Robot vacuums can be a very convenient way to clean your home, and some of them even do cool things like clean out their own bin or mop up your floors with a handy attachment. But not all of them are useful for every situation.
If you've got a pet, you know how annoying cleaning pet hair out of carpets and the like can be. You can't just set off a robot vacuum and get a surface-level clean ‚Äď you need a deep clean that gets rid of all that pet hair.
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The rub? Not all robot vacuums are good at cleaning pet hair. Some of them have powerful suctions, yes, but that's negated by poor brushes that catch hair in a messy way. You'll need something that was built specifically with hair in mind. We've put together this list of the best robot vacuums for pet hair to help you out.
Best robo vacs for pet hair: Things to consider
There are a number of things to consider before you go and buy a vacuum intended to clean up all that unfortunate pet hair. The first is going to be suction power. The more power something has, the better it can clean. If something can't suck much, it's not going to be able to pull hair out of a carpet.
The second most important thing to consider is brushes. You're going to want to look out for rubber brushes, as these tend to get a better dig into carpets, and can really grind hair out of a carpet. Even better if these are partnered up with some extreme suction power.
However, you're going to want to avoid bristle brushes. These are great for your own hair, but they catch hair really easy. What that means is that hairs will tangle up in the brush, curbing its cleaning efficiency. Yeah, the hair will come out of the carpet, but cleaning the hair out of the brush is going to be a severe pain in the ass.
Finally, you're going to want to look out for special features aimed directly at pet hair. That can include special vents that suck up hair rather than putting it through the brushes, or the ability to change suction power based on whether your floor is hardwood or carpet.
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We fell in love with the performance of the Roborock S50, as it uses a powerful 2,000Pa suction to suck as many pieces of dirt as possible from our carpets. In fact, of all the robo vacs we've tested, the S50 is the one with the best cleaning performance.
Yeah, it's got bristle brushes, but that suction power makes up for it. There's also a mopping feature here, and that will help a little more with cleaning up pet hair on hardwood floors and tile and surfaces like that.
In this way, the S50 is the best option for getting pet hair out of multiple materials. The big downside here though is that the app is in Chinese. So there could be a bit of a language barrier here if you don't happen to read the language. You'll have to bumble around until you figure things out.
Other big positives here are the price, as this is one of the best value vacs you can get. Another amazing feature is its navigation, thanks to how many sensors are packed into this thing. Unfortunately, the dust bin is a bit small and setting up smart assistants is a bit of a clunker.
- Amazing value for money
- Superb cleaning performance
- Mopping feature
- English is limited on the app
- May be difficult to shop for parts
- Dust compartment is quite small
It's all about the shape, baby. The Neato Botvac D7 Connected doesn't have the most suction power in the robot vacuum world, but it makes up for that with the power of design. It uses a D shape in combination with brushes and its suction power to clean up dust and hair that other robot vacuums can't.
You see, the D7 uses that shape to get within 14mm of walls. Then it uses a spinning brush to push dust and hair to the main centre brush, with that suction power taking care of the rest. On top of that, there's a Turbo mode that can suck dust and hair from deep in the carpet.
If you've got a lot of friends or family, some of them might be allergic to your pets. This highlights another great feature from the Botvac D7, which has a filter that can trap allergens as small as 10 microns.
Options are the other big thing here. You've got Google Assistant and Alexa support, No-Go Lines and MyFloorPlan, which will learn the layout of your home after a couple of cleans. It is still a little expensive, though, and that powerful Turbo mode can be pretty loud.
- Great digital assistant integration
- Multitude of cleaning modes
- My Floor Plan and No-Go lines
- Still quite pricey
- Turbo mode is pretty loud
- Manual mode is a tad clunky
Samsung Powerbot R7070
Samsung literally calls the Powerbot R7070 the "pet robot vacuum" so it better be good at cleaning out pet hair. There are a number of reasons why the R7070 is held up as the best for this scenario.
One of those is suction power ‚Äď Samsung says there's 20w of suction power in the R7070. Another is the wide brush, which comes in at 11.4 inches, bigger than the 8 or so inches on other robot vacuums. Plus, like the Botvac there's a bit of a D shape here.
The best feature for pet hair though is the self-cleaning brush. As the pet hair builds up around or on the brush, the brush will detangle and swallow the hair into the bin. Since hair is one of the main reasons brushes get tangled, this is a feature we hope makes its way across other robot vacuums.
It's also got some tank-like wheels that'll lift, making it one of the better robot vacuums for getting up on thicker carpets. We've seen robot vacuums struggle with this, so it's a good feature, especially as pet hair is mostly concentrated in carpets.
- Unique edge cleaner
- Frickin lasers
- Self cleaning brush
- App is pretty naff
- Quite noisy
- Looks like a squashed microwave
Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 930
The Deebot Ozmo 930 is a solid little robot vacuum, and it's even got a helpful mopping feature. So, like the Xiaomi, if you need to clean hair up from hardwood or tile, the Ozmo 930 will do the job.
But what makes the Deebot Ozmo 930 particularly great for pet hair is its interchangeable suction inlet. This basically turns the Ozmo 930 into a hair and dust machine, which will suck up hair and dust without getting its brushes tangled.
There is a bit of a catch here. This works better for hardwood and tile rather than carpet. If you've got a carpet, you might need to use the brush. That performance won't get the hair from carpet as well as some of the other options on the list.
Other features here include laser-based navigation to better get around your home. You'll also get the standard carpet identification, which will turn up the power when it's on carpet rather than on hardwood or tile.
- Laser-guided navigation
- Good on hardwood floors
- Mopping feature
- Not as great on carpet
- Buggy app
- No automatic mopping
iRobot Roomba e5
iRobot has got some expensive, advanced robot vacuums in its arsenal, but the best one for pet hair is still the e5. You've got some decent suction here, but the big reason it's good for pet hair is the three-stage cleaning system.
That combines the suction, the dual multi-surface rubber brushes and a filter to clean up not only pet hair, but also allergens from pet hair. iRobot says the filter can capture 99% of dog and cat allergens.
Elsewhere, you'll get automatic cleaning modes based on the surface. You'll also get 90 minutes of cleaning power, though it will automatically head back to its charging base to top up before going back out to clean.
While it's good at getting out pet hair, one thing you'll need to keep an eye on is that it clogs pretty easily. You'll also likely have to clean out those brushes, as the hair tends to stick up on the sides of the brushes.
- Allergen filter
- Three-stage cleaning
- Automatic charging
- Clogs easily
- Cleaning brushes