Dyson DC24 Animal Ultra-Lightweight Vacuum
The Dyson Ball Upright Vacuum Cleaner for Pet Owners

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The Dyson DC24 Animal is a vacuum cleaner suitable for small homes with pets. The relatively powerful suction of the unit is at par with the larger Dyson models.

It is ultra light at 5.4 kg and compact because of its telescopic handle. Its innovative Dyson ball technology makes this unit easy to steer with just a flick of the wrist. This feature makes it easy for the end user to clean hard-to-reach areas.

The DC24's washable HEPA filter ensures that all mites, dust, mould, pet dander and other allergens from the air will be effectively remove.

The different tools and brushes equip this appliance with the necessary tools to “hand” vacuum seats, glide over the edges of carpets and up the corners of walls and ceilings.

Pros Cons Best Uses
  • lightweight and compact
  • highly manoeuvrable
  • easy to operate
  • simple to assemble and store
  • powerful suction
  • portable
  • unique brushes and tools
  • 5 year warranty
  • effortless to clean
  • lifetime HEPA filter
  • quite expensive
  • noisy to operate
  • telescopic handle doesn't click to place
  • short hose
  • small dust bin
  • short electrical lead
  • vacuuming carpets with animal hair
  • vacuuming hard floors
  • vacuuming hard-to-reach areas

Advantages of the Dyson DC24 Animal Upright Vacuum Cleaner

The DC24 was specifically designed by Dyson for small homes with pets. This unit boast of Dyson's Root Cyclone technology for a powerful suction force. It includes a motorized brush bar for removing ingrained pet hair and dirt in carpets for the piles to “spring” back.

Its main plus point is its manoeuvrability. The Ball technology makes it easy to steer theDC24 Animal in and around the home, cars included. A mini turbine head is also included for attaching to the main hose to pick pet (and human) hair.

The stair tool is akin to a mini vacuum head that can be attached to the hose for cleaning the stairs. The crevice tool is the thin attachment for cleaning nooks and grooves. The brush tool is great for hoovering upholstered seats. The telescopic wand proves useful in sucking up cobwebs on ceilings and walls.

Lightweight and compact, this unit is very portable and easy to store. An end user can carry the vacuum around and up and down the house without breaking sweat. Its telescopic handle makes for easy storage.

This unit is bagless because the hovered dirt goes to the detachable and cleanable polycarbonate dust bin. The inclusive washable HEPA filter is great especially for households that have asthmatics.

Disadvantages of the Dyson Ball DC24 Hoover

One disadvantage of the DC24 is its size. The DC24 Animal is clearly for small residences only. It is a powerful vacuum but its force is in relative proportion to its size. Clearly, a bigger and heavier Dyson will have more suctioning power.

Though the handle conveniently folds into the unit, it does not click to lock so the user has to lift the vacuum using the handle. The extendable handle also does not click into place until its maximum length is achieved.

The unit might be small but it packs enough wallop to make such noise. The main hose is short but once all the fittings are connected, the reach is up to 16 feet. However, the short electrical cord necessitates the need to plug and unplug the unit around the house. The small dust bin fills up shortly and would have to be emptied several times when vacuuming.

Some consumer reviews point out to the inadequacies of the instruction assembly. The instruction is mostly pictures without accompanying text. However, once assembled, the DC24 Animal is intuitive to operate.

The lead is not retractable so there's a possibility to get entangled if one is not careful.


The DC24 Animal hoover is recommended for small homes with pets. It is also practical for a secondary vacuum unit in the house. With an average consumer rating of 4.4/5 and a 5 year warranty to boot, the “Animal” is worth endorsing. Its price of just under 250 is, however, quite prohibitive to many families.

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Updated May 2011