5 Best Vacuums for Pet Hair
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Whether you have a dog or a cat, shedding is a common issue at home. It falls to the floors, hides behind doors, and lingers on upholstered furniture. It's everywhere.
A vacuum is typically the preferred weapon of choice when battling shed pet hair, but which one works the best?
We went to the professional testers for the answer.
To narrow down the list of their top picks, Consumer Reports® Magazine recently tested upright and cannister vacuum models and conducted a survey with their subscribers to determine typical usage and concerns.
To get the best test results, the magazine's technical team used shed fur from a Maine coon cat because "it's especially long and provides a rigorous test for the dozens of vacuums reviewed each year."
Testing criteria included agitator brush and belt endurance; handling — flexibility, weight, turning and overall ease of use; cord length; bin functionality —how often are bag or bagless models emptied; and noise level — too loud for pets?
Here are the top 5 rated upright vacuums based on Consumer Reports testing for pet hair performance:
1. Miele S 7260 Cat & Dog
Receiving 72 points out of 100, this model from the high-end Miele brand scored the best overall points during testing.
The 22 pound upright has a 40-foot manual-wind cord and a bag, suction control and a full bag indicator. It performed "excellent" with pet hair on carpeting and bare floors, "very good" for noise and tool airflow. Handling received a "good" rating. Average cost is $649.
2. Miele S 7210 Twist
Receiving 72 points out of 100, this model also from Miele scored very well during testing, with one notable difference from the Miele S 7260 Cat & Dog model: it doesn't perform as well on bare floors.
The Twist has a bag, suction control and a full bag indicator, plus a swivel neck design for tighter turning. It performed "excellent" with pet hair and on carpeting, "very good" on bare floors, for noise and tool airflow. Handling received a "good" rating. Average cost is $450.
3. Kenmore Progressive 21714
This Kenmore cannister model received 72 points out of 100 and features a full bag/bin indicator, has a HEPA filter and a retractable cord. This model excels at removing embedded dirt from carpets and performed "excellently" with pet hair, and on bare floors.
It received a "very good" rating for carpet performance and tool airflow while handling and noise scored a "good" rating. Average cost is $250 to $315.
4. Kenmore Intuition 28014
With 67 points out of 100, the Kenmore is a 26 pound cannister vacuum with HEPA filtration, suction control and a retractable cord.
It performed "excellently" with pet hair, on bare floors and for tool airflow. The model received a "good" nod for carpeting, noise and handling. Average cost is $500.
5. Hoover WindTunnel T-Series Pet UH30310
With a score of 65 points, this model from the Hoover brand is a light 17 pounds and a capable bagged upright that packs impressive cleaning and pet-hair pickup into a low-priced, lightweight package. The vacuum performed "excellent" with pet hair and on bare floors, "very good" on carpet, handling and tool airflow. Noise received a "good" rating. Average cost is $100 to $270.
While professional ratings are helpful when trying to figure out which vacuum may be best for you, it is suggested that you also review online user reviews before buying a product to get additional user feedback.
Check warranty, service and return policies before purchasing a vacuum so that you know what to expect in case you’re not satisfied.
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