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What is the best upright vacuum cleaner for abundant dog fur that accumulates in carpet? We bought a Eureka Model 3271 a few years ago, the black and purple one specifically for pet owners called "Pet Pal". It seems to not work very well. It seems to have gotten worse from when we first bought it. It will pick up some things, but you can go over spots of bunched up dog hair or even little pieces of felt, and it won't pick them up! It's not clogged anywhere either, I've checked everywhere, even taken it apart. Even if I empty of canister and adjust the height at different settings, it still doesn't seem to pick up light debris very well. I've already almost thrown it in the trash. It's only about 4 years old (I think).
So what should I buy that won't break the bank?
 

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We looked at quite a few the last time we bought one and chose a "Hoover" bag-less, about $129 at Walmart. I don't think we even bought the "pet specific" model. I wasn't expecting it to hold up or work nearly as well as it has. We have a bigger, more powerful bag type vacuum, but my wife prefers this one as it's lightweight, nearly as maneuverable as the overly expensive "Dyson" models, and sucks up dog hair almost too well. The canister fills up pretty quickly, but it only takes seconds to empty it. We've been using it for at least two years with no problems.
My only criticism of it is that the "power brushes" don't turn on until you tilt the upright to a certain angle which makes a great deal of sense, but they seem to have the angle set for shorter people.

One of the suggestions I would make is take a Phillips screw driver with you when you are vacuum shopping and actually go through the process of taking the cover off to clean the brushes and belts. I don't care what brand you buy, you will have to unclog the brushes as golden hair will wrap around and reduce the cleaning action. My bigger vacuum is a pain in the butt to do, the little hoover is pretty easy to disassemble / reassemble and is belt-less.

I'm not as fond of using it with the "attachments" as other vacuums I've owned, but this little machine is in constant use daily for dog hair pickup and I've even used it a few times for cleaning car upholstery.
 

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I have a Bissell Pet Hair eraser, I've had it 12 years at least and it still works great.

Bissell has an entire line of Pet vacuums.
 

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I think I finally managed to kill my Dyson Animal ball vacuum. Surprisingly, it wasn't the hair that did it. I think it was the stroller that fell on it in the closet. I love my Dyson, even though it was pricey. I think I might go for a cordless version this time because we don't have a lot of carpet anyway. That's my recommendation.
 

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In my adult life, I had have 2 Rainbow vacuums. Two .I've never owned any other. I'm 60+.
They cost a lot, but they last a really, really long time. And honestly had the repairman not run the first one w/out the water I would still likely be on the first one. SSo---- you young people out there! Buy a Rainbow to start with, and don't let random people run it, and it will last your lifetime.
 

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I have a Dyson Upright Animal vacuum that's about 12 years old and I love it. I have it serviced ever few years and it's the only thing that got the hair up in our multi-dog home. It was expensive but worth every penny. We're dogless at the moment and I wonder if my vacuum is bored with only the occasional stray cheerio and sandwich crumbs to deal with.

An aside- my son is a film editor in LA and in high school he produced and directed a short film titled "Tucker vs. the Vacuum" in which our gentle giant overcomes his fear and vanquishes his nemesis the Dyson vacuum. Tucker went on to star in three of Andrew's film school projects, one of which won an award at a film festival. But I digress....
 

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My household has 2 Golden Retrievers, so.....

I have the "Animal" Dyson as my main vacuum. It gets all the dog hair, is easy to empty, and has a filter that never clogs. It also has a handy "dog brush" attachment that works great on my dog's coats; sucks it right into the vacuum. Both my dogs love it. (My female was scared to death, but I slowly showed her she was safe with me, it wasn't going to hurt, , and it would feel good. Now she lines up to get her grooming!)

I also have 4 of the upright/cordless Dysons. 2 for the house; 2 for our detached garage. My husband and I will each grab one, run around the house, and the whole place is clean in about 15 minutes. We have 2 just for hard floors, and 2 will also do carpets. Once in awhile, the filters need cleaning; they can clog up. But other than that.... we LOVE the cordless models. They are great when people drop in unexpectedly, or you want to do a quick clean up.

As an extra, I also have a canister Dyson. Yep; Dyson should hire our family to advertise. 6 Dysons for 2 Golden Retrievers.
 
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