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We had this vacuum cleaner quite a while ago and it was excellent. We no longer used it after moving place but it was excellent at the time. I think it is well worth buying a Dyson as they are very reliable, of great quality and work very well. The latest ones are better than this, with the ball making it easier to manouvere but this version has excellent suction and is easy to use and maintain.
This hoover came with several attachments for all sorts of cleaning, and it can clean all floors anyway. I had a purple and green one although this model comes in a few different colours. It's a very bright machine and is really unique. It looks somewhat like a toy, and even a bit cheap but it's quite the opposite!
The hoover comes with a long plastic attachment for getting into corners as well as a round one with hairs around the side, which can be useful for things such as keyboards or fabric. The hoover has quite a large drum and all the dirt is sucked up through into this. It can be emptied quite easily by releasing the button just to the front above the drum and lifting up the handle to take the drum off for emptying. This handle along with the top handle make it easy to manoeuvre and transport.
The bottom part of the hoover is square and contains a few vents for suction underneath. There is a green wheel just above, which can be turned to decide which position you want the hoover in. This will be positioned according to what floor surface you want to clean, whether it be thick carpet, thin carpet or a wooden floor.
The back of the hoover has some hooks to wrap the wire round when it's not in use. You can then use the clip on the wire to hold it all firmly in place so it sits in the cupboard nicely. There is even storage for all the tools on the hoover itself including on the back and above the drum. Most of these are quite sturdy places but one of the ones on top seems to fall off every now and then if it gets a slight knock.
The power button is bright green just above the drum and will fire up the hoover when pressed. I have found the suction to be excellent with no loss - it picks up all fine dirt and larger bits too, leaving your floor looking great and very clean. If you want, you can lift up the handle after releasing it to reveal a bendy pipe. This is where you can attach your smaller tools to for different cleaning. The bendy pipe along with the hoover wire and also a harder extension to the pipe, you can reach the corners of rooms (even on the ceiling) with ease. The suction through this is just as excellent as when hovering normally.
The hoover is quite nice to use - it's not too heavy although it is quite tall. It moves around smoothly and nicely thanks to the two wheels at the back. It looks wonderful and works very well. This model isn't made anymore but you can buy fully reconditioned ones for £70 on eBay, which I'd recommend if you are looking for a reliable hoover.
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I bought the Dyson DC07 over 5 years ago from a Currys store in the city centre for around £250 and I have to admit that when we first bought it it had great suction and worked really well
Unfortunately, what we didn't realise (and were never told) is that the side filter needs to be kept clean as does the filter above the motor - which you're not supposed to touch
My wife thought it'd be a great idea for us to use it for cleaning up plaster dust from diy work I was doing around the house - big mistake! This is one cleaner that hates dust. (Plaster dust anyway).
Luckily we took out a 5 year extended warranty which we really needed - we needed replacements of the following parts: motors (x 3), heppa filter (x 4), side filter (replaced paper one with foam x 2), filter above motor, belt for the brush, a new chassis and hose (x2), plastic storage containers (x3). Yes, apart from the tools that came with it originally the whole cleaner has been replaced part by part over the 5 years. We were so popular with the Dyson engineer that my wife (since seperated) was on first name terms with him.
We were probably unlucky, as when it worked properly and was totally clean our other cleaners couldn't match it for suction power, but very rarely did we experience the dust spinning at the bottom of the dust collector. I'm not aware of any one else having problems with this model (and it looks great in green and purple), but a shop that fixed our microwave had about 15 DC01's all with burnt out motors.
Assuming your home is not too dusty you should seriously consider this cleaner - but make sure you take out the warranty and keep the filters clean. My partner and I are seriously considering buying a Dyson - just not sure which one at the moment, but the price on this one has gone down a lot since I bought my original one and is now a reasonably priced model. I am not going to score this badly, as on the majority of occassions it was our fault. However, reliability wise my score is lower as the motors are prone to over heating.
This is the second Dyson I have owned and it does a great job. The suction is so strong that my carpet has been in danger of disappearing sometimes! The tools you can get with for it are much improved on the old ones. These fit much better and get into more places. The easy emptying facility is great. I don't get covered in dust any more. The suction means that more dust etc gets picked up and my allergy problem is greatly relieved. The washable filters are also a great idea but you have to remember to do it regularly every 3 months or so.
The biggest disadvantage with it is the balance, which is not good and it tends to tip over too easily. All uprights seem to be heavy and this is no exception but when buying it I knew the weight and decided I could cope. The light one doesn't do all I wanted it to so you have to make a choice between efficiency and weight. I have always found Dyson customer service to be good in the past so I hope this is still so. My first one only went wrong twice over 10 years and I ended up with an upgrade on the first occasion. The second time the service was prompt and dealt with in my home.
I can really recommend this as long as you don't want anything too light.
I have been after an upright vac for the past year ever since we moved house. Previously, I owned (and still do), a Dyson DC05 cylinder model. While it worked well, it lacked a rotating brush bar for carpets, and for downstairs storage, I really preferred an upright silhouette. Having moved to a house with a mixture of floors, I was keen to get one that could tackle the deep pile carpet and the mess of two cats, two small children, and the mess and dirt hubby brings in as well from the outside as well as from his workshop. This was a more herculean task than one might suppose, as I also have an extreme dust sensitivity, so a true HEPA filter and an easy to open bagless bin was also strongly preferred. Having spoken to the resident vac expert on here, I was still undecided. My price range was not great, so we both thought a Dyson was out of my reach. That is, until one day as I trawled Ebay, a reputable Dyson dealer appeared upon my screen, selling completely refurbished Dysons for within my price range!
I hit the BIN now button, and a several days later, I had this mighty beast in my now seriously grubby carpet, as my young son had managed to kill my DC05 with some seriously rough handling (he broke the switch, so it is repairable, but enough about that). I opened the box and using the instructions downloaded from a manual website, went about assembling it. This was not scary at all, as it merely entailed putting the wand into the hose and clicking it in place. The wand is removable anyway, as the hose will go onto either end for cleaning using the wand.
This is now one of their older models, so I cannot tell you how it compares to one of the newest current models, but I can tell you it packs a mighty punch to dirt, especially when compared to my DC05. This says a lot, as people were always asking to borrow that one as it outperformed their normal vacs by quite a bit, even without the brush bar. Unlike the DC05 and earlier models, this one does not have a single cyclone. Oh, no, they packed EIGHT cyclones in. Now, I will be honest I had thought that was just a bit of hype, and possibly added a few bits of extra sucking power, but, boy, was I wrong! It sucks so hard that I had to really push to move it across the carpet. It is a bit heavy anyway, but turn on the motor, and it sucks for dear life. So much came out from the hall carpet and the lounge that I had to empty the bin as it filled up. It pulled up all the surface dirt, all the ground in sandy fine particles, and actually restored the nap back to my shag pile. It looked so good, my window washer thought I had got it shampooed.
Emptying the bin was a neat affair. No taking the lid off and hoping to not dump it on yourself anymore. Simply unclip from the body with a simple push of the button, and empty either directly into the bin or into a bag by a mere click of another button. This allows the bottom of the bin to flip open, and the contents slide out without a fuss. You then simply close the bottom up, and reclip back to the body. Easy peasy, and no messy hands or clothes after!
After doing the downstairs, it was time to turn my attention to the stairs. To do this, I had to sit the vacuum at the bottom of the stairs, facing backwards to the stairs. I then unclipped the wand from the body via the large push button at the top of the body where the handle rests, and pulled out the wand, took the swivel headed stair tool from its snap on place on the side of the body, and turned it back on. I quickly began to see just why Dyson put the warning on the wand about taking care as the hose is often pulled back in by the strong suction. The suction is so strong, it was like fighting a gale, literally. it was well worth it, though. As promised, it got all the fine at hairs, surface dirt, and the finer sandy particles out once more. This was no mean feat, as the hall and the stairs are covered in a 1970's short plush pile sort of carpet, and brush bars alone cannot sweep it out, though this hungry monster could suck it up. When I finished, I looked at my instructions once more, as it had came to my attention that while this model of Dyson automatically adjusted it's brushbar height according to the height of the carpet being cleaned, I did have to manually stop the brush bar if I wished to use it on delicate rugs or hard floors. I wished to do my kitchen floor, which is laminate, so had a quick look to see what to do.
This too was a very simple task to do. On the front of the head is a dial. It has positions marked OFF in large capitals, off in smaller capitals, and ON in larger capitals. The middle position of off in the smaller letters is the default position. Basically, this means that when the vacuum is upright and not tilted back to actually use, the brush bar is automatically switched off. When you wish to do carpets, you tilt the handle back in the normal manner with uprights since time memorial, and make sure the dial is set to ON so that the brushbar turns. If doing hard floors, delicate carpets, or rugs, you turn it to OFF in the large capitals, to switch the brushbar off. I turned it to OFF, and began vacuuming up the kitchen, watching the kitty kibble skitter across the floor from several inches away, probably silently screaming as it went. Do be very careful when doing rugs, though, due to the extreme powerful nature of these cyclones. I made the mistake of taking this upstairs to do my daughter's room, where she has a thin old rug type carpet from the 1960's (yeah, ok, we have not totally redecorated yet!).This carpet had a tear about 12 inches in diameter already, but when the machine sucked the edge into the vacuum, it became MUCH larger, as I had to turn it off and fight the beast to give it back. The last time I had something so tenacious when I had a dog and it had stolen a pork chop off the counter! Oh well, we were going to put laminate in there anyway!
While I was doing her room, I found the onboard crevice tool (it snaps onto a spot at the rear of the body) was quite handy. It is one of those long flattened tube type attachments that lets you get into awkward corners and down the backs of sofas and what not. In this case, I was able to use it to get under her computer workstation where forbidden snacks had mysteriously been able to leave a horde of crumbs behind. I also found the upholstery tool (snaps onto the side just as the stair tool does) quite handy. I used it to give her cushions a go over. Other available attachments for this are a mattress tool, which i hope to get as it would be quite handy. It also stores on board and has an almost squeegee type appearance. It goes over the mattress, sucking up old skin and dust mites as it goes, which is a boon for allergy and asthma sufferers. The other available tool is the grooming tool. This name is a bit misleading. as it is not a tool for grooming pets or anything like that. Rather, it is merely a tool designed to work with their Zorb dry cleaning carpet powder for maximum impact using the same. You can also get a car cleaning kit with a small turbine head on it meant for smaller places and which fits upon the wand.
It has a lifetime HEPA filter, as well as a filter made of a plastic outer ring with a densely woven fibre base. In this sits a spongy filter that is hand washable. To wash it you must only wash under running water and no detergents, and place to dry away from direct heat. The directions for this are pictorial on the outer plastic ring, which recommends placing them under a radiator to try. These filters only need washing twice a year, and there is a place to circle your two chosen months to do this, 6 months apart. You can always do this more often if you wish, but it is not strictly necessary for the functioning of the machine. I should add here that it is quite easy to tell if something gets wrapped round the brush bar. I amanged to get some yarn wraped around it (when I helpfully widened my daughter's carpet tear), and the raor changed to a godawful clatter that told me in no uncertain terms that it was most unhappy. I turned it off, and remedying the problem was also a breeze. One simply puts it face down, turns off the outlet it is plugged into, takes a coin, places the coin in three little slots on the sole plate, turn counterclockwise to unlatch them, and use a pair of scissors to arefull cut through the tangle and pull it off the bar. Then pop the sole plate back on, turn the slots with the coin back the other way to fasten it back on, turn the vacuum over, and it's done!
All in all, I am quite pleased with my purchase, and can really recommend this machine with a few caveats. It is heavy, so I would advise getting this model only if you do not need to carry up and downstairs, especially as the upright shape makes it rather awkward to take up a a flight of stairs. This is not an issue for me as we are repairing the switch on my DC05 (which, yes, Nar, I will get an air turbine head for), so will be using that upstairs exclusively. If you are elderly, or otherwise lack upper body strength, due to the pulling power of the suction, I cannot recommend it. I am used to it now, but I can tell you that I still burn quite a few calories vacuuming up, and am more than ready for a well deserved break afterwards. My husband is quite strong, and even he had found it cup of tea inducing immediately after, and he only did the downstairs! Having said that, many of today's uprights are strong enough that you get a good calorie burning workout, so we might have been spoiled by having a pull along canister before that merely followed us obediently. The results have been great, and I could not wish for a better performance overall, especially with such handy features. The HEPA makes a huge difference, with our breathing greatly eased, and the brush bar's self adjustment makes going from room to room a breeze as I can simply vacuum over the threshold and onto the change of carpet types and height without faffing about. If the features appeal, but the weight and suction issue is off-putting, then my suggestion is to go for a newer model, as they are now lighter in weight, with similar features, or go for a canister type. As for me, well, now I get to work off that chocolate!
Short name: Dyson DC07 PL