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This has been our family vaccuum cleaner for around 10 years now although it has almost been replaced on occasion due to either faults or the appearance of a fancy new model that took dad's eye but was swiftly rejected by mum. Whilst at home we share the vacuuming "equally", and so I have had plenty of experience using it. The extra appeal when buying this product was the fact that it claimed to be particularly good for getting rid of allergens. It was also our first bagless vac so this at the time of buying was pretty exciting. I can't remember what it cost us at the time of buying and to be honest there are probably not many new on sale now as it would have been replaced by newer versions. However, on a search I have noted that even second-hand it is offered at around the £100 mark, so it is quite a pricey piece, with parts sold at £50 making it expensive if there are problems. Size and appearance The thing I disliked most about this product in comparison to our good old Hoover was the new style that was supposedly so much better for moving about the house. So rather than those old single stand up vacuums you have a pipe connecting the 'cylinder' where dust is collected to the mouth of the vac.In between the two, we had another brand that had this set up, and I found it annoying but at least it was no heavier. This one, on the other hand, was a lot heavier. Alright, you get a much more powerful machine for this compromise, but it makes the whole job a lot tougher and really I don't look forward to the job half as much as I used to, especially the stairs! The whole thing is very bulky, and the cylinder particularly heavy, so I usually disconnect the pipe and take the two upstairs separately if not doing the stairs. This helps but not much. It also doesn't really compact much. Yes, you can minimise the inflexible part of the pipe, automatically wind up the power cord and hook the main head onto the cylinder but it still takes up an awful lot of space in storage. I do like the fact that this device has a clear cylinder where you can see all the dust you have collected. It proves that it is doing the job and at the same time you know when it is ready to be emptied. You can probably also easily identify any blockages on this end although the only one we ever suffered was repaired by dad before I could tell you. I've had to clear away a lot of dead spiders and bugs with this vac but you never see them in the cylinder though! I'm glad for that because it would make me very uncomfortable looking at them, although I don't know what happens to the dirt that goes in and I worry it must get shredded pretty badly. I'd hate to think of those accidental live bugs that have gone in but I guess it must have been quick! Functionality I hate that word but I thought I would use it! Another thing I did not like about this vac in comparison to our previous brand was that the old one had several different power settings. It might be that the most powerful setting adjusts to surfaces and is meant to be suitable whatever you are cleaning, but I'm not sure about that and I'd rather be able to choose and change it. One thing you can alter is the brush head on the main mouth depending on whether you need bristles or not. This I don't really use much, but the bristles are good for the kitchen floor. To be honest I usually forget to change the settings and just wheel over it, which seems to be fine too, but maybe not as effective. You also have the usual extra heads for getting into small places. I particularly like the pointed pipe, which is slightly tilted, although I don't get why and have not seen any benefit from the different shape. It is very powerful however, with this power of this vac, so be careful and don't be tempted to vacuum around important items on the table, move them first. The small clothes-brush type head I rarely use, on mattresses and for a time I tried it on the stairs as it seemed to be easy enough that way. I tend to find that it needs a good clean itself when used otherwise cobwebs and hairs would cover it up and render it useless (and gross). That's where the pipe comes in useful again. Both of these parts have their own hooks partway along the pipe where they can be placed when not in use, so they shouldn't (although often do) get left behind in some random spot you forget about and then think have lost. In use.. This is a very noisy machine. As well as the sound of the actual vac, when using the main head there are little wheels inside it that also spin and make a lot of noise. If someone is vacuuming downstairs, I can't concentrate on something, sleep or watch telly comfortably as it is so loud. I know they are normally loud anyway (as kids we used to pretend the Hoover was an evil "flying machine" and had to stay high up on couches, beds or washing machines to avoid it catching us - I don't think I understood the meaning of the word "flying"), but this one is particularly noisy and shutting the door doesn't help. I wish the pipe had more adjustments as the longest is too long for a short person for me and the next length is too short. However the completely compacted pipe is handy for cleaning window sills etc. Moving the vacuum around I find a little clumsy and awkward, although it does manage good coverage and is not impossible to steer. The main head is too big to get under some low surfaces and with the pipe you do have move a lot of furniture around to do a proper job. Suck it up! So how powerful is it then? Well, I would say it is a fair bit more powerful than our previous machines. I don't think I can really say too definitively whether the allergen sucking is sufficient because to be honest I don't think it makes much of a difference to make your carpet allergen free, at least not for long. I have terrible hayfever, asthma and allergies, and yes, I suffer less at home but always did. Vacuuming alone makes little difference when I do have problems because the stuff is in the air too. Our house seems to get dusty very quickly, but I don't think this is too much to the discredit of this device as it picks up an awful lot. One go over the whole house almost half fills the cylinder. Chuck it out! So the great thing is no bag to replace. This really saves on cost. We don't throw our dust in the bin, however, as this would fill the bin too quick anyway. Instead, we have a small (now quite ugly) spot in our garden where it is tipped out and left to rot down with the compost. If anything accidentally got in then, I guess we could easily find it, but I'm not sure you'd want to! Anyway removing the cylinder drum is easy, but the lid is tricky, and even harder to put back on. This is annoying because the dust starts to fly about. So I always make sure I empty it as well as possible and the lid is definitely on and the outside clean before bringing it back in the house. I don't mind that it is emptied regularly and actually I quite like emptying it and starting again from scratch. There's something enjoyable about that! Breakages? Worryingly, I noticed that some red duct tape randomly appeared on the wire of the vacuum, but apart from this everything has stay pretty much intact. I say this because you don't want to be worrying about those replacement parts! I think there is a small crack in the cylinder drum where people have struggled to put the lid on right and I would say a lot of care needs to be taken with that task. Otherwise, the whole device is fairly robust and in spite of many tumbles it has taken it is still going strong. As I mentioned before, we did have a brief blockage, but this was really because I think someone attempted to vacuum a weird material like concrete. Whatever happened, it was not how the machine was meant to be used! I have long thick hair that seems to fall in clumps, that whether or not the vacuum should be able to handle, it certainly has. The only problem is that when emptying it's not nice as with long hair you may have to scrap out bits caught where the cylinder tried to spin it all. Yuck. Conclusion So in all, this has lasted us quite some time and has been pretty useful for our family. I find the task a much bigger chore with the size and weight of this machine and personally for that reason I would not buy it, because the old one was good enough for me. However, if you really need the extra power and don't mind the awkward bulkiness of this vacuum then it might just be enough. There are probably similar versions out now that are better and more readily available but hopefully this will give you some idea of what to expect from this kind of Dyson.
My partner and I had this vacuum given to us as a housewarming gift from her parents. At the time, having just moved into our first home together, we had little money spare after the legal charges of moving, so it was a welcome gift. That was 4 years ago and I have had experience of Dyson vacuums before as my Mother had one of the first Dyson uprights, the DC01 for years and it was fantastic. I wish I could say the same of the DC08. It is cumbersome as the hose is not stowable, which is a real pain. It's storage tank is tiny and it needs emptying very regularly. It's storage footprint is a joke compared to its physical size. I would never have a cylinder vacuum again, as I cannot see the benefit of them. They take up much more stoprage space than an upright, the DC08 is heavier than my Mothers old DC01 upright and the suction ability is rubbish by comparison. Get and upright and avoid the cylinder models. It's also made of cheap nasty plastic.
I received this vacuum as a gift, second hand from a friend and was initially very excited (I know, sorry). Initially I was quite impressed with this vacuum, it had strong suction and didn't break my back when I was using it. Unfortunately, a couple of weeks later the relationship has dwindled! I seem to have to clean the internal filter most times when I use this item, it's lost a lot of suction since I received it. While I didn't use this item straight out of the box, I can certainly identify the determination quite quickly. I don't think I would normally have to empty this often, although I guess it does depend on how many people live in the house and therefore how much dirt is generated. The cylinder is quite big and you can easily see when it's getting full. Emptying is really easy, one click and the cylinder comes away from the main body of the vacuum and can then easily be emptied straight into the dustbin (make sure it's not windy though!) On a positive note, the extendable handle is great. I'm quite tall and most vacuum's tend to make me bend over too far, but this is great because I can set the handle suitable to my height and the task at hand! It's quite lightweight which, combined with the long cord and adjustable handle length makes tasks such as vacuuming the stairs easy to manage. I find that I only have to change sockets once and I can do the whole house. It's really quiet to use, with my old vacuum I used to be really worried about using it because my neighbours have young children, but with this Dyson I'm not worried, I can use it whenever I like with little fear of disturbing others. Overall a good vacuum that I would recommend, but try to get a good deal wherever possible.
Dyson 08 As Im not fan of uprights this dyson cylinder seemed like good option. Never had a dyson before but as top of market we thourght it would last us for years and worth the extra money. It started off well really enjoyed using it ,huge advantages for us no hoover bags very good suction quite long lead so can take it far automatic button to rewind up lead funky looking comes with head or attachment light and mobile. The first few years we were in love worked like a dream as never known a hoover so powerful. But now im having problems we are emptying it regularly and cleaning both filters howver its seems to lose suction. When its emptied its appears to suck up but when on seems to lose power. We will probably take it into shop although my husbands convinced its fine. I know its not and its makes the hoovering hard work. Its over 5years old now so will see what repair shop says but may have to get another this year I guess all good things have to come to an end. I was speaking to a mate who had same problems with her dyson and now has a Henry. Will see what repair shop say as cant go on with this hoover as its so time consuming. Feel bit dissapointed it dident last maybe I was expecting too much. Hve no idea how long average hoover should last? Its just we paid so much compared to other brands. Hopefully it can be revived!
Dyson DC08. Ummmmm well it is Dyson one of the strongest brands out there for powerful hoovers. And it is also quite small and compact but is it really what it is sed to be? I have this hoover and what I can say is that being that it is the first dyson hoover ever bought into the household it isn't in my opinion all that it is cracked up to be. You would have thought that it wouldve lasted a very long time but within a couple of months the air suction for the hoover had gone down dramatically since the first day of use. Also the main place where the dust gets stored that for some reason or another wasnt letting any mor dust enter allowing nothing to be taken in from the hoover. (There was no dust in that thing btw I emptied it) but still it wouldnt allow no more dust to be taken in. Lucky the shop give guarentee and they repaired it. I wouldnt recomend going for this model. Stik to 'Henry'!! (It's a hoover btw)
I have had my dyson dc08 for two years and i have not any problems like loss of suction, parts breaking etc. My one is the grey and white one nice and simple. I bought it from currys for £159.99, i had want one for ages but thought that they were expensive so i put off purchasing one. I took the plunge and got it when we moved into our new house. suction is the only thing that i have an issue with, sometimes you hoover up bigger bits of dirt and it will activate the filter to give off a muffled sound, until you clear the blockage. also a slider of how much power you want like on other hoovers would be a nice option but i think that dyson are trying to set a standard. emptying the dyson away can be a little tricky if you press the wrong button, the rubbish could go everywhere. I use a old shopping bag and open the dust compartment within the bag. I would suggest buying one everytime, i have bought cheaper and inferior products and wish i had saved myself time and money and just ought this instead. I have had over 8 hoovers in the last 10 years.
Here's Dyson's description with my notes Patented Root12Cyclone technology - little whirly vortices that concentrate the suction Low reach floor tool - you can get it under quite low bookshelves, for example No filters to buy - one comes with it BAF Seal of Approval High velocity airflow tools Car cleaning - two of the heads are particularly useful here Suction release trigger - if it gobbles up something unwontedly, this makes it easy to release it Ergonomic wand handle - suppopsedly designed to fit your body! Adjustable wand -it telescopes by about half Removable tool holster - see note below Sits on the stairs - just about, but not if you have little steps Easy to store - up to a point, Lord Copper Clear bin - you can see what's inside it in order to know when to empty it Protective rubber wheels Robust construction - it seems to hold together well: we've had it for about four years Manufacturer's 5 year guarantee OK, they cost a lot, even if you shop around. Somewhere around £150 can be got at the moment. Dyson themselves don't list it any more on their website. But hats off to James Dyson for being so persistent with his prototypes. First things first, the suction is good. If your previous vacuum cleaner was a normal type, you may notice a disconcertingly large amount of dust and dirt the first time you pack up with a Dyson. This one has twelve little turbo channels that supposedly help it do a better job. This one threatens to lift your carpets! Depite the strong suction, you don't need to be Hercules to use it - and a bit of resistance helps lift the dirt out of the carpets. The Dyson is fitted with a Hepa anti-allergy filter. These should be cleaned out every six months - a straightforward job, best done just after you have used the machine, unless you have a second filter to alternate while the other one dries. Cleaning the Dyson itself is good in most respects. It's great that it's bagless, but that's one reason why you might buy it. Being able to wash out the main dust container is very good. (Don't forget to dry it out before re-use, of course!)But it is hard to persuade all of the dust out of the Dyson's innards, and so although the hygiene is good, there's a nagging feeling that some microbes might still survive. The cable retracts powerfully into the body when you press a button. If you don't watch out, the plug can bang into the side, so you learn a technique of just stopping short. It comes with three attachments for the head - crevice, brush and mini head for cleaning car seats. They hang on a bracket around the tube - a bit clumsy this, and they can fall off. Extra to this is the turbo head, which has fast rotating mini brushes, very effective foor removing animal hairs. Not especially noisy in operation, although our cats usually vanish Storage is not a strong point, the tube doesn't collapse very much, and is sometimes a little hard to re-extend. The motor died after two years, but the Dyson man who visited was so surprised by this, he supplied and fitted a new motor free. All in all, it does the job well, but it's not perfect. UPDATE May, 2009 Still going strong, but I sometimes wonder whether the suction is as good as it was. No easy way of telling, and it could be simply that I've got used to it. The tube has got gradually harder to re-extend. Apart from that, it does what it's supposed to.
Normally I am not a fan of dyson at all. My experiences with the uprights have been awful. The belts are impossible to change, the suction is not very good and they are extremely expensive for what you get. A friend of the family bought this Dyson but found it difficult to use and wanted to change to an upright and asked if we wanted it. Being not a fan of dysons I said i would try it out to see what it was like. To my delight it is a very good dyson and picks up extremely well. It is very easy to clean and requires little maintenance. No filters have to be purchased as the one built in can be washed, which i have done many times, and it keeps the dyson working to its full capacity. The specifications are: Dimensions 365 x 290 x 400mm (HxWxD) Weight 8.05kg Suction power 280 airwatts Bin capacity 2 litres Cord length 6.5m To be perfectly honest I would not buy one of these at full price as a think the VAX are much better value for money and work no worse than Dysons. If you are going to by one of these look at the VAX range also. If you can get one cheap or reconditioned then it is a good buy.
Dyson DC08 Origin Dark Steel/Yellow Cylinder Cleaner. ---------- ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- As far as luck with household electricals go with me it is all or nothing at all as when one seems to come to the end of its life cycle all the others soon follow in its footsteps. Any way that is my little moan out of the way, back to the reviewing. I recently found myself having to replace my old vacuum cleaner when it reached retirement age and after searching through all the many makes and models with varied features I decided to go for the Dyson DC08 Origin Dark Steel/Yellow Cylinder Cleaner. The reason for my choice is that I have heard Dyson are top quality and I needed a good cleaner due to having asthma and a very furry dog. After then browsing through the various retailers of this model I found myself purchasing it from Argos as it was on offer from £199.99 down to £174.99 and still is if anyone want one, so hurry. (I should be on commission from Argos.) About the Dyson DC08 ------------------------------- When purchased from Argos, you can obtain the Dyson DC08 with a full five years parts and labour warranty included for £174.99 as it is on promotion. You can simply register you guarantee by either phone, online or post and details are included in your package with you instruction manual. Please note there are terms and conditions to this warranty, which are also in a small booklet enclosed with the instructions. The Dyson DC08 is a bagless cylinder cleaner which boasts Advanced Dyson 'cyclone' technology and a contact head which articulates to pick up more dirt. This cleaner with its five-stage washable filtration system has a two-litre dust capacity with 1400 watts of suction power and altogether it weighs just 8.5kg. Due to the advanced shape of the base unit, this cleaner is able to boast the fact that it sits comfortably on the stairs as well as easily roll along flat surfaces due to the three wheels it hosts. The two larger back wheels of this cleaner are fixed in position but the front under wheel is capable of rotating 360º. The Dyson DC08 has a button retractable 6.5 m flexible cord cable, which allows the cable to be stored inside the base unit when not in use. It also has both a stretch hose and adjustable telescopic Aluminium hose for easy height adjustments and is supplied with its multifunction adjustable floor head with rotating brush bar as well as a crevice tool, a small brush head tool and a stair tool. There is a tool fitting clip supplied for easy tool storage with the Dyson DC08 and has a dustbin full indicator included as well. My Opinion. ----------------------- Right lets start with assembly, well the Dyson DC08 is very straight-forward to assemble and has full detailed and diagrammed instructions on how to do this included in the user manual supplied with the cleaner, should you be unsure. The pieces clip together securely and are held in position by a clip mechanism, which are made yellow in colour to make them clearly visible. You have to release these yellow clip locks to disassemble the appliance. The Dyson has fantastic suction and I was amazed to see how much dirty and dust it removed from what appeared to be a clean carpet. I find the fact that the dust collection department of the cleaner is clear not only for the fact that you can view the level in the dust department but also as it goes to show what was really lurking on the floor which was not clearly visible to the human eye. The clear plastic dust collection section also has an indicator level on t to show when the cleaner is getting nearer to being full. I will warn you however that on a noise scale, this is quite a noisy cleaner, but then again the cleaning power and suction capabilities more than compensate for that. To empty the Dust collector bin section you need to remove the complete filtration system that it is clipped to as well but the good thing is they completely remove from the base unit to stop dust spilling everywhere and they also come off without having to remove the hose etc. Both the clear section and the grey filter sections have handles and this it to enable you to be able to easily handle both sections when you separate them at the centre join by releasing the relevant yellow clip. Once separated you can simply brush over the outer panel of the internal filter with a small brush to remove any dust left on there. You simply empty the clear plastic dustbin section out and it is suitable for washing when emptied but please be sure to check that it is completely dry before re-assembling it to the filter system and base unit. The On/Off switches, which are situated on the base unit of this cleaner, are yellow and stick out slightly this allows you to be able to operate them with your foot as well as you hand if you have trouble bending down as I do. The filter system on this Dyson are great as well as they can easily be removed and washed, but you must be sure to dry the filters thoroughly before replacing them in the cleaner. There are full detailed and diagrammed instructions on how to do this in the user manual supplied with the cleaner. As I have said this cleaner comes with a great and well-detailed instruction manual which is set out in 17 languages, it also gives you important safety instructions on using the cleaner as well as full Dyson contact details for each relevant country as well. Advice on how to check for and remove any blockages in the Dyson is also given in the instruction manual as well as detailed diagrams. Finally, I would like to mention the rewind system on this model of Dyson as it is a great improvement to other manufacturers automatic cord rewind facilities. You would normally expect the cord as it does with other cleaners to be pulled in very fast and this I have always found very annoying and put you at risk of being hit in the foot with the plug of the appliance or the ankle. This is not the case with this cleaner as they have managed to incorporate a slow and controlled cable rewind system to avoid this from happening. Altogether I think this is a fantastic cleaner and is of very high quality I therefore give it 9.9/10 for quality and performance. If you need a good quality cleaner then I recommend this one.
I owned a Cylinderical Dyson a few years ago. It made a poor job of carpets, the filters choked up frequently and the plastic breaks. Spares are expensive so I binned it and bought a Panasonic for a small fraction of the price. It works better, has lasted far longer and has never broken. My son acquired an upright Dyson more recently. I offered to clean up his flat (badly needed). The Dyson had no suction. I removed the filters which were clogged. Cleaning / replacing filters is a messy business, as is emptying any bagless vacuum cleaner. I had to repeat the process twice in the process of cleaning the flat. The Panasonic would have coped easily with one bag and I wouldn't have had to put my clothes in the wash. I can't understand why anyone would want to buy a bagless cleaner. I would certainly never even consider a Dyson.
I bought one of these two years ago and it has been solely used on one floor of my house. At the same time I bought a Vax tub for downstairs and a small Daewoo (£10.00 in the sale) for the top floor. I must say that the Dyson is a sturdily built machine and will take all the knocks. However, try to balance it on the stairs and then vacuum! This, surely, is a design fault. Once upon time Dyson prided themselves on producing the perfect machine for stair cleaning as it was designed to "sit" on the stairs. Not any more! You have to juggle with the brush and be prepared to catch the cleaner when it slides down the stairs. Ok, this is a fairly OK machine, but for the huge difference in cost compared to most others, the price is not justified. In fact, the pick up on my machine is now so poor that I have had to replace it with the new Panasonic dual cyclonic cylinder machine at £99.99, which does a far better job at much less cost (albeit that this, too, does not sit nicely on the stairs). To sum up; in my opinion you don't get what you pay for with this Dyson. Basically, it works, but no better than anything else, and I wouldn't buy another one unless they were drastically reduced in price. They are also much more expensive to repair than standard cleaners.
Easy to use vacuum, picks up everything and makes you realise just how much dead skin was on your floor before. I was amazed by the difference it made to the carpets. It is a light vac and easy to manoeurve around and packs away neatly to be stored. The only disadvantages I have found are: it doesn't sit on steps now I've carpeted and the tools have a holder on the pipe which can get in the way.
I was looking for a new vacuum cleaner after 9 years of using my old and trusted Hoover. I had an old 'cylinder' style one, and have never used an 'upright' one before, as they seem to take up too much room. My Hoover hose snapped at the end, and ther was no way of fixing it, even though it was still working well, I decided I wanted a new one. So off I went to Comet to have a look around. I wanted a near 'top of the range' one, and Dyson was the only brand that stood out from the rest. The model I purchased was tne DC08 HEPA, as most of my familly seem to be allergic to dust, and sneezed whenever we used the old Hoover. The HEPA worls really well - it's supposed to clean out even the smallest particles, 'Including cigarette smoke'. I decided not to buy from Comet as the seemed too expensive, so I searched around on the internet and found vacuumcleanersdirect.com. The price for the HEPA model was around £200, but it's probably cheaper now. Comet had it on sale at the time for £269.99, so thats a saving of 70 pounds! The Dyson works very well, it picks up very small things, and is great because the bin is clear so you know when to empty it. I have never used a 'bagless' vacuum cleaner before, but this one is very easy - you unclip it at two points, then just empty it into a bag. I suppose I liked my old cleaner because you just threw the bag away, but the were expensive to buy and seemed to be full even after one room. It comes with many tools, the main one for the floor, a duster thing, a thin nozzle thing and a curtain atachment. The all work very well, but I tend to use the curtain attachment to do the stairs, because it is just basically a small version of the floor one. The hose is great - it is very easy to slide it up or down to make it shorter or longer, you just hold it and pull. The Dyson was very easy to set up, although I did need to use the manual - but it was very g ood unlike some other manuals I have read in the past. It is just diagrams which are very easy to follow. The only thing that I would say is 'wrong' with the Dyson is that it seems quite hard to push forward. But it is still quite easy compared with my old Hoover. This vacuum cleaner is great - Looks good, does the job and has a filter which never nneds changing, but hust needs to be washed every 6 months. If you're looking for a great cylinder style cleaner, and have this sort of money to spend, then it has to be the Dyson DC08. There are also many accessories that you can buy on dyson.co.uk, and are all fairly cheap. Overall a great vacuum cleaner, and hopfully will last as long or even longer than my old Hoover.
i bought the dc08 because my dc01[aged8] had stopped working suddenly. i was worried about getting another dyson as i have very bad arthritis in my hands, and the dyson tends to be very very heavy. i was researching various models, and decided to try out the one with the turbobrush as i had heard they are not as heavy to use as a traditional cylinder vac. i was very very impressed. the turbo brush makes light work of my muddy house, [ i have 4 children, we have mud and food everywhere]....it is so easy to manouver that i have vacuumed the stairs for the first time in years. my kids bedrooms are clean at last!! i had been unable to carry my old dc01 up the stairs anymore, so could only use it if i had some help. the dco8 follows you up the stairs like a slightly reluctant dog!! i went to a friends house and she has an upright[lightweight] dyson..when i used it i found it awekward and cumbersome, and very painful for my weak hands and wrists. and the flex kept getting in the way as i have been used to the clean lines of the dco8 pipe , so you dont have to keep moving the flex out of the way.......oh yes..and it has a button to press which retracts the flex too,,,which is marvellous as i HATED winding the blooming flex back on the old machine the attachments are so easy to get on and off..the height adjusting stick is the most beautifully put together thing i have ever seen, and it should be recommended for people who have weak hands, as it is unbelievably easy to adjust.....surely dyson should be in league with some design people for things for the disabled! they could make life so mcuh easier for us if everything worked so smoothly haha, because my house has so much rubble in it, it is lovely to see it picks up quite big bits of chips, discarded lego and barbie shoes without first sending them flying accross the room..i have carpet and wooden floors..and now my old broom and dustpan has been put outside! i v acuumed the hearth too and was impressed as it didnt blow the soot all over the house as my old dyson did and of course..it is alwasy a great joy to see just how much filth and dust has been lifted out of your house, and if anyone thinks that as it is so effiecient it must wreck your carpets, then take it from me that my rugs are as good as new and they have had 7 years of dyson cleaning them...EVERY day!![dyson with motorised brush bar] so if you have weak hands and want to continue to have some independence, and want to have a very clean house, then i thoroughly reccomend the dc08 WITH turbobrush ps, its also very easy for me to carry up the stairs...i hang the pipe over my shoulder and the bottom bit is quite comfortable to carry...unlike the uprights which are NOT. by the way i got mine via bargain crazy website, at an incredible £179......!!!
I've had two cats and a crap hoover for far too long. Well, nine months. Nine months of hoovering a carpet with just the sucky tube of the hoover on my hands and knees, and still the cat hair clung fast. I decided it was time to make a change: and so I went straight to the fridge, where we write our major purchases in magnetic fridge letters: a list that makes us concentrate on saving a little bit extra to get what we really want. And there it sat, for about four months: "DYSON". "Hoover" is a word that is rapidly vanishing from my vocabulary. Normally when I make a decision to buy something, it's the quickest and cheapest option I go for. But this time I wanted to do my research, and spend a decent sum of money in order to get something I could trust to do the job. And something purple, as it's my favourite! As with most things in life, I think you get what you pay for. My old electrolux bottom of the range hoover cost me £29.99, and as you would expect, it's crap. It will pick up a cornflake on two conditions: 1) you point the hose right over the cornflake and wait 2) you haven't stood on the cornflake first. It seems to have a superiority complex: dust and crumbs are beneath it. This opinion is specifically about the Dyson DC08 Animal which is going to set you back £299 at most electrical stores and is widely available. It looks just like this picture, except the colours are different. It's purple where the yellow is. The cheapest price I could get was £257.99 from www.electricaldiscountuk.co.uk. If you find it cheaper elsewhere, don?t tell me!! This included delivery within 48 hours - very impressive. BUILD AND PORTABILITY This is the newest of the Dyson range, and not an upright Dyson, so if you have been used to uprights, you may find you have to rearrange your cupboards. This might not be something everyone takes into consideration when purchasing a vacuum cleaner, but you never know. And part of the reason I like the Animal is because I can pile lots of things on top of it once I've kicked it into the cupboard. Seriously, it's not as big, or as heavy, as I thought it might be. Don't get me wrong, it's a serious Dyson, but it's actually quite compact in shape, and not hard to carry around. I find it quite light to pick up and carry up and down stairs, and it will sit quite happily on the stairs without threatening to fall on you or your moggy. It has a rear centre of gravity, and you can turn it around on the spot. Great for pulling around corners through rooms without clunking off the walls. It seems to know where you are going and follows accordingly. The handle rotates to take the weight off your wrist as you clean corners. It has a very long lead, which is retractable, something I particularly like. I've spent too long tripping myself up on cable when trying to put the old hoover away. This Dyson basically has an answer for everything. I'm sure if you asked it nicely it would make you a cheese and pickle sandwich. It even has an in built clippy bit so you don't have to hold the hose. And it's my favourite colours! WHY IS IT MORE POWERFUL THAN MY OLD HOOVER? Dyson go on and on about their revolutionary Root12Cyclone technology. Whatever! I don't really care what they call it. It picks up dust, pet hair, and all the other icky things that get into your carpet. Really really well. And that's about all you need to know. You really want to know how it works? Ok then? here?s a quick rundown for those who are really interested. (With thanks to dyson.co.uk) The cyclone is basically a stream of air that spins, meaning that dirt and debris are thrown out of it. The outer cyclone throws out the larger particles, and the inner cyclone removes the microscopic ones. The cone shape speeds up the spinning air to create even greater centrifugal forc es, which remove even more dust particles. This technology took James Dyson 15 years and 5,127 prototypes to develop. (end of rundown.) It's so strong that as I vacuum the carpet in the living room, the carpet physically lifts up to meet the machine. This is where yet another piece of Dyson magic comes into play. It has variable suction. There is a suction release trigger which reduces suction by 35%, so that you can clean upholstery or delicate rugs without them sticking. It is great on lino covered surfaces, since I'd rather the lino actually stayed on the floor! OTHER EXCITING FEATURES (Well, really. It's a hoover.) The Clear Bin ============ This is the feature I most associated with the Dyson before getting one "one of them hoovers where you can see inside!" It means you can see when it's full, without opening your machine and getting a cloud of dust in your face. It's easy to empty, (you click off the cylinder, hold it over the bin, and push a button.) You can also see if you have accidentally sucked up your wedding ring and best of all, you can tell how well it's working when you see enough cat fur to make a large sparrow retirement village. The first day I got it, I have to admit to being absolutely disgusted at the amount of cat hair it picked up. It was gross to think all that stuff had been lying on the carpets for weeks and I couldn't even see it. Heads ===== The DC08 has 2 heads, (not like a monster) - the bristle head for carpets and one for wooden floors or other uncarpeted areas. To change between heads you simply press a button with your foot on the head area. No faffing with changing parts around for this, anyhow. There are also extra heads, which can be put on in place of the main bristle head. These are: Turbo Brush and Mini Turbobrush This is the brush that is specially designed for pet hair. It is an air powered brush which brushes the carpet to remove clinging hairs and fibres. It has nozzles that shoot air very quickly into the pile of the carpet, which dislodges and agitates the dust so that it can then be sucked up. Because this head tends to get clogged up with hair and muck which winds its way around the bristles, you can take it apart to clean it by undoing 4 screws. You simply remove the unit, clean the bristles and remove all the gunk, and then put it back together again. The mini turbobrush works in the same way, but is smaller. It is unique to the "animal" models, and is small enough to use for removing pet hair from upholstery, or for use on the stairs or in the car. Dust: Oi you! Get off! Animal: (agitating) Na mate, gonna suck you up Dust: (agitated) Get lost! I'm having a snooze! Animal: Heh heh heh you're a gonner mate! Dust: Why, whatcha gonna do about it? Animal: Your mother is a *£&$(*£( Dust: (riled) Right, I'm coming up out of this here carpet to get you? <sucking noise> Animal: (smugly) Ah, breakfast. ;-) Attachments ============= This is where the faff begins. When the Dyson arrived there were several packages with it, various different heads and attachments, and to be honest, it was all a bit daunting. Trying to work out what was what was fun too. Extension Tube The extension tube adjusts to the length you want - you just hold the right section and pull gently, and it goes thunk thunk thunk through a series of clips. You just stop thunking when it's as long as you want it to be. No more backache from bending down! It also makes it much easier to reach high places and hoover cobwebs from the ceiling, or the tops of the curtains. Small Tools I was tempted to shut all the tools in the cupboard and forget about them, but then I discovered there is a tool holder you can put them in, which means you don't have to kee p fetching them in the middle of some serious vacuuming. The tool holder clips onto either the hose or onto the back of the machine, so that you have them ready for when you want to use them. There are three small tools: 1) The long thin crevice tool is for getting into nooks and crannies, and crevices too I suppose! I find it very good for corners of rooms, spillages, and for sucking all the crumbs out of the toaster. (NB: Don't try this at home! - there are easier and better ways to clean your toaster - ones that use common sense rather than hoover attachments) 2)There's a small round brush tool which has long bristles for cobwebs and delicate surfaces. 3)The stair tool is good for stairs, furniture, and curtains. It's basically the same shape as your regular hoover end, but much smaller, so fits into smaller spaces. It has special velour strips on it for picking up hair. EXTRA ATTACHMENTS For a small fee, you can order in attachments to suit various different breeds of cat, ranging from the "Rigourous Moulting Burmese Sucker Head" to the "Gentle Kitten Lightly Schooshy Tube." Really, whatever the animal, this is the Dyson for you. Moulting cat? Skin-shedding reptile? Muddy mole? No problem.* Do you really need all these attachments? Well, if used properly they enable you to get the most out of your Dyson. WHY YOU WON'T NEED TO REPLACE IT FOR A LONG TIME The DC08 is built to last. It is made from ABS and polycarbonate - 2 of the strongest materials available. The Dyson Helpline ----------------------- If you have any problems with your Dyson you can ring the helpline. Remember to make a note of your Dyson's serial number. You can find it on the underside of the machine. You will need the serial number to register your Dyson when you first purchase it. WHAT ABOUT BUYING NEW FILTERS? All Dysons come with lifetime filters, so you get really good filtration of small particles (even microscopic particles as small as cigarette smoke!) Dysons remove so much dust that their filters don't clog and you don't have to fork out for new ones. It is a good idea to clean your existing filter (in the washing machine or by hand under the tap) every six months. They are easy to remove - a couple of buttons to press and you can access this magical piece of foam. Because the DC08 has the very best level of filtration you can get, this model is ideal for asthma sufferers and people with allergies. Goodbye dust mites and hello clean house! VERDICT Since using my Dyson I have found that the house smells cleaner and fresher than ever before. I also scratch less (no joke!) I used to think we just had bad midges in the area, but now I think some of the skin irritation was caused by house dust. Call it psychological, but the carpets LOOK cleaner. Honest! It's not the best 250 quid I have ever spent - but it IS the best household appliance I have ever owned! *NB: Do NOT attempt to vacuum your pet!