Dyson all the way. I have multiple pets and we use our's daily and have for going on two years now. Before we used it the first time we ran our Hoover over the whole house then did the Dyson. Before we were half done we had to empty the cannister on the Dyson!
This thing has so much suction that when doing some area rugs I have to be careful not to move the rug with the vac. I can actually feel the suction making it harder to vaccuum.
Pros: No bags, can be cleaned, sux like.. well like nothing I've experienced
, has proven durable in daily
use so far.
Cons: Not cheap, using the hose thing or it's attachments is tough. If you're not careful carrying the cannister you can trigger the release and drop a load of ick on your floor.
It's a little noisy but my dogs have gotten used to it mostly.
If I were doing it again I wouldn't buy the really expensive Animal
version. For that premium price I got some extra carpet stuff, a pretty purple color, and some attachments that I don't use often. One of those attachments has proven useful for upholstry but overall it was pretty expensive just for that. Most all of the Dyson vacs are the same with I think two variants. Buy the cheaper of the better ones if there really are two and get any attachments you want off of EBAY, I think you'd save cash. I'll buy a second for my new upstairs when it's done and it will likely be a low end Dyson since I'll have the attachments already - it;s good enough to have two!