Animal Upright Vacuum

Last updated date: January 23, 2019

DWYM Score
8.2

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We looked at the top 1 Pet Vacuums and dug through the reviews from 7 of the most popular review sites including Top Ten Reviews, Modern Castle, Best Reviews Guide, Tech Gear Lab and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Pet Vacuum you should buy.

Overall Take

This upright vacuum practically defines cyclonic power. It provides a wide path for more efficient vacuuming on thick carpeting. The bagless design may be an issue for some pet owners, however. In our analysis of 72 expert reviews, the Dyson Dyson Animal Upright Vacuum placed 4th when we looked at the top 12 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note March 26, 2019:
Checkout The Best Pet Vacuum for a detailed review of all the top pet vacuums.

Expert Summarized Score
8.0
7 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.2
1,661 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The wide cleaning path means fewer passes are required for cleaning large carpeted areas.
- Top Ten Reviews
September 11, 2018 | Full review
It has strong suction and even it’s an upright, it is still capable of above the floor cleaning. Great for deep cleaning homes with wall to wall carpeting. It has long hose that will allow you to clean stairs.
- Best Cordless Vacuum Guide
December 3, 2018 | Full review
The design of the Dyson Ball Compact Animal Upright is very sleek and modern. This vacuum features the iconic Dyson ball base with a roller brush vacuum head. The upright shaft extends to 43”, but can also compact down to just over 30” which allows this upright vacuum to be stored in a small closet or the lower portion of a large cabinet.
- Modern Castle
This upright vacuum cleaner sits on a ball for easy twisting and turning around furniture and obstacles.
- Smart Review
January 2, 2019 | Full review
The one feature that continues to amaze me is the ingenuous Cyclonic Separation technique, which uses centrifugal force to filter dust and other particles from the air stream.
- Vacuums Guide
July 28, 2014 | Full review
Great at cleaning carpets and hard floors, nimble, fantastic at picking up pet hair .
- Tech Gear Lab
What experts didn't like
This is a very expensive vacuum.
- Top Ten Reviews
September 11, 2018 | Full review
It is heavy and very expensive.
- Best Cordless Vacuum Guide
December 3, 2018 | Full review
Smaller ball means less suction and limited wand maneuverability.
- Modern Castle
When the stand is down if you tilt the vacuum and push forward it collapses. It seems to be made only to be able to pull the when you are transporting it.
- Vacuums Guide
July 28, 2014 | Full review
It is expensive
- Tech Gear Lab

From The Manufacturer

The Dyson DC65 is a powerful upright vacuum cleaner designed for multi-surface cleaning. It uses Radial Root Cyclone technology and a reconfigured brush bar to remove more dirt and dust from the home. The redesign of the brush bar means that the bristles have been made shorter and stiffer allowing deeper carpet penetration to remove more dirt, while maintaining superior performance on hard floors. The DC65 cleans better than any other vacuum across carpets and hard floors**. It achieves this through the combination of Radial Root Cyclone technology and a self adjusting cleaner head which seals in suction across carpets and hard floors. The latest Ball technology allows easy steering into difficult places. More key technologies are housed inside the ball, reducing components on the outside of the machine. Removing clutter from around the ball makes it even easier to steer under and around furniture. Other vacuums have a choice of settings for different floor types. This means that when moving from one floor type to another, suction power can be wasted. DC65 has an active base plate which self adjusts to create optimal contact with every floor type. This reduces air leaks and retains more suction power at the cleaner head. DC65 has the best all around pick-up of any Dyson vacuum.

Overall Product Rankings

1. TruePet Canister Upright Vacuum
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 7
2. Pet Hair Eraser Cordless Hand Vacuum
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 4
3. RoboVac 11S Slim Robotic Vacuum
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 7
4. Animal Upright Vacuum
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 7
5. Miele Complete C3 Cat & Dog Canister Vacuum
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 4
6. Airspeed Upright Vacuum
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 4
7. Elite Pet Friendly Upright Vacuum
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 4
8. WindTunnel 3 Pro Pet Vacuum
Overall Score: 7.2
Expert Reviews: 8
9. React Professional Pet Plus Upright Vacuum
Overall Score: 7.1
Expert Reviews: 5
10. Pet & Allergy Bagged Vacuum
Overall Score: 7.1
Expert Reviews: 5
11. Powerlifter Pet Vacuum
Overall Score: 6.9
Expert Reviews: 4
12. Pet Hair Eraser Vacuum
Overall Score: 6.8
Expert Reviews: 6

An Overview On Pet Vacuums

Traditional vacuum cleaners have always been called into service to remove pet hair, flea dust and dander, but the results haven’t always been pretty. Pet hair can quickly become tangled in the vacuum’s beater brush, and the collection bag cannot always contain all of the pet hair the vacuum cleaner picks up.

This is why several vacuum cleaner manufacturers developed models that address the specific needs of pet owners. A pet or animal vacuum cleaner looks and acts like a standard vacuum, but also includes specialized accessories, such as a turbo brush or grooming tool. A pet vacuum also has a more powerful motor to generate stronger suction. Pet hair is notoriously difficult to extract from carpeting, so most pet vacuums use more intense “wind tunnel” or cyclonic technology.

Pet vacuums come in a wide variety of designs, although canister and upright styles seem to be the most popular, followed by handheld mini-vacs. A hybrid upright canister vacuum, like the Shark TruePet, provides the additional suction power pet owners need, along with a beater brush with noticeably stiffer bristles. Although the heavier weight of the Shark TruePet may be a factor for some, it performs equally well on all common floor surfaces.

In terms of sheer suction power, a pet vacuum with cyclonic action is hard to beat. The Dyson Animal upright has the right balance of power and maneuverability that many pet owners seek. One potential drawback with cyclonic pet vacuum cleaners, however, is their bagless design. Pet hair and dander can be blown back into the room once the bagless canister is opened for disposal. Pet owners with allergy issues may want to consider a model that includes a secured bag and a HEPA filter.

Many robotic vacuums, such as the Eufy Robovac 11, can handle a moderate amount of pet hair, flea dust and dander, but they often lack the suction power of canister vacuums. Pet owners with robotic vacuum cleaners should be prepared to clean out the unit’s collection tray more often and spend time removing any hairs that collect on the agitator brushes. Clogs and tangles can lead to poor performance.

One element that separates a pet or animal vacuum from its traditional counterpart is the beater brush. Because pet hair can become hopelessly entangled on a standard beater brush, manufacturers have created special agitators with stiffer and deeper bristles. The surface of a pet vacuum beater brush is also smoother, making it easier to rinse clean between uses.

If large canister or upright vacuums are too bulky for the job, many pet owners also keep a handheld vacuum on hand for spot cleaning. Miniature models like the cordless Bissell Pet Hair Eraser can reach remote areas and crevices that tend to collect pet hair. Unlike a standard handheld vacuum cleaner, a pet mini-vac may also include a powered agitator to remove more hair from carpeting, along with an improved filtration system.

DYWM Fun Fact

The designation “pet vacuum” refers more to a vacuum cleaner’s attachments and accessories than the vacuum cleaner itself. Placed side by side, pet vacuum cleaners and traditional vacuum cleaners are virtually identical. A pet vacuum is more likely to include powered attachments or an easy-to-clean beater brush.

For pet owners with carpeted floors, a vacuuming accessory called a carpet rake can be especially helpful with removing embedded pet hair before vacuuming. A carpet rake can reach deep into carpet fibers, allowing pet owners to create easily manageable piles of hair.  Consider it a comb for your carpets!

The Pet Vacuum Buying Guide

  • When choosing an ideal indoor pet, one important consideration is the animal’s typical shedding pattern. Owners who bring a high shedding animal into the home should be prepared to vacuum almost daily. Low shedding breeds are best for homes with extensive carpeting.
  • Even if the vacuum cleaner is not designated as a “pet vacuum,” it should have a HEPA filter to trap all of the flea dirt, dander and hairs a pet can generate throughout the day.
  • Most cordless vacuum cleaners lack the suction power to be effective as pet vacuums, but they are suitable for spot cleaning “accidents” and litter spills.
  • Some consumers may want to consider investing in a pet vacuum even if they do not own pets. These models are often more powerful than standard vacuum cleaners and include accessories not often included with traditional models.
  • Bagless pet vacuum cleaners may be easier on the environment, but models with bags do a better job containing pet hair and dander. Most cyclonic vacuums are bagless by design, but many canister and upright vacuums still use disposable bags.
  • Pet owners are not limited to specialized pet vacuum cleaners but should be prepared to spend more time removing hair and other pet-related debris from standard models. Clogs lead to reduced suction power, and beater brushes mired with pet hair can burn out the belts and motor.
  • HEPA filters need to be replaced on a regular schedule in order to retain their efficiency. Pet owners with allergy issues may want to use protective gloves and a dust mask when performing this important task.