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I've aways had Dyson upright cleaners and found them very heavy. So I thought for a change I would buy a cylinder cleaner and with owning two dogs and being owned by three cats I thought this cylinder cleaner would be the perfect answer. However I now wished i'd never bothered.
A bit about the inventor and Dyson Company
James Dyson first invention was a Sea Truck whilst he was studing at the Royal College of Art. A few years later came the Ballbarrow. In 1978 he noticed how the air filter in the Ballbarrow spray finishing room kept clogging with powder particles, so he designed and built an industrial cyclone tower, which removed the powder particles by exerting centrifugal forces greater than 100,000 times those of gravity. Dyson then realised that the same system could be used for a vacuum cleaner, 5 years and 5,127 prototypes later the worlds first bagless vacuum cleaner was produced. The first vacuums were sold in Japan for $2000 each and was originally called the G Force.
In 1993 James Dyson opened his research centre and factory in Wiltshire and produced a machine that collected finer dust particles. The DC01, was the first vacuum to ne released in the uk. James Dyson was constantly improving on his invention I think the vacuums are now upto DC15. He also went on the produce the 1st washing machine that used two drums.
The DC08 Animal was made with the intention of picking up pet hairs. It is a cylinder cleaner and is silver and purple in colour and made of very solid plastic with plastic and rubberised wheels. I have just put it on the scales and it weighs approx. 14lbs (I say approx. because i'n not sure how accurate my scales are). The cleaner is 36cm high, 45cm deep and 27cm wide. The hose is 215cm long and the telescopic wand is 107cm fully extended. The cable is 645cm long with automatic cable rewind. (Just put you foot on a button and it rewinds, make sure you don't put your foot on the on/off button as this is the other side).
The vacuum has a clear dust bin so you can see when it is full. This is very easy to empty just unclip the dust recepticle take to the bin push the button and the collection unit seperates from the main unit, then just empty it into the bin.
The vacuum contains two filters a normal foam filter which needs to be washed every 6 months and a lifetime Hepa and bactisale filter ideal for allergy sufferers. The filter that needs to be washed is very fiddley to remove and takes quite a bit of practice to get used to removing it.
It comes with the main turbine head 27 cm wide, a mini turbine head 16cm wide (this is ideal for using in the car), a long thin plastic attachment 23cm long (ideal for getting in small gaps), a tiny plastic head 12cm wide (ideal for cleaning curtains) and a small round brush 7cm in diameter. There is a holder that can be placed on the vacuum to hold all the attachments apart from the mini turbine head but I dont use this as it seems to get in the way.
The hose wraps around the hoover for easy storage and is quite compact. There is a holder at the back of the vacuum which you can clip the telescopic wand into it for storage.
It fails to pick up animal hairs on thick carpets, I have to use a plastic brush to remove them. However it is good on laminate and tiled flooring where the hair doesn't stick. It clogs up very easily and the carpets just don't look clean.
It is a nightmare on the stairs due to the hose not being long enough to reach the top so its a bit of a balancing act.
Also with it being an animal the cleaner is very noisy, in fact it frightens my dogs so much I have to put then in the garden when using it.
It is rather expensive and doesn't do what it promises to do.
Mine cost £230.00 from currys and they are still available for sale on Amazon for £262.00 which is rather expensive for a cleaner that has been discontinued and replaced with a newer model. It does come with a 5 year guarantee though.
For further reading the Dyson website is www.dyson.co.uk. The Dyson helpline telephone number os 0800 954 0154. The helpline is open from 7am to 10pm 7 days a week.
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Patented cyclone technology - you just can't beat it - or so Dyson say and I have to agree. When I moved into my new place the one thing I had completely forgotten about was a vacuum cleaner and this lead to much rushing around when I realised that my cough and wheezing was down to the amount of animal hair left by the previous owners. Not being well off enough to pay for new carpets I decided that I had to go forth and buy a Dyson - after all everyone I had spoken to raved about them.
I paid £223 for my DC08 from www.vacs4u.com and the picture above shows it off - it's small, compact and sits nicely in the storage space by the front door - something an upright cleaner wouldn't do.
The DC08 like all Dyson's doesn't use vacuum cleaner bags; instead the entire collection barrel is removed and emptied directly into the bin. The DC08 is incredibly easy to use - it has an off/on switch, the barrel is easy to remove and is done by pressing only one button and filters are easy to access and change.
Instead of pushing the cleaner around, which is the norm with an upright cleaner, the telescopic pole is used to direct the suction and you simply drag the DC08 around behind you. The good points of this is that due to the wheels it couldn't be any easier to move around the room - stairs are a doddle due to the lightweight nature of the unit and the telescopic pole allows me to access areas that would normally require me to move furniture to reach.
Despite the knocks and scrapes it receives on a day-to-day basis the sturdy plastic coating has only scratched a little and there has been no damage that has actually affected the performance.
My DC08 came with a 5 year warranty and to date I haven't had to use this but I have spoken to the Dyson customer care line after a blockage in the telescopic pole - they were really helpful and talked me through how I could remove it without attaching lots of pipe cleaners together (a thought I seriously considered) and called back the following day to check that all was well.
Overall I wouldn't buy consider buying any other brand of vacuum cleaner in the future as my DC08 has added me to the legion of Dyson fans. After using it the first time I was shocked and overwhelmingly disgusted with the amount of hair - dust and fluff that was removed from the carpets as I moved around and over a week it became my new toy - yes I actually enjoyed hovering just to see how much was being sucked off the carpet. After a week or so my allergic reaction to the cat hair that had been left started to clear up.
The Dyson DC08 is an animal by name - animal by nature.
I regret to write that my experience of this dyson has been a painful one...
We bought it a year or two ago, around christmas, when our previous Panasonic vacuum cleaner finally gave out. We had already made the decision to go dyson, but we selected this particular model because at the time, we had both a dog and a cat, and the hair was becoming a real problem.
On bringing the dyson home, and assembling it (which I must say, was relatively straight-forward), we were astounded by it's miraculous ability to remove animal hair from the carpet. The 'turbo-head', a large carpet attachment with a spinning brush interior, was particularly adept at sucking up the stuff.
I found the attachments very usable, and the design of the machine handy for doing stairs etc. As with all dysons, there was also the bonus of not needing to buy bags.
Unfortunately, a few months in, things began to go wrong (horribly, horribly wrong!). We noticed that the suction which had been so strong initially, was beginning to weaken. We also noticed that the attachments had begun to get hairline cracks, which had some effect on their usefulness.
We first attempted to address the suction problem by giving the mechanism a clean out. The purple cyclones (within the clear drum) had gathered disgusting amounts of dust which proved very difficult to remove. All that effort proved in vain - as the suction was as poor as ever.
The turbo-head slowly began to spin slower, and we saw that hairs, animal and human, had completely filled the brush. It was a rather foul job untwining it all, even with the outer section unscrewed.
One time, I though I had discovered the secret to the dyson's loss of suction in a piece of plastic blocking an airway, and peeled it away at once. Unfortunately, this turned out to be a nothing, and the machine was still as bad as ever.
I would like to say that this is probably a one off situation - but I have a few friends and acquaintances who have also bought dysons, only to find they have lost their suction, renderring them near to useless. They're not cheap, and it is a lot of money to spend on something which gives up so quickly.
No recommendations here.
After I had figured out how to attach everything, I went straight up to the bedroom to hoover, I bought this dyson because I have a dog my dc07 seems to have problems with dog hair, it was lovely to use and seemed to have little problem with dog hair, until i looked at the hoover head, however it was so easy to get the hair out of the head, I dont see the point in being niggly. I then decided to tackle the stairs, changing the head to use the stair tool, no problem, I then put the main head back on and tackled the laminate, there is a button to press to change flore types and hey presto I cleaned the floor, I bought the cylinder as my dc07 is an upright, it was nice to lift, not too heavy, as I had put my back out carrying the dc07 upstairs, so to summerise this is a fantastic hoover and worth the £200.00 I paid for it.
I bought the dc08 telescopic wrap animal.
If you are looking for just another vacuum cleaner and your not too fussed about features, suction or looks then you should probably stop reading now! If, however, these things matter to you then you are potentially on to a winner.
What you get in the box and how useful it is: A crevice tool: not too bad, useful for (duh!) crevices, especially in your car. A brush tool: works well on cobwebs, not much else though. A stair tool: the tool you'll probably use most often, great on car seats aswell as curtains. The Animal Turbo tool: annoyingly fixed in position but very effective at removing hair. Hepa Filter: Difficult to guage its efficiency but reportedly removes all alergens and bacteria from the air that passes through it.
Though small and manouravble, it is one of the most powerful cleaners on the market. If you know about Dysons then you will already know the basics of the technology, for anyone thats interested here's a brief explanation:
The machines use a cyclonic action to spin the air at high speeds thereby expelling the dust from the air. Because of this there is nothing to clog hence the no loss of suction clog. There is however a sponge filter that you have to wash every 3 - 6 months or you will notice a drop in performance. Compared to the hassle of changing a bag every few weeks you will barely notice having to this. A fact Dyson are obviously aware of as they provide a sticker to remind you to do this!
The downside of this power is that if you have any loose rugs/carpets/lino you will not be able to move the machine very easily as it will literally stick itself to the floor! This would be a concern to me if i had any back probs or was older.
Another problem (and one I belive later models have addressed) is that of storage, the hose and wand do tend to take up a large amount of room and if I had realised this at the time I might have been swayed to a different model if not make.
Where dyson really shine is in the after sales department. I had cause to call when I had a blockage and was treated to one of the most impressive displays of customer service I can ever remember!
This is a nifty machine that does everything you want a vacuum to do and not too loudly at that. It has a few minor flaws but nothing that later models haven't put to rights, outshines it's competitors in nearly every field! If you've got £250ish, go get one!
Short name: Dyson DC08 Animal