For years I bought cheap vacuum cleaners and of course they were always rubbish and never lasted. When we moved from our little terraced house to a larger semi detached house I decided I needed a proper decent vacuum cleaner and I was prepared to spend a lot more than I had been previously.
There were so many different vacuum cleaners on the market that I found it difficult to know where to start. In the end I asked my Mum for advice and she suggested I buy a Dyson, she had an upright Dyson at the time and loved it. I had a look on the Argos website and in the end I decided on this Dyson DC23 animal, it was just what I was looking for and was also on offer as well so it seemed perfect.
One of the main features that interested me about this vacuum was its "Stowaway" design meaning the hose and wand could be compressed and wrapped around the vacuum cleaner making this a tidy little product. The plug wire is retractable as well, there is a large button on the top which quickly winds the wire back in, I have never experienced it becoming tangled up or getting stuck. This vacuum is easily stored away and takes up a minimal amount of space when not in use, which is just perfect for me. It is small and lightweight making it easy to carry, even upstairs.
This vacuum cleaner is incredibly easy to use and most importantly works brilliantly at removing dirt from my carpet and my pets fur from the sofa. It even sits on the stairs, so cleaning them is a easy and much safer compared to my previous vacuum. It is also possible to reduce the suction so it can be used for upholstery and curtains. True to Dyson's word it never looses suction or gets clogged, it is reliable and has never let me down.
I do find that the drum gets filled with dirt very quickly and therefore often needs emptying occasionally during use, personally I don't find this to be a huge problem but I can imagine some would find it rather annoying. The drum is easily removed from the vacuum, there is a purple button, when pressed the bottom opens up and so the dirt can easily be dispensed into a bin. I find this to be fuss free and really hygienic, plus there are no annoying vacuum bags to have to deal with.
As with any vacuum cleaner a little bit of maintenance is required to keep the product in good condition and working well. I regularly wash the hose and cylinder out with a mild disinfectant solution. The filters do need to be rinsed every few months and this is really easy to do. I like to give the outside of the vacuum a good wipe over every now and then just to keep it looking tidy.
This is no more or less noisy then any other vacuum I have used in the past, although my cat still runs and hides when he sees it coming out.
The vacuum also comes with a few accessories and different nozzles, all of which can be attached to the vacuum itself, although I somehow I have still managed to loose a few of them over the years.
We recently moved into a new house which has wooden floor and tiles downstairs so my Dyson doesn't get used quite as much as it did. We do have carpet on the stairs and in the bedrooms too though, I also like to vacuum the sofa in the living room once a week, I would say I use my Dyson 3-4 times a week now.
I really love my Dyson, I find it easy to use and really convenient and makes vacuuming effortless. I have owned it for nearly five years now, over that time it has been bumped and banged about more times than I can count but it is still working just as good as the first day I used it. I have no problems recommending it to others looking for a small vacuum which can be easily stored away when not in use.
A quick look on line shows that this model is no longer available in Argos, however it can be purchased from places like Amazon and eBay, prices vary. There are also updated versions available from various retailers.
The price I paid 364Euro around £320 (can be found for much cheaper now. Amazon for example are selling it for only £220.99 so shop around!)
Being asthmatic a vacuum cleaner is one of the most important purchases I had to make, so I don't take it as lightly as I have some of the other products I've reviewed.
I have cats, and when anyone hears that, they are completely puzzled. "Why would you choose cats over other pets?" I don't find cat hair or dander a problem so they don't irritate my asthma. I'm not here to review cats ( their great by the way) so I'll get on with it.
Dyson is of course a very well know and respect brand on the vacuum cleaner market. And for good reason if this DC23 pets and allergy, is anything to go by.
It looks like most of the other Dyson cyclone cylinder models, quite futuristic in it's design. A design that Dyson created and so may have copied. Don't get this confused with the more recognisable Dyson vacuums. These are called their upright range. Those are the tall waist Hight models that don't suit every size of home. The DC23 Is far more compact and looks more suited to being a car vacuum than for home use. But don't let the size fool you. This is more than capable of cleaning the dirtiest of houses with as many pets as you like. This is actually the vacuum that was used on Noah's Ark, don't you know.
Bag-less canister vacuums are nothing new, but they where when Dyson introduced them to the general public.
For powerful pet hair removal this does a great job. It features Dyson's most efficient cyclone technology for capturing microscopic dust. That's why this is a must for asthmatics.
The Mini turbine head removes dirt and pet hair from carpets, upholstery and tight spaces, whit the greatest of ease.
Always use the turbine-head brush bar, for carpets.
My whole house was carpeted when I first got this. Now all the rooms bar my bedroom have wooden floors. And a clever little extra on this model is that the turbine head switches off for hard floors.
The HEPA filter is guaranteed "Lifetime washable." It traps microscopic allergens. This makes all the difference to the quality of air after using a vacuum. Have you ever noticed how dusty the air can smell and feel after using your old vacuum.
Here's a handy little tip to see if your vacuum cleaner is throwing out more dust into the air than it's actually keeping.
First of all look on your model for the exhaust vent and take note of where the power switch is. Then grab yourself a flashlight or your mobile phone. Turn off the light and turn on your vacuum. After a few seconds shine the torch towards the vent and if it's performing badly, it will be clear to see, the dust flys up into the air. This can be very enlightening, as lots of people think they are doing a good thing vacuuming regularly. Then wonder why their children still cough and wheeze straight after.
Its easy to clean stairs aswell with this Dyson. As you know a lot of small models aren't nesserly easier to use on the stairs. This one is.
It has a long cord length (a must to look out for) And is specially designed to sit comfortably on each stair as you go.
The New "articulating hard floor tool" manoeuvres easily and cleans narrow gaps, with the minimal amount of effort.
Patented cyclone technology for no loss of suction. This means there are no dusty bags to change, at the touch of a button the dust can be emptied quickly and easily.
Level 3 Root CycloneTM technology
Air Watts (constant) 220 AW
The movement type is "fixed wheel". This means that it won't be rolling around like an out of control shopping trolly. It will go where you want it to when you want it to.
The HEPA filter expels cleaner exhaust air, and has a" Lifetime" filter.
The clear bin capacity is 0.44 gallons.
There are a good collection of tolls and accessories listed below.
*What's included in the box*
Quick start guide
5 year warranty
Plus the following accessories...
A Dyson-designed tool for removing dust and dirt from stairs and stair carpets.
Articulating hard floor tool
Maneuvers easily and cleans narrow gaps.
Long bristles to remove cobwebs and for delicate cleaning.
The air driven brush bar is ideal for cleaning medium and short pile carpets and can be turned off for hard floors.
Mini turbine head
Removes pet hair and dirt from confined spaces such as upholstery, stairs, and the car. Quickly attaches to the hose or wand.
High velocity airflow crevice tool ideal for cleaning base boards.
Height x depth x width. 13.9 x 19.3 x 11.9 inches
Weight- 19.5 lbs
Max. reach- 36.2 ft
Cord length- 21.6 ft
This is a wonderful vacuum cleaner, it has great suction with low noise, which is hard to find.
Seeing this is marketed an an animal/allergy model.
It does everything you expect from it, and does it well.
Having had many friends and relative extolling the virtues of Dyson vacuum cleaners, I thought I would purchase one. Initially I was put off by the cost of the product, it being nearly £300, but I was after something which would help with the animal hairs and was also lured by the hepa filtration, having asthma.
When I first used this product I was amazed as to how much it cleaned my carpets (and quite dismayed as to how much my previous vacuum didnt pick up.... my carpets were disgusting!).
This has never lost suction once, despite the number of things I have managed to suck up it... socks mainly. It stores away nicely.
This product is a must for those who have animals, its a demon with cat hairs!!
The filters have to be cleaned regularly, but its only a matter of running them under a tap and leaving them to dry overnight.
Would thoroughly recommend this product to anyone
I'd wanted a Dyson for ages, and when Amazon.co.uk had this one on offer I almost bit their virtual hands off. They normally retail at £220-250, but mine was £160 and worth every penny and then some.
It's quite a small little thing, lightweight, and stores nicely with the tube all curled around the dirt receptacle. And the power! We used to have a Persian cat who saw off our last two vacuum cleaners, but this one removed all his leftover hair almost without any effort on my part, even the hair the little monster had embedded in the carpet. It also pulled up a thoroughly embarrassing amount of dirt and changed the colour of our rugs!
The Dyson's expensive, but it really is totally worth the extra money. We've not had ours a year yet, but the other reviews suggest they'll last at least 5-10, and so the money we save on not replacing it every year or so makes it totally worthwhile. It's very easy to clean, economical in that you don't have to keep buying bags, folds up super small for storage and is generally wonderful.
Two potential drawbacks (not including the price): first, it comes with minimal attachments and you have to buy those separately, so if you want the specialist mattress tool, brush for curtains or wider regular head attachments you have to buy them and they're not cheap; secondly certain types of dirt can scratch the inside of the dirt catching receptacle and make it look less than fabulous. My husband used it to vacuum up some brick dust about a week after we got ours and scratched the inside. I almost ripped him into pieces and used the Dyson to vacuum him up.
After my old Dyson DC02 finally went to hoover heaven after 10 years of faithful service, I didn't even look at any other brand. My only decision was which Dyson to buy. With 2 cats and a toddler in the house my first consideration was the size of the collection tank. I had seen the smaller Dysons and didn't want to be emptying it all the time so I opted for the DC23. My next decision was then do I buy the animal or motorhead? After much deliberation (as they seemed much of a muchness and the same price), I decided on the animal.
The hoover itself is much heavier than my old DC02 and much less manoverable. I am constantly banging it against skirting boards and doorframes trying to pull it along through the rooms. It is also quite heavy lifting it to hoover the stairs. It doesn't get into the corners or edges of the carpet very at all so you have to use one of the on board tools as the head is quite large. The telescopic wrap isn't all that great either - the tube goes round but then the pole and head stick out anyway so not something that really works for me. It is much louder than my old hoover especially using the turbine head on carpets.
For all that though, I wouldn't be without it. It is incredibly powerful and the turbine head really seems to get right into the carpet fibres. A simple click in and the turbine head stops whizzing for hard flooring which pratically lifts up the cushionfloor in the kitchen it is so powerful!
It is very easy to empty and as with all Dysons it really is amazing how much muck it picks up. The advantage over my old hoover is that there are no extra filters to buy. You simply unscrew the filter on the side and give it a good rinse out every 3 months. Dyson will even e-mail you to remind you the first time! It also comes with some useful on board tools and a mini turbine head for cleaning furniture e.t.c.
If you want a good powerful hoover that picks up dirt on a deeper level then this is for you. If strength is an issue then it would be better to look at lighter models as it does take a fair bit of energy to get round with it.
Just before Christmas my very old hoover died. Due to lack of space I wanted a hoover that could fit in a small space and have excellent suction power so I purchased the DC23.
This hoover does exactly what it says on the tin. It has a very sleek modern looking design and folds away for very easy storage. The telescopic wand is brilliant and folds down to a very small size. The bin capacity is huge and after hoovering every other day i only have to empty it every couple of weeks. The suction is very powerfull, i didn't realise how crap my other hoover was at picking up stuff on the floor until i used this one. The motor head tool is excellent for picking up dog and cat hairs on the carpet but is a little scary to use at first. Although these are generally a bit more expensive i feel that they are built to last and do retain their suction power for much longer.
After failing to buy good vacuum cleaner and struggling with hovering for the last three years, I bought Dyson DC23 animal as a Christmas present for myself. to be honest I have been hovering every single day - not because I need to but because I LOVE using it so much.
also I would like to mention that I have a black cat and her hair is everywhere , or maybe I should say that it use to be everywhere and now my furniture and carpet is cat hair free and looks like new.
I would suggest the hover to everyone, and definitely to someone who have pets, kids and live in a flat - it work fantastically, easy to use and compatible - if you but it you will love it
the only scary bit is the price but in long term you will save and it's on sale @ Argos for £233.49
My last vaccum cleaner wasn't performing like it should and I then knew I had to go for a Dyson, a treat as just bought first house and seeing as a lot of them are currently on offer with big savings. I saved about £90 from the RRP on an Argos saving but I cannot remember the price now!
This model is a compact stowaway type machine, tucks away very neatly, and so many funky little ways of storing the onboard tools, the hose hooks onto the machine when in storage so not left flapping about for you to trip over. It just pops away really neatly.
There is a flat out head for everyday needs, a crevice tool and a soft furnishings tool kept very neatly in the nooks of the machine, had to figure out how to get crevice tool out but once I found it was fine.
Pulling about behind you can be a slight task as it seems to get stuck on every corner so best carrying it from room to room I'd say, this is not as noisy as my previous vacuum although the cat still hates the noise and bombs off at the earliest opportunity!
The head is very good and gets under tables etc, it is very flat, runs on little wheels and bends about generally very well getting all the crevices, it's ace too cos you don't have to bend down with this like most cylinder machines, one push of a button and it extends thus less maneuvering for the cleaner upper, I love that function so much!!
Works very well on my laminates, tiles and carpeted stairway, very easy to empty and a real investment, I mean 5 year guarantee that's such a bonus and is a definite factor in why everyone should own a Dyson. Goes to show the confidence they have in their machines and quite rightly so!! Fab.
When my last Dyson Hoover died on me after 15 years as it has lasted so well I felt that it had to be a Dyson. They are definitely worth the expense.
I chose the Dyson DC23 because we wanted something more compact than the upright Dyson that we had previously. This model is very compact and the hose and wand winds around the base very well and easily. The power cable pulls out of the base and automatically rewinds on the press of a button. It comes with the main floor tool and 3 attachments (stair tools, crevice tool, brush tool). It is also very good at getting pet hair off the carpet, which other Hoovers don't seem to do.
The Dyson Hoover sucks up alot of stuff that other Hoovers leave behind. Once you have used a dyson, you will never use anything else.
A Dyson Hoover is a good investment. Even though it is expensive, it pays for itself over and over as it last a lot longer than other Hoovers and requires no bags or replacement filters. The filter on this Dyson needs washing occasionally. In the instructions it recommends every 3 months.
This vacuum cleaner is great. I've had it for a year and a half now and it has maintained fantastic suction. The cord wraps neatly around it for excellent storage, though it does take a bit of practice getting it to sit nicely around the machine, sometimes mine unravels itself in the cupboard! The separate appliances all fit onto the machine neatly so you don't have to keep running back and forth when hoovering different surfaces. It has a great long cable so you can do large rooms and corridors without having to move the plug all the time. It's quite quiet so you can still hear the phone ring if you're cleaning and it sit on the stairs and you can use the wheels to pull it up each step as you go without hurting your back. I hoover once or twice a week and find that I only have to empty it every seven to eight weeks, when you do empty it, there is very little mess or fuss. All in all a great product!
I have had one of these for over a year now and think it's absolutely fantastic. The tube wraps around the machine making it really small to store . The pole is extendable and shrinks to fit. The tools are all kept on board so you don't have to go back and look for them, and it even sits on the stairs as you pull the hoover up.
The suction is great as with all Dysons, I have over filled it a couple of times and it stills sucks fine. I find it only needs emptying every 6 weeks or so (I vacuum 2-3 times a week). Very easy to empty, not fiddly at all. It really is a well thought out appliance.
It came with three floor attachments, I just use the turbine on both carpets and hard floors and it works fine. Really picks up all the dirt from the carpets, and they look a lot better for it.
The cable is really long and I can do the whole house without having to move the plug. (although I don't live in a mansion!).