Upgrading my Dyson to an absolute Animal


It was in 2011 that I got my brand new Dyson stick vacuum, the DC35, and thought ‘it was heaven on a stick’. Well after many years of constant use, I thought I was time for an upgrade!

The new Dyson V8 animal arrived and the household was very excited about our new baby with more power a complete set of tools to make life easier.

Our fur-molting, muddy-pawed companions have always necessitated the best in home vacuum cleaner technology. Big motors, powerful suction, dedicated tools and floor-heads with rotating brush bars are a must.

So can Dyson’s V8 Animal cordless cleaner live up to the pet hair challenge?

The V8 Animal is powerful, offers up to 40 minutes’ run-time and features outstanding filtration. With its two powered heads and detail tools cleaning up with ease, the V8 Animal is a true ‘best of breed’ for pet owners (you can tell Crufts was on recently!)

The V8 is an evolution of the brilliant V6 cordless vacuum cleaner (which was about two stages of evolution on from my DC35), which saw cordless cleaners rival mains-powered models for the first time. The V8 built on that with more power, better filtration and a longer run-time, which is now up to 40 minutes on standard power. Along with easier emptying and updated tools, what’s not to like?

The body of the V8 cleaner, with its pistol grip and trigger on/off switch, feels comfortable in the hand and is a lot easier to switch on and off than the older model I am used to. The weight of the machine is a little heavier than the old one, but the weight of the batteries below the wrist help to balance the motor above and the 0.54-litre bin in front and it actually feels a little more comfortable the lighter DC35.

The main filter pulls straight out of the top of the cyclone area and a second post-motor filter can be found at the rear.

The combination is said to capture particles down to three microns, but we didn’t have a ruler small enough to check. Both filters can be easily removed for washing. This is a much more advanced filtration system than was available 7 years ago with the DC35.

A power-boosting MAX slider switch sits on top of the motor housing, and in front of that is a big red catch. Position the cleaner over the bin, pull the clip and the whole cyclone assembly pulls up out of the bin. As it reaches about half way out, the flap at the bottom of the bin opens to dump the contents. This is particularly handy for those with pets, as fur balls have a tenacious ability to become wedged in bag-less cleaner bins between the cyclone and the bin itself.

The rotating brush bars on the direct drive head’s nylon bristles are shorter than the carbon filaments, and it offers a much more comprehensive cleaning mechanism that the older version. In use, the head’s small front wheels keep the nylon brush high, so that it barely touches the floor, while the carbon brush sweeps away merrily.

Switch to carpet – where the front wheels sink into the pile – and the nylon bristles beat deep into the carpet. The head’s rotating and pivoting ability give the V8 Animal a huge range of movement, allowing it to get deep under low obstacles too.

Yet perhaps the best features of this head for pet owners is the ease with which the bar can be removed for cleaning and detangling. Simply turn the coin-slot panel at one end and the bar slides straight out. The reverse operation is just as simple.

The same brush bar cleaning method extends to the mini motorised tool. At just over 14cm wide, this tool packs in its own motor, a tilting foot plate and a brush bar with twin rows of taller nylon brushes. Ideal for stairs, upholstery, pet bedding and in the car, it’s powerful and easy to use attached directly to the V8’s body.

For detail cleaning you also get Dyson’s good-size crevice tool and the combination dusting brush/flat tool. All of the tools attach to either the main cleaner body or the extension tube with positive-feeling click. With a wall dock and charger, so you can keep your V8 Animal ready to go all of the time and with QVC’s extra pack of accessories you will no job in your house that will be able to escape a jolly good clean up!

Join us at QVC on Thursday when we have a special Dyson offer with Easy Pay instalment offers, and no delivery charge that will save you a substantial amount, compared with Dyson’s prices!

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  1. Liberty March 20, 2018 at 10:29 pm -  Reply

    I really enjoyed the pictures. 🙂

  2. Marie March 21, 2018 at 2:52 pm -  Reply

    Simon you have beautiful fur babies. Your dogs have wonderful markings quite unusual. Your cat is gorgeous as well.

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