I have a 1 yr old short hair cat and a 11 mo old american bulldog. I bought my Vacuum cleaner before we got our dog Daisy but after we got Dexter the cat. It is a kenmore and claims it is meant for pet hair however; i don't believe it's telling the truth. The vacuum is barely a year old and I think we just killed it today vacuuming the couch and carpet.
Question is: What vacuums would you recommend that IS NOT a Dyson? I can't really afford a dyson as much as i would love one and that works great on pet hair.
I have an Oreck, and it is the only vaccume I will buy. I have killed so many with my Mini Aussie hair. The Oreck is the only one that has lasted. My first one lasted forever, and I killed it by vaccuming water by mistak(my basement flooded, and I thought floor was dry). When I traded it in, the Oreck guy couldn't believe is was so old it didn't have a serial number. I have had my new one for 8-9yrs. I do have it serviced every year. I couldn't be happier. I do believe they cost almost as much as the dyson. I paid over $300 for mine, and that included the canister. Orecks do not have any attachments, so you have to use a smaller canister vaccume.
I have a Bissell for Pets and I really like it. I only paid about $200 for it. I have only had it about a year though, so I can't tell you how well it will stand up to the challenge of two dogs and one cat.
I live in Northern Missouri, it gets way too cold to have all hardwood and tile floors. Made that mistake once already in my old apartment. I think i might try a bissil with the canister you can carry around with you and vacuum couches and stairs.
I ended up buying the bissel with the detachable canister for pets. I love it so far and it came in red! I can't believe how much my old vacuum wasn't picking up. I hope this time it lasts longer than a year. I guess we will see!
It also came with an attachment (deshedder) for dogs and my boyfriend decided to try it out. I was very suprised that my dog actually did not mind it and it worked pretty well. We did have to use treats as we used the desheeder tool on our pup. I doubt we will use it that often, but it is a nice idea.