Do you have long hair, and struggle to remove fallen strands from your floors? Does your vacuum’s brush tangle easily and cost you more time when you clean? Trust us, we understand the frustration.
Pets aren’t the only ones who shed all over the place. As you go about your life, you will lose a few hairs along the way. You might not notice it at first, but they’ll build up, and it can be tricky to clear your floors of them.
How to Choose a Vacuum for Long Hair
If your vacuum is useless when it comes to picking up hair, it may not built for it. Regardless of how strong your machine’s suction is, if it doesn’t have the right functions and tools, it simply won’t work for you.
There are a few traits you want to make sure the model you settle on has. For the most part, these features aren’t difficult to find. Pay attention to the following, to get the best out of your vacuum:
Most vacuum cleaners come with a roll — a small, bristled cylinder that brushes your floor as the machine cleans. They’re effective at removing hair because they pull strands up and off of your floor, but they have two drawbacks.
For one, they could scratch hard floors or unravel carpet fibers if the bristles are too rigid. Another problem is that long hair easily becomes tangled in the brush.
Before you buy a vacuum, therefore, check what sort of roller it comes with. Then pick a brush strength that suits your surfaces. Even better, try to opt for one that is tangle-free.
After the brush roll type, the second-most important thing you should consider is the vacuum’s suction. For long hair, you’ll want a machine with strong suction. Otherwise it might not have sufficient power to suck hair up.
More suction means less effort on your part too. The stronger it is, the less likely it becomes that you will have to go over spots to clean them properly.
Keep in Mind
Next, think about how much hair is typically shed in your home. To put things in perspective, you alone could be shedding anywhere up to 100 strands every day (1).
When dealing with long hair, go for a vacuum with a large dirt capacity. This will save you trouble in maintenance. Plus, it decreases the frequency of blocks and suction loss in your machine.
Remember that you won’t only clean up hair. Your vacuum will pick up dirt, dust and debris too. So the more space it has when collecting all of this, the better.
It’s extremely unlikely — practically impossible — for humans to develop allergies to their own hair. But this doesn’t mean that a good filter won’t come in handy. Though hair itself is not an allergen, it can carry irritants that could affect our health (2).
Most of us leave our hair exposed to allergens. Hair that we shed could also carry traces of dandruff or residue from the hair care products we use. Technically this won’t make you terribly ill, but fresh air is always preferable.
Therefore, a vacuum with a good filter — HEPA filters being the most popular — won’t just suck up hair strands. It will purify the air in your space too.
If you’re looking for a machine that will do it all, we have a shortcut for you: get a pet vacuum. Think about it, we’re animals too, so a machine made to pick up dander and fur will work on skin flakes and hair.
Pet vacuums often come with specialized features and tools, like the tangle-free brushes and HEPA filters we mentioned. More often than not, these models are multi-floor vacuums that check all the boxes when dealing with long hair.
Why Buy a Vacuum for Long Hair?
You don’t want to waste your money on a vacuum that’s not built with hair-cleaning capacity. They may be excellent at sucking up dirt, debris and liquid in some models, but they’re often ineffective against even the thinnest strand.
So if you select a vacuum that won’t fumble over hair, you’ll spare yourself more energy and frustration than you can imagine. Maintenance will be easier, cleaning will take less time and you won’t risk damaging your machine.
Long hair could easily get stuck in, and block, a vacuum brush that’s not built to process it. They could also lodge in your filters, which will decrease the vacuum’s efficiency overall.
Wouldn’t you rather buy a vacuum that comes with everything you need? Why buy a standard machine that you have to add on to? You’ll save money instead by investing in the full package.
Types of Vacuums for Long Hair
Your vacuum’s build could make a difference in how effective it is at picking up long hair. This largely depends on your home’s layout, how much you (and your family) shed and the surfaces you need to clean.
Canisters are some of the best vacuums for long hair because of their capacity and versatility. They may not be the most advanced vacuum cleaners, but you can use them all around your home. Suction won’t be a problem, and you’ll probably get handy attachments with it too.
You can use canisters to clean all sorts of surfaces, from carpets, to tiles to upholstery. They use a hose and wand so you can reach tricky spots too. What’s more, they’re not difficult to find, and you won’t pay a hefty sum for one.
Another advantage is that they’re traditional vacuums, so they tend to have large capacities for cleaning floors.
- Usually include handy attachments.
- Multi-surface vacuums.
- Reasonably priced.
- Large capacity.
- Assembly/dismantling required.
- Inconvenient storage.
- Could strain your back.
If you want something more modern than a canister, we suggest a stick vacuum. They exceed canisters in versatility because they’re lightweight and often convert into powerful handhelds. You won’t sacrifice too much suction, and they’re the prime of multi-surface machines.
However, it’s likely that a stick’s capacity won’t be as high as other traditional models. This is because stick vacuums are slender, so as to not take up so much room. On the other hand, their compact and cordless nature is another bonus — sticks are easy to mount, store or stow.
They’re also the handiest if you need to clean hair from all sorts of places, like furniture or fabrics.
- Often handheld convertible.
- Cordless options are available.
- Easy storage.
- Cost more.
- Smaller capacity.
- Not as durable.
Upright vacuums will do the trick if you don’t need multi-surface functions. They’re often considered the strongest machines you can use for your floors, be it carpets or hard floors.
They have high suction and large capacities, but fall short when it comes to cleaning vertically. On the plus side, though, these are the most efficient vacuums you can find.
So, we recommend an upright if you have carpets in your home, and won’t have the burden of carrying these upstairs.
- Powerful suction.
- High capacity.
- Ergonomic design.
- Best for floors.
- Larger and heavier.
- Not versatile.
- Portability is a problem.
Robot vacuums can save you a remarkable amount of effort, but you will sacrifice some versatility and control. The idea is that no manual energy is needed, as robots are automated and do all the work for you.
You can schedule them to turn on and get to work without command, and they charge themselves. More advanced models can adjust to your floors or even sense and track problem areas on your floors.
Robot vacuums are a great alternative to upright vacuums. They’re especially helpful if you have a hair problem but don’t want the heavy lifting. One drawback, however, is that they only work on flat surfaces.
- Automated functions.
- Battery operated.
- Quieter than larger vacuums.
- Advanced features.
- Smaller capacity.
- Less suction.
- Flat surfaces only.
If your hair problem isn’t on your floors, consider a handheld. These lightweight, portable vacuums are made with convenience in mind. They work best on small areas and are intended for localized dirt, like your make-up table or car.
You’ll save money on one of these, for sure. But they won’t fulfill the duties of a traditional machine. For one, they’re compact, so their capacity and suction are significantly smaller.
- Most convenient.
- Cordless options.
- Easiest storage.
- Smaller capacity.
- Lower suction.
- Not intended for large areas.
The Best Vacuums For Long Hair of 2020
Now that you know what to look for, choosing a vacuum for long hair should be a breeze. To get you started we have five of our favorites to show you. Our recommendations are based on efficiency, features and customer feedback.
1. Goovi Robot Vacuum
Why do your own cleaning when you could get a robot to do it for you? If you don’t want to struggle with your shed hair, this little known — but excellent — model should be your first choice.
It’s a multi-floor vacuum that works well on both hard floors, wood and carpets. This low profile model fits under furniture with no hassle. You can easily control it with a remote or schedule it to clean automatically.
A self-charging feature saves time, while anti-drop and climbing technology allow it to roam freely without observation. It comes with four side brushes, a main brush, an extra filter, a cleaning brush and all charging components.
Why We Love It
No Manual Operation
This model has all the features that a robot vacuum should. You can schedule it to start and clean automatically, or set it with a remote and leave it to run without assistance. It requires absolutely no effort from you.
It Can Climb
It won’t scale your walls, but this little machine can find its way over tracks or other small steps and ledges. Switching between carpets, rugs and hard floors is no problem for this vacuum, thanks to this feature.
You wouldn’t want your robot to fall and break, so it’s great that this one has anti-drop technology. This is extra-useful if you live in a multi-story home. You won’t have to babysit your vacuum, which saves you even more time.
Keep In Mind
If you rely on this robot vacuum for getting rid of hair, prepare to spend more time cleaning it out. Since it’s compact, its capacity for dirt is much lower than the other models we recommend. Also, remember that it’s a robot vacuum and will give you less power than bigger machines as well.
Some users say that this robot vacuum isn’t as organized as others. Buyers mention that it has no clear cleaning path and is easily confused. It still gets the job done, and customers are satisfied regardless.
|Brush type||Soft/double sided|
|Special features||Anti-drop technology, high-efficiency filter, scheduling, climbing ability|
|Accessories||4 side brushes, 1 main brush, 1 extra high-efficiency filter, 1 cleaning brush, adapter, charging dock, remote control, 2 batteries|
2. Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal
Dyson is a leader in vacuum technology and customers are pleased with this model. It’s designed for pet homes, so it will tackle your long hair with ease. Cyclone technology generates more power for greater effect in cleaning.
This vacuum has some nifty features like acoustic engineering for less noise and a fade-free motor for consistent suction. It’s a cordless model, and the battery will last you for an hour after a full charge.
The handheld utility makes it an all-rounder, and it’s easy to use, adjust and store. Included are a mini motorized brush, mini soft dusting brush, crevice tool and combination tool.
Why We Love It
This is a powerful machine that you can use almost anywhere in your home. It’s good for both carpets and hard floors, and it converts into a handheld. It comes with a great selection of tools too, for cleaning tricky spots, fabrics and stubborn hairs.
It’s not often that domestic vacuums have sound suppression, but this one does. Its acoustic engineering is an excellent and appreciated feature that keeps noise levels down. It’s only natural since this model is intended for use around pets.
With 40 percent more space than previous models, this one can hold 0.76 liters of dirt. A bonus is that it comes with a simple ejector, so emptying the bin is effortless and cleaner.
Keep In Mind
You’ll have to take extra care when using and charging this vacuum because its batteries are sealed in. So, if you ever need to repair or replace them, you’ll have to buy a whole new machine.
Some buyers also say that the charge didn’t hold for a full hour. There’s no way to tell if this is Dyson’s fault or neglect by the users.
Though this model is lightweight and portable, some users say it’s slightly uncomfortable to hold. The power button could strain your fingers, and operating the vacuum takes some getting used to.
|Brush type||Stiff nylon|
|Special features||Whole-system filtration, acoustic engineering, Direct Drive head, three suction modes, handheld convertible|
|Accessories||Mini motorized brush, mini soft dusting brush, crevice tool, combination tool|
3. Bissell Cleanview
This upright stands out to us because it has multi-surface utility. It includes a crevice tool, turbo brush and dusting brush, so it’s suitable for furniture, upholstery and tight spots.
It’s powered by patented Triple Action technology that makes cleaning more efficient, faster and easier. The brush roll lifts, loosens and clears even stubborn dirt all at once. For hair, this is a great feature; you won’t have to struggle with do-overs.
Another feature we love is the multi-level, multi-cyclonic filtration. It boosts the vacuum’s suction, so you’ll pick up more dirt and hair. Also included is a reusable, washable filter.
Why We Love It
A Triple Action brush roll makes a powerful difference in the way you clean. A lot of energy and effort will be spared thanks to this feature. It’s excellent for hair removal and saves you time too.
Apart from the accessories we mentioned, you get a good range of add-ons. There’s an extension wand and a 6-foot hose thrown in for extra reach. Uprights don’t typically include tools like this, so Bissell earns extra points in our books.
Bissell donates as much as 10 dollars per purchase to an animal charity of its choice. So, you’ll add some much needed good to the world if you choose this one. Plus, since it’s a pet vacuum, your hairs aren’t any match for it.
Keep In Mind
Customers say that compared to other upright vacuums, it’s tricky to get the hang of this one. Most criticism is aimed at inconvenient assembly and frustrating control placement. Regardless, users are happy with this vacuum’s efficiency.
Remember that this is an upright model. So, although it includes excellent attachments for versatility, it lacks maneuverability and portability. Some users might think it’s a bit heavy.
|Brush type||Soft/triple action|
|Special features||Multi-level and multi-cyclonic filtration, washable filter, scatter-free technology|
|Accessories||Turbo brush, dusting brush, crevice tool|
4. Bissell Pet Hair Eraser
If you need a vacuum for small, quick hair cleaning tasks, you won’t go wrong with this one. It works well on long hair, dust, dirt, debris, and of course, pet hair. You can use it on carpets, fabrics and hard surfaces too.
We love its tabletop adapter because it makes storage and charging so easy. Its attachments are standard, but they’re a wonderful addition. You’ll get an upholstery tool, crevice tool, and motorized brush tool.
We’re impressed by this handheld’s 0.7-liter capacity. Maintenance is simple, and an LED light helps you monitor its battery life.
Why We Love It
Customers are happy with this model’s ease of use. There is no fuss in finding your way around it, and it will be up and running in no time.
We recommend it for hassle-free hair cleaning around your dressing table or furniture. It’s perfect for touch-ups too.
You won’t have to bother with wall mounts, or finding a spot in your cupboards. This compact vacuum takes up little space and is easily set up to dock and charge on your tables, shelves or counters. It’s accessible and convenient.
Not all handhelds come with accessories. The included attachments for this vacuum are standard, but we appreciate them anyway. They’re a big help when you need precision in cleaning up your hair.
Keep In Mind
Charging Is Tedious
A prominent complaint is that this vacuum, handy as it may be, takes eight hours to fully charge. It’s worth the wait, but we recommend charging it at night when you’re unlikely to need it. It would be so frustrating to need it in a fix, and not have it ready to go.
Small Jobs Only
We suggest buying this model alongside a bigger vacuum. It’s a wonderful choice that does its job well, but it’s not intended for large areas or deep cleaning. So, stick to touch-ups and emergency tidying.
|Special features||Tabletop docking station, triple-level filtration, an indicator light|
|Accessories||Upholstery tool, crevice tool, charging dock|
5. Ovente Bagless Canister
This canister vacuum is a top choice in multi-purpose cleaning. For starters, it includes a bendable telescopic wand and a 360-degree swivel hose. It’s more maneuverable and gives you more reach than most other canister vacuums.
A HEPA filter and multi-level filtration add to the value and suction power of this product. It’s suitable for pet homes, and thanks to its cool accessories will have no problem tackling long hair.
Included are a crevice nozzle, floor brush, pet/sofa brush, bristle brush and a bendable multi-angle brush. It also features automatic cord rewind and a translucent dust bin for easy maintenance.
Why We Love It
We like the pet-specific sofa brush that will effortlessly take care of your long hair. Additionally, we think it’s great that this product includes more accessories than your average canister. The added features increase its value for money.
The attachments and accessories you get make this vacuum’s multi-purpose ability shine. You have a choice of four different brushes to suit your surfaces and needs. The multi-angle brush is bendable, which is safer for your surfaces and saves you effort too.
You can use this vacuum on all types of floors, upholstery and furniture.
We like the bendable telescopic wand because it makes such a big difference in what you can access. The 360-degree swiveling hose compliments how versatile and maneuverable this vacuum is. It’s great for cleaning difficult, tight and out-of-the-way areas.
Keep In Mind
It’s Not Ergonomic
Users say that it feels as though this model was designed with short people in mind. There are a few complaints that operating it is slightly uncomfortable, or at the very least takes some getting used to. Customers are still satisfied with its efficiency, but warn that it could strain your back.
Though the HEPA filter is a great addition, some users note that it’s a hassle to clean. Some buyers say that they have to clean it out before every use. Regardless of these complaints, the vacuum was still praised for its ability.
|Special features||HEPA filter, automatic cord rewind, 360-degree hose swivel, bendable telescopic wand|
|Accessories||Floor brush, crevice nozzle, bristle brush, pet/sofa brush, multi-angle brush|
|Product||Best||Brush type||Special features||Capacity||Multi-Purpose?|
|Goovi Robot Vacuum||Robot Vacuum||Soft/double sided||Anti-drop technology, high-efficiency filter, scheduling, climbing ability||0.5 liters||No|
|Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal||Stick||Stiff nylon||Whole-system filtration, acoustic engineering, Direct Drive head, three suction modes, handheld convertible||0.7 liters||Yes|
|Bissell Cleanview||Upright||Soft/triple action||Multi-level and multi-cyclonic filtration, washable filter, scatter-free technology||1 liter||Yes|
|Bissell Pet Hair Eraser||Handheld||Motorized||Tabletop docking station, triple-level filtration, an indicator light||0.7 liters||Yes|
|Ovente Bagless Canister||Canister||Hard/various||HEPA filter, automatic cord rewind, 360-degree hose swivel, bendable telescopic wand||3 liters||Yes|
Hair You Go
We know the struggle of getting rid of shed hair from your home. Any vacuum will do, so long as it has the necessary attachments or specs. However, our top five picks of the best vacuums for long hair are a good place to start in your search.
Do you have any tips or tricks to make cleaning hair easier? Which of our recommendations if your favorite? We’d love to hear from you, so tell us your thoughts in the comments.