Top 5 Vacuums for Dog Hair

There are many brands of vacuums available from Bissell to Hoover. The problem is that not all models or brands are designed to tackle pet hair. Hair balls, pet food, and shedding can be a nightmare for some of the traditional vacuums models. Worst of all, for family and friends, pet hair around the house can increase allergic reactions. Don’t worry, with these five great vacuums you can keep your home virtually pet hair free!

1. Bissell Bolt Lithium Ion Pet, Model 1954

The best vacuum for dog hair is this two in one from Bissell. This gets our top spot because of its affordable price and their specialized tools or cleaning pet hair on carpets, hard floors, and rugs.

The Bissell Bolt comes with a 2-way folding handle which lets you flex the vacuum forwards and backwards to get in those tough to reach spots under tables and couches. There’s also a sweep and scoop tool for scooping up large pieces of dog food. Top off your cleaning session by storing the vacuum in its convenient charging dock.

2. Hoover Air Cordless Handheld Vacuum

This cord free handheld comes from Hoover, with their powerful yet lightweight designs allowing you to take this vacuum from room to room. It comes with a reusable, easy rinse filter and a 20V LithiumLife rechargeable battery system. Reviewers say that the battery takes a little while to charge, but will last quite awhile when fully charged.

The best feature is the crevice tool to get into those tough to reach corners. If you’re loving this vacuum, which we’re sure you will, you can choose to add on their air cordless two in one to clean your whole home.

3. Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Handheld Vacuum, Corded, 33A1

The Bissell 33A1 is bagless, has a 16 foot power cord, and uses the Cyclonic Cleaning System. This vacuum comes with two nozzles, one for dry waste like cat litter and pet food, and the other for pet hair.

We highly recommend getting the Vac Performance Bundle option on Amazon, which comes with an replacement filter. This is by far the most economic option on this list, and would be perfect for you if you only have a couple of areas to clean. If you have

4. Dyson V8 Absolute

If you want as handheld cordless vacuum that runs as well as a professional upright model, the Dyson V8 is for you. At just over 5 pounds, the Dyson V8 can easily be picked and used to clean everything from stairs to high-up ceiling air vents. It also comes with an animal hair cleaner option, and can easily transition from extended length to handheld.

What makes the model we’re recommending different from the other V8 model is that it comes with an extra soft roller cleaner head. This head is for picking up larger debris, say if your dog brings in large clumps of dirt or mud from the backyard.

The one downside is the price range, but if you want a vacuum with this sort of power and don’t mind a bit less battery life, the Dyson V7 and V6 are also great options.

5. Black & Decker BDH2000PL MAX Lithium Pivot Vacuum

This Black & Decker volume model comes with a 20V battery, better than most of its competitors in this list. A full charge will last only for about 15 minutes of cleaning, which isn’t enough as much as other models, but speaks the power motor this vacuum cleans up with.

As the names implies, the Pivot Vacuum can rotate up to 200 degrees for hard to reach places. And with the additional crevice and brush tools, you’ll have trouble finding a spot that this vacuum couldn’t clean.


For best results, make sure to give the areas your dog frequents a pass over every couple days, so as to avoid build up. Also be sure to keep in mind the size of your home.

If you’ve got a big carpeted living room that gets hairy quickly, you’ll likely want the Dyson V8 or Bissell Bolt. But if all you need to keep clean are a couple dog beds and some stairs, the Bissell 33A1 and Hoover models are the best handheld vacuums out there. The truth is though, any one of these vacuums will reduce your pet cleaning duties in a big way and give you more time to spend with your precious pet.

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