Dyson DC47 Animal Canister Vacuum

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Brand Name Dyson
Model DC47Animal
Rating ★★★★½ 
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The DC47 animal canister vacuum has Dyson latest 2 Tier Radial cyclones. 32 cyclones work in parallel across two tiers to increase airflow and capture more microscopic dust. And with latest Ball technology, DC47 turns on the spot. It’s compact, making it easy to store and light to pull. Includes the Dyson Tangle-free Turbine tool to remove dirt and hair from carpet and upholstery. The Dyson DC47 Animal Canister Vacuum eliminates the use of bags, so there are no extra costs to worry about.


2 Tier Radial cyclones
Two tiers of cyclones work in parallel to increase airflow and capture microscopic dust

Dyson Ball technology
The easily maneuverable ball design includes low-friction bearings for accurate steering and better control.

Carbon fiber floor tool
The Dyson Carbon fiber floor tool has both nylon bristles and brushes made from pure carbon fiber. Carbon fiber brushes clean small dust particles from hardwood floors with less static build-up, and standard nylon bristles remove deeply imbedded dirt from carpets.

Compact and lightweight
The DC47 is light to pull across different floor surfaces. It’s also light to carry, with a bodyweight of approximately 13.8 lbs.

Tangle-free Turbine tool
The only turbine tool that doesn’t tangle. Counter-rotating heads with brushes remove hair and dirt. There’s no brush bar for hair to wrap around, it’s released straight into the bin.

Hygienic and quick to empty
Releases dirt and debris into the trash with the press of a button. The clear bin lets you easily see when it needs emptying.

Certified asthma & allergy friendly
Certified asthma & allergy friendly™ by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.


Patented cyclone technology 2 Tier Radial™ Cyclone technology
Suction power 170 AW
Movement type Ball™ technology
Filter Lifetime washable pre and post motor filter
Cleaner head Carbon fiber
Stair cleaning Yes
Bin capacity 0.153 gallons
Dimensions 11.5 x 8.7 x 17.6 inches (H x W x D)
Maximum reach 27.36 ft
Cord length 16.4 ft
Weight 13.84 lbs

 Customer Reviews

I have two dogs that are medium and long haired. I have "killed" a few vacuums over the years due to all of the dog hair. This one has been great! It's easy to put together and very easy and comfortable to use. When I first received it I intended to try it out on just the living room, but I ended up vacuuming the entire house and my car. I love it! I really like the washable filter feature since those are the objects that get clogged so often.TwoDumbDogs
Delightful Product
The cons are that the beater bar is maybe 2/3 or 1/2 the length of an upright's, so it takes longer to vacuum, and the canister really is small. The canister is rated at 2 cups, but it only takes less than a cup of dirt. You don't want so much dirt collecting that you need a stick to clean out the canister because the fuzz is stuck in there.

The pros are ease of use & maneuverability, GREAT CLEANING, and washable filters. I was surprised that I had to rinse out the filters "every month." But after filling the canister 4x, I checked the filters and they were hardly dirty and didn't need cleaning. So I think I will go every 3 months before cleaning the filters.

I bought this Dyson for the allergy rating and because I needed a vacuum that would reach under my queen size bed with only a 4 1/2" clearance. This product height at the ball is only 3 1/4 inches.

5-year warranty.

Walmart offers 2 options for buying this product online for the same price. Be sure to pick the one where you get a bonus set of cleaning attachments.

Great product and I'm very happy!GreenThumbSDs
Perfect for what we need.
Our Family:
-2 Adults, 1 Child & 2 Boston Terriers

Our Home:
-1008sq ft [1st floor, not counting partially finished full basement]
-Built around 1970
-80% Original Hardwood [About 10% of that has a rug(s) on it]
-10% Linoleum
-10% Tile

First Dyson product.

This little, powerful, canister is exactly what we wanted. I thoroughly researched what it can do/was built to do...after receiving it, it does exactly what Dyson says.

Purchased Multi Angle Brush as well as Asthma & Allergy Kit in addition to DC47 Animal.

-Small, maneuverable, powerful, average noise for a vacuum, range of abilities with the accessories & ease of use.
+Great feature: Pressure release, you will love this if/when the head snags on a rug or surprise object.

-Only able to attach 2 extra tools to vacuum wand. [Flexi crevice tool & Soft Dusting Brush replaced what came in the box with the DC47]

I acknowledge the price difference between Dyson & typical vacuums, however, I firmly believe you cannot find this level of quality/ability/polish for a lesser price.

I want to point out that using a canister is FAR different than using a standard vacuum. Once I got accustom to it I don't think I'll purchase an upright again.

Upon receiving this I vacuumed the entire house, which was done with our old vacuum the day prior. Usual story, the new Dyson found GOBS of dirt in our home. I generally clean one or two rooms a day, not typically doing a whole home cleaning in a single swoop. That fact allows the cord length & bin size to work well for me. The bin is easy to dump & easy to tell when dumping is needed. Sure it is smallish, but your home should never be dirty enough to have the bin size of the DC47 become an issue. All things connect logically & work well. I especially like the carbon head as I feel it cleans our hard surfaces well & far easier than using a broom. The Tangle-free Turbine tool truly is a marvel, works great on pet hair as well as human stragglers, I use this on our throw blankets & couch pillows.

I highly recommend this vacuum if our family & home are similar to yours, best vacuum we have EVER owned.

I also make these recommendations to Dyson on future models:
-either increase the # of accessories that can be attached to the wand or place the 2 connectors on opposite sides of the wand. This would allow 2 of the wide accessories to be housed on the wand without interfering with another.

Bottom Line:
It works, it's easy & it makes sense. You cannot go wrong with this model, provided you do not have a massive home & plan to vacuum it all at once.ENoERoGY
lightweight and easy to use
I purchased to get rid of a monster upright that weighs at least 40 lbs. I have severe osteoarthritis, I have had 3 low back sugeries and I have OA in my neck and back, my hands, thumbs, knees, elbows and ankles. My spine surgeon has limited me to 20 lbs. or less. This vacuum, DC47, is lightweight I can lift it without back pain which is important. I vacuumed my living room and this machine picked up a lot of dirt that my upright obviously missed. The attachments are fantastic for cleaning the electronics:laptop, LCD TVs, the TV stands, printers, sound bar, the brush is so soft I could clean all these without worry of scratching. You need a light touch for your chachkies and it gets all the dust. I have no problem with emptying the dust bin, no problem getting the dirt out. I look at it this way;the more I have to empty that means the more it's picking up. My home is small and the canister needs no help getting around up and over the floor mouldings, no problem with tipping over. I have had both uprights and canisters, I prefer canisters. I don't need to move furniture, a canister with wand makes it possible to clean under anything without moving it. Overall I am extremely happy with my Dyson.
Good but...
I purchased this machine because I am a pet owner, have hard wood floors and vacuum quite a bit. I have 3 large labradors, so dog hair is everywhere. I have had the DC47 for about 3 months and the suction is excellent, better than any other machine I have tried. However, it is advertised as an animal machine and falls short in some key areas for me. The cord really needs to be longer, as I have to unplug all the time. The suction head and joints have way to many small pieces and groves, as dog hair gets in and it is hard to get it out, this is key to longevity with dogs. The canister tips over quite easily, simply turning while moving from carpet to hard wood. The dirt container also collets hair in the grooves and seals, making it difficult to empty and clean. I try to keep my machines clean and free from hair as it can accumulate and cause the machines to lose efficiency.

So far, the DC47 has done a good job and like I said the suction is very good, but time will tell on longevity. Certainly needs fewer places for hair to collect as static pulls hair into all the small places.NS57
Great machine, minor issues.
First off, this machine does what it claims. The No tangle hair tool is great, the cleaner heads capture tons of dust. I couldn't believe it. I've gone through several vacuums and this is my first Dyson and I'm very impressed. It works great on lots of surfaces, I've cleaned my interior car cabin with it. Great job all around. So far I have only a few minor complaints. Taking off the cap to unjam the cleaner head is horrible. No tool is provided and I called the support line they told me to use a quarter, so I did and it stripped the plastic. Within the first 3 hours of usage I had to unjam the cleaner head 4 times and each time I removed the cap it got stripped further. This cap won't even last a few months/days at this rate. The next problem is where the long arm attaches to the unit. It's a flimsy slide in mechanism that is useless. The concept is fantastic but they really need to make it lock into the vacuum with a latch/button/magnet/lock/click anything. The entire arm piecehad a great click-button attachment so why didn't they use that on the arm to main unit attachment? The trash container is far far too small, smaller than I expected. I have to empty it several times in an hour. Cleaning of the container and filter is simple and cost effective. But how do you clean the cyclones? ? The purple plastic cyclone part is filthy with dust yet you can not rinse or put water near it. So I guess leave it dirty forever? Get a brush and dig in deep? For a brand like this and such a high cost product I would expect it to have all these annoyances worked out during it's development. Maybe the next version will resolve the problems. Also, the width of the cleaner heads are small, doesn't cover too much area. Oh and a bit short on the power cord.
Worth the Money
We finally took the leap and bought an expensive vacuum. I had no idea my house was so dirty until I repeatedly filled up it's little waste compartment. The advertising makes a big deal about its maneuverability. That's only applicable for people with big open houses. For the rest of us that live in tight spaces it's not so easy going and has to be readjusted. Not a big deal. I spent all that money for a vacuum that would clean my house, not to effortlessly glide around my house.NewMom
Excellent, but carpet attachment to small
I really, really love how the DC47 animal performs. Unparalleled suction for an extraordinary clean. My only detraction is that the the carpet attachment is too small for my liking. Since it covers less surface area, it takes more effort to vacuum up a large carpet.Bellaamena
Good but can be Greater
This is a great vacuum for my small apartment! I needed a small vacuum that could do a good job cleaning pet hair. The DC47 is a powerhouse when it comes to cleaning pet hair and dust! I have 2 main issues that i can deal with BUT would love to have in my DC47.

1. A longer power cable. I can reach my whole living room with out moving the plug.

2. A little larger canister. The pet hair will get stuck in the middle and stop rotation. I will need to empty it out about a few times.

Other than that, the DC47 is a good vacuum.

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