What to look for before buying a Robot Vacuum for a House with Pets


Pets are an equally important part of our daily lives as any other family member. And, to be honest, a big part of a home’s cleaning regime would vastly depend on what kind of pet animal lives in it. Double-coated dogs shed a lot, so do cats, while aquatic pets don’t need so much TLC in terms of cleaning.

But, since, our pets are a part and parcel of our lives, it is always important to keep their needs in mind before buying a new home appliance. Especially if it something as expensive and invasive as a robot vacuum cleaner.

To get the best robot vacuum cleaner per your pets’ needs, you need to understand their requirements and troubles first. In this article, we are going to look in-depth and figure out what to look for in a robot vacuum for a house with pets.

Are your pets furry?

You can have many different types of pets. And while all pets are worthy of our eternal love, some of them do need an extra bit of pampering compared to others. For example, if you have a Sphynx cat, there’s no need to worry about vacuuming cat fur.

Instead, if you have a cat with a long beautiful fluffy coat, you need to vacuum your couch on the regular. Some cats shed multiple times a year. The same goes for dogs. Double coated dogs will shed vicariously during the summer months to keep up with the heat. And, rightfully, all your carpets and rugs will be lined with pet fur.

Other furry pets include rabbits, hamsters, birds, etc. These animals will shed, or moult, at least twice a year. Meaning you will have to bust out your vacuum to clear out your floor frequently during those months. Or else, you will just have to live in an endless pool of pet fur.

If you have a furry pet animal, it is always wise to choose a robot vacuum cleaner that has fine bristles. Fine bristles will do much better in gathering and sucking up wispy pet fur than a traditional upright vacuum. The Roomba series has some variations in their models that work great with dog hair and cat fur.


Every pet is unique. Some pets are loud and outgoing. Some are quiet and don’t really like noise. When buying a home appliance, you have to take into consideration your pet’s needs, just as you’d do with a baby. If your pet dog or cat doesn’t do well with noise, buying a very loud whirring vacuum might be detrimental.

That way you won’t be able to vacuum all the time, because it will chase away your pets. If your pet is troubled by the noise, you won’t be able to use the scheduling feature to clean while you are away. So, even if it’s a great machine, it would be useless to you unless you can actually put it to work.

Luckily, most robot vacuum cleaners are quieter than upright or canister vacuums. But, the features obviously differ from brand to brand and from model to model. It is always wise to do your research on the model you want to invest in to see if it’s noisy or not.

Our recommendation is to always go for a quiet device rather than a loud one even if it is a bit pricier. Ultimately it will save you a ton of headaches. It is not just about your pet. If your vacuum is extremely noisy, you probably won’t be using it all that often as well.


Robot Vacuum comes in all shapes and sizes with a circular shape being the most common. But the size is also a big factor in deciding how big your dust box is. Usually, robot vacuums are meant to be very low-profile, discreet devices. So they come in a very compact shape that can fit under furniture.

But that also means that the dust box is also miniature and needs to be emptied out very frequently. If you don’t clear out the dust box after every cleaning, it can overflow. And, that will only increase the amount of work you have to do.

Especially if you have pets that track the litter, or make a mess quite frequently, you might want to look for a model that has a considerably larger dust box. That way you don’t have to worry about it overflowing or cleaning the dust box every day. You can do it after several cleanings and everything should still be running smoothly.


Now this one is a bit tricky. It has to do a lot with your budget. If you’re aiming for something that is very cheap, you will probably not get the best mapping features. That would result in your robot vacuum running haphazardly in the room. It will just bounce around the room until the room is completely clean.

But this can be an issue if you have smaller pets like kittens or a lap dog. A haphazardly moving robot vacuum might be the cause of unintentional casualties.

Instead getting a robot vacuum that has a solid mapping system will save you a lot of stressful evenings. These robot vacuums come with features that make them move in significant patterns and in an organized manner. It reduces the risks of your pet accidentally running into the vacuum and hurting themselves.

To know more such tips, you can visit The Clean House Guide


Pets are a big part of our lives and they should be taken into consideration before making these big purchases that concern the whole family’s health and well-being. It is important that you take notice of your pet’s behavioral patterns and their specific needs before buying new home technology.

We have tried our best to pint out the main features that you should look for in robot vacuums. We hope this article was helpful to you. Thank you so much for reading and good luck!

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