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Best Vacuum Tested and Reviewed for Hair Salon/Barbershop

Imagine a customer entering your hair salon and the hair and nails scattered on the salon floor and getting into his/her flip-flops. Worse yet, the residue flying in the air, and your customer inhales them by accident. 

So, if you are a hairstylist and own a hair/nail salon or a Barbershop, the most important factor you should be worried about is the hygiene and cleanliness of your salon. A messy floor is a big put-off for not only the new customers but for your existing customers as well. 

No matter how perfect and beautiful a hairdo you do, if your salon is not well cleaned and there are hair and nails lingering around, your clients will not be entering your place in the first place. 

So, what is the best vacuum cleaner for a hair salon or a barbershop? A vacuum cleaner that has enough suction power to pick up all the hair, nails, and other debris, a HEPA filter to trap all the harmful tiny particles, a rotating brush to agitate the carpet fibers, and a large dustbin capacity. 

Best Vacuum For Hair Salon/Barbershop

a tidy hair salon

If, as a hairdresser, you own a big hair salon with a large covered area and you also have enough budget, OVO 700AW central vacuum system is the best vacuum cleaner. This powerful central vacuum system, with a 40 ft long hose and different attachments, will suck up all the debris not only from your salon floor but also from chairs, furniture, cushions, tables, shelves, crevices, drapes, ceilings, etc. 

If you are low on budget, EyeVac Pro stationary vacuum cleaner will be best suited for your commercial cleaning needs. This sleek vacuum will suck up all the hair and nails that come within its infrared range. You just need to sweep all the debris near it. 

For above-the-floor cleaning in your salon, BLACK+DECKER Dustbuster AdvancedClean CHV1410L handheld vacuum cleaner is best suited. This is an ultra-lightweight vacuum cleaner that will easily pick up all the hair and nails from cushions, chairs, tables, and other above-the-floor places. 

Best Central Vacuum System For Hair Salon

A central vacuum system is installed within a building with the main unit fixed outside the living or working area. The motor, collection chamber, filter, and all other accessories are contained within this main unit. This main unit is connected through tubes that are installed within the walls. These tubes are connected to wall outlets in your hair salon where a hose with a cleaning head is attached. All the debris picked up through the cleaning head is sent into the main collection unit through the tubing installed within the walls. 

A central vacuum system is the best choice for commercial use in a hair salon because it provides high power that will suck up all kinds of mess from any type of floor. A central vacuum system comes with a large container that will relieve you from emptying it again and again. 

With a central vacuum system installed in your place, you don’t have to carry around a complete vacuum cleaner with you anymore. This becomes a more annoying task if you have a big area. 

With a central vacuum system, you just need to carry a hose around and pick up all the hairy mess from your floor and furniture as well. 


    • Hose length: 40 ft
    • Noise level: 65 dB
    • Motor: 700 air watts
    • Bagged
    • Canister capacity: 9.25 gal (35 L)

OVO 700AW central vacuum system is the best choice vacuum to be used in a hair salon. It is a powerful, heavy-duty central vacuum system that suits best for commercial use. The OVO 700AW central vacuum can cover an area of up to 9,000 sqft. 

OVO 700AW provides a powerful 700 air watts, 2-stage motor that will pick up any type of debris, including hair and nails, from any type of floor – carpets, rugs, tiles, hardwood. 

Despite the heavy motor, this central vacuum is ultra-quiet. The integrated muffler and noise-blocking foam around the motor compartment provide an added noise reduction. The noise level of the OVO central vacuum system stands at 65 dB which is nothing compared to the size of this beast. 

Normally, the central vacuum systems are priced on the higher side. But the OVO is a reasonably priced solution for your commercial cleaning. 

This vacuum system offers hybrid filtration. This gives you the choice of using it with disposable bags or without them. 

OVO 700AW comes with an impressive 40 ft hose with an On-off switch on the handle. It also comes with different attachments like a crevice tool, upholstery and dusting tool, telescopic wands, etc. With the 40 ft length of hose and the different attachments, you can easily pick up debris not only from the salon floor but also from upholstery, furniture, cushions, tables, shelves, ceiling, drapes, etc. 

It also comes with a 12” floor brush that comes in handy while picking up hair from carpets and rugs. 

OVO 700AW provides a huge canister capacity of 9.25 gal (35 L). This huge capacity will take months to get filled. This means fewer trips to empty the canister. 

OVO 700AW provides a soft-stop, 3-second delay while shutting down. This allows all the debris within the piping to reach the collecting canister before the motor shuts down completely. 


  • Super quiet with a noise level of only 65 dB
  • Powerful motor
  • Hybrid filtration – can be used with or without a bag.
  • Can be used for on-the-floor cleaning as well as above-the-floor cleaning.


  • A bit heavy with a weight of 27 lbs.

Best Stationary Vacuum Cleaner For Hair Salon/Barbershop

If budget is a hindrance in choosing a central vacuum system, then a stationary vacuum cleaner will be best to use in a hairdressing salon. 

If you don’t want to pick up and carry an upright or a canister vacuum cleaner and move around your salon while your customers are in for some haircuts, a stationary touchless vacuum cleaner is the best choice. 

The cords of an upright or canister vacuum cleaner will not provide a pleasant environment for your customers to move around, especially if your salon has less area. 

A stationary vacuum cleaner can be parked under the table, in a closet, or in a corner without someone noticing it. You just need to pick up a broom and sweep all the hair, nails, dust, and other debris near the stationary vacuum cleaner and it will suck up everything without leaving any trail. 


    • Suction power: 1400 watts
    • HEPA filters
    • Canister capacity: 1.6 gal (7 L)

When it comes to cleaning up hair and nails in a salon or a barbershop, EyeVac Pro touchless stationary vacuum cleaner is the best choice. 

Apart from its features, which I will discuss below, its simple, compact yet stylish design will complement any space. Your customers might not even recognize it as a vacuum cleaner until it switches on. 

With a suction power of 1400 watts, EyeVac Pro will suck up all the hair and nails once they get into the range of its infrared sensors. The only thing you have to do is to sweep all the debris within the range of its infrared sensors and see the magic happen. 

The dual filtration system and cyclonic vacuum action ensure that no hair or dirt particle escapes back into the atmosphere. The HEPA filter also ensures that the air coming out of the EyeVac Pro is allergen-free. 

EyeVac Pro has an ample canister capacity of 1.6 gallons (around 7 liters). This will allow you to concentrate on your customers’ hairstyles rather than emptying the vacuum cleaner dirt bin again and again. 

EyeVac Pro contains a “Full Canister” indicator. This indicator will turn red which means it’s time to empty the canister. 

EyeVac Pro has both manual as well as automatic activation. You can keep it switched on if you want while you are cleaning. Obviously, this will take more energy. When put on automatic activation, EyeVac Pro will only start its suction once any dirt particle, hair, nail, or any debris comes within the range of its infrared sensors. 


  • Touchless and stationary vacuum cleaner. 
  • Easy to store.
  • Ample canister capacity.


  • It is a bagless vacuum cleaner. This means that you might have to get your hands dirty while emptying the canister. 
  • A bit noisy.

Best Handheld Vacuum Cleaner For Hair Salon/Barbershop

When you hairdo your client, the hair not only spread on the floor but also on the chair, cushions, the table, and the shelf as well. You can use a stationary touchless vacuum cleaner for cleaning the floor. But how to sweep the hair that are spread on above-the-floor places?

The best option for this is to use a handheld vacuum cleaner that provides the highest level of portability. 

A handheld vacuum with different attachments will allow you to get rid of all the hair residue even from between the cushions of the chair and the crevices. 


  • Weight: 2.6 lb (1.2 kg)
  • Battery timing: 25 min
  • Bin capacity: 0.25 gal (1 L)
  • Translucent bagless dirt bin
  • Cyclonic technology

The BLACK+DECKER Dustbuster AdvancedClean CHV1410L is a top-rated cordless handheld vacuum cleaner. This handheld vacuum is best suited for above-the-floor cleaning whether in-home for domestic use or in your hair salon for commercial use. 

Despite such a compact and sleek design, this vacuum provides enough suction to pick up all the debris from your chairs, shelves, tables, cushions, crevices, and other above-the-floor places. 

Black+Decker Dustbuster is a lightweight vacuum with a weight of only 2.6 lbs / 1.2 kg that provides great portability and maneuverability. 

It comes with a 16-volt Lithium-Ion battery that will last for up to 25 minutes when fully charged. It also comes with a charging dock. You just have to put the vacuum on top of it and it will start charging. 

It comes with a cyclonic action that provides better filtration. The dirt bowl is translucent so you can see the hair and dirt inside it and know when to empty it. The dirt bowl is easily removable with one touch and is also washable. The filter ensures that no dirt particle or hair strand escapes back into the atmosphere. 

This handheld vacuum cleaner comes with a built-in brush and crevice tool. The brush comes in handy in picking up hair and nails from the cushions or the carpet. The hard bristles of the brush will agitate the cushions and carpet pile and the vacuum will suck up all the debris. The extendable crevice tool will help in getting rid of all the stuck hair between the cushions, crevices, and other tight places. 


    • Lightweight
    • Cordless
    • Comes with built-in attachments
    • Easy to assemble 
    • Strong suction power


    • A bit loud
    • Battery not replaceable

Vacuum Cleaner Buying Guide For Hair Salon/Barbershop

There are many types and brands of vacuum cleaners available in the market. Which one to choose solely depends on your needs and requirements. To buy the best vacuum cleaner for your hair salon/barbershop, you need to take the following factors into consideration:

Type Of Vacuum Cleaner

There are various types of vacuum cleaners, upright, stick, canister, robotic, handheld, central, and stationery. Every type has its own advantages and disadvantages. 

Some types are best suited for floor cleaning like upright and canister vacuums. Some types are best suited for above-the-floor cleaning like handheld vacuum cleaners. Some vacuums come with different attachments. These attachments will help you clean different surfaces with ease.

Suction Power

Suction power is another main factor to consider before making a vacuum buying decision for your hair salon. 

If you have carpets/rugs on the floor, you would surely need a vacuum that can suck up all the hair from the carpet pile as well. 

Since it’s not only the hair you pick up from the floors, there will always be other debris as well from medium to large that your vacuum cleaner will have to pick up. So, suction power plays an important role. 

Cordless vacuum cleaners provide you with ease and portability but at a cost of less suction power as compared to corded vacuum cleaners which have more suction power and less maneuverability.

HEPA Filters

A hair/nail salon or a barbershop is a public place where all types of people come. Some of your clients might have allergic problems or asthma. So, you should be sure that the dust and hair your vacuum cleaner picks up don’t leak back into the air and that the air is free of any dust particles. 

The HEPA filter is the solution to this problem. Consider buying a vacuum cleaner for your hair salon that has a HEPA filter installed in it. This HEPA filter will trap even the finest dust (up to 0.3-micron) and ensures that the air is fresh and free of dust particles.

Bagged or Bagless

When buying a vacuum cleaner for your hair salon/barbershop, considering the bagged or Bagless feature is another important factor. 

Buying a bagged or a bagless vacuum cleaner will determine the cleaning and maintenance cost in the long run. 

A bagged vacuum cleaner uses a bag to collect all the debris. This bag is then disposed of once filled. You will have to buy another bag for your next use. This will increase your cleaning cost in the long run as you will have to buy a new bag every time the older bag is full. 

A Bagless vacuum cleaner, on the other hand, uses a dirt bin to collect all the dust, hair, nails, and other debris. Once this bin is full, you can empty it and reuse it for the next use.

Dirt Bin Size

“Time is money” 

A vacuum cleaner used in a hair salon must have a big dirt bin. 

A small dirt bin will keep you busy emptying it all the time. 

So, look for a vacuum cleaner that has a big dirt bin. A central vacuum system has the largest bin among all other types of vacuum cleaners. This size will keep you relieved from emptying it even for months. 

Noise Level

Vacuum cleaners are noisy. Different vacuum cleaners come with different levels of noise. 

In a hair salon, you will unwillingly have to vacuum your floor more often than you might like. That’s because your salon floor will fill up with scattered hair even after a single hairdo. And you would surely not want to expose your clients and customers to a high level of noise time and again whenever you use the vacuum. 

And even your own staff might face hearing issues after getting exposed to a high level of noise constantly. 

So, a vacuum cleaner with a low noise level is the best option. A central vacuum best serves the purpose as its main unit is installed outside the main working area. There are also other types of vacuum cleaners that come with a low noise level.

Anti-Tangle Brush

Hair is the main debris you would pick up in a salon. The strands get tangled up in the vacuum cleaner brush easily, especially if the brush has hard bristles. 

So, instead of cleaning the brush after every cleaning session, you must look for a vacuum cleaner for your hair salon that has an anti-tangle brush roller. These anti-tangle brush rollers pick up hair without getting tangled. And cleaning them is a walk in the park.

Pet Mess

People take their pets with them where ever they go. The same is the case when they visit a hair salon for a hairdo. When pets are around, you should expect some pet mess to happen. For this, you must look for a vacuum cleaner that makes it easy for you to clean the pet’s mishaps.


If you are looking for a one-for-all solution for all your hair salon cleaning needs, you must take into consideration the attachments that a particular vacuum cleaner comes with. 

Different vacuum cleaners come with different attachments. These attachments help in cleaning each and every surface. For example, crevice tools, upholstery tools, extended wands, extra brush rollers, etc. 

Buying a vacuum cleaner that comes with multiple attachments will cover all your hair salon cleaning needs whether it is about cleaning the floor, seats, upholstery, tables, shelves, curtains, crevices, etc.

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