Best Robot Vacuums for Pet Hair Android Central 2019

When you live in a home with pets, it's not uncommon to find tumbleweeds of fur collecting in different areas of the house. Cats and dogs never seem to stop shedding, which makes cleaning up a bit of a hassle. The best way to keep your home clean is with a reliable robot vacuum like the iRobot Roomba i7+ that takes care of the furry mess every day. We've done our research and gathered a list of the best robot vacuums for pet hair. See which one fits your needs.

Best Overall: iRobot Roomba i7+

This is most definitely an expensive choice for your home, but it's also the only robot vacuum on the market that can dump its dustbin load and continue working. When you spring for the i7+, you get the vacuum and the Clean Base where dustbin loads are stored. You can also purchase a less expensive i7 vacuum on its own, but it won't be compatible with the Clean Base. iRobot designed the Clean Base's bags to hold up to 30 bins worth of debris before needing a replacement, so you can go for long stretches without cleaning up after your vacuum. One thing to note is that while the process of dumping debris into the Clean Base is super convenient, it's also very loud.

Why is this such a big pull for pet owners? Bundles of poofy fur tend to clog dustbins up faster than other debris, which forces the vacuum to stop working. But if the device can empty itself, then it can go on cleaning up after your fluffy friends. The included filter also traps 99% of pet allergens to keep your home clean. If that wasn't enough, the recharge and resume feature makes it so that if the vacuum runs out of juice, it will head to the charger. Once back to a full charge, it will continue the job where it left off.

This device uses advanced mapping skills, which allow it to survey your home and distinguish one room from another. If you want it to clean a specific room or you want it to avoid a particular area, you simply give the command on the iRobot HOME app. You can also control it using Alexa or Google Assistant. What's more, once it has mapped your home, you can place the vacuum in any room, and it will be able to tell where it is by detecting landmarks.

Pros:

  • Empties its dustbin
  • Traps 99% of pet allergens
  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Control with iRobot HOME app
  • Floor mapping and room skipping
  • Recharge and resume

Cons:

  • Super expensive
  • Clean Base is loud

Best Overall

iRobot Roomba i7+

A vacuum that empties its own dustbin

With this setup, you won't need to interact with your vacuum nearly as much since it empties its dustbin into the Clean Base and continues working.

Best Budget: iLife V3s Pro

If you're looking for a reliable robot vacuum that consistently and reliably takes care of pet hair, then the iLife V3s Pro is the perfect choice for you. It's the least expensive option on our list by a decent amount, and yet it has a decent battery life - up to 100 minutes on one charge. It isn't as fancy as more expensive units, for example, it can't map rooms, it doesn't work with smart home assistants, and it doesn't have an app to control it. To make it operate, there are physical buttons on the vacuum, or you can use the included remote control.

Since it specializes in hardwood and low pile carpet floors, this vacuum doesn't have any brushes. Being brush-less allows it to pick up plenty of fur without the individual hairs getting stuck in the bristles. When it runs out of power, it automatically returns to the dock and charges itself. However, if it runs out of power while it's in the middle of a cleaning job, it won't pick up where it left off once it's gotten some juice.

The best way to get rid of fur bunnies is to schedule cleaning times for when there's little to no foot traffic. Use the spot clean feature to have the vacuum attack areas that tend to get extra messy. As with any robot vacuum you'll need to clean out the dustbin and filter regularly to keep it in proper working order.

Pros:

  • Inexpensive
  • Runs up to 100 minutes
  • Schedule cleaning times
  • Comes with remote

Cons:

  • No recharge and resume feature
  • Doesn't map rooms

Best Budget

iLife V3s Pro

A cheap vacuum for pet hair

It runs for up to 140 minutes before needing a recharge, and you can schedule it to clean at specific times. Use the included remote to control it.

Best for Large Capacity: bObsweep PetHair Plus

This robot vacuum is specially designed for people with pets. It has a large dustbin capacity of 1100mL, which is more than double the average size. This means it will be able to store more fur, dirt, and crumbs than others on the market. As far as robot vacuums go, it's also on the cheaper side of the spectrum, while still providing a quality product. For instance, it can run up to 140 minutes before needing to recharge and also features a HEPA filter to trap 99.7% of pet allergens, which will help reduce sneezing in your home.

Unlike some other devices, this one doesn't map rooms, and it cannot be controlled by a smartphone. It comes with a round remote control, which you can use to set the vacuum to a 7-day schedule. You can also use this remote to steer the device to a specific section if you want a spot cleaned. When you flip the device over, you'll find a place where you can attach a microfiber mop. Set the bObsweep to wet/dry mop mode, and it will dispense water to clean your floors more thoroughly. Don't worry. It will leave your floors plenty dry.

The vacuum's impressive LCD screen notifies you if the device is having a problem and lets you see the current battery life. When the battery gets low, this vacuum automatically returns to its base to recharge. This purchase also includes blOck Plus, which you can use to deter Bob from entering certain areas. It comes in five different colors so you can choose the look you like best: champagne, charcoal, rouge, cobalt, or midnight.

Pros:

  • Inexpensive
  • Runs 120 - 140 minutes
  • Wet/dry mop
  • Five color options
  • Easy to use
  • Can schedule

Cons:

  • No smartphone app
  • Doesn't map rooms

Best for Large Capacity

bObsweep PetHair Plus

An inexpensive vacuum for pet owners

This vacuum features long 11-inch brushes and has an extra-large dustbin to store more dirt and fur when cleaning. Choose from five different colors.

Best Battery Life: Roborock S6

This robot vacuum can run up to 180 minutes and has the longest battery life of any of the devices on this list. That means it will keep cleaning for long periods and can tackle large areas. However, it also has a relatively small dustbin so you'll need to empty it often (especially if you have a long-haired animal in your home) for it to clean effectively. This unit can be controlled in a few different ways, either by using Amazon Alexa, the Roborock app, or by pressing the physical buttons on top of the device.

In addition to vacuuming, you can use the Roborock S6 to mop your hard floors. Simply attach the mop to the bottom side. It leaves your floors relatively dry so you don't have to worry about water damage. The thing you'll need to be wary about is that this unit cannot detect when it comes across a carpet in mop mode. You might need to move it for it to clean the proper areas. Altogether, this unit has five different modes to help you clean effectively: carpet, quiet, mopping, turbo, and max. As with most robot vacuums, it's ideal for hard floors and low-pile to medium-pile carpet.

This unit is smarter than others. It has sensors to detect ledges and obstacles, which will prevent it from falling down stairs or damaging things in your home. It also maps your house for a more thorough cleaning. This means it will zigzag back and forth to cover every inch of flooring instead of randomly wandering. It comes in either black or white so you can choose the look you like best.

Pros

  • Runs up to 180 minutes
  • Works with Alexa
  • Controlled with app
  • Has mop mode
  • Smart mapping
  • Tackles large areas

Cons

  • Small dustbin
  • Mop mode doesn't detect carpets

Best Battery Life

Roborock S6

A long-lasting robot vacuum

With a battery life of up to 180 minutes, this vacuum can work for long stretches and cover large areas of your home before needing a recharge.

Best for Corners: Neato Botvac D6

If you own pets, then you know that fur somehow manages to ball up in the corners of your home. You'll notice by looking around that most robot vacuums are circular whereas the Neato Botvac D6 has a flat edge on one side. This allows it to dive into baseboard corners to more effectively pick up balls of fur and other litter that collect in these penned areas. It can hold up to 700mL in its dustbin, which is a little higher than average. You'll need to keep an eye on that dustbin since this unit doesn't let you know when it gets full.

It features an extra-large brush to help pick up pet hair and other litter. It also runs longer than many other devices with the ability to clean for up to 120 minutes before needing a recharge. This is one of the more intelligent models as it features Wi-Fi connectivity, laser sensors, and floor mapping. The sensors allow it to detect obstacles in its path, so it's less likely to get snagged on random items along the way.

It can be controlled using Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple Watch, or the Neato app. It's definitely on the more expensive side of robot vacuums. But, considering all the conveniences it offers, it's a reasonable price.

Pros:

  • Large-than-average dustbin
  • Floor mapping
  • Runs up to 120 minutes
  • Wi-Fi connected
  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Doesn't tell you if dustbin is full

Best for Corners

Neato Botvac D6

A powerful, Wif-Fi connected vacuum

It's a reliable device with a larger-than-average dustbin that uses sensors to map your home and clean up after your four-legged friends.

Best Quiet Mode: * Eufy RoboVac 11S Max*

Robot vaccums aren't the quietest things in the world — they are vacuums afterall. However, some have been designed with a quiet mode so they won't be as noisy. If your children are sleeping or you're trying not to frighten your poor four-legged friend too much than the RoboVac 11S Max is a great option to consider. Its quiet mode is one of the best while still having the power to suck up all that pet hair.

It runs up to 100 minutes at a time, so it can tackle large sections in one cleaning. The tradeoff here is that the device doesn't have any mapping abilities. That means that it might wander around a little instead of being as thorough as other vacuums. It still does a great job of cleaning, though, and it features 10 infrared sensors to detect obstacles and ledges. This will prevent it from falling down stairs or bulldozing into your belongings.

Since it doesn't have built-in Wi-Fi it won't work with an app, Alexa, or Google Assistant. However, it can be controlled with the included remote. To help you better clean your home there are four different cleaning modes: Auto Mode, Edge Clean, Spot Clean, and Quick Clean. Finally, this vacuum has one of the sleekest designs of any robot vacuum we've seen. It will look good in any home.

Pros:

  • Excellent quiet mode
  • Runs up to 100 minutes
  • Comes with remote
  • Four cleaning modes
  • Anti-bump/fall sensors
  • Sleek design

Cons:

  • Doesn't work with app
  • No mapping
  • Doesn't work with home assistants

Best Quiet Mode

Eufy RoboVac 11S Max

A quiet vacuum for your home

When in quiet mode, this vacuum's noise level is minimal. It runs up to 100 minutes at a time and has 4 cleaning modes to keep your home tidy.

Best Value: Eufy RoboVac 15C Max

This is the ideal robot vacuum for pet owners who want something cheap but effective. It doesn't include all of the high-end abilities of some of its competitors, but it does have built-in Wi-Fi and it's great at sucking up pet hair. You'll be able to control it using the EufyHome app, or by giving voice commands to Alexa or Google Assistant. There's even a remote control included in the box if you'd prefer that method.

It has a good battery life of up to 100 minutes, which means it will be able to tackle large sections of your home in each go. You won't find any mapping abilities with this unit or the ability set up virtual barricades. However, it does employ 10 infrared sensors to detect stair ledges or objects in its path. This way it can avoid falling to its doom or ramming into your belongings.

Perhaps the most convenient feature is the ability to set up cleaning schedules. This way you can have the unit cleaning your home while you're away or doing other tasks. I also love the look of this vacuum. It will clean your home without being an eyesore. With it's sleek design and range of abilities, it's one of the best buys for your money.

Pros:

  • Works with EufyHome app
  • Compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Runs up to 100 minutes
  • Comes with remote
  • Anti-bump/fall sensors
  • Set cleaning schedules

Cons:

  • No mapping
  • Cannot set up boundary lines

Best Value

Eufy RoboVac 15C Max

The most for your money

This device isn't very expensive, but it still comes with an app for you to control it with. It's also compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant.

Best Dustbin Removal: Samsung POWERbot R7065

Robot vacuums operate more effectively when the filters and dustbins are clean. For this reason, being able to quickly empty out the dustbin and filter on your robot vacuum makes it more convenient to keep your device running effectively. Unlike many other companies that hide the dustbin, Samsung's robot vacuum has a top-loading dustbin that pops out at the press of a button. This makes it so you can easily see how full of pet hair the container is without having to stop the device or open any lids.

Price-wise, this is a mid-range option due to it's advanced Wi-Fi abilities. It will map your home, making it easier to cover every inch of your floor. You'll be able to control it or monitor its progress using the SmartThings app. Cleaning sessions can also be started by giving voice commands to Alexa or Google Assistant.

Unfortunately, the battery life of this device isn't the best. It will only run for up to 90 minutes. However, it does have a recharge and resume feature, which means that it will return to its dock when the battery is low and then return cleaning where it left off once it's recharged. Admittedly, this isn't the prettiest vacuum you'll find, but the top-load dustbin and Wi-Fi capabilities make it a great option for pet owners.

Pros:

  • Easy dustbin access
  • Mapping
  • Compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Works with SmartThings app
  • Recharge and resume cleaning

Cons:

  • Not as pretty as other vacuums
  • Pricey

Best Dustbin Removal

Samsung POWERbot R7065

Easily remove this vacuum's dustbin

Unlike other robot vacuums, this one has a top-load dustbin, which is easily removed. You can also tell at a glance how full the container is.

Best Suction: Shark ION R85

My cat is the sloppiest eater on this planet. Her cat food falls to the floor all around her bowl and makes a scattered mess. If you also have a messy four-legged eater than you'll want to consider the Shark ION R85. It's a powerful device that can suck up a lot more debris than many other robot vacuums. It's perfect for sucking up dry pet food and fur.

It also features a larger-than-average dustbin that can hold up to 0.6 liters of rubbish. That way it will be able to cover more areas before needing to be emptied. You'll be able to control this vacuum using the Shark Clean app. There you'll receive updates, notifications, and can set a cleaning schedule for your home.

While this device has plenty of features, it doesn't have the ability to map your home. This means you won't be able to send it to specific areas of the house for a cleaning. However, it does feature sensors to help it detect walls, objects, and ledges. It will be able to find its way around your home even if it isn't in as orderly a fashion as some other vacuums.

Pros:

  • Powerful vacuum
  • Large dustbin
  • Comes with app
  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Cleaning schedule

Cons:

  • No mapping
  • Cannot select specific rooms

Best Suction

Shark ION R85

Heavy duty suction for pet messes

This vacuum has a far more powerful suction than many others making it ideal for cleaning up fur and pet food. It also has a large dustbin.

Best Dirt Detection: iRobot Roomba 980

When your pet comes back in after playing outside he usually tracks dirt and dust particles with him. Keeping the area around your cat's litter box clean is also a daunting task since they can track it everywhere. This can leave high-traffic areas like your entryway or kitchen pretty filthy. If you want something that can hone in on these messes for a more thorough cleaning, you should consider the iRobot Roomba 980. It uses Dirt Detect Technology and powerful suction to find and focus in on dirty areas.

This device is definitely on the pricey side, but it has several advanced features to warrant the cost. For one thing, it has built-in Wi-Fi so you can control it using the app or by giving a voice command to a smart home aid like Alexa or Google Assistant. It also maps out your home so it will vacuum in orderly lines rather than just zooming from one random location to another. Using the app you can set the device to clean at times that are most convenient for your household.

This isn't the quietest device out there, but it's also not the loudest. Just note that it will make a decent amount of noise when running, especially when on its highest settings. Additionally, it doesn't come with a remote. You'll need to rely on your smartphone in order to control it. Whether or not that's an issue will vary depending on your personal preference. All in all, this is a very powerful vacuum that can help zone in on dirty areas.

Pros:

  • Dirt Detect technology
  • Powerful suction
  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Mapping

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • No remote
  • Loud

Best Dirt Detection

iRobot Roomba 980

Focuses in on dirt for better cleaning

This Roomba has advanced Dirt Detect Technology, so it can clean a messy area more thoroughly. It also features Wi-Fi and mapping.

Robomaid

There are hundreds of robot vacuums on the market, but only some of them work well enough to function in a house full of furry pets. When making your choice, you'll want to consider cost, how large the vacuum's dustbin is, how long the battery life lasts, how well it sucks up pet hair, and any additional convenience features.

We highly recommend the iRobot Roomba i7+ since it can dump its dustbin into the included Clean Base and continue working without you needing to do anything. That means that when it fills up with Fluffy's fur, it can dump the load and go back to cleaning your house instead of waiting for you to clean it out. It's Wi-Fi-connected and can be controlled using the iRobot HOME app, Amazon Alexa, or Google Assistant. Since it has such an advanced mapping ability, you can explicitly tell the vacuum which rooms to clean and which ones to avoid for a tailored cleaning experience.

How to choose the best robot vacuum

Finding a robot vacuum that efficiently sucks up pet hair and offers additional conveniences can be a difficult chore. If you have a dog you'll want something that can handle in-depth dirt removal and if you have a cat you'll likely want something that can pick up kitty litter as well. Here are some things to help you find the best robot vacuum for your furry needs.

Battery Life

Chances are if you have a pet that you probably have a ton of fur scattered through your home. It tends to gather along baseboards, in your carpet, and especially in corners. Having a vacuum with long battery life ensures that more of your house gets cleaned in one stretch. The best vacuums also have a charge and resume feature to get every section.

The Roborock S6 is a great option for anyone with a large home. It can clean for up to 180 minutes at a time. If the unit runs out of juice, it will head back to its dock. Once recharged, it will finish up its cleaning schedule. Since it maps your house, it does a more thorough cleaning than many other vacuums.

The bObsweep PetHair Plus has an impressive run time of up to 140 minutes. It's one of the rare vacuums that actually has a display on the top of the unit. If it's nearby you can glance down and easily see how much battery life it has left.

If you're having issues keeping the corners of your home cleaned and you have a lot of floor to cover you should look into the Neato Botvac D6. It runs up to 120 minutes at a time and it's "D"-shaped design allows it to more easily suck up dust and debris from the corners of your home.

Best robot vacuums for pet hair, ranked by Battery Life

  1. Roborock S6 - 180 mins
  2. bObsweep PetHair Plus - 140 mins
  3. Neato Botvac D6 - 120 mins
  4. iRobot Roomba i7+ - 120 mins
  5. iRobot Roomba 980 - 120 mins

Dustbin Capacity

In addition to long battery life, you want a vacuum with a decent sized dustbin. The average dustbin capacity is 0.5 liters, so anything above that is really nice.

The bObsweep PetHair Plus blows all other devices out of the water with its 1.1 liter dustbin. This makes it ideal for homes with multiple pets or pets with long fur. As we saw before, it also has an impressive battery life. That means it will be able to run for long stretches and pick up more fur before needing to be emptied.

In addition to Neato Botvac D6's impressive 0.7 liter container, this vacuum's shape allows it to clean corners better than many of its competitors. That way all of those fur piles gathering at the edges of your room will actually get sucked up.

There's actually a three-way tie for the third best dustbin capacity, with the iRobot Roomba i7+, Eufy RoboVac 15C Max, and Eufy RoboVac 11S Max all being able to hold 0.6 liters. However, the iRobot Roomba i7+ has an edge over Eufy's vacuums. This self-emptying vacuum dumps its loads into the included cleaning base and then continues vacuuming. The cleaning base holds up to 30 dustbin loads so you won't have to take the rubbish to the trash nearly as frequently.

Best robot vacuums for pet hair, ranked by Dustbin Capacity

  1. bObsweep PetHair Plus - 1.1 L
  2. Neato Botvac D6 - 0.7 L
  3. iRobot Roomba i7+ - 0.6 L
  4. Eufy RoboVac 15C Max - 0.6 L
  5. Eufy RoboVac 11S Max - 0.6 L

Smarts and Conveniences

Having a smart vacuum can seriously make your cleaning experience easier, but there are additional conveniences that can make a vacuum more appealing.

The iRobot Roomba i7+ is by far the most convenient device on this list. Its unique self-emptying ability allows it to dump up to 30 dustbin loads into the cleaning base without you having to do anything. Additionally, this vacuum maps your house in order to cover every possible inch of floor. Should the device run out of juice, it will recharge at the dock and then resume cleaning. You can control and monitor it using an app, Amazon Alexa, or Google Assistant.

The Roborock S6 is also a device with extra conveniences. It maps your home for a thorough cleaning and you can set virtual boundaries if you don't want it to go somewhere. When it reaches 19% it returns to its dock and charges up before resuming its cleaning schedule. You can control it using an app, Amazon Alexa, or Google Assistant. You can even have it mop your floors by attaching the proper accessories.

When your pets track in dirt or litter, it helps to have a robot vacuum that can narrow in on the debris. That's where the iRobot Roomba 980 comes in handy. It employs Dirt Detect Technology, so it knows when to focus in on specific messy areas of your floors instead of simply passing over them once. It also maps your home and can be controlled using the app, Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.

Best robot vacuums for pet hair, ranked by Smarts and Conveniences

  1. iRobot Roomba i7+
  2. Roborock S6
  3. iRobot Roomba 980
  4. Neato Botvac D6
  5. Shark Ion R85

Price (lowest to highest)

If you're simply looking for a frugal option to help you clean up after your beloved pets then it helps to know which vacuums can suck up fur without costing too much. Just be aware that you typically pass up certain conveniences by choosing less expensive units.

The iLife V3s Pro is the least expensive device that still works well in pet homes. It doesn't come with an app, but you'll still be able to control it using the included remote. Additionally, since it doesn't map your home, it will bounce around randomly, but it will do a good job cleaning the ground it covers. Just note that this device is specifically meant for hard floors and low-pile carpets.

Despite being the second most inexpensive vacuum, you can start the Shark ION R85 using the included app. You can also set cleaning schedules or control the unit using Alexa or Google Assistant. This is a powerful device that can suck up fur and debris like dry pet food or cat litter. The tradeoff is that it doesn't map your home.

Eufy's RoboVac 11S Max is a great little device for the money. It doesn't have an app, but it comes with a remote so you can control it from a distance. It features four cleaning modes to better clean your floors, and has a sleek design. Just note that it doesn't map your home, so it won't clean every inch of floor like some other options.

Best robot vacuums for pet hair, ranked by Price (lowest to highest)

  1. iLife V3s Pro - $160
  2. Shark ION R85 - $200
  3. Eufy RoboVac 11S Max - $270
  4. Eufy RoboVac 15C Max - $280
  5. bObsweep PetHair Plus - $370
  6. Roborock S6 - $500
  7. Samsung POWERbot R7065 - $550
  8. Neato Botvac D6 - $597
  9. iRobo Roomba 980 - $899
  10. iRobot Roomba i7+ - $950

Credits

Rebecca Spear loves keeping up-to-date with the latest and greatest electronics. She is a life-long gamer and a writer who has written hundreds of online articles over the past four years. On any given day you'll find her drawing with her Wacom tablet, playing video games, or reading a good book.

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