5 Best Upright Vacuum Cleaners For Pet Hair Suction

Need a great upright vacuum to clean up after your pets? Pet hair, dander, fur, skin and feathers are a constant source of dust, dirt and allergens and challenge to clean. To most effectively clean your home, you're going to need super strong suction to remove your pets' shedding.  Here are five of the best upright vacuum cleaners that I found that specialize in pet hair.

(If you are looking for a powerful handheld vacuum, here's our recommendations for the Best Hand-Held Vacuum Cleaners For Pet Hair Suction.)

WHICH UPRIGHT WILL WORK FOR ME?

Whether you need to clean deep carpets, tight stairs or delicate bare wood floors, these powerful pet vacuums are all excellent machines but they have different features that are appealing to different customers as I have tried to detail below.   Arbitrarily, they are arranged from most expensive to least expensive. 

In choosing a vacuum cleaner, you need to choose how much suction power and features you want vs. ease of use and weight of machine.  All of the machines here have been chosen for having the best cleaning ability for the type of machine they are, but a lightweight stick is not going to have the power of a heafty and heavy machine.   If you have a lot of carpet or deep pile rugs, you will need more suction power than if you have uncarpeted floors. If you have lots of stairs or lots of furniture, make sure to focus on maneuverability and how easy it will be for you to use the machine in your home.  If you can't decide or don't know,  try the Shark Navigator (#3) below.

 

 

Best Pet Upright Vacuum Number 1:
Miele Dynamic Cat & Dog Upright Vacuum Cleaner  

The  Miele Dynamic is probably one of the best vacuums you can buy for your money.

The Miele is a terrific choice for allergy sufferers. This vacuum promises 99.9 percent capture of dirt, dust, and allergens that will not leak back into your house when you change the vacuum bag. Not only is the vacuum's air filter at work, but its dust bag locks instantly as it is removed from the machine.  

It is smartly styled, with a thin body and an easy swivel sweeper, both essential to getting under furniture. The "SwivelNeck" sweeper glides easily along borders as they curve so you don't miss a spec as your vacuuming.  It has a unique electro brush that follows the contours of your floor for consitent vacuuming of all floor types. All of the controls are on the handle so you can switch from carpet to floor smoothly.  An extra-long hose helps your reach as you employ the attachments conveniently stored on the back of the vacuum body - a dusting brush, upholstery tool, and crevice nozzle. 

 

Miele S7260 Cat & Dog Upright Vacuum CleanerMiele S7260 Cat & Dog Upright Vacuum Cleaner

 

The Miele Dynamic Dog & Cat Upright Vacuum Cleaner is a high-end vacuum with a price tag to match, but its features and its 7 year warranties on the motor and casings are unmatched. 

 

Best Pet Upright Vacuum Number 2:
Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Upright Vacuum Cleaner


I love Dyson Vacuums.  They are extremely powerful and well made. Other than a few minor issues, the whole line of vacuums they make is terrific.  

My favorite vacuum from Dyson is the Cinetic Big Ball Animal.  It has ridiculously strong suction. What makes the Cinetic Big Ball Animal even better than the other Dyson vacuums is that it has no filter. They improved their suction technology so that it is even better at grabbing microscopic particles and there is no filter to wash out  and it never loses suction.  So with no vacuum bags to change and no filter to wash, all you need to do to keep your Cinetic working well is to empty out the dust bin when it is full. I get way too much satisfaction at seeing how much junk my Dyson dust bin collects when I vacuum. 

The Cinetic Big Ball Animal is the one I recommend but the other Dysons may be better for your needs. What's the difference among the Dyson uprights? The Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Plus Allergy one is basically the same machine but with more tools so it costs a bit more, the Dyson Ball Animal does not have the cinetic technology so it has a filter you need to wash regularly and it costs a bit less and the newest Dyson upright, Dyson Small Ball is smaller for those who don't have the storage space or need something less heavy to use and can live with less suction power.  You will want the Animal version as it has tools designed for pet owners like the tangle free turbine tool to handle pet hair.

This Dyson  is certified 'asthma friendly' by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. It has an extra long extension with a 'beater bar' that can easily be used to clean upholstery, pet beds, and other items where pet hair collects.  Like the Miele (above), the Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal  glides easily around corners and in crevices with its 'ball-technology." Note that the Dyson swivel is quite a bit higher so it does not get under cabinet and furniture overhangs as easily but their extension tool works well for those tasks. This machine also feels heavy. Especially on deep pile rugs, with its strong suction, you are going to have to push to move this vaccum around.  But nothing else I have tried has the suction power of this machine.

 


The Dyson is a powerful and hefty machine with a higher price tag that reflects that. You get serious suction and high quality function and features. If you want the convenience of a  lightweight instead, look at the other vacuums reviewed  below. 

You can read the great overall reviews for the Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal here.  I personally use the cordless Dyson V6 Animal (which is one of my most favorite things in the world)  for my quickie vacuuming needs and use my Cinetic Big Ball for my more thorough weekly cleaning. 



Best Pet Upright Vacuum Number 3:
Shark Navigator Professional Lift-Away Vacuum Cleaner - Model NV356E

 

The Shark Lift-Away  is a great all around machine, with a nice balance of power and convenience. The Shark doesn't have 'Pet' in its name, but pet owners love this vacuum cleaner.  The Shark Navigator is the vacuum I would try first if you are confused by which vacuum will work best for you.

It's a swivel cleaner with a detachable handle, so that one minute you're operating an upright and the next minute a hand vacuum, when greater portability is needed. The Lift-Away lifts every bit of pet hair, dust, and dirt from your carpet and seals it up with its Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology.  It features a tool for dusting bare floors and includes washable microfiber pads for that purpose. It has a stretch hose, crevice tool, and a pet hair power brush.

 

Shark Navigator Professional Lift-Away Vacuum Cleaner - Model NV356EShark Navigator Professional Lift-Away Vacuum Cleaner - Model NV356E

 

Customers warn that the first time you vacuum with the Shark Pro Lift-Away you will be in shock at the amount of pet hairs, dust, and actual dirt you find in the dust cup.  It will look like you never cleaned your carpets before.  One consistent complaint is that pet hair tends to get caught up in the power brush and it is awkward to remove the hair, but that did not stop Amazon customers from giving the Shark Pro Lift-Away Vacuum Cleaner rave reviews.

 

Best Pet Upright Vacuum Number 4: 
Shark Rocket TruePet Ultra-Light Upright

If you are looking for a vacuum that is super light and super powerful, the Shark Rocket Tru-Pet Vacuum may be the perfect vacuum for you. The Shar Rocket is an ultra-light vacuum weighing in at less than 8 pounds with all the power of a traditional upright vacuum. It cleans bare floors beautifully (even those with uneven tiles)  and for carpets it has a TruePet Motorized Brush especially designed for catching pet hairs and pet dander. 

Shark Rocket Tru-Pet Ultra-Light VacuumShark Rocket Tru-Pet Ultra-Light Vacuum

Being so lightweight and having a quick release foot pedal and wand, the Shark Rocket offers much of the benefits of a hand-held vacuum but with the serious power of an upright. It has a motorized hand tool that pivots and bends like one of those fancy men's razors to cover curves in your furnishings or your stairs. It comes with a large sized removable canister that collects all the dust and debris so that you can toss the mess out easily after after  vacuuming.  The Shark Rocket Tru-Pet Vacuum gets excellent reviews from folks who have bought and tried it. If you need something light and easy, this is the choice for you.

 

Best Pet Upright Vacuum Number 5:
Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner

Of course, there's a Hoover among the top five pet vacuums, but this particular Hoover is a sleek, modern Hoover that's light weight (10.5 pounds) and cordless! The Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum operates on an 18 volt lithium ion battery, a feature that has a two-year warranty.  (Don't store the battery in the charger!)  And one of the neatest features of the Linx is that it has a battery power reader so that you know when it's getting low.

 

Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum CleanerHoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner

 

Pet owners are so pleased with the Linx. They love the way it handles, with great maneuverability (swivel base), the low profile base (making it easy to get under furniture), the brush rollers on the sides of the base, the flip button handle switch from carpet to floor, and mostly, the wind tunnel suction so great for sucking up pet hairs. Oh, did I mention, the Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner is also bagless?  This is a great machine if you have mostly uncarpeted floors or you need something for quick cleaning.

So do you agree with my picks for the best upright vacuum cleaners for pet hair and homes with cats and dogs? Do you own any of the vacuums I have mentioned in this article? Feel free to share your experiences in the comments below.

Reducing Pet Hair Tip:  I recently tried the Magic Pro Deshedding Tool for Dog Hair. It is making a noticeable difference in the amount of dog hair I'm finding flying around the house. So you may want to check it out and see if it works for you. I've tried lots of deshedding tools and I think this may be my favorite. 

If you use one of these vacuums AND the deshedding tool, your floors will be clean enough for your dogs to want to sprawl all over it like this little cutie.


Image: Via reddit.



See  Also:

5 Best Hand-Held Vacuum Cleaners For Pet Hair Suction
10 Best Products For Your Dog...Sold on Amazon

10 Best Products For You Cat...Sold on Amazon

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Originally published on November 2012 and last updated May 2016. 

 

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Jan 30, 2013
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There is growing awareness

There is growing awareness of the health and hygiene problems caused by pet dander. As a result, there are many specialized vacuum cleaners available in the market these days. They are quite different from conventional cleaners in a variety of ways. 

Jun 2, 2013
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For carpet I love the Dyson

For carpet I love the Dyson DC39, but with the amount of dogs I have, the tubes, filters, and all parts of the vacuum get dirty and are unusable after a year or so. I go through a lot of vacuums. And DC39 is the best vacuum for pet hair. For hard floors, I use the DC39. It works really good at picking up dog hair after I use a broom.

Dec 13, 2013
by Anonymous
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I just love the Miele Cat

I just love the Miele Cat and Dog. I've had it for a few months now and it works great so far. Thanks for the recommendation. It's definitely the best pet hair vacuum.

Dec 22, 2013
by Anonymous
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It doesn't matter with brand

It doesn't matter with brand as long as a product that works for you. For me, Dyson DC41 is best vacuum cleaner for pet hair

, just sharing my thought here, cheers!

Apr 14, 2014
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For carpet I love the Dyson

For carpet I love the Dyson DC39, but with the amount of dogs I have, the tubes, filters, and all parts of the vacuum get dirty and are unusable after a year or so. I go through a lot of vacuums. And DC39 is the best vacuum for pet hair. For hard floors, I use the DC39. It works really good at picking up dog hair after I use a broom.

Apr 16, 2014
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I use the Dyson DC24, and I

I use the Dyson DC24, and I love it! The filters and tubes do get dirty, BUT if you continue to clean the filters every few weeks or so, the vacuum lasts quite a while. Plus, Dyson has a wonderful 5 year warranty, and they'll help you with any problems that you encounter with their vacuum.

Sep 29, 2014
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I have a Shark and it is

I have a Shark and it is awesome! Best vacuum I've never had - works perfectly on my wood floors, tile, carpet, upholstery. Pet hair? No trouble for the Shark! Love it!!

Nov 12, 2014
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I like the shark or the

I like the shark or the dyson . More often then not they offer the most suction.

Jun 21, 2015
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From my experience Dyson’s

From my experience Dyson’s are a joke compared to good quality vacs. My cleaning lady absolutely hated my dyson. I recently bought a Kirby and it is AMAZING how different my carpets look. I can vacuum with the dyson then go back over with my Kirby and it picks up so much it’s crazy! I guess you get what you pay for. Kirby is $1500-but will last you 20+ years. Dyson is just another low end vac that won’t last or do a good job.

Jul 22, 2015
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I have the Shark Rocket and

I have the Shark Rocket and feel that is does not pick up pet hair and dust very well from my hardwood floors. I was actually researching to find something else in its place.

Jul 23, 2015
by Anonymous
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I have the shark and it is

I have the shark and it is the best for the price. You can get more by paying more but for price to power I think it really is terrific.

Jul 24, 2015
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I use my vacuum to regularly

I use my vacuum to regularly clean the lint filter on my dryer. I use the long nozzle to get down in the cavity the lint filter goes in to get any rogue lint there too. Then I vacuum off the dryer to make it all nice and clean and lint free.

I use my vacuum to regularly

I use my vacuum to regularly clean the lint filter on my dryer...

Doesn't everyone do this? In any case, "Rogue Lint" would make a great band name, amiright?

Sep 10, 2015
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I bought the Shark and it

I bought the Shark and it is AMAZING! Crazy suction and attachments galore! Best vacuum I've ever used, hands down. I have 2 long haired cats. Why spend upwards of $400-500 if you don't have too???

Oct 6, 2015
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Yes, I agree. I bought the

Yes, I agree. I bought the Shark too!

Nov 17, 2015
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Kenmore's are THE worst! I

Kenmore's are THE worst! I am done with them. They are made so cheaply it is insane.

Dec 30, 2015
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I hate my kirby to many

I hate my kirby to many parts and heavy...

Jan 11, 2016
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Disappointing that most

Disappointing that most vacuums don't have lights.
I did discover that my Dyson will accommodate a "Tech Light" Led flashlight in the handle. A small strap of velcro holds it in place safely.

Jan 21, 2016
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I have two cats. I love the

I have two cats. I love the Shark for bare floors. I have a 22 year old Kirby that I use on my carpeting.

Jan 21, 2016
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I have had a cleaning

I have had a cleaning business, allergies, a child with allergies and now only one indoor dog but at once we had three, all English Bulldogs so a decent amount of hair. I've had carpet, all hardwoods and a combo over the years. I've owned and still have a Filter Queen, a Kirby and a Rainbow. I can tell you no matter how great the hepa filtered bag or tank is, you have to remove the filtered bag and dump the tank and unless you are taking it outside to your garbage can to do it, the dust particles and pet dander are getting released back into the air when you dump it in your house. When you dump it outside you are inhaling it and getting it on your clothing as well. Your vacuum will have these particles inside also. A solution? Yes, the Rainbow dumps all it vacuums into water which seals it there unable to get back into the air. You can flush your removable bowl of dirty water and hair, depending on the degree of it down the toilet or pour the water portion off and dump the more solid stuff in a trash bag. No, I don't sell Rainbows but I know it has better advantages over all the rest as far as keeping allergens out of the air. Yes, they are expensive but you can buy them rebuilt for somewhere around $500 I believe. Buy a bottle of your favorite essential oil, lemon, sweet orange, lemongrass, or even eucalyptus and add about 20 drops to your tank of water if your house is about 2500sq ft less if less and your house will be smelling great as you vacuum.

Feb 1, 2016
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I had a Dyson and it did a

I had a Dyson and it did a terrible job! I was soooo disappointed and I will never buy another. After extensive research, I finally opted to buy a Shark. This is, hands down, the very best vacuum I have ever owned. It is lightweight, has tremendous versatility and is a pleasure to use. It picks up all of the pet hair (and I've got four dogs!!) on all types of flooring. Not only that, it is super easy to clean. Remove the heppa filter, wash it and leave it to dry. Remove the tank, wash it and leave it to dry. No bags, no fuss. Also, it has loads of attachments available which make this vacuum even more versatile. I will never buy another vacuum unless it is a Shark!

Feb 28, 2016
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I have a Sirena water vacuum

I have a Sirena water vacuum and it does an amazing job on pet hair. It never looses suction because the water never clogs like a bag does or gets to full like a canister. Once I finish vacuuming, looking at all hair in the water basin is crazy! I pull a baseball sized hair ball out and dump the dirty water right down the toilet. I will never buy another vacuum, unless it is a Sirena.

Mar 8, 2016
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I own a Shark....awesome w/o

I own a Shark....awesome w/o spending big bucks. Love it

Mar 18, 2016
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I would never recommend a

I would never recommend a Miele, it's expensive plastic junk. The bags are expensive and my Dyson and Shark out cleaned it. I had change the bag once a week. It's a pain,get something bagless to save money. Dyson or Shark are the way to go.

Mar 27, 2016
by Anonymous
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Miele Vacuum is the best!!;!

Miele Vacuum is the best!!;! I love so much work with it!!! I hate Dyson the wors.

Apr 1, 2016
by Anonymous
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I use my Dyson Animal

I use my Dyson Animal through the week and my Kirby once a week for deeper cleaning. We have 1 dog and 4 cats.

Apr 3, 2016
by Anonymous
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Interesting that I don't

Interesting that I don't see:

Lindhaus or Windsor.

These are professional TRUE HEPA vacuum cleaners.

I personally used a Lindhaus commercial vacuum cleaner in my professional carpet cleaning business for years. These are not only built to last but the BRUSH SPEED and brush design are what really removes hair and dry soil out of carpets, not suction alone. Also, the way a vacuum is used has a lot to do with how well it picks up. For me I needed a vacuum that could pick up as quickly BUT as THOROUGHLY as possible. The Lindhaus commercial is also specially designed for hospital settings and for peo

Apr 3, 2016
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....people with respiratory

....people with respiratory issues. They even have a charcoal filter outside of the HEPA for odors (or they at least used to. The drawback is its heavy because it has two motors. But it only pulls 7amps. Most folks I worked for noticed how quick it picked up, but they also noticed I followed a specific way to vacuum. I knew how well a particular vacuum picked up or how well a person used it: my carpet cleaning machine filter would show more or less hair depending on the factors mentioned above. Most people also don't vacuum with the proper frequency even on hard floors. Therefore that dander is wisked into the air with airflow or just normal living. And by the way, that is the problem with hard floors and air health, nothing to trap dander or dirt and dust.

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