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Dyson’s name is synonymous with quality upright vacuum cleaners but how do they rate in the handheld vacuum department? Dyson has two handheld vacuums; the DC31 and the DC31 Animal. The difference, of course, is that the Animal is designed to be used for pet hair.

The Dyson DC31 is a great design and something unique for a handheld vacuum. The pistol grip is genius as it makes the vacuum easier to hold and more maneuverable. The bag-less canister is easily emptied through an opening at the bottom of the vacuum. The Dyson DC31 also includes a washable filter.

Dyson is well known for its cyclone technology and that all of their vacuum cleaners never lose suction. This holds true in both Dyson DC31 handheld vacuum cleaners. There are two settings which control the suction measured in air watts. The lowest setting provides 38 air watts and the highest setting provides 65 air watts. What does this mean? The vacuum will work very effectively at the lowest setting for everyday jobs. When something, like dog hair, is difficult to pick up you can switch to the higher setting and gain additional suction power.

As most other reviews will point out, the Dyson DC31 is lacking in one key area; battery life. The DC31 is convenient and easy to use because of its cordless feature, but the vacuum will only last for up to ten minutes tops. The vacuum takes about three hours to fully charge. Most of the time you are not going to have the vacuum powered on for a straight ten minutes but if you are not constantly charging it you can lose power quickly. For some people this is an issue for others it is not. Dyson should have made the charging cord into an optional power cord so that you could use the Dyson DC31 cordless or plugged in depending on your needs. You can leave the vacuum plugged into the charger and once it’s fully charged it will shut off to prevent killing the battery’s life cycle.

The Dyson DC31 comes with some nice features and accessories such as: a high velocity crevice tool and a combination tool with a debris nozzle that converts to a brush tool for dusting. The weight of the machine is 2.9 pounds which isn’t bad for a vacuum with its power, but if you have any issues with your arms, hands, or shoulders, it may be a bit heavy to manipulate.

The Dyson DC31 Animal has been praised by pet owners as being the best handheld vacuum cleaner for picking up pet hair, litter, and other pet debris. The noise level is not too bad; your pets won’t run and hide for days afterward. The revolving brush helps get stubborn pet hair from the carpet and furniture.

There are positives and negatives for the Dyson DC31. The positives are certainly the design, power, suction, and functionality of the vacuum. The negatives are the battery life and price. The DC31 will cost about $220 with the Animal being about $50 more. If you need a strong handheld vacuum for short clean up jobs, the Dyson DC31 is for you.


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