Rated 3 out of 5Â by gthompson286 After living with and loving my animal canister I thought the DC44 for quick cleanups was a no brainer but I'm disappointed with this unit. It doesn't have enough pickup for hard floors which is what I wanted it for. It does ok on carpet. Now I'm curious about the pickup on the newer model. I also don't love the fact that you have to hold the on button down to run it. My hands aren't that strong anymore. Overall if the newer model had more pickup it would be worth getting if it was available at a realistic price. The price for the canister and upright is high but it's worth it. I don't think a rechargeable handheld should be at the same price point.
Rated 4 out of 5 Animal
I have mixed emotions on this vacuum. I loved my DC44 Animal, that is until it stopped working. I had it for 5 months when it broke. It's a great cordless vacuum, and it was so convenient to store and to use. It was exactly what I needed to pick up dog hair. But then one day it stopped working. I called the company and they said it sounded like It was blocked with something and they walked me through cleaning it out. After that it worked for a little while but then quit again. HOWEVER, I liked the vacuum so much that I will probably buy another one, hoping it lasts longer. I would definitely recommend this product. Maybe my dog just sheds too much!!
Rated 5 out of 5Â by rutabaga Ugly is Beautiful
Dyson may be a talented engineer but his DC44 is the Clown Car of the wireless vacuum world. As an industrial designer I had to suppress my gag reflex when I finally took the plunge and purchased said Animal.
Turns out that this Ugly Duckling is a true swan as it is the most efficient and convenient wireless vacuum I have ever owned. It truly works as advertised. My only problem with it is I have to use it blindfolded to allay the Ugly Effect (which took a bit of doing to get used to).
Only actual complaint is that it needs a secondary wall holder so all the attachments have a proper home. Go ahead, close your eyes, and buy one --- you won't regret it.
Rated 5 out of 5Â by justjen Love!
I love, love, love this little machine. It is one of those how-did-we-live-before-this devices that gets used in my house every day. We have hard floors (tile and Pergo) throughout our home. We also have one dog. It is awesome to be able to get the dust bunnies (mostly fur) out from under the furniture, etc. without having to wrangle with cords and a heavy machine. It is also great for vacuuming up beagle hair from the couch. The only thing we keep our old, corded machine for is the rugs. This little guy just doesn't quite have the power to get those as clean as we'd like. Overall, I would HIGHLY recommend this for others, especially those with hard floors.
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