Summary: I had a Dyson for over 10 years before I bought this one. While the dc40 animal is lighter & more streamlined than my first one, the dc40's cord isn't as long & I have to unplug it to get me from room to room; which I didn't have to do with the Dyson I had for 10yrs. The hose & tools on the dc40 are also a bit awkward to use.
Summary: The vacuum part of this unit works really well and it does have great suction power. But it gets clogged way to easy, and in three different parts of the vacuum. The hose, body, and the front and I mean clogs very easy. Getting at these parts is not that easy either, even though they make it look so. Love the cleaning, hate the "loss of suction".
Summary: The machine does a wonderful job of picking up hair which , of course, it was designed for. The appliance has many design defects. The on/off button is too low and is right next to the canister release button, resulting in release of the canister rather than turning it on or off. The cord is not long enough. Extraction of the wand is awkward and tedious. The extension hose does not stretch well.
Summary: We've had our dyson about 2 months and have really liked it but we tried to use it to sweep up the needles after we took down our tree today and it turns out that PINE NEEDLES ARE DYSON's KRYPTONITE!! It kept getting really clogged and losing suction and we had to keep taking it all apart and cleaning it out by hand. What a pain. I thought this dyson would handle the needles, no problem. I was wrong. It makes me wonder what else it won't work on.
Summary: The good: The vacuum seems to do what its supposed to do and that's suck dirt off the floors and carpets. My wife does like the weight of the unit and the easy handling of the vacuum. And she says it does a very good job and she is impressed with it. The bad: We purchased this vacuum on sale and in the sale ad it showed a video of the unit in use and in that same video they show an attachment in use for picking up pet hair and it was just pretty impressive in the amount...
Summary: Great when it works but the cleaning head keeps falling off. For an expensive vacuum the flanges where the cleaning head snaps on are really feeble. Any pull such as when you turn the unit and the head falls off.
Summary: We got the vacuum and had warranty with it, it broke within 2 weeks of having it. Now a year later its completely broken and we need to buy a new one. It started spitting metal shavings into the filter.. We have a husky and she is in the middle of blowing her coat and it started to loose suction fast (even when we empty the bin 4 time in one room when she sheds)
DC40, Great, but could have been much better. Should have me test their products first!
Ross Elkins, Amazon
18 April 2013
Summary: I used to have my own cleaning business going theough college, so I appreciate fine cleaning gear and do most of this work at home, since I do it well. I have one of the early Dysons that this company made its reputation on. It is big and heavy, still works perfectly after about 5-6 years, really cannot remember when I bought it. When I saw the DC40 on sale at Costco for $299, it was a no brainer!
Excerpt: Ultimately it does what it should and is good at picking up dirt however, it feels flimsy, It falls over as the stand has a weak hold unlike my old dc25. The stair tool which is good is very bulky and there is no where to store it on the hover so i often forget to get it. The hose when cleaning the stairs loses suction if its not completely straight so i take the rigid bit off and is difficult to get back together when finished.