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After my old upright vacuum cleaner finally packed in after two years of use, I was in a desperate need for a new one. I was a little bit apprehensive about getting a Dyson vacuum cleaner due to its hefty price tag, however after some deliberation I decided to bite the bullet and go ahead and buy one, and I am very glad I did.
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The first thing that put me off purchasing this was the £200 plus price tag, which does seem quite a lot for a vacuum cleaner. However a friend persuaded me when she stated she has been using hers for 6 years running and has yet to develop any problems, so in the long run it could actually save me some money! It can still be purchased but at lower prices due the introduction of newer models, and most for sale are used or seller refurbished.
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The Dust Collector
The design consists of a see through plastic machine that allows you to see the dust and dirt gather up inside (inner dust compartment), some may find this a bit off putting but I personally don't mind it as it allows me to see how much dust it gathers and judge when it needs emptying. It is grey and yellow in colour, which even now makes it appear modern and stylish looking and is bag less as it uses the dust compartment to gather the dust.
Compact In Size
The size is another positive factor, it is fairly compact in size and very easy to transport from room to room due to its minimal weight. This also makes doing the stairs so much easier due to its sturdy grips, and the small size and low weight makes transporting this machine up and down the stairs a doodle. I use to hate having to transport my previous heavy upright cleaner up and down the stairs and would occasionally have to get me partner to help me as I am a bit of a weakling, this allows me to have my independence back and transport it all by myself! The size makes it easy fit into our small storage room, and could even fit it into a storage cupboard if I had one.
The first thing that I love about this vacuum cleaner is its HEPA filter technology. This filter system basically reduces the size of dust particles and then uses the clever HEPA technology to purify the dust germs. Having family members that suffer from asthma, this has helped enormously. I myself also suffer from asthma as well as hayfever and have found that I can do the house vacuuming without having to feel the negative effects. These sub filters do need to get changed every 3 or 4 months (depending on how often you use it) and cost around £20. To be honest this is the only real down fall, as it means extra expenses and running costs.
The Electric Power Cord
It is very simple to use, it stores the plug cable inside so you just have to press the with your foot and out comes the cable power lead. This is such a handy little idea, as it used to take me ages winding up the long power cable on my old vacuum cleaner and even then it would somehow unravel when I try to move it back into the storage room. This Dyson vacuum cleaner therefore saves me a lot of time and makes the process stress free.
The Useful Attachments
The electric cable is long enough to stretch a good distance, which means I do not have to keep jogging back and forth to unplug it and the re plug it into a different room. The vacuum pipe is also a good size, meaning it is easy to extend to harder reach places and higher stairs without having to keep pushing the cleaner along. The dust collector has a sturdy handle that is made from metal material making it easy to grip onto and move around. It has attachments for many areas of the house including one that allows higher areas to be cleaned, as well as a dusting brush which has soft bristles to help dust away those cob webs, and a flexi attachment that allows you to clean in-between tight spaces & gaps easily. These attachments make the cleaner a very versatile machine, I find it cleans carpets, lino floors, curtains, rugs etc all very effectively and easily. I don't have to keep hovering over the same area more than once as the suction is really powerful and sucks in the dust and dirt immediately, and it even sucks in loose hair strands that get stuck in the carpet which is great as I hate having to get on my knees to pick each strand individually.
It is easy to move around due to its lightweight so makes vacuuming easier, it is not that noisy and sounds pretty much like any other standard vacuum cleaner. It does give off a lot of heat, but not as much as my older upright cleaner, however I was expecting to give off less heat due to it being so modern in design.
Emptying The Dust
To empty the dust I just have to push a button to remove the top cover of the cleaner, and then use the handle inside to remove the inner bin, I then use a little brush to remove all inner dust lying at the bottom. It is not the most fun thing to do, and can get a little dust on my hands in the process, so sometimes I like to empty it outside to reduce the risk of getting it all over my floor. All in all fairly simple to do and once emptied and inserted back into the machine it is ready to gather dust again.
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Overall this is a great versatile cleaner that is compact, lightweight and easy to use. It is a powerful machine that has a good quality suction as well as a good range of attachments to make all areas of the house free from dust. It is on the expensive side, but as I have had mine for a good 3 years without any issues I would say that it is worth the investment.
I take to cleaning like a duck to quantum mechanics. What I'm trying to say is that not only do I hate doing it but the reason why is because I'm bad at it. I hoover my house once a week but it often looks worse when I've finished than before I began. Add the fact that when my husband comes home he invaribly a) doesn't detect any appreciable difference, even though he actually tries hard to notice these things and make appreciative noises b) inadvertantly manages to find some surface that is still dusty and c) sneezes until I fear he and the inner linings of his nose will messily and painfully part company. My expecting the house to look clean after I've finished is rather like someone totally tone deaf, who can only sing with a high note and a low note, releasing an album and wondering why it won't sell. I bought a Dyson about 6 years ago, the minute I got the kind of job that allowed me to afford one. I had been desparate to buy one since their initial release. If you work and resent spending your weeks sweating blood for your employers and your weekends sweating blood to make your house look less like a nuclear fallout zone you'll understand where I'm coming from. Cut down the hoovering time and that's a whole hour for ME. That's the way I saw it anyway. The other added benefit was that if it sucks up four times as much dirt as the average vacuum cleaner, I will only need to hoover 1 in 4 times as often as I previously did. This is not actually how it works out but it does mean there's the odd week when I can get away with not hoovering without it being too noticeable. THE FILTERS I don't mind about the filters, mine doesn't take the HEPA thing but the other two work fine. I have two sets which can be washed and re-used three times. This cuts the costs a lot as you can do a year and a bit on two sets before you need to buy any more. THE
BAG (NOT) I agree with everyone else about emptying it. It's full of static so you can never actually get the dust off without inhaling vast quantities. The fact I always have to hoover around wherever it is I've emptied the bag afterwards demonstrates this (I hate doing it outside becase it all goes in my hair). I therefore tend to hoover in the morning, after I've been for a run, before I have a shower. That way accidental spillages don't matter as anything that gets dusty, be it me or my clothing, is going to be washed shortly afterwards. THE DESIGN The design, is fantastic. As the owner of what must be the hairiest cat in Britain I love to see great balls of hair appearing in there when I hadn't even noticed they were on the carpet. I have a theory that most hoovers are designed by men. If a man is doing something like housework, he likes to feel he has achieved something. He likes his hoover to have lots of gadgets and he enjoys taking the time to do the work, watching the dust and fluff gradually disappear from the carpet. A woman's life is a headlong rush to get all the boring stuff like ironing, hoovering and cleaning done so that she can go and find something more interesting to do, reading a book, writing Caio reviews etc. The Dyson is conceived and designed with the woman's attitude in mind, ie let's make this as quick and easy as possible so we can get onto something else. Even six (yes SIX) inch long cat fur is no trouble. On the downside, if you're hauling it along behind you it can handle like a supermarket trolly, it often gets caught up in its own flex and falls over. However, since it's easy to carry I often just pick it up and wander round with it. The handle is positioned in exactly the right place for this and it is, to my mind, quite light. Like everyone else, I, too, relish the way it hugs the stairs, although I usually use the uphols
tery attachment to hoover ours (cf six inch cat hair comment) rather than the long bit. I also like the way you can reach under things easily with the full length attachment, keeping the business end flat on the floor by turning the handle slightly. GRIPES I do really hate emptying it, and I do wish it would follow me around properly, I also wish I could work out, once I've pressed the bit on the business end of the suction hose to go into carpet hoovering mode, how I can get it to go back to floorboard mode without actually having to pick it up and press that metal thing back in by hand. I also wish you could put the attachments on the end of the metal bit, rather than just the end of the hose, as then I could hoover the cobwebs off the ceilings in my house rather than having to smear them in with a feather duster sellotaped to the end of a five foot pole. THE COMPETITION But before I complain, let's look at the competition. Before I got my Dyson we had two hoovers, one from each set of parents. Both were state-of-the-pre-Dyson-art. One was the opposite of an upright (I dunno, is that a liedown?) an Electrolux which worked ok but the bag filled up very quickly, new bags were difficult to get so I was always running out and it was a pain to empty. It was green and looked a bit like a mini-metro. The other was an upright, also made by Electrolux, which was supposed to perform both upright and liedown functions. It had what I can only describe in Red Dwarf terms as a Kryten-style groinal attachment - a hose which plugged in half way up - which you could use to do the stairs or the chairs. There were recesses in the plastic casing for all the tools and implements and the most vital would always drop out at the critical moment, falling down three sets of stairs so you had to trog all the way down to get it. The entire hoover weighed about as much as a small car and the Kryten hose was a
lways gett ing blocked so I'd have to take it outside, lay it out flat and poke a bamboo cane down it until the huge ball of cat hair inside could be pushed out at the end. The belt always came off the beater, too and without any resistance the electric motor would proceed to go faster and faster until the smoke would alert me to a problem and I'd turn it off, just before meltdown, and put the belt back. And I don't even want to think about emptying the bag. My husband "never had any problems" with this hoover, which is what I mean about men liking to feel they've really DONE something when they help around the house. But it also shows that before Dyson designed a hoover properly people thought vacuuming HAD to be like that. Once I got the Dyson, the time it took me to throroughly hoover the entire house dropped from 2 and a half hours to 40 minutes. That's how good it was. I would therefore recommend it to anyone looking to buy a hoover. It's easy to forget that the reason there is any viable competition for Dyson these days is because the other hoover makers had raise their game to compete. For that, alone, the man deserves our thanks. PS. Please excuse the ee cummings capitals in the first half of this review, I have no idea why they're there or how to make them go away. Sorry. Cheers Sweary
PLEASE NOTE THIS REVIEW HAS BEEN UP-DATED AS OF SUNDAY 4TH APRIL 2004 It was October 1997, and our not-so-trusty Electrolux 612 upright finally gave up the ghost after 5 years of ?will it or won?t it die now?. And what a time it picked to do it, just before a party we were holding. So in a fit of rage/panic, my mum and I sped to our local Seeboard Superstore (they are all closed now by the way), to be confronted by a suprisingly large array of cleaners. We wanted a cylinder, and we wanted a Dyson. So that left us with the DC02 range. But which one to choose? The basic silver/yellow model, with the Dual Cyclone technology and the ability to sit on the stairs? The blue, transparent ?clear? model, which was the same in all but colour? The silver / yellow / purple ?Absolute? model with HEPA filtration? Or the red / purple / yellow ?De Stijl? model, which had HEPA as well? 20 minutes later, we walked out with the basic silver / yellow model, having parted with £199 for the little, but heavy, monster. At this time Dysons were all the rage, especially as the DC02 had not long been released, hence the extortionate price tag (ONLY Dyson could persuade shoppers to spend that much on a vacuum!!!) ?So what does the DC02 do?? I hear you cry Well, are you all sitting comfortably, then I?ll begin? The DC02 was Dyson?s first cylinder vacuum, and it was a revolution. No other vacuum sat on the stairs securely. No other cylinder offered a high standard of filtration. And NO other vacuum offered Dyson?s Dual Cyclone technology. This works by the cyclones forcing the air flowing through them to spin at super-high speeds, which throws the dust and dirt out of the airflow to settle at the bottom of the cyclone. This is actually a very efficient way of removing the dust (if you are on a roundabout in the park and it?s spinning fast, you feel as if you are being pushed to the edge don?t you? At least you should do!) And as if this weren?t
enough, t he air passes through a pre-motor H-Level filter, which keeps dust out of the motor. It then passes through a post-motor H-Level filter or HEPA filter, which kills bacteria and removes any last bits of dust. For those of you puzzled, HEPA stands for: ?High Efficiency Particle Airfilter? (just to clear that one up!) The DC02 is a triangular shape at the bottom, which means it can straddle a step without fear of it crashing down onto un-suspecting passers by. It also has on-board tools on the back behind a little flap; where you just press a catch, and you have a crevice nozzle (for the tight corners), a dusting brush (for dusting obviously!), and a small nozzle (for doing the stairs, the car etc.) If this doesn?t seem enough for you, then you can order a small air powered ?Turbobrush? which is better at removing pet heirs and stubborn dirt from hard to reach areas. You can also buy a large ?Turbobrush? for normal vacuuming, as the DC02 only comes with a normal floorhead. This has a small pedal which lowers a stiff brush, to protect hard floors from being scratched by the metal soleplate. If you accidentally put this brush down when vacuuming carpet, then you will not be able to push the floorhead, no matter how hard you try. I think that?s all there is to the DC02; it is pretty much similar to other vacuums in other respects. It has cord rewind, which makes storage easier; telescopic tubes, for the taller or shorter person to use it comfortably and other features. However, it?s not all perfect, as nothing ever is!! The DC02 is quite a noisy vacuum cleaner; which can be either useful, or annoying, depending on where and when you?re vacuuming. It is also quite heavy to carry, which older people might find hard to cope with. Apart from this, the DC02 is a brilliant vacuum cleaner, it is perfect for flats and large family homes ? it survived almost daily use by our family for 6 years, and being bashed and crashed by ou
r lovely cleane r! :-) We then consigned it to our cupboard when it was replaced with a Dyson DC07 Animal, which I have also reviewed. Now the part you?ve been waiting for ? ?where can I buy this amazing machine?? I hear you cry. Well first let me tell you a few things. Dyson no longer produce the DC02; it has been superseded with the DC05, the DC08 and the DC11, of which, the DC08 and DC11 have Dyson?s new Root Cyclone Technology, which has eight cyclones instead of two, and claims to provide 45% more power than the Dual Cyclone. If you want a new Dyson with the Root Cyclone Technology, then they start at £199 for the DC08, and £269 for the DC11 (prices from currys.co.uk on Sunday 4th April 2004). DC02?s can be bought second-hand from ebay.co.uk for around £40, to my knowledge. This would suit you if you want a Dyson, don?t mind a used one, and don?t want to fish out at least £200 for one. If there are any questions you want answering, feel free to leave a message in my tooyoo guestbook, or visit dyson.co.uk (for information on the DC05, DC08, and the DC11 only). Thanks for reading my review; I hope it has been helpful! © newquayboy 2004
As an asthma sufferer, cleaning the house has always been fraught with dangers for me. For years I had to get other people to vacuum the floors because the dust produced was just too much for my lungs to cope with. Finally, we bought a Dyson and what a difference it made! MODEL The model we chose was the first DC02 to have a HEPA filter. HEPA FILTER DIGRESSION HEPA filters have been used for many years in microbiology labs to sterilise solutions, and have incredibly tiny pores (down to 20 millionths of a millimetre!). I was originally sceptical as to whether this type of technology would be suitable for use in a vacuum cleaner, since the filters are easily clogged. BACK TO THE PLOT... In our DC02, there is a pre-filter before the HEPA filter, that traps most of the dust, leaving the HEPA to cope with the really small stuff. It claims to remove particles as small as pollen grains, and it really seems to work. This is the first cleaner I have owned that doesn't give me asthma, and I am incredible grateful to Mr Dyson for that! FEATURES The obvious selling point is the see-through dust collector, which looks very pretty in the shop and seems like a nice idea, but it's not much fun looking at your dirt continuously. My favourite feature is the retractable lead. Just step on the button and the lead and plug coil away into the machine. Brilliant. The cleaner comes with an array of attachments. There is a large dust collector, with a strong metal handle, and a collection of smaller attachments that fit neatly away inside the machine. I particularly like the round brush (which is great for dusting), and the upholstery attachment (really useful for cleaning curtains and lampshades). There is also a short straight plastic tube attachment which is great for getting into nooks and crannies. Another really useful feature is the "stair-hugging" shape. The Dyson will sit quite happily
half way up the stairs while you do the cleaning. SUCKING The "sucking ability" is much better than comparable sized machines, but not nearly as good as the DC01 upright model. I thought it was the bees knees until we bought a DC01 second-hand. Now I use the DC01 for floors and the DC02 for everything else. It is, however, much lighter and easier to push than the DC01, and better at dusting. NOISE No worse than any ordinary vacuum cleaner. HEAT The Dyson cleaners throw out an enormous amount of heat. It really encourages cleaning in your underwear! INITIAL COST £200 is a great deal of money for a vacuum cleaner, but ours gets constant use and is still going strong after 5 years. For me it has been worth every penny. RUNNING COSTS A set of filters for one year comprises one HEPA filter (to be changed every 12 months) and 4 ordinary filters (to be changed every 3 months). The cost for a set of filters is £20. Given Dyson's advertising about not having to buy replacement bags for your machine, I think the cost of the filters is excessive. EMPTYING THE MACHINE This is the one problem. You can't get away from having to tip out the dust. We put ours on the compost heap where it's not too much of a problem emptying the container outside, but this wouldn't suit everyone. We use a small brush to remove the fine dust from the bottom of the container. OVERALL I hope you can buy one of these machines. I love mine. A FINAL NOTE This model has now been superceded by the DC05 Absolute+, which claims to have lifetime HEPA filtration (no need to buy new filters). The RRP is £239.99, and you can find out more on Dyson's official website http://www.dyson.co.uk/range/feature_frame.asp?model=DC05-SP-ABS You can still buy DC02 models second-hand, they currently go for about £40 + postage on the main internet auction sites.
For years I was committed to my Hoover vacuum cleaner. I brought it because at the time it was a very good cleaner and good at keeping dust in the bag. It was an upright and as I lived in a flat at the time I didn’t need to worry about going up the stairs. When we moved into the house in which we live now, I found that my “old faithful” could not be of use to me up the stairs without a lot of fuss and bother. Time to spend some of hubby’s hard earned cash on another one. I was on the look out for a powerful cleaner that was good at collecting dust. I have an asthmatic husband and one of my sons has eczema, so obviously with allergy problems in my house I need a hover that is powerful, reliable and pretty clean. I also had the added problem of wanting it to go up the stairs with ease and not a lot of problems. I do not have a lot of storage space at home so I also wanted it to fit in my cupboard under the stairs quite comfortable. I am not one that falls for advertising “hype”. It just happened that I wanted a vacuum cleaner in the middle of the Dyson “boom”. But I was not convinced at the adverts that claimed that Dyson’s were the best on the market. No not I, I needed proof first. After all it was a lot of money to spend on something that only worked for a bit, then would decide to pack up. And they were outside my budget range anyway. Part of my job is looking after old people. I have to go and clean their houses sometimes. I had a new client. In her house she had an old cleaner that had broken down. Her son was buying her a new one. A couple of weeks after I had started at her house, her son brought a Dyson upright cleaner, I up until this point still had to make up my mind on what cleaner I wanted. After using the upright my mind was made up. I WANTED A DYSON!!!! I have brought the DC02 model. It is small and neat, being grey and yellow in colour. It has
a clear “bin” that collects all the dust, and in which you can see the dust swirling around in, as it has no bag to collect the dust in just the clear “bin”. I am rather in love with my Dyson! This is because it goes easily up the stairs. It has a shape that “hugs” the step and sits quite nicely in it. There is plenty of electrical cord, so I don’t have to run and keep unplugging it (this gets sucked back into the hover after use by pushing the peddle). Because the pipe is long on it, it quite easily stretches to the top of the stairs (I have fourteen steps) with the simplest of effort. The hosepipe has an extending head on it, which is made of metal. This various in height so is good for short people like me and taller people like my hubby! There are various attachments to place on the end of the hose. These include an attachment to clean the curtains, a small space piece (long and thin) and a little brush for things like the tops of the doors. The main one I use is the large head, which you can pop a brush out of. This can also be used on lino flooring without scratching it. There are two dust filters in the Dyson. These stop the dust from going back into the air while you are hovering. I must mention that when they get “full up” there capacity to work is very limited. I think I remember reading that you should change your filters every three months or so. Emptying the Dyson is a little bit tricky; especially as I have to make sure that I don’t let any dust back into the room. To empty (and indeed to change the filters) you lift up the top of the hover, by pushing a button. Then you can lift out the whole bin, as it has a handle on the front of it. What I do then is to remove the middle piece, (the yellow cyclone thing) and have a full bin. I then tip it into our outside dustbin. This is where the dust flies up at you and you end up lookin
g dusty! You can rinse the cyclone thing in water to get the dirt out of it. It has holes in that sometimes catch things in. I am all for this particular hover. I think that it is neat and can be stored out of the way quite nicely. I have had it for quite a while now and I use it daily. It is brilliant at picking up the tiniest of crumbs, and you don’t need to spend ages using it and it keeps my kids amused!!!
The Dyson hoovers are one of the best on the market, but is also very expensive, mine cost me a whooping £280. It has a lot of good attractions to make your life a bit easy, it sits on the stairs so no more lugging it around when you hoover your stairs, also it is very light and easy to carry. It is a dual cyclone system , which means the bag has been replaced by 2 chambers which cannot clog with dust, so because there is no bag you do not get any loss of suction. And you have the added bonus of not purchasing bags all the time, as it is very easy to empty, you just take the top off and empty it. I put the smelly cavumn bags in my dyson so when I hoover it makes the room smell nice. There are various pieces that come with it, I can hoover my laminate floor with it without it scratching. It picks up brilliantly and you can see what it picks up as it has a clear cylinder where all the dust goes, and you would be disgusted by what is actually on your floors
I have owned my Dyson DC02 for 4 years and I remain extremely impressed. It still cleans to the same high standard as when we first bought it and nothing has ever gone wrong with it. The suction on the DC02 is fantastic and they never loose that. I have found it very straight forward to use and to empty. A particulary useful function is the brush attachment which can be used to dust furniture, picture rails etc. I cannot understand why anyone would buy a conventional vacuum.
I bought my Dyson when I first moved into my current home, a couple of years ago now. When deciding what vacuum cleaner to buy it appeared so simple with Dyson’s having such good press at the time. Also being an Asthma sufferer and having had bad experiences in the past when using a cleaner, it seemed to be the answer to my prayers. The Dyson claims that no dust escapes when using, making the whole vacuuming process a lot safer for allergic people like myself. This I can vouch to be true. It also looks great. The design is both colour and unique and can be a definite talking point with friends and other visitors. So straight after picking up the keys I went directly to the local department store and picked up my dual cyclone (DC02). After bringing it back I was well satisfied, it picked up the dirt/dust left by the previous occupants no sweat and no sneezing/wheezing for me. I told all my friends/relatives what a great buy it was, £220 at the time. On reflection it was not really that cheap when compared to the competition. After using the Dyson I felt so smug looking at the transparent container holding all the gunk it had so happily picked up. It also gave me a great sense of satisfaction knowing there was no bag to change, another big selling point of the Dyson. That is until it was time to empty it. This is where the real problem with the Dyson concept begins. The emptying of a Dyson is now a major operation in my house. I take out the dust container and pull a sack over it and tip it up. But no matter how careful I am, the dust still flies when removing the now full bag from the sack. Being an asthmatic this is not good I can tell you. I make sure I am facing upwind, but due to my close proximity to the sack this is often insufficient in saving me from a lungful of dust, the very thing I bought a Dyson to avoid. Then after I have finished wheezing and spluttering from the shockwave of dust, I loo
k in horror at the container. Half the gunk is still stuck to the bottom. I then have to look for a stick in the garden in order to poke inside the container and dislodge the remaining dust etc. This of course means I have to tip up the container into another sack, to finish the job, suffering a second dust shockwave in the process. The Dyson’s suction is now only mediocre in my opinion; I use the small ‘corner attachment’ for most of my vacuuming, which is all very time consuming. If I don’t, it just does not get everything up. Any yes before you all shout i have bought all the replacement filters etc as recommended. If you have got this far your realise I am not recommending the Dyson. It’s by no means awful, but it’s certainly not the wonder-product we had all hoped for.
The Dyson DC002 is the second model developed by Mr Dyson. This is just as good as the original DC01 but not really any better. Its a different colour (mine is blue and the old one was yellow) and has different filters in it. I was advised by the retailer that inspite of all the hype about filters helping to prevent dust allergies and control asthma, there is no noticeable difference between these two models. Having said all this I still think the machine is excellent value at £199. It cleans up dog and cat hair no problem. There's enough hose to take the wand right up the stairs. It's scarey when you look in the front and see how much dirt you have picked up. Buy one of these and shock yourself: vacuum a room that you thought was already clean!!!!
It took 20 years and over 5000 prototypes for Mr Dyson to get this vacuum perfect, and I just had to have one, ok, it was just over 200 quid when I bought it, but all I had was a "push-me, pull-me" thingy - not even electric! I chose the DC02 as it was really quite small and it could do the stairs without having to take the thing apart, this bit works really well, it hugs the stairs and because of its weight, it won't move until you want it to. Of course everyone knows about the Hepa/Mema filter system, so I won't go on about that, but it doesn't compromise on suction power either . Just imagine - both me and my other half have long hair, and we also have a cat (jasmine, who seems to moult all year round!) = hair everywhere! In a normal vacuum, this would clog the bag after about 10 minutes and it probably wouldn't even pick up a piece of stray sweetcorn (from last nights pizza!) The Dyson goes on forever, well, until it's full anyway! This is another cool thing about the vac, because it has a see-through bin, you can see when it needs emptying, no more bags means that he hasn't got a reason for not doing the cleaning (this is DEFINATELY a plus point!) beware though, when you do your front room (or living room for all you posh people) you'll feel really grubby..... the first time I used it - it was nearly half full! It's got a long(8ft) retractable cord, so you don't have to keep plugging and unplugging it, the 'wand' also moves up and down, I suppose this is to suit your height? The tools are stored at the back of the machine, so you don't lose them, but I must admit, I only use these when i'm doing the settees, oh.... and it has a trigger on the wand to release the suction (great if you forget the cat is sleeping under the throws on the chair! This vacuum is well worth the money, I spoke to a pal who also bought a Dyson, and when he had to contact
the customer service section they were really friendly and because the wheel had come off, they sent a van around the next day, dropped off a 'stand-in' vac and within a week had his old one back as good as new. If you're worried about forking out this much money for a vacuum, don't. It's well worth it. Here speaks the voice of a womans reason!
Having owned an old upright 'hoover' for many years and being fed up of getting down on hands and knees with a damp cloth to get up cat hair, i decided to go for a dyson, all the benefits of a kirby cleaner without the horrendous expense! Within hours of opening the box and putting it together i was obsessed with my new dyson. It is lighter than my old model (it was about 15 years old) and easier to empty although required emptying more often! I was horrified about the state of my house. After vaccing one room i had to empty the canister, i hoovered the beds, pillows, duvets almost anything with fabric on! I was amazed at the amount of cat hair i removed also and at how dirty the house seemed to be. The carpets had only been down for a year and from the amount vacced from them you would have thought ten. Just goes to show all the hype about dysons is true, they really do work!
I’ve always been an animal lover and always had cats, dog’s etc. and almost a year ago I also had a pygmy (one of my husbands nicknames for my darling little daughter). Well if you’ve ever had any of the above (including a husband) then you’ll know how messy everything can get, and also how quickly. I won’t say that some other vacuum cleaners that I have had in the past couldn’t cope with the task, but until I got my Dyson I couldn’t see exactly what a problem it all was. After looking at various models I decided to buy the DC02 in the cylinder mode and got the De Stijl model as it included a HEPA filtration system (sorry I can’t remember what this actually stands for, but is the standard used in hospitals which has a bacteria killing screen). I also liked the fact that is was shaped in such a way that it would sit on the stairs easily and I wouldn’t have to play balance the hoover each time or worry about one of the cats knocking it down the stairs as they hurtled down. This system has two separate filters, one which should be changed every 3 months and the other once a year. You can extend the life of the 3 month filter by taking it out and shaking a bit of the dust off of it as it is only when it gets quite clogged up that you notice a distinct difference in performance. I don’t know about the other one yet, as I haven’t had mine that long. It really does suck and I mean that in the best possible way. One thing that I always used to find that I had to remove by hand was cats whiskers, as they seem to get themselves woven into the weave of the carpet. Since I’ve had the Dyson, however they either haven’t lost any (very unlikely) or it’s getting them out. The only downside is that like most hoovers you can’t really get into the corners with the big brush on. This isn’t too much of a problem though because it comes with
several smaller attachments and I find that one of these always does the trick. There are also other attachments that are available and a catalogue of these came with the machine. The best thing about it is that it is now impossible to loose anything by hoovering it up (and I’ve got a mum who once accidentally sucked up our budgie in the hoover – it’s true). My daughter has a soft book that has several detachable smaller soft toys within it and invariably they go missing for days on end. I recently managed to suck one of these up, but could see what had happened immediately and once I’d given it a good wash to get rid of the dust it was put back in the book. Like all good things it won’t last forever, but I will definitely get another one (or an even better model) when it does go to the great Hoover heaven in the sky.
I was looking in my local Curry’s store, for a new vacuum come carpet cleaner, for my son. I noticed a Dyson Dual Cyclone for £320. I thought what a bargain, as he has moved into a new house, and all his carpets need cleaning. It has a life time filter, and twice the suction as other bagless upright Hoovers. The hose is very long reaching to the top of the stairs, without carrying the Hoover, up the stairs as you go along. The carpet cleaner is fantastic it is so quick and easy to use within one hour, his carpets looked like new. I would recommend one to anybody, and I’m always borrowing it.
I bought this Dyson almost a year ago now - what a fantastic investment, I bought on one of those deals buy it now and pay in six mths which we did. We also got a years free supply of the cartridges which has saved us a bit. So why is it so good? One of the best things is that there is no bag to fiddle about with. I always use to find if I had a hoover where I had to do that I would get dust everywhere whilst trying to change it - no longer. The dyson just empties out straight into the bin. It is great because you can see what it is picking up and if, like me, you have 3 cats it is a godsend. It picks up cat fur brillantly and I would never buy another make.
I had a Dyson upright vacuum, which I used for a cleaning job I do, I was very impressed when I first started to use it, the suction was very impressive, and no bits were a challenge for this vacuum, but after about three months, I found the suction not quite as good as it was when I first started to use it, and it seemed to get worse, although I had changed the filters and emptied it on an regular basis, and it wasn’t a really dirty place I was cleaning, it was an office with eight people in. My own vacuum had broken, and needed replacing, we went to look around and my partner suggested the Dyson, which I was a bit dubious about, we had a look at the cylinder one (DC02) which was not so heavy as the upright, so we decide to buy it, but I again found after about three month, the suction was also not as good as when we first purchased it, although again I had changed the filters and cleaned it out regularly. I found the upright really difficult when cleaning down the stairs, I always had the fear of it falling down on top of me, and it was heavy and awkward to hold and vacuum at the same time, where as the cylinder one is shaped to sit on the stairs, so no fear of it falling. The tube on the upright didn’t stretch very far, and the plastic end bit, which attached to the bottom of the vacuum, which you pull out, to do the stairs or around edges, wasn’t very flexible, on the cylinder one I found it slightly longer, and because it sit on top of the vacuum it is easier to use. The upright was to big to get under any furniture, so everything had to be moved out of the way, where the head on the cylinder one, was small enough to get under chairs, and tables with no problem, I found the lead on the cylinder one longer, so there wasn’t no need to keep unplugging it when you move rooms, and it is also a lot lighter than the upright. Although both lost quite a lot of suction after about three months, the upright was worse tha
n the cylinder, I would suggest the cylinder one out of the two, the head on the cylinder sits closer to the floor, enabling those really small bits to be picked up a lot easier, even when the suction did get worse. I find the filters really expensive to buy, being about twelve pounds just for the Hepa filter, and then you also have to have a normal filter to go in the other side, which I think are about eight pounds. The disadvantages with these two vacuums are; they both lose suction quite quickly, and this never seems to return even after changing filters, and cleaning them out, the upright is really awkward on stairs, and getting under furniture, and is a lot heavier than the cylinder one, and it is really expensive to keep replacing filters, for both of them. If you still fancy a Dyson, I would say the cylinder one is the better of the two.
Short name: Dyson DC02