We’ve been using the same Dyson Animal upright vacuum for almost 5 years. Couldn’t live without it. The amount of dust and hair it sucks out of the carpet is truly amazing. When we had 3 shedding dogs and a long-haired cat, it saved our sanity. Now we have one shaggy dog with a double coat and our long-haired Maine-Coon/Tabby. Both of them shed like crazy and drag in an amazing assortment of pollen, leaves, small twigs, and dirt.
Why get a Dyson Canister?
I’ve always preferred a canister vac for our hard-surface floors, furniture, and a few throw rugs because I usually feel like I’m fighting with a python when I use the pull-out wand on the upright vacuum. So, I’ve gone through several canister vacs in recent years. They’ve all had design flaws or just didn’t pick up the dirt well enough.
My last canister, a little Dirt Devil Vision, was almost perfect except for the filter location, which exposed it directly to all the hair and dirt in the collection container and had to be cleaned after every use and blown out often with an air compressor. Newer Dirt Devils have a more protected filter, so if you can’t spring for a Dyson, look into the latest Dirt Devils.
The Dyson DC39 Animal Canister has great suction and filtering, turbine control on the handle, auto-wind cord, maneuverability, and stability. The DC39 is a full-sized canister with the Dyson ball housing for the motor. No tools are required to get it ready for first use, and the parts snap together securely. It’s actually quite small, but needs a bit more storage space than the upright.
My DC39 came with a mini-turbine head that will be useful for upholstery and the car, a small stair tool for getting into the corners, and a combination crevice and angled brush tool. The tools may be snapped onto a storage sleeve that fits on the wand.
There are a couple of optional accessories for the DC39 that look useful, namely, the House Cleaning Kit, with swivel, bristle, and soft dusting brushes, and the Flat-out Tool for getting into narrow places and hard surface floors.
Dyson makes durable vacuum cleaners that come with a five-year warranty. Clearly, they believe in their own products. If you get one from Amazon, look for the More Buying Choices area to find Prime-eligible options. That’s how I got mine, and it arrived much sooner than expected.
Two years later…
I’m still using this canister vac regularly for hard surface floors. It works reasonably well for carpet, and is great for small throw rugs or area rugs. The filter stays pretty clean, but is washable and pulls out easily. Suction is great, but I still don’t think there is any substitute for the Dyson full-sized Amimal upright model for deep cleaning carpets. There are a couple of things about the canister that could be improved (and maybe have been by this time?!).
I have some personal issues with the brush head. It’s easy to take apart for cleaning, fits right up against the wall or baseboard, and the brush itself has held up. It’s often difficult to push on a hard surface floor. The bottom is straight across, with very little air-flow space. It literally sticks to the floor in use. Also, the teeny-tiny flimsy wheels on either side of the head clog up very quickly with dog or cat hair that has to be removed frequently with small scissors and tweezers.
Oh, I would much prefer the power switch on the handle instead of on the ball, but I can live with that easily enough. The power switch is where you’d expect it to be, given the ball design. It’s opposite the button for power cord auto-rewind, which is one of my favorite features.
Since most people use a canister vac on hard floors, I think this model should come with a head that’s designed for them, as well as a better carpet brush head. As it is, the cleaning head is barely adequate for either purpose. I don’t think I should have to buy a separate hard-floor head when most of the vac’s usage is for hard floors. I’ve used it for quick clean-ups on carpet and it does a decent, but not spectacular job and is hard to push on carpet as well as on floors (working best at a low angle). I looked at the new tangle-free stair cleaning head, but it’s too small for floors. Other than that, the engineering is great and I’d buy another one if Dyson improves that part of the system.