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I've already written a review for the Dyson DC05 but seeing as I now have a job as a cleaner, just 2hrs a week at a counselling place and they have this Dyson a DC05 Turbo Brush I thought I'm well in a position to review hoovers!
I had a choice of three types of hoover in their cleaning cupboard, so I tried an upright hoover (brand I can't remember) and wasn't impressed it didn't go under all the tables and I had to move lots of furniture every week, there was another cylinder type one but it didn't pick up so well so I went for this one the last and final option!
As with all cylinder type hoovers I like the fact it's easy to pull along and you're not pushing the weight of the whole hoover around, I also like the fact that the wand reaches into nooks and crannies. It fits together neatly to put away, it's slightly heavy to lift but that's a small price to pay for a good hoover.
It comes with the usual attachements an upholstery attachement, one with a brush on and the thinner nozzle attachment. As with all Dyson's I have discovered the little plastic bit on the wand which these attachments goes onto needs to be handled with care but all parts are replaceable and can be bought online. Also I have always found the Dyson company themselves extremely helpful in replacing bits and pieces.
The great thing about these bagless Dyson's is ease of cleaning, you empty out the contents when you can see it's full and when it gets really grubby you can clean the whole of the container and leave to dry. The filter can also be cleaned through, follow the instructions and really squeeze the foam bit to get all the grime out and I really find it makes a difference to the hoovering after a good clean it's practically good as new.
Now this is the only down side, when I came to use the hoover it was all clogged up with hairs, it makes quite a noise because the brush bit is wizzing round inside so I do find the hoover a little noisy. The turbo brush for me is a real no no, it gets all bits stuck in it and then I have to get a large knitting needle or something similar to try and pull all the hairs out to unclog it. it's not worth it and I wouldn't buy one with this type of brush.
I've given this four stars out of five because of the turbo brush.
I bought my Dyson DC05 about 6 years ago. Although it is basically a good product and vacuumed up cat hairs, litter, loads of talcum powder and other debris, I was disappointed that the clip to connect the turbo head to the extension tube snapped within 13 months. The turbo brush became the tool of choice because it was ducktaped to the extension tube. I know that these clips can be purchased, but fitting them is a nightmare. The other option was to buy a new extension tube.
Yesterday, whilst vacuuming, the plastic nozzle bit that goes into the extension tube sheared off. This has rendered the vac inoperable - I couldn't glue the bits together - I am going to try and tape the two components together for the time being so that I can research into buying a new machine.
The product is really very good technologically speaking, but sadly, the use of cheap plastic in manufacture let it down. I don't expect to pay over £250 for a vacuum cleaner only to have to replace it so soon - I would have expected a 10-15 year life span as minimum.
Needless to say, my new vacuum cleaner will NOT be a Dyson
I purchased my Dyson 4 years ago. I when I filled out my guarantee and it asked how long did I expect my Dyson to last, I ticked the 10 years plus box! I have not had much luck with my Dyson, although it vacuums well the parts keep breaking. I have replaced the stair tool three times, the extension tube twice as the small clips that attach the other tools snap after a while. The handle that I pick it up with snapped off as I picked it up and a spring that lives under the on off switch has flown out twice (I cant find it this time)! As you can imagine my Dyson is rendered useless. The only way I can have all this fixed is if I insure it with Dyson but this is additional cost on top of the cost that I purchased it, I thought it was going to pay for itself. If I add up the cost of insurance over the last 4 years I could have bought myself another Dyson! I would not recommend a Dyson, maybe the uprights are better, maybe the parts dont break as much. My Dyson is now stuck together with duck tape as I refuse to pay out any more money.
Generally this is an excellent vacuum cleaner, particularly on carpet when used with the turbo-brush attachment. In fact, its suction is so good that when using it on a friend's new carpet we noticed that it was actually sucking up bits of the underlay through the carpet! It has a good amount of attachments which clip handily to the hose, though they can knock against furniture, and fall off when you are hoovering. Unlike some Dysons this one doesn't need expensive new filters every six months. You just take out the round fowm filter twice a year and wash it, putting it back in when you are sure it is dry. The standard floor attachment (ie. not the turbo-brush) is fine for hard floors. The only problem is the little clip that attaches the end of the metal extension tube to either the floor attachment or the turbo-brush is rather flimsily made. You have to be very careful when taking off the attachments not to pull them of as this weakens the clip which will eventually break. After a could of years use mine broke and that means that your attachments fall off all the time, making it impossible to use the whole contraption. If you go to Dyson's website it is possible to fix the problem by getting a replacement extension hose, but seeing as it costs 29.50 (about 15% of the orginal cost of the whole machine) it makes no sense whatsoever. I am going to call Dyson's customer service line and see if they can help me out. Watch this space.
Short name: Dyson DC05