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Dyson DC41 Animal Upright Vacuum Review

Dyson DC41 Animal Upright Vacuum

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Dyson's ball design gives their uprights more handling ease when it comes to turning sharp corners and vacuuming around the furniture. Add to that a design that's pet friendly along with Dyson's hard-to-beat suction power and I was most interested in taking this new model for a spin.

Product Despcription

    Dyson DC41 Ball Animal Upright Vacuum
  • Radial Root Cyclone™ technology
  • Captures allergens; captures microscopic particles such as pollen, mold and bacteria
  • Strong constant suction power - 235 air watts
  • The strongest suction at the cleaner head - head adjusts for all floors
  • Ball™ technology - pivots on the spot
  • Active base plate for optimal cleaner head contact with every floor type
  • Lifetime washable filters
  • Motorized brush bar head/floor cleaning tool
  • Fingertip controls to instantly turn the motorized brush bar on/off
  • Instant high reach wand
  • Included accessories: Combination accessory tool, Stair tool, Mini turbine head
  • Bagless design; Clear bin 0.55 gallons
  • Dimensions: 42.4"H x 15.4"D x 13.4"W; Weight: 17.4lb
  • Cord length: 35 ft; full vacuum reach: 51.7 ft.
  • Lightweight and durable; less bulk
  • 13" Cleaning path
  • Hygienic bin emptying
  • Color: Iron and purple
  • Pre-motor filter wash cycle 3 months
  • Post filter wash cycle 3 months
  • 5 Year warranty
  • MSRP: $599.99
  • Learn more from manufacturer

How the Dyson DC41 Performed

November 21, 2011
Out of the box, the Dyson DC41 needs some assembling but instructions are fairly clear. Most noticeable is the newer upright design - it's a slimmer unit with less bulk to push around and store. Though some would consider it lightweight, at 17 lbs it is lighter than some canister units, but still what I consider hefty for an upright. That said, there's a good handle for carrying to another room or up the stairs. It seems durable, has a good fit and finish and looks very appealing as uprights go.

There's two distinctive things I love about the DC41: Suction is awesome and seems better than the DC14, so the new Radial Root Cyclone™ apparently does make a difference. That's a plus especially for pet owners, to pull in more hair and dander. And the active base plate self-adjusts for the type of surface. The base plate lowers for hard floors and lifts for carpets, making the vacuum come into contact better with a hard surface, while on carpets the base plate lifts and the brush roll can be activated for deeper cleaning. For hard floors, that makes a big difference since there's less gap between the vacuum and floor, so it picks up more dirt.

Though I have used uprights on bare floors, I'm not usually very fond of this type of vacuum, since I like the floor to be dusted as well as surface debris picked up. The DC41 more than met my expectations when it came to cleaning hard surfaces. I also like the easy-to-get-at button for activating the brush roll when it's time to transition to carpets. Other good features include the 35' cord - love it! And the dirt bin capacity is large and adequate.

The Ball™ technology does make turning corners or going around things much easier and quicker than a standard upright design and I do prefer this. I do find however that the Ball requires more wrist action (than arm movement) when it comes to maneuvering and this is more noticeable with the DC41. I'm not sure if the stiff handling I've experienced is due to the newness of this vacuum or whether the slim design resulted in more weight on the top section of vacuum, but I did have wrist fatigue after vacuuming for several minutes. I purposely extended my testing phase and the initial stiffness has eased somewhat, so I would expect that handling will improve with use.

The click into upright position mechanism has also been redesigned, so there's no foot lever and it can take a little getting used to, as you put the vacuum into its upright stance. Lifting the back end slightly seems to help. I've got mixed feelings about this design change - could be that it's just different.

The vacuum did an excellent job of cleaning door mats where sawdust and debris tends to cling and is usually difficult to vacuum. As for cleaning under things, the DC41 does have a lower profile so I could get under some furniture edges more easily than with some uprights. The wand actually removes more easily compared to the DC14 and the vacuum remains stable while cleaning with the wand - it doesn't pull the vacuum over. As for accessories, the mini turbine head works great on vehicle seats, the living room upholstery and cleaning carpeted stairs. This is a must-have tool for pet owners. I do wish there was on-board storage for the mini turbine tool. There's a combination crevice tool/dusting brush, as well as a small flat stair or upholstery tool. These all work fine and can be stored on the machine. The DC41 seems a little quieter than most.

Overall Impression

If it's suction power you need, you'll be impressed with the DC41's performance. It also hugs the floor much better than any upright I've used, so I have no hesitation recommending it for all floors. Pet owners should expect to have to clear the brush roll of accumulated pet hair as needed - this is a given and basic vacuum care with any brush roll or power bar. How often you need to clean it will depend on how coarse and long your pet's hair is. As with any brush bar, pet hair can get trapped in the brushes and eventually impede air flow and roll; the same goes for the mini turbine head. These are effective cleaning tools and you'll want to keep them that way.

Transitioning the DC41 from carpets to (no brush roll) hard floors is also much easier than with most uprights - there's no bending. The button is on the top half of the machine. Cord length is awesome as is the maintenance aspect of this vacuum - filters are washable and there's no bags to buy. That means no additional costs going forward. My main concern during testing was the ease of handling - it was stiffer than I'd like to see, but hopefully this will improve over time.

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User Reviews

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 1 out of 5
Overpriced and a total waste of money, Member Linda_U

I bought a Dyson Animal (DC43 not DC41) in June, 2012 for $649 because the reviews were good and I've had a lot of problems finding a vacuum cleaner I really liked. I've probably owned at least 10 different models over my lifetime. I used the Dyson once and had to clean the filter. I used it a 2nd time and nearly broke my shoulder trying to vacuum the stairs with that stupid, stiff host it has. I used it a 3rd time and it lost suction. I bought a Dirt Devil at half price for $99 and am using it to vacuum out the Dyson that I've spent half an hour trying to clean out the dust and cat hair with my bare hands (gross) from the cleaning receptacle. I've rated this vacuum a 1 star and only because I had to give it something. They should have a character set for less than poor! From now on I'm sticking to bagged vs bagless vacuum cleaners. Due to my asthmas and allergies, I've never like bagless cleaners anyway.

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