What is the best vacuum for pet hair? Read our reviews to find the best rated vacuum in each category: bagged, bagless, corded, cordless, lightweight and more.
You can use most upright vacuum cleaners to clean up pet hair. But the question is what is the best upright vacuum for pet hair? There are many models made to clean pet hair and fur, but they have different features – some you might need, some you won’t.
We’ve found that there are four of the absolute best vacuum cleaners when it comes to cleaning pet hair. These four models can fit all of your requirements (and more). Take a look at the brief review below for the best vacuum in each category.
The four best vacuums for pet hair are:
- Oreck Commercial XL2100 HRS
- Shark Navigator Deluxe NV42
- Shark Navigator Freestyle
- Hoover T-Series WindTunnel Pet Rewind
- 1 1. Oreck Commercial XL2100 HRS
- 2 2. Shark Navigator Deluxe NV42
- 3 3. Shark Navigator Freestyle
- 4 Hoover T-Series WindTunnel Pet Rewind
1. Oreck Commercial XL2100 HRS
Best Overall Upright Vacuum for Pet Hair
The Oreck XL2100 HRS wins this category. It has most of the features that make a capable and efficient vacuum cleaner. Its design is easy to use, even for people with arthritis. That said, other vacuums have specialized features that you may want to look into.
The Oreck is an efficient tool to clean up debris, dirt, and pet hair, even under furniture. It doesn’t have a feature or accessory specifically for cleaning pet hair. But it’s efficiency allows you to clean pet hair without needing to buy a separate specialized vacuum cleaner.
Best Upright Bagged Vacuum for Pet Hair
This vacuum operates with a bag (that has a large capacity), and it has a cord. The bags are disposable dust bags that can carry 11 quarts of dirt. It’s best to change the dust bags frequently to prevent any clogging in the vacuum.
The cord is 35-feet long – long enough for most cleaning areas, even commercial areas. The large capacity bag and long cord mean you can clean wide areas before you have to change bags or unplug and plug the vacuum. But if you want a bagless, cordless vacuum, then the XL2100 is not the answer.
The XL2100 is lightweight, but it isn’t the lightest among the models we review here. The Oreck’s Microsweep brush technology makes it good on both carpets and bare floors. But there are no options to adjust the height of the vacuum head for carpets, and the brush may scratch hardwood floors.
Read our full review of the Oreck Commercial XL2100 HRS here.
|Our rating: 4.7/5|
The Oreck XL2100 HRS has no special feature for cleaning pet hair, but the Shark NV42 comes with a Pet Hair Power Brush accessory. The power brush makes it easy for the vacuum to suck up pet hair.
Best Upright Bagless Vacuum for Pet Hair
Like most upright vacuum cleaners, the NV42 has no bag. Instead, it has a dirt cup with three quarts capacity. It works with a 25-foot cord. Make sure to clean the cup frequently, especially when you are cleaning multiple rooms.
Best Shark Upright Vacuum for Pet Hair
Many Shark upright vacuums can clean pet hair. Some of them have special accessories, like this NV42 model, while some don’t. Among all the Shark models we review, the NV42 gets the highest ranking, and we recommend it as the best Shark vacuum for pet hair.
The NV42 works for both carpet surfaces and bare floors using a switch. Choose setting 1 to clean bare floors, and setting 2 for carpets. It has no features that make it exceptionally well for either bare floors or carpets. The weight of this vacuum is quite heavy – it’s not for you if you want a lightweight one.
Read our full review of the Shark Navigator Deluxe NV42 here.
|Our Rating: 4.2/5|
The Shark Navigator Freestyle, like the Oreck XL2100, doesn’t have a special feature for pet hair removal. However, it gets a good recommendation for cleaning pet hair from people who use it. The company itself says this model is ‘exceptional’ for cleaning pet hair.
Best Cordless Upright Vacuum for Pet Hair
What makes the Shark different from the other two models above is that it is cordless. Instead of using a power source, it uses batteries to operate. While it allows you to move with mobility, the battery has to be recharged now and then (it takes four hours for a full recharge). Other than being cordless, it is also bagless and uses a dirt cup to collect the dirt.
Over time the battery may have a shorter operation time, and you need to ‘recondition’ the battery using a certain process. If you don’t mind waiting for the battery to charge, a cordless vacuum is great for freely chasing your pet.
Best Lightweight Upright Vacuum for Pet Hair
This vacuum is light and easy to carry. It weighs around 7 lbs, much lighter than the Shark NV42 and slightly lighter than the Oreck XL2100. If you want a lightweight vacuum to carry around the house, this model is the one for you. The Freestyle is similar with the NV42 – it has two settings that allow it to clean bare floors and carpets.
Read our full review of the Shark Navigator Freestyle here.
Hoover T-Series WindTunnel Pet Rewind
|Our Rating: 3.8/5|
The T-Series WindTunnel comes with an Air-Powered Pet Hand Tool. It does a good job of picking up pet hair from various types of surfaces such as carpet and furniture. This vacuum is bagless and has a 25-foot cord with a convenient automatic rewind feature that makes cleaning efficient.
Best Upright Vacuum for Pet Hair on Carpet
The WindTunnel Pet has a 5-height adjustment feature. You can adjust the height for low, medium, or high-pile carpets. This feature is handy to have when you have different thickness carpets around the house, and your pet likes to roll around in all of them.
Best Upright Vacuum for Hardwood Floors and Pet Hair
The 5-height adjustment system also has a setting for bare or hardwood floors. You can switch off the rotating brush when you are cleaning hardwood floors to avoid scratching the floor. If you want to clean your house smoothly between floors and carpets, then this vacuum is one that fits you.
Read our full review of the Hoover T-Series WindTunnel Pet Rewind here.