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      17.04.2012 20:56
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      An efficient machine, which looks good and is easy to maintain.

      I have never actually had to buy a vacuum cleaner, as the first couple I used were my parents old cast off's. and when the original Dyson 01 they had given us was on its absolute last legs after my husband used it for hoovering up rubble, my very kind Aunt decided she would buy us a new one. So, with no choice in the matter at all, she chose us a Dyson DC14 Animal vacuum cleaner. She told me this was her first choice because we had just got 2 kittens at the time, and she thought this would be good for picking up any fur they left lying around. (Personally speaking, I have more problems with my shoulder length hair getting everywhere, and I am pleased to report it deals well with that too.)

      My first impressions of this machine when we received it for Christmas in 2005 was that it is a nice looking machine in shades of silver and purple. Design wise, it didn't seem that different in appearance to the DC01 I had been using.

      It came with 3 attachments that you usually get with vacuum cleaners. A crevice tool, a dusting brush and a stair tool. I find that I use these quite a lot. The brush is good for using on my curtain poles, my leather settee, and all the woodwork in the house. It also works well on electrical items. The crevice tool is fantastic for getting around the edges of the rooms next to the skirting board, where I find the Dyson leaves about an inch gap where it does not pick up. The stair tool I am not that bothered about. I don't find it that good on the stairs, preferring to use the crevice tool, although I do tend to use it to vacuum my mattress when I change my bedding, and it also hoovers the small gap down the side of my bed where the big dyson won't fit.

      It also came with an extra attachment - a min-turbine head which is meant to be great for using in small spaces and for picking up the pet hair, but as I have found the main dyson does the job adequately, I can't say I have given it much thought. I could use it upstairs where we have more carpets but when I am already carrying the dyson up the stairs, I don't really need to be picking up extra weight.

      The Dyson DC14 is an upright model, which is very simple to use. The on/off button is located just above the dustbucket handle on the front of the machine. There are two modes of use. You tap the front of the machine above the brush heads with your foot to activate the lever, which makes it function as a push along machine, or if you leave it at a 90 degree angle as shown in the picture in the catalogue, the suction is through the handle part. Pushing in the ribbed purple section on the front of the handle allows you to release the telescopic wand, where you can then attach whichever attachment you want to use, and you have a long reach then to tackle room edges and dusty covings. This gives you quite a lot of distance. If I stand my dyson at the bottom of the stairs and release the telescopic wand, I have just enough stretch in it to do the whole flight of 13 stairs. This saves me balancing on the stairs holding the whole weight of the hoover, but is a little tricky as if you don't hold it tightly, you would end up it pinging back down the stairs.

      There is a little sliding switch above the brush heads which alters the height of the roller allowing you to tackle different types of surfaces. In my house the Dyson has to deal with tiled kitchen and bathroom floors, a laminated wooden floor throughout my living room and dining room, a fairly old and a bit raggy carpet on the stairs, and plush shagpile carpets in the bedrooms. It seems to cope equally well with all of these surfaces.

      In 7 years use, it has been altered in the manner described at least weekly, and I have never had any problem with cracks in the pipes, loose switches, or in fact any failure whatsoever. In fact, I fully believe if my husband had not cleaned up building rubble during DIY then my first Dyson would still be going strongly.

      We make sure that we maintain the hoover to keep it performing at its optimum. We empty the collection bucket whenever it gets to 3/4 full. I make sure I get right in there as sometimes my hair can get clogged around the air holes in the top of the cyclone section, and if this happens more fluff and dust is trapped there until suction becomes very poor.

      The filters are still the original ones. On this machine it is a big round one, which gets clogged up with really fine dust particles. I tackle this job every 6 months. I make sure when I do this that it is fully dry before going back in the machine otherwise it is pretty pointless. In winter, this can take about 24 hours leaving it on the radiator. You would not believe the muck that comes out when we do this.

      Really I should probably replace these as they originally were there with the purpose of HEPA filtration, and designed to remove allergens from pet hair from the home. None of us suffer from that though, and none of us are asthmatic, so I have never seen the need. They are on sale from amazon at a cost of £10.99.

      The last job is we find that the brush heads also get quite clogged with my hair. Every now and then, I turn the machine upside down so that I can see this, and I use a small pair of scissors to cut through the hair and remove it all from the brush heads, so they can go back to peak performance.

      The only other thing that can affect suction is if you pick up something you shouldn't like a small toy. There is a small removable section to one side of the machine where heavier items like this seem to collect. It is really easy to slide this out and in again.

      Sometimes if the hoover is in need of maintenance, it can make a whiny sound when trying to push it along. I find that if I return it to a 90 degree angle, and then put my hand over the top of the telescopic hand, the suction seems to break the air lock and it stops making the whiny noise and picks up a lot better.

      I do really like this machine and it makes a good job of picking up fluff and debris from pets, but I do find it has a couple of negatives. Sometimes it might be nice to have a bit less suction. Eg. cleaning my mattress or giving the curtains a freshen up. I find it hard to get close to objects, so it leaves a gap around the edge of the room where you have to swap to the crevice tool. It is also really quite heavy at around ten kilograms when I need to take it upstairs. It is not so much the weight, as I regularly carry the kids and they weigh more than that. However, I find that you can only really pick it up using the handle above the dust bucket as this is the only comfy place to grab it. It then means all the weight is being held weirdly in one place. I think if I were shorter than I am at 5 foot six inches, I would have to get my husband to carry it upstairs for me which is not convenient.

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        02.09.2011 17:21

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        Would recommend!

        I had the old dyson animal vacuum cleaner, however after seeing the dyson ball thought that it was a great little invention for getting around those awkward corners of furniture etc.!

        The vacuum itself looks very sleek, with a grey/silver and purple exterior, it's similar to the old dyson animal, however it now had the ball function! It's easy to operate, with 2 attachments (a nozzle with an extending brush and a smaller vacuum head) and a simple and clear 'on/off' button. To operate it, you have to push a little lever at the back which releases the stand/wheels. This leaves you in control of the vacuum and ball, making it easy to move around corners and furniture with complete ease (however can be slightly trickier in smaller spaces). The only problem I've encountered with this so far is that it is slightly heavy, as you are holding the whole weight of the vacuum.
        Another great feature is that it has a button to switch from hard floors (tiles, laminate, etc.) to carpets (it's default function is the 'carpet' one). When you push this button, the bristles stop turning inside the vacuum head, meaning they wont scratch hard surface floors, which is a fantastic feature.

        Lastly, it has an extending 'wand' - you flip the cap on the handle and pull it out until you hear a 'click', then lift it off of the main vacuum body and you can use it to get into corners on your ceiling or your stairs etc. The only problem I've had with this function is that it's not obvious, or always easy, to lift the wand from the vacuum, though perhaps I need to read the instructions more carefully!

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        30.04.2011 16:13
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        A very good vacuum cleaner which cleans right to the edges and picks up very well indeed.

        Our Dyson History:
        We started with a DC04 - this was the first Dyson we actually owned. From there, we went to a DC07, and our current Dyson is a DC14 animal. Why do we have the animal version when we have no pets? Well it's a good question and I'll endeavour to answer it in a minute.

        Our DC04 lasted us well, it saw us through doing a LOT of DIY, and helpfully cleaned up everything from bits of old wallpaper to plaster dust, brick dust and more. It finally gave up one day with a sort of melting plastic smell and when my hubby took it apart he found that one of the Teflon parts had melted!

        Our next was a DC07 - bought second hand for about £15 from a car boot sale it was probably a couple of years old when we got it and we had it a good three to four years ourselves.

        And now... The DC14 (Animal)...

        Why we Acquired a DC14 Animal:
        Firstly with my husband starting his own business last year, he's been supplementing his income while getting things off the ground by fixing stuff. He's always been a regular Mr Fix It, and is a trained electronics engineer too, so taking apart things like vacuum cleaners, radios and amplifiers twiddling a bit and making them work again is something he's pretty good at. We've been given a number of 'broken' vacuum's which he's fixed and sold on, and in amongst these was a Dyson DC14 Animal. Well having fixed it (a £2 part did the trick), we offered it back to the person who'd given it to us, and they didn't want it having bought a new one & said sell it on, so rather than sell it, we decided we'd make good use of it to upgrade our own which was getting a tad tired, and sold our old DC07 instead. We felt this was a good idea as ours was a little old by now, and also, as we're both long haired even though we don't have pets, hair does have a tendency to clog vacuum brushes if we're not careful, so one designed to deal with pet hair would be good for human hair too we figured. That, and we do kind of like Dysons!

        The Dyson DC14 Animal:
        Most people have by now encountered a Dyson upright Vacuum by now in one form or another, so we all pretty much know about the cyclones and so on don't way. Just briefly though, the DC14 is an 1400 watt upright vacuum. It has lifetime Hepa filter, is designed to deal with pet hair, and is suitable for all floor types. It also has a 7 gallon collection bin, an extendable wand & 14ft hose and the wand (handle) can be removed and turned round so that the grip is in the right place when using it with hose extended. Ours also came with a beater attachment for using when the wand is extended, but this is an optional extra I believe.

        Looks & Design:
        The DC14 Animal is rather pretty - well certainly more so than our grey and lime green DC07. This has lots of grey, but it also has a lovely purple colour on various parts which I personally think is much nicer than many of the colour schemes they've used for the various Dysons. Other than this, it doesn't look much different from the Dyson's it follows on from really. It's still an upright, still has a flat foot (no big ball on this one), and the cable still winds up at the back of the handle. Overall it's pretty stylish looking for a vacuum cleaner really.

        The casing is very much the same as the previous Dysons, the biggest difference is the dirt collection bin bit which is much better designed than before. Now, instead of having to remove it and tip it over to empty the contents out after use, now, you remove it, hold it with its base over the bin, and press a release catch which opens the bottom allowing the dust and dirt collected to just fall straight out the bottom. You then pop the base closed (it swings open and closed), and pop the container back onto the rest of the machine.

        Manoeuvrability & Ease of Use:
        This is an upright vacuum cleaner which is quite heavy to actually lift. But they have placed the lifting handle in a sensible place at the base of the wand and above the main body of the thing so it's not as bad as it could be. Add to this that one doesn't actually lift it very often, and it ceases to become as much of an issue.

        In terms of moving it around the floor when it's turned on and in use, this is a very easy cleaner to use. It feels a lot lighter when you're manoeuvring it around than you'd think it would by lifting it. I'm guessing this is something to do with the design, but it really feels lighter than it is. It's also excellent at getting in close to the skirting board or edges of cupboards and things which I love as it means much less work for me as a quick once round will do most of the time and I rarely have to get the wand out unless I'm being really thorough.

        We have a mixture of laminate, carpet and vinyl in our house, and the DC14 deals with all of them very nicely. One of the things that used to bug me a bit with the DC07 was how it could blow half the dirt away from it as it was going over the harder floor surfaces. This doesn't do this thankfully, and instead it really just sucks everything in quickly. The beater bar and suction seem to go right to the edges as I've mentioned so there's no worry about missing bits along the edges of the rooms and has made it speedier for me to clean the floors definitely.

        My Thoughts:
        As you've probably gathered by now I'm pretty pleased with my £2 Dyson DC14. It's so easy to use, and the improvements to suction at the edges, and how the handle can be inverted are a real bonus when using it. I do think it does pick up more hair and certainly picks up hair more easily than the DC07 did, and knowing my mum has one and a dog I can safely say it works on dog hair too (not that he's a particularly hairy dog).
        I'd certainly recommend this to anyone who's got an older Dyson and is thinking of moving to one of these, though as I've not used any of the more recent Dyson vacuums, I can't say how it compares to the later models with the big ball feature. I don't think this struggles to turn corners at all personally, so I'll be happy to stick with this for a few years yet.

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          04.12.2010 14:55
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          a vacuum I find hard to fault in it's cleaning capabilities

          Dyson - I think probably just about everyone has heard of the Dyson vacuum cleaners by now. If not where have you been! That does not mean to say that everyone will like them or that they can afford one. So my review is about my experience of my Dyson and why I bought it.

          I have had several Hoovers over time of various brands, initially spending about £100 on well know brands that lasted a year and just didn't cut it in the cleaning department. I finally decided to buy a Dyson motorhead version which did a fantastic job and lasted over 5 years! Before finally succumbing to being chewed by my puppy and then eventually dying after a fall down the stairs.

          So I had to decide whether to risk another brand or splurge on a new Dyson?

          The Dyson won.
          My deciding factors were due to the above mentioned and the fact that I now own two Siberian husky's. For those that don't know, husky's don't justify malt like regular dogs - they shed fur all year round and then have what we call a blow out once or twice a year. This fun time is when you can literally pluck tufts of soft fur out off them! So far Dyson is the only brand that has coped.

          I bought my Dyson DC14 animal from the Amazon website for £280 2 years ago now. I know it is a lot of money but I do feel I get my moneys worth. The version I have got has been updated now and you can get lighter weight versions with slightly better technology, but generally they are all similar.

          ***The vacuum***
          Mine weighs in at around 12kg, which is relatively heavy for lifting up and down stairs.
          The vacuum comes with various attachments, which I will note separately plus there are many other little extras for dyson's that you can buy later.
          It comes in a mainly grey colour body with clear waste bin. Different models have different colours for little parts like the handle ends and hose connections - mine are red.

          ***Using the vacuum***
          Push button start at the front above the handle. Nice and big button easy to press on/off but not in a place where it is easily turned on/off by accident.
          Mine has the option for two floor types. To get it going first choose your floor type (hard floor or carpet) and flip a switch near the front base where indicated on the machine. This can be a bit stiff. Then push the front of your hoover base forward towards the floor whilst holding the handle and it releases the vacuum for easy canoeing and turn on. All this is explained in the manual. Very simple and much like other upright vacuums.

          ***Extendable wand***
          This is the hose attachment basically. You unclip the hose from the back of the hoover and extend out. You can also attach various bits, crevice tool, stair tool and small brush. Mine extends to the top of my stairs which is 12 standard steps, from the bottom. Very useful if you don't need to take the vacuum up stairs. Mine also comes with a mini turbine head. Especially for stubborn dog hairs. A small attachment but very powerful, very noisy and makes your hands shake!

          ***The filter***
          The filter is a HEPA filter which apparently is a hospital level bacterial killing filter, also handy to know is that all Dyson's carry the British Allergy Foundation seal of approval. These filters should be washed every 6 months. Now I am not brilliant at remembering that sort of thing, but when I registered my Dyson to the website they send out an email to remind me!

          ***The Bin***
          Probably the most important bit for everyone. Dyson's standard bag less system uses a bin instead. Push button release from vacuum so can be easily carried to the bin. Then mine has two more button releases one for bottom to flip down and empty, but if bits are stuck a top release too. The bin can get dirty and it does mean you can see the dirt! But at least you know you have cleaned your carpet!

          Alongside all of these bit's the Dyson motto is that they never loose suction. Ok mine has, but to be fair it is usually when half a dog teddy leg is sucked up the extendable hose and blocks it. It generally is very easy to remove from the bin and off you go. Occasionally it is a bit harder but the Dyson has so many bits you can pop on and off to release blockages it is a maze of pieces. I do recommend doing these one at a time or you could find yourself there for hours trying to puzzle it back together.
          Easy to clean the floor head once you follow the instructions, but I rarely need to do mine, tends to be long bits of wool type items that coil the brush head.
          The suction power is fantastic, even sucking the carpet up slightly in places and it does clean very well.

          Overall exceptional and I could not do without mine and I really mean that! Plus you get the added benefit of a 5 year guarantee as standard. The instructions are also very simple and easy to follow.

          Review maybe posted on dooyoo and ciao under the same username

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            29.11.2009 22:35

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            Reliable, Long-Lasting... all round great hoover

            I have had this superb hoover for around 4 years now. Whilst it isnt the newest design on the market, it has proven to be the best hoover I have ever had.

            I have a dog, who occasionally goes through stages of moulting. It is my pet hate to walk into the house of a person who has animals and see pet hair around the house on carpets and furniture and I have always tried to avoid this eventuality with my own dog.

            This hoover not only completely removes pet hair from thick carpets and upholstry, it also leaves your carpets looking clean and tidy, and is an excellent hoover even for those who dont have pets. It also picks up human hair just as well.

            It has a rather modern look to it (although I think the Dyson Ball hoover maybe slightly more innovative in it's design, but I would definitely recommend the DC14 animal to anyone who has pets and wants a great long-lasting hoover.

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            24.11.2009 20:47
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            A good vacuum cleaner

            I have owned a lot of vacumn cleaners over the years and was getting fed up with them breaking down after the guarantee ran out. I chose the Dyson after reading a few good reviews and asking around.

            I have had the machine about five years now and it has lasted a lot longer than any of my other cleaners. However, I have just had to replace the extending hose for a mimimal cost.

            Performance wise, the Dyson does what it should. I have a dog and the dog hairs are easily picked up along with the dust and dirt. It always amazes me how much dirt is in the bucket after I have vacuumed.

            The cleaner is easy to maintain. If you get a blockage the pipes come apart in sections and snap back together without too much hassle. The washable filter is quick to clean, although it takes about 24 hours to dry before you can use the vacuum again.

            It's only drawback is the weight of the machine, especially when carrying it upstairs, but it has good carry handles which makes this easier.

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              18.10.2009 18:01
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              A real animal !

              Having owned a dyson for years now aI wouldn't be with out one. decided I would try out this animal with being a pet owner. Emptying the cylinder is very simple- just a flick of a switch. It was surprising to see just how much pet hair- invisible to the eye- the machine had picked up.

              The suction power is second to none and on the odd occasion when it picks up something it shouldn't with the parts dismantling- it is easy to see where where any blockage is.

              One thing I do find however is that compared to other vacuum cleaners on the market dysons tend to be a little heavier. The telescopic wand is great for vacuuming the stairs. I have had to relpace the hose on two occassions- found it a little flimsy- just be careful of this.

              Would not consider buying anything other than a dyson though- worth every penny and these awesome machines aren't the cheapest on the market by any means.

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                Do not ever review your vacuum.

                My Reason For Purchasing The Dyson Animal:
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                Well I thought I would write a review on my Dyson upright vacuum cleaner, as I would like to highly recommend it to others. Well the specific Dyson I am now using is called the Animal. It is one in the range of the DC14. This is designed for those with allergies and for those with pets.. There is a Dyson called the Allergy, but this ones called the Animal. Well I purchased this cleaner from Curry's around two years ago. I was no stranger at the time to Dyson vacuums, as I had a Dyson DC07 for nearly seven years before this and was very pleased and impressed with it's cleaning power. Well the only reason I had to purchase a new vacuum cleaner was because my daughter dropped My Dyson DC07 from the top of the stairs to the bottom and of course (mangled it) as kids do.

                I am a severe asthmatic and did have a cat at the time of purchasing this machine, so I went shopping for a vacuum that was good for those who suffered with allergies in mind. I looked at the Dyson Allergy and it is very similar to the Animal, but the animal was slightly better for me and designed to pick up pet hairs apparently, so I settled on it. The Animal is also approved by the asthma and allergy foundation so this clinched it for me. The Animal can apparently filter and clean the air in your room also when in use, making it easier to breath etc.


                The Dyson Animal:
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                * Is an upright vacuum cleaner.
                * 1400 watt motor.
                * Has Powerful suction.
                * Has a brush bar control.
                * Telescope reach.
                * Designed for pet hairs.
                * Lifetime Hepa filter.
                * Asthma friendly.
                * Low reach floor control.
                * Has a seen through dust bin.
                * Comes with a five year warranty.

                A Little More Information About This Dyson:
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                The Dyson Animal was designed for those who have pets and to lift pet hairs more easily. It is suitable for all floor types. It has a brush bar which when turned on, is designed to pick up pet hairs, but can be turned off to protect your wooden floors and rugs etc. It has a maximum capacity 7 gallon dust bin which is very quick and easy to empty. It also has a Hepa lifetime filter for cleaner air. It has also been approved by the Asthma foundation also. It has onboard it an extendable wand which quickly releases from the handle and can extend up to 17 feet. On board tools come with this Vacuum also and a free carpet care kit. The Dyson animal also has a 14 foot hose which can reach up to the top of most stairs with out moving your vacuum of the ground. It also has a removable and washable filter which collects dirt from the motor and traps harmful carbon emissions apparently. The Dyson Animal also has an excellent 35 foot electrical cord. The Dyson Animal also features close edge cleaning and has a very easy to carry handle built in. Lots more features are onboard and I will try to cover everything in my review.


                Packaging And Design Of The Dyson Animal:
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                My Dyson animal came in a large, heavy duty, cardboard box. It was easy enough for my hubby to carry and fitted into our car. Once opening and removing the packaging from the box when we got home, I was pleased to see at the time, a shiny new Dyson cleaner. There was nothing to assemble with it. I just undid the electrical cord and opened up all the onboard tools that where wrapped in clear plastic and fitted some of them in place, unto my vacuum. Also included in the box was an instruction manual and a guarantee certificate that you should fill in and return.


                The Dyson Animal comes in a lovely matt silver finish with a clear see-through dust bin. A few little features are coloured in purple in most designs, but my Dyson Animal was finished in pleasing red features. When I checked some specs online to write about this Vacuum I wonder why my cleaner was finished in red and had to double check it was the Animal that I owned. Well I found out from further searching that the silver and red finish is exclusive to a few shops and one of them being Curry's where I had bought it. Mystery solved. Also on the Dyson you have two white logos of the Dyson name. One at the bottom and one on the handle.

                Well the Dyson DC14 Animal is an upright vacuum cleaner. I really prefer them to be honest, as all you do is push them around your home. They are so easy to use in my opinion and are great for storing away. I just wheel this Dyson into my utility room and it fits snuggly behind the door. It really is not over bulky at all. Using this Dyson to clean underneath chairs, stairs etc with the hose would be the most strenuous part of cleaning with them, as you have got to pull out the wand or the attached hose, but that is it. This Dyson is very stylish and it really looks well. It is not lightweight, but it sure is not as heavy as lots of cylinder cleaners and there's not much lifting involved really with them, as it is an upright cleaner and mine is mostly being pushed around. Overall this really is a very stylish and modern vacuum that looks very nice indeed in my opinion.

                The Dyson Animal is made out of the same hard wearing and durable material that motorcycle crash helmets are made from apparently, so it really is a very hard plastic and takes drops and knocks very well. Most of the casing is made from this thick plastic and the only different material would be the clear plastic Dust bin, but this is also very thick, tough and certainly very durable.

                Rundown of the Design and features:
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                At the top of the Dyson Animal you have your handle for pushing around this vacuum. This is a looped design which is very comfortable to hold when using. You are tempted to lift your Dyson with this part, but I would not recommend this, as it just about holds the weight from the rest of this machine. A carrying handle is situated onboard the clear dust bin, So I would lift it properly with this. Well the handle (or wand) of this Dyson also can be unattached from the rest of this vacuum. This is where your hose fits into and your telescopic wand pulls out from. This action is very easy to use. You just push the chunky red button underneath the loop of the handle and out it pops. As you pull this apart (it just slides up and down) the wand extends out which is quite fascinating on first using a Dyson, as you wonder really how this tube and hose can all fit inside there and wonder also how it can be so cleverly hidden away.

                The handle can be used together with the hose and will extend out to 17 foot, or can be taken completely of it if you just want to use the hose for stairs etc. To be honest. I rarely use the telescopic wand. I always take it right off to clean down my stairs or under my sofas etc, as the wand is not really very flexible (its stiff and straight) where as the hose with a smaller attachment fitted onto it, is perfect and easier for me to use. Well also at the top of the wand there is a little grey vented flap. This flips over easily and can be used with the wand to clean with. All the onboard tools can be fitted onto this easily and securely also. The wand can also be extended further here to around a foot by pulling the little red plastic piece at the end. This pulls out another metal tube. The bottom of the wand (or handle) is a metal tube, which fits back into the hose and clicks easily into place when not in use, or when your pushing around your Dyson as an upright cleaner.

                On the handle also is a little tab where the flex of the vacuum can be easily wound around and stored.

                The Hose:
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                The hose of the Dyson Animal is stored partly into the handle and also connects on down and into the motor and bin. This hose is very flexible and is like a slinky where it can fold down into itself. It just pulls out easily like an accordion would, when it's played. It is quite fascinating also. This hose can stretch out to 14 feet and is ideal for doing your stairs. I just leave the vacuum at the bottom and can use this hose right up to the very top stair, without lifting and trailing the vacuum with me. I love this feature. Note the hoses are quite thin and I did get a hole in my last Dyson in one of the folds. This was easily replaced though and quite cheap really. I guess you should use the wand (or handle) fitted onto this for a longer reach, but I find it easier to use the smaller onboard nozzle, as it makes it far more flexible and a breeze to use.

                The hose is made of a very strong , yet stretchy, grey shiny plastic. It really seems very durable. At the top of the hose you can fit your wand/handle and all the other free attachments that come with this Dyson. They just pop onto this and fit securely in place when in use. I personally think this is a great flexible hose to this Dyson that's really easy to use and work. The Hose is easy to fit back into the wand after use. It just slides with a gentle push and it all clicks back in place in seconds. (yes seconds)

                The See Though Dust Bin:
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                Well this see through dust bin as I said before is made from a really think, strong and toughened plastic. You will be amazed at the dust you can see in there after one go with this. Well this has a very strong, tough and comfy handle built into the design of this bin at the top. You can easily lift your Dyson from upstairs to down with this. It is amazing how strong this plastic handle is, as it securely holds the weight of the whole machine. Well on the top of the handle of the dust bin is a little red button with a strong spring action. This when pressed will un-attach your dust bin from the whole vacuum and very easily, with one gentle press. At the back is a little hole where it fits together onto the built on hose of the Dyson and obviously where the dust and dirt goes through into the bin. This has never once got blocked or clogged on me, but I think Dyson's are more or less clog proof anyway.

                Emptying this dust bin when it is full off dust is so simple to do. At the bottom of this clear bin is a lid which easily flips open when pressed and from releasing another red button half way down the bin at the back. It really is astounding how this works. My hubby actually did not know until recently that this action was onboard, as he empties our Dyson Animal by un-attaching the bin about half way down, by sliding off the top part of it Well you don't need to do this. When you have emptied the dust into a bin the little attached flip lid at the bottom of this bin just flips back over and catches firmly shut again. Presto. This din holds up to 7 gallons of dust, but can quickly fill up. I vacuum up every single night as I have four children, so I roughly empty my bin once a week. Also in the bin is a black thin cone like tube. This spins around and moves the dirt and dust about. I think it is some part of the filter system as the filter itself is underneath in the vacuums motor. Well I am not so tech with this, but to me that's what it is for.

                Motor And Vacuum Itself:
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                The Motor is 1400 watts. It really is quite powerful and slightly noisy, but I have had louder vacuums before believe me. Well I am not reviewing the motor, as I would not no where to start., but it certainly works well. Just above the motor is the fan. Inside here there is a little disc filter which you do need to take out and wash every six months.

                There is a plastic vented disc on top of the motor and my hubby just took it off and popped out the filter. I then washed in in the sink in hot soapy water and dried it on the radiator. You are warned to clean this by the way. My daughter did not clean hers and blew up her Dyson's motor after three years. Dyson replaced the motor for free for her, but charged her £10 for a new filter. I always make sure I clean the filter every six months because of this. Well the filter easily pops back into place again underneath the dust bin.

                Underneath and at the bottom of my Dyson I have the brush bar plate. Well obviously this is a brush roller which is certainly well made, as years ago they usually where the first things to break off vacuums. Well this plate is extra strong. It is made from think grey plastic and protects the brushes. The brushes on my Dyson are not worn at all after two years of using it every single day. They do get tangled with string and hair though, but I cut those off easily with scissors and do this around once a year. It will give you better suction and make your brushes spin properly also from doing this.

                Just to the right above the plate and to the side you have a red chunky round brush control button. When you are vacuuming up pets hairs or dust etc you can turn this on for better suction and is recommended. I turn my off when I am using the vacuum upright on my wooden floors and rugs, as it really will lift your rugs off the floor as it is so powerful. You are better to turn this off as it protects wooden and ceramic floors from the brush bar, as it gets lowered slightly when in use.

                The bumper of this Dyson is certainly the best on a vacuum really. It really is very think, well made and has taken many a bash from walls and doors by me. There is not even a scratch on mine. Also at the other side on the back you have two larger wheels. These are used when your Dyson is used as an upright and its whole motion I guess falls onto them. These are about one inch thick and certainly should last a lifetime with this vacuum. They certainly move around well. The only thing they have no rubber around them and if taking your Dyson out to the drive to vacuum out your car, I find small stones gets lodged into them. This can cause scratches on your wooden floors, so be careful to clean them off after you have had this outdoors.


                Performance Of The Dyson Animal:
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                Well hopefully I have covered all the useful parts. Now I with cover the Dyson's performance. On first ever using this Dyson Animal I really was amazed at how powerful it's suction was. I had a Dyson DC07 for years and thought it was good, but this machine really blew me away. It literally will lift your rugs from the floor. It is fantastic. The Dyson animal has a 1400 watt motor. There is probably more powerful ones now available, but at the time this was top of it's range. I use the Dyson Animal more as an upright cleaner. I just plug in the long 35 foot cable (which reaches into every downstairs room without having to unplug it by the way) and hit the on button. This is found at the top just below the wand, as I think I forgot to mention it. Well anyway. I hit the on button and tilt this machine back and away I go. I just push it with one hand. That is how easy this Dyson is to use. It really feels lightweight when in use. I am severe asthmatic and its fine for me to push around.

                Well my downstairs rooms are mostly real wood and laminite floors. This Dyson glides over them with ease. My hall is a black ceramic tiled floor, also my downstairs loo and utility rooms. Well the Dyson glides easily over them also and will not mark or scratch them at all. You do need to make sure the brush control bar is off though as recommended. If you are cleaning over pet hairs like I used to with my cat, then just flip this action on for a more powerful suction. It really does lift clumps of hairs extremely well. For more embedded pet hairs into rugs and carpets I tend to use the hose and fitted carpet attachment, as I find it lifts the 'tangled into the pile hairs', better.

                Well gliding around my home with this Dyson is now done in half the time my old Dyson would have taken me. This vacuum has more power to it and a bigger lifting surface I find. It gets right up to the edges of skirting boards and kitchen pelmets with ease. It can be lowered right down by the hindged bottom, which makes it easier to fit underneath things you usually need to take out your hose for. I really am highly impressed with this action. I can vacuum every night by just pushing this machine around on it's own and without using a hose. It takes me about five minutes to vacuum six downstairs average sized rooms, although not trailing out sofas every time.

                The suction from this vacuum is really incredible. You can see bits of dust and fluff all whizzing across the floor and sucked up into the clear bin. This machine really will lift everything quite easily. There's nothing it wont lift I have found. I have one carpet upstairs in my bedroom and this Dyson really moves over it with ease. I can still use one had to push it through the deep pile. It leaves a lovely shaded , clean effect on the pile also. It really gets deep down with the cleaning. My room even smells fresher with its clean air filter on the Dyson.

                When I vacuum my stairs down I tend to use the hose feature. I just pop off the wand (or handle) and fit a smaller attachment I received with this Dyson for carpets, onto it. The Dyson animal really gets right down into the pile and amazing lifts of the dirt and dust with ease. I hardly need to press into the pile to clean it. It really makes stair cleaning easy for me. The hose stretches right up the stairs and does not loose any suction at all when fully extended out to the full 14 feet. This really is a very powerful vacuum.

                The Dyson Animal can be very powerful at times and sometimes if using a hose and we accidentally vacuum up the curtains etc, I dare say they might get ripped of the rails with this. Dyson has solved this though as it has a safety feature for material that do go up the hose. It will automatically stop sucking up and this function shuts off. If you are vacuuming your curtains etc, then you can fit onto this Dyson the special little attachment to do this. This attachment works well and sort of brushes the fluff off the fabric as it goes along. All the attachments are great on this vacuum by the way. I am near certain I got three extra tools, although I do use my small nozzle from my old DC07 that I kept better than the foot long one I received with this DC14. The only difference is it has a smaller cut out hole and an angled bottom which you vacuum with. Well I don't like it. Its really good, but the plain nozzle I got with my old Dyson is the one I prefer. Not really important though. It is just me. The other brush attachment I have never used, but it would be good for sofas in my opinion.

                Cleaning and maintenance:
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                Well I have already covered how to clean the filter on this Dyson Animal but the overall cleaning of this Dyson should be very simple. It is made of plastic and could be easily wiped over with a soapy damp cloth. I say could. Well that's because I have never have cleaned my Dyson. Who wipes there vacuum with a damp cloth really. I have never wiped out my dust bin on it either. It just collects dust and stays pretty clean when empty. I am sure it could be cleaned inside with a damp cloth also. Dyson's are more or less clog free. My old Dyson DC07 had a little flap below the hose at the bottom that caught coins etc and things that are not meant to get vacuumed up. Well this DC14 does not have this feature. It is designed to cut off the suction when larger objects are too large for the hose as they block the airflow more, so the Dyson knows this and stops sucking. I would recommend to clean the brushes from tangled threads and long hairs every now and then.

                My Overall Opinion Of The Dyson Animal:
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                Well if you have read this review you will know by now that I am extremely pleased with this vacumm cleaner. It really is excellent. I do not ever think I would change from a Dyson at all. I have gotten so used to them and everything about them is really straight forward to me now. I love the performance of this Dyson the most. It really cleans up everything and right into those awkward corners by just using this as an upright cleaner.

                This Animal really does have a cleaner air filter. It sucks in things right down to tobacco smoke and particals and filters them. This returns the air with a more cleaner and pleasant smelling room. This feature really does work!

                I also really love the Dyson Animal because it is very easy to push along. I honestly just plug it in, turn it on and push this around my home with one hand. It does move so quickly and easily over my floors. I guess if you have really thick piled carpet it might be harder to push, but I don't have them in my home so honestly can't say much about this. I really do not think it would be much more difficult though.

                This Dyson Animal is off course designed for those who have pets. I did have a cat who cast it's hair and this vacuum did managed to pick up huge clumps of them. I would recommend this vacuum for this purpose. Well it does not pick up every single tangled in pet hair that can get embedded into rugs, carpets and sofas etc. I think you would be expecting miracles here. You will find the hose and attachment with a little bit of elbow power will do this for you. It is the best vacuum I have used though for picking up pet hairs with.

                Well as I said before I am asthmatic and this Dyson has been approved by the Asthma foundation. It will pick up more dirt and dust with it's powerful suction so this has to be a good thing. It really will have a more noticed effect if you have never used a Dyson before at picking up dust and dirt. When I first got my first Dyson, over nine years ago I was amazed with it. I really could notice the difference straight away in my home. The dust levels where certainly reduced a lot. I guess because I use my Dyson everyday I take it for grated now, but when I think back to when I first got it, I certainly was highly impressed.

                Would I recommend this Dyson Animal. Well that would have to be YES! I certainly would highly recommend it. It is excellent in every department. If it broke down tomorrow, I would certainly buy another one as I really am impressed with it overall. It not only sucks up dirt and dust well, but it really is a pleasure to just push this around. There is no real maintenance involved. For a women to use, it is designed very well for her, I personally would say, as everything comes apart very easily indeed and does not need man power at all.

                I bought My Dyson Animal around two years ago and I am sure it was over £200 pound. I actually cannot remember exactly how much it cost me. I just checked online and I found this Dyson Animal from £179.00 to £250, so you seriously need to shop around for the best deal on it.

                Overall if you are thinking of buying a Dyson and have no pets then I would suggest the Dyson DC14 regular cleaner. There is not much difference except the animal friendly features, but the price is slightly lower for it. Well this certainly is the best vacuum I have had. I am certainly sticking with a Dyson forever. I certainly have to give this a full 5/5 as it is just amazing.

                Dyson also have a great website that's easy to use if you need to buy parts or have any questions :http://www.dyson.co.uk. Most parts can be easily replaced on a Dyson.

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                  24.08.2009 19:07
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                  awesome machine

                  I've had my Dyson Animal Vac for over a year and a half now. I absolutely love it. My carpets have never been so clean. I previously owned an Oreck, which I disliked from day one and I had it for 10 years. Previous to that I had a canister "rebuild" which I loved. I had looked at several other brands of vacuums before deciding on the Dyson. A couple of friends told me about their experiences with the Dyson Animal Vac and how much they loved it. They had dogs in their homes. We have cats and the amount of hair and super fine dander that came out of our carpets almost made me sick. And the ease with which you empty the canister is awesome. Cleaning filters is a snap too. I have had back surgery and I thought the weight of the machine would be a problem. It is not. The back wheels allow me to swing it like a dance partner with little back strain. The extension of the hose is wonderful and I like the attachments which affords me great reach. Love the purple color too! I haven't been able to figure out how to use the mini turbine head since our instruction booklet disappeared. Can't find a single thing on-line to help. Guess I'll have to call them for that. But, kudo's on a wonderful machine.

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                  17.08.2009 09:55
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                  It's what you expect from a Dyson, great quality and it works!

                  After having my Dyson animal for over 6 months, they have not let me down! I have always used Dyson and to no suprise, they have created an exceptional vacuum again.

                  I decided to buy the Dyson DC14 Animal since we own one dog, needing something that could pick up all his hair and work anywhere. Although the Dyson is on the expensive side (At the time I paid £300) as are all Dyson models, it never lets you down. With powerful suction ALL time and an array of tools to help you complete your everyday tasks.

                  The first thing you notice when you buy this Dyson is the colour, a bright purple bold machine stares at you and tells you it's ready to do business. Although the Dyson sits nicely in your hand, not weighing you down and giving you an incredible amount of control over the unit.

                  With this particular model, it comes with the long narrow attachment which helps you reach into tight spaces, the brush attachment which is great for picking up anything stuck to something, and the carpet attachment wich removes even the smallest bits of dirt and lint.

                  Included with the hoover was the power head attachment, a big, powerfull attachment that fitted on the end of the wand, it works by the suction from the hoover powering a little brush bar that spins around incredibly fast, making this attachment one to fear. It can suck up ANYTHING, dog hair, dirt, sweets and gets right into the carpet pile with it's powerful brush bar.

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                    16.06.2009 22:00
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                    Great vacuum cleaner.

                    As the name suggests this is an Animal of a vacuum cleaner and it takes a bit of taming but, once conquered, it's a pussy cat. This is the first Dyson I have purchased and, as the owner of a perpetually molting dog, this was a much needed buy. It really is a powerful cleaner, it gets all the dogs hairs and all sorts of other debris out of the carpets, it's quite frightening looking into the plastic bin at what has been sucked up. It comes with useful brush attachments and a telescopic handle to get to the hard to reach places. My only gripe about the Dyson is that I find it a bit heavy and awkward to manoeuvre on occasions but, looking on the bright side, I suppose it's almost a free workout thrown in too. Now that I've had a Dyson, I don't think I would try any other brands as the suction can't be equalled.

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                      21.05.2009 14:41
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                      Does everything it has to and looks good while doing it !

                      Having two cats it still surprises me how much mess they can make ! I got this hoover not expecting a lot, but it had rave reviews from my friends and family so I thought I would give it a go.
                      After piecing it together I gave it a test run and wow ! It almost sucked the carpet up ! Compared to my previous vacuum this was incredible. I happily walked up and down my rooms getting the satisfaction of seeing all the hair and dust getting sucked up, leaving a nice clean floor.
                      It felt a little heavy to begin with, but I got use to the weight and it moved with ease. The telescopic wand and the attachments are always fun to try out and they fit snuggly onto the hoover. The hose is very long. It reaches from the bottom of my stairs right to the top (13 steps) which to me is the perfect length. You have to remember to empty out all the dust and hair fairly regularly to make sure it still sucks up sufficiently and to clean the filters. Both these things are very straight forward and satisfying to do.
                      So far I've has this hoover 8 years and it's still going strong.

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                        Great for ensuring you house doesnt look like an extension of your animals!!

                        Having been the proud owner of the original dyson model (the yellow one) when that gave up the ghost I decided it had been worth the money so I would buy another one. Being the proud owner of two indoor cats and being fed up of seeing clumps of cat hair blowing around my front room (which has laminate flooring) like tumble weed I decided I would invest in the Dyson DC14 Animal (the purple one).

                        I was immediately impressed with the amount of hair it picked up in relation to my old model, the suction has to admired! The hose can be a bit fiddily to work out at first but once you've cracked it you'll be whizzing round like a person possessed with the desire to clean!! The hose can be used in a few ways in conjunction with the appliances that are cleverly sored on the main body of the Dyson. You can use it with the long metal handle attached which makes it very easy to get under cuboards, sofas to get the dirt but also with the appliances attached directly to the hose which allows you to use it for dusting and is particularly good for doing the stairs. It is quite heavy and a little bulky, but I cant afford the gym so lugging it up and down stairs is good exercise, I have however dropped it quite a few times and to date it hasnt sustained any damage so I would certainly say it's of good quality. Another plus point is that it's very easy to empty and if you so desire you can wash the collection container restoring that new cleaner look. The filters need to be washed every six months which again is very easy to do, this ensures that the filtration remains as good as the day you bought it. Finally I must mention that its a little noisy, having owned a Dyson previously this isnt a problem for me but for anyone who is looking for a quiet cleaner this may not be for you.

                        All in all I have been impressed. It isnt the cheapest model (approx £230-£270) but in my opinion is certainly worth paying a bit extra for if you have friends of the furry variety!

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                          23.01.2009 18:12
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                          An expensive item that does most, but not all that is expected

                          The Dyson DC14 Animal proudly stands like a cyborg in my living room ready at a moments notice to burst into action. Impressive in style and design the whole construction of the Dyson screams quality and class.
                          There are the standard tool offerings such as the crevice tool and the little brush attachment and a hard brush that all fit neatly around the top where the Dyson's famous root cyclone technology is housed.
                          Dyson have tried being clever by making the wand come out by simply pulling the handle of the Dyson up and out. Then you can extend the wand out of its sheathing. The wand is attached to some very strong and coiled plastic hosing. Unfortunately, this hosing is a bit too stiff and awkward and when using the hose/wand it doesn't spread out evenly and smoothly as any other cheaper vacuum cleaner does.Therfore, when you are using the hose to get under a table or chair it can become quite a chore to manoeuvre it in and out of position.
                          My other bugbear is about its suction capabilities. It sounds quite impressive when turned on and you can immediately feel the powerful suction, just by putting your hand over the top of the handle/wand. However, I have a dog and the Dyson continually struggles to pick up every piece of dog hair which surprised me considering the price of this cleaner. I then have to pull out the hose and wand to clean up the remaining stubborn dog hairs.I know other users have rated this very highly but I can only give my honest opinion of this product.
                          There is plenty of cable to manoeuvre from one room to another without swapping plugs, and the emptying of the gathered dust is a cinch by easily pulling the whole compartment from the cleaner and then pushing down on a button that opens the base allowing the rubbish to fall out.
                          It is advertised with "edge cleaning" but in my experience it doesn't pick up dust and fibres as efficiently at the edges.
                          The filters do an excellent job of reducing dust disturbance and almost eliminating any dusty smells.

                          Prices can can range from anything from £200 to £300 so please be aware and shop around for the best price available. Valueland have an excellent deal on them at the moment of £219.99.

                          To sum up I think the Dyson is of superb quality and extremely tough and durable but I think that the company have made a few mistakes in their design by trying to be unique from other vacuum cleaners.

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                            16.10.2008 21:24
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                            Not cheap but so worth the money

                            I have 2 cats and already had a Dyson, the original model which had been given to me my Dad and was over 10 years old and still going strong but i was longing for a Dyson Animal so when i had some money passed down to me by a family member i brought one, i was 22 at the time and my other half thought i was nuts for going loopy for a vacuum cleaner instead of dashing out and buying clothes.

                            The Dyson cost me £300ish when i brought it.

                            I love my Dyson animal, one of my cats seems to molt so much fur that i am suprised he has any left and the Dyson picks up all the fur, dirt and hair from my carpets and you can see how powerful it is from what it collects in the bin.

                            The hose on this Dyson is very long and i can do my whole stairs with it leaving the cleaner at the bottom, its good for getting cobwebs out of corners too.

                            The actual Animal attachment that comes with it is brillant and picking up all the hairs off sofas, mattresses etc but it is very very noisy.

                            The dustbin is easy to empty, you push a button and the bottom releases meaning you can empty it straight into a wheelie bin.

                            The Dyson also came with a 5 year warranty when i purchased it.

                            Its not a cheap item to buy but if this last as long as our original Dyson its definately worth the money.

                            I am hoping to buy the Dyson Animal handheld shortly.

                            Also posted on ciao under the username lilmissmup

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                            Short name: Dyson DC14 Animal