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Marymoose falls in love with Dobby the Dyson
Dyson DC19T2 Animal
Member Name: marymoose
Dyson DC19T2 Animal
Date: 10/08/11, updated on 10/08/11 (213 review reads)
Advantages: Excellent suction, excellent everything and prettyful
Disadvantages: It's not pink, slight issue with cleaning turbine head
---A slightly irrelevant but metaphorically relevant introduction---
The slightly psycho psychotherapist I'm seeing tends to see every event in my life as being a metaphor for something with deeper meaning. The trip on the 'looney-bin bus' is symbolic of the journey in my life (no, really it's just a bus), removing a spider from my house shows that I'm removing the spiders from my life, and well...it goes on. I've come to save up my metaphors and serve them up to her on a metaphorical plate. So much so that she feels that I am 'mocking' her. Mock I might, but she is actually scarily good at what she does, and I'm coming to see that these things do sometimes mean more than they initially seem.
Is this relevant? Er...well probably not. This is a consumer review after all. But bear with me...all will become clear.
---The metaphor of a vacuum---
Several years ago (could be 4 or 5) the then-hubby and I needed a new vacuum cleaner. I BEGGED for a Dyson. The then-hubby said "No Moosie, they are a waste of money". Despite it being me who did the majority of the cleaning (albeit a pretty sporadic affair) and thinking it was really unfair, I settled on a Morphy Richards vacuum (which I have since Googled and found that reviews gave it an average of 1 out of 5 stars - it figures), and the suction on it was good - for the first day at least. But it was all downhill from there. And vacuuming had become even more sporadic as every time I moved, the end fell off it...and it refused to pick up even one of my hairs.
With my redundancy coming up and with a new job to go to, I thought I'd treat myself to a new vacuum cleaner - I was going to wait until I actually got the redundancy money, but saw a special offer and went for it.
There's something quite liberating about being able to choose MY own vacuum cleaner...and there's probably some metaphorical meaning in throwing out the old one chosen by the ex which didn't work, and replacing it with one that I chose which does work.
On the other hand it could just mean that I no longer wanted to be on my hands and knees getting friction burns on my fingers as I attempted to hand pick my hair off the carpets.
---So, why the Dyson DC19T2?---
Do I have a pet? Well no, not in the cat or dog sense (although I do have a Basil plant which is currently thriving), but I like to see my hair as a bit of a pet. I really don't understand how I have so much on my head when there is (well, was prior to my Dyson) so much on the floor. It's not particularly long, but it's very thick. So my mind was made up, I needed a pet hair Dyson.
Ideally I'd have liked one which was pink, but failing that I thought that this one which has purple in would be the next best thing. Once I've made my mind up on something then that's that really. I did of course look at online reviews and found them highly favourable, plus most importantly (for me) I thought that it looked beautiful.
All of the specifications can be found on the Dyson website:
To quote the important bit, the "Dyson DC19T2 Animal is a cylinder vacuum cleaner for powerful all round pet hair removal. With a re-engineered floor tool to remove more dirt from carpets and hard floors." The reviews I've read have said that it's excellent for those with allergies, and of course those who have real-life pets.
---Buying from Comet---
This model retails at £279.99. However, I was on the Internet showing my parents which Dyson I was going to get when I saw that it was on the Comet website for £197.99. I was undecided, what with not really having the money yet, but thought it was too good an offer to miss.
I could've chosen to pay for delivery and have it guaranteed to be delivered on a morning of my choosing (or picking up in store which isn't so easy without a car), but I went for the free delivery and chose Wednesday.
I was up on the dot at 7am and preparing for the day ahead - envisaging being literally stuck in the living room until 6pm for fear of going to the toilet and not hearing the man from Parcel Force. I decided to not bother with a shower as:
a) If I did I'd be in the shower when it was delivered
b) I knew that I was going to end up filthy anyway, and aside from Mr Parcel Force man, I wouldn't be coming into contact with any living creature that day - other than my hair which is more like a dead pet really...
At 8:50am my Dyson arrived. Words cannot describe how excited I was. Well, actually they can, "I was excited".
The box was surprisingly light, and I could have carried it back from Comet really.
First things first, and I took a photo of the box, and then took a photo of the Dyson in the box, with a review in mind, and also wanting to let the Facebooking world know of my new arrival - my new housemate/house-elf Dobby (Harry Potter character for those not 'in the know')
I took a deep breath. A colleague had told me that she had a bit of trouble with her Dyson as she was trying to put something in the wrong way round (20 minutes on the phone to find out that if she'd followed the instructions it would've been ok - she felt like a Class A Pratt - but I think we've all been there)
Determined to not make that mistake, I removed the Dyson from the box, and then opened the instruction manual. Instruction manuals are much better than men actually. Instruction manuals tell you how to do things because they KNOW how to do things. Men (I'm not deliberately being sexist, but I have my ex in mind) THINK they know how to do things, and are invariably WRONG.
I am THE most technically useless person. However, this Dyson is so simple that within 5 minutes (I did get a bit confused, but that is just me - the instructions couldn't be any clearer) I was vacuuming....sooner than planned actually as I didn't realise the extension lead which I'd plugged it into was plugged into the wall. Normally you press the red button to turn on and off, but I must have pressed it down whilst setting up.
And the rest is history...
The suction is AMAZING! Within seconds my hair was removed from my carpet and eaten by Dobby - hungry Dobby. I'm trying to be careful in this review, as I generally refer to the vacuuming of the floor as 'Hoovering'...but I think this would only be appropriate in a review of a Hoover. Dysoning....???
I'd read a review saying that this model is heavy and tough on the back to bend while cleaning...to be I feel this weighs exactly what a normal cylinder vacuum cleaner would weigh...the only reason I ached all over the following day was because getting Dobby make me clean the whole house. Dobby does NOT have a weight problem.
I HATE the noise of vacuums if other people are doing the vacuuming - I think it's a control thing, I don't mind noise if it's me in control of the noise. Although by far the majority of the reviews I'd read prior to purchase were extremely favourable, some had mentioned the noise level and a high-pitched screeching noise. However, I have to say that it is no nosier than my previous vacuum, if anything it has a more pleasant noise....that said it might just be that because I'm enjoying the vacuuming experience so much that I don't notice it! Dobby and I, we're in it together.
I'd read one review which mentioned the smell generated by this model. However, I think that what goes in comes out - if you're a smelly person then Dobby would smell. However I'm a nice smelling person, therefore Dobby smells of peaches and cream and other such lovely things.
Like most vacuums the lead winds back into the machine when you press a button - this works sooooo much better than on my previous vacuum. I think that the length of the lead is pretty standard.
---My cleaning frenzy---
In addition to the normal turbine head, there's a mini turbine head (which I'll admit I haven't used), and there are two tool attachments which fit nicely onto the main thing (took me a while to figure this out!). The brush attachment is fantastic for skirting boards and the like, the smaller head which is good for harder to reach places.
I vacuumed my bed!
Dobby inspired me to lift up my mattress, and using the brush attachment, vacuumed the bed frame. And while I was there, thought 'what the hell' and turned the mattress.
I cleaned the kitchen ceiling!
Does Dobby the Dyson clean kitchen ceilings? Er, well no. But once I'd got the cleaning bug there was no stopping me. My brother asked if gravity works the other way in my house, perhaps it does as the ceiling was filthy. As I almost fell off the step ladder when I slipped on the Dettol I have to admit feeling a lot safer knowing that I wasn't really alone now I have Dobby. Should the worst happen, surely Dobby would call the emergency services?
I stuck the wallpaper back in the dining room!
Due to my cleaning/tidying frenzy I came across some glue/paste stuff to stick wallpaper back on the wall. Since the wallpaper's been falling off for years I went at it like a woman crazed - I didn't think things through, and it's a complete mess (but better than it looked before)....but Dobby was egging me on...
I had the best night's sleep EVER!
Was this due to the Dyson? Well, perhaps a combination of sheer exhaustion and having turned the mattress for the first time in 6 years. But still, I can't help but thank Dobby.
---The next day---
As I filled in the form to send off for the 5 year warrantee (so no more vacuum reviews from me at least until 2016) I came across the instructions and that one should empty it when it reaches the 'Max' line. I duly went and checked and saw that indeed it was time to empty it.
I have to admit part of me was hoping that it would all go horribly wrong and that I'd then have to vacuum myself. But no, it was so simple and mess-free, and fine to do in my bedroom rather than having to take the whole thing outside to the wheelie bin as I did with my old one. Although I hated my old vacuum I did at least like that it was bag-less. I don't think I could be dealing with that hassle!
---And the next day---
Still aching from two days previously I decided to give cleaning a break for a bit. The other week I bought a charm to add to a bracelet, but seem to have lost it....I accused Dobby - terrible I know. I went through the black plastic sack I'd put Dobby's waste in...to no avail.
However, on my searches I did find that Dobby managed to successfully collect a large number of buttons and safety pins....well done Dobby! Should you manage to block the Dyson, for instance with a sock, the 'operating manual' will come to your rescue with easy instructions of how to sort it out.
---A few days later---
I'd saved doing the stairs for last as it's not the most fun of jobs, but Dobby coped well with them. I found in general that the more I tidied and cleaned the house, the more rubbish and dirt I generated. Knowing that Dobby was to hand made life much nicer - especially when I inadvertently emptied the paper shredder onto the floor, and the incident where the Thyme fell off the herb and spice rack in the kitchen.
I have just cleaned out the turbine head, my hair was quite attached to it, and I have to admit that it wasn't all that easy to remove the hair (a friend had warned me about this). But hopefully as I vacuum more regularly, this won't be an issue - it was mainly because I had years of hair on my carpet to remove!
---In 6 months time---
I have set a reminder on my phone to wash the filter in February 2012. I think that that will also be a good milestone to come back and add to or amend this review if necessary.
I KNOW that it's not ideal writing a product review so soon after purchasing the product. HOWEVER, the reviews I've read have all been favourable, so I'm confident that this review will stand the test of time - and well, if not it's under warrantee for 5 years!
Sure this review has been slightly long-winded. However, £200 is a lot of money to spend on a vacuum cleaner.
But I believe that it's an investment - for at least 5 years of Mary-hair-free carpets, and a loving companion called Dobby who will be a companion far more affectionate and useful than my ex-husband was.
Since this is my 200th dooyoo review, on behalf of Dobby and myself I'd like to say thanks for reading!
Summary: I believe that it's an investment
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