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Some limitations for price,
This review is from: Dyson DC40 Animal Lightweight Dyson Ball Upright Vacuum Cleaner (Kitchen & Home)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)This, at time of writing, is one of the very latest of Dyson's seemingly never-ending stream of vacuum cleaners. It's also the top of the range model. Only the DC41 Animal model is more expensive and this is really a clone of the DC40 Animal except it has a larger waste bin, has slightly more powerful suction, and is heavier.
In addition to the usual bagless, constant suction power, and low maintenance that features across the Dyson range, the positive aspects of he DC40 Animal are that it's very light compared to most other vacuum cleaners. I had a DC8 which I replaced with this machine and that was far more weighty. The use of the 'ball' rather than standard four wheels on a normal vacuum certainly makes the DC40 easy to move around. In addition the cleaner comes with a powered motor head which attaches to the extension tube to make cleaning stairs for example a little more effective. I was concerned that the light-weight model, compared with the DC41 might be too flimsy and with the reduced waste bin would mean constant emptying. In fact it's perfectly adequate. Finally the spinning brushes can be turned off to avoid damaging delicate floor services such as wooden floors. Oh, and there's a five-year guarantee.
There are a number of negative issues with the cleaner however. First is the price. It is a really expensive machine compared to those produced by other manufacturers. Second, I actually found the machine a bit difficult to assemble. I first I though I would not need to refer to the assembly instructions but I did and even then found them a bit cryptic. If you buy this cleaner make sure you read the detailed text on the last couple of pages of the (brief) instruction booklet. The 'multilingual' diagrams for assembly are not adequate on their own. Third, and more seriously, I found it difficult to use the vacuum to clean stairs, most particularly the last couple of steps. The detached tube, and the extension pole still aren't quite long enough to reach the top of the stairs without really stretching everything. Fourth, I found the suction to be no better than my old DC8, and possible worse. Fifth, the machine comes with the powered motor head but there is no where on the machine to store it. The other attachments - a crevice tool and a non-powered hose attachment are not particularly firmly attached to the machine. Overall I felt the build quality was a little below par. It seems almost all parts of the cleaner are made of some form of plastic! Sixth, the vacuum leaves a distinct pattern on a vacuumed carpet - almost a trail of where the machine has cleaned. This is not just the case for heavy pile carpets but for rather threadbare carpets as well.
The list of limitations is rather long, and make no mistake this is a good vacuum cleaner. It's just not perfect though and that's what I want with a vacuum that's this expensive. For £100 it would get five stars. At its high cost I'm afraid it only attracts three stars.