Best Vacuums for Ragdoll Cat Hair According to Ragdoll Cat Owners

| November 17, 2014 | 18 Comments

Best Vacuums for Ragdoll Cat Hair According to Ragdoll Cat Owners

We get a lot of emails inquiring about what the best vacuum is for Ragdoll cat hair, aka, long haired cats.  So I’ve asked on our Facebook page a few times to see what everyone likes and uses.  It seems that there is a lot of passion behind the kind of vacuum to use.  So I wanted to do a post about it.  I have put the vacuums in order according to the number of times people mentioned them in the post.  Of course, this is not very scientific, but rather was the way I choose to organize them.  I also included comments that readers said about them.

Do you have a favorite vacuum for vacuuming cat hair?  If so, please leave a comment below, letting us know the brand and model as well as a description as to why you like it so much – that way other Ragdoll cat owners can benefit!

Shark Vacuums

Readers seem to like two models of the Shark vacuums – the Navigator and the Rocket.

Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional Vacuum (NV370) $199.99

Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional Vacuum NV370

Shark Navigator Lift-Away Vacuum (NV352) $143.99

Shark Navigator Lift-Away Vacuum

Floppycats readers say:

  • “Shark navigator – love it and it’s a fraction of the cost of a Dyson.”
  • “Shark Navigator! Never had a vacuum this good. When you see all the stuff it pulls out of carpets, you’ll know your old vacuum wasn’t doing much good!”
  • I have the Shark Navigator (Swivel Steering) 2X capacity. No bag. You can’t believe the cat hair I pick up. Love it
  • Shark Navigator. I use mine every week. It is light and really sucks. REALLY SUCKS. I have to empty the container at least twice each time.
  • I’ve had Dysons and now I have a Shark. I love it!
  • “Shark. They also have a pet attachment that will get cat hair off of furniture also. Love it!

Shark Rocket $189.99

Shark Rocket Ultralight UprightFloppycats readers say:

  • “I like the navigator for the carpet but the rocket for all the rest. It’s great on hard floors, blinds, furniture, walls, pillows.”
  • “Shark Rocket!!! Period! Best picker upper of Ragdoll fur!”
  • I have two sharks and I love them. I couldn’t live without the rocket cuz it snakes around everything great. And the suction is awesome! I’m a clean freak and I think the shark beats everything out there, and trust me I have had them all.
  • Shark navigator. It works great for a Ragdoll who gives off clumps as opposed to hairs
  • “The Dysons are nice but they don’t get under or around stuff because of that big ball on it. That rocket can get under or around everything.”

Dyson Vacuums

Readers seemed to use a variety of Dysons – see all the ones they mentioned below.

Dyson DC50 Animal Compact Upright Vacuum Cleaner $387.99

Dyson DC50 Animal Compact Upright Vacuum CleanerFloppycats readers say:

  • Love my purple Dyson!!
  • I have a dyson animal it’s brilliant

Dyson DC41 Animal $460.86

Dyson DC41 Animal

Floppycats readers say:

  • “I have three Dyson vacuums: Dyson DC41 Animal, Dyson DC44 Animal handheld and Dyson DC56 Hard. I have two Ragdolls and a Miniature Schnauzer. They work great .”

Dyson DC44 Animal Digital Slim MK2 Handheld $297.99

Dyson DC44 Animal Digital Slim MK2 Handheld

Dyson DC56 Hard- Hardfloor Cordless Vacuum Cleaner $286.99

Dyson DC56 Hard- Hardfloor Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

Floppycats readers say:

  • “Dysons are fantastic! We have DC – 59 & 65 animals and they suck everything up! We also have a Roomba that runs daily to keep up with anything we miss. There all pricey, but they make our lives easy!”

Dyson DC23 TurbineHead Canister Vacuum $302.95


Dyson DC23 TurbineHead Canister Vacuum

Floppycats readers say:

  • “Dyson DC23 – Hard floor AND carpet attachments. Just need to empty it frequently.”

Miele Vacuums

A few readers mentioned how much they liked the Miele canister vacuums for their cat hair.

Miele S8380 Cat & Dog Canister Vacuum $949.00

Miele S8380 Cat and Dog Canister Vacuum
Floppycats readers say:

  • “Miele cat and dog canister – excellent. Filters air, extremely powerful, bag snaps in and closes to capture and contain all dander. Very good reviews on-line showing comparisons to canister style like Dyson.”

Hoover Vacuums

Hoover – WindTunnel 2 Bagless Pet Upright Vacuum – Purple $89.99

Hoover - WindTunnel 2 Bagless Pet Upright Vacuum - Purple

Floppycats readers say:

  • Carole writes, “I had to get a new vacuum cleaner and I LOVE the one I purchased.  I wanted to share it with you and your “Ragdoll Readers.”  It is a HOOVER UH70102 and came with TWO pet tools.  I picked it up at Best Buy.  My friend purchased a similar one thru Amazon. Very reasonably priced at $89.99.”

Other vacuums mentioned were the Eureka Boss Smart-Vac Upright HEPA Vacuum Cleaner, 4870MZ, Wertheim, Harry with pet hair turbulator, Kenmore Elite Canister and the Kirby G5 Diamond Edition.

What’s your favorite vacuum for picking up cat hair?

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Hi, I’m Jenny Dean, creator of Floppycats! Ever since my Aunt got the first Ragdoll cat in our family, I have loved the breed. Inspired by my childhood Ragdoll cat, Rags, I created Floppycats to connect, share and inspire other Ragdoll cat lovers around the world,

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  1. Patti Johnson says:

    Wow! Great info! Thanks, Jenny! I have yet to invest any serious money in a vacuum. I just find it hard to commit that much money to a vacuum cleaner but I must say that I certainly need a better vacuum to attack the cat hair on our floors. What I have works okay but I know there’s lots of room for improvement that a more expensive, better engineered vacuum might provide.

    Currently, we are using a Hoover Nano-Cyclonic Upright vacuum. I’m adding the Shark models to my Wish List, though. As I think when I get a new vacuum I will invest in one of those. The Dysons and Miele are just too expensive for our limited budget, though. 🙂

    Big hugs!

    Patti & Pink Sugar (who sez “Ah hatez dat berry loudz thingamajigz!” 🙂 <3

  2. Dysons are the best for Ragdoll fur, as I should know as I had/have 4! Lol.

  3. jniec328 says:

    We have the Shark Rocket for a Labrador Mix, Ragdoll, & recently added short-haired kitten. It is an awesome vacuum for pet hair of all kinds. Dysun’s are of course excellent vacuums as well (my parents have one for a golden retriever), but I can’t justify paying almost double for a machine that works just as powerful, if not better…coming from first-hand experience. I know a lot of people would pay $100+ just for the top-name in vacuum cleaners, & who sees your vacuum? Hopefully not anyone that you’re trying to impress anyways 😉 Go with the Shark!!

  4. Patricia McDermott says:

    i’ve heard that sharks are just as good as the dyson, i have neither because i can’t afford them but i’d love to have one. maybe santa will bring me one! 3 cats, one with long hair.. i got cat hair!

    • Patti Johnson says:

      I hear ya, Patricia. We just have one Ragdoll but with the amount of fluffies floating around here at time I feel like we have a gaggle of Raggies! lol 🙂

      Going to save my pennies (I’ll need A LOT of them!) and get the Shark Rocket! 🙂

      Big hugs!

      Patti & Pink Sugar 🙂 <3

  5. Beth says:

    My Eureka “The Boss” upright (Consumer “Best Buy” choice I bought several years ago) does a great job. I also have a dandy little Dirt Devil Simpli-Stick (less than $20 last December) that works picking up crumbs, litter and cat hair on hard floors. Last night I saw a TV ad for Shark Liftaway. I’d seriously consider it if I needed to replace my main vacuum cleaner. It looks bagless, though, and bagless vacuums are nasty to empty because dust goes everywhere.

    Thanks for another very useful feature article, Jenny 🙂

  6. Beth says:

    P.S. I’ve had four Eurekas, three at work and the one I own. My current machine is excellent and one work vacuum was outstanding. The other two were worthless, so I have no confidence in or loyalty to the brand.

  7. Christy says:

    I have a Dyson DC40 (I think) that’s about 7-8 years old and I love that thing! It was expensive but amortized over the years it works out to be very cost effective per use. Also, it’s super easy to take apart and clean or clear any blockages yourself.

    I do want a lightweight vacuum to use downstairs in the entryway and on the stairs though. About 6 years ago I bought a Dyson handheld cordless for this job but I do NOT recommend it unless you can vacuum what you need in less than 2 minutes because that’s about as long as a full battery charge lasts.

  8. Judith Sharp says:

    I used to get down on my hands and knees to get cat hair out of our oriental carpets. We got a Shark Navigator and have been delighted that it gets the hair out! Best vacuum we’ve ever owned and we’ve run the gamut. Plus you can wash the foam filters and empty the canister…no more buying bags! Great vacuum!

  9. Belinda Kay Brown says:

    My good ole’ reliable Rainbow Vacuum…. Takes a lickin’ and keeps on tickin’.

  10. Carrie O'Donnell Grime says:

    I tried the Shark Vacuum but it didn’t pull the ragdoll fur off my furniture, so I got the Dyson Animal Vacuum – it’s a heavy vacuum but it works. I have 2 female ragdolls and another female black cat. It is shocking how much fur I vacuum up each week and I vacuum up any extra sand near the sandbox. I highly recommend the vacuum. It’s a bit pricy, but I waited for it go on sale at Kohl’s and then used my 30% off coupon and it was reasonable. My ragdolls are soooo worth it – absolutely love these cats!

  11. DeidreC says:

    I have the Dyson Animal complete and I have say that it does a great job of getting up the hair of two Ragdolls. I try to vacuum every 2 days, but If I get to 3 or 4 days, I find lovely cream colored tumbleweeds blowing thru the house LOL. I am happy with my vacuum which was a gift last Mother’s Day. I especially like the attachments and I received the handheld canister with it. I love it as it picks up litter quickly and easily. I’ve never had a Shark, but I hear they work well. I’ve had cheaper vacuums in the past, and while they picked up pretty well, they didn’t have the features I get with the Dyson.

  12. Lisa says:

    I have two shark models love love love them,getting the Shark Rocket next,Happy Ragdoll Mom!

  13. Christina says:

    Good to see Dyson Animal. Not sure if the lighter version was available back when I purchased my refurbished certified one (animal was new and the vacuums werebquite expensive). Either way, I have had mine for over ten years and it works like a charm. I will keep the lighter version in mind if ever needed.

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