Dealing with cat litter is something that every cat owner has to do. It seems as if no matter what type of litter your cat likes it’s going to get tracked outside the box, thrown over the side, or generally scattered in the area around the litter box. And the litter can also get tracked on your cat’s paws all over the house. If you have ever tried those peal litters which are made of little silicon beads you know all too well the agony of stepping on those little beads with bare feet because your cat has tracked them around the house.
Our selection at a glance
In this article:
- Why it’s important to have the best vacuum for cat litter
- Our selection of 4 awesome vacuums
The importance of a great vacuum
Having a great vacuum that can handle cat litter effectively is a must for cat owners. But some vacuums just don’t handle litter as well as others. It can be very difficult to find a vacuum that can easily sweep up all those little litter particles and protect your feet and your cat’s feet. Most cat owners have tried many different types of litter in an effort to keep the litter area cleaner. But when was the last time you tried changing your vacuum instead of changing your litter?
There are many different pet friendly vacuums on the market now that can handle litter, cat food kibble pieces, and anything else your cat can throw at them. And while some are pretty expensive some of them are very affordable if you’re on a budget. When you have a cat it’s best to invest in the highest quality vacuum that you can afford as it will last way longer. But if you are limited by your budget there are options for you too. Check out these pet vacuums that are designed to keep the litter area, and the rest of your floors, clean and sanitary for you and your cats.
The Dyson Ball Animal Pet Vacuum
If you have the money to invest in a high end vacuum, the Dyson Animal is a fantastic choice. It’s very lightweight so even if you don’t have a lot of strength you can maneuver it easily. It’s bagless so it’s very easy to empty. And the unique pivoting Dyson ball make it very easy to get this vacuum into tight spaces like around the litter box.
It can pick up almost anything so you never have to worry about it picking up all the litter pieces. Even litter that comes in large pieces like the litter made from recycled newspaper isn’t a problem for this vacuum. And it will definitely pick up those maddening little pearls of litter that roll everywhere.
The only downside about the Dyson vacuum is the price. But if you can afford it the Dyson is a high quality pet vacuum that will last for a long time.
Why we like it : lightweight, easy to use, bagless, can pick up almost anything
What we don’t like : the price
The Hoover Wind Tunnel Pet Rewind Vacuum
If you are looking for something more affordable but still good quality this Hoover Wind Tunnel Pet Rewind vacuum is a good choice.
The cord is very long and it has an automatic rewind so you don’t have to waste time winding the cord every time you need to get the vacuum out. Just tap a button and the cord retracts. The Wind Tunnel is a bagless upright vacuum that only weighs about 18 pounds. So it’s easy to move and easy to get up and down stairs if your litter boxes are upstairs or down in the basement.
It also comes with a nice attachment to vacuum up pet hair. Like the Dyson Animal this vacuum is easy to get into tight spaces and has a specially designed edged head that will grab litter and other debris even in sharp corners. At just over $100 this vacuum is a smart choice if you want quality that isn’t going to blow your budget.
The Shark Rotator Powered Lift Away True Pet Vaccum
The Shark Rotator is at the higher end of the price spectrum but like the Dyson Animal it’s well worth the money if you can afford it. Our friend Sonya has used this vacuum for years and it’s never let her down. And because she has 7 cats and 9 litterboxes it gets a daily workout.
One of the great features that this vacuum has is an allergy filter and a HEPA filter. So when you’re vacuuming up litter it also vacuums up litter dust instead of releasing that dust into the air. It works well on cat hair too.
Another great features of the Shark Rotator is that the canister part separates from the rest of the vacuum to make it easier to get into small spaces. So if you have a litter box in a closet or in a small area and a regular vacuum doesn’t fit very well you can vacuum the hard to reach back edges around the box with this vacuum.
Even though it’s a little higher priced than some of the other vacuums it really pays for itself by making it easy to keep the litter box area and the rest of the house dust, litter and cat hair free.
The Bissel PowerEdge Pet Hard Floor Vacuum
For those who are looking for an affordable vacuum that does a great job on hard floors this is a smart choice. At under $60 it’s cheap enough that you could buy one just to keep in the litter box area.
Many people put litter boxes in the laundry area, in the basement, or in other hard floor areas. That means that litter can be especially hard to vacuum up. But this Bissell vacuum has a V shaped cleaning head to make it easy to get into tight spaces and around corners. It’s bagless and has an easy to empty cup that catches debris. The cup is rather small so this is not a vacuum to use throughout the house. But it’s a great choice for the cat litter area.
Best vacuum for cat litter : final thoughts
Ultimately you may have to try a few vacuums to see what works best on the type of litter that your cat prefers and on the type of floors that you have. But keep in mind that a bargain basement vacuum isn’t going to do a great job on cat litter and probably won’t last very long. A great vacuum is essential for cat owners. So invest in the best quality vacuum that you can afford. You won’t regret it.