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I brought this hoover once my old Dyson had died and wish that these ones had been invented sooner! Although quite pricey they are excellent hoovers and do last a really long time (think I had my old one for about 8 years!) This particular hoover can clean all types of floors from laminate to carpets. Theres a button on the hoover which you can press so the brushes come up so they don't scratch the flooring which I think is a brilliant idea! It has the ball on this hoover and at first I thought it was something they had added to they could sell them for more money but it actually makes a huge difference, it makes it so much easier to move about and go around corners it really is brilliant. It comes with the usual additional attachments such as a little brush which is great for hoovering the stairs with and the stretchyness of the pole really helps as it is so long. I was really shocked at how much it really picks up I have 2 cats and its brilliant at getting all the hair up. Its also good for allergy sufferers (I know they do a separate one for this) as to empty it you just remove the plastic part and push a button which releases all the dust into your bin bag! All in all a great hoover and well worth the extra money.
Although I spent a few years selling Dyson vacuum cleaners (and others, in an electrical store) I didn't buy one until recently. Partly because Dysons were more expensive than other brands, and also because, despite being bagless, the filters needed to be replaced regularly, so 'running costs' were no cheaper either. However, I was recently in the market for a new vacuum cleaner (having had two break down in a relatively short period) and decided to look at the current Dyson models, finally deciding on the DC18. A year and a half later I'm still impressed with it and actually enjoy using it!
The DC18 is bagless of course, and being a slimline model it's lighter and takes up a little less space than most other cleaners. However, it has a smaller dust canister requiring it to be emptied regularly, but that's very simple and quick to do. The filters are washable and unlike older Dysons do not need to be replaced. And the front cover where the rotating brush is also comes apart easily for cleaning or removing any obstructions. Despite the plastics looking and feeling a bit brittle the build quality is very good. It's also important to point out that it has a 5 year guarantee, which in these days of 'they don't make things like they used to', is excellent.
Using the DC18 is a joy. The small back wheels spring up when in use and because it moves on the main ball it is much more maneuverable than other conventional vacuum cleaners. Suction is great and it has no problems cleaning carpets, lino or wooden flooring, either using the main rotating brush or the hose, its little attachments easily removed and replaced on the back of the cleaner. My only gripe (and the reason it gets 4, not 5 stars) is that the long tube at the end of the hose is not telescopic or removable. This isn't an issue in my house although it may be for others, but it makes it very awkward to clean inside the car. I'm aware Dyson sell a 'car kit' but this does cost extra, around £35. I have also tried cleaning our carpets using Dyson's 'Zorb' powder and wasn't impressed. The damp granules got everywhere and clogged up the vacuum cleaner aswell, and the carpets weren't much cleaner than before. I wouldn't mark the DC18 down for this but feel it's a relevant point to mention.
I'm converted, and would happily recommend a Dyson, specifically the DC18, to anyone!
After spending years trying to pick silly things up like bits of cotton with different hoovers it gets frustrating as all i wanna do is carrying on hovering not stopping to pick pieces up as its the hoovers job right?
Well after bying a dyson i would never go back it picks up every thing its great but one thing i was amazed bye is that when i first bought it i done my downstiars,stiars,and upstairs and seeing the amount of crap it had picked up was unbeliveable i felt the need to empty it and i would never go back to a bagged hoover.
with a un bagged hoover your saving your money on not buying bags to.
The only thing i dont really like about my dison is and i'de like others to no its a little heavy and kinda a struggle to push on my weak days whilst not feeling to great but other wise it works wonders.
I was given my Dyson as a gift, my good friend Ste had decided to hoover up some plaster so rather than unblock it he gave it to me and my how I am glad he did! After giving it a thorough clean it was as good as new and I am ashamed to say my house was a lot dirtier than I thought it was! Having 2 dogs who shed their fur none stop I have found finding the perfect hoover difficult, I also have a little boy so didn't want him sitting amoungst dog hairs and dust, the Dyson had the answer for this, the suction to it is completely out of this world and I also find I empty it more because you can see the muck and the last thing you want is your mother in law seeing how dirty your house was! A little on the expensive side £200 approximately but in the long run it is worth it, gone are the years where I had to change my hoover every 6 months, the Dyson is here to stay!
The Dyson isn't the quiestest of hoovers in all fairness but it isn't a bad noise unless something gets trapped underneath it and boy does it let you know!
The weight of it is quite misleading, when your pushing it it feels light but carting it upstairs isn't the easiest of jobs. It has extra attachments which do various jobs, there's the little foot which is perfect for cleaning up the stairs, there's the angled nozzle which gets into the corners and a brush which picks up them stray hairs it doesn't suck up, these all clip on to the main body of the hoover.
Emptying of the hoover is simple once you get the hang of it, it simple unclips off and back on, although it does need cleaning regularly so it doesn't become blocked.
General maintenence of the hoover is easy, you can buy spare parts in local supermarkets and they are easy to put on yourself.
The Dyson isn't the best of hoovers to get in small spaces but you can use the extra attachements to give the house a thorough clean.
This is a truly brilliant and innovative vacuum cleaner.
It is light weight, on a special rotating ball and easy to steer so is very very very user friendly. It has an incredibly powerful suction so is perfect if you have thick carpets that attract a lot of dust or if you perhaps have a pet such as a dog or a cat or a rabbit that sheds a lot of hair.
It uses cyclone technology to achieve this powerful suction and the dust collection part is clear so you can see what you've sucked up and therefore easily identify any objects that you have sucked up by accident.
It has a smaller suction tube that lifts out and extends so it is easy to clean the stairs and round the skirting boards and as I've found, simply fantastic for cleaning cobwebs off the ceiling.
It has a expensive price but it is well worth it.
Dyson is a genius invention. It really is the best vacuum around.
Originally, our family always had those really useless, smelly, dusty vacuums, normally blue. And they were terrible. And have so many cats and dogs throughout our lives didn't make it any easier.
We first got a Dyson when they came out and the difference was incredible. Not only did it exceed any other vacuum we'd every tried before, but it notably took care of all the dust and hair and dirt which you just had to cope with before.
The best feature was being able to see how much dirt you were collecting.
The problem with the old Dysons was that the plastic parts tended to break very easily.
However, since we got the new DC18, not only has it proven to be even stronger (although noiser) than the last but it does the job more thoroughly and also looks a whole lot better too.
Just a word of warning to any of you musicians who use studios - watch you wires, mine disappeared up the hoover in less than a second!
My old vacuum cleaner gave up the ghost the day before a Christmas family gathering last year. Faced with a carpetful of dog hair the only thing to do was to go out and purchase a new one.
I'd always wanted a Dyson and my hubby said he would "treat" me to one for Christmas. Don't worry, it wasn't my only present from him, but even if it was I couldn't complain because I have praised it constantly since.
I opted for the DC18 Slim line All Floors model. The main reason I chose it is because it is lighter to carry about than other models (so good for stairs etc) and its nice and compact for storage. It is also for all floors and I have used it on carpets, vinyl tiles, ceramic tiles and bare wood. The downside to the fact it is slim line is that it gets full more quickly and so it needs emptying more often, but I haven't found that to be a problem.
The cylinder where the dirt collects is clear so you can see when it is full. And emptying it is a clean doddle! The dirt cylinder detatches from the body of the machine. It has a little "lid" on the bottom holding all the dirt in. You then simply take the cylinder to the bin and press a button on the top of the cylinder which opens the "lid" and out falls the dirt into the bin. You don't have to touch the dirty bit at all. The "lid" does need a hand to press it closed again but I usually do this on the edge of the bin. Then just pop the cylinder back on the body of the machine and away you go again.
The hose on this machine is so cleverly stored that it took me a while to work out how to release it (I hate reading instructions). My hubby didn't even realise it was there and rang me up at work one day to find out where I'd put it! However, once you work out where it is and how to release it its easy peasy.
I never realised how dirty my carpets were until I got this vacuum cleaner. In fact, every time I use it I'm amazed at how much dirt it has sucked up. Makes me feel like my house must have been filthy before but also makes me feel nice and clean knowing all the dirt is now being removed.
I've put this machine through a lot. It has tackled all sorts of mank that's ended up on my floor, but its not let me down yet. If you're not careful it will even suck up socks and other fairly large objects.
I'm not being over-generous with my ratings on this cleaner, I really do think its a brilliant model and wish I'd invested in one years ago.
The Dyson Slim DC18 is suitable for all floor types, and weighing just 6.6kg is a good choice for older people or for carrying up lots of stairs / Its flexible steering and narrower width also makes it easy to clean tight spaces / The direct-drive motorised brush bar sweeps the dust and fibres trapped in the carpet pile, into the constant Dyson airflow, and further helped by the Root Cyclone? technology, which picks up large volumes of dust, without loss of suction / And with no bags or filters to replace, it's low on running costs / The DC18 has also been given the British Allergy Foundation's seal of approval, as this Dyson is approved for all allergy sufferers / Short name: Dyson DC18 All Floors