The Best Vacuum for Removing Pet Hair from Furniture

If you have a pet that sheds, you understand just how much pet hair can be everywhere--from your carpet to your clothing to your furniture.

Vacuum qualities make all the difference

Owning an animal that sheds requires maintenance not only on their coat, but also on your personal belongings. One of the best ways to remove pet hair from furniture is with a vacuum cleaner, which does a quality job in very little time. There are certain features that some vacuums have that make them better at removing pet hair from furniture.

Since pet hair creeps into cracks, seams and everywhere else imaginable on your furniture, a vacuum cleaner that is going to do a good job at removing it will have special handheld attachments to get deep down into all those spaces. It will also have a bigger attachment that can be used for things like couch cushions.

Another important feature to look for when shopping for a vacuum to pick up pet hair is good suction. Even though pet hair seems to easily fall off your pet, it loves to cling to fabrics. A vacuum cleaner with weak suction will have a hard time breaking that bond between the hair and the fabric. Along with the visible pet hair comes dander that causes allergies to act up in people who are allergic to pets. In order to combat this dander in your home, it is best to find a vacuum with some sort of filtering system. Some have bags that filter while bagless vacuums have HEPA filters that help to remove pet dander.

There are many top brands that make vacuum cleaners specifically for removing pet hair from carpets and furniture. One of the best ranking ones in reviews and in Consumer Reports is the pet vacuum made by upscale vacuum producer Dyson. When the Dyson vacuum hit the market it was more expensive than most vacuums with a price ranging from $300 to $600 depending on which model you get. Dyson's pet vacuum has gotten mostly good reviews because their vacuums claim to be made from technology that doesn't lose suction, an important part of successfully removing pet hair from furniture. According to the Consumer Reports web site, the Dyson pet hair vacuum is great, but if you can't afford or justify paying that price for a vacuum there are other options. Some other brands that make vacuums recommended by consumer product web site Wize for pet hair include: Eureka Boss 4D, Miele TT5000 Cylinder, and Bissell 3920.(Reference 2) Also, if pet hair is not too big of a problem and you've got a tight budget, look for qualities such as filter and good suction in a handheld vacuum cleaner to use just to clean your furniture. These vacuums are lower is cost and small enough to get into all the cracks and crevices.

No matter what, before deciding which vacuum is right for your home and your wallet, check prices and Consumer Reports to make an informed purchase.

About the Author

Kelley Ellert has been for Flack Me and various other websites since 2007. She also works for Rylin Media producing commemorative magazines on major sporting events. Ellert graduated from Ball State University with a bachelor's degree in public relations and communications.