I have been so excited and nervous about writing this post. You see I love doing reviews. There is something wonderful about trying out a new product or service and seeing how well it fits your family’s needs and I love sharing what I find with others.
But I worry about being one of those blogs that has too many reviews. When making a purchase, large or small, I always do my research. It’s a pain in the butt to spend your hard earned money only to get a product that doesn't live up to its expectations and so I check out what others have to say on blogs and in forums.
This time I was lucky enough to trial some new products from a favourite company of mine, Dyson. After years of using an Electrolux barrel vac, we finally bit the bullet about 5 years ago bought a Dyson. After having a play with them in store, we decided to get an upright model which was completely foreign to me, as I’d been raised using barrel vacs.
We were instantly in love and it became a fight over who got to use it, which made a nice change from fighting over who had to do the vacuuming. So when Dyson offered me this review, I jumped at the chance even though I didn't think they could get much better than my DC14.
Boy was I wrong. The first little goodie to arrive was the Dyson Digital Slim DC59 which is the latest in their cordless range and I will admit I have been coveting one of these for a while. I figured they would not only be brilliant for those quick clean ups like biscuit crumbs and pencil sharpening’s but would be great for giving the car a go over as well.
This vacuum has so many great uses. We used it for getting the cobwebs near the ceiling (yes I have cobwebs on my ceiling – out of site out of mind), cleaned the exhaust fan in the bathroom, vacuumed behind hard to reach furniture, doing the quick clean ups I’d envisioned, getting the dust off the vent of the heater, cleaning out the car and we even used it to remove the fluff and stuff from our fitted couch covers, meaning less washing on my part (total bonus).
Now for the technical stuff. DC59 Animal is powered by the Dyson digital motor V6. This 350W motor has 2 Tier Radial™ cyclones and a re-engineered nickel manganese cobalt battery combined to provide powerful suction. The latest motorised head with carbon fibre filaments aids in achieving high dust removal. Together these four technologies enable DC59 to remove as much dust as a mains-powered vacuum cleaner. With 20 minutes of powerful suction, DC59 is light and easy to manoeuvre between high, low and hard to reach spaces. No more fiddling about with plugs or tripping over cords. Simply remove from the docking station and go.
This awesome little vacuum is a must for anyone with kids or pets. Now that I’ve raved about its benefits here are the things that weren’t so great. Like all Dyson machines, it’s loud and because of the close proximity when using it, the vents blow air at your face but I am willing to forgive those due to how great it is.
So after falling completely in love with the DC59 I didn’t think Dyson could further impress me, but OMG!!! The DC41 blew me away. One thing we noticed when we first bought our Dyson was how well our carpets came up and considering they were original to our circa 1971 house, that was something.
The DC41 does an even better job on removing built in dirt and fluffing up carpet that is long past its use by date. The carpet may look clean but you can actually hear the DC41 sucking up all the tiny bits of dirt and crap as it goes. My carpets have never looked better and the easy manoeuvrability makes it so much easier to get into those awkward and hard to reach areas.
One of the great things about Dyson, is all the awesome accessories that are available for their machines. These attachments are compatible with the different models which made it fun to try out some of the cool bits and pieces on the DC59 cordless like the soft dusting brush (great for the dashboard in the car) and the up top tool for getting on top of door frames and hard to reach cupboards and shelves.
|See? I told you I had cobwebs :)|
One of the things I love most about the DC41 is the multi floor feature. With the click of a switch I can go from the carpeted areas to the hardwood without any drama and the suction is so powerful it gets all the dirt and crumbs that like to hide in the grooves of my floorboards. In fact the suction is so good that you can see the surrounding dirt and crumbs being drawn towards the vacuum head.
So what makes the DC41 Animal so good?
Radial Cyclone™ technology. Other cleaners still rely on bags, losing suction over time. Dyson continues to invest in research and development, refining and improving its cyclone technology since inventing it more than 20 years ago. A mesh shroud helps separate large debris, with inner cyclones generating powerful centrifugal forces. Every angle of each airway is honed to ensure the microscopic particles like pollen and mould are captured (this is why my allergies and asthma have reduced).
It has the highest suction power at the cleaner head and turns on a dime. In addition to the motor and filter, ducting, valves and the stand have been engineered into the ball, making it even easier to turn the tightest of corners. It took three years of intensive research and development and over 5,000 prototypes to create DC41. A myriad of tests were developed to understand maneuverability in order to make the DC41 as easy to handle as it is.
What were the negatives? Again the motor is quite loud but since I'm used to that from my DC14, it's not a big deal and having grown up with barrel vacs I still find the wand a little awkward to use since it doesn't pull apart or have the bend like a barrel vac.
Since having the two of these Dyson's at my disposal, my cleaning time has reduced as they do such a thorough job and eliminate the need for other cleaning methods (extra washing of couch covers etc) and have been a sanity saver due to being able to do a quick clean up of spills, especially after having already done a full clean (because this is naturally when the kids will make a mess). And the funky purple colour (a favourite in this house) doesn't hurt at all.
If you would like to get yourself one of these awesome Dyson Animal vacuum cleaners they retail for $949 for the Dyson DC41 Animal and $649 for the Dyson DC59 Animal and are well worth the investment.
*Disclosure – I was sent both of these vacuum cleaners by Dyson to trial and review and was so impressed with them that we decided to purchase them both *