Good vacuum cleaners for pet hair

We all love the family pet. They’re so full of character and always so happy to see you when you walk through the door. For all of Pooch’s plus sides, however, there exists one major downfall – he or she sheds hair absolutely everywhere! It seems like a never-ending task of vacuuming up their hair, and even then, you’ll still be left finding the odd hair in unexpected places. It’s an all too common story: You don’t want to vacuum the house five times per day, but your dog sheds so much that five times seems like a minimum standard.

What are the top-rated vacuum cleaners for combating pet hair?

So what are the best vacuum cleaners for pet hair? It’s a subjective thing of course, but some of the 1,200-odd respondents of Canstar Blue’s recent vacuum cleaner survey rated both Dyson and Hoover as effective at vacuuming up that pesky dog hair. They come in at totally different price points, so we’ve compared the more popular models:

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Source: Dyson

Dyson is the titan when it comes to vacuum cleaners – it’s their forte. Though, one particular model shines above the rest when it comes to vacuuming pet hair. It’s the Cinetic Big Ball Animal Pro (Animal Pro for short). The Animal Pro comes in the storied list of Cinetic Big Balls and is sure to easily make a dent in your dog’s floor-dwelling hair. As is typical of Dyson, each model is one step ahead of the last, with innovative technologies wooing customers over the world.

The most noteworthy part of the Animal Pro – and any Cinetic Big Ball – is that its chassis is almost immune to tipping over. This makes whizzing around the carpets to clean up Pooch’s hair a breeze, and you don’t have to worry about an overzealous dog tipping over the vacuum cleaner.

We have to announce one major downside to the Animal Pro, though – it retails from $999. It is not a cheap vacuum, but if you’ve bought a Dyson before, then you’ll realise that they are not a budget brand. We also suspect that the rate of buyers’ remorse for Dyson vacuums is low. That is if the following references are anything to go by:

Some comments from Dyson owners included:

  • “Easy to use, effective on dog hair”
  • “Dyson has a fantastic suction for dog hair – it works well”
  • “Turbo head thingy is good – gets all the dog hair up”

If it’s not so much the pet hair that’s the issue, but rather allergies in the household, then the Big Ball Allergy edition from Dyson may be the more viable, cheaper alternative. Retailing for $200 cheaper, the Allergy is a no-mess, no fuss vacuum cleaner that won’t set your sneezes off. Whichever Big Ball model you choose, we imagine you’ll be satisfied with their pet hair cleaning capabilities.


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Source: Hoover

Hoover is the old stalwart of the vacuuming world, before young whipper snappers like Dyson came along and turned things on their heads. Hoover was so popular in the 20th century that the brand name pretty much replaced the words ‘vacuum cleaner’ in many households. “Go and get the hoover!” It’s similar to Band-Aid in that the brand name became eponymous with any similar product. You might be surprised to know that Hoover is still hoover-ing up a tidy market share today, and offers some great vacuums for people with pets. One of the most popular models is the Pets Bagless Vacuum.

The Pets Bagless features a 2200W motor, making it hell on earth for pet hair on the floor. It also comes with a Turbo Hand Tool to make picking off pet hair on furniture especially easy. It is classified as anti-allergy, and has a HEPA filter. So not only does it clean up your dog’s hair, you also won’t be left watery eyed and sneezing in the process. Consider some comments from survey respondents who liked the range of Hoover’s powerful pet vacuums:

Some comments from Hoover owners included:

  • “Excellent quality and does a fantastic job, particularly if you have pets. I would recommend to anyone.”
  • “Great at picking animal hair from floorboards which is mainly why we bought the vacuum.”

The Pets Bagless vacuum comes in at a more intermediate price – $199, which is more palatable for a lot of people than the Dyson. Though, the price of the Dyson vacuum is reflected in its sheer range of features and perks. Aside from pet hair attachments, the Hoover remains a mystery as to how it is better than a generic vacuum for cleaning pet hair. Though if you’re just looking for a vacuum generally geared towards pet hair vacuuming, we suspect the Hoover is a very attractive package; it’ll save you forking out over 500 extra dollars.

What about robot vacuums?

The best vacuum is the one where you don’t have to get up off the couch, right?! The robot vacuum has also become a lifesaver for those of us with particularly hirsute pets. Your robot friend has no qualms about vacuuming every day – or several times a day! Pick up one of these mobile treasures and you can look forward to walking barefoot on a clean floor whenever you want.

The most popular robot vacuum is the Samsung Powerbot, which will set you back $859. Convenience doesn’t come cheap, but when it comes time to vacuum, the couch never looks so inviting. The Powerbot is a relatively paltry 70 watts, and comes with a remote control (don’t mix it up with the television remote!) and a virtual guard, which prevents it from trundling down the stairs. With 70 watts it may need several passes over your floor to pick up the dastard pet hair – this allows another cup of coffee to be enjoyed.

Robotic vacuums are in their infancy, and as such, traditional vacuums may get the job done a lot quicker. However, as robotics becomes more developed, we suspect traditional vacuums will become largely obsolete. And for those wondering if vacuums are suitable for use on your mop-haired teenager that clogs up the shower, let’s just say we don’t recommend it. Happy vacuuming!

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