This is one of the greatest household inventions of the century. This thing has the power of an upright vacuum and is so portable that you can get into spaces that a full size upright vacuum can't. I have a golden retreiver that sheds all over my couch and the powered attachments are no match for what this pooch leaves behind. It picks up dog hair faster than my LG upright with its attachments. The run time is second to none with portables. It lasts at least 20 minutes.
We love our Dyson DC44! I read many different reviews and almost didn't purchase because I was worried the charge wouldn't hold long enough. The battery power is great. We have nothing but good things to say about our new cordless Dyson! Makes cleaning fun!!!
This vacuum makes it easy to pick up and start cleaning. The charge lasts about 18 minutes on regular suction and is more than adequate to vacuum a 1,000 SQ FT apartment. No cords = no hassle. This, along with the crevice tool, makes it a breeze to clean your car. Emptying the dust canister is always a delight. The downsides: expensive and small cleaning heads. Also, long hair will tangle the longer cleaning head. I find it easiest to clean by cutting the hair with scissors, then pulling it off.
This is a great item for light vacuuming around the house. We use it for the stairs and corners of the hardwood floors. Battery life is short and I recommend that you contact the manufacturer to buy an additional battery back (about $70). Recommend this when it is on sale.
If you have pets and hope to use this to pick up stray kibble, think again. There's a diverter that restricts the opening going into the bin where even small breed kibble gets stuck. Otherwise, it's very easy to use, and there seems to be plenty of attachments for every job.
It is a really nice glorified dust buster, but I'm not sure that I want to spend so much on a dust buster. Its more expensive than any vacuum I've ever bought before. Still, its a nice addition to any living space and if you can manage to keep it alive 10-15 years then it has value over the long term.
At first I thought the pistol grip handle offered wonderful control and maneuverability. I could get into and out of high and low cracks/crevices/corners/tight spaces and its easy to get underneath a lot of furniture that I couldn't get under before. All attachments have good results and the light weight/small size make it easier to vacuum larger open spaces than a regular sized vacuum. The storage dock that can mount on a wall and charge the vacuum are a nice touch too. There is a 2nd lightweight motor in the floor attachments, this makes forward motion easier, especially in larger open areas like an area rug with nothing on top of it. Its small and lighter.
The vacuum only works when you hold down the trigger on the pistol grip. Since the vacuum weighs 5 pounds this gets tiresome. I found my trigger finger would inadvertently slip off the trigger when maneuvering the vacuum around sometimes.
The mountable storage dock only holds 2 extra attachments, the other attachments could almost fill a 5 gallon bucket because of their length and width.
You need to empty the dust collection bin frequently, pet hair clogs and you have to use a tool or your hand to get it out.
The Dyson ball that lets it turn on a dime is hard to control because the floor attachment is so small.
You have to clean the attachments when done using them or they will block suction at the attachment.
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.
Like all Dyson vacuum cleaners, DC44 Animal has patented Root Cyclone™ technology – so it doesn’t lose suction as you clean. An increased capacity nickel manganese cobalt battery releases its charge evenly; there’s no fade – so power and suction are constant.
DC44 Animal has an increased run time compared with 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, it has double the power at the cleaner head than DC35 – so 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. The cleaner head pivots 180° without losing floor contact. A self-adjusting sole plate maintains optimum contact from floor to floor.
All Dyson vacuum cleaners undergo a lengthy and rigorous testing program. That’s why DC44 Animal comes with a 2 year warranty – parts and labor.