Pet hair, whether dog or cat hairs, from animals that regularly malt, is a constant annoyance to their owners who love their pet but loathe the hair that falls out behind them. Given this particular problem in the home – especially for some people who live in the home and are allergic to pet hair – a cleaning vacuum that is designed to eradicate pet hair is a most welcome tool.
There is some degree of overlap with vacuum manufacturers between cleaning equipment designed especially for removing pet hair and ones that don’t have this stated purpose but work almost as well. The pet hair vacuums have accessories that help with picking up pet hair all over the living room, bedroom, and elsewhere in the home which is a distinct advantage that they have over the generalist vacuums on the market.
There are handheld, corded, cyclonic vacuums that focus on pet hair cleaning. These are lower powered than regular handheld models (4-amps rather than 7-amps or greater) to avoid scaring the pet when the cleaning tool is running. Rubber nozzles aim to do a better job attracting pet hair from carpeted floors and stairs, upholstery, and other surfaces without leaving an unsightly mark.
Most of the major vacuums cleaners for pets are not handheld, but free standing corded models that are much larger and less portable. These corded vacuum cleaners use cyclonic action to create the necessary suction power to extract pet hair from the floor (carpet, tile, etc.).
The handle for the best vacuums for pet hair often will fold down to reduce the profile of the unit for easy storage.
Cordless vacuum models have a powered automatic rewind cord motion that pulls the lead back into the machine, only leaving the power plug outside. The cord for many vacuum models is over 20 feet, with some being 25+ feet providing plenty of unrestricted maneuverability around rooms with many pieces of furniture to navigate around.
Rather than always needing to switch out attachments when moving from carpeted floors to bathroom or kitchen tile flooring, a pedal fitted at the bottom of some vacuums switches conveniently between the brush roller and the regular cleaning tool for carpets.
The power of the motor varies between models, but a 12-amp model is standard for mid-range vacuums. For comparison, handheld corded vacuums use between 4 amps and seven amps in most configurations, so a 12-amp motor is fairly powerful. With that said, other vacuums with more powerful motors do exist for cleaning the difficult carpets that love to retain their dirt.
There are cordless lithium-ion rechargeable vacuums for cleaning pet hair. These are more expensive and only run for 10-20 minutes on a single charge, with a waiting period until the unit is fully charged up again. Unless needing to access parts of a home, shed or another environment where there are no power outlets, the corded models will suit a homeowner with a medium to large size home better.
Some models also have a removable hand vacuum component that slots in and out when needed. Only the more expensive models, usually the cordless ones, offer this feature with certain brands.
The filters used with vacuums for pets include rinse-able ones, carbon ones, and HEPA ones. Once the filters cannot be cleaned satisfactorily any longer, they can be easily replaced with new replacements. It is a good idea to buy a separate set of filters ready for this time rather than having to wait for delivery a new order when the filter is too clogged up.
What’s Included with The Best Vacuum for Pet Hair
Vacuum units come with either a power cord about 15 to 25 feet in length or a battery ready for charging, a collection of cleaning accessories, and the internal filters already fitted.
For cordless models with batteries, these need to be charged up, but the vacuum should arrive with a certain amount of charge already present.
The dirt cup that collects debris that’s sucked up and extracted comes already fitted and is easy to remove.
What to Know Before Making a Purchase
Whether to buy a cordless vacuum for cleaning your pet’s hairs or a corded model is the first major decision to make. The cordless models only hold a 10 to 20-minute charge in most cases, so anyone with a larger home probably will opt for the corded variety.
Small handheld vacuums are also used to remove pet hair. They are less powerful than their larger cousins, possessing stronger cyclonic suction capabilities.
Not every vacuum is suitable for carpet floors. Some vacuum models are designed only for hardwood floors. Check suitability before purchase.
Eureka is a brand of Electrolux Small Appliances in North America. They make small, affordable vacuums for the home market.
Hoover has a history dating back to 1908 in North Canton, Ohio. The company continues to sell vacuums and other home and commercial cleaning equipment around the world.
Dyson is famous for the first cyclonic vacuum cleaner. It has products designed especially for pet owners who wish to keep their carpets and sofas clean of pet hair.
Bissell is a family owned business founded over 140 years ago. They specialize in carpet and floor cleaning equipment.
What Consumers Say
Taking a look at consumers’ reviews, these are a few of the opinions most often voiced by buyers:
Bristles vs. Plastic strip: Some vacuums don’t use bristles at all which potentially could scratch hardwood floors. Instead, their nozzles use plastic strips and other softer materials to avoid causing any damage to the flooring. Pay attention to what type of flooring is in the home and the suitability of each vacuum.
Decibels: The number of decibels is at an acceptable level for most popular brands of pet specific vacuums. Less powerful motors usually mean a reduced noise factor. Most pets don’t like the vacuum regardless of how quiet the decibels are.
Filters: Filters clog up much faster than many buyers imagine that they will. Regular cleaning of the filters is necessary to get the best cleaning result. Replace filters that have seen their best days.