I recently purchsed the purple Dyson Animal hoping the system would live up to all of the hype, especially with a $500 price tag. I've used other vaccums in the past that have lasted two years and then busted. I'd go out and buy a new one, spending around $150-$200 in the process only to have it repeated. With high hopes, I brought the Dyson Animal home.
I chose the Animal model because of its reputation at sucking up stubborn animal hair and hoping that it would vaccum all the golden retriever hair on my floors. The vaccum itself was very easy to put together and in fact, required very little assembly. The attachments are fantastic and include a telescopic pipe that is stored within the vaccum! The stair attachment is wonderful at sucking up particles off the stairs with the same rotating technology as the main system.
The Dyson Animal succeeded in making my carpets look as though they had been cleaned. The machine left light vaccum trails throughout the house, making it feel very clean indeed. When I finished vaccumming, the canister was almost completely full of pet hair. I was able to easily remove the canister and was delighted to find that only a push of the trigger releases the bottom portion of the canister to empty the contents. I did not have to pull off the top, turn it over, or stick my hand in the canister. The canister was easy to empty and easy to replace back onto the main unit.j
Overall, I found the Dyson to exceed my expections. When looking at purchasing a vaccum, one needs to look at the long term picture and expect a vaccum to last a very long time. I expect my Dyson to last many years and in that sense, the system is worth the $500 price tag.