Without a doubt, our furry friends bring us so much joy and company.
Unfortunately, they can also bring a lot of hair and mess, which is why it is worth investing in a vacuum cleaner that is specifically designed to clean up after them without any fuss.
Some standard vacuum cleaners can do the job well enough, but to really keep on top of pet hair, fleas, flea eggs and other pet-related detritus, you need a pet vacuum that is tough enough for the job.
There are a number of models available on the market and the one you buy will depend on a whole host of factors.
Below, you can find the best bagless pet vacuums that are available on the market.
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|Dyson V8 Absolute||Cordless||Carpets & hard surfaces||9.4 / 10|
|Shark Rocket HV322 TruePet||Corded||Carpets & hard surfaces||9.4 / 10|
|Dyson V6 Animal||Cordless||Carpets & hard surfaces||9.2 / 10|
|Shark NV105||Corded||Carpets & hard surfaces||9.2 / 10|
|Dyson DC41||Corded||Carpets & hard surfaces||9 / 10|
|Bissell 33A1||Corded||Carpets & hard surfaces||9 / 10|
|Bissell 1330||Corded||Carpets & hard surfaces||9 / 10|
|Bissell 81L2A||Corded||Hard surfaces||8.8 / 10|
|Bissell 9595A||Corded||Carpets||8.8 / 10|
|Bissell 13H8K||Corded||Carpets||8.8 / 10|
|Holife Handheld Cordless Vacuum||Cordless||Carpets & hard surfaces||8.6 / 10|
The difference between standard vacuum cleaners and pet vacuum cleaners is that the latter have a few features that make them ideal for use in homes with pet hair.
One feature is stronger suction, often utilising cyclonic technology. This is where the air and dust that is sucked into the vacuum are separated with powerful centrifugal force and then the air is released back into the environment, whilst the dust and any potential allergenic particles remain in the collection cylinder.
Additionally, pet vacuums are often fitted with HEPA filters that are designed to trap pet detritus and purify the air that is released from the vacuum during vacuuming, thus helping prevent re-release of allergy-causing air particles back into the home environment.
When paired with cyclonic technology, the HEPA filters are especially effective at reducing the risk of allergens remaining in the environment post-vacuuming.
Pet vacuums also tend to have tools that allow you to clean not only floors, but also upholstery, curtains and skirting.
There are only really two types of vacuum: upright and cylinder; cylinder models are also known as canister models.
Upright pet vacuums are usually tall, and feature a large dust container that sits vertically in the unit. They can be maneuvered around the room easily with one hand, thanks to the long handle that prevents the need to bend awkwardly and the small wheels that are located near the brush bar.
These types of pet vacuums can often hold more detritus before needing to be emptied and can also suck up more hair in a shorter space of time because the brush bar is usually wider than those found on cylindrical machines. This in turn means that more floor space is covered quicker, making them ideal for larger homes.
The downside to upright pet vacuums is that they can take up a lot of space when being stored away and are cumbersome to use when hoovering stairs or hard to reach places, even if they have a pull-out hose and attachments.
Cylinder pet vacuums on the other hand are ideal for using on stairs and hard to reach places because they are usually lightweight and easy to carry with one hand, whilst using the other hand to maneuver the brush bar.
Of course, their downside tends to be that they take longer to clean an area of flooring because their brush bars are often smaller than those found on upright pet vacuums, and their dust containers are normally smaller. That said, cylinder pet vacuums can be stored away quite compactly into cupboards and are perfect for smaller homes.
As well as the body type of the pet vacuum, there are sub-categories that include the following features:
Corded vacuums have a set cord length that varies between models, but no limit on power, other than the location of the mains power supply. They have the benefit of being ready to use whenever the occasion requires, as long as there is easy access to a power supply. You may need to stop vacuuming every so often in order to switch power supplies.
Cordless vacuums need to be charged regularly, usually by placing the battery on a charging station. On full charge, they last around 20 – 40 minutes on average, depending on the model.
This is definitely a personal preference, although if you are purchasing a pet vacuum for your car or caravan, then a cordless, handheld or small vacuum would be the most practical option.
Bagged pet vacuums are less commonly available on the market these days, but are still popular because they are designed to provide maximum protection from allergens by trapping them inside a bag that is usually made from strong paper.
They are also low maintenance and don’t usually need a filter in order to operate, making them more simple to use. However, they can be costly to buy.
Bagless pet vacuums have a tough plastic container that collects the hair, dust and other debris after it has been separated from the air via a filter. Most are clear so you can see exactly what you’re picking up, as well as knowing when the container is in need of emptying.
Bagless pet vacuums do run the risk of releasing allergenic particles when being emptied, but this is not usually a concern if care is taken. They also have filters that will need cleaning from time to time.
Handheld pet vacuums are exactly what they sound like. They are usually small, very lightweight and are normally cordless, needing to be charged in order to be used.
Handheld pet vacuums are often bagless and have a small dust container that has to be emptied regularly. These kinds of vacuums are perfect for stairs, cars and caravans, as well as upholstery.
It might not seem obvious, but if you have wood flooring in your home, then you really do need a pet vacuum that is designed for use on such flooring, mainly to ensure that you don’t damage the surface of your floor.
Pet vacuum cleaners that are designed specifically for hardwood floors often have rubber wheels near the brush bar, instead of the hard, plastic ones found on carpet pet vacuums. They also tend to be significantly lighter than their carpet counterparts to help prevent dragging and scratching.
Pet vacuums that are designed for use on carpets often have hard plastic wheels to help prevent drag. Plus, they are usually heavier so that they can push the brush bar down into the carpet and scrape up as much hair and dust as possible.
It is commonplace to come across pet vacuums that are designed for use on both hardwood and carpeted floors.
HEPA filters are designed to trap the microscopic dust particles that gather in your vacuum, thus preventing them from being released into the environment, whilst also purifying the air that does escape from the vacuum.
It is important to remember however that not all pet vacuums have these filters fitted. Also, they do require cleaning on a semi-regular basis and will eventually need replacing.
Apart from the factors mentioned in the section above, there are a few other things to consider when deciding which pet vacuum cleaner to buy.
This isn’t just in relation to the actual cost of the pet vacuum, although this will obviously have an impact on your decision. You also need to decide if the cleaner will be affordable to run in the long term.
This only really applies however if you have a vacuum that requires bags that need replacing, which some people may prefer because there is a reduced risk of breathing in the allergens from pet hair and dust when emptying the vacuum.
Also, if your pet vacuum has an HEPA filter, it will need replacing occasionally, so you need to factor that cost in to your budget as well.
This is quite important because if you only need a pet vacuum for using in your car or caravan (e.g. because other people who don’t live with you but are allergic to your pets are likely to be in these places) then a small handheld vacuum might be all you need.
However, if you are planning to use the vacuum in your home, then a larger machine will likely be necessary.
By this we mean whether or not you are someone who suffers from back pain, arthritis or any injury that would make it difficult to vacuum your home.
If this is the case, then you need to factor this in when purchasing your pet vacuum because some models may be unsuitable for you to use.
For example if you suffer from arthritis, then you aren’t going to want something heavy that will be difficult and painful for you to move around your home. You will want a lightweight, ideally cordless machine that is easy to use, yet still effective.
Anyone who is a pet owner can probably appreciate the benefits associated with owning a vacuum that has been specifically designed to clean up after their pets. However, just in case you are unsure about the benefits that come with having a pet vacuum, take a look at the list below:
Some people might not understand why you would keep a pet that you or a member of your family is allergic to. But one thing that most pet owners can agree on is that for most of us, our pets are part of the family; we don’t just get rid of them when they’re inconvenient.
Now, because pet vacuums often have HEPA filters and are effective at sucking up most, if not all pet-related detritus, they help to reduce the instances of allergic reactions.
Some vacuums are even gentle enough to use on your pet so you can attack the allergenic particles at their source. These are especially handy during the warmer months when pets tend to molt a lot more.
Whilst we might love having our pets around, a home covered in unsightly hairs can be quite upsetting, especially to people who like to be very clean and tidy. It is also more likely that friends and relatives will come and visit if they aren’t going to worry about leaving with a new layer of fur attached to their clothes.
Another thing to appreciate is that pet vacuums often have stronger suction and a variety of tools to help you clean and vacuum every inch of your home, not just the floors, so you will end up with a cleaner home all round.
Many standard vacuums are not able to cope as well as pet vacuums with collecting pet hair, which can then clog up the brush and filters, meaning that they eventually break and need repairing or replacing.
Pet vacuums are able to deal with this issue because they have brushes and filters that have been designed to cope with the bulk that comes with pet hair.
It is also worth noting that pet vacuums can be used just like standard ones, so there’s no need to buy multiple vacuums for the same job. If you have pets, then simply buy one good quality pet vacuum for all of your vacuuming needs.
Most pet vacuums are designed to help reduce allergens that are present in the air. As mentioned above, the way they do this is through HEPA filters that purify the air that flows through the vacuum.
So, not only will you be able to keep your environment free from pet dander, you will also be able to provide cleaner air for those people living in your home.
Of course, not all pet vacuums are created equal and there will be some that do not have HEPA filters fitted, so it is worth making sure that the model you buy does, if this is a feature that is important to you.