Product Type: Dyson vacuums
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Dyson Animal DC23
Member Name: wigglylittleworm
Dyson Animal DC23
Advantages: fantastic at picking up pet hair
Disadvantages: bulky to store
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.
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