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Consumer Reports: Best vacuums for pet hair

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(WMC TV) - Consumer Reports' latest tests show that some vacuums do a great job picking up pet hair, while others let the fur fly.

Testers evaluated more than 100 vacuums, including uprights and canisters, bagged and bagless. To size up performance, testers measured exactly five grams of pet hair and spread it over a piece of carpet. Then they used a weighted roller to rub the hair into the carpet.

Testers weighed the vacuums and then operated them for 14 strokes. They weighed the vacuums again so that they would know how much hair each vacuum collected. Testers also checked the carpet for any hair left behind.

Testers also measured how much hair gets stuck to the vacuums' brushes. 

One of the best deals is the $130 Hoover WindTunnel T-Series Rewind UH70120. It's a bagless upright that offers impressive cleaning and superb pet-hair pickup.

If you have allergies, a bagged vacuum is a better choice. Consumer Reports recommended the $200 Kenmore Progressive upright, model 31069. It's available at Sears.

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