The Dyson DC41 Animal isn't cheap, but Dyson lovers say it's worth every penny. With root-cyclone technology combined with HEPA filtration, the DC41 removes the majority of allergens and particles from the air while using powerful suction to clean dust and debris from all types of flooring. There's no onboard attachment storage, but the integrated, instant-release wand expands to five times its length to reach the tallest ceilings.
Versatile vacuum with powerful suction. In one professional test comparing 64 bagless upright vacuums, the Dyson DC41 Animal earns solid scores for bare floors, carpets and pet-hair removal. In the same professional test, the DC41 Animal receives an excellent score for emissions, a very good score for total airflow, and a good score for noise; owners posting feedback to sites like Amazon.com and BestBuy.com consistently say this vacuum is incredibly quiet. Owners say the DC41 Animal manages pet hair in multi-pet homes with ease, and its powerful suction and 13.5-inch cleaning path mean less time spent vacuuming.
Packed with usability perks. The Dyson DC41 Animal includes a dusting brush/debris nozzle combination tool and a mini turbine head for upholstery, as well as a stair tool. The instant-release wand extends to five times its original length, easily reaching above-the-floor areas and tough-to-reach spaces. The self-adjusting cleaner head automatically adjusts to the optimal height for different flooring types, so there's no manual control to deal with during use. A simple switch deactivates the beater bar for use on bare floors. HEPA filtration and cyclone technology remove particles down to 0.5 micron in size from the air.
Easily maneuverable machine. The self-propelled Dyson DC41 Animal gets lots of praise for its 17.4-pound design and long 35-foot cord. There's no onboard attachment storage, which is frustrating for some owners. Editors at Wired magazine say the Dyson ball design lives up to its promise, making this upright vac incredibly easy to maneuver. The handle rotates nearly flat, so it's easy to clean under furniture. Users say the canister, which has about a half a gallon capacity, fills up quickly initially as the Dyson removes dirt left behind from previous vacuums. It's easy to empty, however, and mess-free.
Exceptional warranty and service. The Dyson DC41 Animal uses a lifetime washable post filter, which owners say should be cleaned about every three months. Several consumers posting feedback to sites like Amazon.com and Walmart.com say the Dyson DC41 Animal's hose feels flimsy when the wand is extended and is prone to kinks. We also read a few complaints about wheels that fall off, and some users say the plastic construction doesn't seem durable and is prone to cracks over time. However, those reviewers say Dyson honors the ample five-year warranty and readily sends replacements and makes repairs without hassle.
The Dyson DC41 Animal is among 61 bagless upright vacuum cleaners and 25 bagged models currently rated at ConsumerReports.org. Editors conduct ongoing testing of vacuum cleaners, evaluating each model for performance on bare floors, carpets and pet hair, air flow, noise, maneuverability and total airflow.
Review: Upright Vacuum Cleaner Ratings and Reliability, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not dated
2. Which? magazine
Which? magazine is the U.K.-based equivalent of ConsumerReports.org. Editors put 64 vacuum cleaners to work cleaning sand and pet hair from carpets and bare floors. Noise level and particle emissions are also rated, in addition to how quickly each model's dirt canister or bag becomes full.
Review: Vacuum Cleaners, Editors of Which? magazine, As of December 2013
Editors of Wired magazine test four upright vacuums, including the Dyson DC41 Animal. While the Dyson DC41 Animal comes out ahead of the pack, editors note that it's bulky and pricey. In particular, they note that the ball hinge offers superior maneuverability.
Review: Scrub Club: 4 Vacuums Tested and Rated, Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, Nov. 1, 2011
The Dyson DC41 Animal, sold here with a tangle-free turbine tool, earns an average rating of 4.8 stars out of 5 in about 640 owner-written reviews. Users are impressed by how much dirt this lightweight vacuum picks up that their former models missed. It also works great for pet hair.
Review: Dyson DC41 Animal Bagless Upright Vacuum with Tangle-Free Turbine Tool, DC41AN, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of December 2013
The Dyson DC41 Animal Bagless Vacuum Cleaner offers "frustration-free vacuuming," thanks to its powerful suction and easy maneuverability, according to about 415 owners who contribute to an average rating of 4 stars out of 5. There are some complaints that the attachments and controls aren't easy to use.
Review: Dyson DC41 Animal Bagless Vacuum Cleaner, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2013
More than 590 owners rate the Dyson DC41 Animal, contributing to an overall average of 4.7 stars out of 5. Most users agree that this upright vac is an excellent pet-hair performer. Owners say the canister is simple to empty, although some gripe that there's no onboard attachment storage.
Review: Dyson - Clearance DC41 Animal HEPA Bagless Upright Vacuum - Iron/Rich Royal Purple, Contributors to BestBuy.com, As of December 2013
About 585 owners contribute to an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Owners say the Dyson DC41 Animal offers incredible suction power, is excellent for removing pet hair from carpets and bare floors, and is easy to maneuver. Several point out Dyson's exceptional customer service.
Review: Dyson DC41 Animal Upright Vacuum with Tangle-Free Turbine Tool - Close Out, Contributors to Target.com, As of December 2013
The Dyson DC41 Animal earns an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 from more than 400 owners. Pet hair is no match for this upright vac, owners say, and it transitions easily between flooring types. One user says it makes her 5-year-old carpets look new again.
Review: Dyson DC41 Animal Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner, Contributors to Sears.com, As of December 2013