They call them Pet Hair Vacuum Cleaners. What exactly does that mean to you? What exactly MAKES a vacuum pet hair ready? Shouldn't a Pet Hair Ready vacuum perform effectively and efficiently? and not put undo strain on itself, forcing it's own replacement? Most vacuums that perport to be pet ready, in fact, are far from it. Then again, what vacuum IS made for pet hair? A few pass, but not many. Let's knock out the facts 1 by 1...

Bagless Vacuums are NOT Pet Hair Ready

But in fact, most vacuums that hype themselves as pet hair ready are indeed bagless vacuums. Why are they terrible with hair? It's the nature of their design. The idea here, is that the larger heavier particles will fall down into the cup, and only fine particles will get airborn and get into the filter. Unfortunately, that's not what happens. In most bagless vacuums, as loosely packed pet hair inside the sealed chamber begins to fill it moves closer towards the intake to the vacuum motor. This makes it easier to pull into the intake port. By this time, parts of the filter have fully packed with dust. The remaining open air passages, through the filter, cage, etc. that aren't packed, begin to pull air even harder through them, creating a greater air-lift, thus pulling the now raised hair straight into the filter. This packs it even more causing a loss of air-flow. With loss of air-flow, you will no longer be able to vacuum anything into the machine. The air-flow also keeps the vacuum motor cool, and when it loses that air-flow, the motor burns out. Since bagless vacuums already run hotter, because of already compromised air-flow, due of their design, getting them even hotter is not a very good idea.

Bagless Vacuums are Pet Hair Ready. = FALSE

Plastic Brush Rolls are NOT Pet Hair Ready

OK, let's knock out like 99% of the so called pet hair ready vacuums right here. Plastic brush rolls are the WORST thing for pet hair. As a brush roll spins, the bristles create agitation on the carpet, this friction creates heat and the heat is transferred to the brush roll. With metal or wood brush rolls this isn't as big of a thing, but plastic melts with heat applied. The surface of plastic brush rolls therefore becomes pliable and grabs onto the pet hair easily, thus winding it around the brush roll, instead of leaving it free, to go up the outflow, into the dust compartment. Many plastic brush rolls, calling themselves pet hair ready, are also manufactured more flat than round. This makes for the perfect loom and deceives one into believing they are doing a good job, because they are packed with hair. However the hair being wound there creates more friction and acts as an insulation for the heat allowing the brush roll to melt. This leads to additional part costs due to the damage that combo does.

Plastic Brush Rolls are Pet Hair Ready. = FALSE

Upright Vacuums with Side Port Nozzles are NOT Pet Hair Ready

So, what exactly is that? It's most vacuum cleaners today that come with a hose and on board tools. The port on the nozzle where the dust and debris go into the hose is on the side, to the back of the nozzle. The problem with this, is that most of the air-flow into the nozzle is directed to that side, leaving the other side with a lesser air-flow. This isn't as bad for fine particles, but we are talking about pet hair. Pet hair is a relatively heavy particle for a vacuum to lift, due to it being long, thin and with no real surface for a vacuum to get a hold onto. Also being a strand, pet hair is easily grabbed by the spinning brush roll and needs sufficient force to actually pull it into the dust compartment. If the hair comes in on the opposite side of the nozzle outflow port, it usually catches up on the brush roll and pretty much winds up there. As more hair builds up on this side, it builds toward the weaker air-flow and toward the brush roll ends, then into the bearings of the brush roll. Uh, not a good thing.

Uprights Vacuums with On Board Tools are Pet Hair Ready. = FALSE

What Type of Vacuums ARE Pet Hair Ready?

Probably closest would be, Old School Upright Vacuums (which have large centrally located vacuum ports) with Metal Brush Rolls and SOME types of Standard or Straight Suction Canisters Vacuums. You see, vacuums really were never made for pets. Animals didn't live as much in our houses when vacuum cleaners were invented so they didn't have to be. Regular grooming of the animal is what takes care of most of the pet hair, at least it will do better than these so called pet hair ready vacuums.