We understand that cats and dogs shed. Though there are many drugs which claim to control shedding in dogs and cats, we all know that most of them are there to take money from your pocket.
Some of these drugs are effective but only up to an extent. This is where vacuum cleaners come.
Common household vacuum cleaners soon become jumbled with pet hairs, therefore pet owners need a vacuum cleaner for pets.
Here are some vacuum cleaners which are being used by our clients.
Dealing with pet hair is about three things: navigation, agitation, and power. The best robot vacuums can find their way around a room, root pet hair out of carpet fibres, and vacuum it up. If you own a pet, these are the robot vacuums you should consider.
The Neato BotVac Connected is one of our favourite robot vacuums. It’s truly a “go-anywhere” robot, boasting massive wheels and a brush roll designed for rooting through deep carpets. These features translated to the BotVac Connected being one of the few robots we’ve tested that was able to pick up pet hair on every surface of our obstacle course, including a thick throw rug. Its unique D-shape allowed the Neato to clean right up against walls, which more circular robot vacuums couldn’t deal with.
It even lets you control it through Alexa voice commands, and from your smartphone when you’re not home. That means you can tell the Neato to clean up after Fido when the in-laws call you at work to tell you they’re planning a last-minute visit.
While the Neato impressed with its power and connectivity, we also took note of its gentleness.
At 7.3 pounds, this model is relatively hefty, but it never hit our test furniture hard enough to leave a scuff. This is important because one of the major drawbacks of the BotVac connected is that it lacks a virtual barrier. The only way to keep away from dog dishes and water bowls is with a magnetic strip you place on the ground.
Still, the Neato BotVac Connected is best overall because it hits the sweet spot between price, performance, and features.
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2. iRobot Roomba 980 Robot Vacuum with Wi-Fi Connectivity
This is best for cat owners.
When it comes to robot vacuums, iRobot is really the king of the hill. The cream of the crop on that hill is the iRobot 980. Like the Neato, it’s Alexa-enabled, Wi-Fi connected, and designed to clean multiple rooms while still finding its way back to its charger.
For pet hair specifically, the 980 has tangle-free brushes, so you won’t have clean it as often as other models.
This iRobot didn’t get the top spot on this list because, unlike the BotVac, it sometimes had trouble transitioning from bare floors to a tall rug. However, it does have one huge advantage that many cat owners are going to appreciate: omnidirectional virtual walls.
Basically, the 980 comes with two virtual walls that can be set to Halo Mode, which creates a no-go circle four feet in diameter. We suggest you put one near the water and food bowl and one near the litter box, two places you never want an accident. If you already own an iRobot, the Dual Mode virtual barriers work with most models, and can be purchased separately.
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3. Eufy RoboVac 11
This is best for our labrador owners. We all know labrador is a heavy shedder.
If your dog is the furriest thing on your floors, the Eufy RoboVac 11 is worth checking out.
The Eufy is perfect for anyone who wants to figure out if a robot vacuum and their pet are compatible. Cleaning wise, the Eufy makes up for its lack of high-end features with brute force, bouncing around rooms for two hours before returning to its dock.
The RoboVac 11 has a few drawbacks. It has no virtual walls or magnetic strips to ward it off from unwanted areas. Also, during testing, the Eufy was entirely unable to clean high-pile carpet.
That means it will do best in homes with bare floors, not thick carpets.