The Dyson DC39 is a bagless canister vacuum cleaner. It’s the most powerful model of the Dyson family. It uses the Dyson Ball technology for better maneuverability, and an improved Radial Root Cyclone technology to increase the suction.

Vacuum Cleaner - Dyson - DC39 Animal

Dyson – DC39 Animal

Technical Specifications :

Motor Power : 1300 W
Bin capacity : 2.1 qt
Noise : 76 dB
Advanced filter : oui HEPA
Power cord length : 21.3 ft
Cleaning radius : 32.8 ft
Suction power : 275 W

Power selector : no
Color : Gray&Purple
Weight : 22.9 lbs
Size (inches) : 14.2×19.5×10.2
Manufacturer’s warranty : 5 years
Price : $499

Accessories :

Vacuum Cleaner - Dyson - DC39 Animal - Accessories

Dyson – DC39 Animal – Accessories

  • Triggerhead tool
  • Mini turbine head
  • Combination tool
  • Stair tool

The Triggerhead tool is equipped with an air-driven rotating brush bar, to clean short to medium pile carpets more easily. The brush bar can be turned off from a button on the handle, to switch from carpet to hard floors without having to bend down. It’s cleaning path is 10.4 inches wide.

The mini turbine head can be used to clean hard to reach places, upholstery, or even your vehicle. It’s tangle-free and can also be used to clean pet hair efficiently.

A combination tool (crevice/brush) and a stair tool are also provided. They can be stored on the handle.

The DC39 Animal has a permanent HEPA filter, to eliminate small particles and allergens. It’s also equipped with a pre-motor filter (water washable).

Vacuum Cleaner - Dyson - DC39 Animal

Pros :

  • The DC39 uses the most recent Dyson’s technology (radial root cyclone), and is without surprise very powerful. The cleaning performances are very good on hard floors, and on low to medium-pile carpets. Like the other Dyson vacuum cleaners, there is no loss of suction over time.
  • The mini turbine head is very efficient to pick up pet hair.
  • Can rotate easily around the ball, and has a very good maneuverability.
  • The HEPA filter eliminates the small particles and household allergens, which is useful for asthmatic or allergic persons.
  • Long term money-saving with a permanent HEPA filter, and no bags to buy.
  • The plastic bin is transparent, and is can be emptied with the push of a button.
  • The telescopic wand can be locked on the back of the canister to make storage easier.
  • Automatic cord retraction.
  • There is a five years warranty, including parts and labor.

Cons :

  • There is no power selector, only a suction release trigger on the handle.
  • We would have appreciated a tool dedicated to hard floors (but it’s always possible to buy it separately).
  • The user setting for the brush bar is not remembered : the brush bar is always on when starting the vacuum cleaner, which could damage hard floors if you forget to turn it off.
  • When emptying the bin, hair and debris can remain stuck on the internal walls, requiring the user to shake the bin or use a tool to extract them.
  • It’s expensive.

Vacuum Cleaner - Dyson - DC39 Animal

Customer reviews

I decided to buy the Dyson canister animal because we have 3 cats and 3 dogs and I wanted something without bags. I love this thing. It’s very light, I can use the smaller turbo brush on the stairs and my couch and as far as I can see, all my area rugs are getting fully cleaned. The head and body swivel around so I can get every corner.
The vacuum runs with a tremendous amount of suction, so much that you might need to be careful on bath mats, very low pile carpets, etc. it is very quiet (the dog isn’t afraid of the vacuum anymore) and easy to empty. It picks up a great deal of pet hair, every time I vacuum it looks like I could make another dog! If you have hard floors I recommend you spring for the hard floor tool, it is like a squeegee for hard flooring and works much better than the standard attachment. Two complaints : it would be great if you could keep the hard floor tool and stair tool in the vacuum and the connector for attaching the wand to the ball for storage is useless. There has got to be a better way to keep everything standing during storage.

Our advice :

The Dyson DC39 Animal is the one most powerful Dyson vacuum cleaners. It takes advantage of the Ball technology, which improves its maneuverability and reduces its noise output. It’s very efficient on hard floors, and on low to medium-pile carpets. It’s a very good choice unless you have very thick carpets.

If you don’t have pets, choosing the DC39 Multi Floors (which offer the same performances, but without the mini turbine head) is a better choice since it will make you save about 50$.

Rating : ★★★★½ 

5 comments… add one
  • patty Jun 24, 2014, 1:41 pm

    The HEPA filter in the DC39 is in the ball – – not accessible. Dyson says it’s good for the life of the machine and that it should NOT be washed – – this is contrary to what you say here. I know that the pre-filter can and should be washed – – but not the HEPA. T

    btw, this doesn’t necessarily make sense to me – – filters are there to get dirty and be cleaned or changed out – – have never heard of a filter that you don’t do that with – – so until I read the comments here: I was trying to find out how to change / clean it.

    • Canister Vacuum Cleaner Jun 27, 2014, 9:26 am


      Thanks for your comment. You are correct, in the DC39 the HEPA filter does not require any maintenance. This has been corrected.

      Apparently, Dyson assumes that the filter get so little use (because of the efficiency of the cyclone filtration) over the lifetime of the vacuum cleaner, that it isn’t necessary to clean it.


      • Nov 28, 2016, 11:09 pm

        you have to change the HEPA filter when the motor burns up. the hepa filter stinks up the place after replacing the motor and running it.

  • Carole Kavanagh Oct 2, 2019, 10:30 am

    My Dyson is running but won’t suck up. I have checked the pipe, head and top filter.

  • Scott Dec 16, 2019, 11:44 pm

    We’ve had our dyson dc39 for around 6 years and this thing is still a beast by far the best vacuum we’ve ever owned

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