ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Dyson Animal - Review of DC41 Vacuum

Updated on June 15, 2012
Carpeted hallway (15 ft) plus bare kitchen, dining and bathroom floors
Carpeted hallway (15 ft) plus bare kitchen, dining and bathroom floors
Guest Bedroom
Guest Bedroom
Trash from JUST the living room
Trash from JUST the living room
Living room first pass
Living room first pass
Trash after whole house
Trash after whole house
Upstairs - 2 bare wood rooms, bare wood hallway, lino bathroom and one carpeted room
Upstairs - 2 bare wood rooms, bare wood hallway, lino bathroom and one carpeted room

He Was Right

I pride myself on being different from the pack. I go out of my way to not purchase things that everyone else has. Once, when I was younger, I drove a common car. I remember driving around and seeing so many people with the same car, so I vowed to drive different cars. So when the Man of the family suggested we should get a Dyson Vacuum cleaner I was resistant. Yes, it is different, but seemingly everyone around me has one. And of course they all love theirs. Two years ago I researched vacuums online rather thoroughly. I ended up with what I thought was a good vacuum, lots of good reviews, all metal commercial construction and so on.

But about every third time I used it the belt broke. And it wasn't easy to replace. So I went on the hunt again. Said Man insisted that we go to a major department store where they had demonstrations. Well, the salesman was rather hilarious. He didn't know much about how the Dyson worked, even though he said he had two of them. I was seriously worried about how easy or hard it was to use the attachments. My stairs have not been vacuumed in a while, and I wanted to correct that. The Dyson Animal attachments simply pull out the top of the upright handle and voila, it is a hose. When the vacuum is in full upright position, the very top of the upright has suction. The salesman thought it was broken, but we figured out that putting the vacuum in upright position triggers the hose mechanism.

We told the salesman we needed to think and left. By then most of my concerns about buying a $500-600 vacuum cleaner had been eliminated. Yes, it is a lot of money to pay for a vacuum, but we had new carpet installed last year and we love the look and feel and cleanliness of the carpet. We went to another store because I had a coupon for 15% off. The vacuum was on sale there, and I could use my coupon. The frugal side of me was very excited to not have to pay over $500 for a Dyson Animal. I feel like we got a really good deal. Email me here if you wand specific details.

Once I got the Dyson home, it was a matter of minutes before it was fully assembled. Seriously, I am the one who ends up putting everything together from entertainment centers to kids toys because I can somehow follow those crazy directions. The Dyson Animal had none of that ! I snapped on the head, put in the canister and pushed the button to insert the hose. One of my concerns was using a canister vacuum with my allergies. Would it be a mess to empty? Would it affect my allergies and asthma? The canister on this vacuum proved to be most easy to use, although there was a brief moment I had to reach in to get ALL the clump dog hair out.

I started vacuuming in the living room. I should mention that I am pretty much a clean freak. I vacuum often. We only have one dog, but he has medium to long hair so we chose the Dyson Animal model. The house has no other indoor pets (goats and chickens stay outside!) or kids. By the end of the living room I was a Dyson convert. Just look at the pictures to see what I mean! I emptied the canister and took a picture for each room downstairs (Living room, hallway/kitchen/bath, guest bedroom and master bedroom). I did the entire upstairs which is mostly wood floors and one long skinny carpet. By the time I was done with our 3000 square foot house, I had over half a trash can full of dog hair, dust, and other vacuuming debris.

The only bad part was that I had to admit that He was right. To everyone. The good part is I'm pretty sure this Animal is going to help my dog allergy :).


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • TheRightWord profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from Sunny California

      Sadly, after about 3 years, the Dyson was done! Luckily, I am almost done with carpet, except in the bedroom. I have purchased a less expensive vacuum to get by for now!

    • TheRightWord profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Sunny California

      Thank you. I hope it doesn't break, that would be a bummer. Kind of like going from a luxury car to a econobox...

    • sadie423 profile image


      6 years ago from North Carolina

      We had a Dyson. Then it broke and I miss it. I can't afford another right now but hopefully in the future. Good review!

    • TheRightWord profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Sunny California

      Thanks. It only really took one room to convince me. Ugh, the dirt and on a pretty new carpet too!

    • Marie McCourt profile image

      Marie McCourt 

      6 years ago from Western, MA

      Great review, and sense of humor! I love my Dyson, and I'm a lot like you - resistant to being a "sheeple"! Rock on!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)