A vacuum cleaner is a pet owner’s best friend. It is a must-have appliance that makes cleaning up after your four-legged friend see like a breeze or a major chore. It all comes down to the quality of your vacuum cleaner and how well it performs.
But what is the best vacuum for pet hair?
We’ve scoured the internet for reviews on the best vacuum for pet hair from trusted names like Forbes, Consumer Reports and Good Housekeeping and we’ve come up with our top 10 vacuum picks for 2015.
An oldie, but a goodie. The author has a soft spot for this lightweight vacuum cleaner, which is why it is on our list. We have enjoyed the Dyson DC24 for almost 8 years and are still amazed by how much cat hair it picks up!
Its small size is great for apartments, if you have limited storage space or if you have a bad back. It is not lacking for the typical Dyson cyclone suction power.
However, if you are going to spend this kind of money, spend it on our #1 pick- but refurbished Dyson DC24s are an excellent value at around $199. 4.1 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
This Bissell is a good option for cleaning a multi-floor home without breaking your back and the price won’t break the bank! This ‘economy’ vacuum cleaner provides excellent pet hair pick-up and a sleek bag-less cyclone design.
It sports a long cord but some report that its motor can get too hot too quickly, affecting performance. It is a #1 best seller in the Upright Vacuum Cleaners category on Amazon with 4.4 out of 5 stars.
The Kenmore hails as one of the more quiet models on this list, but dropped in ratings due to its weight (23 pounds), cumbersome canister design and price.
However, it rates very well when it comes to cleaning both carpeted surfaces and pet hair. If you have a lot of carpet, its head allows for manual pile-height adjustment for optimum cleaning.
The retractable cord is a handy addition when the job is done. 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Weighing in at 18 pounds, this bagless Hoover is a great value – complete with HEPA filter and 27-foot retractable cord. Reviewers love its powerful pet hair pick-up on carpeting but don’t recommend if you have a lot of tile or hardwood floors.
3.9 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
This Eureka has a wide 15-inch cleaning path and deep cleaning power for carpets. Reviewers enjoy the how this vacuum leaves the carpet after use – ‘plush.’ Mixed results on hardwood and tile floors but a satisfactory multi-tasker, picking up pet hair and debris with ease.
3.6 stars out of 5 on Amazon.
The Eureka AirSpeed Pet sports a unique HEPA filter that is made with charcoal. This is an extra bonus for pet owners, as it helps to lock in odors associated with pet dander and hair. 7 settings are available for different floor surfaces and it sports a very long 32-foot cord.
Reviewers are happy with the suction and motor power but warn that plastic parts may be easily damaged. Great features and performance overall for the price. 4.1 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
This middle-of-the-road Hoover ranks slightly higher than the Eureka AirSpeed Pet due to its brush-roll foot-operated shut-off control – which makes going from one surface to another a breeze.
It also has some pretty cool features, such as a fold-down handle, which allows for easier storage. Its suction and pet hair cleaning ability is similar to that of the Eureka AirSpeed Pet vacuum.
High-tech system indicator alerts let you know when it’s time to clean or check the multiple HEPA, carbon and rinsable filters. 4.0 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
This may be a brand that you’ve never heard of, but the reviews are generally stellar. The Shark was introduced a few years ago and its price has come down significantly – it used to retail for over $250!
It is extremely light weight, about 12.5 pounds. The canister is easy to dump and clean. It has a HEPA filter, locking allergens like dust and pet danger away. Be sure to order a spare filter to use while your other washable filter is drying.
4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
When it comes to overall performance, #1 and #2 ranked consistently the highest in quality and performance in independent lab and home tests. The Miele is set apart from the Dyson in that it sports a 40-foot long power cord!
It utilizes a bag instead of a canister. It looks boxy but reviewers rave about how easy it is to maneuver. It also has a dial speed control and upholstery, crevice and dusting attachments.
However, the Miele is relatively heavy – around 30 pounds. This may be a downside, especially if you need to cart the vacuum up and down stairs. Allergy sufferers may do best with the Miele over the Dyson, as its clean air technology will capture 99% of allergens like dust and pet dander.
3.9 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
The bag-less, ‘luxury’ upright from Dyson earns our number one spot for its durability, light weight and suction power. Dyson cyclone technology captures more dirt and debris than any other cyclone vacuum on the market.
The ball at the bottom allows for excellent maneuverability. The cleaner head also automatically adjusts itself when going from carpet to a flat surface like hardwood. 5-year parts and labor warranty.
The pet-friendly accessories, or ‘best pet vacuum’ if you like, like the Dyson Tangle-free grooming tool will have your dog looking as good as your floors!
4.4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.