Best Bagged Vacuum for Pet Hair – In the Lab, each vacuum model is tested exactly the same way according to ASTM standards, and we also get consumer feedback on each vacuum’s ease of use, including maneuverability, changing the bag (or removing the dust cup) and controls.
Perhaps most importantly, every vacuum we evaluate gets tested on “pet hair” — a.k.a. fine rayon fibers that we apply to test carpeting in a uniform way. Our picks are the vacuums that performed best on pet hair in Labs tests, plus ones with features perfectly-suited to tackle stubborn fur.
Pet hair is an annoyance for most pet owners, but if you or someone in your family happens to be allergic to pet hair, it can also be a serious health issue. This upright Kenmore has all the extras to keep pet hair where it belongs — inside the vacuum.
Certified by The Asthma and Allergy Foundation (AAFA), this Kenmore has a HEPA filter and passed AAFA tests for low emissions both while vacuuming and when changing the bag and while we haven’t tested this specific model, Kenmore vacuums do well in our performance tests, we know and trust the rigid standards of the AAFA, and are impressed with their certification criteria.
This affordable champ is an updated version of a previously tested model that had a near-perfect score in our pet hair pick-up tests and it comes with a Pet Turbo Brush, specifically designed to get rid of pet hair from bedding, floors, stairs and upholstery — not an attachment you often find at this price point.
Our consumer testers loved how easily it was to maneuver in tough-to-reach places and with a 35-foot long cord, you’ll be able to reach further than those with shorter cords. The bagless canister with a HEPA filter is also easy to empty, simply hold it over the trash and push the button and the bottom releases to empty the debris.
This Good Housekeeping Seal star is our Lab go-to because it comes fully stocked with features that’ll suck up every last bit of pet hair. A tangle-free brush roll, a light to find hidden messes and a detachable canister are all included. The canister is bagless so there’s no worrying about changing a full bag.
To minimize the mess when emptying the canister, Bissell has a technology that “spools” the hair inside the canister, so it comes out as one easy-to-remove mass instead of individual strands. We also like that it works great on both carpets and bare floors.
4.Dyson Cyclone V10
Dyson’s super-lightweight model received perfect scores in our pet hair pick-up tests. It comes with a mini motorized tool to help remove pet hair and dirt from carpet and upholstery. And since it’s cordless, you’ll never have to worry about you (or your pets!) tripping over a power cord!
The cordless stick vacuum was great at picking up pet hair on carpets and floors and it converts into a hand vac allowing you to easily tackle furniture, too. When you’re done vacuuming it can be conveniently stored on the wall-mounted drop-in dock so you don’t have to worry about it falling over.
Most robot vacuums are not ideal for picking up pet hair, but this robot vacuum easily removed pet hair from carpet and with its slim profile just under 3 inches, it can glide beneath beds, low furniture and hard-to-reach places to nab stray pet hair. It’s BoostIQ Technology also automatically increases suction power when it detects extra cleaning is needed and advanced sensors keep it from tumbling off ledges and stairs or running into furniture.
In our tests, it was one of the quietest robot vacuums and ran for almost two hours on a single charge and automatically returned to its charging base when the battery ran low.
Miele vacuums always top our Lab tests for performance and this model is designed for cleaning up after cats and dogs. It’s especially great if you’re worried about pesky smells since the powerful Good Housekeeping Seal star features an Active AirClean Filter to help neutralize any lingering pet odors.
You can choose from 6 suction power settings specific to the surface and the Electro Plus Floorhead has five-level height adjustments making it ideal for medium to high pile carpet. It also comes with a super-useful Flexible Handheld Mini Turbo Brush attachment for cleaning upholstery, stairs and other tight spaces.
If you’re looking for an efficient upright vacuum, we highly recommend this one from Oreck. It’s versatile and lightweight, weighing about 8 pounds. Plus, it fits comfortably close to walls and under furniture.
To keep the suction going, a cog-V Endurolife belt motor whirls the helix head brushes at 9,500 RMPs. It’s incredibly durable and efficient, especially for hard floors.
Best Bagged Vacuum for Pet Hair – Finding the best vacuum for pet hair is a must if you have any pets roaming around. As much as we love our fur babies, there’s one guarantee that pet ownership brings: a house full of hair, tracked-in dirt, and kibble crumbs. And to tackle that, we need an appliance that’s built for the job.
It’s a specialist challenge, living with pets, as pet vacuum cleaners need to be able to suck up hair from hard floors, extract ground-in fur from carpets and rugs, and provide a safe way to clean up prized couches and chairs. Ideally, they need to do this with one eye on reducing allergies, too.