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Vacuums that work on cat hair?

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
Search is down for some reason, but I killed my cheapo vacuum this weekend, apparently long hair cats/OCD owners and vacuums don't mix to well.

So any suggestions on a vacuum that really works at getting pet hair out of carpet, I might get another Coon soon so its going to get a lot worse before it gets better.

Lets say under 500$.

Thanks in advance.
post #2 of 21
Not necessarily a solution to your problem, but I usually vacuum Bijou with our central vac and he loves it.

There is a good vacuum I've read about here on TCS but I cannot remember the name of it but I'm sure someone will be along to help you soon.
post #3 of 21
Hmmm, I have 3-foot-long hair (have had it all my life too) and it's never killed my mom's vacuum (and she vacuums at least once a week - as do I up at school)! hahaha, and I shed just as much, if not more, than the animals.... she has a Eureka bagless with hepa filter - I believe Target sells it....

Upon looking for a link on Target's website for my mom's vacuum, I came across this:
http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html...sin=B000079R7G
a bit expensive, but appears to be suited exactly for you....

I can't, unfortunately, find my mom's vacuum online though - I'm not at home or I could give you the model number and all.... good luck though - and let us know what you go with in case we have the same problem!
post #4 of 21
Do you have a ZOOM GROOM brush? That really stops a LOT of the hair before it ever gets to the carpet. (Both of my cats LOVE this brsuh!)
Linda
post #5 of 21
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Originally Posted by stampit3d
Do you have a ZOOM GROOM brush? That really stops a LOT of the hair before it ever gets to the carpet. (Both of my cats LOVE this brsuh!)
Linda
I would love to brush out my cats but my biggest female who is the worst offender on hair will not let me come near her with a brush. I tried the gloves and a few of the other wipes but she will have non of that and I have a few scars on my wrists to prove it.

I vacuum about once every two/three days, what killed the current one is my wifes hair and the cats hair somehow wrapped itself in the windings of the motor and the vacuum started smoking. I was able to pull a bulk of the hair out of the motor and clean out the brushes but it does not seem to work as well as when it was new.

I have looked at the dysons but the reviews online swing from it works wonders to its a piece of trash.
post #6 of 21
We have a pretty good vacuum.. its rather old though, so I doubt theres any left for sale, unless you find one previously owned... err... made by Eureka and the name of the vacuum its self seems to be The Boss I believe..

teres 3 girls with long hair, and a dog that has REALLY long hair too.. and as long as I clean the bristles thingy out once in awhile its fine.
post #7 of 21
i have 14 cats, two dogs, myself has long hair and my DH has decent hair as well. We use the dyson animal vac and ADORE IT ADORE IT ADORE IT
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post #9 of 21
We have a Dyson All Floors. With 2 labs and a kitty, it works great!!!! I would HIGHLY recomend a dyson. I have to vacum at least twice a week and it picks up everything! Just the regular Dyson would be just fine but they make a special one for amnimal hair. Its a little more expensive, but IMO, all dysons are woth it. I got mine at Costco and it came with some special attachments. If you have a costco by you, look into it. Good luck!
post #10 of 21
We have the dyson animal and what a difference it made once we bought it...
post #11 of 21
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Originally Posted by catsRNmom
We have the dyson animal and what a difference it made once we bought it...
Buying a Dc07 tommorow, thanks. Going to test it out see if it works and will report back.

Also wallmart of all places had it the cheapest, the standard yellow dyson was 399 online and my local wallmasrt had it for ~340$ brand new.

(Never been in a wallmart before, still not sure if I can buy from them because of their labor practices.)
post #12 of 21
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Originally Posted by JulieAnne

Add me to the adoration list I love mine! It is amazing and we have 14 cats two dogs and two horses- no the horses don't come in the house, but their hay and hair does
post #13 of 21
Wow that Dyson looks great! Unforunately not in my budget right now, darn it! I have a bagless Bissell Clean View that has several filters in it. It works pretty good. I vacuum pretty much every day and dump the cup daily too (with all my long haired beauties). I think it works well.... always getting up tons of hair. I've only had it 1 1/2 years so I don't know how long it will hold out. It seems to be though. If I ever get a chance I might try to get one of those Dyson's! I'm always up for an upgrade if I can manage it!
post #14 of 21
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Originally Posted by mzjazz2u
Wow that Dyson looks great! Unforunately not in my budget right now, darn it! I have a bagless Bissell Clean View that has several filters in it. It works pretty good. I vacuum pretty much every day and dump the cup daily too (with all my long haired beauties). I think it works well.... always getting up tons of hair. I've only had it 1 1/2 years so I don't know how long it will hold out. It seems to be though. If I ever get a chance I might try to get one of those Dyson's! I'm always up for an upgrade if I can manage it!
Ok I picked up a DC07 animal for 330$ at home depot today on clearance after some looking MSRp (was 620$ i believe) and I pulled a large cats worth of hair out of my floor its discusting, my carpet is only 10 months old and is vacuumed every two days so this is cool. Will take a picture of the dirt I pulled out of the carpet and post it. .
post #15 of 21
This is a very timely thread. With adding a fourth cat, I've been thinking about investing in a new vacum, especially the Dyson Animal. It's a little pricey for me, but I'm thinking about hinting to my parents that it would be a great Christmas present. I'm glad to see the good reviews!
post #16 of 21
I have a Dyson Animal too & I love it! I thought that my Kenmore vaccum was doing a good job until I tried my Mom's Dyson & saw the difference. It sold me, it's worth every penny!

I got mine at Bed, Bath & Beyond with a 20% coupon.... they retail for $500, so that's $100 off! The newer coupons all exclude Dyson products. I bought my older coupon from ebay for $1.00. There are usually lots of BB&B coupons on ebay... if any of y'all are interested, just make sure to contact the seller & ask if the exclude Dyson. Most of the coupons are new, but you may luck out I find an old one out there. They also accept expired coupons, so you don't need to worry about the date.
post #17 of 21
Does anybody have an Oreck? They've been advertising a lot lately.
post #18 of 21
Dyson Animal best thing we ever bought definatly worth the money.
post #19 of 21
Eilcon, I have an Orek. It must be 15 to 17 years old now and it still works great. I've had to replace the belt several times but the motor is still going fine. The bags are expensive if you get the best filtering type, but since I don't like the idea of having to empty out the bagless type vacs all the time, I guess it's worth it. I really like the fact that it's light weight which makes it very easy to do the stairs. I use a little Dirt Devil vac for the furniture.
post #20 of 21
i have the Eureka The Boss vaccuum that consumer reports has had in the top 10 for the last several years. it's also rated a Consumer Reports Best Buy. it has bags, and a Hepa filter. i have to say, i used to have a bagless kirby and i will NEVER go back. i have dust allergies and i LOVE my eureka the boss. i just take out the bag, and throw it away when it's full. no mess. no dust everywhere. and i vaccuum my apartment about 3x a week because of the cats. 1-yr later it's doing just fine.

i bought it on wal-mart.com for cheaper than i could get it locally. i'll post a link. i LOVE my vaccuum .

editted to add: the one on walmart.com comes with more bags than at the local stores. and i could only find it at sears locally.
post #21 of 21
My mom has the Dyson Animal, and loves it. She has two dogs and a cat, and says it's the best vacuum cleaner she's ever had. The next time one of mine goes, I'm going to buy a Dyson.
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