You love having pets in your home, but how do you combat their fur when it sticks to literally everything? Do you find yourself constantly vacuuming because someone in your family is sensitive to pet hair?
We grew tired of vacuuming pet hair a long time ago, and that’s why we love Roomba. Cleaning up after your pets is effortless with these robot vacuums, and we think you’re missing out if you haven’t tried them.
Before we get to our top roomba picks for pet hair removal, let’s delve into the world of these convenient machines. They’re not the cheapest, but their efficiency is worth it. Here’s why.
Why Should You Buy a Roomba?
Allow us a brief moment to explain what a Roomba is, on the off chance that you’re not sure. Roomba is a range of robot vacuums, that’s arguably the most popular of our time. While its parent, iRobot, is not the inventor of the robot vacuum, it was the catalyst in its success.
It’s no surprise, though. iRobot has a rich history of innovation, from NASA rovers to medical machines. The company has developed benchmark robotics for 25 years and is leagues ahead of its competitors (1).
That’s why in 2002, when the first Roomba was released, it took the world by storm. Customers were eager to get their hands on these fascinating machines. They were so sought after, even Oprah donned them one of her favorite things (2).
They’ve dominated the market for robot vacuums ever since. However, the brand power behind them isn’t the only thing that makes them cool. But if you’re not convinced yet, we have a few points that could sway you.
1. Suits Your Exact Needs
Roomba has a range of vacuums that are engineered especially for pet owners. Its Pet Series is by far the most popular, and customers praise its efficiency.
Then, there are two more that Roomba itself recommends: the e and i series. Tests by the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) found that the e series picks up more pet hair than competing brands.
These Roombas don’t only pick up hair and dander. They can track litter spills, and manage them efficiently. They’re also tangle-free, and filter almost 100 percent of allergens from the air.
Even better, they’re suitable for carpets and hard floors, and the i7+ has a neat special feature. It automatically empties collected dirt (including pet hair) into a disposable bag. How convenient!
2. Reaches Under Furniture
There’s one major problem we’ve found when cleaning up pet hair. Some spots are near impossible to reach—especially with traditional vacuums. Cats are the main culprits in this because they’re basically liquid and can fit into ridiculous crevices.
With a Roomba, however, the days of moving heavy furniture around are over.
They’re sleek and small enough to fit into tight spaces and will clean under almost anything. Whether it’s your kitchen cabinets or your couch, you’re covered. You won’t have to worry about hidden fur gathering in places you can’t access.
3. Cleans Independently
Roomba vacuums clean automatically according to your specified settings. In most models, you can schedule them to clean without any instruction from you. And when you have to command it, you’ll often have the option to do so through your smart home assistant.
Roombas also work using sensors, so they’ll know what, when, and how to clean. You won’t have to exert yourself manually cleaning up after your pets. This is important for people who don’t have time to clean every day, or are physically unable to do so.
4. Multi-Floor Vacuums
Roomba’s sensors allow it to automatically adjust to the type of floor it’s cleaning. It will seamlessly travel from hard floors to carpets or rugs and will switch its brush or suction accordingly.
Some vacuums don’t have this feature and could damage or scratch your surfaces. It also means that they may be effective at cleaning pet hair from one floor, but useless when working on another. Roombas won’t have this problem.
5. The Best of Robot Vacuums
We mentioned that Roomba has dominated this industry since its inception. Though it wasn’t the original, many consumers praise it as the best. It’s no wonder — it has perfected all the best features people look for in a vacuum.
They’re self-charging and will find their way back to their docking stations without any help from you. Their batteries hold a good charge and they can be programmed to stay within your set boundaries. They’re built to last and require minimal maintenance.
Is a Roomba Worth It?
Beyond the special features we covered above, Roomba has the advantage over other brands in a few more ways. Some argue that Roomba is overpriced, but before you judge it, consider this:
- Quality: A Roomba could be the best quality robot vacuum you can find. Remember that it was engineered by experts who work with NASA and the US military. We don’t think they’d skimp on materials.
- Reputation: There is a reason why Roomba has stayed on top of the market for all this time. Sure, hype plays a role here, but millions of people willingly back the brand. In 2014, reports showed that a million Roombas are sold annually (3).
- Warranty: iRobot is a trusted company. So you know your purchase will come with acceptable conditions. They won’t sell you faulty or unsatisfactory products, and if you have a problem, their conditions are fair. Not all manufacturers play nice (4).
- Modern: Roomba is a staple, and iRobot keeps working to ensure that their vacuums stay updated and compatible with today’s technology. Other brands might not be able to keep up.
Choosing the Best Roomba for Pet Hair
So, you want a Roomba for pet hair, but how do you know which one to buy? You’re spoiled for choice here. Each Roomba differs in capabilities and features, but you need to consider your specific needs.
So, before you settle on a Roomba, ask yourself the following questions to make sure that it’s the right choice for you.
1. Is It for Pets?
If you’re looking for a pet-specific vacuum, go for either the Pet, e, or i series. Roombas in these ranges come with useful pet hair features like tangle-free brushes. Some vacuums in this range will even track hair or litter to clean with more precision.
These vacuums are made with pet owners (and pets) in mind. So they have the right tools, suction, filters, and noise control to work around animals.
2. If Not, Can It Tackle Pet Hair?
If you aren’t choosing one of the above series, make sure your Roomba won’t choke on pet hair. Look out for tangle-free brushes and larger dust bags.
Pay attention to the filters too. Not all filters fight allergens, so check the filter’s specs if allergies are a concern. We think your best bet would be a HEPA filter.
3. Do You Need a Quiet Robot?
Your pets may be afraid of vacuums, and if that’s the case, not any Roomba will do. It would be challenging to list every single one’s noise level, so you may want to do your own research here.
We can tell you this, though: The Roomba 780 is said to be the quietest, at only 55 decibels. The Roomba 980, on the other hand, is considered one of (if not) the loudest. But don’t worry about that — it’s ineffective at cleaning pet hair anyway.
4. What’s Your Budget?
You get what you pay for. We’re not telling you to throw thousands of dollars at iRobot, but you can’t be stingy if you want efficiency.
Their more sophisticated models will cost you a bit more. But it’s a fair exchange considering the quality of Roombas. You’re at liberty to settle for their lower-range models, but if you do, make sure they have suitable capabilities for you and your pets.
Keep in Mind
5. How Much Time Do You Need?
Roomba batteries vary, so if you need your robot to clean for longer periods, check its estimated run time.
Consumers claim that some high-end Roomba batteries should last two hours a run, and 400 cycles in total. Take this with a grain of salt, though. A battery will only last that long if you take extra care to maintain it.
Make the Most of Your Roomba
The main appeal of Roomba is its independence but don’t be fooled by its smart technology. There are a few things it won’t be able to do, so you’ll have to step in to help it. These tips will make Roomba’s job easier and preserve its condition:
- Clean it regularly: Remember that your Roomba can’t clean itself. As with any other vacuum, you will have to clean it out every so often. If too much dirt or hair settles in the machine, you’ll lose suction and harm the battery.
- Daily maintenance: Some customers swear by emptying the dust cup and rinsing the filters after each run. We can’t confirm whether or not this is necessary. But if you have the time it’s bound to keep your Roomba in prime condition. Note: Only rinse your filters if they’re washable.
- Clean the brushes: It’s a good idea to remove debris or build up from your vacuum’s brushes. Do this at least once a week. You use an old comb to really get in there.
- Use virtual walls: Are there areas you don’t want your Roomba to roam? Utilizing virtual walls will trick it into staying within boundaries that it can’t pick up. This can prevent it from knocking water bowls over, for example.
- Tidy up first: If it’s small enough to get sucked up, Roomba will eat it. Make sure you haven’t dropped anything valuable (like coins or earrings). Clear your floors so Roomba can move freely, and make sure that your floors are dry before you run it.
- Pack away your cables: Likewise, Roomba could damage your cables (or the electronics attached to them). Use cable clips to keep them out of Roomba’s way. Virtual walls help here too if there is no way around them. Otherwise, be sure that your cables are above ground.
- Replace your filters: If possible, try to do this every two to three months. Your Roomba will be effective at fighting allergens if you do.
- Use a Replenishment kit: If all else fails, you can order a replenishment kit from iRobot. It contains all the essential replacement parts your machine needs to function at peak performance again.
Is Roomba Right for You?
It’s clear that we’re a fan of Roomba, but you should keep a few things in mind before you buy one. They’re not for everyone, so consider the following to avoid disappointment:
- They aren’t perfect: Roomba has a design flaw that prevents them from fully getting into corners. So, it’s inevitable that they will miss a few spots on your floors. If you’re a perfectionist, robot vacuums may not be for you.
- They’re pricey: Remember that you’ll get guaranteed quality with Roomba, but it won’t be cheap. If you’re looking for a budget model, you’re unlikely to find one within the Roomba range.
- Maintenance is still required: Unfortunately, there’s no escape. Roomba can do many things, but it can’t clean or fix itself. Regular maintenance is necessary. It’s simpler than it is for other types of vacuums, but may be more frequent.
- They can’t clean stairs: All robot vacuums, not just Roomba, are limited to level surfaces. Their sensors prevent them from falling, but they’re unable to clean stairs, steps, or uneven ground.
- They’re only good for floors: You can clean any flat, solid surface with a Roomba, but they won’t help you with anything else. You’ll have to clean upholstery, curtains, blankets, or your car interior manually.
- You might have to supplement it: Following the above point, you should still invest in other vacuums. A handheld, for instance, is great for the spots and fabrics that Roomba can’t reach or clean.
The Best Roomba for Pet Hair of 2020
We spent hours reading customer feedback about their Roombas and pet hair. Then, based on our own experiences, customer reviews, and manufacturer information, we chose these five best Roomba vacuums for pet-friendly homes.
1. Roomba 650
We perfectly understand why pet parents are crazy about this machine. It has all the best features of Roomba and is part of the Pet Series. It’s as though this vacuum was made to take all the effort off your hands.
First, you have a choice in how little you have to think about what this machine does for you. You have an option to manually turn it on, or schedule it. The popular choice is the latter because you can schedule it to clean daily (or up to seven times a week).
This is a wonderful feature where allergies are concerned. Your home will be refreshed every day, without lifting a finger. Some users schedule it to clean while they’re away or sleeping, so their homes are always ready for them.
This model automatically adjusts to your floors — a feature we feel is always worth mentioning. It’s good for all types of floors, including carpets, tiles, and hardwood. And we love that it has a built-in navigation system — no one loves a lost Roomba.
At just 3.6 inches tall, it will easily fit under furniture. The sensors will prevent it from tumbling down stairs (or any other heights). It’s self-charging too, so it will return to its station without intervention.
What we like most about it is that it uses three stages of cleaning to tackle dirt and pet hair. First, it agitates dirt to loosen it, then its brushes lift dirt before sucking it up. It also comes with a side brush, to sweep over wall edges and corners.
Why We Love It
Three Stage Cleaning
Most other vacuums rely on suction to clean dirt, which is why they’re ineffective at removing pet hair. This machine’s mechanism truly combats dirt by loosening it so it’s easier to pick up. For pet owners, this means that less hair, or none at all, will be left behind.
Spinning Side Brush
No Roomba will do a perfect job of cleaning corners, but this model tries and does a good job of it. Its side brush cleans edges, skirting, and corners while cleaning your floors too. It’s an extra touch that makes it a favorite.
We like that this machine is small enough to fit under most furniture. It can (and will) clean pet hair from spots you’re likely to miss with a traditional or hand vacuum. Best of all, there’s no heavy lifting or rearranging furniture required.
Keep In Mind
Not the Most Durable
While customers are still satisfied with the efficiency of this machine, some complain that it gives in sooner than expected. So, be sure to maintain it often and with care, to get the best run out of it.
It Might Be Too Strong
One of the reasons why this is so excellent at cleaning pet hair is because it’s a powerful machine. A few users actually mention that it’s so strong it damaged their hardwood floors. Every floor is different though, and these complaints were few.
|Suction Power||600 Pa|
|Dimensions||13.39 inches by 3.62 inches|
|Special Features||Three stage cleaning, spinning side brush|
|Accessories||AeroVac filter, auto virtual wall, charging base, charger|
2. Roomba i7+
We mentioned earlier that the i7+, recommended by iRobot itself, has an extra-special feature. This machine has patented Dirt Detect Technology, meaning it doesn’t only clean dirt, it finds it too.
iRobot has gone all out with this model, adding an automatic dirt disposal feature. When this Roomba has done its job, it deposits collected dirt into a disposable bag, which can hold up to 30 bins worth of hair and dirt. This saves you even more time and effort.
What’s interesting about this machine is that it’s 10 times stronger than our first choice. It also removes up to 99 percent of allergens. So, it’s a must-have for those with sensitivities.
This machine also has a built-in navigation system that adapts to your home, allowing it to “learn” as it goes. It can travel seamlessly over various floors. Plus, its smart mapping gives you control over which rooms to clean and when.
You get some extras too. Included with this model are two disposal bags, a line cord, a virtual wall, two extra high-efficiency filters, and two side brushes.
It hasn’t matched older models in popularity yet, but with this level of sophistication, we bet it will become a favorite in time.
Why We Love It
What’s not to love about a vacuum that’s programmed to find messes to clean? This model tracks dirt, hair, litter spills, and other debris to give your home a more precise clean.
Some customers choose to empty their vacuums out after each use, but with this one, you don’t have to. The disposable bag can hold 30 full dustbins of dirt. You won’t have to think about maintenance for months. Yes, please!
iRobot has showcased this model, placing emphasis on pet homes. Need we remind you that it built robotics for space? If NASA trusts it, you can too.
Keep In Mind
Gets Stuck Sometimes
Customers have noted that this little guy easily gets stuck in small ridges, tracks or bumps in its path. If you’re going to have it clean multiple rooms, make sure nothing will stand in its way. It works best on smooth, even floors.
We won’t lie, not everyone will be able to afford this machine. However, we think the price is reasonable given its features, but not all customers agree.
|Dimensions||13.34 inches by 3.63 inches|
|Special Features||Automatic dirt disposal, Dirt Detection Technology|
|Accessories||Clean Base Dirt Disposal, 2 disposal bags, line cord, dual mode virtual wall, high-efficiency filter, side brush|
3. Roomba 675
If you want a Roomba similar to the i7+ and are willing to settle for an older model, consider this one. It has the features we’ve tempted you with and will cost you less money.
One thing that makes this machine stand out is that you can control it with voice commands through Alexa or Google Assistant. It’s also compatible with your smartphone, with a handy iRobot app.
You can use the app to schedule and keep an eye on your Roomba from a distance. So it’s a great choice for people on the go.
It matches the i7+ in a cool feature. Yes, it comes with Dirt Detection too, only here it focuses on the dirtier spots in your home to give them extra cleaning. It has navigation, an auto-adjusting cleaning head, and uses the three stage cleaning method.
This machine also uses dual multi-surface brushes that work especially well on pet hair. It will loosen and collect most dander, dirt, hair, and debris on both hard and soft floors. We like its edge-sweeping brush, for skirting and corners.
Why We Love It
The iRobot app is helpful if you’re planning to schedule your machine to clean when you’re not around to keep an eye on it. If you’re worried that it’s gotten stuck or lost, you can operate it through your phone.
Concentrates on Dirt
The Dirt Detection technology here focuses on troublesome spots and tells the machine to pay extra attention to them. This is handy in pet homes, as hair and dander tend to bundle. The more they do, the trickier it is to clean them up.
This machine will solve that for you, and your home will be so much cleaner for it.
It’s great that you can operate this machine through Alexa or Google Assistant. Voice commands save you time and make it easier for you to multitask. You don’t have to move a muscle to operate this vacuum if you don’t want to.
Keep In Mind
Not As Smart As i7+
It’s similar to the i7+, and we love that it’s nowhere nearly as costly. That said, although it’s an excellent alternative, it’s not as sophisticated a machine.
Some customers mention that this model gets lost quite easily, so you’ll have to be patient with it. It might also need some babysitting every once in a while.
|Dimensions||13 inches by 3.7 inches|
|Special Features||Smart Assistant compatible, Dirt Detection, remote control|
|Accessories||Charging station, line cord, extra filter, flat cleaning tool|
4. Roomba 690
This little guy is a great alternative if you’re looking for the magic of Roomba, without breaking your bank account. It’s got all the best features we’ve already covered in others.
With this machine, you get Dirt Detection, for concentrated areas of dirt. It includes three-stage cleaning and dual multi-surface brushes to protect your floors. It has smart navigation, and an edge-sweeping brush too. .
The Roomba 690 has strong suction that pet hair can’t match, and anti-drop technology to prevent damage from falls. You’ll get 90 minutes of run time from it and its self-charging.
It’s also compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant, and you’ll get access to the iRobot app for easy remote control.
Why We Love It
The most common complaint about Roomba as a whole is that often the price of one is unjustified. With this model, you get the smart technology of more sophisticated models, at a price you can agree with.
Considering that this model is one of Roomba’s lower range ones, we were pleasantly surprised by its features. It comes close to the i7+ and isn’t lacking anything you’ll miss.
90 minutes is more than sufficient to give your home a good clean — points for power management. It will then automatically return to its station when it’s running low.
Keep In Mind
It’s Quite Strong
This machine isn’t as gentle as the others we have mentioned. There are a few customer reports of damage to hardwood. It’s great for removing pet hair, but you may have to keep an eye on it.
It’s a Bit Noisy
Although it won’t break the sound barrier, users mention that it’s louder than others we’ve noted here. So, it may not be so convenient for indoor pets, or to leave to its own devices while you’re trying to rest.
|Dimensions||13 inches by 3.7 inches|
|Special Features||Dirt Detection, Three-Stage Cleaning, remote control|
|Accessories||Charging station, line cord, dual mode virtual wall, extra filter, flat cleaning tool, user guide|
5. Roomba 890
When speaking of Roomba, rarely is there a middle ground. It seems that customers either have the means to purchase the latest, most expensive models or can barely afford the cheapest. What about those of you who are in-between?
Have a look at this pick. It’s the perfect midway between Roomba’s most advanced robots and its basic one. It comes with a cool range of useful features, and — though it’s not the most affordable — the price is reasonable.
So what do you get? For starters, this machine has five times the suction of models in the 600 and 700 ranges. It also uses a three-stage cleaning system that we like so much. Plus, it does an excellent job in removing pet hair from carpets.
It’s a multi-floor vacuum with an auto-adjust cleaning head and flexible dual multi-surface rubber brushes.
Its high-efficiency filter removes 99 percent of allergens. But, what we like most is that it includes a tangle-free brush.
Its dirt detection focuses on areas of concentrated dirt, and its battery should last you 90 minutes a run. It’s self-charging, and will automatically return to its station when running low on power.
Other features include an edge-sweeping brush and compatibility with home assistants for voice control. You also get access to the iRobot app, for convenient remote control through your smartphone.
Why We Love It
It’s great that this Roomba includes a tangle-free brush. There’s less risk of the machine clogging, getting stuck, or losing suction power. It keeps its filters cleaner too.
This machine can compete with top choices like the i7+, at a more affordable price. It has all the necessities: a self-charging battery, an edge-sweeping brush, and multi-floor capabilities.
As with our previous pick, we like the 90-minute run that you get with this machine. It’s more than sufficient to clean your home. Plus, since it’s self-charging, you don’t have to worry about it losing power.
Keep In Mind
Small Dust Bin
Some customers say they were a bit disappointed by 0.6 liter-capacity of the dust bin. Still, the majority of users are satisfied and don’t mind the extra maintenance.
Users say this model is louder than others. It may not be the best choice for those with easily frightened pets. It’s not deafening, but if you’re used to quieter machines, you might be surprised by this one.
|Dimensions||13.9 inches by 3.6 inches|
|Special Features||Tangle-free brush, flexible multi-floor dual brushes, vice control, Three-Stage Cleaning, remote control|
|Accessories||Edge-sweeping brush, line cord, charging station, extra filter, virtual wall|
|Product||Award||Suction Power||Dimensions||Weight||Special Features||Accessories|
|Roomba 650||Consumer Favorite||600 Pa||13.39″ x 3.62″||7.9 lbs||Three stage cleaning, spinning side brush||AeroVac filter, auto virtual wall, charging base, charger|
|Roomba i7+||Most Sophisticated||1800 Pa||13.34″ x 3.63″||7.44 lbs||Automatic dirt disposal, Dirt Detection Technology||Clean Base Dirt Disposal, 2 disposal bags, line cord, dual mode virtual wall, high-efficiency filter, side brush|
|Roomba 675||Best i Series Alternative||600 Pa||13″ x 3.7″||7.8 lbs||Smart Assistant compatible, Dirt Detection, remote control||Charging station, line cord, extra filter, flat cleaning tool|
|Roomba 690||Best Budget Pick||600 Pa||13″ x 3.7″||7.8 lbs||Dirt Detection, Three-Stage Cleaning, remote control||Charging station, line cord, dual mode virtual wall, extra filter, flat cleaning tool, user guide|
|Roomba 890||Best Mid-Range Model||1000 Pa||13.9″ x 3.6″||8.4 lbs||Tangle-free brush, flexible multi-floor dual brushes, vice control, Three-Stage Cleaning, remote control||Edge-sweeping brush, line cord, charging station, extra filter, virtual wall|
Make Room for Roomba
Ultimately, we think that a Roomba is a worthy investment. They’re sophisticated machines, engineered by a respected and revered manufacturer. They’re built for convenience and have a touch of style that competitors often lack.
Roombas are excellent for pet homes because they manage pet hair effectively, with no effort on your part. This is especially important if you need to clean up pet hair daily, but don’t want to overexert yourself. These machines can reach spots that you can’t, and win at making life easier.
Which of our picks is your favorite? Are you eager to give one a try? If you have any comments or questions, let us know below. We promise to get back to you.