Anyone who shares their home with a furry friend will know that regular vacuum cleaners rarely cut the mustard.

Those pet hairs can get everywhere and, particularly with dogs, there’s dirt and smells to think about too. It all calls for extra-strong suction and brush action, as well as good filters and mechanisms that lock in the finest particles.

With many of the machines we tried, we noticed a significant difference in performance according to the floor type – some were better on carpets, others on harder floors.

You should also think about the favourite hang-out place of your pet – if it’s the sofa, you’ll need a good upholstery tool; if it’s the stairs, you

won’t want a vac that’s too heavy. And as with any vacuum cleaner, you should think about your preference for an upright, cylinder, cordless, hand-held or robot model.

We took all this into consideration when testing pet vacuum cleaners, as well as how easy the machines were to move around and empty, and we also tested any extra features and accessories. Here are the ones that made the cut.

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The verdict: Pet vacuum cleaners

The hoover telios extra pet TX50PET is a pet owner’s dream, and yet it came in as one of the cheapest machines we tried. The one area that lets it down is thicker carpets, which we found can slow it down in terms of manoeuvrability. So if you’ve got a home full of plush carpets, our top recommendation is Miele blizzard CX1 cat and dog powerline, which is also wonderfully quiet and has an amazing filter.

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