Product Type: Dyson vacuums
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I though you were a 'HOOOOOOOVER'
Member Name: alexandjef
Date: 15/02/12, updated on 16/02/12 (92 review reads)
Advantages: easy to clean and repair
During a task in series 7 of Big Brother Glyn opened a box in the garden that contained surprise contestant Aisleyne and his initial response was 'I thought you were a HOOOOOOOOOOOOOVER'.
That was the only thing positive I had to say about hoovers until last year when I moved in with my girlfriend and she had a Dyson. Also being a man with only fleeting experience with household items - I assumed these things were hoovers - but no, they're vacuums, that hoover things up. Hoover a brand name that has become the colloquial for a vacuum cleaner. So now when I look at the vacuum, I can't help but say to myself ' I thought you were a hooooooooooover'
It wasn't hard to suppress my initial excitement upon seeing this iconic item lifted of the removal van, as my interaction with vacuum has been minimal at best for the 27 years up until this point. Make no mistake, hoovering has by no means become a hobby - but this vacuum makes it feel less of the chore I would do anything to avoid.
Up until this point I would use which ever vacuum was in the house I was living in, and wouldn't use these that often - just picking up whatever cheap vacuum about once every couple of weeks. I had a one that had no attachments - but that didn't matter because the pipe had a big hole in it, and I had one that sucked in one end - and blew it out the other. Its fair to say my hatred of vaccums has not just been down to me, they share some of the responsibility.
This particular model of Dyson has been updated many times, and the models you'll find in most shops are much better than this already great product - but this vacuum, available from amazon for about £70 is a smidgen of the £250 asking price for a newer model, and to be honest this orginal Dyson model is great.
Its great for a few reason, the main one being it does everything you expect a vaccum too: its hoovers things up and it terrifies the cat. When you buy a vacuum you want to know how much its sucks, and this one is great - it lifts everything first time and it rolls smoothly. Its fairly loud, so no midnight hoovering unless you seriously don't like your neighbours/family - and on that odd occasion you need to hoover up late a night (last week I spilled a glass of red wine at about 2am - no other option than the stain remover and vacuum) its not as loud as some that I've had, but as it sucks effectively you won't want to be using it very long.
The second big boon for this vacuum is the fact its famously bagless. The dirt simply collects in the see through compartment in the centre of the vacuum, that spins satisfyingly, and when its full you just unclip and empty it. We use it about 2 times a week - we do have mainly wooden floors but we also have a very, very hairy cat so it gets emptied roughly every 2-3 months. In an old house share I lived in, I was annoyed to see the vacuum wasn't working just hours before an inspection. I opened the back to check the bag, only to find the bag was held together with multiple applications of cello-tape - the housemate breaking the news to me not only did it not work because the back was destroyed, but you couldn't by replacement bags anywhere (although as he never hoovered, I doubt he ever tried to buy bags). So, I was happy to see my 'new' appliance that came with my girlfriend didn't need bags of anything like that, its a product you buy and its stand alone - no need to buy replacement of extra parts, just how I like things like this to be (I never buy expensive razors - trying to remember the make and model currently in my bathroom when in the razor aisle is a chore I can live without, the same goes for vacuums) Not to mention this is convenient, its also cheap - maybe not warranting the hefty price tag, but thats an easy pill to swallow when you consider how much nicer for mother earth this appliance is it.
Back to the first point - the vacuum works well. Not only does it hoover up as you'd expect, the various attachments mean it doesn't have a problem being suited for all areas of the house. The attachments can handle the stairs, nooks and crannys - not to mention high spaces, over and under things and uneven surfaces. The power cable and pipe is pretty long - we live in 2 bedroom terrace house and you'll only have to re-position it once or twice if you using the pipe to get into all the corners.
The real beauty of this hoover, and I guess the Dyson brand came when it broke. One day it just stopped working and although I was relived as hoovering up was what was sitting between me and an afternoon trip to the pub - it was a bit annoying. I don't like buying things at the best of time, let alone in items such as hoovers.
Being a man, when I got back from the pub, half-cut, I had a go at fixing the Dyson. To my surprise and shock, the entire thing basically dis-assembled. Also being a man, I instantly drew the comparison with this vacuum and Lego. It was like a Lego vacuum cleaner as I could take it to bits really easily and just clip it all back together. Its like it was made to be taken apart by inquisitive people that usually end up breaking anything they try and 'fix'.
When I got it to bits, I found a yellow sponge in the middle that was labelled with cleaning instructions. Much against my instinct, I followed these, but it back together and hey-presto, working great. It was actually working better than before, as I'd also cleaned the storage part out.
I was pleased that not only was the vacuum easy to use, empty - it was also easy to maintain. It comes apart with no screws or bolts - all the innards can simply be cleaned and put back together with ease.
This actual vacuum, my girlfriend tells me, its over 5 years old - and has worked perfectly since I 'fixed' (cleaned) it, and has worked fine ever since.
Dysons are not cheap, but if this model is anything to go by well worth the initial payout - work great, easy to clean and have a long life span.
Summary: And expensive household essential
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