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Question DetailsAsked on 4/29/2015

What's the Best vacuum cleaner for a house with pets?

I am looking for a good vacuum to clean mostly carpeting in a house with 3 dogs. I have been using an upright Hoover that is 18 yrs old and need to purchase a new vac. What's best an Upright or Cannister type?

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I would say definitely upright, if only because you are not dragging a canister around with you all the time. Those are nice for furniture and stairs, but not very useful for carpet. You want one with a good rotating beater brush that is easily accessed and removed for cleaning, because you will have TONS of dog hair to clean out of it every time you use it. Also, a close-cleaning edge on it is VERY nice to get in agasinst baseboards and such where hair tends to accumulate - otherwise you have to keep using the wand to clean along there, which does not remove the hair as well.

I said an easy to remove beater brush because the dog hair geat wqrapped up in the end bearings of the beater brush and stink to high heaven when it starts burring, so you will get WELL familiar with removing and cleaning the brush unit, and with cleaning hair out of the brush, its end bearings, and the shaft or boss that the drive belt runs around. And as well as spare bags (hair fills them up quick because it fluffs) be sure to get a package of spare belts right off the bat too, because they wear out faster from slipping due to the dog hair buildup.

One thing we found helped some and also nice for a quick run-around on the hard flooring was a roughly $30 two-brush (reversible) carpet sweeper, for making quick runs at the worst of the buildup like where the dog likes to lay, and for kitchen and dining room and such. Get the worst of the hair that way and oyou don't have to clean the vacuum brush half as often.

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