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Pets are mediocre roommates.
Sure, they’re adorable and have a preternatural ability to cuddle. But pets are also messy — and unlike in a passive-aggressive roommate group chat, you can’t tell a pet to clean up after itself.
They pay no mind as to where they shed or track dirt. You’re forced to constantly clean up after them which, frankly, we find pretty rude. Fortunately, robot vacuums are here to save the day. Or, at the very least, help cut down on your housework. These devices live for picking up stray bits of food, litter, and hair, ensuring your home doesn’t turn into a den of debris. Of course, before you rush over to Amazon or (gasp!) an actual store, you’ll want find out which robot vacuum might be best for you.
What makes a robot vacuum good for pet hair
Like most gadgets, there are a handful of factors to consider before you purchase a robot vacuum. Chief among them are the type of floors in your home. Virtually all robots can master hardwood floors (as well as laminate, tile, and vinyl). A living space that contains a variety of flooring and/or carpeting will prove to be a little more challenging for a robot. In that case, you’ll definitely want to choose a model that has strong suction power. Additionally, as a pet owner, you will need a vacuum equipped with brushes designed to pick up hair without getting it tangled.
Another important aspect for people with pets? The filtration system. Vacuuming is bound to kick up dander, dust, and pollen. A good filter captures all of that and makes sure it gets into the vacuum’s dust bin. We should note that some robot models contain HEPA filters which can catch even smaller particles, leading to cleaner air and a cleaner floor. This is particularly advantageous if you live with an allergy sufferer.
You’ll also want to consider noise level, especially since your pets might be sensitive. Some robot vacuums can be as loud as more traditional vacuums whereas others sound more like a fan. If you’re worried that you’ll find the noise irritating or distracting, there are models that allow you to program the vacuum to run at specific times —when you’re at work for example. Impressively, some of the newer and fancier options even have companion apps so you can control the vacuum from afar. You may schedule a cleaning, check on the robot’s progress, and even receive maintenance reminders all via your phone.
Battery life and charging time should be taken into account as well. Some robots vacuums run for 60 minutes before they die. Others can go for over two hours. Similarly, it can take anywhere from roughly two to five hours for your robot to recharge, depending on the model. It’s good to think about the timing in context to the size of your home. If you live in a studio apartment, a vacuum that only runs for an hour should meet your needs. A larger home may necessitate a longer battery life. The robot’s mapping function (i.e. method/route in which it cleans the floor) might also affect your decision. Cheaper models tend to pursue a random “bump and run” pattern, making them less efficient and thorough. More expensive robots often clean in an orderly, linear fashion. Hence, they don’t usually over clean or entirely miss certain areas. And they typically complete the task more quickly. A handful even retain where they’ve cleaned so if they need to be recharged mid-task, they can easily resume their work and avoid unnecessary, repeat cleanings.
Additionally, as a pet owner, you might want to invest in a robot that has a virtual wall. This is a magnetic strip that stops the vacuum from coming close to items that may trip it up or that it might otherwise disturb. For example, the virtual wall will help prevent your robot from knocking over your dog’s food bowls. We’re confident you, your dog, and your vacuum will all appreciate this feature.
Finally, price is likely to be a deciding factor. You can find robot vacuums that work with many budgets; options range from under $200 to well over $900. While cheaper vacuums certainly won’t offer all the bells and whistles of fancier models, rest assured that most will meet your needs. (It’s also worth waiting until Prime Day or Black Friday to shop for a new robot vacuum, as we typically see great sales on these devices during those times.)
With all that said, we must admit that no robot vacuum is ever going to do as good a job as a standard upright vacuum. Sorry, but it’s true. But when taking everything above into account, there are some robot vacuums that stand out above the rest, especially when it comes to tackling pet hair.
All right, enough of our overview. Let’s get down to why you really clicked on this article—our list of best robot vacuums for pet hair.
Has enough power for a thorough carpet clean • Three-stage cleaning system lifts hair, dirt, and allergens • App connected
Tends to get a little noisy on carpet boost mode • Long hair gets wrapped around brush roll
You’re guaranteed to get a good clean no matter your floor surface, especially with the high efficiency filter.
iRobot Roomba 960
With a powerful brush and suction, this vacuum tackles pet hair with ease.
If you’re looking for a “Renaissance” robot, you will definitely want to consider this Roomba robotic vacuum — the 960. That’s because no matter what type of floors you have in your house — from carpet to tile to hardwood floors — the 960 will quickly adjust. Of course, many consumers are drawn to this particular Roomba because it’s manufactured with boost technology, which provides 10 times the air power on carpets and rugs. This powerful suction is paired with a high efficiency filter that captures 99 percent of particles, pollen and allergens floating around your home. Just as crucial for pet owners, it also has tangle-free extractors to prevent hair clogs.
Importantly, the 960 offers WiFi capabilities as well as an iRobot Home App which lets you schedule and set cleaning preferences via your phone or tablet. You can also ask Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant to start, stop, or dock the robot (just don’t let all that power go to your head). Moreover, you can receive cleaning reports that show exactly where the robot cleaned and how long each area took.
And fear not; this Roomba won’t accidentally fling itself down stairs and come to a premature end. It has sensors to prevent it from tumbling over a drop-off as well as boundary markers to stop it from going into specific rooms or bumping into fragile objects. Best of all, the 960 will smartly return to its dock if it senses it needs to be recharged. Once the battery has regained life, the Roomba will resume cleaning until the work is complete. Because this robot takes pleasure in a job well done!
Amazon reviewer Jon Todd
“I saved for this model and I’m so glad I did. We named him ‘Rick.’ Rick is awesome! He has learned our house and has become very efficient. We have a Golden Retriever that sheds constantly. We run Rick three times a week and the hair on the floor has all but disappeared.”
Long battery life • Large dustbin • Ability to schedule cleanings
Not great at cleaning in corners • Not good at avoiding obstacles
Provides a solid clean without breaking the bank.
Eufy Robovac 11S
Provides a solid clean without breaking the bank.
If you’re feeling frugal yet want to hop on the robot vacuum bandwagon, the Eufy Robovac 11S is a solid option. One of the better performing budget models, the Eufy features 11 infrared sensors, a drop sensor, central rolling brush as well as two side brushes and a swivel wheel—all of which help ensure that hair and debris will be picked up. However, we should note that the infrared sensors don’t work as well on dark floors or high carpets. It’s best for flat hardwood floors and low rugs.
While it doesn’t have any WiFi capability, the Eufy does work in conjunction with a remote control. The remote offers six different cleaning settings—single room, manual, max, spot, auto and edge. This variety of cleaning configuration proves to be pretty useful. The auto mode cleans based upon each room’s layout while edge mode primarily focuses on the edges (obviously). Spot mode seeks out spots of dirt and debris. If you’re cleaning a carpet, you’ll want to set the Eufy to max mode. Single room tells the robot to only vacuum the room it’s currently in, before gently returning to its charging station (though, admittedly, it doesn’t always make it back). Additionally, despite not having a fancy companion app, the remote does feature a button in which you can schedule future cleanings.
Finally, we should note that the Eufy does get tripped up over even the smallest obstructions. You’ll want to make sure your floors are clear of cords or any wayward objects before turning the ol’ robot on.
Amazon customer Nancy M.
“I have 2 short hair cats and didn’t think they shed much, but the eufy says different! It has gotten stuck a few times, but is easily rescued.”
Great mapping technology • App and voice command compatibility • Max power mode
Random cleaning pattern • Only one cleaning mode is available to schedule • App requires access to personal information
This affordable vacuum offers a lot of the bells and whistles found in more expensive models.
Ecovacs Deebot 500
At an affordable price you still get plenty of desirable features.
A fantastic, mid-priced option, the Ecovacs Deebot 500 is equipped with some impressive technology. For starters, it has an exclusive laser navigation system that scans and maps your entire home (it’s simultaneously cool and creepy). This allows the robot to craft an optimized cleaning path, saving both time and battery power. It also has anti-drop and anti-collision sensors. And most importantly, it has a three-stage cleaning system that works on both carpets and hard floors and picks up all debris in its path.
Like most WiFi-enabled bots, the Deebot works with both Alexa and Google Home voice commands. In other words, you can kick back and enjoy some hands-free cleaning. There’s also an accompanying app which lets you both schedule and customize your cleanings. You can even use the app to construct virtual boundary lines—in case you have a secret room you don’t want your robot seeing.
One Amazon customer
“I have shaggy rugs which isn’t good for the robot. It tends to get stuck. But it is great sucking up pet hair, dirt, kitty litter etc. It does a great job both on wood and carpet.”
Great filter • Long-lasting battery • Shape allows it to clean corners with ease
Has a tendency to get stuck under low furniture • Some connectivity issues
Armed with a number of exciting features, it’s a powerful vacuum that delivers.
Neato Botvac D7
Its shape allows this vacuum to get into corners and the powerful suction leaves no debris behind.
Simply put, the Neato Botvac D7 knows how to get the job done. Though the D-shaped design might not seem especially sleek, it actually allows the vacuum to hug walls as well as reach under corners and ledges. This ultimately leads to a more thorough cleaning. Additionally, the D7 features both a spiral combo brush along with side brushes to help ensure that all lingering dirt and hair is sucked up. That’s right—no unwanted particles escape the Neato. And speaking of particles, the vacuum has both an ultra performance filter and a filter screen. These guarantee that debris stays in the bin.
Importantly, the Botvac D7 is also a tech lover’s dream. After all, it’s WiFi enabled and offers an accompanying app that’s compatible with both Android and iOS. It can also be controlled via Alexa, Apple Watch, Facebook Messenger, IFTTT, Google Home, and the Neato Chatbot. Hence, you can schedule and monitor cleanings when you’re not at home. You can even create virtual boundaries to make sure the robot avoids precarious situations and sensitive areas. As if that wasn’t enough, the vacuum is capable of mapping and memorizing the layout of your home (up to 5,000 square feet). Finally, just to make sure you’re fully impressed, the Neato D7 automatically returns to its to dock to recharge—after finishing its task of course!
“It’s run every day now since I bought it. Sometimes more than once. It maps really well and only didn’t return back to base a few times. I cleaned it and found there was junk caught up in its brush (twist ties, plastic parts, etc.). After cleaning, it has returned back to its base every time. It is also obeying the no-go lines very well. Some added info is that our base is on carpet and it doesn’t seem to be a problem. Also we have several dogs, a cat, and a couple of long haired females in our house and it is handling the hair very well. Much better than our downstairs Roomba 650. We’ve also run our Dyson vacuum upstairs once between scheduled D7 runs and the D7 still fills its dirt bin daily. So it navigates well AND is actually a good vacuum. I’m very happy with it.”
Excellent on all floor types • Smart navigation
Easy to spill when detaching the dust bin
Though it’s a little noisy, the 890 definitely gives a good clean.
iRobot Roomba 890
The Roomba 890’s smart navigation and powerful suction will clear pet hair from your entire home.
We completely understand why the Roomba 890 is popular with pet owners. First off, it’s made with tangle-free extractors so pet hair won’t cause any issues. And it features the Roomba’s patented high-efficiency AeroForce filter which follows in the footsteps of HEPA filters. So you know that even the tiniest particles will be collected. Of course, the 890 isn’t a robot that rests on its laurels. It also offers customers a three-stage cleaning system that expertly lifts, loosens, and sucks up dirt and debris. It even has advanced dirt detection sensors which tell the Roomba that it must work harder on certain areas.
The 890 is also one heck of a smart robot. It can sense “cliffs” to prevent it from falling. It can expertly navigate around furniture and clutter. And, naturally, it will automatically dock and recharge. As you might have suspected (and also because we mentioned it above), it’s WiFi-enabled. Thus, you can control it with Alexa, Google Assistant or its companion app.
“GET A ROOMBA, it is AMAAAAAZING!!! I vacuumed pretty intensely before I started the Roomba on Day 1, and it still needed to be emptied out 3x in one hour. I was both horrified by the amount of dog hair the Roomba was able to find, and also impress [sic] that it found that much dog hair! … Because of the style of furniture we got, the Roomba was able to get under the bed, the couch, the armchair, etc…basically all the places that I only vacuum once a quarter…but it got ALL the dust bunnies (dust puppies?)!”
Repairable design that allows it to outlast competitors • Learns the layout of multiple floors
A little on the loud side • Shorter run time
Does a solid job of removing dirt and dust from hardwood floors and carpets alike.
iRobot Roomba 690
A reliable vacuum from a reliable brand, this Roomba will clean up after your pet’s messes.
We know this list is a little Roomba-heavy, but it’s with good reason. Their products are popular and well made. The Roomba 690 (which was designed to replace the 650 model) is no exception. Though it operates on a system of “bump and run,” it also features an invisible boundary marker for added control. Just as crucial, the 690 is armed with a dirt detect sensor to ensure that it works harder on high traffic areas. Even better, the robot’s dual multi-surface brushes and three-stage cleaning system guarantee that no debris (no matter how small) is missed.
Unlike the old 650, this Roomba is WiFi-enabled. You can tap into the iRobot Home app as well as connect through Alexa and/or Google Assistant. This allows you to schedule a cleaning from anywhere. In other words, you can always be sure you come home to a clean house. What a miracle!
“This device (we have the 690 model) has proven to be much better than I expected. I have pets with long hair and while you have to run it a lot to get all the hair, there is no way we would ever have the patience to vacuum a rug for as long as the Roomba will do it. You can vacuum and then run this and have a lot more hair picked up. I put it in our bedroom, close the door and let it run until it needs recharging (about an hour). It’s also fun to watch it learn if you happen to be in the room with it. It works well on our short shag and gets up under things to vacuum the hard to reach places. The only downside is that there are no attachments so you can’t use it to vacuum pet hair off of furniture. Another possible downside is that anything spilled or if you have a pet that is not quite housebroken – as smart as the Roomba is it cannot smell or see – it will spread anything just like you stepping in it and walking around the house without knowing.”
Super affordable • Fits easily under furniture
Can struggle to remove some debris • Filter needs cleaned frequently
Though it’s a little light on suction, it’s great at picking up pet hair.
For less than $200, the only feature you’re giving up is WiFi connectivity.
The iLife V3s gives you the freedom of hands-free vacuuming without having to spend a small fortune. It’s less than $200 but doesn’t skimp out on any features.
The vacuum contains a low-profile design making it ideal for getting under beds and sofas. While it’s not equipped with WiFi, it does come with a remote control. Moreover, it’s self-charging and allows you to program a cleaning schedule. The iLife V3 is also equipped with sensors to avoid bumping into or falling off objects or stairs. However, it does sometimes get tripped up when transitioning to different surfaces. And, lastly, the filter will need to be cleaned every time you run the bot.
“I have 4 pets and daily vacuuming is not always accomplished. I needed something that will get the pet hair and kitchen crumbs up. I was amazed at how well this did this and at how much it was able to collect (hair, crumbs, kitty litter and dirt) not to mention how quietly this goes about its business. Yes your have to watch it the first couple times it runs because you just never know what it may get caught up on … It has no problem moving most light things out of its way such as shoes, pet toys etc. which I found awesome.”