Best Vacuum For Pet Hair 2018 (UK) : Find the Right Pet Hoover to Clean Your Hairy Home

By 1st January 2018Product Reviews
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We all love our pets but WOW, cleaning up their fur is a never ending battle – especially if you own more than one.

It gets everywhere!

Your carpet, your furniture, and your furnishings can get covered in it. For people with allergies, having all this pet hair lying around can be more than just an annoyance – it can be dangerous. Not only that, it can be a real pain in the behind to clean up.

To make things worse, it can be a real pain in the behind to clean up.

So, what’s an animal lover to do?

Well, we’ve been asked this a number of times so we decided to create a buying guide and find the best vacuum for pet hair.

In fact, we’ve found 9!

  1. Shark NV680UKT Powered Lift-Away True Pet VacuumBest Upright Vacuum For Pet Hair
  2. Dyson DC41 Animal Cinetic Ball Upright Vacuum – 2nd Place
  3. VAX U90-MA-RE Air Reach Vacuum Cleaner – 3rd Place
  4. Dyson V8 Animal Cordless Vacuum CleanerBest Cordless Vacuum For Pet Hair
  5. GTECH Air Ram K9 Cordless Pet Vacuum – 2nd Place
  6. EG AG5022 Ultra-Power Cordless Vacuum Cleaner – 3rd Place
  7. Dyson DC58 Animal Hand Held Vacuum CleanerBest Handheld Vacuum For Pet Hair
  8. Black & Decker Lithium Dustbuster Flexi Vac – 2nd Place
  9. Vax HA85 Gator Handheld Pet Vacuum – 3rd Place

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But what makes us so qualified to review vacuums? Surely you’d be better looking at Which? or a consumer report website, right?

Well, as a company that lives in other people homes for a living, we have used literally hundreds of different vacuums and other pet-related cleaning products. So we’re actually pretty well versed in this type of thing!

We’ve taken our experience, we’ve talked to our customers and other users, consulted industry experts and consumer reports to bring you what we think are the best hoovers for pet hair.

Best Vacuum For Pet Hair: Our Top Picks

As part of the process to find the best vacuum for pet hair we tested 27 different vacuums.

We’ve tested uprights, cordless and handheld vacuums and on the table below you will see what we believe is the best in each in each category.

Below the table, you can read the reviews for the 9 vacuums we tested.

Best Cordless Vaccum

Best Upright VacuumMost Popular

Best Hand Held Vacuum

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1. Shark NV680UKT Powered Lift-Away True Pet Vacuum – The Best Upright Vacuum For Pet Hair

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best vacuum cleaner for pet hairThe Shark Powered Lift-Away True Pet Vacuum has been certified by the British Allergy Foundation and accredited by the Good House Keeping Institute.

We think it’s pretty good too!

In fact, it’s our overall pick for the best pet vacuum.

With it’s anti-allergen ‘Complete Seal Technology’ it traps 99.9% of dust and allergens inside the vacuum.

What we really like about this pet hoover is that it features Shark’s ‘Lift Away Technology’. This means that the pod where all the debris is collected can lift away while the vacuum continues to work. This makes reaching those hard to get to places (like under the bed) and hoovering the stairs really easy.

It also features their Pet Power Brush which works specifically to pick up pet fur from carpets, upholstery, and furniture. It actually works really well.

Some people say the bin on the front is quite small and needs to be emptied quite regularly and the power cable is a little short but these aren’t really deal breakers, at least we don’t think so.

The Shark Lift-Away is the best pet hoover we’ve tested. Industry experts like it, our customers do and everyday users do too.

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 2. Dyson DC41 Animal Cinetic Ball Upright Vacuum – A Very Popular Choice

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best hoover for pet hairDyson is always a popular choice when it comes to vacuums and their MK2 version of the original DC41 comes with the word ‘Animal’ in the name.

This is because it is made for pet owners.

That being said, we’d say that it’s one of the best all round vacuums you can buy and the ONLY reason it didn’t come out as the pet hair vacuum is that we really like the lift away technology of the Shark.

The Dyson DC41 MK2 has been certified Asthma and Allergen friendly by Allergy Standards and was also awarded a Which? Best Buy in 2016. And believe it or not, it has been commended by the Royal College of Chiropractors for preventing musculoskeletal discomfort while vacuuming.

It features a self-adjusting cleaner head which means that there is no loss of suction when going from carpets to hard floors. The brush bar in the cleaning head has also been upgraded with 20% more power so it drives the bristles deeper into your carpet which releases even more dirt and pet hair.

As well as coming with the attachments you expect to get with a Dyson vacuum the DC41 comes with tangle-free turbine tool that removes pet hair from carpets, furniture, and other upholstery.

It also comes with a 5-year guarantee which is a big plus over the Shark, which comes with a one year guarantee with the option to upgrade to a year plan.

We really like this vacuum but there are a few people that have reported issues including; having to empty to bin too often, being difficult maneuver and the suction being so strong that rugs and mats just stick to it. One person even said they gave up with it and bought the Shark vacuum.

We love it though.

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3. VAX U90-MA-RE Air Reach Vacuum Cleaner Review – A Very Good Budget Pet Hoover

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best vacuum for pet hair UKNot only is the VAX U90 Air Reach one of the cheaper upright pet vacuums available, it’s also Amazon’s best seller!

As with all pet vacuums, the HEPA filter removes pet dander, pollen, and other allergens. It’s anti-bacterial too!

We are always surprised at just how light this VAX hoover is. It has all the capacity of an upright vacuum but its a third of the weight which makes moving it around and hoovering the stairs really easy – especially if you suffer back problems.

It has 2 cleaning modes – one for carpets and the other for hard floors which you can switch between with the flick of a switch.

The 10m power cord will save you from continuously having to plug it in and unplug it while your cleaning.

Like the other 2 uprights, the VAX comes with an extension for vacuuming pet hair from furniture, upholstery and other surfaces around the home.

As you’d expect from such a popular product, it does have its critics.

Complaints include that it feels a bit cheap, some customers have reported that the suction is so strong that it’s difficult to push and that it can lift the edges of the carpet in the corner of rooms, although we must say, we didn’t experience that issue when we used it.

For the price, we think it’s a really good product!

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4. Dyson V8 Animal Cordless Vacuum Cleaner – The Best Cordless Vacuum For Pet Hair

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best cordless vacuum for pet harIf the price isn’t an issue and you want the very best cordless vacuum for pet hair then look no further.

With its big motors, powerful suction and accessories the Dyson V8 Animal is the best of the lot.

Like all pet vacuums, it comes with a HEPA filter.

You get 40 minutes of hoovering time from a full charge which should be enough time to clean the whole house. That being said, if you live in a really big house we’d recommend you get an upright, so you don’t run the risk of running out of charge.

What we really like about this machine is that it’ll turn into a small handheld vacuum so it’s ideal for hoovering the pet hair your furniture, quick clean and use in the car. It’s super light too so you can suck up the cobwebs in the corner of the ceiling really easily.

It comes with a 2-year guarantee from Dyson.

We LOVE the Dyson V8 animal. The only downside is the price as it is quite expensive. That being said, it’s well worth it.

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5. GTECH Air Ram K9 Cordless Pet Vacuum – Excellent and Very Popular

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cordless pet vacuumThe GTECH Air Ram K9 is a very popular cordless pet vacuum thanks to heavy TV advertisement.

With that being said it does come with a ton of 5-star customer reviews and is approved by Good House Keeping, and recommended by Trust Pilot.

It’s strong, lightweight, it moves easily between different floor types and it even comes with scented floral tabs inside the filter to remove any pet odours and leaves your room smelling fresh.

Like the Dyson, you get up to 40 minutes cleaning from a full charge and all the dirt is compressed into a capsule the head of the vacuum. It’s super easy to empty too.

The Air Ram K9 comes in 2 packages:

  • The Air Ram K9, or,
  • Air Ram K9 and K9 Multi.

The GTech Air Ram Multi is a handheld version of the cordless vacuum which we’d recommend for cleaning pet hair from your furniture and stairs.

At the time of writing there is a £100 between the K9 and K9 Multi which makes it more expensive than the Dyson and even with all its 5-star reviews, many users say they prefer Dyson’s suction and ‘all in one’ style.

You get the comfort of a 30-day guarantee when you order so if you’re not happy for any reason you’ll get a refund or exchange. On top of that GTech give you a 2-year guarantee against faults.

We think it’s a solid product!

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6. AEG AG5022 Ultra-Power Cordless Vacuum Cleaner – A Solid Choice

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best cordless pet vacuum for pet hairAlthough the AEG AG5022 is substantially cheaper than the Dyson or the GTech, it is still a very good machine. After all, they are a German company and the Germans are well known for quality engineering!

And it comes with the Good House Keeping seal of approval.

It beats both the other vacuums when it comes to charging and running time. A 3.5 hour charge will give you up to 60 minutes of cleaning time whereas the Dyson and GTech will give you 40 minutes from a 4 hour charge. And because the battery is removable, you can buy a second one if you do a lot of cleaning and need more running time.

Featuring a 2 stage ‘easy clean’ filter, it’s ideal for pet owners and works well on all floor types. It’s lightweight too which makes pushing it around pretty easy.

Where is falls down against the others though is in the attachments. The Dyson V8 animal comes with an attachment for cleaning pet hair from your furniture and you have the option to upgrade with the GTech. But with the AEG you get nothing.

Still, it’s a fantastic product and at the time of writing, it’s around £100 cheaper than the others.

Well worth considering!

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7. Dyson DC58 Animal Hand Held Vacuum Cleaner – The Best Handheld Vacuum For Pet Hair

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Dyson DC58 Animal ReviewAgain the Dyson does it!

Designed for homes that have pets, the level of suction you get from the Dyson DC58 Animal is pretty much unmatched and is perfect for cleaning up pet hair and other mess from the furniture and upholstery.

For us, it is the best handheld vacuum for pet hair.

One of the hardest things to do with a conventional vacuum is hoover the stairs which mean pet hair and allergens are often left there. Because the DC58  is so light and comfortable to use, it makes cleaning the stairs so, so easy.

A 3.5-hour charge will give you up to 26 minutes of cleaning time which is more than enough to clean up the odd spots around the house.

Honestly, we love it and if it’s just a handheld you’re after we fully recommend it. The only vacuum that beats it is the Dyson V6 Animal which was our top pick for the ‘best cordless vacuum for pet hair’ category.

So if you’re thinking about the DC58, consider the V6 animal because it gives you the best of both worlds – you get a cordless upright and a hand held in one machine with double the running time for not a lot more money.

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8. Black & Decker Lithium Dustbuster Flexi Vac – Well Worth Considering

Black & Decker PD1420LP-GB Lithium Flexi Vac ReviewThe Black & Decker Lithium Flexi Vac is a fantastic little tool that is perfect for cleaning up those little messes around the home.

It’s lightweight and cordless and has a 1.5m hose which makes hoovering up small messes around the home really easy. It also comes with a pet hair attachment tool which works really well so getting pet hair our of the carpet or off the furniture is no trouble at all.

The vacuum comes with a ‘triple action’ filter which captures the dust and allergens, keeping them in the machine so they don’t blow back out into your home.

The see-through capsule that contains the mess is easy to empty too.

As it’s a handheld vacuum, the run time is 12.5 minutes and it does take 4 hours to get there. So if you have a bigger job, a powered upright or cordless vacuum will give you a longer run time and will probably be better suited.

Some people have complained that it’s quite noisy and the suction just isn’t strong enough when compared to other handhelds like the Dyson. That being said, the Dyson is around double the price.

So, if you can’t quite stretch your budget to the Dyson, the Black & Decker is well worth considering.

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9. Vax HA85 Gator Handheld Pet Vacuum – A Good Budget Option

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Vax Gator Pet Vacuum ReviewThe cheapest of the 3, the Vax Gator Pet Vacuum is still a decent piece of kit that’s ideally suited to homes that have pets.

It’s really light and it’ll easily pick up normal messes like crumbs and cobwebs but it also has a turbo attachment that’ll pick up pet hair from your furniture and other surfaces around the house. You’ll also get a crevice tool so you can hoover those hard to reach places.

Like the Dyson, the Vax will give you 20 minutes of cleaning time and you can easily empty the debris by opening the ‘gator mouth’.

Some people complain that the suction is a little weak and the pet hair turbo attachment comes off if you’re too heavy handed so as one of our customers said, ‘it’s not a substitute for your main vacuum, it’s there for picking up the odd mess’.

Bearing that in mind, we think it’s pretty good for the money.

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The Difference Between Pet Hair Vacuums and Standard Hoovers

You might actually be wondering whether or not you even need a pet vacuum. After all, your current vacuum cleans the rest of your home perfectly, right?

The fact is though that a standard vacuum doesn’t really cut it when picking up pet hair.

Standard vacuums generally have softer bristles on the beater brush (the rotating brush in the head of the vacuum) and that’s even if the head has a beater brush, many don’t.

These softer bristles don’t pick up hair very effectively and can actually drive pet hair further into the carpet. Either that or the hair gets wrapped and tangled around the beater brush creating yet another mess that you have to clean up.

On the best pet hair vacuums, the bristles on the beater brush are much stiffer and beat the carpet much more effectively, picking up far more pet hair. Yes, the brush might get tangled around the brush from time to time, (especially if you have pets with long hair) but they’re very easy to remove and clean.

Pet hoovers generally have more suction power too with the suction hose being in the middle of the head instead of at one end. This also helps stop the beater brush getting tangled with hair as it gets sucked directly off the brush instead of along the length of the brush. and HEPA filtration systems.

For a vacuum to be called a pet vacuum it must also have HEPA filtration.

HEPA stands for High-Efficiency Particulate Air. In plain English, these filters are made from really fine mesh that traps harmful particles like pet dander, pollen and allergens.

Pet vacuums must capture 99.97% of these particles. If not, they cannot be called pet vacuums.

Things to Consider When Looking For the Best Pet Vacuum For You

Buying the best vacuum for pet hair for your personal wants and needs actually takes some consideration, it’s not (or shouldn’t be) an impulse purchase.

Let’s face it, even the cheaper models aren’t ‘cheap’ and it’s a machine that you’ll hopefully use for a few years at least so it’s an important decision to get right.

The issue is that there are hundreds of pet vacuums on the market, so trying to figure out which one is best for you might seem challenging. You could end up more confused that when you started.

So how do you go about figuring it out?

Well, here are a few things to consider;

Your Budget

The range of vacuum cleaners in huge, from budget ranges to the more expensive, high-end models. There’s no point in looking for something that costs £350 if you’ve only got £100 to spend.

With that being said, don’t assume that the most expensive product is going to be the best one for you, so think about what you want from your purchase and allocate a budget.

Yes, you get what you pay for but there are other things to consider;

Your Living Space

Consider your home environment.

There’s not really much point in buying a really expensive, heavy duty pet hair vacuum with all the bells and whistles if you live in a small flat with laminated floors.

If you live in a small space, consider a smaller, lightweight vacuum like a cordless or handheld. They might not be as powerful or as sophisticated but you’ll probably not need all the features that come with something so high end.

On the other hand, if you live in a big house with thick, plush carpets then you might need something more powerful like a fully powered upright with a few more features.

What Will You Be Hoovering?

Will you be vacuuming carpets? Wooden floors? Tiles? Curtains and furnishings? What about your car?

Some pet hair vacuums are brilliant when used on carpet but are useless on other surfaces and vice versa while some work well on all surfaces. and come with attachments for hoovering the stairs, the furniture, and your car.

Many of the top models also come with a range of attachments like power brushes for cleaning pet hair from upholstery and your car.

Give some thought as to what kind of surfaces you’ll be cleaning as this could shape your decision.

Final Thoughts

Finding the best vacuum for pet hair can be a confusing process. After all, there are just so many of them on the market so I hope we have helped make the decision process at least a little easier.

To us, nothing beats a powered upright vacuum for suction but some of them can be a little cumbersome when cleaning the stairs are hard to reach places. This makes the cordless vacuums an attractive option because they’re light and easy to maneuver.

Handhelds, they’re perfect for cleaning the stairs and odd messes around the house, just know that they aren’t meant to replace your main machine.

So to recap, here are our top 3 best vacuums for pet hair;

Best Cordless Vaccum

Best Upright VacuumMost Popular

Best Hand Held Vacuum

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