Product Type: Dyson vacuums
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Mean Green (and Purple) Machine!
Member Name: lily7star
Date: 25/07/00, updated on 08/07/02 (2829 review reads)
Advantages: strong suction, bagless, transparent cylinder,light compared to other Dysons, great customer service, 2 year guarantee
Disadvantages: expensive! hose and fittings look less sturdy than I'd like.
Despite some very careful research into the relative merits of Dysons before parting with my hard-earned cash, it still took a glass or two of wine to ease my decision to spend over £200 on a vacuum cleaner.
Like other people I've read opinions from here, my previous machine was a Vax, and *never* again! Maybe I had a faulty model, but the head kept falling off and it never quite seemed to get the lovely (ugh, inherited from previous house-owner!) brown carpets in the kids' bedrooms looking clean.
Another appealing aspect to the Dyson was the anti-allergy filters as I'm allergic to dust.....
After cleaning a friend's house for her after she had her baby and using her brand new Dyson, I was hooked, it had to be a Dyson for me as well.
She has a bungalow, whereas I have stairs and a bad back, so after deciding to get one, I went into the local supplier only to find that the uprights were much too heavy for me to lug around, and also too heavy for my boys to manage (they sometimes help me out!)The DC05 is the lightest Dyson - far lighter than the uprights, and I ended up buying the top of the range model with permanent filters *and* a turbo brush, which is a head which has the whirling brush bar similar to what you would find on the upright models.
So far I like it. It's very funky looking in purple and green (not at all like the pic on dooyoo!) and even my boys tried playing with it striaght away , a habit I'm happy to encourage..... and they're now using it far more happily and successfully than they ever used the Vax!
It certainly picks up *far* more dust than I've ever seen picked up before, and I like being able to see what it's got in the cylinder as if something sounds like it's been picked up when it shouldn't have been, you can easily see it and remove it.
As I have this dust allergy, I have always hoovered my mattress and used
to have to do it at least once a week or I would be sneezing my way through the mornings. Since getting the Dyson, however, I can now get away with doing it no more often than once a month - a huge improvement.
One downside to the Dyson is having to empty the cylinder......this is when having the allergy filter makes not the slightest difference and dust escapes uncontrollably, so beware if allergy is a problem for you - get someone else to empty it.
The turbo brush seems amazing, but definitely the kind of thing you'd keep away from kids' fingers.
The hose doesn't look as sturdy as I'd like, and I'm hoping all the little clips around the connectors aren't too easy to break.
One neat idea is a telescopic wand (not the fairy godmother variety sadly, I'd far rather get housework done that way!)
The first time I used the DC05 I thought it was made for smaller people than me until I read more of the instructions and discovered that the stainless steel part of the tubing is extendable! What a great idea!
I'm very happy with it so far, and the difference it has made to housework for us has been very influential in my decision to start doing my own housework again after about 9 yrs of having a cleaner! It's virtually paid for itself on that basis already.
For further updates, watch this space!
Oh,and a PS - I'd recommend buying online - doing a price search saved me nearly £40 on high street prices (see opinions on QED and pricechecker under internet shopping)
Letsbuyit.com also came up with a better price, but too late for me - worth trying though.
I've now had my Dyson for nearly 2 years and still think it's wonderful. Yes, that clip did finally break, but the good news is that I finally read the information which came with the appliance, looking for information on how to order a spare part, and discovered, just in time, that unlike mo
st things, my DC05 came with a *2* year guarantee.
A quick call to Dyson and despite the fact I couldn't remember where I'd bought it, had thrown out the receipt and had not registered the appliance, they sent me a replacement extension tube (can't just replace the clip!) within 2 days. Free of charge, of course.
After 2 years, I'd still make the same decision and remain more than impressed with the DC05's performance and with Dyson's customer service.