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I was given this hoover as a present and i'd never had a dyson before so here goes.
It was so nice to finally have an upright vacum, it stop me having to lean over and make my back sore. I could see what i had hoovered up so if something got accidentily sucked up i could get it out. i thought to myself im liking the bagless hoovers so much more!!!
I started to wonder how i ever coped without a dyson!!!!!
it came with a variety of tools to get in awkward and hard to reach places. which were very ease to fix onto the end.
EASE OF USE
as a dyson virgin i hoped i wouldn't break it trying to empty it etc. But it was so easy to use i didn't need to worry. when the cylinder is full you can clearly see and there is a button to easily release it from the actual hoover. Carrying it to the bin made no mess whatsoever, and theres a small red button to release the lid on the bottom of the cylinder. You can easily empty it then pop it straight back onto the hoover and carry on!!
My sister showed me how to simply open the bottom where everything gets sucked up and clear that out to, it certainly makes a difference to the suction.
It is easy to clean too, just a quick wipe with a baby wipe and it looks like new again. all the tools fit onto the hoover so you don't have to go back and forth to get them.
The lead and plug easily winds up and looks neat and tidy.
I love the power of this hoover, it can make your carpets look new again. Its so easy to use, easy to empty and easy to put away.
Once you have one you will too wonder "how did i manage with out it".
Total value for money, ive had mine 2yrs and its still like new.
If it did break i would definatley buy a dyson again.
They come in a variety to suit your needs.
Dyson is pure quality you won't get anywhere else.
We've had this for around 2 years now I thought I would set out our views as seasoned users.
This is a good product and was our first Dyson. Whilst significantly more expensive than many alternatives overall it has been worth the money.
The main ball function slides effortlessly around out flat, and has optional brushes (simple press of a button) for switching between carpets/wooden floors.
Suction is effective on both wooden floors and carpets. I've cleaned the filter a few times, which seems to improve performance if it starts to lag - just wash the filter in cold water. The main section also comes apart easily and can be washed.
It's easy to empty the transparent cylinder. A press of a button and it detaches from the main appliance - just the press of a further button and the cylinder bottom drops out and the contents fall into the bin. No messing with bags etc. The fact that the cylinder is transparent helps to see if it is full and also means you can keep an eye out for things which ought not to be in there - such as when my wife vacuums up bits of our kids' lego and other toys!
The detachable hose for getting to hard to reach places/cars etc is a little flimsy and we've had to purchase one replacement, out of warranty - about £20 but very easy to order from Dyson. It is good for getting to hard to reach places. as intended but the 3 default tools/attachment aren't that great and keep falling off. I understand there is a more advanced tools package which may be worth looking into if you use this part of the cleaner more often.
As to the allergy benefits, I am a hayfever sufferer - allergic to house dust etc. I have noticed that over the last few years my suffering seems to have diminished somewhat whilst at home but I have no idea if this relates to this product.
In response to a helpful comment on the original review, I should just add that the noise levels aren't unusually high. One important point is that we do live in a flat and it is quite a heavy piece of kit so may not be ideal to be lugging up and down stairs on a regular basis, although the same applies in my experience to any reasonably powerful upright vacuum cleaner - the suction power does come at a cost in terms of weight. However, the ball design means that moving it around on the same level is pretty effortless.
I only got the Dyson DC15 Allergy by chance. I originally set out to buy the Dyson DC14 Allergy priced at £278.95. What happened was a couple of weeks ago I was looking on the Argos website and noticed that most of the Dyson hoovers had big discounts and the DC14 Allergy was in the sale for £180. The only trouble was they were completely out of stock. As I wasnt to sure how long this sale would last and didnt want to pay full price for a Dyson I looked at the next option up the Dyson DC15 Allergy which I found was reduced from £339.95 down to £240 and it was in stock. Well seeing as this was cheaper than the other version at full price I decided to go for it.
Well I got the Dyson home and took it out of its box together with its set of instructions and its 2 year guarantee and I have to admit it did look pretty impressive considering its just a hoover after all! Its colour is silver and white with yellow on the carry handle, on/off switch and the ball. Now you are probably wondering what association a ball can have with a hoover. Well this is the main difference between the DC14 and DC15 in that it has a ball joint this enables the hoover to steer smoothly with the turn of a wrist, great for going around tight corners and so you can clean with less effort involved. I got the impression from looking at this hoover though that it would be quite complicated to work out how to use however looking at it more closely there werent lots of buttons to press so I felt reassured that perhaps I could get used to using this quite quickly.
So out came the instructions. I couldnt wait to try it out. I was pleased the instructions were kept very basic with pictures making it very easy to understand. To my surprise also there were only 8 pages of basic instructions and within 10 minutes I was ready to start. For those of you who want to take even less time to work this hoover there is also the Quick Guide instructions that come with this which consists of just 6 easy to understand diagrams which would probably take no more than a couple of minutes to work out.
OFF WE GO
So first I undo the lead on the back of the hoover. It has a very convenient clip on it to hold all the leads nice and tightly together so they dont flap about when the hoover is not in use. I noticed the lead was much longer than that on my previous bog standard hoover which I found to be great as I didnt have to keep searching for another socket every 5 minutes. I then place my foot on the back of the hoover to release the catch enabling the handle to drop down to the level I feel best at hovering from and then switch the on button on and off I go. This hoover is slightly louder than I had expected but it sounds incredibly powerful and as soon as I started hoovering the carpet I could see the difference straight away. You could see it wasnt just reaching the surface of the carpet to remove dust but it was really getting deep down and giving the carpet a through clean. I found the ball joint to the hoover a bit complicated to get used to at first but once Id got the hang of it I could see its advantages as it really did become very easy to manoeuvre. The other thing I found good with this hoover was that it hasnt got a rubber edging around the bottom of the hoover which is what has always stopped me in the past of being able to hoover right up as close to the skirting boards as I could, but now that was possible which meant less time fiddling about with the crevice attachment to clean round the edges of the carpet.
The great thing with this hoover is it has an amazing telescopic reach system with a quick release wand which expands so you can leave the main part of the hoover at the bottom of the stairs and the wands attachment (the hose) will stretch right to the top of the stairs. The hoover comes with 3 attachments the stair tool, brush tool and crevice tool. I found the stair tool very easy to use and it was so much easier this way than to have to try and drag the hoover up the stairs as I was trying to clean them at the same time. I then replaced the wand tool and attachment to the hoover and carried the hoover up the stairs by its yellow handle. In my opinion this hoover is a bit heavier to hold in comparison to my other hoover.
EMPTYING THE HOOVER BIN
Well I have to say, I live in a small 3 bedroom semi-detached house and there isnt all that much carpet to clean and yet already I have a full clear bin on the hoover (this hoover doesnt use hoover bags another plus point). Well this just goes to show just how effective this hoover is. My other hoover obviously wasnt cleaning the carpets anywhere near as well and it was quite a shock to discover the amount that had probably been collecting in the carpets over the years.
So what was it like to empty the contents from the clear bin well it was a lot easier than I thought it would be. There is a small release catch on the back of the hoover which releases the bin from the hoover. Then you just press the button on the bin and the bottom of the bin drops down enabling you to empty it directly into the dustbin, although I would advice putting it in a bag first and then putting the bag in the dustbin other wise every time you open the dustbin you will get a load of dust flying about everywhere.
This hoover has so many plus points over my standard hoover that I feel it is really worth spending the extra money on. Looking at the carpets afterwards they look new from where it has given them a really nice finish. Its certainly proved it is very effective from the amount of dust it picked up. The only negative for me was just the fact it is slightly heavier to lift, but it has so many positive points that they outweigh the negative. It took me less time to hoover than it normally would, its very user friendly and I dont have to buy any more hoover bags ever again.
In the DC15 range there is also the cheaper all floors hoover and the slightly more expensive animal hoover. I would certainly advice waiting for a sale also before you go out and buy one of these as they are expensive and many sales offer up to £100 off so keep your eyes open for a good bargain.
Thanks for reading,