Best Vacuums 3/22/13
" Samantha Boege wouldn't trade her dog, Rugby, for anything.
But his shedding hair, that she could live without!
"Dog hair is everywhere, but it's just something that we have, we put up
But you don't have to, say the experts at Consumer Reports. Testers
recently evaluated more than 100 vacuums, including uprights and
canisters, bagged and bagless.
"Pet owners want to know two things about a vacuum - how well it sucks
up hair and how much of that hair goes clear into the vacuum, rather than
getting stuck on the brush."
To size up performance, testers go to great lengths. First, they measure
exactly five grams of pet hair and spread it over a piece of carpet. Then they
use a weighted roller.
Next, testers weigh the vacuum, then vacuum for 14 strokes.
Now the vacuum gets weighed again, so testers know exactly how much
hair it picked up. They also check the carpet for any hair left behind.
"We also measure how much hair gets stuck to the brush. Constantly having
to manually clean out your brushes isn't much fun."
Even more expensive vacuums, like this 500-dollar one, couldn't pull in the
In the end, one of your best deals is this 130-dollar Hoover WindTunnel T-
Series Rewind. This bagless upright offers impressive cleaning and superb
So pet owners, like Samantha Boege, don't have to put up with a hairy
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