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Best vacuums for pet hair

July 4, 2019

The 6 best vacuums to help you get rid of your furry friend’s fluff

dog on a red velvet bed from Cuckooland on a cream carpet floor with white furniture

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Your beloved dog/cat/rabbit/rodent might be the real love of your life, but you’ll need one of these hard-working pet hair vacuums to stay on top of their messy moulting.

Pets can really make a house into a home, but if you’ve got a breed that loses hair, you’ll soon find that your average vac isn’t up to the job.

Here’s our pick of the specialist vacuum cleaners for pet hair that won’t suck at the job…

Shark Lift-Away Upright Vacuum Cleaner with TruePet, £189.99

Shark upright vacuum cleaner with extra attachments

Image: Shark

Shark’s versatile vacuum already ticks a lot of boxes – it has a lift-away pod which makes it portable and ideal for cleaning stairs – but it’s the purpose-built hair removal tool that clinches it for pet owners. The Shark Lift-Away Upright Vacuum Cleaner with TruePet lifts up embedded animal hairs with admirable power.

Dyson V8 Animal Handheld Vacuum Cleaner, £344.80

Dyson V8 animal handheld vacuum cleaner

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Get rid of your shedding sorrows with the Dyson V8 Animal Handheld Vacuum Cleaner. As you’d expect from Dyson, it’s not the cheapest on the market, but combines a relatively lightweight feel with impressive suction. If there’s a downside, it’s the limited battery life – it needs recharging – but for animal owners this vac is mainly upside.

Hoover Whirlwind SE71WR02, £59.99

Side view of Hoover Whirlwind pet vacuum cleaner

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Compact and affordable, the Hoover Whirlwind SE71WR02 might not have the sleek looks of the Dyson or the heavy duty suction of some of its other competitors, but it packs a lot of punch for the price. Great for hard floors as well as carpet, it comes with a rotating pet turbo tool to tackle deep rooted hair.

Miele Blizzard CX1 Cat & Dog, £239

Close up of Miele Blizzard pet vacuum cleaner

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Miele’s reliability pays dividends when it comes to getting rid of stubborn hair from upholstery and carpets. The other main selling point of the Miele Blizzard CX1 Cat & Dog model is its allergen filter, which claims to retain 99.999% of dust and other allergens – great if you’re prone to the sneezes during vacuuming. Amazon have frequent offers, but you can also pick the CX1 up from Argos.

Bosch BCH6PETGB Athlet Animal Upright Cordless Vacuum Cleaner, £231

Changing nozzle on BOSCH BCH6PETGB animal vacuum cleaner

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This upright is light enough to be portable, can tackle a whole house on a single charge and can make short work of even the mangiest moggy’s moulted hair. The Bosch BCH6PETGB’s Pro-Animal roller brush is simple to remove and replace and, as an added bonus, it can be charged without the use of a cumbersome wall bracket.

iRobot ROOMBA980 Robot Vacuum Cleaner

iRobot ROOMBA vacuum cleaner and phone showing app

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Perhaps the best robot vacuum for pet hair, the iRobot ROOMBA980 may cost more than the others but it packs a lot of power into its tiny frame. And, of course, it does all the work for you, quietly going about its business, diving into all the nooks and crannies, and then recharging itself when it gets tired. Just hope your dog or cat doesn’t choose to attack this tiny interloper…


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