Back in 2013 I was invited up to the Dyson head office to put their new cordless vacuum cleaner the DC59 to the test and it has been a faithful servant to me ever since.
Four years on and my vacuum cleaner is still going strong, but typically Dyson has seen room for improvement and has just released their V8 Animal Cordless Vacuum Cleaner.
It still looks the same as my older version, is cord free and hassle free, so what has changed?
Firstly and most importantly, it is powered by the Dyson Digital Motor V8, making it the most powerful cordless vacuum. To us busy mums, it means the battery life is much improved – in fact it has doubled from a 20 minute run time to up to a 40 minute run time and its HEPA filters remove up to 99% of airborne allergens, making it ideal for allergy sufferers.
It comes with a handy docking station which stores and charges the machine, and holds additional attachments meaning it’s always ready to go and the Direct-drive cleaner head drives bristles deeper into the carpet to remove even more dirt. It also comes with a crevice tool, upholstery tool and a dusting brush.
In my house I have tiled and vinyl flooring downstairs and carpets upstairs and it works equally as well on all the different types of flooring. As it is cordless, it’s perfect for the stairs and also great for clearing up after the kids, simply clip off the wall pull the trigger and vacuum up the mess – none of this plugging in / unplugging malarkey!
The animal version is engineered for homes with pets and has 150% more brush bar power than its previous incarnation, but, as I don’t have any pets we headed to my friends house to test it on those pesky cat hairs.
My children all love using our Dyson, so it was no surprise that Olive and Charlie wanted a turn as soon as we walked through the door and made a start on vacuuming the carpet and stairs. We did find the battery time wasn’t as good on their carpets as they are a longer pile to mine, but the V8 lasted just over 20 minutes and did a great job of picking up the cat hair, kindly left by George.
The Dyson V8 Animal is lightweight and balanced for floor to ceiling cleaning. It cleans up top, down low, in-between and is great for vacuuming the car too!
My only grumble is that emptying it is a lot more tricky on the new version and I find it clunky and difficult to do.
I have road tested a few vacuum cleaners on my blog but I have to say this is the best yet.
Disclaimer: I was sent the Dyson V8 Animal to review by AO.com. All thoughts and opinions are my own.