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Dyson DC07 Origin
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Dyson DC07 Origin
Date: 27/07/10, updated on 11/07/12 (153 review reads)
Advantages: Relatively easy to set up, good suction when using in vertical motion
Disadvantages: Stairs pose a problem, very loud, some dodgy controls
Costing around £250 when bought, this can now be picked up for the price of approximately £150-£190 if you shop around. Dyson are the leading brand in vacuum cleaners and with their diverse range of cleaners to suit every need, it's easy to see why the majority of households in the UK are proud owners of a Dyson cleaner.
Setting this Dyson up wasn't the simplest of tasks, we'd never used a Dyson before therefore were unfamiliar with all the nooks and crannies and different compartments that needed to be put into place before the cleaner would function. The instruction manual wasn't a great deal of help either, with an abundance of complicated diagrams instructing you to insert 'A' into 'B' before placing said parts into 'P'. Nevertheless after a bit of trial and error we got there in the end and with our brand new shiny Dyson at hand we were ready to take on the world - ok, maybe not the world, but the household chores at least.
Once you've familiarised with the Dyson, it's surprisingly easy to use. It weighs approximately 8.5kg, so isn't the lightest vacuum ever, this especially becomes an issue when climbing the stairs. However, when the vacuum is in motion you'll hardly notice the extra weight. To set the cleaner off, you must push your foot down on the bottom of the cleaner at front whilst pulling the top downwards, the vertical part will then decline and all that's left is to press the yellow start button clearly situated near the top of the cleaner. Activating the vacuum doesn't pose much of an issue, the vacuum used to decline with easy, however after much use (we've owned it around 4 years), you are met with an extremely disconcerting crack everything you press your foot down and bend the vertical part back. So far this hasn't caused any problems and nothing seems to have actually broken, however, we do take extra special care everytime we turn it on nowadays.
Extra to the main cleaner, there's also a 'Henry' type tube attachment, to which there are two other attachments at the end. Pushing the filter to the side, you're met with a strong suction tube, this can easily be used on its own without the attachments (infact, sometimes it's more effective this way), this is a godsend when cleaning the edges and corners of carpets which the main cleaner refuses to touch. The attachments come in the form of a circular brush, again, this is great for the edges and corners of walls, but somewhat superfluous for our needs. This is also useful for walls, however, this feature is rarely utilised in our household. The other, more necessary feature is the longer brush which is excellent for cleaning the stairs. These two attachments are housed either side of the cleaner and when not in use you'll barely notice them. They are easily got at and just as easily put away for convenience. The tube stores away very effectively at the back of the cleaner and is very deceiving to the untrained eye. At first glance you'll expect it to be around a metre long, however, once stretched out this thing can reach to about 4 metres - especially useful if you have a lot of stairs. When first pulled out you'll be holding the outer tube, which doesn't give you such a good grip, however, once stretched out in its entirety you'll find a metal rod which clicks into place, I tend to stretch it outright everytime as this makes for easier cleaning. The tube is easily stored away again after use with no hassle whatsoever.
Unfortunately the sucking on the adjustable tube, doesn't quite live up to the 'Dyson hype' or indeed the effectiveness of the attachments. With the longer brush in place, cleaning the stairs becomes something of an uphill struggle (pardon the pun), the suction is minimal at best and you'll find it misses several pieces of debris, not even attached to the carpet. As the brush is built it, this does make it somewhat easier as you're able to brush the carpet back and forth to loosen anything lying on the floor, but even then the Dyson often misses them and it becomes a game of 'pick up the debris yourself' - hardly Monopoly!
On the other end of the spectrum, you have the main cleaner (the one that you push over the floor!), this picks up every spec of dirt in a quick, efficient way. The Dyson incorporates 1400 watts of power and 260 air watts. Dyson's are renowned for their lack of bags, instead the dirt is collected into a container. The container holds a very good amount of dirt and it'll take a good month or so of cleaning before it needs emptying (depending on the size of your house and how dirty it is of course!). When it does need emptying (you'll know as the container is transparent) it isn't the lengthy process you'd get with a vacuum that uses bags, you simply press in on the yellow button, not labelled, however, after reading the instructions you'll know where everything is and there really aren't many buttons), pushing the yellow button in releases the container, which then enables you to carry to the nearest bin. The container is extremely lightweight and won't be a problem for the elderly/disabled to use (of course the weight of the appliance itself may have already put them off). Instead of tipping the container upside down, there's a small trigger to pull which opens the bottom of the contained. The trigger can be easily pulled by mistake, given where it's situated, so be sure you're near a bin beforehand. The trigger can stick occasionally and it can take you a good 3 pulls before the hatch opens - a little annoying, but nothing to stress about. When emptying it's a good idea to lower the container into the bin as a lot of dust will emit and you could end up with stray dust all over your carpet again. Once emptied you simply push the hatch back into place (like the trigger this can occasionally be tricky) before placing it back onto the Dyson.
The cable is relatively long, around 8 metres in length, which I'm assuming is about average for a vacuum cleaner. The cable is tidied away manually through the use of two hooks at the back of the cleaner. Noise wise, the vacuum is very noisy, it will easily block out the sound of the TV and anyone talking in the background (which, you never know, could be a good thing), however, as it's never in use for very long the noise isn't really a negative aspect. In terms of cleaning, the filters are easily removable (there are clear instructions on how to do this in the manual, none of this 'A', 'F' nonsense) and cleaning can be completed in minimal time. The one major downside with this machine is there are no precautions for blockages, I recently got an LCD screen wipe stuck in the mechanism (don't ask me how) and scoured the manual looking for instructions on what to do/press in this situation and unless I'm mistaken there isn't anything. The cleaner had obviously stopped working due to the blockage so I was left to deal with it manually by dropping the cleaner horizontally and pulled the screen wipe out by hand, which took some shifting.
All in all the positives far outweigh the negatives with this appliance, yes, it's nowhere near perfect with the dodgy stair cleaning feature, the relatively high noise levels and the somewhat hit and miss emptying process, but when you use this for what it's made for you'll see why Dyson are still at the top of their game.
Summary: You could do worse.
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