Like

  • Four different ways to remove pet hair
  • Hand-vac works well on stairs

Buyers Dislike

  • Heavy weight impedes maneuverability

9. Neato Botvac BV85

The first robot vacuum to make our list, the Neato Botvac BV85 comes equipped with a combo brush designed specifically to pick up pet hair, laser-guided technology to keep it on track, and an extra-large dust bin.

Overall score Pet hair removal Ease of use
8.7 10 8


Buyers Like

  • Quiet and efficient pet-hair pickup
  • Fantastic on hard flooring

Buyers Dislike

  • Can become lodged under furniture
  • Not great on plush rugs

10. Shark NV356

The Shark NV356’s Turbo Brush attachment was specifically designed for users with shedding pets, but even those without animals found the upright’s powerful suction and lift-away technology an effective way to clean hard floors and carpeting.

Overall score Pet hair removal Ease of use
8.7 8.8 8.8


Buyers Like

  • Pet hair Turbo Brush
  • Great on carpets and rugs
  • Light weight

Buyers Dislike

  • Difficult to maneuver into tight spaces
  • Dust canister can be messy to empty

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