One of my least favorite parts of having a pet is my dog’s constant gift of her hair. Whether I’m using a roller on my pants so I don’t look like Chewbacca at dinner, or I’m observing the disgusting marriage of doggie dander with my carpet’s fibers, it’s a never-ending battle.
Enter the pet hair vacuum. There are a lot of really good reasons to have one of these, but like a lot of people, I initially avoided it because I thought they were out of my price range. It doesn’t have to be the case, though.
Keep reading to learn all about the best vacuums for pet hair, as well as where and when to get them at the lowest possible prices.
How are pet hair vacuums different from regular vacuum cleaners?
For many pet owners, a traditional vacuum cleaner won’t cut it around the home. Pet hair easily becomes tangled and matted on a regular vacuum’s roller bristles. And that hair could clog up your vacuum or get your rollers to stop. . . rolling.
Pet hair vacuums are designed to take on the extra hair, fur, and dander. Filters, rollers, powerful bagless disposal systems, and attachments are built to avoid getting clogged and to maintain suction. That’s helpful even if you don’t have a pet.
What are the best-rated pet vacuum cleaners?
Out of all the upright pet vacuums sold on Amazon, these had the best ratings from shoppers (ranked by rating):
1. Bissell Pet Hair Vacuum: 4.7/5 stars
With nearly 60,000 ratings, the Bissell Cleanview Swivel Pet Vacuum holds the top spot on Amazon, who sells it for $118.44 most of the time (although Amazon’s average price is $112.19).
Kohl’s is also a great place to get the Bissell; they often match Amazon’s price, plus you can use Kohl’s Cash to knock down your out-of-pocket expense.
2. Best Shark Pet Vacuum for Pet Hair: 4.6/5 stars
Amazon sells the Shark HV302 Rocket Pet Corded Stick Vacuum for $183.64 on average, but it’s more likely to see prices hover around $195.
More than 10,000 reviewers have given this pet hair vacuum an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars. (A nearly identical model, the Shark HV322, sells at Kohl’s for less, $179.99.)
Another top-rated Shark is the NV356E S2 Navigator Lift-Away Professional Upright Vacuum for between $200 and $210, and the 27,181 ratings show it doesn’t suck (or that it does?).
Kohl’s tends to match the Amazon price on this model, too, with the added benefit that you can reduce the price using Kohl’s Cash.
PRO TIP: But if you’re there’s ever going to be a time to check Amazon first, it’ll be during their first-ever Amazon Pet Day sale — check out our breakdown of the sale’s best deals.
3. Miele Pet Vacuums: 4.6/5 stars
Even if the $949 price tag isn’t for the penny pinchers among us, most of the 1,400+ reviewers of the Miele Blizzard CX1 Cat & Dog Bagless Canister Vacuum are happy with their purchase. (And Miele recently hit a big-time best-of list for their pet vacuums.)
That Amazon price is the highest we’ve seen from them, and higher than their $870 average.
Note: We found this model for a shocking $499 at More Than Vacuums, but that site has pretty bad reviews. Just remember the old saying about if something seems too good to be true. . .
4. Dyson Pet Hair Vacuum: 4.5/5 stars
The $500+ price of a Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal Lightweight Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner is another one that may give you sticker shock, but if you’ve ever used a Dyson, you know that they don’t mess around when it comes to vacuum technology.
And a majority of the nearly 5,000 reviewers on Amazon seem to think the price is worth it.
5. Kenmore Pet Vacuums: 4.3/5 stars
It retails for $350, but Amazon has never sold it for more than $320 (and sells it for an average of about $307).
A less expensive variant (with the same 4.3/5 rating) is the Kenmore Pet Friendly 31140 Vacuum Cleaner, also on that best-of list. It sells for $249 on Amazon.
6. Dirt Devil Pet Hair Vacuum: 4.3/5 stars
If you started sweating looking at the price tags of these other pet hair vacuum cleaners, I’ve got good news:
The well-reviewed Dirt Devil Endura Lite Bagless Vacuum Cleaner only costs $54.99 at Amazon (although it’s often sold for just $49.99), with favorable ratings by the more than 20,000 customers who chimed in.
Where are the best places to buy pet vacuum cleaners?
Kohl’s and Walmart are consistent with low-priced pet vacuums. However, it’ll make a difference which stores are near you and how loyal you are to a particular brand. To help you, out here’s a look at the best deals I’ve seen over the last year:
Pet Hair Vacuums at Kohl’s
Kohl’s has had the Bissell PowerClean Rewind Pet Vacuum for a price comparable to Amazon, but then with Mystery Code discounts and Kohl’s Cash, blows the competition away.
Customers paid as little as $71.06, which is a whopping 40% cheaper than the price at Amazon.
Spend $50, receive $10 Kohl’s Cash through March 20, 2022, no limit
Use unique mystery code for 20%, 30%, or 40% off through March 20
Shipping: Free on orders of $50+
As low as $71.06 (Save 58% | $98.93)
Plus $20 Kohl’s Cash redeemable March 21 – 27, 2022
Pet Hair Vacuums at Walmart
The Hoover Powerdash Pet Compact Carpet Cleaner consistently gets 4/5 star ratings online, and is a moderately priced vacuum at $88.00.
But at Walmart, shoppers were able to take it home for less than $40.
Buy 1 Hoover Powerdash Pet Compact Carpet Cleaner with Antimicrobial Pet Brushes, $39.50 sale price through Nov. 14, 2021,
$88.00 reg. price
Shipping: Free with Walmart+ or on orders of $35+
Final Price: $39.50 $88.00 (Save 55% | $48.50)
Robot Pet Vacuums at Lowe’s, Home Depot & Best Buy
If you don’t care about the brand and you want a robot pet vacuum, watch for sales on the “off brand” Bobsweep models to pop up. Here’s what I’m talking about:
- We saw an $899.99 model discounted to $199.99 (78% off!) at BestBuy.com in mid-2021.
- And there was a $339.99 model reduced to $209.99 (38% off) at Lowes.com in December 2020.
- There were some $399.99 models discounted to $199.99 (half off) at Home Depot in February 2020.
Just search for robot pet vacuums on KCL and be ready to jump on a deal.
When’s the best time to buy a pet vacuum?
Straight up, the best time to buy a pet vacuum is around Black Friday and during the holidays.
In 2021, Kohl’s Black Friday offered shoppers the chance to earn, spend, and stack savings:
Spend $50, receive $10 Kohl’s Cash through Dec. 8, no limit
For $10 off orders of $50+ through Dec. 8, use code SAVE10
Use unique code for $5 off orders of $25+ with free store pickup
For 25% off through Dec. 8, use code SHOP25
Final Price: $63.74 (Save 47% | $56.25)
Plus $10 Kohl’s Cash redeemable Dec. 9-19
And the savings were even bigger during Walmart Black Friday:
Shipping: Free with Walmart+ or on orders of $35+
Final Price: $79.00 (Save 56% | $100.00)
What are the best cheap handheld vacuums for pet hair?
If you don’t need a full-size vacuum cleaner, or if you’re looking for a nice, nimble handheld pet hair vacuum, you’ll want to check out these top-rated cleaners on Amazon:
1. Bissell Cordless Pet Hair Vacuum: 4.6/5 stars
We find the well-loved Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Lithium-Ion Cordless Hand Vacuum for sale on Amazon for $70 pretty regularly, and on average, they sell it for $77.76.
But you’ll want to shop Walmart for this particular model — they sell it for just $67.00.
About 24,000 customers have given glowing reviews of this little device, which offers 17 minutes of continuous cleaning.
2. Shark Cordless Pet Hair Vacuum: 4.5/5 stars
You can get the Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro Plus Cordless Handheld Vacuum for $99.99 at Amazon and Kohl’s.
Amazon has historically averaged a price of $89.98 for this model, and at Kohl’s, you can get Kohl’s Cash and earn additional rewards from Kohl’s with this purchase.
We’ll teach you all about how to maximize Kohl’s Rewards.
3. BLACK+DECKER Cordless Pet Hair Vacuum: 4.4/5 stars
On average, Amazon sells the Furbuster for $95.
4. TikTok Pet Hair Vacuum: 4.6/5 stars
This ChomChom Reusable Pet Hair Remover is huge on TikTok, and has a big fanbase on Amazon — more than 102,000 ratings, with an average of 4.6 stars.
It’s such a big deal because it doesn’t require any adhesives or sticky tape, nor any power source.
The ChomChom is available for $25.95 on Amazon.