Dyson DC65 Animal Review

Dyson DC65 Animal Upright Vacuum ReviewFor homes with wall to wall carpeting, an upright vacuum is an essential tool in your cleaning arsenal to deep clean carpet.

And keep it from accumulating sand, pet hair and other types of dirt that could potentially damage it prematurely which will cost you potentially thousands of dollars in terms of repair bills.

The DC65 Animal is the latest in Dyson’s line of upright vacuums that will help you do so thanks to its redesigned beater bar that is stiffer and will dig through even a thick pile of carpet and pick up whatever dirt that’s trapped underneath it.

It also comes with the bestselling tangle free turbine tool that helps cleaning pet hair off upholstery.

So pet hair owners, if you’re looking for an all in one vacuum cleaner that will pick up pet hair on both carpet and upholstery, this could be the one you’re looking for.

Editor Rating
Bare Floor




Pet Hair Removal


Ease of Use






  • Great for deep cleaning homes with wall to wall carpeting
  • Long power cord – 35 feet
  • Ball technology make it easy to maneuver
  • Strong suction
  • Even it’s an upright, it is still capable of above the floor cleaning
  • Has long hose that will allow you to clean stairs
  • Lifetime filter (no need to replace during the lifetime of this machine)
  • Long warranty


  • Very expensive
  • Somewhat heavy
  • May struggle cleaning stairs

Features at a glance:

The DC65 Animal is designed for pet owners in mind because it has a reconfigured brush bar that will deep clean dirt and pet hair on carpet and it also comes with the tangle-free turbine tool that will pick up pet hair on upholstery like sofa, beds and chairs.

This combo alone makes it worth it, if you own pets that shed a lot of hair.

Even though it is an upright it is perfectly capable of above the floor cleaning thanks to the long hose and wand.

Plus it comes with tools like the combination crevice/brush tool and soft dusting brush that allows it to clean a variety of surfaces.

Dyson DC65 Animal Features

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Here’s the full list of features:

  • Uses root cyclone technology that allows this machine to keep up suction performance even as the dirt cup is being filled with dirt
  • 245 air watts of suction at the cleaner head – claimed by Dyson to have at least twice more suction than any other brand
  • Reconfigured brush is stiffer and delivers 25% more power allowing it to dig deeper into thicker strands of carpet
  • Ball technology allows it to turn on a dime despite its heft
  • Weighs around 17.35 pounds
  • 35 foot power cord (51.7 foot overall reach)
  • .55 gal dirt cup capacity
  • Lifetime washable filter
  • 5 year warranty

Bare Floor Performance

On bare floor suction performance is more than enough to clean a variety of debris from fine dust to larger bits of debris.

One big advantage of the strong suction is that this would be capable of picking up fine dirt that can accumulate along groves of hard floor areas. You’ll see it in the video below.

Testing the feature of the DC65, the suction power compared to the Shark Lift Away and Hoover WindTunnel, plus performance tests on different surfaces.

Take note that you’ll be able to turn off the brush bar with a switch located on top of the dirt cup so there is no need to worry about scratching expensive flooring when you use this.

Carpet Performance

The reconfigured brush bar is claimed by Dyson to be shorter and stiffer plus it delivers 25% more power so that means better deep cleaning power on carpet where this machine will shine.

To show you how it performs on carpet watch this video on how it cleans up soil

Based on the video, the DC65 was able to pick up all if not most of the soil on the carpet in just a few passes. Remember this is performance from a 10 month old machine.

Torture test on carpet and hardwood

It does have a slight snow plow effect when cleaning larger bits of debris like beans. Cleaning wise, it was able to pick up most of the dirt on the first pass. And it has strong enough suction to pick up dirt on the cracks and crevices of the hardwood.

Upholstery Performance

Cleaning upholstery will not be a problem because it comes with several tools namely the crevice/brush combination tool, soft dusting brush and the tangle-free turbine tool which will be capable of removing lose dirt, dust and pet hair on a variety of surfaces ranging from fabric to leather.

The tangle-free brush works like this…

Pet Hair Removal

This is where the tangle-free turbine brush will shine. It will be capable of picking up long hair with minimal risk of clogging unlike a tool with a motorized brush that is more prone to hair wrapping up.

Just watch this torture test not only on hair but on paper and other stuff…

Attachments and Accessories

You’ll get the 2-in-1 crevice/brush tool, soft dusting brush and the tangle-free turbine tool.

Cord Length

Power cord is around 35 feet long and it does not have cord rewind.

Filter Clean up

The DC65 is equipped with 2 filters. One is located on top of the dust cup and the second one is located on inside the ball. To access these two filters watch this video.

Dyson recommends that you clean these filters at least once every 3 months to maintain cleaning performance. Only use tap water and there is no need to use any detergents. Make sure that the filters are dry before reinstalling them.


Dyson gives consumers a 5 year warranty. And it claims that this vacuum is torture tested to last for 10 years.

Product Specifications

AttachmentsCombination crevice/dusting brush

Stair tool

Tangle-free Turbine tool

Soft dusting brush
Cord Length35 feet
Auto Cord Rewind
Motorized brush
Brush on/off switch
Filter clogged indicator
Full bin indicator

Dirt container is transparent so you can see if it's full
Self propelled
Net weight17.35 pounds
Shipping weight24 pounds
Hose lengthN/A
Cleaning Path13.4"
Overall reachN/A
Dirt capacity.55 gallons
Filter type2 washable filters (one is located on top of the dirt cup and the 2nd is located inside the ball)
Power245 air watts
Voltage120 volts
Manufactured inMalaysia
Warranty5 years

Customer Reviews

Over 200 people left a review in Amazon alone and most of them loved how it cleaned carpet. Some even tested using this after the floor has been cleaned by another vacuum (the DC14) and it picked up a whole lot of gunk. See photo below.

Consumers mentioned that it did a very good job cleaning pet hair and fine dust on carpet. A lot of them said that even though their carpets looked cleaned, it was still able to pick up a lot of filthy stuff they never thought was there.

Pet hair however (especially long ones) tends to get wrapped up on the beater bar as well as other larger pieces of debris. So you’ll have to clean this part regularly to maintain performance.

It turns out that the beater bar is powered directly by its own motor and does not use any belts which maybe the reason for the 25% increase in power. This is a big factor in why deep cleaning performance is very good.

At over 17 pounds, this is by no means lightweight machine but the ball technology makes it easier to move around.

I did mention earlier in this review that you can use this for above the floor cleaning but some consumers did complain that the wand didn’t have a handle. You have to hold the base of the wand which isn’t very ergonomic.

Another complaint is the lack of storage for the various attachments.

Stair cleaning can be a struggle to if you are not used to it. Dyson says that the hose with time should become more flexible.

Overall consumers didn’t seem to mind paying for the hefty price because it was an investment to them. Their previous Dyson vacuums lasted a long time (close to 10 years) and Dyson claims that this is designed to last for 10 years.


The best price online would be in Amazon where you can buy this for just a little over $400. If you buy this direct from Dyson, it will cost you close to $450.


This upright vacuum would be best suited for homes with wall to wall carpeting because of the superior suction and redesigned brush roll. It is capable of picking up a variety of dirt from fine dust to medium sized ones like crush chips.

When you try cleaning larger bits like beans or cereal, it will have a slight plowing effect and you may have to use the dusting wand to clean these types of dirt but you’ve got to remember the tests I’ve shown above are torture test and you’ll not encounter these amounts of dirt when on everyday cleaning.

The long power cord and hose make also make this capable of cleaning a large home even with stairs.

It also excels with above the floor cleaning because of the long hose and attachments. Plus it has the tangle-free turbine tool which is a great tool to have in cleaning upholstery and car interiors.

This add-on by itself will be worth $70 when you buy it separately.

Now, the price may be too much for some but for folks who can afford this is a great investment for people looking in a full sized vacuum that they can use to deep clean carpet, rugs and upholstery.

The lifetime filters means you don’t have to buy any replacement filters throughout the lifetime of this machine.

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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