02 Feb Best Vacuum Cleaner for Pet Hair in the UK
Making sure that you get the best vacuum cleaner for pet hair comes down to a number of different things but two things are more important than anything else and they are suction power and motorised accessories that are specifically made for hoovering up pet hair.
If you have dogs or cats that shed hair throughout the year then it can feel like a never-ending job to keep on top of it but it doesn’t have to be that way.
Some vacuum cleaners for pet hair don’t always deliver whilst others do exactly what they are supposed to and it can be difficult to identify the great ones from the not so good.
It’s also a challenge to choose one that not only keeps your home free of pet hair but also does so at a great price so that you get really good value for money.
The most important thing to bear in mind is that no matter how good the rest of the hoover is, you are not going to be able to consistently pick up all of your pet hair without very strong suction.
Generating the suction is the most expensive part of a hoover and there is no getting away from the fact that the best hoovers for pet hair cost more than the average.
Cordless vacuum cleaners have become all the rage over the last few years ever since the likes of Dyson and Shark have been able to create hoovers that don’t have a cord but are capable of generating enough suction to compete with corded cleaners at the tough job of getting up pet hair.
The downside to a cordless vacuum cleaner that has really good suction is the cost. To produce a battery that can power a motor that can compete with corded vacuums that are plugged into the mains is really expensive.
Cordless hoovers are super convenient and without a cable getting in the way you can zip around your home in a fraction of the time you would normally have to spend if you have to keep changing plug points and moving the cable out of the way.
But you definitely pay for the convenience of a super-powerful cordless pet vacuum that can deliver the goods. There are plenty of cordless cleaners at low prices but if your main objective is keeping pet hair at bay don’t be sucked into a cheap cleaner that you will ultimately be disappointed in.
A lot of our highest rated vacuum cleaners are very cheap because not everyone has a large home and not everyone has muddy boots being trampled through their house and a couple of dogs and cats.
A vacuum cleaner needs to be selected first and foremost according to your needs and then you can save yourself some money by only buying a hoover with the specification you need and not mega power that’s not required if you live in a one-bedroom flat and always take your shoes off when you come in.
If you are going to get the right pet vacuum cleaner that delivers you cannot skimp on price or you will simply get something sub-standard.
But it doesn’t mean that you have to spend fortunes. The best value for money for pet hair hoovers sit within the corded upright market.
You’ll get amazing suction power but you won’t have to pay the sky high prices of cordless stick vacuums.
If you want the right power to make sure you get rid of all pet hair and you don’t want a corded cleaner then you can get the suction you need from a cordless cleaner but it will cost you.
If your existing hoover just runs over the top of your carpet and either doesn’t pick up the pet hair or just creates a bit of a furball then it’s time to find one that won’t let you down.
These are the best vacuum cleaners available in the UK for pet hair that combine both quality and value:
Shark AZ910 & AZ950 Corded Upright Vacuum Cleaner
This range from Shark is geared more towards busy medium to large-sized homes. It has a large floor head so you can cover more of the area you need to clean quicker and you can choose from a large 0.84 litre waste container (AZ910) or an extra-large 1.65 litres (AZ950) to ensure you won’t need to empty it all the time no matter how big your home is.
There are 4 different variations within this range and for pets you need to choose one that ends in a “T”. This means that it comes with the pet tool (AZ910UKT or AZ950UKT) accessory which is essential for making sure that no hairs are left behind.
A great reason to choose this hoover over others in this price range is the anti-hair wrap technology brush roller that leaves no hair tangled in the brush so you never need to get the scissors out ever again to chop it out. Tangled hair in the brush roller can also impact suction power and that can’t happen with this hoover.
Suction power is excellent as you would expect from a trusted brand like Shark and the inconvenience of the cord is more than offset by continuous very strong suction power and a lower price than an equivalent cordless model.
Shark HZ400UKT Corded Vacuum Cleaner
This is one of the best value for money pet hair vacuum cleaners that you can buy. Shark have proven themselves time and time again with high-quality cleaners that do an amazing job of cleaning your home at an affordable price and this is no different.
It may not be cordless but it’s about half the price of the top-end cordless cleaners and it does the same job and without the worry of the battery running out. It comes with a 10 metre cable to ensure that you hardly even notice that it not cordless because the cable is so long that you hardly need to change the plug socket anyway.
Suction is excellent and the top half clips off so that you can easily clean the stairs and sofa with full suction power
A neat little addition is Shark’s anti-hair wrap technology that ensures no hair from any animal or any member of your household will ever get wrapped around the brush or get tangled ever again.
An all-round fantastic vacuum cleaner for pets that delivers ultra-premium performance without the super expensive price.
Shark IZ201 & IZ251 Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
If you really don’t want the hassle of dealing with cords and plugs then a Shark cordless hoover is the best value for money when you combine convenience and the suction power to deal effectively with pet hair.
Dyson cordless cleaners do a tremendous job but Shark cordless cleaners do an equally good job but cost less and you get more choice so you can tailor a vacuum to your needs.
There are 4 Shark cordless stick vacuum cleaners in the range with various features and accessories. 2 of them have a pet brush attachment which is going to help if you are specifically looking for a hoover that can properly deal with dog and cat hair so make sure you go for one that has the pet brush attachment because it’s going to make life a lot easier when you are doing the sofa and cushions and beds and stairs.
You then need to choose the battery life that you want and the ones that come with the pet brush attachment are available with either 40 or 80 minute battery life. The 80 minute battery life models actually come with 2 batteries and means that you just need to switch the batteries over if you are doing a long clean.
Give some thought to how long you actually spend vacuuming your home at any one time and you can probably save yourself some money as you will probably have no need for the 80 minute twin battery versions. Do you really spend more than 40 minutes hoovering in one go? If not the single battery version will be fine.
Finally, Shark offers anti hair wrap technology which is basically a brush that has been designed to stop hair getting tangled. If you have pets then you will know how frustrating it is when your hoover stops picking up properly and you realise there is a mound of hair wrapped around the brush and you have to spend ages attacking it with a pair of scissors. This is no gimmick either, it really works and is well worth the upgrade.
The suction on these Shark cordless hoovers is excellent and more than good enough to deal with pet hair.
Prices do vary and different models are promoted at different times but for pets the 40 minute battery life with pet attachment and anti hair wrap is a really good option.
Shark ICZ160 Cordless Upright Vacuum Cleaner
This is my personal favourite because when you look at everything you want in a vacuum cleaner this delivers across the board.
There are three different options in this range. The standard model with 50 minutes runtime, then there is a 50 minutes runtime model with a specific pet tool attachment and finally the one with the pet tool attachment with a spare extra battery that increases cleaning time to 100 minutes.
In order to buy the one that has a 100-minute runtime you need to first of all have a home big enough that you cant get round it in 50 minutes and then you have to have the will power to actually vacuum for more than 50 minutes at a time!
Therefore with the exception of really big homes and super keen cleaners you can safely rule out the 100 minute version and that leaves the 50 minute runtime with pet tool as the perfect option for those looking to clean up after their cats and dogs.
The suction power is exceptional and when you combine it with the pet tool nothing gets left behind.
From an ease of use perspective, the “lift away” option that allows you to go into handheld mode whilst maintaining the same high level of suction is excellent. The main motor that powers the hoover is easily carried around and makes it super simple to do stairs and sofas and more.
Anti hair wrap technology is included on the brush roller and ensures you will never have to cut out all the hair that normally gets wrapped around it because there won’t be any.
Here is a short video that shows it in action:
Tineco Pure One S12 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
This may not be a brand you have heard of but they are big in the United States and have been around for more than 20 years. The performance is as good as the best Shark or Dyon hoovers and you get more accessories and more batteries as standard.
The latest sensor technology is incorporated that enables the hoover to sense when there is more dirt requiring to be sucked up and it automatically increases the suction power to accommodate then reduces it when dust and dirt levels return to normal so that it’s not used on full power unnecessarily and makes it quieter and the battery lasts longer.
If the battery does run out then you can just pop in the spare in seconds and one of the main accessories includes a powerful motorised pet tool that can just be clipped on for effective management of all cat and dog hair.
A great Dyson alternative at a lower price.
Dyson V10 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
Although the V11 is newer and provides slightly better suction than the V10 this is a rare occasion where you are better off buying the older version because when we access how good a product is evaluating value for money is a hugely important factor.
Before the V10 came the V8 and there was a huge difference in the suction power between the two but although the V11 does have more suction power than the V10 its not enough to justify paying the extra.
The V10 is already an outstanding hoover for pet hair. The brush head agitation is excellent and really does make sure that no hair remains stuck in the fibres of your carpet because of the combination of the super-strong brush and exceptional suction power.
You get 3 power settings – low, medium and high. High is only to be used for extremely stubborn dirt as you’ll only get 6 minutes out of it if you keep it permanently on high but the medium setting on the V10 is stronger than almost all other cordless vacuum cleaners on high and will give you about 25 minutes of cleaning time.
There is a reason that people are prepared to pay hundreds of pounds for a Dyson, its because it does an exceptional job of keeping your home clean and pet hair is right up its street.
With the V11 you get more suction power and a fancy digital display so if you absolutely have to have the latest technology then the V11 is not going to disappoint but the V10 does an outstanding job in its own right and costs less.
Bosch BCS122Gb Unlimited Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
This Bosch cordless hoover gives you unlimited cleaning time when using it in normal cleaning mode. Most batteries take 3-4 hours to charge but this one takes only 60 minutes and you get two of them.
In normal cleaning mode you get 60 minutes of battery life so if one battery runs out you can just switch it for the other battery and you can do that all day long if you want!
This vacuum cleaner gives you the longest cleaning time at the highest level of suction than any other cleaner on the market without recharging.
In turbo mode you get 9 minutes per battery so 18 minutes in total out of both batteries, A Dyson will give you just 6 minutes on max power before you have to recharge for 3 hours.
The turbo mode doesn’t have quite the same level of suction as the Dyson V10 or V11 but it’s pretty close and it’s more than capable of dealing with dog and cat hair.
Most people can get around the house in 20 minutes and this is the only vacuum cleaner out there that will let you do that on maximum turbo power and its cheaper than Dyson and therefore you are getting maximum power for longer for less money.
Miele C3 Complete Powerline Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner
If you don’t mind a cord that you have to plug into the wall then this hoover represents seriously good value for money. No need to worry about battery life or whether the suction is going to be good enough.
For less than half the price of some of the top cordless cleaners, you are getting a hoover from one of the most trusted small appliance brands in the world. Miele has been around for decades and consistently produces high-quality products that last for years.
Normally you have to pay top dollar for a Miele product like a washing machine or dishwasher but this Cylinder vacuum cleaner is surprisingly cheap for Miele but still offers top-level cleaning performance.
There are multiple levels of suction power that are easily adjustable and the highest level is so strong that you will almost never use it because on thick pile carpet it will pretty much stick to the floor.
This is a bagged vacuum cleaner and it has a large 4.5 litre capacity so it’s going to last a while and you are certainly not going to have to empty it every 5 minutes like with some of the cordless bagless cleaners. Its also self-sealing so when it’s full there will be no puff of dust coming out like when you empty bagless waste containers which is great if there is anyone in the house with a dust allergy.
It also has a HEPA filter that ensures 99.99% of the dust that goes in stays in.
A brilliant all round cleaner at a very competitive price with very strong suction perfect for pets.
Henry The Hoover
This is one of the best selling vacuum cleaners of all time. Its been on sale for over 30 years and it’s still going strong to this day and for very good reason. It’s cheap AND it cleans really well.
There are quite a few vacuum cleaners that are expensive that clean well and an awful lot that are cheap that don’t clean well at all but its quite rare to get both cheap and great together but that’s exactly what Henry is.
With a lot of hoovers these days you get loads of accessories and attachments and all sorts of things that you won’t ever use but with Henry there are none of those bells and whistles. It just cleans, simply but effectively.
You get a six-litre drum so you’ll hardly ever need to change the bag and a 10-metre cord so it will reach a long way so you won’t have to change the plug socket in every room.
It has a long hose so that you can do all the stairs in one go without shifting it to the top of the stairs to do the rest.
And it has one level of suction – strong, really really strong. More than good enough to get up all the pet hair in your home.
This is an amazing value for money vacuum cleaner.
Gtech AirRam Mk2 Cordless Upright Vacuum Cleaner
The Gtech AirRam is the lightest vacuum cleaner out there that is capable of doing a good job with pet hair. Perhaps you don’t want to put any pressure on your back or you may have trouble getting a hoover up and down the stairs but you won’t have any problems with this one.
At 3.2kg it really is incredibly light and can easily be lifted anywhere by anyone with no bother. It may be light in weight but it packs a big punch with its suction power and will last for 40 minutes with one charge.
For most homes with one dog or cat this is going to work really well and is a great choice if you don’t want to spend big money on a top of the range Shark or Dyson and you want something that is really easy to manoeuvre around your home.
How to choose a vacuum cleaner for pet hair
There are a number of different types of vacuum cleaners that are suitable for pet hair and there are some really good ones within each category.
Choosing the one that works best for you can very much come down to personal preference and what you have been used to over the years.
There are 4 categories to consider and each one of them has their own individual merits.
Cylinder Vacuum cleaners are often overlooked as most people now gravitate towards cordless stick cleaners but some of the best value for money can be found in this category.
They tend to be lighter and easier to use than the bulkier upright cleaners and because they are corded as long as you choose wisely you are guaranteed the suction power you need to tackle pet hair.
Because they tend to be a lot more compact and smaller you can balance them on stairs easily enough and they have long hoses ensuring you can get into hard to reach areas without any bother.
Upright corded hoovers are also a very sound choice when it comes to keeping pet hair in check.
The power they generate when combined with the right motorised brush head can dig right down to the very bottom of your carpet fibres and dig out the hair that other hoovers can’t get to.
Cordless stick vacuum cleaners are the default choice for a lot of people these days but when it comes to pet hair you do have to pay through the nose to get the right level of suction that you need.
They are very convenient and battery life is continually being improved as each year goes by so from an ease of use perspective this type of hoover is a really good way to clean your home as long as you can afford it.
Robot Vacuum cleaners have moved on leaps and bounds from the clunky poor performing products of just a few years ago.
When it comes to pet hair though we are still not convinced the technology is quite there yet to pull up all the hair from the pets in your home.
There are a few that can deliver but for the price you have to pay you can buy two of the best cordless cleaners so therefore for value for money you are better off going down that road.
Robot cleaners also can’t reach above floor level so if you go down the robot route then you are going to have to invest in something else as well to clean your furniture and upholstery.
Handheld Vacuum cleaners are not really capable of dealing with the challenges of pet hair unless you go for a super expensive Dyson and combine it with a super expensive robot cleaner so that you can cover the whole house.
That’s only really a good idea if you don’t care about money as you can do as good or better a job with one of the other hoover types listed above.
What hoovers are best for each floor type?
Some vacuum cleaners are more suited to carpet and others to hard flooring and others are really good all-rounders.
If you have a mixture of different surfaces such as carpet, rugs, tiling and hardwood floors then choose an all-rounder.
If you have only one surface such as hard floor then you will be able to save some money because you won’t need something with all of the functionality such as automatic switch of suction depending on the surface you are hoovering.
There is no need to pay for something you don’t require so check what the different features are on each hoover and ask yourself if you need them.
Don’t bother going for the all singing all dancing vacuum cleaner if you can get away with something simpler that will clean your home just as well.
How much money do you want to spend?
No one would have believed 10 years ago that anyone would be prepared to spend £600 or more on an appliance that hoovered up the mess in your home.
There is no doubt about it, the top of the range branded vacuum cleaners from Dyson and Shark do a really good job of cleaning your home but do they clean good enough to justify the prices that they are asking?
It’s hard to answer yes to that because there are plenty of hoovers that will clean 90% as well as the best and most expensive ones but they are half the price.
Most people would be happy with 90% of the absolute best at 50% of the price.
The bottom line is that everyone has a budget and for most people that can’t afford a top of the range Dyson, a little bit of digging and you will find something that can do a sterling job of removing pet hair without the super high price.
What about the features?
There are some key differences in terms of features depending on the type of vacuum cleaner you choose to go for with some being more obvious than others.
Bag or no bag? In the good old days all vacuum cleaners had a bag that all the dirt and debris would be sucked into and when it was full you had to throw it away and put a new one on.
Then the bagless vacuum cleaner was invented so all the dirt and dust accumulate in a see-through container and when it’s full you simply empty it and put it back on.
So why would anyone ever want to bother with a bag when you don’t need to?
While bagless means you don’t have to buy any bags using a vacuum cleaner that takes bags means you will have to empty the dust and debris a lot less often because the bags are always a lot bigger than the bagless containers.
If you have allergies then a bagged hoover may be the way to go because they tend to release a lot less dust into the air because everything gets trapped in the bag.
This is especially the case when it comes to emptying because bags can be sealed before being removed and thrown away but bagless have to be emptied into the bin and that always releases some dust back into the air.
Filters. Not all vacuum cleaners retain everything that goes into the bag or bagless container.
Choosing one that has good filtration makes sure that the dust stays in. The best way to achieve that is to get a hoover with a HEPA filter.
If your vacuum cleaner has a HEPA filter then it is guaranteed to retain 99.99% of everything that goes in.
If your hoover does not have a HEPA filter then you will be surprised at how much dust actually gets released back into the air even if it’s not immediately visible when you are vacuuming.
If you have any allergies then it’s definitely something to be aware of when you make your next hoover purchase.
Most expensive vacuum cleaners come with loads of accessories that you will never use. Dyson adds as many as 9 different tools but most people won’t use more than 3.
When it comes to pet hair a really good addition is a motorised upholstery attachment which basically means that you get the same level of suction and brushing when you are getting the hair off of anything that is higher than floor level.
Suction alone is not always good enough when it comes to stairs, pillows, sofa’s and more so checking that the accessories package is suitable for your needs.
Equally as important is not getting more than you need. Most people will never need more than a crevice tool (the long thin one) so you can get down the side of things, a dusting tool for furniture and fragile items and an upholstery tool.
If you have those 3 then that will cover 99% of anything you ever want to clean.