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      17.01.2014 19:53
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      A design I want to love - but cannot!

      Item: Dyson DC01 Vacuum Cleaner

      I bought my first Dyson in around 1994 and at the time I believe it cost £279.00 as I had the upgraded HEPA system, which also meant I had a limited edition colour. At the time Dyson cleaners had been receiving rave reviews and were being strongly marketed. My old faithful VAX was on the way out and I needed a vacuum cleaner that could clean my Axminster to a high standard despite my dogs and busy household. Originally I had set my heart on a Miele HEPA model, but these were about £500 or more, so believing the hype I went for the Dyson. I purchased the Dyson from a local independent electrical retailer and they brought round to my house about an hour later. I unpacked the machine and marvelled at all the tools and the special little moulded holders for them and read all the instructions and enjoyed the now common quick release cable, I was a little surprised to discover that the machine featured the same advertising type labels as the display model in the shop and was a little upset that I could not easily remove them. However, all in all I was delighted with my purchase. I plugged it in and vacuumed the house, lifting off the wand to reach knooks and crannies and generally doing whatever I could to try out the various tools and test the machine. I was very pleased.

      Now, you may be wondering why I am bothering to review this item at all, well actually it is because a young work colleague was daft enough to buy a used version for £58.00 from eBay recently and is really disappointed with it. There are issues with this machine and the DC03, which I will also review later for good measure.

      1. The Tools:

      If I remember correctly my machine came with the following:

      Crevice Tool
      Upholstery Brush
      Small Stiff Brush
      Extension Pipe
      Dusting Brush
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      2.The Design

      There was so much hype about the new wonderful all singing all dancing BAGLESS vacuum cleaner when these first came out. Yet, the bagless idea was not a new one, both my VAX and its predecessor an Aqua Vac were very good bagless machines.

      The main difference between my old bagless' and the new Dyson was that the Dyson is an upright machine with a long reach wand to compensate for the mainly wheeled suction area.

      The main and its USP was that it featured Mr Dyson's "Dual Cyclone" technology, which is actually quite basic science: The suction of air created a centrifugal force that throws the particles of dust and dirt out of the airflow onto the wall of the container where gravity takes over and they then fall to the bottom. The vacuum cleaner uses several stages of cyclones and the dirt laden air enters a conical container, where it is made to flow in a tight spiral to remove dust and other particles from the air stream, eventually landing in the collection bin that you can see. If you look at the dirt filled chamber you will see that the dirt has been graded according to weight; that's the centrifugal force at work.

      In common with later upright Dyson's the DC01the hose and wand that is positioned at the back is easily disconnected via a click button to released from the body and is easy to use, the hose being super expandable and is designed to have a long reach. The tools are easily attached and are strong and well made.

      3. In Use:

      At first I was delighted with the performance of my Dyson, indeed it cleared up brilliantly and the hose function with crevice tool cleared out the door jamb a treat.

      However, I was quite perturbed by the noise level, at the time I had a baby and I was always worried that the vacuum would wake her up. Indeed, it was impossible to sing along to the radio or hear the door bell or telephone over the noise of the motor.

      Despite the noise, though I soon got used to the machine and wizzed through the housework, needing to empty the collection bin after about 3 days, so thoroughly had I cleaned. Then after about 10 days it all went "petong". The vacuum blocked, I did everything I could to remedy the problem and looked at the booklet, as the Dyson was covered by a comprehensive warranty, I phoned the help desk to be told how to unblock the U bend. This became a recurring problem and one that spoilt the machine for me.

      When I had owned the Dyson about 6 weeks it went wrong again. This time the belt had snapped. So again, I got onto the helpdesk. I should have received a spare belt in the box when I bought the machine, so they "helpfully" sent me three.

      The HEPA filter also requires fairly constant changing as does the main filter. Fortunately these are fairly easy to change being positioned at the front of the machine and on the side respectively both being easily accessible and were readily available to buy.


      So indeed, I found this revolutionary machine to be a needy prima donna - it seemed to require constant attention, if it was not getting blocked up in the narrow U area it required emptying or a filter changing or the belt would stretch or snap.

      Those nice people at Dyson "Customer Service" told me that the problems I was having were all quite normal and that they were to be expected and that there was no warranty claim to answer to.

      As I had paid quite a lot for the machine, I persevered, suction may not lack because it was bag less, but it lacked suction for some reason and once its first flush of youth had passed became second rate. The U bend blocked frequently and the bottom of hose started to do so as well.

      I found the DC01 easy to use in lots of ways, however it was quite a heavy bulky machine and the electric cable seemed to be a bit on the short side. Indeed, such a shame for a cleaner with a lovely long reach wand to be let down by a not so long reach power cable.

      The DC01 does a great job of cleaning right up to the skirting boards and is easy enough to manoeuvre, as long as you don't have too many flights of stairs to lug it up.

      Emptying the Bin:

      The main thing I liked about the DC01 was that you could easily see when it required emptying, indeed, I soon learnt that the best time to empty was when it was not more than half full otherwise suction would be reduced. Yes you did read that right REDUCED SUCTION!

      As I emptied the bin straight into the outside bin, this was one of the times I needed the face mask. The slightest breeze would cause the waste to spin into the air or it would grumph and fluff up out of the bin. So not wearing a mask would have negated the use of the HEPA filter, equally emptying the bin into a house bin whilst still indoors would have just put all that dust back into the atmosphere.

      Furthermore the bin required brushing out from time to time and that was a filthy job that needed to be done outside on a wind free day prior to bathing and hair washing. The C shaped brush that was part of the tool kit was ideal for this task and was easy to hold and brush the bin out with.


      My Extra Toolkit:

      So my kit that I kept with the Dyson DC01 comprised of Filters, HEPA Filters, spare belts, the tools that started to fall off their nifty holders after a few weeks, a face dust mask, a screwdriver for replacing the belt and a strong wire coat hanger.

      That is why I missed my old Aqua Vac and Vax they had no tool kit or tantrums.


      Advantages:

      Bagless
      Long Reach quality Wand and Hose
      Cleans right to the edge of the skirting

      Disadvantages:

      Almost needed a whole cupboard of spares and tools to operate it
      In order to empty the bin it is necessary to wear a mask and bathe afterwards
      Constantly blocking
      Loss of suction
      Short Electric Cable
      Noisy
      Replacement filters are costly and need replacing often
      Belt needs replacing frequently


      Conclusion:

      I so wanted to live my Dyson. I so wanted to be one of those reviewers that gush about Dysons. Sorry, I cannot. All my reviews are based on my own honest opinion. My own honest opinion on the DC01 is that there is so much good about the machine. It is well built and when it works well it works brilliantly. However, for me it was a nightmare appliance and I should never have bought a second one!

      OK, you cry, so why did you buy a second one. Well, to cut a long story short, I was chatting to the owner of the electrical shop one day and he suggested I wrote down all the problems I had had with the DC01 and wrote to Dyson. That I did, by way of thanks they sent me a voucher worth £120.00 off a replacement machine. I think my DC01 was about two and a half by then, going through the terrible two's anyway. I sat (metaphorically) on the voucher for a while and eventually again taken in by the hype bought a DC03 when they were reduced in the sales - so look out for that review, it is only fair to follow up this review with one on the next and last Dyson I bought.

      Therefore, if you are thinking of spending your hard earned on a used Dyson DC01 - after all they are tempting. Please don't. The running costs of filters and belts are far higher than bags for a different brand of vacuum cleaner and these are not as hardy as they purport to be.

      Customer Services back in the 1990's was brusque and there was no service, hopefully that has improved.

      I have not troubled you dear reader with extra information on the Dyson brand, I am sure it is readily available on the WWW. However, Dyson was a British company, I am sure I read somewhere that the building of the machines is now outsourced to the middle east.

      Final conclusion: Probably a good vacuum cleaner for child and pet free very clean homes?

      If you still want to buy one - priced at around £58.00 used on eBay and from other outlets at the time of writing January 2014.

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        16.10.2013 09:14
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        This is a very good vacuum that I like very much

        WHAT IS IT?

        This is an upright vacuum cleaner that is made by Dyson.  It is an old model and a lot of others have been made since that but it has lasted for all of these years so I have not bought another one because I have not needed to.

        THE DESIGN

        We have had this vacuum cleaner for 5 years and when I bought it I was in our home on my own so I took it out of the box and put it together myself. It was very easy because all of the pieces clip together and you do not need to use any tools.

        It is attractive I think because the vacuum is silver and some of the parts are bright yellow but not very many.  That makes it colourful but not too strong with colour.  It gets very dirty on the bottom and thick with dust but I do not care about that because it is easy to clean.  

        USING THE DYSON DC01

        This vacuum is very effective because it has good suction right up until the cylinder needs to be emptied.  It is quite good at getting to the edges of my rooms but the bottom piece of plastic is quite wide so I always have to undo the pipe and attach the nozzle tube so that I can make sure there is no dirt left at the edge of my carpets.  It is very easy to empty also because you have only to take off the cylinder that is holding the dirt and pull a small loop to open the bottom so that it all falls out into the dustbin.

        I think this is a very heavy vacuum but I do not have anything to compare it with and all modern vacuums might be so heavy but I do not think so!  I use mine upstairs and downstairs but do not like to clean my stairs with it because I feel like I am going to fall down when I am trying to stop it from tipping.

        WHAT I THINK

        I am very happy with my Dyson and I do not think that I will replace it.  A belt was broken last year but that was cheap to replace and my husband fitted it, it was fiddles to fit because of it having to be stretched in a hard place but he did it quite fast.   Dyson upright vacuums are guaranteed for 5 years but I have read that there are a lot of things they will not fix so do not think every little thing that goes wrong will be put right by Dyson and some things you will have to repair or replace for yourself.  

        I use it on carpet and wooden floor also.  I do not like vacuuming my loose rugs with it because it is so strong that it sucks up the edges and I am worried that it will damage the fabric of the rug.   I can do it if I am very careful and start at the centre but do not like to risk it and so my rugs I usually clean with a brush instead.  It picks up dirt just as good off wooden floors as it does off carpet and I am happy for that because when I borrowed my mothers vacuum it blew the dust around on my wood floor and made it very hard to clean properly.

        ANYTHING ELSE

        I paid about £300 for this Dyson 5 years ago but I think you only can buy them used now so you can look on Ebay and places like that where you might be able to buy one for cheaper than that.  When it does break I will buy another Dyson if I cannot fix it because I have been so very happy with this one.

        5 Dooyoo stars.

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          19.04.2013 20:12
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          An old reliable vacuum cleaner.

          When I moved most recently it wasn't until the day before I was due to leave my old house that I realised that my ex partner had taken our vacuum cleaner with him (along with all of our forks but thats a story for another time!) so I was suddenly moving out of a house with no easy way to clean it on my departure. A quick phone call to my ever suffering father turned up a pleasing coincidence as he had just bought himself a new Dyson vacuum cleaner and hadn't yet got rid of his old one.

          So when he drove down to help me move my larger furniture items he also put in his old Dyson DC01.

          The DC01 was the original Dyson bagless vacuum cleaner and at the time an absolute revelation - this particular model had been in my father's home for as long as I could remember- certainly it had been resident in the space under the stairs since we got the Dalmation puppies in 2000 so I was amazed that it had lasted as long as it has.

          These days the silver plastic of the body is slightly discoloured to more of a dirty grey with silver flecks, but the yellow trims are still brightly coloured. The clear plastic dirt holder is not particularly pleasing to look at but this is a cleaning device after all! This old faithful cleaner has had the extending section replaced after the puppies chewed it so instead of Dyson silver it has an unbranded red section replacing the original silver and the hose is somewhat shorter than it used to be. But none of this has affected its functionality - though the shorter hose means it may not reach the length of a household staircase any more.

          On leaving my old house I had thought that the room my ex had been storing his possessions in until he left was as clean as it could get but after running the Dyson around the room there was a considerable quantity of dirt in the machine.

          Moving in to my new flat I have found that other than some incredibly well ground in dirt (I worked very hard to get it that well rubbed in to the floor - another story for another time I think) nothing I've dropped on my carpet has remained there after a quick run out with the Dyson.

          The main problem I have is that due to the small size of my flat there are corners between furniture and the walls which the Dyson is simply too wide to fit in to - the most annoying area like this is between the foot of my bed and the wall, but it is easy enough (if a little time consuming) to use one of the attachements on the end of the extender hose to clean this section.

          As my flat is on the first floor I have to take my turn in cleaning the communal stairwell shared between my flat and my neighbours, I find that the slightly shortened Dyson hose will reach all but the furthest three stairs, so on a typical 'as standard' hose you really could comfortably reach the entire staircase - and being flats the staircase is a little taller than a household staircase would be.

          The Dyson is quite heavy but not overly heavy and for me I find that it's a good height without being too small or too tall as to make it hard to manoever.

          Given the age of my Dyson I'm impressed at how hardwearing it is and how efficient it still is.

          These days despite being practically prehistoric technology you can still buy a DC01 for around £70 (this is an average selling price according to eBay), to buy new filters for it will cost around £6, and recommendation is that these are changed every 3 -6 months.

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            18.11.2012 21:52
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            A great machine to keep on top of the housework.

            I've admired Dyson vacuums for a good while now, but only recently took the plunge!

            The difference between my old cleaner is immense.

            I like the fact that there are obviously no bags to change, and you can see exactly how much dirt is being picked up by the machine.

            The vacuum cleaner appears to have an incredible "suck" on it, although this is only my opinion. The rate at which the machine collects dust/cobwebs is amazing!

            To take the machine apart to either get at the dirt you have collected, is easy and self explanatory. There is also the option to use the hose and a couple of attachments for those hard to reach places.

            The one downside I have found to the dyson, is the rubber band that is used to drive the bristles at the bottom of the machine. These seem to break with fairly monotonous regularity and I find it a pain to replace them. They can be sourced online easily, however actually fitting them is a delicate and intricate job!

            Overall however, I would totally recommend this machine to anyone who wants a quick, easy and powerful way to keep on top of that dust and whatnot around the house.

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              03.09.2011 23:20
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              Very reliable and easiest and simplist vaccum around.

              My mum has used this spefic vaccum cleaner since I can remember so that probably works out about a little over years and it has never broke.

              Have recently started helping out with the housework :) defiently new territory. I find this vaccum really easy and simple to use as I honestly not one for hard work I find it doesn't tire me out too much.

              It is very easy to push and never fails to pick up the dirt. It has 3 different nozzles so can be very adaptable; it can reach the edge of carpets and corners but I find it isn't too good at getting into the nooks and crannies.

              Disposing of the dust is very easy even for me, although getting it from the vaccum into a bin liner can get a bit messy.

              Only flaw I find is power control as i wouldn't say it has enough money to pick up majorly ground in dirt but will still do it's job.

              Think this vaccum is the best you can get at a very good price as it is a bit out of date. My mum did actually buy another vaccum cleaner but soon went straight back to this one as she didn't like it better than this one. Hopefully this will still continue to run for many years in the future as it has lasted a very long time already with no problems.

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                01.08.2011 19:13
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                A good vacuum cleaner model but I'd recommend a more recent one

                We've had the Dyson DC01 for a good few years now and up till now it has proved to be very reliable. It is one of the older Dyson models, having been released in 1993, and as a result it doesn't have many of the new features which many recent models have, but it really has all you need. It was one of the first vacuum cleaner models not to have bag which constantly requires changing, instead it has a clear cylinder which stores all the dirt and you simply tip it out - much easier. You do have to replace the filters every now and then but they are fairly cheap and easy to change.

                It sucks up all forms of mess, including dust and hairs (which some vacuum cleaners have trouble with), and the suction is very powerful and will get all those stubborn bits of dirt that other models might miss. It has a handle for carrying it so it is easy to transport up and down stairs, and it is quite light so easy to move around. It is made of strong plastic which is very durable and built to last so if you bang it against the wall there is no chance of it cracking. It has a hose which you pull out of the handle which can be used for cleaning hard to reach places, and it really gets into corners and cleans areas which could not other wise be reached. This is good for cleaning cobwebs out of corners or dust of off the top of shelves. It also comes with various attachments which you use depending on what kind of surface you are hoovering.

                It cost us about £200 when we bought it, but it is quite an outdated model now so can be purchased much more cheaply. They are very hard to find now, and you can purchases parts and accessories for it in many places online, but the only site I found where you can purchase a whole DC01 was manchestervacs.co.uk which has them at £69.

                We've had the DC01 in our household for many years and are still perfectly happy with it. It cleans up dirt very efficiently, although it is an outdated model and maybe not the best cleaner you can buy. It is quite noisy, and I know there are much quieter vacuum cleaners on the market but this is a good, reliable, study vacuum cleaner.

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                  There is something quintessentially English about the way we support the underdog. We love to see Goliath brought crashing to earth by a David. We even seem to prefer the plucky Brit gets heroically beaten story to one of domination by a another sportsman.

                  So the story of James Dyson's attempts to take on the worlds vacuum cleaner manufacturers with his bagless cleaner is one that fits nicely into the national psyche. When Dyson managed to get through all the obstacles put in his way and managed to launch his revolutionary (literally and metaphorically) cleaner he had with a certain amount of public sympathy. This meant that as his cleaner went into the shops there was an element of public support willing his venture to succeed. The public were ready to buy the product and wanted, willed, almost the cleaner to work and be successful. Marketing at its best.
                  To examine the success of the Duson you have to look at the existing market BD - Before Dyson. All vacuum cleaners were the same, they worked on the same principle, had broadly the same design with the vacuumed particles going into a bag, consequently they all had the same problems. The main problem was always one of lost suction due to the air flowing into the bag which then progressively blocked and the differential negative pressure was lost. No negative pressure equals no vacuum.

                  The Dyson design did away with that by using a similar vacuum system but the vacuumed dust was collected through a cyclone system similar to those used in industry where powders or granules are transported. Having determined that was the system he would use, Dyson perfected it and then set about the design of the cleaner to further differentiate it from the existing market.
                  The use of pigmented plastics in bright tones achieved this in conjunction with the clear barrel to see the machine physically working.

                  Our experience to the DC01 model we have has been generally favourable. Our main complaint with previous vacuum cleaners has been their lack of robustness. They did not seem to last longer than 2 years at most before they started to break. Generally vacuums we have had before the Dyson were just not strong enough. We have had the DC01 for 3 years and it is still solid and with no damage or deterioration in its structure. In terms of performance it is generally as good as it has ever been. This means it is measurably better than previous cleaners we have had.
                  One slight problem is its tendency to block between the brush roller and the upward tube. We have had to take the bottom section of the cleaner off a few times now to clear the obstruction which is usually nothing other than compacted dust. This in itself though is a sign of the power of the suction of the cleaner and that this high suction continues longer despite a progressive blockage.

                  The Dyson is an excellent cleaner and we would certainly have another. The problem for Mr Dyson is that the cleaners last so much longer now we buy a vacuum a lot less frequently. But if that is a minor problem for Dyson it is a huge one for his competitors.

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                    Handy for those who are gentle with vacuum cleaners.

                    For anyone who has never experienced a Dyson vacuum cleaner, it’s not always throwing away good money on a poorly thought out machine, but rather the abuse that most Dyson models suffer from by the owner’s neglect. As a vacuum cleaner collector I’ve only ever had a few Dyson models in my collection and after owning a DC01 from new for a couple of years the faults on the machine could only have come from long term use and elevated expectation given the features that Dyson had advertised on the model itself by way of difficult to remove stickers listing the features. I read the manual, I read the helpline info and I listened carefully to the engineers on the expensive Dyson premium rate help phone lines at the time. I despised the call out charges of £75 each time when the DC01 ran out of its warranty and after five call outs, both with my DC01 and DC03 uprights, it was time to throw in the towel of experience. Bought brand new in 1995, it cost my parents £200 odd and we received an extra year’s warranty at the time.

                    These days the DC01 is defunct but the model still appears on Ebay such as the long standing basic model in grey and yellow, whilst at times the limited edition “Antarctica,” model may well surface as well as higher graded filter systems such as a HEPA plus model and the famous multicoloured De Stijl model celebrating the artist.

                    The question is, after so many years, is a reconditioned Dyson DC01 better than the current line up of cheaper to buy cyclonic uprights against newer Dyson models? It could well be a good deal if it is priced between £40 and £60 with the promise of a new motor and parts, under the reconditioned slogan. ** This is a long review **


                    ** The DC01 Design **


                    Much has to be said of the DC01. It serves its purpose well if all that you need is an upright which can deal with removing grit from carpets, rather than hard floors which the DC01 could never do thanks to its constantly spinning roller brush which could not be activated to stop. The less mechanics the better where the DC01 is concerned. It was never intended to have a lot of features but rather just to show off its Dual Cyclone patented design of being able to remove dirt deep from carpets without ever clogging because it uses no paper bag, but an actual cyclone built up from suction air and the centrifugal forces of the cyclone shrouds themselves which spin thicker dust into the air, and refines the larger pieces of dirt to the bottom whilst the inner bin from the cyclone retains the finer granules of dirt. This is why on a Dyson, you’ll always see (and feel if cleaning the bins out) heavier dirt on the outer shroud and inner powdery talcum like powder in the inner shroud. Other cyclonic bagless uprights fail to do this as they use a mesh or paper pleated filter to trap the particles, thus clogging and cutting the suction.

                    As with most Dysons after the DC01 on upright designs, the hose at the back can be taken out when the handle is released from the body and automatically attaches itself to the handle and long pipe which stretches out. Even as far back when we had our DC01 brand new, we did marvel at the stretch of the hose which could clean up an average stair case with the DC01 at the bottom landing and one of the easiest, most pliable hoses ever produced on a vacuum cleaner. Thus, there is a lot of give in the hose even though on the DC01 it is permanently attached to the handle via the thin metal brushed aluminium secondary pipe. In this instance, here is where other tools can be used on the handle to further make use of their reach and versatility.

                    A series of three tools came with the DC01 originally; a long crevice tool, a round 360º upholstery brush and a flat lint picker upholstery brush ideal for soft furnishings and early in our ownership found it to be useful for cleaning mattresses and curtains.

                    Then there is the secondary adaptor which must be fitted to the long rubbery acrylic see through hose for any one of the attachments, but the handle and long spine would need to be taken off before the adaptor could be slid in. Earlier handles on DC01’s had a tendency to snap off and Dyson quickly remedied this with a new style handle but it also meant the long thin pipe after the handle was now permanently attached unlike before. Regardless of these options, all four tools sit either side of the DC01 at the bottom, two on each side but in general use they are liable to fall off and remains to be a poor design thought regardless of the fact that they are visible and easy to access on the DC01.


                    ** Performance **


                    One of the issues I noticed immediately on my DC01 is the fact that at the front the motor has a very billowy tendency to blow out hot air. This however is the air which is expelled at the front of the motor and is filtered by the HEPA/S Class washable filters which are fitted at the bottom of the DC01’s bin and the air is expelled twice through different vents. It can be annoying that in use, when the DC01 glides on floors, it pushes and blows dirt away from the main suction floor head rather than grabbing the dirt in and like most uprights on the market these days, this means that as well as a lot of hot air, it is accompanied by a lot of noise.

                    And noise is something which if you are the owner of a DC01 you will have to become accustomed to. Then again, the DC01 always had a 1200 watt motor which against today’s cheapest bagless upright is very lowly; but the differences of suction and maintaining suction are different and uprights these days which can’t suck up 100% of the time will have higher motors to cope with and to fill in the void of losing power by maintaining power for longer.

                    Over carpeting the DC01 is good if not average against a similar kitted out upright which uses bags, but the more modern design on a DC01 and other models after it suffer from the fact that the main motor hinge gets in the way if you aren’t say, over six foot tall. The DC01’s worst attribute is that the motor hinge gets in the way, and despite Dyson’s reckoning, it will not clean flat to the floor for low furniture such as open space beds and low coffee tables – of which our family owned Sebo X1 is famous for when trying to get under furniture. It also meant that for most of the time I had to stoop to ensure the floor head met the carpet rather than hovering over the pile at an angle. For some owners they will simply put the DC01 into the upright position, press the lock on the handle and happily bend down to clean under low furniture. I can do that with my Sebo X1 too but frankly I’d like an upright which can slide under low furniture without injuring myself due to the machine’s weight and lack of reach because of a large motor. Tie in a short power cord of 6 metres and it’s a wonder the DC01 was never updated with a bigger and more convenient 10 metre cord.

                    That aside, the DC01 does however have edge cleaning sides on the main floor head but it doesn’t have beater bars thankfully, which don’t groom your carpet but clean the carpet with its fine spaced bristles.


                    ** Filtration **


                    Most Dyson DC01’s have a multi stage filtration system – that is, to say mostly S Class or HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters which produces cleaner air than the air and dust sucked up into the machine (Dyson call it “S-Level”.) And changing the filters on any DC01 is easy thanks to the fact that both are the same shape and different types can be bought and washed – thus cutting cost on extra filters. The side motor filter has a slide pick out grid whilst the bin by the main top motor has to be removed before the bottom flap can be raised to pick out the other filter.

                    The amount of dirt both the filters on my DC01 accumulated after the first three months of ownership was unbelievable but at the same time, easy to detect since the air was gradually beginning to get cloudier with dirt each time the DC01 was made to work; basic thumb rule, if the filters are black, wash them or replace them until they are white again! Filter replacements are usually available from Comet, Currys or John Lewis and for the DC01 they are priced between £3-99 and £5-99.


                    ** Clogging **


                    Another aspect of the DC01 is removing clogs or when dirt gets clogged. Looking around the DC01 its not hard to see that the model was one of scientific and excellent engineering thought and skill. At the back of the DC01 there are two air way inspection doors; both rubber flaps close over as soon as the DC01 is switched on. But when switched off the flaps are easy to open (shame they don’t stay open) but the hose and dual inspection pipes are easy enough to stick a pipe cleaner upwards to dislodge any clogging. I thought initially that my inspection airways would be clear until I pushed a finger in one day and discovered a whole load of matted cat hair at the bottom of one of the tubes. Still my DC01 was working, but I can’t imagine it would have lasted any longer if I hadn’t had cleared out the air ways.

                    And the same applies to the hose, because at the bottom held by the cord wrap hook, there is a rubber hole about the size of an old 10p coin. This reveals the open end of the hose and can be pulled open and downwards to remove any clog which gets stuck.


                    ** Weight and Other Maintenance **


                    One of the other aspects I don’t like about the DC01 is its 9kg weight. 9kg? Yes you read it correctly. For all that Dyson had made his machines out of plastic and very little metal on the external body the 100% recyclable plastic body may well have been great news for environmentalists, but in every day use the DC01 is a very heavy machine and difficult to use if needed to be carried up stairs. Despite the fact that the main handle for the Dyson has been automatically incorporated into the bin design, the DC01 has always commanded a bigger foot print because of its sheer size and width, often making the old Hoover Junior look like a little toy compared to this monster.

                    Drive belts on our DC01 were forever being replaced and at the time, a pack of 2 belts around £8 were starting to look very expensive as we needed to buy three packs at a time within the first year. The second year and third year of ownership was marginally better but no less expensive with constant drive belt replacements. The problem with the DC01 isn’t just its high noise, but the fact that its roller brush spins extremely fast and thanks to its auto adjusting head can be extremely sensitive on tassels and parts of old carpet which are working themselves loose. These days copy drive belts which do the same jobs are as easy to find as well as buy ranging in cost from £1 up to £4. Some owners just use one drive belt for two years and if you’re an owner like that, good on you!

                    The changing of the belt however can be problematic and this is down to the fact that the Dyson has to be tipped over on its front (often a juggling act as the bin gets in the way and thanks to its circular shape will often rock from side to side) or side where the floor head reveals a couple of plastic screws which have to be undone with a 1p coin. Don’t try it with a screwdriver; I had to order replacement parts from Dyson as the screwdriver I had attacked the initial screws with were broken by the time I had managed to get the floor head sole plate off. Once the sole plate comes away, pick out the roller brush, fit a new belt over it and attach it to the main motor spindle flywheel. Sounds familiar doesn’t it? When at a time Dyson had more or less advertised this as the latest state of the art vacuum cleaner it sat at odds when having to take out a tool box to replace a rubber belt.


                    ** Other Advantages/Problems **


                    Unlike Sebo (and yes, it does have some failings) the DC01’s hose once taken out reveals that its main point of contact on the DC01 is at the bottom. Typically for any upright cleaner which has a hose contact at the bottom this means that in the case of the DC01 it will seldom fall over. This is great news for anyone who needs to use an upright’s hose at the same time as general cleaning.

                    One problem with the hose is that it has a tendency to kink whenever it is pushed back into the main rear of the upright. This has always been a problem with the DC01 and Dyson did improve the design on the similarly spec DC04 but with more improvements. On the DC01 however sometimes the inner metal tube would not fall back into the hose automatically resulting in a tight kink and with brute force could pierce the see through acrylic tube.


                    ** Emptying it **


                    Due to its age the Dyson DC01 has a dirty policy when it comes to emptying. It incorporates either the bottom of the bin to be unlocked and screwed off to dislodge the bin itself, and reveals a dusty shroud cone open to the air once the bin is off, or with the entire assembly lifted upwards and unlocks itself complete with the bin lid handle. By the time you’ve got that all off you then have to carry the bin with one hand on the handle and another on the bottom of the bin before halving both parts (preferably outside your home by your refuse bin) to empty. The easiest solution is the first one but in both cases it is a very dirty business. Ironically for all that Dyson bitched and moaned about the lack of a bag to clog and saving money, the whole procedure of emptying the bin is messy and in the user manual it suggests and shows a picture of a person using a bag to contain all the dirt from the bin when its tipped upwards.

                    This then brings the question of how clean a Dyson should be once its been emptied. Do not ignore the honey comb shroud as the holes need to be brushed clean of dirt. I always did this to my Dyson DC01 and found that the upholstery brush was great for this very task.

                    Escaping dust on a DC01 isn’t unheard of and one of the main problems owners face is the fact that the filters rarely get dusted apart from being washed. From time to time the motor has a bad tendency to let in dust and once that occurs the motor will burn out. This is what occurred to me when I used the DC01 to suck up fireplace soot. The filters were clean, the shrouds were clean but the motor burnt out because the main motor filter became clogged with dust.


                    ** Conclusion **


                    At the cost of £40 to £60 reconditioned, a Dyson DC01 starts to make sense if it is only to be used as a main upright carpet cleaner – ideal if you have pets or large expanses of carpet where a suction only cylinder vacuum fails to pick up the first time. However its reliability record speaks for itself – it does not provide an all in one solution for long term cleaning and peace of mind despite its extra long hose or the fact that it provides 100% suction. As Dyson has launched oodles of newer upright designs from the DC01’s launch, it also comes as no surprise that other small cost optional tools such as the excellent Animal turbine brush cannot be used on the DC01.

                    At least in the DC01’s favour, spares are always readily available. Treat it kindly, maintain it well and the DC01 could last a few good years. But the slightest neglect may mean costly repairs and for anyone faced with buying a DC01 over the £100 mark, that simply isn’t good enough in terms of reliability and design that brand new bagless and cyclonic upright vacuums have improved upon. Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2007

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                      When we went looking for a new "hoover" we knew what we were looking for. Compared to the old one, we wanted it to be more powerful, quieter, cleaner, lighter, more reliable, cheaper to buy and easier to use. Unfortunately, the DC01 turned out to be none of these. Power I can't challenge Dyson's claim that the suction power doesn't drop off as the bucket fills, but as long as the power remains above an acceptable level then it doesn't make any difference to me. It doesn't seem any more powerful than other hoovers we've had. What is noticeable is the poor action of the rotating brush. It just seems to rotate without doing much beating and doesn't raise the nap of the carpet very much. Nor does it seem to adjust very well going from soft to hard surfaces. And, because of the way the vents are orientated, it blows light debris away, rather than pick it up - you end up chasing stuff round the room! Noise The Dyson in noisy. It's noisy enough to be unpleasant and wearing after a time. Cleanliness The Dyson is dirty to use. It looks dirty, with the transparent bucket that soon get all scratched and scruffy looking. Who wants to see what they've just hoovered up? It's unpleasant - and when it comes time to empty it… dust everywhere. You have to hoover the dust off the hoover. My wife makes me do it because she can't face it. Far preferable just to pull a disposable bag out of the thing and throw it in the bin... Lightness Very heavy and awkward to carry upstairs. More Reliable Not really. The hose kinks at the joint to the wand and "pings out" at the bottom. The tools get loose and fall off. The beater breaks. It blocks regularly and is awkward to take apart and put together again. The cable frets away at the joint to the body and has to be shortened regularly. Cheaper to Buy The DC01 was relatively expensive. E
                      asier to Use Unfortunately no. It is heavy and falls over. The wand is awkward to deploy and the tools work loose and fall off. And do you own a car? Well... after you've spent a frustrating couple of hours with the wand wedged under your chin trying to get it into and around the car you'll realise that the DC01 was not designed for cleaning cars. Nor for stairs. The wand is just too long, but the length is forced on it by the overall concept. Summary I could not, unfortunately, recommend the Dyson DC01 over a bog standard, developed-over-the-years, upright cleaner, fitted with paper bags. I hope the later models are better and that Dyson has fixed the DC01’s inherent problems.

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                        I bought my Dyson nearly 8 years ago. It is the original DC01 model, and I got it through distribution for the paltry sum of £140, when they were still £200+ in the shops. For the first few months, we got on brilliantly. The suction was fantastic, and it brought my carpets up in such a way that I immediately binned the VAX which I'd been using for years before. The DC01 is an upright model, and the handle detaches to become a mobile pipe, to which you can fit one of the three adapters - a creviace cleaner, a brush, and an upholstery adapter. I won't bore you with the specifications, as the other 60+ reviews here will tell you all about the power, and filters that are provided, and the full range of accessories. As a cleaner, it is a little bulky and cumbersome. The power is great, but you need to be more than slightly built to lug this thing up and down stairs. It does not clean right to the skirting board, although it goes pretty close. There is one achilles heal which really lets this cleaner down, and that is how easily the pipes become blocked. At the rear of the front roller is the outlet pipe where the waste is sucked into the receptical. I have to unscrew, remove this and unblock it at least once per month - which is a 15 minute job. Perhaps it is my dog, or my girlfriend's long hair which causes this but it is no end of frustration. It is a terrible design flaw. The hole through which the waste gets sucked, is a fairly small aperture, and to add insult to this, there is a stupid bit of plastic which particles easily get stuck behind - within minutes you get a blockage, causing dirt to be thrown back onto the floor. I have checked, and there is no revised part, so we're stuck with it. Probably because the DC01 is the original model, you should expect some design issues. I have looked at the later Dyson's, and this part has been radically redesigned. I've a
                        lso noticed that the suction of the cleaner is not what it once was. 8 years ago it could practically suck a brick up, and while it still gets the job done, it's not quite the same. Again, I have used a DC07, and that was radically better than the DC01. I think the time is coming for my DC01 to be pensioned off onto the 2nd hand market, as I have just spent too much of my life unblocking that pipe! I will certainly buy another Dyson, as I have not found another brand who's cleaners come close to outperforming a Dyson, but I'll buy a much newer model, and I'll be checking carefully for narrow pipes which might cause blockages!

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                          James Dyson, the inventor of the bagless vacuum cleaner. He not only deserves recognition for his achievements but also for his incredible perseverance. It was through his own disappointment with his current cleaner that he embarked upon the long and arduous task of inventing a cleaner that provided 100% suction. ~~~~ THE MAN HIMSELF ~~~~ Well before the invention of the first Dyson Vacuum (DC01) James Dyson had a talent for creating new and innovative products. While he was studying at The Royal College Of Art in 1970 he invented the Sea Truck' it has sales to date of over $500 million. Most of us will not have heard of this but I am familiar with the award winning 'Ballbarrow' which can apparently go where no other barrow has gone before! It is a red/orange colour with a large ball where the wheel of a Barrow normally is. Now I'm not a regular wheelbarrow user but I know they can be difficult to handle and tip over, the ball at the front eliminates that. It was in 1978 while he was in the Ballbarrow spray-finishing room that he noticed that the air filter was constantly clogging up with powder particles, just like the bags do in vacuum cleaners. As a result of this he designed and built an industrial cyclone tower which removed the powder particles by exerting centrifugal forces at more than 100,000 times more than those of gravity (information from the Dyson website) The question was, could the same principle work in a vacuum cleaner? 5 years and 5127 prototypes later the worlds first bagless vacuum cleaner from Dyson arrived. ~~~~ THE BIRTH OF THE DC01 ~~~~ The first bagless cleaner was launched in 1991 in Japan and was seen as a status symbol. It was named 'G-Force' and retailed for around $2000, so was out of most peoples reach. Using the income from the Japanese licence 'James Dyson' decided to manufacture a model under his own name in Britain. This was the
                          DC01 and it was released in 1993 as the first in a range of cleaners to give constant suction. ~~~~ HOW IT ACHEIVES CONSTANT SUCTION ~~~~ The bag was replaced by two cyclone chambers, which cannot clog with dust. The traditional bag clogs with dirt and as it acts like a filter, it's suction power reduces when it becomes clogged. Even other bagless cleaners that use filters lose suction to around 70%. With Dyson the dust is kept away from the filters and thus the suction remains. The outer cyclone spins out the larger particles and the inner one removes the minute health-threatening ones so as well as keeping suction it can help with allergies. The newer models now have 8 cyclones making them very efficient indeed. ~~~~ THE MACHINE ~~~~ My main reason for choosing my DC01 was the bag free feature and the fact that it claimed to pick up more dirt and dust and thus be better for asthma/allergy sufferers. I liked its design and the facility to use a wand for cleaning stairs and it appeared to have plenty of attachments for upholstery etc. There are three versions of the DC01, a cylinder vac and a yellow and blue upright; I am going to focus my op on the standard upright yellow model. The Dyson is constructed of sturdy plastic and is primarily grey with some yellow features. It has cord storage at the back of the machine but you have to manually wind this up when not in use. Although the cleaner does not have a bag it does have two s-level submicro filters, these are supposed to be very efficient at collecting dust particles. One is placed underneath the clear plastic drum (where all the dirt is collected) and one is encased in a filter holder down the side of the machine. They need to be replaced after 3 months, as it will affect the performance if you don't. It is very easy to do and they are very accessible. You can order them from the website at a cost of £8.00 for 8 filters or from most major reta
                          ilers. You can buy none Dyson products but of course they don't recommend it. I have used cheaper filters from time to time and they still do the job. One of things I like about the Dyson is that all the attachments fit snugly on to the vacuum and it is a simple process to use them. At the bottom of the vac you will see two storage posts on each side of the drum. Here you will find the necessary attachments stored. There will be a tool adapter, a long crevice tool, an upholstery brush and one for removing pet hairs etc. When you wish to use one of these it couldn't be simpler. You remove the wand from the back of the machine by lightly depressing a large yellow button that is flush with the handle and located at the front. All the attachments fit easily on to the end of the wand. The wand is long enough to reach the top of most staircases and this saves having to carrying the vac up and down and trying to balance it on the steps. It has a self-levelling cleaner head so if you move from one room to another with a different height in flooring it will adjust automatically. It has the traditional roller brush and a belt so you need to be careful that you don't run over the cord when vacuuming. If there are any loose carpet threads or fringes on rugs make sure they are either removed or you clean the area with the wand. If you accidentally run over anything like this there is a good chance that the belt will snap as the fibres wrap around the brushes. The belt is fairly easy to replace but you have to get down on your hands and knees, undo some screws and it can be a mucky job. I have found putting back together a bit tricky on the odd occasion as I'm trying to hold the belt in place and click the brush back in. ~~~~ CLEANING ~~~~ In addition to replacing the filters you will need to clean the drum and the shroud. The drum is easily removed and you can empty the contents in to a bin. You don't need to w
                          ash it ev ery time and it tells you not to use strong detergents. You must ensure that the drum is thoroughly dry before replacing it. The drum as I call it is referred to as the bin in the instruction manual but I prefer to call it a drum so as not to confuse matters! If I tell you to check the bin, you might wonder what I'm asking you to do, lol The shroud is a long yellow tube that is like an upside down triangle covered with holes and you can see it clearly inside the drum. This needs to be cleaned from time to time as it gets clogged up with dust. I usually use the brush attachment and dust it off in to the drum. When you do this either wear a facemask (not from Lush) or ask someone else to do it if you have asthma/allergies. You are kind of defeating the object if you go wafting a load of dust under your nose and it can really get on your chest. I often leave this job for my husband. Periodic checks should be made of the soleplate to remove any blockages. The same applies to the flaps that are at the back of the vacuum. When my Dyson wasn't working properly it was due to a blockage in one of the flaps. A second hand Dyson that I bought for use upstairs was depositing debris all over my carpet after I had vacuumed. This was again due to the soleplate and flaps being blocked and it looked as if the machine had never been cleaned at all. Once the blockages were cleared and the filters replaced it was as good as new. Occasionally the wand may need clearing, you should look down the wand to check for daylight (don't do this at night! lol) and clean with a stiff wire if necessary. The brush bar will need threads removing regularly as if left unattended it could damage the vac. You simply need to cut them with scissors but be careful as they can be wrapped around pretty tightly. ~~~~ PERFORMANCE AND HANDLING ~~~~ I have been very impressed with the reliability and performance of my DC01. I have never had
                          to have it rep aired and it is about 7 years old. When it does need attention it's usually something you can do yourself like unblocking pipes. I tend not to use the brush method on my kitchen floor as it's lino and it makes an awful scraping sound. The best thing to do is to use the wand and one of the attachments. It is excellent for removing both debris and dust from carpets and furniture. As it is an upright cleaner you don't feel the suction as such but you can instantly see the difference in the carpets. The drum where all the debris collects is clear plastic so you can see what you are vacuuming up. It is a real shock when you first use it, as the amount of dirt it collects is quite astounding. If you buy a Dyson you should take this test: clean with your old vac first and then go over it with a Dyson, you will be amazed that it picks up even more. Just don't do it if you have company as you will feel really ashamed at the amount of dirt on your carpet! You can get relatively close to the edges of walls but not completely; this is where the wand comes in handy again. I normally vac all the large spaces first with it in the upright position and go in to any small areas or against walls with the wand and attachment afterwards. I find that it is a good height and you don't need to do any bending, this is what I never liked about cylinder cleaners. I do find it heavy though and I think that an older person or someone with back problems may struggle. I have a back injury and I have to be careful, the twisting motion of vacuuming can be stressful for your back. Keep the drum as empty as possible to avoid carrying any extra weight, you will be surprised how much more difficult it is to push with a full drum. It does have a handle so you can carry it up the stairs but again it can be hard work for the elderly or infirm. I keep the second hand Dyson that I bought upstairs for this reason. You may be wondering why I still have
                          one if it's too he avy but the truth is that other vacs just aren't as good. I bought a JMB cylinder cleaner to keep upstairs and it just didn't pick up anywhere near as good as the Dyson. It was lighter, but the performance couldn't match the DC01 at all, I ended up giving it away. If there was one thing I would ask Dyson to improve it would be the weight. I don't know if the newer models are any lighter, I'm sure someone will tell me if they are! If you keep your Dyson clean and change the filters when recommended you really will have 100% suction 100% of the time. ~~~~ DO'S AND DON'TS ~~~~ DO: Unplug from the mains when not in use Make sure that hands and feet are kept away from the cleaner and brush bar Stand 'above' the machine when cleaning stairs Turn the machine off with the switch before unplugging Make sure the drum is correctly out back in place after cleaning DON'T: Fit anything other than Dyson parts Do any repairs yourself as it could invalidate the warranty (other than cleaning) Pick up water with the cleaner or immerse in water Use the machine if the cord is damaged ESPECIALLY DON'T Use the cleaner near a gas fire when switched on. I have done this and it will blow out the fire leaving gas escaping. At the front of the vac air is expelled and it's quite strong, you may not notice the fire going out so it's always best to turn it off. ~~~~ COST AND OVRALL OPINION ~~~~ 7 years ago when I bought my DC01 they were around £200-£220 but they have now come down in price. I've seen them from anything from £160- £190. As this model is quite old you may not get many places selling them brand new. I would certainly recommend you buying a second hand one in good working order, as it should last for years. Parts are still available from Dyson and there are no plans to stop selling
                          them. I think the equivalent new mod el is the DC04 and this retails for about £200. If you need to know anything about your existing Dyson or a new model you can access the website www.dyson.co.uk where you can download manuals, order parts and read help pages. You can also read about the history of Dyson if you wish to write an op, as I did! I wouldn't use any other vac than a Dyson now, they just don't compare. 10/10 Reliability 10/10 Durability 10/10 Suction Power 8/10 Design 6/10 Manoeuvrability Fully recommended

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                            06.08.2002 19:32
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                            This old model has improved in the later versions 07 etc and is easier to maintain and empty.

                            Before you read the rest of this (which still applies) I wanted to tell you I now have a DC07 which is just as good and has overcome the minor problems of the original models. I presume the DC14 etc also have new features such as completely removable air paths and flip bottom emptying canister, which makes the Dyson the only machine to own, get the right model for you though.

                            Many years ago before Pontius was a Pilot and when Mrs B was at work I decided to take the kids into the vast metrolops of Chippenham for an afternoon of wine women and song, well whining, swimming and the pong of the chip shop. Anyway. On passing Currys, they are having a special on Dysons "The new bagless vacumn cleaner, wot don't lose its suck" and gullible as ever I thought I would treat the house to a new 'hoover' (well that's what we always call them).

                            Now that morning the cleaning lady had been, or at least Sue the lady who did a bit of ironing and hoovering, had been, God Bless her, so I knew the carpet was clean.

                            We have a dog from the RSPCA. He is a cross between a shetland pony and a yeti, or as the RSPCA labelled him "Collie X", and he sheds hair for Britain. So....unpack Dyson, put together (easy) switch on (easier) and....... OH MY GOD where did all that carp (anag) come from.

                            Technical bit:

                            The DC01 is an upright with a powered brush. The handle part where you normally hold it to push it back and forward also lifts out, complete with hose to enable a wand type action for cobwebs etc. additionally you can remove the wand bit (which is about 3 feet long) and plug tools into the flexible hose directly. I find this good for upholstery and stair carpet cleaning. The tools mount on the head of the cleaner so are easily accessible.

                            The whole cleaner come apart fairly easily for cleaning/maintenance, only 3 screws hold the brush cover on, so cleaning around the brush and belt are easy as is replacing the belt if necessary.

                            I would recommend once a month or so removing all the parts in the bin area and giving them a good brush out to remove the dust which can accumulate in the little air holes, thus maintaining peak performance. In the clear bin part there is a detchable centre section which holds the fine dust. Now and again it's a good idea to take this
                            out and give it a good wash and dry.

                            I still have a dyson, I will always have a Dyson, NOTHING I repeat Nothing picks up dog hairs like it.

                            Advantages: Picks up dog hairs and dust, really picks up dg hairs and dust, does keep sucking, filters easily changed.

                            Disadvantages: Well yes I have had the odd problem, but no more than my hoover before. Because of the huge quantities of hair, it occasionally needs to be checked and cleaned out, it can be a bit heavy for some people.

                            Otherwise it is the dogs parts as they say.

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                              Rave reviews and that funky styling led me to shell out close on £200 for a Dyson, but oh what a let-down. OK, so there are no bags to change, but filters need to be replaced every month or so or the suction disappears up its own pipe and then there were the blockages..... Perhaps I'm a mucky pup, but it was all those dog and cat hairs that finally sent the Dyson on its way to the skip. We've only one of each (dog and cat, that is) but their combined hairs kept sticking and clogging in all those little airways between the bit that flaps round and round and the clear plastic bin where the bag should have been. The result, a full strip-down and de-hair had to be undertaken every few times we used the wretched machine (which went back to its maker twice for rebuilding). On the brighter side, it looked nice and the customer service was good. But as a machine for removing pet hairs from carpets it sucked. Or rather didnt. We replaced it with a cool-looking Vax APC bagless machine, which turned out to be even more of a nightmare. Thankfully, Curry's took it off our hands after six months and we spent less than half as much on a Panasonic 1500 after the local repair agent told us (on our several visits with the Dyson/Vax in hand) that Panasonic made the best and most reliable machines. So far, six months experience shows that to be entirely true. No clogging, no furred-up filters, just nice clean carpets and a bag that needs replacing every month or so. Back to basics, back to bags.

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                                In spite of some of the negative attention this vacuum cleaner has received, I believe it is unique and unbeatable. We have had ours for about three years now and never once has its performance disappointed me. It arrived with clear assembly instructions, and within just a few minutes was ready for its 'test run'. In spite of the house having been cleaned earlier in the day with the old vacuum, the Dyson collected an impressive (or alarming) amount of dust and fluff with very little effort, and has continued to do so ever since. There is practically nothing left behind by this dirt-hungry machine. Although our cat really doesn't leave much hair around, a friend who keeps dogs has borrowed the Dyson on a few occasions and has always been impressed by its ability to collect pet hair. It is extremely easy to empty. You just un-clip the dust container at the front of the machine and empty it into the bin. To prevent dust going everywhere, just hold a bag over the container and tip the contents into it. The filters, which must be renewed now and again to keep up optimum performance, are easily changed. All tools are stored on-board and are very accessible. The hose is integrated into the handle and is long enough to reach up most flights of stairs. The only downside of this model is that it is quite heavy to lift, for example when carrying up the stairs. However, it feels very light when pushing around and is easy to manoevre. I currently live at home, but will definately be buying a Dyson when I move into my own place. Yes they are quite expensive, but their performance beats other makes by far and you don't have to buy vacuum bags, the cost of which soon adds up

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                                  Right, once you have established that this indeed is the right area for the opinion I am about to write, you may relax and feel relieved that it is not to do with any Anne Summers products, and that I have not been hit by temporary insanity. This is about the Dyson DC01. I warn that this is information I have gathered, as I know nothing of the history of the Dyson, so no jumping up and down yelling Plagiarist! Please. (Not yet anyway) THE IDEA In 1979, James Dyson noticed how the air filter in the ball barrow (another invention of his) spray-finishing room was constantly clogging with powder particles (just like a vacuum cleaner bag clogs with dust). So he designed and built an industrial cyclone tower, which removed the powder particles by centrifugal force, spinning the extracted air at the speed of sound. Could the same principle work in a vacuum cleaner? James Dyson and his team set to work with laser particle counters and computer technology. 5 years and 5,127 prototypes later the world?s first bag less vacuum cleaner from Dyson arrived. THE £1,200 VACUUM CLEANER. It may sound like taking coals to Newcastle, but James Dyson?s bag less vacuum cleaner was first sold in Japan, the home of high-tech products. Known as the ?G-Force?, it won the 1991 International Design Fair prize in Japan. The Japanese were so impressed by its performance that the G-Force became a status symbol, selling for £1,200 apiece! Despite this staggering price the G-Force is achieving sales of £90 million a year. THE COURT CASE. In 1984, James Dyson licensed his technology to Amway Corporation of America, but within a year the agreement was terminated. In 1987 Amway began manufacturing a cyclonic vacuum cleaner under its own name. Although facing an expensive legal battle, James Dyson was prepared to risk everything he owned. With the backing of his wife and children, he filed a lawsuit in Americ
                                  a alleging patent infringement. Amway denied any wrongdoing. Five nerve wracking years later a settlement was reached and James Dyson was free to take up his next challenge. THE DYSON DUAL CYCLONE. With the American lawsuit behind him, James Dyson focused on his plan of manufacturing a new model in Britain. In June 1993 he opened his own research centre and factory in Chippenham, not far from his home, and developed a machine that collected even the finer particles of dust (down to the microscopic particles that cause allergies). The result was the Dyson Dual Cyclone, the first in a range of models, which are the only vacuum cleaners in the world to maintain 100% suction, 100% of the time. The Dual Cyclone system is the first breakthrough in technology since the invention of the vacuum cleaner in 1901. The traditional bag has been replaced by two cyclone chambers, which cannot clog with dust. Within them the air spins at up to 924mph, generating centrifugal forces that extract dust particles as small as 0.1 microns (an efficiency that a bag could never match). James Dyson has proved that a better product can be made at a price people can afford. As a result the Dyson Dual Cyclone machines have become the fastest-selling vacuum cleaners ever to have been made. The Dyson Dual Cyclone vacuum cleaners are already recognised as classics. They are on permanent display in museums in Europe, Japan and the USA. In London alone, they can be seen at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Science Museum and the Design Museum. GOODBYE, INEFFICIENT BAG, HELLO DUAL CYCLONE. *Bag cleaners rapidly lose suction.* The tiny pores in a vacuum cleaner bag are supposed to trap dust, yet allow air to pass through. However, the dust flow quickly clogs the pores, thereby blocking the airflow. Because the air is blocked, the cleaner?s suction is quickly and dramatically reduced ? by as m
                                  uch as 50% after just one room. *The Dual Cyclone doesn?t. * The air containing dust and dirt is accelerated inside the cyclones. This creates powerful G-forces, which spin out the dust and dirt into the clear bin. Because there is nothing to block the airflow, the Dyson is the only vacuum cleaner in the world to maintain 100% suction, 100% of the time. *Fine particles can escape from a bag.* Whereas the large dust particles block the pores on the bags inner surface, the finer health-threatening particles can pass simply straight through ? back into the room. The bag is unable to trap particles smaller than its pore size. The bag cleaner?s filters are therefore faced with the task of capturing all the small particles that the bag fails to. *With the Dual Cyclone there?s no escape. * After the Dyson?s outer cyclone has dealt with the larger dust and dirt particles, the specially designed inner cyclone removes the minute health-threatening particles. It does this by spinning the air at 924mph ? faster than the speed of sound. You can actually see this fine dust collect at the base of the inner cyclone. Dysons electrostatic filters, therefore, only have to deal with the finest particles. BAG CLEANERS LEAVE SO MUCH MORE OF THIS IN YOUR HOME?. *Pollen. *Viruses. *Dust mite faeces. *Pet hairs. Household dust is composed of unpleasant allergenic particles, which present a health hazard to all the family. An inefficient bag vacuum cleaner can leave large quantities of this harmful dust, month after month, spread throughout the carpets, curtains and furnishings of your house. ??.THAN THE DYSON EVER WILL. Because the Dyson is so much more efficient than any other vacuum cleaner, month after month it removes much more harmful dust and allergens from your home. And it will keep doing so. Now
                                  the technical explanations have been covered, I will enter the area of ?.?and what has it done for me?? I do not personally own a Dyson, (so far) but have the use of my mother in laws one. It is a godsend! We have a large Rottweiler and he really does run around losing hair a lot of the time, not only in the moulting seasons. As any dog owner will know, it is so hard to find a vacuum cleaner that will deal with this problem without dying after a short term of use, be it from clogging or sever over working/using. It really lifts the dust and fluff from carpets, and all hair; doggy, cat or human is removed efficiently. ************************** I can assure any person who hasn?t tried a Dyson out yet, that although the price is a bit steep; £200 on average, (although shopping around will bring lower prices) you are getting a machine that is going to last you for years. The Dyson we use is now over ten years old and just as efficient as the first day. You will not be constantly spending money on bags, or on a new model every two years or so. It is what I would consider a long-term investment for your home. Another plus is: no bag?no bag odour! It is carpet friendly, and adjusts automatically to floor surface and thickness of carpets, thus ensuring total cleaning. It has a varied range of on board tools, from the crevice tool, to the upholstery brush. All very handy for those nooks and crannies that get ignored too often. ***************** The telescopic hose/wand is detachable from the handle area, and here is where you attach the tools, it is extra long and normally you can do the stairs with ease, leaving the Dyson itself sitting at the bottom or on the landing. The particular model we use is the Dyson DC01. It comes in a sparkly silver/grey with purple and yellow trim. The help line number is printed on the machine itself for ease of mind or for any questions left unanswered on its performance?. It has the HEPA filters and Bactiguard screen that (supposedly) deals with all the allergenics that we can imagine, reducing health risks from dust mites and pollen. The Dyson company also has a maintenance service available, so if you consider that its performance is not up to scratch after any length of time due to wear and tear, a quick call or depositing it at your local dealer and a fee of approx £30, they will completely service and clean it for you, replacing belts, filters and brush head, thus ensuring its full functionality to the quality standards we expect. For further information visit their web site: www.dyson.com or call 01666827272.

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                                  Short name: Dyson DC01