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I own a long-haired German Shepherd Dog and when shopping for a new vacuum this caught my eye. I would say this is easy to manoeuvre around a room, with the head of the machine easily fitting under sideboards and sofas due it not being bulky. However, it is quite a heavy hoover and a little awkward to fold up after every use, which I admit I do not, it tends to get shoved back in the cupboard due to it being quite time consuming to fold away properly. As for picking up hairs, it is good at this until the bristles on the head get clogged (which happens very quickly with the type of dog I have) and I find myself constantly having to extract hair from the head, seeming to take me twice as long to hoover!! I would say this would work well for those with a short haired dog.
I have gone through several vacuum cleaners in the past few years. They are all brilliant at first and then need replacing several months later. I think that is because I tend to need a new machine when finances are tight and so they are cheaper machines that simply don't last. I decided that I was going to save up this time and buy a Dyson and I chose the animal model because my two cats leave a fine film of hair wherever they go and I also regularly look after my friends border collie who leaves curly white hairs which seem to weld themselves into the carpet and can be hard work to get rid of.
I am somebody who, until recently, has preferred an upright to a cylinder vacuum cleaner finding them easier to push around; I saw on an episode of How Clean Is Your House that in general taller people found uprights easier and this is true in my case. I find my animal is far superior to other cylinders in terms of manoeuvrability. This is mainly because that instead of holding onto a tube there is a height adjustable handle to hold onto which gives you far more control over the machine. The tubes themselves are metal which is something I am pleased with as plastic ones tend to break. It is easy to attach and detach the various tools depending on what type of surface you want to clean.
The cleaner is heavy to lift but thanks to the circular spinning wheel underneath the body of the machine it is a dawdle to manoeuvre around by pulling on the hose and it rarely topples when going round corners. It is meant to sit nicely on the stairs for easy cleaning but living in a flat I have not had to test this. The hose is a little shorter than I would like it to be although still long enough to reach into the corners of a ceiling to get the spiders. The flex is nice and long, long enough for me to clean two rooms without having to change plug sockets.
My main use of the animal is on carpets and I am really impressed by how well it performs. Not only does it pick up all the pet hair with ease (it is amusing watching the hair build up inside bin being either black or ginger depending on which cats favourite place I am cleaning!) but all of the other assorted debris and muck. Using the Animal is far quicker than using other vacuum cleaners cutting the time of cleaning down considerably; I very rarely have to go over the same spot more than once. My carpets look a lot cleaner; in fact they look brand new again after using my Animal for a few weeks.
It also performs well on my tiled kitchen floor, the head getting right up to the edges of the cabinets so I don't have to get the hose out to get the floor properly cleaned. My cats kick cat litter all over the floor and this is sucked up in seconds.
The 2 litre bin fills up really quickly in my house so it is just as well that emptying it is really simple by just emptying it over the bucket so no mess goes anywhere. It is amazing the amount of fine dust which comes out of the bin proving it really has cleaned thoroughly. Apart from that there is minimal work needed to keep the filter clean.
I am totally impressed with my Animal and think it is well worth the extra money for the fantastic performance. It has obviously been extremely well designed with all of the buttons and tasks really simple to do and the cleaner easy to use. I only wish I had made the investment years ago.
I bought my Dyson Animal in December 2010 to replace my last Dyson Animal which lasted 6 years. I bought this Dyson Animal from Currys online as this, at the time was the cheapest place to buy it, the cost was £210.00 and this included postage. I also managed to get 6% cashback from Quidco.
The Dyson Animal arrived well packed. When I removed it from the packaging it was in perfect condition. The Dyson varies a bit in colour from my last Dyson Animal and also it is a bit lighter. This is a bonus as we all know what it's like heaving about a heavy hoover.
As the owner of 3 British Shorthair cats and shorthair being the operative word, a good hoover to me is a necessity, I have tried lots of hoovers in the past but I have yet to find one that beats this Animal. My cats are all dark grey in colour, almost blue, hence British Shorthairs are also called British Blues. My cats are beautiful creatures but between the 3 of them they shed lots of sharp, short hairs and these hairs get everywhere and are very hard to lift with a normal hoover.
This Dyson is ideal for the all hairy situations pet owners face, the rugged Dyson Animal Bagless Vacuum Cleaner is equipped with 1300 watts of power and delivers 225 watts of suction. This Dyson also offers a unique mini-turbine head to deal with even the most stubborn animal hair. I can verify this works well.
It states on the Dyson website that 'this Dyson uses Dyson's Root Cyclone technology to harness the power of centrifugal force, spinning dust out of the air and into the bin with no loss of suction power due to clogging or filling'. I know nothing about Dyson's Root Cyclone technology but I can honestly say that after using this hoover my home is dust free and even after a quick hoover there is evidence of dust particles in the plastic cylinder that collects the dust and hairs. Great technology from Dyson I would say!
Emptying the Dyson is one-touch easy and hygienic, with no need to ever touch the collected dust and hair. Washable HEPA filters make life easier for allergy sufferers, providing cleaner air exhaust while extending the life of the unit. Bagless operation means no costly bag replacement.
The Dyson also has a brush bar control that turns off brushes on delicate surfaces, the Dyson works on all types of floors, and comes with a 5.2-metre wand reach for easy high-level cleaning, plus a full set of onboard tools.
I really don't know how I would manage without my Dyson, as I said before this one replaced my last Dyson Animal and it lasted 6 years so I hope my new Dyson lasts as long. They are expensive hoovers to buy but I am being very honest here when I say they are really well worth their money to anyone who has pets. They also save some money in the long run because you don't need to buy hoover bags. The only disadvantage I have found with Dyson hoovers is that you have to be careful when emptying the cylinder that collects the hairs. It is made of hard plastic and it can be easily broken when you are emptying the contents of the cylinder into your bin. We had to replace one with our last Dyson Animal at the cost of around £25 so we are always extra careful with it now.
All in all I can highly recommend Dyson Animal to any pet owner - it really is fantastic.
I have Dyson Animal DC23 hoover about 2 years now. In the 3 years prior to purchasing our Dyson we went through 3 new hoovers. We have mainly wooden and tiled floors with some rugs.
The Dyson picks up everything, including dog hairs. My youngest son has eczema and we regularly hoover his mattress down using the Dyson. His eczema has improved greatly since we started doing this.
The hoover is very strong and robust and has taken a lot of dragging and pulling around from our kids.
Great being able to see the drum. You can see the dirt as it goes in and when you need to change it. Having used a Dyson now, I can't see us ever going back.
The telescopic handle makes it ease to store away in tight places.
The one thing I would change is to make it lighter and cheaper. But in fairness you get what you pay for.
I have owned one of these for over a year now. I have had upright vacuum cleaners for many years (Dysons & others), but wanted something more manouverable, easier to lift upstairs & easy to store - this completely fits the bill. Cleaning performance is exceptional as can be clearly seen with debris that ends up in the see through bin! Easy to clean beneath furniture & vacuuming the stairs is easy as it's really light & small enough to sit on stairs whilst cleaning. Empyting bin is easy, clean & fuss free. Storage is neat, with hose wrapped around main body & securely clipped into place. At one point after owning it for 6 months, the turbo head brushes stopped spinning as fast as usual. I contacted Dyson by phone who were really helpful, talked me through cleaning the filters and checking hoses and when that failed sent out a completely new cleaning head (which arrived next day) without any quibble whatsoever & has operated perfectly since
Over the last three years I have had three vacuum cleaners that have stated that they are efficient at picking up animal hair. These were well-known brands and were not the cheapest on the market. They failed to do the job. I bought the Dyson Animal six months ago and think it's an absolutely brilliant machine. I have one dog and two cats (plus I dog-sit for my friends) so my house is constantly covered in pet hair. The Dyson picks up every single hair without having to vacuum the same area over and over again. I can vacuum three rooms, stairs, landing and hall in 20 minutes, leaving the carpeted areas hair-free. I presume it is also picking up fleas, mites, pollen etc so would be useful for people and children with allergies.
It is very powerful and consequently is quite heavy so if you have back problems etc I would not buy this machine, but otherwise it is a must-buy.
It stows away easily (the "wand" slots down telescopically and the hose curls around the machine) and does not take up much space.
I would estimate the noise it emits is average compared to other machines, I have had quieter machines, but also noisier (and less powerful) machines.
The machine can currently (on date of posting) be bought from Amazon for £253.98 RRP £299.99).
Extra heads include a turbine head, a mini turbine head, hard floor tool, crevice tool, stair tool and a brush tool for different surfaces and areas (like curtains or laminate flooring).
As is common to Dyson the machine carries the British Allergy Foundation Seal of Approval and does not use bags.
Washable HEPA filter.
The power cord is sufficient to move from one room to another (in an average sized terrace house) but would need unplugging to go further.
A free five year parts and labour guarantee.
1400W motor with 280 airwatts suction (extremely high).
An excellent and well-made, sturdy product, funky design, if slightly heavy.
Short name: Dyson DC23 Animal