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What type of vacuum is better for picking up lots of cat hair, a bagless vacuum or a traditionl vacuum with a bag?

Asked by tinyfaery (36003 points ) January 24th, 2009

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cage's avatar

I’d say it depends more on where you are disposing the hair.
What’s more convenient to you?
The little handy ones are usually bagless aren’t they? and they;re designed to pick up pet hair.

I know we’ve used both on our dog’s hair. Personal preference then.

AlfredaPrufrock's avatar

I love my Dyson pet vacuum, It’s worth every penny. 3.5 cats and a Jack Russell here. Gets all of the dust and stuff the first pass.

cage's avatar

@AlfredaPrufrock I’m sorry to hear about your legless and tail-less cat.

miasmom's avatar

We have a cat and love our Sears Kenmore Bagless Progressive Vacuum. It has a dirt sensor on it so we know when it is clean by the light, by the way it takes alot longer to clean our carpet then I thought. I think it was rated top on consumer reports and it wasn’t as expensive as a Dyson. But we paid around 350 for it, worth every penny though!

Snoopy's avatar

We have a Dyson Animal. I love it…I use it everyday and am appalled by the junk it picks up….

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Bri_L's avatar

@Snoopy – Oh my snoopy, I checked the link.
I missed a chance to judge you by your carpets?!
Where was I? I think I was judging you by your awesome answers and icons.

willbrawn's avatar

The best vacuum ever. The Rainbow. It enters the dirt and dust collected into water. It’s amazing.

tinyfaery's avatar

Okay. Dyson Pet Vacuum.

andrew's avatar

Dyson Pet Vacuum: the official vacuum of Fluther users.

dalepetrie's avatar

I have to agree, we have a Dyson Purple Animal and cats…nothing works as well.

gailcalled's avatar

Dyson Pet Vacuum: the official vacuum of Fluther users.

And, I should add, endorsed by Milo. He is waiting for his headshots now.

Sorceren's avatar

I have an older Dyson, not the Animal, but it’s the best I’ve ever had at picking up everything. It would suck the chrome off a bumper hitch, I believe.

In case you didn’t know, pet hair is a marvelous source of nitrogen to add to your compost pile. So are human detritus (90% of all dust, according to one source) and dryer lint, usually. Ergo, empty your bagless vacuum dust cup into the compost.

Bri_L's avatar

I am deathly allergic to cats and dogs. Before my brother got the Dyson I could dose up on meds and only last about 3 hours at his house. Once they started using that baby, I can make it 6 to 8 depending how hard I laugh when I am there.

cak's avatar

I believe I might build a shrine to my Dyson Animal. Two dogs, one cat, one guinea pig, one boy, one teenage girl and oh yes, the husband! There aren’t words for how gross they are. I vacuum daily…and am always amazed at what is coming out of the area rugs and off my hardwood floors. I do my curtains, blinds (wood blinds) furniture and beds…yes, I am a clean freak! After I do all of that, I do my floors. It’s really scary what is there to be dumped out!

All hail the Dyson!

PupnTaco's avatar

Dyson Animal here.

Snoopy's avatar

@andrew Perhaps Dyson would be willing to be a paid sponsor?

@Bri L (blushing)
My carpets are much nicer now….and dare I say, we all breath a bit easier….

AngryNugget's avatar

Dyson… Expensive, but worth every penny!

AlfredaPrufrock's avatar

@cage, Hahahaha Actually the .5 cat spends most of his time with a 90 year old neighbor, who loves him to death, but doesn’t want to worry about what will happen to him if she dies. So we “share” him.

I bought my Dyson after my neighbor’s husband went on and on about the vacuum. His face lit up talking about it.

mij's avatar

Shave the pussy! In the nicest possible manner of course…
Then dump the vacum…

jfrederick's avatar

2 cats – dyson animal. $550. VERY worthwhile. love it!

Blondesjon's avatar

Any upright, preferably a top fill system. Superior suction and generally more powerful agitation.

melanie81's avatar

Honestly, I use a freaking old vacuum with a bag…I inherited it from my great great aunt…and it does an amazing job!

Tantigirl's avatar

Dyson here too. Three cats, one messy teen and one rambunctious 8 year old gives it a workout and a half. I wouldn’t be without it.

dlm812's avatar

@willbrawn I also have a Rainbow and LOVE it. I don’t think I could ever vacuum with any other type again.

Blondesjon's avatar

@the rainbow owners…I sold Kirby Home Maintenence Systems door to door for three years. Between Rainbows and Filter Queens, I don’t know which was the bigger piece of junk.

An upright will always have better suction because it doesn’t have to suck as far as a cannister. ‘Horsepower’, ‘Amps’, ‘Water Filtration’, these are all just fluff.

Physics rule.

Bri_L's avatar

@Blondesjon – My favorite Physics joke is this

Gravity. It’s not just a good idea. It’s the law!

dlm812's avatar

@Blondesjon We’ve had our Rainbow for about 10–12 years now and it has held up wonderfully (and in our house, it takes a GREAT vacuum as we have 3 indoor cats and 3 indoor dogs… and we have a horse farm so there is A LOT of dirt tracked in). Our Rainbow has never let us down. It cleans better than the very expensive commercial vacuum my father has for his construction business. I use it in my car every couple weeks and it makes it look like it was professionally cleaned. Physics or not, it has been a great vacuum. You are completely entitled to your opinion of the brand, but there are absolutely no complaints here!

Noel_S_Leitmotiv's avatar

Here’s another vote for the Dyson Animal.

SiameseIfYouPlease's avatar

Use a Dyson Animal edition vacuum, and it’s not even close. You will be SHOCKED at what your old vacuum left behind.

ALSO: For cat hair issues, brush your cats with a cat hair brush at least weekly (if not daily) in spring and summer months.

ALSO: Full room HEPA filters are very useful as well.

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