My family and I are big animal lovers, and with two dogs and a cat you can only imagine how much hair they leave behind on our lovely cream carpets. But as much as I would love to just blame the pets, having long hair myself, even my own bedroom carpet can be a bit of a disaster at times, especially the spot in front of the mirror where I brush my hair.
Therefore when I purchased my DC20 Animal Pro vacuum cleaner, I had high expectations of its picking up power – and I am pleased to say, it did not disappoint.
Designed in a dulled, grey and orange colour, the cylinder shape is compact and easy to store. The power cord easily retracts with no snagging and the hose wraps easily around the cleaner and is simple to secure.
Unlike some of the other DC models, this cleaner also comes with a turbine head, both full size and mini, a hard floor tool and for the extra price of £15, another head is also available.
The tools are stored on the cleaner its self and with its clear casing, you can easily see just how much dirt and debris it has picked up. Also I purchased this cleaner over at John Lewis where it came with a 5 year guarantee and free delivery.
In overall specs, the Animal cleaner weighs about 20lb, is 14in x 10in x 16in in diameter, and the bag-less container can hold about 2 litres. From the plug socket it has a reach of about ten metres and comes with the built in HEPA filter, along with a mould and bacteria killing screen – that supposedly – will last you a lifetime.
The Animal is also rather quiet compared to some cleaners and is so light, that it takes no effort to use – it simply follows you along and can easily be picked up while you work on the stairs.
The main turbine head has a brush bar that works very well on most floors, but less well on my bedroom carpets where my own hair seems to tangle around the brush head. This means that the brush head itself always needs a quick clean after each use which, while not really time consuming, adds a small inconvenience. However both its size and shape make it very handy for cleaning the harder to reach areas, eg down the sides of the sofa, the back seat of the car and behind the bed.
The bin is easy to replace, and all in all the DC20 Animalpro may be a little costly, but does its job very well. It picks up the first time so no need to constantly work over areas, and when you are done it is easy to clean and store. It keeps my home happy and hair free with minimal effort from me so overall, a fab cleaner!
I purchased my Dyson DC20 Animal Pro in 2008, since having the hoover i have not had a problem with built up pet hair anywhere in my home, i have 3 cats all of which malt lots! I am very particular about the cleanliness of my house so having a decent hoover is a must have, this one certainley does the job above and beyond my expectations, this hoover has plenty of suction and has multi tools for carpets and rugs and for laminate,wood, tile etc flooring. The pet hair multi tool, the Turbo Tool which has extra power, is amazing, you wouldnt want to get your fingers caught up in there when it gets going! You can use it on thick carpets and rugs to ensure a deep clean of even the most embeded of pet hairs, it is very powerful.
The only downside to this hoover is ive had to have the motor replaced twice in the last 4 years of having it, you do get 5 years warrenty so lukily Dyson come out to your home free of charge and replace/fix any problem you have with the hoover, im not sure why the motor burnt out the Dyson repair man said to me it is just one of those things that happens over time with the Dysons, i guess i do use mine quite alot, certainly every day so i suppose there woud be more ware and tear on the different parts.
Over all though i do love this hoover and couldnt live without it!
I bought this Dyson vacuum cleaner about 5 years. I was a little sceptical about all the hype, but our old vac had just broken down and we saw this machine in the sales and thought "let's give it a go". We had previously bought really cheap vac cleaners which seemed to break down as soon as they were out of warranty (usually 1 year) and was attracted by the 5 year warranty on this product. I must say that I am now a convert and am extremely happy with this cleaner.
This vac cleaner is a bit "space-age" looking with it's unique shape and silver, graphite and bronze colours, but it folds up reasonably small for storage and when extended, the main handle and pole (or "wand") is plenty long enough, even for taller people (I am 5' 10").
It comes with a variety of cleaning heads: Turbine head, mini turbine head (the turbine head has a revolving brush which spins around very fast to pick up hair and is powered by the suction of the hoover), crevice tool, brush tool, stair tool and hard floor tool. We have hard floors downstairs so I mainly use the hard floor tool, even on our upstairs carpets because I can't be bothered to keep changing the head.
I am very impressed by the Dyson's performance - it certainly does pick up more dirt than any other cleaner I have had. I have recently bought the "Soft Dusting Brush" too, for doing the dusting and find this very effective as well.
ADVANTAGES: apart from the obvious performance advantages, it comes with washable filters so you don't need to keep buying disposable ones. One of these is a HEPA filter with Bactisafe screen which apparently is very good for allergy sufferers because it makes the expelled air cleaner than traditional filters.
DISADVANTAGES: I only have a few grumbles about this product. It is very noisy, rather heavy and doesn't sit that well on my stairs - I usually have to keep a leg/foot near it to steady it. I'd also prefer a slightly longer power cord.
Overall, I'd certainly recommend this product - I'm glad I bought it and will most likely stay loyal to Dyson providing their products remain high quality and long lasting.
For those of you wanting more spec, here are few extra details:
Suction power: 280 Air Watts
Dimensions: 348 x 283 x 430mm (HxWxD)
Maximum reach: 10m (cord length 6.5m)
I've had my Dyson for three years now,it's absolutely perfect. The only negative thing I would say about this product is that,when I vaccuum the floor hairs and small bits of paper etc. jam the head and make it hard to vaccuum,you constantly need to clean the head before each room, it beguns to become a neusince. OTHERWISE I love the Dyson for the following reasons.:
-It is so compact. It fits in such small places. There's a specially built feature for the tube of the vaccuum it wraps around , and clicks in place everytime.
-The next feature is at the back of the vaccuum for the head to be set all these features add up to make the vaccuum more compact and transportable.
-It also comes with an extra 3 different mini heads to use in your car or to be used to reach small places.
The first head has loads of bristles to allow you clean the dirt on the sideboards of your floor.
The second one is a long angled tube which allows you to get into awkward places.
The final one is a mini hoover head to clean the majority of the car floor.
-It also comes with a guarantee so if you do find any problems, simply phone up and ask for a section or they'll send a technician out.
Overall I defenietely think everyone should have one in there house.
I have one of these Dyson Animals and I have to say that it is pretty fantastic!
I will not go too much into the techinical specifications that will bore you, as I'm sure you will care less about HOW it works, that the fact that it ACTUALLY works the way they claim it does.
I have two cats, one long haired and one short haired. I love them to bits, but I appreciate that not everyone loves cats. I used to rent my spare room to a friend who was not particularly keen on cats (more of a dog person) and anyone who is allergic to cats will know that there is something particular to cats' hair and skin that sets people off.
As we all know, most dust is largely skin cells (lovely!) and when you have two cats and two people your house can quickly become overloaded with hair and skin (yuk!).
I used to have a tall run-of-the-mill Dyson, but when it needed replacing this Animal one seemed like it could be just the job to keep everyone happy. I have both carpet and wood flooring and the Animal is adjustable to use for either. ~First time I went around the house (having hoovered fairly recently with the old vacuum) I was quite honestly astonished at the amount of cat hair and general grey-dusty-looking stuff that had collected in Animal from just one room - I had even reached the 'max' mark from the one room and had to empty it. I believe I had to empty it about three times in the first round-the-house session. (And by the way, emptying it couldn't be any simpler - just pop off the compartment, hold it over the bin and drop the dirt out!)
Now, you may be thinking "Gee, I dont want to have to empty it constantly" (I have a fairly standard size home) but the point is, I have never had to empty it that much again! It was purely the fact that this little Dyson had been picking up all the dust and cat hair that my old vacuum (even though it was a Dyson) had been missing all that time! I have friends who are allergic to cats, but they can quite happily come and sit in the lounge (the cats' favourite place) without instantly having allergy problems, provided I have had a run round with the vacuum first (and provided the cats do not home in on them for a lap to sit on as cats have a funny nack of doing with allergic people!)
As far as the price is concerned, they are pretty expensive (about £300 RRP) but I would say it is worth paying that little extra for the better quality. They are fairly easy to store, without taking a lot of room. There are a selection of attachments and the nozzle is easily adjustable, clicking into place. It has the usual attachments - which I can tell you are also fantastic for vacuuming the sofa or round the skirting board! It has a nice long extension chord which, in my case at least, allows me to go from room to room if plugged in a hallway. The chord is also retractable - press the button and the vacuum sucks that back up too!
So in short, I would never go back to even having even another type of Dyson - this is a must for animal lovers - I just think back to the amount that was picked up the first time I used my new vacuum and cringe at the idea that other vacuums may miss what this little Dyson Animal picks up!
Due to a shoulder injury (caused by a careless driver clearly not paying attention to the road) I found that using my Sebo upright machine caused me rather a lot of discomfort. So the search was on to find a more ergonomic vacuum cleaner I could use in the months it will take my shoulder to recover. The memories of my old Dyson DC14's rapid decent into the world of unreliability a thing of the past and my growing annoyance at the foul smell of stale dog being emitted from a bagged Sebo machine I soon settled on another Dyson.
At first I chose the DC21 Motorhead, but upon discovering that the hose could not be detached from the telescopic wand for car cleaning due to the electrical cable inside the hose (to power the motorhead floor tool) I soon changed my mind. I settled on the DC20 Animal in the end because it ticked all the boxes. Well, I tell a lie, It was between the DC20 Animal and the DC23 Animal but I decided I preferred the design of the DC20 hence buying it.
So what do you get for your money? Well I picked it up in the sales for £180, the normal RRP being £299. The machine is equipped with HEPA filters, a large turbine head, a mini turbine head and a hard floor tool, along with the standard dusting, crevice and upholstery tools. Oh and let's not forget the free FIVE year parts and labour warranty.... All for £180? BARGAIN!
The machine was pretty easy to set up from the box and no tools were required. The 3 mini tools store on the back of the machine and being a telescope model the hose compresses and wraps neatly around the cleaners body for ultra compact storage. There is also a storage slot on the machine for the large turbine head, although the mini turbine head and hard floor tool need storing separately. Personally I never bother compressing the hose and wrapping it round the machine. I store it as you would a 'normal' cylinder machine as I'm not short of space and therefore have no real need to compact the machine down in size for storage.
Overall use is very easy. It's easy to unwrap, easy to use, the tools go on and come off easily (but not too easily - they wont fall off during use), easy to empty and maintain and easy to wrap back up and put away again when you're finished (should you choose to). Easy peasy lemon squeezy! The weight of the overall machine for lifting up and down stairs is pretty average for a cylinder machine and so is the noise level, although it is very light and easy when in use and follows me around the house with ease.
The turbine heads are GREAT. I use the large one for jus about all the flooring in our house as it is safe for use on carpets and hard floors as you can turn the brush bar on and off. I tend to use the small one for the stairs and the dogs beds. They leave nothing behind and in case of any doubt a quick glance at the dirt being sucked into the dirt bucket is enough reassurance for anybody. The telescopic wand is quite light and can be set to just about any height, making this machine perfect for midgets and also giants like myself along with elderly people or people with weak wrists ect ect. The flexible hose disconnects from the telescopic wand and the tools can be attached direct to the end of the hose, perfect for cleaning confined spaces such as the car! The 1400 watt motor produces 280 airwatts of suction power - enough to suck Australia up through that small gap in the floor boards.
The dirt bucket holds a respectable amount of dirt, although twice around our house will see the level of dirt well above the max fill level mark on the dust bin. Not a problem though as the machine is easy to empty and it only takes a few seconds. It is recommended that the pre motor filter be washed every 3 to 6 months, although I have to admit I don't pay much attention to the time scale and wash it when it looks dirty instead. The exhaust filter is a HEPA filter with a bacteria killing screen and this never needs replacing or cleaning.
All controls are well situated and easy to use, although the cord rewind sometimes requires you to spoon feed the cable to it, something common on Dyson machines. Both cord and flexible hose are of a respectable length, it would be nice if they were longer but they are in no way too short. The cord is 6.5 metres long giving a total cleaning radious of 10 metres.
The machine looks okay (as for as vacuum cleaners looks go) although I do miss Dyson's days of making gareish coloured machines such as purple and lime green. The dark grey and copper effect of this machine seem somewhat boring in comparison.
I can't really think of anything else there is to say about it really. It picks up well, is easy to use and doesn't ever stink of stale dog so I'm rather pleased with it. I'd recommend it for use on all flooring types especially for homes with pets or small children as its great at guzzling up fur and other random bits of cr#p from just about anywhere!
Lifetime filters and no bags to buy / Short name: Dyson DC20 Animal Pro