We’ve already gone into the pros and cons of canister vacuums compared to other types of vacuums, so rather than rehash that again, let’s just assume that you’ve already settled on wanting a canister vacuum. Now, with that out of the way, you’ve still got a couple more decisions to make. Firstly, which type of canister vacuum should you buy? There are plenty of options, and they all have their own pros and cons.
Some are heavier than others, some are a lot more heavy-duty with more suction power, some are light and affordable, some do a great job on carpets, some are suited for floors, etc. The main distinction, however, is when it comes to pet owners.
Do you have pets in your home? In particular, do you have any dogs, cats, bunny rabbits, or any other animals that can shed their hair? If so, the choice of which canister vacuum to buy is already narrowed down, since you’ll absolutely want to get one that is suited to picking up pet hair.
When you have guests over, and they sit on your sofa, do you want the entire back of their shirts and pants to end up looking like Austin Powers’ chest when they stand up to leave? Of course not! Even if your guests aren’t allergic, it’s just common courtesy that they could hope to leave your home without bringing an entire coat of hair with them.
Now, some guests will have allergies, so having a vacuum that’s well suited to handle hair along with allergens will make your home a lot more comfortable to them, and will also improve the quality of air for yourself, as well.
We’ve looked at dozens of different canister vacuums before putting together this list. Some of these vacuums are featured elsewhere on the site, whereas other ones are uniquely found here – since they’re so strong at dealing with pet hair.
As a sidenote, if you start introducing your pets to the vacuum from a young age, they may not be as terrified of it once they’re older. If you’re able to show them that it’s nothing to be afraid of, you may be one of the lucky pet owners who are able to vacuum up shedding hair directly from your pets, before it’s even had a chance to get all over the house. (Caution: Don’t use the actual pet hair attachment if you’re going to vacuum your dog, it’ll be too strong and could hurt them.)
In any case, here’s our top choices, based on a variety of criteria such as price, quality, value, suction, and ability to deal with pet hair.
Eureka Mighty Mite Canister Vacuum with Pet Attachments
If you’re looking for something under $100, this is doing to be one of your best bets. Eureka makes solid vacuums, and despite being a lower-budget option, this vacuum is no exception. It’s not exclusively for pets, but it does include the pet attachment, which is what you’re after.
The long wand and cords make it great for doing the stairs. Especially if you have carpeted stairs, you’ll appreciate the smaller end that’s able to get into the edges a lot better, which tends to be where a lot of the hair ends up.
Neato Botvac D80 Robot Vacuum for Pets and Allergies
Now, this next one on the list isn’t a canister vacuum, but it IS a robot, so that evens things out, especially if you like to confuse your puppies or give your cats something to ride around on. This robotic vacuum by Neato will pick up all of your pet hair right off the floor, and anything else it comes across, too. It has a filter to stop all the bad stuff from getting blown back out into your air. It claims to pick up more pet hair than other robos, and while we haven’t done a side-by-side test, it wouldn’t be a surprise since this unit was created with pet hair and allergies in mind.
Not quite ready for the future of housekeeping robots? No worries, let’s get back to the canisters.
The Shark Navigator
This is an excellent vacuum, that can be used as an upright, or you can detach the canister and the wand to carry it around, which is very useful for stairs. It comes with an attachment to deal with pet hair, and is a really solid vacuum in it’s own right, so it’s not like you’re buying something specifically for pet hair – you’re buying a vacuum that can easily handle household tasks.
Miele Complete C3 Limited Edition - Corded
This is, by far, the best and most high-end vacuum on our list. If you can afford to spend around $1000 on a perfect vacuum cleaner for dogs, cats, and other pets – you’re done looking now, congrats, this is the correct choice. This German-made vacuum has a slew of features that help with not only picking up any unwanted pet hairs, but also with helping to reduce and eliminate unwanted pet odors.
There are numerous attachments for it, and a footswitch that controls up to six different speeds. Your family and guests will love how clean it is, but pet hair that enjoys being all over your house? That pet hair is going to hate you.
We could go on and on singing praises for this vacuum, but if it’s out of your budget – don’t worry – there’s definitely something else on this list that’ll suit your needs and your bank account.
Electrolux Home Care 62550D Power Paw Vacuum Tool
Already have a regular vacuum? This attachment might be worth a try, check out their page on Amazon and see if it’ll fit. If you’re already happy with your current vacuum, you may be able to simply pop this pet hair attachment onto the end. It’ll do a very decent job on pet hair, and can also grab deep-down dirt that your vacuum may otherwise miss. First thing to check is the handle on your vacuum, is the suction end on it oval shaped? If so, this won’t fit. But if it’s round, you might be in luck!
If you happen to own a Miele vacuum and don’t mind spending a bit more (Chances are you don’t mind spending a bit more if you own a Miele) here’s a super high quality handheld brush that’s similar to the one by Electrolux, but about 3x the price and way better quality. There’s less of a chance that it’ll fit your vacuum, however, unless you do have a Miele, but just in case – it was worth mentioning. (Learn more)