Today we’ll be looking at 5 of the best robot vacuums for dealing with pet hair. If you have pets that shed hair, then you’ll know the constant battle to stay on top of the vacuuming so that your floor looks clean. Having a robot vacuum is a great help as you can usually schedule it to vacuum every day if you need it to, that helps to keep your house looking like you don’t have any pets. Finding the right vacuum for your needs isn’t always easy, hopefully these 5 suggestions will help you with your choice.
UPDATE: Read our updated Best Robot Vacuum for Pet Hair 2018
#1. Neato Botvac D5 Connected
The Neato Botvac D5 is one of the best robot vacuum cleaners that can deal with pet hairs, whether on carpet or hard floor.
The Neato Botvac D5 is a wi-fi connected robot. You can control and schedule it from your phone. It’s high performance with LaserSmart technology, allowing it to clean efficiently and quickly, it also maps the room so it doesn’t bump into the furniture.
It is a D shape, which lets it get into the corners and clean them, as you would yourself. It can clean the whole floor of your house and if it runs out of charge it will return to the dock to re-charge itself before returning to it’s last know position to continue vacuuming. It has a large dirt bin with an ultra performance filter and with the strong suction and brush combination it does a thorough cleaning job. Read our full Neato Botvac D5 Connected review for more details.
Customer opinion is very positive, most people are happy with the level of cleanliness it can maintain, the speed and it’s ability to move around the furniture and cope with different levels of flooring.
The main negatives have been concerning the wi-fi connection and syncing problems.
#2. iRobot Roomba 980 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner
The iRobot Roomba 980 is our second choice of robot vacuum suitable for homes with pets.
Again this vacuum is wi-fi enabled allowing you to schedule your cleaning easily. This is the best Roomba for pet hair and has the AeroForce cleaning system, which means it has a side brush, dual brushes underneath and a suction system with automatic carpet boost.
This vacuum has a Hepa filter, which picks up the smallest of particles, it has dirt sensors on the bottom which will move the Roomba 980 backwards and forwards over an area which it senses is extra dirty, especially good for pet hair. It can cover and area of up to 2000 square feet and run for up to 2 hours, so it can cover the whole floor, it will return to the dock to re-charge if it runs low on battery and then resume cleaning if it wasn’t finished.
This robot vacuum is supplied with 2 virtual walls, so you can limit where you want the robot to go. Read more information in our iRobot Roomba 980 review.
The customer feedback on the iRobot Roomba 980 is good, this little vacuum cleaner can get under furniture, it cleans all floor types and it has good suction to really clean the floors.
Negative feedback on this robot vacuum is that it is loud when the carpet boost is on, and it sometimes has problems with getting lost and not finding the docking base.
#3. iRobot Roomba 650 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner
The Roomba 650 is a popular lower cost robot vacuum, with a big cleaning ability. It can be scheduled for daily use but has to be programmed on the unit itself as it doesn’t have wi-fi or any type of handset.
This robot vacuum has a side brush, dual brushes underneath and a strong suction capability. It can run for 60 minutes and it will clean from room to room until it runs out of battery when it will find it’s way to the docking unit to re-charge. It can work on hard floors and carpets, it has a large dust bin with a filter. It’s not particularly aimed at pet owners but it picks up pet hair very well.
Customers love this little robot, which is why it is so popular. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles but it is capable and functional, it’s solid and does the job. Read the Roomba 650 review here.
The main complaints are that the Roomba 650 can’t find it’s way back to the docking unit, it doesn’t seem to have any logic to the way it moves around the room and it can take too long to clean.
#4. iRobot Roomba 770 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner
The iRobot Roomba 770 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner is a mid price range cleaner, an upgraded version of the Roomba 650. This robot vacuum has strong suction and 2 hepa filters in the dust bin giving good filtration and the ability to pick up fine pet hair and dust.
This robot vacuum has optical and acoustic sensors which help it to navigate around the room without banging into the furniture, these sensors are also used for the dirt detection function which identifies dirtier areas and it then vacuums back and forth over the area until it is clean.
This iRobot Roomba 770 has the benefit of a remote control handset which makes it easier to schedule cleaning sessions and be able to control the unit manually.
Customer comments on this Roomba 770 is happiness at the quality of the cleaning and the quietness of the motor. It’s easy to use and it manoeuvres easily around the furniture.
The biggest issue is the fact it doesn’t work well on dark floors or rugs, in some cases customers complained about it not cleaning the whole floor and having problems getting stuck.
#5. Neato Botvac D80 Robot Vacuum for Pets and Allergies
The Neato Botvac D80 Robot Vacuum for Pets and Allergies is the last recommendation in this series of the best robot vacuum for pet hair
This Neato Botvac D80 is the normal Neato D shape which lets the robot clean right into the corners. The strong suction and precision brushes leave the floor incredibly clean.
This vacuum has LaserSmart technology, meaning it can remember where every object is that it can find in the room, so it doesn’t bang into it but works around it. The navigation moves it in a methodical way around the room, giving a quick and thorough clean.
There is no handset or wi-fi with this Neato robot vacuum, but it is easy to set up scheduling using the buttons on the top of the unit, and once set you don’t need to change it. Check out the Neato D80 review.
Customers are pleasantly surprised at how well it cleans, picking up hair very well and being quiet while running.
Main issues from customers are the quality of the unit and battery and software issues, over time it starts to get lost.
Our best choice for a robot vacuum for pet hair is the Neato Botvac D5 Connected, it’s reasonably priced for what it delivers and is definitely customer recommended.
If this is a little too expensive for you then our Budget Choice is the iRobot Roomba 650 which gives a good overall experience at a lesser price.