Buying a vacuum when you have pets
First of all, it's important to use the right brush attachment for a canister vacuum or a stick vacuum. In order to vacuum pet hairs, you need a turbo brush. This brush has spinning bristles. They make sure that the hairs are picked up of the floor better and don't get tangled in the brush. They also make it easier to get hairs or dirt that have settled more deeply in a rug or low-pile carpet.
Mini turbo brush
Does the dog sometimes get on the couch, is the cat fond of your favorite chair, or do your pets sometimes join you for car rides? In that case, put a mini turbo brush on the hose. As the name suggests, this is a small version of the turbo brush. It lets you clean dust and pet hairs of furniture or from your car. A stick vacuum sometimes has an integrated handheld vacuum. You can also easily attach a mini turbo brush to that. Check carefully if the vacuum already has a mini turbo brush, or by one as an accessory.
Some pet hairs have nasty odors. In order to prevent that these odors are blown out back into the room with the exhaust air, you use an odor filter. This ensures that the exhaust air is free from odors and your guests won't smell that you have a pet. Is that important to you? Make sure the vacuum has one of those filters or check if you can order one separately for it.
Bagged or bagless
Stick vacuums are always bagless. Canister vacuums offer you a choice: bagged or bagless. When it comes to owning pets, it doesn't matter which one you choose. It is however true that it's easier to throw out the pet hairs if you have a bagged vacuum. A bagless vacuum's dust cup has to be emptied manually. That's why some people with dogs or cats choose to get a bagged vacuum.