We all love our pets, but slipping can be considerable pain. However, you might want to consider investing in a robot vacuum for pet hair that can take some cleaning duties off your plate, If you have a cat or canine that leaves fur each over the house. There is no deficit of models on the market, but chancing one that works well, offers the features you want, and fits within your budget can be a bit of a challenge.
The Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo T8 AIVI is a pricey 2-in-1 robot vacuum and mop with excellent battery life, the ability to identify and avoid obstacles, and a unique home monitoring feature.
What to Look for In a Pet-Friendly Robot Vacuum
If you’re in the market for a robot vacuum to help deal with pet fur, one of the most important considerations is suction power. Most companies in this space advertise power in pascals (Pa), the metric unit of pressure, though iRobot doesn’t always make this information easy to find. In general, the higher the Pa the better, especially if you have carpet, but battery life and obstacle avoidance capabilities also play a factor in overall performance.
“Most iRobot Roombas have a dual brush system with all-rubber brushes,” said Alex Nasrallah, CR’s test engineer for robotic vacuums. “They don’t have bristles or nylon fibers, which typically cause hair to get stuck. With an all-rubber brush, the hair doesn’t get stuck as often.”
Roombas at the top of our ratings rule at pet-hair pickup, but you can still find models from other brands that do a great job in that test—and cost significantly less. One feature to look for? A turbo setting, which helps the robot better tackle the plushness of an area rug that might capture more hair than other floor types.