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We’ve created this site to help allergy sufferers and pet owners find cleaning machines that can reduce allergens easily and effectively! Our expert reviewers have compared dozens of vacuums to find the ones that work the absolute best for reducing allergens and conquering pet hair!

Here on our home page, we’ve rounded up all our favorites. Below, you’ll find in-depth reviews of each, as well as links to our more specific guides, like the best pet allergy vacuums for cars, stairs, and other specific needs!





If you suffer from pet allergies, or know someone in your life who has allergy symptoms around your pets, you know how important it is to have a great vacuum. A proper vacuum can mitigate allergy symptoms by reducing fine dust and dander in your house, which lesser vacuums would either miss or spit right back out into your air!

However, many vacuums that are marketed as “pet” or “allergy” models aren’t actually up for the task. Nobody has the money to waste on a vacuum that turns out to be inadequate, but it can be a real hassle to sort through all the different makers and models on the market.

Our guides will help you learn about all the key features which make a vacuum effective in reducing allergens. We’ll show you which aspects of a vacuum make it good for cleaning up after pets, and talk you through figuring out your own needs.

So, without further ado, let’s get right into some reviews!







Best Pet Allergy Vacuum Reviews

-Miele Complete C2 Limited Edition Canister

-Dyson Animal Upright

-Miele Classic C1 Titan Canister

-Miele Complete C3 Cat & Dog Canister




1. Miele Complete C2 Limited Edition Canister

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Our budget pick is still a top-notch vacuum for living with pet allergies! It’s made by Miele, our all-around favorite vacuum maker right now. This isn’t actually the least expensive canister vacuum Miele has to offer, but we still think it’s the best budget buy! It gives you a lot more versatility than their entry-level Olympus model without raising the price more than $75. This C2 canister will do a great job on any hard floors, and up to medium-depth carpeting.
Pros:
One reason we’ve recommended this C2 model as our budget pick instead of the cheaper C1 Olympus is that it comes with two floor attachments instead of one! That makes it more versatile, and more of a bargain!
The first floor attachment you get is an air-powered turbo brush. It works really well on low to medium-pile carpeting, and it’s superb at beating out rugs. Unless you try to use it on really deep pile, it doesn’t get stuck or bogged down. Instead, it easily collects pet hair and dust
The other floor head is a versatile tool for hard surfaces and rugs. It switches conveniently between the hard floor setting, which has protective brushes, and the rug setting, which has a metal gliding plate to help you skim along your rugs without scraping them or getting stuck.
Both floor heads are super ergonomic, and they swivel very well at the joints. That’s something we really appreciate when we’re cleaning up after pets, since it lets you get under furniture and into tight spots easily.
This C2 vacuum has an active filtration system inside the canister! It’s exactly what you need for dealing with allergens. The air system is completely sealed, and the filters capture 99.9% of particles in the combined filter bags.
We think Miele’s combined filter bags are one of the best features on the market right now. They’re simple, convenient, and effective. You only have to change one component, and the bags seal themselves as they’re removed. They’re the best we’ve seen at containing pet dirt and fur, and they’re much more convenient than bags of the past.
It’s extremely quiet. The C2 series vacuums are acoustically-sealed, which makes them much quieter to use than other canisters. Compared to something lighter like a Dyson, they’re much more pleasant to be around.
You can also adjust between six different motor speeds as you clean. That makes it easy to choose the level that suits what you’re cleaning. You can go gentle on curtains and upholstery or turn things to max to grab cobwebs or tackle carpeting.
Three attachment tools complete the package. There’s an upholstery brush, crevice tool, and dusting brush. All the attachments are well-made and easy to use.
It’s nice and compact. The C2 Series canisters have smaller bodies which are more convenient on stairs and in other tight spots. Even though this is a small vacuum, we love that you can store the attachments inside!
This one has a 33-foot radius, and automatic cord retraction.
We also appreciate the little touches like bumpers around the sides and rubberized wheels to protect nice floors and woodwork as you clean.
It’s a Miele! That means quality and durability. These vacuums are made entirely in Germany, and they have a great reputation for reliability. The extension wand is made from rugged metal, and the casing on the canister is super dense plastic. It’s much better than Dyson or Bissell canister shells. The motor is covered by a 7-year warranty, and the rest of the vacuum is covered by a 1-year warranty.
Cons:
It’s not HEPA-certified. While the filtration system meets Miele’s own high standards, it’s not technically tested by the HEPA institute. We think it’s mostly a difference of formality, since both filter types remove 99.9% of airborne particles. If you want the HEPA certification, look at either the Dyson Ball or the Miele Titan below!
It’s the cheapest vacuum in this guide, but it’s still more expensive than other vacuums out there. We think this is the least you can pay for a truly capable pet allergy vacuum, though. Cheaper canisters just aren’t reliable or durable long-term. Try the Olympus if you want to save some more money, and don’t need any carpet capabilities!
***On a super tight budget? See our Best Pet Allergy Vacuums Under $100 guide! Links below.
You’ll also have to factor in the cost of the bags. However, we think bags are a very worthy investment for someone with severe symptoms that could be aggravated by emptying a bagless vacuum.
This one can’t do a great job on deep carpeting, since the roller brush is only air-powered. If you have deep carpets, look at one of the more expensive Miele’s below!

Top Pick: Kenmore Progressive 21614

2. Dyson Animal Upright

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This Animal model from Dyson is one of the most popular vacuums on the market right now. We think it’s a good option for folks with allergies who like uprights! It’s ideal for homes with mostly carpeting. However, it’s versatile enough to do a good job on hard floors too! We’ve been fans of the original Ball Animal model for a while and we’re super excited that this new “2” model is on the market!
Pros:
Dyson advertise that this has the highest suction of any upright vacuum on the market!We can’t verify their results, but suffice it to say that this does have crazy good suction! It uses Dyson’s cyclonic system, which is both more powerful than traditional vacuum systems and more effective at separating particles and keeping dirt and fur away from the filters.
As a result, you get power which is higher to begin with, and which stays high because the filters aren’t choking the vacuums air feed. Overall, it’s a superb suction system, which reviewers were thrilled with. Many reviewers found that it pulled out lots of dust and hair from carpets they’d just cleaned with their old machine! We don’t think you’ll find anything lacking in the power department!
The main suction head for vacuuming your floors is both air-powered and self-adjusting. It has a wide turbine inside, like other upright vacuums. The brush head spins via air power, but it still scrubs about as well as any motor head (aside from Miele’s). This new version does a better job than the last generation at staying un-stuck, which was the major flaw in the design.
It adapts to your floors automatically as you vacuum to create a tight suction seal. So, it’ll lower itself down on hard floors, or lift slightly up to keep the machine moving across carpets.
This is also one of the most maneuverable upright vacuums we’ve ever reviewed! It’s all based around Dyson’s ball system, which makes for easy steering in a very tight radius. You can turn quickly around furniture, and swivel in tight spots much more easily than with uprights of old. It’s super light, too!
It comes with a standard set of attachments: a dusting brush, crevice tool, and upholstery brush.
This Animal model also comes with an air-powered turbine tool for scrubbing pet fur and dirt off of carpeted stairs or furniture upholstery! The Miele upholstery tool is simply a piece of velour, which works well, but can’t scrub like this one.
The turbine tool is marketed as tangle-free, and we’ve found that it’s one of the only ones that lives up to that claim! The main floor suction head also does a great job at staying free of tangles. In the case that you need to remove hair, Dyson have a nifty roller bar design which slides out, so you don’t have to spend the day with a pair of scissors trying to cut hairs off the roller.
It’s all airtight, with a sealed system and HEPA-grade filtration. That’s exactly what we look for in a pet allergy vacuum! The Dyson will capture fine allergens without releasing any into your air. Many buyers noted the lack of smell or dust in their air after cleaning!
It’s bagless, with a dust chamber that features a sanitary trapdoor disposal system. You just lower it into the trash can and release the bottom of the canister. The upright format offers a lot more room for pet hair than the Miele canisters, too!
Since it has no bags, and comes with a washable filter, there won’t be any replacement costs for this machine!
It’s covered by a 5-year warranty.
Cons:
It’s mostly plastic. That’s pretty disappointing for something that’s on the more expensive end of the upright spectrum. We haven’t seen any complaints about durability with this new model, but durability has been a problem with the older Dyson’s. In any case, it doesn’t feel as reassuring or reliable as the Miele’s.
The new version’s floor head does a lot better on thick carpeting than the original model. However it can still get stuck in deep pile, especially shag-style carpeting. The Miele Titan is a better choice for deep carpets.
Since you can’t adjust the suction, it’s a bit less user-friendly than Miele’s. If the self-adjusting head doesn’t do the trick on your flooring, there’s not a lot you can do to improve the situation.
The floor head has been redesigned to have a lower profile than the original model, but it still can’t reach under low furniture easily. You probably want a canister vacuum if you’re planning to vacuum under lots of low furniture that can’t be moved.
If you have severe allergy symptoms, you may find that the bagless design doesn’t work for you. It will inevitably release some dust in the air around your trash can as you dispose of the collected dirt and fur. If you can empty it in the garage, or if you’re not the allergy sufferer, it might be a convenient, cost-saving feature. Otherwise, we recommend one of the bagged Miele’s.
For the price, the Dyson doesn’t have great ergonomics. The power cord has to be manually wrapped. The floor head doesn’t have a standard foot lock so it’s tricky to get in and out of storage mode. The extension wand is also tricky to realign when you’re going from accessory mode to the standard upright mode.
3. Miele Classic C1 Titan

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Our top pick for the average buyer is Miele’s Classic C1 Titan! It’s Miele’s least expensive canister option that can handle absolutely any flooring type. We think it’s an excellent choice for pet owners and allergy sufferers who have both carpets and hard floors to keep clean. It’s ergonomic, effective, and HEPA-certified. We think it’s the best you can do without spending close to $1000 for our ultimate recommendation below.
Pros:
This Titan unit comes with two floor heads, just like the C2. In the Titan’s case, both tools get a big upgrade! There’s one head for cleaning carpeted floors and rugs and another for all your hard floors.
The carpet head on the Titan has a motor brush, which is a huge advantage over the air-powered turbines on the C2 and the Dyson. It’s more capable on deep carpets, and it can’t get stuck as easily. This one can be used on anything from flat-weave rugs to deep-pile carpeting, and it simply doesn’t get stuck! It’s the better choice for people with lots of carpeting, especially if it’s on the deeper side.
The Titan comes with a better hard floor tool, too. Unlike the tool that comes with the C2, you can’t use the Titan’s Parquet Twister on rugs, but the motor brush can handle those. Instead you get a dedicated hard floor brush. It has thick, natural bristles that keep nice wood floors safe, which could be scratched by the stiff, synthetic bristles on Dyson vacuums.
Even though it’s designed for floors we’ve also found that the Parquet Twister tool works great on paneling and wainscoting! Those are spots where dust and allergens can accumulate, and this floor tool is the most efficient, protective attachment we’ve found for cleaning nice woodwork quickly.
Aside from the floor heads the Titan comes with the same set of three attachments as the C2: a crevice tool, a dusting brush, and an upholstery tool with a velour strip for catching pet hair.
As with the C2 unit, the Titan has super quiet adjustable suction. There are 6 settings to choose from, and they each have a little graphic on the dial to help you pick the right one for the task at hand: curtains, tile, etc.
Between the motorized floor head and the adjustable suction, this is a much better choice than the Dyson for expensive or particularly deep carpets which can get torn up by really aggressive vacuums that can’t be turned down.
It has most of the same conveniences as the C2: there’s a fully retractable cord, ergonomic foot buttons for the power and cord retraction, and hand controls for the power brush. The Titan also has rubber wheels to protect your flooring.
The Titan has combined filter bags like the C2. They seal themselves when they’re removed, and they’re easy to change. The key difference is that the Titan comes with HEPA-certified filters, while the C2 does not. There’s not a world of difference between the two, but the HEPA certification is always nice to have.
As with any Miele, the Titan is very durable, with high-quality parts all over. It has a metal wand, a super well-made hose, and very sturdy plastic housing. It feels much better-made than the Dyson for roughly the same price. That’s German manufacturing for you! This one has a 7-year motor warranty, and a 1-year warranty on everything else.
Cons:
As with any Miele, you’ll have to pay for bags, which can get pricey. We suggest buying them in bulk and stocking up.
Even though it costs about $200 more than the C2, this Titan is actually from the C1 series. That means it lacks a few little features and conveniences that the C2 series offers. This C1 series model doesn’t have the bumper around the sides, it’s slightly larger overall, and you also can’t store the attachments inside the casing. However, the Miele’s with the C2’s features and a motorized brush are quite expensive. If you want the lot, we suggest you bite the bullet and go for the Cat And Dog below!
4. Miele Complete C3 Cat & Dog: our ultimate pick

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If you can afford to make a serious investment up front, we think this Cat & Dog vacuum is the absolute best on the market for allergy sufferers and pet owners. It’s specifically designed to tackle pet allergies and animal messes, and it has top-of-the-line features. This has all the little conveniences we love on the C2, rolled into an even better package with a power brush, turbo tool, and everything you could need to keep allergens at bay.
Pros:
This one has a roomier canister body than the C2, so it has a bit more room in the dust bags for hair and dirt!It’s ideal for homes with multiple pets, or pets that shed profusely. It’s about the same size as the C1 Titan canister, but it packs in compartments for the accessories and some extra footswitches into the same area!
The C3 series gives you an extra 6 feet of cleaning range over the Titan or the C2, as well!
Like the Titan, the Cat & Dog comes with both the Parquet Twister attachment and a motor brush head for carpets and rugs. We think this one’s a cut above the Titan on carpets because it has an even better electric brush head!
This tool has five different height settings, while the Titan has just one. That makes it much easier to find the sweet spot for your specific carpets and rugs! Overall, this power head does a great job on any carpeted floors. It’s not as aggressive as a Dyson can be on delicate fibers, but cleans even better! That’s why control is sometimes better than sheer power.
Just like on the Titan, the Parquet Twister head that comes with the Cat & Dog gives you lots of swiveling versatility. It fits under furniture, around corners, and on stair steps easily. The thick natural bristles do an excellent job of protecting floors and woodwork as you clean, and they’re perfect for wainscoting as well.
The Cat & Dog comes with the same three accessories as the Titan: a dusting brush, crevice tool, and upholstery brush. However, it also comes with a mini turbobrush for scrubbing furniture, curtains and carpeted stairs of pet hair!
It’s a lot like the tool that comes with the Dyson, and it’s a nice addition to your toolbox on this model. It’s ideal for pet beds and other tricky, stuck-on spots where hair and allergens can accumulate.
The filtration system has an activated charcoal panel in addition to the filter bags. It removes pet odors from the air as you clean, which is ideal for getting that doggy smell out of pet beds and couches. It can be replaced as needed, just like the filter bags.
The Cat & Dog has the all-around bumpers on the canister, just like the C2. They’ll keep your walls and woodwork safe if the canister bumps into them.
This one’s also completely acoustically-sealed, like the C2, while the Titan is not! The noise level alone makes this the most enjoyable vacuum we’ve used that features so much suction power and versatility!
As we mentioned earlier, the Cat & Dog model has some extra footswitch controls instead of a dial, for choosing between motor speeds. They’re the same speed options as the Titan and C2, but the footswitches make it even easier to adjust while you’re cleaning, without bending over!
It’s built to last for years and it will! The Cat & Dog is the most solid vacuum we’ve ever come across, with thick plastic and metal components, and a pretty much indestructible motor. Buyers report that they’ve been using these for years with no issues at all.
Cons:
Even though it’s specifically designed for pets, the Cat & Dog’s filters aren’t HEPA-certified. They’re Miele’s own AirClean set. However, the difference is in name only, since both filtration types remove more than 99% of airborne particles. If you’re set on having something HEPA-certified, you could swap the odor filter for a HEPA panel. We don’t think you’ll notice any difference, though, and you’d also lose the odor control feature.
This is a very expensive vacuum. We think it’s the best on the market right now, but if you don’t have multiple pets or severe allergy symptoms, you might not want to pay close to $1000 for your cleaning machine. The Cat & Dog is a good investment to make in your health, but it’s a steep purchase!

Conclusion

Now that we’ve taken a close look at all of our recommendations, which should you choose?
The Miele C2 Special Edition is our top pick for buyers on a budget. For $100 less than the Dyson, you get a very capable canister vacuum with an ergonomic, compact design and two dedicated flooring heads. This can do a good job on any hard floors or low to medium carpeting. The filter bags are much better than less expensive canister vacuums at trapping and sealing in allergens, and the whole design is super ergonomic and effective. We think this is the least you can pay for a vacuum that’s truly great at reducing pet fur, dirt and allergens. However, it doesn’t have HEPA-certified filters, and it doesn’t have a motorized brush. You won’t want to use this on deep carpeting.
The Dyson Ball Upright is our recommendation to people who prefer upright vacuums when cleaning up after pets. It’s the most maneuverable upright vacuum we’ve come across to date, and it has spectacularly powerful suction. It has HEPA filtration, and a very roomy canister for collecting dirt and hair. On the downside, it’s not good on deep carpeting, and it’s not as safe for nice wood flooring as the Miele’s. The bagless design may also be less ideal for those with severe allergy symptoms.
The Miele Titan is our top pick for the average buyer. It’s better than the Dyson or the C2 on carpeting, and it’s versatile enough to handle pretty much any surface. It’s not quite as refined or ergonomic as the Cat & Dog, but unless you want to spend nearly $400 more, we think the Titan is the best you can do! It has HEPA-certified filters, a powered carpet head, and all the accessories you really need to manage pet allergies in a home with lots of different flooring types. It’s not as quiet, refined, or versatile as the Cat & Dog, though.
The Miele Cat & Dog is the best vacuum here in practically every regard. It’s the quietest, the most ergonomic, and the most versatile. It works well on all flooring types, and given all the tools and suction settings you can cater it to just about any surface. It’s the only one that controls animal odors, and the filter bags are the largest of the Miele’s. We recommend it to anyone who simply wants the best of the best. The big downside is the price. At close to $1000, this is a very expensive buy.

Buying Guide

Depending on which type of vacuum you’re looking for, and how you’re planning to use your cleaning machine, there are lots of specific factors you’ll want to think about. You’ll find more specific buying guides in our smaller guides, which you’ll find below!
However, there are a few key things you want to look at in any vacuum when you’re dealing with pet allergies! Here’s what you need to consider before you make any decisions regarding your new purchase.
The Filter System
The most important thing that sets a pet allergy vacuum apart from your standard dust buster is the filtration system. The key reason allergy sufferers look for special vacuums in the first place is because standard vacuum cleaners only filter out large particles. They send all the fine, microscopic dust and dander back into your air. It’s that small matter which really aggravates allergies!
To properly deal with pet allergens, you need a machine with fine filters that can remove even the finest dust and dander particles from your home. Vacuums with sophisticated filtration systems are generally more expensive, but you won’t solve your allergy problem without these features!
In general, HEPA-certified filtration is what you’ll want to look for. However, some companies (like Miele, and other European makers) have their own proprietary systems that meet a lot of the same criteria. In any case, you want a set of filters that can remove at least 99.7% of debris from the air.
Some people are bothered by pet odors as well as particulate matter. If you’re one of those people, or if you’re living with one, look for a vacuum that has odor filtration as well as particulate filtration!
Suction Power
Suction power is super important when it comes to coping with allergies. Of course, you want suction power in any vacuum you buy. When it comes to allergies, though, you need something with the sheer power to collect the fine dust particles from the floor which less powerful vacuums leave behind. You also want something that can reach into cracks between floorboards and to the bottom of carpet fibers to collect the dander and fine hairs which pets leave behind. They often get ground in, and a really powerful vacuum is the best way to dislodge them. So, be prepared to spend a little more for something that can collect absolutely every allergen in your home, no matter how small or how ground-in.
Bagged vs. Bagless
Once you’ve sucked up all the fur, dust, and dander in your home, you’ll need to decide how you want to deal with it!
Both bagged and bagless vacuums can work well for collecting pet allergens, but in general, we think bagged vacuums are better for keeping those allergens contained. They keep hair and fine dust sealed inside where it can’t affect you. That makes it easy to simply remove the bag and throw it in the trash without releasing anything.
If you have only mild symptoms, or if you’re not the allergy sufferer, you may find that a bagless vacuum works well. You’ll save money on bags, too! Some people find tricks for emptying bagless chambers with less of a dust cloud, like wrapping a trash bag around the end before releasing the trapdoor.
However, if you have severe allergies and will be the one using the vacuum you may find that emptying a bagless chamber releases fine allergens into the air in or around the trash can, which will set off your symptoms. That’s why we think most people ought to choose something with a good system of bags inside.
Fur
Whenever you’re buying a vacuum specifically to deal with pets, it’s a no-brainer that you’ll need lots of features to deal with fur! Let’s go through them from the ground up:
First, you’ll need floor attachments that work really well on fur that’s on your floors.
That means a tangle-free carpet head, preferably with a motorized brush. You can get away with air-powered brushes on low to medium carpeting, but motor brushes always do a better job! They also stay tangle-free more reliably.
For hard floors, look for attachments with brushes that have gaps in the bristle, so that you suck up the hair rather than pushing it around. Look for a low-profile attachment that will help with edges, nooks, and crannies where dust and fur balls can hide. You want something with good side suction, and lots of swivel capacity to get into tight spots.
Beater Brushes
If you have carpeting or rugs, you absolutely need a floor head with a beater brush. You can use air-powered brush heads on low to medium-pile carpeting, but flat attachments can’t agitate all those ground in allergens up into the vacuum. You need a moving brush attachment to get the dead skin flakes and other pet debris loose from carpet and rug fibers.
Sealed Air Systems
You should only consider vacuums with sealed air systems when you’re shopping. Not only do these machines have better overall suction, but they’re tested to completely contain allergens and fine dust while you’re cleaning. Using anything without a completely sealed system can be a nightmare for allergy sufferers!
Durability
Finally, cleaning up after pets is a tough job. Make sure you invest in a vacuum that’s up to the task! It’s best to have something with as many metal parts as possible, with as little plastic as possible. For plastic components, look for tough, sturdy plastic that’s thick and heavy enough to handle being used several times a week.

 

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Shark is one of the most popular brand names in pet hair vacuums, and their lift-away series has earned the respect and praise of experts and consumers alike. The Navigator Lift-Away is currently the best selling upright model on Amazon, offering versatility and solid performance for a great price.

Shark’s lift-away models feature a removable, portable canister that’s perfect for cleaning stairs. With the press of a button, the dust canister and wand detach from the head of it, transforming into a fully functional canister model.

The lift-away feature makes the Shark Navigator one of the most versatile models around. Not only is it great for the stairs, but it also works well for cleaning cars, ceilings, and other hard-to-reach areas.

The Navigator earns high marks in the pet hair department, as well. The vacuum includes a motorized tool (Shark’s “Handheld Premium Pet Turbo Brush”), which is designed to remove hair from fabric surfaces like upholstery and drapes.

Read more on our reviews including Shark vs Dyson.

What to Consider When When Shopping for a Pet Hair Vacuum

There are a few qualities that are important in a good pet hair vacuum. Most multipurpose vacuum cleaners on the market simply aren’t designed to handle large amount of hair and dander, and the wrong model can leave you frustrated, and your home covered in sheddings. To avoid too much shedding, you can learn a few tips if you click here.

But just because a vacuum has the word “pet” in the name doesn’t mean it’s suited for your needs. Not only do many vacuums deliver poor performance removing hair (despite the claims of their advertising departments), but different vacuums are designed to suit different purposes.

The Size of Your Home

It’s important to think about the size of your home (and/or any other area you’re planning to vacuum) when you’re purchasing a vacuum. Smaller vacuums may be lighter and easy to use, but they can make vacuuming a large room a chore.

Similarly, there’s no need to buy a big, powerful vacuum if you live in an apartment or condo. It’s also useful to think about the storage space you have available—it’s going to be frustrating your vacuum doesn’t fit in the closet.

The size of your home should also affect the size of dust cup/canister on the vacuum you pick. Vacuums with smaller dust cups will have to be emptied often, which will become frustrating in a large home.

The Types of Floors in Your Home

Of course, one of the most important factors to consider is the kind of floor you plan to vacuum. Some vacuums deliver great performance on deep carpet, but only leave deep scratches and lots of scattered dust on hardwood and tile.

Homes often have some combination of tile, hardwood, and/or carpeting. Luckily, many vacuums come with an adjustable cleaner head that can change heights based on the floor type. Many also include attachments for surfaces like hardwood, carpet, or tile.

Be sure to check how well a prospective model performs on your specific floor type, and whether that model comes with adjustable settings or attachments suitable for your flooring. If your favorite model doesn’t include them, check the company’s website. Manufacturers often have separate compatible attachments for sale online.

The Filter on the Vacuum

For animal lovers with allergies, a good filter on their vacuum is crucial. Vacuuming is one of the best ways to clean the allergens from the air and surfaces in your home, thereby improving your mood, energy level, and general quality of life.

But if your vacuum is expelling dirt, dust, and dander right back into the air after sucking it up, it can make the allergen situation in your home even worse. That’s why it’s important to make sure your vacuum has a good filtration system.

HEPA or multi-stage filtration systems are key elements to look for in a good vacuum. These help minimize the emission of allergens into the air after they flow through the vacuum.

For allergy sufferers, it’s also a good idea to clean or change your filter more often than recommended to ensure the highest quality of air possible.

Attachments Included with the Vacuum

Most vacuums come with attachments, but not all of them will be useful to you. One of the most important tools to look for is a pet hair brush for upholstery and other fabric surfaces. Many modern vacuums feature motorized pet hair brushes designed to make quicker work of pet hair on spots like your car interior (view our reviews on Best Car Vacuum), furniture, and drapes.

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