Dogs and cats are great and we can’t imagine life without them, but living with pets that shed all over the place can be tiresome. Apart from getting on your clothes and seemingly everywhere in your home, pet hair can cause or aggravate allergies in children and adults. Sixty-eight percent of all households in the US own pets, so luckily, there are dozens of great vacuums out there specifically designed to tackle pet hair.
The best pet hair vacuum for you, however, depends on your specific needs. Do you need a cordless vac? Are your pets allowed on your hardwood floors or carpeting? How heavy of a vacuum are you (actually) willing to lug up the stairs? Do you frequently need to deep clean your carpet? There are handheld ones (great for sofas and other furnishings, not just floors), back-friendly stand-up vacuums (no more bending over), and even portable cordless options you can carry around the house. Or, buy a robot vacuum cleaner if you really don't feel like lifting a finger. Just make sure you choose one that's the best for carpet, hardwood floors, or both!
The difference between a vacuum cleaner that works best on carpet and one that’s best for hardwood floors all comes down to the built-in brush bar. Carpet is an uneven surface so pet hair can burrow into nooks and crannies, making it difficult for you to remove it without a powerful brush bar. On the other hand, using the brush bar on hardwood floors can scatter dirt and provide less suction, so you want to make sure that the brush bar is off when vacuuming your hardwood floors.
Best Vacuum Cleaners for Pet Hair
From a Dyson model with a practical handheld vac to a bagless Bissell that's a carpet- and hardwood floor-cleaning powerhouse, there are many options to choose from. (And if you're looking for the best pool vacuum cleaners or wet/dry vacs under $100, we've also got you covered!) Keep scrolling to shop FIRST's picks for the best vacuum cleaners to to eliminate pet hair in your house!
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