How to Choose a Pet Hair Vacuum Cleaner
In this quick guide, we want to give you a brief overview to help you select the best vacuum cleaner for you as a pet owner:
Price Range: Since all pet hair vacuums are equipped with strong suction and more effective brush action, they are more on the expensive side compared to regular vacuums. However, this does not imply that economical options are not available. Going for a cheaper version does mean that you will comprise on the quality, but even the cheaper options do a decent job. In our top 10 list above, you will find the best 2 lower priced options on #7 and #9, while #8 is a pure handheld vacuum. Going with the high-priced options like Miele C3 and the Dyson family always yields the best results by far.
Category: The market is full of options when you start looking for a vacuum. There are cylindrical, upright, and handheld devices. Also, robot vacuums are now available that can deal with pet hair and work autonomously. However, what type of vacuum suits you the best depends on the size of your house, the size of your pet, and how much hair the animal sheds. Again, the high-priced options deal with everything, and in cases like the Dyson V10, it can even be turned into a handheld device if need be. Robots are great to save on labor, especially if you live in a large house.
Pet Type: All types of cats and dogs shed hair, but some shed comparatively more. Some dog breeds shed large amounts of hair such as Labradors, German shepherds, golden retrievers, and Siberian Huskies. If you own an animal that is a heavy shredder than you should strongly consider going for a vacuum with strong suction and large dust storing capacity.
Type of the Filter: An effective filter is of huge importance for a pet vacuum. It makes sure that the allergens picked up from the floor are not released back into the air, as it can cause serious allergies. Some filters also come with an odor removing capability to leave your home clean and odorless. Remember that dogs can also be affected by dust allergies! The HEPA filter is generally the best one you can get.
Size: A good pet hair vacuum must be skillful enough to get in the hard to get places like under the carpet and stairs and provide powerful suction to ensure maximum cleanliness. The only disadvantage of powerful suction is that the dust cap may reach its limit quickly. If that doesn’t bother you, all models are fine. If not, stay clear of the Dyson V8 and V10 as they have relatively small storage space. However, we never managed to fill it up entirely during a whole cleaning day.
Bagged or Bagless: The vacuums available today come with either a bag or no bag. Both perform equally well in capturing and eliminating pet hairs and dust, but the problem arises while emptying the contents of the dust cap. Bagged vacuums can seal the dust and allergens while bagless vacuums might cause air pollution.
Accessories: Some vacuums come equipped with a truckload of accessories while others only have a few selected items. Some of the provided accessories are essential for pet hair removal. Ideally, think about what accessories you are going to need to clean different parts of your home and invest accordingly. High priced options always have everything you need, so this question only arises if you are looking at lower budget devices.
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