Dyson DC39 Animal (with Tangle-free Turbine tool) Review

Dyson DC39 Animal Canister Vacuum Cleaner ReviewLet’s say you have 3 dogs at home and you’re having trouble with keeping up with all the pet hair around your home (especially in shedding season), you will need something that will not only clean floors but also have the tools to remove hair from chairs, pillows, sofas and other upholstery.

If price is not an issue for you, let me introduce you to the DC39 Animal, Dyson’s full-sized canister vacuum that comes with a tangle-free turbine tool.

This is similar to the DC39 origin, only this is slightly less powerful at 275 air watts compared to the 280 air watts of the DC39 origin but this comes with the tangle free tool that would cost $70 when purchased separately.

At a little over $400, this full-sized canister is one of the most expensive ones in the market but if you compare it to the DC65 upright, it still has more 30 air watts more suction power compared to the 245 air watts produced by the DC65.

Take note that the latter is cost almost $500.

Editor Rating
Bare Floor

★★★★½ 

Carpet

★★★★☆ 

Pet Hair Removal

★★★★¾ 

Ease of Use

★★★★¼ 

Overall

★★★★☆ 

Price

Pros

  • Comes with the tangle free turbine tool that has received rave reviews from consumers in terms of removing pet hair off stairs, carpet and upholstery
  • Strong suction – 275 air watts
  • Easy to empty dust bin
  • Ball technology makes this one of the maneuverable canister vacuums in the market today
  • Has a very decent overall reach close to 33 feet
  • Weighs just under 17 pounds
  • Utilizes HEPA filtration
  • Long 5 year warranty
  • Decent sized dirt cup that holds around 2 liters of dirt
  • Comes with a storage caddy for the combination and stair tool
  • Great on stairs

Cons

  • Very, very expensive
  • Short power cord (only 21.3 feet)
  • Large foot print, you’ll have to dedicate storage space in your home
  • Struggles with deep cleaning medium to shaggy carpet

Features at a glance:

Like what I’ve said in the intro this is very similar to the DC39 origin – same dirt cup capacity, same floor tool and attachments, same reach, etc.

The biggest difference is the addition of the tangle-free turbine tool that Dyson claims will pick up pet hair minus the head headaches of cutting hair off a brush roll hence the term “tangle-free”.

Surprisingly this has a slightly less suction at 275 air watts compared to the 280 air watts of the origin but take note that it is still powerful, around 30 air watts more than the DC65 which is the amount of suction found in a cordless handheld vacuum.

Features

 

One last thing to note here is that even though it has a beater bar, it isn’t driven by a motor instead it uses suction to rotate it.

It’s both good and bad.

Good because you don’t have to worry about replacing belts, and bad because it isn’t as strong as models with dedicated motors on the floor tool which means less deep cleaning power.

Here’s the full list of features:

  • The digital motor produces 275 air watts of suction
  • Uses root cyclone technology which lengthens the intervals needed to clean the filter and maintains suction power
  • Has a triggerhead tool that allows users to turn the brush roll on and off without the need to bend down
  • 5 year warranty on the whole vacuum
  • Utilizes Dyson’s patented ball technology which allows it to turn on the dime without tipping over
  • Comes with the tangle-free turbine tool that picks up pet hair without it getting tangled on a brush roll (because it does not have a brush roll)
  • 2 liter dirt cup capacity
  • Weighs 16.89 pounds
  • Power cord is around 21.3 feet long
  • Utilizes HEPA filtration

Bare Floor Performance

This will be effective on bare floor because it gives consumers the option to turn off the beater bar and only use suction to pick up debris.

It will work best on fine debris the dust, fine sand or coffee grounds. Because of the low profile there will be a plowing effect if you try to use this on larger bits of debris like crushed chips or cheerios.

For larger bits of dirt, take off the floor tool and just use the wand or crevice tool.

If you like a demo of it in action on hardwood, watch the QVC demo video.

Carpet Performance

Even though this is equipped with a beater bar, it isn’t powered by its own motor. Instead it uses air to spin it. How does it affect the performance?

Well, it won’t be as effective as vacuums equipped with a dedicated motor to drive the brush.

It won’t have as much deep cleaning action as let’s say a ProLux stealth or Electrolux UtraActive, both of which will be better in deep cleaning because it has a dedicated motor that spins the beater bar.

Take note however that this vacuum really has strong suction and this will be able to make up for the lack of a motorized beater bar.

It certainly is capable of pick up large bits of debris using the crevice tool without any problems. I said using a crevice tool because the front of the nozzle sits very low on the floor and creates a snow plowing effect when you use it to clean larger bits of dirt.

Upholstery Performance

This particular version does not include the mini tool with a beater bar instead it comes with the tangle-free turbine tool that does this…

This is pretty cool if you ask me and if you buy this it’ll cost $70 in Amazon.

This will be pretty handy if you have pets at home or if your wife, sister or daughter that have long hair which can be a nightmare to clean with a standard beater bar.

Pet Hair Removal

This will be able to pick up pet hair on both carpet and upholstery thanks to the floor tool equipped with a beater bar plus the tangle free turbine tool that specifically designed to remove pet hair on various surfaces like fabric upholstery and carpet.

Even if it lacks a motor that powers the beater bar, it can still pick up most of the pet hair on low pile carpet but don’t expect to pick up embedded pet hair.

Deep cleaning pet hair is a big question mark also with the lack of a motorized brush. That’s where the turbine tool will come in.

It uses two counter rotating brushes that pull up and suck it pet hair.

This design reduces the amount of pet hair getting tangled, making maintenance much easier.

It isn’t as maintenance free as Dyson markets it but it won’t be as much as a tool with a beater bar.

Attachments and Accessories

The DC39 Animal comes with three – (1) combination brush and crevice tool, (2) stair tool and (3) tangle-free turbine tool.

Cord Length

Power cord is 21.7 feet long which is a bit short but it comes with cord rewind. The 5-foot hose and 4-foot wand do make up for this.

Filter Clean up

To clean the filter watch this short video by Dyson…

You need to push the release button located on the canister to dislodge the dust cup. The filter can then be pulled out and washed.

Here are some maintenance tips just in case it loses suction…

See it in Action

Vacuum Cleaner Advisor summarizes the features and how it performs on carpet and bare floor…

QVC features the DC39 but take note that the attachments won’t be the same as you’ll get in Amazon. If you buy this in QVC, you’ll get the flat out tool and the soft dusting brush whereas in Amazon you’ll get the tangle-free turbine brush. They also have a cool demonstration which is the main reason why I shared this video.

Warranty

Dyson will give consumers a full 5 year warranty on this model.

Product Specifications

Features
AttachmentsCombination crevice / dusting brush tool

Stair tool

Telescopic wand

Tangle-free turbine tool
Cord Length21.3 feet
Auto Cord Rewind
Yes
Motorized brush
Yes
Brush on/off switch
Yes
Swivel
Yes
Headlight
No
Filter clogged indicator
No
Full bin indicator
No

Dirt container is transparent so you can see if it's full
Bagless
Yes
Multi-surface
Yes
Self propelled
No
Net weight16.89 pounds
Shipping weight23.6 pounds
Hose lengthapprox. 5-1/2 feet
Cleaning Path10.3"
Overall reach32.8 feet
Dirt capacity2 Liters
Filter typeWashable filter

HEPA filter
Power275 air watts
Voltage120 volts
Manufactured inUkraine
Warranty5 years

Customer Reviews

A lot of consumers who bought this vacuum own several pets and most of them were pretty satisfied with how this vacuum performed, particularly the tangle-free turbine tool that really helped them keep up with the amount of hair their furry friends shed.

Speaking of the tangle-free tool, it isn’t as maintenance free as Dyson advertises it to be, you still need to check the counter rotating brush from time to time and remove any debris that gets stuck in there.

People noticed that it had great suction but since the beater bar isn’t powered by a motor (air drives it), it didn’t do quite as well on carpet has they’d like to.

While it did pick up a whole lot of surface dirt, it did struggle digging down and deep cleaning carpet.

Some folks also complained about the snow plowing effect, the need to remove the floor tool just to clean large bits of debris.

The floor tool is light which is good because it is easy to move around but also bad since you need to exert more effort to push it down on carpet for it to deep clean which it already struggles to do.

Other complaints include how messy is to empty the bin, especially if there is a lot of pet hair and dust bunnies because of the static.

You may need to use your fingers but if you have a large bin, just place the dirt cup inside then open the cover and shake the dust cup so you don’t need to use your fingers.

There were also complaints about the suction being too strong that it was hard to push on carpet but if you look at the video reviews that does not seem to be a problem.

If you look at the handle there is a lever that you pull to lessen the suction, you can use this to clean more delicate stuff like lamp shades or curtains.

Despite all the complaints, a majority of consumers loved how this canister performed.

It was lightweight, easy to maneuver (especially under furniture), had strong suction and great in removing pet hair. The price is a bit steep but according it is an investment.

Price

The best shop to buy this would be in Amazon where they have matched the price of Dyson. They also offer Free Shipping!

Conclusion

This would be a great option for pet owners looking for a vacuum that will help them deal with pet hair because it comes with the tangle free turbine tool in the package.

While the floor nozzle’s pet hair performance is a bit lacking on carpet because of the absence of a motor, the tangle-free tool makes up for this by picking up pet or human hair on other areas like upholstery and stairs without having to worry about hair getting tangled up.

You can even use that tool on the floor if you feel that the floor tool is inadequate.

The price may be a bit steep but remember that what you’re getting in the package – a powerful 275 air watt motor capable of picking up 2 liters of dirt at a time.

Dyson also has integrated ball technology found it their uprights to this canister that allow it to turn on a dime with little risk of tipping over.

Also engineers at Dyson have reinforced the hose making it robust enough to withstand all the pulling throughout its lifespan.

In fact you can steer this vacuum using the hose because it is attached to the main steering mechanism (just look underneath).

I’ve said it in the intro and I’ll say it again, if you have $400 (Amazon has lowered it’s price to match Dyson’s special offer) to spare and looking for an all-around cleaner, particularly for pets, this package is hard to beat.

Garrick Dee
 

Garrick is the founder of the Cordless Vacuum Guide that originally focused on cordless vacuums but he has now expanded to reviewing corded vacuums and carpet cleaners to be able to provide a more complete guide in terms of choosing the right cleaner.

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