Testing revealed it removes hair equally well from hard flooring and carpeting. It offers more than 90 minutes of battery life. We only found a few hairs on the brush roll after cleaning. Its smart-mapping capabilities allow for targeted cleaning in specific rooms.
It is a pricey investment. It needs to be a a well-lit room to vacuum.
It can clean for 90 minutes on a single charge, which is 15 minutes longer than most models at its price. Its low profile lets it easily get under most furniture. Its base is also compact, so it can fit in small homes and apartments. It offers three cleaning modes.
It isn’t Wi-Fi connected, so there’s no app control. It doesn’t map, either, which makes it less efficient than others.
We found that it could pick up all types of debris, including hair, in a single pass and heavier debris in two. It has obstacle avoidance, which allows it to sense items in its path to avoid getting stuck. It’s self-emptying. It supports zone cleaning and no-go zones.
Its battery life is on the lower end for robots at its price.
We were impressed by its 190 minutes of cleaning time, the longest of the robots we tested. It effectively removed pet hair from wood in a single pass. It has a large dustbin that can hold 0.6 L of hair. It includes a brush-cleaning tool in case you find hair on its brushes.
It can’t clean hair from corners and along walls effectively because of its round shape.
We found it removed hair well from both hard floors and carpeting. It avoids obstacles for smarter, more effective navigation. It vacuumed and mopped 320 square feet in less than an hour. We didn’t find much hair on its brush roll after cleaning.
While it can go on vacuuming-only runs, it doesn’t have a mop-only function.
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Robot vacuums make life much easier when cleaning your floors, but they often have trouble when confronted with long hair. The best robot vacuums for long hair have excellent suction power and tangle-free brush rolls — or, in some cases, no brush roll at all — that prevent strands from clogging the robot and affecting its ability to pick up hair, dirt and other debris.
The BestReviews Testing Lab put many robot vacuums through the paces to find the best models for dealing with long hair. We tested standard robot features, such as battery life, charging time and dustbin capacity, as well as specific factors that affect a robot’s performance with long hair, such as the suction power on carpeting and hard surfaces and their ability to pick up various types of debris, including pet hair and kitty litter.
We also evaluated how easy the robot vacuums were to operate, how effectively they navigated a space and how well models with a self-emptying feature performed. After a thorough evaluation, we found that the iRobot Roomba s9+ is the best robot vacuum for long hair.
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Battery life: 120 minutes | Dimensions: 13.7” L x 13.7” W x 3.4” H | Weight: 8.98 lb | Mapping: Yes | Self-emptying: Yes | Voice commands: Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri Shortcuts | Scheduling: Yes
The new Roomba Combo j9+ is up to the challenge of removing long hair from your home’s floors. Not only does it have 100 times the suction power as the Roomba i-series robots to pull hair from carpeting, but it also has a mopping function to remove long hair that might get stuck on hard surfaces, including wood, laminate and tile.
It even offers a SmartScrub feature that provides two times deeper scrubbing on hard flooring in places that require extra cleaning. The new j-series Clean Base that comes with the j9+ automatically empties the robot’s dustbin and refills it with water for up to a month for truly hands-off cleaning.
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Battery life: 120 minutes | Dimensions: 13.3” L x 13.3” W x 3.4” H | Weight: 7.5 lb | Mapping: Yes | Self-emptying: Yes | Voice commands: Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri Shortcuts | Scheduling: Yes
With an impressive 100 times the suction power of Roomba i-series robots, the Roomba j9+ can handle long hair with ease. As one of iRobot’s most powerful vacuums, it easily sucks even long strands into its dustbin to prevent clogs. It also features rubber brushes designed to prevent tangles and keep the robot from stalling.
Using the updated iRobot OS 7.0, it can map your home seven times faster than previous models and relies on its Dirt Detective intelligence to automate where it cleans based on its cleaning history. That means it will vacuum the dirtiest rooms first and automatically adjust the suction and number of cleaning passes to capture the most hair possible.
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Battery life: 107 minutes | Dimensions: 12.25” L x 12.25” W x 3.5” H | Dustbin capacity: 0.5 L | Weight: 8.15 lb | Mapping: Yes | Self-emptying: Yes | Voice commands: Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri | Scheduling: Yes
The Roomba s9+ isn’t just the best robot vacuum we tested for long hair — it scored the highest overall in every testing category. But it has several features that make it ideally suited for long hair. Instead of traditional bristle brushes that often get tangled with long hair, it features an anti-tangle rubber brush roll. The rubber is flexible enough to prevent the hair from wrapping around the brushes too tightly. When we cleaned the s9+ after testing, we observed just a few pieces of hair around the brushes, even though we tested in a home with two very hairy dogs. The strands weren’t tangled, either, so we easily removed them with our fingers.
When we tested the s9+ on just pet hair specifically, the robot picked up a clump on both hard flooring and carpeting in a single pass without leaving a strand behind. Unlike round robot vacuums, such as the ILIFE V3s Pro, Roomba j7+ and Eufy RoboVac X8, the s9+ offers a unique D-shape that lets it fit more easily in corners and along walls, where hair often accumulates. Our testing found it was highly effective in removing debris from corners on both hard flooring and carpeting, as it removed all but a few particles of coarse kosher salt we placed in its path. It also offered good battery life, running for more than 100 minutes during testing before needing to recharge.
The s9+ also stood out for its excellent navigation and mapping abilities. We sent the robot to map the testing area before cleaning and found it correctly identified all three rooms. We then created Keep-Out Zones around pet bowls to avoid spills and successfully sent it to clean specific rooms. Easy to control via the iRobot app or with voice commands, it also has a self-emptying feature so you never have to get your hands dirty to empty the bin. Ultimately, we found that the s9+ is a premium Roomba with many convenient features and superior suction power to handle long hair without any issues.
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Best robot vacuum for the money
Battery life: 90 minutes | Dimensions: 11.8” L x 11.8” W x 3” H | Dustbin capacity: 0.3 L | Weight: 4.5 lb | Mapping: No | Self-emptying: No | Voice commands: No | Scheduling: Yes
The ILIFE V3s Pro isn’t just noteworthy for its affordable price — it also stands out as the only robot vacuum on our list without a traditional brush roll. Without the usual rolling brushes, there’s nowhere for long hair to get tangled. Instead, this robot relies on two spinning side brushes and powerful suction to pick up hair and debris without getting jammed. It also lets you choose from three cleaning modes — auto, spot cleaning and edge cleaning — so hair isn’t left behind.
Because the V3s Pro is an entry-level robot model, it doesn’t offer all the bells and whistles that come with more advanced robots. Its lack of a brush roller means it is unable to resurface debris buried deep within carpet fibers. However, the vacuums does effectively clean hardwood, tile, laminate, stone and low-pile carpet, and its low profile fits beneath sofas, beds and other low-to-the-ground furniture where hair tends to collect and hide. Even with its included base, it doesn’t take up much space, making it ideal for smaller homes. You can schedule cleaning sessions in advance, so your floors always look nice with little effort required from you.
For a more affordable robot vacuum, it also offers impressive battery life, running for 90 minutes before needing to recharge. The V3s Pro returns to its base to recharge when it senses its battery is low, so you don’t have to worry about it getting stuck somewhere in your home. It can be a bit loud during operation, registering at approximately 65 decibels, which is the noise level of a normal conversation. However, traditional vacuums usually reach 75 decibels, so it’s quieter than most upright models. Overall, given its price and solid, basic features, the V3s Pro is ideal for those looking for an affordable robot vacuum that can stay on top of long hair around the house.
Best robot vacuum for long hair on carpet
Battery life: 97 minutes | Dimensions: 13.3” L x 13.3” W x 3.4” H | Dustbin capacity: 0.4 L | Weight: 7.49 lb | Mapping: Yes | Self-emptying: Yes | Voice commands: Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri | Scheduling: Yes
Like the Roomba s9+, the Roomba j7+ has twin anti-tangle brush rolls that prevent long hair from getting caught around the bristles. During our testing, hair was never stuck to the brushes after the robot finished cleaning. We also found that the j7+ offered enough suction power to remove hair and other debris from carpeting effectively. For instance, it removed the clump of pet hair we placed in its path in a single pass and effectively picked up kosher salt and cereal in two passes, leaving no debris behind. It also transitioned easily from carpet to rug, carpet to hardwood and hardwood to carpet, so it never got stuck as it moved around our testing area, which isn’t the case for every robot vacuum.
But the j7+’s most notable feature is its obstacle avoidance. It has a front-facing camera that lets it react to obstacles in real-time, which is why iRobot guarantees it won’t run into pet poop and track it across your floors. During testing, we placed a handbag, a shoe and a stuffed pet toy in its path, and in all three cases, the robot sensed the objects and swerved around them. When we stepped into the j7+’s path, it pivoted away without touching our feet at all. Thanks to its smart-mapping capabilities, it quickly learned specific rooms and obstacles, so we could send it out to clean certain rooms and create Keep-Out Zones around pet bowls to prevent spills.
Additionally, the j7+ cleaned for more than 90 minutes before recharging. We also found it was very responsive to voice commands through Alexa, reacting within seconds when we asked it to vacuum the living room or pause vacuuming. Like the s9+, the j7+ is a premium robot vacuum that effectively cleans carpeting with powerful suction, so it’s excellent if you need to remove long hair from carpeting.
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Best robot vacuum for long hair on hard floors
Battery life: 190 minutes | Dimensions: 13.58” L x 13.58” W x 3.85” H | Dustbin capacity: 0.6 L | Weight: 7.72 lb | Mapping: Yes | Self-emptying: No | Voice commands: Alexa and Google Assistant | Scheduling: Yes
The RoboVac X8 features twin-turbine suction so it can pick up pet hair and other debris with ease, particularly on hard flooring. During testing, we noticed a visible difference in the amount of debris it collected compared to an older Eufy single-turbine model, the RoboVac G30. In a 215-square-foot, high-pet-traffic area, the G30 left visible hair and dander behind. On the other hand, the X8 effortlessly removed all the debris it encountered. We found its performance on par with a standard vacuum, though its round shape didn’t allow it to clean corners as effectively as we would have liked.
The X8 has an advertised battery life of 150 to 180 minutes, but during testing, it cleaned for 190 minutes before recharging. That makes it the longest-lasting model we tested, so it’s an ideal choice for larger homes. While it isn’t a self-emptying model, its 0.6-liter dustbin (the largest one on our list) was easy to empty into the trash with a push-button release. We did observe a few strands of hair around the brush roll after cleaning, but the X8 included a hair-removal tool that made removing it quick and easy.
Additionally, we were impressed by how quickly and accurately the X8 mapped our testing area. It took only 20 minutes to map a 215-square-foot room with several pieces of furniture and required less time to adjust to obstacles in its path than the RoboVac G30. It let us create no-go zones, too. Overall, the X8 is ideal for removing long hair in homes with large areas of hardwood, tile and other hard flooring, and it provides plenty of handy features to help customize your cleaning.
Best robot vacuum for hybrid cleaning
Battery life: 128 minutes | Dimensions: 13.3” L x 13.3” W x 3.4” H | Dustbin capacity: 0.4 L | Water tank capacity: 0.48 L | Weight: 7.35 lb | Mapping: Yes | Self-emptying: Yes | Voice commands: Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri | Scheduling: Yes
The Roomba j7+ Combo is essentially the same robot vacuum as the original Roomba j7+ (2021) but with one notable additional feature — it also mops. That versatility can be extremely helpful in a home with long hair because the mopping function can help pick up stray hairs that vacuuming alone can miss. As a vacuum, though, we found that the j7+ Combo had great success removing hair from both hard floors and carpeting. It captured the entire clump of pet hair we placed in its path on both hardwood and carpeting in a single pass, so there wasn’t a strand left behind.
Like the j7+ and s9+, it has anti-tangle rubber brushes, which meant we didn’t notice much hair on them after our testing — and we could easily remove the few strands present with our fingers. As a mop, the j7+ Combo easily cleaned up spilled iced tea on laminate flooring without any residue left behind. It also took care of a sticky spot on the same floor in a single pass.
Like the j7+, the j7+ Combo has a front-facing camera to provide advanced obstacle avoidance. It sensed the shoe and stuffed pet toy we placed in its path and swerved away to avoid traveling over them. It also accurately mapped an entire floor of our testing area in just one run, correctly identifying five rooms for zone cleaning. After we scheduled the robot to vacuum twice during the day in the kitchen and living room, it reliably went out to clean at the times we indicated.
We were also impressed by the j7+ Combo’s battery life. The original j7+ ran for just over 90 minutes in our tests, but the overachieving j7+ Combo cleaned for more than two hours before it needed to recharge. It was pretty efficient, too, cleaning 320 square feet in 52 minutes. The j7+ Combo is an excellent model for long hair if you want both vacuuming and mopping capabilities, often have children’s or pet toys scattered across your floors and want to customize where and when your robot cleans.
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Best robot vacuum for long hair in multistory homes
Battery life: 89 minutes | Dimensions: 13.3” L x 13.3” W x 3.6” H | Dustbin capacity: 0.4 L | Weight: 7.44 lb | Mapping: Yes | Self-emptying: Yes | Voice commands: Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri | Scheduling: Yes
The Roomba i8+ offers similar suction power to the Roomba j7+ and j7+ Combo and the same anti-tangle rubber brush roll, so it has no trouble handling long hair. During testing, it removed pet hair from hardwood and carpeting in a single pass without leaving any behind. When we checked the brush roll afterward, no hair was caught around it that we had to remove.
Like the s9+, j7+ and j7+ Combo, it is also a self-emptying model, so the i8+ returns to its base when its internal dustbin is full and empties itself to continue cleaning uninterrupted. In nearly two hours of test cleaning, it emptied itself six times without requiring our intervention. To make your job even easier, the dust bag in the self-emptying base holds up to 60 days’ worth of dirt and hair, so you won’t have to empty it very often.
The i8+ also offers excellent navigation and mapping capabilities. We sent the robot out on a mapping run before cleaning, and it accurately mapped 210 square feet in just 12 minutes. The rooms were labeled and divided correctly, so we could send the i8+ out to clean specific rooms and even designate spots where we didn’t want it to clean. It can remember up to 10 smart maps, so it can tackle long hair on any floor of your home. The i8+ also included a virtual wall barrier device, and our testing found that it successfully avoided the cluttered laundry room area where we placed the barrier during several cleaning runs.
We found the i8+ cleaned efficiently as well, vacuuming 220 square feet in just 27 minutes. It also responded perfectly to our voice commands, such as “start vacuuming,” “pause vacuuming” and “stop vacuuming.” Overall, we believe the i8+ is excellent for cleaning up long hair in multistory homes and even situations when you want to use the robot in multiple locations.
Best self-emptying robot vacuum for long hair
Battery life: 97 minutes | Dimensions: 12.9” L x 12.6” W x 3.5” H | Dustbin capacity: 0.16 L | Weight: 13.2 lb | Mapping: Yes | Self-emptying: Yes | Voice commands: Alexa and Google Assistant | Scheduling: Yes
The Shark IQ Robot lets you remove long hair from your floors with very little hands-on effort. Its self-emptying base holds up to 45 days’ worth of hair and dirt, so you only need to empty it once a month. The robot also returns to the base to empty itself when the bin is full, which means vacuuming is never interrupted. Its biggest asset for those with long hair is that it features a self-cleaning brush roll made of rubber that can automatically clear any hair caught around it during cleaning, reducing the risk of long hair getting stuck, which can be a hassle to remove. Another perk? It comes with a self-emptying base that's completely bagless, meaning you won't have to continuously buy replacement vacuum bags when the bin gets filled with copious amounts of hair.
We tested the robot in an area with three pets and observed a significant difference in the amount of hair and dander after just one vacuuming run. It worked best on hard flooring, capturing all visible hair and debris with a single pass. However, it did a solid job with pet hair on carpeting, though it had some trouble sucking up hair from the corners of the room. At the end of its first run, we estimated it removed approximately 98% of debris from both types of surfaces.
Testing also revealed that it was extremely easy to set up — we only had to plug it in, turn it on and download an app to get the Shark ready to clean. We found that it not only handled hair without difficulty but also has enough advanced features, like the self-emptying base, mapping and voice commands, to make it a worthy contender.
We started our testing by setting up the robot vacuums to see how long and involved the process was for each model. For Wi-Fi-connected robots, we downloaded the connected app to see how easy it was to navigate and how it aided in using all the robot’s features.
Next, we moved on to stats that we could easily quantify. We ran each robot to see how long its battery lasted before it needed to recharge — and then we timed how long it took for the battery to recharge fully. We also noted how long the robots took to clean an entire room and what the square footage was. For vacuums with mapping capabilities, we also considered how long that process took and how accurately the models captured the testing area’s floor plan.
We wanted to see how well each robot performed on hard flooring and carpeting, so we placed different types of debris in their path to evaluate the suction power. While we were primarily interested in the robots’ performance with hair, we also observed how they picked up coarse kosher salt, coffee grounds, sugar, kitty litter, cereal and other items on hard floors and carpet. We noted whether they could handle the mess in a single pass or needed multiple passes to fully remove the particles.
When the robots were finished vacuuming, we cleaned the brush rolls to see how much hair we found around them. We also cleaned other components, like the side brushes and wheels, to see if hair had collected elsewhere. For self-emptying models, we examined how well the emptying process went and how loud it was. We also considered how easy it was to empty models manually.
Finally, we observed how well the robots navigated the testing area and responded to obstacles by placing small objects in their path, such as a handbag, shoes and pet toys. We also tested voice commands to determine how responsive those that supported voice prompts were.
The main problem that all vacuums encounter when picking up long hair is the strands tend to get caught around the rolling brushes and clog them. Robot vacuums run into this issue just like standard vacuums, so many models feature specially designed brush rolls to prevent tangles.
Rather than traditional bristles, these brushes are made of rubber, so they’re flexible enough to keep the hair from tangling around them. During testing, we observed that the anti-tangle brushes found in models like the Roomba s9+, Roomba j7+ and RoboVac X8 had much less hair caught around them than the bristle brushes found in robots like the Roomba 692 and 694.
However, an anti-tangle brush roll isn’t your only option when shopping for a robot vacuum for long hair. Some models, like the ILIFE V3s Pro, feature no rolling brushes, so they don’t get tangled, which can reduce airflow through the machine and cause it to get stuck. Instead, these robots use stronger suction and side brushes to pull long hair directly into their dustbin.
Keep in mind that a brush roll helps a robot vacuum agitate carpet fibers to pull out dirt, debris and hair, so if your home is heavily carpeted, you may prefer a model with an anti-tangle rubber brush roll to a brushless design to get your floors as clean as possible.
Suction power is crucial when shopping for a robot vacuum for long hair. It has to be strong enough to draw the long strands into its dustbin without getting caught around its brushes.
A robot vacuum that provides a solid cleaning typically offers about 2,000 pascals (Pa), so a model like the Roomba s9+ that provides 2,500 Pa is ideal for long hair. During testing, the s9+ picked up all types of debris, including hair, from both carpeting and hard flooring effortlessly.
Similarly, the RoboVac X8 features twin-turbine suction that increases airflow through the robot rather than the single-turbine design of other RoboVac models like the RoboVac G30. In our testing area, we observed a visible difference in the amount of hair and dander picked up due to this difference in design.
A robot vacuum’s battery life determines how long it can clean and how large an area it can cover before recharging. To deal with long hair, a robot may need to use its highest suction power setting, which can drain its battery more quickly. For example, many robots have sensors that detect what type of flooring it’s on, so they can automatically increase suction to pull hair and other debris out of carpet fibers. In those cases, the battery will drain more quickly.
If you want a robot to effectively clean long hair around your home, choose a model with approximately 90 minutes of battery life. For large homes or those with a lot of carpeting, though, you’ll likely want a robot that can provide 100 minutes or more of cleaning time. During testing, the Roomba j7+ Combo cleaned for two hours and eight minutes before recharging. However, none of the robots we tested could top the RoboVac X8, which cleaned for over three hours on a single charge.
Robot vacuums can effectively remove both pet hair and human hair. Some pets have long hair that’s more likely to get caught around the vacuum’s brushes, so there isn’t much difference between the two types.
Regular cleaning is key if you don’t want long hair from your pets or your own head to damage your robot vacuum. Most robot manufacturers recommend cleaning the robot’s brushes weekly. However, if you have pets, they typically suggest cleaning the brushes twice weekly. If you have long hair yourself, the same guidelines apply.
Generally, robot vacuums don’t provide the same suction power as traditional vacuums. That can make a standard vacuum more effective at dealing with long hair than a robot model. However, the brushes on a traditional vacuum are just as likely to get tangled with hair, so you’ll still need to clean them regularly.
But there’s another key feature to consider when choosing between a robot and a traditional vacuum for long hair. Because of its slim, low profile, a robot vacuum can easily get under furniture that your regular vacuum may not. Hair tends to collect in those areas, too, so a robot vacuum can ensure there aren’t clumps of hair under your bed or sofa you’re unaware of.
For many homeowners, pairing a standard vacuum with a robot model is the most effective way to deal with long hair.
Robot vacuums for long hair typically range from $150 to $1,000, but the price determines its suction power, navigation abilities and features.
If you’re looking for an entry-level robot vacuum for long hair, expect to pay between $150 and $400. These models typically have less than 2,000 pa of suction power, offer fairly basic navigation abilities and don’t provide many special features.
For this price point, we recommend the ILIFE V3s Pro, which has a brushless design that means you’ll never have to cut away hair from your robot’s brushes. We also like the Shark IQ Robot because it has a self-cleaning brush roll and self-emptying base, making it very low maintenance.
If you want a more powerful robot vacuum that provides advanced mapping and special features like no-go zones, a self-emptying base and at least 2,000 pa of suction, you’ll usually pay between $400 and $800.
At this price, the iRobot Roomba j7+ is an excellent model for long hair because it offers 10 times the suction as the Roomba 600 series, an anti-tangle brush roll and obstacle avoidance. We also recommend the Eufy RoboVac X8 for long hair because it provides at least 150 minutes of battery life and twin-turbine suction to draw long hair into its dustbin.
If you want the most powerful robot vacuum to deal with long hair with plenty of advanced features like advanced mapping and navigation, a self-emptying base, zone cleaning and more, you’ll usually spend $800 or more.
At this price point, we love the iRobot Roomba s9+ because it provides 40 times the suction power as the Roomba 600 series, has an anti-tangle brush roll and boasts a unique D-shape that allows it to effectively clean long hair from corners and along walls.
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