Meet our new cleaning ♥ at nonstopmama: the Dyson DC41 Animal, which – following our review of the fabulously lightweight, super-powered DC44 Digital Slim back in the summer – we had to put to the test.
Especially after reading and watching rave reviews about Dyson’s new Radial Root Cyclone™ technology via some very excited American mama bloggers – and videos like this one by via über-techie blogger Carly Knobloch (we couldn’t resist the dog! It’s a great video).
Whatever promises to make staying on top of everyday tasks easier, more effective and time-saving, we’re onto it.
Plus, we’d have to add a word we never thought we would about vacuuming (seriously): FUN!
A quick recap: when we reviewed the Dyson DC44 Digital Slim, we were hugely impressed by its power for a cordless vacuum which enables you to scoot all over your home doing a quick whisk-round (or not so quick – it stays powered for a remarkably long time. So you could make this your now and only, main vacuum cleaner if you prefer – and are organised enough! – to divide the task into different rooms/chunks throughout the week).
On a personal note, since developing a dermatitis after an antibacterial nappy sack bin we used years ago sparked off some sort of reaction, I’ve found anything which reduces contact with dust makes a big difference to not reducing my hands to a sore, chapped, dry state within a matter of minutes (even when using microfibre cloths and wearing gloves, which goes a long way to help).
For me, it’s really turned things around, just grabbing the different Dyson attachments to whizz around, rather than manually dusting – from bookshelves to sofa and chairs, staircase bannisters and all those other in high traffic ‘hot spots’ (especially in the hallway, where stuff blows in and results in it looking like you haven’t dusted in weeks within a few days, grrr!).
Nonstopmama’s verdict of the DC41?
Scarily so: when we tested on a patch of carpet with the permanent 5 ‘O’ clock shadow that comes with having two black rescue cats (one VERY fluffy!), the difference was remarkable. Within a couple strokes with the vacuum in the upright position, it looked like it had been professionally cleaned.
It feels so powerful, too – rather like using a professional carpet cleaner, but in dry, vacuum mode (that’ll be the “Radial Root Cyclone™ technology!).
In every sense, it’s no lightweight (quite a change after skipping around with the DC44) – this is a serious vacuum, designed to deal with the serious challenge of staying on top of pet hair and all the daily dust and grime that builds up in a family home, and on all surfaces. Cleverly, too, it self-adjusts to different carpet lengths, ensuring maximum results wherever you’re cleaning.
That said, the new Dyson Ball™ (and this one is BIG!) makes it easy to manoeuvre, and I’m sure the weight is impressive (7.8 kg, if you’re researching) for the amazing power involved.
Plus, as soon as you get it off carpet and onto hard flooring (at the simple press of a button), it just glides. With larger pieces of debris – on the kitchen floor, for example (did someone say dry cat food?!) – you may find, like us, you need to pick these up before vacuuming (no huge hardship, and it could be we’ve yet to master the technique or use the right attachment! We’ll update this post!).
For corners, edges and so forth, the nozzle or brush attachment are great. Again, we found that with the latter, it’s hard not to get carried away blitzing other areas with this, and at all heights – you can reach up and get at the trickiest corners (above).
It also has the cleverest, extendable “Quick-draw Telescope Reach™ wand”, so you can clean from the top to the bottom of an average staircase, without hefting the vacuum up behind you. (Again, the DC44 Cordless Digital Slim is great for this, being so super-light, and you can zip up and down in a matter of moments rather than wait and tackle a tougher, deep-vacuum once a week. That said, we found you do need to keep on top of clearing pet hair, fluff and so forth out of the rollers, as the vacuum is so effective, they get full pretty quickly).
The DC41 has a Tangle-free Turbine designed to address this.
The other thing we love about the DC41 Animal is that the lead is REALLY long (9.4 metres, no less, with a reach of 14). Another bonus for a busy mama trying to get the job done as quickly as possible.
On a serious, health note, the Dyson Ball™ technology has been commended by the College of Chiropractors for its potential to prevent musculoskeletal discomfort during vacuuming (as a mama with a not-so-great back, I couldn’t appreciate this more).
Also personally speaking, I’d recommend this – and Dyson bagless, super-powerful philosophy in general – for anyone who, like me, does better to avoid direct contact with dust due to sensitivity or allergies, even (I don’t know about this specifically, so if any nonstopmamas do, please do let us know – it would be great to hear! ).
Oh, and we’re filing this under ‘Family’ and ‘Style’ – because it’s one good looking bit of cleaning kit!
The Dyson DC41 Animal costs £309 online at Dyson (currently on offer, and so correct at time of publishing).
This is not a sponsored post, but nonstopmama received a PR model of this vacuum cleaner for the purposes of the review. All opinions expressed are purely our own!