$398.00($599.00 34% off )(257 customer reviews)
- 5 year parts & labor warranty when purchased from an authorized reseller
- Patented Radial Root Cyclone technology for no loss of suction. DC41 Animal captures allergens and expels cleaner air. Dyson cyclones can capture particles down to 0.5 microns – including pollen, mold and bacteria.
- Strong suction power at the cleaner head. The cleaner head self-adjusts for optimal contact – even on hard floors.
- Ball technology – turns on the spot. Steers easily around furniture, obstacles and into difficult places.
- Lightweight and durable. Less weight and bulk.
Dyson DC41 Animal Upright Vacuum Cleaner with Tangle-free Turbine Tool Customer Reviews
All Told, the Worst Dyson Animal Yet Designed (By Patrick Mcnelis)
This is our third Dyson vacuum cleaner, and our third in the Animal model line. This is also our least favorite. The suction is the only thing exceptional about this vacuum cleaner; in almost every other category, this is a step backwards in form and function.
1. Ball design. On the surface it seems like a great idea, but it has its drawbacks. Like Americans walking into an Ikea and having to figure out those shopping carts with the all-wheel steering. There is a learning curve, and it will annoy you at first.
2. Kickstand. Because of the ball design, there is a kickstand consisting of a lever with two small plastic wheels meant to allow the unit to stand upright while using the hose and attachments, or when not in use at all. It is a necessary item that is done poorly. It automatically deploys when you set the unit upright, but it does not lock in place until you push the unit up onto the scrubber bar, Failing to do that, the unit will fall to the floor, as it did many times when we were first learning to use the machine. The tension holding in the deployed position is not enough to prevent it from retracting while moving the unit from room to room, especially across a carpeted floor.
3. Attachment Hose.
a. It is stiff. Once you’ve wrangled it out of the stowed position, the hose is so stiff that it will pull the unit over unless you hold the unit with one hand. This means that the photograph in the marketing material of the woman walking up the stairs with the hose in her hands is so laughable. There is no way that can be done. Even if you butt the rollerball against the bottom stair, the force exerted on the attachment point of the hose will be significant enough to retract the kickstand (mentioned above) and the unit will fall down.
b. Good luck putting it away. For whatever reason, one that I have yet to figure out, Dyson turned a relatively simple and easy to use attachment hose into a monstrosity requiring a mechanical engineering degree just to figure out how to put it away. It is definitely a two-handed function. It does not go back into its home easily nor logically. I have yet to figure out if I am supposed to retract the tube into the hose first or line up the hose with the cradle first. Neither is easy nor a one-handed operation. In the older models, the hose almost put itself away, but not anymore. Now there are slots to line up just so and buttons to push while simultaneously retracting. To call it a pain would be an understatement.
c. What happened to the tip? In the older models, you could use the hose and tube without attachments. With the new model, Dyson all but require you use one of the attachments. Instead of a smooth tip upon which attachments can be placed, now there is a female receptacle for the attachments’ male connectors.
d. Attachments fall off. This is nothing new. One thing Dyson hasn’t figured out is how to store the attachments on the unit in such a way that they do not fall off and disappear. This model does an equally abysmal job of this. On past models it was not a game-ender because you could still use the tube on the hose without attachments affixed. Now you do need attachments or you risk damaging the female receptacle.
4. Cheap plastic. Yes, the new Dyson Animal is significantly lighter in weight than the previous models. That is because it is made with lighter-weight, and cheaper, plastic. I have not broken it yet, but I have cringed at the sound of plastic meeting furniture leg or wall corner. It is only a matter of time, I believe. As careful as you try to be, you cannot guarantee an accidental slam into a much harder surface. When you pick the unit up to take it up or down stairs, it feels as if it fall to pieces at any moment.
5. Power cord tangles. I don’t know how, but Dyson has managed to develop a power cord that will tangle every single time you remove it from the storage location. If you choose to pull the cord off by twisting the top peg instead of tediously unwinding it, you will tangle the cord each and every time. And the rubber coating on the cord prevents it from being easily shaken out. Again, to call it annoying would be an understatement.
1. It’s a Dyson, so it does the vacuuming part of its job exceptionally. The ability to pick up hair and dust from both carpet and bare floor is second to none.
2. Canister is easier to empty. The canisters on the older models were a pain to empty; you often had to reach in to pull at the wadded up hairball that got jammed up at the top of the canister. The new canister design on this model has emptied cleanly every time, without me having to reach up into it.
3. Animal hair attachment. The design of the brushes on the attachment, labeled as “tangle free” really does make a difference. It is so much better than the old design.
In short, the Dyson Animal DC41 is an exception vacuum cleaner wrapped in a terrible package. The parts that are batter cannot rescue what is, in my opinion, an overall flawed design.
WOW – One Caution! (By Mikey)
This vacuum is terrific.
1-Read the manual carefully before you start. It is all in pictures, I assume because it is international. It Snaps ( They use “clik”)together so no tools are required.
2- I thought it would be heavy, but I was pleasantly surprised, it is fairly light and easy to carry by the handle.
3-The cord is long and the tube expands. You have to pull on it a bit at first when you are using the tools, but it works fine.
4-CAUTION!!!! If you are not using the tools, make sure that the handle is NOT UPRIGHT, but at an angle when you turn it on.
On the top of the handle where the attachments go there is a hole with a grid on top of it that goes over the red handle. If you have the handle upright, it is engaged for using the tools and it creates a HUGE suction. Keep your face away from it.
When the handle is down at an angle, this disengages the suction for the tools and puts it in the bottom of the vacuum.
5- It is very quiet. Surprisingly so considering how well it works.
6- It is small enough that I can store it in my closet.
7- Since it doesn’t have a bag, it doesn’t get that funky smell to it when it is in the closet.
a. After each use, take out the filter and rinse out the dirt container with warm water, NOT HOT, then let it dry out. This will keep the dirt from sticking to the sides.
b. They recommend that you clean the filter every three months. If you have animals and a lot of dirt, I’d do it every month.
HOPE THIS HELPS. This is a great machine and well worth the money.
Poor construction quality (By Okidokisantoki)
I purchased my Dyson DC41 Animal, new, less than a year ago. Here is a list of problems I have with it.
1. The right side of the ball broke. The right “wheel” (the one without the filter) literally just fell off while I was vacuuming. The plastic was broken inside. A week earlier, I found pieces of plastic on the floor and I wondered where it came from. Now I know. I take good care of my things, and this was just poor quality construction. When I tried to get it repaired, I just got ignored from their support team. This alone should warrant a 1 star, but there’s more…
2. The wand attachment does not work. What happens is, the suction, perhaps because it is strong, collapses the wand on itself so that there is no suction at the end of the wand. Talk about poor design. Sometimes this causes the machine to overheat and it just shuts off. So don’t plan any last minute cleaning. Again, no word from support. They won’t even let me register on their site so I can write a review there. Perhaps I’ll try some other time with a different browser (using Chrome atm).
3. The vacuum does not pick up anything other than dust. If you want to vacuum up a piece of broken pasta, a grain of rice, or anything bigger than dust, forget about it. You could go slowly for five minutes trying to pick it up or just pick it up and throw it away on your own. I end up swiffering the floor first before running the vacuum, which to me seems kind of silly. It’s unnecessarily difficult, especially since the vacuum is so hard to prop up. Which brings me to my next point…
4. The vacuum is extremely difficult to maneuver. The thing is heavy. My wife has such a hard time with it, she prefers to swiffer and mop the floor instead. Not only that, but the ball is such a stupid design.
Basically, it moves like a car, meaning that it has wide turns. You can try to move it like a normal vacuum, but it’s heavy so it’s not that comfortable.
Verdict: I could go on and on about what I don’t like about this vacuum. The truth is, it cleans the house, but at $600, you don’t expect to have so much negatives associated with it. I expected to use the vacuum for 10 years, but it broke before 1. I would never recommend this to anyone, and I’d advise everyone to stay clear of it.
*** Edit 10/17/13: I was contacted by Dyson shortly after writing this review. They were very friendly. Apparently, they had server issues which resulted in my problems with the support team. I took my vacuum in for repairs and received my vacuum back today. This is what I found out.
1. The hose folding up on itself is not a common issue. It has been fixed, according to them.
2. The warranty covers any non-accidental damage for five years. The warranty does become void, however, if you vacuum up flour or any powder-like substance as it weakens the suction power (seriously).
3. Frequent maintenance is required to maintain suction power, especially “if you have dust in the house or a lot of animal hair” (direct quote). With an active warranty, it costs $65.00. It is double that without a warranty. Keep this in mind when calculating costs before making a purchase.