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If you are anything like us (Steph and Mike), you love a clean home but don't necessarily want to spend hours each week trying to keep it clean. Keeping a tidy house is especially challenging when dogs, cats, and kids are in the picture. Food gets thrown and pet hair gets everywhere.
We know from experience! With a rambunctious 3.5 year old toddler, a 6-month old baby, and an adorable long-haired dachshund who sheds like no other, our home's hardwood floors and pet-friendly area rugs are constantly covered in something.
So what is the secret to crumb- and hair-free floors and zero hours wasted dragging a manual vacuum around? Robotic vacuums!
For our family, robotic vacuums are a game changer. Our small and quiet automatic vacuum picks up our dog Django's fine hair and our toddler's endless food crumbs. It works quietly and effectively while we're working from home, playing with our children, and relaxing in the evening hours. Best of all, Mike and I no longer spend the little spare time we have vacuuming our floors ourselves.
In this DJANGO Dog Blog article, we rank the best robot vacuum cleaners for pet hair, bare floors, and carpets. Some of the robot vacuums on our list our premium and higher priced models, others are more budget-friendly, and all models are incredibly effective at cleaning and well-rated by customers.
TOP ROBOT VACUUM CLEANERS:
The iRobot Roomba s9+ features two extra-wide rubber roll brushes. These counter-rotating brushes are excellent at picking up pet hair on hardwood floors. While they scatter some debris while working, they overall do a great job at pickup up messes.
For those with plush carpets or area rugs, the iRobot Roomba s9+ is also good at cleaning low- and medium-pile flooring. What's more, with two square edges and two rubber side brushes, this 3.5-inch tall robot vacuum easily squeezes into tight corners and cleans under low furniture. Unlike a few other vacuums on our list, you must have a smartphone and download the iRobot Home App to control where the Roomba s9+ goes.
The iRobot Roomba s9 has the same navigation features as the Roomba s9+, but it does not come with an iRobot Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal. With more suction and wider brushes than lower-priced robot vacuums, it does a superb job of sucking up pet hair on baseboards, bare floors, and low- and medium-pile carpets and rugs. The brush roll can be easily removed to remove any trapped fur or pet hair. Similar to the Roomba s9+, customers have reported the Roomba s9 sometimes needs a couple of extra passes to clear swaths of small debris.
The Eufy 11S is the lowest-priced robot vacuum on our list, incredibly well-rated, and loved by customers. If you're on a budget, this is an excellent robot vacuum to consider.
The Eufy 11S is very good at picking up debris and pet hair on hardwood floors and low- to medium-pile rugs. What is more, it can wiggle under low furniture and dart away from hazards like power cords better than most high-end robotic vacuums. The Eufy 11S is also quiet when in use—some compare the noise it emits to a percolating coffee maker.
Unlike most robotic vacuums on the market, the Eufy 11S can be controlled with a remote (instead of a smartphone). The low-tech bot's biggest downside is its random cleaning pattern. It drives until it hits a wall or a piece of furniture, pivots, and repeats the process until its battery dies. It also does not self-empty, although customers report emptying the collection tray is easy and quick. Lastly, customers have commented that the robot vacuum struggles on high-pile carpets and can be less effective on dark-colored, bare floors.
The Samsung Jet Bot AI+ Robot Vacuum Cleaner is excellent at cleaning low- and medium-pile carpets, hardwood floors, pet hair, and the edges of walls and corners. Its brush roll features anti-static fibers and self-cleaning extractors that grind up pet hair (rather than allowing them to get stuck, like some others on our list). With LiDAR sensors, a 3D Camera, and advanced AI Object Recognition technology, this Samsung model effectively identifies and avoids objects in the way like power cords, dog bowls, and toys.
The Samsung Jet Bot AI+ Robot Vacuum Cleaner is self-emptying and can be controlled through Sampsung's SmartThings app. Any downsides with this one? One of the loudest and tallest robotic vacuums on our list, the Samsung Jet Bot AI+ Robot Vacuum Cleaner struggles to fit under baseboards and low furniture.
The iRobot Roomba i3+ EVO is the most affordable self-emptying bot on this list and excellent at picking up debris and pet hair on bare floors. It is also an intelligent vacuum and can learn the layout of one story of your home. Unlike other vacs on our list that struggle on higher pile carpeting, the iRobot Roomba i3+ EVO can easily climb and work on high-pile rugs (a big perk if your home is mostly carpeted).
Like the Samsung Jet Bot AI+ Robot Vacuum Cleaner, this one is as loud as normal conversation. Is your dog sensitive to loud noises? Schedule the i3+ EVO to clean when you are out on a walk.
As for appearances, the iRobot Roomba i3+ EVO is more stylish than other models on our list. While most robot vacuums have glossy covers that show dust, this iRobot model has a textured, matte gray finish that doesn't show smidges and fingerprints.
The iRobot Roomba j7+ is excellent at picking up debris and pet hair on low-pile rugs. While it is good at sucking up larger debris and pet hair from high-pile carpets, it may need many passes to clear very fine debris.
This self-emptying bot has removable, rubber brush rolls for easier cleaning of tangled pet hair and a HEPA filter that traps pet dander. The iRobot Roomba j7+ is also quieter than a microwave and features a front camera that avoids hazards and obstacles like cords and pet toys.
The iRobot Roomba j7+ does not clean hardwood floors as well as the other robot vacs on our list. Customers report the front bumper also occasionally pushes pet hair around on bare floors instead of sucking it up.
The Eufy 30C is one of the cheapest robot vacuums on our list, and it excels at cleaning bare floors and low-pile carpets. This slim and compact robot vacuum easily maneuvers around chairs, tables, and desks. As one of the shortest robotic vacuums on the market, it also picks up dust bunnies underneath air vents. When it runs across a boundary strip, it quietly turns around and cleans another area.
Unlike the Eufy 11S, the Eufy 30C works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa voice commands. While the EufyHome app is easy to use, customers report its notifications are sometimes inconsistent. When the Eufy 30C is hanging over a ledge, for example, you often have to wait for it to beep.
Tell us how these top-rated robot vacuums worked on your carpet, tile, linoleum, or hardwood floors. Have a robotic vacuum cleaner from a different company that sucks up more pet hair, dirt, or dander? Leave us a comment below!
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Need some holiday gift ideas for the dog parent in your life? Looking for the perfect present for a pandemic puppy or a frosty-faced senior dog?
We have rounded up the best gifts for dog lovers and dogs this year, including luxury dog accessories, "pawesome" household accessories, drool-worthy dog food and dog treats, and epic monthly dog toy subscription boxes. Our present picks are based on our own bestsellers, consumer reports, customer reviews, and product testing.
What is been missing from dog diets ever since we started feeding them processed pet foods? Naturally occurring probiotics from whole foods, says Dr. Ian Billinghurst, the father of biologically appropriate, ancestral nutrition for dogs. Thirty years ago, he taught us about the evolutionary diet for dogs with his book, Give Your Dog a Bone. He also famously coined the term “BARF” (Biologically Appropriate RAW Food).
In this DJANGO Dog Blog article, we host Dr. Billinghurst and Rob Ryan, the founder of GussysGut.com for a conversation on good bacteria. Dr. Billinghurst and Rob Ryan also address why relying on probiotic supplements may not be the best long-term answer for our pups.
While interviewing Dr. Ian Billinghurst, the father of the raw dog food movement, we discovered he is the senior advisor to Gussy's Gut. Dr. Billinghurst came out of retirement to create the dog supplement company which produces a fermented and probiotic rich dog superfood topper called “Daily”. He’s called the product “the single most important upgrade to canine nutrition in over 25 years.”
They source the highest quality and most responsibly-sourced organic ingredients. The supplement is made from 19 superfoods that come from biodynamic, grass-fed, organic, and regenerative farms.
Unlike raw vegetables, fermented foods like Gussy's Gut are easier for dogs to digest and their nutrients are more accessible to them. Studies show that dogs regularly given fermented foods often have fewer allergies, better blood sugar levels, and healthier stools.
If you are considering adding a high-quality dog food topper to your pup's diet, or if you simply want to better understand the canine health benefits of fermented foods, this DJANGO Dog Blog article is for you. Here is our comprehensive overview of Gussy's Gut, the freeze-dried, probiotic rich dog food topper.