Product Type: Dyson Vacuum Cleaner Accessory
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Dyson Mini Turbine Head
Member Name: mikebaileyuk
Dyson Mini Turbine Head
Advantages: Will clean things ok if they don't really need cleaning.
Disadvantages: Too many to fit in this little space...
Vacuum cleaning, love it, hate it or get someone else to do it? Once a week, once a day or once in a blue moon? Depending on your answers, you'll either think this is the greatest cleaning gadget you've ever had or you'll wish you'd never bought it!
First things first. It is an optional attachment that fits to either the telescopic tube on the vacuum cleaner or directly to the hose. It is a mini version of the suction/beater section of an upright cleaner - the bit that does the cleaning as you push it backwards and forwards across the floor. It is fairly compact, being about 31cm long and 16 cm at the widest point. It weighs 688 grams. There is a button you either pull out or bush in to choose between suction alone or in combination with the rotating beater bar. It is also very easy to clean should anything get wrapped around the beater bar, the head assembly unclips and everything can be untangled.
It will not fit the following models: DC01, DC02, DC03, DC24 and all the handheld models. The Argos website says it will not fit the silver/lime DC04, but the Dyson site says it will, I guess they know what they're talking about.
The Dyson website says that it is 'ideal for removing pet hair and fibres from confined spaces such as upholstery, stairs and the car'.
OK now for the practicalities. It will get to places that the actual cleaner itself can't reach, so yes it will clean the upholstery in a car, your sofa or the mattress on your bed. If you do have a pet and it goes in your car or on the sofa this sounds like a great idea. I'm sure you wouldn't need it to get pet hair out of your mattress but hey, each to their own...
The only problem is that the normal tools on the Dyson can get to all these places and a whole lot more, the mini turbine head will not get right into the edges of the stairs for example or any other small confined spaces.
This is where I think it all depends on your cleaning habits. If you vacuum everyday or have a pet that doesn't really leave lots of hairs everywhere then I'm sure this would be a great idea. It would pick everything up and would get the job done quickly. Cleaning the stairs for example, you could wizz over each step in no time because the head is certainly larger than the brush or the nozzle attachment so you'd pick more stuff up in fewer passes of the head.
I have two dogs, one of which is a Rhodesian Ridgeback, they leave short hairs everywhere and they weave themselves down into the carpet (the hairs, not the dogs). The turbine head won't touch them at all and the only option in hard to reach places is the nozzle attachment. With the turbine head, the turbine spins because of the suction of the vacuum cleaner so if you put any pressure on it to try and get deeper down into the pile of the carpet it just stops rotating. Pointless!
One more little grumble: the angle at which the head is designed means it will not get into some places at all. It is in a fixed position and will not always get into tight spaces. Another reason that you have to resort back to the standard tools on the vac. Oh and one more thing, you can't stow it on the cleaner anywhere so you have to carry it round separately everywhere. Are you starting to realize that I think its naff?
These gadgets cost in the region of £25. You can get them from:
Dyson: www.dyson.co.uk £25.94
Argos www.argos.co.uk £24.99
Amazon www.amazon.co.uk £29.49
Or you can buy them on Ebay where you'll also find plenty that say 'used once', hmm I wonder why...
So, would I buy it again if I had to? No.
Would I recommend it to anyone? No.
What would I spend the money on again if I had a choice? Hmm, think I'd forget this cleaning lark and go out for a drink!
Summary: This will work if you clean everyday and don't have a pet.
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