Best Robot Vacuum For Pet Hair
If you have a pet, you're probably all too familiar with picking up an ungodly amount of those gross, balls of fur.
Whether a cat or a dog, pets shed, and for some breeds they shed a LOT!
The typical cleanup goes a little something like this...
Broom, vacuum, broom, vacuum, ...ugh..just leave it there...dust bunnies everywhere!
Well, you can stop that nonsense right now. There is a much much better solution.
Enter the robot vacuum. Of course, you've probably heard of the Roomba, which was basically the first robot vacuum to market. But over the past few years, the competition for iRobot has been intensifying. And with this competition, come better pricing. It's not too tough to find robot vacuums for near $100, a far cry from the early days in which most were priced over $1000.
So, in order to help you find the BEST robot vacuum for picking up pet hair, we've provided a review of some of the best options on the market. We spoke to consumers, read reviews and tested some units to give you the best ideas for robot vacuums.
How To Choose the Best Robot Vacuum Cleaner
1. Decide On A Budget- Maybe obvious, but have a price in mind when looking for a new robot vacuum. You can buy one of the top of the line Roomba vacs, but that will set you back $799. While there are many priced near $100 now, it does pay to up the budget a bit. If you can affford to spend close to $300, it would be wise as there are added features such as Wi-Fi compatibility which makes it worth your while.
2. Stick To The Name Brands - If you surf Amazon, you'll see a lot of knock off robot vacuums, but honestly, we'd try to avoid those. They are basically cheap imitations and will probably disappoint you in the end. Stick to Roomba, Neato, Eufy, iLife, Samsung and Ecovacs.
Our Pick: Eufy RoboVac 11
At the lower end of the budget scale, the Eufy RoboVac 11 offers the best in price and performance for top performing robot vacuums. With 1 rolling brush, 2 side brushes, and strong suction, this Eufy vacuum has been well reviewed since its release.
The RoboVac 11 is designed for hard floors and thin carpet, so if you're looking for a robot to deep clean your shag carpets, this isn't the right model for you. But with 1.5 hours of cleaning time per charge, this robot vac will put those pet hair worries behind you.
So what do owners have to say? We spoke to one Eufy owner, who was also a former Roomba consumer, who says that he is much happier with the performance of the Eufy. He says the suction is so strong, that all of the hair from his german sheperd 'Luke' is 'sucked in like a hurricaine'
In our examination of Amazon Reviews, it seemed to be a similar story. The Eufy RoboVac11 has over 3200 reviews and gets a 4.3 star rating. The only major drawback is the lack of wifi support, but the Eufy comes with a very easy to use remote, so not really a deal breaker.
At just $249.99, we think this robot vaccum is the best option for homeowners looking to pick up those dust bunnies!
Budget Option: ILIFE V3s Pro
ILife claims that the ILife V3s Pro was designed with pet owners in mind, with "pet hair care technology". OK, so just marketing speak or is this vacuum the real deal. We set to find out.
What exactly is this so-called special technology anyways? It's called AirAway technology which has double high-performance filters. These separate dirt from debris without clogging the machine, meaning more suction versus other similar systems.
So, i think there is something to be said for the design, as its owners claim that the ILIFE V3s Pro is a 'life saver' and does a 'phenomenal job of picking up ALL of the dust'. We spoke to a friend who also had a unit and they were quite impressed with the performance given the cost (under $180 retail as of this writing).
Only downfall--similar to the aforementioned Eufy, this one is not wifi compatible as it too also comes with its own dedicated remote.
Best Option For Carpets: Roomba 980
While nearly all robot vacuums have some sort of reasonable performance with short length carpets, there are only a select few that can handle a fully carpeted house. Enter the granddaddy of robot vacuums--the iRobot Roomba 980 which retails at the top of the price range--coming in at $799.
This is the top of the line Roomba and features wifi compatibility, 10x the power and deeper cleaning on carpets in comparison to the Roomba sister models. Even better, this unit has a fantastic battery, operating for a full two hours on a single charge.
Plus, since we're talking about pet hair, the Roomba 980 makes picking up pet hair a breeze off of either carpet or hard surfaces. It features tangle-free brushes with a high-efficiency filter that captures "99% of all allergens, pollen, and particles as small as 10 microns"
So, what do customers of the Roomba 980 think. Well, it gets 4.2 stars out of 5 with over 1200 reviews. One prominent reviewer claims that the suction and power of the 980 is impressive and was 'shocked how much dirt, fur, lint, etc. that it collects.'