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The Best Pet Hair Vacuums for Carpet & Tile

Our pets provide us with quite a few wonderful things–companionship, a non-judgemental sounding board, a reminder that simple pleasures still exist, and sheer entertainment, to name a few. All of this joy does come at a price, though. Pet hair can end up everywhere despite the most regular bathing, brushing, and grooming. Finding a vacuum cleaner that can effectively remove pet hair can seem like a challenge. Knowing what to look for in a new vacuum cleaner can help make cleaning up after our pets a little less likely to make us want to pull out our own hair.

Housework. Vacuum cleaner on gray carpet.

If you have carpet, you need a vacuum cleaner with a rolling brush head that can get below the surface of your carpet. Removing only the top layer of pet hair and other dirt means the lower-lying mess either gets ground in or stirred up and redistributed. Different models might be better suited for lower or higher pile carpets, though many adjust to accommodate your carpet no matter how thick or deep it is. The trouble with pet hair is that some ordinary carpet brush rollers can become clogged by too much hair. A roller brush that becomes too clogged with hair isn’t going to perform very well. Generally, models designed and advertised as ideal for pet owners have developed roller brushes that are less likely to develop this problem. Some, though, are great at picking up pet hair, but much less effective with other household dirt and dust. Vacuum cleaners designed for use on carpet generally are not as effective on hard floors, so if you don’t have carpet, be sure to look for a model meant for use on bare floors. If you opt for a bare floor model that claims to be ideal for pet hair removal, make sure that the manufacturer doesn’t make this claim based on a roller brush similar to those used for carpet, as, again, a hair-clogged brush is never a good thing.

While the first step to helping keep your home pet-hair free (or pet-hair minimal, at least) is finding a vacuum cleaner capable of picking up as much stray hair as possible, there’s more to consider. Once you’ve vacuumed up as much pet hair as is humanly possible, along with pet dander and the usual dust we all collect, you want to know that your machine is capable of hanging on to most of it. Some vacuums have poorly-enclosed systems that allow too much debris to be blown right back into your freshly-cleaned room. A well-enclosed filtration system is able to suction up and retain more of the icky stuff. That vacuum cleaner smell we’ve all encountered at some point is a sign that our machine isn’t as good as we’d probably like at containing dirt and dust particles. Having a system better at trapping vacuumed pet hair and particles will keep our homes cleaner for longer.

The rest of your decision about which vacuum cleaner to buy next is largely a matter of preference. You can find uprights with a low profile suitable for getting under furniture and/or with attachments designed for this task. Most canisters and many uprights offer attachments to help with furniture surfaces, baseboards, blinds, and the like, so be sure to know what you need and will use before spending too much on a machine with more bells and whistles than you need or have space to accommodate. How easy it is to dump the vacuumed dirt is the last main thing you should research.

Many models claim to be the best vacuum cleaner for pet hair, but you have to examine and research first if a model is truly ideal for pet hair removal.  Sometimes, these claims come with a higher price tag.  Too often, though, this claim alone shouldn’t be enough to sway you.  Once you’ve narrowed down your field of candidates, spend a little time searching online reviews, to be specific, visit here to see what actual users have to say.  When searching and researching, try to find reviews from people with the same number and types of pets you have (long-haired versus short-haired cats or dogs, for example).  Knowing what to look for and pairing that with the experiences of other pet owners can help you make a confident decision and a purchase you won’t regret.

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