Best Vacuum for Pet Hair 2012
You are a pet owner, and you absolutely love your pet….but you also hate cleaning up their hair, and you are tired of going through self-proclaimed ‘best vacuums for pet hair’ like a bulldog goes through his dogfood (i.e. way to fast, and it’s never clean). We understand your frustration, which is why we have put together our lof of best pethair vacuums. With this list we have one goal in mind – to help you, as a pet owner, to find a vacuum cleaner that will make keeping your house pet hair and pet smell free.
For 2012, here is the list of top rated vacuum cleaners for pet hair:
|Miele Capricorn S5 5891|
|If you are serious about vacuuming up every last pet hair and having your house smell wonderful, then this is the vacuum you need. And it’s not just us that thinks this – talk to any pet owner who also owns a Miele S5. We haven’t found one who doesn’t absolutely love it yet. With top of the line suction power, airflow, and design the S5 does a great job removing hair on any floor surface, from hardwood floors or deep, thick carpets. In addition, you won’t find a better filtration system to keep your house smelling like a pet doesn’t live there.
*Click here for more details about the Miele Capricorn
|Dyson DC25 Animal|
|One of my favorite quotes from a customer about any vacuum cleaner was when she was describing the Dyson DC25 Animal. To put it in her words, “This vacuum cleaner eats pet hair for lunch”. Honestly, we think that sums it up very nicely. With Dyson’s powerful cyclone technology, all floors capability, certified HEPA filtration, and specific pet-hair removing tools, the DC25 is a great vacuum for removing pet hair. For those who can’t afford or don’t
want to spend the money for the S5 Miele, the Dc25 is a great option.
*Click here for more details about the Dyson DC25 Animal
|Shark Navigator Lift-Away and Lift-Away Pro|
|The Lift-Away by Shark is an upgrade to the extremely popular Navigator model, and the Lift-Away Pro is the top of the line for Shark. With almost as much power as the Dyson, a new fully sealed system with HEPA filtration (washable filters), and a powerbrush and hardwood floor attachement that both work great on pet hair makes for a great vacuum for under $200. We also like how just about everyone that buys it absolutely loves the vacuum and that it only weights between 12 and 14 pounds.
*Click here for more details about the Shark Navigator
Lift-Away (Pro review coming soon)
How We Choose Our Best Vacuums For Pet Hair 2012
When looking at which vacuum does the best job for pet owners, we like to look at the following:
1) Is the vacuum designed with pet hair in mind? There are a handful of vacuums on the market that are supposedly built to remove pet hair easily. They need to have specific pet removal tools (like a powerbrush that statically lifts hair from carpet and upholstry), and those tools need to work well. It isn’t good enough to simply be able to vacuum up the pet hair, pet owners are also very concerned with the hair that finds its way onto the carpets, hardwood floors, and upholstry. However, this doesn’t mean that the tools have to be labels as ‘pet hair’ tools – they just need to work. Take the Miele S5 for example – if you look at the vacuum details you won’t see any tools were the marketing team labeled with the term ‘for pets’. Instead, the engineers designed a machine that is phenominal at removing pet hair and lasting as long as a tank would. That is the kind of vacuum we are looking for.
2) Suction power. No matter what special tools you have, if you don’t have the suction power and airflow then you are not going to pick up loose pet hairs on the carpet or on the upholstries. Unfortunately, rating suction power can be difficult as not many companies actually list or tell you the airwatts or amount of airflow created (Miele and Dyson are execptions to this, as they do provide that information). Instead, we test the models, talk to customers, and review their reviews to find out which models really perform best. A vacuum motor may have tons of horsepower, but if it doesn’t have a good design, or if it clogs easily, then it won’t create much airflow and actual suction power. You can rest assured that every model above will have enough suction power to get the job done.
3) Filtration. Nothing is worse than having your home smell like dog (wet dog especially, but dry dog too). In addition, cats, dogs, and other pets’ hair is notorious for carrying allergans and other air-born dust particles – both of which you don’t want flying around your home. We look for for two things when judging filtration – type of filters, and if the system is sealed. HEPA quality filters are the best, as they trap the most dust and particles, but that is not all you need to look at. If the system is not sealed then you will still have allergans, pollans, and dust escaping while you vacuum, which is obviously not what you want. If a system is 100 percent closed and sealed, and comes with a HEPA quality filter then it has to potential to make our list.
4) Durability. Pet hair vacuum cleaners go through a lot of wear and tear – pet owners on average vacuum more than any other group of consumers because they have to in order to stay on top of their home. As such, you need a vacuum that will hold up to not only constant use, but also to the hard work required when picking up lots of pet hair. We like to see good indusry leading warranties, and little to no problems with the vacuums during testing and in consumers homes after purchase. Again, this is one reason that Miele tops the list every year – their vacuums are built to last at least 20 years (they are litterally tested an amount of time that the above average consumer would use the vacuum during a 20 year time span).
5) Ease of use. Let’s face it, with pets you are going to be emptying the bag or dust bin – a lot! We try to find vacuums that are easy to empty. In addition, we want to give you a list of vacuums that have good tools and features that make picking up the hair from your cats and dogs easy, no matter if you are vacuuming the halls and stairs or if you are vacuuming your couches and
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