|Barked: Thu Dec 3, '09 10:14am PST |
|How exciting! We were chosen to as a lucky family to get to test the Dyson DC31 Animal handheld vacuum! Overall reaction is love it. To be honest, Dad does normally does most of the vacuuming because Mom has bad allergies and back issues, but even Mom can use this one though. Really!
The unit is very simplistic to work, having a trigger finger power button, click in and out attachments, and a one-button release on the dust bin. The unit it light enough for easy maneuvering. Mom has bad allergies and with having me and my kitty brother Frosty, there’s hair everywhere of course. The large amounts of hair on our beds and up on her bed to aggravate her allergies the worst, and with the DC31 Animal, she can just pick it up and clean off any area she needs to in just a few minutes. No big vacuum to lug out. The large attachment is great for my big bed and has a pivot head to make it easy to do the corners and sides of the bed. The motorized brush really pulls the hair up well. The crevice attachment does really well on the cracks of the kitty beds where huge hair balls gather.
Mom’s very favorite feature is that even though it has great suction, you can vacuum small rugs, flat cat beds, and even light blankets without the vacuum sucking up the object and getting all caught up.
There’s also a combination attachment which has a soft brush on the end, or you can slide the end out to be a small lint brush. For any of you with allergies, this attachment works perfectly on vacuuming stuffed animals. Mom has lots of bears, and Dad had been begging her to put them all away since they collect dust, and with her allergies, not a good idea. But they were able to go over all the stuffed animals with the vacuum and it did a great job. We also used this attachment for cleaning our lampshades and cleaning off the fronts and backs of our fans. We were shocked at how much hair and dust it got off of them!
Mom also tried the vacuum out on her car seats and it was great. No cords to drag out to the garage! The pivot head of the main attachment was just right for the seats and there is now no sign of my black dog hair all over the back seats! (Who me? Get dog hair on the seats? Never!!) The crevice tool did the job for the seat cracks and in the grooves around and between the seats and under the gas a brake pedals.
Mom and Dad both had the small Shark vacuums before which had poor suction and never could be put back together correctly after cleaning. Those are now in the garbage can. And the Dustbuster we had totally died and would no longer charge, and it had horrible suction to begin with.
We would have liked for there to be a longer attachment to reach into more places, but there is a Flexi-crevice accessory that can be purchased, which we will most likely get to reach some tough to get spots. It would also have been nice if there was a little bit of rubber on the grip to help keep from slipping if your hands sweat while using. Other than that, it’s a wonderful unit that’s easy to use and really great for keeping the dog and cat hair down ---as we know it ends up everywhere! If you have allergies and want the ease of being able to clean up the hair quickly from beds, cars, furniture without having to lug out a full size vacuum, this is perfect for you.
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