Dyson DC50 Animal Vacuum Reviews – Our Verdict is In

The Dyson DC50 Animal Vacuum is a workhorse, and for some of our readers the best vacuum for apartment they have come across. It looks quite impressive, with the modern and unique rollerball design instantly standing out. Further, the metallic purple accents give it a very distinctive appeal.

By the end of our review, you’ll be able to determine whether or not it’s worthy of being added to your cleaning tools.


In addition to the exclusive 2-tier cyclone technology, it’s packed with several expected and unexpected features – each having its own pros and cons.

It has an extendable vacuum hose which isn’t very long, but it still has the right size for vacuuming corners, drapes, or even your sheets to remove house bugs.

The vacuum comes along with different kinds of attachments that include a stair tool, a Tangle-free Turbine tool, and a combination tool. The Tangle-free Turbine tool especially can be useful for picking up hair strands.

The clever design makes provisions for carrying these attachments while you are cleaning for further assistance. Lastly, it has an easy to clean plastic dustbin that can be great for deep cleaning.

All these features of this vacuum cleaner can easily be found in its competitors which doesn’t make this vacuum stand out. In comparison to its rivals, its price is steeper, which makes me feel that it could’ve more unique.

This video shows how you can start using the vacuum cleaner. You will see how to use the attachments along with the right way of connecting them.


Weighing 11.6 lb, the vacuum has several other supporting accessories: filter, an extension hose, brush roll, removable dustbin, and a long power cord.

In addition to them, the design includes a collapsible handle that makes storage. You get the patented rollerball technology that is exclusively developed by Dyson. This incorporates a wide range of motion, making it easy to maneuver and effective.

I have doubts about the sturdiness of this vacuum cleaner though. The rollerballs are made out of plastic which doesn’t really feel durable enough. While Dyson is known for making quality products, most of the vacuums on the market are made out of sturdier metal.

Also, the rollerballs don’t serve as the base of the vacuum. Instead, two small wheels and axles have been designed to support the entire upright structure. This makes me a bit apprehensive whether it will be able to withstand the weight for extended periods. Still, while going through the customer reviews, I found out that not many people had complaints regarding its construction quality.

The collapsible handle is an intelligent addition that can save plenty of space. This is great for compact storage. Keep in mind that you need to push the handle until you hear a second click for it to lock securely. This could’ve been more intuitive.


To test the performance, we did a little test by using hair clips, sawdust, and pet and human hair.

Personally, most of the vacuums that I’ve used in the past haven’t been impressive when it comes to pet hair removal. Most pet owners can probably relate to this. Hence, I was desperately hoping for this one to work.

After scattering all these elements on hardwood and carpet, I found out that it worked well on both the surfaces quite well! However, it is in cleaning carpeted surfaces where this vacuum cleaner really shines. If you have carpets this could prove to be a worthy purchase.

As for the test results: almost all the sawdust was sucked in, while pet hair and human hair were totally gone! For the hair clips, I had to put in a little more effort but it was nothing that I couldn’t manage. On the whole, the performance is great.

The 2-tier cyclone technology of the Dyson DC50 Animal includes nylon brushes for carpets and self anti-static fibers for hardwood floors that make it versatile for all kinds of flooring.


You can easily operate the vacuum thanks to its fold pattern design. With the roller brush button and power button next to one another, the quick-release button is on the lower side.

You can collapse the handle of the vacuum by pressing the red button which is above the power button and roller brush button.

For cleaning purposes, you can open the bottom hatch to empty the vacuum easily. However, you will need to separate the cyclone component from the container when cleaning the inner chamber. And remember, since the entire construction is plastic, you need to be very careful while doing this.

Nevertheless, it’s quite easy to maneuver which makes it user-friendly. The cleaner head and patented ball technology also glide smoothly without much effort. I easily cleaned my living room and bedroom without much difficulty.

3. Vacuuming Confetti
Vacuuming is the most convenient way to keep every surface, drapes, and flooring of your home spotless and clean. Not only is it time-saving, but it also reduces the overall effort needed. 

The Final Verdict

Buying the right vacuum cleaner is not an easy task. You need to consider many factors like your lifestyle, budget, and personal preference. Since Dyson is already a renowned brand, needless to say, my expectations were high.

After using this vacuum cleaner for about two weeks, I can safely call myself a happy customer.

Note however that this vacuum cleaner is expensive. There are several other brands offering vacuums from which the model faces tough competition, especially in terms of performance and affordability. Dyson launching an improved version with a longer hose can be a great way to differentiate this product further from its competition.