Product Type: Dyson vacuums
Newest Review: ... features* Despite my grizzles about the cleaner's bulkiness, I am really impressed with this Dyson which is why we have kept it so long.... more
Member Name: mumto3
Advantages: It picks up quite well
Disadvantages: heavy - goes off on its own - hard to empty - struggles with pet hair
Shortly before I met my husband he bought himself a Dyson DC04. When we met, married and started living together the Dyson DC04 was the first upright vacuum cleaner I had ever owned. I think I can safely say it will be the last. I have no idea how much was paid but I believe at that time (approx 9 years ago) these vacuum cleaners were approximately £200 depending where you bought them.
I vaguely remember my Mum owning an old beige upright Hoover when I was very young but the only vacuum cleaners I have ever used have been cylinder models. Initially I wasn't fazed and would even say I was excited about the prospect of getting to grips with my newish Dyson.
The Dyson Dc04 is an upright vacuum cleaner that also has a hose and the various attachments you would expect to get. You do not need a dust bag with a Dyson as all the dust collects in the clear container that makes up the main body of the machine. The wire for the power supply has to be wound around the hooks manually which I think is a standard feature on upright vacuum cleaners.
Firstly I would like to say that the suction is very good as long as you remember to clean the washable filter and empty the dust compartment regularly. If you forget either of these things or don't do them very often you can lose suction. Even though the suction is good I did find that pet was s till a problem and I often needed to switch to using the hose for stubborn hairs on my carpets and furniture.
The hose is quite a decent length and it also has a metal pole attached that makes it easier for using as you would a cylinder style vacuum cleaner. If I stood the vacuum cleaner at the bottom of the stairs I could just about reach the top of the stairs but this was problematic and awkward due to the metal pipe. I found it easier to vacuum as far as I could comfortably and then drag the Dyson upstairs to finish the job.
The weight of the Dyson is a problem not just when you have to carry the thing upstairs but also when you are trying to vacuum. I found that it took some effort just to push it and it seemed to get caught in the pile of the carpet and drift off to one side rather than go in the direction I was pushing. I think if you have nice big uncluttered rooms then this vacuum cleaner would be good but trying to get round any obstacles is hard work not just because of the weight but also because of the way the cleaner drifts off of its own accord.
The cleaner doesn't clean right up to the edges despite its claims and once you have done the middle you then have to use the hose to finish the edges and between furniture where the bulky head part cannot reach.
I found that the small attachment that I use for my stairs and edges seemed to break very easily and in the four years I owned this vacuum cleaner had to buy two replacement attachments. I found that they split easily and in the end I just taped the attachment onto the end of the metal pipe and didn't bother swapping the heads over.
I found emptying the cleaner problematic at best and seemed to end up making more mess than I had just vacuumed up. Firstly trying to wrestle the dust compartment away from the body of the vacuum cleaner was such an effort I always put it off until absolutely necessary. Once removed I found that trying to get the dirt and dust into the bin caused huge clouds to escape the bag or bin and just cause a mess. I ended up emptying the dust compartment before I did my vacuuming so that I could then clean up the mess made by the cleaner. I found that if I took the dust compartment outside I would always seem to end up with a face full of dirt and dust thanks to a stray breeze. Getting the dust compartment back onto the vacuum cleaner was just as much of a battle as getting it off and many times I have done it wrong and my husband has had to apply brute force and sometimes even leverage to get the thing to come apart again so that it can be reassembled properly.
After four years of struggling with this beast I swapped it for a Dyson DC02 which turned out to be a poisoned chalice but that is another review.
Would I recommend this vacuum cleaner....well all I can say is that it sucks!
Summary: Don't believe the hype
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