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Top-rated vacuums to clean up pet hair

People regularly welcome pets into their homes. While they may love the affection and companionship the animal provides, they may not enjoy the fur and dander left behind inside the house.

Around 65 percent of American households have one or more pets, according to the American Pet Product Association. while Statistics Canada notes that around half of all Canadian households have a pet. New generations of pet owners are willing and able to pay top dollar for premium services and products. They may be more interested in a vacuum that is designed for pet fur than previous generations.

It can take no time at all for fur to accumulate on a rug or upholstered furniture. The nature of pet fur allows it to get stuck in the fibers and it is not easily removed, and it can be time-consuming to use sticky rollers to clean up pet hair. Some pet owners actually have resorted to running a wire slicker brush or shedding blade over rugs and furniture to collect the hair. Many find that pet fur is more easily cleaned with a vacuum designed specifically for that purpose or one that boasts strong suction power.

Several vacuums get high ratings for their ability to clean up pet fur and smaller debris easily and efficiently. For those in the market for a new vacuum, consider these brands and models.

* Dyson Animal, various models: Dyson claims to be an innovator in vacuum design, with cyclonic power that ensures the vacuum will not lose suction. Based on the popularity of their regular upright vacuums, Dyson created a line of vacuums specifically designed for pet hair. Most generate the strongest suction at the turbine head and feature a brush bar for capturing and sucking up fur and dander. The one downside to these products is the price tag. Dyson vacuums are on the high end of the cost spectrum at around $500.

* Hoover Platinum Collection Bagged and Bagless: Hoover didn't specifically set out for this to be a pet fur vacuum, but through personal use, many people found it to be one of the more effective vacuums at collecting pet hair. Ranging between $200 and $300, these vacuums are moderately priced.

* Eureka Boss Smart Vac: This vacuum was designed with strong bristling action and powerful suction that will go a long way toward trapping pet fur. It is also lightweight and easily maneuvered. At around $200, it is also among the more affordable options.

* Miele Bolero Upright Vacuum Cleaner: This product features an Active HEPA filter and spring-loaded, self-sealing dust bags that are ideal for those hoping to keep dust and dander out of the air. Air passes through a multi-layered HyClean™ bag and a secondary electrostatic filter. This is the most expensive vacuum on the list, at around $800.

* Hoover Tempo Widepath: At around $80, this is one of the least expensive vacuums, and also very lightweight. A powerful, 12 amp motor provides ample suction and doesn't leave anything behind. The smaller profile makes the vacuum easy to maneuver under and around furniture.

Removing pet hair can be easier when you invest in a powerful suction vacuum. Comparison shop retailers to find the best deals on these highly rated vacuums.