While shedding is part of the process of our close furry companions, cleaning needs to be part of the process of human daily activity. Not just from an aesthetic point of view, but from a health perspective as well. An accumulation of pet hair can aggravate allergies and breathing difficulties. It’s also annoying when pet fur or hair lies in various parts of your house and your clothes. Imagine a uniform covered with cat’s hair! Not a good idea at all.
So, a vacuum cleaner is a must and a dedicated one at that. A pet specific vacuum cleaner is necessary because no matter how high-end your domestic cleaner is, it is not built to handle one specific problem – pet hair. The suction power needs to be immense because animals shed hair in large volumes and on a daily basis. How to decide what to buy? It’s a decision that must be entered into with thought and planning. Here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to buying the best vacuum for pet hair.
- What kind of vacuum cleaner – the regular cleaner looks like a canister and comes with a hose. It is flexible and can reach hard to get to places. The upright vacuum cleaner is one device with canister and hose. It’s handy and works well for small spaces. Depending on the size of the house you live in, you can make a call. Another thing to consider is if you need a bag or bagless cleaner. The obvious advantage of the bagless vacuum is that it’s less work for you; you don’t need to buy bags yourself.
- Features – there are many ways to check whether the suction power is high or low in a vacuum cleaner. It depends on wattage, amperage or voltage, depending on the model you’re looking at. Do take this into consideration before you proceed further.
- HEPA included – if you need air clear of allergens, you must consider a pet vacuum cleaner with the HEPA feature in it. High-efficiency Particulate Air filters are very good to trap pollutants and substances that can cause breathing problems and respiratory distress.
- Your pet’s haunts – if your dog frequents the sofa or loves car rides, you should pick up a small cleaner and it will do the job. A pet with the whole run of the place will require you to buy something a lot more serious and heavy-duty. Here too a small cleaner will work because it’s handy to pick up tufts of hair.
Here are a few great choices:
The Dyson DC41 Animal – often considered to be the best in the business, this upright vacuum cleaner achieves massive suction power, is easy to maneuver and is hardy despite being lightweight.
The Bissell Pet Hair Eraser – this handheld vacuum cleaner can be used for sofas and all types of upholstery. Its multi-layer filtration process makes it a powerful device.
Consider the Hoover Linx and the Shark Navigator Lift-Away for other options too.