The Best HEPA Vacuum Cleaners for Allergy Sufferers
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Shark Rotator Slim-Lite Lift-Away
The Shark Rotator Slim-Lite combines all the best features of a vacuum at a more-than-reasonable price. Its HEPA filter and anti-allergen technology traps dust particles, and its attachment tools can sweep upholstery and other hard-to-reach crevices. Plus, at just under 14 pounds, its surprisingly lightweight and portable. Use as a standard upright vacuum, or lift away a portable pod and sling it over your shoulder to clean stairs, tight closets or bathrooms, or any other part of your home that requires a little extra maneuverability. Reviewers say the Shark stands up to heavy pet hair, and leaves rooms smelling fresh. They also rave about the portability.
Dyson V8 Absolute Cord-Free Vacuum
No outlet? No problem. The cordless, battery-powered Dyson V8 Absolute has an impressive suction capacity—and thanks to its HEPA filtration system, the vacuum won’t expel that particle-laden air back into the room. And don't let its slim profile fool you—this machine picks up pet hair and ground-in dirt with ease. It’s also ergonomically designed to be used just about anywhere: The long handle can reach the ceilingandbe shortened to double as a handheld vacuum. Bonus: It’s certified by the AAFA. Reviewers love that the vacuum produces minimal noise, that the battery lasts for a full 40 minutes before needing a charge, and the no-spill emptying mechanism.
Kenmore Elite 31150 Pet Friendly Upright Vacuum
Best for Pet Owners
With features like a HEPA filter and infrared dirt sensor, it’s understandable that the Kenmore Elite has earned a stamp of approval from the AAFA. We’re also a fan of their Pet Handi-Mate extension wand, which is specifically designed to gather pet hair and dander. With five adjustable heights, this vacuum can be used on any surface, from hardwood floors to plush rugs. Kenmore says this model's two-motor system offers 20% more air power than a conventional upright vacuum. Reviewers say maneuvering this upright model can be a little awkward, but that it's ability to pick up pet hair is so unmatched that it's worth the extra clunkiness.
KOIOS Robotic Vacuum Cleaner
Long extension cords and versatile attachments are great, but with all due respect, the ideal type of vacuum will do all the work for us. Enter the KOIOS: a robotic vacuum that sweeps the floors via remote control for more than 90 minutes at a time before darting back to its charging station for a battery boost. This one comes with a HEPA filter and a 500 milliliter anti-spill dustbin. Reviewers say the KOIOS operates quietly, and they love the vacuum can be scheduled to run in advance.
Hoover Vacuum Cleaner Windtunnel MAX
A vacuum with a HEPA filter isn’t much use unless you can afford to buy it—which is exactly why we love this model from Hoover. With the ability to suck up nearly 98% of dirt, dust, and pollen particles, the Windtunnel more than lives lives up to its name. Plus, you’ll never have to grapple with a dirty bag—simply touch a lever to release it into a trash can.
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Dyson Small Ball Multi
Best Lightweight Vacuum
If you’re short on space, you’ll love the Dyson Small Ball Multi. At only 12.5 pounds, it packs a powerful motor into a tiny frame. Certified by the AAFA, the vacuum uses carbon fiber filaments to capture fine dust particles, and the ball-based handle makes steering a cinch.
Kenmore Elite Pet Friendly CrossOver Canister Vacuum
Best Canister Vacuum
Canister vacuums can be a bit unwieldy, but the Kenmore Elite Pet Friendly is one of the sleeker models out there. The HEPA air filter prevents allergen particles from seeping back into the air while you vacuum—part of the reason why it earned the AAFA stamp of approval—and the Pet PowerMate attachment can nab pet hair and dander from even the plushest of carpets.
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