Cirrus is considered one of the leading vacuum cleaner manufacturers in the industry, and they specialize in both residential and commercial appliances. Their vacuums are made using durable materials that make these heavy-duty vacuums a must-have in homes with pets. Their model the Performance Pet Edition CR99 upright vacuum comes equipped with some great features including a HEPA filtration system and a carbon filter which is designed to handle any residual odors.
This is a reasonably priced vacuum that comes with a few great features any pet owner would love. Most importantly, it comes with a heavy-duty motor designed for serious suction power.
Overview and Features
This upright vacuum by Cirrus is one of their top-selling models. It has received plenty of positive feedback from consumers, mainly due to the vacuum’s lightweight design and powerful motor. Additionally, it comes loaded with some nice tools that make it the perfect option for pet owners who have dogs or cats that excessively shed. As you know, keeping the furniture and pet bedding free of dirt, debris and old pet hair can be a big help when it comes to how to keep a dog clean between baths.
While the vacuum does lack the type of maneuverability that you’ll get with higher priced models, it does do a great job of efficiently suctioning up stubborn pet hair on both furniture and flooring.
This model comes with an air driven upholstery brush called the Turbo Power brush. This attachment works to efficiently pick up pet hair and dander. In terms of attachments, this model doesn’t come with many, so you’ll find yourself mainly relying on the upholstery brush to get the job done. However, it does offer concentrated suction power which also eliminates dust, dirt, debris, and allergens from drapes, couches, chairs, and more.
Located on the side of the machine you’ll also find a handy switch that allows you to switch the vacuum from hard floors to carpet.
The turbo powered hand tool isn’t the only top of the line attachment the Pet Edition has to offer. It also comes with a metal telescoping wand that’s perfect for stairs, cobwebs, ceilings fans, and more. The wand has an impressive ten-foot reach. Every model by Cirrus comes equipped with several quick draw style onboard tools complete with small cleaning tools designed to tackle hard to reach places.
As we mentioned earlier, this model features a HEPA rated exhaust filter. This multi-stage filtration system features the patented two-ply filter bags designed to help purify the air in the home. A vacuum with a HEPA filter is important for family members with environmental allergens, especially those who are sensitive to pet dander.
In order to get the most out of this system, the manufacturer recommends vacuuming both the floors and furniture once daily.
The turbo brush combined with the HEPA filter can help to reduce allergens in the home by as much as fifty percent.
This vacuum is packing serious power thanks to the Ametek electric twelve-amp motor. This durable motor is installed in sealed chambers which ensure that dust, hair, and particles are exhausted through the HEPA filter, instead of out the seams of the vacuum. This works to significantly reduce dust emissions. This model also comes equipped with a twelve amp two-fan motor.
This model uses vacuum bags, which may be a downside for some users. The vacuum has a bag light indicator that will turn on once the bag is full. However, the suction power is negatively affected the fuller the bag gets. The manufacturer recommends changing out the bag once it’s about ¾ of the way full.
The ergonomic handle improves the user’s grip and comfort during use. Made from ABS plastic material, this vacuum is built to last.
The large headlight illuminates the area, allowing you to easily see two feet ahead of the vacuum.
This is a mid-priced pet vacuum designed for high performance. It has a powerful motor that significantly boosts suction power. However, this model isn’t quite as maneuverable as the Oreck upright vacuum. It tends to struggle in tight spaces and doesn’t work quite as well on hard surfaces as it does on carpet. Granted, it does come with a great HEPA filter system, the fact still remains that this model uses bags, which is another added expense.
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Additionally, there have also been reports that once the bag is over half full the suction performance is cut nearly in half. Another issue is the fact that the hose tends to become easily clogged with pet hair, which can also seriously affect the vacuum’s suction power. This is one model that will require a lot more maintenance than a canister vacuum. These days, canister vacuums are simply more user-friendly. However, the vacuum does come with a six pack of HEPA type A vacuum bags, which is a nice extra.
The vacuum’s roll brush is fourteen inches, which is pretty standard for a vacuum of this size.
The model is currently covered by a two-year manufacturer warranty.
Overall, this is a powerful upright vacuum, but if you’re looking for an above average performance, you’ll need to look elsewhere.
- Lightweight design
- HEPA filter
- Ergonomic handle
- Easy to change bag system
- High-powered motor
- Vacuum bag design
- Does not work well on tile or vinyl