6 Vacuum Picks for an Allergy-Free Home

1. Kenmore Elite 31150 Pet Friendly Upright Vacuum 
Why We Like It: 
It’s a good value.
The Kenmore Elite is certifed by the Allergy and Asthma Foundation and has 20% more air power. The HEPA-certified filter captures maximum debris, trapping dust, pet dander, pollen and other allergens. It traps 99% of irritants.

2. Miele Dynamic U1 Maverick Obsidian
Why We Like It: It’s light (only 22lbs) and great for embedded dirt.
The Miele is great for getting rid of embedded dirt in carpets and has a long 39 foot cord. Its great for pet-hair pickup. At 22 pounds, it’s easy to carry and it’s quiet.
Con: Isn’t as good for cleaning kitchen and hardwood floors.

3. HOOVER WindTunnel 3 High Performance Pet Bagless Upright Vacuum
Why We Like It: It’s light (17 lbs) and great on carpet and bare floors.
The Hoover Wind Tunnel Max is great for pet-hair pickup on carpet and equally good on bare floors. It’s also super lightweight (17 pounds) but still feature-filled with manual carpet pile-height adjustment and a brush on/off switch to safeguard the finish of bare floors. Keep in mind though: it is bagless.
Con: Little less suction control though.

4. Kenmore Elite Pet Friendly Ultra Plush Bagged Canister Vacuum
Why We Like It: There are special settings that let you switch between carpet and bare floor.
If you like the ease of carrying canister vacuum, this is a great choice. Carpet cleaning and airflow for tools are great and pet-hair pickup was superb. It also works very well between dense, ultra plush and super plush carpet. It has HEPA filtration and certified by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation.

5. Miele Complete C3 Marin Canister Vacuum
Why We Like It: It has amazing suction and airflow, is quiet and has a retractable cord 
Here’s a splurge choice: the Miele. The bagged canister is excellent for fine cleaning and pet-hair pickup. It transitions really well between carpet cleaning and bare floors and the airflow for tools are impressive. Other pluses include manual carpet pile-height adjustment, suction control for drapes, a brush on/off switch for bare floors, and a retractable cord. Plus, it’s quiet.

6. Kenmore 31220 Pet Friendly Crossover Bagless Upright Vacuum
Why We Like It: It’s great if you have thick carpet and can be used like an upright or canister vac.
Although it is bagless, it can be used like a regular upright or a canister. The Kenmore did a very good job removing embedded dirt from carpets and cleaning hardwood floors. It has a 2 motor system and is a champ at pet-hair pickup, and airflow through the cleaning tools was strong. The dust and crevice tools are great. This model is a good choice if your home has ultra-plush carpets.


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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."


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