Dyson DC34 Animal Review - Performance and Verdict Review



The DC34 range have two power modes – high and low. The former delivers
8mins of operation while the latter nearly doubles this to 15mins, with
suction power reduced by about half. In normal/low mode, it really is
only suitable for dust-sized particles that are lightly engrained into
any given surface. Stubborn dirt or larger particles will quite often be
missed unless you’re really persist and precise about how you place the

Switch to high power mode, though, and the 104,000rpm motor shows its
chops, making the DC34 immediately become more versatile, picking up
larger loose items and more ingrained dirt. It’s still not a patch on a
full-size mains vacuum but could just about suffice as you main vacuum
if you’re short on space.

Dyson DC34 Animal

Compared to other handhelds there’s a clear advantage in terms of raw
power but as much of an advantage are those accessories. The crevice
tool and main brush are great for poking in all the nooks and crannies
of your house or car, while the rotor brush is brilliant for carpets,
rugs and other upholstery.

Dyson DC34 Animal

There is a fairly major potential downside when viewing this as mainly a
portable vacuum though, rather than one to perform double duty as your
main cleaner too. As well as simply being portable thanks to being
battery powered, one of the key attributes of a handheld vacuum cleaner
is that it’s small, and as mentioned earlier that isn’t really the case
here. As such, there are times when you simply can’t get an angle to get
the business end of the cleaner into position because the rest of it’s
wedged up against a car seat or such like. The backseat footwells of
cars and gaps underneath furniture or kitchen cupboards are the most
obvious areas of concern here. Some smaller handheld vacuum cleaners are
slender enough that the whole thing will slide under a kitchen cupboard
for instance. 

Dyson DC34 Animal

As for longevity, we found Dyson’s claimed figures to be pretty
accurate. This is fine for occasional spillages, cleaning the car or
having a quick spruce up, but if you’re having a proper spring clean
you’ll probably find it only lasts a couple of rooms rooms before
needing a recharge.

A final plus point of note before we look at value is that the clear,
easy to empty collection cyclinder does make it particularly easy to
pick through any rubbish if you think you’ve hovered up a receipt or
precious penny.

Dyson DC34 Animal


As with nearly all Dyson products, where the DC34 Animal potentially
falls down is price. At list price (£199.99), it’s simply too expensive
but for the £150 or so you can find it online for it’s just about worth
considering. Other handheld vacuums can be had for as little £20 so you
really are paying quite a premium here but we feel there’s just about
enough on offer here to make it worth while.


The Dyson DC34 Animal is a great handheld vacuum cleaner. It’s more
powerful than any other, it has some neat accessories and it’s really
well designed in terms of usability. However, it is bulkier than many
handhelds, doesn’t really rival full-size models for power, and is
expensive. It’s certainly not a foolish purchase but not an outright
recommendation either.

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