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~~*~~*~~ Dyson DC25 Animal ~~*~~*~~
I live with 3 very hairy dogs so the reason for purchasing a formidable hoover is blatantly obvious. Every morning we go to the beach and on return an hour later, half the beach is deposited in my kitchen - Labradors are notorious for retaining sand and mud in their feet until their brain decides it has no dietary use. On return from work a mere 4 hours later (I'm a dog walker: possibly the best job in the world, ever) I find the floor resembling a sand pit and the worktops covered in a fine layer of dust since the girls have shaken themselves throughout the day and spread the love. I must also point out that my van suffers even more with up to 20 varieties of dog fur and mess in it every day. Thus, I went for the beautifully constructed, wonderfully elegant and freaking expensive Dyson DC25 Animal.
~~*~~ Just suck it up ~~*~~
The price may have some of you reaching for a stiff drink - my little brother proclaimed I could have had an ipad for the price of a boring household appliance, but I think I may have actually grown up because I'd rather have my Dyson. I did briefly look around for the best price but quite frankly I was desperate since my old hoover had passed away and the girls were by now hock deep in the muck from a weekend of fun so I trollied off to Argos where apparently there was £60 off but I still paid £329 - the prices vary quite a bit and a few months later my friend got one for £280 but had to drive an hour to get it! I suggest looking around for the best price but be prepared to spend a ruddy fortune.
~~*~~ Suck it and see ~~*~~
The box itself is a piece of art - all black with yellow writing and a dyson ball on it - it should easily fit across the back seat of any car unless, for some unknown reason, decided to purchase a gAygo. Upon opening the box there is more marvellousness inside - the main part of the hoover is separate to the base part as are the extending nozzle and bin but it shouldn't take long or a degree to put it all together.
I love the look of my dyson - it's a combination of purple, silver and red which when it's new made it look very hi-tech. Unfortunately, since I hoover a combination of dust, sand and dribble on a regular basis, the once shiny bin and clear section on the base plate are now a filthy muck colour. I have cleaned it on many an occasion but I fear I may be venturing into Monica from Friends territory when I'm hoovering the hoover. This dyson features the unique ball technology which is very obvious to the eye since they painted it purple. I personally prefer this to the yellow DC25 version - the man in curry's did inform me that the only difference between the two versions was the attachment included in the animal pack which you could purchase separately anyway, I however didn't want yellow.
~~*~~ Teach your grandma to suck eggs ~~*~~
Using a Dyson with a ball requires a different kind of hoovering technique. I would say it wasn't for everyone - in particular my mother with her weak, girly wrists. The weight of the machine (7.4kgs) is not the lightest on the market and you really notice it as you twist your wrist to turn rather than pull back and forth. You also notice the weight when forced to lug it up and down stairs - the extendable hose is supposedly long enough to reach the top of the stairs whilst leaving the machine at the bottom but I've found the effort required to keep the tension far too great a strain. Using the Dyson is pretty much the same as using any other vacuum - plug it in and switch on the machine by pressing the big red button. In its upright position, no sucking occurs, so to enable this, you just press the pedal which runs along behind the ball and the 'stabilisers' are released - now the hoovering up can begin. There are two settings, one for carpet and one for shiny floors but to be honest I only ever use the carpet one as the other seems to blow Puddle's hair round and round even though it's supposed to do the opposite on vinyl - you just press a button and the motorised brush bar turns off for vinyl or 'delicate rugs' (I don't own a delicate rug, I own stinky rugs that I would happily put in the washer if I could).
~~*~~ Blow your own trumpet ~~*~~
The Dyson is very user friendly, firstly, there is plenty of length in the cable enabling me to do one level at a time and although it doesn't retract by itself it neatly wraps around two hooks with a clip near the plug to ensure it doesn't magically unravel in the cupboard under the stairs. Then there's the easy to empty bin rather than a bag which easily unclips with a push of a button to then be carried to the household bin and another button releases the bottom of the bin thus emptying the contents (all over your floor if you're my mother and not used to the dirt coming out the bottom of the bin). There are two filters on the machine and these are very easy to remove and clean with warm water - leave them to dry for 24 hours though before plonking them back in the Dyson. The girls test the Dyson's ability on a regular basis - I often hoover up a large piece of pine cone/tennis ball/cardboard and occasionally this gets stuck, however, all the sections come apart so you can root around and find the blockage. I'd only had my lovely Dyson for 3 weeks when it sucked up a piece of rubber toy and caused the sucking to stop but I kept trying to hoover and caused it to overheat and stop all power. After about an hour of cursing, smoking and general sulking because I thought I'd broken my lovely new friend, I tried it again and it worked - the Dyson man informed me that it was like a hairdryer and cut out before I could do any damage to it - what a clever machine. I have to say, their phrase 'no loss of suction' is poop though the Advertising Standards Agency don't agree although I suppose I've only ever had complete loss of suction once. If you ruin your machine, you can ring a helpline for free advice or call them out (they offered to check mine the very next day but I declined for fear of being told off) - 0800 954 0154 is the number to ring and they're open 7am to 10 pm 7 days a week - pretty good me thinks.
~~*~~ Precision sucks ~~*~~
There are a few attachments that come with this Dyson the most exciting and possibly the most dangerous is the mini turbine head - this has fast rotating brushes similar to the main part of the upright but is attached to the end of the wand enabling you to hoover stairs, the van or your sofas thus removing all traces of dog before your mother arrives for a brew (you can order one of these for £44 but I'm not sure they're worth it as there's very little manoeuvrability with this attachment). Then there's the 'combination tool' that is basically a normal nozzle that has a sliding piece to change the nozzle to one with a brush head which is great for rooting under the sofa and removing a ton of dog fur. I have noticed there are many more attachments on the website that I now desire - a 'flexi-crevice tool' that gets into awkward spaces and a 'dog groom tool' which I know Pig would really enjoy (unfortunately both Oink and Pig are infatuated with the extending hose probably because I enjoy sucking their excess fat with it and find it especially amusing to watch Oink come back time and time again to get her chops sucked into it and then dance around like a moron on release (I may need to get out more)).
~~*~~ Blown away ~~*~~
Now that I've had a Dyson, I'm going to be hard pressed to find a more efficient machine as I really put it through its paces everyday in the house and once a week the poor thing has to suffer the trauma of cleaning out my van. There are things that annoy me about it such as the 'stabilisers' that take chunks out of my wall and skirting boards which I think Dyson could design some sort of folding mechanism meaning they move inwards rather than stick out when hoovering. Then there's the tension in the hose which is so tight that it require great strength to uncurl it without the base moving and running over your toe or falling on a sleeping Pig. For these small failings, there are immeasurable pleasures to be held - my house feels a lot cleaner and my new carpet upstairs looks great still. I love that I can get the cobwebs in the awkward space at the top of the stairs and can hoover out Puddle's crate efficiently. There are much more exciting things one could spend £300 on but I think one reaches a certain age and suddenly, the prospect of splurging on an electrical cleaning item becomes all consuming especially when it's so pretty.
0800 954 0154
Thanks for reading.
Caroline, Pig, Puddle & Oink
Review will more than likely appear elsewhere...
At the time of purchase, we had two 'house' rabbits which left a lot of hair around the place (not to mention chewed peices of carpet) - so we went for this as it had a special filter for the dust which helps with allergies.
We had a very early dyson prior to this and bits broke off and it's final downfall was that a hole formed in the tubing along the back. This meant that the long pokey section (technical term) gave up the ghost entirely as it lost suction. It was Ok in the upright position as the tubing gets compacted and the hole became less of an issue, but it was time for a new one.
I am pleased to say that the new model was made of much sturdier stuff - you could see that the areas which had suffered the most ware and tear in previous models had been 'toughened up' and made of stronger materials/plastics in this one. Well done Dyson.
In normal mode, the suction is good - but when you hit the carpet mode button ( to make the brush spin at the bottom) it makes a noise like a harrier jumpjet and you can physically feel the added suction. This thing glues itself to the carpet, ensuring every last peice of dirt makes it into the cylinder.
The ball makes it really easy to manouvere around too, making hoovering almost a pleasure. It's pretty light too, so there is no 'heaving' it about the place.
The extension/unclipping of the long pokey bit (used for skirting boards/stairs etc) caused a bit of confusion when we first got it as it unclips from within itself, and you have to pull it out from the top, unlike the last model we had, where it all came off the back in one go to extend. It came with two 'heads' to use, one like a mini vacoom cleaner and the other a more focused brush. The mini-hoover is ideal for stairways.
The cylinder where the dust goes could be bigger, but looking at some of the other dyson range, this seems to be one of the bigger chambers - so less emptying (which is always a bonus). We have had it now for a good couple of years and it hasn't lost any of it's power either. As with all Dysons though, it all comes apart very easily so cleaning any area is very easy.
I would recommend it to anyone. Dysons maybe a little bit more expensive than some other brands, but it is worth the extra - especially if you can find one on offer!
Ok, its expensive, but if like me you have a dog then this Dyson is the one for you.
I had never owned a Dyson vacuum with a ball before as always opted for the older fashioned type so it did take me a few tries to actually enjoy using this as its slightly tricky to begin with because it moves side to side which I wasn't used to.
This model is lightweight and easy to maneuver around the house, (once you get the hang of it!) which means its light enough for my 6 and 9 year old to also use!
You can vacuum right up to the edges of the room and it seems to pick up really well. This Dyson does have seriously strong suck and there are two options when vacuuming; either the brush rolls round or not which makes it good to use on different floor surfaces.
If you do happen to get a blockage (suck something up you perhaps shouldn't!) then the Dyson comes apart with ease in order to remove the blockage.
This Dyson is simple to empty and because it has no bag you can just empty the dust immediately into your household waste bin. There is a removable, washable filter which is simple to do.
This comes with 2 floor tools to use on the hose which also took a bit of getting used to as Dyson have changed the way this works but now I am used to it works really well.
I didn't realize exactly how good this model was compared to other Dyson products I own until I used my old Dyson to clean up and then went over it again with this one - wow!
Owning dogs brings much happiness, but when it comes to cleaning the house, it isn't one of them. We have two dogs, a short haired patterdale terrier and a medium haired collie cross and both moult constantly. Our house is carpeted throughout and cleaning up around them is a constant battle - that is why we invested in our Dyson DC25 Animal.
The machine is delivered in a state that requires minimal construction but the instructions are very clear and it only took a couple of minutes to build.
The DC25 Animal is bundled with a powered hand tool (for use on stairs/furniture) a mattress/fabric tool and a crevice/delicate brush multi tool. The hose on the DC25 is a good size but it won't reach from the bottom to the top of the average set of stairs, the machine is however light enough to carry up the stairs as you go.
Maneuvering the machine around the floor is extremely easy due to the ball - it glides between obstructions with ease and can virtually turn on the spot making vacuuming almost a pleasure. On carpet, the Animal copes very well, and as you'd expect, it picks up a great amount of animal hair.
We also have some tiled surfaces in our house and again the Animal copes admirably.
The dust container is a paltry 1l and will need emptying regularly but that might not be a bad thing to stop smells/allergens from building up.
The machine is fitted with an array of permanent HEPA filters (permanent meaning they do not need to be replaced - they can be simply removed and washed by hand, let to dry and then put back in the machine).
All in all, it's a great little machine, the only downsides being it feels a little cheap for a £300 machine and as mentioned above, the hose isn't the longest.
Wonderful dyson have done it again. We bought this hoover when our older (non dyson) vaccum seemed to give up on clearing my dogs hair.
We have two beagles and my husband has allergy related asthma. We decided that if dyson could produce a vacuum for pet hair and name it 'animal' it had to be worth a go.
From the moment it arrived i have loved this hoover. It is light and very easy to use. The 'ball' makes gliding around my house a simple task. We have recently moved home and now have wooden flooring everywhere, i thought this would mean getting a new hoover but the 'animal' is going strong. It doesnt blow hair around the floor and now cleans in a better way than before.
It has multiple attachments that have places for them to be clipped onto except one. The larger of the attachments (rotary cleaner) doesn't have its own home so it has to stay in the head of the extendable arm, which isn't a problem but it means you have to put all your attachments in the correct place after use.
When I reluctantly agreed to get a cat four years ago after much persuasion, my main concern was about the about of fur that would be shed. An agreement was reached between Mr Frank and myself that I would get a new vacuum cleaner of my choice and he could have a feline friend!
So, after lots of searching, I decided on this vacuum cleaner. I have had Dysons before and been pleased with their ease of use and practical features, not to mention their effective cleaning. I had also been dying to try out the ball feature which is billed to help the manoeuvrability of the cleaner.
The cleaner features the famous Dyson cyclone technology which has 'no loss of suction' as may be experienced with conventional bag cleaners. The suction power is 220 constant Air Watts, which I have experienced to be as powerful as any vacuum cleaner I have had in the past, and the only time I have thought the cleaner lacked power was when the cylinder needed emptying.
The BallTM technology has not disappointed me either. I have found the cleaner very easy to push around and have enjoyed how it turns smoothly round corners without having to keep moving it back and forth.
The pet element of the cleaner seems to be twofold. Firstly, there is a washable filter for cleaner expelled air which can help if you are allergic to animal hair. Secondly there is a mini turbine head that cleans pet hair and dirt from areas that can be difficult to access but attract a lot of pet hair, such as upholstery, stairs and the car.
The vacuum cleaner has a cleaner head that is suitable for different floor surfaces and I have used it successfully on tiles, laminate and carpet. I have only found it really effective however, when the motorised brush bar is activated. Without this turned on, the cleaner is very difficult to push around and not very good at getting threads off the carpet. I have found that the cleaner is also effective in getting dirt from grooves between tiles which I have found that some cleaners aren't very good at, but again when the motorised brushbar is turned on.
The vacuum cleaner is quite good on the stairs as well. The 'Quick-draw Telescope ReachTM wand' easily is detached from the main body of the cleaner and then can reach up to nearly the top of the stairs. I just wish it was slightly longer so it would reach the entire length of the stairs. However, I'm pleased with the length in general, as it can easily reach up to our ceilings and get rid of cobwebs. There are two different attachments to fit onto the hose which are attached on the cleaner so they are always to hand.
The bin has a capacity of 1.3 litres and is clear so you can see when it gets full. I love this feature as there is a max fill line so you have no doubt when to empty it.
This vacuum cleaner has been brilliant; easy to use and effective at cleaning. It comes highly recommended from me!
People seem to fall into two camps, you either love Dyson or think they are over priced for what they are. We had one before but it was very heavy however we thought we would give this ball version a try.
The vacuum itself is nice and light and the handle on the top is very comfortable for pushing it around with. When not vacuuming it is easy to move around on the two "stabiliser" wheels on the back but the mechanism for engaging them can be a bit temperamental which can make it a pain to stand up.
We have woven carpets which the hair from our two GSD's gets stuck in and to be honest the vacuum does take a few passes to get them out although it is 100% times better than what we did have, it is suppose to be best on pile carpets.
I am still not sold on the ball bit being more of a gimmick. It does push around and change direction really easily but I never found the standard vacuums that hard to push around so I wouldn't buy it just for that.
The cylinder is very small and we have to empty it every second day but at least this shows it is picking up a lot of the dirt and hair, much more than the old vacuum.
We have two sets of filters and change them over every two weeks as they do seem to improve suction when they are washed, they are very easy to change. We have an extra set as they take a while to dry and with the dogs we have to vacuum every day so can't wait for them to dry.
The cable is shorter than the old Dyson which is irritating as the old one use to stretch around the whole downstairs from a central point, the hose is also shorter and doesn't reach all the way up the stairs. It has a button next to the on/off button for turning on and off the brush bar so it can be used on hard floors.
The only really great improvement is the brush on the crevice tool. You just push it over the end and you can do all the window sills, fireplaces, tops of books without worrying about scratching them.
We have had the engineers out twice due to a seal that keeps going on the cylinder but he said it is not a common fault and it has been fine for 6 months. We have also changed the brush bar as it was worn but as we vacuum every day this isn't surprising and it is easy to get all the different parts.
Over all it does a good job and with the 5 year warranty any problems have been dealt with quickly but I am thinking of trying a Meile when this packs in as everyone raves about them with pets.
We purchased this vacuum about a year ago and from the very first use it has been disappointing. We previously owned a Hoover brand upright vacuum but when that broke we were looking forward to getting a Dyson. Out of everything that you hear about Dyson vacuums the fact that they are fantastic when it comes to suction is Dyson's greatest selling point. However, we could tell from the first use that the suction was nowhere near as good as our previous Hoover vacuum. We do have a dog but he doesn't shed much hair, but I do! I style my hair almost everyday, it is long and after washing, brushing, blow drying, straightening or curling there is always quite a bit of hair left on my carpet. This vacuum however has never actually removed all the hair from my carpet. I have got down on my hands and knees on many occasions and wiping my hand along the carpet big bundles of hair comes away - after I have hoovered! Additionally, the long bit at the bottom where the suctions comes from is very difficult to clean, we have tried on a number of occasions and after doing so the suction has barely come out at all! We have called up the Dyson help line which we feel is very good, always on hand and has been very friendly and useful. But even when its back to normal the suction is always poor I feel. The pipe is also difficult to use as it barely comes away from the vacuum, compared with our old Hoover upright that had a great pipe that you could really reach with. Overall, this has been a disappointing vacuum, despite our initial excitement at owning a Dyson.
Dyson DC25 Animal
The DC25 Animal is a top of the range, powerful, upright vacuum cleaner made by Dyson. The product in particular is targeted for people with pets and a separate DC25 version is available for general carpet cleaning needs. The vacuum cleaner features ball technology for manoeuvrability, HEPA filters and an attractive design. I bought the DC25 Animal as an upgrade for my good all round but slightly run of the mill Bissell 82H5E vacuum cleaner. Although very pricey, the DC25 is a very good vacuum cleaner.
The look of the DC25 Animal is very modern in my opinion. The product features a predominantly plastic design and is mainly dark silver in colour but with some shiny purple components to complement this. The product features an ergonomically designed handle to the top, a silver shaft, leading a purple component which holds the clear 1.38 litre bin collection tray in place. Inside the collection bin is a dark grey motor/suction component which has small holes in it. There is a small release handle above the bin which is also silver in colour and made from plastic. Towards the base of the vacuum in the centre, is a purple ball, which allows the product to pivot and turn whilst in motion. Towards the back of this wheel is a small grey roller wheel with an upright release and power pedal either side and clearly marked. To the front of the purple ball is a flat rectangular section which is a brush bar with small red bristles upon it, intended for deep suction power for pet hairs in carpets. The product weighs 7.4kg and whilst quite thin in terms of width, is rather long and not the smallest product on the market. There is a silver Dyson logo to the far left of the rectangular flat brush bar at the base of the vacuum cleaner.
The product features a HEPA filter which was advertised as good for allergy sufferers, the HEPA filter is also washable. As mentioned the purple ball to the bottom of the product allows good manoeuvrability and control, and despite its rather long shape, it is quite agile provided you have modest strength. The handle area just to the top of the bin container features a quick release function for easy removal should the bin get full of dust and pet hair. As with most modern vacuum cleaners the product is bag less and just relies on cleaning the bin container for maintenance. The product is very powerful, more so than my Bissell 82H5E, as it features complicated "Root cyclone technology" for very deep cleaning. There is a retractable hose for cleaning stairs and other difficult places which is also very powerful and is 4.8 metres in length. On top of the powerful root cyclone technology, the flat rectangular brush bar just in front of the ball, also penetrates carpets very deeply and has fine red bristles for further cleaning potential. The product was advertised at removing particles from just 0.1 microns in size which is very, very small. Towards the back of the product is a region for storing various assorted bristles and brushes on board the DC25 and two hooked plastic regions which allow you to tie the power cord around when not in use. The power cord is of adequate length, it is 7.5metres in length, and will fit standard UK plugs easily. There is also a mini turbine head cleaner on the product which looks like a small mobile vacuum cleaner which is also intended for small, cramped, confined spaces that the main brush bar is too big for.
The product comes with a 5 year guarantee by Dyson which is very handy and comes complementary with also DC25 Animal vacuum cleaners I'm led to believe. The product feels sturdy and tough but it is made from plastic and I have noticed that the durability is let down slightly in places. These include the power/upright release pedals and the quick release bin handle. The product on the whole however, is sturdily made and the plastic of a good quality. Couple this with the 5 year guarantee and fact I've had very, very few problems in regard to the DC25's durability, and you have a very tough vacuum cleaner.
Ease of Use/Maintenance
In terms of myself personally, the vacuum cleaner is easy to use, but the relatively heavy weight of 7.4kg would certainly be a tall task for elderly or disabled people. It all depends on the person and it would be great if anyone who is interested in purchasing the DC25 animal could pick it up and get a feel for the weight to see if it is suitable for them. The ball technology certainly helps and I greatly prefer it in regard to ease of use compared to fully upright ones which offer limited mobility. I can turn and cut corners fairly easily and the ball does offer great manoeuvrability in my opinion. The suction is very powerful on the product and a lot of animal hair and dust is collected, much more than with my older Bissell 82H5E vacuum cleaner. I find I don't have to keep making return trips to get rid of hair and dust as it usually picks everything up first time with the top suction power. Maintenance is quite frequent with the slightly small bin collection tub but is very easy to click out of place and clean. The HEPA filter is also washable and can be detached should you notice any problems and need to wash the filter.
The price of the DC25 is certainly not cheap, making it an upper market priced product. I bought my DC25 from Amazon UK for the cost of £251.24, which is on the cheap side in the UK. Curry's, Tesco and B&Q actually retail the product in upwards of £350 which is far too much in my opinion for a vacuum cleaner. For the powerful suction power, attractive design, good manoeuvrability and handy attachments (hose cleaner, attachable bristles and mini turbine cleaner) I think £251.24 would be a reasonable but very high price for a DC25 for some people. Anything above this is radically extortionate in my opinion and how certain UK retailers are trying to sell DC25s for £350+ is borderline ridiculous.
The product was advertised as light in weight, but at 7.4kg I certainly don't think this holds true for the eldery, disabled or small people. I am a boxer and weight lifter and I can manoeuvre it around fairly efficiently, but certainly people who have less strength than me will struggle. It's not the heaviest vacuum cleaner I've ever owned but I think it being advertised as "lightweight" is very misleading. The bin is also a little on the small side at 1.38 litres in size. The bin needs frequent emptying and cleaning after each vacuum and could be made a little bigger in my opinion. Thirdly, I find the bin handle quick release component and the power/upright release pedals a little bit flimsy and brittle in my opinion. The upright release pedal is coming a little slack although is still very much useable, but for just over £250 you expect very few durability problems. I may have to use the 5 year warranty should it deteriorate but I'll stand optimistic I won't need to.
The Dyson DC25 Animal vacuum cleaner is a very good product for removing pet hair and dust from carpets and flooring. It is great for pet owners and provided you have reasonable strength, easy to manoeuvre around. The design is modern and attractive, the hose extension, mini turbine cleaner and bristle attachments are useful in those hard to reach places. The 5 year warranty is very kind of Dyson provided the price you pay and the durability on the whole is good. The product is slightly heavy in my opinion, the bin a bit on the small side and the pedals are slightly loose but these are fairly minor problems. I greatly prefer the DC25 to my older Bissell 82H5E vacuum cleaner in terms of performance but the very high price of the product is a real dampener in my opinion. Amazon or eBay are your cheapest bet for a brand new DC25 at just above £250 but other well known UK retailers like Currys/B&Q are selling for £350 upwards which is far too much. A very good product for removing pet hairs and one which I would recommend if this product meets your expectations, but a product I can only score 4 stars due to the very expensive price currently advertised to the UK consumer. Thanks for reading my review.
© Revo9 (2011)
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First of all it is worth mentioning that this is not a cheap vacuum cleaner. At well over £200 it will take some serious consideration of whether it is worth it. Another down side is that it can be tricky to assemble. However, I will say that as a dog owner it is the best money I have spent in a while. We have a long haired dog and despite my best efforts with previous vacuum cleaners there was always hair left in the carpet, even after getting on my hands and knees and literally brushing it out.
This vacuum cleaner though has a motorised brush bar at the front which removes the hair from the carpet superbly. It is also great for dried mud as well as dust and other debris, but really excels at picking up hair. The ball feature also makes it easily manoeuvrable, although this does become a hindrance when trying to vacuum under low furniture. This is easily overcome by using one of the handy attachments that come with the cleaner. My favourite being the mini turbine head which is great for stairs or furniture. There is also a function for using it on wooden/ laminate flooring without causing any damage or scratches that can be turned on or off at the press of a button. The hose is easily removed from the handle and can be stretched a good distance, but can be a little difficult to stretch to it's limit. All of the attachments can be clipped on to the main vacuum with ease.
It is extremely easy to manoeuvre around furniture and has great balance, but is a little on the heavy side. This is not a problem when pushing it around, but for some carting it up and down stairs will be a challenge.
Another thing I like, though some people disagree, is being able to see what has been picked up and when it needs emptying. It's capacity is not massive, but the benefit of not having bags and knowing when it is full is a bonus in my view. The collection cylinder is simple to remove as it just clips on to the front of the main body. There is also the option to unclip the filters and give them a good clean, which again can be done with minimal effort.
It may seem a bit nerdy to claim you love a vacuum cleaner but in the case of the Dyson Animal I don't care ! I have 5 cats and vacuuming every day is a necessity to avoid mess and smells. Other vacuums I've owned previously have seen me on my hands and knees quite literally "scrubbing" carpets with the nozzle, but the Dyson Animal is an almost effortless pleasure to use and sucks up shed fur (and bits of grass, leaves & dried mud) in seconds. I was initially surprised at how heavy this machine felt, but having used it for over a year, that weight isn't a problem at all because the ball makes the machine so easy to manoeuvre and does in fact make it feel reassuringly sturdy. It comes with a long extension nozzle which reaches into cobwebbed corners with ease, as well as three handy tools which conveniently clip onto the main body. These include a great mini turbine head which is fantastic for ridding your sofa and chairs of fur too. Vacuuming my whole (4 bedroom) house used to take at least an hour with poor results, but by using the Dyson Animal it now takes me less than half an hour and my carpets look really clean.
I originally purchased this vacuum cleaner as my sister was living with me and shed hair all over the carpet during her hours of grooming and straightening (how she wasn't bald I don't know), which my old hoover simply couldn't deal with. It sucked all her hair up straight away, phew, as I was getting fed up of the black human hair rug by the sofa. It's now regularly pressed into use not so much for hair but for other animal related mess, as I own 20 hamsters who enjoy making a mess on the carpet with shavings, food and (worse luck) bottom produce.
I would be lost without this hoover. It sucks up everything, and gets into all the little nooks and crannies. It comes with two attachments as standard, and it's also easy to remove the tube from the handle of the hoover to really get into little spaces. The ball attachment makes it easier to manoeuvre around corners and skirting, and it's much more effective than a standard upright.
It has a function where it can also be used on lino and laminate/wood flooring without damaging the surface also, which is extremely useful.
It is quite a heavy hoover however, that is about the only bad thing I can say about it. It appears to be durable and easy to maintain, the filters are washable, and it's not yet given me a day's concern despite its heavy usage - it certainly faces challenges in my household!
When it does finally give up the ghost, which I hope is not for many years yet, I will certainly buy another.
When I was looking for a new vacuum to replace my existing cleaner which was pretty much knackered, I decided that going cheap had not been a good idea and that I should probably return to the Dyson fold and take quality over price with any new purchase I made. Because my sister-in-law is a regular visitor to our house and suffers from bad cat and dog hair allergies, this model looked to be my best choice for a replacement.
My mum had one of these models for her bungalow and, with two long-haired cats that leave fur EVERYWHERE swore by it and as she was going on a cruise for a couple of months, offered me the use of hers while she was away so I could test it out!
I can honestly say I was suitably impressed but think that it is a little overpriced! For starters, having two short-haired cats rather than long-haired varities, I found out that even with the special Motorised brush bar and seperate Mini turbine head tool, that not all our cat hair was picked up. Whether this is due to my cats having short-haired fur and hence finer I am not sure but I know my mum claims not to have such problems. Maybe she is just better at hoovering! I found that I still had to use my pet magnet (see my seperate review) to get results perfect enough for my sister-in-law's allergies not to play up!
I also found this a bit cumbersome for going up stairs despite it being advertised as lightweight! A couple of times, it dropped down a few steps leaving me worrying both for my walls and for my mum's Dyson; not sure which I wanted damaged less! I know you can get a Dyson Animal Vacuum in a cylindrical format so would reccommend if you are going for one of these and live in a house, that might be a better alternative!
The ball system that enables the Dyson to go in and around corners easily, I found to be a very good idea! It did make it a little hard to vacuum under my low bed because the ball wouldn't quite fit under but it was still impressive! And I like the way you can see what you are picking up in the clear collection bin!
Apart from a few little flaws, I can honestly say I was still impressed enough with this to buy another Dyson! We ended up going for a Cylindrical Dyson that was not Animal Allergy specialised though as I personbally did not think this model justified the extra cost! Like I say, I had this model for a good for a good seven weeks so had plenty of trime to put it through its paces and while I found it was not 100% effective in removing all pet fur, I know my mum is still convinced. I think in the end you have to determine if you are prtepared to pay a bit more for this model or whether you just want to stick to a conventional Dyson! Especially as this model goes for around an extra fifty quid!
This vacuum is brilliant. As an allergy sufferer who has a dog the summer can be awful after the dog moulting all over the carpet. But this has givne me a happier summer.
The Ball is just genius I have never had a vacuum cleaner move so easily. It can get everywhere with minimal effort. Its very lightweight and can be easily carried up and down stairs. I imagine it could be useful for someone with mobility struggles.
The suction on this is great it picks up all dogs hairs easily without any become stuck inside the pipes and it picks up all the dirt the first time round. It has yet to break down or get anything stuck in the pipes and hopefully I wont.
The dirt container is a little small but is easily emptied i just generally empty it before I use it each time and that seems to be enough.
For the price i think it is the best on the market.
We are now on our second Dyson, the first we had for 5 years, the second for the past 4 years.
The Dyson animal is so called primarily because of it's attachments, and the actual vacuum is the same as the DC25. The additional attachments are good for pet hair in harder to reach places that maybe the upright can't get to, like in the car. To be honest though, the primary 'animal' attachment is just a rotating brush on the end of the hose, so only a little better than your normal brush attachment, so not necessarily worth a great deal more than the standard vacuum.
In terms of the vacuum though, Dyson are the best, and we certainly wouldn't get anything else at present, if we needed to, which we don't, as Dysons are robust, well built and if you'll pardon the phrase - Just keep on sucking!!!
Like I said, ours is 4 yrs old and we have cleaned the filters 3 or 4 times in that time - fairly simple job, longest bit is the drying time - and it works as well as it did when new, that is to say, it sucks very well!
We have a dog and toddlers, so vacuum at least every day, sometimes 3 or 4 times a day, so it has stood the test of time and the battering we have given it, admirably.
The only problem we have ever had is the cable coming loose, and Dyson sent out an engineer to repair for free - it has a 5 yr guarantee!!
Overall, worth the slight premium you pay, but think carefully if you really need to get the 'Animal' attachments if they cost more.
If you're a pet owner or allergy sufferer, the Dyson DC25 Animal Bagless Vacuum Cleaner is ideal for you / A HEPA filter with Bactisafe screen cleans air before it is expelled, so you can be sure you're not breathing in excess dust / The filter is also easy to rinse out, so you can be sure that your Dyson DC25 Animal Bagless Vacuum Cleaner always delivers the best results / Use the Dyson DC25 Animal Bagless Vacuum Cleaner to clean all those hard to reach areas, and take advantage of the patented Root Cyclone Technology that ensures your vacuum doesn't lose suction power as you go / The motorized brush bars powerful bristles easily and effectively removes part hair for carpets / Thanks to Dyson's patented ball technology, the Dyson DC25 Animal Bagless Vacuum Cleaner enables you to smoothly move around corner for more effective cleaning / Choose the Dyson DC25 Animal Bagless Vacuum Cleaner / a great vacuum cleaner from a brand you can trust / Characteristics Type Bagless Power (Watts) 1200 Appropriate power (Watts) 220 Bag volume or reservoir (litre) 1.3 litres Filter type HEPA Indicator for bag content No Ergonomy Parking position Upright Cable length 7.5 meters Others Colours Grey and purple Included accessories Combination tool, Mini turbine head, stair tool, Operations manual Bag reference No Dimensions (cm) 39.2 x 107.1 x 31.0 Weight (Kg) 7.4 / Short name: Dyson DC25 Animal