It's always exciting to have pets roaming around your home, keeping you company. But, pet ownership comes with extra work, considering the amount of fur they shed on couches, on the floor, and on carpets. And one of the most challenging tasks vacuum cleaners face is removing pet hair. To tackle all that, you need a specialist pet vacuum that’s capable of sucking up all that hair and reducing allergy as well. In our guide today, we’ve rounded up some of the best vacuum cleaners if you’re a pet owner.
Best Overall: Dyson V11 Animal Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
When it comes to vacuuming, you can't go wrong with a Dyson. There are several Dyson models on the market, but this one comes highly recommended due to its powerful motor. The Dyson V11 Animal comes with smart technology, including an LCD screen that displays battery life in minutes and some handy videos, like how to clean the filter should suction stop.
You also get a High Torque cleaning head, designed for carpets and hard floors, that automatically adjusts the vacuum power to suit the floor type you're cleaning. According to Dyson, the machine can filter up to 99.97 percent of airborne allergens and pollutants, such as household dust, which is good news for allergy sufferers. Its 0.2-gallon bin has a clever eject system that prevents you from getting exposed to the cloud of dust it collected.
The V11 Animal is lightweight, at less than seven pounds, making it easy to maneuver around and under furniture.
Best Least Expensive Overall: Dyson Ball Animal 2 Upright Vacuum Cleaner
This model comes with a versatile head that works on both hard floors and carpets. It has features designed to clean out stubborn dirt and hair in homes with pets. The counter-rotating brush heads remove pet hair from upholstery and carpets with no brush to tangle around, making it even easier to clean.
According to reviewers, the Dyson Ball Animal 2 Upright, powered with a 305AW motor, is a beast at cleaning. The self-adjusting cleaner head automatically raises and lowers to match the surface you're vacuuming. The machine’s filtration system ensures that allergens are trapped inside and not expelled back into the air in your home.
It comes with a washable lifetime filter, saving you money that you could’ve used to replace it. What’s more, with just a single push of a button, you get all the debris out, thanks to its One-click dirt emptying dust bin.
Best Value Upright Vacuum Cleaner: Eureka FloorRover NEU526
The Eureka FloorRover Upright pet vacuum cleaner costs around $165.00 and gets the job done brilliantly. It comes with a Pet Turbo Brush that’s specifically designed to remove all pet hair from floors, stairs, upholstery, and bedding. The NEU526 model features a HEPA filter that traps 99.97 percent of dust and allergens. The quick-release and 12ft of extended reach ensures that you clean windows, shelves, and tight spaces without so much hassle. It's equipped with dual-motor technology to deep clean your floors and carpets. The Eureka FloorRover vacuum cleaner performs reliably and comes with a 5-year limited warranty.
Best Bagged Upright Vacuum Cleaner: Miele Cat and Dog U1 Dynamic
If you have more than one pet and a large area to clean, the Miele Dynamic U1 Cat and Dog Vacuum cleaner has a large operating radius and a large capacity bag ideal for big houses. The gallon bags self-seal on removal, preventing allergens from getting back into the air.
The U1 is heavy, weighing 23lb, but it rolls with ease, and its laying-flat design lets you clean under furniture. The powerful suction, thanks to the 1500W motor, doesn’t leave any pet hair behind and the 45ft cleaning radius ensures you get the job done fast. The unit comes with all the accessories you’d need, including a crevice nozzle, a dusting brush, and an upholstery tool.
Best for Stubborn Pet Hair: Shark DuoClean Corded Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Pet hair can get stuck on carpets and couches, making them hard to remove. That’s where the Shark DuoClean Corded Stick Vacuum Cleaner comes in. It’s lightweight at just 4.7kgs and easy to maneuver. Plus, the foldable design makes for easy storage. Its flexible wand allows you to quickly clean underneath the couch and bed without bending all the way down.
It has an extra-long, 10m cord that makes it suitable to tackle large spaces without having to keep switching the power source. The one downside that you might find problematic is the small canister that requires regular emptying.
On the brighter side, the stick vacuum cleaner quickly converts to a lightweight and powerful handheld vacuum cleaner that can be useful when cleaning raised surfaces, like the curtains and sofas, or the stairs. It can also be great at removing pet hair and other debris from the car.
Shark Duoclean comes integrated with Anti-Allergen Complete Seal, which captures up to 99.9 percent of dust and allergens inside the vacuum.
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