The pet hair vacuum reviews in doghairvacuum.org focus on the best vacuums for dog hair. It is important to restate that the focus is on providing information on the best vacuum cleaners for lifting pet hair from carpets. The reason for the emphasis is because I don’t primarily use the best dog hair vacuum which is the Hoover Platinum Bagged UH30010COM to clean my dog daycare and boarding business that is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year and allows dogs to roam freely in a house. I also don’t normally use the best budget dog hair vacuum either- the Hoover Tempo Widepath U5140-900 whose 80 dollar price tag is unbelievable given its great performance. My preference for the best vacuum for dog hair is the Dyson family of vacuum cleaners. I primarily actively use 4 different makes of Dyson vacuums on my rugs.
I am stating my preference because it is important for you to really understand what your dog does on your carpet. Does your dog always sleep on your carpets? Does he or she shed a lot like say a Golden Retriever or Akita? Does your dog run around outside then come in and relax on your rugs? Selecting the best vacuum for pet hair depends on these major factors. In addition to these factors, bear in mind that every pet hair vacuum also has its own advantages and disadvantages when it comes to essential features like the duration of the warranty, cord length, weight etc.
I will now select just two pet hair vacuums to help illustrate the selection process. If your dog is pretty inactive and sheds heavily, like a older laid back Golden Retriever, and prefers a good walk with you rather than playing catch or playing with other dogs in the yard, then the Hoover UH30010COM upright vacuum reigns supreme as the best vacuum for pet hair and it does a excellent job on bare floors and upholstery too. On the other hand the ultra cheap Hoover Tempo will also do a great job on matted dog hair in your rugs. In addition to the Tempo’s extremely modest selling price, its 16 pound (out of the shipping box) weight makes it the lightest best pet hair vacuum. But the Tempo does have a few glaring shortcomings like a measly 1 year warranty and a short cord length. The biggest problem I have with these two pet hair vacuums is that they use bags. I detest buying vacuum bags as they do dramatically add to the total cost of ownership as the years go by. But if you do not vacuum your home often, like say you vacuum once a week or if replacing bags often is not a big deal for you, then you should seriously consider getting either one of them.
If your dog loves running around outside or if you use baking soda to keep your carpets fresh, then a dog hair vacuum that does an excellent job sucking in pet hair is not enough. Why? Because fine dirt gets attracted to your dog’s coat as he or she plays outside and then gets deposited and deeply embedded in your rugs. You cannot see the dirt unless your dog is playing on the carpet and light strikes the floating particles at an angle.
Baking soda suffers from the same problem as fine dirt. It accumulates over time. Applying baking soda on your carpets does have a number of benefits. If you wish to remove pet smells from your home, using baking soda will greatly reduce doggy odor in any carpeted room. Baking soda is also great at keeping a carpet dry and thus makes vacuuming pet hair easier. Sprinkling and then brushing baking soda on a carpet also does a good job of lightly cleaning a rug without resorting to a steam cleaner. However if you have a vacuum that is not up to the task of picking up the fine baking soda particles, over time you will find caked and loose baking soda matter when you lift your carpet and look underneath.
In my case Dyson vacuums are best for pet hair. Why? Dyson Vacuums do an unbelievable job lifting up fine dirt, pet dander and dust plus you never have to buy bags or filters. If you have pets who are active and lie down or play on your rugs often, I would recommend that you consider getting any of the Dyson vacuums found on this site especially if you have allergies brought on by pet dander. Dyson vacuums, however are not the best at getting rid of dog hair quickly. Sometimes 2 passes are required to vacuum thick layers of heavily matted dog hair on a carpet if the room is slightly humid. Dyson vacuums, especially older models like the Dyson DC07, are also not the best at removing larger particles or objects like Cheerios or Fruit Loops cereal. This is probably due to the way the vacuum head perfectly adjusts automatically to the height of the carpet thereby grabbing deeply embedded dirt. Newer Dyson models like the Dyson DC25 Animal, have greatly reduced (but not eliminated) the ”Cheerios” problem. I believe this was kind of solved by moving the suction tube under the vacuum head from the left to the center left. This relocation also had the side effect of improving overall suction by spreading it more evenly across the bottom of the vacuum head.
I got my first Dyson vacuum cleaner (the Dyson DC07) in 2006. Since then, my DC07 has never needed repair despite being used constantly to keep my dog daycare and boarding house in tip top shape. I did call Dyson once because I thought my vacuum was not lifting pet hair from my carpets at all. After a few minutes with customer service, (I was not kept on hold by the way), the over the phone tests revealed that I had forgotten to turn the rotating brush in the vacuum head on. I felt quite embarrassed but I did discover that if the tests had failed to solve the problem Dyson would promptly repair it. I believe that Dyson’s 5 year warranty and outstanding customer service is simply unmatched.The claim that a Dyson never loses suction is very true. I bought a Kenmore Evo bagless canister vacuum in 2004 for example and in less than 2 years it was unable to efficiently clean my rugs as it had almost lost all suction. In case you think I was negligent in maintaining the Evo, I always emptied the bin and cleaned the filter after every use.
All the pet hair vacuum reviews in this website do at the bare minimum a very good job of removing dog hair. The best vacuum for dog hair really is the one that at the very least addresses your dog’s outside activities, sleeping habits and shedding issues.
Take a look at our quick pet vacuum reviews to view the major advantages and disadvantages of a pet hair vacuum. If there are certain features such as long warranties, long cord lengths and vacuum weight, that you feel must be included in your ideal pet hair vacuum, use our comparison chart to compare vacuums for pet hair and make a more informed decision. The chart will help you quickly eliminate pet hair vacuums that do not fit your criteria.
Our Retro Video Of The Dyson DC15 Animal Vacuum
We tested the Dyson DC15 Animal back in 2008. Although it has been surpassed by other newer Dyson models, we still rate the DC15 as one of the best vacuum for pet hair. In the video the ‘dirt’ contains baking soda, dog hair and real dirt brought in by dogs in our dog daycare and boarding facility over a period of time. A sample of the dirt mixture is then poured and rubbed over a small area in one of our carpets.