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The Best Vacuum for Pet Hair

In this article we highlight everything you need to know to find the best pet hair vacuum. We cover uprights, canisters, stick vacs and handhelds. A quick summary of the best uprights and canisters is provided in the list:

 

Best Shark Vacuum for Pet HairOver the past 10 years we’ve done many Shark Vacuum Reviews.  We’ve reviewed mostly Shark upright vacuums but have also investigated steam mops, canister vacuums, stick vacs, and even a Shark handheld unit (the Shark Lift Around NP319).  We’ve analyzed the performance of these machines on carpet, on bare floors, AND on pet hair.  The results for the best shark vacuums for pet hair - in order of effectiveness – are in the following list:  

 

best cheap vacuums

You can get a good vacuum for $200, $300, $400 or more but is it possible to get a good machine for under $100?  The short answer is "YES" but if you want the best cheap vacuums you have to look carefully and do your research.

We've reviewed literally hundreds of vacuum cleaners and to help we've put together our 2017 list of the best vacuums for under $100 and it includes models by Hoover, Eureka and Bissell. 

The list contains three uprights, three canister vacuums and three stick vacs.  The models were chosen based on their features, performance, consumer ratings and low cost.

 

Best vacuums under $200

We recently published our 2017 list of Best Cheap Vacuums (units under $100) and it proved to be quite popular. The list provided good machines that are very affordable - but the $100 limit also cut out some great vacuums. Now we’ve moved the affordability bar up to $200 which has allowed us to capture vacuums with slightly better consumer ratings, longer warranties and even more good features.

 

Canister vs Upright
Canister or Upright?


In this short article we take a look at the differences between the canister vacuum and the upright vacuum. Both configurations have been around for years and most people have one or the other – and sometimes both – at home. But if you are in the market for a new vacuum cleaner which style is the right one for you? There are advantages and disadvantages to each.  Even if you have a favorite brand, many manufacturers today make uprights as well as canisters.  We’ve also included some information highlighting the pros and cons of stick vacs and handhelds. 

 

Best Hardwood Floor Vacuum

Finding the right vacuum for the right job today is a tough task.  There are many different vacuums with many different features and each manufacturer will tell you their machine is the best for this or the best for that.  How do you sort out the good ones from the bad ones or pick the best vacuum for your cleaning needs?  Ultimately you need to do a lot of research and analysis.  At Vacuum Cleaner Advisor we’ve done that work for you and we have found the 5 best vacuum cleaners for your hardwood floors.

 

 

We've put together some useful vacuum cleaner troubleshooting tips that should help you fix some of the more common problems you may run into.  But remember - before performing any maintenance please turn the vacuum off AND unplug it!

 

Dirt Devil Type 8 HEPA Filter
Vacuum HEPA Filter (Dirt Devil Type 8)

HEPA filtration was first developed and used by the US Atomic Energy Commission to help protect scientists from airborne radioactive particles during the Manhattan Project. Since then it has found applications in many industries including health care, aerospace, optical, pharmaceutical, food processing and more. HEPA filters are now also commonly used in household appliances like air purifiers and vacuum cleaners.  In these appliances they are used to remove the likes of tobacco smoke, dust mites, pet dander, pollen, mold spores, etc from the air. This is especially beneficial in homes with allergy or asthma sufferers.

 

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Should you go bagged or bagless?  This is a popular question because there are many vacuums of both types on the market. Most residential vacuum cleaners sold in the USA today are of the bagless variety but bagged machines still sell well and have a special place in the heart of many homeowners.

 

Best Bagged Vacuum Cleaners for 2017The bulk of non-commercial vacuums manufactured today are bagless, however there are still a large number of bagged vacuums on the market (this is especially true with canister vacuum cleaners).

The question of which approach is better - bagged or bagless - abounds on forums and blogs. However there is really no correct answer and it comes down to consumer preference. Some people prefer a bagless machine because they do not wish to buy and throw away bags. Others like the cleanliness of bags which can be removed, disposed of and replaced.

We have reviewed many bagged and bagless machines over the last 10 years, and following is our list of the best bagged vacuums.

 

best rated vacuum cleaner

What Does “Best Rated” Mean?
People often ask what is the best rated vacuum cleaner?  So in this article we highlight the very highest rated vacuums on our site as of October, 2017

 

Best Bagless Vacuum Cleaners 2016

Our picks for the best bagless vacuums in 2016.  We have undertaken detailed analysis of each machine and there are links to our reviews in the descriptions.  These vacuums have all received very good ratings from consumers (generally from many sources) and they all excel at cleaning.  Many also come with great features and have respectably long warranties.  Prices range from about 60USD to 500+USD (prices are estimates only).  Additionally, we have included some common pros and cons for each model. The best bagless canister vacuums are at the bottom of the article.

 

Bets Upright Vacuums 2016

We’ve been updating our list of Best Upright Vacuums every year since 2008 and the latest list for 2016 has just been released.

Our choice for the Best Upright Vacuum in 2016 is the Shark Rotator NV752 TruePet. Last year’s favorite, the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Pro, now sits in sixth position.  Number two in our list is the Miele Cat & Dog which is also our best vacuum for pet hair.  In third position is the SEBO 9559AM Automatic X4 Pet – an extremely well-made vacuum but one that is perhaps not as well known as models from the likes of Shark, Miele, Dyson, etc.

 

We update our list of Best Canister Vacuums annually and the 2016 list has just been released.

Our choice for the Best Upright Vacuum in 2016 is the Miele Alize.  Top-notch consumer ratings, great performance and a lengthy warranty helped to nudge this unit to the #1 position.  As a matter of fact 4 of our top 10 canisters this year are manufactured by Miele.  The Alize is followed by the Cat & Dog, the Capri and the Olympus. 

 

Best Stick Vacuums 2016

After reviewing a large number of stick vacuums we have chosen 9 for our list of Best Stick Vacuums in 2016. Machines were chosen after carefully considering consumer ratings and comments as well as length of warranty, features and cost. Vacuums that stood out scored well in most if not all of these areas.

Stick vacuums range from inexpensive to somewhat pricey and as a result we have divided our list into three categories: top-end, mid-range and inexpensive. Our choices include machines manufactured by Dyson, Eureka, Shark, Bissell, and Hoover.

 

Best Cordless Vacuum 2017

Cordless vacuum cleaners have only really been coming into their own recently.  Yes they've been around for some time but they have historically been plagued by weak suction and short run times. However, current cordless machines have much more power and we are starting to see run times of 20 minutes or more on a single charge. Also, some of the outliers are reaching run times as high as 40–45 minutes (while still generating effective suction levels), and we believe this will be the norm in the coming months/years. This is being driven not only by new battery technologies but also by the relentless demand for cordless vacuums. Homeowners like the light weight, maneuverability and portability of these machines. Expect to find more and more of these appearing on the market.

 

Lightweight Vacuum CleanersPeople often visit our site and search for lightweight vacuums.  We have reviewed many lightweight machines but specifications, like weight, are often buried in our articles making it difficult to quickly find what you are looking for.  We'’ve dug through our reviews to uncover the best rated lightweight vacuums.  We hope the information is helpful.

 

We’ve been putting together vacuum cleaner ratings for over 8 years and we decided to take all that data and put it to some use.  We have gathered price and ratings data from 177 vacuum cleaner reviews.  This includes over 137,000 consumer ratings.  These have been put into several interesting charts (created in late April, 2016)

What can we draw from these charts?  Well, we don’t want to make any hard conclusions here as our data is not exhaustive, but clearly a combination of a high rating and a low cost is good. For the most part the charts speak for themselves.

Average Ratings - Vacuum Cleaner Brands

 

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About Me

Hello!

I'm Nigel Russco, a 50 year old professional engineer originally from the west coast of Canada.  I love to review vacuums and I’ve been doing just that since 2008.  

I make every effort to write unbiased, intelligent vacuum cleaner reviews and I provide average consumer ratings for each and every vacuum cleaner I investigate.  My ultimate goal is to ensure you find the best vacuum for your cleaning needs.  

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