Product Type: Dyson vacuums
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Do I dy or do I suck it up?
Member Name: katykicker
Advantages: Easy to use, works well, no bags needed, fantastic suction, long power cord, additional tools.
Disadvantages: 8.1kg which is heavy if carrying up stairs.
This model is quite large, which suits my purposes well. I don't want to have to bend down when I am using my vacuum and this is the perfect height for me to push round comfortably and even the extending stair cleaner pole is brilliant, it just un clips by a big yellow button and then I can fit a tool on the end making it very simple to clean my edges and skirting boards, I can even fit the dusting attachment I have and do my coffee table and other items with ease. I use that the weight of this, which is quite heavy, is not really an issue for me, we live in a flat and I only have to pick it up when I am lifting it back in to my hall cupboard and have to lift it over a few things to put it back in the space it lives in. This is obviously just something that I do once every few days so I don't have to worry about how heavy it is as it just takes a few seconds and it's done, however, when recovering from my broken wrist I did find that this was a bit of a struggle. One thing that I found a little annoying about the size of this is that I had to bend down to wrap the long wire back up, it needs to go round two different circular half loop style pieces and this takes a good minute to do and starts to get annoying by the time it's done because of all the bending round and stretching (me not the wire).
Overall I quite like the look of this. The grey & yellow works well and the cable, buttons and tools are all coordinated to give it a fairly sleek look that distinctly tells me it is a Dyson. The power button is in a simple place and it works first time, every time for me so there are no problems there.
I am using my Dyson on wooden floors and occasionally I use it with a dusting attachment and it works very well for the purpose that I want to use it for. It does feel quite lightweight when it is whizzing across my floors and it is ideal for cleaning them, lifting hair, dust and dirt and making them look pristine again in just one stroke of the hoover. The wheels are protected with rubber so they don't damage my floors and the only thing I have to be careful with is if I am using the extendable stair cleaning part without any tools on as this actually ending up scratching the paneling near my patio doors which was a bit of a shame, but really just my fault as it's a plastic style panel and this is a plastic pole so I ended up with a few plasticy scratch marks but they were my own fault.
Quite often I use this for almost everything, loose shredding pieces that fell out when emptying the shredder, cat litter that has gone around the edge of the tray, spiders, dust, dirt, spilt food, almost anything goes in this hoover really and even when the bin is ridiculously full it keeps on going and picks up with perfect suction. The bin is simple to empty, you need to unwind the complete power cord, then a button on the front and a pull up of a piece of the back (which can be a little stiff) allows you to remove the bin and just empty it. Obviously, being a Dyson, this is a bagless vacuum and this is a great selling point for me as I don't have to faff around with fitting hoover bags or worry about running out of them or tearing one as I empty it and then having to hoover it all back up in to another bag!
The only time I have had to worry about my hoover being blocked up is when I sucked up two small mouse cat toys in error. They disappeared up the pipe when I was cleaning around the litter tray and then they got wedged inside the hoover. They were easily removed by taken out the bin for emptying and then I found both toys wedged just in the entrance from the pipe to the bin and these were easily removed by using my fingers.
Overall I quite enjoy using this Dyson. It allows me to keep my home clean, use it for various uses really and I even use this long hose for cleaning cobwebs if I notice one when my husband is not home to dust them down for me. This cleans my floors well, is simply to empty and even though mine is a couple of years old now it has not let me down. Mine was purchased second hand, for just £35, from eBay and I have now been using it for a full year with no problems at all. In this time I have not bothered to wash the filters once and I probably only empty this every one or two weeks which is usually dependent on whether or not I have sucked a spider up lately and then convinced myself that it's babies are going to be hatching inside this bin! That is usually the point at which I am very glad to have a man around the house who can deal with things like that for me!
I love how handy this is to use, it's large, heavy but it's not an issue for me. The stair cleaning tool is fantastic as it is lovely and long and means that I can clean me skirting boards, dust for cobwebs and even clean the outside of my balcony with minimal bending on my part. The long power cord is fantastic as it means that if I use a plug socket in the hall I can just about stretch the hoover enough to do my entire flat without having to unplug it and when you are lazy, like me, it's the little things that mean a lot to you!
I was very pleased with the bargain price that I paid for mine, second hand, and I would definitely recommend this if you can find one for under £40, like I did, as it's worth every penny and my floors have never been cleaner and easier to maintain.
Summary: A decent Dyson that is still going strong years later.
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