Dyson DC44 Animal
The latest in its Digital Slim range, the Dyson DC44 Animal is the vacuum giant’s latest handheld offering. It’s a delight to use, more colourful than any household dust buster has the right to be, and packed with innovative features.
The best bit though, is the weight and shape. This little sucker is light enough to wield with one hand, and so svelte it’ll clean places you never even knew were dusty. Ever dusted your ceiling or vacuumed a picture rail? Now you can, and it’s immensely satisfying watching the fluff fly in. Overall, the Dyson DC44 has done the impossible: it’s made cleaning fun.
Of course you hate cleaning. Even as you size up your next high-tech dust-gobbler, the prospect of cleaning the house leaves your eyes rolling and your mind wandering. But stop right there: the Dyson DC44 Animal will change your ways.
Roaming the house without cables, sucking up offending debris with a swift flick of an actual trigger, and powering up the DC44’s MAX turbo mode (complete with extra LED light) is innately satisfying. The first time the Dyson DC44 Animal ran low on battery, we were actually disappointed it meant a temporary halt was being called to our cleaning run. Disappointed. Not secretly glad we could skip our chores a few minutes earlier. It’s an emotion alien to most and genuinely, this is life-changing.
Everything about the Dyson DC44 Animal oozes fun. The bright purple hue of its casing. The ‘clunk-click’ holster-like wall mount which makes you feel you’re suiting up for a battle against grime. The swooping, gliding action of the Dyson Ball-infused floor attachment. It’s as if Dyson’s engineers tapped into the very epicenter of our brain’s fun receptors, and cracked the code to make them tingle every time.
As we’ve mentioned, the whole shebang is battery powered. It means you’re free to tackle dust wherever it hides, and Dyson is very proud of its cutting-edge nickel cobalt manganese battery, which delivers powerful suction for up to 20 minutes between charges. In reality though, that’s just enough for some light cleaning. A room or two. Maybe a hallway if you’re lucky, but if you’ve got tons of rooms or need to give the skirting boards more than a weekly tickle, you’re likely to be frustrated quite often.
Of course, you can swap the battery half way through for a marathon cleaning session pushing closer to an hour, but beware that an additional power pack will cost you extra, and the Dyson DC44 Animal flat out refuses to run while connected to its mains charger.
If you don’t fancy the outlay on a spare battery, there’s no choice but to wait for the cleaner to ready itself for round two, and with recharge times of around five hours, you’ll have plenty of time to watch the dust settle in between outings.