The best robot vacuums for pet hair


As any dog or cat owner will tell you, pet hair has an uncanny way of working itself into the deepest nooks and crannies of your home. Fortunately, the latest robot vacs are powerful enough to pick up pet hair from carpet and tile floors, and, as they’re robots, they also work with smart devices.

Many come with washable filters, and you can program them to avoid obstacles. After a vacuum session, they return automatically to their recharging stations, so they are always ready to go. Here are the best robot vacuums for pet hair.

iRobot Roomba i7+

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Hair and fur stand no chance against the i7+, especially when it’s equipped with power-lifting suction that delivers ten times more air power than a lower-tier Roomba. It has dual brushes that are made to grab up pet hair. In addition, there’s a high-efficiency filter that captures 99% of mold, pollen, dust mites, and of course, dog and cat allergens.

Being one of iRobot’s best offerings, the i7+ is a luxury robot vacuum that empties itself into a clean base, so you don’t have to worry about emptying disposal bin for up to 60 days. It also has an advanced navigation system, as well as integration with smart home platforms like Alexa and Google Home. With its deep cleaning abilities and smart integrations, it’s worth consideration, especially since iRobot recently released a new model, the s9+, and you can probably get a pretty good deal on the i7+.

iRobot Roomba 675

This Roomba brings a few features that work well when pets make a mess. It comes with dual multi-surface brushes to help get deeper dirt and hair, and comes with dirt detection sensors that can tell when an area is particularly dirty, so the Roomba can turn up the power. You also get the other smart Roomba features, like intelligent navigation, cleaning schedules, automatic recharging, and so on. This heavy duty model may be especially useful in homes with multiple pets. Plus, it’s one of the more affordable Roomba robovacs available.

Roborock S5 Max

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The Roborock S5 Max is an excellent machine featuring 2000 pa suction, automatic carpet boost, and a 290 ml electric water tank. It houses a water tank because not only does this device vacuum your floor, but it can also mop your hardwood surfaces. The powerful suction does a superb job cleaning debris and hair from pets, while the mopping capabilities handle mud, paw prints, and dander. 

With advanced navigation and the ability to only clean select spaces, the S5 is one of the smarter vacuums in its price range. You can set up no-go zones and no-mop zones, so the robot will only vacuum and mop where you want it to. It can stay away from pet crates or food bowls, while quietly cleaning up after your pet. You can even use the S5 with Alexa, activating it with voice commands.

Yeedi K650

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Move over for the Yeedi K650. Actually, no need, it’ll move around you. The K650 is the middle child of Yeedi’s robot vac lineup, and it’s quite an impressive vacuum. Capable of 2000Pa of suction, the K650 has four different vac presets, including Standard, Max, Max+, and the very convenient Quiet mode that keeps the decibels to a minimum during your next Zoom call. The vac is packaged with a number of brush add-ons, including two side brushes for getting under base trim and corners, a tangle-free pet-hair brush, a multi-surface cleaning tool, and an 800ml dust bin for weeks’ worth of pet-hair grabbing.

The K650 runs for about two hours on a single charge and will notify you when the battery is getting low. In the Yeedi app (for iOS and Android), you can choose from three cleaning presets (Random, Edge, and Spot cleaning), view your vac’s cleaning log, check battery level, set up magnetic boundaries for your vac, and more. If you’re concerned about the vac bumping into certain valuables or furniture, you’ll want to invest in Yeedi’s boundary strips (sold separately). Alexa integration is pretty great, too. You can start and stop cleanings by saying “Alexa, start/stop the vacuum,” which is great for those of us who prefer to keep our phones away when working from home.

The only bit of trouble we ran into was the in-app “return to charger” command, which is supposed to automatically send the K650 back to its charge pad. Because there’s no camera mapping, if the vac was cleaning in one room and the charger was located in another, the K650 was found ramming itself into walls to try and get to its home base. Once we placed it in the same room as the charger, it found the pad without any issues.

EyeVac Stationary Vacuum for Pet Hair

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The EyeVac touchless pet-hair vac is the perfect vacuum for homes with hardwood, tile, and laminate floors (along with a ton of pets). Once you plug it in, the 1,400-watt EyeVac is always turned on. Once you sweep pet hair, dirt, and other crud to the front of the vac, the infrared sensors will detect the debris and suck it in. With a 6.5-quart canister, the EyeVac can go for weeks without being emptied. When the dirt bin is full, a red status lights turns on, letting you know to empty the canister.

One of our favorite features of the EyeVac is its dual-level filtration. The air that gets sucked in, along with your pet hair and dirt, is pushed back out as clean and filtered CO2 for you and your pets to breathe. Your air quality monitor will sure love having the EyeVac around.

The only drawbacks we can point out are no carrying handle to move the vac easily from room to room, although it’s not too heavy. There’s also no app or smart features to play with. Even something as simple as activity monitoring (how often you use the EyeVac) would be a nice tool to refer to. That being said, these are our own wishes, not faults of the EyeVac. If you’ve got a house packed with cats and dogs, grab an EyeVac! You won’t regret it.

Bissell Pet Hair Eraser

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Although the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser isn’t a typical robot, this hand vac is a lean, mean pet-hair machine. While you won’t be getting any app controls or Alexa pairing with this purple friend, the Bissell’s 14V lithium ion battery and 0.7-liter dirt cup are all you’ll really need for quick vacuum jobs. Plus, it’s a nice quick-grab for cleaning a home filled with cats, dogs, and other creatures.

With triple-level filtration and handy attachments like a motorized brush and crevice tool, you’ll never have to worry about dragging your cumbersome upright vac from the closet to clean stairs, couches, or baseboards. We’re also big fans of the mighty battery life. Many Bissell owners have reported their hand vac operating at full performance, even after days of not being charged. If you tend to be forgetful when it comes to recharging your gear and have plenty of pet hair to get rid of, look no further than Bissell.

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