Which? verdict on vacs designed to tackle pet furLatest Best Buy and Don't Buy models revealed
23 December 2010
Our latest round of vacuum cleaner tests reveal Best Buy vacs and the ones so bad at picking up dirt and dust that we think you should avoid them altogether.
This latest batch of reviews includes several models from brands including Dyson and Vax specifically designed to tackle pet hair, such as the DC33 Animal and the Vax Power 2 Pet C90-P2N-P.
Plus we have test results for the new colourful, smiley range of Henry vacuum cleaners available in green, blue, red and yellow, as well as a pink Hetty model.
Which? has tested a bumper crop of 24 new vacuum cleaners and crowned seven new Best Buys. We've also found two vacuum cleaners that are so bad at picking up dust and dirt we've made them Don't Buys. To see which models have made the Best Buy grade check out our full vacuum cleaner reviews.
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'Pet' vacuum cleaners
Cat and dog owners know just how hard it is to keep carpet and furniture free of fur, and a good vacuum cleaner can make this difficult job easier.
Which? home editor Natalie Hitchins says: 'Cleaning pet hair is a tough task that can stump an otherwise decent vacuum cleaner. We use real pet hair in our tests so you can tell just how well a vac will cope when you get it home. Plus, our tests show that it isn't always the 'pet' models that do this job best.'
To search for a model that our excels at picking up pet hair use our vacuum cleaner comparison tool in our online vacuum cleaner review.
Both Dyson and Electrolux have recently launched vac attachment brushes that claim to make light work of animal fur. You can watch our First Look video review of the Dyson Groom Tool here.
Best Buy vacuum cleaners
Cleaning pet hair isn't our only tough test - we put all our vacuum cleaners through rigorous, independent tests at our lab to find out which models are worthy of Which? Best Buy status.
We test how good they are at picking up dust and dirt from carpets and wooden floors, how well they trap allergens and fine dust, and we record how noisy they are.
To find out more about how Which? test vacuum cleaners and see just how much more dust a Best Buy picks up, check out our in our vacuum cleaner review.