The new Dyson cordless vacuum is a game changer in the vacuum industry. We just purchased one and tried it out for the first time today. This vacuum is amazing! I can seriously see us never going back to our regular corded Dyson vacuum ever again. It is so powerful and glides so effortlessly across the floor and then onto the carpet that you never get a backache and don’t have to deal with annoying cords.
Facts About the Dyson Cordless Animal Vacuums
The Dyson Animal is the new Dyson Digital Slim vacuum cleaner – the cordless machine that doesn’t lose suction. Powered by the Dyson digital motor, it is the most powerful cordless vacuum. It comes with a mini motorized tool to remove pet hair and dust from awkward spaces and upholstery. Dyson engineers developed DC44 Animal for versatile floor-to-ceiling cleaning. The center of gravity is located towards the grip for easy handling up top, down low, and in-between. It’s suitable for every floor surface: carpet, ceramic, vinyl, and wood.
We chose the Dyson DC44 – mid-range for our purchase. There are five Dyson cordless models (as of this writing). The DC35, DC44 and DC59 that come with attachments and the DC34 and DC58 which are the cordless vacuum unit without the motorized attachments or extension. I believe the only difference between the models, besides price, is speed and battery life but I haven’t read up on it to be sure.
Our Dyson Review and Our Experience
The Dyson cordless vacuum is a bit on the expensive side but, in my opinion, it may be the only vacuum you will ever need. I am learning that it is often better to pay more and only have to buy something once than to buy something cheaper, only to find it doesn’t work well and end up buying either a better model or replacing it faster. As they say, “pay now or pay later”. We have a cheap vacuum that now just sits in the closet and never gets used. It probably cost us around $150. We also have a cordless vacuum that now will be obsolete because of this new Dyson Animal DC44. It just wasn’t powerful enough. We even have a Dyson Animal corded vacuum that will most likely sit in the closet unless one of our grown children nabs it – no, they aren’t getting my cordless Dyson.
I have hated using a vacuum with a cord for as long as I can remember and am so glad someone came out with a powerful vacuum that actually sucks – in a good way – and doesn’t have that annoying cord.
What We liked about the Dyson Cordless:
I really like how lightweight the Dyson cordless vacuum is. No more bending over and breaking my back or dragging a lug of a vacuum that I can hardly move – and that goes for the corded Dyson Animal vacuum. Even with the ball technology, the corded Dyson was a lug to drag around. You can use the Dyson cordless vacuum on stairs and furniture and hold it up over your head to get cobwebs from the ceiling if you like.
It’s super powerful. We also own the Hoover Linx and have used it for 3+ years. It works well but often leaves a lot of cat hair that we need it to pick up. And, it isn’t much cheaper. It also could never be used on furniture because, while it is somewhat lightweight it wouldn’t be easy to hold it up in the air to clean furniture or curtains or cobwebs in corners. The Dyson cordless can do all of that. There is even a MAX button to give it a burst of power.
I like how easy the attachments were to put on and take off. They snap on and you press a button to remove them. Most vacuum attachments work like this but I found the Dyson attachments much easier to take on and off. I also like the variety of attachments you get. There is a large motorized tool for larger surfaces, smaller motorized floor tool which looks like the larger tool (I used this for cleaning the couch), crevice tool, combination tool that is similar to the crevice tool but has a brush. It also has an extension wand to give the vacuum more reach. You don’t have to use it though. You can just attach the attachments directly to the vacuum unit.
The swivel ball feature is added to the larger motorized tool attachment. Can I say WOW! There was no moving of furniture to clean. It fit under every table and around every corner. This larger attachment isn’t as large as you would think. It looks larger in photos but it only measures 8-1/2″ wide. It is definitely powerful though and moves easily from carpet/rug to floor surfaces
What we didn’t like about the Dyson Cordless:
As I always say, there is always something you can find wrong with just about anything made by man. There aren’t many things wrong with the Dyson cordless but here are just a few minor things I would like to mention to be honest with my review. These things wouldn’t even bother most people.
The button on the bottom of the debris container is hard to push to get the door to open. It took me a few tries to get the button to push down and then I had to use my fingernail to push the door open. This could, however, be because it is new and maybe it will loosen up over time.
There is no latch or lock to make the ON button stay on when pressed. All I can think of is that they are trying to help you conserve battery life. You aren’t going to get unlimited time to use a cordless vacuum so keeping it constantly will deplete the battery before you are finished cleaning. Still, it would be nice to let me decide if I want it on all of the time or not. I find that my finger gets tired and I have to stop vacuuming because I have to keep the button pressed in all of the time.
The battery life seemed limited. Our Hoover Linx seemed to last at least 20 minutes with a full charge but the trade-off was limited power and suction. While the Dyson cordless vacuum doesn’t last that long on a full charge it does charge up quickly again. If you purchase this to replace your corded vacuum you might be disappointed because you won’t be able to vacuum the whole house on a full charge. We use it to clean up small messes and dust.
Pet hair gets wound up in the motorized tools and I have to remove it manually. This is just a pet peeve of mine and something I wish vacuum cleaner companies could figure out. I have had this problem with every vacuum we have owned so it isn’t anything new and nothing really against the Dyson company. Please someone, figure out how to make pet hair, strings, and other debris not wind around the cylinder.
After looking online, maybe the Dyson Tangle Free Turbine attachment will work for pet hair better than the motorized tool that comes with the Dyson.
There is no warning when the battery is going to die. No indicator light either. It just stops. This isn’t a huge problem but on my other cordless vacuum I could see a light blink and that would indicate that it was going to die. What I would do then was to vacuum up the areas I had to get done and leave the rest that weren’t important.
- Charges fasts
- Lightweight, no more back-breaking vacuuming
- Attachments are easy to attach and remove
- Super powerful and grabs pet hair very well
- Easy to maneuver around furniture without moving anything
- Comes with a nice bracket for storage
- Doesn’t let you know when the charge is going to be depleted, just stops
- Hard to push the debris container release button to open the bottom of the container (could be just because it is new)
- No lock to keep the ON button pressed in while you are cleaning so you have to keep your finger on it the whole time
- Pet hair, string, etc, get wound around the cylinder (not necessarily a Dyson-only issue)
One Month Update: After using the cordless Dyson vacuum for about one month, here are my thoughts. I am still super happy with it and it has definitely become our primary vacuum cleaner. However, for those would need to cover a larger area, this vacuum will not be adequate. Another reason it may not replace a full-size vacuum for most people is the motorized tool, which is only 8-1/2″ wide. It is easy to maneuver but doesn’t cover a lot of area. The cordless Dyson’s battery doesn’t last long enough to cover the whole house. Since there are only two of us living in the house now, we don’t create as much dirt and dust as if we had children living with us. I still don’t like how the cordless Dyson just shuts off without any notice. This is still a great vacuum and we are happy we purchased it.
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