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Dyson DC31 Handheld Animal Vacuum Cleaner

by Dyson
54 customer reviews

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  • Ergonomic, lightweight handheld vacuum designed especially for pet owners
  • Powerful Dyson dual-power digital motor; no carbon brushes or carbon dust
  • Provides 10 minutes of high constant suction or 6 minutes with 70% suction
  • Motorized brush bar converts to a debris nozzle; high-velocity airflow crevice tool
  • Measures 4.5 inches deep by 8 inches wide by 12.7 inches high; 3.4 pounds; 2-year warranty
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Keep your home free of pesky pet hair and other messes. The powerful Dyson DC31 Handheld Animal Vacuum Cleaner is designed especially for homes with pets and is ideal for quick pick-ups and spot cleaning. Its small, light digital motor is more powerful than conventional motors and has no carbon brushes or carbon dust. Dyson’s Root Cyclone technology means the vacuum doesn’t lose any suction power while you clean. Dual power mode offers 10 minutes of high constant suction or 6 minutes of 70-percent higher suction. The vacuum is bagless, saving you money on costly replaceable bags, and includes washable filters. Emptying the bin of waste is quick and hygienic, so you barely have any contact with the dirt. Weighs just 3.4 pounds with balanced weight distribution for easy handling. Also includes a combination debris nozzle/brush tool for dusting, high-velocity crevice tool for baseboards and between furniture, motorized brushbar with strong bristles that remove dirt and hair from carpets, battery and Energy Star-qualified charger, AC/DC power adapter, manual, quick-start guide, registration card, and 2-year warranty that covers parts and labor.

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B002LVBGCM
  • Item model number: 18399-01
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #669,597 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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71 of 71 people found the following review helpful By I. Allen on November 18, 2009
This unit is quiet, powerful, and sucks up my German "Shedders" hair in a jiffy. I have three sets of carpeted stairs in my house, and it's so wonderful to whip this light-weight machine out and take care of all three sets of stairs in mere minutes. No power cords, no maneuvering a heavy machine - it's quick and efficient. I was concerned about the battery cutting out after 6/10 minutes, but so far it hasn't been an issue. If anything, it makes me more efficient! No dilly-dallying allowed, I get right to what needs to be vacuumed and find I'm finished long before the battery discharges. This Dyson is expensive, but if you have a pet who sheds like crazy - you'll be very happy to have invested in this machine. Can't wait to try it out in my vehicle.
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88 of 92 people found the following review helpful By D. B. Smith on February 26, 2010
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This unit is quite small -- the brush head is just 3.5" wide. So, if you're planning to vacuum the animal hair from your couch, you'll have to move quickly to finish before the battery dies! And it takes 3.5 hours to recharge!

Wouldn't be so bad if the unit came with two batteries and a charger. But, at the moment, you can't even buy a spare battery at [..]!

I have a Dyson canister unit that I like a lot, but I cannot recommend this DC-31 "animal" until Dyson ships it with two batteries. 6-10 minutes of cleaning is basically useless and, for the price, insulting.
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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Justin513ac on October 27, 2009
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Alright first, it is pricey, but what really matters is how well does it work? Like other Dysons this is great for people with allergies. It works great, the motorized brush makes a big difference and it will pick up a lot of dirt, hair, etc. Battery life is better than the previous model (DC 16), it would be around the 10/6 minutes claimed. Also an improvement over the previous model, the battery can be disconnected and charged separately. It does not have a wall mount, this isn't a big deal to me, but just be aware if you care. You'll have to decide for yourself if it is worth the cost, but the performance is great, and I have not had any reliability issues with any previous Dyson products.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By devotedreader on August 22, 2010
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Terrific machine! Used it on some loop and pile carpet and could hardly believe how well it picked up lint, pet hair and everyday crumbs, paper scraps, etc. The extra 'beater" tool that comes with this model (not included on the DC31 [non-animal] handheld model) did an amazing job vacuuming up cat hair that was well embedded into the mock-fur lining of a cat carrier, and was equally impressive removing cat hair from a fabric covered couch. Did it grab every single strand of pet hair? Of course not. Nevertheless, this vacuum is far superior to any of the other heavy-duty "dust-buster" type handhelds I've used. I find it to be as effective as a high-end upright, only a lot less heavy and bulky. Despite the substantial price tag, the strong performance makes it an excellent value.

Unless you need to use it a lot longer than the ten minutes or so you get per charge, I can't think of any reason why you wouldn't be delighted with this handheld. Personally, I got an awful lot of vacuuming done on a single charge, in part because it worked so well I didn't have to go over the same area numerous times.

The only minor item that could be improved is the pictorial instruction sheet; it's not terrible, just not as clear as it could be.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. Green on November 21, 2010
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At first I was thinking, "What insane person would pay this much money for a hand held vacuum cleaner?" I decided to give it a try thinking that I could always return it and get a refund. I was so pleased with the way it works that I decided to keep it. It truly gets the job done. The suction is very powerful, yet it is relatively quiet and very lightweight! It is small and easy to maneuver into tight spots. The three attachments are easy to put on and take off. They all do their intended job well! The rotating brush attachment actually pulls out the long haired cat fur from my fabric chairs. That in and of itself is miraculous! The duster attachemnt works well for cat hair dust bunnies all over my home. The long narrow crevice piece makes it easy to suck up cob webs in the ceiling corners. I couldn't believe how easy it was to empty the dirt cannister. You don't need to remove it. Just hold the vacuum over a trash can and push a level down to open the door, the dirt falls out and you're done. No bags to replace! My only complaint is that since I use this as a primary cleaning tool (I only have wood floors so I don't usually use a full scale upright vacuum cleaner)I could use a battery that last more than 6 minutes on the highest suction power (it will go 10 minutes on less section power). I don't want the battery going dead when I'm in the middle of a cleaning job. I went on the Dyson website and decided to purchase a second battery so that I can be recharging one as a back-up. It costs approximately $75 plus shipping. The link is [..]
I KNOW IT'S EXPENSIVE, but I love having a tool that works so well! I can easily clean my car with it too. It is very portable.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael H. Young on October 13, 2010
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For heavy dusting, nothing beats my lambs wool duster. With the DC31 in my other hand, I don't even have to stop to shake it out. A few quick passes on the nozzle cleans it up and I'm ready to go again. The 10 minute battery is adequate for this use, but just barely.

The DC31 is small, quite a bit smaller than I had imagined. The canister is 4" diameter, a little larger and more squat than the 32 oz. Gatorade jug I have in front of me. I had imagined something more the size of a food processor. That perhaps might be just as well. Even the diminutive size is tough on the hand and arm. Its balance point is far forward of the grip, and difficult to use one handed for even the short run time.

What I really want is a backpack, wearable battery powered vacuum. Maybe I'll see about reversing a leaf blower to power the vortex dust extractor. In the meantime, the small size and battery convenience makes it easy to not put off the light cleanup jobs to pull out the shop vac or upright later.
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