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A powerful vacuum cleaner for pet hair but extremely expensive!
Dyson DC25 Animal
Member Name: Revo9
Dyson DC25 Animal
Advantages: Attractive design, Powerful, removes pet hair efficiently, ball technology for good mobility
Disadvantages: Bin is a bit on the small side, pedals a bit loose, quite heavy
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)
*Note, I am both a member of Ciao and Dooyoo.co.uk under the same username of Revo9*
Summary: Good product but very expensive!
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