My Journey to Finding a Pet Vacuum for Hardwood Floors

I have just had my floors redone from carpet to laminate. I also have pets and my old vacuum (and I do mean OLD) was really built for carpets.

Pet Hair on Hardwood

I need a new vacuum, and it’s been a long time since I’ve shopped for one. Since I have a tendency to charge out and buy the first thing I see I need to stop and carefully consider what to look for when buying a pet vacuum.

  1. Price – a quick glance on Google search engine shows an average price range of about $60 to $600 for a brand new pet vacuum. I am not made of money so I need to pick a price range that I can manage. After all, I just spent a lot of money to have my floors redone. I want a cleaning machine that’s economical but powerful enough to do the job.
  2. Bag or cup – Personally, I think the era of the vacuum bags is over. A dust cup is so much easier to handle. How easy it is to detach is a feature I will be looking for. Even bagless vacuums have filters. Does the vacuum I am looking at have washable filters or ones that have to be replaced occasionally?
  3. Attachments for furniture – I love attachments. I admit that I am a gadget freak. I also need to be able to reach into corners and behind furniture so I will need one with a hose and maybe a rotating brush to get the cat hair off the couch.
  4. Online or store – I love shopping online, but there are also times when I need to actually “play” with what I am considering buying. The convenience of having it shipped to my house often overrides my need to handle what I am considering purchasing.
  5. Brand name – There are a growing number of great brands becoming available, but top brands like Dyson still dominate the market. The “big” brand names also tend to carry a higher price tag but to get one that fits my needs may be worth spending a little extra. Also the bigger brands have better warranties then “off” brands
  6. Weight – I have recently become handicapped and a lightweight or self propelled vacuum for me is a must. ‘
  7. Cordless or corded – I hate cords, however, I also hate running out of battery power in the middle of projects.
  8. Steam – A lot of the new vacuums are including steam as an option. Do I need a vacuum with steam? I had a mold problem for awhile so this is something to think about.

Right now I am considering 3 different animal hair vacuums with different sets of features:

  1. BISSELL Symphany at under $200 at Walmart. This machine does not have a hose but the steam is such an advantage. It is a greener solution to cleaning.
  2. BISSELL PowerEdge Pet hard floor vacuum around $50 on Amazon. This one is a real wallet pleaser but it is missing some of the features I was originally looking for.
  3. Hoover High Performance Bagless Upright under $200 at Walmart. This vacuum has more of the features I am looking for. I like the fact that it has the hose and a telescoping extension wand. It also has a washable filter and an easy to empty dusk cup.
  4. Neato XV-21 Robotic Vacuum

Neato XV-21 Vs. Pet Hair:


As you can see, there are so many options out there. If you are looking for good pet vacuums for your hardwood floors, sit down and consider what you really need. You can use my list or come up with your own list to narrow it down.

Don’t forget that even though you need to pick up that pet hair, you still have cobwebs and dust in other places than the floors.