By Patrick Avenell

The DC39 isn’t the only new Dyson vacuum hitting the market in time for Christmas: joining it at the high end of the floorcare category is the DC41 Animal, an upright cleaner also featuring Ball technology.

The cumulative effort of 70 engineers went into this new vacuum, which much of the design focused on fitting as much as possible into the Dyson’s patented Ball. The Ball is intended to increase manoeuvrability, while the DC41 Animal also features a self-adjusting base plate to make transitioning between hard floors and carpets a seamless process.

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Instead of having to change heads, the DC41 Animal automatically recognises the different surface and adjusts up or down accordingly.

“The bigger the gap between cleaner head and floor, the more suction power is wasted,” said Dyson founder Sir James Dyson. “By engineering a base plate that adjusts automatically, air leaks are reduced, maximising the machine’s performance.”

There are also improvements in suctions, with Dyson’s new Radial Cyclone Technology employed to “ensure microscopic particles like pollen and mould are captured”.

The DC41 Animal comes with a 2-year warranty for parts and labour. It is set to be released on 1 November 2011 for RRP $949.

The new Dyson DC41 Animal.