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Just bought a DC41 Animal a couple months ago. LONG.
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Posted by B Millar [Email] (#1109) [Profile/Gallery] (more from B Millar) on Fri, 3 Jan 2014 07:44:25 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: Re: Dyson Vacuums?, EGD [Profile/Gallery] , Thu, 2 Jan 2014 21:52:00
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When I first got out on my own with a paycheck I got all excited and bought a Dyson Ball. Not doing much research I accidentally bought the DC24, which is the "apartment and small home" version of the ball. The hose was about 3 feet long, the cord was short, the beater bar was not very wide, and the bucket filled up after doing one room (and yes, they DO lose suction when they fill up). I bought a house and then got suckered into adopting two cats, and the DC24 just wasn't cutting it.

Here are some things worth noting about the DC41:

First off, my biggest gripe, the quality of the "body" of the vacuum has gone way down. It's ALLLL made of flimsy shiny plastic. The DC24 had some aluminum bits that made it feel a bit heftier. There's a lot of flex and creaking plastic on plastic in the DC41. Not what you'd expect for the price of the product; kind of like a 9-3SS, haha. There's enough flex between the handle and the canister that if you're really doing some strong back and forth action, there's a rubber gasket that opens up just enough to make a brief fart noise when you're changing from forward to backward motion. Luckily, the rest of what I'm about to share makes up for this.

The self-adjusting beater bar is AWESOME. You can move from hardwood/tile to carpet effortlessly, and when you're going onto carpet (all area rugs in my house), it never tries to "dive" under the rug. It just glides over the transition effortlessly. If you're half-on a carpet though, it's not going to pick up anything on the hard floor 1/4" down.

The auxiliary hose stores neatly in the handle. Taking it out and putting it back in is cumbersome at first but after a few times you get good at it. The hose is flexible and LONG. It'll get to the top of the stairs, but as you extend it further, the actual suction of the vacuum really works against you. It's so strong that it wants to suck the hose back into the shortened position.

Emptying the canister is my favorite feature of the Dyson Balls. It detaches from the body so effortlessly, and then you hit a button and the bottom just falls out from the canister into the dumpster, It makes quite a dust cloud, so do it outside.

The non-tangle upholstery tool that comes with the Animal is worth its weight in gold. It is 100% powered by the vacuum's suction via a little turbine. I was skeptical but holy sh*t does it work.

Oh, one more minor complaint. There is no pedal or button to step on to take the vacuum out of its upright position. You simply bend the handle backward and it clicks out of the locked upright position. This makes it difficult to wheel it around on just its back wheels when you're not using it, because you have to lean it back ever so gently so as not to unlock it. Then it requires TWO clicks to put it back in the upright position, or it'll come crashing down as you're about three steps away from the thing.

Bottom line, it's an amazing vacuum, aside from being a victim of some obvious cost-cutting here and there. I think you pay an extra $150-200 just to have the Dyson NAME on the thing, but it performs very well and I don't regret my purchase. I can't believe I was able to just write so much about a damn vacuum cleaner.

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