***Disclosure: I received complimentary samples to facilitate my review. No other compensation has been provided and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
Are you ready to meet the absolute perfect Holiday gift?! I know, I know....Women are always warning men that cleaning gear and household appliances are NOT acceptable Holiday gifts. In fact, if you choose to give your lady a toaster oven as a gift, chances are, you will wind up in the proverbial "dog house". As you know guys, that's not a good thing. You know that whole "Hell hath no fury" adage? Well, it's pretty darn accurate if you ask me.
Just like with anything, there are certain exceptions to the rule. It's perfectly acceptable to give a woman a vacuum cleaner for Christmas....IF you're giving her a Dyson. That's right. Most women would absolutely flip if they found one of Dyson's revolutionary products under the tree. Sure, it's a vacuum, and you've been taught that those are Holiday no-no's, but trust me. If it's got the Dyson name, it's like the Lamborghini of vacuums, and I can pretty much guarantee she will actually WANT one.
I have been drooling over Dyson vacuums for years and years now. Ever since they became widely available on the market years ago, I have been pining away for one...Catching glimpses of them in commercials and magazines...Spending a little too long lingering at the in-store displays. I almost felt like I was cheating on my old vacuum cleaner.
Finally, my dreams of owning a Dyson came true. I got the opportunity to review the amazing Dyson Animal DC41. I am not ashamed to admit that this caused me to hoot and holler, and even do a ridiculous little "Happy Dance" that seemed to really amuse my family. Okay, so they thought I had totally lost my marbles. Mommy acting a fool over a vacuum cleaner? Well, the last laugh is certainly mine, since now they, too, understand the magic that is a Dyson.
We received our beautiful new vacuum very quickly. With 2 preschoolers, a messy teen, 4 cats and 3 dogs, it didn't take long to find an opportunity to put this baby to the test. Messes happen here, and they happen quite frequently. Needless to say, we were all eager to see how the Dyson Animal dc41 could help.
Features and Specifications :
Before I tell you about my personal Dyson experience, let me share a few quick product specifications and features. These are what make the Dyson stand out from the rest of the crowd.
Radial Root Cyclone™ technology
Conventional vacuums rely on bags to trap dust and dirt. But when you start to use some bagged machines, dust can clog the tiny holes in the bag. Some ordinary bagless vacuums work in a similar way. They use a central filter to trap fine dust, which can clog too. Suction drops, leaving dust and dirt behind in your home.
Dyson’s patented cyclone technology captures more dirt than any other cyclone. In Radial Root Cyclone™ technology remodeled airflows maximize suction power. Improved flow efficiency reduces turbulence and preserves air pressure, so more microscopic particles are extracted by the inner cyclones. These refinements help remove more dust, allergens and pet hair from the home.
Tangle-free Turbine tool
The Dyson Tangle-free Turbine tool is the only turbine tool that doesn’t tangle. There’s no brush bar for hair to wrap around. It uses counter-rotating heads with brushes to remove hair and dirt from carpets and upholstery and releases it straight into the bin. The flexible heads and articulating base plate ensure that the brushes maintain constant contact with a surface – no matter how uneven. The heads are positioned so the brushes reach to the front and side of the tool, drawing in hair and dirt from all directions.
Ball™ technology for upright vacuums
Dyson Ball™ uprights ride on a ball, which pivots on the spot so you can steer with a turn of the wrist. The ball also houses core technology, including the motor and ducting. There’s less clutter, so it’s easier to clean into awkward places, along edges and around furniture.
Strongest suction at the cleaner head
Many upright vacuums use fixed settings. Their cleaner heads don’t self-adjust to different floor types – the bigger the gap between cleaner head and floor, the more suction power is wasted. With an active base plate it creates the optimal cleaner head contact for every floor type, reducing air leaks and retaining more suction power. It’s designed for outstanding performance across all floors – not just carpets, but the whole of your house.
Powerful and durable
DC41 machines are made from modified blends of materials selected for strength, flexibility and tolerance. Many parts are made from polypropylene reinforced with 20% glass fibres and high-impact PC-ABS. Using these materials means greater strength from less plastic - so the machine is lightweight.
Motorized brush bar
Stiff nylon bristles spin at up to 90 times per second to agitate carpet pile and dislodge ground-in dirt and pet hair. The brush bar can be turned off to protect delicate rugs and hard floors. The button is above the clear bin – no need to bend down to find it.
Captures allergens. Expels cleaner air.
Ordinary vacuums can’t always retain all the dust they remove – so some of them vent some of it back into your room in the air they expel. That’s the reason for the dusty, electrical smell. Dyson cyclones can capture microscopic particles such as pollen, mold and bacteria.
Hygienic and quick to empty
Emptying the bin on a Dyson vacuum is quick and hygienic. Just press the button to release the dirt. The bin is clear, so you can see when it needs emptying – and how much dust, dirt and pet hair the machine has captured. Dyson vacuums were the first to have clear bins – despite market researchers insisting it was a bad idea. Now clear bins are everywhere (though not all are made from the same ABS polycarbonate as riot shields, like Dyson bins).
Patented cyclone technology
Radial Root Cyclone™ technology
Lifetime washable post filter
Instant high reach wand
42.4 x 13.4 x 15.4 inches (H x W x D)
Our Dyson Animal DC41 Review :
I admit it...When our Dyson arrived, I spent some time just "ooh-ing" and "ahh-ing" over it, simply admiring its beauty. I love the purple color and the sleek, modern looking design. Looks aren't everything, of course. When it comes to vacuum cleaners, it's all about performance and power, which it just so happens the Dyson is known for.
The one thing that stands out the most upon first glance would have to be the patented ball technology. This is an amazing system, since it allows this vacuum to glide in any direction effortlessly. Sure, any vacuum can move back and forth, but Dyson has a much broader range of movement, making cleaning tight spaces easier than ever before.
I am a major allergy sufferer, so one of the things I happen to love the most about our Dyson Animal DC41 is the fact that it removes allergens very effectively, and actually returns cleaner, allergen-free air into the environment.
It didn't take long at all for me to start breathing easier, either. We have tons of allergens like pet dander and fur floating around, and the DC41 did a great job of removing them from our floors and furniture.
The filter is also a lifetime filter that is washable, which further helps to ensure that your home will stay clean and free of irritants.
The Animal DC41 also features a very long, telescopic wand attachment that is housed in the handle of the unit. This is very convenient for sucking up those annoying ceiling cobwebs and icky things that toddlers shove in-between the couch cushions. The suction in the wand is extremely powerful, unlike some other vacuum brands I have tried in the past. There is also an attachable upholstery brush that does a fantastic job cleaning our couches and pet beds!
One of the other perks to this vacuum is the cord. Yes, it sounds like a silly thing to mention, but have you ever tried to vacuum and couldn't quite reach the entire floor because the cord is too short? This can be a hassle, especially when it means hunting down more electrical outlets. The Dyson Animal DC41 offers a generous 35ft cord, which is sure to provide plenty of length to complete your job, interruption-free!
The motorized brush bar is also very powerful. These little nylon bristles spin at a fast 90 turns per second. This allows any hair, fur, or even embedded dirt to be agitated free and sucked up into the canister.
I was absolutely amazed at just how much was lifted off of our presumably clean carpets! It seems that the Dyson is a champ at removing even the dirt you didn't know was lingering behind! Seeing the amount of filth the Dyson sucks up can be pretty alarming, initially. But once the ick factor wears off, you'll rest easy knowing your home is actually really clean thanks to such a powerful vacuum!
Please note: These brushes can be turned off to protect your hard flooring surfaces, too! Most of our home is actually hardwood, and the Dyson does a phenomenal job of removing all pet fur, dirt, and dust that tends to accumulate.
But the real testimony to just how awesome the Dyson Animal DC41 is? It makes my husband want to do household chores. Yes, that's right. My husband, also known affectionately as "The Lump", loves using this vacuum. It appeals to his technological, geeky side because of the amazing scientific engineering and design.
He is constantly raving about just how well this vacuum tackles messes, and he is finding excuses to use it....a lot. (Hey, I am definitely not complaining!) He has used this vacuum to clean the entire house, from top to bottom. He even vacuumed our uber-creepy, unfinished basement. I think about 1,000 spiders lost their homes due to his cleaning spree!
The bottom line? All of the hype surrounding the Dyson brand is 100% true. The suction is incredible, and like the claims state, it never loses power. Ever. This vacuum will handle everything from food crumbs to pet hair to kitty litter spills, and never misses a beat!
It's also very simple to empty, which is something allergy sufferers like me will appreciate. Since the canister can be emptied with the simple push of a button, there is far less dust and debris being thrown into the air.
In addition to working wonders on carpeted surfaces, the Animal DC41 is also fantastic for hardwood, vinyl, and tile surfaces. Since the motorized brushes can be turned off, there is no fear of scratching any of your home's surfaces.
Add to that the fact that the Dyson is super easy to use and maintain, and you'll see why people around the world are raving about this brand. It truly is a step above the rest, and worth every single penny. The Dyson will literally change the way you think about cleaning, and can even make it fun!
So men, if you've been toying with the idea of giving the lady in your life a Dyson for the Holidays, but were afraid that she'd be offended by receiving a cleaning item, run...don't walk...RUN to the store and pick one up. I promise you she will be thrilled, and you'll probably even get Man of the Year award in her eyes!
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I'm Brandy, a happily married, proud mama of two munchkins and a teen. You can read more about me HERE. If you're interested in building a working relationship, please feel free to e-mail me at: NewlyCrunchyMamaOf3@gmail.com
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