Best Upright Vacuums for Pet Hair

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 6, 2020
Everyone loves having a vacuum cleaner, but most people don't have one that is particularly good at removing pet hair from the carpet. Worry not, though! We have reviews for five of the best upright vacuums for pet hair. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2020
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Cleaning
Dirt Capacity
Power Source
Power
Brush
Features
Warranty
 
PROS

Thanks to the unique Ball technology, the vacuum cleaner always returns to its original position when tipping over. A low center of gravity adds not only stability to the equipment, but also maneuverability. As a result, it takes even less time to clean the floor.

CONS

The unit is pretty heavy.

OUR VERDICT

Packing 306 air watts of power, the Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean is considered one of the most powerful upright vacuums in its class. Paired with a number of attachments and an ample dust container, it will make spring cleaning in larger households a quick and easy job.

detailed parameters
Cleaning

Dry

Dirt Capacity

70.4-oz dustcup

Power Source

Corded (35-ft cord length)

Power

12 A

Brush

Multi-floor cleaner head, Articulating hard floor tool, Multi-angle brush, Mattress tool, Carbon fiber soft dusting brush, Reach under tool, Combination tool, Stair tool, Tangle-free turbine tool

Features

Ball™ technology, Self-adjusting cleaner head, Radial Root Cyclone™ technology, Instant-release high-reach wand, Hygienic bin emptying, Lifetime washable filter, Tool bag

Warranty

5 years

PROS

The Dust-Away ™ Hard Floor Attachment is stiff enough to collect crumbs and large debris while being delicate enough to clean all dust from floors such as expensive wood without damaging them.

CONS

The Pre-Motor Filter needs to be cleaned every 3 months.

OUR VERDICT

The Shark NV752 is a powerful vertical vacuum cleaner, which will not leave a single bit of pet hair or dust in your home. It retains more than 99.9% of suspended particles inside, which is important in homes where those with allergies and young children live. The equipment is controlled by one touch, and the LED lights help you clean everything up even under furniture and in the dark corners of the rooms.

detailed parameters
Cleaning

Dry

Dirt Capacity

48-oz dustcup

Power Source

Corded (30-ft cord length)

Power

9.5 A

Brush

Dust-Away™ Hard Floor Attachment, True Pet Mini Motorized Brush, Pet Multi-Tool, Duster Crevice Tool

Features

Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology® + HEPA filter, Lift-Away® Technology, Fingertip controls, LED lights

Warranty

7-year limited

PROS

Thanks to the tangle-free brush roll, the vacuum requires almost no maintenance. No more hair wrap. The patented cyclonic spooling system ensures hand-free emptying. 

CONS

Vacuum is rather loud.

OUR VERDICT

The Bissell 1650A Pet Hair Eraser is a definite leader on the market. It can remove even the most stubborn hair owing to multiple specialized pet hair tools. The generous length of the power cord allows easy access to all areas without the need to unplug. This revolutionary vacuum can really make cleaning up after pets a breeze.

detailed parameters
Cleaning

Dry

Dirt Capacity

50-oz dustcup with EasyEmpty system

Power Source

Corded (30-ft cord length)

Power

8.5 A

Brush

Motorized Brush (12" cleaning path), Pet TurboEraser Tool, Crevice tool with LED light, Upholstery tool

Features

SuctionChannel Technology™, SmartSeal™ Allergen System, Cyclonic Spooling System™, Febreze® Pet Odor Eliminator, 8-ft hose

Warranty

5 years

PROS

The XL sized dust collector requires significantly less maintenance, holding more dust and dirt than many other vacuums. At the same time, the built-in filter is washable, which will allow you to save on consumables.

CONS

Wheels have a poor grip on smooth floors.

OUR VERDICT

The productive vertical vacuum cleaner Eureka NEU190 for cleaning animal hair and other dry garbage from hard floors and carpets is useful in every home. It has a sufficiently powerful suction power, a convenient and balanced body, automatic height adjustment and a bright LED backlight, which will allow you to carefully clean all dark corners.

detailed parameters
Cleaning

Dry

Dirt Capacity

88-oz dustcup

Power Source

Corded (25-ft cord length)

Power

8 A

Brush

Multi surface brush roll, 7" Crevice Tool, Dusting Brush, Upholstery Tool, Quick Release Handle, Pet Turbo Brush

Features

Automatic Height Adjustment, Swivel Steering, LED headlights, washable filter

Warranty

2 years limited

PROS

The triple action brush roll in combination with scatter free technology provides the most thorough grip on animal hair, even if it is tightly entangled in the carpet.

CONS

The hose tends to fall out of place.

OUR VERDICT

The Bissel CleanView 2252 is a great choice for homes with pets. It boasts good suction, special pet attachments, excellent air filtration, and a versatile main cleaner head. Overall, it's a well-balanced model to be used as the main vacuum for cleaning most kinds of floors.

detailed parameters
Cleaning

Dry

Dirt Capacity

33.8-oz dustcup

Power Source

Corded (27-ft cord length)

Power

8 A

Brush

Triple Action brush roll (13.5" cleaning path), Extension wand, Crevice tool, Pet TurboEraser® tool, Dusting brush, Pet hair corner tool

Features

Multi-cyclonic suction system, Swivel steering, scatter free technology, Edge to edge cleaning feature

Warranty

4 years

Dyson Ball Animal 2

Well-Balanced Vacuum

Upright vacuum cleaners tend to not be the most maneuverable things around. It's probably happened to more than one person where trying to maneuver a vacuum around a tight corner ends up with the vacuum cleaner tipping over. For users of the Dyson Ball Animal 2 Upright Vacuum, though, this problem is a thing of the past. Thanks to Dyson's unique Ball technology, the vacuum cleaner always returns to its original position when tipping over. A low center of gravity adds not only stability to the equipment, but also maneuverability. Now it will take even less time to clean the floor, without tight corners or sudden maneuvers causing the unit to lose its balance.

Not only is this vacuum easy to maneuver, it is quite easy to use in other aspects as well. For instance, the unit comes with a huge .55 gallon dustcup, which lets you vacuum quite a bit before needing to worry about emptying it. And when it does come time to empty the dustcup, it is a simple push of a button away from letting you do so in a hygenic way, without the worry of dust or other debris falling out or scattering about. This in combination with the built-in HEPA filter will be the the most liked characeristics by allergy sufferers, although it will certainly be appreciated by everyone.

Review of Dyson Ball Animal 2 Upright Vacuum

Strong Suction Power

When it comes to the actual vacuuming performance, this model is certainly no slouch. Packing 306 air watts of power, the Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean is considered one of the most powerful upright vacuums in its class. This suctioning power is enough to remove even the toughest dirt and pet hair from carpets, and does it all in just one pass, so you won't need to run the vacuum over the same spot multiple times in order to thoroughly clean any spots. The self-adjusting cleaner head provides a tight seal on any type of floor, giving whatever spot is being cleaned the full suctioning power of the vacuum without the risk or dirt being scattered.

This vacuum also comes paired with a number of attachments that will make spring cleaning in larger households a quick and easy job. The stair tool lets you easily clean stairs without having to lift the vacuum up for each step, which is certainly a handy feature to have, as this model is rather heavy. The combination tool lets you clean different areas that just can't be reached by the vacuum itself, and the tangle-free Turbine tool gives you full force suctioning power coupled with rotating brushes to clean the toughest spots. All of these features combined in a single powerful vacuum cleaner make this model one of the best upright vacuum cleaners on the market.

Dyson Ball Animal 2 Upright Vacuum in the use

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What customers say about this product

Key Specs

The most impressive thing about the Animal 2 is the suction. Oh MAN does this thing pull! Between the super powerful suction and the degree to which the brushes are pushed into the carpet, it does clean my carpets more thoroughly and pulls hair off of the surface better.

Power

The power cord and attachment hose are longer than my Shark, which I much appreciate.

Features

The attachments are great for getting hair, dander, and cat litter up from all the nooks and crannies.

Size & Weight

It is light weight, moves from carpet to tile floors easily.
 

Shark NV752

Amazingly Versatile

One of the most important aspects of an upright vacuum cleaner is its versatility. Vacuums are made primarily for carpeted floors, but it is more than just carpeted floors that need to be cleaned. Other areas, such as furniture, curtains, hardwood floors, and other parts of a home can all benefit greatly from having a vacuum cleaner that is able to clean them. A vacuum with such versatility is simply a great addition to any home.

The Shark NV752 Rotator Powered Lift-Away TruePet Upright Vacuum is one such vacuum that offers a high degree of versatility. Thanks to its many attachments and modes, this vacuum is able to clean areas that many other vacuums can only dream of. One aspect of this vacuum that contributes to its high degree of versatility is its Powered Lift-Away feature. This allows the main canister of the vacuum to be removed from the upright body of the vacuum, and can be easily carried with you. This gives you the ability to easily clean areas that are harder to reach for a regular vacuum, such as stairs, underneath furniture, and upholstery. The included Under Appliance Wand also allows for cleaning underneath low-sitting appliances such as refrigerators and washing machines.

Review of Shark NV752 Rotator Powered Lift-Away TruePet Upright Vacuum

Powerful and Easy to Use

The high versatility of this vacuum is aided greatly by many of the additional features that are included. For instance, the Dynamic Swivel Steering allows for flexibility of the cleaning head of the main body, making it easy for you to turn the vacuum around corners or furniture. The fingertip controls allow for easy operation of the vacuum, giving you everything you need within easy reach of your fingers. Powerful LED lights are also included on the front of both the main body head and the Lift Away, allowing for easy cleaning in dark areas. There are even lights on the handle, giving you the ability to use the vacuum even in the dark.

The performance of this vacuum is also nothing to sneer at. The powerful 9.5 A motor gives plenty of power to both the brush and the suction capability, allowing for pet hair and dirt to be easily lifted from any surface. It is even well performing on hard floors, ensuring that all dirt and hair is suctioned into the vacuum instead of being scattered about. This is aided greatly by the Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology along with the HEPA filter, which ensures that all dirt and dust are swept into the vacuum, and preventing stray dust from being scattered into the air. With the powerful combination of these features along with its versatility, this vacuum should give anyone a powerful tool for cleaning their home.

Shark NV752 Rotator Powered Lift-Away TruePet Upright Vacuum in the use

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Bissell 1650A

Erase Pet Hair

Vacuums that advertise themselves as having the ability to remove pet hair are actually fairly recent things. Of course, the ability to do this will vary greatly between different models and different brands. All of the various models will have varying degrees of success with the ability to perform this function, so finding the right model that does this perfectly is one of the most important things for buyers who find this function a necessity.

The Bissell 1650A Pet Hair Eraser Upright Vacuum Cleaner is a model that is able to easily remove pet hair as advertised. This pet hair vacuum features many different capabilities that add up to a nearly flawless experience. Featuring a wide 12-inch cleaning path, this vacuum is able to be used easily, gliding along nearly any type of flooring effortlessly as it removes all kinds of dust, dirt, and pet hair from the surface. The SuctionChannel technology allows for even the toughest particles of dirt as well as the most stubborn pet hair to be removed from the surface throughout the entire width of the cleaning path, and the SmartSeal Allergin System ensures that pet hair and dander are thoroughly captured and trapped inside the vacuum, preventing allergens from escaping into the air. This helps make this vacuum perfect for those who suffer from allergies to pet dander.

Review of Bissell 1650A Pet Hair Eraser Upright Vacuum Cleaner

Outstanding Performance

This vacuum doesn't just specialize in removing pet hair and dander. There are plenty of extra features included that help make this vacuum a high all-around performer. The Patended Cyclonic Pet Hair Spooling System aids in removing pet hair and ensuring that it all ends up in the dustcup, as well as giving an easy hands-free emptying. The voluminous 50-ounce dustcup also ensures that plenty of vacuuming can be done before the need to empty it. The Tangle Free Brush Roll provides a tough way of loosening dirt and hair from the surface and also ensures that all hair that is vacuumed ends up in the dust cup instead of tangled in the brush.

Along with this great feature are many other features that are often expected in vacuums. The 30-foot power cord gives you the ability to vacuum even the largest room without needing to unplug at any point, and the 12-inch hose length ensures that the various included attachments are able to reach far enough away from the vacuum to be useful. The Quick Release Wand also ensures that you can easily remove the wand to vacuum those hard-to-reach areas without any trouble at all. All of these things coupled with the overall high performance of this vacuum make it one of the best deals on the market.

Bissell 1650A Pet Hair Eraser Upright Vacuum Cleaner in the use

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Eureka NEU190

Versatile Vacuum Cleaner

Many of the vacuums that come with lots of bells and whistles tend to be focused on those, rather than just being a powerful and effective vacuum. Thankfully, Eureka hasn't forgotten the most important characteristics of a vacuum cleaner, and have managed to make an excellent model. The Eureka NEU190 is a productive and effective vacuum cleaner for cleaning animal hair and other dry garbage from hard floors and carpets that will be useful in every home. It has a sufficiently powerful suction power, a convenient and balanced body, and automatic height adjustment and a bright LED backlight, which will allow you to carefully clean all dark corners.

To start with, this vacuum is easy to maneuver thanks to the well-balanced design complete with swivel steering, so moving around sharp corners won't cause the vacuum to spill over. Inside of the vacuuming head is a multi-surface brush roll that thoroughly lifts up dirt and hair that typically gets embedded into carpets, loosening them all enough for the high suction power to lift away without leaving anything behind. This works equally well on both thick carpets and hardwood floors, letting you clean virtually any type of surface with ease.

Review of Eureka NEU190 PowerSpeed Turbo Spotlight with Swivel Plus Lightweight Upright Vacuum

Extra Large Dust Cup

With how powerful and effective this vacuum is with lifting away dirt and debris, a large dust cup is needed in order to be able to clean without stopping. Thankfully, this model doesn't skimp on this detail. The XL sized dust collector requires significantly less maintenance, holding more dust and dirt than most other vacuums. This lets you clean a whole house non-stop without needing to stop to empty the dustcup every so often. At the same time, the built-in filter is washable, which will allow you to save on consumables. These two features make for a very easy to maintain vacuum cleaner.

Plenty of other features are to be found here as well. This vacuum comes with multiple accessories that allow you to clean areas that are hard or impossible to reach with the regular vacuuming head, including a pet turbo brush, which aids greatly in cleaning areas where tons of pet hair has become entangled in the carpet. Also included is a crevice tool for cleaning in very tight spots, as well as an upholstery tool for cleaning your furniture. All in all, the features and versatility of this vacuum cleaner make it an excellent appliance that will help you thoroughly clean your home with much less effort than what is required of many other models.

Eureka NEU190 PowerSpeed Turbo Spotlight with Swivel Plus Lightweight Upright Vacuum in the use

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Bissell 2254

Pet Hair Be Gone!

Many vacuums that are advertised as being ideal for cleaning pet hair tend to not be quite so effective at that task. Pet hair, after all, can be quite stubborn to clean out of any carpet. However, there is one model that is certainly up to the task. The Bissel CleanView 2252 is a great choice for homes with pets. It boasts good suction power, special pet attachments, excellent air filtration, and a versatile main cleaner head. Overall, it's a well-balanced model to be used as the main vacuum for cleaning most kinds of floors, and is effective enough to be used in any home, not just those with pets.

First things first, the suction power of this vacuum is quite good, thanks to the multi-cyclonic suction system. In combination with the triple action brush roll, this vacuum is able to pick up just about anything from any carpet, including pet hair that is thorough entangled in the carpet strands. The scatter free technology also ensures that all dust and hair that is loosened from the floor ends up in the dustcup and doesn't get scattered around the area, like what tends to happen with some other vacuums. Those who have allergies or are easily bothered by dust will certainly appreciate this vacuum's efficiency and effectiveness in this area.

Review of Bissell 2254 Bagless Vacuum Cleaner

Clear Dust Collector

Speaking of the dustcup, this model offers a clear view of the contents of it, which lets you easily keep an eye on how full it is. This will be especially appreciated as the 33.8-oz capacity of this model is the smallest of all the products we review here, so it will need to be changed frequently. Thankfully, this can be easily done in just seconds, and all without the worry of the contents being scattered about.

One of the best features of this vacuum is its long 27 foot cord, which gives you plenty of room for maneuvering around freely without getting yourself tangled up with it. Furthermore, the long cord length lets you vacuum a larger area without having to change power outlets. Whenever you do need to move the vacuum to another room, the auto-roll system will automatically wind up the cord for you, helping to save a lot of time.

Not to be outdone are the other features of this vacuum, including the swivel steering for easy maneuvering, the multiple attachments for cleaning corners and removing pet hair from hard to reach areas, and the replaceable filters for helping to keep the air clean during vacuuming. All told, this excellent vacuum cleaner from Bissell is a great bargain for those who need a model that is effective for cleaning up after pets.

Bissell 2254 Bagless Vacuum Cleaner in the use

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What Is an Upright Vacuum for Pet Hair?

Did you know that pet hair is the most common trigger of indoor allergies? And if you often experience a runny nose, red eyes, sneezing and some other symptoms, you might probably suffer from an allergy to pet hair. So, if you need the best vacuum to clean up after your lovely pets, you're at the right place. Good vacuums for pet hair are usually much more powerful and maneuverable than usual vacs. Boasting super-strong suction, these vacuums can easily clean your house from pet hair, dander, fur and other sources of dust, dirt, and allergens. They are usually equipped with additional nozzles for pet hair removal and filters that lock in the finest particles. Like usual vacuums, they come in different shapes and sizes. In this review, we compare some of the best canister vacuums, upright vacuums, and handheld vacuums for dog hair. And no matter whether you want to get rid of retriever hair or toy terrier hair, you'll find a suitable option here. So, keep on reading and take your pick to manage that extra hair in your house.

To make caring for the hair of your furry friend a bit easier, we recommend pet owners to consider the best dog shampoos and hair trimmers. And to make the walks with your pet mess-free, you might be interested in waste bags and pooper scoopers.

What Features to Compare

Finding the best upright vacuum for pet hair will depend greatly on your needs. Many of these types of vacuums share many of the same features, while most models may also have some other features that are exclusive to that model. However, some common features will be necessary to compare between different models to make sure that the specific model will meet your needs. Below are some of the most common features of upright vacuums for cleaning pet hair, all of which you will want to check before deciding on a specific vacuum.

Power

The overall power of the vacuum can affect its performance. Although this isn't always true, the higher the power of the vacuum, the stronger the suctioning ability to remove dirt and pet hair. Generally, you will want a powerful vacuum to go along with the other features that the model contains.

Dust Cup Capacity

An important feature of any vacuum is the capacity of the dust cup, which is where dirt and pet hair that has been vacuumed is stored. The larger the dust cup, the more vacuuming you can do before needing to empty it. Vacuums with a larger dust cup can probably handle several full passes over a room before needing to be emptied.

Cord Length

All vacuums of the size and power that are featured here will require the use of the power cord, as these powerful vacuums require more electricity than what most batteries can provide. The length of the power cord will often determine how much of an area of your room you can vacuum before needing to plug it in to another power outlet. Those with a longer cord can allow you to vacuum a larger area before needing to do this.

Brush

Upright vacuums rely on a brush to help loosen and remove dirt and hair from a carpet. Those with a stronger and more reliable brush will be able to perform this function better than those with a weaker brush. The strength of the brush will be a very important factor in the overall performance of the vacuum.

Attachments

A standard vacuum cleaner is great for cleaning floors in an open area, but in order to clean other areas as well as upholstery and ceilings, you will need to use attachments. Most of the vacuums here have attachments included that allow for cleaning those hard-to-reach places. If you require a vacuum to be able to clean certain things such as curtains and upholstery, then you want to make sure it includes the proper attachments.

All of these included features can be easily spotted and verified in our reviews of each of the five best upright vacuums for cleaning pet hair.

How Does an Upright Vacuum for Pet Hair Differ From a Standard Vacuum Cleaner?

Vacuum cleaners that are made specifically for removing pet hair largely work just light a regular upright vacuum cleaner. The main functions that it performs in order to vacuum are using a brush to loosen pet hair and dirt from a surface, while also using air suction to lift the hair and dirt away from the surface and into the dust cup of the vacuum cleaner. These two main functions are pretty much the same as a regular upright vacuum cleaner. However, there are some notable differences in many of the features of a vacuum for pet hair. Here are some of the main aspects of many of the models made for removing pet hair that set them apart from standard vacuum cleaners.

Air Tight Suction

Many of the vacuums meant for removing pet hair feature suction capabilities that are stronger than many standard vacuums. How such a strong suction is created usually has to do with the airtight design of the vacuum head. Preventing air from escaping in any way from a vacuum head helps keep the suction tight, which in turn ensures that the hair and debris are sucked into the vacuum instead of being scattered or dropped back onto the surface.

Tangle Free Brush

Anyone who has owned a standard vacuum cleaner before is sure to have run into the problem of hair getting tangled into the vacuum's brush. This is a very common problem that often plagues standard vacuum cleaners, and can, in turn, lead to issues ranging from reduced performance to damage to the vacuum cleaner. Many of the models made for removing pet hair include brushes that are made to either not tangle very easily, or that have the ability to easily remove tangled hair. How this is accomplished can vary wildly, as many different vacuums for pet hair design their tangle-free brushes in different manners. However, the end result is the same: a much better and hassle-free experience than a conventional vacuum cleaner.

Multi-Surface Cleaning

Most standard vacuum cleaners are designed specifically for working on carpets. The nature of such designs often makes them ill-suited for other types of surfaces, especially hardwood or tiled floors. Vacuums for removing pet hair, on the other hand, are usually designed to work on many different types of surfaces, including carpets of varying thickness, hardwood and tiled floors, and even upholstery. How this is accomplished generally depends on the specific model, but most models will include various accessories or attachments that are made to work well on certain types of surfaces. For instance, most models will include a vacuum head attached to a hose that uses strong suction to remove pet hair from upholstery, and many will also include vacuum wands that are used for cleaning other areas not normally reachable by a standard vacuum cleaner, such as corners and ceilings. Many will include various other attachments for other specific purposes.

The above features are the main ways in how an upright vacuum for pet hair works better for cleaning up after pets than a standard vacuum cleaner. Most of us love our pets, and as such, keeping a clean house or apartment is a necessity. If you are a pet owner and struggle with keeping your home tidy and free of pet hair, then getting yourself an upright vacuum for pet hair will definitely increase the cleanliness of your home.

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Publish Date: 2018-07-09 15:26:25