Best Pet Hair Vacuum
|Wednesday, 23 November 2011|
A “pet vacuum” is generally a vacuum cleaner with an effective brushbar that is very capable at pulling pet hair from carpet. It should also have sufficient suction to remove animal hair from hard surfaces and it shouldn’t clog easily. In addition, many pet hair vacuum cleaners come with one or more special attachments that excel at removing hair from carpet or upholstery. These attachments are usually hand tools with air-driven brushbars. There are many different vacuum models that claim to be good at dealing with pet hair and indeed many of them are, however some of these machines work better than others.
Our choice for best pet hair vacuum is the Miele Cat & Dog (model S7260). The Cat & Dog has received top notch consumer ratings and is a well built, quality vacuum cleaner. This bagged vacuum is manufactured in Germany and it uses a 2-fan motor that carries a lengthy 7-year warranty. The brushbar is kept at an optimal cleaning distance from the floor surface via automatic height adjustment and a high percentage of owners comment favourably on the unit’s ability to pick up pet hair.
The turbo brush attachment is very good at vacuuming up hair from stairs, upholstery or vehicle interiors, and the unit’s sealed system construction ensures that all of the air entering the vacuum is properly filtered before being exhausted. On board filters also include activated charcoal that helps remove pet odors. There are many additional features on the Cat & Dog, however like most Miele machines it is rather expensive (about $650USD). You may wish to read our full Miele Cat & Dog review.
Another top performing pet hair vacuum is the Dyson DC25 Animal. Even though we found that the turbo hand tool for the Dyson DC25 Animal had only average consumer ratings, you just cannot argue with the plethora of comments that state the DC25 Animal is very effective at vacuuming up pet hair (for example see some comments on Amazon here ).
In addition, consumers (from multiple sources) rate this vacuum an average 9 out of 10 and it comes with a lengthy 5-year warranty. It also includes HEPA filtration and lifetime washable filters. It is less expensive that the Miele Cat & Dog but is still somewhat pricey at around $500USD (it can sometimes be found for slightly less).
It includes several height settings, powerful suction and carries a 2-year warranty. You can read more in our Hoover UH30600 review.
If you are looking for a simple and cheap handheld vacuum for dealing with pet hair then the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Hand Vac is a great choice. You get very good pet hair removal ability in a handheld for about 30 bucks. Like the Dyson this vacuum is rated an average of 9 out of 10 by consumers (and there are a large number of ratings to draw from).
It also sports a HEPA filter - something you don't see every day on a handheld. It should be noted that this is not a battery operated unit, rather it is corded.
Some other vacuums that are noted to be effective at pet hair removal are provided below. These either specialize in pet hair removal or have had consumer comments indicating a high level of proficiency at removing animal hair. The list is not exhaustive of course but it may prove helpful.
Bissell Cleanview Helix (model 21K3).
Dyson DC17 Animal Review
Eureka 3684F Pet Lover Mighty Mite Review
Bissell Lift-Off Bagless MultiCyclonic Pet Vacuum Cleaner Review
Bissell 3920 Pet Hair Eraser Vacuum Review
Dyson DC15 Animal Upright Vacuum Cleaner Review
Hoover UH50000 Windtunnel Upright Vacuum Cleaner
Hoover S2220 Flair Bagless Upright Stick Vacuum Cleaner Rating
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