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Dyson - V11 Animal Cord-Free Vacuum - Purple/Nickel-Angle_Standard

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Rating 4.9 out of 5 stars with 61 reviews

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Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 3 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic

    Posted
    BonnieB
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    I'm so happy I purchased this vacuum. It's so easy to use and sucks up an amazing amount of dirt very quickly. I'm getting older and dragging around a canister vac is such a chore. We have a dusty old country house with dogs and cats, fur is a big issue. Finally I can keep my house clean without wearing myself out. Worth every penny.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice upgrade from V8!

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    Gizmo
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network
    • Top 1000 ContributorTop 1000 Contributor

    The Dyson v11 Animal is definitely an upgrade to the V8 Animal I currently own. I love the v8 and v11 is even better. The battery lasts a little more than 60 minutes, enough time to vacuum my two-story home. The suction power does not fade when the battery runs low. The Auto mode works well, easily adapting suction going from tiles, hardwood and carpets. The bin is a nice size, larger than the v8's bin. The only negative is that long hairs gets stuck at the top of the bin when emptying. @@@@@@@@ My wife and daughter both have long hair). It takes several pushes of the lever to get the hairs unstuck. I see this as a minor inconvenience, I would still recommend this vacuum. I'm in awe every time I use this vacuum, I'm so impressed by how much fine dust it pulls out of carpets and rugs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Quality

    Posted
    bwashd33
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    Dyson is one of my favorite companies. You can tell they take pride in their products. I have a total of 3 and all of them perform very well. Though they are costly, the benefit outweighs the high prices. The Dyson V11 Animal is a very nice vacuum. I love the design. I love how light it is. Not heavy at all. The size is perfect. Not too big. One of the best things for me is portability. No cords for an upright vacuum. The freedom to go anywhere in the house without having to unplug and plug is a great feature. All of the attachments are perfect for cleaning my sofa, blinds, and places I wouldn't normally be able to clean with an upright vacuum. Now to the the suction power. I have to admit, I thought it would be a bit more powerful. Maybe my expectations were too high but the suction power seems to be average. Of course it picks up dog hair and cleans the sofa as well as dust on blinds, but solid debris seems to be a bit tougher for this vacuum. There are 3 power settings: Boost, Auto, and Eco. Boost uses the most power. I would say you may be able to get a good vacuum in a couple of rooms before having to plug in to charge. This may be a problem for some but I'm ok with it. The Eco setting preserves battery life while vacuuming but isn't as strong. I still would recommend this for the portability, design, and longevity (Dyson products rarely break). I forgot to mention I used it to vacuum the seats in my truck and it works perfectly. No more having to do this at the car wash.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Powerful Compact Vacuum

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    MnstrMike
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    • Top 500 ContributorTop 500 Contributor

    This is my first Dyson product, but I've heard the great reputation of the company and know others that praise their products. My rating being based on all factors, is docked one star for some minor details that do not represent any flaws in the device itself...in short the vacuum is great! My main complaint has to do with the dock and attachments. Dock Mounting: The included drywall mounting anchor are barely adequate. It's a typical low weight drywall fastener requiring a 7/32 bit (not stated anywhere) and a hammer to properly insert. That style while rated for holding the weight of the vacuum itself for sure, is not going to hold up to the constant docking and removal, the down force of making sure it seats properly will eventually pull the fasteners out of the wall. In my week of testing has this happened, NO, but experience tells me otherwise. I recommend either a toggle-bolt style anchor or Zip-It equivalent style anchor. The included fasteners tend to strip out the drywall and the backing plate will come loose. The included anchor also works with concrete/brick/block walls where as my recommendations do not. At the cost though, we are talking pennies so just included a better drywall anchor as an option. Attachments: The vacuum has a clip that will hold two of the attachments on board, and the dock has a further 2 spots to hold attachments, however, I found it frustrating that only one configuration exists to allow all attachments to be stored. Like I said this is definitely minor, but when a company prides itself in its innovation and testing (just watch their videos) and assumes a level of superiority over other products, I'll hold it to the standard it says it has. The ONLY configuration that works is where the largest (and most used) floor head is attached to the dock and the fine bristle head (not combo unit) is attached next to it, leaving the upholstery head attached to the vacuum itself and the other attachments mounted to the extension pole clip. I just find that irritating as the most used part cannot be left on the device and keep all the other attachments neatly stored. A secondary complaint has to do with the included documentation or rather the lack of proper battery care instructions. This is becoming a major concern for me as ALL (yes ALL) products I've reviewed lately while extensively warn against the dangers of batteries and what will void a warranty, yet it never gives full detailed instruction for battery care. This device never actually states if the vacuum can be left docked past the charging time, one would assume so, but it doesn't actually state it, it does however state that if not being used for extended periods of time that it should be removed from the docking station. So what is Dyson's definition of "extended periods of time"? One week, one month, multiple months? That being said, you probably won't run into that problem in your normal routine because you will be using it a lot! Trigger: I get the design here is to give the maximum battery life per use, however, I question that when you start and stop using the head attachment as their is about 2-3 second delay before the attachment gets up to full speed. Also, for larger jobs like continuous floor space or car cleaning that may have your arm at awkward angles, it would be nice to have a trigger lock. And that is where the negatives end! It's a short list. My main intended use was for the dreaded carpeted stairs. I've dealt with corded handheld options, vacuums with extremely long extension tubes, battery-operated versions, and none have ever really cleaned the carpets and to the point where it is was pointless to even try. WELL NOT ANYMORE! This Dyson V11 sucks! But in the truest definition of the word. I've two small indoor dogs and have been living in my current home around 6.5 years, and it was a little embarrassing how much dirt and dog hair it picked up. I had to empty the bin half way through the task. Battery Run Time: I cannot say if it hit the claimed 60* min run time or not. However, I did manage to clean 150sqft of kitchen tile floor space (Eco), tested it out on about 20sqft of carpet (Eco), cleaned the stairs as mentioned (Boost), and cleaned a Honda Odyssey after a road trip (Eco) with said two dogs before the battery alerted me I was done. That's quite a few tasks completed on one charge, requiring bin cleaning 4 times. Oh and cleaned a sectional sofa twice (Eco). Always using either the larger floor attachment or the smaller roller attachment, both which use battery power to turn the heads, which is a huge plus to the suction based ones which are all but pointless. I would highly recommend this product as a spot cleaner, stair cleaner, household shop vac replacement (not for wet use), car interior cleaner, baseboard/crown molding cleaner, couch cleaner, etc. I would NOT get rid of you regular vacuum unless you are in smaller living space. The carpet cleaning will require Boost to get a good clean. With a 3.5 hour charge time in between fully depleted and fully charged, I'll need to space out my cleaning duties either by morning/evening or by days. This vac is going to get a lot of use and the construction and durability is solid for sure. The power is equivalent to a standard vacuum. Dumping the dust bin is an absolute cinch and a cleanable reusable filter is great. Accessing the bristle head in the rollers is also easy, so getting rid of tangled hair will be simple. Highly recommend doing it too, if not once it gets thick enough it will rob you of battery life by causing the bristle motor to work harder and vac motor to work harder. I think you will enjoy this greatly if you know what you will be using it for ahead of time, whole home cleaning, maybe if you space out timing, but as a do-it-all spot/specialty cleaner...DEFINITELY!

    I would recommend this to a friend