I have been using the Dyson DC32 Animal Full-size Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner Engineered for Removing Pet Hair
for removing the never ending layer of hair that my dog drops. It does do a fantastic job of cleaning my carpets but sometimes I just feel either too lazy to get it out of the cupboard or I get annoyed at how often I bang it into furniture and doors.
For ages I've been thinking how nice it would be to just get a hand held Dyson out of the cupboard that had a full length pole attached meaning that I wouldn't have to bend down to clean the floor. As soon as I spotted this one for sale on Amazon I knew it was exactly what I have been looking for.
ASSEMBLING THE CLEANER:
This cleaner is easy to assemble straight from the box. The main body of the cleaner is ready assembled and all you need to do is to attach the pole and cleaning head. The battery comes with a small charge so you can give it a quick test run before charging it up fully.
The main body of the cleaner is exactly the same size and weight as the older hand held Dyson DC34 Animal Handheld Vacuum with Longer Run Time for Pet Owners
. The main difference between the two is that this one comes with an attachable pole and a cleaning head, similar to those you get on standard cleaners.
The cleaning head is smaller than that of standard vacuum cleaners but that does mean you can get into all the corners and right up against skirting boards easily.
EASE OF USE:
Once assembled the cleaner is relatively lightweight to hold and feels well balanced in your hand. The handle is comfortable to hold.
The pole is attached to the cleaning head via a small roller ball so you have the ease of movement that comes with the standard Dyson ball cleaners. I would go so far as to say you have more flexibility of movement because it is pivoting on a much smaller ball and so you can easily get around corners and under furniture that the larger version would struggle with.
The dust holding capacity on this cleaner is fairly small, it does need emptying practically every time you use it, especially if you have pets. It is extremely easy to empty, you don't even need to remove the pole, just hold the base of the main section over a bin, pull the red lever down and the dust falls into the bin.
I find that this cleaner does a good job at picking up dog hair and dirt, especially off wooden and tiled floors. On carpets I have noticed that it often needs going over a couple of times; I'm not sure if it is less powerful than a standard cleaner or whether it is because the cleaning head is smaller. However, because this cleaner is so easy to use it isn't a problem running it back and forward twice.
It takes 3 hours to fully charge the cleaner and it then lasts for approximately 15 minutes. Although this might not sound like a long time I have been surprised at how much cleaning I can get through in that time. I can easily clean my lounge, dining room, kitchen, utility room and sometimes the stairs and it still has a bit of charge left.
My only complaint about this cleaner is that you have to constantly hold the on button, there doesn't seem to be a way of switching it on and keeping it going like you have with a standard cleaner. I expect this might be because it is aimed primarily at doing small jobs rather that a whole floor like I have been doing. I find having to hold the button down does make my hand feel tired and I regularly let the button go without realising and it instantly switches off. However for all the other benefits of this cleaner that is a small niggle.
Overall, I find this to be a real godsend, especially with a black haired dog that moults constantly. I just get this out the cupboard, often a couple of times a day and just whip round the floor. I used to struggle to get the motivation up to get my full sized cleaner out every couple of days.