When we moved to a new house last year, a new vacuum was high on my list of things to buy. I had a large, clunky hand-me-down vacuum (it had been my grandad’s, actually). Aside from sentimental value and it being fairly good at what it was meant to do, I did really want a new one. It had to be cordless, and it had to be easy to store. It would also help if it were a lot quieter than my vacuum, which had terrified my poor cat.
After a bit of looking around, we settled on the Dyson V6 Animal.
This is my first ever Dyson product of any kind. I was drawn to a Dyson because I know they are top of the range and very popular. We looked at other cordless vacuum cleaners, but this seemed to have everything I was looking for.
What Is The Dyson V6 Animal?
The Dyson V6 Animal is part of the V6 range of vacuums from Dyson. There are a few variations, which come in different colours. The standard V6 is white. This one, the Animal, is purple and is specifically for homes with pets. My cat Zak is a very large, very fluffy ginger cat who sheds a lot, and hair is a bit of an issue in my house. Although he has his own blankets here and there that he tends to stick to, his hair does manage to get everywhere somehow. I wouldn’t change him for the world, of course, but we did need something that could tackle the problem quickly and effectively.
The Dyson V6 Animal comes with the same standard attachments as others in the range. It has a crevice tool, which is the long thin tube for using in small gaps and around skirting board and the base of furniture. There’s also the combination tool, which puzzled me for a while. It’s a bit like the crevice brush, so can get in small areas. It has a brush part to it, however, which can be brought forward and used on more delicate, dusty areas. This would include mirrors, light fittings and walls, for example. The Animal also comes with the mini motorhead for pet hair.
It also comes with a docking station and can be stored on a wall. We have ours in the utility room, high up on the wall.
What Are The Features?
The vacuum is cordless, and as mentioned comes with a docking station so it can be mounted on the wall. It charges when it is in the docking station.
It’s a bagless vacuum, and the dirt and hair it picks up is held in the built in bin. You can see it clearly as it fills up.
It’s very lightweight compared to most vacuum cleaners. It’s easy to walk around with.
One of the special features is a Max Power mode. While using it you can press the button on the back which activates a higher-powered action. It is already a powerful vacuum, as it has the Dyson V6 digital motor in it. The Max Power ramps this up a lot more.
It has what they call a ‘hygienic dirt ejector’. When it’s time to empty the vacuum, you push down on the red slider and the bottom pops open. The dirt should then just drop out into a waiting bin.
The extra attachments are really handy. The smaller motor attachment is really good for the stairs, for example.
What I Think Of It
I’ve had a lot of opportunity to use this vacuum now, as we bought it earlier this year. I do have quite a lot to say about it, and have broken it down into pros and cons below.
- It is extremely good at cleaning. I expected this of course, with it being a Dyson. I’m glad that it definitely is very effective at picking up dust and dirt. It picks up things you can’t even see on a surface – cat hair in particular. If I’m cleaning the sofa or other small area, I’m always amazed at what it picks up, as I really can’t see it.
- It’s really powerful, and the Max Power switch means I can ensure a deep clean of a carpet or other surface.
- It’s lightweight (it weights only a few kilos) and is very easy to manoeuvre. This means if you’re up and down the stairs it’s not difficult to carry. It’s also not tiring to use if you have a lot of space to vacuum.
- It hangs up discreetly. We have ours dangling in a really awkward space on the wall, that nothing else would really fit into. It’s very easy to get on and off the docking station.
- It is easy to change the attachments, and I like that it comes with several different attachment options.
- You have to empty it regularly. Because it is so powerful, it picks up so much. The dirt compartment is pretty small so it does need emptying several times during a vacuuming session. This can be pretty annoying sometimes.
- I don’t find it that easy to empty. It is meant to be a quick press of a button and all the dirt falls out into the bin. Sometimes, however, the red slider is a little resistant to being pushed down. I need to use both hands to do it. That’s fine, but if you need the other hand to hold up a bin lid or keep a plastic bag open, then it’s really awkward.
- Not all of the dirt just falls out. Pet hair gets stuck inside. It’s meant to be a hygienic emptying process (just using gravity), but that’s not always the case. I do find that I often have to pull it out with my hand, and this inevitably leads to dust and dirt on my hand.
- The charge only lasts for 20 minutes. This goes down to 6 minutes if you use the Max Power switch. I do appreciate that 20 minutes is quite a long time to be vacuuming, but if you are doing the whole house and have some tough spots to clean, it’s frustrating for it to run out of charge halfway through. It takes 3.5 hours to become fully charged again.
- There is nowhere to store the smaller cleaning brush. All the other attachments clip on to the docking station, but the smaller motorised brush doesn’t.
- The price. It is priced at the high end of cordless vacuum cleaners. At the moment it is £370 on the Dyson website. We paid around £280 for it in a sale (Tesco, I think).
I can’t say that I regret purchasing this vacuum cleaner. It is very effective at what it does, and you can guarantee a deep clean on a variety of surfaces with it. I just find it a little annoying to use at times. This is usually when vacuuming a larger area, when the charge runs out or the bin needs emptying several times.
However, the way it stores and charges for the next use is really handy. It is also so lightweight that it’s very easy to just pick up and use. I love that it is cordless, as that was the main thing I hated about my old vacuum. It always felt so dangerous brandishing such a heavy thing on the stairs, especially when you add power cables into the mix.
I would of course love it to be cheaper. I’m not sure I would purchase it a second time around, because it is very expensive. I would probably see if there’s a cheaper option that can do the same thing. But I do like how I can rely on it to get the job done, and that’s perhaps a good enough compromise. I hope that, because of the quality, this will last for years. Dyson also have a great 5 year guarantee programme, and will replace parts or the whole thing if something goes wrong in that time.
One final great thing is that the cat is not at all scared of it. It’s much quieter than the old vacuum!
Have you used this vacuum cleaner, or any other Dyson products?
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