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How to choose the best robot vacuum cleaner for dealing with pet hair

robot-logo-smallWe all love the joy and happiness our friendly furry companions bring us – which is why we try hard to make sure that they are comfortable and safe. However, as much as we love having them around our houses, we really hate cleaning up the mess they make – especially when they leave their hair in every part of the house, on carpets, rugs, and sofas.

I know you understand how stressful it can be to remove those tiny bits of pet hair on your carpet by hands. It can be a daunting task, as these hairs get trapped withing the carpet/rug fibers. Thankfully, with the help of special robot vacuum cleaners, things can now be different.

Generally speaking, using a robot vacuum cleaner to clean any kind of dirt from the floor surface or carpet is very easy. This is because unlike other appliances, they are autonomous/semi-autonomous. They clean automatically and all you have to do is press a button. Most of them feature smart and intelligent software and sensors that keep them from getting trapped in corners or going over stairs. The good thing is that you can easily program them to clean even while at work, as they come with remote controls, and some are even connected to internet. But how well do they perform when it come to getting rid of pet hair, and better yet, do all perform in the same fashion, or do they differentiate between ordinary debris and pet-made residues? What should you look for when buying a pet hair robot vacuum? How can you find one that will suit your needs? How can you ensure that you are getting good value for your money?

A brief Buying Guide to choosing the perfect Robot Vacuum for Pet Hair

There is a wide range of robovacs on the market, and most of them, if not all, are designed to remove even cat and dog hair. However, is all comes down to details. Read on and discover some of the important things you might miss otherwise.

HEPA Air Filters

HEPA is perhaps the first thing you should look for. If dealing with pets, you need to keep those airborne allergens inside the dustbin for good. It is crucial to collect and contain fine air particles, if you want to have breathable air for you and your family. A good filtration system may ensure that.  While most models don’t come with this special feature, it’s also possible in some cases to get it optionally.

Suction Power and Performance

The suction power of a robot vacuum cleaner determines how well it can perform on different surfaces. You need to choose one that has enough suction power, if you want to ensure the collection of pet hair from various surfaces. You can ask for assistance in finding out the amount of suction power it has from the store’s staff. The values should be provided in AWs (Air Watts) or CFM (AirFlow). I.e. a satisfying unit should offer at least 40-50 AWs.

Bin Capacity

It is frustrating to empty bins often. If the dirt recipient fills up every few minutes, you soon understand how annoying it can be to empty it all the time. To avoid the disappointment, be sure to select one with a large dustbin. This will also allow the unit to clean more space continuously (if, of course, batteries allow it). Everything over 14 ounces would do.


Speaking of batteries, I see robot vacuums as cordless units. This means that they need to be charged before being able to work. Before purchasing, consider the battery charge time, as well as the run-time. A good model’s battery should take the least time charging and run for a long time on single charge. Everything working continuously 1h or more is great. Charging shouldn’t last more than 4-5h. These are common guidelines, not necessarily useful for you particular purpose, but in useful in general.

Multi-floor versatility

Pets don’t really care about your floors, they shed all over. Your desired unit should be able to effectively remove debris, dirt, and pet hair from a variety of floor surfaces such as carpets, hard floors, stone surfaces, rugs, tiles, and laminates, whether they are even or uneven. Check the manufacturer’s specifications to see whether a unit comes with this capability before you purchase it.

Large Brushroll / Blades

The right robot vacuum should feature a large brushroll and/or blade to help get hair and other fine particles off the carpets and hard-floors. A self-cleaning brushroll which can de-entangle could be even more suitable, but I haven’t seen yet such a robot.

Navigation Software

All robot vacuum cleaners come with a navigation controller. This system allows the unit to navigate through the working environment, while avoiding fixed obstacles such as furniture, stairways, and walls, as well as dynamic obstacles, such as your pets or yourself. A good design should clear space progressively, not random. Check out the latest implementations on the newest Neato and Roomba models.


Durability is also an important consideration, while choosing a robot vacuum cleaner. As most of them are constructed out of plastic, at least choose one that is made of high-grade plastic. High-grade plastic is scratch-resistant and can be easily cleaned.

Pet friendly

Pets should be able to ride on your robot vacuum:


Prices vary depending on the model. Some models will cost you as much as $900 while others cost as low as $300. It’s important that you choose one depending on your budget – but ensure that it can deliver the decent performance. IMO a low performing unit isn’t worth a single penny.

My favorite units

iRobot Roomba 980 robovacRoomba 980

  • HEPA filters
  • very good suction power, powerful rubber blades
  • large bin
  • quality Li-Ion batteries which last 2h
  • improved vSLAM navigation
  • not cheap, but check out this offer

Neato Botvac D80Neato Botvac D80

Neato XV Signature Pro Pet & AllergyNeato XV Signature Pro Pet & Allergy

bObi Robotic Vacuum CleanerbObi Robotic Vacuum Cleaner and Mop

  • impressive fresh design
  • HEPA filters
  • Vacuums and mops at the same time
  • UV sterilizing capabilities
  • good battery, 75 minutes of continuous cleaning
  • here’s very good deal for this unit


robot-logo-smallThat is it, I hope you enjoyed my thoughts. Hopefully, this buying guide will help you make an informed decision and ensure that you get the best value for your money, especially when pursuing a robotic vacuum to help you with cleaning after your pets.

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I'm Michael Down, a gadget addict and I absolutely love (in my spare part of the day), to blog, review and use the latest technological products humanity offers. I'm a full time robotics researcher specialized in robot movement, so I guess I get my groove on from my work.

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