Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Dyson DC41Mk2 Animal Upright Vacuum Cleaner


Dyson DC41 Animal upright vacuum cleaner, powerful vacuum cleaner within EU energy saving guidance, vacuum cleaner for animal home
Love the colour!
Since me and hubby started living together, we've gone through about 3 vacuum cleaners (within 9 years). We started with an extremely cheap one, but it didn't last long. Then we went for a Hoover, and even that couldn't keep up. We heard of Dyson then, but the price difference is quite big, and since we weren't sure whether it will actually last much longer than the ones we've been getting, we didn't dare to risk it.

About 3 years ago we bought one that is around £120 on the market for half price, and it claimed that it's suitable for homes with pets. Not that we have any pets that requires a vacuum cleaner for pets, but embarrassing to say, I do drop a lot of hair, and long tangle ones too. Within 5 uses, my hair has killed the main cleaner head, and within 3 months, the cleaner itself started making a really high pitch noise every time we turned it on. We did manage to clean our house for the next 3 years (or so we thought), although it took a lot more effort to vacuum every time.

A month ago, Dyson has kindly sent us their DC41Mk2 Animal upright vacuum cleaner to review, after hearing my problem with my long hair that always get tangled around the vacuum cleaner head, and a history of cheap but never lasting vacuum cleaners (false economy!). We are so glad that we were given the opportunity to try a Dyson out, as we have learned why we should have gone for a Dyson ages ago, than buying a cheapy one once every 3 years (would have been less if we knew what our vacuum cleaners did). We are now converted and as hubby said: "Every household should have a Dyson."


Dyson DC41 Animal upright vacuum cleaner, powerful vacuum cleaner within EU energy saving guidance, vacuum cleaner for animal home

Dyson DC41 Animal upright vacuum cleaner, powerful vacuum cleaner within EU energy saving guidance, vacuum cleaner for animal home

The Dyson DC41Mk2 Animal Upright vacuum cleaner (rrp £430.00) comes with its own self-adjusting cleaner head, as well as a Tangle-free Turbine Tool, Stair Tool and Combination Tool. The long tube slots into the vacuum cleaner handle, and can be extended directly from there to reach as far as 14 metres away. The 9.4 metres long cord allows the vacuum cleaner to go far, so it's perfect when you have a large area to clean or want to clean several rooms without needing to change sockets in between. For a smaller area the long cord does get in the way a bit, but you can either wind it back to the handle or around your hand, and release it whenever you need.

With the new EU regulation, the DC41Mk2 (and all Dyson vacuum cleaners) also comes with an energy saving certificate, showing that it has an energy saving rating A. It weighs 7.8kg, with 100AW suction power and a 2.11 Litre bin.

If you buy it from Dyson UK now, you can trade in your current vacuum cleaner and get DC41Mk2 for £319.99 only, and a choice of tools worth up to £75 for free. This makes the DC41Mk2 cheaper than us buying a cheapy vacuum cleaner once every 3 years.



For our first trial with the DC41Mk2, I had our living room rug looking like the above. As soon as I turned the vacuum cleaner on, it attached itself onto our rug (powerful suction!). As we were used to our vacuum cleaners glide across the carpets (not a good thing apparently!), we thought that the DC41Mk2 was a bit hard to maneuver.

As soon as I stopped cleaning and looked at the vacuum cleaner, I was shocked. I've only cleaned the empty space shown in the above picture, so not quite the entire rug. Can you see what Dyson has sucked out from that patch?! I was really surprised as I thought that our carpet was just covered in the obvious food crumbs. And then I started wondering how well our previous vacuum cleaner has cleaned our house for the past 3 years. The thought made me cringe.

Hubby soon took over the vacuum cleaning, and he was so happy with the DC41Mk2 that he has claimed it his. Part of the reason why this post comes out a month after is because I didn't get much opportunity to try the DC41Mk2 out myself.


Dyson DC41 Animal upright vacuum cleaner, powerful vacuum cleaner within EU energy saving guidance, vacuum cleaner for animal home
Right: the rug shows the track mark from Dyson's latest Ball technology (curves to the right)
I finally picked up an opportunity to try it out again, which is about a week after hubby last cleaned the rug, and it has been cleaned for about 4 times already, so I wasn't expecting the vacuum cleaner to look like this:


Dyson DC41 Animal upright vacuum cleaner, powerful vacuum cleaner within EU energy saving guidance, vacuum cleaner for animal home

What on Earth?! It's really scary to see the amount of dust the DC41Mk2 has been sucking out from our rug. It's almost like it appeared from no where as our naked eyes couldn't see all these dust. If this is the dust accumulated within a week, I can understand why we absolutely must have a Dyson to do our cleaning.




As mentioned before, the suction power is amazing and it really holds onto the carpet and our laminated floors. And because we are used to cylinder type, we do find that the upright DC41Mk2 a bit heavy and harder to maneuver than the ones we had before (which probably have no suction at all), even with the Ball technology. We do have a lot of furniture and  mess  things around the house, so there isn't enough open space to use the DC41Mk2 on. Hopefully this will improve when we've moved to our new house.

We do recommend people to consider spending a bit more and buy a Dyson vacuum cleaner that comes with free 5 years guarantee (parts, labour and transport), instead of buying a cheap one that will last less than 3 years, and only cleans what your eyes can see. But whether you should go for an upright vacuum cleaner really depends on how big each room is, and whether there is a lot of open space for you to clean. If most of your rooms are medium size, and you have a lot of furniture that makes the empty space on the floor much smaller, I'd recommend a Dyson cylinder or cordless instead.


Dyson DC41 Animal upright vacuum cleaner, powerful vacuum cleaner within EU energy saving guidance, vacuum cleaner for animal home

Dyson DC41 Animal upright vacuum cleaner, powerful vacuum cleaner within EU energy saving guidance, vacuum cleaner for animal home

Another thing I'd like to mention is the Dyson's Tangle-free Turbine tool. One of our main issue is that I drop a lot of long hair on the floor, and they get tangled around a normal cleaner head. That's how we killed our previous cleaner's main head so soon. Dyson, however, actually have a Tangle-free tool (can be bought separately), which is perfect for our situation, and because it handles long hair, it's way better than a cleaner head designed for pets hair.

In the above pictures, you can see how my hair has wrapped around the cleaner head that came with the DC41Mk2. With some care, it's fairly easy to slice them off the head (they aren't wrapped tightly around the cleaner head), but then I'm left with a pile of dead hair on the floor, which was spread out as Clay walked all over it! So I tried the Tangle-free Turbine tool to clean them up.


Dyson DC41 Animal upright vacuum cleaner, powerful vacuum cleaner within EU energy saving guidance, vacuum cleaner for animal home

Can you tell that the right picture is the after picture? I was amazed by it as I thought that there would at least be a few strands stuck between the bristles (they do get caught on the bristles of the combination tool for our previous machine as well), but there was nothing.


Dyson DC41 Animal upright vacuum cleaner, powerful vacuum cleaner within EU energy saving guidance, vacuum cleaner for animal home

It's all inside the container! It's a real shame that the Tangle-free Turbine tool isn't as big as the main cleaner head, as we would have used it as our main instead. Unfortunately with the size, it would take us much longer to clean the house, and since I don't just drop my hair in one place, hubby said that he'll stick to the main cleaner head, and use the Combination Tool for corners and ceiling. I think I'll still use it, mainly in the bathroom where I brush my hair, and where I spend most of my time at - my desk. This way, at least there won't be a lot of them getting stuck around the main one.


Although our house is a bit too small for an upright vacuum cleaner (at the moment anyway), we do love it that it takes up much less space than a cylinder, and the cord can be tidied away neatly on the side, so we don't have to keep pulling it out from the machine. There is also no loose tube lying across our path. The power button is on top of the container, making it easy to reach, and you can tilt the handle of the DC41Mk2 so you can remain in good body posture while vacuuming. It's definitely much heavier than a cylinder so it will take us some time to get used to it, but having such a long cord and tube means that we hardly really need to carry it around.

Again I think that which model you choose depends heavily on how much open space you have in the house, and whether you need extra cleaning power for pets or long hair, but a Dyson is the way to go.