Editor's Note: This review has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it no longer ranks as a top 10 product. The original review is below.
The Total Pet Cyclonic Upright from Dirt Devil is a bagless inexpensive vacuum cleaner designed especially for households with pets. With details like cyclonic filtration, on-board tools and HEPA exhaust filtration with odor-controlling carbon media, this vacuum has a lot to offer for a relatively small price.
You can use this model with various types of carpets and floors. It has five height adjustments, including one for bare floors. Although the floor nozzle is only 12 inches wide, it cleans from edge to edge, so it can clean close to walls and furniture.
Dirt Devil also includes a good selection of tools with this model. The TurboClaw Pet Hair Pickup tool is made of hard rubber to attract pet hair, and it is designed to clean hair from carpets, furniture and other fabric surfaces. The crevice tool allows you to clean floorboards and other nooks where dirt accumulates. There is also an upholstery tool for furniture and for dusting other surfaces. You can attach these to the extension wand for extra reach and convenience.
The six foot stretch hose on the Total Pet reaches up to 10 feet for above-floor cleaning. The power cord on this model is 23 feet long. This is a small vacuum. The machine weighs only about 12 pounds, and it measures 12 inches wide, 12 inches long and 43 inches tall. The handle on this machine folds down to save space when it's stored away.
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The dirt cup on this model empties from the bottom with the touch of a button, making this a hygienic and easy task. Dirt Devil recommends replacing the HEPA exhaust filter every six months. You should check the filters after each use and clean them as needed if there is an accumulation of dust. You can expect to change the belt occasionally as well. The maintenance on this vacuum is standard for most models. Dirt Devil backs the Total Pet Cyclonic Upright with a one-year warranty.
The low price point on this vacuum for all the features it offers makes it a real value. Because it's lightweight, small and has a fold-down handle to store compactly, this is a good vacuum if you have limited space. Plus, it's designed to clean pet hair from a variety of different surfaces.