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We Researched the Best Cordless Vacuum Cleaners For Pet Owners – Here Are Our 7 Favorites (+ The Vacuum We’re Buying On Black Friday)

The holiday season is upon us, folks! And this year, I’m asking for something really sexy and exciting: a new cordless vacuum cleaner. I acquired my current vacuum in 2013 (also a holiday gift – I love a good practical present!), but it’s time to find something that better suits my daily cleaning needs. To that end, I researched hundreds (okay – nearly a hundred, which is nearly every cordless vacuum on the American market today), watched countless YouTube reviews, talked to an expert (my cat’s groomer!), narrowed it down to a few final contenders, and finally found one stick vac that narrowly eked out the rest of the competition (for me, at least). Here were the factors I considered:

  • Cordless vs. Corded: I’ve spent nearly a decade schlepping my corded Shark canister vacuum around an array of Los Angeles apartments. While it made sense for my fully-carpeted rental in 2013, I’m ready to upgrade to something a bit easier to manage for daily home maintenance.
  • Weight: My current vacuum clocks in around 20 pounds which makes cleaning feel like a drag. I know that the right tools can really transform the enthusiasm I have for tidying and maintaining my home – like, the Disneyland-style broom and pan was the impetus that ignited my love for cleaning – so I’m in the market for something that’s about 5 pounds.
  • Battery Life: With 1100 square feet to vacuum, I’m on the hunt for something that can run closer to an hour – 15 minutes seems to be an industry standard – or for a vacuum that offers additional battery packs.
  • Canister vs. Bags: Pet hair can fill a bag VERY quickly; the cost of those bag refills really compound up over time. This helped narrow the field – we’re looking for canisters only over here!
  • Pet Functionality: A lot of pet-specific models include upholstery brushes, bristles that resist tangling, or an odor-reducing air filter. While all of those features are helpful, none of them are essential (or even more helpful) when it comes to actually getting pet hair off the floor or out of a rug.
  • Price: We’re heading into Black Friday and Cyber Monday, so I had a bit more wiggle room here than I would normally – I felt comfortable looking at higher-priced models, knowing that they’ll likely be on sale in some capacity within the next few weeks.

With that criteria in mind, here are 7 cream-of-the-crop options, including the vacuum I gifted my mom (only the best for Brenda!) and the cordless vac that’ll be topping my wishlist this winter…

Dyson V8 Animal

Target | Amazon

Weight: 5.63 lbs
Battery Life: Up to 40 minutes
Price: Currently $350 – $450

The V8 Animal is the gold standard of cordless pet vacuums and it’s a great entry-level option. Originally released in 2016, it’s Dyson’s longest-running model for good reason – it performs beautifully on both hard floors and low-pile rugs. That said, the short battery life (only up to 7 minutes in its most powerful mode) and long charging time (5 hours) can be disqualifying for those with larger spaces. I decided against the V8 Animal because I wanted a few more bells and whistles, but it’s a great choice for those with primarily hard surfaces or for those working to maintain smaller spaces.

Dyson Outsize+

Dyson | Target

Weight: 7.98 lbs
Battery Life: Up to 120 minutes
Price: Currently $950

This is Dyson’s largest cordless vacuum and includes a whole suite of advanced features, like nearly 2 hours (!!!) of run time, hair-detangling technology, and a laser that helps highlight debris in its path. It boasts a full-size bin (so it’s a great choice for bigger homes, or for fully-carpeted spaces), and while it doesn’t offer specific pet functionality, it HAS anecdotally held its own against the numerous animals currently residing at my mom’s house. It’s a little too much power for my current needs, but it’s an incredible piece of technology for those with a lot of home to clean!

PS. I gifted an Outsize+ to my mom and recommend buying this one straight from Dyson (or at least running a price comparison first) – I nabbed her a discounted Floor Dok AND a free furniture detailing kit, which was a way better value than any comparable sale I could find. Do your diligence, friends! 🙂

Tineco A11 Hero

Target | Amazon

Weight: 5.5 lbs
Battery Life: Up to 40 minutes
Price: Currently $210 – $260

You can’t beat the price or weight here – the Tineco A11 Hero is a great alternative to the Dyson V8 Animal, especially if you’re trying to find a great product for, uh, not a literal ton of money. (Looking at you, Outsize+!) This one has a trigger lock, so you don’t need to hold down the power button for continuous operation – a huge plus! – and backup batteries are available, too. The A11 seems to excel at picking up pet hair in particular – seemingly at the expense of other items, like cat litter particles – so it does seem like it’d be best suited for dog owners, but this stick vac was definitely a front-runner in my search.

Bissell CrossWave X7

Target | Amazon

Weight: 10.6 lbs
Battery Life: Up to 30 minutes
Price: Currently $345 – $500

This is Bissell’s top-of-the-line product for homes with pets. The run time leaves a little to be desired, but it’s the only product I considered that can vacuum AND mop at the same time. (Note: most mop vacuums like this are recommended only for area rugs and require about an hour of drying time – use on carpeted flooring is not suggested. Sorry, carpet friends!) Larger homes will require the filling and emptying of the tank several times, but it may be worth it for a product that can knock out two chores at once. I decided against the X7 as I didn’t want to make sure it was clean and dry every time I used it – remember, I’m looking for a daily tool – but if you’re still in the market for a vacuum product with carpet cleaning functionality, I can’t recommend the Little Green Machine enough for smaller jobs!

Roomba i3+ EVO

Target | Amazon

Weight: No need to carry!
Battery Life: It charges itself!
Price: Currently $443 – $549

Is it cordless? Technically! Is it a stick vacuum? Absolutely not! I hadn’t planned on considering a Roomba – my previous iteration was awesome on hardwoods, but much less effective on area rugs – buuuuuuuuut there have been some huge leaps forward with the i3+ EVO. My personal favorite update: this Roomba can now clean AND empty itself for up to 60 days. TWO MONTHS, GUYS. The i3+ EVO also has updated multi-surface rubber brushes (as opposed to a single bristle brush) that now flex to adjust to different floor types. I’m looking for something with a bit more control – I want to be able to tidy up immediately when I see a mess (or a collection of cat fur tumbleweeds), but this is an amazing choice if you’re more of a “set it and forget it” person.

Shark IZ682H Vertex Pro with Multiflex

Amazon

Weight: 8.82 lbs
Battery Life: Up to 120 minutes
Price: Currently $500

This one is sick, y’all – my favorite feature is the flexible construction, which allows access to hard-to-reach places AND makes storage a breeze (you can fold it down on itself). The two batteries are a game changer, too – take a peek at the reviews and you’ll see a ton of Dyson V8 Animal converts who appreciate the long battery life of this model. It’s a bit heavier than the other cordless machines on the market, but it more than makes up for its weight with its fin functionality that picks up hair without risk of brush tangles. This was actually my backup choice – it’s easy to argue that it’s one of the top cordless vacuums available right now.

Dyson V15 Detect Absolute

Dyson

Weight: 6.83 lbs
Battery Life: Up to 60 minutes
Price: Currently $800

DING DING DING – we have a winner, folks!!! The vacuum world is united – this is the best cordless vacuum ever made. (That’s not hyperbole, either – this is genuinely the best-reviewed product on the market right now, according to both experts AND customers.) The V15 Detect Absolute is a Dyson exclusive (and not to be confused with the V15 Detect, a sibling product) and it’s also the vacuum that’s topped my Christmas wishlist this year. Let me sing the praises really quickly: it’s Dyson’s most powerful vacuum (litter particles are no match!); it features laser illumination so you can actually see the dirt and dust you’re vacuuming; there are two cleaner heads engineered for homes with pets; it offers HEPA filtration; there are click-in batteries so you can always be charged and ready to roll; there are special tools, like a low-reach adaptor so you can vacuum underneath sofas and credenzas without crawling…I mean, is there any competition here?

I know the price is a bit high – if you’re also going to ask for one of these for the holidays, be sure to do it before Cyber Week! – but the battery life, weight, and canister size make it the perfect choice for daily usage.

Hoping that this research helps a bit as we head into Cyber Week – please let me know if you end up scoring a deal on any of these vacuums (or if there’s a cordless option that you own and love – I’m pretty set on the Dyson V15 Detect Absolute, but compelling anecdotes from y’all are always welcome!). Let’s chat CLEANING, yeah??? See you down there – have a great Wednesday 🙂 xx

Opening Image Credits: Art Direction by Emily Henderson | Photo by Sara Ligorria-Tramp | Styled by Emily Bowser | From: Kids Organization Hacks – Inspirational Ways To Get Them To Do More By Themselves And Make Our Lives Easier

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Rachel S
2 months ago

Robo vacuums = game chargers. We bought a good quality robovac (Roborock S6v Max) about a year ago and it’s been amazing. It works better than our Dyson cordless and more importantly you just let it go. I sent it before I go to bed and wake up to spotless floors.

Meg
2 months ago
Reply to  Rachel S

I agree! I blew off robot vacuums for years until a coworker recommended. We also got a roborock s6 and it has CHANGED MY LIFE! That feeling of coming home to clean floors with zero work on your part cannot be beat. Two dogs, mostly wood floors with some area rugs. I have to empty the canister and clean the roller, but I still give it one million stars!

Noel Nicklas Emswiler
2 months ago
Reply to  Meg

We have 2 Roborocks and saving for a third (3 floors). They are by far the best robot vacuum. Had several Roombas and they aren’t even in the same category as Roborock.

Suzanne
2 months ago

This is a great endorsement. We’ve gone through a few Roombas, and haven’t been ready to invest inn another robot vac, but maybe it’s time to check out the Roborock.

Jessvii
2 months ago

I bought the Tineco and it had the same problem as my other cordless ones: over time, less power. I finally caved and asked a professional house cleaner what she uses and got that: a corded vacuum with a canister part and a looong hose. Am curious what others’ experiences are with higher end vacuums like Rainbow or Miele.

Kara
2 months ago
Reply to  Jessvii

I had the Tineco and it kept getting clogged on me. My Dyson Animal is in my garage now—it was disgusting to empty the canister, I’d always have to shove my hand in there to get out dog fur. Tried a canister vacuum, but couldn’t get used to it. Then I bought a bagged Kenmore Intuition, and so far that’s the winner.

ellen
2 months ago
Reply to  Kara

I have exactly the same thoughts. I have the Dyson Animal and I also think it’s horrible to empty the canister!! There is dust and hair and other ‘stuff’ everywhere when you empty the canister in the trash bin. Absolute love a cordless vacuum but that canister is just a pain…

steph
2 months ago
Reply to  ellen

a chopstick is great for getting the yuck out without using your hands 🙂

heather
2 months ago
Reply to  Kara

have absolutely loved our canister Miele for nearly 10 years now!

Kristi
2 months ago
Reply to  heather

Us too. Very effective. Had our cannister Miele for years and we have two dogs.

Suzanne
2 months ago
Reply to  heather

I’m considering a Miele, either canister or stick. Which model did you get?

Brooke
2 months ago
Reply to  Suzanne

The Miele Classic C1 is a good start. It’s about $300 but a very good product. Bags are around $20 for a 4-pack, which should last several months.

Suzanne
2 months ago
Reply to  Brooke

Thanks for the suggestion, Brooke.

🥰 Rusty
2 months ago
Reply to  Jessvii

I had a Miele before my Dyson….just didn’t cut it. That was corded vs corded.

Amber
2 months ago
Reply to  Jessvii

I have a corded Miele stick vacuum. It’s approaching 10 years old with no decrease in effectiveness, which is a win. And bags are definitely better for allergies.

But honestly, I hardly ever use it. My housekeeper does though. For quick jobs, I’m much more likely to reach for a cordless vac.

Jeanne
2 months ago
Reply to  Jessvii

I have used a canister Miele for about a decade now. I’ll be honest, I despise cleaning but love things really clean. I have a cleaning service come every other week. However when asked, they have said they love the Miele (electric powered beater bar is a must though) and not to get rid of it. And they added, please don’t replace it with a Shark or Dyson. Reddit has a whole subreddit for Vacuum Reviews and Reports for those who are super into it. You might find it helpful. https://www.reddit.com/r/VacuumCleaners/

Karyn Meadows
2 months ago
Reply to  Jessvii

Love our Miele cannister. Easy to store, still doing brand new vacuuming after 10 years!

Brooke
2 months ago
Reply to  Jessvii

I second Miele. I have bad indoor allergies but using my Miele has reduced them. It is good for pet hair as long as you do not have one that sheds a lot and neither my cat nor my Maltese do. There’s a reason high end cleaning services use Miele. They are built like tanks!

Sarah
2 months ago
Reply to  Jessvii

I’ve had the same Miele for 13 years… bought it using cc points and it is still going strong. I think it was the earth… not sure if that is the model or color but I have been happy with everything Miele over the years (also had their washer and dryer).

My mom had a Rainbow vac for a long time… they last forever. I found it an inconvenience to dump the dirty water but she didn’t mind it. They work really well in my experience.

PC
2 months ago
Reply to  Jessvii

Old thread but Im catching up on blog posts 😅 I looooove my Rainbow vacuum. My mom used to have an old set so I grew up knowing about tossing the dirty water. Tip: I purchased a 10 year old refurbished unit 10 years ago and it still runs. I tried to check out other hipper and cooler vacuums but rainbow’s dependability and accessories make it worth it, imo. (my favorite is the skinny little tube that fits under fridge or ovens so it can suck the dirt under it.)

Kj
2 months ago
Reply to  PC

Interesting, PC. I’ve never heard of Rainbow vacuums (or water-based filtration!): https://rainbowsystem.com/

Susan
2 months ago

I’m a daily vacuum gal. We have hardwood floors low pile rugs and a dog who sheds. Using a shark right now, which I love. But I gotta say dealing with the cord is a royal pain. The cord isn’t even retractable! BUT the shark really sucks up pet hair so I live with the annoyance. Thanks for helping me decide what to buy next when this one tanks!

Allison
2 months ago
Reply to  Susan

We are vacuum twins! I also have a shark for pet hair (it’s a lift-away canister) and honestly it cleans so so well! But the non-retractable cord is so frustrating and twisted and knotted. If it weren’t such a good vacuum at a decent price it would be a deal breaker.

🥰 Rusty
2 months ago

When you have a hairy, scruffy dawg, you neeeeed a great vacuum! (Looking at you, Buttercup🐾 n Oscar!🐾).

Getting a Dyson Animal was life changing for me. Even though I, sadly, don’t have my lovely Rosie-bear any more, the corded vacuum is still going great!
I couldn’t afford the cordless at the time, and it’s still going fine.
Cordless would be another level of game-change, but my finances don’t stretch that far while this one still works.

I feel peaceful when my house is clean. Having a great vacuum is important to me.

“Outer organisation creates inner calm” 🤗

Nicole
2 months ago

After much research, we bought the Shark Vertex Pro a year ago and have been over the moon happy. It’s an *upright* cordless, but the canister and wand detach, so you can also use it as a stick vacuum or as a canister vac. With the three different configurations we can vacuum everything in our house – floors, upholstery, cobwebs from the ceiling, you name it – and for day to day floor cleaning it’s much easier to use than a stick vacuum which puts all the weight on your wrist.

https://m.sharkclean.com/exclusive-offer/ICZ362HWK/Shark-vertex-pro-cordless-vacuum-with-duoClean-powerFins-powered-lift-away/

We bought an extra battery from shark but rarely need it, and with the money we saved not buying a Dyson stick vacuum, we upgraded our robo-vac which is much appreciated in our dog-loving house.

The YouTube channel Vacuum Wars introduced us to it and was super helpful in understanding the pros and cons of different models.

🥰 Rusty
2 months ago
Reply to  Nicole

This is encouraging.

Suzanne
2 months ago
Reply to  Nicole

Thank you, Nicole, this looks like something I might like. How is the sound level?

Nicole
2 months ago
Reply to  Suzanne

To my ears, it’s very quiet, unless you’re vacuuming on the carpet setting, which is louder but still relatively quiet. I think if you go to Vacuum Wars, they list the noise levels (in decibels) for all the models they review!

Suzanne
2 months ago
Reply to  Nicole

Thank you again, Nicole. I’ll definitely check out Vacuum Wars. I think it’s also one that Consumer Reports lists as one of the quietest ones (similar name, but can’t tell if the model is the same).

Stephanie
2 months ago

I like my dyson, but I have to empty it after every room. It drives me crazy.

Jen
2 months ago

Wow LG cordless vacuum. I use it 2x a day and haven’t touched my Dyson for over a year.

Kj
2 months ago

Bought the cordless Dyson Cyclone V10 in 2018 to replace a cordless Dyson DC56. The two “problems” with the Dyson are the “hold to run” trigger (give it up already Dyson! … people have arthritis and weak hands and shouldn’t have to hold a dang trigger in to run the vacuum) and the change in bin orientation (vs the old V8 style … now you have to remove the stick to access and empty the bin … it’s needlessly complicated: give us one touch emptying Dyson!). But the battery run-time, suction and bin capacity redeem the Dyson. Haven’t shopped current cordless vacuums and competitors lately though. Also have two old iRobot Roomba 980s to handle the hair from our dog. We split the house in half and run them both at the same time so we only have to listen to the vacuum half as long. One story house so it’s too loud to run the Roombas at night. Tempted by that self-emptying Roomba but would never sign up for a perpetual expense (i.e. the pricy bags). Also have an ancient corded Dyson DC41 that is lugged out occasionally. Outlet installed in coat closet so both Roombas and the Dyson… Read more »

Sunny
2 months ago
Reply to  Kj

KJ. If the outlet is in the coat closet, do you have to open the door and then close it before and after use of the Roomba? I want a Roomba, just trying to find a place for it to charge out of sight is holding me back.

Kj
2 months ago
Reply to  Sunny

Yes, unfortunately the door has to be open to use the Roombas. Haven’t figured out a way to hide them except behind a closed door but I can’t stand looking at all the charging vacuums. They were in the laundry room before and I hated how it looked. Does anyone have a better solution?

Nish
2 months ago
Reply to  Kj

We have our charging station for the Roomba under the couch – you’d have to be lying on the floor to see it. I was sceptical about it but it’s been great.

Rachel S
2 months ago
Reply to  Nish

Same – we have it under a cabinet – you can’t see it unless you lie directly on the floor so no-one knows it’s there and because nothing needs to be opened to get it out I can start it even if I’m not home.

Kj
2 months ago
Reply to  Sunny

Oh, and if you get a Roomba, do NOT follow their “parts replacement” schedule. I haven’t replaced the filters on mine in years and they run fine (just knock the dust out when dirty). It’s just a scam to get more money out of you; click reset in the app to get rid of the messages.

Allison
2 months ago
Reply to  Kj

Had a roomba till it bit the dust: we had it under an armchair next to a plug. Hid it perfectly.

Roberta Davis
2 months ago

I bought a Moosoo cordless vacuum 2 years ago when we moved to a new house that has wood floors on the main level. It was about $100 and is still going strong. I’ve bought replacement filters for it. We don’t have pets or kids, but this thing is incredible- I am always so surprised how much stuff it pulls from the floors, and it even works on carpet, although we don’t use it for the wall-to-wall second floor. But we do use it on the carpeted stairs and I used it on my upholstered furniture recently and it pulled a lot of dust out of them. I would consider having one on every floor. Fraction of the cost of any of these- but again, we don’t have pets. I would get a robot but I’m afraid the fringe on my oriental rug would get caught in it.

Suzanne
2 months ago

I have a very old Electrolux canister vac, which I love for how quiet it is. I also have the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute, which I hate, because way too loud, hurts my hand to keep the handle depressed, low battery power, horrible to clean (which is constant because of two cats that she’d like crazy), and in constant filter changes or cleaning. I personally find it easier to clean vacuums with bags. They generally seem better for people with allergies. I’d love more discussion about sound. I find the Dyson dangerously loud. We also have a Shark corded upright in a vacation condo that seems good, but also loud. I’m not sure how Electrolux rate currently, but they are usually one of the quieter brands, along with Miele.

Vera
2 months ago

I almost skipped this post but as always Caitlin you make it fun! I’m not in the market now but when the time comes I’ll come back to this very helpful post (and comment section!) 😊 Thanks Caitlin and EHD community!

Sheila
2 months ago

I have an older Shark corded vacuum that still does the job and these recommendations are all out of my budget but this was fun to read anyway. In contrast to Caitlin, I consider the attachments for upholstery and crevice/corner cleaning to be absolutely essential for dealing with cat hair and wouldn’t consider a vac that didn’t have good ones that ride along on the unit so they are always in reach. I have mostly hard floors and use an old school dust mop (❤️ my Wooly Mammoth from Sladust!) for daily floor cleaning so I only need the vac for area rugs, upholstery, window tracks, etc.

Betsy
2 months ago

Check out the Dyson Ebay store. You can score brand new vacuums at ridiculous prices. Mostly from an open box. They sell reburbished as well. Learned about this from the Chris Loves Julia blog. I scored a brand new hairdryer for half off a couple of Christmases ago.

Jeanne
2 months ago
Reply to  Betsy

There has been a slew of reports of people who have bought refurbished Dysons and nothing was actually refurbished (such as not replacing problematic batteries etc). Definitely not saying not buy one. Obviously it saves a lot of money, but if you do, be sure to check it thoroughly and use it A LOT during the warranty period.

Val McC
2 months ago

I have a Hoover Evolve which isn’t on your list and I quite like it. I’ve had other cordless vacs before and this one is right up there for performance. Not sure how much it weighs but it’s definitely manageable.

Nina
2 months ago

If you’re looking for a robot vacuum, I have to sing my praises for the Roborock Q5+! We have two dogs and this thing is AMAZING. It maps out your house (you can even set no-go zones). You can set schedules (mine does our kitchen every night at 9:00), have it do a full cleaning, room cleaning, or even zone cleaning (click and drag on the map to select). It’s efficient on hardwood, tile, and area rugs. We have one for each floor and it might be the best thing we’ve ever purchased for our house.

Maddy
2 months ago

I have the tineco and love it! I have one big dog. It came with two batteries but I find i rarely vacuum for long enough to have to switch to the second battery. In addition to being cheaper than the Dyson, I also prefer it aesthetically (the bright Dyson colours kind of mess with my vibe). Only complaint is the wall holder thing has one less slot than it should, meaning we have to keep one of the attachments on a shelf nearby.

Jeanne
2 months ago

Just throwing in my rando experiences: We have a Dyson and like it. It’s lasted a long time (like 5+ years) but I regularly take it apart to deep clean it. Excellent on hard floors. Works on floor rugs for a quick job but I would not use it to clean pile carpet as it’s not strong enough (suction wise and beater bar wise). My big issue is that it loses almost all suction power when I take off the long stick section. Sometimes you just want to use it for a drawer or somewhere tight spaced. The canister lid sensor is wonky and registers that it’s not closed (even though it is) and then the motor gets mad and won’t turn on. Roomba: It’s okay. I’m always surprised at how much it picks up even though the floors look clean. I think it’s almost a must if you have shedding pets. However if your pet has *any* and I mean ANY issues with indoor accidents, well let’s just say the Roomba will make sure you know it 10 fold! What I don’t like about it is that it’s louder than I’d like. I want a quiet little R2D2 to… Read more »

Irene Lin
2 months ago

Dyson cordless has changed the way I feel about vacuuming. I do not always buy the newest and greatest model (of electronics and small appliances) – in the case of a vacuum because I live in a fairly small space, have no pets,… and the lower battery life is fine for my needs. I curently have a V8 Animal with lots of tools that I bought almost 2 years ago when my first Dyson cordless died (I had it for 8 years). I run it quite frequently, usually until it dies, and then after a charge I pick up where I left off. Works for me.
I have also heard some good things about the Shark cordless and I am sure there are other good ones, but for me I love Dyson:)

Maggie
2 months ago

I’ve had two Dyson vacuums over the years (both Animal series, one corded and one cordless), and both ended up at the local hard-to-recycle center after about a year or so. After about 6 months, the cordless vacuum did a weird pulsating suction thing and didn’t pick anything up. I did all the troubleshooting steps I could find on YouTube and also with the Dyson support folks. I thought it was just a dirty filter at first, but after deep cleaning the machine and changing the filter, it did the pulsating thing again. For the money, I needed the vacuum to hold its own without a whole lot of maintenance. The corded vacuum lasted a bit longer than the cordless but it still just stopped working one day. Finally, I decided to stop buying Dyson. Has anyone else had trouble with their Dyson vacuum? I now have a nothing special corded Shark Vacuum that I got on sale at Target and so far it’s great.

Suzanne
2 months ago
Reply to  Maggie

Maggie, this sounds like what my Dyson cordless is doing. I haven’t taken it apart to clean it yet. My husband has before, but with cats, I feel like it needs to be done every couple of weeks. But for the money I won’t buy a Dyson again. I think Shark is a pretty consistently good brand and the prices are so much more reasonable.

Jeanne
2 months ago
Reply to  Suzanne

This has happened to us several times. Once the cause was the filter. Both the one you see in the canister and the one that you can twist and pull out. They both had to be cleaned out. The one inside the canister was a huge pain. PSA: Do NOT suck up fine, powderlike construction dust using a vacuum (use a shop vac)! Nowadays when this happens, it usually means the canister lid sensor is reading open (when it’s obviously very closed). I have to open and close it several times. I don’t know if the latch is not lining up properly (after my construction dust dismantling and cleaning) or if the latch area needs to be cleaned out. Either way, give that a shot.

Suzanne
2 months ago
Reply to  Jeanne

Thanks for the tips, Jeanne.

Jessie
2 months ago
Reply to  Maggie

Also had this issue within a year of getting my dyson, and then quickly after the battery quit working completely. From what I could find in forums, it can either be a clogging issue or an issue with the battery when it starts to pulse, sometimes one caused by the other – the clog makes the dyson work harder to suck, and overstresses the battery (irreparably). In a last ditch effort to fix it, I bought an off brand replacement battery and new filters on Amazon and that got it running again. Now I try super hard to keep the filters clean, and if it cuts out for even a second, I go dump the bin and use a skewer to make sure all the bits stuck up in there come out. That seems to have worked. The clog that I think killed in the first place it was from vacuuming up stuffing from a toy my dog had torn up. Sad, because walking around with the sucking up the clumps of stuffing was super satisfying, but they just clog it up way too easily. For the money, not sure I’d buy a dyson stick vac again. I like it,… Read more »

2 months ago

Crazy pet lady here! My go-to setup is a robot vacuum AND a cordless stick. We have an older Roomba and the Dyson Animal. Currently there are 8 dogs (20-110lb size range, all but 1 shed and the non-shedder is the filthiest. If you are considering getting a dog, don’t buy the lies that non-shedders are cleaner, LOL) in my house AND we live in the country. We have had as many as 10 dogs and a cat in our 2000sqft home plus 2 adult humans. This setup is perfect for us, as long as the robot vac runs every single day. We also have a housekeeper who comes once per month to deep clean, but I can for sure go around my house barefoot in the mornings and my feet aren’t covered in hair and dirt if my robot vac runs daily and we spot vac with the Animal regularly.

Deb
2 months ago

If you can find a place that repairs vacuums that is the person who can give you great advice because they know what brands and models end up in their repair shops. I asked my guy once and he said a canister is going to give you the best suction no matter the brand.
He also said ( this has probably changed a bit) that for every $50 you spend you are buying a year’s worth of cleaning. So a $400 vacuum would last about 8 years.
This was back when $500 vacuums were top of the line.
I have had my canister over 8 years and it still does a good job but I would love to find a cordless upright that does a job that good. Maybe it’s time for me to visit a repair shop and ask questions again.

Sarah F
2 months ago

Nothing compares to Dyson.. but I wouldn’t mind getting a Roomba as well 😊

Elizabeth
2 months ago

My very favorite appliance is my cordless Black & Decker vacuum (with removable dustbuster!). The handle folds in half so it stores in the bottom shelf of the pantry. It is super lightweight and works great. I have kids and two dogs and I use it every day on our hardwood floors. And it costs a fraction of these vacuums. I have a big corded Shark for carpet and cleaning the couch. But the B&D vacuum I just adore. In case your budget is $100 and not $900. 🙂 https://www.amazon.com/BLACK-DECKER-POWERSERIES-Cordless-HSVB420J/dp/B07SQ9YCJB

2 months ago

I am obsessed with vacuuming bc it’s the most efficient way to clean. But nothing irritates me more than a vacuum that doesn’t work. When I worked on Emily’s show, almost every homeowner had a Dyson. I was responsible for cleaning before we shot the reveal scenes and literally ALL of these Dyson’s were broken. – made of cheap plastic. They are expensive for something that in my experience has been disposable after 4-5 years. I’m not really a fan of the bagless situation – you can get a much cleaner clean with air filtration benefits from a vacuum that has a bag. The bagless ones just get gross after a while and it’s impossible to empty them without getting dust everywhere. I’m generally disgusted by how disposable appliances are these days, and vacuums are one of the biggest culprits. Unless you pay more than $1600 for the fancy Miele (I have the cheaper $350 Miele C1) you can’t really expect to keep your machine forever because it’s hard to find people to fix them and often they don’t make replacement parts. I’ve bought two Miele C1 machines since 2017 (one for LA, one for the cabin) and they both… Read more »

Christa
2 months ago

I had a Dyson Animal and after a couple years it started to deteriorate and lose suction. It was really expensive so that made me swear off Dyson. I got a Miele cannister and it’s still going strong 8 years later. In the meantime I got a stick vacuum for quick clean ups – it died within a year. I’d like to try a robot vacuum.

Suzanne
2 months ago
Reply to  Christa

We’ve gone through so many robot vacuums. We were early adopters, so they are probably a lot better now. We still have an old one we use in our bedroom. The one on the main floor of our house didn’t like our furniture, so got stuck all the time, and eventually all the cat hair made it difficult to repair anymore. We’ve spent so much money on robot vacuums that we are doing without for now.

Jasmine
2 months ago

We bought an LG Cordless vacuum and we love it. Quick cleanup post dinner each night and can easily pick up messes. Cordless is the way to go for hardwood floors! It also has a rug attachment that we use on our area rugs. You do not have to hold button down either and it’s very light weight. Highly recommend as well. I love vacuum compare posts! Cleaning is life with kids and pets.

Suzanne
2 months ago
Reply to  Jasmine

A couple people have mentioned the LG. I’ll have to check it out.

2 months ago

I have the corded version of the Bissell Crosswave, and I really don’t recommend it. It’s ineffective as a vacuum, mediocre as a carpet cleaner, only so so as a scrubby mop, and a huge pain to assemble/disassemble/clean/dry. I seriously wish we hadn’t bought it. You’re better off with a powerful cord vacuum, a $15 spray mop, and a carpet spot treater like the little Green machine.

Brooke
2 months ago

I will only use Miele vacuums. They are made in Germany, come with a 7-year warranty and are 100% worth the money. Because of my severe indoor allergies, I can only use bagged vacuums. The canister design makes it easier to vacuum under beds and sofas.

Sadie
2 months ago

Spending around $1,000 for a Miele canister was hard but hands down one of the best purchases I’ve made. It’s still going strong 15 years later. Keeps our home very clean and fresh and actually makes vacuuming a relaxing experience. Worth every penny.

Julie
2 months ago

what is this disneyland style broom you speak of?

Kj
2 months ago
Reply to  Julie

It’s a standing dustpan with broom. There’s one linked in this post: https://stylebyemilyhenderson.com/blog/ehd-favorite-home-essentials or something like this from Target: https://www.target.com/p/casabella-upright-sweep-set-gray/-/A-14922286

Kj
2 months ago

Lisa Wagner, the rug cleaning guru, has an entire post discussing “how to properly vacuum rugs” here https://rugchick.com/how-do-i-vacuum-my-rug/.

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