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My dad has one of these Dyson cleaners at his house and we go over every week to do his house work for him as he is 87 and is unable to do it himself any more. He bought one of these when his old cleaner went wrong as, in his words, I don't want to have to buy another one.
The cleaner is very heavy to lift but it feels really stocky and solid. The colours on it are grey and a nice bright green. It has the handle which comes up for you to move it about and it has a nice loopy bit on the top which is very comfortable to use. You get a lot of tools with the cleaner which all fit into the back of it so they are easy to store and always at hand to use.
My Dad has carpeting in his house right through, even in the kitchen so we can use this as it is on all the surfaces. The suction when you switch it on is very impressive, you can really feel the power of it sucking at the carpet and you can't think that anything would stand a chance of not being sucked up. As we only get over once a week to be able to do it for him there is usually quite a bit to hoover up around the place so it gets a good work out each week. The cleaner goes right up the to wall and it gets the dirt from most of the edges, those that it misses it is easy to attach one of the tools and get the rest up like may be in the corners.
The tools that come with it are really good, you can take the hose out from its housing so its more like a pull along cylinder cleaner and then fit the attachment on the end. I have used the little brush that comes with it for getting cob webs off of the corners of the ceiling where we would not usually be able to reach. You can also fit a long think plastic tube which is flattened at one end so this is good for doing down the sides of the cooker and fridge and places where you need to reach in small places.
The cleaner is really easy to empty once you get the hang of how to get the container off and back on again. It all just clicks into place and to get it out you just press the buttons and they are clear to see what to press. You don't need to worry about having bags or anything to change, the dirt goes straight into the container and then into the bin.
My Other Half always borrows the cleaner while we are there to hoover out his car, my Dad has a big drive so he can park near by and the wire on the cleaner is very long, much longer than I have had on one before so he doesn't need to use an extension lead to be able to use it outside.
The only downfall with this cleaner is that it is very heavy and both my Dad and I are unable to lift it up the stairs although my Other Half usually gives the stairs a clean while we are over there. As for upstairs, well Dad bought himself another cleaner to keep upstairs. He has bought the same make but the yellow one so that will be another review.
I don't know if you can still buy these cleaners as they now have the ball technology ones out but I think he paid about £170 for it new a few years ago now.
Okay, so I have an iron obsession and I think my nan may have a problem with vacuums!
I don't find this a bad thing though as when she has a new one I get her old one! Previous to this I pinched her yellow and grey Dyson when she had this and then she got her Dyson ball so I had this one!
I didn't have very much carpet in my previous house, only the stairs, landing and my bedroom were carpeted but now I have moved the whole upstairs is carpeted so this Dyson is really getting it's use!
My nan had this one possibly eight years ago and she used it every single day in the time she had it (give or take, when she was on holiday the Dyson would breath a sigh of relief!!) and I have had it for three years and I have used it 5 times a week pretty much every week.
Having carpet in a 4 year olds (well, my four year olds) bedroom is not the best idea I have ever had! He's a bugger for sneaking a biscuit up to his room and leaving crumbs everywhere! The Dyson sucks this up with ease as well as crumbled crisps and everything else. It also sucks up debris from a bit of DIY with ease too!
What I like but find a bit gross is that you can see how much stuff has been vacuumed up, the removable dust tank (thingy) on the front get's filled with all the crumbs/dust and general household dirt, it always amazes me just how much stuff there is on the floor that cannot be seen normally!
I empty the cylinder dirt collector every week but it will hold up to 4 liters of dust/dirt!
It doesn't require any additional bags so save's you a few pennies!
It has a pipe that runs up the back of the cleaner and this comes off for hard to reach places like under radiators. The front of the Dyson is quite chunky so doesn't exactly get right into corner but the pipe bit is fine for this.
The filter can be removed and swilled under the tap.
It also has a massive power cable, it's 27ft long apparently! This needs to be would up around two little hooks on the back to be put away neatly and not wrapped around the body of the cleaner as my husband does grrr!
The colour on this one is very cool, sleek grey with a bright lime green!
The two Dysons I have had have been rather on the loud side, gawd they sound like a tank lol! I don't think this particular model can be purchased new anymore but can be found on ebay.
This is my first dyson vacuum cleaner, I have always wanted one but never had the money and my old vacuum cleaner lasted eight years. Picking my dyson was hard work so many different models to choose from and they do different things, I settled for the dyson dc04sl.
Dyson dc04sl cost me £185 and bought from curry's.
Dyson dc04sl is an upright vacuum cleaner , it is bagless, it comes with an extra nozzle witch stores on the back of the unit there there is a clip to hold it securely on. I only need to use the nozzle when cleaning the stair case , its angled to get right into the sides and perfect for cleaning the skirting boards and down the side of the sofa etc.
This vacuum cleaner is very stricking in colours being silver and lime green very bright.
The dyson dc04sl is heavy weighing 8kg, its heavy when carring it up and down the stairs and I have three floors in the house so it can be a chore to carry. It is the most powerful vacuum cleaner I have ever had with it being 1200 watt. Cord length is great being 27.56, I have an extra long living room so this is great I actually plug it in via the hall way and stretches into the living room.
The cylinder where the dirt is collected holds four litres although I have never let it get that full.
The dyson dc04sl as I said is powerful, it sucks up so much dirt, dust and grime from the carpets and used on the slate flooring in my kitchen and bathroom, it works well on all my flooring throughout the house. It has edge to edge cleaning although I do have to use the angled nozzle attachment too.
I love watching the dust and dirt collect in the cylinder it mounts up quickly and gives me confidence that the hover is getting everything up from the carpet. I like seeing my carpets after hovering so clean.
I find the vacuum cleaner easy to maneuver around but heavy to carry up stairs. It is bulky and plastic looking but bright colourful , powerful and does the job well. So far i have had no problems with the vacuum cleaner had it for three years now. Did buy replacement filters and changed them over myself this was easy to do and I followed the online instructions. Emptying the cylinder is easy it clips on and off the vacuum cleaner and has a small leaver to release the cylinder to empty the dirt, as I empty in straight into the outside bin sometimes it flies out and into my face yuk.
It is very loud when the vacuum cleaner is on, using it for the first time I got a fright but the power is amazing hence the loud noise.
I love my dyson dc04sl and i'm very please with the performance it provides , I highly recommend.
Our first ever Dyson was the yellow one (we binned it so can't give the model number), but that lasted about 9-10 years even after a few repairs, so we had faith in this brand. We opted for the Dyson DC04SL after all hope was lost with the old one, and repairing it would cost more than buying a new machine.
Apart from the bright green colour of the interior, this vacuum was not much different to our old one in terms of size or function. It was definitely louder than our last one though when it is in function.
Using the vacuum cleaner is easy and the notch for wrapping your wires around is slightly bigger in this model than our last, so that is a nice touch. It also has a nice clip to secure the wires.
The vacuuming power (or suck) of this cleaner is average, and it will take about 2 to 3 runs of the vacuum cleaner to fully remove small specks of dust; other cleaners only need one if they are really powerful, but this does give you a better workout, eh?
I also like the removable head for the extendable sucker thing for small spaces; it could have a brush end or a sharp plastic sucking end... (sorry for my lack of proper terms- I am kind of a vacuum noob)
We bought it for around £200 and have been using it for about 3-4 years without many problems, except needing to change the rubber band thing on the bottom... other than that, it has lived up to our expectations and hopefully it will last a few more years yet!
I like the attention to the small details that make this a much better model than our last, and a fab one overall. It is affordable and has lasted a good time and is still in good shape. Although it isn't one of the flashy slim cylinder ball ones, it does its job just as well and really no one vacuums in circles do they!?
Over the years I have probably spent an arm and a leg on vacuum cleaners; all of which have failed me in some way or other. My latest model is the Dyson DC04, which so far, has served me fairly well for the past five years. However, I would state that this is my third Dyson purchase as the previous two were totally inefficient with their lack of suction.
I was interested to learn that when James Dyson introduced the bagless cleaner in 1983, no manufacturer was prepared to take on his design and consequently, he was left with no option than to launch his own business. No doubt the directors of the companies concerned are now kicking themselves!
When I was growing up I can vividly recollect my Mum pushing around her Hoover, a very old fashioned bag design vacuum cleaner, which was totally inefficient for cleaning both stairs and those awkward nooks and crannies. I can remember her having to continually push the vacuum back and fore over stubborn lengths of cotton or bits of fluff that had ingrained themselves into the carpet! How technology has progressed with this clever little invention by Dyson.
The difference between the old style vacuum cleaners to this new invention is that Dyson's first creation was named G-Force whereby it operated by a process of cyclonic separation, which in layman's terms basically means that the suction power does not decrease during the vacuuming process.
It has been necessary for me to carry out a little research to effectively understand the mechanics of the Dyson and whilst I'm not intending to detail long lists of the technicalities, I would like to give you a brief overview on how it operates. I learned that the Dyson is more efficient due to the fact that when you vacuum, the dust and bits are forced into tiny angled tubes where the air rotates the dust against the walls of the tube, which subsequently end their journey inside the large transparent collection container situated at the front of the product. Consequently, this provides improved suction and a continued airflow supply for the remainder of your vacuuming.
As well as the lime green colour, the Dyson is marketed as being silver, but in my opinion it looks grey. Touches of green have been used for the various tools and the operational buttons.
I initially decided on purchasing my very first Dyson, which is manufactured from an extremely sturdy plastic, approximately ten years ago. The reason for choosing this particular product was due to the fact that at that time I owned a Vax, which I found quite cumbersome and after only a few months of use, it became somewhat ineffective at collecting all the dust and fluff that gathers on carpets and wooden floors. Back then Dyson was the most talked about vacuum cleaner, so I decided to invest in something, which I hoped would last me for many years to come.
For anyone who owns a Dyson, you will probably recall the first time you switched it on and watched in absolute amazement as the bits of fluff whizzed round and round inside the transparent collection container. I even found myself emptying the collection container back onto the carpet so I could clean it up again! I initially felt somewhat disgusted with myself that I had allowed my carpets and floors to become so dirty, but at that time, no other vacuum cleaner would effectively remove all the bits and I wrongly thought my carpets were clean.
The beauty of the Dyson is that it contains a motorised brush bar, which automatically changes in height dependent on the surface you are cleaning. Can you remember the old style vacuum cleaners where you were forced to bend down to push a small lever to alter the position of the brushes? No need for that any more, as this will do the work for you. The machine is easily transported from room to room with its' two large wheels located either side on the reverse.
As far as I can recall, the DC04 is almost the same to that of its' predecessors with its' 1200 watt motor. It comes with the identical accessories where you receive a brush tool and stair tool, which can both be pivoted to enable you to obtain the correct cleaning position and a crevice tool. Each of these tools fit snugly on the end of the hose and provide superb suction power. The upper section of the cleaner has specific areas for the tools to be stored, where they are securely fitted following a gentle twist to push them into place.
However, whilst I appreciate you should always accept that products deteriorate through wear and tear, after only six months some of the tools failed to clip into place on the actual machine as their edges were slightly worn. Consequently, it has been necessary for me to store them separately, which is obviously a concern as I'm afraid they will get lost. Also, the attachment for the stairs broke at the base some four months later, so it is now tightly bound with insulating tape to enable it to continue to clip to the "wand".
To use the machine, you simply need to undo the small clip that is located several inches from the plug and unravel the cable from the green "hook", which has been wound in an anti-clockwise position. I have to stress the importance of correctly winding the cable, as otherwise you will weaken the base of the power lead, as it has been specifically designed to be stored in this manner. You then need to gently place your foot on one of the grooves situated either side above the brush area and pull the handle back, thus allowing the base of the machine to slightly rise.
You then press the green on/off button and away to go. Whilst it can be said that the Dyson is a very loud machine, in my opinion its' noise levels are no different to that of other vacuum cleaners that I have owned. I wish someone would design a silent cleaner to enable me to vacuum at any time of the day that suits me!
The minute the machine is switched on you will see fiercely whizzing around the inside of the collection container masses of fluff, animal fur (if you've got pooches or pussy cats), human hair and any other yucky bits that have accumulated on your floors. This was a huge incentive for me when I purchased my first Dyson as I really could not stop vacuuming, particularly as I loved to watch all the bits spinning around inside the machine! The novelty has since worn off and I now only clean when absolutely necessary!
The suction power is very strong indeed and the beauty with having a transparent collection container is that as well as knowing when it needs to be emptied if you accidentally suck up an earring, which is a regular occurrence for me, you can easily see it whizzing around inside and subsequently retrieve it. You are also able to check the "maximum level" marker that is located near to the top of the container.
The Dyson has a long extendable hose located inside a wand, which is a clever idea for when vacuuming stairs, as it will almost reach the top step. However, do not make the same mistakes as I have and use it to vacuum around corners or overstretch, as over a period of time you will eventually weaken the hose, which will subsequently tear.
You should always work above the vacuum cleaner as obviously you could end up having a nasty accident, which is what happened to me when I decided to vacuum the bottom of the stairs with the cleaner placed on the landing. Consequently, I overstretched the hose and pulled the cleaner, which came tumbling down and gave me a rather painful whack on the head! Didn't I swear?!
To use the hose facility, you need to pull the protective cover from the wand, where you are able to clip on your required attachment. You are also able to shorten the handle area of the wand by simply unclipping it by way of a small button and giving a gentle pull, which will provide you with a perfectly sized handle for cleaning areas such as inside the car or the mattresses on your beds. Replacing it is extremely easy as you just push the removed wand into the wand attached to the vacuum cleaner, which will automatically click into place. The wand can then be securely clipped to the holder, which is situated at the rear of the vacuum cleaner.
I am conscious of the fact that this review is becoming rather lengthy and there are still a few areas to discuss, so almost there and thank you for bearing with me. Emptying the collection container is extremely easy and whilst Dyson advise those who suffer from allergies to empty into a bag rather than directly into a bin, this is a practise that I always follow.
The container is easily removed by way of a grey release button located in the centre of its' upper side, which enables both the container and cyclone top to be pulled out. As this is a very dusty job I would recommend you do this outside (provided it's not raining of course), particularly as you are required to remove the cyclone top from the container and lay it down somewhere and you do not want dust flying everywhere and subsequently landing on your newly vacuumed floors.
Once empty, you simply need to replace the cyclone top into the container and return to the Dyson housing and a simple click fits them back into place. Whilst I do not clean the inside of the container or the cyclone top every time its' emptied, each month or so I give them a quick wipe over with a dampened cloth. However, I would state that it is important that they are completely dry before replacing.
This particular model has received a Seal of Approval from The British Allergy Foundation where we are advised that in using this product correctly, exposure to both House Dust Mites and Cat Allergen may be significantly reduced.
The DC04 contains a pre-motor filter, where it is recommended that this be cleaned every six months. Unfortunately, this is a task that I regularly forget and to jog the user's memory, Dyson have provided an area on the filter where you can indicate with a biro which month it was last cleaned. I best not look at mine!
The filter is easily removed and located within a cage on the upper section above the cyclone top. It should be washed with cold water only and allowed to dry completely, which generally takes up to twelve hours.
Whilst my Dyson very rarely blocks, clearing any blockages is an extremely easy process where you are required to undo the fasteners located on the underside of the product and remove the soleplate. In doing so, the brush bar is exposed, which will enable you to check for any obstructions where you will generally find long lengths of cotton and hair!
A process that I have never needed to undertake is the replacement of the belt, which I understand is a fairly easy task, but as I have never had any experience of this, I do not feel it appropriate to try and guess.
All new Dyson vacuum cleaners are provided to you with a two-year guarantee, which was necessary for me, particularly as I damaged two hoses and one stair attachment within the first twelve months! The service extended to me was absolutely first class whereby I was asked to provide the machine's serial number, together with details of my problem. Replacement parts were sent to me within a matter of days, but my only frustration with this guarantee is that you are required to telephone Dyson on a premium rate telephone number with the minutes considerably mounting due to the length of time you are kept waiting on the phone.
All in all the Dyson DC04 is a fantastic vacuum cleaner, but my biggest pet hate is its' weight, which is approximately 11 kg. As my hubby is disabled, it is an impossibility for him to carry it up the stairs and I'm falling apart myself following a back injury sustained in a car accident several years ago. Consequently, I find it a real struggle heaving it up and down our stairs. My other frustration is that it is very difficult to vacuum rugs and mats due to its' intense suction power, which results in the rugs and mats being pulled towards the machine and consequently, the motor screeching like a hyena!
This product is recommended for carpets and I stupidly decided to use it on laminate flooring, which resulted in some of the edges being ripped off and sucked up inside the machine. As a result, I now have a rather horrible looking floor in my spare bedroom!
As of yet, I've never had to purchase any parts for my Dyson, which can be quite pricey, but are widely available from all good vacuum cleaner retailers.
With the ever-changing world of new technology, the DC04 has been updated over and over again, with more powerful and superior models such as Multi-Floor and Animal. I've checked the internet for a price and would advise that whilst Amazon generally stock the DC04, it is currently out of stock.
As for a rating, I feel this machine is worthy of 4 stars. It lose one from me due to its' extremely heavy weight, therefore not making this a beneficial product for both older people and those with disabilities. I also feel there are a few issues with the early wear and tear on the tools, which I had expected to last considerably longer, particularly due to the price of the product.
As for the vacuuming power, well, in my opinion, it is simply superb with its' extra long power cord and is extremely efficient and effective at removing all those nasty bits that accumulate in our carpets. When our cat Maizie was alive she would shed an awful lot of fur, particularly as she was half Persian and had very long hair, which tended to disperse everywhere. A quick zap with the Dyson on both the floor and her bedding and for five minutes everywhere would be fur free. She was such a placid little pussy cat and would even allow me to vacuum around the edges of her bed whilst she was lying in it (either she wasn't bothered or she was just too lazy to move!). If I could have got away with vacuuming her, I most definitely would have, as it would have solved a lot of furry problems!
Would I recommend this machine? At the time of launch, most definitely yes, but as there are now bigger and better models available, I would have to say no. Consequently, when this machine bites the dust (excuse the pun!) I will probably opt for the Multi-Floor model.
I apologise for such a lengthy review, which is not generally something I tend to do. However, I felt it was necessary to fully describe to you the full uses of this wonderful product.
I hope you found this useful and would thank you for bearing with me.
I've had my Dyson DC04 for almost four years now. And so far it's been very loyal and served me well. I only hope it doesn't break down as soon as I finish this review- that's what I usually find happens when you start bragging about your gadgets!
Anyway back to what I was saying, in the entire time i've owned my vacuum, I can only remember two occasions when I experienced a slight glitch with it. Both times it was my use-less hubby's fault and could of been easily avoided. The first time was when he vacuumed over a some sharp matter on the floor that snapped the belt. This I simply solved by replacing it with another belt that I bought for three pounds from a local DIY store.
I must however mention that although I fitted the belt in very easily by following the instructions in the dyson manual, not everyone may be capable of doing this. (And before you ask- No I don't have a very large head) Fitting the belt can get very tricky and frustrating. Therefore if you ever need to under-take this task, make sure you are calm and have plenty of time on your hands.
The second time, well, my husband did the same thing again so just read the above. And now I don't let him touch the vacuum any more!
The only time I do let my other-half touch the Dyson is when he carries it up the stairs for me or brings it down. This is because it's a little too heavy for me to carry and that's the only negative aspect of the vacuum I can think of.
Overall it's one of the best appliances i've purchased. It can suck out unseen dirt from the carpet with no effort what-so-ever. I also use it on my laminate floors and it works just as well. And as for the stairs, I just leave vacuum at the bottom and the flexible pipe easily reaches right to the 13th step.
I purchased it from Comet for 174 pounds and it was money well spent.
I have had my dyson for about 2 months from reconditioned and so far I am very pleased with its performance.
Once you get used to having to put your foot down on the front and bending the handle backwards it is quite easy to move. The flex is nice and long so you do not have to keep plugging into different sockets to do long rooms
In terms of performance: Strong suction, you only have to go over an area of average soiling to get all of the dirt up. When I first used it I was discusted at how much dirt was in my carpet despite it looking clean. If i had pets I would imaging this is a god send. It is great if you have stubborn dirt. My dining room is the thru room in my house and comes fright off the garden. It is great for keeping on top of this area of heavy traffic. Gets all the garden muck up straight away!
Easy to empty and reassemble. Does a whole flight of stairs top to bottom (13 steps in total)on the hose extension. But you have to have a special attatchment for the stairs. like a rectangular flat attatchment...see more about these later.
Gets into all tight spots, mine came with a nozzle that seems to do edges and nooks and crannies well.
When you hoover up to the wall it gets right along the edge, so you do not have to get on your hands and kness to get dirt along the edges.
quite a heavy machine, it is a bit awkward to carry it upstairs for instance. So if you have problems with heavy objects then you might want to go for something lighter.
It is quite awkward to put the hose and handle back together. The hanle slots into the hose and it just seems to make it tricky.
Price of the attatchments. If you go on the dyson website expect to pay £20-£30 depending on the type of attatchment. If you go on ebay you can get job lots for attachments at around £10, just be careful that they fit your model. I have seen dyson attachments at the market but even these were £5 upwards a go! I had a brainwave and put the attachments from my old hoover on. I can get the stair attchment and a brush to fit.
Dyson sell lots of lovely gadgets like a dusting brush to do books with! I haved found that I have not missed these. I would only go to town on the attachments if I lived in a huge house.
I got my dyson from ebay, reconditioned for £50 plus delivery.
This is an upright bagless hoover. Weighs 8kg
holds 4litres of muck.
27.56 cord length
Bright green and silver you wont lose it!
I'd always wondered what the fuss was about Dysons, what could be so wonderful about their Dual Cyclone technology that meant they were over a hundred pounds more expensive than a standard vacuum cleaner? Well when our last bagless vacuum cleaner bit the dust (so to speak), we decided to find out what all the fuss was about and began to search on-line for our very own Dyson. After searching on several sites and deciding whether we wanted a cylinder or upright cleaner we came to a decision and bought the DC04S/L, an upright cleaner which to be honest is the bottom of the range.
~~~Setting the Dyson up~~~
The Dyson comes part assembled in a large box, as far as I'm concerned this was NOT a good start. I'm used to buying vacuum cleaners fully assembled and be-grudge doing their work for them. However, as it was, I had to connect the handle by threading down the suction pipe. A process that wasn't as simple as it seemed, I found it very fiddly, but did manage it eventually. The handle then clipped securely onto the main section of the cleaner, as did the cleaning tools.
OK now it's set up, what does it look like?
Well it's pretty stylish in a Dyson sort of way. Mainly silver in colour with lime green highlights it looks very modern and almost toy-like. While at first thought lime green does seem a garish colour, it doesn't look too bright, honest.
Weight wise it's not too heavy to carry around at approximately 8kg, but can be unwieldy when carrying up the stairs. While I've found the handle height to be fine at 5' 1 and my husband also has no problems at 5' 7, its not adjustable, which may be a problem for some.
The DC04 boasts 230 airwatts of constant suction, this means that its cleaning power will remain constant even when the bin is almost full. I don't claim to understand what airwatts mean, but according to a couple of sites motor wattage only tells you how much electricity the machine uses, while airwatts tells you the suction power. Now 230 airwatts means this is in no way the most powerful cleaner, but it does seem to do the job very well. Even vacuuming an apparently clean carpet, I was amazed at how much dust and hair it picked up.
The cleaner is simple enough to use, there is an on/off button on top of the main section, and for standard cleaning you need to step on a button at the front of the base (took me a while to work that out, they're normally at the back). You can then vacuum merrily away, without having to worry about changing the brush settings for short carpet, long carpet, etc. as it adjusts automatically. As you vacuum, all the dirt and dust collects in the see-through bin on the front of the cleaner, and spins round and round. If it doesn't spin, then you know the cleaner's blocked (handy that).
For those hard to reach places and to use the on-board tools is very simple. The cleaner needs to be in the upright position, and then you can release the hose, by pressing a catch, and pull the extendable tube out. There are no extension tubes to attach, and the cleaning tools simply slot into the tube. The reach for cleaning stairs and ceilings is in a word, fantastic.
Short of available plug sockets, then never fear, the power cord is an amazing 8.4 metres long and the total reach of the cleaner is 13.6 metres, long enough so that I can clean two rooms, without needing to change sockets.
Now then, the question is how does it stand upto cleaning up after four children? And the answer is very well, it's almost effortless to vacuum, (well for me it's totally effortless, my hubby does it) it takes him about five minutes to vacuum a large room (16ftx13ft) and the amount of dirt it picks up on a daily basis is amazing.
~~~Emptying the bin~~~
The only problem with such an efficient cleaner is how often the bin needs emptying. I find we need to empty after each cleaning session (partly because I have a thing about loose hair), and it's a very simple affair (after a bit of practise) which involves releasing the bin (via another spring loaded catch) and then removing the green cyclone and simply emptying in the dustbin. Putting it back together, is slightly more awkward, but the trick is to make sure you have everything facing the right way.
The real problem with emptying the bin, is you then need to clean the area where you dismantled it, as it seems that some dust will always escape onto the floor.
The cleaner is fairly simple to maintain, there are no bags or filters to buy. The bin benefits from a weekly wash (just remember to let it dry completely before replacing it). There is also a blockage port, to help you get at any socks you've inadvertently vacuumed up. Finally, you can get at the brushes very easily to clear the hair, by undoing the base plate. If anything else goes wrong with it, you can always fall back on the 2 year guarantee that Dyson kindly supplies.
The DC04 has been endorsed by the British Allergy Foundation, due to the fact that it can remove the smallest particles of dust, as small even as a particle of cigarette smoke (0.2 microns). I have noticed that my house does seem ever so slightly less dusty than it did previously.
~~~The bad points~~~
Of course nothing in this world is perfect, and that includes this cleaner. Among the bad points are :
The noise - I find this cleaner to be very noisy, it emits a kind of whine.
The bin - while it's comforting to be able to see how well the cleaners working, the dirt it collects is not really the sort of thing you want visitors to see.
Hard Floors - This cleaner is only suitable for carpeted floors, NOT hard floors, so we still need the broom for the kitchen. (There is another version with brushbar control for hard floors).
More information on this product can be found at :
You can also purchase the cleaner here for £189.99 along with various accessories.
~~~Price and Availability~~~
A quick check on a price comparison site tells me that the Dyson DC04S/L is available online at a variety of shops and prices including :
£132.07 (inc. delivery) from 247electrical
£136.74 (inc. delivery) from eBuyer
£137.39 (inc. delivery) from Tesco
Finally owning a Dyson, I can see what all the fuss was about. It is far better at cleaning than my previous bagless vacuum, and looks a lot nicer. Our carpets even look a different colour after having used it. So my recommendation is to buy this if you only have carpets to vacuum, and have no need for the extra features of the more expensive models. However, if you have hard floors, then go for the model with brush control which is available from Dyson at £199.99
To be honest with you I absolutely hate housework, if I can find myself something more interesting to do trust me I will sounds quite bad really but thats life. I would hate to think the amount of time a person spends in their life time doing this, and for what, your kids come home from school and then wreck it all again so to me its just a vicious circle. Dont get me wrong I do get on with it but it can be so tedious.
I used to have this old Panasonic but to me it wasnt just quiet up to the job, if you know what I mean, we have a child plus to wonderful furry cats who never seem to stop moulting so on dark carpets its a nightmare. I could Hoover at midnight and then get up at seven and low and behold it needs doing again, its as if I have little messy fairies that get up and play during the night!
I decided that it was time I treated myself to an upgrade and I remember a few years ago having to borrow my mums Hoover because mine had died its own death (ahh!) and it was a Dyson and thought it was the best thing since sliced bread, it did the job in half the time and the suction on this colourful piece of equipment was just amazing.
What is all that colour about!! Not that Im complaining its great.
I bought a Dyson DC04 and it cost me £179.00 plus I insured for five years so that was another £40 on top but I thought it was well worth it as its such a great gadget.
The most recent price that I have seen for a DC04 is £121.99 so that is a great bargain and well worth every penny in my book.
No loss of suction
No bags (what a result no more dust flying around in the air!)
All tools attach to the top of the Hoover
Self adjustable head
8.4 meters of cable
Instant hose (for those hard to reach places)
It comes in a wonderful lime green colour and as stated in the features it has no loss of suction, so it does a fantastic job of cleaning up that awful cat hair in less time. Its also light weight so if you do have back problems you wont have any trouble moving it.
As I said before I had previously borrowed a Dyson from my mum, and she has now got a Dyson Animal so if you have a big house and its like a train station then I would recommend this as it has some real hefty power behind it, but if you are like me and have a small family then the DC04 its just right for the job, so happy Vacuuming!!!
Two years ago, in February, I began renting this pokey little house outside Belfast, just literally across the road from where I work. To cut a long story short, our landlord would not pay for the carpets to be cleaned, even though they have been in the house from what must be the 1970's. We?d used every vacuum cleaner under the sun to try and make them look any way decent, and nothing worked. That was until we got a Dyson DC04SL Bag less Vacuum Cleaner. I used to think that only posh people had Dyson's, so either I have suddenly become dead posh (unlikely) or they are actually affordable. Our Dyson cost us £129 from Argos. It certainly did the trick with our carpets, they look so much better - I wouldn't say as good as new, because that would take a miracle to do that, but they certainly are a great improvement. There I was, pushing the vacuum back and forth, singing, "I want to break free", with all my might, figuring that I could play the part of Freddy Mercury in the video by Queen, thinking I was the best thing since sliced bread. Well, at least we had clean carpets! When we first got the Vacuum it was easy to set up, as most of it was already built in the box, all we had to do was attach the handle to the tubing and to arrange the extra nozzles into their allocated places. The Dyson DC04SL is a bag less vacuum cleaner, so this means that all the fluff etc. is all caught up into the plastic see-through cylinder. This has both good points and bad. Good in the sense that you can see when the cylinder is full, and can empty it before the suction starts packing up on you. The bad point is that you can see all the dirt and grime; nothing is hidden, and so means that unless you have emptied and washed out the cylinder that anyone who looks at your vacuum can see this. Not a big down-side, but still not exactly a pleasant thing to look at either. The fact that there is this plastic cylinder means that
you don?t have to go and buy new bags for the vacuum, therefore reducing costs in that way, but you do have to actually empty the cylinder - none of the dust is contained, and so it means that it can be unpleasant for anyone who has allergies to dust when emptying it. As my husband found out to his detriment, the poor thing spent the rest of the day sneezing! This Dyson can hold 4 litres in its cylinder - that's a lot of dust! The Dyson DC04SL is a green and silver/grey upright vacuum cleaner, which can be awkward to lift and to store. It is made of hard durable plastic, which can withstand many bumps - believe me; I've tried and tested that one! I can imagine that some people would have difficulty in taking this upstairs, and it is not the easiest thing to store away in the places where you would normally store a smaller vacuum cleaner. Now, enough with the negative - on with the positive! The Dyson has 3 nozzle attachments, which confused me at first (who ever reads the instruction manual?), I was trying to remove the metal arm from the extension tubing to fit the attachments onto the end of the metal arm, but then figured that there would be no suction, and eventually figured out that it slots onto the plastic handle at the top of the extension tubing. There is a green pushdown area that removes the extension set from the actual vacuum. The attachments consist of a long pointy attachment which is ideal for getting into corners, under radiators, to the side of the stairs, and other hard to reach floor areas. This nozzle is stored on the back of the handle, where there is a special slot for it. There is also a small regular vacuum nozzle, which is perfect for cleaning the stairs, and because of the long extension arm you can reach up to the top of the stairs without actually having to bring the vacuum with you! The third nozzle is a round one with a bristles on the end, I find this great for going around skirting boards, and
for getting in around the little n ooks in the banister on our stairs. These two nozzles have little places molded into the plastic on top of the cylinder for them to sit in. The power cord is extremely long, and winds up at the back of the vacuum in a neat fashion for when the appliance is not in use. Now, I suppose I should mention some technical stuff. This Dyson has a dual cyclone technology, and that always makes me think that its like something out of the wizard of Oz, from what I understand if it basically means that the dirt spins up inside the vacuum using the cyclone, and this filters out into the cylinder, leaving the air clean. It is amazing the power that the Dyson has to extract dust that has been buried down in carpets for goodness knows how long, and it is great in the sense that it is approved to help minimize allergies - so this is a great buy for anyone who has a family member with asthma or dust allergies (as long, of course that they are not the one that is going to be emptying the cylinder). All in all, this is a great vacuum; it does much better than any of the other vacuum cleaners that I have ever tried. I'd recommend it to anyone, but a word of warning. No matter how clean you thought your carpet was before using this, you will be dismayed at what has not been picked up by previous vacuum cleaners. Dyson also have a 2 year guarantee on this product. This ranks right up there with the best.
Short name: Dyson DC04SL