To help you with your purchase of a cordless vacuum, we’ve put up a list of some important factors that you should consider when making a purchase.
The Suction Power
Our experience with cordless vacuums has shown that the suction power is particularly important to achieve a good cleaning result.
The rule is: the stronger, the better! Thin cat or dog hair often stubbornly clings to the surface. Only maximum suction power can help here.
What accessories are available for pet hair vacuum cleaners?
The suction power is not the only factor that determines the cleaning result. Especially when it comes to pet hair, the included accessories play an important role.
We have tested the most useful gadgets.
Electric Floor Brush
The electric floor brush is pretty much a standard accessory nowadays.
A small motor sits directly on the brush and ensures that the brush rotates at the push of a button. The fins on the brush pick up the dirt and fling it into the suction pipe.
This provides an immense increase in cleaning power.
Not every electric floor brush stands up to what it promises. Our tests have revealed serious differences. Sometimes brushes can block if hair or threads get wrapped around them.
Your advantage: In our tests, we found out which brushes of cordless vacuums don’t block. These are also better suited for removing pet hair.
The Mini Electric Brush
The mini electric brush also has its own roller that rotates. It is a very effective tool for removing pet and human hair from upholstered furniture.
When buying your cordless vacuum, make sure that a mini electric brush is included.
An Attachment with Hard Bristles
Our tests have shown that a brush with hard bristles is also suitable for removing pet hair from upholstery. These brushes act similar to a comb.
But be careful: The bristles should not be too hard so that you don’t tear up your upholstery when vacuuming.
Maintenance is also an important purchase criterion. If you have pets, you will have to maintain your cordless vacuum cleaner a bit more often. Pets bring more dirt into the house, which puts more strain on your devices.
That’s why it’s very important that maintenance is kept as simple and user-friendly as possible.
You should remove hair especially from the electric floor brush every now and then to profit from its full performance.
You can use a sharp knife for this.
Of course, you can also remove the roller for this purpose. You can do this with most devices by opening a small lid on the side.
Cordless Vacuum Cleaner with or without a Bag: Our Experience with Pet Hair
Most cordless vacuums today don’t have a bag anymore. They have useful dirt containers that you can empty directly into the dustbin.
Make sure that the system is sturdy and that nothing gets out of place when emptying.
HEPA filters (air filter) help to filter out even the smallest particles.
Make sure that the cordless vacuum cleaner has long-life filters that you don’tt have to change. This is good for your wallet and the environment.
Hard Floor, Tiles or Carpet?
What type of floor do you mainly have at home?
You should ask yourself this question, because not every cordless vacuum is suitable for every floor.
Only the best cordless vacuums perform equally well on all floors.
Especially when it comes to cleaning upholstered furniture, cordless vacuums are the shining stars.
If you have a good device, it’s going to be super easy to convert it to a cordless handheld vacuum. The cordless handheld vacuum makes cleaning very convenient. Make sure that the device you buy has the conversion function.
The size of your home will determine how long it’ll take you to vacuum.
If you know how long you need, then you can make sure that the battery life of the device is long enough.
Good devices can vacuum for up to 90 minutes these days.
If you have a lot of stairs, a cordless device is very convenient, too. You can also make sure that the cordless vacuum of your choice is not too heavy.
We have tested devices in all weight classes. We’ve tested devices in a range from 1.7 kg (3.7 lbs) to 4 kg (8.8 lbs).
The dear money...
...plays a decisive role, of course. You might prefer to spend it on something else than a household appliance.
Nevertheless, we recommend not to save money in the wrong place. Quality has its price, and especially when it comes to pet hair, cheap cordless vacuums usually just won’t do the job, so your home might seem to be clean in the end, but it’s not actually clean.
Stick to the motto: If you buy cheap, you buy twice.
Your advantage: When buying online, for example at Amazon UK, there are often very good offers. This way you can get quality at a low price.