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Vacuum Comparison Reviews for Pet Owners

Having pets is great.  Cleaning up after pets–not so much.  How much hair can one little furball shed anyway?  Sometimes, it seems that there’s so much hair on the couch, the bed, the floors, and everywhere else that it’s hard to believe our pets can still be their regular furry selves without bare spots to explain all the shedding.  While regular (as in daily) brushing can help a great deal, having a good vacuum cleaner is another way to manage all that hair.


Before choosing a vacuum, it’s important to understand that air flow, and not necessarily motor or suction power, is the most important indicator of a vacuum cleaner’s performance.  A strong motor does provide strong suction, but if the airflow system is leaky or otherwise inefficient, that suction won’t last long.  A vacuum cleaner’s motor powers a fan that creates the vacuum that pulls in air and surrounding particles.  This dirt-filled air is passed through a filter, with the particles being trapped by the filter and directed to the bag or canister.  The cleaned air is then sent out through the machine’s exhaust port.  Strong air flow is what makes this process most efficient.  Since air flow is measured in CFM (cubic feet per minute), look for a model with a high CFM rating.  This not only assures you of better pick-up power, but also makes it more likely that more of the debris being vacuumed will stay well contained and not be sent right back into your clean room.

If you have bare floors, visit for reviews, including pros and cons, of some top lightweight machines designed for bare floors.  Models designed for bare floors differ from carpet-cleaning models in the way that the cleaning head is designed.  Carpets require a good roller brush that essentially “beats” the carpet in order to stir up particles below the surface.  While this is great, even necessary, for getting carpets as clean as possible, it doesn’t work so well for bare floors.  Bare floors need a vacuum cleaner head that sits even closer to the surface and relies on good airflow and suction to pick up dirt, pet hair, and other debris.  If you have delicate hardwood floors or other floors that might be easily damaged, be sure to check the floor manufacturer’s recommendations on safe cleaning.  Many vacuum cleaners designed for hardwood have various strips along the cleaning head to offer added protection.


Before you start thinking that you can only find quality vacuum cleaners if you’re prepared to spend big bucks, read this for reviews of some reliable models that are budget friendly at $100 or less.  Many of the high-dollar models do perform well, but there are plenty of less expensive models that will work exceedingly well, too, including models that are great for pet owners.


While HEPA filters have become the standard today, you don’t necessarily need to spend extra money on a HEPA filter to handle pet dander and hair effectively.  HEPA filters must be able to effectively remove 99.97% of particles that measure at least 0.3 micrometers in diameter (roughly 300 times smaller than a human hair).  Since pet hair and dander are larger than 0.3 micrometers, a HEPA filter isn’t necessary for their effective removal.  HEPA filters are definitely most effective at removing bacteria and other pathogens from surfaces and the air that’s drawn into the machine.

When looking for your perfect model, don’t forget to consider included attachments for stairs, furniture, baseboards, blinds, light fixtures, and any other surfaces where pet hair and dust collect.  You also want a machine that will allow you to reach under furniture, either because of the cleaner’s low profile or by the use of appropriate attachments.


Whether you’re looking for an upright, canister, or combination of both, you should have no trouble finding a great vacuum cleaner to help manage your pet hair problem.  In fact, having a great vacuum cleaner can remove enough pet hair that you might find yourself needing to vacuum a little less often.


Check out best vacuum cleaner models for reviews of several lightweight models designed for multiple flooring types.

How to Keep Your Home Clean as a Pet Owner

If you have pets, it can be hard to keep your home clean.  Here are a few tips to help you deal with some of the toughest cleaning issues pet owners face.


Since pet hair is probably enemy number one when it comes to cleaning, we’ll start there.  Your first line of defense is daily brushing.  Brushing can remove a great deal of hair before it gets shed.  Additionally, try keeping an old towel or sheet in your pet’s favorite sleeping spot(s).  This helps protect your furniture or the dog’s bed (in cases where the dog’s bed isn’t your furniture).  It also gives you a machine washable way to manage hair.  Depending on how much your pet sheds and how often you wash the old towel, you might want to take it outside and give it a good shake-out before tossing it in the washer.

When it comes to your floors, the best vacuum to have is one with superior airflow, since this controls suction even more than the motor does.  Some pet owners with bare floors prefer using an electrostatic mop over a vacuum cleaner, but a quality model of either will do the trick.


As far as furniture and clothing go, try keeping lint rollers handy (you can run a ribbon or twine through the handle of a lint roller and hang it from a doorknob to keep it super handy).  A canister vac or upright with appropriate attachments can help, too.  If you don’t like the idea of lint rollers that seem to go through too much tape, most pet stores sell washable rollers that are pretty effective, as long as you keep up with washing them.


If your pet gets to run around outside, try keeping a towel near the door back into the house.  Most dogs can even be easily taught to give their feet a quick rinse in a shallow bowl of room-temperature water.  This can be great when feet are extra muddy or if you live someplace where sidewalks and streets are treated with various deicers in the winter.  This one might not be so great for cats, but it’s worth a shot…right??

Keeping a place mat of some kind under your pet’s food and water bowls is a great and easy way to (help) contain food messes and water splashes.  Unless your dog has a tendency to grab a couple pieces of food and bring them elsewhere for consumption (what’s up with that, anyway?).  It also isn’t foolproof if your dog is like my sister’s boxer when he drinks water…I’m amazed he actually gets enough water to stay hydrated given how much ends up outside the bowl.


Even the best-trained animals will have accidents.  The key to keeping these messes from becoming stains is to deal with them as quickly as possible.  Treating your upholstery and carpet with a stain-repelling solution can be a tremendous help; just remember that such treatments don’t last forever and will have to be reapplied occasionally.  Having a handheld spot vacuum or steam cleaner can help, too.  Before purchasing a steamer for furniture, make sure the fabric and dye will be okay with steam by consulting the manufacturer’s’ care and cleaning recommendations.


While there’s no way to completely pet-hair-proof your entire home, these steps can help make the task a little less daunting and maybe even keep you from feeling like you’re the one chasing your tail!