Updated: June 8, 2015
Vacuum Cleaners for Pet Hair Reviews:Ok, if you have pets roaming around your house, odds are you have issues with pet hair. To keep up with an ever shedding cat or dog, owning the right vacuum cleaner can really help make a difference. I personally say that dog hair is the worst since it doesn't necessarily clump together like our cats. You will find clumps of cat hair around the house and I can actually pick it up with my hands (or the vacuum) quite easily. When it comes to dog hair, though, it seems to get everywhere and it's much harder to clean up. Our dog tends to walk throughout the house and it seems that dog hair is in practically every room. On the other hand, the cat likes to sit in her favorite chair (which does get covered by hair), but otherwise the cat stays in a set area and doesn't create too much of a "hair problem" for us. We have tried lots of different brands of vacuums over the years but not all do that well with pet hair. The good news is that manufactureres are starting to concentrate on this feature for their latest models so that homeowners can finally buy a vacuum that cleans up unwanted pet hair.
Buying Guide - I started my search with Consumer Reports magazine. They are the most trusted source when it comes to independent vacuum reviews and they test dozens of vacuums for things like cleaning carpets, bare floors, noise, handling, tool airflow, emissions, and the dreaded pet hair. Pet hair removal around stairs or on upholstery can be a tough task, but some of the leading upright vacuum cleaners with their tool attachments do an excellent job at this. The top brands are Hoover, Miele, Kenmore, Dyson, Eureka, Bissell, Panasonic, Riccar, Electrolux, and Garry. What we found in reviews is that the upright vacuums did a better job with pet hair than did the canister vacuum cleaners. When it comes to brand reliability, the more expensive Kirby and Dyson brands score well compared to the Hoover models in uprights, while the Rainbow and Dyson need very few repairs compared to Eureka or Electrolux for canister vacuums. The Kenmore Progressive, regularly top rated by many vacuum rankings that are published, is cheaper than most comparable models and does well with pet hair. It is sold at Sears stores nationwide. The real question is - Do you want an upright vacuum or canister for pet hair? I prefer the uprights overall, but definitely take a look at the top rated canister vacs as they do a great job too. Uprights handle better around the house and it makes my work easier. Do you go bagless or get a vacuum that still has bags? One of our favorites is the Hoover S3865 Platinum Cyclonic Bagless Canister Vacuum Cleaner which rates well for bare floors and pet hair - the 2 biggest challenges that homeowners face. The Electrolux Oxygen EL6988 and Kenmore Progressive are two other models that handle pet hair removal quite well. Prices range from $300 to $1900 (for the Rainbow vacuum). As for uprights, the Hoover Tempo Widepath U5140-900 gets high praise from owners and experts like CR, even though the price tag is an amazingly low $80. The Miele uprights like the Twist, Bolero, or Jazz do well with pet hair but they are expensive at $500+. See our findings below to find the best value and most reliable pet hair vacuums on the market.