Buying a Vacuum for Pet Hair and Allergies

If you or members or your family have allergies and are thinking of purchasing a new vacuum cleaner it would be good to have a checklist of considerations.

These are some things I would consider:

  • Whether a canister or an upright
  • Accessories
  • Bag less or Non-bag less
  • HEPA Filter or Ionic Filtration
  • Weight
  • Power

Upright and canisters are usually equal in all the categories, so it comes down to a matter of preference and personal circumstance.

Canisters are easier to maneuver for certain chores. I’m personally a fan of uprights because maneuvering one is easier for me.

I don’t like dragging or carrying around a canister.

I guess it would depend on whether you have big rooms that have a lot of obstacles or not. Stairs would be another consideration.

Filter or Ionic Filtration System

Most vacuums designed for pet have a HEPA Filters to filter out allergens or an Ionic Filtration System. It is a good idea to find out the particulars. Hepa Filters have micro-fibers that trap and attract particles twice through the system. Hepa Filters also reduce mold, virus and bacteria. Ionic Filtration uses either negative or positive ions or a combination of both to attract allergen particles. There is still some controversy over the way Ionic filtration works, because some active systems some spew purification agents back into the air.

Weight and Power

Weight can be an important consideration for some people. Naturally you will want a lighter machine if your house has two or more levels and you would be carrying it up stairs. Power is always a big consideration for a home vacuum. You will want a new vacuum cleaner for pet hair that will pick everything and not get easily clogged. For your main workhorse vacuum, you need at least 12 amps of power.

Three Contenders:

I have picked these three to talk about because they each have a 15” span or more and at least 12 amps of power and also are rated highly for Allergy and Asthma control. They are also good for using on different surfaces.

  • The Miele S7260 Cat & Dog Upright Vacuum Cleaner has earned 4.5 stars from 91 reviewers at Even though it is expensive, it filters out 99.9% of allergens, dust and dirt. Active charcoal layers absorb or neutralize unwanted pet odors. It is in the $600 to $700 price range.
  • The Dyson DC25 Ball All-Floors Upright rings in at 4 Stars with 912 reviewers on Its shipping weight is 21.4 lbs. It has a Hepa filter. It runs on a ball so maneuverability is excellent. It has a telescoping reach wand that extends up to 16 feet for cleaning walls, etc. Its root cyclone technology means it spins debris down in the spinning canister so there are no bags or other filters to decrease power. It is the $500 to $600 price range.
  • A much cheaper vacuum is the Bissell 89Q9 Lift-Off MultiCyclonic Pet Bagless Vacuum, is rated 3.5 stars by customer reviewers. It has the advantage of being both an upright and having a lift off canister. It also claims to remove 99.9% of allergens, dust mites, dander and dirt. It has a 12 amp motor that many buyers found adequate for their needs. It has a hose and attachment for cleaning furniture and tight spaces. It is easily stored. It is heavier than most vacuums of this type, weighing at 22.5 lbs. Since the canister lifts off, I don’t really see this as a problem. It is in the $100 to $200 price range.

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