How much of a pain is all that scattered pet hair around your house? It can bother some nearly to death - your smiling mother-in-law comes to mind as one. While others not so much.
Or take this case. The family had a 3-year old Pomeranian. Little Po-Po was such a beauty. But it’s nonstop shedding of so much hair meant they could find hairballs just about everywhere. Their kids complained at how they even found their bed covered with Po-Po’s pet hair. And what about that hair that turned up in the bowl of potato cheese soup? That was the last straw. Who says pet hair makes a good food garnish anyway?
Regularly brushing your pet’s hair may help reduce the amount of hair strewn on the floor. But still you need to find yourself a good vacuum cleaner to clean up this hairy mess. Luckily models exist designed to do just that.
However, pet hair removal must not be your only criteria when getting a vacuum cleaner. And most, if not all vacuum cleaner reviews would lap up to this too. Because there are other important things you need to consider as discussed below.
Do you prefer a canister or upright?
Each has its own enthusiastic fan base. Each fan base claims their favorite is superior to the other. Pretty much it depends on the type of cleaning you do. Both offer pluses and minuses that are beyond the scope of this vacuum cleaner overview unfortunately.
Should you buy bagged or bagless?
Conventionally speaking, vacuums have used bags for ages. It’s where the dirt disappears to until you have to change it then it spills out all over you and your floor. Of course if you fail to change it regularly you’ll likely notice a decrease in suction power. How often depends on how often you vacuum. Plus it goes without saying replacement vacuum bags are seldom free.
Enter the bagless models. These are armed with a nifty little dust bin. No bags. Plus you can rely on the suction power of these models to be more robust longer. Plus too, you can easily see when the dust bin needs emptying. Plus three, some are a snap and without any billowing expulsion of just vacuumed up dust. Others not so much. So see if you can find out what variety you’re looking
at. Otherwise such an exchange can be kinda messy.
Where does easy pet hair removal rank in your cleaning universe?
Vacuums designed for pet hair pickup come equipped with powerful turbo and power head brush attachments. Granted you may not have any four legged friends running around. But haven’t the kids been pestering you to get a dog with increasing regularity? Your kid may come home with a lost puppy one day. Telling you it followed him home and you may decide to finally give in. So it pays to anticipate unexpected life altering events like this.
Have you given much thought to the filtration system used?
Some homeowners require HEPA filtration, especially if there are allergy prone living at your address. HEPA is short for High Efficiency Particulate Air. It is said to effectively trap 99% of dust particles including molds, dander and other allergens. Your second best choice is to get a vacuum with S-class filter that has similar functions to a HEPA filter.
Does it handle well or maneuver like an overloaded wheelbarrow?
The only way you can tell is to test drive it. Does it move around easily? Does it seem responsive and easy to handle? Is the wand easy to attach and remove. How much bending will you have to do when using this particular model? How much of a hassle is it to empty the dust bin or change the bag?
Are there convenience features you value?
Ease of storage, a retractable cord, and ability to switch from sucking up dirt from hardwood or out of carpeting may be features you could get used to pretty quickly without making enough noise to raise the dead. These may be lower or higher on your priority list when it comes to choosing a vacuum cleaner depending on what you have now.
What about other considerations like attachments, power heads and such? Can a turbo brush really make your life easier? What about hard ability to clean hard word and carpets with equal ease?
Some will tell you that vacuuming is just like exercise. Develop a routine and you will notice amazing results and feel better for them. Fail to do that and soon you’ll be guilt ridden and overwhelmed. Not sure any vac can help with your feelings of guilt. But if it makes it more likely you’ll keep up with this chore who knows?