Please note that the Dyson DC65 has been renamed to the Dyson Ball Animal. No other changes to the product were made.
I love my five year old Dyson D65 Animal
But I’m writing this review to help others get the best performance with a few tips I’ve gathered through DIY. First of all, keep those filters clean and wash the dustbin. When your brushes won’t turn, watch the Dyson video on how to clean the floor plate and get out every bit of string and fibers. When my Dyson became hard to push I discovered I had reinstalled my filter in the ball upsidedown! Reinstalled corrrectly, tightened up the ball, and voila - my Dyson was once again racing across the carpet. Oh, and a tip from the manual, stretch the hose around the cleaner for awhile to loosen it up.
Purchased in November 2014.
A poor performer
Used on tiles and low pile carpet. Suction was ok on tiles but never reached the pre sale hype for picking up dog hair (Staffy breed - fine short hair). Some parts didn't function periodically even though unit was regularly cleaned and maintained until its untimely demise. Not considered value for money given initial cost, ongoing performance and life span of the unit.
I use this on wool hypo allergenic carpet and lino flooring.
The vacuum performs excellently. It's easy to use, not too heavy to roll around, very easy to maneuver around edges and small spaces.
It really makes the wool carpet come up like brand new carpet after vacuuming.
Excellent for pet hair also.
I am really pleased with this vacuume.
Having previously used other animal vacuumes this is no comparison.
I was sick of spending $300 on a pet vacuumes for it to break within 6months or not be good for pet hair.
The nossle on this machine is good as hair and derbis doesn't get caught in it, it all goes straight to the barrel. The suction is incredible, it's amazing what it brings out of the floors and carpets.
The latches and components are strong and the attachments are easy to change over with the red release buttons.
Really pleased that this works amazing.
I love vacuuming now.
The money spent really produced a quality product this time.
Fits away for storage well also. No bulky hoses shoved anywhere.
Actually helps alot with pet hair
We were hesistant to buy a dyson at first. But happy we did in the end as this machine is definitely better than our old miele vacuum. The price is a bit steep. But overall we are happy and dont have to change bags which is good. Comfortable to operate and not too noisy.
Unusable on plush carpets
Machine works OK on short pile carpet and hard floors but is unusable on plush carpets. It will actually lift the carpet and stick to it, rather than travel over the surface. I sent the unit back to Dyson who serviced it with only minor (and not sufficient) improvement. After its return to me, I advised Dyson that it remained a significant problem, could not be used by several members of the household and in my view its use actually created a risk of injury. I asked for advice on anything I could do to make it useable. Their advice was "we don't have anything else we are able to advise for the Cleanerhead to be easily used on your particular carpet" but no offer of refund or exchange on a vacuum cleaner that might actually be useable - Dyson or other. I have been making do with an old Dyson stick vacuum but this has died - my new Dyson is barely used but will have to be replaced.
This vacuum cleaner should not be sold without a warning that it is unusable on plush carpets.
I will never buy Dyson again!
A total waste of money! Before owning this vacuum My last 2 vacuums were Dyson, I loved them both. This one the quality has gone down hill, it's overall very cheaply made with inferior parts. It too hard to click it into place to make it stand up so it's constantly falling over. It doesn't suck properly even after constantly cleaning the filters. The tool attachment are very poor quality. Sadly I will never buy another Dyson product again the quality is not like their earlier models and there are lot better products now on the market for a lot better price.
great machine spoilt by short brush life
95% of use is on short pile carpet, the rest is on tiles. The unit works very well on both carpet and flat surfaces BUT the brush life is very short. We have had 3 brush replacements under warranty in 2 years. The unit replaced a Dyson DC 14 which we used for 7 years and this had only one brush replacement (although it was due for a brush replacement when we retired it. Both units have been used by the same operators on the same surfaces. Another issue we have had with the DC 65 was that the internal head hose disintegrated, probably due to the fact that our carpet tends to pick up beach sand, but this issue did not arise with the DC 14. Unfortunately the handle has broken due to misuse so we have had to retire this unit as well after 2 years use.
My perfect vacuum cleaner
I use my Dyson ball vacuum on my loungeroom an hall way which are wooden floors, as well as in my kitchen which is vinyl, i also have tiled floors in my bathroom an laundry. An carpet in all 3 bedrooms.. this vacuum is my best friend, it is light easy to move an picks up everything. I would HIGHLY recommend this product... VERY VERY SATISFIED CUSTOMER....
Heavy , hose attachment difficult to use and my wrist swells because it’s heavy
I bought this for pet hair on carpet and tiles and the machine is heavy to manoeuvre and my wrist swell with arthritis every time I use. The machine won’t fit under beds and the hose attachment is hard to use and the machine topples over. Horrible vac expensive also
Big bulky but does the job
This is a good vacuum cleaner and when we first got it we were really impressed. Since living with it for 5 years though it has become slightly annoying. The chord at the back that the accessories plug into is not the most functional. And the weight of the machine are it’s only down falls
Expensive but works well
It is eye-catching to look at based on the design. Not as loud as other vacuum cleaners. However, very hard to use if you're used to the standard vacuum cleaners. Took us a bit of time to efficiently use it. A little heavy but it's not a major issue. Been using this for almost a year. I'm not extremely impressed. It's too expensive for the function it offers.
6 / 10
Bought this just over a year ago. We still use it and are happy but it just really isnt what we expected from a very expensive brand like Dyson.
As others have mentioned it is huge, bulky, heavy and has WAY too much power to the point that it actually makes vacuuming harder rather than easier.
It has reached the point where only I use the vacuum cleaner (as a male). I told my wife not to use it (she is prone to headaches from sore shoulders and neck, usually caused by bad posture at work). Every time she would use it she would complain about sore shoulders and wrists.
The power in the machine makes it grip to the carpet. This forces you to really use your wrist and even I feel sore if I do the whole house (including hallway and living room id say about 5 standard bedrooms worth). I generally do it over 2 stints.
Other than that we are happy. But it just leaves a stain on the Dyson brand.
I would look at another Dyson if I had the chance again
Flexible, but some durability concerns.
This vacuum cleaner is flexible, powerful and relatively easy to disassemble and clean. However, the handle is prone to bending with ordinary use and we have already had to get it fixed once under warranty. It just doesn't feel as sturdy as the last Dyson we had, which is a shame.
Nice vacuum cleaner after correction of rubber skirt
I found my Dyson Animal sucked too hard. After checking out the carriage on the bottom of the appliance I found the rubber skirt at the front had tucked under a couple of tabs that are part of the plastic moulding on the either end of the base. This had been causing the carriage to press on the carpet, thus sucking too hard. On releasing the rubber I found the suction to be perfectly okay,
Wish to God i'd read the reviews first
Having had a previous Dyson and a hand held Dyson (both of which I loved) i would probably have thought they are so wrong BUT no they aren't. This so called engineering wonder is the biggest load of rubbish i have ever purchased. The design is so heavy on the wrists & shoulders that I find it difficult to use. As the other reviews state the hose is close to impossible to hold out of the machine during use. My main problem with this machine is that after 12 months the brushbar had lost most of its "few" bristles, claimed on warrantry and luckily my husband figured out how to replace same as they were sent in the mail. Now 10mths later a third are missing again. My house has 4 rooms of carpet and only 2 people live here. I don't use it on hard floors. The vacuum is not fit for it's purpose - cleaning carpets! I have tried to contact customer care but thats another joke. 20 minutes on hold then cut off. I then emailed them to see if it had been recalled as its obviously faulty. They phoned back but hung up before i could answer, so i tried to phone them back but with no one answered, i tried to text them back nil. I feel maybe consumer protection for such a faulty product may be the way to go as their customer care is non existent.
Great on carpet but
Just changed from the big ball floor model over to an upright, still has that amazing dyson quality build and cleaning power, when using the upright on carpet you will be amazed by the amount of dirt pulled up from what appears to be already clean carpet but the hard floor is not as great, would have to say the floor model works better on tiled floor.
The vacuum is easy for me to use as i have one leg andnstruggle dragging something. Its small enough to locknaway and not be to bulky to store.
The power is good enough to pull all dirt out
I have hard floors and carpet so works awsowme
Its not to loud either
Worst money I’ve ever spent!
The very first time I decide to buy an expensive vacuume with a good brand name and it completely failed my expectations!... the first couple weeks of using it was good, after that it was horrible. It sucked up something that was a little big and it go caught in a tiny little hose at the back and the whole machine broke down. I had to call Dyson for them to give me step by step instructions of getting this little piece of plastic out. It wasn’t easy. To clean the head isn’t easy. To clean the tubes isn’t easy. It is huge and bulky and doesn’t fit under some beds and furniture. I’ve only had this for less than a year and it’s now broken, it won’t suck anything up even though I’ve cleaned the head, the hoses and everything! Called Dyson and there was nothing the could do I am so disappointed in this product and won’t be spending a huge amount of money ever again.
Little wheels on bottom of head block up after 1 usethis causes the head to leave drag marks on inal
Wheels on head block up with dog hair after 1 use and won’t turn dc65 animal vac
Customer service stated that I haven’t maintained the vac correctly and that I must pick out the hair with tweezers after each thus takes 1/2 hour
Terrible design rude customer service staff terrible design a waste of $800 great suction though but useless on pet hair
We had high expectations with Dyson but not after purchasing this vacuum cleaner!
We purchased this vacuum cleaner about 1 year ago and after using it for 2 months its exterior started to fall apart! We took it back to the good guys and they didn't help us and told us to contact Dyson. After being on the phone with several people, they agreed on replacing the vacuum cleaner for us. We had to send it back to them with the original box. After few weeks we recieved our own vacuum cleaner without its original box!
Not only they failed to give us a replacement but they also didn't send us the box! When we complained to them they said the vacuum was in perfect condition and they just had to glue back the parts that basically fell apart. I found this quite rediculous for an $800+ vacuum cleaner!
We were so disappointed at the way Dyson handled this situation and with their poor customer service. Never again I will buy a product from them or recommend them to anyone I know.
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