Dyson DC31 Vacuum Cleaner Review

Review of the Dyson Handheld Vacuum Cleaner

The Dyson DC31 is a handheld vacuum resembling a power tool and is powered by a battery pack. The Dyson DC 31 also has an Animal Model for those frustrated with pet hair and dander. The Animal Model has a motorized brush bar that comes standard, specifically designed to lift pet hair removing it from furniture with its powerful suction.

Both models are designed for spot cleaning and quick pickups. They have two power modes that can easily be selected. The two options are either 10 minutes at 38 air watts or 6 minutes at 65 air watts. (This time is based on constant use.)

The Dyson DC31 is priced a little over $200.00; for about $60.00 more you can pick up the Dyson DC31 Animal Model.

Dyson DC31 Features:

  • No loss of suction with the patented Root Cyclone™ technology
  • Runs for 10 minutes (constant) on one setting or 6 minutes (constant) on the higher setting for more suction power
  • Washable reusable filters
  • Can be used on stairs, for your automobile or motor home. Moves easily to any location due to battery power. No chord to deal with.
  • The Dimensions are: 12.7 by 4.5 by 8.07 inches (HxWxD)
  • It weighs 2.9 lbs for regular model, 3.38 lbs for animal model

Digital Motor:

The digital motor is 3 times faster and more powerful than conventional motors. . It is also smaller, and lighter for ease of use. Digital means no carbon brushes; no carbon dust.

In addition this motor has a high setting that provides extra suction for picking up extreme dirt and messes made by kids or pets. There has not been a handheld vacuum made with this kind of suction and performance level.

Cordless Operation:

Cordless operation makes this handheld vacuum easy to use anywhere in your home as well as your car. The battery recharges quickly (within 3 hrs to full power). When the battery is nearing the end of its charge a red light will come on as a warning but it will still hold full suction up to the end of the battery power.


Several attachments come standard with this handheld vacuum. They interchange and attach very easily to the base. One of the unique attachments is a combination accessory tool that converts to a duster with soft bristles. A crevice attachment is also included for getting into small places and works great for those hard to reach places in your home or even your car. The Animal Model includes an additional motorized brush to easily and efficiently pick up pet hair from surfaces with its powerful focused suction.

Dyson DC31 Recommendations:

One owner said they would have liked more details from the owner’s manual. It would be helpful to have the attachments listed and what they are used for.

Another reviewer stated that it could be a little quieter. It has the same noise output as a standard vacuum.

A very pleased owner states that she loves her Dyson DC31 and said this is the best handheld vacuum she has owned. She recommends it to everyone. She appreciates that, with just a touch of a button, the canister is easily emptied directly into the trash can. Without a bag to mess with, it’s quick, easy and clean process.

The majority of reviews are positive and provide detailed feedback. All agree that it definitely outshines and outclasses the old “dust busters” that had very little suction. Some say that the Dyson has perfected the handheld vacuum and it works like a charm. Many owners believe that if you purchase one, you will grab for this handheld unit several times a day as they do. It is ready to quickly get to the mess and efficiently pick up anything that is thrown in front of it. If you have children, (especially young children) you will want one of these units for those constant spills and for getting the crumbs up off the floors and under the highchair.

If you are a pet owner, it is recommended that you consider the Animal Model. One pet owner states that instead of being frustrated about the dog hair on the floor right after she vacuumed the whole house, she just grabs the DC31 Animal model and spot cleans. It is also great for pet hair behind doors, in your windowsill, and under the base of your cabinets or anywhere it collects. The Dyson DC31 makes this job so easy on tile too. Instead of using a broom and scattering the hair in the air, it sucks it up without a trace.

Convenient and great to use for that quick clean before the company comes over.

For all these reasons, owners of the Dyson DC 31 say that if you decide to purchase the Dyson DC31 handheld vacuum you should not be disappointed.