Dyson DC44 Animal Digital Slim MK2
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- 2 year parts & labor warranty when purchased from an authorized reseller
- Dyson digital motor: 3 times faster than conventional motors. The most power-efficient cordless vacuum.
- Motorized floor tool with carbon fiber brushes. Ultra-fine conductive carbon fiber brushes clean hard floors. Rotating nylon brushes remove dirt gound into carpets.
- 20 minutes increased run time. 20 minutes of high constant suction.
- Additional tool included: Mini motorized tool.
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Dyson DC44 Animal Digital Slim MK2
DC44 Animal is the new Dyson Digital Slim vacuum cleaner - the cordless machine that doesn’t lose suction. Powered by the Dyson digital motor, it is the most powerful cordless vacuum. It comes with a mini motorized tool to remove pet hair and dust from awkward spaces and upholstery. Dyson engineers developed DC44 Animal for versatile floor-to-ceiling cleaning. The center of gravity is located towards the grip for easy handling up top, down low, and in-between. It’s suitable for every floor surface: carpet, ceramic, vinyl, and wood. DC44 Animal has an increased run time compared with the DC35: 20 minutes of constant high suction. Boost mode enables 8 minutes of higher suction power for more difficult tasks. A docking station conveniently stores and recharges the machine when not in use. The motorized floor tool has two types of brushes: anti-static carbon fiber filaments remove fine dust from hard floors; stiff nylon brushes remove ground-in dirt from carpets. With an increased power motor driving the brush bar, the cleaner head has double the power of DC35 - this means that the bristles are driven deeper into the carpet with more force. The detachable long-reach wand is made from lightweight aluminum. When the wand is removed, the motorized head attaches directly to the machine for cleaning stairs and car interiors. Like all Dyson vacuum cleaners, DC44 Animal has patented Root Cyclone technology - so it doesn’t lose suction as you clean.
Patented Dyson Technology
Some vacuum cleaners rely on bags and filters to trap dust and dirt. Air is meant to flow through tiny holes, leaving dust and dirt behind. When you start to use the vacuum, these tiny holes quickly clog up with particles of dust. This chokes the flow of air, so the vacuum cleaner loses suction. Dyson vacuum cleaners don’t rely on bags to trap dust and dirt. They use patented Root Cyclone technology, which spins the air at incredibly high speeds. The cyclones inside a Dyson vacuum cleaner generate centrifugal forces many thousands of times the force of gravity. Dust, dirt, and pet hair are flung out of the airflow and straight into the bin. No bag, no loss of suction. The DC44 Animal is powered by an intelligent Dyson digital motor. It’s smaller, lighter, and faster than conventional electric motors. The Dyson digital motor in DC44 Animal spins up to three times faster than conventional electric motors. It makes DC44 Animal the most powerful cordless vacuum.
The motorized floor tool on DC44 Animal has two types of brushes. The anti-static carbon fiber filaments remove fine dust from hard floors. Stiff nylon bristles remove ground-in dirt from carpets. The cleaner head pivots 180° without losing floor contact. A self-adjusting sole plate maintains optimum contact from floor to floor. And V-Ball technology enables smooth steering around furniture and obstacles. No more awkward moves. DC44 Animal has a boost mode that gives you the option of 20 minutes of constant high suction or 8 minutes of even higher suction. It’s designed for both larger, longer jobs and difficult tasks - just push the button. The wand is made from lightweight aluminum. It reaches high, low and into awkward gaps - ideal for floor to ceiling cleaning. You can also remove the wand and attach the motorized tool for quick clean-ups around the home and for removing dirt and dust from the car. Most other cordless and handheld vacuum cleaners are still designed to need replacement bags and filters - and the cost soon adds up. DC44 Animal uses patented Root Cyclone technology, which spins dust and dirt from the air straight into the bin. With no bags or filters to replace, there are no extra costs to worry about.
2 Year Parts & Labor Warranty
Your Dyson vacuum cleaner is likely to take a few bumps and bruises during everyday use - but that’s nothing compared to what Dyson puts its machines through during testing and development. All Dyson vacuums undergo a lengthy and rigorous testing program. That’s why DC44 Animal comes with a 2 year warranty- parts and labor.
What's In The Box?
- DC44 Animal Vacuum
- Motorized floor tool
- Docking station
- Mini motorized floor tool
- Combination brush/wide debris nozzle tool
- Crevice tool
- Operations manual
- Quick start guide
- 2-year warranty
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Top customer reviews
Very convenient, I do not hesitate to grab this off the wall and do a quick spot cleaning. With my previous canister vacuum, I had to go to a storage drawer and pull out the canister and the detached hose and sections of extension tubes and various heads and the long unraveled cord, check the bag and if full change it then plug it in put it together and then after a few minutes of vacuuming go through the reverse process only to find more hair I may have missed because the cord didn't reach the remote areas. So rather than shlep all the parts out, I would just leave the hair for another time. This (to me) was a pain and more often than not, I would just put it off until the drifts of hair were like icebergs floating around the house. This is the reason I gave it a 5 star rating. It works and it gets used and it's even fun to use. I have seen complaints about the trigger not locking. Since this is not intended to be a full house vacuum, I think this is more of a benefit to preserve battery power than a negative. Since it is designated as "animal" I think most will probably use it to pick up hair which tends to clump together in corners and along edges, so I just point and shoot where ever I see hair. I can easily touch up the whole house in this manner since it is not running as I walk around looking for dirt and hair to pick up.
the not so good...
The lint bin is tiny. Anyone with multiple pets will get this. Even using it frequently results in several trips to the trash to empty the hair, bit of a pain, but not a deal breaker, just saying it should be bigger. The vacuum is as everyone mentions very, very, very, very, expensive, did I say it was very, expensive? The sound the motor makes sounds exactly like my wife's hair dryer and I would guess that it moves about the same amount of air. I mean $400 for what is really just a reverse hair dryer and some attachments, it is over priced, but still beats the competition on performance. I equate this to buying a very expensive car like a BMW or Mercedes over a cheaper utilitarian car for about a quarter of the money. If you can afford it, it is nice to drive an expensive car even though it is still just a car and does the exact same thing as a Chevy or Ford without the bells and whistles. And, it's not like everyone who rates this thing doesn't complain about the price, so it should be no surprise and you have been warned. It is definatly a luxury purchase. On a personal note, I do think you are paying a lot for advertising and pretty candy colors and Dyson does do a lot of testing and R&D, so you decide if the value is there. I am just rating it on it's functionality. I must say, I do like the wall bracket for the vacuum, but it only holds the vacuum and the two smaller attachments not the carpet attachments. I am not sure why that is, but since I have since purchasing this vacuum purchased three other heads including the flexible crevice tool, the wood floor tool and the dusting tool for about a hundred more dollars, I would not expect it to hold all these, but did I say very, very expensive? I am now into this for over $500 and that doesn't include a back up battery. But at least for now, the included battery seems sufficient. So I think I have the whole kit and caboodle.
One more thing about the bin, If you don't empty it out before it fills up and trust me you won't, the pet hair wedges itself into the upper area of the bin and does not just fall out like in the commercial. I have had to store a pair of chop sticks by the trash bucket where I empty this thing to pull out the wedged in hair.
I also feel that Dyson did not include enough heads or the right ones. For the money, it should at least include the designated wood floor attachment, especially for the animal version. Many if not most pet owners will have some wood or tile flooring and I also don't feel the included crevice tool is good for hard to get to places like the the refrigerator coils or way under cabinets where most pet hair seems to end up. That's my personal take, some may find the included heads adequate. They do work quite well on carpets and in corners or along the wall edges which do get used. We have some nice tight low pile carpet which attracts hair. The motorized head actually pulls hair up quite well on this surface especially with the power boost where needed.
So to bottom line this thing, would I buy it again, knowing what I now know after having used it for a week or so? Yes, which is why the 5 stars. I actually kind of enjoy using it and when ever I see some hair, I just grab it, point and shoot and the hair is gone. As the little lady in Poltergeist said, "this house is now clean"! That was just not the case with my old vacuum. With the one caveat, if you can afford it, buy it. If not there are some really nice battery, bag-less hand vacuums and if you don't mind bending over to get to the hair on the floor (a lot) that may be a better choice for the money.
The dump cup is a little small, but I find that I can vacuum most of the wood floors in the house before I have to dump it. This vac is GREAT for vacuuming the pet hair off the couches, even the little short hairs from our boxers. The downsides for me are that the vac is definitely not as powerful as I expected. It has a hard time picking up small pieces of kibble and bits of pine kitty litter (it will suck them up on boost mode, but not very well). The wand doesn't extend and there's not an extra wand so I have a hard time reaching the upper corners of the room. Also, human hair gets caught around the roller brush (which is obviously a common issue with vacuums), but it seems that you have to take the whole thing apart with a screwdriver to clean it (You do not, I was mistaken about this, please see my edit below. I have cleaned this a few times now and my only complaint is that the hole to remove the brush head is smaller than the brushes. When you pull it out, a puff of dirt and dust comes out, same when you put it back. Do this over a trash can.) Quite frankly, for $400, I would have expected the hard floor attachment to come with it. I was pretty shocked to find out that attachment is another $50.
This version does run for 20 minutes on regular power, about 8 (or less) on max. I would love for it to work on max longer, but of course, that means more weight with a heavier battery, so I'll just say this improvement over the previous version makes battery life "acceptable." The battery is, of course, a Lithium Ion, which is superior to most cordless vacs on the market today. I recently got a small piece of plastic stuck in the hose tube of the brush head (kids left a bread bag snap on the floor and I didn't see it before sucking it up). It clogged the head, and was a nightmare to remove, and that piece of plastic was less than an inch square. One thing that I really love is the duster attachment that comes with the vac. It's great for things like blinds, baseboards and the wood trim around the staircase.
So my bottom line is this is a nice little vac, although not perfect. I definitely feel my satisfaction would be higher if the price were in line with the features. I really feel like this vac should be priced closer to $200, not $400, and should include the hard floor attachment. There may be other cordless vacs out there that cost significantly less that do an equal job.
Edit: 9/30/13 I was mistaken about the brush roll, there is a lock on the *side* of the head that you can turn with a quarter to slide out the brush roll to clean it. This is significantly better and easier to clean that I thought it was. I find that I can do my whole downstairs hardwood areas with rugs, kitchen and laundry on one charge, although my hand does get tired from having to keep the button pushed down. I did decide to go ahead and keep this vac, mostly because I purchased it with a gift card. Honestly, if I had paid my own hard earned cash for it, I probably would have taken it back based mostly on cost. The battery system also had a lot to do with my decision to keep it.
Added 11/03/13 The little strip of fiber that helps sweep up debris on the bottom of the head is now coming off. Like another reviewer noted, it is only glued on. I am, quite frankly, extremely disappointed that pieces of the vacuum are falling off less than 2 months after purchase. This would be ridiculous at any price.
Update, as of 3/14: Now the little toggle clip that holds the dust cup onto the vacuum has broken, and will not stay closed, rendering the vacuum unusable. It broke not from being dropped or from hard use. It broke while pressing it to empty the dust cup. It will not even turn on, so it's become a $400 wall ornament in my garage. My experience with Dyson customer service has not been stellar so at this point, this issue is still unresolved. I still feel that a $400 cordless vac should not have these quality control issues, and when it does, it should not be difficult to get it fixed or replaced.
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