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Best vacuum for pet hair: top Shark, Hoover and Dyson models for cleaning up after animals

Fed up with cleaning up after your four-legged friends? We’ve gathered the dirt on the best vacuum cleaners you can buy to pick up pet hair.

By Lucy Cotterill | Last updated Sep 21, 2022

Best Vacuum for Pet Hair

If you’ve got pets in your home, you’ll know only too well that pet hair gets absolutely everywhere.

From clinging to your clothes to covering your carpets and upholstery, we may adore our four-legged friends, but the inevitable moulting and shedding – particularly in the summer seasons – can create a real challenge when it comes to keeping your home clean.

Cleaning regularly when you have a pet at home is an absolute must, but using a traditional cleaner can result in a large tangle of pet hair, clogging up our vacuum cleaners and resulting in zero suction power. If you’re continuously spending your weekends cutting pet hair off your vacuum’s brush roll, it may be time for a switch. 

Whether it’s an upright vacuum, cylinder vacuum or even a handheld vacuum to use in your car, we’ve researched the best vacuums for pet hair to help keep your home clean, hygienic and hair-free.

From Shark to Hoover, Dyson to Miele, here are the best vacuums for pet hair you can buy in 2022.

1. Best overall vacuum for pet hair: Shark Upright Pet Vacuum Cleaner NZ850UK with Powered Lift-Away and Anti-Hair Wrap

Shark Upright Pet Vacuum Cleaner [NZ850UK] with Powered Lift-Away, Anti Hair Wrap, DuoClean

Price: £194.01 | Buy now from Amazon

“Shark Duo Clean – the one with the pet power brush. There are a few different ones but this is the one I've got and it's great.”  (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user LunaHardy)

“We have the Shark Lift-Away Pet Vacuum with anti-hair wrap and it's great. The amount it pulled up on our first go (after having a Hetty) was glorious/disgusting. Lift-Away is great on the stairs as there is a mini attachment you can use.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user AdultierAdult

Claiming to offer more suction power than any other upright vacuum cleaner brand, Shark comes with a great reputation amongst Mumsnet users and consumers for its high-quality performance and anti-hair wrap technology – features that make cleaning your home almost enjoyable. 

Tackling both long and short human hair and pet hair with ease, Shark’s Anti-Hair Wrap Technology includes a unique bristle guard that actively works to remove hair from the brush roll as you clean. The anti-allergen complete seal captures and traps dust, hair and allergens, helping to keep your home clean and hygienic. 

For easy cleaning of the stairs or upholstery without needing to lug around a heavy unit, the Shark Upright Vacuum Cleaner can quickly transform into a portable, handheld vacuum unit using the Powered Lift-Away. 

Easily adjusting to all floor types, the Shark comes with two brush rolls on one head that can easily tackle everything from hard floors to shag pile carpets and anything in between. The built-in lights kick in when required so you can even spot hidden dust and lost toys that lay long forgotten under the sofa.


  • Strong suction
  • Lift-Away feature for stairs and furnishings
  • Great 8m cord reach
  • Simple to attach and remove tools
  • Extremely effective on both hard floors and carpets
  • Effective on pet hair without clogging


  • The overall main unit is robust so it can be quite heavy
  • Lift-Away can be a bit rickety when standing up by itself

Key specs

  • Dimensions: 12.2 x 12.6 x 30.51 cm
  • Weight: 6.6kg 
  • Bin capacity: 1.3 litres
  • Vacuum type: Upright with Lift-Away feature for stairs 
  • Bagless?: Yes
  • Cordless?: No
  • Suction power: 750W
  • Noise: 65dB
  • Battery life: N/A 
  • Warranty: 5 years

2. Best budget vacuum for pet hair: Vax Air Stretch Max Pet Corded Upright Vacuum Cleaner

Vax Air Stretch Max Pet Corded Upright Vacuum Cleaner

Price: £120 | Buy now from Argos

“We have a Vax pet hair one that was under £100 in Argos. It's really good!”  (Rated by Mumsnet user OddSocksSparklyDocsandDungaree)

If you’re looking for a vacuum that can effortlessly pick up pet hair without an eye-watering price tag, the Vax Air Stretch Pet Max is a high-performance cylinder vacuum that comes at a budget-friendly price. 

With an impressive cable length of 17 metres, you can easily work your way around the entire house (including the stairs) from one plug socket. Weighing just 5kg, it’s also lightweight and portable enough to lift up and down your stairs.  

The built-in turbo tool comfortably removes stubborn pet hair from hard floors, carpets and upholstery, whilst the HEPA filter will trap small particles and pet dander that could otherwise leave unwelcome allergens inside your home. 

The best news? Its substantial bin capacity means you won’t need to empty it until your cleaning is fully complete.


  • Budget-friendly price
  • Ultra-long cable length 
  • Lightweight


  • Some reviews felt that the tools/attachments could be more accessible 

Key specs

  • Dimensions: H74, W34, D33cm
  • Weight: 5kg
  • Bin capacity: 1.5 litres
  • Vacuum type: Upright 
  • Bagless? Yes
  • Cordless?: No
  • Suction power: Unspecified 
  • Noise: 80dB
  • Battery life: N/A
  • Warranty: 1 year

3. Most versatile vacuum for pet hair: Miele Complete C3 Cat and Dog Pro Vacuum Cleaner

Miele C3 Complete C3 Cat and Dog Pro Vacuum Cleaner

Price: £269 | Buy now from John Lewis

“Miele Cat and Dog – 13 years and as good as the day I got it. Endless dogs and animals here and it’s no problem.”  (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user SummerDayWinterEvenings)

My Miele C3 Cats and Dogs is fabulous. It's got great suction on slate, laminate and carpet, and picks up both pet fur and women's long hair. Lots of it.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user mbosnz)

Miele comes with a fantastic reputation amongst Mumsnet users and reviewers alike for its high-quality products that are built to truly stand the test of time.

The Miele Complete C3 Cat and Dog Pro cylinder vacuum is no exception. Designed specifically for pet owners, it can smoothly and simply tackle all types of floor surfaces to trap away dust, dirt and animal hair. If you’re concerned about hygiene, you’ll also love the charcoal Active AirClean filtration system, which works with the Miele HyClean 3D dust bag to absorb odours and allergens around your home.

The powerful motor of this vacuum cleaner produces strong suction even on the lowest setting, whereas the high power mode works well for a deep clean of carpets or refreshing of upholstery.

With a long cable and all-around bumper strip to protect your walls and furniture as you clean, its easily accessible attachments include an upholstery nozzle, crevice nozzle and natural bristle dusting brush. The turbo brush is the obvious choice for quickly picking up pet hair, using a rotating brush bar to remove hair and lint from your floors and surfaces without clumping or clogging. 


  • Compact size is space saving and easy to store
  • Turbo brush convenient for pet hair
  • Air filtration system for trapping odours


  • Requires disposable Miele vacuum bags

Key specs

  • Dimensions: H22.7 x W49.6 x D29.0cm
  • Weight: 7.2kg
  • Bin capacity: 4.5 litres
  • Vacuum type: Cylinder 
  • Bagless?: No
  • Cordless?: No
  • Suction power: 890W
  • Noise: Unspecified 
  • Battery life: N/A
  • Warranty: 2 years

4. Best upright vacuum for pet hair: Sebo Automatic X7 Pet ePower 91540GB Upright Vacuum Cleaner

Sebo Automatic X7 Pet ePower 91540GB Upright Vacuum Cleaner

Price: £399 | Buy now from

“We have a Sebo X4 Pet which I bought before we got our cat. It is excellent at picking up cat hair and all the assorted crap she seems to walk through the house. It has a boost button which gives it even more pick-up power.”  (Brand tried and tested by Mumsnet user wowfudge)

“Go for a Sebo X model, they last forever and pick up better than any other vacuum.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user VeganCow

Another brand that is praised for its high quality and reliability, the Sebo Automatic X7 Pet Vacuum Cleaner is a sturdy yet manoeuvrable upright vacuum cleaner aimed specifically at households with pets. 

With a long 10-metre cable length and impressive 5.3-litre capacity, the Sebo can tirelessly tackle the entire home in one sitting as it's designed to work across all surfaces including carpets and hard floors without the need to change floor heads. It does require Sebo vacuum bags, however as a result, emptying the vacuum is simple and mess-free. 

For regular purging of pet hair, the turbo tool cleans deep into carpets to pick up even the most embedded pet hair and dirt, whilst the S-Class filtration system keeps your home hygienic and free from allergens and dust. 


  • The filtration system reduces allergens and odours
  • Turbo tool for embedded pet hair
  • Reliable brand with a long warranty


  • Heavier than some models
  • Requires Sebo vacuum bags (sold separately) 

Key specs

  • Dimensions: H 78 x  W 31 x D 24 cm
  • Weight: 7.4kg 
  • Bin capacity: 5.3 litres
  • Vacuum type: Upright
  • Bagless?: No
  • Cordless?: No 
  • Suction power: 890 Watt
  • Noise: 80db 
  • Battery life: N/A
  • Warranty: 5 years 

5. Best cordless vacuum for pet hair: Hoover H-FREE 500 Pets 3-in-1 Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner

Hoover H-FREE 500 Pets 3 in 1 Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner

Price: £155.99 | Buy now from Amazon

“Just received my Hoover H-FREE 500 Pets 3-in-1 Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner HF522UPT and it's FABULOUS!!!! And I can now say I'm 'hoovering' again instead of vacuuming.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user sunshinesupermum)

Relatively purse-friendly and a doddle to use, the Hoover H-Free 500 performs well on all floor surfaces including carpets and hard floors and comes with a variety of attachments to make cleaning stairs simple and straightforward.

Compact in size, the Hoover can be safely stashed in a cupboard when not in use, making it a popular choice for homes that are short on space.

Weighing just 2.2kg, it’s lightweight and portable enough to use around the entire home, whilst the brush head can lie entirely flat and turn up to 180 degrees, helping you easily navigate around your furniture (and pets) as you clean.

Thanks to its pet turbo brush which penetrates deep into carpets and cushions, the Hoover makes quick work of stubborn pet hair.  For more embedded areas, the turbo boost function can give up to eight minutes of more powerful suction.

A cordless model, you can expect between 25 and 40 minutes of cleaning time before it needs to be recharged.  It takes around six hours to fully charge, but thanks to the extra battery pack included with your purchase, you can still continue to clean whilst charging the spare. 


  • Lightweight
  • Performs well on most surfaces
  • Converts to a handheld for stairs
  • Compact for storage


  • Messy to empty
  • Takes a while to charge
  • Not as powerful as some other models 

Key specs

  • Dimensions: 9.92 x 7.68 x 42.48 cm
  • Weight: 2.2kg
  • Bin capacity: 1.5 litres
  • Vacuum type: Stick vacuum
  • Bagless?: Yes 
  • Cordless?: Yes
  • Suction power: 68 air watts 
  • Noise: 80Db
  • Battery life: 40 minutes in auto mode
  • Warranty: 12 months 

6. Best handheld vacuum for pet hair: Shark HandVac Cordless Vacuum Pet Model

Shark HandVac Cordless Vacuum Pet Model

Price: £59 | Buy now from Amazon

 “I have the Shark pet handheld. It's amazing! Even in my dog hair-filled car! Unless you have a giant ceremonial staircase, it easily hoovers the stairs without running out of juice.” (Rated by Mumsnet user Changeymcgee)

Time and time again, Mumsnet users sing the praises of full-size Shark vacuums, and for smaller cleaning jobs you can’t go wrong with this dinky handheld alternative. 

Ideal for tackling pet hair on furniture, pet bedding or for cleaning the car, the Shark HandVac comes with three handy accessories, including a Motorised Pet Tool that will remove even firmly embedded pet hair from upholstery.

At just £59, it’s great value when you consider the cost of the full-size models and you still get Shark’s two-year warranty when you register your vacuum cleaner. It has a surprisingly large dust cup capacity and is quick and easy to empty with just one touch. 

However, blink and you’ll miss its run time. The Shark HandVac lasts just 10 minutes before it will need to be recharged – so there’s no time to dawdle! 


  • Shark’s technology for a bargain price
  • Great for cars and upholstery


  • Only offers a 10-minute run time

Key specs

  • Dimensions: ‎52 x 9.52 x 10.85 cm
  • Weight: 1.2kg
  • Bin capacity: 0.45 litres 
  • Vacuum type: Handheld
  • Bagless?: Yes 
  • Cordless?: Yes  
  • Suction power: 80 Watts
  • Noise: 80dB
  • Battery life: 10 minutes 
  • Warranty: 2 years 

7. Best suction vacuum for pet hair: Dyson V15 Detect Absolute Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

Dyson V15 Detect Absolute Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

Price: £630 | Buy now from Argos

“I just got the Dyson V15 Detect. Stupidly expensive but it is brilliant. It has this laser light, which sounds like a gimmick, but actually using it in a darkened room, you pick up so much more debris from the floor than you thought was there. The V15 just seems more powerful [than the V10].”  (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user Piapea)

“Replaced our ageing Dyson V8 with a V15 recently and it’s amazing. It’s a totally different vacuum and as good as any corded one I’ve ever owned. Runs for nearly an hour and batteries can be swapped easily but rarely need to. It’s awesome on carpets or hard floors and copes very well with shaggy rugs. Doesn’t get tangled in hair at all and [it’s] an incredible piece of machinery. I wouldn’t swap it for anything.” (Rated by Mumsnet user Okbutnotgreat)

Whilst the price tag is certainly substantial, pet owners will love the Dyson V15 Detect. It's an impressive, high tech vacuum cleaner that can even clean dirt not visible to the naked eye thanks to its ingenious laser functionality. If you want proof of its performance, it’ll even show you how well it’s cleaning, displaying somewhat shocking statistics about the amount of dust and allergens you have sucked up as you work around your home. 

A vacuum with a weak suction when you’re trying to pick up the peskiest of pet hairs is nobody’s idea of fun, and it can make the time you have to spend cleaning even longer. Thankfully, you won’t have that problem with the V15, as it’s Dyson’s most powerful vacuum yet. It has three different power levels to accommodate a variety of different floor types, however, the V15 Detect Absolute will automatically adjust its power to suit the floor surface. 

We love that there are eight different attachment tools to choose from, including the hair screw tool which can whip up pet hair with ease. You can also easily convert this cordless vacuum into a handheld model, ideal for a quick clean of the stairs or to tackle those high ceiling nooks and crannies. 

However, in the current climate, its lack of affordability will price many out and, weighing 500g more than the V11 Absolute, it’s one of Dyson’s heavier vacuum cleaners on the market. 


  • Intelligent with state-of-the-art technology
  • Strong suction and performance 
  • Laser picks out dust particles you can’t see with the naked eye


Key specs

  • Dimensions: 27.94 x 16.51 x 93.98cm
  • Weight: 2.6kg
  • Bin capacity: 0.9 litres 
  • Vacuum type: Stick
  • Bagless?: Yes 
  • Cordless?: Yes 
  • Suction power: 230AW
  • Noise: 75dB 
  • Battery life: Up to 60 minutes 
  • Warranty: 2 years 

8. Most reliable vacuum for pet hair: Numatic Henry Pet Pro Vacuum Cleaner

Numatic Henry Pet Pro Vacuum Cleaner

Price: £139 | Buy now from John Lewis

“I have the green pet one... Two cats, [it’s] brilliant.”  (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user MyShoelaceIsUndone)

“We have a Hetty Pet. Better than our Dyson and we have four dogs!!” (Recommended by Mumsnet user 30degreesandmeltinghere

Almost all of us will be familiar with the friendly face of a Henry vacuum cleaner, a brand well known for its industrial and commercial cleaners. The Henry Pet Pro has all the familiar features of the Henry we know and love but is tailored specifically for homes with pets. 

With a selection of powerful airbrushes, the Henry Pet Pro can remove stubborn dust, dirt and pet hair from carpets and hard floors, whilst the specialist MicroTex filtration system is scientifically proven to reduce pet-related allergens around your home. 

It has a substantial capacity of eight litres, and whilst it does require a bag, emptying Henry is quick and mess-free as a result.

The downside? He’s not the most lightweight vacuum cleaner on our list, and due to his bulky size and shape can be a little awkward to use on stairs. Despite these minor flaws, Henry is otherwise very manoeuvrable with a cord that automatically pulls out as you navigate around your home.  


  • High capacity 
  • Effective on embedded pet hair and stubborn dust


  • Heavy and less portable 

Key specs

  • Dimensions: H37 x W24 x D36 cm
  • Weight: 8kg
  • Bin capacity: 9 litres
  • Vacuum type: Cylinder 
  • Bagless?: No 
  • Cordless?: No
  • Suction power: 620kW
  • Noise: 72dB
  • Battery life: N/A
  • Warranty: 2 years

9. Best car vacuum for pet hair: Gtech MK2 K9 Multi Vacuum Cleaner

GTech MK2 K9 Multi Vacuum Cleaner

Price: £143.99  | Buy now from Amazon

“I've just got a Gtech K9. It comes with a cutting tool for the hair that gets wrapped around the brush bar.” (Recommended by the aptly named thegcatsmother)

If you’ve got dogs, then chances are your car will need cleaning regularly, with the seats and boot getting consistently covered in shedded pet hair, dried mud and dirt as your pets jump in and out of the back. 

The handheld Gtech MK2 K9 Multi Vacuum Cleaner has been reinforced with aluminium components and comes with a range of attachments to help it efficiently deal with the added strain of pet hair. It even has a lightly scented filter, helping combat some of the unwanted odours created by pets in a confined space.

From its power brush head to dusting brush, the Gtech can easily lift dirt, dust and embedded pet hair from floors and surfaces, and can even be used with an extension tube to clean higher up or underneath seats without putting unnecessary pressure on your back.

You can expect around 20 minutes of use with each four-hour charge, and can clearly see the results of your efforts with the clear 0.8-litre drum. 


  • The extension tube prevents stooping or bending
  • Range of attachments including power brush for pet hair 


  • Only 20 minutes of run time before needs recharging

Key specs

  • Dimensions: ‎38 x 12 x 24 cm
  • Weight: 1.5kg 
  • Bin capacity: 0.8 litres
  • Vacuum type: Handheld 
  • Bagless?: Yes
  • Cordless?: Yes 
  • Suction power: 100 watts 
  • Noise: 70dB 
  • Battery life: 20 minutes
  • Warranty: 2-year warranty 

10. Best robot vacuum for pet hair: eufy RoboVac 15C Max

Eufy RoboVac 15C Max

Price: £244 | Buy now from Amazon

“I adore my eufy 15C Max. It’s amazing.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user pliss

Short on time and looking for some help keeping your home clean and hygienic? Mumsnet users cannot speak more highly of these innovative robot vacuums, which can independently navigate around your home to produce an efficient and effective clean across all surfaces, from carpets to hard floors. Their slim and compact design enables them to reach all the places that you can’t, including under your furniture. 

Offering accurate edge cleaning and an 100-minute runtime, the Eufy RoboVac 15C makes light work of crumbs, dirt and pet hair. It can be controlled via an easy-to-use remote, or for the more tech-savvy amongst us, using the app or Alexa smart home devices.  

The RoboVac uses two spinning brushes to clean corners and has innovative sensors to prevent it from bashing into walls or toppling down your stairs. Whilst it doesn't have a specific pet mode, there are three suction settings – Standard, Boost IQ and Max – the latter of which tackles long and short pet hair with ease. 


  • Great at picking up pet hair
  • Quiet running volume 
  • Works on hard floors and carpets
  • Can set cleaning schedules using smart home technology  


  • No sensor to alert you when the bin needs emptying
  • Expensive 

Key specs

  • Dimensions: 32.5L x 32.5W x 7.3H centimetres
  • Weight: 2.7kg
  • Bin capacity: 0.6 litres 
  • Vacuum type: Robot 
  • Bagless?: Yes
  • Cordless?: Yes  
  • Suction power: Unspecified 
  • Noise: 55dB 
  • Battery life: 100 minutes on hard floors, 60 minutes on carpets
  • Warranty: 1 year 

What type of vacuum cleaner should you choose?

Your choice of vacuum cleaner comes down to personal choice. Some prefer the robust design of an upright vacuum, whilst others will opt for the freedom and versatility of a cordless design. A cordless or handheld vacuum may be more suited to stairs, small spaces and cars, whereas the suction tends to be stronger on corded, mains-powered machines.

Do you need anti-hair tangle?

Whilst it is not essential to have a vacuum cleaner with anti-hair tangle technology, it certainly helps when you’ve got pets at home, particularly if you have a breed of cat or dog that sheds significantly or moults longer hairs. Whilst you may still have to do the occasional clearing of hair build-up (even with anti-tangle brushes), the frequency and ease of maintenance are far easier on vacuums with an anti-tangle brush head. 

Does it have to say 'Pet' or 'Animal' in the name?

No. Some vacuums are specifically branded for pet owners, however, there are many vacuum cleaners on the market that come with specific pet hair attachments. These are still solid all-round vacuum cleaners with a variety of versatile cleaning tools. 

Do pet vacuums really work? 

Yes, they do. If you have a long-haired pet who sheds significantly, it will still require some maintenance and cleaning to maintain a high level of performance, but with strong suction and anti-tangle technologies, most pet vacuum cleaners can be really effective against even embedded pet hair and dirt. 

If you choose a vacuum with effective filters, you can also be safe in the knowledge that odours will be reduced too, preventing that unwelcome ‘dog smell’ that’s all so common in homes with four-legged friends. 

How much should I spend on a pet vacuum cleaner?

Prices of pet vacuum cleaners vary considerably, as showcased by the selections on our list. You can pick up a practical pet cleaner for as little as £99, but for models with additional features, versatile cleaning attachments and powerful suction, you can expect to spend between £150 - £400. 

How to choose the best vacuum cleaner for you and your pet 

Here are some things to consider when purchasing a vacuum cleaner for pet hair:

  • Portability - How lightweight and portable is the vacuum? How easy is it to carry up and down the stairs and manoeuvre around tight corners? If it’s a heavier machine, is this outweighed (quite literally) by other benefits such as suction power and cleaning modes?
  • Cordless or mains powered? - If the vacuum is mains powered, you will want to consider how long the cable length is and whether you will be able to navigate around your entire home without regularly unplugging and switching sockets. For freedom around your entire home, cordless vacuums are a popular choice, but battery life can vary considerably from one model to the next. You may wish to consider vacuums with additional batteries or a short charging time for maximum efficiency. 
  • Bin capacity - If you have several pets at home, you should consider the bin capacity of your vacuum, which will determine how often you need to empty it. Whilst bagged vacuums come with the additional cost of branded bags, they often have a higher capacity and can be less messy to empty than bagless designs. 
  • Floor types - Some vacuums have floor heads that automatically adjust to their environment, seamlessly switching from hard floors to thick carpets with ease. Others are better suited to hard and wooden flooring. Before you buy, consider how effective the vacuum will be on your floor types and whether you will be required to switch or swap between heads or accessories.
  • Versatility - Some larger vacuums offer the flexibility to transform into a handheld device, which can be really practical if you have a larger home and need to switch between large expanses of carpets to high ceilings and skirting boards. Look out for vacuums with a range of attachments and cleaning options if you want to confidently cover all bases.
  • Anti-tangle technology - For stress-free cleaning and minimal maintenance, vacuums with anti-tangle technology and rotating brush heads can prevent build-up and clogging of your brushes. This is particularly suited to long-haired pets and even the collection of human hair.

Other tips for cleaning up after pets

  • Use throws and blankets - If you can, encourage your pet to lie or sleep in a designated area, such as a basket or sofa that is covered in a throw or blanket. This allows some of the more stubborn pet hair to build up on removable fabrics, rather than spreading it across surfaces where you will be sitting yourself.
  • Groom your pets regularly - For long-haired pets in particular, brushing your pet to expel shedding hair can be an efficient way to reduce the frequency of hair loss. Where possible, you should do this outside, to release hair away from carpets, clothes and upholstery. You can also get pet hair clippers to keep their fur neatly trimmed.
  • Consider your interiors - If you’re renovating your home, it’s worth remembering that when it comes to pet hair, hard floors are generally easier to clean than carpets and rugs. You may also want to move away from velvet, suede or fabric sofas, and opt for a more hard wearing leather instead. 
  • Invest in a lint roller - This can be a handy tool for removing small amounts of pet hair between bigger cleans. They’re also super handy for cleaning clothes just before you leave the door – no one wants unsightly white hairs on their little black dress.
  • Embrace the robots - If you’re short on time, using a robot cleaner such as the eufy RoboVac can help tackle the pet hair that builds up between bigger cleans, making light work of those under-counter areas that you may otherwise miss. 

How we chose our recommendations

Recommendations from real Mumsnet users 

Mumsnetters love their four-legged friends and they’ve certainly dealt with their fair share of pet problems, including puppy training, dog poo, and pet hair.

First up, we sought out the trusted opinions of Mumsnet users, to get their advice on their favourite vacuums for pet hair, including feedback on the vacuums that they rate, recommend and use in their own homes.

We also looked out for any negative reviews, where Mumsnetters highlighted products that they felt were poor quality, difficult to manoeuvre, or simply struggled to tackle long, stubborn or embedded pet hair. 

Expert opinions

Next up, we considered reviews and feedback from trusted industry experts. We want to be confident that the products we recommend are fit for purpose, so we looked out for award-winning products or those that were well regarded in the marketplace, including those recommended by cleaning experts and consumer champions such as Which.

Authentic consumer reviews

Finally, to bring you our definitive list of the best pet vacuum cleaners on the market, we thoroughly investigated genuine, in-depth customer reviews on retailer sites such as Amazon,, Argos and John Lewis to get wider consumer experiences regarding the products on our shortlist.

Why you should trust us

We work hard to provide honest and independent advice you can trust and we spend hours scouring the Mumsnet forums and online bestseller lists to find products that real parents rate.

Transparency is really important to us and that's why we're always upfront about where we find our recommendations. We write about products that we feel offer the best value to most parents – the ones that our users would recommend to their own friends and family.