Thursday, September 11, 2014

Enjoy Your Cleanest Clean with the Dyson DC66 Animal {Review}

Back in the summer we were getting ready for a big BBQ party, and I wrote a post about realising what a crappy housekeeper I am. There was just so much cleaning that had been neglected, and so much dust and pet hair all around. It turns out that the fine folks at Dyson happened upon that post and offered to lend me a hand.  Bless them!

Dyson D66 AnimalI was thrilled to say the least. I've never owned a Dyson, but I did borrow one from a friend a few years ago, in preparation for shampooing my family room carpet. There are no words to describe my disgust at what her vacuum pulled out of my rug that my vacuum had been leaving behind. It was amazing. This was a great opportunity to review a newer and even more powerful model.

The main reason I hadn't gotten myself a Dyson after that experience was that we only have carpet downstairs in the family room and office. It seemed silly to make a big investment for such a small area. But the Dyson DC66 Animal is designed to clean all your floors - carpet, tile, hardwood, linoleum, whatever! A quick press of a button turns off the brush bar for hard floors or delicate rugs, and an active base plate maintains the optimal cleaner head contact with every floor type, reducing air leaks and thus retaining more suction power.  I can do my whole house with this baby.

Of course, being a Dyson, it does have excellent suction and works wonders on the fur my dog and cat leave everywhere. This model comes with a Tangle-Free Turbine tool that uses counter-rotating heads with brushes to remove hair and dirt from carpets and upholstery. This powerful attachment does an awesome job of releasing and capturing pet fur off my couch, an absolute essential for me.

Other things I love - the vacuum rides on a ball so it is super easy to pivot and turn to get into tight corners; the see-through canister allows me to see just how gross my floors are when the machine needs to be emptied; the machine is bagless and uses a washable, permanent filter, so there's no added expense of purchasing replacement supplies over time; the cleaning head design allows for excellent edge cleaning; plus - purple.

The one issue I did have was not with the vacuum itself, but with the user manual. The machine came with a multitude of attachments, but there were no instructions or descriptions of how/where to use each one. So I felt a little lost. Some pieces, like the crevice tool, are obvious, but there are others that I'm just not sure what specifically they are designed for. Check out this one:

This little beauty has a series of sharp bristles that are exposed when you press on that little indentation. It's a pet brush attachment! Brush your dog with this and have the hairs immediately sucked up into the vacuum. The bristles are just like the ones on the dog brush we normally use. I love this concept in theory, and I'll bet you can train an animal to get used to the sound of the vacuum, particularly if you start young. But both my dog and cat are terrified and run for cover as soon as the vacuum appears out of the closet. So this one hasn't worked for me, although I can see how useful it would be. And, to be fair, this Dyson is not nearly as loud as my previous machines, so we may make some headway even with my older pets.

The vacuum has a nice long hose for attachments. This makes it particularly easy to clean your stairs - just leave the machine at the bottom and extend the hose with the appropriate accessory attached. Also works great for reaching cobwebs in the high corners. Not that I have any of those. *cough*
Overall I am super pleased with the Dyson DC66 Animal. It draws out and contains deeply ground-in dirt and captures it all safely inside the canister for later disposal. The suction is astonishing and the machine is really easy to carry and maneuver. The DC66 is even certified asthma and allergy friendly™ by the Asthma Society of Canada™, which makes me feel extra secure in terms of how well it's cleaning my home and helping to keep my family healthy.

The Dyson DC66 Animal is available for purchase online at a price of $699.99, with free delivery and a 5-year warranty. Do you collect Air Miles? You'll receive 35 reward miles with your purchase of this machine direct from Dyson. The accessories kit included with the DC66 Animal is valued at $251.96.

Disclosure: I received complimentary product to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

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