Humans shed, on average, up to a hundred strands of hair every day. Add to this the hair from your pet, and you have quite a mess to deal with. While vacuuming away the hair may seem to be an instant solution, it’s not always that easy. You would need to use the best vacuum for hair, and one that comes with the necessary tools. Some standard models will struggle to pick up human and pet hair, while some high-end models get overwhelmed by long strands. Getting rid of long hair with such vacuum cleaners may, therefore, not be as simple as you might have thought. You will start to encounter difficulties when hair strands get caught up in the brush roll bristles causing it to be less efficient. The vacuum’s hose could also harbor clumped hair leading to blockage or reduced suction power.
Many homes have the problem of long strands of hair being shed on a daily basis, which makes finding the right vacuum to deal with the menace necessary. If yours is one of them, read on. I will take through the steps and ways to solve the problem as well as provide top models that will help you vacuum the long hair without worry. You will also get to know the features to look for when looking for the best vacuum for hair. Armed with the information, you will be in a better position to select the most appropriate model for your needs.
When you look at it, it’s a more complex problem, one which might be solved directly at the source. One good start would be to make sure you’re keeping up with your hair hygiene. You should not use any overly harsh styling products which could damage your scalp, as this will cause your hair to fall out faster. Yes, those styling products can make your hair look good in short-term, but remember you’re the one who is going to be cleaning up those shed strands. Besides, look at me, I lost a quarter of my hair, so I know what I’m talking about. Your lost hair fibers are basically made out of dead cells that got shoved out of your hair follicles and their source of nourishment, so despite what the marketing for these products might tell you, your hair does not have any self-repair mechanism. That means any damage to your hair will cause it to shed faster. Anyway, taking care of your hair is not really the subject of this blog, so let’s move on. Here’ the outline of this article:
- 1 Comparison chart of the 10 vacuums which work best with long strands of hair
- 2 Selecting the right vacuum for long human or pet hair
- 3 Tackling the problem of long hair strands
- 4 Buying the best vacuum for hair – feature selection
- 5 Best 10 vacuums for long hair
- 5.1 Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean
- 5.2 Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Plus Allergy
- 5.3 Shark APEX DuoClean with Zero-M Powered Lift-Away
- 5.4 Shark Navigator Zero-M Lift-Away Speed
- 5.5 BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser Turbo Plus
- 5.6 Miele Compact C1 Turbo Team
- 5.7 Miele Blizzard CX1 Turbo Team
- 5.8 Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute
- 5.9 iRobot Roomba i7+
- 5.10 Bissell CrossWave Pet Pro
- 6 Conclusion
Comparison chart of the 10 vacuums which work best with long strands of hair
I’ve put this table here for all those in a hurry who don’t have the time to read the logic and the science behind my product picks. For all the others, please continue with this 2 minutes read, it’s worth it.
|Model||Type||Features (against hair)||Accessories||Price|
|Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean||Upright||The wide array of accessories, which includes the tangle-free turbine tool, the brush roll design and the powerful suction are best weapons against long hair.||- Articulating hard floor tool|
- Multi-angle brush
- Mattress tool
- Carbon fiber soft dusting brush
- Reach under tool
- Stair tool
- Combination tool
- Tangle-free turbine tool
|Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal + Allergy||Upright||The quality accessories, among which we most welcome the tangle-free turbine tool, are a big plus. The brush roll is designed to handle long strands.||- Multi-angle brush|
- Mattress tool
- Carbon fiber soft dusting brush
- Reach under tool
- Tangle-free turbine tool
- Stair tool
- Combination tool
|Shark APEX DuoClean with Zero-M Powered Lift-Away||Upright||Zero-M technology is made specifically for the problem of long hair.||- 12" crevice tool|
- Pet multi-tool
|Shark Navigator Zero-M|
|Upright||Zero-M technology is made specifically for the problem of long hair.||- Duster crevice tool|
- Hair removal multi-tool
- Pet power brush
|BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser Turbo Plus||Upright||Powerful tangle-free nozzle and specialized hair tools get the job done.||- Eraser tool|
- 2-in-1 pet dusting brush
- crevice tool
|Miele Compact C1 Turbo Team||Canister||Pack of good accessories and powerful suction mix to for a price-worthy solution.||- Upholstery tool|
- Crevice tool
- Dusting brush
- Small Parquet Floorhead SBB Parquet-3
- Turbo Comfort Floorhead STB 205-3
|Miele Blizzard CX1 Turbo Team||Canister||Awesome turbo brush and powerful suction make this bagless a viable option.||- Upholstery tool|
- Crevice tool
- Dusting brush
- Parquet Twister Floorhead SBB 300-3
- Turbo Brush Floorhead STB 305-3
|Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute||Cordless stick||The mini motorized tool and the torque drive nozzle work outstanding with long hair. Has a wide variety of accessories.||- Torque drive cleaner head|
- Soft roller cleaner head
- Quick release mini motorized tool
- Mini soft dusting brush
- Combination tool
- Crevice tool
|iRobot Roomba i7+||Robot vacuum||Rubber brush rolls and good suction allow this robot vacuum to handle long hair.||- Clean Base with automatic dirt disposal||approx $950|
|Bissell CrossWave Pet Pro||Hybrid upright||The new and improved brush roll is specifically designed to handle long hair. The tank cleaning mechanism also takes hair into consideration.||- Multi-Surface Pet Brush Roll||approx $300|
Selecting the right vacuum for long human or pet hair
I have, over the years, noted one major difficulty that people face when buying a vacuum for long pet or human hair. They are usually unable to tell which model fits their need, so they end up purchasing a product that does little to tackle their problem, or one that cannot cope with longer strands. Manufactures don’t help in their product descriptions either. Most of them rarely market their vacuums as being able to pick up long hair efficiently. They often talk about pet hair cleaning capabilities, making finding a model that’s efficient for the long strands of human hair in your home a challenge.
Most of the vacuums you will come across will get their brush roll tangled with hair, or their hose clogged as a result of trapped hair clumps. They require you to keep removing the strands that get stuck after every vacuuming session which can be tiresome and time-consuming. As an alternative, you could invest in a model that features self-cleaning brushes. It would help you vacuum long strands without having to worry about the hair getting caught in the bristles.
One such technology is used in the self-cleaning tool of Dyson vacuums. A tangle-free Turbine Tool prevents hair from getting stuck, allowing for unhindered vacuuming. The feature comes at a price, though, but is worth it if the problem of long hair in your home is too much for standard vacuums to handle. The tool is unique to Dyson vacuums since the technology involved is patented, so it may not be possible to use it on other models. Here is a video showing the Dyson Turbine Tool at work:
Tackling the problem of long hair strands
Other than purchasing a vacuum with a self-cleaning mechanism to prevent tangles, you could try the manual removal. It involves using a pair of scissors to cut hair that has wrapped around the bristles. If the strands are not too long, you simply pull them out. Removing tangled hair from your vacuum’s brushes every once in a while helps to maintain its efficiency.
Don’t also forget to check the vacuum’s hose for stuck hair. To do this, you only need to detach it, then shine a light into it to check for trapped clumps of hair. Should you find some, use a blunt, thin object to clean the hose. Ensure you don’t damage the inside by doing so gently.
Having looked at the ways to deal with the problem created by long pet and human hair, I think it’s also good to discuss the ways to prevent it from happening in the first place. That means tackling the problem at the source. A good approach would be to observe proper hair care. Most of the hair falling off your scalp is as a result of using styling products that are too harsh. Such products may be producing excellent results now but, unknown to you, they are gradually damaging your scalp and will cause your hair to come out later. And then, you will have to put up with tangled vacuum brush bristles in the future. I lost a lot of hair myself, so I know how much of a problem hair loss can be. Doing away with the harsh products would go a long way to protect you from losing hair as well as relieve you of having to vacuum lots of hair.
You would think that it’s only in homes where long hair is a nuisance. However, the problem presents everywhere where humans are found, even at NASA. So they had to find a way to ensure their space station did not suffer the menace of loose hair. The result? They developed a tool to vacuum hair while cutting it. With most of the technologies in use today having come from NASA, you would expect the tool to be available on the market. And it is, only that it didn’t turn out to be a success. Most people do not seem to like the idea of cutting their hair while vacuuming it at the same time. I bet they would prefer using a regular vacuum cleaner later after the mess has already been created. There are models out there that would do a good job to clean hair strands, both long and short, so the idea might not be a bad one after all.
Even when you don’t want to cut and vacuum your hair at the same time, you aren’t completely out of luck. You may have seen that video of a dad who got a perfect ponytail for his daughter’s hair using a vacuum cleaner. It looks pretty easy when you want a ponytail in a hurry. You just wrap a rubber band around the vacuum hose, turn it on, make sure all the hair is sucked up into the hose, and then transfer the rubber band from the hose to the hair. Instant ponytail in less than a minute. Other than the obvious problem that it can lead to a clogged vacuum pretty fast if her hair sheds a lot, it’s pretty convenient when you don’t have time for anything more complicated:
As you see, people can actually get pretty inventive when it comes to using a vacuum cleaner for dealing with long hair. However, none of the common sense thoughts shared with you above compare with owning and using good tools. While vacuuming with the brushroll turned off may work, it’s not really the best choice. A good start would be the following feature selection:
Buying the best vacuum for hair – feature selection
To take care of the hair that gets shed in your home daily, you’ll inevitably require vacuum cleaner. A lot of what the model you choose can do will depend on its features. It’s, therefore, essential that you to know what to look for when shopping for the vacuum. Some functionalities allow for the sucking up of hair without it sticking in the hose, while others serve to prevent hair from getting wrapped around the bristles. Your aim is to ensure efficient vacuuming without causing the airflow path or brush roll function to be affected. The features to consider include for the best vacuum for hair include:
It’s the brush that picks up hair, but the power of suction is what makes it travel all the way to the bin. If low, it may mean some of the picked pet and human hair remaining in the vacuum’s hose. A build-up of this would then clog the hose, reduce the suction power, and cause an increase in the amount of stuck hair. You should go for a model that assures you of enough power for a clear hose, even in cases where pet fur and human hair clumps together to form balls.
An on/off brush roll
The brush on your vacuum provides for better removal of hair, especially on carpet. However, the spinning action of the brush roll increases the chances of the long strands of hair wrapping around the bristles. Then, as the brush roll continues to spin, the hair wraps even more tightly. It can reach a point where the action of the brush is affected. The entangled hair could also lead to increased wear of the bristles. Unless you’re vacuuming high-pile carpets, the brush is unnecessary. It’s also unsafe on some bare floors. Having an “on” and “off” switch for the motorized roll would help to turn it off where it’s not needed and help to prevent hair tangles.
A transparent bin
In the case you pick a bagless vacuum, it’s good that you choose one that features a transparent bin. It allows you to check for anything that poses a clogging danger and act immediately. You can tell when there’s no more space left and move to empty the contents before the vacuum’s working condition is affected. The bin should also have straight edges that will not harbor hair and cause a quick buildup that could cause clogging of the air path. Also, choose a model that features an easy-to-open bin that allows for immediate inspection and emptying.
Wide hose diameter
Your vacuum’s hose is prone to becoming clogged with hair that could cause blockage and affect the unit’s overall suction. For efficient vacuuming of long hair, choose a model that comes with a hose made out of slippery plastic. It will allow for the free movement of vacuumed strands of long hair, whether pet or human. A large diameter would also be essential to allow for easy inspection. I would recommend a hose that measures 1 1/2″ or 2″ in width. Such a diameter would be enough to ensure sucked up hair passes through without hindrance. On the same vein, avoid a hose that allows for sharp bends that would cause hair and other debris to get trapped. The hose should also have easy-to-detach pieces to enable frequent checks for retained hair.
Every once in a while, you will need to take apart the parts of your vacuum to remove stuck hair and tangles. The components include the brush roll, the bin, and the hose. Most of the vacuums made today come with these parts being easy to access, but it would be better if you confirmed before buying yours. It would save yourself the trouble of struggling to access your vacuum’s inside when checking it for stuck hair.
Modern vacuums come with a variety of tools and attachments. Some of them will do a good job to clean long strands of hair without causing tangles. The best of them is Dyson’s self-cleaning tool but which is, unfortunately, only compatible with vacuums from this company. Other accessories that would help the model you pick to clear long hair more efficiently include:
- Pet hair removing tool: it’s made to remove stuck pet hair, but also works well on human hair. It will help you vacuum hair-prone areas in your home with ease.
- Upholstery vacuuming tool: this tool is great for removing hair from sofas and other places that are likely to harbor long strands of pet or human hair. Combined with an adequate suction power, the upholstery tool is an essential accessory for a hair-free home.
A vacuum with a strong suction will pick up hair without much of a hassle while turning off the brush roll would prevent tangles. But then, that’s not enough if looking for efficient cleaning that gives the best of results. For improved performance and to protect the hose and the brush roll when cleaning hair-prone areas, consider using pre-vacuuming tools. A hair tool such as a rubber broom works to remove long strands of hair before running the vacuum over the affected surface. It’s an efficient pre-vacuuming piece of equipment and one that can protect the bristles in the roll. Another great tool is the sticky mop roller. This helps to glue up hair and other debris. Using it on the surface that has a lot of long hair helps to make vacuuming efficient. It also helps your vacuum’s hose, suction path, and the brush roll to be safe from becoming clogged or wrapped with hair.
Best 10 vacuums for long hair
Here are 10 vacuum cleaners/cleaning tools which do a very good job at handling long hair:
Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean
- Expensive, but with occasional discounts
- Strongest suction of a Dyson
- Nozzle dones’t tangle and is self-adjusting
- Most complete set of accessories for various types of chores
- It’s certified to be asthma and allergy friendly
- Has a wide cleaning reach (35 feet)
- Comes with a 5-year warranty
- Read the full review of the Dyson Ball Animal 2
Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Plus Allergy
- On sale at the the moment
- Cinetic technology handles filtration, so no more filters
- Powerful brushroll spins vigorously to grab all hair from your carpets. Occasionally, you may need to use a cuter, but the brushroll can be removed easily
- Powerful suction at 180 AW
- Quality hose
- Lots of accessories
- The classic tangle-free turbine tool, a shedding person must have
- 5 years of warranty
- Read the full review of this upright
Shark APEX DuoClean with Zero-M Powered Lift-Away
- See what other people are saying
- Very versatile cleaner, with a strong suction power, mixed with the DuoClean technology
- Advanced Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology and a HEPA filters the air which comes out of the vacuum
- Zero-M handles long hair strands and prevents them from wrapping onto the brushroll
- Just a few attachments, but enough for most cleaning needs
- It’s quieter than previous models
- LED lights, swivel neck, digital controls
- 7 years of warranty
- Read all there is to know about this unit
- Make sure you take a look at this discount
- Zero-M cleaner head is designed to prevent hair tangling
- It’s light and easy to steer
- Comes with the Lift-Away mode
- Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology + HEPA
- Decent set of attachments
- Swivel steering
BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser Turbo Plus
- Get a very good price
- Powerful long hair suction
- Smart seal allergen system with febreze filter
- The brushroll sucks long stands easily. Once in a while though, you may need to clean the bristles by hand
- Swivel neck, LED lights, high bag capacity
- Edge-to-edge cleaning
- Find out more
Miele Compact C1 Turbo Team
- Get a nice deal
- Very powerful suction thanks to the Vortex motor and strong brushroll spinning motor. The hair gets in and never gets out. Almost impossible to clog.
- Certified HEPA filteration
- High dirt capacity
- Good set of attachments.
- A 7-year warranty.
- Check out my complete assessment
Miele Blizzard CX1 Turbo Team
- Has a good price/quality ratio
- First bagless canister from Miele
- Lifetime HEPA filter
- Best accessories set
- Powered by a 1,200-W Vortex motor
- Light weight and compact
- Suction Control on 4 settings
- Check out my review of the CX1 line
Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute
- Buy the cheapest from here
- Good set of accessories
- Cordless model
- Batteries can run up to 60 min
- Powerful motor spinning at 125,000 rpm
- 3 suction modes
- HEPA grade filtration
- Bin can store 0.2 gallons
- Check out my review
iRobot Roomba i7+
- Automatic bin emptying
- Large battery allows continuous cleaning for 2 hours
- Selective room cleaning
- Smartphone app
- Low noise
- HEPA filtration
- Here’s my review of this robot
Bissell CrossWave Pet Pro
- Has an awesome price
- Lightweight at 11 lbs
- Brush roll especially created to tackle long hair
- Brush roll spins at 3000 rpm
- High suction power
- Ergonomic on-handle buttons with LED lights
- 3-years warranty
- Check out my new CrossWave review
It’s inevitable that there will be long hair in your home, but that should not cause you to worry. With the right vacuum, you can easily take care of the problem, and with excellent results. I have shared with you the best vacuums for hair. I picked these models for their superb suction power, ability to prevent or cope with tangles, and a host of other capabilities. A word of caution, though; you will still need to remove some stuck hair manually from time to time using a pair of scissors.
Should you desire for a better performance when vacuuming long hair, you may consider investing in a robotic vacuum cleaner. These types will not require you to anything more than empty the bin or remove hair from the brushes. That won’t be much work, considering what the standard vacuums demand from you from navigating them around to removing stuck hair. Furthermore, some robotic vacuum cleaners come with rubber rollers that prevent hair from getting entangled in them. By choosing the best vacuum for hair, you can keep your home free from pet and human hair without damaging the vacuum’s brush roll or clogging its hose.