Regardless of the type of pet you have, there’s one thing that all pet parents have in common – pet hair seems to take over their home regularly. Of course, parents of hairless pets may not be able to relate to excess hair, but they likely experience stray pieces of litter, food crumbs, or any of the other small messes our pets seem to create as they move around the house. To help cut down the amount of time you spend cleaning your home each week, we’ve rounded up a list of vacuums specifically designed to tackle pet hair.
If the internet has taught us anything, it’s that robot vacuums and pets go hand-in-hand. The iRobot Roomba E5, in particular, is ideal for homes with pets thanks to its unique dual multi-surface rubber brushes. These brushes adjust and flex to stay in constant contact with both carpet and hard floors, and don’t get tangled with pet hair as they clean. It also has a small but high-efficiency filter that traps 99% of the pet allergens it collects, making it a great choice for those with allergies. What’s especially cool about this vacuum is that you can use the app or voice assistant to control exactly how it cleans!
What we love about the BISSELL Symphony™ Pet All-in-One Vacuum and Steam Mop is that it can vacuum and steam clean your floors at the same time. This means you’ll be able to cut down your cleaning by half, as you won’t have to switch between a vacuum and mop. The powerful vacuum starts by capturing pet hair and debris, then it begins to steam the floor, giving it a deep clean. It comes with both machine-washable and disposable mop pads, so you can opt for one that can be tossed after a particularly messy clean-up. Not only is this vacuum excellent at getting rid of messes and odors from pets, but that with its purchase you’ll be helping to save homeless pets, thanks to BISSELL’s Pet Foundation.
If you have carpeting throughout your home, the Miele Classic C1 Cat & Dog PowerLine is a great choice. The long bristles on the vacuum head are designed to go deep in between the loops and fibers of your carpet, where they loosen and remove dirt and dust particles. This gives your carpet a deep clean and a fresh look as the loops and fibers are straightened in the vacuuming process. For furniture, cushions, or any other item that requires a smaller head to clean, you can make use of the Turbo Mini attachment. And like many other pet-friendly vacuums, this one also has built-in filtration called the AirClean Sealed System which includes a filter containing active charcoal that neutralizes pet odor.
The Dyson Ball Animal 2 has exceptionally strong suction and a head that self-adjusts as you move between carpets and hard floor to ensure you can always clean up big messes with ease. It also includes a Turbine tool that safely removes hair from carpets and upholstery, which is a must-have if you have a pet that spends a lot of time on your furniture or carpeted floors. Plus, the unique whole-machine filtration traps allergens and bacteria inside the machine so they aren’t able to escape back into the home. All of these features combined make it an all-around great choice for any pet parent.
Say goodbye to dust and pet dander with the Kenmore Elite 31150 Pet-Friendly Bagged Upright Vacuum. This vacuum has a built-in infrared sensor that activates an LED light when dirt is detected, which is helpful when cleaning under furniture or other hard-to-see surfaces – simply vacuum until the light goes off and you know you’re done! It also comes with a number of attachments designed to help you rid your home of pet hair, including the Pet Handi-Mate attachment to remove stubborn hair from furniture and an aluminum telescoping wand to reach tight corners, stairs, and other narrow surfaces with ease.
Once you’ve selected your vacuum, it’s time to stock up on pet-friendly cleaning products! Many of the popular cleaning product brands on the market contain ingredients that are harmful to our pets, including ammonia, bleach, formaldehyde, phthalates, glycol ethers, and perchloroethylene. Fortunately, there are many brands out there making pet-safe cleaning products and we’ve made a list of four of our favorites.
With your vacuum and pet-safe cleaning products in hand, you’re ready to tackle the pet hair taking over your home!