Dog hair can put excessive wear and tear on a vacuum. When possible, try and limit the amount of pet hair in the home by placing blankets on furniture and by frequently brushing and combing your dog, particularly during shedding season. One tip listed by the American Kennel Club is to sprinkle baking soda on couches where dog's lay down. The baking soda will make it easier to vacuum the dog hair when using a crevice or brush tool.
Top Dog Hair Vacuum Picks
To learn more about different models we looked at and view our top choices in each category, click on the links below. We've picked our favorites from each category and included on this page.
Best Bagged Canister Dog Vacuum
Our top canister dog hair vacuum pick is the Kenmore Progressive (model 21614). The Kenmore is not only an excellent pet hair vacuum, but it gets high marks for carpet and bare floors. The vacuum has a HEPA filter and was referred to in a leading consumer magazine as being "superb" for picking up dog hair. It has no negatives and is packed with features such as pile-height adjustment, a drape cleaning tool and a rotating brush that can be turned on and off.
According to Consumer Reports "the Kenmore 216114 canister vacuum includes the motorized Pet PowerMate for a more powerful tool for removing pet hair from floors and furniture."
Best Bagless Canister Dog Hair Vacuum
Our bagless best vacuum for dog hair is also a Kenmore canister model (22614). The vacuum has all of the popular features found in canister vacs while providing excellent dog hair pickup. It is very good on carpet and rates an excellent for bare floors. According to Consumer Reports "the pet hair test reveals no traces of pet hair left behind and very little pet hair caught in the brush roll."
Best Upright to Vacuum Dog Hair
We have two top upright picks to add to our list as the best vacuum for dog hair. The reason is the our top pick, the Miele S7210 twist is twice the cost of the Hoover WindTunnel Max (UH30600). While the Miele offers more high end features, both vacuums get excellent ratings as a dog hair vacuum.
Best Dog Hair Hand Vacuum
There was only one hand held vacuum that receives excellent ratings for pet hair, making our choice of best vacuum for dog hair easy. We recommend the Hoover Platinum LiNX. It gets high marks from consumers and is a good choice for anyone with a dog. It may be small, but it earned its place as a best vacuum for dog hair.
Best Stick Vacuums For Dog Hair
Like its hand held cousin, we also give high marks to the Hoover Platinum LiNX (BH50010) stick vacuum. It made our best vacuum for dog hair due to its excellent performance, not to mention a very good performance on carpets and excellent performance on wood floors. Consumer Reports calls this vacuum "impressive at carpet-surface and bare floor cleaning." A close second is the Shark Bagless Navigator Freestyle (SV1106), particularly if you frequently vacuum carpets (Consumers rated it best stick vacuum for carpets).
Dog Grooming Vacuum
A dog grooming vacuum uses an attachment to a regular vacuum that is designed to remove shedding hair from pets before it hits the floor. Some models come with a universal adapter for all major vacuum models such as the Bissell ShedAway or Yowza! Others are made for a specific brand such as the Dyson Groom. Both the Bissell options and the Dyson receive excellent consumer reviews.