The Best Vacuums for Animal Hair

While all vacuums pick up dirt, they do not pick them up equally.

Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Vacuum

This is especially the case when the dirt is dog or animal hair. Animals shed on carpets, couches, beds, clothes and any other surface that will hold hair. If left unchecked, this can lead to an explosion of allergy symptoms in the homeowner and a flea infestation throughout the home. Fortunately, vacuums are available for every size pet hair cleaning job.

With a number of included attachments and optional accessories, the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser vacuum cleaner is designed especially to eliminate pet hair. This vacuum features a multi-cyclonic separation system, 12 amps of power, a 15-inch cleaning width and dual rows of rotating brushes that brush dirt and pet hair into a clear and visible dust containment unit. The filtration system is designed for maximum allergen reduction, with a pre-motor foam filter and HEPA post motor filter. While crevice tools and upholstery brushes help to combat normal dirt in the hard to reach places, the specially designed Pet Contour Tool and the Pet TurboBrush fit easily onto the extension wand, allowing the user to dig out pet hair and dander from the carpet and upholstery without bending or kneeling.

Dyson DC25 Animal

The Dyson DC25 features Root Cyclone technology that ensures the necessary suction to remove pet hair remains constant while vacuuming. Additionally, this vacuum features ball movement technology, fingertip brush control, an automatic adjuster that reads the level of the floor and a large-capacity clear dust receptacle. Specifically for pet hair, a mini turbine head has been created that provides extra suction and brush power to scoop up pet hair and dander from deep within the carpet fibers. The DC25 Animal also is much lighter than other vacuums at 16.12 lbs. and features a washable HEPA filter.

iRobot Roomba 572 Pet Series

Of course, vacuuming the house regularly to keep up with pet hair can be a chore, and those who are too busy may want to pass this chore on to modern technology such as the iRobot Roomba 572 Pet Series carpet cleaning robot. This robot cleans automatically at pre-programmed times and features sensors that help it avoid accident and injury while performing its task. The 572 Pet Series features a three-stage cleaning system that adjusts automatically to the requirements of the cleaning area, and its iAdapt Responsive Cleaning Technology allows it to detect dirtier areas where it will devote more time.

Miele Cat & Dog Turbo 5000 Vacuum Cleaner

Cylinder vacuums may be large, but the 2,200-watt motor that powers the Miele Cat & Dog Turbo 5000 Vacuum Cleaner makes it one of the most powerful vacuums on the market. Aside from the powerful motor, the Turbo 5000 features a Turbo Brush specifically designed to extract pet hair from carpet and upholstery, and a charcoal filter that enhances the HEPA filter's ability to remove dander and other allergens from the air during operation.

About the Author

Sean Russell has been writing since 1999 and has contributed to several magazines, including "Spin" and "Art Nouveau." When not writing, Sean helps maintain community gardens in Silver Lake and Echo Park, California. Russell also worked extensively on the restoration and rejuvenation of public parks in Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi after damage from 2004-2005 hurricanes.