Dyson DC41 Animal Complete Upright Vacuum Cleaner Review



If you want a powerful vacuum cleaner that would also have the versatility you want for your different cleaning needs, the Dyson DC41 Animal Complete is a definite upgrade from your ordinary vacuum. It comes with all the essential attachments like pet brush, hardwood floor and upholstery tool, and more.

It also offers premium convenience because it is very easy to maneuver using the Dyson ball technology which we will take a closer look at in this review. It is a predecessor of the Animal Complete DC65 and is at a lower price. But it still is a little more expensive than standard models. Let’s take a look at its other features and if it is worth the few extra hundreds.

Important Features and Specs

The DC41 has a lot of suction power. The parts have been very well engineered. Suction is concentrated on the cleaner head so that it doesn’t pick up things on the sides that it’s not supposed to and it has more power.

It is self-adjusting because of the unique base plate – which keeps the head as close to the floor as possible all the time. This way, you never lose suction and you can go smoothly from carpet to bare floor without switching heads or having to lift the vacuum up.

It picks up very fine particles like flour on the carpet just as well as it does coarser debris on bare floors. For heavier stuff like beads, you can attach the included crevice tool and the machine will pick them all up with no problem. You can turn off the brush bar when cleaning hardwood floors so that the particles don’t spread out.

One of the many useful attachments included in this DC41 Complete version is the Tangle Free Turbine Tool. It is a small unit that easily attaches to the wand with one click. All parts click in and out easily so it’s faster and more convenient. This turbine tool has two rotating brushes on its base specifically made for cleaning pet hair or even human hair.

They will roll the hair, or other thin strands that they pick up, into a ball so that they don’t get tangled into the brush cause then it would be difficult to clean. Beware though that it is not really intended for thicker strands. Others have tried testing it to thin ropes and they did get tangled up.

Another innovative breakthrough for this model is the ball technology. You can see a big gray ball right on the base of the machine, attached to the cleaner head. That’s what helps move the machine around. It easily glides sideways, turns and pushes without effort.

It is so much easier to maneuver. One problem with that is it makes it difficult to keep the machine standing upright. If you don’t lock it in properly, the handle will fall backwards. The trick is to push the handle forward and make sure you hear the click that indicates that it’s securely locked.

As specified, it includes all attachments offered by Dyson in this series. That includes a pretty handy rotating brush that you can use to reach and clean ceiling fans or other hard to reach furniture. It also comes with different brushes; soft and stiff, and a dusting tool.

The design is sleek and is something you wouldn’t be hesitant to show to your friends. It comes in fuchsia pink and blue, with predominant gray, with the clear dust container on its body. It’s not very light. It weighs 19 pounds and has dimensions of 10.7 x 11.5 x 36.4 inches, Width, Depth, and Height (WDH).


  •  Powerful suction
  •  Bagless
  •  Picks up pet hair
  •  Maneuverable
  •  Very long hose and wand for cleaning stairs and tight spaces


  •  A little more pricey than other upright vacuums
  •  Turbine tool is not completely tangle free but it’s fine with hair
  •  Not very lightweight

Who Should Buy

If you want to upgrade from your basic vacuum cleaner, the DC41 gives you a lot more when it comes to power, performance, convenience, and versatility. It is perfect for bigger homes and also offices.

If you are eyeing the DC65 ad don’t want to spend all that, this is a pretty close version at a remarkably lower price. But if you are really on a budget, you might want to consider other brands that also offer multifunction features and attachments.


The Dyson DC41 Animal Complete Upright Vacuum Cleaner is a powerful and innovative machine that will greatly improve efficiency and convenience in your regular cleaning.

It offers twice as much suction power and comes with all the accessories you want in a vacuum. It costs a little more than what you might want to spend for but if performance is your priority, you cannot go wrong with this model.