Product Type: Dyson vacuums
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Member Name: Linz550
Date: 06/10/00, updated on 06/10/00 (272 review reads)
Advantages: Seeing how much fur and dust etc you’ve picked up
Disadvantages: Seeing how much fur and dust etc you’ve picked up
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.
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