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Best vacuum for pet hair 2022: tested by our expert team

The best vacuum for pet hair will eradicate pet fur and smells, with tests of Bissell, Dyson, Shark, and more

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Cleaning up after dogs or cats is easy with the best vacuum for pet hair. Designed to capture hair, dust, dirt, and dander, these vacuums are a must-have for pet owners.

Using a pet vacuum can also make your home hypoallergenic, which works wonders when seasonal allergies hit. 

Our panel of expert reviewers meticulously tested the best vacuums for pet hair, so you can trust our judgement on what's best to buy. Thanks to our hands-on experience of trialling these vacuums in our homes, I'm certain that every single one of them is a good buy. 

The specialized models from household names like Dyson, Shark and Bissell all have features that go further to clean up after your pet, which puts them among the best vacuum cleaners.

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Shark Stratos Special Offer| was $429, now $299 at Shark Clean with code STRATOS130 (opens in new tab)
Our tester Camryn loved this vacuum's anti-hair wrap technology, which saves you from the gross work of untangling pet hair, as well as odor neutralising cartridge which gets rid of pet smells. This special promotional price is available exclusively through Shark and includes a free under-appliance wand, that bends so you can easily reach under washer-dryers and other appliances. 

Shark® Vertex™ DuoClean PowerFins Lightweight Cordless Stick Vacuum|  was $429.99 (opens in new tab)

Shark® Vertex™ DuoClean PowerFins Lightweight Cordless Stick Vacuum| was $429.99, now $249.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
If going cordless is a priority, the Shark Vertex Lightweight Cordless model is a powerful option with up to 40 minutes of power, folds over for easy storage, and most importantly, impressed us with its ability to tackle and conquer all things hair, pet kibble, dust, debris and more.

BISSELL ICONpet Cordless Vacuum | was $365.64 (opens in new tab)

BISSELL ICONpet Cordless Vacuum | was $365.64, now $244.36 at BISSELL (opens in new tab)
Back in stock with a great holiday deal, save $120 on one of our favorite vacuums to tackle pet hair on hard floors. 

iRobot Roomba j7+ (7550) Self-Emptying Robot Vacuum|  was $799 (opens in new tab)

iRobot Roomba j7+ (7550) Self-Emptying Robot Vacuum| was $799, now $599 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
The iRobot j7+ is quite simply the best robot vacuum for pet hair. Even better, it can detect and avoid any pet messes. iRobot are so confident in this that their P.O.O.P. (Pet Owners' Official Promise) will replace the unit for free if it runs through any accidents. Excellent vacuuming performance and a self-emptying base make this a worthy investment.

Tineco PWRHero 11S Cordless Stick Vacuum | was (opens in new tab)

Tineco PWRHero 11S Cordless Stick Vacuum |was  $249.99 now $149.99 at Target (opens in new tab)

There's a huge $100 dollars off the Tineco PWRHero 11S, taking it under $150. This cordless stick vacuum offers good suction and a 50-minute run time.

Dyson Ball Animal 3|  was $499.99 (opens in new tab)

Dyson Ball Animal 3| was $499.99, now $399.99 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Dyson's revamped upright model is loaded with upgrades including improved suction, extended reach and the Groom tool, which removes loose hairs, dead skin, and allergens directly from your pet.

Best vacuum for pet hair 2022

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Best vacuum for tackling pet hair

Specifications

Type: Cordless Stick
Power: 220AW
Dust bin: 0.5 gallons
Weight: 7.98lb
Max dB: Not disclosed
Battery life: Up to 120 minutes of run time (across two batteries)

Reasons to buy

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Large dust bin
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Excellent 220AW suction
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Advanced de-tangling brush bar technology
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Strong battery life 
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As powerful as a plug-in vacuum

Reasons to avoid

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Bulky to carry around

Why you should buy it: Ease of use and power; it promises 99.97 percent filtration, which is great for allergy sufferers.

Why I love it:
Nothing comes close to the Dyson Outsize +. With 220 AW, this cordless vacuum packs all the power of a plug-in model. Loaded with all of Dyson's most exciting technology, the newly revamped detangling brush bar means that hair doesn't get tangled, and sensors that automatically adjust the suction power to each floor type. Even better, there’s an LCD screen at the rear that gives you the current battery life in minutes and even shows you handy how-to videos to keep the vacuum running its best. The most notable feature is - unbelievably - a laser. Mounted on the hard floor head, it's more than just a gimmick, revealing all the dust and dirt the eye can't see. 

I love the enormous half-gallon dust bin, which holds plenty of dirt and keeps you from going to the trash too often. The attachments are fantastic too, especially if you have pets. The most useful for pet hair is the mini motorized tool, which is great for pet hair on stairs and upholstery, but you also get a combination tool, a crevice tool, and a stubborn dirt tool with plenty of storage on the charging dock and the vacuum itself. 

Good to know:
The enormous half-gallon capacity makes the Outsize a lot bulkier than other cordless vacuums, so it's noticeably heavy when cleaning moldings and stairs. The eject system on the dust bin is usually effective, but if you overfill the bin you'll have to reach in to pull out clumps of dust. 

Find out more in my Dyson Outsize review.

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Best upright vacuum for pet hair

Specifications

Type: Upright
Power: 1344W
Dust bin: 1.48 quart
Weight: 17.2lb
Max dB : Not disclosed

Reasons to buy

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Powerful suction
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Versatile design
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Easy to maneuver
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Odor-neutralizing cartridge
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Self-cleaning brushroll

Reasons to avoid

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Quite bulky
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Small Dust bin

Why you should buy it: Great pick up, an anti-hair wrap feature and an odor neutralizer that gets rid of pet smells. 

Why we love it
Our expert tester Camryn Rabideau loves this vacuum, and tested it in a house with two long-haired dogs.  It has two hard and soft rollers that work together to uncover dust and debris from carpets and hard floors alike. Like many Shark vacuums, it comes with Powered Lift-away, which stops hair wrapping around the floor brush and saves you the gross job of detangling your vacuum. 

Upright vacuums can be too bulky for delicate jobs, but the Shark Statos comes with a Powered Lift-Away mode. Camryn said that 'This allowed me to pop out the main cylinder and bin, leaving me with a smaller, more nimble hand held cleaner and hose for getting under furniture and into tight spaces'.

We also love the Odor Neutralizer Technology, an innovation we've never seen before. It's a cartridge that releases a 'light, fresh scent that makes the room feel cleaner', which is especially welcome in homes with pets. 

Camryn found that the bin, which lifts out the front, could be cleanly emptied via the flap at the bottom. She also liked that you can clean the whole bin out too, too, once it gets dirty. It’s just as simple to clean the two HEPA filters.

Good to know
While Power Lift-Away makes it a little lighter to hold, this vacuum typically weighs 17lbs, so it might not suit people with mobility problems. You should also watch out for the two different versions. It seems pedantic, but the AZ3000 is just a vacuum, wheras the AZ3002 comes with an effective motorized HairPro Pet Power Brush, a duster-crevice combination tool, a multi-angle dust brush, an anti-allergen dust brush, an accessory bag, and two extra odor cartridges.

Camryn's Shark Stratos upright vacuum review has more details. 

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3. Dyson Ball Animal 3

Best pet hair vacuum for carpets

Specifications

Type: Upright
Power: 290AW
Dust bin: .55 gallons
Weight : 17.3lb
Max dB: Not disclosed

Reasons to buy

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Powerful suction
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Easy to maneuver
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Performs extremely well on carpets
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Three suction settings
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Other models available with different tools

Reasons to avoid

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Heavy 
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Awkward control placement
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Hard-to-use hose/wand

Why you should buy it: Incredibly thorough on carpets and area rugs; great for large homes.   

Why we love it:
Dyson's latest upright, Camryn's tests of the Ball Animal 3 found that iconic ball design of the Animal range means it easily steers around furniture and between chair legs. It's powered by a mighty 290 AW, and has three suction settings with settings for high and low pile carpets and bare floors. Though it has great performance on hard floors, this vacuum truly shines on carpets and rugs. Camryn found that it does 'an unbelievable job pulling dirt and dog hair out of the fibers', lifting up pet hair and dust she couldn't even notice with the naked eye.

The Ball Animal 3 also has a newly designed brush head. It incorporates “hair removal vanes” to prevent long hair from getting wrapped around the brush roll, saving you from detangling it. 

For detail work, the hose removes for use with the combination tool (crevice tool and brush), and stair tool. Additional variations are available too that include the likes of a pet grooming tool, a mini-motorized tool for cleaning upholstery, and even a mattress cleaning attachment.

The bin removes easily from the front, letting you eject dust without making a mess. And, thanks to the washable HEPA filter, the Animal 3 is certified asthma and allergy-friendly, too. 

Good to know
Like the Shark Stratos, this vacuum weighs in at 17lbs, so it might not suit people with mobility problems or homes with several floors. This is made worse by the fact the three suction settings are changed by a button on the floorhead, so if you struggle to bend over it can be frustrating to use. 

In some ways it struggles from success - while not a problem Camryn faced, some users complain that the suction power makes this vacuum hard to push on the carpet. 

Camryn's full Dyson Ball Animal 3 review goes into more detail

iRobot Roomba j7+H&G gold badge

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Best robot vacuum for pet hair

Specifications

Type: Robot
Dust bin size: .42 gallons
Noise level: N/A
Battery life: 75-minutes
Warranty: 1-year

Reasons to buy

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Accurate Obstacle Detection
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Self-emptying
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Superb cleaning
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Intelligently maps and shows where it cleans
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Beautiful design

Reasons to avoid

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Replacement bags cost extra
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Can't set Keep Out Zones until after a map is complete

Why you should buy: Great for homes pet hair; automatic; obstacle avoidance detection; smart mapping; personalized cleaning schedules; self-emptying base. 

Why I love it:
I adore the iRobot Roomba j7+. It's the first iRobot to use PrecisionVision Navigation to recognize objects and avoid obstacles like pet waste and charging cords. It operates in clean, methodical lines and spots any obstacles in its path. On test, it flagged everything from dog toys to shoes and even thin power cords, with a photo of the obstacle so you can mark out no-go areas if needed. 

My new favorite standard in robot cleaning is the self-emptying base. When the iRobot Roomba j7 detects that it is full, it automatically goes to eject into the Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal, a sealed system that can hold up to 60 days of debris. The j7+ comes with a bag pre-installed, and an extra one. 

I found this vac incredibly effective at pulling up pet hair, eradicating crumbs, and navigating throughout the home. The only reason I haven't placed it at the very top of this ranking because not all of you will be looking to buy one of the best robot vacuum cleaners

Good to know
You can't set Keep Out zones until after a map is finished, which is a little counterintuitive. The app can also be a little glitchy, and like all robot vacs, it's not always effective when cleaning tight corners. 

There's more detail in my full iRobot Roomba j7+ review.

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Best pet hair vacuum cleaner for overall cleaning

Specifications

Dust bin capacity: 0.4ltrs
Weight: 7lb.
Noise: 81dB
Battery life: 50 minutes
Warranty: 3 years

Reasons to buy

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Headlights useful for cleaning under sofa
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Best performance on hard floors
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Tangle-free brushes
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Wall bracket for charging 
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Impressive design details

Reasons to avoid

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Heavier to use than some others
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Edge cleaning could be better

Why you should buy: Good for allergy sufferers, hard floors and low pile carpet

Why we love it:
Expert tester and pet owner Courtney Irwin found that the Bissell ICONPet's 'powerful suction traps pet hair and dander', and it's great for those with allergies. It also swivels for fantastic maneuverability, and Courtney reports that the tangle-free brush roll is the real deal when dealing with accumulated strands of hair from humans and pets. This cordless vacuum is perfect for hardwood and area rugs. 

At the center of the ICONPet is a 22V Lithium-Ion battery which gives you up to 50 minutes of fade-free suction, ample time to do a thorough cleaning job of an average sized house. The Clean Slide technology makes for easy dust bin removal with as little contact with dirt as possible. This a major moment for anyone who hates dealing with cleaning out the vacuum. Courtney also enjoyed the small design details like the LED crevice tool, which lights up nooks and crannies as you clean, as well as the handy progress indicator on the inside of the charging dock

Good to know:
If you've got high-pile rugs and carpets, look elsewhere. Courtney found that 'it didn’t live up to my expectations on the plush carpet in my bedroom', struggling to perform on even the strongest setting. 

We tested the original ICONPet, but Bissell has since released Edge and Turbo editions. Everything we've seen so far indicates an improvement on the original, with the Edge promising better edge cleaning and the Turbo offering more powerful suction.

Coutney's Bissell ICONpet review has more details.

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6. Miele Classic C1 Cat and Dog Canister

Best pet hair vacuum for bagged cleaning

Specifications

Type: Canister
Power: 1200W
Dust bag: 4.5qt.
Weight: 16.1lb.
Max dB: 80dB

Reasons to buy

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Generous operating radius
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Self-sealing bags
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Easy to maneuver
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Lots of power

Reasons to avoid

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Replacement bags are expensive
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Limited Availability

Why you should buy it: A sealed bag system makes this great for allergy sufferers. 

Why we love it:
The Miele C1 Cat and Dog Canister vacuum has spacious 4.5qt bags that self-seal on removal and provide extra filtration on top of a HEPA filter. Miele's models for pets use a special charcoal filter called Active AirClean filter that captures and retains over 99.9% of lung-damaging particles as well as hair and fur. Not only is this great for allergy suffers, catching and sealing fur, dirt and dander, but it prevent odors too. 

The hose and wand come off the back, so you can use the crevice tool and small turbo brush for smaller areas. The latter is particularly effective for tackling pet beds and upholstery. There’s a 29ft cleaning radius with this model, so you won’t need to keep swapping power sockets as you make your way around the house. Suction power is incredible, thanks to the 1500W motor, so cleaning across the board, not just for pet hair, is exceptional.

Good to know:
The obvious downside to these self-sealing bags is that they're a recurring cost. Miele only make high-end products, so this recurring cost is on top of an already high price. 

This vacuum has been reviewed by one of our editors and the full review will be available shortly. 

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Best vacuum for pet hair for smart features

Specifications

Corded or battery powered?: Cordless
Dust bin: 0.47 liters
Weight: 6.8lb
Max dB: Not disclosed
Battery life: Up to 40 minutes

Reasons to buy

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iLoop sensor detects hidden dirt 
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Flexible and easy to use
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Impressive LED screen
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Built in headlights to catch dust 

Reasons to avoid

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Struggled with large debris in our tests
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Can only be charged via Floor Dock

Why you should buy: Smart features, deep cleaning, and quick pick ups.

Why I love it:
The Tineco Pure One S15 Pet Smart Cordless Vacuum adjusts power on the fly for different surfaces and levels of dirt. I love the neat screen at the back which shows you battery life, and has a colored progress ring around the outside: it’s red when there’s dirt and turns blue to show you when you’ve finished cleaning. The battery lasts up to 40 minutes when you use the auto-suction feature – not the longest I've tried but good enough to whizz around an average-sized house. 

The Pure One S15 comes with tons of accessories: a 2-in-1 dusting brush, a crevice tool, a soft dusting brush, and it all conveniently stores on the included Floor Dock. The stand out is the mini power brush, which is great for cleaning pet beds.

If you struggle with mobility, this vacuum is one of the lightest in this feature, weighing in at just 6.8lbs. 

Good to know:
While it's great for deep cleaning of pet hair and dander, it struggled to pick up larger debris like rice and cereal, requiring extra passes.  The only way to charge this vacuum is through the dock, which takes up floor space. 

Our Tineco Pure One S15 review has more details

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8. Hoover ONEPWR Evolve Pet Cordless Upright Vacuum

Best pet hair vacuum for battery sharing

Specifications

Type: Upright cordless
Power: N/A
Dust bin: 0.26 gallons
Weight: 8.6lb
Max dB: Not disclosed
Battery life: 35 minutes

Reasons to buy

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Compatible with all ONEPWR batteries
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Powerful suction
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Lightweight and easy to push
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Antimicrobial floor brush

Reasons to avoid

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No attachments
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Battery can’t be charged in-situ

Why you should buy it: Good pick up, lightweight, cordless. 

Why we love it:
The ONEPWR Evolve Pet works and acts like a regular upright cleaner, only there’s no power cord to worry about, which gives it a nimbleness and degree of flexibility you want for quick clean ups. 

It's relatively light at 8.6lb, and reviewers say that this cleaner feels really maneuvrable, with the weight towards the bottom of the cleaner. Even better, the vacuum stands up by itself: something few cordless models can do. Thanks to the 20V battery, you get excellent suction, and the floor head has an antimicrobial brush roll and pet filter that cuts down on nasty odors. You can buy additional batteries (or borrow from other ONEPWR tools) to extend runtime. It’s a shame that the battery can’t be charged in situ for ease of use, though.

Good to know:
The downside of the design is that there’s no hose or accessory for detail cleaning, so this is cleaner strictly for floors, with three operating modes to suit all types of carpet and hard floors. 

This pet vacuum is on our testing wait list, but comes recommended by 73% of independent, verified reviewers on Amazon.

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9. BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser Lithium Ion Hand Vacuum

Best handheld vacuum for pet hair

Specifications

Type: Handheld cordless
Weight: 3lb.
Battery life: 17 mins
Charge time: 6 hours
Capacity: 23.6oz

Reasons to buy

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Super easy to use
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Pet-hair tool included

Reasons to avoid

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On the expensive side

Why you should buy it: The best handheld vacuum for tackling small messes, from dirt in the car to tufts of hair from grooming.

Why we love it:
Running on a 14V lithium battery, this Bissell is powerful while remaining lightweight. It easily removes crumbs, dust, and pet hair from around the home. We also like the sleek design and quick-charge base, making it super-easy to handle – just grab it when you need to do some quick cleaning in focused areas. Suitable for use on stairs, hair floors, and deep-pile carpets. It also works well on kitchen work surfaces and car seats, so there's really no surface it can't cover. 

The best part, though, is the detachable motorized brush that helps remove embedded pet hair from surfaces like upholstery and area rugs. You can also pop in the upholstery attachment to clean soft surfaces and furniture and attracts pet hair at the same time. 

Good to know:
Given its great capability for handling pet hair, we feel it represents an excellent value. We can't forget its triple filtration performance to keep allergens at bay, either. 

This pet vacuum is on our testing wait list, but comes recommended by 92% of independent, verified reviewers on Amazon.


How we test the best vacuum cleaners for pet hair

At Homes & Gardens we like to get hands-on experience with all the products we feature in our buyers' guides. You can learn more how we test products in our dedicated guide, but the reason for this is to simply help you: we share our testing experiences so you can be confident in what you are buying. 

Each new vacuum we get the opportunity to review is tried and tested in our own homes, undergoing rigorous testing on a range of flooring and household challenges (cereal on hard floors, pet hair on the sofa, debris on carpet, and more).

We test the vacuum cleaners for a number of weeks (sometimes months) so we get a feel for the longevity and durability of each model. In some instances, we are also fortunate enough to keep the vacuum cleaners after writing up the review so we can continue to learn about them and share our findings with you. We look out for factors such as maneuverability, run-time, emptying of the dust bin (or bag), and general controls so you know exactly what you are getting for your money, and whether or not it is worth it for what you need it for. The feedback from other users is also something we look out for, especially if we are in the process of reviewing a product and we felt it was (already) a good enough product to feature in our round-ups of the "best of" guides.

Below, you can discover more about the team responsible for testing these vacuums.