Dyson DC31 Animal Handheld Vacuum
Latest Generation Dual Power Mode for Pet Owners

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The Dyson DC31 Animal Handheld Vacuum Cleaner is a powerful vacuum cleaner that is ideal for homes with pets.

Though this unit is compact and light, its suction power is relatively strong. It is ideal for quick pick-up of spills and spot cleaning of nooks and crevices. Homes with pets deserve a vacuum that can sop up pet hair (and human hair) effectively.

Households with an adequate upright vacuum can do with a second one like the Dyson DC31 Animal Handheld Cleaner.

Its dual power mode is very convenient for a 10 -minute run time for larger areas and a short 6-minute run time that has an even greater suction power for stubborn dirt and pet hair.

Pros Cons Best Uses
  • powerful consistent suction
  • picks up pet hair
  • ergonomic design
  • bagless with washable filter
  • inclusive of tool attachment
  • cordless
  • rechargeable battery
  • quite expensive
  • quite heavy for a handheld vacuum
  • 3.5 hours to recharge
  • short operating time
  • does not work while charging
  • attachment can't be bought separately
  • quickly cleaning spills
  • vacuuming small areas
  • sopping up pet hair

Advantages of the Dyson DC31 Animal Handheld Cleaner

Portability and its great suction power are two of the best qualities of the Dyson DC31 Animal. This ergonomically designed handheld vacuum does a good job of getting rid of pet hair in carpets and on the floors. It is a good piece of vacuum cleaner for use on stairs and tight spaces.

It is also very easy to move about as it is cordless. It can be taken anywhere in and out of the house without worries about electrical outlets.

Dirt and debris are collected into a 0.35 litre capacity clear dust canister. Its dual power mode provides a 10-minute constant powerful suction and a 6-minute 70% higher suction operation.

The dust bin is easy enough to empty though a little practice is needed to “master” the routine. The washable filter is very accessible too.

The Dyson DC31 Animal comes with three free attachments: a debris nozzle convertible to a brush tool; a motorised brushbar for cleaning carpets and a crevice tool. The unit has a 2-year warranty on parts and services.

Disadvantages of the Dyson DC31 Animal Hoover

The one big disadvantage of the Dyson DC31 is its short operational time and long charging time. The 3.5 hours it take to recharge a battery that lasts at the most 10 minutes does not really qualify its bearing the Energy Star logo.

For a handheld, it is quite heavy. It is a good thing that it only operates for a maximum of 10 minutes it would take a really fit person with strong biceps to use the Dyson DC31 for more than 10 minutes (pun intended).

Some users find that the “easy to empty” dust bin is not as straightforward to empty. The DC31 Animal also has the tendency to lose its suction power once the dust bin is near full capacity.

Though its portability makes it a great vacuum for cleaning cars, 10 minutes might not be enough to properly vacuum the whole car's interior. It has no flexible hose to reach tight gaps easily. It is also quite expensive at under 150.


The average consumer rating for the Dyson DC31 Animal is 4.2/5. This is a high enough rating to merit considering buying this unit for a second vacuum. That is, if you can afford its stiff price for a limited cleaning coverage.

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Updated May 2011