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This is a very boring question, but can anyone recommend a really good hoover for picking up animal fluff? P and I are finally getting a new one as our old one is frankly inadequate when it comes to dealing with Ju Ju's ermine mane, but we don't know what to get. I've heard that the Miele Cat and Dog one is good at getting up the fluff, but then I've also heard that it starts falling to bits after a couple of uses. And of course there's Dyson, but plenty of people have told me that they're over-rated. Any suggestions?


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Feb. 2nd, 2007 01:56 pm (UTC)
Well, I've had only good experience of my Dyson. Thomas and Muffin are both short-hair cats, but Muffin, in particular, sheds lots of his at even the slightest opportunity.

Mine's a DC07; I think they've brought out one since I got it that specifically mentions pets, but I'm not sure what the difference is. In any case, mine has been fine for me.
Feb. 2nd, 2007 02:08 pm (UTC)
Seconded. I [heart] our Dyson, and it does actually seem to work reasonably well for cat hair, even our few-years-old one which isn't the Cat Hair Special. Certainly a pre-Dysoned room is less likely to make cat-allergic friends wheeze and fall over. And Gem is a Very Fluffy (short-haired) Cat - her undercoat and her, um, overcoat (you know, her top fur) are the same texture, and both come out in clumps. Yes, Dyson. Also good for biscuit crumbs, discarded raisins and frightening small children who drop them.
Feb. 2nd, 2007 02:20 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes, I should have mentioned that: my Dyson is also good for frightening the cats. I make sure either to let them out first, or to avoid trying to hoover whichever room they're in.
Feb. 2nd, 2007 03:05 pm (UTC)
And this is how you know glitterboy1 is nicer than me: he carefully saves his cats' nerves, wheras I chase my small child shouting "it'll SUCK YOU UP!"
Feb. 2nd, 2007 03:26 pm (UTC)

She knows that she's safe with you. Cats, on the other hand, don't even know that they're safe with their own tails.
Feb. 2nd, 2007 06:05 pm (UTC)
Said small child is obsessed with our hoover, and insists on helping if at all possible.
Feb. 2nd, 2007 02:17 pm (UTC)
We have a Miele, and it's very good, and solid. They are supposed to be very reliable, and ours certainly does a good job of clearing up after two short haired cats and a long haired dog.

I'm not hugely keen on Dyson - the one my mum had kept breaking, but that was a few years ago, and she replaced it with a Sebo which is also very good.
Feb. 2nd, 2007 02:37 pm (UTC)
Never found my Dyson over-rated. Love it, would totally recommend it.
Feb. 2nd, 2007 02:38 pm (UTC)
I adore our Dyson, and my mum has one too and she actually has a cat rather than just a messy flat. Ours has only broken once, and they were magic about fixing it.
Feb. 2nd, 2007 02:40 pm (UTC)
I have exploded two Dysons (thanks to building rubble) but would still recommend them for pet hair, especially with the pet hair attachment for hoovering sofas. The upright one was significantly better than the cylinder one.
Feb. 2nd, 2007 04:06 pm (UTC)
Dysons are over-rated? Mine isn't. It's the bestest hoover I've ever owned. We have the Dyson Animal, specially designed for sucking up pet hair, and it's INCREDIBLE. Well worth the price, you just sort of wave it in the general direction of the carpet and all the horrible fluff is miraculously gone.
Feb. 2nd, 2007 04:23 pm (UTC)
My parents have the Dyson that's labelled as being particularly efficient at picking up animal hair (as opposed to an ordinary one, which was good, but not spectacular): they have two cats (including a Ju Ju clone) and two dogs, and it works a treat.
Feb. 2nd, 2007 05:03 pm (UTC)
I have an actual Hoover that does the trick although I don't know what model it is. I think it's like a $200 vacuum cleaner though; we stole it from my mother-in-law and then she bought another one and said we could keep it. Anyway, if you're really desperate, a good trick is to use one of those pet-hair remover roll things with the sticky on them. It'd be a pain to use over a whole carpet, but it would work great in corners, and particularly on the couch. Good luck to ya.
Feb. 3rd, 2007 09:56 pm (UTC)
We had an ordinary Dyson which didn't impress me much (ha! Shania!)- I have heard good things about the Miele cat and dog, but I totally heart my Henry - a vacuum cleaner with a face.
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