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Are you tired of the battle against pet hair? You want a clean home, but you are sick of the neverending vacuuming it involves?
A robot vacuum can significantly cut down your need to vacuum and help you keep a cleaner home. It will give you more free time and reduce the stress involved with household chores (and who wouldn't love that!).
We did some extensive research and reviewed the most popular robotic vacuums to find the ones with great performance and best features to benefit pet owners. Out of all our contestants, these were the 6 best vacuums for pet hair right now:
- 1 Best Robotic Vacuums for Cleaning Pet & Dog Hair - A Detailed Comparison Chart
- 2 6 Best Robot Vacuums for Pets
- 2.1 Neato Botvac D6 Connected - Fantastic product designed for pet homes
- 2.2 iRobot Roomba e5/e6 - The best midrange product with a great price-quality ratio
- 2.3 Roomba i7 - The most advanced robovac with a matching price
- 2.4 Eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 30C – reasonably priced with incredible features
- 2.5 SHARK ION Robot Vacuum R85 - Basic but functional
- 2.6 Roomba 690 – Excellent budget option with all the essential features and a couple of advanced features added
- 3 Runners-up
- 4 Buying Guide - How to choose the best automatic vacuum for pet hair?
- 5 Why choose a robotic vacuum for pet hair?
- 6 FAQ on Robot Vacuums for Pet & Dog Hair
6 Best Robot Vacuums for Pets
Botvac D6 from the newly released Neato lineup is what every pet owner should have. It has excellent features like advanced mapping, long runtime, large dirt cup, wi-fi connection, and an app that enables you to draw virtual walls to guide your vacuum. The vacuum is specially designed for pet homes with all the best features combined in one convenient package.
But as you know, no vacuum is perfect. Continue reading to find out all you need to know before buying one.
The performance is pretty amazing. We tested the D6 by vacuuming our home with the Dyson V10 and sent the robot to do its job the next day. It was...
able to collect quite a bit of dust and pet hair in one go!
Although it's a robot, it does a meticulous job if you make sure you clear the clutter before sending it to do its job. You can check which areas were left unvacuumed on the app, and move the furniture a bit for better results.
The high-performance brush roll with blades and bristles works well on both hard floors and carpets.
The brush bar is up to 70% bigger than the one on round robots, and it very effectively picks up all kinds of dirt on both carpets and hard floors. The cleaning path is 12 inches, which allows the robot to do fewer passes.
The D-shape is practical, because it allows the robot to clean those corners where pet hair collects, and it also has a side sweeper for getting all that dust close to the edges.
Of course, on thicker carpets, this vacuum will not perform as a sturdy professional upright vacuum would – but that is standard with robotic vacuums.
Controlling the vacuum
You can control the vacuum using your phone and the Neato application, or you can use an Apple watch, Amazon Echo or Google Home.
The robot has three cleaning settings: whole house, spot cleaning or scheduled cleaning.
It also has two modes: a quiet ECO-mode and a Turbo mode with maximum pick-up. You can also set the Extra Care mode if you need the vacuum to navigate around delicate objects carefully.
But there is more:
The My Floor Plan feature and No-Go Lines is something pet owners will love. First, the D6 will explore and map your home with up to three floors plans for different stories.
After it has created the floor plan, you can use the app to draw lines which the robot won’t cross. This is an excellent feature if you want to give your pets privacy. Just draw lines around their bed and water bowl, or limit the robot from entering certain areas. You will have a stress-free pet and a clean home when you come back from work!
The app is very functional and pretty simple to set up, although we did have to try a few times because out wifi wasn’t working as it should. Once you get it going, it should run smoothly, although some users have found the D6 sometimes to drop the connection.
The battery lasts 120 minutes, which is excellent for a high power robotic vacuum and enough to clean even larger homes.
It takes the robot 150 minutes to reach full charge after it runs out of battery, but we enjoy the fact that it charges itself and resumes cleaning to finish the job.
The vacuum also has what they call the Quick Boost feature. With this feature, the D6 is able to calculate how much power it needs to finish the job and it only charges what it needs before resuming.
The D6 has laser guided navigation meaning that instead of cleaning in a random pattern like many other cheaper robots, the Neato botvac cleans in straight lines while using its sensors to navigate around obstacles. This makes cleaning more efficient and quicker.
It has cliff detection, and after creating the floor plan, it knows its way around the house and navigates its way back to the charging dock. On the first few times, you might notice it skipping a spot at first, but let the robot finish its job, and you'll see it does come back and eventually cleans every inch before it finds it's way back to the dock to be charged.
The D6 has some features that will benefit pet owners in particular:
- The filter on the D6 has more material than filters on other D Connected series vacuums. Because it is able to catch more dust and allergens, it is an excellent choice for pet owners and people with allergies. It captures up to 99% of tiny dust mites and allergens as small as 10 microns.
- The dirt cup is 0.7 liters, and it takes in quite a bit of pet hair before it is full. Owners of several pets that shed a lot should be aware, that the D6 does not always recognize if the dirt cup fills up quickly, which might affect the performance during the rest of the cleaning session. But you will soon learn how often your home needs to be vacuumed by the robot for the container not to get clogged in one go.
+ Designed for pet homes
+ Up to 120 min runtime for large houses
+ Reaches full charge in only 150 minutes
+ Smart navigation system with a logical cleaning pattern
+ Large brush and 12-inch cleaning path
+ Side sweeper for reaching corners
+ Eco and Turbo modes
+ Quieter than many other robovacs
+ Pet-friendly filtration for capturing allergens
+ Maps its surroundings an creates floor plans
+ No-Go Lines let you easily control which areas the robot cleans
+ Large 0.7-liter dustbin
+ Wide 12-inch cleaning path
+ The app is easy to use
+ Neato keeps updating the software
+ Excellent support and customers service from Neato
- Can sometimes drop of the wifi
- Won’t always notify you if the dirt cup fills up while cleaning
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A robotic vacuum is one of those things you don’t necessarily need, but you certainly never regret getting. And that is more than true with this new Neato D6 botvac.
It has those advanced features you want to see on a robotic vacuum for pet hair, but the price is reasonable for an upper midrange vacuum with these qualities.
The long runtime, powerful suction, large dirt cup, and virtual no-go lines easily drawn on the application make this vacuum an excellent choice for pet homes and make it our number one pick in this category.
Ready to lift up your legs while the D6 does all the hard work? Just check out the fantastic reviews here if you don’t believe us or continue to read our extensive review to see the details and close-up pictures.
Roomba e5 from the new iRobot lineup is also a great robot vacuum for pet owners. It has the famous Roomba features with a few little bonuses like 5 times stronger suction, larger dirt cup, advanced filtration, and a rubberized brush roll to grab that pet hair – and to keep that home with pets tip-top shape.
* Roomba e6 is basically the same vacuum, but the package includes not one but 2 virtual wall barriers and a spare HEPA filter. It’s a fantastic deal available at select retailers only. Click here to see the latest price.
So what makes the e5 one of the top vacuums for pet hair?
The Roomba e5 has a 3-Stage cleaning system; it uses the Advanced Dual Rubberized Brush, Edge-Sweeping Brush, and a strong suction to lift up all dust, dirt and pet hair.
Because the brush roll is rubberized, it attracts pet hair and makes sure no hair is left behind...
The cleaning head adjusts automatically to keep the brush rolls in tight contact with the surface, and the Edge-Sweeping brush makes sure all corners are cleaned as well.
The suction is 5 times more powerful than the one on Roomba 600 series robots, which makes it very powerful and guarantees excellent cleaning results – even on carpets.
The vacuum also uses sensors to detect areas that have more dirt, and it automatically spends more time on cleaning those high-traffic areas like the hallway or kitchen.
Controlling the vacuum
To control the vacuum you have:
- Physical buttons
- iRobot HOME application
- Voice control
- Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barriers
If you don’t have your phone at hand, you can always send the Roomba cleaning by using the buttons situated on top of it. With these buttons, you can start and stop cleaning, tell the Roomba to go back to its Home Base or ask it to spot clean a specific area.
However, using your smartphone and the iRobot HOME app, you can not only remotely control your vacuum but also schedule up to 7 vacuuming session per week and view the cleaning history.
The wifi connectivity is excellent, and the robot rarely drops the connection.
If you have Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa – and the speakers for the job – you can also use voice commands to start and stop cleaning.
You also have a way of setting areas out of bounds for the robot. If you have pets, this is especially important because the roaming robot can cause stress for animals if they aren’t allowed some privacy.
With the Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barrier, you can set no-go zones around your pets bed, water bowl or litter box. Or you can even restrict the vacuum from cleaning certain rooms to give your pets the peace they need.
The Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barrier is a small device used to create invisible linear and radial lines the robot won’t cross. This enables you to block doorways or form a halo around your pets favorite resting spot.
We would like to see a possibility to add virtual barriers through the app, but according to many of the pet owners using this product the current system works very well and keeps your robot away from your pets.
The e5 has a 1,800 mAh lithium-ion battery that gives the vacuum a runtime of 90 minutes, which is pretty good for a vacuum in this price range. We would like to see the e5 have the Charge & Resume feature, but for most homes, 90 minutes is more than enough for the Roomba to finish vacuuming.
It does find its way back to the Home Base, but it won’t automatically resume cleaning. If you have a large house, you might want to consider the Roomba i7 which is a bit more expensive, but it has many incredible features worth the investment.
If the battery is completely empty, juicing up takes 2-3 hours, which is relatively standard.
The Roomba e5 uses the iAdapt 2.0 navigation system which is not the most advanced system from Roomba but not the most basic either. The robot uses memory mapping to remember doorways, walls, and furniture not to bump into them, but it can not map its surroundings to create a floor plan.
The vacuum has a spot cleaning function to use when you have a certain spot you need to clean, but because the robot lacks advanced mapping, it cannot be told to clean a particular room.
The e5 uses the Advanced AeroForce filter which is a high-efficiency HEPA filter. Pet owners are probably delighted to hear the filter can catch 99% of cat and dog allergens and keeps them from being blown right back into the air.
Because the advanced filter is also half the size (without losing any performance), the dirt cup capacity is an impressive 0.5 liters. This is good news for people with pets that shed a lot. Often robotic vacuums have small dirt cups which means they can easily get clogged by pet hair. Luckily this vacuum can hold quite a lot of dust, hair, and dirt before filling up.
+ The best Roomba for pet homes
+ 5x stronger suction compared to 600 series robots
+ Wifi-connectivity and iRobot HOME application
+ Advanced navigation system
+ 90-minute runtime
+ 1 Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barrier included
+ Intuitive and straightforward to use
+ Advanced Dual Rubberized Brush Roll for pet hair
+ Excellent cleaning performance
+ Advanced High-Efficiency filter for dander and allergens
+ Edge-sweeping brush for corners
+ Large 0.5-liter washable dirt cup
- Doesn’t automatically resume cleaning after charging
- Cannot create a floor plan
- Can’t be directed to clean a particular room
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Roomba e5 (or Roomba e6, which is basically the same vacuum but with a great package deal at select retailers) has a great price-quality ratio, and it is THE midrange robotic vacuum for pet hair right now.
If you’re on a restricted budget and you're looking for a reasonably priced robotic vacuum for pets, the e5 should be your choice.
Because it is a midrange option, you can't expect all the bells and whistles, but it is a superb robotic vacuum nonetheless.
Although other robovacs like the Neato D6 and Roomba i7 (or 980) have those advanced features like a longer runtime, advanced navigation, and Recharge&Resume function, they also come with a bigger price tag. If you don’t have restrictions moneywise, get one of the top vacuums! But, if you’re looking for something around 500 USD, then the e5 and e6 are a great option.
The rubberized brush roll picks up pet hair, and the strong suction makes sure all the dirt and debris on your floors ends up in the dirt cup. Which, by the way, is washable and can fit 0.5 liters of pet hair. An excellent feature if you have pets that shed heaps of fur.
The filtration is also very efficient, which will help you deal with dander and animal allergens.
Also, the navigation works well, and the package includes one Dual-Mode Virtual Wall Barrier that can keep the robot away from your pets bed or food bowl. Actually, if you opt for the e6 package deal, you get 2 of the virtual wall devices!
This Roomba vacuum has all the features you need plus a few that make it especially suitable for pet homes.
Roomba i7 - The most advanced robovac with a matching price
Roomba i7 (and i7+) are extremely advanced robotic vacuums with leading-edge features and design. If you’re looking for a highly advanced product with all the bells and whistles, then this is the one. It has everything a pet owner would want from their robovac - and more. Click here to see the latest prices of the i7.
* The difference between the two products is that the i7+ comes with the new self-cleaning charging base included, while the i7 is only compatible and you can buy the Advanced Home Base separately if you wish to do so.
The 3-stage cleaning system incorporates an edge sweeper, rubberized dual brush roll and powerful suction to offer fantastic cleaning results on all surfaces.
The Roomba i7 has 10x the suction compared to vacuums in the 600 series. The powerful suction makes it an excellent vacuum for removing pet hair, and it also gives it the ability to handle high-pile carpets...
To enhance the cleaning performance, Roomba has equipped this vacuum with an Advanced Dual Rubberized Brush Roll. This double brush roll is rubberized to make it actively attract pet hair. It is also tangle-free because the rolls revolve in opposite directions not letting long hair get tangled.
Many robot vacuums with a weak suction and basic brush rolls can only clean low-pile carpets or hard floor surfaces, but the i7 does an awesome job on challenging carpets and rugs as well.
Controlling the vacuum
You can control the vacuum in several ways.
The most basic way to tell your Roomba to start cleaning is to press the physical buttons on top of the device. However, these buttons only have the essential commands: start, stop and return to base. If you have Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, you can also use voice commands for the same basic functions.
If you want to take controlling your vacuum to the next level, you can use the iRobot HOME app on your smartphone. Your Roomba will use the Wi-Fi connection to connect with you no matter where you are. With the app, you can start and stop cleaning cycles from anywhere. You can also schedule cleaning sessions and view the cleaning history.
What makes this vacuum different from other Roombas (and many other robotic vacuums as well) is that the app allows you to customize your cleaning preferences. Because the robot maps your home and remembers the floor plan, you can also set it to clean only certain areas or rooms of your home.
With this feature, you can schedule the robot to perform a more thorough daily cleanup for high-traffic areas like the kitchen, hallway and living area. By doing this daily, you can easily keep these critical areas free of pet hair, dirt and other debris.
The Roomba vacuums also come with another way of restricting certain areas from the robot. The package includes a device called the Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barrier, which will create an invisible line or halo which the robot will stay away from. This feature works great for protecting areas like your pet's water and food or pet bed.
With the Virtual Wall Barrier and the ability to use the app to point out certain rooms and areas you want to be cleaned, the Roomba i7 offers a lot of flexibility and allows customizing according to your needs. These are features that many pet owners consider to be useful because pets might be uncomfortable around the buzzing robot vacuum and they need their peace and quiet.
The runtime of the Roomba i7 is 75 minutes, but it has the Recharge & Resume feature which enables it to automatically find its way back to Home Base when it runs out of battery and to continue cleaning once it has juiced up.
Because it maps your home and tracks its progress, it knows precisely where it needs to continue with the cleaning cycle. This feature makes the i7 an excellent choice for large houses because the robot doesn’t need to finish in one go and it can continue cleaning automatically without you having to worry about whether it finishes the job or not.
The Roomba i7 uses the iAdapt 3.0 navigation which is the most advanced navigation system from Roomba yet. It has the basic Roomba navigation features like Cliff Detect sensors and Advanced Dirt Detection, but it also has the new Imprint Smart Mapping function.
The Imprint Smart Mapping feature enables the robot to map its surroundings and to create a floor plan of your home. You can also name the rooms and use the app to schedule a cleaning of only specified rooms that are in need of a cleanup.
The Roomba i7 uses an Advanced AeroForce Filter which is up to HEPA standards and will filter out 99% of dust, dust mites, and allergens as small as 10 microns. This type of filter is very beneficial in a pet home because it will filter out all that pet dander and those allergens that trigger your allergies and sensitivities.
The newly re-designed filter will also allow for a sizeable 0.5-liter dirt cup which can easily hold all the pet hair the vacuum picks up. Because of the large dirt cup, the i7 is suitable for large homes and households with several pets. Even shedding season won’t clog this vacuum.
But this is where it gets interesting:
The i7 and i7+ have a whole new feature never seen before on robotic vacuums – but has been dreamt of by many users. The innovation is the self-emptying Advanced Base which allows the robot to empty its dirt bin for up to 30 times before you have to change the disposable bag in the charging base.
With the incredibly advanced mapping, self-emptying function and the option to schedule and customize cleaning cycles, you can have the Roomba clean independently for up to a month at a time without having to give it one thought.
Having the vacuum work independently for long periods at a time really gives you the ultimate hands-off cleaning experience.
The difference between i7 and i7+ is that the i7+ comes with the Advanced Base included in the package while i7 is only compatible with this feature and you can buy the self-emptying base separately later on.
+ Automatic Dirt Disposal (in i7+)
+ 10x suction compared to 600 series robots
+ Wifi-connectivity for your smartphone
+ Imprint Smart Navigation
+ Customized cleaning preferences
+ Clean or schedule by room
+ Charge and Resume feature
+ Easy-to-use application
+ 1 Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barrier
+ Easy to use and operate
+ Advanced Dual Rubberized Brush Roll
+ Excellent cleaning performance
+ Charges quickly
+ AeroForce High-Efficiency filter
+ Large 0.5-liter dirt cup
+ Edge-sweeping brush
- Doesn’t have virtual no-go lines
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The i7 and i7+ vacuums from Roomba are highly advanced and equipped with cutting edge design and engineering. They offer not only fantastic cleaning results but also an easy hands-free cleaning experience with very customizable cleaning cycles.
All these fantastic features do come at a high price but considering what you are paying for it is pretty reasonable. If you want all these attractive added-value features, you will naturally have to invest some cash.
With all these superior details including an extremely capable 3-stage cleaning system, excellent filtration, large dirt cup and cleaning preferences you can adjust to meet your needs, the i7 has everything to make it a perfect robotic vacuum for pet homes.
Eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 30C – reasonably priced with incredible features
The Eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 30C is a highly popular robotic vacuum with excellent ratings and user reviews. It has been specially designed for homes with pets and kids, and it was voted ”Best Smart Robot Vacuums in 2018” by Reviewed.com. It has many useful features like BoostIQ technology, 9 anti-collision infrared-sensors, two side brushes, and a 1500Pa suction. But most importantly it has a capable brush roll, high-performance filters and a large dirt cup which are essential details for a pet hair vacuum. Check the latest price here.
The Eufy slogan ”Relax. You’ve got Robovac.” tells you everything about this vacuum. It has many great features to make it a very useful and functional robotic vacuum for homes with pets. Continue reading to find out everything you need to know before deciding on this vacuum.
The Eufy 30C has strong 1500Pa suction and three brushes to offer the cleaning power needed in pet homes. The main brush is sturdy, and it can easily lift up pet hair, dust, and dirt from all hard floor surfaces and low to medium-pile carpets. The vacuum is not suitable for plush high-pile carpeting, but with all the other features this vacuum has, we can only call that a minor shortcoming...
It has not only one but two edge-sweeping brushes that make sure all the dust gets picked up all the way to the edges and corners. The 30C also uses what Eufy calls BoostIQ technology to increase suction when it runs into areas that need a more careful cleanup. This feature ensures that high-traffic areas like the kitchen and hallway get thoroughly cleaned.
Although the vacuum has excellent performance and a powerful motor, it is very quiet. The brushless motor allows the robot to vacuum causing only 55dB. A quiet robot vacuum is an excellent choice for homes with pets since pets sometimes find loud machines stressful.
Another fantastic detail is the fact that the Eufy robotic vacuums have a slimline design and the height of the product is only 2.85 inches. This enables the robot to clean under low-built furniture and appliances which are areas people often wish they could skip when vacuuming. With the Eufy taking care of the hard work and cleaning those hard-to-reach areas, you can just sit back and relax.
Controlling the vacuum
This vacuum has Wi-Fi connectivity, and you can connect it with your smartphone by using the EufyHome application. The app is convenient and straightforward, and you can use it to start and schedule cleaning cycles and to control the vacuum manually.
The Wi-Fi connection also enables you to connect your Eufy Robovac with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for using voice control. Eufy has also included a remote control in the package which is an excellent addition if you don’t have a Wi-Fi connection, or you prefer using the vacuum without one.
The Eufy 30C has a runtime of up to 100 minutes depending on the surface. Since it uses BoostIQ technology to increase the suction when needed, the runtime depends on how dirty your floors are. That said, the lengthy runtime is more than enough for a complete cleanup, and the vacuum will automatically return to its dock for juicing up when the battery runs low.
For navigating its surroundings, this Eufy Robovac uses 9 anti-collision infrared sensors and drop-sensing technology. The navigation system is relatively basic, but the robot does find its way around a home with ease.
The package includes a 13.2-foot Boundary Strip which you can also use to guide the vacuum. The robot has Dual-Hall Sensors to detect these Boundary Strips, and it won’t cross the strip when it comes by one.
The Boundary Strip is a good way for you to create no-go zones that allow your pet to be undisturbed. At first, pets may find the vacuum slightly intimidating, and it can be a good idea to create a safe area they can retreat to if they find the robot to cause them stress. The strips also enable blocking your pet’s food and water bowls from the robot so that he or she can eat and drink in peace.
The Robovac 30C has a large dirt cup of 0.6 liters and a High-Performance Filter. The large dirt cup is a fantastic detail for a pet hair vacuum because wads of pet hair can quickly fill a smaller container and block the suction. A large dirt cup also needs emptying less frequently which is always good news for anyone looking for an easy-to-use vacuum.
Having high-performing filters is, of course, also a helpful feature pet owners can appreciate. Since furry pets like cats and dogs may reduce the air quality in your home by increasing the load of dust and allergens in the indoor air, it is essential to have a vacuum that can filter out those small particles to blow out only clean air.
+ A long runtime up to 100 minutes
+ Strong 1500Pa suction
+ Wi-Fi connection for controlling the vacuum with your phone
+ Easy-to-use application with scheduling and manual controls
+ Remote control included
+ Slimline design allows the robot to fit under furniture
+ Large 0.6-liter dirt cup for pet hair
+ High-Performance filters
+ Drop-sensing technology
+ The brushless motor reduces noise to only 55dB
+ Two side brushes to clean corners and edges thoroughly
+ Large wheels to climb over carpets and door ledges
+ 13.2-foot Boundary Strip for creating no-go zones
- Not suitable for high-pile carpets
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The Eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 30C is an excellent choice for pet owners looking for a robotic vacuum to tackle that pet hair and dust collecting on the floors. It is a midrange vacuum with a reasonable price and all the essential features you would require in a pet hair vacuum.
This very popular robotic vacuum gets fantastic users reviews because the price-quality ratio is excellent and with your money, you get many wonderful details you will find highly valuable.
The Eufy 30C is a great way to reduce that stress related to home chores in your already busy life. With this robot helping you with vacuuming you can concentrate on other things than cleaning. As Eufy puts it: Relax. You’ve got Robovac.
SHARK ION Robot Vacuum R85 - Basic but functional
A very reasonably priced Shark robotic vacuum with all the essential features for a pet home and nothing extra. Self-cleaning brush-roll, HEPA filter, and an extra large dirt cup benefit pet owners. Excellent choice for someone looking for a robovac with the basics and a price to reflect that. Click here to see the latest price.
Shark has tripled the suction power on this robovac compared to their previous R75 vacuum.
The stronger suction benefits pet owners because it enhances the robot’s ability to pick up pet hair. It has three suction modes you can control with the application on your phone. In addition to the normal mode, you also have a Max Mode and a Quiet mode...
The R85 also has a self-cleaning brush roll which again will be very convenient for pet owners because pet hair won’t get tangled on the brush and need removing.
The bristles on the brush roll are stiff to enable the vacuum to dig deep into carpets, and it also has not one but two side sweepers to reach all that pet hair accumulating in the corners.
The R85 is not one of the highly advanced robot vacuums, but for the price point, it does offer great cleaning results on all surfaces. It will keep hard floors and low-pile carpets clean of pet hair, dust, dander, and other dirt.
Controlling the vacuum
The R85 can be controlled in a few different ways.
It has physical buttons on top, or you can use the remote that is provided with the product. The remote is useful if you don’t have Wi-Fi or a smartphone, or if the connection happens to be down.
If you have the Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, you can even start cleaning cycles with voice commands.
The R85 also has a Wi-Fi connection that allows it to connect with an app on your smartphone. With this feature, you can start cleaning cycles from where ever and whenever you want. The Shark ION Robot app is easy to use, and you can use it to schedule cleaning cycles and to view the cleaning history as well.
Another way of controlling the robot is the 8-foot boundary strip that is included with the vacuum. With this boundary strip, you can create no-go zones and prevent the vacuum from knocking over your pet’s water or disturbing them while they sleep in their pet bed.
Having the ability to create no-go zones is important in households with pets because animals often find the freely roaming robot stressful and they need a private place they can retreat to.
The runtime of the Shark R85 is 60 minutes, which is adequate for small and mid-sized homes. You get a full hour of fade-free cleaning time with the 14.4-volt lithium-ion battery that takes 3 hours to reach full charge.
When it needs to juice up, the robot automatically returns to its base, but it won’t continue cleaning by itself. This is a small shortcoming, but very understandable at this price point.
The Shark R85 uses Smart Sensor Technology to find its way around your home. It has several sensors that it uses to it prevent from bumping into obstacles, and to guide its way around the area being cleaned.
The Multi-Axis Bumper collects information about the surroundings, and it also has cliff detectors to prevent it from tumbling down a flight of stairs.
Because it is a pretty basic robot vacuum with only the essential features, the R85 does not have a mapping function. It cleans in a random pattern, but it does learn about its surroundings, and it does gradually find better routes.
The dirt cup is extra large at 0.62 liters which is good news for pet owners. A large dirt container will prevent pet hair from blocking the suction, and it means that you don’t have to trouble yourself constantly with emptying the cup.
Users with pets (and allergies) will also appreciate the HEPA filter which filters out small particles such as dust and dander that cause allergies.
+ 60 minutes of runtime
+ 3x more powerful suction
+ Self-cleaning brush roll
+ Extra large dirt cup
+ Remote control included
+ Two side brushes
+ Boundary strip to create no-go lines
+ HEPA filter
+ 5-year limited warranty
- Doesn’t create floorplans
- Navigation pattern is random
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The R85 robotic vacuum from Shark is a low-cost robotic vacuum designed to handle pet hair. It might not have all the frills, but if you are looking for an affordable product with all the critical features, then this is an excellent choice.
Extra large dirt cup, 3x more powerful suction, self-cleaning brush roll, and a HEPA filter are just what all pet homes need. Add Wi-Fi connectivity and easy scheduling on the app, and the Shark R85 is ready to take care of your upkeep cleaning.
Although it’s not one of those highly advanced robots, it offers excellent cleaning results and does daily maintenance vacuuming for you. It significantly reduces your need to vacuum by taking care of all the dust and pet hair that gathers on your floor and in the corners.
Roomba 690 – Excellent budget option with all the essential features and a couple of advanced features added
The Roomba 690 may not have all the bells and whistles, but it is a practical and useful robotic vacuum with the fundamental features. It offers good performance, and it comes with useful features like Wi-Fi connectivity, excellent filtration, and a Roomba Virtual Wall Barrier. This vacuum is a top pick in its price category. Click here to see the latest price.
The Roomba 690 is a great budget option if you’re looking for a robotic vacuum for a home with pets. It comes with the Roomba Robot Essentials and a couple of advanced features thrown in as well.
Continue reading to find out everything you need to know about this product before deciding if its the right one for you.
The Roomba 690 has a 3-stage cleaning system to offer excellent cleaning results. It uses the Dual Multi-Surface Brush, the edge-sweeping brush and suction to provide a careful clean. It also has Dirt Detection technology that can find those high-traffic areas that need a more thorough cleanup...
The high-quality brush roll with bristles and blades engages the surface and digs deep into carpets. It loosens pet hair, dust, and dirt so that the suction can then pull it in. It also automatically adjusts to the surface to offer an optimal clean on any floor or carpet.
If you have high-pile carpeting or several plush area rugs, we might suggest a robotic vacuum with stronger suction. But for hard floors and low to mid-pile carpets the 690 is a great option.
Controlling the vacuum
You have four ways of controlling your Roomba vacuum.
Firstly, you can use the physical button on top of the vacuum to start a cleaning cycle. You can also stop a cycle and ask the vacuum to return to its Home Base, but for more advanced options you need a Wi-Fi connection.
A Wi-Fi will enable you to control the vacuum using the iRobot Home application on your smartphone. This way you can schedule cleanups, view the cleaning history and start cleaning cycles remotely. It allows you to start the vacuum while you’re away from your home and to come back to a clean house that has just been vacuumed.
You can also use the Wi-Fi connection and connect the Roomba with Amazon Alexa or Google Home. You can then use the speakers to give the vacuum voice commands.
Lastly, the Roomba 690 comes with one Roomba Virtual Wall Barrier which you can use to restrict the robot from cleaning specific areas. For pet owners, this is an important feature because pets might feel uncomfortable around the robovac and need a peaceful space they can retreat to. It is also a good way of protecting your pet’s water and food from the robot to make sure your pet is not disturbed while eating or drinking.
The 690 has a runtime of 90 minutes which is pretty good for a robot in this price range. The robot will automatically return back to its dock for charging, but it will not resume cleaning after it has juiced up. This is a minor shortcoming but something that is to be expected at this price point.
In smaller and mid-sized homes 90 minutes allows the vacuum to finish its job, but if you have a big house, you might want to consider another product with longer runtime or the ability to automatically resume cleaning after charging up.
The charging is fast, and in just 2-3 hours you will have the robot ready for another cleanup.
The Roomba 690 uses the iAdapt 1.0 navigation system to find it’s way around. It is a fairly basic system that does not enable mapping, which can be expected at this price. The robot uses its bumper to collect information about its surroundings, which means it will lightly bump into objects.
The navigation provides enough information for the vacuum to do a good job at cleaning, but the cleaning paths are random, and it might miss a spot sometimes. Users have said they don’t mind this though, because with daily cleaning cycles the vacuum will keep your floor cleared of dust and debris even without the more sophisticated (and more expensive) navigation.
The 690 model uses the Roomba High-Performance AeroVac filter. It is not a HEPA filter, but it does do a great job at capturing all dust, dander and other small particles. Having a high-quality filter is an essential detail for vacuums in pet homes. An inefficient filter might reduce the indoor air quality by allowing the vacuum to push allergens like dander and other disgusting particles back into the air.
With the High-Performance AeroVac filter, this won’t be a problem, and you’re guaranteed clean exhaust air.
+ Wifi-connectivity for controlling the vacuum with an app
+ iRobot Home application is easy to use
+ Dual-Mode Virtual Wall Barrier enables creating restricted zones
+ Great features for the price
+ Easy to use and operate
+ Offers good cleaning performance
+ Lengthy 90-minute runtime
+ Charges up quickly
+ High-performance filter for filtering out dust and other small particles
+ Edge-sweeping brush makes sure edges and corners are cleaned as well
- Doesn’t have a recharge and resume feature
- Random cleaning paths
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To put the Roomba 690 is a nutshell; it is an affordable robotic vacuum with all the necessary features to provide a high level of performance and a comfortable user experience. It has a long runtime, high-performing filtration, and a sturdy brush roll – all features that pet owners will appreciate.
The Wi-Fi connectivity makes it easy to control remotely, and the Dual-Mode Virtual Wall Barrier gives you the option of blocking a specific area from your robot. Add a few nice details like Dirt Detection technology, and you have what we say is a great pet hair vacuum.
If you’re looking for a moderately priced robovac that can keep your home clean and free of pet hair, then you might want to opt for the Roomba 690. It will make your life as a pet owner significantly easier by cleaning up all that pet hair and dust that lands on the floor in your home.
Other great robotic vacuums we reviewed but which didn't quite make it to the top 6.
Roomba 980 is one of the high-end robotic vacuum cleaners with advanced navigation and features, but it is a part of the previous Roomba lineup which is why you might find it at a great price online. It used to be the top dog in the Roomba family, but it has now been replaced with Roomba i7 as the king of the hill.
Although it's no longer the best Roomba on the market, with the advanced navigation and features - and the current price - it's an excellent choice for a robotic vacuum for pet hair.
Roomba 980 is still one of the most popular robovacs from iRobot because of its advanced features and excellent performance.
In addition to an efficient tangle-free rubber roller system, it has all the needed features like Wi-Fi connectivity, app control, long runtime, HEPA filter, and the automatic recharging and resuming feature that doubles the runtime - great news for anyone with a large house! Roomba 980 also uses advanced mapping technology as it navigates around.
Pet hair, food pellets, dander or other dirt and debris, are no problem for this little fellow according to user experiences. It is a very strong competitor to full on upright and canister vacuums...
Its performance is all thanks to a powerful motor and suction, combined with the enhanced dirt detection system and rotating AeroForce Extractors (the mechanism is brushless, so you don’t have to worry about pet hair getting tangled).
Roomba 980 adapts to its environment for thorough coverage and the cleaning head automatically adjust according to the surface. Although many robovacs clean hard floors without a problem, what sets Roomba 980 apart from many of its competitors, is that it does well on carpets as well.
The high level of performance on carpets is due to the features mentioned above, as well as the Carpet Boost-mode which, although quite loud, gives the robot the extra boost to manage carpets and rugs which are harder to clean.
Controlling the Vacuum
Roomba 980 is effortless to use. It offers Wi-FI-connectivity, and it can be guided remotely from your phone where ever you are and whenever you want. Roomba 980 is suitable for smart homes as it can be paired not only with smartphones but with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant as well.
According to the users, both the iRobot App and voice control are easy to use. The app lets you schedule up to seven cleaning schedules per week, and it also provides you information when parts need to be changed or maintained.
The Roomba 980 can run up to 2 full hours, which is quite well compared to other robotic vacuums. As per home size, the 980 can vacuum an area of more than 2000 sq ft in a single cleaning cycle. Roomba 980 is very reliable at finding its way back to the charging station.
It takes 3 hours to get fully recharged. Once recharged, it will automatically resume where it left off. This feature again makes it more independent because you don’t have to send it back to work after recharging.
The Roomba 980 uses the latest technology which makes a big difference. It is very organized as it cleans in straight lines instead of randomly roaming around. This results in more efficient and thorough cleaning paths.
All in all, Roomba 980 needs minimal care and attention from you. The need to clean up clutter beforehand is minimized, and you can leave it unattended and rely on it to navigate through your home without your help. Many cheap robotic vacuums need way more of your support, so this is nothing to be taken for granted.
Last but not least, Roomba 980 uses HEPA filters, the ideal filtration system for every pet owner with all that dust and dander floating around.
+ Easy to use: User-friendly app
+ Tangle-free rubber rollers handle pet hair with ease
+ Comes with HEPA-filters, ideal for pet owners
+ Comes close to full-size vacuum with the cleaning performance
+ Efficient navigation capabilities
+ Detects dirt and the suction is strong
+ Doesn’t have problems cleaning different surfaces
+ Won’t be stopped by obstacles
+ Small, won’t get stuck under furniture
+ Saves you time and trouble - the need to clean up clutter beforehand is minimized
+ Most self-sufficient robot out there - won’t need your attention
- Loud when using the Carpet Boost-mode
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Roomba 980 is a high-end product with some of the most advanced technology and many the nice extras lower-end robots lack.
It’s a solid performer and does a brilliant job on bare floors and carpets alike. And it spares you from all the extra hassle because of its advanced navigation which provides independence and supervision-free cleaning.
Because Roomba vacuums are high-quality products that come with reliability and durability they are a good investment known to last for many years.
Since it is no longer the most advanced Roomba (as Roomba i7 is the leader of the pack) and it is a part of the previous lineup, the price is very reasonable compared to the features you get. Having fantastic performance and features at a reasonable cost is what makes this vacuum a part of the top 5 in this category, and a great choice for you.
This Shark robotic vacuum is a great budget option for those with mainly hard floors. It has some really nice features for pet owners, but you can’t expect to get the best robovac out there for this price. If you're okay with not having the most advanced bleeding-edge features, this robot will help you keep your floors clean on a daily basis. Click here to see the latest prices.
All in all, Shark ION R75 is a great budget option for households with pets. You can expect solid cleaning performance on tiled or hard floors, but don’t expect it to do miracles on carpets.
This robotic vacuum is not entirely independent nor a match in performance or navigation to the more advanced robots - but then again, it is also much cheaper.
Shark R75 offers app compatibility which is often missing from budget models, and you can start cleaning from anywhere at any time. Pet owners have also especially appreciated the low noise level, self-cleaning brush on which pet hair won’t get tangled, and HEPA filters that keep the air fresh.
Even though it won’t be a substitute for a full-size vacuum, it will with no doubt help you keep your home pet hair-free and extend the time between heavier cleanings.
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all kinds of hard flooring. It holds two rotating sweepers on either side, which helps it to capture pet hair as well as other debris from the surface.
It’s not as good a performer on carpets as Neato D6 or Roomba i7, but this robot does decent work on low-pile and even medium-piled carpets.
Controlling the Vacuum
The good news is that Shark ION R75 is Wi-Fi compatible. It means that you can remotely control your robot by using an app. The app allows you to start and stop cleaning, and to set recurring cleaning schedules. Also, the app provides access to tips, tricks, and FAQs, as well as maintenance reminders, troubleshooting, and tech support.
Although the app is said to be easy to use, some users have reported the robot losing connection with Wi-Fi from time to time.
Prefer giving the robot voice commands? No problem. Shark ION R75 is compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant, so you can just tell the vacuum to start working while sitting on your sofa.
The battery provides a cleaning time from 60 to 90 minutes. Before the battery runs out or the cleaning session is complete, this Shark robot will automatically return to its docking station.
Recharging the battery can take up to three hours. After that, it’s ready to get back to work, but unfortunately, this model won’t automatically resume cleaning once it’s recharged and you will have to send it back to work again.
Navigation is not as advanced as with higher-end models. The cleaning and navigation pattern seem to be random, but as far as owners have witnessed, the robot does cover the floor area without missing spots.
If you’re ever planning to leave to vacuum to clean by itself, it’s a good thing that Shark R75 is super slim at only 2.6 inches. For this reason, it gets easily under most furniture.
The robot is equipped with anti-collision and anti-drop sensors which work rather well. It needs a bit of your attention, but as long as you're ready to do some clutter organizing before sending this vacuum to work, you won’t need to be there as a robositter as it roams the floors.
Great Features for Pet Owners
This robotic vacuum is not designed for pet owners per se, but it has several great features animal lovers will appreciate.
- It’s quiet. Shark R75 generates only a low humming noise, which is ideal for pet homes.
- It's equipped with a self-cleaning roller brush, which helps to keep hair from getting tangled and on the rollers.
- The dustbin is easy to remove and empty, but as the dustbin is quite small, you have to be ready to empty it quite often.
- Last but not least, it has a HEPA filter. And that is the one you want to have if you have pets.
+ Performs well with pet hair and dander on hard floors
+ Low-profile design – won’t get stuck under furniture
+ Easy-empty dustbin
+ Pet hair won’t get tangled – less maintenance
+ Easy to use
+ Wi-Fi compatibility (App/Amazon Alexa/Google Home Assistant)
+ Ability to schedule your vacuum to clean adds convenience
+ Does not have to be supervised
+ Comes with anti-allergen HEPA filters
+ Good quality for this price
- Dirt bin capacity is quite small
- You need to clear all clutter before sending the vacuums to work
- Not the best choice for a fully carpeted house
- Some people have had trouble with loss of Wi-Fi connection
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If you want a robot that you can ”set-and-forget,” go for one of the more advanced robots like Neato D6 or Roomba i7, as the Shark ION R75 needs more of your attention and help. Also, it’s not the one you should buy if you have mainly carpeted floors.
Then again, if you have mostly hard flooring and you’re prepared to help out your robotic vacuum to some degree before it can help you, this robot will save you considerable effort in housekeeping.
The good news is that it has been reported navigating around without getting lost, stuck or bumping into walls and furniture. It won’t need your supervision all the time, and you can send it to work by using an app. Taking everything into consideration, the price is definitely attractive for the features this model holds.
Although Deik is not one of the well-known vacuum manufacturers, their robotic vacuum has got praising reviews from pet owners. It’s not perfect, and it lacks some features you can find in higher-end models. There’s no Wi-Fi connectivity, the robot needs your help from time to time, and it won’t automatically resume cleaning once recharged. However, it is a solid performer, especially on hard floors. We also appreciate the largest dustbin on the market and last but not least - the affordable price tag compared to many other robot vacuums.
The Deik robot vacuum is best for homes with bare floors and low-pile carpets. Users have mainly given 5-star reviews, which confirms that Deik does a thorough job in cleaning around the house on its own. Dissatisfaction among its owners is rare as long as you’re ready for some trade-offs for the price you pay. You can’t expect to get it all, but for daily upkeep cleaning Deik is definitely a big help.
Users of this vacuum have generally been impressed by its performance on cleaning floors and maintaining cleanliness. This vacuum sucks up pet hair from...
the bare floor as well as from low- to medium-pile carpets without problems. It automatically adjusts the suction power to match the floor type and it uses less power on hard floors and more on carpets.
However, Deik is not the best option if you have thick rugs or mainly carpeted floors as the cleaning results may not be optimal.
The power is measured at 1200pa both on carpets and hard floors which is excellent for any robotic vacuum. Even though the vacuum is powerful, it’s not loud. The robot runs quietly, generating only 50-60 decibels.
Controlling the Vacuum
This robot works on a remote control and it's easy and intuitive to use. It has five different cleaning modes that allow Deik to be used effectively on different surfaces, situations and according to how dirty the floors are.
There’s no Wi-Fi and app compatibility, which can be found on most of the more expensive models.
Deik Robot holds a replaceable lithium battery that has a 90-minute running time (depending on the cleaning mode), and that’s quite impressive for a machine in this price range. The robot will automatically return to the station and recharge once it is done cleaning or the battery is low.
However, you should know, that this robovac won’t continue cleaning automatically once re-charged. If you have a large home that the robotic vacuum won't be able to clean in one session, this feature is something you might need. For the robotic vacuum to clean a large house independently, it should resume cleaning after it has recharged itself.
Great Features for Pet Owners
- Deik has a massive 0.9 liter capacity for dustbin which is the largest in the market. This feature allows longer periods of cleaning, and there’s no need to monitor the vacuum constantly to empty the bin when it gets full. Owners of pets that shed a lot will love this feature because it keeps the pet hair from clogging the vacuum.
- The filtration is ideal for pet owners, as this vacuum has a combination of a 3D and a HEPA filter.
+ Low price compared to many of the other robotic vacuums
+ Works well on bare floors
+ Easy to use
+ Adjusts the suction power according to the surface
+ Has an extra large dustbin
+ HEPA+3D-filter is great for pet owners
- No WI-FI and app compatibility
- May come to a halt on thicker high-pile carpets
- It will not continue cleaning once re-charged
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The Deik Robot is one of the cheapest robotic vacuums available, and yet it does a pretty convincing job. This robotic has strong suction, and it has the biggest dirt cup in the market. Also, there are multiple cleaning modes to choose from.
Deik is not self-sufficient, nor a substitute for full-size vacuum - but I’d say it's a good fit for someone who is looking for an affordable option to help maintain cleanliness in a pet home.
The vacuum is easy to use, practical and it performs well with picking up pet hair from any hard flooring. And though it does fall slightly short on some aspects, with the low price tag you can actually be quite impressed with what you get for your money.
Why choose a robotic vacuum for pet hair?
As a pet owner, you probably know that pet hair is a massive challenge for anyone wanting to keep their home spotless. Most furry pets shed, and some of them shed like crazy. Did you know, that a cat can shed more than 320.000 hairs in one day! That's a lot of hair for you to clean up.
Trying to get rid of all that pet hair can be stressful. You may need to vacuum every day and keep those lint rollers rolling. We love our pets, but don't you just wish there was a way for you to keep that pet hair from invading your home without all that hard work?
The answer to your problem is a robotic vacuum. It will let you keep your home clean and significantly reduce that loose pet hair while you enjoy more important things.
Robotic vacuums have become popular in recent years due to huge advancements in technology. Just a few years ago robovacs still had many features that needed developing while the price was still high for the average consumer. However, as the engineering and design have developed, the prices have come down. Now, these incredibly helpful machines are quickly becoming popular because they help us handle our busy lives.
If you're not sure if a robotic vacuum is something you should invest in, you should know that most users would recommend getting a robotic vacuum an a majority of users only wish they had bought one earlier. That says a lot about how useful these automatic vacuums can be.
Of course, you won't be totally liberated from the troublesome chore of vacuuming. The robot won't be able to access areas like your couch and stairs, which means that you will have clean those areas yourself every now and then.
But. Because the robotic vacuum takes care of all the upkeep vacuuming, it will significantly reduce your need to vacuum. True story: I used to do a quick cleanup with my Dyson every single day. That was the only way to keep the pet hair from accumulating. Now I only give my couch a quick cleanup once a week and vacuum those areas the robot can't reach once a month. As you can see, my robot vacuum is a huge time saver!
With a cat or dog (or several) wafting hair, dander, and dust into the air as they go, most of it will land on your floor when it settles. To keep your home clean you need to make sure you keep up and don't let that dirt and hair pile up. But that's a lot of work – and something you could have a robot do for you.
Robotic vacuums are a fantastic choice for pet homes because they can be programmed to do a daily cleaning cycle. Because all the pet hair, dust, and dander get picked up from the floor every day, it will result in your whole home being cleaner. With less dust and hair to be wafted around, your furniture needs a vacuuming less often.
And all of this is done while you are at work or enjoying your life. How great is that?
A robotic vacuum is not just about having a clean home. It's also about having more time to spend with your family and friends. It's about using the latest technology to your advantage and making life more comfortable. Most people lead busy lives and getting a robotic vacuum is investing in yourself and your quality of life.
In homes with animals that shed, a robotic vacuum is an excellent choice. It will help you keep your home clean and help you win the battle against pet hair.