Best Hoover For Dog Hair


best hoover for dog hair

Dogs may well be man’s best friend, but this sentiment may change when you’re hoovering the same square metre of carpet or sofa for ten minutes to no avail. In this situation, the best hoovers for dog hair may well become your best friend!

The best vacuum cleaners for dog hair & other pet hair are those that combine high suction power with a motorised hair tool accessory so that the brush can effortlessly comb through your carpet fibres and remove all hair, both human & pet, leaving floors and furniture hair free.

There are several keys things that you need to look out for when it comes to choosing a vacuum cleaner for dog hair but by far the most important is suction power.

You’ll find many hoovers these days that claim to be great for pet hair due to having specialist pet hair tools, and this is one part of the equation, but without the necessary suction power these pet fur tools are really just gimmicks. 

You can have all the tools and accessories ever created but if the suction is no good then it just won’t pick the dog hair or cat hair up, especially from carpets, and from car seats.

I have pets, including a dog and a cat, and they don’t appear to be much of an issue when it comes to shedding their fur until, that is, I empty the waste container of my vacuum cleaner, and I see the huge multi-species furball that plops out. I currently use the Dyson V10 vacuum cleaner, which has amazing suction, and a pet hair attachment, so pet hair isn’t something I really need to think about these days, but I’m sure it would soon become an obvious issue if I didn’t have a hoover that was so good at dealing with pet hair.

I’m not saying you have to buy this particular Dyson, or any Dyson vacuum in order to deal with dog hair or other pet hair, just that you’ll need a vacuum cleaner that combines great suction power with a decent motorised pet hair tool, to ensure that all dog, cat and other pet hair gets hoovered up along with all the other dust and dirt around your home.

When I say “a decent motorised pet hair tool” – pet tools vary from manufacturer to manufacturer in terms of their effectiveness. Some simply feature a brush, while some come with a motorised brush, powered not by the motion of pushing the head up and down, but powered by the vacuum cleaner itself. 

While pet tools with manual motion-activated rotation a better than nothing, motorised pet hair tools rotate at much higher RPM, and are far more effective at grabbing hold of stubborn, embedded pet fur/hair and feeding it into the, hoover combined with great sucti0n power. 

If you’re currently using a vacuum cleaner which doesn’t do a great job in this regard, you’ll probably notice that for some reason when you’re trying to hoover your stairs you finish and notice that as far as pet hair is concerned, it looks like you’ve not done the hoovering for weeks. Very frustrating, and very common, it’s simply what happens when you’re using an attachment that isn’t cut out for the job. 

You don’t just need a brush, you need a brush with sufficient power that is designed to dig into the fibres of the carpet and retrieve the deeply embedded strands of hair of fur, and superior suction power so that this hair is sucked into the hoover and ends up in the waste container, instead of just being spat back out onto the stairs by the brush.

It’s not only stairs that are an issue for pet hair of course, cat and dog hair seems to have the unique ability to get absolutely everywhere, and to embed itself deep within the fibres of just about all substrates, including carpets, mats, rugs, clothes and throws.

Throws are a common complaint when it comes to stubborn pet hair, and this probably stems from the fact that many dog or cat owners like to protect their furniture with throws, not wanting them to be scratched, or slobbered on, but you’ll probably find that some throws, in particular, are like a magnet for fur, and removing it is like some kind of Ant & Dec Saturday night takeaway challenge. 

But fear not, you don’t need to throw those throws ;-), nor do you need to re-carpet your stairs in a final bid to appear like you’ve actually hoovered the stairs (until next week when the new carpet will look the same as the old…) all you need is one of the hoovers I’m about to introduce as being among the best hoovers for pet hair, which combine great suction power with a motorised pet tool.

These are the best hoovers for dog hair in the UK:

Shark IZ400UK / IZ400UKT & IZ420UKT Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

Shark really do offer tremendous value for money when it comes to premium vacuum cleaners that deliver on performance without the super-premium price points from the likes of Dyson.

This “Stratos” range of cordless vacuum cleaners from Shark will provide everything you’ll ever need from a hoover with new innovations such as anti-hair wrap plus and superior suction power combined with a very easy-to-use and light vacuum cleaner that (almost) makes hoovering your home a pleasure. Our full review breaks everything down in detail.



See full review of the Shark IZ400 / IZ400UKT / IZ420UKT Cordless Vacuum Cleaner


Shark Stratos HZ3000UKT Corded Stick Vacuum Cleaner

Shark has cemented itself as the number one choice in the UK for premium performance vacuum cleaners without charging the silly prices you have to pay for Dyson. You can see my full review from using this hoover every day here:

See full review of the Shark Stratos HZ3000UKT Corded Stick Vacuum Cleaner




Shark NZ801 / NZ850 / PZ1000 Corded Upright Vacuum Cleaner

You’ll regularly find Shark vacuum cleaners featured within our articles, and that’s for very good reason. Shark is a brand which has proven itself to be one of the very best in the industry in most of the important areas concerning vacuum cleaners, yet unlike certain brands, you don’t need to re-mortgage your house to own one.

Shark are great when it comes to innovation, having brought some fantastic features to the market that other known brands have since borrowed, in fact, they’re even hot on the heels of Dyson when it comes to their reputation for innovation, and that’s saying something.

If you’re looking for an upright vacuum cleaner, and you’re not that fussed about the presence of a power cable to drive you to spending a great deal more on a cordless, then these vacuum cleaners from Shark deliver on the two main components that produce simple and effective hoovering of dog hair: great suction and a powered pet tool accessory.

You can use it as a regular hoover and then when you want to clean above floor surfaces like stairs or the sofa then one click releases the central unit and hose so that you can clip on the pet accessory tool and clean those areas with the same level of performance as the main floorhead.

The pet tool accessory tool is powered so that the brush rotates even when it is not connected to the main body of the hoover.

It also comes with anti-hair wrap technology so no matter how much dog hair you have it will never get wrapped around the brush and ensures you’ll never have to get the scissors out to chop out the tangled hair.

This short video shows how the anti-hair wrap technology works:

You’ll notice there are some different model numbers,  NZ801 / NZ850 and the PZ1000. The only difference between the 3 of them is the size of the waste container, with the NZ801 having an 830ml container, 1300ml with the NZ850, and 1600ml with the PZ1000.

So which model you might want to go for would just come down to how important the waste container size is to you. If you live in a house and you’re never all that far away from the door, then the smaller capacity versions will probably be fine. If you live in an apartment, however, or a large house, and reaching the bins outside in order to knock out the waste container requires an expedition, then you may want to punt for the Pz1000 with its huge 1.6L capacity.

They all come with a long 8-metre cable, and they all come with Shark’s duo clean technology meaning the inclusion of both a brush and a soft roller which work both autonomously and in unison for great results on both hard floors and all carpet piles, for avoiding “snow ploughing” on hard floors, for leaving hard floors looking polished, and for digging out the particles which are usually more difficult for hoovers to deal with. 

See full review of the Shark NZ801 / NZ850 / PZ1000 Corded Upright Vacuum Cleaner






Shark ICZ160 & ICZ300 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

The ICZ160 & ICZ300 are probably our favourite Shark vacuum cleaners as they combine all of the best bits from Shark’s wide range. It’s cordless, and the battery will give you approximately 22 minutes on full power or up to 50 minutes with the ICZ160 or 60 minutes with the ICZ300 if you run it on medium or low power, so probably around 30 minutes on average, with one battery, which is plenty for most households. 

If you need longer then you can always buy a spare battery from Shark and the battery easily clips in and out in a few seconds making switching batteries super easy. Isn’t modern technology amazing? Can you imagine if our grandparents had been told that they would be able to lift a vacuum cleaner with one hand, and easily hoover up any floor without even plugging it in? 

Usually, when referring to how the world has changed over a relatively short space of time, people talk about the more obvious devices such as phones and computers, but for me, it’s the developments like this in everyday items that we take for granted which our ancestors would have been completely mystified by, which are among the most impressive!

They both feature brilliant suction power, even the power to rival most Dyson models! It has the Duo Clean technology as discussed above, it’s super flexible, allowing you to get to any tight space. It has Shark’s Anti-hair wrap technology, powered lift away technology which means it instantly converts into a portable hoover but still gives you power to the motorised pet tool, which it comes with as long as you get the version with a “T” on the end.

This shark vacuum also features best-in-class filtration, and zero dust will escape once hoovered up, which you might think would be a given with any vacuum cleaner, but this isn’t actually the case, many vacuums do allow some of the dust to escape. 





See full review of the Shark ICZ160 & ICZ300 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner


Shark CZ250UKT & CZ500UKT cylinder vacuum cleaner

Maybe not your first choice but definitely one to throw into the mix because Shark are the number one vacuum cleaner brand in the UK and they have decided to get into the cylinder vacuum cleaner market because there are still plenty of people out there that like a Henry Hoover and Shark know a thing or two about how to produce great value for money vacuum cleaners that also perform to a very high standard.

This will set you back a little more than a Henry but its got all of Sharks latest tech including a digital display on the handle, flexology where the central wand bends so you don’t have to and a duo head that switches seamlessly between hard and soft floor at the flick of a button. There is much more as well and it’s all in our detailed review which you can find a link to just below.



See the full review of Shark CZ250 & CZ500 cylinder vacuum cleaner


Tineco Pure One S12 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

Tineco is a well known brand of vacuum cleaners in the USA, and they’re not yet as much of a household brand here in the UK as of yet, which does present an opportunity when it comes to owning a vacuum cleaner that competes well with the best Dysons, but for much less money.

This is especially true given that it would appear that Tineco have not only designed their cordless stick vacuum cleaners to directly compete with Dyson, but that they appear to be coming out with some really good features, some of which Dyson models don’t have. 

There are many reasons to choose a Dyson vacuum cleaner, but when it comes to pitting this very Dyson-esque range of vacuum cleaners against Dyson themselves, these are the main benefits of Tineco vs Dyson:

Price: Tineco models are generally quite a bit cheaper, offering greater value for money.
Trigger lock: Possibly one feature Dyson will wish they thought of, this means you don’t have to constantly squeeze the trigger. 
Removable battery: You can replace the battery on most Dyson models, but with the Tineco vacuums it’s just as quick and simple as replacing the battery on a cordless drill.
Tools & Attachments: You’ll usually find that Tineco vacuum cleaners come with more attachments & tools.
LED headlights: This is a feature of the Tineco vacuums which may seem like a gimmick on the surface, but actually, these illuminate the area you’re hoovering up and help you to make sure you don’t leave patches of dirt or dust that you may not have noticed otherwise.

The Tineco Pure One S12 features incredibly strong suction power, about the same as the Dyson V10 – however with the Tineco you get more.

More batteries, this one comes with two batteries as standard so you’ll never run out of charge mid clean, and as mentioned above, batteries are simply clipped in and out as you would with cordless drills.

More accessories, 10 in total, to cover every possible situation for cleaning the home or the car, as it converts very easily into a super-powerful handheld and it even comes with a similar LCD display to Dysons V12 that shows you the percentage of battery remaining amongst other things.

There’s also the LED headlights, as I mentioned above, which may not be a huge thing, but I do think it’s a very clever little feature that other brands may well emulate. 

Trigger lock, however, which is a feature of the Pure One S12, is a feature I think all other cordless stick vacuum cleaner manufacturers need to look at. OK, it might not take a massive amount of effort to keep a trigger depressed, but I would imagine that the majority of people given a choice, would prefer that the trigger remained pressed in so that they don’t need to continually keep squeezing the trigger. 


Full review of the Tineco Pure S12 cordless vacuum cleaner


Harry Hoover Vacuum Cleaner

Numatic, best known for Henry Hoover, produce some of the best vacuum cleaners available when it comes to the combination of suction power, durability & reliability, and value for money.

Just go into any commercial cleaning environment, whether it’s offices, schools or hospitals, for example, being cleaned at night – and will you see the professional cleaners with Dysons? Probably not. More often than not, you’ll see them with one of the Henry range.

Incidentally, this is where the familiar smiling face comes from, as the inventor of the Henry range developed these hoovers with professional cleaners in mind, and knowing that cleaning can be a thankless and at times lonely task, he thought they may need some cheering up.

OK it’s fair to say that brands like Dyson and Shark deliver features that the commercial cleaner doesn’t need and the homeowner does, but regardless, the Henry range is an incredibly popular range of vacuum cleaners both commercially and domestically, simply because they do such a great job, and they’re so durable, reliable and inexpensive.

This is Henry Hoover’s Shrek-esque sibling, and he’s a lean, green, dog hair removing machine – thanks to the inclusion of a specific pet tool and some other tools and accessories.

Harry is a great all-round hoover, but when it comes to pets he comes with a number of additional features and accessories over and above what you get with a standard Henry, including the Numatic’s “Hairo Brush” for dealing with pet hair, which digs deep into carpet fibres hunting for those pesky strands of critter fur. 

You still get a huge 9-litre dust capacity before you have to change the bag but you get a special charcoal filter that is even more efficient at keeping everything that gets sucked up in the bag.

Harry enjoys the same mega suction power that all corded Henrys have and when you combine that with the pet brush then you know no dust, dirt or hair will be left behind.

Here are all the accessories that come with Harry:

harry accessories

If you have cats or dogs in your home it’s well worth considering Harry which is basically the pet version of Henry.



Miele CX1 Bagless Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner

Miele is a premium brand known more for high-end large home appliances like washing machines and dishwashers than it is for vacuum cleaners. Nevertheless, this is a very well known and trusted premium brand, and the Miele CX1, or CX1 Blizzard as it’s also known, is a very powerful bagless vacuum worth mentioning for anyone looking for a hoover for dealing with dog hair, or cat hair. 

There are few models in this range which differ slightly mainly when it comes to the bundled accessories, and the “cat and dog” model, obviously, is the model that is intended for dealing with cat and dog hair, this model being bundled with a bunch of accessories specifically to cater for easy hoovering of dog hair.

To be honest, I think any of the models in this range are going to do a fairly good job when it comes to pet fur or hair, due to the very high suction power. The dog and hat model, however, is going to be the best choice for pet owners as it combines that awesome power with a motorised pet tool.

Being Meile’s first-ever bagless vacuum cleaner, not having to use bags brings an obvious benefit, not only when it comes to the money-saving aspect, but also for the ease of emptying, with their “Click2open” feature which means you simply click a button to empty the waste container into your bin.

This is a clever machine, featuring automatic self-cleaning. Who would have thought that a hoover needs cleaning? The CX1 has a number of filters (GORE® CleanStream® & fine dust filter) and this self-clean function auto cleans the filters, to ensure continued high performance cleaning. 

The “comfort tube” is telescopic, and easily adjusts to accommodate your height for easy cleaning, and there are four easily accessible power levels, which you can easily toggle between using your thumb on the “comfort handle”, or on the main body of the machine.

The 2-litre waste bin is way larger than average and it has monster suction from the 890 watt motor that will see you rarely use it on max power.

Here is a detailed video that demonstrates the performance of the CX1:



See the full review of the Miele CX1 Blizzard cylinder vacuum cleaner


Dyson V10 Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner

Dyson require no introduction, of course, you’ll undoubtedly be familiar with the Dyson brand, but do you know how it began?

James Dyson had recently finished building an industrial cyclone tower in 1978 (so, just a normal average bloke then, nothing special, I have three industrial cyclone towers in my back garden, so what…) when he got frustrated with his hoover, and then had the idea that he could use a similar design, albeit smaller, to produce better vacuum cleaners – he was right. 

They changed the vacuum cleaner market forever in the 1990’s with their vacuum cleaners that delivered better performance than had ever been seen before. But it’s not until very recently that their cordless vacuum cleaners have been able to compete with the suction power of corded vacuums.

The Dyson V10 may not be Dyson’s latest cordless stick vacuum cleaner, but it’s currently the best in our opinion, taking value for money into account. Dyson regularly release new models, and it’s easy to be drawn into the pull of having to have the very latest technology, as most of us are when it comes to smartphones, but those of us who’re a bit savvier, will keep the slightly more tried and tested models in mind, for more than one reason. 

Smartphones are a good analogy for this, I think, with most of us just upgrading to the next model without giving it a second thought, but if you think about it, how much money would you save if you didn’t always upgrade to the latest model, and how far behind the times would you be, really? Sure, the latest iPhone or Samsung Galaxy will have a few features that the last models didn’t, but they’ll also be a few hundred quid more, and most of the time the additional features won’t even be noticeable. 

Smartphone technology is among the fastest-growing of technologies, though, and although Dyson are certainly among the most innovative vacuum cleaner brands, there’s really only so much innovation that can be done from one model to the next, so we’d always advise that you keep slightly older, more tried and tested models in mind when buying a vacuum cleaner, rather than automatically opting for the very latest model. 

In this case, the V12 model does have just slightly better suction, however, the V10 is now much cheaper, and has incredible suction, probably more than enough to keep the majority of homes just as sparking clean as the V10 has kept my home for the past few years.

This is about as good as it gets with the only complaint being that the battery will only last about 10 minutes if you keep it on full power the whole time but medium power is stronger than most other hoovers and you’ll get about 30 mins on that setting.



See the full review of the Dyson V10 cordless stick vacuum cleaner


Vytronix Animal cylinder vacuum cleaner

Vytronix may not be a brand you’re familiar with, but if you’re looking for a great performing vacuum cleaner and you don’t want to dig deep enough into your pockets that one of the other more premium brands would require, then this is a horse we think is probably worth backing. 

If you jump online and search for low-cost vacuum cleaners, you’ll find a plethora of unknown brands, which seem to offer bargains, at least some of which will be the exact same machines that many businesses are buying from China & other countries in the Far East and selling under their own, often imaginative brand names. So the downside of buying unknown brands is that you’re not investing in brand trust, so it’s a bit of a gamble. 

Vytronix, on the other hand, is a brand operated by a fairly large (110 staff) and well established UK company, A P Taylor Ltd based in Dunstable, who handle the returns & refurbishment of domestic appliances for many well-known vacuum cleaner brands including VAX & Hoover.

So this is a UK based company that clearly know about vacuum cleaners, and for that reason, if I was wanting a low-cost brand of vacuum cleaner I’d put more trust in Vytronix than I would in many other brands that I’ve never heard of. 

I’m not sure if they named this vacuum cleaner “Animal” because it deals with dog hair or whether it’s because it has really strong suction, but I do think they missed a trick here, not choosing the same bright orange colour as Animal from the Muppets.

At 800W, this is a powerful hoover for the money, OK it’s not quite as powerful as the comparable Dyson or Shark models, but it costs a fraction of the price and will comfortably deal with dog hair thanks to the decent suction and the powered brush. If I was looking for a low cost vacuum cleaner for dog hair on a budget, this is probably the vacuum I’d be punting for. 


See the full review of the Vytonix Animal cylinder vacuum cleaner

What type of vacuum cleaner is best for dog hair?

The two main types of vacuum cleaner in the UK are cordless and corded.

In the past there was only corded but over the last couple of decades the likes of Dyson have made cordless hoovers the popular choice for cleaning your home.

It’s only been in recent years that cordless vacuum cleaners have been able to match the suction power of corded hoovers and therefore you can enjoy the convenience of not having to drag a cable around with you or change the plug socket.

However, there are several things to take into account if you want to go down the cordless vacuum cleaner route.

Cordless hoovers are only effective on dog hair of you choose one with very strong suction and that means the latest technology when it comes to battery power.

The downside to the latest technology with batteries is that the good ones that math the power of corded vacuums cost a lot of money.

All you have to do is look at the price of the latest Dyson cordless stick hoovers to see that you will need to spend a small fortune to get great suction AND no cord.

If you want cordless don’t fall into the trap of buying a cheaper one because as they become cheaper the batteries get worse and the suction power less strong.

Any cordless vacuum cleaner below around the £250 mark probably won’t be any good for dog hair.

Cheaper cordless hoovers are not meant for pets and are better suited to flats or smaller homes without cats and dogs.

If however you don’t want to spend big money but you want to ensure that your vacuum cleaner will pick up all your dog hair then a corded option may be better.

With corded hoovers you don’t have to bear the cost of an expensive battery as it runs directly from the mains electricity and that means that you can get suction power as good as a super expensive cordless vacuum but at around half the price.

It really just depends on how much you value the ease of use of no cord versus the cost saving of corded.

A lot of the best corded vacuum cleaners actually come with suction power that is better than more expensive cordless cleaners so if you can tolerate the cord then corded is definitely better value for money.

In our opinion it’s not really that much hassle any more to have a corded hoover for dog hair because most manufacturers will include a retractable cord up to 10 metres long which means you will hardly have to change the socket during the course of your weekly clean anyway.

These articles go into detail on cordless vs corded:

Best cordless vacuum cleaners

Best corded vacuum cleaners

Once you decide on one of those types then there is the style you like to choose from.

There are upright vacuum cleaners with the waste container fixed to the wand and stick upright hoovers like Dyson or Shark or there are cylinder vacuum cleaners like Henry to choose from.

The style you like comes down to personal preference on what you like and are used to.

There are good hoovers for dog hair across all the different styles with the best ones discussed in detail above.

As long as you choose great suction and a good pet accessory tool than left over dog hair after you have hoovered will be a thing of the past.

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