Stick vacuums are just fine for hardwood floors. When pet hair is involved, however, you cannot just blindly grab a cleaner. Here, we look at the features pet owners should look for in a stick vacuum for hardwood floors.

First, let us look at why pet hair is such a nuisance:

  1. Entanglement: Hair easily gets entangled around objects. When the object is carpet fibers, cleaning is complicated.
  2. Hair, Hair, Hair EVERYWHERE: Pets are very mobile. Such movement sees them leave hair in every hard to reach places.
  3. Hair AGAIN: Pets shed hair continuously.
  4. Light Weight Nuisance: Animal hair is very light. Cleaning needs to balance power and suction. A poor balance of the two will see the vacuum scatter rather than pick up the hairs.

Given these facts, employ care when selecting a vacuum. Stick vacuums come in varying shapes, sizes and properties. Though they may be just fine for hardwood, not all are efficient for cleaning up hair.

Below are factors to consider before buying a stick vacuum.

Nozzle Size

Wider nozzles cover more extensive areas than narrow ones. Fewer strokes are, therefore, used when cleaning. Narrow nozzles, on the other hand, are more flexible.

Two things should inform your nozzle size:

  1. Type of pet
  2. Your House’s layout

Smaller pets like cats and Chiwawas fit themselves into very tight spaces. You need a small flexible nozzle to clean after them. A house with many tight spaces also demands a narrow head.

On the contrary, bigger pets like German Shepherds shed hair in a wide area. Big nozzles will help make cleaning after them very easy.

Type Of Brush

The brushes fitted into most vacuums assist them to pick up debris. Brushes stir up dust and debris for quick suction into the hose. This mechanism, however, fails when it comes to pet hair.

Stirring pet hair encourages entanglement around the brush fibers. The same find their way to other areas of the room. In such a case, the vacuum spreads, rather than clean, the hairs.

To prevent this, choose silicon brushes over soft-hair brushes. Silicon is quick to release hair in the case of entanglement.


Pick a vacuum with a comfortable weight. Pet shed hair all day long. You need a vacuum that will not tire you after extensive use.

Pets also move around a lot. Hair will not only be found on floors but on walls too. A light weight will prove useful in such a scenario.

In the case of a corded vacuum, pick one with a long cord. The cord should not limit your reach. Pets go everywhere and so should the vacuum.

Cordless rigs, on the other hand, should have a decent battery life. Cleaning after pets is continuous work, and the cleaner should meet this demand.

Canister and Filtration System

All stick vacuums lack dirt-bags. Their canisters, however, differ. Pick a vacuum cleaner whose canister is not messy to empty.

You do not want hair flying all over the place.

The filtration system is another thing to consider. It should be efficient for the removal of dander from expelled air.

The cost should be the last thing to consider. You should not be overly cheap when shopping for a pet cleaner. Not many are effective.

If you find one that works, cough up the extra bucks. It will be well worth it in the long run.

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