The biggest problem with the Dyson DC41 Animal, some reviewers say, is that it's fairly heavy and difficult to maneuver. That aside, the Dyson DC41 Animal earns consistent praise for its powerful suction and ability to remove pet hair, often with just a single pass. The DC41 features a self-leveling brush head, which automatically turns the brush off when it transitions to a hard floor. Tools include a combination debris nozzle/dust brush, a mini turbine designed to reach pet hair and dirt in difficult-to-reach places and a stair tool.
Compared with other vacuums, the Dyson's 35-foot cord is relatively long, although it's not self-retracting (the most common complaint we found). Some reviewers also say the wand is unwieldy and difficult to use. The Dyson DC41 Animal is on the higher end of the Dyson price scale; if you're looking for an upright vacuum that costs less but still works on pet hair, reviews point to the Dyson DC25 Multi-Floor (*Est. $400).
We found the best comparison review of the Dyson DC41 Animal at Wired, where editors pit it against three other upright vacuums and evaluate performance in high-traffic areas and after dumping coffee grounds on the floor. Owner-written reviews from Walmart.com, Amazon.com, Kohls.com and BestBuy.com round out the overall opinion on the Dyson DC41 Animal.
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 do note that it's bulky and pricey. That said, the ball hinge does, as promised, offer superior maneuverability.
Review: Scrub Club: 4 Vacuums Tested and Rated, Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, Nov. 1, 2011
More than 335 owners have commented on the Dyson DC41 Animal, contributing to a near-perfect average rating of 4.8 stars (out of a possible 5). Several owners say they hesitated to purchase the DC41 because of its high price, but are happy they did. Owners praise the DC41's ability to pick up pet hair and say the dirt canister is easy to empty.
Review: Dyson Animal Upright Ball Bagless Vacuum Cleaner, DC41, Contributors to Walmart.com
More than 90 owners have offered feedback on the Dyson DC41 Animal, contributing to an average rating of 4.6 stars out of 5. Owners say the Dyson DC41 is powerful enough to pick up all dirt on a single pass, and some report that it takes less time to vacuum their homes. There are a few isolated complaints about difficulty emptying the dirt canister, but most other reviewers disagree.
Review: Dyson - DC41 Animal Bagless Upright Vacuum - Iron/Rich Royal Purple, Contributors to BestBuy.com
The Dyson DC41 Animal earns an average rating of 4 stars out of 5 in about 80 owner-written reviews. Overall, most owners are pleased with the DC41's powerful suction, although there are a number of complaints that the cord isn't self-retracting.
Review: Dyson DC41 Animal Bagless Vacuum Cleaner, Contributors to Amazon.com
There are fewer owner-written reviews for the Dyson DC41 Animal at Kohls.com than on other consumer-review sites, although it does maintain a near-perfect average rating (4.8 stars out of 5) in about 65 reviews. Owners rave about the DC41 Animal's performance on plush carpets and pet hair.
Review: Dyson DC41 Animal Upright Vacuum, Contributors to Kohls.com