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7 Best Dyson Vacuums for Pet Hair in 2021 – Reviews & Top Picks

Dyson V8 AnimalWith all the joy that our beloved pets give us, there are a few downsides, and one of them is shedding hair! As most pet owners have experienced, dog and cat hair can get into places that you never thought possible, and if left unchecked, their fur can quickly become an integrated part of your furniture or carpets. Regular brushing helps, but for the rest of the hair that sneaks through the brush, a powerful vacuum for pet hair is the best option.

Dyson produces some of the best vacuums on the market, and the brand has quickly become one of the most trusted names associated with pet vacuums too. Dyson invented the bagless vacuum cleaner and have continued to innovate since. They also offer lifetime support on all their machines, so you can be sure that you are buying a brand that is confident in their products.

While Dyson is the best choice of vacuum for pet hair out there, there are many different models to choose from. That’s why we put together this list of in-depth reviews, so you can choose the right model of Dyson vacuum cleaner to keep your home (mostly) pet hair free.

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A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites

Image Product Details
Best Overall
Dyson V8 Animal Dyson V8 Animal
  • Feature iconLightweight and handheld-convertible
  • Feature iconPower saving trigger mechanism
  • Feature iconLifetime use HEPA filtration
  • Best Value
    Second place
    Dyson V7 Trigger Cord-Free Handheld Dyson V7 Trigger Cord-Free Handheld
  • Feature iconCordless, battery-powered operation
  • Feature iconPower-saving trigger release
  • Feature iconThree different attachment tools
  • Premium Choice
    Third place
    Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Canister Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Canister
  • Feature iconCarbon-fiber floor tool
  • Feature iconArticulating handle and wand
  • Feature iconSelf-righting mechanism
  • Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal Cordless Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal Cordless
  • Feature iconPowerful V10 motor
  • Feature iconThree different cleaning modes
  • Feature iconCordless operation
  • Dyson Ball Animal 2 Upright Dyson Ball Animal 2 Upright
  • Feature iconSpecifically engineered for homes with pets
  • Feature iconWhole-machine HEPA filtration
  • Feature iconUnique, easy-to-maneuver ball design
  • The 7 Best Dyson Vacuums for Pet Hair — Reviews 2021

    1. Dyson V8 Animal Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner — Best Overall

    Dyson V8 Animal Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner

    This is one of the best vacuum cleaners you can buy to rid of excess pet hair in your home. Not only is the vacuum powerful, but it is cordless too, making it a breeze to get to those hard-to-reach places. Plus, it quickly and simply converts to a handheld machine for further maneuverability. The battery will last up to 30 minutes of continuous use and will not drain unless the trigger is engaged. The whole-machine HEPA filtration will last a lifetime, is easy to clean and dispose of hair and dust, and negates the need for messy vacuum bags. The dirt ejector gets rid of the sucked-up hair and debris in one hygienic action, and you never need to touch it. The machine is powered by the Dyson V8 motor, one of the most powerful cordless suction motors on the market. This machine is cordless, lightweight, well-balanced, and powerful and is arguably one of the most capable pet hair vacuums available.

    The battery takes time to charge — a minimum of 4 hours — with only 30 minutes of moderate use and only 8 minutes of high-power use. The battery also seems to lose its charge capability within a few months, which is disappointing.

    • Lightweight and handheld-convertible
    • Power saving trigger mechanism
    • Lifetime use HEPA filtration
    • Quick and simple, one-touch debris ejector
    • Powerful V8 motor
    • Long battery charge time for the amount of usage capable
    • The battery loses the charge capability quickly
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    2. Dyson V7 Trigger Cord-Free Handheld Vacuum Cleaner — Best Value

    Dyson V7 Trigger Cord-Free


    The best Dyson vacuum cleaner for pet hair the money is the V7 handheld. This model sits just below the Dyson V8 in terms of power and is in a more portable, affordable package. It has the same power-saving trigger release of the V8 and the same 30-minute battery life. The unit comes with three different attachment tools: the mini motorized tool for pet hair and ground-in dirt, the combination tool for gentle dusting, and the crevice tool for those hard-to-reach areas where pet hair is so prone to get stuck. It also features the touch-free, hygienic dirt ejector and Dyson’s unique lifetime HEPA filter.

    The battery is an issue on this machine, with only 6 minutes of runtime on the high-power setting. The battery will stop holding charge within a few months too. The battery takes hours to charge, and the machine is loud and noisy. A reliable battery is the cornerstone of a portable vacuum, and the poor battery performance coupled with the noisy operation keep this vacuum from the top position.

    • Cordless, battery-powered operation
    • Power-saving trigger release
    • Three different attachment tools
    • Lifetime built-in filter
    • Inexpensive
    • Poor battery performance
    • The battery takes hours to charge
    • Noisy operation
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    3. Dyson Cinetic Animal Canister Vacuum — Premium Choice

    Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Canister Vacuum

    The Cinetic Big Ball vacuum from Dyson is about as good as it gets, both for animal hair and any other debris you may need to vacuum. It features a tangle-proof, carbon-fiber turbine floor tool that will remove hair from carpets and upholstery with ease, with an articulating handle and wand that rotate in three directions for optimum ease of use. The “Big Ball” design makes it the only vacuum that picks itself back up when toppled over, and it has the unique Dyson whole-machine HEPA filter design for vacuum bag-free use. The hygienic dirt ejector drives out the hair and debris as you empty it and has a 42-gallon volume. With a warranty on parts and labor, you can be sure of premium quality that is backed up.

    The machine has a short power cord, which is frustrating if there are no power outlets nearby to where you need to clean. The hose is also relatively short, and while the machine rights itself after toppling, it is constantly under your feet. These small caveats paired with the high price keep this machine from the top two spots.

    • Carbon-fiber floor tool
    • Articulating handle and wand
    • Self-righting mechanism
    • Whole-machine HEPA filter
    • Touch-free dirt ejector
    • Short power cord
    • Short vacuum hose
    • Expensive

    Also See: The Best Canister Vacuums for Pet Hair

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    4. Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner

    Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal Lightweight Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner

    The Dyson V10 Cyclone has a powerful motor coupled with a whopping 60-minute battery power capacity. The vacuum has three different cleaning modes to cater to even the toughest situations and advanced whole-machine filtration that will trap 99.9% of particles, dust, and most importantly, pet hair. If the cordless operation is not already convenient enough, the machine also easily transforms into a powerful handheld for cleaning hard-to-reach areas. It is lightweight and perfectly balanced to further reach any difficult areas and keep your arms and back from getting tired. The included mini-motorized tool is the cherry on top for pet owners, as it is specifically designed to powerfully and effectively remove hair from carpets and upholstery.

    Several customers reported the battery pack failing early, and the machine needs to be completely disassembled to replace the battery. The airways and filters get clogged quickly with regular use, and you’ll need to clean it after almost every use.

    • Powerful V10 motor
    • Three different cleaning modes
    • Cordless operation
    • Transforms easily to a handheld
    • Included tool specifically for pet hair removal
    • The battery doesn’t last as long as advertised
    • Filters get clogged quickly and easily
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    5. Dyson Ball Animal 2 Upright Vacuum Cleaner

    Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean Upright Vacuum Cleaner, Blue

    The Dyson Ball Animal 2 Upright Vacuum is engineered for homes with pets, with included tools and features specifically designed to effectively pick up animal hair. Like most Dyson vacuums, it features whole machine HEPA filtration for bag-free convenience. The ball design makes it easy to navigate furniture and obstacles in your home with a simple turn of the wrist, with compressed airways inside the ball and a low center of gravity for enhanced maneuverability. There are eight different tool attachments included: a tangle-free turbine tool, articulating hard floor tool, combination tool, soft dusting brush, multi-angle brush, a reach-under tool, mattress tool, and stair tool — there is no area that this vacuum cannot reach. Plus, there is a tool bag included for easy storage.

    This machine has a non-adjustable floating head design that does not allow for the pickup of larger items. Several customers report that the machine gets clogged constantly and will require you to stop vacuuming and empty the filter often. Ironically, many report that the machine actually suctions too hard, making it difficult to maneuver on carpets.

    • Specifically engineered for homes with pets
    • Whole-machine HEPA filtration
    • Unique, easy-to-maneuver ball design
    • Eight different tool attachments
    • Included storage bag
    • Non-adjustable floating head design
    • Clogs easily
    • Strong suction makes it difficult to use on carpets.
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    6. Dyson V7 Motorhead Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

    Dyson V7 Motorhead Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner, Fuchsia

    The Dyson V7 Motorhead Cordless stick vacuum sits right below the V8 in terms of power but still has several great features for the lower price. It is cordless for cable-free operation, with up to 30 minutes of battery power and an instant-release trigger to save power. It also features Dyson’s touch-free dirt-release bin for hands-free cleaning. If the cordless portability is not enough, the machine quickly transforms into a handheld for those hard-to-reach areas. The brush bar has a powerful motor with stiff bristles that is ideal for pet hair removal. The machine also comes equipped with a convenient docking station that mounts onto the wall.

    While this machine has a battery life of 30 minutes for regular use, high power use is likely to give you a maximum of 8-10 minutes. Customers report a weak suction, even when the machine is clean, especially in “power-saving” mode. In max mode, the battery only lasts a few minutes. The trigger mechanism is too small for large hands, and having to hold the trigger on when in use can quickly hurt your fingers.

    • Cordless operation
    • Touch-free dirt-release bin
    • Transforms quickly to handheld
    • Included wall-mounted docking station
    • Short battery life
    • Weak suction power
    • Tiny trigger handhold
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    7. Dyson Ball Multi Floor Upright Vacuum

    Dyson Ball Multi Floor Origin High Performance HEPA Filter Upright Vacuum Fuchsia - Corded

    The Dyson Ball Multi Floor vacuum features a whole-machine HEPA filtration system and instant-release high-reach wand for hard-to-reach areas. The self-adjusting cleaning head provides powerful suction in carpets and floors by sealing in the air and vacuuming even the toughest hair. It features Dyson’s unique ball design, which makes steering and maneuvering a breeze, and a lifetime filter for bagless convenience. The machine comes with two different tools, the combination tool and the stair tool, and is certified asthma and allergy-friendly.

    This machine clogs up easily and requires regular cleaning to perform properly. The suction is almost too good on thick carpets and will be highly difficult to maneuver. The vacuum falls over easily too, making it even more awkward to maneuver, added to the fact that it is relatively heavy and has a power cord to watch out for.

    • Whole-machine HEPA filtration
    • Unique lifetime, bag-free filter
    • Includes a stair tool and combination tool
    • Certified asthma and allergy-friendly
    • Clogs up easily
    • Falls over easily
    • Difficult to maneuver
    • Relatively heavy

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    Buyers Guide

    There are many different Dyson vacuums, and the models have similar features and appearances, making it difficult to choose the right one. Here are a few pointers to help you decide which is best for you.

    • Dyson makes a few different types of vacuums, including upright models, cordless and corded, and cylinder designs. For pet hair use, the best is the Animal models. These are specifically created for use in households for pets. However, you may want to use the vacuum for other uses too, so a more powerful version, such as the V10, may be the right choice. Battery-powered models are great, although you will typically only get around 10 minutes of use on the high-power setting, and they take 3 or 4 hours to fully charge, which can be highly frustrating.
    • Most Dyson vacuums have their lifetime HEPA filter technology. Conventional filters need to be replaced after time, whereas the Dyson HEPA filters are easily washable and will likely outlive the machine itself. The negation of the need for a bag is great, and most models feature an easy-release button to get rid of hair and debris without having to touch it.
    • Tool attachments. Different Dyson models come with different ranges of tool attachments. Often, the standard head is too big to reach some areas, and the inclusion of smaller heads and heads designed specifically for pet hair is a great addition. Some models come with a couple of extra tools, while some have up to eight different tools.

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    The best Dyson vacuum for pet hair according to our tests is the V8 Animal. The vacuum is powerful, has a cordless operation, and quickly and simply converts to a handheld machine for further maneuverability. The whole machine HEPA filtration will last a lifetime and is easy to clean and dispose of hair and dust with dirt ejector’s hygienic touch-free mechanism. It is a machine that is lightweight, well-balanced, and powerful and is arguably one of the most capable pet hair vacuums you can buy.

    The best Dyson vacuum cleaner for pet hair for the money is the V7 handheld. It is cordless and portable with 30-minute battery life, comes with three different attachment tools, and features the touch-free, hygienic dirt ejector and Dyson’s unique lifetime HEPA filter.

    Dyson arguably makes the best vacuums in the world, but some are more suited to pet hair applications than others. We hope that our in-depth reviews have helped you choose the model for your needs so you can have a hair-free home for years to come.