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10 Best Vacuums for Pet Hair on Hardwood Floors [2020 Reviews]

Hardwood floors are tough, not only literally but also for their upkeep. They need special care to not let all that money go down the drain. And the task becomes the toughest when you have furry family members. All those pet hair need to be cleaned regularly to maintain the health and hygiene of your family and keep your pets’ supposed playground absolutely spick and span. Here are the best vacuums for pet hair:

Top 10 Best Vacuums for Pet Hair on Hardwood Floors

OUR TOP PICK

Dyson V11 Torque Drive Cordless Vacuum Cleaner, Blue

Dyson has outshone itself with Dyson V11 Vacuum Cleaner. In case you need a strong vacuum cleaner in terms of power, Dyson V11 fits the bill as it has been termed as stronger than its previous cousins like Dyson V10 and V8 by the company itself. And the range of features are also quite impressive.

Features:

Strong Suction Power – This vacuum cleaner has twice the suction power of any other cord-free vac on market right now, which means better cleaning capacity. Not only the usual dirt and dust, it also suck-in all those pet hair from the floor, carpets, and upholstery. The power can even be set to three modes as per the cleaning needs: Eco mode, auto mode, and boost mode.

Filtration System – The filtration system captures 99.97% of dust and allergens and releases only germ-free air back by locking them all inside. 

Intelligent cleaning technology – It comes with Dyson’s Dynamic Load Sensor (DLS) system. It is an expert in switching the cleaners’ speed between hard floors and carpets to deliver better cleaning session. 

Real-time performance reporting – The vacuum cleaner has an LCD screen which projects its performance, the mode it is being run on and the remaining battery charge.

Alerts for maintenance – It alerts you for cleaning the filters whenever there is any blockage. This ensures optimum performance results.

Lightweight – It is much lighter yet stays powerful in performance due to its 7-cell lithium-ion batteries.

Converts to a handheld – It can convert itself into a hand-held vacuum just in case you want to clean the stairs, your sofa or car.

Docking Station – The docking station makes it easier to store and charge it and always keep it ready with all its accessories.

No noise pollution – The vac has been engineered to divert the airflow in a way that it is very quiet to use. There is no high decibel sound pollution like other vacuum cleaners.

Warranty – It comes with a two-year warranty.

Pros

  • The vacuum offers strong suction power which makes it to clean various surfaces effectively
  • A Torque  Drive brush roll feature agitates the most stubborn dirt
  • Comes with a wide range of tools and attachments that are useful when on handheld version
  • Has an LCD screen that displays functions and controls
  • Shows how the battery remaining runtime to prevent  unexpected shutdown
  • Lightweight especially when in hand held version for easy cleaning of above the floor areas
  • Can handle both heavy and light tasks thus suitable for both high and low traffic areas
  • Longer runtime that makes you clean large areas without interruption
  • Keeps allergens trapped hence a clean and safe environment
  • Does not produce a lot of noice

Cons

  • The vacuum is quite expensive compared to others of similar features
  • Has no soft brush rolls for sensitive floors although it has a multi-surface cleaning head

EDITORS CHOICE

Dyson V8 Animal Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner, Iron

This offering from Dyson helps in a hassle-free cleaning session. It is one of the best vacuum cleaner to deep clean your carpets or upholstery for its expertise to dig-in deep and take all the dirt out with it. It is different from its previous cousin V6.

Features:

Suction Power – Running for straight 40 minutes on a single charge along with 7 minutes of turbo cleaning on high suction power ensures a clean home effectively and efficiently.

Powerful bristles – It has stiff nylon bristles that can dig deep into the carpets, sofa or car seats for deep cleaning of all the hidden dust and dirt and pet hair. Its 150 percent more brush-bar power than Dyson V6 is a proof of its better brushing ability.

15 Cyclones – To capture all the fine dust particles, its 15 cyclones have been arranged in two-tiers in such a way to increase the airflow and suck all of them in.

HEPA Filtration – The HEPA Filtration technology ensures to capture 99.97% of the dust and allergens and expelling only an air cleaner than you breathe in.

Hygienic dirt ejector – The dirt can be ejected most hygienically as it relieves you from touching it while emptying the dirt bin. The task is done just by pushing a single button. The bin can capture 0.14 gallons of the dirt.

Lightweight – At 5.64 pounds, the vacuum cleaner is super light to pick and clean even all the cobwebs from your ceilings without feeling even slightly heavy.

Converts to a handheld – It can, quickly, be converted into a hand-held vac for cleaning the areas which are high up or are difficult to reach.

Docking station – The convenient docking station keeps it always ready to go with its easy storage and charging capacity. 

Pros

  • It has an extra HEPA filtration, very effective for the tiniest dirt band dust.
  • It has two interchangeable cleaning modes for deep and light cleaning.
  • It has an adjustable handheld that makes it suitable for hard to reach and raised surfaces
  • Being cordless makes it easy to clean large areas without having a problem
  • Lightweight and suitable for cleaning around the whole house
  • The model is powerful and strong

Cons

  • Its running time is quite low on both modes; deep and light cleaning.
  • It has a relatively smaller bin volume, which means that you will keep emptying it from time to time.
  • It is not suitable for cleaning more square footage like a whole most probably because of its short period of running time of just 40 minutes. 

BEST VALUE

Bissell PowerEdge Pet Hardwood Floor Bagless Cleaner, 81L2A Stick Vacuum, Gray

BISSELL is a renowned brand designing products to help make pet stains and odors disappear. They also contribute their bit towards the noble cause of providing home to pets. It donates $5 to BISSELL Pet Foundation from each pet product you purchase from them.

Features:

V-shaped foot – It safely cleans all the dirt, dust, pet hair, and other debris from your hardwood floor.

Rubber Squeegees – The unique foot design with rubber squeegees efficiently captures dirt and pet hair funneling it into the vacuum for a super clean hardwood floor.

Cleans edges and corners – The stick-shaped design cleans up against the edges and corners to provide you a completely germ-free environment.

Swivel steering – This vacuum cleaner is equipped with swivel steering to let you clean around all your home furniture easily.

Lightweight and versatile – With a weight of just 7.5 pounds, it is very easy to carry the appliance upstairs and move around your house.

Easy to empty – The bagless cleaning technology allows easy cleaning of the dirt tank after finishing your job.

Powerful system – The powerful cyclonic system safely lifts all the large and small debris off the hard floor.

Brush-free technology – The brush-free technology helps you better clean the hardwood floor instead of scattering the dust all around.

Cord length – With a power cord length of 20’, you can be sure to reach every nick and corner of your house for making it germ-free.

Good power rating – The appliance has received a power rating of 6 amps which means it can continuously run for long without getting heated up.

Auto-height adjustment – The device is designed in a manner to automatically adjust its height helping you clean surfaces at different heights easily.

Warranty – It comes with a 1-year warranty to cover you for any natural damage incurred by the appliance.

Replacement parts – As BISSELL is a reputed brand, all its products come backed up with the replacement parts. You can be sure to get a new part for a defect developed even after 5 years of use.

Pros

  • A quality and durable product that lasts longer
  • The vacuum perfectly pick up hair and dirt debris in corners and along edges
  • Has powerful suction power
  • Easily cleans under the furniture and other appliances
  • According to reviews, most customers are happy with this product

Cons

  • Some area are made of plastic that can crack or get scratches
  • Should be cleaned right after using to remove debris that may cause malfunctioning
  • The vacuum has to be stored in a dry place to prevent it from getting wet

RUNNER UP

Shark NV800 Upright Vacuum, Blue (Renewed)

Shark is a house-care brand offering cleaning solutions that are suitable for people with a busy lifestyle. The brand was developed by SharkNinja, a Canadian company, that is passionate to provide innovative products to us at great prices.

Features:

Duo-Clean technology – Shark DuoClean Powered Lift-Away vacuum cleaner comes with DuoClean technology or the dual brush roll system which makes it suitable for cleaning both hardwood floors and carpeted floor.

Deep Cleaning – DuoClean is fitted with two brushes for a dynamic cleaning experience. The bristle brush ensures deep cleaning of carpets and the soft brush roll pulls in larger debris from the hardwood floors to provide them a nearly-polished look. It is efficient in picking both fine dust and large debris.

HEPA filter – The vacuum cleaner is fitted with HEPA filter and Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology to trap 99.99% of dust particles and allergens. It gives you a completely germ-free environment for whatever floor you are cleaning with it. The vacuum also prevents the particles from escaping back into the air.

Ease of use – You can easily switch from hardwood floor to carpet mode with control buttons at your fingertips.

LED on nozzle – The appliance comes with powerful LED headlights on the nozzle that helps you spot all the hidden debris on your floor and clean the dark corners well. You would be amazed to see how much dust and debris you have been missing with your other cleaning tools.

Captures pet hair – DuoClean has been designed with a pet multi-tool that efficiently captures embedded pet hair from all kind of surfaces.

Portable cleaning – This upright vacuum cleaner carries a detachable canister for portable cleaning. You can easily lift the canister to reach those hard to clean areas.

Dynamic swivel steering – You get an excellent control when cleaning around the furniture legs and other obstacles with swivel steering of DuoClean.

Pros

  • Has a strong suction power thus ideal for small and large debris
  • Feature HEPA traps allergens
  • Picks up pet hair well
  • Easy to empty and clean
  • Inexpensive vacuum for the task
  • Multi-floor cleaning
  • Easy to clean under furniture
  • The filters are washable and reusable

Cons

The bin could be a bit bigger

RUNNER UP

Bissell Deluxe Canister Vacuum - 1161

Hard Floor Expert Deluxe canister is another great vacuum cleaner by BISSELL. It is an innovative appliance designed to clean delicate surfaces with powerful suction.

Features:

Safe for hard floors – The appliance is fitted with rubber wheels and felt treads that do not scratch or leave markings on your floor. The cleaning brush has extra soft bristles that are gentle on your hardwood floor.

Powerful suction – With a powerful suction of BISSELL Hard Floor Expert Deluxe, you can be sure to get rid of all the debris loosened by the soft brush.

Lightweight – Hardwood Expert Deluxe is very lightweight at just 9.1 pounds. You can carry it upstairs and all over your house easily.

Compact design – The vacuum’s compact design makes it easy to clean the low surfaces like under the table or other furniture. It also makes it convenient to store.

Digital control – You can easily reduce the suction power for cleaning the delicate surfaces like area rugs, upholstery, and drapes. The tool gives power in your fingertips.

Easy disposal – The dirt tank opens from the bottom to provide you a simple, no-mess disposal.

Extended reach – The telescopic extension wand provides an extended reach and convenience for cleaning of curtains and stairs.

Dirt holding capacity – The dirt cup of the vacuum offers a capacity of 1 liter for holding the waste. It allows you to continue the cleaning process without having to empty the dirt cup in the middle of your session.

Good power rating – BISSELL deluxe canister vacuum has received a power rating of 7 amps which means it can continuously run for long without getting heated up.

Warranty – All BISSELL products carry a 1-year warranty to cover you for any natural damage incurred by the appliance.

Replacement parts – As BISSELL is a reputed brand, all its products come backed up with the replacement parts. You can, therefore, be sure to get a new part for a defect developed even after 5 years of use.

Pros

  • Has a strong suction power thus effective picking up of small and large debris
  • Comes with many attachments for different floors
  • Easy to assemble, operate and use
  • Maneuvers easily and can reach under furniture
  • Power cord can easily be retracted by a push of button

Cons

  • The power cord could be slightly longer
  • Dirt tank fills faster than expected
  • Has no HEPA filters but uses pre-motor foam filters

RUNNER UP

Eureka 3670M Mighty Mite 3670 Corded Canister Vacuum Cleaner, w/ 5bags, Yellow

Eureka 3670G Mighty Mite canister vacuum is an innovative compact canister that makes bare floor cleaning a child’s play. It also makes cleaning the insides of your car very convenient as it sucks up the smallest of particles from the seats and sides.

Features:

Lightweight – It is extremely lightweight at 11.9 pounds which makes it comfortable to carry all over your house.

Powerful brush rolls – Mighty Mite is equipped with powerful brush rolls that efficiently clean up the carpets, rugs, and hardwood floor.

Quick cleaning – A powerful suction combined with a 12 amp motor ensures quick cleaning. You will be able to finish up a space faster than normal.

Accessories – The canister comes with a crevice tool, upholstery nozzle/dusting brush and carpet/bare floor nozzle to help you clean even hard to reach areas. You can clean drapes, upholstery, and ceilings with 2 extension wands provided in the package.

Triple filtration – Eureka 3670G Mighty Mite includes a triple filtration bag system.

Long cord – The 20-foot long cord and 2 extensions wands give you the power to cover the whole of your room.

Convenient dust bag – The dust cup comes with a capacity of 2.5 liters so you can complete your job quickly without emptying the dust bag in the middle. The cup comes out easily for a no-mess disposal.

Blower port – To provide you maximum convenience, the blower port blows debris from garage or workshop efficiently.

Power-touch handle – The canister provides all the power in your hands with easy-to-use fingertip controls.

Cord wind – Cord wind makes it easy and compact for storing.

Good power rating – Eureka 3670G Mighty Mite has received a power rating of 12 amps which means it can continuously run for long without getting heated up.

Warranty – The appliance carries a 1-year warranty to cover you for any natural damage incurred.

Pros

  • It is light weight thus convenient to use
  • Has good cleaning performances on stairs, tiles and hardwood floors
  • Well-suited for reaching underneath furniture
  • It is sturdy and tuff with hard plastic and solid wheels
  • The cord is long thus far reaching when cleaning
  • HEPA filters are great for trapping allergens

Cons

  • The vacuum is loud thus not good if you don’t tolerate noise
  • Has unimpressive performance on carpet since the carpet function does not glide due to lack of roller
  • Not all attachments are made to fit onto the body of the vacuum
  • The user has to manually wind the cord

RUNNER UP

Bissell 20431 Powerglide Lift Off Pet Plus Upright Bagless Vacuum

Bissell 20431 Powerglide is a 2-in-1 vacuum equipped with lift-off technology. In its attempt to save pets, BISSELL will donate $10 to BISSELL Pet Foundation for every Powerglide purchased by you.

Features:

Triple Action Brush Roll – You can work on multiple surfaces as the powerful Brush Roll loosens, lifts and removes pet hair and dirt from all the surfaces.

Odor Eliminator filter – The vacuum removes pet odors and freshens your home with Febrile pet odor Eliminator filter. You can use it optionally for a fresh scent of Febreze all over the area you clean.

Specialized tools – The package carries specialized pet tools that help you remove pet hair easily from stairs, upholstery and other hard-to-reach areas.

Smart seal allergen system – The appliance comes with a smart seal allergen system that traps fine dust particles, dander, hair, and allergens efficiently inside the vacuum. The seal system does not let the allergens enter the air you breathe to provide you a germ-free environment.

On/Off Brush – The tool maximizes cleaning across multiple surfaces with a convenient on/off brush switch with triple action brush roll.

Extension Wand – For cleaning under the furniture or above the floor surfaces, use the long reach extension wand with specialized pet tools.

Tangle-Free Eraser Tool – Vacuum the pet hair and dirt across multiple surfaces with Tangle-Free Pet Turbo Eraser Tool and you will notice fewer tangles around the brush.

Dirt cup capacity – Bissell 20431 Powerglide Lift-Off Pet Plus carries a dirt cup capacity of 0.75 liters.

Made for pet parents – You get the power in your hands to clean all the tricky corners, edges and soft surfaces where your pets leave their marks with the help of specialized tools that comes with the Bissell power glide lift off pet plus upright vacuum.

Pros

  • Has great suction power and great for pet hair
  • Brush rolls does not get tangled with pet hair
  • The cord is long enough
  • Easy to empty and clean filters
  • Has a 2 in 1 feature that comes in handy for stairs and furniture

Cons

  • The container fills up quite fast
  • Cord has to be manually winded
  • It feels heavy and bulky

Best Vacuums for Pet Hair on Hardwood Floor Buyers Guide


There must be a vacuum cleaner at your home if you have a carpeted floor area. And when it comes to cleaning a hardwood floor, many people double it as a vacuum cleaner for hardwood floors. But they hardly realize that a vacuum cleaner made for a soft floor like carpeted one is not a perfect fit for a hard surface. And it gets more technical to get hold of a perfect vac when the task at hand is cleaning your pet’s hair.

1. Suction Power

The suction power of the vacuum cleaner should be the major deciding factor if you want to suck all the fur from your hardwood floor. When it comes to collecting dust from carpet, a little low suction power would do the task.

But to capture all those pet hair perfectly, a strong enough suction power is required. So, investing in a vacuum cleaner which has low suction power would be a waste of money, time and all the effort.

2. Type of brush

Another very important consideration is the type of brush the vacuum cleaner has. For vacuuming your hardwood floor, check for a switch on and switch off feature of the rotational brush.

If you are doubling up your usual carpets’ vacuum cleaner with a simple rotating brush to clean the fur from the hardwood floor, the rotating brush will only scatter the pet hair all over the place instead of capturing them.

So, to vacuum all the hair from the floor, the rotating brush will need to be switched off. Thus, the best vac for this task would be the one having a button to switch it off.

3. Odor Capture Ability

If you have a pet at home, you know they have a body odor of their own just like us all. And their falling hair has too. So while capturing all the fur from the hardwood floor, a vacuum cleaner should have the ability to wipe off all that odor left behind. This step is really necessary for maintaining the hygiene of your household. Look for a vacuum cleaner which boasts of an odor capturing ability.

4. HEPA Filtration

HEPA filters are a must-have these days if you want the best vacuum cleaner. A HEPA filter can keep the dust inside the dust bag when the air is sucked out back in the room for the next suck-in cycle. If that air is not fresh and release all the dirt and hair back into the room, there is no point of vacuuming the room in the first place. 

5. Capture Allergens

If you have a pet at home, you must know the allergens attacking them all the time. And when they shed their hair, allergens are all over the place too. To maintain proper hygiene for your family and pet, all the allergens need to be captured along with the fur. So, look for a vac that can get all the allergens off your hardwood floor and keep them locked inside.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it ok to vacuum hardwood floors?

It is perfectly fine to vacuum your hardwood floor. You should switch your regular sweeping or dusting for vacuuming. Sweeping a wooden floor only scatters the dust all over the place and that dust ultimately settles in the crevices or beneath your furniture. But a vacuum cleaner would suck all that dirt in without leaving a trace on the floor.

Just remember to switch off the rotating brush for keeping the dust in its place as it would help to accomplish the task effectively. It will also prevent your expensive wooden floor from getting scratches from the bristles of the brush.

How often should you vacuum hardwood floors?

Normally, vacuuming your hardwood floor twice a week is enough to keep it clean. But when you have a furry family member, it becomes all the more important to wipe off all the hair from the floor daily. Keeping them scattered everywhere would mean providing a breeding ground for all the bacteria and allergens. This is harmful for you and your family.

And if you have small children or elderly people at home, the floating allergens in the air would mean a lot more harm to them due to their weak immune system. So, to maintain your family’s health, cleaning pet hair from a hardwood floor daily is a must.

Should you vacuum or dust first?

It is always a debatable topic. Some would prefer dusting first and others would go for vacuuming. But let’s get a hold of the logic above all. Vacuuming first would agitate all the dust particles in the air and would make them float in the surrounding air for the next few hours.

Your dusting process after the vacuuming one would be useless if there aren’t any dust particles to wipe off. By the time, you would finish your dusting, all the dirt would start settling down and stick to the damp surface. This means more frequent vacuuming and dusting. So, going by the logic, dust all the surfaces with a damp cloth or a duster first and then capture all the remaining dust with the help of a vac.

The Bottom Line

Having a vacuum cleaner to help you keep your house germ-free saves a lot of time and effort in today’s busy lives. And it is important to secure the best one to this task efficiently.

After all, it is not only a matter of keeping your house clean but would also protect your family from all the bacteria. And when the main motive is to capture all those allergens living on our pet’s hair, take your time to bring an expert vac at home.

All of the above-listed vacuum cleaners are reputed to perform this task and have even got a stamp of approval in the form of reviews from buyers. Just like they all have got their perfect piece to fit in their homes, find yours’ keeping in mind your budget and preferences. 

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