Ok I’ll admit it – I’m a huge fan of vacuums. One thing I’ve discovered as I’ve grown older and wiser? There is no replacement for a good vacuum. They’re absolutely essential when it comes to cleaning up spot messes left by children and pets, and they’re great for giving your home an over-all clean on a day-to-day basis.
In my life, having a not-so-great vacuum can be an endless source of frustration. Instead of cleaning the floor, I’ve spent 20 minutes trying to figure out what part of the hose is clogged. Or, even more fun, the belt broke again and I have to head out to the hardware store for a replacement before I could finish cleaning. This list of irritations doesn’t even include having to constantly stop mid-clean to empty the dustbins.
Live and learn, right? Because I’ve been around the block a time or two and had at least a dozen different vacuums, I feel like I’m qualified to be extremely impressed with the latest models out of Dyson – the Dyson DC62 Animal Stick Vacuum and the Dyson DC61 Animal Handheld Vacuum. Not only are they cordless vacuums, they have 3 times the suction of any other cordless vacuum available.
I put the Dyson DC62 Animal to the test myself, and I can tell you honestly it has more suction than most vacuums, period.
Here are the features for the Dyson DC62 Animal:
Two tiers work in parallel to boost air flow using Tier 2 Radical Cyclone Technology. This gives you the power to pick up even the finest dust particles on your carpet, wood floors, tile, and vinyl.
Dyson Digital Motor V6, spinning up to 110,000 times per minute.
Motorized head lets you get up close to cupboards and walls, easily removing dirt from floors and carpets.
Cordless, with a quick charge lithium ion battery.
Trigger releases immediately so battery power is saved for cleaning.
Gives 20 minutes of constant suction or 8 minutes of full power for bigger cleaning jobs.
Long hose lets you clean from floor to ceiling.
Lightweight and easy to assemble.
The Dyson DC62 Animal is from the Digital Slim lineup, so it has a long, detachable stick you can use for multipurpose cleaning. If you’re looking for a powerful handheld cordless vacuum, here are the features for the Dyson DC61 Animal Handheld Vacuum:
Dyson digital motor V6 spins up to 3 times faster than conventional motors, making it the most powerful handheld vacuum you’ve ever picked up.
Tier 2 Radical Cyclone Technology.
20 minutes of powerful fade-free suction thanks to the re-engineered nickel manganese cobalt battery.
Clear bin so you know when it’s time to empty.
Lightweight and easy to handle.
Puts together in minutes
When you unpack a Dyson vacuum, you get the sense that whoever designed it knew people don’t have a lot of time for set up. The Dyson DC62 Animal was so easy to snap together I had it up and running in less than 5 minutes.
All of the components on the DC62 Animal and the DC61 Animal are designed to be sleek, lightweight, and easy to handle. The dustbin is created from clear plastic so you can tell when it’s full, letting you just hit the button and have it pop open for disposal. And because it’s cordless, you’ll only need to plug it in for a quick charge and you’re off to the races without being tied to the wall.
All Dyson vacuums are made from ABS Polycarbonate. Incredibly, this is the same material used to create riot shields and crash helmets. You probably don’t want to pull any crazy stunts with your Dyson, but it’s nice to know it will stand up to everyday disasters.
Designed to be lightweight no matter how it’s used
Although the largest parts of the Dyson DC62 and the Dyson DC61 are the motor and dustbin, it’s designed to keep you from feeling weighed down when you’re holding it. That’s because the center of gravity is located below the grip, so handling is just as easy when you’re sucking up cobwebs from the corners of your celling as when you’re vacuuming the floors or spot cleaning.
Suction to spare
If I know anything about Dyson, it’s how they make vacuums designed to never lose suction. Given that, I wasn’t surprised at how the Dyson DC62 Animal cleaned the floor. Powered by the Dyson Digital Motor V6, it spins up to 110,000 rpm, is 3 times faster than any other cordless vacuum, and creates a powerful suction to pick up even the finest dust and debris from floors, furniture, and carpets.
You can see the proof first hand when you roll the power pack head over the floor. I don’t know about your floor, but no matter how much I sweep there is always a dust trail along my cupboards. The Dyson DC62 Animal blazed a nice, clean path all along some really hard to reach areas and effortlessly removed all of the debris on my tile and hardwood floor. I didn’t even have to roll over it twice.
Even better? I have a chalkboard wall in my kitchen. My kids are always drawing and leaving chalk residue on the floor. The broom doesn’t even touch that stuff and my other vacuum removes some of it but not all. One swipe of the Dyson DC62 Animal and it was gone. Even the baseboards were wiped clean with one swoop.
You can pop the stick off the Dyson DC62 Animal and it becomes an amazing tool for cleaning the seats of your car. Unlike the vacuum at the car wash, the Dyson DC62 and the Dyson DC61 will pick up debris from the tiniest spots in the car. Once I was finished, it looked like I’d taken it in to be detailed (which is saying a lot when your kids drop as much as they eat).
Save the battery for when you need it
One of the objections to cordless vacuums is the battery doesn’t last long enough. You’ll be mid-clean and need to stop everything and charge for ½ hour or longer.
That’s not how it works with the Dyson DC62 and the DC61 Animal. They have a run-time enhancing trigger that releases instantly, so they turn on when you need them and they are off when you don’t. Battery power isn’t wasted in between, and you get your full 26 minutes of cleaning when you need it.
It’s easy to charge the Dyson DC62 and the Dyson DC61 too – just plug into the docking station and it will store the machine for you between cleaning.
If I could go back and give my 20-year-old self some advice on what cleaning products to buy and what to skip, I’d go ahead and tell younger me to pass by all those other vacuums and go straight to Dyson. The Dyson DC62 Animal and the Dyson DC61 Animal give you the freedom to clean without cords, but you don’t have to sacrifice a bit of suction or power. That’s a win in my book.
From blenders to laptop computers, I like to take everything I write and put a personal spin on it. As a Vancouver freelancer for 5 years, I've written for the Globe & Mail, The Vancouver Province, Chicken Soup for the Soul (grab your hanky, that one is a tear jerker), and on too many websites to list. My personal website is at survivemag.com and if you like Twitter, come find me and chat at @kidswap.