My Reviews of the Best Pet Hair Vacuums
Pet ownership has always been an integral part of our world. Dogs, cats birds, and even rabbits share their lives with us in our homes, apartments and offices. Their presence in our world adds love, grace and trust to our lives. They snuggle with us in our beds, sit on our laps while we play videogames or watch TV. This closeness means that we must deal with the care of our environment, and that includes vacuuming of pet hair and dander. Regular brushing and combing is not enough to keep pet hair, dander and grit from our carpets, floors and furniture, especially during shedding seasons. Traditional vacuums cannot handle this task, and homeowners have often found out the hard way, that the motors of these household models will burn out quickly.
In order to vacuum pet hair and dander, the homeowner should invest in a model that is specifically designed to handle the task at hand. Pet vacuums are specifically researched, designed and constructed with enhanced features which include powerful motors, specialized bags, brushes with modified patterns, HEPA and carbon filters, and wider hoses to prevent clogging.
In this review, we’ve compiled a list of 4 of the best pet vacuums on the market today. Three of these models are your standard upright, with the fourth being a robotic model. These vacuum cleaners have been chosen based on customer satisfaction ratings. As with all expensive household appliances, please read the operating manual for instructions regarding proper care and maintenance of your product in order to prolong it’s life.
Shark Rotator TruePet Powered Lift-Away NV752
The Shark Rotator Lift Away is a durable upright that comes with a dusting brush, 11 inch crevice tool, pet upholstery tool, and is covered by a 5 year warranty. The Shark Rotator is easy to maneuver with it’s swivel steering, under and around furnishings and uses it’s No Loss of Suction Technology to grab up wads of pet dander, grit and hair.
The Shark Rotator utilizes a ‘lift away’ function for those hard to reach areas on counter tops, above doors and tables. Just by simply pushing a button, you have the ability to go from upright vacuum to portable hand held. The lift away function is extremely useful areas such as carpeted stairwells.
The Shark Rotator has a powerful rotating brush. This brush digs deep and lifts offending wads of pet hair from carpets. This brush can be turned on and off, for those surfaces, such as hardwood flooring, that require a gentler approach.
The Shark Rotator uses an anti allergen Complete Seal Technology which has been tested to keep 99.9 percent of all dust and pet danders from escaping into the atmosphere. The Complete Seal Technology can do what HEPA filters alone cannot achieve, as HEPA filters still allow some allergens to escape into the air.
PROS: Easy to maneuver, inexpensive, lift away function
CONS: Hose could be more flexible
Dyson DC65 Animal
The agile Dyson DC65 Animal uses its patented ball technology to allow easy maneuverability for those hard to reach places. Pet hair can be loose and end up in corners, under sofas and chairs, and the Dyson DC65 has absolutely no problem reaching these areas.
Suction power is extremely important in any vacuum, but even more so in one that is involved in removing pet hair and dander. The Dyson D65 has 25 percent more suction power than it’s competitors. This is achieved by it’s patented Radial Root Cyclone technology which results in increased airflow and suction which keeps turbulence to a minimum in order to maintain air pressure. This means that your Dyson DC65 will be able to suck up more microscopic particles, which translates in less dust, allergens and pet hair in the home.
The DC65 has developed a tangle free turbine tool. The turbine tool has counter rotating heads that prevent pet hair from becoming entangled as it’s brushes lift and remove pet hair from surfaces. The turbine tool’s unique design means that it is as effective on uneven surfaces, such as sofa cushions and pillows, as it is on flat surfaces such as hardwood floors and carpeting.
PROS: Powerful suction, ball technology, tangle free turbine tool
Hoover T-Series WindTunnel Pet Rewind UH70210
The Hoover WindTunnel comes with a limited 2 year warranty. This upright is designed for multi-surface cleaning, weighs in at just 17.8 pounds, comes with a variety of attachments and has excellent suction power. The Hoover T-Series WindTunnel includes an air powered pet hand turbo tool and a pet upholstery brush, which uses rubber blades that snatch up pet hair from chairs and sofas.
The patented WindTunnel technology traps pet hair, dander and grit and confines it to a dirt cup. It’s stretch hose reaches 8 feet for those hard to reach areas. This model comes with a carbon filter that absorbs odors, a rinsable filter and a HEPA filter to prevent allergens from reaching the air.
The Hoover WindTunnel is easy to store with a cord rewind for it’s 25 foot cord, and folding handle. While this vacuum is not as agile as the Dyson, it is economically priced with a price point that most people can afford. This unit has an easy to use manual height adjuster so the user can easily choose between one of the 5 adjustable height settings, depending on the surface. When vacuuming over bare floors, the rotating brush can be switched off, which prevents debris from spreading.
PROS: Excellent suction power, economically priced, cord rewind system
CONS: Hose could be longer
iRobot Roomba 770 Vacuum Cleaning Robot for Pets and Allergies
The iRobot Roomba model 770 is a powerful little robotic companion for your home or office. This model comes with an advanced cleaning head system specifically designed to handle pet hair, dander and grit. This little bot is fitted with dual HEPA filters which snag allergy offending particles so the allergy sufferer can breathe easier.
The Roomba 770 comes with a remote control that allows the user to control it from their chair, sofa or bed. Another huge plus with this model, is that it comes with a sophisticated system for monitoring its own power usage, which means the battery will give it more than enough time to sufficiently cover a lot of surface area in your home before recharge. The Roomba 770 also has automatic scheduling, which means that it will clean the room on it’s scheduled times, even if you are not at home.
PROS: Advanced cleaning system, HEPA filters, remote control
There you have it, a review of some of the best pet vacuums on the market today. Brushing and grooming are not enough to keep pet hair from becoming entangled in the fibers of rugs and upholstery. Using typical vacuums to remove pet hair will cause it’s motor to burn out more quickly, thereby reducing the lifespan of your vacuum. For this heavy duty work, specialized vacuums have been designed. These vacuums have more durable motors, specialized accessories and features. Remember to research before you buy. Watch videos, read reviews and research the specs on company websites. Make sure you choose the pet vacuum that fits your individual needs.The cost of some of these models may be a bit higher than a regular household model, but with care and maintenance, these specialized vacuums will stand the test of time, giving the pet owner many years of dedicated service.