If you own a dog or cat, your home needs a vacuum that’s tough enough to clean up what Fido or Fluffy leaves behind.
But how do you pick the right cleaning tool? We compared two highly reviewed, upright vacuums suited for pet hair — the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser 1650A and the Dyson Ball Animal.
At a glance
The Dyson Ball Animal costs $250 more than the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser 1650A, but the pricier Dyson includes convenient features, such as a longer power cord and a lighter design.
|Bissell Pet Hair Eraser 1650A||Dyson Ball Animal|
|Price||$249.99 at Bissell||$499.99 at Dyson|
|Bagged or bagless||Bagless||Bagless|
|Cord length||30 feet||35 feet|
|Weight||18 pounds||17.56 pounds|
|Color||Black and green||Gray and purple|
|Surface type||Flooring and carpet||Flooring and carpet|
|Instant release wand||Yes||Yes|
|Warranty||Limited 5-year warranty||Limited 5-year warranty|
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The Bissell Pet Hair Eraser and Dyson Ball Animal are traditional, upright corded vacuums. The Bissell weighs 18 pounds and has a 30-foot power cord, while the Dyson is 17.56 pounds and comes with a 35-foot power cord.
Each vacuum has a swivel head design to clean tight corners and hard-to-reach areas. They’re both bagless, so emptying their contents is easy (but potentially messy). The Bissell comes in a green and black color scheme, while the Dyson is purple and gray.
When it comes to tackling surfaces, the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser and Dyson Ball Animal are on even ground. Each is capable of cleaning bare floors and carpeting while collecting pet hair along the way.
Bissell says its product was developed “by pet parents for pet parents.” Its tangle-free brush roll can prevent the pet hair you pick up from getting tangled and its SmartSeal Allergen System with Febreze Pet Odor Eliminator Filter helps reduce pet odors. The vacuum comes with accessories, including an LED-lit crevice tool to detect hidden dirt and a Pet TurboEraser tool to remove hair stuck in carpets or upholstery.
The Dyson Ball Animal has a tangle-free turbine tool to remove hair and fur from carpet or upholstery, and a self-adjusting cleaner head to maintain suction on bare floor and carpet. The machine is equipped with HEPA filtration to trap allergens and enable emptying of the dirt bin at the push of a button. It comes with a combination tool, a stair tool and a multiangle brush.
But it may be possible to get both of these vacuums for less. NerdWallet recommends you research prices before buying. Online retailer Amazon, for instance, has been known to regularly discount its selection of vacuum cleaners.
No matter the model, consider putting your purchase on a rewards credit card with a generous cash-back rate to maximize your savings. You could receive major cash rewards on a large item.
Unleash your choice
Which upright pet vacuum should you choose for your home?
For a relatively affordable upright vacuum that will pick up after your furry friend, we recommend the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser. It is ideal for different surfaces, includes helpful accessories and will get the job done.
So when does it make sense to splurge for the Dyson? You’ll benefit if you have a large home (the extra 5 feet of cord will reduce plugging and unplugging) or a two-story residence (the half-pound difference can make it a little easier to tote the vacuum up and down the stairs).