Hi, yes, the PetVac hose and tool actually only need a bit of suction to be effective. Any portable, upright, or canister vacuum cleaner can use this pet grooming accessory so long as the PetVac Hose fits on to the hose on the vacuum cleaner. It fits on hose ends that are 1-1/8" to 1-1/4" diameter. Most vacuums with hoses are this standard size. The 15ft PetVac grooming hose allows you to put the vacuum cleaner in another room so the noise will be less of an issue. Also, don't forget to rotate the ring on the hose to open the air bleeder valve. This reduces the suction if there is too much. When you start using the DeShedder tool, find the best angle, best pressure, and speed. Once you get the hang of it you will never want to go back to another grooming tool.