The Best Robot Vacuums for Pet Hair
Tackle pet hair problems with an innovative appliance designed to clear your floor of fur.
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Since the turn of this century, few household gadgets have advanced as quickly as the robot vacuum. These self-propelled appliances now include an impressive array of features, from mapping logarithms to self-emptying bins and even cameras. Now, they’ve even improved their ability to suck up pet hair and dander—an area where they formerly lagged. All this innovation has also made robot vacuums more affordable, so if you’re in the market for one, read on. The following list covers the models considered to be among the best available, including those for allergy sufferers and super-quiet versions.
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Each one of the products below is capable of cleaning up cat and dog hair and dander, and some have specialty attributes that address specific situations. Here are some of the best robot vacuums for homes with pets.
This two-in-one robot vacuum/mop is an all-around solid choice for pet owners who want clean floors. It can vacuum and mop hard surfaces at the same time and, sensing a change to carpet, automatically stops mopping and doubles its suction power to suck up hair. With an ample 240 millimeter water tank, it can cover over 2,000 square feet when mopping. An onboard Smart Navi 3.0 Laser mapping feature creates a precise schematic of your home’s layout and plots a systematic and efficient cleaning route.
Programming features include brush and brushless intake options, with brushless optimal for hard floors and the tangle-free cleaning of pet hair. This powerful machine boasts an optimized energy consumption system and an industry-leading 5200-mAh battery. These power features enable over three hours of available run time and up to 3,200 square feet of vacuuming and mopping on a single charge. A three-layer filtration system effectively captures 99 percent of all allergens, including pet dander and particles as small as 6 microns.
This sleek and affordable robot vacuum model is ideal for hardwood, laminate, tile, and stone floors. It boasts a tangle-free design that prevents pet hair and other debris from clogging its intake system, allowing it to pursue continuous cleaning. Its low-height design lets it get in awkward spaces where clumps of pet hair can accumulate, like under beds and furniture.
The vacuum operates via a handy remote control or a one-touch automatic-clean button. Three built-in infrared sensors underneath the unit intelligently detect stairs and other pitfalls to avoid. It has a run time of 90 to 100 minutes of continuous cleaning, and if the onboard system senses the battery is running low, it automatically returns to the docking station to recharge.
The Roomba i3+ robot vacuum is the ultimate in “set it and forget it” convenience. After each cleaning, this savvy helper empties itself into an allergen-sealed bag that traps 99 percent of mold, pet dander, and pollen. The bag can take up to 60 days to fill—so it might be months of use before you have to think about your vacuum again.
This powerful suction machine uses dual multisurface rubber brushes that don’t get tangled with pet hairs. While cleaning, a high-efficiency filter traps 99 percent of dog and cat allergens. For even more operating convenience, you can interface with the machine through Alexa, Google Assistant, or the iRobot home app. A patented dirt detector senses the high-traffic areas of your floors and gives them a more thorough cleaning. Smart navigation, self-emptying technology, and cutting-edge artificial intelligence make this robot vacuum an easy choice for upgrading your cleaning routine.
Loud vacuum cleaners can cause anxiety for some furry friends. An effective way to help mitigate this may be the eufy by Anker, which runs at 55 decibels—just over the noise level of a conversation in your home. Though quiet, this robot vacuum works hard, with multiple cleaning settings and programmable vacuuming times to ensure an effortless, thorough cleaning of your home.
At only 2.8 inches tall, it easily gets under beds and furniture to do its job. An onboard
drop-sensing technology helps it avoid damage from falling off ledges or down stairs. The extra-large 0.6-liter dustbin lets the unit pick up ample amounts of dust, dirt, and hair, allowing it to take full advantage of up to 100 minutes of continuous cleaning.
The ReactiveAI technology in the Roborock vacuum is powered by twin cameras which allow it to recognize and bypass everyday objects larger than 2 inches wide and 1.1 inches tall. These objects include items like power strips, pedestals and, perhaps most importantly to animal lovers, pet waste. After all, accidents happen and you wouldn’t want an appliance running over them to make matters worse.
With a powerful suction strength of 2,500 Pa (pascals), this vacuum provides a deeper clean than many other machines. It also features an intelligent Snap system that offers a host of mopping options. A LiDAR (laser-based radar) advanced algorithmic system enables accurate automatic room recognition and navigation. Multilevel mapping systems can be programmed for up to four floors, with up to 10 No-Mop zones, 10 No-Go zones, and 10 invisible barriers on each floor. Choose between a phone app or voice commands to operate this unit via Siri, Alexa, or Google Home. Set schedules, set water flow, clean specific rooms. and more with simple voice instructions.
Those who suffer from allergies (even to their own pets) are best off with a vacuum that can suck up, not stir up, what they’re sensitive to. The Yeedi K600 has three layers of filters that separate almost all the microscopic allergens hiding in your carpets and on hard floors from the air that it expels back into your room. Dual side brushes gather debris and dust with less slippage, and a V-shaped nylon and rubber rolling brush gently pats the carpet to achieve more dust collection.
Activating a Turbo Mode increases the suction power for twice the cleaning ability for stubborn pet hair and dirt. A tempered glass covering on this unit helps protect it from scratches—a concern if you have feisty pets who might have run-ins with the appliance. The vacuum measures 3.07 inches tall, so it should be capable of cleaning under low-sitting furniture with ease.
At 4,000 pascals (Pa) of powerful suction, Tesvor‘s innovative Supclean technology provides deep cleaning to penetrate carpet pile and crevices in floors to eliminate pet hair, dander, and other dirt and debris. The energy-rich 5200-mAh battery provides up to 150 minutes of continuous cleaning power.
There are four adjustable cleaning modes, including a quiet mode to use around sleeping babies or easily spooked pets. Built-in sensors boast ultrasensitive anti-drop and anti-collision detectors to protect furniture and stop the unit from falling off ledges or down stairs. You can interact with the onboard system via the downloadable app or through Alexa or Google Assistant voice commands.