Allergies can be really difficult to live with. Plenty of people aren’t impacted by them at all, but for people who do suffer from allergies, it’s a constant thing. Food allergies, and all of the extra caution that comes with them, are their own cans of worms. Today, we’re primarily talking about allergies to pets, to dust, and other airborne types of allergens.
They can manifest themselves in a variety of ways, from a constant minor sniffle, to occasional bouts of a full-on runny nose, difficulty breathing, and even things like rashes and hives. Itchy eyes are never fun. Regardless of what your allergy symptoms look like, if they’re caused by things like dust or pet hair, you’ll want to make sure that you have the correct type of vacuum.
Is a bagged or bagless vacuum better for allergies?
You’ll often hear that bagged is preferred, because the bag can contain all of the tiny little micro-allergens floating around, and some bags even have special filters to ensure that you aren’t vacuuming up stuff, just to have it escape. Also, when you’re dumping out a bagless canister to empty it, you have to be extra careful otherwise a lot of the dust you just vacuumed up could get back into the air. We’re talking about the really tiny particles here, the ones you probably can’t even see. But you can definitely feel them, when they irritate your sinuses and trigger other symptoms of your allergies.
There are canister vacuums which are specifically designed for picking up pet hair, so we’ll be featuring our top choices in that category. There are also some bagless canister vacuums that are designed for people with allergies, because they have solved some of the pitfalls that traditionally were found in bagless options when it comes to allergies.
Let’s move on to our top five picks for the absolute best canister vacuums for people that have allergies. This list is based on things like the product’s overall rating, whether or not it’s worth the price, how durable it is, how well-made it is, and other important things. We’ve included some expensive vacuums, and some more affordable choices. One thing that’s always true is that we only include expensive items when they’re worth the extra money, and we only include cheaper items if they’re still good enough quality that we can recommend them to you. So, no matter what your budget is, you’re getting a quality vacuum for the price.
Dyson V6 Cord Free Vacuum
This isn’t really what you picture when you think canister vacuum, but it’s such a good vacuum with so many happy owners that we had to include it. So, there’s not a canister with a hose attached here, but that’s because the entire thing is practically the same size, so it has a lot of the benefits you’d expect from a canister vacuum, the only thing is that you’ll have to empty it a bit more often.
Ultimately, the best vacuum for helping to get rid of allergens is the vacuum that you’re going to use the most often, so while this one might not fit the traditional mold, it’s cordless and simple to use without having to lug anything around, which gives it automatic bonus points, too.
If the price tag doesn’t turn you away, this is a great choice. The wand also detaches for when you just want an even-quicker hand-held vacuum. You’ll never find yourself dreading clean-up time, because you’ll be grabbing the vacuum whenever you’ve got a couple minutes to spare, because the chore will only take a few minutes from now on. If you’re looking for something on the more budget side of things, check out what we’ve got next.
Ovente ST2000 Featherlite Cyclonic Bagless Canister Vacuum with Hepa Filter
This affordable vacuum comes with a HEPA filter to trap the smallest of allergens, dust particles, and anything else that might be floating around in your air.
It has 1200Watts of power, hundreds of happy customers already use it and use it all the time, and it’s well under $100 (and ships for free.) The cable automatically retracts out of the way, and it’ll fit standard sized attachment kits if you need some more variety.
It’s bagless, so you don’t need to worry about keeping a stock of bags in your closet, either. All around, it’s a very decent vacuum, but it’s still in the budget ballpark, so don’t expect the world from it and you won’t be disappointed.
Atrix VACBP1 Hepa Backpack Vacuum
Here’s a canister vacuum that you can carry on your back, or from the handle up top. Now, keep in mind that it is still corded, and you’ll need an extension cord with it. A good chunk of the negative reviews (It’s still got over 4 stars in total) come from people not realizing that they’ll need an extension cord or other issues that are mentioned in the item’s description, but overall it’s a great unit.
If you don’t want to drag around a canister and have it bumping into furniture all the time, or if you just want to do your best Ghostbusters impression (The original or the remake, your choice!), this is a great option. If carrying your canister on your back instead of dragging it around doesn’t really appeal to you, this is not the one to go with. The HEPA filter will help protect against allergens so that you and your loved ones can breathe easy.
Hoover Commercial CH32008 Hush Tone Canister Vacuum, 9 L
One of the reasons some people don’t just buy a Shop-Vac for their home is the noise. Shop-Vacs are amazing for in the shop, but can be kind of loud and bulky. This commercial unit by Hoover is similar looking to a Shop-Vac, but there are some key differences. First of all, it’s a commercial grade unit, this is a high-quality vacuum and you can often find it on sale for less than the original $210 price tag, making it an even better buy. Also, it’s a lot more quiet. There’s a hush mode that does a really good job of quieting things down. Now, obviously, you’re still using a vacuum and it won’t be silent, but you’ll be surprised how much quieter it is than similar styles of vacuums.
The cord reaches long enough to give you a 50 foot cleaning area, which means when you use this in your home, you’re not going to have to unplug it after each room. The HEPA filter is 99.97% effective in busting the smallest of particles for allergy sufferers.
Eureka Mighty Mite Canister Vacuum with Pet Attachments
Look out dust-mites, Eureka is coming to get you. Here’s another unit priced comfortably under $100 which we’ve previously featured in our article about vacuuming up pet hair, but since this unit is so versatile, and because pet hair is such a common allergy, it’s worth revisiting this vacuum.
The HEPA filter will help keep in all but 0.03% of dander and dust. The Arm and Hammer dustbag will help eliminate any nasty odors that could be in the air, too. The 20 foot cord length is less than half of the Hoover Commercial unit we just looked at, but it’s still decent, especially with the long reach of this vacuum’s wand.