Dyson DC39 Animal
|Sunday, 13 May 2012|
Avg. consumer rating = 94/100
As the DC39 has only been on the market a short time there is not a plethora of consumer comments available. However, some were found and they indicate the following owner likes and dislikes:
Consumer ratings to date are very good and are shown in the table below:
These ratings provide an overall average score of 94 out of a possible 100. While this is very good it should be noted that this is the result of only 16 owner ratings. A larger sample size is really needed before any concrete conclusions can be drawn.
The Dyson DC39 is powered by an 11 amp motor and, like other Dyson vacuums, it uses root cyclone technology to generate suction and remove dirt and debris from the airflow. The technology has been further refined in the DC39 and Dyson claim that the improved efficiency of airflow allows this unit to remove even more dust, pet hair and allergens from the air. The vacuum produces 275 air watts of suction power. By comparison the new Dyson DC41 upright produces 235 air watts of suction.
Root cyclone technology also ensures no loss of suction while you vacuum – unlike some bagged vacuum cleaners. Bags have tiny holes that allow the air to pass through however while vacuuming these holes get plugged or obstructed and this limits the airflow through the vacuum (and thus the suction). The cyclonic technology used by Dyson doesn’t have this limitation.
One of the features that make the DC39 canister unique is its use of Dyson’s Ball Technology. Ball Technology appears on a number of Dyson uprights but is rare on a canister vacuum (it also appears on the DC39 multi-floor which is the brother of the DC39 Animal). The technology essentially involves placing the motor and some of the mechanical/electrical components of the vacuum in a spherical ball. The vacuum then moves atop this ball and as a result is very easy to maneuver in any direction. In addition, Dyson has added sound insulation features to the ball on the DC39 thereby reducing the vacuum noise level.
A number of tools are provided with the vacuum including the following:
In addition to the above tools and attachments there is also an extendable wand that is useful for getting into hard to reach areas or for overhead cleaning. Tools can be attached to the end of the vacuum hose or the wand (they click into place). The vacuum hose is 7 feet in length and 2 inches in diameter.
The vacuum also includes the TriggerHead tool which is the main nozzle. This tool has an air-driven brushroll that can be turned on and off via controls on the vacuum handle. The ability to control the brushroll allows the vacuum to transition easily from carpet to bare floors and vice-versa. The brushroll is usually ON for carpet cleaning and OFF when vacuuming bare floors.
It should be noted that air-driven brushrolls are generally not as powerful as their motor-driven counterparts and as a result are sometimes not as effective on carpet. However owners report that the DC39 is indeed very capable on carpet and also at pulling up pet hair. The capabilities of the air-driven brushroll may in part be due to the very powerful suction of the vacuum.
Like most Dyson vacuums the DC39 has HEPA filtration. In particular this canister has a lifetime non-removable HEPA filter. HEPA filtration is particularly popular in homes with members who suffer from allergies or asthma. This high level of filtration is capable of removing mold spores, ragweed, pollens, dust mite feces, pet dander and many other microscopic particles from the air.
Some consumers have commented that the dust canister on the DC39 is a little small and as a result requires frequent emptying. Compared with the dust canisters on their uprights however the unit isn’t really that small. It has a capacity of 0.53 gallons and by comparison...
DC41 – 0.55 gallons
The dust canister is composed of clear polycarbonate so one can see when emptying is necessary. It empties at the press of a button and most (but not all) owners feels it is relatively easy to empty. Some folks report that some of the debris gets stuck in the canister requiring one to reach in and clean it out.
The vacuum weighs in at 22.9 lbs and while this isn’t particularly light there are many comments that the vacuum canister is very easy to lift and carry up stairs or from room to room. The DC39 also has a retractable power cord which is a feature many people like. However the power cord is only 21.3 feet long which is a bit short. With hose and attachments the vacuum has a cleaning reach of 32.8 feet.
The cleaning path width of the vacuum nozzle is just over 10 inches which is rather narrow for a full size vacuum. The narrow cleaning path can be viewed as both an advantage and a disadvantage however. It is useful for getting into hard to reach areas and helps with nozzle maneuverability but each pass of the nozzle covers a small area so more back and forth action is needed when cleaning. For the most part owners report liking the narrow vacuum nozzle. It is also quite low profile which allows it to easily get under low furniture.
For those interested, the Dyson DC39 is ETL listed. ETL is a group that performs electrical and reliability tests on products to ensure they meet US product safety standards. They also audit the manufacturing site and require that the applicant agrees to future factory inspections to ensure continued adherence to the standards. ETL operates nationally recognized testing laboratories.
Upon receiving the DC39 some assembly is required although it is pieced together quite easily. It also comes with an operating manual and a quick start guide. The vacuum, like most Dysons, carries a 5 year warranty on parts and labor. You can find more warranty and support information on the Dyson site here.
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