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I have a really bad back, and when I was pregnant I also developed SPD (Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction) which made getting up and down the stairs really painful, near on impossible at times. The last thing I wanted to do was carry my big hoover up and down the stairs all the time, but I didn't want to never hoover upstairs either!
My husband very sweetly thought of getting me a handheld hoover. The idea being that I could sit on the stairs to hoover thus easing my back a bit, and scoot down the stairs on my bottom (which I had to do anyway due to the SPD) whilst sitting down to hoover. Bless him, it was the best thing he ever bought!! Despite our daughter now being 2, I still use the handheld hoover on the stairs every time.
My husband chose the Dyson DC16 as it was the best model at the time, and we know and love Dyson hoovers having had a full size one.
The hoover comes with a docking station that charges it, which can be wall mounted or just plugged in. We used to just plug ours in as and when needed, but when we bought one for my grandma, we mounted it to the wall to make it easier for her so she didn't need to fetch it out of a cupboard all the time.
The hoover is so handy - from little spills (like hubby not using a plate and getting crumbs everywhere - DO NOT get me started!!) to cat fur, biscuit crumbs, bits of mud (hubby again!) - you name it, I'll use the Dyson for it!
The Dyson is supposed to last for six minutes when fully charged and in my experience it really did. The only downside is that when you have a big job, like really messy stairs or when you're doing the car, six minutes isn't always enough, and you then have to wait for it to charge before you can use it again. Charging takes at least a few hours, so in the meantime the job is only half done!
I tended to use mine to vacuum the sofa after my daughter has had a snack, fur from the cats, and even the piles you make when you sweep the floor. It is so much quicker and easier, not to mention more efficient, than a dustpan and brush!
I had the Animal version which is designed for pet owners. It has a wider nozzle attachment, a long nozzle attachment and a brush attachment. All of them work well, apart from the brush does need de-clogging every now and then. I was surprised at how well the brush coped with pet hair, as normally it tends to collect on the bristles, but with the Dyson 99% was sucked into the hoover and very little left on the bristles. The suction power of the Dyson is out of this world - it really is the best hoover I have ever come across, you can't fault that.
The only problem was that within a year the battery started to give up. This meant that it just wouldn't hold its charge and barely worked at all. For over £100 for the hoover, you expect a brilliant battery. What's worse is that a replacement battery is approx £40, so a bit of a waste! If they could sort this problem, it'd be 5 stars. But for now, it's 4.
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I am terrible for buying things just because they look good and it drives my husband mad! The handheld Dyson DC16 is one of them, buy I have to say this is one gadget i could not go without! This is a fantastic little Hoover and as advertised has the beat suction for a handheld device. It is extremlely handy when I have sweeped the floor and need to pick up the little mound of dust and crumbs and rather than having to go get out the big upright hoover I just get this out! I find it handy for doing the stairs and my husband uses it for hoovering his car when it needs a quick clean! I paid £100 for it but i think it was well worth it (even if my hubby did have a moan). I like how you can attach the charger to the wall and keep it out the way! The only downfall I think is the battery could last longer as it only gives you 10 minutes of time and takes 2 hours to fully charge! But I still love my little Dyson! X
I was bought the Dyson DC16 hand held hoover as a gift when we moved home. It's one of the best gifts I've ever had!
For a hand-held, this has impressive suction power. Obviously it's not as good as using the nozzle on an upright but for what it's designed for, ie cleaning up little spills or doing the stairs etc, it's more than capable.
It comes with a base charging unit which can be wall-mounted or just put on a shelf. We keep ours handy, between the kitchen and the lounge, and we are forever grabbing it, it is just sooooo useful. Bits of mud, spills from opening a packet of sugar, random dog hair accumulations, crumbs where someone has been eating carelessly, little pieces where the dog has been chewing a toy - you name it, this Dyson will sort it out.
It is marketed as having 6 minutes of hoovering time. At first it did deliver this, but over time the duration does diminish a bit. After a year or so I would say it gives about 4 or 5 minutes. This is fine for most jobs, but for doing the car (something for which it is really useful) it's not really a long enough time. Well not if your car is anything like as filthy as mine anyway! If you're sweeping a floor though, this picks up the little piles you will make far more efficiently than using a dustpan and brush as it gets every last speck. It is also very useful for doing stairs and furniture. As a horse-and-dog family, we accumulate a lot of bits of mud, hay, shavings, hair, that sort of thing. This little machine is perfect for having a mini clear up in between 'proper' hoover sessions.
It does take a while to charge - a quick charge will give you a minute or so of use but to get the full 6 minutes (or 4, see above) it does need to be charged for a few hours.
It has ample storage capacity for the job for which it is designed. Emptying is easy - similar to a full-sized Dyson, you just hold it over the bin, pop the button and the bottom drops down so it emptys straight into the bin.
It also comes with a few different fittings. Ours is the 'Animal' version which means it has accessories which are specifically designed to deal with dog hairs. I tend to just use the long nozzle though to be honest, mostly because I usually just grab it when I need it and can't be bothered with fiddling around changing the accessory, but there are several options for various jobs, like a wide nozzle and a brush end.
The only reason I gave it a 4 not a 5 is because I was a little disappointed that the 6 minutes it boasts is not really true in practise. I have checked this out with Dyson who admit that usage time does decline slowly while it's on the charger - so unless you use it after exactly the right amount of time has passed after you put it on the base, it's going to start losing charge once it's full.
Other than this though it's a priceless bit of kit for households like ours which seem to constantly produce bits of dirt, and well worth the £100 approx that it costs. I think the model has been updated slightly since we got ours but in essence it's still the same thing.
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This is a really wonderful hand-held vacuum and I love it. My husband bought this for me the limited edition pink version of this for Christmas after hearing me complain time and time again that the previous hand-held vacuum didn't pack enough punch to lift even the most microscopic spec of dirt from the floor.
This hand-held dyson does the job perfectly. It is very very powerful and picks up dust, dirt and dog hairs up out of the carpet with considerable ease. It even took up all of the pine needles dropped by the christmas tree as we tried to force it through the french doors into the garden after Christmas was over! I use it in areas where my Irobot Roomba doesn't reach and I quite often clean the stairs with it, aswell as general dusting and cleaning up spills.
It has a multitude of different attachements with it. I have to admit so far I have only needed to use two. These are the large flat attachment which I use for cleaning the stairs and other carpeted areas and the brush attachment which I use for dusting things, especially the T.V because the hairs are nice and gentle on this. The large flat attachment gathers up pet hairs very effectivly aswell. It has the same sort of result as if you rubbed your slipper or a pet hair magnet across the floor, gathering the hairs all into a clump which then go up the hoover. I also love that it has a nice long hose which prooves very useful.
The vacuum vacuums for approximately 3 minutes before the charge runs out which is a bit of a shame, it could do with lasting a bit longer and the vacuum seems to charge up pretty quickly again afterwards. The dust collection bin is generously sized for what it is needed for and empties easily using a button which realeases the bottom of the bin.
The actual vacuum is not as large as I thought it would be from the pictures which is definately a good thing. It is however in my opinion rather heavy and hard to hold up high for too long, i.e if you are dusting cobwebs away.
As usual with Dyson, the hand-held vacuum is of excellent quality, really sturdy and I love the design. It's really quirky and funky looking and I think it looks great in pink!
I originally thought that this vacuum was rather pricey at £95.00 having looked at the price of other hand-held hoovers but having found out that our cheaper one was rubbish I think you get what you pay for with these and since the Dyson is so fantastic and it actually does the job a have revised my view on the price and now believe it to be quite reasonable.
All in all i would rate this hand-held vacuum as a 9/10 for being very powerful and efficiant, but being slightly marked down because of the weight and the battery life.
I've had my handheld Dyson DC16 for just over a year now, and it's very useful for those quick jobs when you don't want to get the large hoover out, hoovering up crumbs or when you see a spider that you just have to get rid of quickly! It comes in very handy for quickly hoovering out the car too.
For a small handheld device it's a lot more powerful than I expected it to be.
the dust compartment is see through and very easy to empty at the push of a button.
As for battery life, it lasts from 5-10 minutes from full to empty, however I have found that if I stop and start it a lot then the battery does tend to run down more quickly. This doesn't sound like a lot of battery life but if I was planning to be hoovering for longer that this I'd get the large one out anyway!
For recharging, it comes with a plug in charging docking station which is easy to attach, and takes about 3 hours to recharge fully.
This a great little device!
This tool is absolutely fantastic, and I don't think I would be exagerating too much if I were to say that it has just about changed my life!!! (Well, just a little bit anyway). It has a good battery life and gives you enough time to hoover the stairs or to clean up the cat and dog hair from on the cushions and around the kitchen floor etc. Your normal Dyson accessories fit onto it, so it is fully intergratable. I have found it such a godsend that the dustpan and brush and the broom have been more or less abandoned. I would really recommend this to anyone who is looking for something quick and easy to use to clean up small amounts of mess very frequently. I think it's a fantastic invention by Dyson and every home should have one really. It is quite expensive, but think it's worth the cost.
I have had this handheld dyson for about 6 months now and it is the best handheld cleaner i have owned . The suction on it is great , just as good as a normal vacuum/ dyson .
you get an adaptor with it so you can fit your existing dyson attachments on it which i have found usefull.
the battery life is 6 minutes continuous which i believe is more than any other handheld , it doesnt sound much but 6 minutes is quite enough time to hoover the stair case for example .
its much more convient to use this a few times a day to hoover under childs high chair etc rather than getting the big one out and plugging it in.
it charges fairly fast too .
it stores quite a bit of dirt/dust before it needs emptying and when you do empty it you just hold over a bin bag and press the button and it is ejected from underneath .
the handheld makes jobs like cleaning the interior of a car so much easier and i dont really know what i did without this
on the negative side , you have to permenatley hold down the trigger to vaccum there is no on/off switch and it is heavier than most other handhelds although its still easy to use one handed
A wicked little machine, it's a bit dear for what it is but could make a real difference to your cleaning. Primarily used in our house as a replacement for a dustpan and brush which would have cost about £85 cheaper! Still, it does mean that my husband is more likely to clean the floor which goes something like this: he sweeps the laminate floor, collects the dust into a little pile then gets out his DC16 and sucks it all up. I'm sure there are loads more uses for it, but to be honest that's all it gets used for in our house! One complaint would be that it doesn't seem to last very long between charges but the beauty of it is that it is permanently on charge when not in use thanks to its great holder/charger. A great little machine but probably not worth the money unless you have loads of use for it.
My husband accuses me of loving this vacuum more than I love him. I do love him of course but unlike my Dyson DC16 he hasn't replaced and bettered my broom, dustpan, duster and main hoover and consolidated them all into one frankly life-enhancing appliance.
This Dyson is a "labour saving device" in the true sense of the phrase. I use it every day on the kitchen floor and in seconds it is spotless with no messing around or leftover bits. I use it regularly on the stairs (no cords or tubes to worry about) and all the floors and various surfaces in my flat. Of course its perfect for those little spills, with no need to lug a full size hoover out. If you have lower back pain this is indispensable.
For those with pets, this will keep your home up to scratch as it devours pet hair with ease.
The only downside is that it can be awkward to empty and tends to eject a cloud of dust into the air when emptied into the bin.
However all in all this product is highly recommend for anyone who -like me- likes having a clean home but does not like cleaning.
Pricey, but I can't recommend enough for those of you with pets. The pet head special edition of this is more expensive, but the brush roller really works at lifting hairs off fabrics. The claimed battery life is short, but accurate, and the charging unit does charge well. It's not too heavy, and a good length with appreciable suction power. I think the design is a bit ugly but otherwise I have no complaints. The cyclone does work well and you can unload the hopper in just one click. It's a shame no-one has invented replacement battery packs for this so you can charge one at all times. It's quite easy to clean the visible parts of the hopper out, nothing too much seems to get caught in there but the hairs can get caught in the brush head and need to be cut out with a thing pair of nail scissors.
Another triumph by dyson. This product is excellent for reaching those hard to reach places between appliances in the kitchen cuboards. It is also great for moment when you don't want the hassel of getting out a big vacum cleaner for a small spillage etc. It is easy to use and it will charge much quicker than other hand held hoovers I have used. emptying is simple and the filter and parts are all replaceable as will all dyson products. The sucking power is really impressive given its size and it can go for long periods between charging. It is not the lightest handheld hoover so using it for long periods in hard to reach areas could become tiring. Although you can remove the attachent it could be useful if there was an extension to reach a bit further but maybe thats being picky.
In conclusion a good reliable vacum cleaner for all those kitchen mishaps!
My husband bought one of these for the house.I find it very useful for those kitchen spills,to get into those hard to reach places. It has good suction power and is easy to use, even my nine year old can use it.
The downfall to this dyson in contrast to the upright dyson I have is that it only lasts for 6 minutes, if a better or more sophisticated battery could be used with this hand held Dyson, it would be a much better tool to clean my car . I do not use it in my car for this reason as it is not practical and I have to make return trips to vacuum the car.
In the house, this is a good, quick and efficient cleaning tool to deal with small amounts of refuse and is fantastic for getting cob webs in those hard to reach places. I am happy with this purchase.
I bought this for my dad for christmas and was quite disappointed although it is good for getting out quickly if something is spilt or for cleaning the car it only has a six minute charge, this is the case no matter how long it is on charge for so if you have a dirty car to clean you will have to do it in stages, it also takes a while to recharge. It was quite expensive when i purchased it also. The suction on the hoover is good, it is just like a big dyson with alot of power so this does outweigh the bad charge time. easy to empty and obviously as it is a dyson no hoover bags needed also comes with a guarantee so once bought you dont have expense to repair or maintain it. Comes with a mains charger also. Hope this review helps summing up would buy the hoover but not if wanting it for big jobs such as mobile car cleaning.
The Dyson hand help vacuum is quite an impressive looking little machine. It is orange and grey and has a clear bin so you can see how much it is picking up. It also has a crevice tool that I thought looked useful. I love my Dyson vacuum so thought that this little one, which has the famous "root cyclone" technology, would be very useful for me. I paid £89.99 for it which I thought was a little pricey but was reassured by the brand so thought it would be worth it, mainly for the car but also other little tidy up jobs round the house. All I can say is it is a bit of a disappointment.
It isn't as if it's useless, it is just rather disappointing. The main problem is the battery life, it just doesn't have the stamina I need to clean my car. The suction is OK, not fantastic but better than other hand helds I've tried, but it dies so quickly that I can't really be bothered with it.
Perhaps I have been unlucky with mine but I can't really recommend this on the basis of my experience.