You love your pets. But, as any pet owner knows, perhaps the most challenging part of pet ownership is cleaning up after them. You can spend hours every month vacuuming up loose hairs, pet dander, or cleaning up after messes they've made on your floors. Fortunately, vacuum makers know these trials and tribulations well, and have designed vacuums to meet your specific needs.
Every great pet vacuum needs to have the following two things:
The first necessity: a high quality brush to remove hair from floors and furniture. As you've probably experienced, pet hair often gets tangled up in fabric fibers and upholstery. No matter how great your vacuum's suction is, it's not going to pull up much pet hair without a good brush.
The other critical feature all pet vacuums must have is a HEPA filter. HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) is air that is saturated with small particles like dust, pet dander, and other allergens as small as 0.3 microns. These tiny particles can pose problems for pet owners because they often bypass traditional vacuum filters. a HEPA-certified air filter helps the vacuum trap 99.9% of these particles, ensuring your air home quality stays high and your allergies stay down.
Those two features work in tandem to stir up deep-set pet hairs and dander, while ensuring even the tiniest particles stay trapped in the filter and canister. So if you own one or multiple pets, you owe it to yourself to try a vacuum specially designed for that very purpose.
HOOVER T SERIES REWIND
SHARK NAVIGATOR LIFT-AWAY PRO
DYSON DC65 ANIMAL
HOOVER T SERIES WINDTUNNEL
HOOVER LYNX CORDLESS
All the vacuums on this list are all great machines that come with a HEPA-certified air filter and a powerful brush system. Beyond that, the main difference in price is between build quality, style, and ease-of-use features. Without further ado, here's 5 of the best vacuums for pet hair currently on the market.
You might be skeptical about whether or not you really need a pet-specific vacuum. The Hoover T-series Pet Rewind is a great jumping off point to experience the differences firsthand and see for yourself. Between its dual filter system, adjustable settings for multi-surface cleaning, and unbeatable price point - you really can’t go wrong.
For starters, the Pet Rewind has an additional carbon filter that helps absorb pet dander and keep your home smelling fresh. The carbon filter is also washable, which saves you on costly replacements down the road and extends the longevity of your HEPA air filter. Add in Hoover’s patented WindTunnel technology which helps reduce dust scatter, and you have a vacuum that eradicates pet dander and allergens.
In addition to the pet features of the Pet Rewind, the Hoover T-series offers great flexibility for cleaning a variety of surfaces. The vacuum has 5 adjustable height settings to ensure maximal suction from hardwood to shag carpet, however it does require manual adjustment which can take a minute when switching floors. The rotating brushes can also be shut off with a foot pedal to protect your hard surfaces from scuffs and scrapes.
The dirt cup has also been designed to open at the bottom, which makes it a bit easier to clean out hair clumps and dirt without making a mess around your trashcan. Add in the lengthy 27 foot power cord, and you have a reliable, efficient answer to the question of “What to do with all this pet hair?”
All-in-all the Hoover Pet Rewind lives up to its name - it’s great at pulling up pet hair and the filter system does a great job of removing pet allergens and dust. It does lack some suction compared to truly high-end pet vacuums, but delivers an unparalleled clean for its price point.