Powerlifter Pet Vacuum

Last updated date: January 17, 2019

DWYM Score
6.9

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We looked at the top 1 Pet Vacuums and dug through the reviews from 4 of the most popular review sites including Best Reviews Guide, New York Times Wirecutter and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Pet Vacuum you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 69 expert reviews, the Bissell Bissell Powerlifter Pet Vacuum placed 11th 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
6.4
4 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
7.9
372 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
This vacuum is cheaper than most carpet cleaners available right now.
- Best Cordless Vacuum Guide
November 5, 2018 | Full review
The Bissell PowerLifter PowerBrush 1622 worked a bit better. It’s also much cheaper (typically about $90), and it weighs only 16 pounds. It has a few of the useful features we like, such as a cord clip, a built-in measuring cup, and a two-in-one tank design that makes cleaning easy. It’s also particularly simple to assemble.
- New York Times Wirecutter
I really liked the idea of a self rewinding cord, and the power vs size of the 10 amp motor is what made me buy it. Hardwood floors and carpet performance have both been great, and I’m especially happy with how much it cleans the carpet with every pass
- Clever Leverage
April 16, 2018 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Small water tank means you’ll have to empty it often when cleaning a large room.
- Best Cordless Vacuum Guide
November 5, 2018 | Full review
It doesn’t have a hose tool, so you can use it only on carpet.
- New York Times Wirecutter

From The Manufacturer

Cleaning up a home with pets requires some specialized help. Embedded pet hair and fine debris can be tough to remove from carpets and upholstery. With the Bissell Powerlifter pet hair vacuum 1309, you get a lightweight machine with exclusive pet features. A perfect combination of powerful suction and a Triple Action Brush Roll maximizes pet-hair cleanup across multiple surfaces. On carpet, the different bristle lengths work together to go deeper into carpet fibers, lifting and removing embedded dirt and pet hair. The long, silk-like bristles gently remove fine debris on hard flooring. Clean more pet hair with the Flexible Pet Crevice Tool and the Pet Hair Eraser Tool. So whatever your furry little friend throws your way, you have the vacuum that tackles it with ease.

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.