Product Type: Dyson vacuums
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For all your Mrs Doubtfire moments...
Dyson DC41 Animal
Member Name: Renza_e
Dyson DC41 Animal
Advantages: Ultimate suckage power, easy to steer, useful attachments and easy to maintain
Disadvantages: One of the most expensive models on the market.
I remember her trusty yellow and gray DC01 very well because she must of had it for at least 10 years before she needed a new one. And did she move on to another brand of vacuum? Nope. It just had to be another Dyson.
That's the thing - once you've vacuumed with a Dyson, you don't want to use any other machine. With anything else cleaning just begins to seem like too much hard work. As a student, I made ever effort to avoid any cleaning tasks which involved vacuuming. My flatmates and I were often lumbered with crappy vacuums provided to us by landlords which were as powerful as blowing on someone's face. Even Henry the hoover's cheeky little smile could not endear me to overlook that he was a cumbersome machine which could vacuum up bugger all (albeit this specific Henry may have seen better days).
Having moved in with my boyfriend over the past year, I made sure that I would do most of the cleaning jobs whilst assigning vacuuming duties to his lovely self. I would dust, I would scrub, I would mop but, without a Dyson, to hell with hoovering! I think he may have picked up on this because, close to Christmas, hints were made about me receiving a rather expensive and much desired present from my dearest parents. I spend about a month trying to guess what it was. My boyfriend was good at guarding his secret. Was it a game console? Was it just money? A car? (This was clearly just a wild guess knowing my parents really couldn't afford this) Driving Lessons? ('Not driving lessons', my boyfriend said, so at least one of those options had been eliminated). It wasn't until Christmas morning when I was presented by a tall-ish vertical package that it suddenly dawned on me what I was getting. I opened it up and saw the Dyson DC41 Animal. At that point I didn't know how to react. It was something I very much wanted and could never bring myself to buy on my own salary. I suppose there was a little child in my head muttering 'But that's not a real present. Where's the Xbox?'. The adult side of me was thinking 'At last. I can get rid of the bloody cat hair'.
In the end, I am grateful and thankful to my parents and the little child in me cannot stop me from overlooking the fact that this Dyson is a fabulous vacuum cleaner...
*~ULTIMATE FACE SUCKAGE POWER~*
Dyson vacuums like this one use a patented technology called Radial Root Cyclone. Dyson claim that conventional vacuum cleaners, bagged and bagless, can clog up causing suction to drop and leaving some dust and dirt untouched. In their own words 'improved flow efficiency reduces turbulence and preserves air pressure, so more microscopic particles are extracted by the inner cyclones.' It really is the perfect vacuum to have if you have any sort of dust allergies or, for people like me who are allergy-free, just want a cleaner floor.
In practice, the vacuum cleaner is very powerful and picks up dust and debris very well. I tend to blow dry my hair in our living room and I swear I shed as much hair as the cat. However, after going over the floor with a vacuum it seems that the carpet is entirely cat-hair and Sarah-hair free. My previous vacuums had never been able to satisfactorily pick up all of the dirt and debris on the carpet. This one seems to do the job a hundred times better.
It also passes the face suckage test. In the past, to prove just how crap a vacuum was I'd hold the vacuum tube to my face just to show how little face suckage discomfort I was experiencing. Out of curiosity, I thought I would try it with the Dyson tube. This experience has led to my own disclaimer: Do not use the Dyson to vacuum your face. With its ultimate power it will feel like the Dyson is trying to suck off your face. Trust me. Don't do it. It hurts.
Apart from its face suckage capabilities, the Dyson also has a whole host of other benefits that make it stand out from all other vacuums and previous Dyson models...
~ A MOTORISED BRUSH BAR - The motorised brush bar draws up dirt, dust, debris and animal hair on carpeted floors.
~ YOU CAN USE IT ON HARD FLOORS AS WELL AS CARPETS - Once you have turned off the motorised brush bar feature you can use it on hard floors which is extremely handy in our kitchen. It is so satisfying to not have to sweep up with a broom any more. It also helps that it will automatically self-adjust to different floor heights.
~ EASY TO CLEAN OUT - All you have to do to empty the Dyson is unclick the barrel from the body of the vacuum, hold it over the bin or bin bag, press the bottom on the top and the dirt and dust will just fall out the bottom. Most of it will fall out unless the barrel is quite full, in which you will have to put your hand in to fish a little of it out.
~ LIGHT AS A FEATHER - It's more lightweight than any other Dyson I've used. Weight is not a particular issue for me. I consider myself to be reasonably strong. However, its nice to handle a machine that so light and I imagine this feature would make it particularly good for those who can't handle much weight, such as elderly customers.
~ THE EXTENSION TUBE SEEMS TO GO ON FOREVER - If you plan to use the attachments to vacuum smaller and more high up areas, you'll find that when you pull the tube out, it's quite an epic length. Apparently, it's 14 metres in total. My mother recommends this for cleaning dust in corners of room and lampshades. I must admit that I have not yet reached this level of cleaning frenzy but may set this job aside for a Spring clean later in the year.
~ A LENGTHY POWER CABLE - The lengthy extension tube is matched by a lengthy power cable which saves you from having to swap plug sockets on too many occasions. Its a whole 9.4 metres of power cable. Very handy!
~ IT WILL PROBABLY LAST FOREVER- I have only had this Dyson for less than a month so I can't say I am fit to judge on the longevity of my vacuum cleaner (Maybe I will return in the future to do so). However, Dyson pride themselves on producing tough and durable vacuum cleaners. The vacuums are made from ABS and polycarbonate, the same material used for riot shields and crash helmets. They also test each component rigorously to make sure that each part will stand the test of time. I can therefore believe (or at least hope) that my Dyson will last me a long time. My mother's own DC01 seemed to last forever and that was the very first model. I have heard about other individuals that are still using their DC01 to this very day.
~ IT IS FANTASTIC TO STEER - The most distinctive feature of this vacuum cleaner is that it rides on a ball. The ball technology was something that James Dyson utilised in the 70s when he invented a wheelbarrow with a ball wheel so I do strongly suspect this technology inspired the design of this Dyson. The ball feature allows you to vacuum your room without having to move it in a straight forward and straight backward motion. You can curve it round and move it in such a way that you can vacuum in odd spaces and angles. In fact, you may find that you can turn it in such a way that your Mrs Doubtfire moments are almost balletic.
What makes this feature even more wonderful is that this ball contains the motor, the end of the power cable and the air ducts itself. With most of the important engineering parts in the ball, the centre of gravity is concentrated within it and this makes it easier to steer and more stable.
~ IT IS AESTHETICALLY PLEASING- There is no doubt that in terms of engineering, the Dyson is an ingenious design but I would also argue that this Dyson is also an aesthetically pleasing design. The Dyson has always looked like space-age technology next to the humble old bagged vacuum. However, I always thought the earlier models were a bit clunky looking. The newer models seem to have been streamlined to look smaller and more attractive. I like the design of the DC41 because of its slim design and think that the gray, blue and red colours are quite attractive. It definitely beats the glaring yellow and gray of my mum's old DC01.
*~PUTTING IT TOGETHER~*
I have to admit that my boyfriend was an absolute gem and put it together for me when I was at work. He told me that it was a fairly easy process, that he followed some simple instructions and everything just clicked into place.
*~LOOKING AFTER YOUR DYSON~*
If you are going to be using this Dyson, instructions tell you that you must clean the filters once every 3 months with cold water. Having had it for less than a month, I haven't got to that stage. However, I did tinker with it to find out how you do it. Not being a very practical person, I must admit that, at first, I took one look and thought: Oh feck, how do you that? However, to my great relief it's a very simple process if you follow the instructions. One filter clicks out from the top and the other twists out from the side. It really is idiot-proof.
*~HOW TO VACUUM YOUR DOG...~*
One of the enduring features of the Dyson vacuum are the various attachments you can use with the extension tube allowing you to clean various different areas of your home. These seem to have become more sophisticated and inventive throughout the years. This vacuum comes with the following attachments:
~ Flat Out Head - A tool you can use to clean under low furniture.
~ Soft Dusting Brush - A brush with soft bristles that I like to use for cleaning skirting boards and weirdly enough, my telly.
~ Turbine head - This is like a smaller version of the main vacuum itself and can be used to clean pet hair and dirt.
There are various other attachments you can also buy should you feel that you require the use of them. One that amused me was the Pet Grooming Tool which can be used directly on your dogs fur. This amused me as I had visions of using it on my cat Sammy. Sammy has a massive fear of vacuums. When you turn one on it becomes the monster in the room and he is out of there. Only the other day, I started hoovering with the doors closed unaware that Sammykins was snoozing on the couch. After a few minutes I looked up to see Sammy standing up to attention, alert and wide-eyed, viewing the Dyson with terror. I suppose he maybe has a right to be terrified. It probably has the power to suck up a small kitten...
Now this then brings me to my only criticism of the machine. The one thing I miss that was on the older Dysons was the ability to attach some of the attachments to the side of the machine. This is handy as you don't have to go looking for where you have stashed them and don't have the worry that somehow one of these could go missing. Additionally, it would have been nice if there was a bit of paper explaining what each attachment was for. There's still one piece of plastic unidentified and I don't have a Scooby what it is.
*~A TOP OF THE RANGE MODEL FOR A TOP OF THE RANGE PRICE~*
I will admit that, on my salary, there is no way I would have been able to bring myself to splurge on a brand new Dyson. My boyfriend and I had been considering second-hand models last year before I had received this one. My mum spent a whopping £309.99 on this (I can only know this because I had to keep the receipt for the guarantee). You will not be able to get it for much less than this. Amazon are currently selling it for £289 however (That's a lot of amazon vouchers dooyoo-ers. Get reviewing!). However, if you do have the money to splurge on one of these, I highly recommend it. Its performance and durability means that it is terrific value.
*~A 5 YEAR GUARANTEE~*
One of the great things about this product is that it comes with a 5 year guarantee. Dyson customer service advisers can also be contacted every day between 7am and 10pm which is great if you need to report any faults with your machine. My mum loves the guarantee as with her current Dyson. If anything has needed to be fixed they will send out an engineer very promptly to repair and replace parts. A bit of hard use and a couple of cracked tubes later and she's still got her beloved Dyson machine.
*~A DIFFERENT KIND OF ANIMAL~*
I love my new Dyson vacuum. It is very effective at cleaning carpets, kitchen linoleum and even my TV. It is great to steer, has lots of helpful little attachments and generally is very easy to use. It is the best vacuum cleaner that I have used.
All I can say is that there is a reason that Dyson vacuum cleaners are exhibited in museums. Dysons are true innovations of the domestic cleaning world that get better and better and James Dyson is a man that deserves every bit of success he received. He is, after all, the man who created a vacuum that truly sucks, and I mean that in the most positive way...
*~Thank you for reading my review and please excuse the awful pun ;-)~*
*~Also published on Ciao underRenza_e - January 2013~*
Summary: Make your cleaning time EPIC!
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