Cleaning Without Clogs or Tangles: The Best Vacuum for Long Hair 2018

Cleaning Without Clogs or Tangles: The Best Vacuum for Long Hair 2018

Long hair can be among the most frustrating messes to vacuum. The way many brush rolls are designed can mean lots of stopping to clear clogs and tangles from the brush—and can even lead to a blown out motor, if it’s not caught in time. Even some vacuums designed for pet hair can struggle with long strands, especially if your family includes both long-haired pets and long-haired people.

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If you want the best vacuum for long hair, start by finding one with anti-tangle technology. The brush design and suction style can make a big difference in the way the vacuum responds to long fibers. We’ve rounded up our top choices below; read on to discover which vacuum is best-suited to your home’s unique needs.

 

Quick Comparison

Product Reviews

Electrolux EL4335A Ultra Flex Canister

Electrolux EL4335B review

The most impressive feature on this model, in terms of cleaning up long hair strands from your carpet, is the self-cleaning brush. This patented technology lets you clear away tangles simply by pushing a button, which means there’s no more need to stop and waste time on maintenance. Your cleaning sessions can go on uninterrupted, letting you finish in less time.

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The Ultra Flex Canister also gives you top of the line cleaning power. It’s designed to clean up any style of floor, from hardwood to the plushest carpet. It includes three adjustment settings for changing how high the brush is off the floor, and there’s a simple switch for on/off control.

The suction power is also adjustable. Crank up the power when you’re vacuuming thick carpets, or turn it back for more delicate materials to avoid causing damage. The suction uses a cyclonic system guarantees a thorough clean in any situation.

 
 

This vacuum also earns high marks for its usability. It pairs a low center of gravity with extra large wheels so pushing it over thick carpets is a breeze. The dust bin opens from the bottom so spilling isn’t much of a concern and it’s easy to empty. It’s also relatively lightweight at just over 11 pounds so you’re able to carry it from room to room or up and down stairs without a problem.

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PROS

What we like:

  • Adjustable brush and suction work on all floor types
  • One button brush roll cleaning for easily removing tangles
  • Bottom opening dust cup means less spilling
  • Very maneuverable
  • Lightweight
  • 8-foot wand gives you a longer reach
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CONS

What we didn't like:

 
  • Less efficient than an upright
  • Very loud on high power settings
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Shark DuoClean Rocket Ultralight Upright

Shark DuoClean Rocket Ultralight Upright Review

If you’re more in the market for the easiest vacuum in terms of use, look no further than the Shark DuoClean rocket. It’s a convertible model so you get a hand-held and an upright in the same package.

Use the upright version for more efficient cleaning of whole rooms, or switch to the hand-held for stairs and tight spaces. It’s incredibly light-weight in both versions (under ten pounds as an upright and under five as a hand-held) so you can navigate around you home easily.

 
 
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The DuoClean Rocket has some cleaning power, too. It has two brush rolls: a soft brush for hard surfaces or large particles, and a bristle brush for deeper cleaning. Both settings produce a consistent suction power, which is applied directly to the floor.

The absence of a front wall lets it actually suck up large debris, instead of just pushing it around, and smaller particles are sucked up with the same ease.

 
 

The included tools are perhaps what make it the best vacuum for long hair, though. The Pet Multi-Tool is intended to let you pick up hair from any surface. It’s designed with dog and cat hair in mind, but will take care of long human hair just as easily. If hair ever gets tangled on the brush, it’s easy to open the vacuum up and clean it, and it comes with a special tool included to clear hair from the roll.

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PROS

What we like:

  • Light-weight and convertible design for easy use
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  • Included hair removal and Pet Multi-Tool great for hair
  • Dual brush rolls for more versatility
  • Easy to switch between power levels
  • Excellent value at under $200
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CONS

What we didn't like:

 
  • Less suction when using the attachments
  • Slightly top-heavy and can pull over easily

Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum

Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum review

If your main considerations are value and convenience, consider this Hoover stick vacuum. It uses WindTunnel suction technology for maximum power and picks up both pet and human hair with ease, along with anything else that’s been spilled onto your floors.

 

This one’s also a winner when it comes to maneuverability. It’s cordless, running on a Lithium Ion battery, with a battery fuel gauge on the front so it’s easy to see how much juice you’ve got left. It’s also easy to steer and has a low-profile head so it can fit under pretty much any furniture. The Extreme Recline Handle also helps you get deeper into low, narrow spaces without a hassle.

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This vacuum has a cleaning path that’s designed for efficiency. The cleaning path is wider than with many stick vacuum options so you can clean the same amount of space in less time. The bristles on the brush roll also go right up to the edge, giving you the closest possible clean along the walls and in the corners—no need to go back over them again, the way some vacuums demand that you do.

The only warning we’d make about the Hoover Linx is for people with large homes. The batteries will give you between 20 and 40 minutes from each charge, depending on what power settings you’re using. You may also find the dust bin to be on the smaller side and may need to be emptied more than once in larger homes. The bin is quick and easy to empty, so it’s a matter of user preference how inconvenient this is for you.

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PROS

What we like:

  • Extreme Recline Handle and low-profile design reach under furniture
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  • Very affordable
  • WindTunnel technology improves suction power
  • Wide cleaning path for efficient edge-to-edge cleaning
  • Easy to empty bin and install batteries
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CONS

What we didn't like:

 
  • No docking station (must remove battery to charge)
  • Short charge life and small dust bin make it less convenient for large homes

Hoover WindTunnel Bagless Corded Upright (UH72400)

Hoover UH72400 vacuum review

If you’re on a budget and want a thorough clean at the best price, check out the Hoover WindTunnel. Like the Hoover Linx, it uses the company’s patented WindTunnel technology, the same suction power you’ll find on their higher-end models but in a package that anyone can afford.

 

The bagless cyclonic canister traps debris and dust, no matter how small the particles, making sure your air stays as clean as your floors.

 
 
 

Like the costlier options on this list, this vacuum uses an on/off control for the brushroll, translating to easy and quick transitions from hard floors to carpets.

While it may struggle slightly with high-pile carpets, it can handle most floors with ease, and it’s great for hardwood or linoleum. Maneuvering with it is simple, too, with Steerable Technology that lets you change direction just by twisting the handle.

 
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This Hoover vacuum is a bit on the heavy side at around 13 pounds—still light enough it’s not hard to use, but a bit hefty when it’s time to carry it up a staircase. It also has a higher profile, so cleaning under furniture can be a bit tricky.

It’s still compact enough to store easily in a closet, though, and it doesn’t feel heavy when you push it thanks to its swivel steering. This combination of factors means it’s the best vacuum for long hair for users on a budget.

 
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PROS

What we like:

  • Excellent price
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  • Powerful three-channel suction
  • On/off brush switch makes transitioning from hard floors to carpet easy
  • Easily navigates around obstacles
  • HEPA filtration traps over 99% of pollen and dust
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CONS

What we didn't like:

 
  • Not good for shag or high pile carpet
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  • Fewer included accessories
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Bissell Pet Hair Eraser (1650A)

Bissell 1650A Pet Hair Eraser review

The most frustrating thing about cleaning up long hair is having to constantly stop and remove clogged hair. Bissell solves that problem with their Pet Hair Eraser, which uses a two-pronged attack to tackle hair. The tangle-free brush roll makes sure hair doesn’t get caught when it’s sucked in.

The Pet Hair Spooling System separates hair out from other debris so it’s easy to remove, too, and won’t get stuck inside the vacuum.

 
 
 

As you might guess from the name, this vacuum is ideal for pet owners. In addition to the hair control, it also comes with an array of tools specifically designed for pet messes. This includes the 2-in-1 Pet Brush, that gives you the choice of rubber agitators for tough, ground in hair and dirt or a softer dusting brush for picking hair from delicate surfaces.

The Pet TurboEraser gives you a mini version of the main brush head that’s perfect for couches, stairs, or intense spot cleaning. It even uses special Febreeze filters that eliminate pet odors and make your home smell fresh while you clean.

 
 
 

The suction power of the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser is impressive. It has a wide suction range and easy swivel steering, so you can navigate furniture and clean even large rooms in less time. Even large particles like dog food and kitty litter are no problem for this vacuum, and its SmartSeal filtration system ensures a high air quality.

PROS

What we like:

  • No-tangle brush and internal hair management system
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  • Edge to edge suction gives you a wide cleaning path
  • Great for pet owners
  • Swivel steering for easy maneuvering
  • Eliminates odors and traps allergens
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CONS

What we didn't like:

 
  • Heaviest option on the list (18 pounds)
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Our choice

 

Consider your home when you’re deciding which vacuum to buy. If you have a larger space with a wider variety of floor styles, versatility and efficiency are going to be your main concerns. Your budget may be a factor, too; both the Shark Rocket and the Hoover WindTunnel will give you a thorough clean at a more affordable price.

 

Based mostly on the anti-tangle technology and high suction power, the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser is our pick for the best vacuum for long hair. Having said that, though, all of the vacuums on the list above will give you a frustration-free clean, no matter how much hair they have to contend with.

 

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