Best Hard Floor Vacuum for Pet Hair

Best Hard Floor Vacuum for Pet Hair – You love everything about your pet, but one thing that isn’t so great: Finding his fur all over your house. Removing pet hair is one of the toughest challenges vacuum cleaners face. This is especially true when static electricity makes dog hair and cat hair cling so tightly to fabrics, like carpeting and upholstery, that no amount of brushing or suction power seem to pick it up.

In the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab, we test all kinds of vacuums to find the best ones, including handheld vacuums, stick vacuums, canister vacuums, HEPA vacuums, robot vacuums and much more. We put our vacuums through rigorous testing that follows ASTM industry standard test methods: We set out a standardized gamut of messes on a range of flooring from hardwood to deep pile carpet to vinyl to find the best vacuums that will actually get the job done.


1.Kenmore DU3017

Pros & Cons

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.

2.Eureka NEU522

Pros & Cons

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.

3.BISSELL Pet Hair

Pros & Cons

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.Miele Classic C1

Pros & Cons

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.

5.Dyson Cyclone V10

Pros & Cons

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.


Pros & Cons

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.

7.Shark AZ1002

Pros & Cons

As one would expect from Shark, the DuoClean Rocket is a remarkable vacuum. You’ll be getting Shark quality which really is among the best and there is an incredible range of optional extras, like HEPA filters and many other Shark products to make your life easier and more comfortable.

The name DuoClean means that you get two cleaning rollers with this vacuum. This means that you have to change the roller for different applications but you’re getting the best results without the compromise of dual-purpose roller brushes.


Best Hard Floor Vacuum for Pet Hair – We were on the lookout for vacuums, which were ergonomic and easy to operate with a good power to performance ratio – you want a product that has the juice to suck up anything in its path without being so powerful that the other components, like motorised brush heads and tubes, can’t keep up and get tangled and clogged as a result.

Pet vacuums need to be able to work equally well on a range of home surfaces so we tested ours on wooden floors, carpets, rugs, as well as furniture fabric and the obligatory pet beds and blankets. In addition to overall performance and suction power, a vacuum needs a well-designed collection bin that doesn’t add bulk or weight and is easily emptied.