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.
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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.

Best Upright Vacuum Cleaner for Pet Hair:

RECOMMENDED - The Hoover U5140-900 Tempo Widepath Bagged Upright Vacuum is widely recognized as the one to buy if you want a good value. At $80, it's hard to go wrong as a consumer and reviews are extremely positive for this model. Hoover also offers the Hoover UH30010COM Platinum which is another excellent vacuum, although you will be paying closer to $300 for this model. It handles better than the Widepath listed above - but that may not be as important to some as it is to others. We opted for the Miele S7210 Twist which is more expensive, but we wanted a solid vacuum that could do more than just suck up pet hair. The Bolero from Miele is a top performer, but at $800 it may not be worth it. Check out the top selling Miele uprights here.


Pet Hair Canister Vacuum:

BEST VALUE - Sure you can spend up to $1900 on a Rainbow but most homeowners are looking for some value when purchasing a vacuum that handles pet hair removal. The Hoover S3865 Platinum Cyclonic Bagless Canister Vacuum Cleaner with Power Nozzle is a top vote getter by most experts and those that use it in their homes give it very positive feedback. With a 12 amp motor and WindTunnel technology, the Hoover S3865 features 4 adjustable height levels, swivel casters, a headlight, and a telescopic wand for getting into hard to reach areas of your house. Owners say the suction works great on hard floors or carpets. Sure, it's a bit heavy at 27 pounds, but with a 6 year limited warranty this Hoover should last. At less than $400 (on Amazon) you are getting a quality vacuum cleaner that will take care of pet hair problems in your home. The Electrolux models also rate high in head to head comparisons. They tend to be a bit more expensive than Hoover or Kenmore, and reliability has been in question. Dyson is one of the most durable and reliable brands when it comes to canister vacs, but we were less than impressed with their ability to pick up pet hair. Although they advertise for that, experts like Consumer Reports say the Dyson canister vacuums don't perform as well on cleaning up pet hair as other (cheaper) models. The one exception to these high end brands not performing as well as the midrange vacuums is the Miele S4212 Polaris which at $400 compares quite nicely to the Hoover (listed above).