Cat Hair Vacuum

"Cat hair vacuum needs to have the suction and tools to pick up hair that seems to land in every corner of the house. Many vacuums are reviewed and created to specifically pick up pet hair. The top rated vacuums are listed below."

If you have a cat, then you have cat hair. It can settle over everything, particularly if you have a long haired cat. It doesn’t just lie on top of the carpet, however. It gets caught between carpet fibers, and static electricity can help hold it there. Plus it can gather in hard to reach corners of the room.

You probably wonder about the best way to clean it up. We’ll take a look some cat hair vacuums here. These are not the only vacuums that can work for cat hair, but just a few of the top recommended ones.  

Note that higher priced united are either self propelled or have more suction.  However, every model listed here has received top marks from Consumer Reports for pet hair.  The choice between upright and canister is personal preference.  Stick vacuums are not going to have the power of upright or canister, but are perfect for fast cleanup.

Best Upright Cat Hair Vacuum Cleaners


Description Of
Cat Hair Vacuum Cleaners


Hoover WindTunnel U4685-900 - #1 Rating for Pet Hair in Consumer Reports

The top rated vacuum for pet hair is also recommended for everyday cleaning such as carpets and wood floors. This is a self propelled upright . Strong consumer review from the Sears site - a jack Russell Terrier owner who wrote "I have never seen a sweeper pick up pet hair like this one."

$246.99 at Amazon.com

Hoover WindTunnel Max UH30600 Consumer Digest Best Buy

This vacuum is great for homes with pets. This cat hair vacuum can be used on carpet, bare floors, and upholstery. This is a bag equipped vacuum. Captures dust, dander, allergens and odors. Great owner reviews from Amazon (link on the right).

$230 at Amazon.com

Hoover Platinum - Top Rating among all vacuums tested in Consumers Reports (2010), Tied for #1 for Pet Hair

Bag free vacuum that also includes Hoover WindTunnel technology. Lightweight bagged with illuminated controls. 2 speeds. Heap bag. Check bag indicator. Includes multiple cleaning tools and has a 6 year limited warranty. Rated the same as the Hoover WindTunnel U4685-900for pet hair.

$209 at Amazon.com

Hoover WindTunnel U5491-900

Another good choice from Hoover that uses WindTunnel technology. Includes a hepa bag, and bag-check indicator. Also has a light that comes on when additional vacuuming is needed, good for areas where it is hard to tell how dirty they are. Lighter than versions of this vacuum that are self propelled. Bottom line is that this vacuum provides the perfect balance between performance and price. 

$118 at Amazon.com

Eureka Boss Smart Vac 4870- Highly rated for Pet Hair and good lower cost alternative

This bag equipped Eureka is equipped with HEPA filter and includes all of the features of its more expensive peers.

$134.95 at Amazon.com

Stick vacuums aren't as good as upright or canister vacuums for picking up pet hair. However, for a small jobs, these are the best choices. 

Best Cat Hair Vacuum Cleaners - Stick Models


Description of Best Cat Hair Stick and Sweeper Vacuum Cleaners


Bissell Versus - Top Rating for Pet Hair

Top rated bagless vacuum. Swivel head and quick release cord.

$57.00 at Amazon.com

Cordless Swivel Sweeper - Low cost for a quick sweep. Good for smaller problems.

The Swivel Sweeper is the new floor and carpet sweeper that lets you clean dirt and messes faster and easier than ordinary cordless sweepers. It combines the cleaning power of Quad Brush Technology - powerful rotating cleaning brushes that pick up dirt and messes from all four sides of the sweepers' head Rechargeable battery & charger included. Anyone with a cat can relate to seeing cat hair around the house that always manage to pile up in corners. How often do you get out the broom to clean. The Swivel Sweeper seems just the right thing to get rid of my cat Zoe's hair! It works on rechargeable batteries, has a 360 degree swivel head and can get "into small crevices and tight corners.

$21 at Amazon.com

Black & Decker Pivot  PSV1800

Cordless pivoting vacuum cleaner. Includes an upholstery brush and small crevice tool. Operates cordless and folds in half for storage. If you are looking for a great smaller vacuum, this is a good choice for quick pickups on furniture, hard wood floors and carpet. See reviews by clicking link on right.

$99.99 at Amazon.com

Best Cat Hair Cannister Vacuum Cleaners

Canister Brand

Description of
Cat Hair Vacuum Cleaners


Panasonic Mc-CG917

Top rated by Consumer Reports for pet hair, emissions, and total airflow. Bag Equipped with HEPA Filter.

$253.79 from Amazon.com

Hoover Platinum S3865- Top Rated

Bagless, Top rated by Consumer Reports for pet hair pickup. Great features include: manual carpet pile-height adjustment, and sunction control. Very highly reviewed by current owners (see amazon link to the right).

$299.54 at Amazon.com

Cat Hair Sweepers

There are a number of inexpensive hand held sweeper tools that can be used to remove cat hair from pillows, bedspreads, car interiors, chairs and other similar surfaces in the home.  According to Consumer Reports, the sweeper that did best in tests was the Pledge Fabric Sweeper for Pet Hair. Others tested include the Scotch Pet Hair Roller and the Scotch Fur Fighter Hair Remover.


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