5 Robot Vacuums That Can Handle Your Shedding Pet
Every pet owner knows that sinking feeling of seeing yet another clump of their pet’s hair drifting around the baseboards of the house. Likewise, every pet owner also knows the feeling of frustration of having to pull out the vacuum again to get rid of all that hair.
Vacuuming every day is a big task and not one that everyone wants to do, even pet owners who love a clean home as much as they love their animals.
The robot vacuum is about to be your new best friend. While it’s been around for more than 20 years, a lot of pet owners have shied away from using them, not sure that the machine can handle their pet’s hair on a regular basis.
The good news is that there are definitely robot vacuums that can clean up what your pet sheds. Even better? We’ve done the research for pet owners so you don’t have to do it yourself. Read on to learn about five great robot vacuums that can stand up to the task of cleaning up after your pet’s hairiest messes.
There are a lot of great features that make this iRobot Roomba 891 our top pick, but two things in particular stand out. The first is the patented dirt-seeking sensors. They’re designed to identify dirtier areas and programmed to work harder to make sure that those tougher areas are clean. The sensors also focus on high-traffic areas so you know that the places in your home that most visitors will see will be free of your pet’s hair and ready for guests.
The second stand-out feature is the three-stage cleaning system. It ensures that all types of dirt and debris–from the smallest particles to the larger messes–will be thoroughly cleaned. Nothing is more frustrating than seeing your pet’s hair or dirt from their paws left behind after a floor has supposedly been cleaned, and this vacuum works hard to make sure that doesn’t happen.
Other great features include the fact that it works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, and the adjusting head that allows it to clean both carpets and hardwood floors in one vacuuming session.
One negative is the higher price. At more than $430, it’s definitely priced higher than other robot vacuums on our list, although it’s far from being the most expensive one on the market. We compared this model to other less expensive iRobot Roombas, and we found that this one was designed to handle pet hair better than cheaper models, making it worth the extra money.
iRobot Roomba 891 Robot Vacuum
Our top pick for pet hair. We love this vacuum for its dirt seeking sensors and its ability to target high traffic areas. Its three-stage cleaning system will ensure clean floors.
The Eufy BoostIQ RoboVac is a strong runner-up. It was voted “Best Robot Vacuum of 2018” by Digital Trends, which is high praise in a tough category.
We love the look and slim design of this model. It’s not as bulky as other models, but don’t underestimate the suction power just because the Eufy BoostIQ is a sleeker vaccum. It still has great suction capabilities and will even increase its suction power in less than two seconds if it senses that it has reached a harder-to-clean area with more dirt.
It also has drop-sensing technology, which ensures that it won’t be taking a tumble down any stairs while it’s trying to clean. It can also clean for up to 100 minutes before needing to recharge.
The main drawback of this model is the lack of wi-fi connectivity. While you can preset it to clean at certain times, you can’t change that from your phone. It may not seem like a huge deal (and for some people it really isn’t), but when technology is moving in the direction of allowing us to control every device through our phones or via voice assistants, it’s tough to overlook the fact that this robot vacuum doesn’t have that capability.
Eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 11S Robot Vacuum Cleaner
This vacuum is extra slim and can run for up to 100 minutes on a charge. It can also increase suction when it senses extra dirt. A great vacuum for the price.
More Best Robot Vacuums
Amarey Robot Vacuum
The Amarey Robot vacuum comes with powerful suction to easily dispose of any dust, dirt, debris and pet hair in your home. With its easy-to-remove dustbin, quiet cleaning capability, and intelligent sensor, it gives you the chance to go about your day and let this cleaning powerhouse take care of the dirty stuff.
One really unique feature of this robot vacuum is its triple filter. There are three filters through which the dirt gets sucked in, and this system not only makes the vacuum more effective in getting all different types of dirt off the floor but also keeping it trapped inside the machine.
Ironically, its best feature also can be its worst. It’s so zealous at cleaning up everything from your floor that it will clean up everything from your floor. Small toys, plastic bags–these things and more are fair game for the Amarey.
Neato Robotics D6 Connected Laser Guided Smart Robot Vacuum
The Neato Robotics D6 robotic vacuum has focused its technology on floor mapping. You create the customized floor plan using the app and then program the Neato Robotics D6 to follow that map when it cleans. You can also program more than one floor, so it’s great if you live in a multi-floor house. Just place the charging station on the floor that you want it to clean, set it to the right floor map, and then let it do its job.
Extra features include lasers that allow it to “see” in the dark and clean any time, day or night, and interactive programming that allows you to control the robot vacuum from your phone, through Google Home, or using Amazon Alexa. That means you can program it to clean your pet hair up whenever it will least bother you–or your pet.
Beware though. This model will set you back almost $600, so make sure that you need the extras that it offers in order to justify the steep price tag.
If price has been the main reason you’ve held back from getting a robotic vacuum, it doesn’t need to hold you back anymore. The ILIFE A4S Robot Vacuum can clean your floors at a fraction of the cost of some of the pricier models on the market. It can clean up to 140 minutes and pick up dirt, debris, and pet hair on multiple surfaces.
We also love that it comes with its own cleaner as part of the kit. Many stand-up vacuums have gotten clogged with pet hair and robot vacuums aren’t immune to that either. However, giving a cleaner with the vacuum ensures that you have a tool that fits your machine and will help you remove any hair that gets stuck in the machine.
The only caution we have is that sometimes get what you pay for. In this case, you’re not paying for the bells and whistles that other robotic vacuums have, like sensors and lasers and floor-mapping technology. It also doesn’t vacuum in straight lines so if you’re looking for straight lines on your carpet, don’t go with this product. But it does do a good job cleaning, including your pet hair, so if that’s the main reason that you’re getting it, you won’t be disappointed with this purchase.
ILIFE A4s Robot Vacuum Cleaner
If you just want a vacuum that will do the job without the bells and whistles, this is the vacuum for you.
Questions to Consider
Do robot vacuums work for pet hair? Yes, they do. However, like stand-up vacuums, some work better than others. Things to look for when buying a robot vacuum that can handle your pet’s hair include powerful suction, sensors to detect the hair, a filter system, and a cleaner that comes with the vacuum so that you can make sure the brushes don’t get tangled in your pet’s hair.
Do all robot vacuums have an app? No, they don’t, and not having one can be frustrating. Most robot vacuums can be programmed with a remote control when it comes to the times that you want it to clean, but the app takes it a step further. When the vacuums have apps, you can do a lot more things with them, like programming your floor plan into it or remotely setting it to clean while you’re out if want your house extra sparkling when you get home. In addition to the app, some other robot vacuums have voice-assist technology that allows you to control your vacuum through Google Home or Amazon Alexa. It’s worth noting that the lack of an app or the voice-assist technology isn’t a dealbreaker, but just about every electronic device can now be controlled that way so it’s a little confusing why it’s not standard for this type of device.
Do all robot vacuums return to their docking station when they are full or need to charge? Almost all of them are designed to return to the charging station when they are almost out of battery, however, these are imperfect machines. Virtually all of them have gotten lost on their way back to the charging station, gotten stuck under a piece of furniture and been unable to return, or have run out of battery before they got to the charger. So as long as you don’t expect perfection every time, you’ll be okay.
If my dog is afraid of the regular vacuum, will he also be afraid of the Roomba? Sadly, we can’t answer this one definitively for you. If your dog isn’t a fan of the stand-up vacuum, he probably isn’t going to be a fan of the robot vacuum. What the robot vacuum has in its favor is that it’s usually quieter, but then again, it’s a device that moves around on its own without any person controlling it. That might freak your dog out more than the loud noises of the stand-up. So the answer is that every dog is different and you might want to experiment with a friend’s robot vacuum before committing to your own if you’re worried about your dog’s response.
Having a pet does not mean you have to start vacuuming every day or learn to live with clumps of hair and dirt from their paws all-around your home. Instead, trust the right robot vacuum to do the cleaning for you so that you have more time to spend with your pet.