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.)
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. Arbitrarily, they are arranged from most expensive to least expensive.
Best Pet Upright Vacuum Number 1:Miele Dynamic Cat & Dog Upright Vacuum Cleaner
The Dynamic 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.
My favorite part of this system is that it 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. 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 DC65 Animal Ball -Technology Upright Vacuum Cleaner
Like the Miele (above), the Dyson DC65 glides easily around corners and in crevices with its 'ball-technology," but the Miele swivel is quite a bit lower, so it gets under cabinet and furniture overhangs more easily.
This Dyson model is lighter weight than the older models of Dyson. It is bagless, like its other models. Its 'Root Cyclone Technology' spins the air to suck up dust and whirl around inside the plastic bin, so you can see how much pet hair and everything else the Dyson picks up. I will say it's easier to find an earring in the bin than in a bag.
The washable Hepa filter in this vacuum is very convenient and effective - so much so that the vacuum, like other Dyson uprights, is certified 'asthma friendly' by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. It has an extra long extension with a 'beater bar' that can be used to clean upholstery, pet beds, and other items where pet hair collects. The Dyson is a powerful and hefty machine. You get serious suction and high quality function and features. If you want the convenience of a lightweight, look at the other vacuums reviewed below. If you want a full function vacuum with all the bells and whistles with really strong power and suction, the Dyson is great for that. You can read more about the Dyson DC65 Animal Ball-Technology Upright Vacuum Cleaner here.
(Update: Dyson has recently launched a new vacuum the Cinetic Big Ball. It's designed for animal owners and is getting rave reviews. It has new technology so no need to clean the filter and it never loses suction. It's more pricey but worth considering.)
Best Pet Upright Vacuum Number 3: Shark Navigator Professional Lift-Away Vacuum Cleaner - Model NV356E
The Shark Lift-Away doesn't have 'Pet' in its name, but pet owners love this vacuum cleaner. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Pet owners are so pleased with the Linx. They love the 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?
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. I think 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 so I will need to write about it soon...
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Originally published on November 2012 and last updated October 2015.