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Gift Guide: Dyson DC44 Animal Wireless Vacuum Cleaner

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Short Version

The DC44 from Dyson is truly an Animal. It’s as good as it gets in the land of vacuum cleaners, with a wireless base, multiple lightweight attachments, and a sleek design. Sure, it’s on the expensive end of the spectrum, but when storing and using your vacuum cleaner is this easy, you realize it’s well worth it.

Plus, it does a damn good job of keeping the house clean.

Long Version

Features:

  • Dual-power mode
  • Cordless
  • 5 lbs
  • Motorized cleaner head
  • .09 gallon bin capacity
  • Includes combination tools, crevice tools in the box

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The DC44 is…

… the best vacuum I’ve ever used. Setting aside the fact that it’s cordless, light, and sleek, the DC44 actually works better than any other vacuum I’ve come into contact with. My apartment is noticeably cleaner after using it, and the act of vacuuming is noticeably easier when it’s with the Animal. I never once have to go over the same surface twice, and getting the white shag rug or the white upholstered headboard clean with the extra tools is quick and painless.

On top of that, the Animal is cordless, which means no more tripping over or wrangling wires, and it Dyson’s patented mobility technology, relying on a centralized sphere to help maneuver into tough corners and crevices.

It’s incredibly light, and does its job so quickly that it’s tough to get tired before you’re finished. This, of course, depends on the size of your home, but in either case it’s likely an upgrade from almost any other product in the weight department.

One slight downside may be battery power. According to Dyson, the Animal only provides 20 minutes of continuous use in regular mode. I found that to be very modest. I used an initially fully-charged Animal on three separate occasions, all for longer than ten minutes each, and only had to charge it after that third time.

The Animal comes with dual power modes, meaning you can use it for 20 minutes regularly or for “8 minutes on Boost mode.” Boost mode is intended to pull up the really tough stuff, which it does well, but it does drain power much faster. I got about 13 minutes out of Boost mode.

(Editors’ Note: I mixed up products in the video above, and accidentally said the Animal has a six-hour battery life. My mistake. My apologies.)

Buy the DC44 for…

… both the clean freak and the slob. A vacuum isn’t the sexiest gift, but this is just about the sexiest vacuum in the world, and the only I’d deem acceptable as a Christmas gift. However, if you so choose to give the gift of cordless clean, don’t bother worrying about that recipient’s disposition toward a clean home.

My girlfriend requires a spic and span living environment, whereas I’m far more laid back in that department. Of course, she enjoys a quick lap around the apartment with the Animal, cordless and free. But I was surprised to find that I didn’t mind vacuuming at all with the DC44. It’s even quiet enough to leave on the news or the music.

Because…

… some of the best gifts are the things we need, not the toys we want: a coffee maker, a new washing machine, luggage, or a vacuum cleaner. If you’ve seen a loved one struggle with their out-dated vacuum cleaner, the Dyson DC44 is a truly thoughtful gift.

It will pay off in the long-run, when daily cleanings prove to be much more efficient. But it’s also shiny and new, and a fun thing to open up on Christmas morning.