Best Vacuums for Pet Hair

We pet lovers share a common dilemma when it comes to cleaning the house – the fur and/or dander all over the place. It’s a normal thing for our pets to shed hair or spread dust and dander. One of the best and easiest ways to solve this problem is the use of vacuums. But, what kind of vacuums are best to use in this kind of situation?

To identify this, you need to know what type of pet you have. Yes, all of our pet sheds hair but if your pet’s breed sheds a lot of hair, then you might need a more powerful vacuum.  If your pet is more mobile (like a cat) you may need a more versatile vacuum.

You also need to know the different types of vacuums. This will help you sort out the best one that will suit your pets and your house’s layout, kind of flooring and furniture as well.

Upright VacuumUpright Vacuum

The Upright vacuum has a powerful suction which is great for cleaning carpets. But if you have hardwood floors at home, this might not be a good choice, unless its brush roll can be switched off. It might also be difficult to use in cleaning corners because of its size and it is heavy as well. Some of the good upright vacuums to use when you have pets are the Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Vacuumand the Shark Rotator NV752 Powered Lift Away TruePet Upright Vacuum. 

Canister Vacuums 

The Canister vacuum offers a greater maneuverability compared to the upright vacuum. It can be used anywhere, whether on the sofa, the corners, and the stairs. A disadvantage is that you need to carry the tank everywhere. Some good examples of canister vacuums for pet hair are the Eureka Mighty Mite Canister Vacuum, 3670G and the New Miele Complete C3 Cat and Dog Canister Vacuum Cleaner. 

Stick Vacuums

            Stick vacuums are light and easy to use. This vacuum is best if you have less time in cleaning because it’s useful for a quick clean up. It’s downside though is that it isn’t powerful enough to clean all of the pet hair on surfaces. A great stick vacuum for pet hair is the Shark Rocket TruePet Stick Vacuum HV322. 

Handheld Vacuums

            Handheld vacuums are best for cleaning tight spaces. Though it cannot replace the power of a full-sized cleaner, you can use this vacuum in cleaning your car from pet hairs instead. Since some of us take our pets with us on some of our trips. A good handheld vacuum is the Shark Pet Perfect II SV780. 

Robotic Vacuums

The Robotic vacuums will not let you do anything because they will do all the work for you. Though these vacuums are not very powerful and they cost a lot too. The advantage is they can be run frequently and keep main floor areas clean.  The iRobot Roomba 671 Vacuum and 980 Vacuum Cleaning Robot is the most popular of this kind.

Aside from knowing the type of vacuums, you also need to know what other features they offer. Since some of us have allergies, but these allergies won’t stop us from taking care of our fur babies, most of the vacuums now have the HEPA filtration system. HEPA filters help reduce the number of allergens and pollens in the air. Another thing to consider is choosing between bagged and bagless vacuums.

Bagged Vacuum

They are known to be more hygienic since the dirt are all sealed in the bag. It is also easier to dispose of and wouldn’t allow the dirt to get back to the air, which is also good for those with allergies. The downside of bagged vacuums is that you need to purchase bags from time to time. Also, as the bag fills, there might be a decrease in the performance of the vacuum.

Bagless Vacuum

            An advantage of bagless vacuum cleaners is they are less expensive because you no longer have to purchase bags. These vacuum cleaners have chambers where the dirt goes into. These chambers can last as long as the entire life of the machine, making it an eco-friendly machine as well. Its disadvantage though is the exposure to allergens. Since you have to remove the dirt from the chamber, it is possible that some of them will go back to the air.

Lastly, the best vacuum should be within your allotted budget. Some think that they had a great deal when they find a cheap vacuum cleaner, but you also have to consider the quality when purchasing. Try to ask yourself if you think it will last long, or you’ll have to buy a new one after a year or two. Each of the vacuum models has different features to offer and their prices will vary on these features as well. If you already know the type of pet you have and the kind of vacuum that is suitable for your home, then it’ll be easier for you to allow a budget for it. Some of the best-selling vacuum brands are, Bissell, Miele, Hoover, and Shark.

Finding the best vacuum to clean your pet’s hair is indeed helpful since you no longer have to worry when they play all around the house and shed hair everywhere. You will be confident that your vacuum cleaner can take care of the mess.