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We had an old Dyson for many years which eventually broke. We decided a brand new Dyson was more than we could afford at the time, so we went to Tesco and bought a VAX that was on offer of half price, and so was £50. We thought that in the 10 years, other cleaners would have caught up and been as good as Dyson.
We were very wrong. The VAX was rubbish and just simply did not do the required job. It was a waste of time and money. It took ages to clean, and even then didn't do a good job. It finally broke after a few months and we were back to stage 1 of needing another hoover.
We spotted on of these at a local second hand shop and went to look at it. We offered £35 and bought it. It turns out to have been the very best £35 I have ever spent. It is easy to use, very strong suction, cleans thoroughly and without needing to clean it out all the time like the VAX.
I would recommend this to anyone. If you are wondering if second hand Dysons are not worth looking at, I can report that ours is amazing!
I love my Dyson. I have had it for years and years. There is a great satisfaction of being able to see the dust accumulate in the cylinder. I would not go back to bags. I have found it quite easy to repair locally. Last year the motor burnt out and rather than pay out for a repair I bought a cheap replacement but I so missed my Dyson that I then got the Dyson repaired and put the replacement away in the garage. The long power cable means I can vacuum without continually having to move to a different socket. The hose is also long allowing easy access to stairs which I do in 2 stages (but if the stairs were strainght I think I would be able to do it in one). Suction strength is good. Filter is easily accessible. If I ever need to replace this model (which I will do eventually) I would hope to find a Dyson model that gets underneath the coffee table, radiator and similar low items without getting out the tools.
I have recently managed to refurbish one of these that had been chucked out for 'dead' I have quickly realised that you can get spare parts pretty cheap and with some care and attention it can go on forever! My partner has become a bit of a rag 'an' bone man in his spare time and he happened upon one of these that someone had chucked out. I am a bit of a fix it fanatic so thought I would have a go. I set to work, taking bits apart, frantically cleaning and making a terrible mess! When I happened upon the first filter that looked like crumbled flower oasis, I decided I needed help, So had a look online at fix it videos and found out you could change both the lifetime and HEPA post motor filters for a very reasonable price.
You can find these videos online very easily if you just Google 'how to replace a dyson DC07 filter'. The lifetime filter is at the side of the cleaner and is easily accessible and should actually look like a sponge; however the HEPA filter gets missed and is under the main bin compartment. The HEPA filter can only be replaced but the lifetime filter can in fact be washed, but it's recommended you change it every 4 years. In fact you can actually get most replacement parts for these online which seems to extend the life and return it to 'like new', I bought my parts from Espares.com as they are genuine Dyson products but you can get cheaper versions if on a budget. It soon became apparent that although I had changed the filters it was missing its 'U bend' and effectively dumping the dust back on to the floor from its hose! So a quick glance at a new online video, I ordered the part and it came very quickly from the same supplier and was easy to fit.
Suffice to say I now have a fabulous new addition to my under stairs cupboard, in 'like new' working order, beautifully vacuumed carpets and stairs all for the price of a take away! I have previously had dyson vacuum cleaners and stupidly thrown them out when the hose broke, I have now found out that these can also be bought and replaced for around £6.00! My advice is that this is a very good product, very pricey initially, but can be maintained for years if willing to put in some time and effort. Since having it I have noticed how my previous vacuum was under performing, the dust and pet hair that comes out of my carpet is somewhat alarming!
It is easy to use and fix if need be with amazing suction power, and a hose that reaches the length of my stairs without having to move the cleaner. It has auto carpet height adjustment, so no fiddling is needed between carpets and hard floors, it's hygienic and quick to empty and has a reversible wand, the bin is clear so it is easy to see when it needs emptying. A must for people with pets.
We owned one for the last 8 years and wow, what a marvel. Until then we'd had a regular bag fitted cleaner, and the difference is amazing.
We had heard a lot about Dysons and their power and bagless feature, and having carried out a lot of research (we have cats and their hair loss issue like all cats) we decided to buy the DC07 Animal, though coopelectrical.com - what a saving we made. Huge, we must have bought this for £165 back then, which was a £80 discount at least to anywhere else.
The build is solid, and Dyson have always been delighted to send replacement parts, even outside warranty to us, and ny parts I mean if we snapped a brush that clips on as they were at one point quite fragile until they made a new one. But looking on ebay you can get pretty much any part you want, and very economical too.
Suction is the best advantage, it seems to grab the carpet and we enjoyed doing a suction text between vacuum cleaners. We cleaned the whole house with our last cleaner, and then did it again with Dyson. It made us feel disgusted at how the Dyson brought up so much more, and embarrassed with our previous cleaner which we felt griped the carpet too.
But after 8 years the vacuum needed retiring as it had got scuffed, the parts worn, and the suction - despite the hype and marketing - had declined. It maybe could have done with a thorough clean inside but we wanted a new model, and along has come Vax.....
The Dyson Animal has a strong sucking action, this is due to it being high powered (it's 12 amp, here may well be more powerfull models on the market, but it is he strongest I have ecer used and a great change to that I am used to. The first time I used this hoover around two years ago I was shocked at how good the level of suction was, to the point it almost put me of! I found until I got used to the angle I need to push the hoover at to get it to glide it could be difficult to move it around but I soon got the hang of that! Not only does this strong sucking action work on carpets I've that it works just as well on wooding flooring and on laminate, meaning I can quickly clean all the floors in my house with the one appliance meaning save time and energy! (A member has just informed me there is a bit on the front you ought to use on noncarpeted floors to protect them, I've never used it and had no problems but useful information all the same.
The flex is 35 feet as well which means I can easily hover around without having to change the plug constantly. The high power sucking is reasonably loud, so not good for use when other people in the house are sleeping, I wouldn't give up power for reduced noise though.
Vacuums are either filter, cyclonic or multi cyclonic. In a filter vacuum the filter needs to be cleaned every few times that you use it or you begin to lose suction, our old vacuum was a filter model and it is annoying having to take the time to do this as often it gets forgotten about and we would be wondering why the vacuum was not picking anything up! I've found with this vacuum cleaner being cyclonic it needs changed less than half as often than our old model needed which saves a lot of hassle, I hate cleaning vacuum filters, so this type of vacuum is much more user friendly for me! I've heard that multi cyclonic models need changed even less than the cyclonic models, I'm quite fond of this model though and wouldn't go changing it just for that, it's just a wee bonus! Filter vacuums are those with a bag and the other two types are different types of bagless vacuums.
Our old Dyson was not bagless and similar to my problem with the filter I hated the dirty dusty bags and having to change them. Once a bag gets full in a hoover you have to change it, with certain vacuums (unfortunately this applies to the cute Henry hoovers I am fond of) it's messy and an inconvenience and you have to buy bags to replace the old ones, they are not expensive but over time you can end up spending a decent amount of money to buy these. With our Animal we don't have to buy new bags or replace messy filters we simply remove the dust container, which comes of very easily even with my stiff hands, take it to a bin and empty the contents...no mess and no fuss! You can see when the dirt cup is getting full so you are never halfway through vacuuming and then remembering that you ought to change the bag! I could never go back to a hoover that uses bags, technology has moved on and so have I! The only downside of this type of vacuum cleaner is that for those with asthma or a dust allergy you are being directly exposed to the dust when you empty out the container so it is not the best of vacuum cleaners for those who may find this problematic, luckily it is not a problem for me so does not affect my rating. The dust capacity is said to be 1 gallon, I find this means the hoover fits in quite a few uses before you need to empty it.
I've always been told that cylindrical vacuums are easier to move around, any job I have even had whether it be in a shop or a bar where I have had to use a vacuum this has always been the type of vacuum that we have used and they sure are a lot lighter than the upright models, the Animal is quite light weight but still I do not find it as light as other cylindrical models and so I cannot make it up the stairs carrying this hoover. In terms of movement this vacuum is actually very easy to push around and being an upright model helps me by reducing the amount of bending I have to do, I've got a sore back so this is helpful!
This hoover comes with lots of one slim nozzle to do round into cracks and edges, a flat small flat tool which I find to be brilliant doing the stairs in my house as if you use the hose (which is long enough to reach to the top of a flight of stairs) you can easily vacuum the floor which before was a nightmare with the old hoover as the hose was not long enough so the hoover had to sit on the stairs and often it would take a tumble down them! The hoover has brushes on the sides of which also go into the edges so I have found that I can do a spotless job of vacuuming anywhere, even in the kitchen where lots of crumbs tend to gather in corners and edges.
The animal is set aside from other vacuums and the other Dysons in this range as it is specifically meant to be great at picking up animal hair! Having a border collie in the house means that dark carpets clearly show up white hair and the dark hair shows up the light hair very easily so we need a hoover that really picks up all the hairs even the almost unnoticeable ones. This vacuum makes such a difference to our floors and certainly picks up all the dog hair that ends up lying about. I'm not sure what technology dyson used to get his magic hair removing skill but whatever it.is certainly works! You can buy a tool to vacuum your pet aswell which we got to use on the mutt, it terrified her so much we couldn't even try it; she's scared of this hoover at the best of times because as it is so noisy, so while it is a brilliant vacuum and great for picking up pet hair...it's not so animal friendly.
A sturdy, reliable hoover which looks modern and classy in silver and purple.
This is a very well designed vacuum cleaner that holds a lot of dirt in the middle cyclinder part which is easily removed from the machine and can be carried to the nearest bin. The wire is very long which allows for you to do two small - medium rooms without having to unplug the machine and plug it into a socket in the next room. This vacuum has lasted a good few years for me with no problems but is rather heavy to carry up and down stairs but would be perfect for a bungalow. The handle easily detaches from the machine so you can clean the more tricky places and you are able to buy more addon attachments. This machine is purple and gray were most of it is purple. The animal head attachment is excellent for removing dog and cat hairs from carpets, furniture and even bed linen.
What can you say about the performance of Dyson cleaners that hasn't already been said? Fantastic? Great? Exceptional? After using this Dyson DC07 Animal for many years, I agree with them all. The Dyson sucks up all the 'dirt' in your house and displays it in the clear plastic container ready for you to see how 'dirty' your house is. Great concept because most other cleaners hid the dirt away in bags.
So long term, what's it like? Well through the years, I regularly cleaned the main intake foam filter (the one on the bottom right) with water etc and each time it gave the machine a new lease of life. But gradually over time, I noticed that overall performance started to degrade. So one weekend I decided to give it a service myself.
I replaced both the above mentioned foam filter and the one under the main container and spent a great deal of time taking all of the various pipes and connectors off and cleaning them all out. The other bit I went for was the main cylinder itself (the bit you take off to empty the 'dirt'. I noticed at the top of the cylinder just below the carry handle on the front that there were 3 small screws holding the top on. Undoing those and lifting the lid, I found the actual cyclone bit of the cleaner - full of caked on dust etc. I spent ages with a brush and a hose cleaning this area out and was amazed at how much dirt the 'cleaner that doesn't loose suction' had actually accumulated in this area. Interestingly, this is one area that Dyson doesn't mention to look into when you self service the machine.
Putting it all back together, we were amazed at the performance improvement. Once again, we had a cleaner that was lifting the carpet off of the floor and the amount of dirt it was now picking up was almost embarrassing.
In summary, look after the cleaner and give it a good clean every so often and it will give you years of performance.
Review also on Ciao under Randal1.
This Dyson is around 3 years old now and has been around the block many times. I feel I am extremely well positioned to give a review, as I have spent more hours with this than I care to remember.
So let me go back to the very beginning. The old 'Hoover' (and I say Hoover rather than Vacum Cleaner)was broken and my wife wanted one that 'we' could empty rather than have bags to empty. We popped along to Curry's and bought this Dyson. The first time we had ever had this make before. We had heard good things and as we had a cat and 3 young children, we wanted something we could rely on.
At the time our house was mainly carpet however since then we have followed the times and replaced many carpets with laminate. Our first experience can only be described as pure bliss. The amazement watching us vacum the carpet, and see all the junk on a carpet that had already been cleaned, made us look at eachother in amazement. Had we really been leaving the house so dirty? We vacumed regularly and had the carpet professionally clean once or twice a year. Anyway this had us literally vacuming all over our house. Moving beds etc and the muck this device picked up was teriffic. For those places we had a job reaching Dyson had even given us other tools, such as
Hard Floor Tool:This had long bristles to prevent scratching.
Animal Turbo Tool
Dyson Engineered Floor Tool:To reach under low furniture.
They really had left nothing to chance. We were extremely impressed. One item that really impressed us was the hose. We could actually leave the vacum downstairs and hoover right to the very top. This saved us having to balance the vacum half way up the stairs like we had to previously. A great idea from Mr Dyson. We were also very impressed with the bagless cylinder and how we could empty it out just by unclipping it.
If you want to clean the filters, which you need to do from time to time, you just give them a rinse and allow them to dry out. We still have the same filters from day one. On a negative side we have had a number of blockages on the dyson and trying to get a 2p out of a long hose is really difficult. Other blockages underneath have also been very difficult to move.
In all I would however recommend this cleaner to all. We have used this vacum for at least 700 hours in all and it still works fine, so it has stood the test of time. Our next vacum cleaner will be due soon and that to will be a dyson!!
This Dyson was my first upright cleaner, I considered it would be easier to use, and involve less bending down. Having a combination of hardfloor tile, laminate, and carpeting. I needed a machine that could handle a variety of surfaces.
With its HEPA filter, bagless and easy dispose system for the dust chamber, and its super long reach hose for the stairs, or for getting those pesky cobwebs off the ceiling, this high spec machine appeared the best out there. I had very high expectations.
However, the first thing that struck me when I got this unit home, was the weight. Its a heavy lump, to shift around. OK its relatively nimble thanks to the clever design. However, try taking the thing upstairs a couple of times a week, its an accident waiting to happen.
The other thing that struck me, was the size of the cleaning head, its over 12 inches! An for once that isn't a good thing! You have to move half the furniture out if its way to get it around. An the dining room table needs to have all of its chairs moved away, or there is no chance.
One more gripe I have, is that the bagless dust chamber, is too small of a capacity. The pet hair all seems to gather in one corner, and next you thing you know, hey presto its full again!
Being positive for a minute the attachments are well fitted, and store neatly in place. The suction is second to none, and the extendable hose is one of the longest in the market.
But all of this fun an trickery comes at a price, and my unit cost me in excess of two hundred pounds! Now when you consider my 32"LCD cost only five hundred. Its not cheap, and neither are replacement filters, or the HEPA.
So all in all, I would not recommend this unit. Yes its a great vacuum, in terms of power. However, its build seems quite flimsy, the wheels look weak. An its awkward size mean its crazily heavy! The dust chamber is small, and after-service is expensive!
ONE more thing where to store it? Its a huge lump that needs it own dedicated room, practically!!
So unless you want something pretty looking and high tech to play with, and have arms like Arnie! This in my opinion is one to avoid.
I have had my Dyson for 5 years now, and I would not be without it. Recently has it serviced by Dyson, cost £65, the chap came when he said he would, stripped down the machine, cleaned it and replaced some of the bits and put it back together, it is brilliant, like a new machine.
I use it regularly even to get crumbs up off the kitchen floor and down the side of the units in the kitchen. Hoovering your mattress is an eyeopener, I do mine every 3 months, cannot believe what I get off it.
A very good product, copes easily with hard floor and carpets. Reversing the handle allows you to easily clean a flight of stairs or get down the sides of chairs, settee etc to retrieve the grubbies that inevitably fall down between the sides and the cushions., easy to get under things too.
My husband and I were very lucky to be given one of these amazing dyson animal vaccum cleaners as an engagement present just over a year ago. We've had it for 13 months now and it's still going strong.
We don't have any pets in the family, however this model was chosen for us because of the increased suction compared to the other models and it's been a real benefit for us even without the pet hair.
Our house has been undergoing renevations and the dust created by removing plasterwork is incredible. Not a problem for this animal though, all that fine dust that killed my last vaccum? it got sucked right out of the carpet and into the easy-to-empty cylinder so I could take it straight outside to empty. The fine dust killed my old vaccum by clogging everything up but with this dyson when it slows a little I just wash the filter - really easy to do, just unclip it, remove the foam and wash it under the tap, when it's dry then pop it back in - and unclip the removable pipes to check for any little pebbles of rubble.
I also love the feature that allows me to turn off the brush bar, as it protects the laminate that I have in one room of my house, perfect to remove the dust before I mop!
The animal tool is great for the stairs, as I've said, I don't have any pets but this tool is fab because it contains a rotating brush bar (which can be turned off) so really gets the dirt out of the stairs, and does well at getting right to the edges. I never knew what I was missing when I just had a crevice tool to do the stairs with!
Even under all that regular abuse my dyson DC07 animal is still going strong and sucking all the dust out of my carpets!
I love this hoover, I have two dogs and a cat so I need this item. I use it nearly everyday, well everyday at the monet as one of my dogs is shedding its hair like there is no tomorrow, he'll be bold by the summer if he dosen't stop. But this machine sucks pet hair up brilliantly, I could never get another hoover after using a dyson. I am on my third Dyson now in about 8 years, not bad considering I use it nearly every day!!
The first I had was just a normal Dyson, then we introduced dogs into our house after about two years so I invested in the Dyson animal to make sure I got all the dog hair off the furniture, I love having dogs but the hair can drive you mad unless of course you have the Dyson Animal, then you have a hair free home if you keep on top of it.
The Dyson Animal can be a bit more expensibe compared to the normal version, but I personally think that its well worth the extra money. They last a long time, and don't stop sucking hair up!!
This review originally appeared on ciao.co.uk under the same user name (me!)
When I bought my Dyson DC07 upright vacuum cleaner earlier this year it was to replace my Dyson DC07 full gear. There was no problem with my 2 year old Dyson, just my mam wanted it! I went to my local Currys store and was told that Dyson now offer a 5 year parts and labour warrenty instead of the old two year one, also that Currys can cover them for accidental damage for £1 a month direct debit. For a pound a month for a £180 cleaner I was very impressed!!
The machine came in a large bulky box and when the box was opened I found that this was because my new Dyson was preassembled at the factory. So as I added the tools to the handy holders pointed out in the manual I decided this was much better than assembling them myself as it is necessary to do with the vast majority of vacuums (Vax been one of the worst culprits.)
This machine has a HEPA filter to stop all the nasty bacteria in their track (great if you have allergies and asthma, I do) and a handy tool for the stairs and upholstery to pick up all the hair my beloved dog leaves behind.
Living in a zoo like state (fish, birds, dog etc.) I need a good suction power and I have found that with Dyson. Around 300 suction wattage, according to the label in the store, and a 1200 watt engine mean that it is also energy efficient.
A good feature is the bagless cylinder section can be removed and emptied but unlike the older models, the trigger is impossible to pull while actually taking the cylinder off the machine, so no more spills when emptying.
The 17 foot cord means that one end of the living room to the other is reachable. The stairs are also easier to manage with the length of cord and the nozzle section which is now removable from the hose and can be turned around to make it very easy on the back (not that I'm struggling but age will catch up to me eventually!)
The adjustable beater bar makes his suitable for all floor types, including laminate.
Even the after sales service is good with Dyson. They are usually out within two days, if not sooner and give the vacuum a good MOT while they are there. Spare parts are usually just sent in the post, again, usually within two days.
The only downside is the weight which accompanies all Dyson models, both cylinder and upright.
My opinion...buy it. A must have for pet owners. Indeed, even without pets this is a good buy... I would reccomend Dyson to anyone that can afford them and if you can't, I would say borrow your friends cleaner while you save up. Why settle for an inferior product that won't do the job or last the same length of time. Another hint, if you already have a Dyson and don't want to go to the expense of changing one that is in brilliant working order, buy the animal attatchment through Currys or Dyson. I don't know about other stores as I only use the Currys in my area.
I have two Springer Spaniels, I love them to bits but it is annoying as to how much fur they can shed. I had tried various Hoovers and then I bought an original Dyson. The original Dyson eventually broke after a year and a half. I went to my local Vac Centre who advised me that it would be cheaper to buy a new one rather than fix it.
The man who owns the Vac Centre is very nice and he knew I had dogs and recommended I buy the Animal DC07. I am so glad I took his advice.
It is grey and purple, which is appealing to the eye. It is also quite large and bulky but it does the job I want so I don't find that too much of a disadvantage. Though you will notice it on your arms while lifting it.
The wand can be found at the back of the machine, the wand is the pipe so you can add the attachments. The attachments can be found on the machine, which is a great convenience. There are three attachments, the long tube like one, the small Hoover head one and the one with the bristles on the end.
This machine has root cyclone power, which as I understand it is a standard machine has only one cyclone of power but this Dyson has seven cyclones of power. Pretty cool eh?
This Dyson has a bin instead of a bag which is wonderful, whenever it gets full you just detached from the machine by pressing a button, walk to the nearest bin, pull the lever and the bottom opens up to release the waste. Close the bottom lid with your hand, walk back to the machine and click back into place.
Now since this is the DC07 Animal it has an additional tool, unfortunately it is not attached to the machine like the other tools but is very helpful.
It is called the Pet Hair Turbo Head and you attach it to the wand and use like a regularly Hoover. I find this very helpful for using on sofa's, rugs and in the car, I don't need to use it on the floor the main machine is enough.
I thought my original Dyson was great for suction until I switched this one on. I have a blue carpet with hits of white fur, with my originally Dyson I had to Hoover the same area several times before the hair had been removed or I would end up getting the attachments. Now the minute you switch this one on, the suction is available and I found that I did not have to keep going the area again and again. Wonderful less time cleaning!
The suction from the wand is excellent as well especially for those hard to reach areas like corners and skirting. The power from the turbo head is equally as good, I have always tried not to let my dogs on the sofa but Springer's do what they want regardless of how many times you say "NO" and they always leave a little of themselves behind. The turbo head is great on uneven surfaces and picking up the pet hair but it is just as good on even surfaces as well, like my car (I have a 4x4 so this is not cruel) I put them in the boot because of the easy access, that also get fur left behind no matter how many blankets/covering I lay down, the turbo head removes it.
How to use
Get your Dyson out, move the latch to release the cable, plug into electric socket, hold the handle and with your foot push down the head of the Hoover. Ensure you will not be going over your cable and switch on. Push forward to starting sucking up the mess on your floors!
It is not a lightweight machine and does not run over the carpet rods well so lifting may be required but it does your arms some good. Though I can lift it well as long as it is not over 3 minutes!
The handle at the top of the machine is comfortable and I always hold the cable with that same hand so it does not get in the way.
Once finished ensure you have the Dyson back in its original position, which can be done easily by pushing the handle up. Unplug, wrap the cable back round and then put away.
I have had this Dyson for nearly 3 years now and it has never been a problem, I use it once or twice a week depending on build up.
However my kind man at the Vac Centre had a few suggestions to keeping this machine in good working order.
Ensure you rinse the filter out in warm water until it runs clear at least twice a month. The filter is located at the front head of the Dyson, you do not have to make further purchases of these they last the life of the machine. I still have my original.
Do not use carpet freshener as this tends to clog up the cyclones holes and reduces power.
With a soft brush, I use my dustpan brush, clean over the cyclones hole twice a month to keep them clear.
There are also areas of the Dyson that can be opened if a foreign object is slowing the suction, which can be removed and replaced very easily.
Do not let your Dyson suck up water.
Do not run your Dyson over cables, especially it's own.
Do not turn your Dyson on before pushing the front down with you're foot and likewise when switching it off.
Although I bought this when it first came out, I paid £239.99 which at the time was unnerving but I now think it was a wise purchase since I have not had anything else to pay in 3 years! You can probably get them cheaper now.
People have informed me that Dyson's are not very good, I do not agree. My original Dyson was bought when that first came out and broke because of lack of maintenance and it could not cope with the pet hair. If you look after your Dyson it will look after you!
I have a nephew who gets rashes when around dogs for too long, even if the dogs aren't present. My Dyson picks up so much that I can put my dogs into another room while he is around and he still doesn't get rashes from my dog's fur on the carpet, but does from other houses. What does that tell you?
I personally think Dyson's are a good machine that has great suction even after 3 years of use; it is a very easy machine to use as well. I know it will break some day but I will guarantee you that I'll replace it with another Dyson.
After 2 1/2 years and just spending £20 on a new hose our DCO7 animal's motor has blown up - Well it no longer works and is emitting a vile burning smell throught the house! The hose is very weak and broke within the first year. It is heavy, and bulky and dosent clean to the edges well. It gets easily clogged by long hair and looses suction quickly ....
Sadly I believe that I am not alone in these problems as I have heard many similar storeys... a great vacum cleaner for a while - but for the money I would hope it would last a little longer than just after the warranty expires. This is our second Dyson, and also our second dyson not to not survive the three year bracket.
...A highly disappointed EX-Dyson fan.
Short name: Dyson DC07 Animal