Jul 01, 2023
Five of the best Shark, Dyson, Argos and John Lewis vacuum cleaners all pet owners should own
We've rounded up some of the best vacuum cleaners on the market to pick up stubborn dog and cat hair Anyone with a pet will know how difficult the task of cleaning up dog and cat hairs is. A good
We've rounded up some of the best vacuum cleaners on the market to pick up stubborn dog and cat hair
Anyone with a pet will know how difficult the task of cleaning up dog and cat hairs is. A good vacuum cleaner is the obvious choice but with options available from major tech brands such as Shark, Dyson and Henry, as well as offerings from supermarket chains like Aldi, ASDA and Tesco, it can be hard to work out which one to pick.
Of course, selecting the best vaccum cleaner for pet hair will firstly depend on your budget - and there are plenty of options out there, ranging from budget to more high-end. Another key factor to consider is the average rating each product has received, and the reviews from those who have tried it.
With that in mind, we’ve sought out the best clean machines for dog and cat owners, and have hunted out the best devices with super-strength suction, hardworking filters, dust-tackling tools and epic anti hair wrap technology to help keep homes gleaming, including some of the top rated brands like Vax, Shark and Dyson.
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To help you find a vacuum that’s perfect for you, we’ve included a range of corded and cordless devices, taking a close look at their capacity, battery power, accessories and price point to ensure there’s something for everyone.
So, sit back and take a look through our top picks for pet vacuum cleaners that will have you wondering how you ever lived without them.
Price: Was £379.99, now £279.99
The Shark Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner with single battery is without a doubt our top pick when it comes to vacuum cleaners for pet owners, says the Mirror. Said to be ‘perfect for homes with pets’ the flexible cordless vacuum is engineered with Shark’s signature Anti Hair Wrap Technology, which separates and removes hair from the motorised brush-roll as you clean, meaning it’s suitable for long and short pet hair.
Included in the vacuum set is the stick vacuum cleaner itself, as well as the removable battery which lasts for 40 minutes, and a number of detachable tools, such as the Anti Hair Wrap Pet Tool, Crevice Tool and Upholstery Tool.
The lightweight vacuum is easy to navigate, and is fitted with a flexible wand that bends to easily clean under furniture without heavy lifting, sliding nearly under sofas and TV units.
The Shark transforms into a handheld vacuum in the click of a button, which is perfect for cleaning out the car. For more stubborn areas, there’s even a trigger on the vacuum for extra suction power, which helps immensely and means as the user you can put in even LESS effort.
Price: Was £180, now £149
When you're facing industrial-grade pet hairs, you need to bring in the industrial-strength vacuum - and the Henry Pet vacuum cleaner will do the trick nicely.
Okay, he's not the most stylish of the bunch, but this Henry has been specifically designed for pet owners and is complete with that iconically British feel. The EcoBrush effortlessly picks up those stubborn hairs, while the charcoal activated MicroFresh filter works to reduce musty, unpleasant pet odours.
There's also a handy ultra-long cable reach of 10 metres, so you're not constantly swapping plug holes, and a nine litre capacity so you’re not always emptying it. It also comes with an adjustable floor head and nozzle accessories, so you can easily switch between carpet, hard floors and soft furnishings. And don't be put off by the bagged design, the disposable dust bags are very easy and simple to empty and replace.
Buy the Henry Pet PET200 on the AO website here.
Price: Was £380, now £310 on Argos
Oh how we love a cordless Dyson and this one specially-designed for hoovering up pet hair is another favourite.
First of all, it's versatile, powerful, lightweight and easy to use. The suction is strong and works brilliantly on all types of floor. It also has a highly efficient post-motor filter that captures allergens inside the machine and expels cleaner air, ensuring a more pleasant atmosphere for you and your family.
The handheld mode is perfect for tackling your pet's favourite spot on the sofa, as well as being ideal for the car and the stairs. There's even an extra tool for removing pet hair from smaller spaces - that stuff really does get everywhere.
It's also great for cleaning up high, tackling those constant cobwebs and dust, with a 40 minute battery life, and fast 3.5 hour charge time.
Buy the Dyson V8 here.
Price: Was £699, now £549
A pricey option, but one well worth the investment if you've got multiple pets at home, for completing the cleaning of the whole house with ease. Reportedly 60 per cent more powerful than the HX1 model, it outperforms the brands most powerful corded vacuum - which is pretty impressive.
Users can switch effortlessly between three modes - Comfort, Reach and Compact - with up to 60 minutes of battery life.
The Cat and Dog vacuum also includes a BrilliantLight on the floorhead which is ideal for spotting all of those fine hairs and pieces of dust under surfaces. There's a HEPA lifetime filter and compact electrobrush for an even deeper clean - which is especially good for those with allergies.
Combining a sleek, contemporary look with great results, this is a good vacuum for pet hair at a great price. With the versatility to allow you to clean your entire home or car, it's an extremely light lift out vacuum, letting you reach areas you can't normally get to.
The vaccum also features a 3-in-1 dusting brush, crevice and upholstery tool, and an extra Fur & Fluff tool to tackle those super-stubborn pet hairs.
The 10-metre cable means you can cover all bases from one socket, and the 6.2kg weight means it's easy to manoeuvre, plus its full recline position easily gets under chairs, tables and settees. At this price? We're sold.
Buy the Vax Air Lift Steerable Pet Max Upright Vacuum Cleaner here.