Product Type: Dyson Vacuum Cleaner Accessory
Newest Review: ... the 2 effects combine will draw the animal hairs out of whatever and into you Dyson. In practice, it is very good at doing what it is de... more
Very good, but you need to plan ahead.
Dyson Mini Turbine Head
Member Name: Randal
Dyson Mini Turbine Head
Date: 31/08/10, updated on 12/08/12 (161 review reads)
Advantages: Good cleaning power on fresh animal hair
Disadvantages: Can struggle with ground in animal hair
I got this as a freebie when I purchased an upright Dyson DC14 some years ago. I got the animal version of the hoover (the one that is apparently specially designed to pick up animal hairs from your floor) and I thought that this turbo head assembly would also be useful to do the stairs, furniture etc, which would be especially useful given that I have 3 dogs and a cat.
It is basically a smaller version of the brush bar bit of your upright Dyson (the bit at the bottom that actually sweeps the floor), costing just over £35 from Amazon. The idea is that you attach it to the hose assembly of the Dyson and then use it in those hard to reach places where you wouldn't normally be able to get your upright Dyson, such as the stairs, the furniture and wherever else you may have that your animals might frequent.
It works by spinning the brush bar with the suction and applying the suction, and the 2 effects combine will draw the animal hairs out of whatever and into you Dyson. In practice, it is very good at doing what it is designed to do. It does brush the animal hairs out, providing that they are fairly fresh. I say that because the effect really depends on how often you hoover your house etc and what sort of animals you have. I tend to hoover every couple of days, and my animals don't really shed loads of hair, although the cat does have a pretty good go at it. So when I do hoover, the hair sits on the top of the carpet or fabric and hasn't been ground or woven into whatever, which would make it more difficult for this turbine head to remove.
So with the hair being fairly fresh, it comes out easily with this device. Now with the cat, he tends to shed more, and then sleeps on it and hence his hair tends to get ground in more. Using this turbine head, it still gets most of the hair out, but it just takes a little more effort to do it all and it still sometimes leaves some behind.
However, for general cleaning of the stairs and perhaps the sofa, it is really good. The only issue I have with it is that it is an extra for your Dyson. By that I mean that it is not stored on your Dyson as all the other attachments are, which are then readily available for you to fit and use to tackle any job wherever you happen to be hovering at that time. With this turbine head, more often than not it will be stored in a cupboard somewhere. So you need to plan to use it in advance, go and get it, fit it, use it and then return it to the cupboard. So often you find yourself just fitting one of the hoover attachments for speed and convenience to clean the sofa rather than going to get this device, and hence the device tends to sit in the cupboard unused.
If Dyson could somehow design some sort of storage for it on your upright, it would make your Dyson quite a formidable cleaning device for your home.
Review also on Ciao under Randal1.
Summary: Good for fresh cleaning, but is it worth the trouble of getting it?
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