I have always had pets, but I have also always had allergies. A few times every year, especially around shedding season, my pets have a way of making my allergies go crazy. The more I sneeze, the more I try to vacuum up every stray strand of pet hair from my apartment. With my old vacuum, all that my extra vacuuming gave me was only a short reprieve from my itchy eyes and runny nose. I knew that I needed to make a change.

After some careful shopping, I purchased a Neato XV-21 Pet & Allergy Automatic Vacuum Cleaner to help ease my allergy woes. After the UPS man dropped off my new vacuum, I decided to give it a try. I could not believe the amount of pet hair and dust I collected after only one pass. Mind you, these were the exact same floors that I had just vacuumed the night before and thought were fairly clean. The bristled brush on my Neato XV-21 does a wonderful job of sucking up the pet hair tumbleweeds that used to plague my apartment.


My Lovely Neato XV21 with Bibi and Bobo

My Neato


Neato XV-21 Features

Now, I know that everybody’s situation is different, so here are some of the details on my Neato XV-21 vacuum. If you are concerned with color, the designers of the Neato XV-21 could have made a better attempt at adding aesthetic appeal to this vacuum. The retro dull-gray shade, accented by spurts of orange, black, and purple, complements the blocky overall look that this vacuum has.

Honestly, if a vacuum can do the job right, I do not get overly hung up on its appearance. Regarding specific specs, the height and width of the Neato XV-21 measures just over a foot each way and weighs in around eight pounds. This vacuum also has an easy-to-read, black-and-white display on top, meaning you do not have to bend down to read the setting of the Neato XV-21.





The engineers at Neato decked out the cleaning features on this model. If you want, you can schedule the vacuum to automatically clean every so often, or you can set it to spot clean one specific area. When starting out, you need to give the Neato XV-21 three hours to fully charge before usage. To give you a benchmark, my Neato XV-21 was able to vacuum my 600-square foot apartment in just under an hour, with over a quarter of the battery still remaining. If your home is larger, the Neato XV-21 will find its way back to its charging station to recharge and finish the job.

Although the noise is a little louder than I would like, the Neato XV-21 Pet & Allergy Automatic Vacuum Cleaner is a fantastic option if you suffer from allergies. If you are interested in more Neato models that are similar to the XV-21, Neato also manufactures an XV-11 model that is the predecessor to the XV-21. Between these two models, you should be able to find a vacuum that fits your exact needs and budget.

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