Leader of the Pack

If you scour through my blog, you’ll see that I am a #DysonFanGirl. Years ago I had one impressive introduction to the brand, when their upright filled an entire canister of yuck – immediately after I vacuumed my house with my current vacuum. I was grossed out, blown away and deliriously excited at the same time.

Fast forward to now and you’ll see quite a few Dyson products in my home. Uprights, the digital slim {a little ninja that tackles small jobs with ease} and the modern looking Dyson Fans which cool the house yet are simple to clean and so kid-friendly.

It only goes without saying, when offered the chance to review the newest upright to join the family, I agreed. Obviously.

Meet the Dyson DC66 Animal. AKA: the leader of the pack.

You see, this newest full-size model to hit Canada has some pretty remarkable upgrades.


The Dyson DC66 is part of their “Animal” line of upright vacuums, perfect for pet owners who really want to get all that hair {and dander} that tangles in household fibres {or car upholstery}. Even those without pets will appreciate this powerhouse in suction power when it comes to the animal lines.

Now, the animal line is not new to Dyson, yet the amount of power in this particular model is – a 25% power increase thanks to remodeled cyclones and the latest in Ball technology and improvements to air flow. When compared to the other line of uprights, and past models of animals themselves – the difference is very noticeable. In fact, you know it’s getting deep down when you literally see the tracks in the carpet.  


I always loved that my Dyson products got right to the edge of the baseboards when cleaning, and I never had any complaints about the performance of this clean. Yet somehow even this feature has gotten better. The brilliant Dyson engineers have stripped back the design of the cleaner head, so that the brush bar has end to end coverage. In my trials, the previous models went to the edge {which is fantastic} yet the Dyson DC66 seems to suck out even dirt trapped under the baseboards. So again, it’s taking something great and making it better.  


Another worthy upgrade {there are tons, right?} is that the cleaner head is now self-adjusting. With the DC66, it automatically adjusts to various types of floors. From carpet to laminate, hardwood and more – the Dyson DC66 does it all. Since most of us have varying types of floors in our home, we’ll all appreciate not having to change heads to get the job done. Cause really, who has time for that?


Ensuring you have a deep clean of everything imaginable, the Dyson DC66 attachments help in that department.

There’s also a Tangle-free Turbine tool to remove dirt and hair from carpets and upholstery. With its self-adjusting cleaner head and re-engineered brushbar, bristles dig deeper into carpets to remove more dust and dirt, while providing superior performance on hard floors.


This redesigned Turbine tool is a new feature and one of the highlights of the Dyson DC66. This means that we don’t have to pick out strings and hair from the brushbar, it simply doesn’t get tangled. Sweet!


The Articulating hard floor tool is new, and it’s got different lengths of bristles to scrub the floors as it sucks. This of generous width, so perfect for larger hard surfaces yet it’s very short so it can go under furniture so well. It’s also thin enough to go in between narrow gaps making it my fave for in-between the kitchen appliances!


The Stiff bristle brush is another great attachment that is smaller, so it’s perfect for spot cleaning. The bristles are more stiff than the hard floor tool, so it’s great for scrubbing dried up messes like mud-prints off the kitchen floor. As well, I like this one in the van, this time of year attracts dried stubborn mud everywhere!


Since it is an ‘animal’ after all, the grooming tool allows you to literally pet and vaccumn your furry friend at the same time. It pulls up free hair and self-cleans while doing it, so that hair doesn’t get stuck in the attachment itself. 

One great improvement in the Dyson DC66 Animal {that my DC43 Animal, the 2012 model, didn’t have} is the storage right on the vacuum for a couple of attachments. I don’t like hunting down and fetching the certain attachments that I use almost every time like the combination dusting and crevice tool, as well as an upholstery tool. So, it’s a timesaver to have them right there at all times. 


Once again, I adore the long wand and hose that has ample reach to clean up and down a flight of stairs, without moving the vacuum. The cord is very long, and I only have to re-plug once in order to get the entire main floor clean. 

The vacuum itself is durable, which is needed for those crash-into-the-walls incidents {we all have them}. It’s mostly built of durable ABS plastic, the same plastic that is used in riot shields and police helmets. So, it’s it’s made to last yet not as heavy as one one think. I find it easy to carry around the house, as seldom as I actually do. 

Backed by the famous Dyson 5 year warranty, you can be sure that this will be a dependable bagless vacuum that you’ll be happy with for years to come. This is coming from one happy long-time Dyson owner.

The upgrades, the design, the performance/power and that awesome Ball Technology which allows for easy manoeuvrability with a simple twist of the wrist.

Dyson really raised the bar with the Dyson DC66 – it is the leader of the pack!



Disclosure: I received product to facilitate this review post. Opinions are, as always, my own.



  1. Debbie Bashford says

    I bought my Dyson Animal a while back and it came with no attachments but I could use that Articulating hard floor tool, will have to check their site to see if they are selling it.

    • says

      Happy to give some attachment recommendations to you! Let me know if you find one, I’d love to know what you discover on this! 😉

  2. Jennifer says

    I’ve been itching to get a Dyson for a while now, and this one looks amazing. With two shedding dogs, one of them a German Shepard, this vacuum would definitely get a workout!

  3. Tara says

    This is great to know how well it works on tile and wood – for we have no carpet in the house. I think I will have to check this one out when we are due for a new vac.

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