Best Vacuum For Dog Hair: Canister


"All of the canister models listed on this page would qualify as the best vacuum for dog hair. They have all been rated excellent in Consumer Reports as a pet hair vacuum. After achieving high marks for dog hair, models are listed in order of performance for other qualities that make a great vacuum."


The first vacuum listed is the best overall performer. All are good choices if dog hair pickup is your priority. Factors to consider when researching vacuums include noise (it can drive some dogs crazy) and how it works on carpet and bare floors. If you vacuum drapes you might also want variable suction control.

Lists are provided below for the best dog hair vacuum that is bagged, followed by a list of bagless models.

Best Bagged Canister Dog Hair Vacuum

Best Vacuum For Dog Hair Canister - Bagged Models

Canister Vacuums



Kenmore Progressive Model 21614
The Kenmore Progressive models receive excellent marks as a dog hair vacuum. The 21614 in particular offers a value price for comparable performance and is a Consumer Reports "best buy."

Kenmore Progressive Dog Hair Vacuum

Dog Hair Vac by Kenmore

$369.99 from

Kenmore Intuition 28014

This Kenmore Intuition also receives high marks as a dog hair vacuum. It performs well on bare floors, but is just one step below the Progressive models mentioned above for performance on carpet. It is a recommended model for overall performance in Consumer Reports.

Kenmore Intuition
dog hair vacuum kenmore 28014

$499.99 at Amazon

Top rated for pet hair and bare floors and rated good for carpets. This vacuum is ultra quiet, has 5 level speed control and HEPA filtration. It's the vacuum to buy if the sound of vacuuming drives your dogs nuts.

Electrolux Ultra One
Dog Hair Vacuum Electrolux

$799 at

Best Bagless Canister Dog Hair Vacuum

Best Canister Vacuums for Dog Hair Pickup - Bagless Models




Kenmore 22614 (Top Rated Model)
This Kenmore bagless model is rated excellent for picking up dog hair. It uses a wheel design to make pivoting easy. The motorized brush roll easily picks up pet hair. The vacuum also has a HEPA filter and many convenience features.

Kenmore Bagless Canister Dog Hair Vacuum

Dog Hair Canister Vacuum by Sears

$299.99 from Sears
Hoover Platinum S3865
The Hoover Platinum receives top marks for dog hair pickup, very good ratings for carpet and excellent reviews for wood floors. To quote one leading magazine, the pet hair pickup is "superb."

Hoover Platinum Canister Vacuum

Dog Hair Vacuum Canister by Hoover

$399 from Amazon

Rainbow e series E2

Rainbow vacuums are like no other. It traps dirt using water during vacuuming. The water keeps any dust from escaping. It's rated excellent for picking up dog hair and is a great choice for anyone that requires absolute cleaning.

Rainbow e Series Vacuum

Rainbow e2 Vacuum

$1,999 at Amazon

Electrolux Ultra Active (EL4300) The Electrolux 4300 gets an excellent rating for dog hair as well as wood floors. It gets a very good for carpets. Compared to other vacuums we would suggest the Kenmore or Hoover over this model. If all you care about is buying a vacuum for dog hair, this model is a good choice.

Electrolux Ultra Active Vacuum

Electrolux Dog Hair Vacuum EL4300

$319 from Amazon

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