Let’s take a look at one of the most popular vacuum cleaners made by Dyson. The DC40 is an upright vacuum cleaner that comes in several variations depending on the accessories and attachments included. In this review, we pay attention to two of the most popular variants – the Total Clean and Animal. There is a little difference between them – the Animal is geared towards households with plenty of animals to clean after while the Total Clean is more of a complete solution for large households with plenty of areas to clean thoroughly.
The materials and the appearance of these vacuum cleaners are not different from the ones of other Dyson uprights, namely silver plastic, red handle, blue/yellow coloured cyclones, ball, and a polycarbonate bin.
Dyson DC40 Review
The Dyson DC40 Animal and the Multi Floor measure 1064mm by 364mm by 310mm and weigh 6.6 kilograms. They are smaller and lighter than the Dyson DC41Mk2. The power cord of these machines is 7.5 meters with a maximum reach of 12 meters, and the bin capacity is 1.6L. Compared to the DC41Mk2, the cord is shorter and the bin is smaller. However, the bin emptying is as hygienic as usual requiring a push of a button.
The Dyson DC40 Animal and the Multi Floor feature the patented Radial Root Cyclone technology. Due to the improvement of the flow efficiency, turbulence is reduced and air pressure is preserved, meaning that the inner cyclones extract more dust particles.
The suction power of these uprights equals to 100 air watts, which is 20 air watts less compared to the Dyson DC55 Total Clean and the Dyson DC41Mk2.
However, this suction is more powerful than that of the Dyson Small Ball Animal/Multi Floor’s 84/86 air watts.
Thanks to the Ball technology, these vacuums do not look overburdened but compact and stylish. Moreover, it ensures balance and maneuverability while cleaning around corners or furniture. These uprights appear to be a good purchase since this technology is also thought to prevent musculoskeletal discomfort.
Attachments And Tools
Like the Dyson DC41Mk2 and the Dyson Small Ball, these vacuums also have a self-adjusting cleaner head with an active base plate. Exactly this base plate makes the Dyson uprights a preferable option than the traditional vacuums.
It adapts to various surfaces, raises and lowers in order to maintain close contact with the floor so as to avoid the creation of gaps.
The wand and the hose of these Dyson vacuums release in an instant and very smoothly without a hitch. They are useful for cleaning of corners and high ceilings.
The DC40 Animal is similar to the Dyson DCMk2 Animal and the Small Ball Animal due to the presence of tangle-free turbine tool. It has counter-rotating heads and no brush bar which helps the release of a pet or human hair from carpets and upholstery of beds, sofas, chairs, stools, etc.
The DC40 Multi Floor box does not include such tangle-free turbine tool but a combination and a rigid crevice tool just like the DC41Mk2 Multi Floor and the Dyson Small Ball Multi Floor.
Compared to the Dyson DC55 Total Clean, both DC40 lack a reach under tool and a carbon fiber soft dusting brush. The latter, in particular, is very useful for cleaning of flat and delicate surfaces like blinds and lampshades, because it will not scratch them. However, if you want to have it, you will have to spend a little bit extra.
The Dyson DC40 Animal and the Multi Floor reach 87dB which is the same as the DC55 Total Clean but more than the DBS of DC41Mk2 and the Small Ball. Such dB may be detrimental to your hearing if you are exposed to them for a very long period of time.
Both DC40s are equipped with a lifetime HEPA filter which only has to be washed in running water. The HEPA filtration and the Radial Root Cyclone technology make these uprights asthma and allergy friendly by capturing more microscopic particles.
The price of the DC40 Animal is cheaper than the Dyson Small Ball Animal, Dyson DC41Mk2 Animal, Cinetic Big Ball Animal but the last one comes with a bit more included attachments.
The Dyson DC40 Multi Floor is cheaper than the other Dyson upright Multi Floor or Animal versions but does not come with a tangle-free turbine tool, reach under tool or carbon fiber soft dusting brush.
Final WordsThe DC40 review conclusion – both Animal and Multi Floor are powerful upright vacuum cleaners which come with a 5-year warranty. They are easy to use and very maneuverable thanks to Dyson’s Ball technology. The Animal edition is special for pet owners due to the presence of tangle-free turbine tool. The Multi Floor edition is in no way inferior to the Animal as it offers the same strong suction, filtration, and technology. Moreover, they are affordable for more customers since their price is the lowest of all Dyson uprights.
Overall it is a solid performer with a somewhat reasonable price tag. It offers great performance for the price, considering it is a Dyson product after all, and it received the hoovervacuums.com seal of approval.