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
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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.
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
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.
This is the best portable handheld vacuum I've had or used.
The high suction along with the 10 minute battery life allows you to spot clean or even to clean a car with ease. Also, has a boost button for extra suction for stubborn dirt!
The Turbo Brush tool is excellent and really allows you to clean carpets and fabrics.
In one word....FANTASTIC
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Can't fault it. Just upgraded to a newer model. This one is off to my son.Published 17 months ago by Geoff Jankowski
Failed after minimum use - local repairer said major fault in components used in on/off switch gear which was denied by Dyson -only repair option from Dyson was £70+... Read morePublished 21 months ago by CHRIS CLELAND
I purchased this in December 2010 The hover its self worked ok when brand new. It only held charge for 10min max. Read morePublished on 17 Jun. 2014 by Mr A Hoyland
works really well but would like it to last longer than ten minutes
Also would like to be able to buy extension tubes to use as an upright
As well as the house I find there is no job too big or small for this very versatile vacuum especially in the car, it has really good suction I even take it on holidays ( like... Read morePublished on 8 May 2014 by peter walmsley
We bought this after using other hand held cleaners which gave up after a short time due to the tough work in our dog grooming parlour. Read morePublished on 19 Nov. 2013 by Mr Victor W Stevens