Dyson DC44 Animal review

The new Dyson DC44 digital slim really sucks... in a good way

Reasons to buy
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    Compact & Light

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    Well designed

Reasons to avoid
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    Limited usability

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    Short battery

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    A tad pricey

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The Dyson DC44 Animal is the company's latest answer to space-saving vacuum technology, but does this handheld Dyson cordless vacuum bring enough to the table?

The Dyson DC44 joins the brand's relatively new range of vacuum beasts, including the Dyson DC39 Animal (£339.99) and smaller Dyson DC38 (£299.99), as well as the upright Dyson DC40 (£349.99) and DC41 (389.99).

As a handheld, this one, of course, is far smaller than the others and has been designed specifically for urban living. We were lucky enough to get our hands on one, and put it through its paces by letting it give T3 Towers a once-over.

Dyson DC44: Size and design

As with everything that comes out of Dyson HQ, the design is sleek, chic and instantly recognisable. This is a gadget that we would have no problems storing in plain sight - a very practical possibility thanks to the wall-mount that comes in the box.

The DC44 is 2.3kg of lightweight aluminium and plastic - designed primarily with comfort and ease of use in mind. It might start to feel a little heavy in the hand after a while, but it's still more than manageable in one hand and has excellent balance to it. It's easy to whizz it around the floor, before removing the carpet attachment and hoovering worktops, ceiling corners and skirting boards.

Dyson DC44: Features

Dyson's digital motor is key to the new cordless vacuum's power. The motor spins at an incredible 104,000rpm - five times faster than an F1 engine

The battery that powers this monster is a 22.2V nickel manganese cobalt battery, and it squeezes out a solid 20 minutes before performance drops rapidly. Importantly though, the battery is designed to be fade-free, meaning that you get 20 minutes of consistent high performance.

The Dyson DC44 also uses the company's Root Cyclone Technology - a fancy bagless cleaning system that is powerful enough to lift dirt out of your carpet. The dirt then goes straight into an - admittedly quite small - chamber, which is released and emptied by two simple button pushes.

Dyson DC44: Performance

Unlike upright and cylinder vacuums, the DC44 is a joy to use, rather than being an exercise in furniture and cable aversion.

Being cordless and light means you don't have to worry about dragging your vacuum out of a cupboard, then around your flat. And as previously mentioned, it's super simple to empty out.

The DC44 is incredibly powerful for a battery-powered, cordless vacuum and had no problems with any of the surfaces we threw it at. Occasionally it might struggle on it's standard setting with a deep pile carpet, or entrenched dirt, but the max button that sits near the trigger gives you extra power when you need it - more than enough to see away these kinds of obstacles.

Dyson DC44: Verdict

The Dyson DC44 is capable as both as a 'dustbuster' type gadget, as well as a genuine option for cleaning your flat. It's easy to use, easy to store, easy to empty and keep clean... we could go on.

The design constraints mean that the DC44 is only really suitable for small living spaces. The battery gives you 20 minutes of high-performance suction before it starts to die off noticeably (or 8 minutes on the max setting), which really is not very much. If you don't think you can vacuum your whole place in 20 minutes, you might want to consider something else.

If the price and time constraints don't bother you, then this is a fantastic option to have. Moreover, it's another phenomenal piece of Dyson engineering.

Dyson DC44 release date: Available now

Dyson DC44 price: £279.99

Pete started his fledging journalistic career covering lifestyle tech and video games for T3, before a brief sojourn in food turned into a full time career as a chef, recipe developer and editor with the likes of Great British Chefs, BBC Food and SquareMeal. Over a decade later he has come full circle, putting kitchen tech and appliances through rigorous testing for T3 once again, and eating a quite intense number of omelettes whilst testing non-stick pans. In his spare time Pete loves nothing more than squashing his size 11 feet into tiny shoes and going climbing. He also dabbles in cricket writing from time to time, and is certainly a man who knows his leg from his wicket.