First, you need to understand that there are several models for the DC23 series. As of Oct 2010, there are the Turbohead, Animal and Motorhead. The canister for all 3 models are technically the same (minus the color). The differences between the 3 models are the accessories (e.g. length of hose, tools, handle, etc) that come with each, and how each machine can be stored away.
For a quick rundown of the differences, it is best to refer to dyson's online store and read the "Plus the following Accessories..." in the specifications tab.
This review is specifically for DC 23 ANIMAL (obviously), but most part of the review is applicable for all 3 models.
PRO: - powerful suck thru carpet - pick up animal hairs (cat) like magic - multiple intelligent designs that simplify the vacuuming job - comes with useful tools that can handle most home situations well - most parts can be cleaned easily with cold water - no non-durable parts - long power cable - not THAT noisy - good looking - very helpful customer representative from DYSON
CON: - takes an unexpectedly large amount of horizontal space to store it away despite the small canister (the way it stands in the product picture is the way it is supposed to be put away) - it is a dust magnet and can be difficult to clean up due to many small parts and gaps - may need a longer bit of time than average to fully utilize the machine - very small trash holding capacity - short hose length - very expensive for a vacuum cleaner
Bottom line (my personal opinion): - It does the job (vacuuming) really well.Read more ›
First off I have to preface this review with the fact that my wife and I are sort of clean freaks. Nothing excessive but we vacuum our kitchen almost daily.
Our first floor is mostly hard floors (wood, laminate, tile) with one room of carpeting. We have owned a Kenmore upright vacuum for about 5 years. About 1.5 years ago we were fed up with the poor performance of the Kenmore on our hard floors (it did fine on carpets) and started looking around. My wife wanted something that was small and easy to use on a daily basis. We ended up with a $50 hoover stick vacuum that she loved. I didn't like it as much but it did a great job of cleaning up the hard floors for the most part. Emptying it was another issue. Then in early November it broke, the collar that connected the head to the rest of the vacuum simply snapped in half. It was DEAD.
I did some searching and looked around and ended up buying an Oreck Quest canister vacuum. I was very happy with it initially and we used it for several weeks (it's performance was better than that of the hoover). However we felt that the overall suction of the unit at the end of the hose was not up to par for the price (around 190 with bags etc) The rotational members and connector pieces of the hose had tiny air leaks that seemed to be detrimental to the suction at the vacuum head. We returned it to Oreck for a full refund (within the 30 day period). I must give Oreck compliments for their policy, it was hassle free.
After a few days of searching the web and reading reviews I decided on the DC23, It was between the regular turbinehead and the animal and we ended up getting the animal.Read more ›
I grew up using canister vacs. Some time in my late 20's, I switched to uprights. Been using uprights for years, and decided I might like to switch back to canister. Let me tell you, the Dyson canister is NOT the canister to switch to. SOOO awkward to use. I spent more time manipulating around it, adjusting cords and hoses to get out of my way... good grief. Suction was fine (I have a Dyson slim upright, and knew that I liked the Dyson product), but the Dyson canister vac didn't like my med. pile frieze. The beater brush/motor head whined... drug... gave me a real workout. On the berber and plush carpet, it was great. The hard floor attachment is the bomb!! I could manipulate under, around, behind most anything- even under dining room chairs, all the way to the center under the table in one quick movement! So, point being, the mobility of the machine is quite awkward, storage an issue (you about have to take it all apart to store it the way they suggest), and the switch to turn off the beater brush is a major pain- not user friendly at all if you go back and forth between carpet and hard floor frequently in 1 session- but the suction is great and the hard floor attachment is fantastic. I have seen a lot of reviews that mention the clogging of a Dyson- which DOES happen, but nothing that has been a major pain to clear. And I can't image a vac that never clogs anyway...
As pet owners (we have rabbits) we have to vacuum very regularly. The vacuum we were using (an Optima upright vacuum machine), which came with the apartment we are currently renting, was absolutely terrible so after conducting some research we decided it was time to go all in and decided on the Dyson DC23 Animal. It arrived after only 2 days and was very easy to assemble. It looks very nice and takes little storage space. We have two long carpets which the rabbits regularly use to sleep on which had some rabbit hairs on them. We had vacuumed these carpets two days before and we were very excited to see what the Dyson would do to them. My husband had little interest in the whole process until I started the engine and got working. The machine worked fast and the suction power was amazing! After 2 minutes the carpets looked like new (before they had always looked a bit grayish after vacuuming as all the pet hairs were never completely removed). It felt like we were in one of those vacuum commercials, all we could say was uuuuhhhhhhhh and aaaaahhhhhh and woooooooooow :)
The amount of hair and dirt that the thing sucked up from our two carpets was disgusting! And the amount of fine dust the thing sucked up was also incredible! After emptying the dirt (which was very easy), we took a picture of the amount of stuff the thing had picked up... Bleeeh!
It was very easy to clean out the machine after using it and it is not crazy loud, at least our bunnies were not disturbed at all by it.
I never thought I would enjoy vacuuming but this thing almost makes it fun! At least it is very enjoyable to see the amount of stuff it picks up!
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