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Dyson DC31 Animal Handheld Vacuum with Dual Power Mode for Pet Owners (Latest Generation)


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  • The most powerful handheld with no loss of suction
  • Motorised brush bar for powerful pet hair removal
  • Dual power mode delivers 70% extra suction for tough cleans
  • Powered by the new Dyson digital motor - smaller, lighter and more powerful than conventional motors
  • 2 year guarantee - parts and labour are covered

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Product details

  • Boxed-product Weight: 2.4 Kg
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  • Item model number: 16492-01
  • ASIN: B0029LHTT8
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 12 May 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 173,798 in Kitchen & Home (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Home)
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Box Contains

  • 1 x DC31 Animal handheld unit including Dyson digital motor
  • 1 x Operations manual
  • 1 x Quick start guide
  • 1 x Lithium ion 22.2V battery
  • 1 x Mains battery charger
  • 1 x Motorised brush bar
  • 1 x Combination brush/ wide debris nozzle tool
  • 1 x Crevice tool
  • 1 x Product registration card
  • 1 x Free 2 year guarantee form (available in UK only)

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    67 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Alex L on 25 Oct 2009
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    I've tried other handheld vacuums in the past, and they have all been rubbish. Great idea but never had the power to make them worthwhile, as invariably it would be easier to persevere with a dustpan and brush. This Dyson however I'm pleased to say doesn't have this problem. The 'no loss of suction' claim really makes a difference on a unit this size. I have found myself using it for all sorts of jobs.
    We have hard floors throughout most of our house, so it was brought mainly for the rugs, sofa and stairs. It cleans all of these brilliantly, and as we have an 18 month old child it gets plenty of use. Its great on the stairs as I no longer have to lug a full size hoover up and down. It's also not bad at cleaning the kitchen floor!

    I was a little worried about the battery life after reading some of the other comments on here, but am pleased to say it has yet to run out on me. I've whipped around all the areas of the house before and it has been fine. The linear battery technology works great as it doesn't lose power even when the battery is running low. To be honest if the job is any bigger than 10 minutes work then you really shouldn't be relying on a handheld hoover. Your arm starts to ache after this long if nothing else! My only slight criticism would be it takes longer to do the large rug in the lounge than I had originally anticipated, but this is due to the width of the attachment being much narrower than a full size hoover, rather than any design fault per se.

    Glad I spent a little more for the animal version, because the motorised attachment is the best for cleaning carpets. I also bought an extra wide nozzle, but this is not as good as the motorised one. Yes it is expensive, but I don't think any of the other manufacturers have an equivalent product. Also this has now become our main hoover, so the £200 full size hoover sitting under the stairs is now looking like a waste of money. Recommended.
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    28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Katec123 on 4 Sep 2010
    I was taking a huge leap of faith to spend so much money on a handheld vac which would only get used now and again.

    However, I am very very glad that I did. It is totally worth the expense. OK so it only does 6 mins on the top speed but it DOESNT lose suction and I managed to clean the entire car with a minute to spare, this is as it has a trigger so you can stop it when you lift it up.

    I also did all 3 flights on stairs in our house with it with no problem and how nice it is not to have to battle with a full size vac and steep stairs with corners. I can do the stairs in literally 5 minutes now, whereas before it was a sweaty effort dragging and lugging a hoover onto each floor of the house.

    I have never known such an amazing handheld, they are usually very powerless. This handheld is just like the power of an average Dyson - how fantastic is that?

    They may be expensive - but it is totally justifiable & has a long guarantee. You'll find yourself using it more and more for things you normally would have used a vac for too!

    Here is what I have found it useful for:

    1) Cleaning the car - very powerful, excellent
    2) Cleaning all the stairs in the house - takes the sweat and annoyance out
    3) Cleaning slat blinds on the windows - took no time at all and removed all the dust, fantastic!
    4) Cleaning Bookshelves of dust
    5) Cleaning Mattresses (I have a dust mite allergy)
    6) Cleaning cat hair up
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    17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By N. J. Hinton on 29 Sep 2009
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    I rate this cleaner very highly, it does all it says, it picks up everything. It does shew up what a slut you are, you can see everything you pick up in the clear rubbish container, a good psychological selling point on Dyson's part. One thing lacking, which would have been good for a 72 year old doing the cleaning, would have been an extension tube to allow one to clean without having to bend over. It's now taken over as the main cleaner in our house, it's so much more convenient than having to plug in a big cleaner all around the house. The 10 minute (claimed) charge is more than enough to clean up, it hasn't run out going through our small house.
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    55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Neil Crosby on 21 Nov 2009
    We have rats (deliberately, as pets). Unfortunately, one of the things they're prone to doing is knocking their bedding out of their cage onto the floor. Given that I'm ridiculously lazy, this then ends up staying on the floor before being trampled through the living room. Not particularly pleasant.

    The Dyson DC-31 Animal is fantastic for dealing with this. It lives down by their cage and gets pulled out whenever we see any mess on the floor. Because it's so small it's stupidly easy to pick up and run across any small bits of mess, leaving us with a house that doesn't have rat bedding strewn across it. Our "main" vacuum is also a Dyson, the wee little DC 23 stowaway Animal, but we were finding we just weren't getting it out for the small jobs. The DC 31 Animal is just so much nicer for those little jobs. The extra bit of power you can get it to give you when you need it is fantastic too (although I haven't really needed it as yet, the standard power is perfectly good enough). Contrary to other reviewers I've also found it really hand for doing the stairs.

    The main reason for getting the Animal rather than the normal version wasn't because of our rats though - it was because of my fiancée. She has wonderfully curly hair, but unfortunately it has a habit of coming out and making a mess all over the house. The motorised brushes you get with the Animals deal with this fantastically, and I couldn't recommend them highly enough.
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