Advantages of having a vacuum for pet hair
An ordinary vacuum might not be the best if you have pets who are constantly leaving hairs on your furniture or on the floor. These hairs can get in awkward places, meaning you have to vacuum every square inch, and not every vacuum is cut out to do this. Vacuums which have been made with pets in mind often have attachments to make this easier. They will also have a lot of suction which helps in bringing up the hair which may have got stuck in the couch or carpet.
Pet hair vacuums also tend to have features which will brush up some of the hairs which may be embedded. In the modern age, we can even find vacuums which require us to do absolutely nothing, as robot vacuums have started to flood the market.
Features to consider when choosing a pet hair vacuum
The following are the main features on which we have judged these vacuums on, and the main aspects you should consider when reading reviews and working out which model best suits your own needs. There are a lot of different types of vacuum. While some are considered a little more ‘old fashioned’ such as the upright vacuums, they still have their merits.
Type of vacuum
There are a surprising amount of types and subcategories of vacuum cleaners on the market. Of course, robot vacuums are all the rage at the moment. These have a lot of advantages, not least of all because they save you the time and hassle of having to do the cleaning yourself. However, these do have their disadvantages, as they make it harder to clean furniture. The carpets and hard floors are where the robot vacuum is most effective.
Upright vacuums are ever-popular. These can come in canister or stick designs, which relates to the size of the body. Upright cleaners tend to be cheaper than the other models, which is a big advantage. They’ve come a long way in recent years and decades and are much easier to use than vacuums of days gone by.
Handheld vacuums are great for smaller and more specific areas. They tend to be cordless and are great for vacuuming up hair from furniture and even in the car after a trip out with your pets.
However, these vacuums don’t handle large surface areas at all, so should be used alongside another vacuum cleaner.
Power can be a difficult thing to measure specifically, especially with models which are not robot vacuums. However, a good gauge of power will come from the Amp measurement. Some work more efficiently than others, and product reviews are the best way to get to grips with whether a vacuum is powerful enough. As you would expect, a smaller model or a handheld vacuum won’t offer as much power, but within larger upright models there is quite a lot of variation too. Some vacuums lose power as their charge starts to run down.
While not the biggest consideration for a lot of people, if you are going to be using your vacuum a lot or transporting it from place to place then you might want to opt for something which has a lighter weight. This will make it easier to push, get up and down stairs and generally make vacuuming far less of an arduous task.
Corded or cordless?
Corded and cordless products both have their pros and cons. In the modern day and age it can be easy to assume that cordless is better, but cordless does mean you need to consider the charging time and how long the battery will last for. Corded products often have 20-30 feet of length which is plenty for covering a large area and means you don’t have to change the plug for every area you wish to vacuum.
Cordless products are popular, of course. The advantages are clear: you don’t have to move the power supply at all and have the flexibility to cover the whole house and beyond. If a cordless product doesn’t hold its charge for long then this could be an issue. Products such as the Bissell Handheld have a battery life which is quite modest, but this is because it is likely to just be used to vacuum individual items or outdoors in car seats or outbuildings, for instance.
Bagged vs. bagless
It is fair to say that most vacuums on the market today have embraced the bagless design. Bagged products will fill with waste via a bag which needs to be replaced, whereas bagless vacuums have a bin which needs to be emptied and can be used permanently for the life of the product. Capacity is the main consideration here.
Another thing to consider is the environmental impact.
Having to use bags can mean extra packaging being produced and more things to throw away. Bagless cleaners are becoming more popular, often for this reason.
For pet hair, it makes very little difference which of these types you use, but the decision will be based on your own preference.
Filters such as these are always a good thing in a vacuum cleaner, but they can be especially good when it comes to vacuuming pet hair. They can ensure you can properly pick up and rid yourself of the allergenic elements within the pet hair and this is not left behind for you to get irritated by. Many of the upright vacuums offer some form of filter, but naturally some are better than others. Depending on your sensitivity, you may want to prioritize this feature.
Naturally, one size of vacuum can’t cover every area you want it to. People have furniture and other obstructions. For instance, you may not be able to reach under tables or down the side of a couch with your vacuum in its normal function. This is why they tend to have extensions such as hoses and ‘crevice’ tools which can let you reach all sorts of different areas. The hose length as well as which attachments it comes with are vital to the reach of a vacuum.
Some vacuums perform better on some surfaces than others. It is important to consider the surfaces you will be vacuuming and match them up to the vacuum. The best versatile vacuums for pet hair will be good at both hard floors and at rugs or carpets, but some may have a specialty or even specific attachments for each. For instance, the Roborock S5 Robot Vacuum and Mop is wonderful for both hardwood floors and carpets due to its multi-mode function.
A warranty is pretty self-explanatory. In terms of any electronic product or home appliance such as this, a longer warranty is usually a good indication of quality. If a vacuum cleaner has a warranty of five years or more, it is safe to say the manufacturers are confident in its quality and durability.