Based on my own experiences with robot vacuums and pets, Roombas—and many of their robotic peers—actually excel when faced with pet hair. They seem to have been crafted with the particular challenge of pet hair in mind, along with other small debris.
Interestingly, from what I’ve observed, Roombas have a slight edge when dealing with pet hair as opposed to long strands of human hair. While pet hair often forms clumps that are more easily sucked up, human hair has a knack for wrapping itself tightly around the brushes, becoming a bit of a nuisance.
But here's a heads-up for fellow pet owners: pet hair and dander have a tendency to give the air filters of robot vacuums a hard time. If you're an allergy sufferer like me, it's even more crucial to keep an eye on those filters and be prepared to replace them with a bit more frequency. Your nose and lungs will thank you!
A Lot Of Dog Hair!
A Roomba can handle a fair amount of dog hair before it becomes overwhelmed and needs to be emptied.
I find the Roomba can hold more dog hair than other debris your robot vacuum will suck up because the hair can compress.
The hair clumps do affect suction, but robot vacuums tend to use their beater brushes more to clean, so it’s not a huge effect. Though, you will need to empty your robot vacuum out more if you have a dog that sheds a lot.
Without a dog, I can go a week without having to empty my dustbin, but with a dog, it’s 2 or 3 times a week depending on the year. This is why self-emptying robot vacuums are a must!
Best Roomba For Dog Hair
The best type of robot vacuum for dog hair will be any model with rotating brushes and a self-emptying option.
I, personally, think the iRobot Roomba S9+* is the best robot vacuum for dog hair. The way it handles pet hair, and its self-emptying feature, is just a must for any pet owner.
It also has a side brush that helps get all the pet hair in corners and along baseboards where pets like to lay.
The self-emptying feature is also great because you don’t have to constantly be emptying your robot vacuum, and here is a tip, use a shop vacuum to clean out the bags to save yourself money.
Roomba Pet Hair: Carpet Vs. Hardwood
A Roomba does quite well on both carpets and hardwood floors, but I say they work a little better on hard floors.
Roomba does have the dual brushes to help with cleaning carpets that many robot vacuums lack, this is a huge feature which makes Roomba’s work so well.
The trick is to let the Roomba, or any robot vacuum, work until it’s done, especially if your robot vacuum uses random navigation.
Sometimes the robot vacuum may miss a spot, but that doesn’t mean it’s not coming back to it. You need to let them work no matter the floor you have, and you’ll see how effective they can be.
Perks Of Robot Vacuums And Pet Hair
Pet hair can get everywhere, most often in places you miss with your normal vacuum cleaner.
The biggest perk when it comes to robot vacuums and pet hair is that they can reach places you can’t. Like under furniture, and they clean in a different pattern than you, so they’ll get things you simply miss on your cleanings.
How To Clean Dog Hair From Roomba
You’ll need to maintain your Roomba just like any other vacuum you own by cleaning it out and replacing parts when needed.
Cleaning the dog hair from your Roomba is simple, most models have a self-cleaning feature where the brushes will spin in reverse and push all the hair clumps off.
You can also use a toothbrush or small brush to help remove stubborn hair clumps.
Sometimes scissors are needed to cut the hair free, some robot vacuums come with a cleaning tool that looks like a mail opener that can be used to clean the hair from the brushes.
I recommend doing this once a week or at least once a month, to keep your Roomba running smoothly and prevent any issues with pet hair down the road.
Roomba Not Picking Up Pet Hair
If you find your Roomba isn’t picking up dog hair as well as it used too, there could be several reasons for this.
- Check the brushes and make sure they are spinning freely and not tangled with hair.
- Second, check the dustbin to make sure it’s not full and restricting suction.
- Third, check the filters to make sure they’re not clogged or need to be replaced.
- And forth, if you have a self-emptying Roomba, check the bags and make sure they aren’t full or need to be replaced.
The dustbin and filter get dirty quickly with the pet hair and dander, so make sure they’re clean if your robot vacuum is not picking up as well as it used to.
Some Dogs Don’t Like Robot Vacuums
Some dogs may be frightened of the noise Roomba’s make, but for the most part, they don’t mind them. In fact, some dogs even think Roomba’s are toys.
You may find your dog playing with the Roomba, especially if it bumps into one of its toys.
Cats seem to love them, and we have plenty of YouTube videos of them riding them.
Roomba’s and other robot vacuums don’t nearly get as loud as other vacuum cleaners, so pets tend not to be afraid of them. To them, it’s no more scary than you having the TV on loudly.