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6 Best Vacuum Cleaners for Pet Hair of 2017 | SheKnows Best Reviews

Reviews of the BEST Vacuum Cleaners For Pet Hair

If you have dogs or cats in your house, you're probably familiar with the problem of cleaning up pet hair. Certain cat and dog breeds tend to shed more than others. And while some breeds primarily shed in the spring and fall, others shed hair all the time. In any case, pet hair is another thing that you'll have to deal with when cleaning your house—and there are vacuums with special brushes and suction just for that purpose.

But pet hair isn't the only nuisance. There is also dander, which is now known to be more of an irritant to allergy sufferers than pet hair itself. (Dander should not be confused with dandruff—dandruff is visible flakes of dry skin that you can see with the naked eye, whereas dander is microscopic. Dander particles can be as small as 25 microns in length—and it ends up providing food for another allergy nuisance, the house dust mite, making allergy problem even worse. So it's important to vacuum it up and not leave it lying around your house.) There are vacuums that are specially made for removing pet hair and dander. If you want to make a wise choice as to the best vacuum for your pet hair needs, it's worth getting familiar with some of the most popular models of pet hair vacuums:

You'll see that these vacuums have features for dealing with pet hair. Some will have motorized attachments, so as not to get clogged from pet hair. Others are able to clean the brush as they pick up hair. And they'll have HEPA filters, that are approved for picking up any pollutants larger than 0.3 microns in size. You'll also have to consider how many pets you have and your vacuuming needs before making a choice. You may want to investigate cordless vacuum cleaners, which allow you the freedom of not requiring having an electrical outlet nearby.

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Hoover WindTunnel 3 Pro Pet Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner, UH70935

If you’re willing to sacrifice some of the convenience of a lighter, cordless vacuum for a thorough cleaning that you’d experience from a professional service, then a trusted brand like Hoover may have the right product for you. The WindTunnel 3 gets its name from the three channels of suction it creates to lift and remove dirt and debris on your floor’s surface, as well as deep down embedded dirt. The Brushroll can be turned on or off with a foot pedal to move between multiple surfaces on the go. Not only does this unit include an easy rinse HEPA filter, but it also has an odor-absorbing carbon layer that can help rid your home of those unflattering smells your pets can leave behind.

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The Pet Tool Pack takes your suction power from the floor to your upholstery, stairs, and furniture; basically anywhere that’s in the vicinity of pet hair can be cleaned. A telescopic wand can extend the reach of your wand to reach high spaces and crevices where pet hair and dust can easily gather and be neglected. The 27’ cord length is the longest of any power cord on this list and when you add that to the 10’ hose, it shouldn’t be hard to make it from outlet to targeted area.

  • WindTunnel 3 Technology creates three channels of suction
  • Regularly rinse the reusable easy rinse filter under running water for long-lasting use
  • Carbon & HEPA Media Filter made with HEPA media and an odor-absorbing carbon layer
  • Multi-Floor Brushroll On/Off move from carpet to hardwood with a press of a pedal.
  • Pet Tool Pack includes: pet turbo tool and a telescopic extension wand
  • Above Floor Cleaning provides up to 12 feet of cleaning reach; 10' Hose; 27' Cord Length; 5 Position Height Adjustment
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BISSELL PowerEdge Pet Hard Floor Corded Vacuum, 81L2A

Although the BISSELL PowerEdge doesn’t have the adaptability as the other vacuums on this list do, the unique design was almost enough in and of itself to qualify. Anybody that’s ever tried to vacuum around table legs or furniture knows that it can be tough to reach particular spaces around your home. The V-Shape design and swivel head allow you to clean within a variety of typically hard to reach spaces. The V-Shape also helps direct larger debris into the middle of your suction path while the outside edges capture smaller, fine particles. This also allows you to gather pet hair without the use of a brush roll that can be susceptible to clogging.

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This isn’t a cord-free vacuum, but it does boast a 20’ power cord which is slightly above the industry average and without a battery, you don’t have to worry about your power running out before the job is done.

  • Captures debris along edges and in tight spaces-- no attachments or broom needed.
  • The V shape directs larger debris into the center suction path, while the ends of the V capture small, fine debris
  • Swivel head allows you to easily clean around furniture legs
  • Easy-to-empty dirt cup makes project cleanup a breeze
  • 20' Power Cord
  • Designed for hard floor
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Shark Rocket TruePet Corded Ultra-Light Upright (HV322)

They seemed to have thought of everything when it comes to the Shark Rocket TruePet Upright. The super lightweight design makes the vacuum easy to navigate around your home, even in dark corners thanks to the powerful LED lights that can illuminate hidden debris that your pets may have dug deep into your carpet. The quick release foot pedal can take your vacuum from the floor to the ceiling with the easy-to-use hand vac.

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One of the more unique features has to be the Dust-Away hard floor attachment which is a Swiffer-like sweeper that can pick up large crumbs while also gentle dusting hardwood surfaces because pet hair isn’t contained to carpeted areas. So you’re ultimately getting 3 vacuums in one without sacrificing any power or ability.

  • Ultra-lightweight. At under 9 pounds, it converts into a hand vac for versatile floor-to-ceiling cleaning.
  • Dust-Away™ hard floor attachment + 1 washable microfiber pad. Picks up large debris and fine dust -from bare floors.
  • TruePet Motorized Brush for handheld deep cleaning.
  • Powerful LED lights on the hand vac and nozzle to help you spot hidden debris throughout your home.
  • 2X-Capacity Dust Cup (compared to the original Rocket) allows for extended cleaning without interruption.
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bObsweep PetHair Robotic Vacuum Cleaner and Mop

Perhaps you don’t want to bother with cleaning at all, as opposed to the Roomba, the bObsweep is specifically designed to clean up paw prints and pet hair. You can enjoy more time playing fetch and cuddling your pets when you take advantage of the programmed cleaning schedule and automatic self-charging. The high-capacity battery allows for over 1 hour and 15 minutes of high-powered cleaning. Edge sensors detect drops and corners to prevent falls down the stairs or uneven platforms, while infrared sensors help avoid objects in its path.

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Besides all the automated technology, the bObsweep carries a7500 RPM TubroLift Motor that can retrieve the deepest of pet hair and dust within your carpet. A Ultra-Violet lamp sterilizes the floor, while a HEPA filter removes sub-micron particles from the air around you, including dander, mold, dust mites, and viruses. You don’t have to worry about any residue escaping back into the air since its industry leading 1000 ML dustbin also has a triple layer filtration system to trap particles inside its receptacle. A spring-actuated surface Automator lets your cleaner adjust to multiple surfaces seamlessly for maximum floor contact so going from hardwood to carpet is no whatsoever.

  • Specially designed for cleaning up pet hair and paw prints
  • Simultaneously sweeps, vacuums, mops, and UV sterilizes all types of floors
  • 1-Liter dustbin is the largest in the industry
  • HEPA filtration removes harmful allergens from the air
  • Personalized cleaning schedule and automatic self-charging
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Dyson V6 Animal Cord-free Vacuum

The Dyson V6 Animal is a bigger investment, but it comes with more power and cord-free accessibility. With a sleek design and a charger that you can keep on the floor or mounted on the wall, cleaning can be done on the go. There are no cords to worry about untangling, no restrictions in the area you can move, and you don’t have to worry about finding a nearby outlet. The center of gravity is located in the grip so using the 5lb Dyson on the curtains is as simple as flipping it upside down. In case you need to remove dirt and debris from hard to more confined areas, the wand also detaches for handheld cleaning as well.

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The Direct-drive cleaner head provides 75% more brush bar power than the Dyson V6 to pick up ground-in dirt and debris that your pets track in over time. Stiff nylon bristles comb through your carpet and furniture to gather every last bit of pet hair, and the compact size of the wand and unit make getting under furniture so simple you don’t even need to re-arrange during cleanup. The 20-minute battery life may leave a bit to be desired, but considering the battery power is only consumed during actual cleaning, you’ll find the time lasts longer than expected.

  • 150% More Brush Bar Power
  • Cord-free. Hassle-free.
  • Up to 20 minutes of continuous suction. The trigger releases instantly. Battery power is only used for cleaning.
  • The Direct-drive cleaner head drives bristles deeper into the carpet to remove even more dirt.
  • Mini motorized tool removes pet hair and ground-in dirt.
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Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Handheld Vacuum, Corded, 33A1

If convenience is important to you, then the Handheld Bissell Pet Hair Eraser may be of interest to you. Although it’s corded, this small, powerful vacuum can make cleanup easy whether you’re cleaning up your home or the inside of your car. The compact size can make hard to reach spaces like steps and armrests a breeze, as opposed to trying to lug around a full-size unit.

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Don’t let the size fool you; the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser also includes a multi-layer filtration system to keep your air cleaner and reduce allergens, as well as a cyclonic cleaning system. Two separate, easy-to-swap nozzles are included, a flexible contour nozzle for removing dirt and hair from upholstery and a hard nozzle for cleaning dry messes or navigating the inside of your car. An easy-grip handle, fingertip on/off switch access and 16-foot cord wrap system makes cleaning after your pet a painless task.

  • Includes two specially designed nozzles
  • Specialized rubber nozzle attracts hair and pulls out dirt on areas such as stairs and upholstery
  • Effectively picks up dry messes on many surfaces
  • The Direct-drive cleaner head drives bristles deeper into the carpet to remove even more dirt.
  • Lightweight; mobile for those tasks for around the house
  • Powerful; convenient for quick, easy cleanup
  • Versatile; Contour nozzle pulls out dirt and hair on areas such as stairs and upholstery
  • Multi-Level Filtration
  • 16 ft Power cord
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