Do Roombas Work Well on Pet Hair? [Dog Hair???]

Do Roomba’s work well on pet hair?

Can they pick up dog hair? Cat hair?

How much dog hair can a Roomba handle before it becomes overwhelmed? These are all valid questions that we will be answering.

Pet Hair Is No Problem!

Roomba’s as well as many other robot vacuums work well on pet hair. In fact, they are designed specifically for picking up pet hair and other small debris.

I find Roomba’s do better on pet hair in comparison to long human hair because pet hair tends to clump up where human hair just gets wrapped around the brushes more.

The pet hair and pet dander does tend to clog up the air filter on most robot vacuums, so you’ll need to pay attention to that more and replace them more often, especially if you have allergies.

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, What To Do?

If you find your Roomba isn’t picking up dog hair as well as it used too there could be several reasons for this.

  1. Check the brushes and make sure they are spinning freely and not tangled with hair.
  2. Second, check the dustbin to make sure it’s not full and restricting suction.
  3. Third, check the filters to make sure they’re not clogged or need to be replaced.
  4. 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.

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