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I was exited about testing the Dyson as it the company has a great reputation, especially for their patented cyclonic technology. I actually have not bought this product, as the client I was cleaning for had one in their home. The first thing I noticed about the vacuum was how poorly it was made in my opinion.
I will start with the most obvious problem which was the tubing, it had countless bends and every time I turned in another direction the bends would crease stopping the suction. Even if the recommended procedure for storing was followed everyday I would still envisage a problem as the tubing is just not robust enough.
There are two disconnection points which allow you to remove the head and handle to allow you to pick up larger pieces of debris and these are very fiddly, both to pull apart and pop back on.
Once you have straightened everything out and actually get going the suction is not great, and the head flips too easily back and forth from the roll to flat position. This Hoover is only around 4 months old and it is already displaying problems with the stop/start button, sometimes you need to keep your foot pressed down on it which makes hovering a huge problem.
Looks wise it's a lovely design, neat and compact and lovely colour. It's very easy to store away.
In my opinion it's a huge disappointment. I don't know the cost and when trying to find out all I see is adverts for parts!! Oh dear.
I think I will stick with my Henry vacuum.
We have recently bought this new vacuum cleaner after giving our other Dyson to my parents. We wanted to stay with Dyson as ever since we have used them we have found them to be superior to other vacuum cleaners and so when we went to the shop to have a look at what was available we were instantly drawn to this one probably just by looks alone at first as it certainly looks different!
As you can see from the picture provided by Ciao it looks like a cross between a pull along vacuum and an upright one. It i more like a pull along one as essentially that is what you do whilst using it but it is more compact than other designs we have seen and when you have finished using it it stands quite upright which makes it easier to store. It is purple and green so really does stand out, it doesn't really looking like a cleaning device but more of a toy or something with using these bold colours! It has large purple wheels at the side of it's main body and has a tool holder beside the nozzle- this can be adjusted slightly. in terms of looks it was certainly eye catching, I haven't seen a vacuum cleaner this shape or colour before and if it wasn't for this unique design I probably wouldn't have look twice at it!
It comes with the Dyson Dual Cyclone which is what Dyson is renouned for and has got several patents on- it basically means that suction won't be lost no matter how full the vacuum is becoming . It has inbuilt filters with a lifetime guarantee which means you do not need to buy any (This is good for me as I wouldn't have a clue what I was doing or looking for!) The filtration system it has built in filters particles as tiny as 0.1 micron. It is approved by The British Allergy Foundation. it is made from apparently the two most robust materials available these are ABS and polycarbonate! So with impressive specifications like these listed it does make it sound like something special! But it's all very well and good bombarding a customer with impressive sounding specifications but what really matters is does it live up to these and is it practical and easy to use?
Using the Dyson
I don't usually like pull along vacuums as I find them cumbersome and a bit of a strain on my back as I'm having to exert more effort to pull them than I would to push a standard upright one but this one is so compact so these usual complaints I would have are not really issues with this machine.
The tools which are near the hose can get in the way as you're trying to move the machine along, however this can actually be moved so it doesn't have to be a problem! I didn't realise this until I read the instructions properly- goes to show sometimes spending time reading the small print does prove useful!
This model prides itself on being light weight- less than 5kilos and actually I think that this makes a huge difference compared to other pull along cleaners. It makes it so much easier to move it around without it being so light weight that it has a mind of it's own! It is easy to pull along and when you need to lift it up the stairs it isn't awkward to do. Because it is light weight and low down it makes cleaning the stairs really very easy actually! With an upright vacuum I find that it is a bit dangerous as it isn't very sturdy and could topple down but this one will sit on the stair next to you whilst you hoover and because it's only low down it isn't likely to fall of the step and tumble down. One of my pet hates is tackling the stairs but this makes it easier to do!
In terms of it's cleaning quality then yes I am very pleased with it. I think that Dysons have actually improved a lot over the years and become less bulky which helps you to get into small places. This one certainly does just that! It can be used on all floor types which was actually an essential on our buying list as we have carpets and wooden floors and I find it works just as well on both surfaces without one being better than the other and the head itself doesn't scuff the floor or scratch it so it is well designed.
I find when I use this it does have very good suction. It does suck up everything in sight and if something is sucked up which gets stuck then you can stop the suction immediately as there is a suction release valve which will stop suction immediately if something is obstructing it. This makes it easy to get the item back and to not cause internal damage! It is so good at sucking up what's in it's path that it means when you use this you will know a good job has been done and you won't need to do the job again as you realise it's missed something. It does make life easier that's for sure.
It comes with a Turbo Brush Attachment which you can buy separately for other models and it can be connected to the hose easily and will stay in place without falling off mid-clean! This brush has to wheels on it to help it move along the floor easily and is recommended for use if you have pet hair to hoover up. We don't have any pets but we use this when we are cleaning the sofas as we find it is extremely good at sucking up bits of fluff which are quite embedded and I assume this is the pet hair removal element of it!
Cleaning the machine
This machine is meant to clean your house, it's annoying to think you then have to spend time cleaning it, however, not a great deal of fuss is needed to clean this out! The body of the machine is see through so you can see when it is getting full of fluff and dirt. I really like this element as I like to see how much I've actually cleaned up and when it needs cleaning without fiddling around with a bag or taking it apart! It's really easy to empty this out, it just clips off from the machine and then you can take it outside and put it directly into your dustbin. The filters on the head of the nozzle are easy to clean too. I find that hair often gets twisted around the filter system and can make the machine not work as well but it only takes a matter of minutes to clean it out. It's easy to take it apart and unwind the hair or unblock anything and when I say easy it must be if I can do it! The only thing is if you do begin to unclog the filter then bits of dust will be released into the air which may trigger allergies.
What I really like about this machine is the fact it works well and that is the most important aspect of a cleaner like this as I don't want to spend any extra time cleaning if I can help it! I dislike vacuums which have poor suction, which leave you feeling as though you have to press on hard to your surfaces in order to suck anything up. This machine has such good suction that it hoovers up everything on surfaces really well. I don't think it takes me as long to hoover our house with this as it did with our old one.
Because it is a pull along vacuum it is really easy to get into small places because the hose is only narrow. You can get underneath the table and around chairs without banging into them with the cylinder like you do with an upright one. It gets into all small places and corners making it easy to use and takes up less time than with others.
It is indeed light weight which is really important as I find pull along vacuums can hurt my back as I try to pull a heavy compartment along behind me. This one is light weight but not so light that it will just have a life of it's own when you pull it! As I said previously it is easy to clean the stairs with this as it doesn't topple over and it's small enough to sit on the stair as you clean so it's really efficient.
I find it is very quiet too compared to some machines! So it may not be good if you want to play white noise to a baby that won't sleep but it is good if you want to have a quick vacuum downstairs whilst your baby is asleep upstairs!
I like how it looks too. I like that it isn't an offensive looking piece of machinery and instead is actually a bit of a talking point really because it looks so different and it bright in colour with none of the tacky yellow Dyson plastic on display anywhere! Storing it is easy because it is rather compact although it does take up more room than I originally thought it would do!
I think that it is really easy to use and it performs well. Once I have finished using this I do feel as though a good job has been done which is really important to me. It also doesn't have a smell to it either, some vacuums I have used seem to blow out a smell of whatever is lurking inside but so far we haven't had this horrible incident yet so I hope it is something to do with the design of this machine and not just a matter of time!
It is very helpful being able to see inside to know whether it is getting full or not and to see how much you have sucked up during your cleaning session! Some people may not like this as it's not exactly attractive seeing a lot of dust and dirt but I would prefer to see it in there and know it's not on my floors! It also makes it easy to know when it's time to clean it.
I do really like this machine as you can probably tell from how much I've praised it in the above paragraphs! I think it's great that it works well and has many practical elements to it which makes cleaning easier. The turbo brush it comes with is very useful to have too but it wouldn't change my mind about buying it if it didn't come with it as the machine itself is fantastic without it. At around £300 it is an expensive purchase but it's one which shouldn't let you down especially as it is supposedly not going to lose suction in it's lifetime! If you're looking for a vacuum cleaner which works well, is practical and looks a bit different then this is for you!
I bought the Motorhead variant of the DC05 because I thought it would be efficient at sucking up powders/dust and animal hairs. First impressions are not favourable, though. 1. Suction is pretty poor, considering the motor is 1200W - there is little discernible suction as the rotating bar in the motorhead is spinning, leading me to conclude that most dust is 'sucked' up after being brushed out by the bristles on the bar. I know this still cleans carpets, but it will wear them out much faster than a single pass-over with a cleaner with a better suction. 2. The ends of the rotating bar of the motorhead do not fit snugly into their housings, resulting in occasions where the bar has stopped rotating because it has jammed. I think this is poor design. The brush picks up a lot of hair from carpets (good), but this gets wound tightly around the metal bar bearing the brushes. This means frequently removing the bar from its plastic housing to remove the hairs and manually cutting through the tightly wound strands or just pulling them out by hand. I don't think the plastic will have a long life!,necessitating replacement of the motorhead. 3. However, there is quite good suction when using the hand tools provided (brush, crevice cleaner and 'curtain' head), but overall quality of these plastic tools is questionable. 4. The on-off switch located on the end of the hose to which the metal extension tube fits doesn't have a nice crisp on/off action, and has resulted in the house's consumer unit's RCD tripping on more than one occasion. The motor and switch were replaced under warranty a few days after buying the cleaner, even though there was nothing wrong with the original components. This made absolutely no difference to whether the RCD tripped or not - still happens from time to time. incidentally the house's electrics have been checked and found to be OK, and 'tripping' occurs when switching on/off the cl
eaner, which seems pretty conclusive to me - the Dyson components may well be within spec, but clearly they are on accasion incompatible with the house's electrics, so beware! 5. The cleaner is quite unstable when being carried with the cleaning head in its plastic v-shaped holder, although the cleaner is quite light in itself. 6. Cleaning out the plastic bowl in which dust/dirt collect is simple to do (good) OVERALL, then, although the cleaner does pick up dirt and dust, as well as animal hairs, etc, it does take time after each room clean to remove hairs from the rotating bar/brush, which is quite fiddly, and it certainly doesn't give me the impression of being well-made with a long life.