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Dyson DC24 The Ball
Member Name: moog27
Dyson DC24 The Ball
Date: 12/04/10, updated on 14/08/13 (755 review reads)
Advantages: Works brilliantly, lightweight, compact, easy to steer and use, washable filters, easy to empty
Disadvantages: Quite expensive, would not suit larger houses due to the smaller cylinder
I have used various vacuum cleaners over the last few years and the only type that has ever really impressed me has been Dysons. Having decided that Dyson was the way to go I had a quick look on the Argos website. I was actually shocked by the various different types, sizes, models etc of Dyson and didn't really know where to begin.
My only real criteria were that it had to be an upright vacuum cleaner, it couldn't been ridiculously expensive and it had to be compact enough to store in my tiny flat. Being one of those people that gets easily excited by a good advert, I figured that the Dyson Ball models looked like good fun. A scan through the various Ball models identified a lightweight compact version called the Dyson Ball DC24 All Floor Cleaner. This model is usually priced at £279.99 (In argos.....with similar prices elsewhere) but Argos had an offer whereby I could save £70! I looked at a few reviews on this particular Dyson and found that they were very positive indeed. So with that, I headed off for my local Argos and purchased a Dyson Ball DC24.
As the (rather handsome) man in Argos handed me my purchase I was a little shocked by how small and light the box was. I knew the dyson was going to be a lightweight, compact version and that was part of the appeal but I was still surprised and half wondered whether I had accidentally ordered a childs toy Dyson instead.
As I got home I opened the box like a child at Christmas, desperate to give it a go. The Dyson was in two parts so all I had to do was click them together. Very simple and there are instructions if you are easily confused.
The instructions explain the basics and show you how to locate and clean the filters. The Dyson DC24 has two filters, both of which are washable. It recommends that you wash the filters (under the tap) once a month and leave them for 24 hours in a warm sunny place to dry before putting them back in place. I was pleased to see that they were washable as it eliminates the extra expense of purchasing filters. The filters are fairly easy to access and one of them (along with the motor) is actually inside the ball which I was impressed by. In fact the filters are filters specifically approved for allergy sufferers and this has been confirmed by the British Allergy Foundation.
Once I had put the two pieces of my Dyson together it still very much resembled the toy Dyson that my younger brother had owned a few years ago. It was tiny compared to the one I am used to. However, the handle section extends up when you pull it and locks into place so that the handle is at the height needed for hoovering. Weighing just 5.4kg this Dyson really is lightweight. It is very easy to carry around (using the carry handle on top of the cylinder) and is easy to store as it takes up very little cupboard space.
To operate the Dyson DC24 you push on the big red foot pedal and the body reclines ready for action whilst the stabiliser wheels lift up out of the way (magical!). For those unfamiliar with the Dyson Ball concept - the Dyson sits on a Ball (like a small football but made of solid plastic) so that you can move it around the room with ease, turning at any angle or going round any corner by just the gentle turn of the wrist or hand. Although the adverts make it look so easy, it really is! You can steer the hoover around with minimal effort. In fact when my 10 year old brother excitedly had a go his comment was "Why aren't all hoovers like this?! It is so much easier than wheels!" When you go to use the Dyson it automatically turns on the revolving brush head. To clean hard floors or delicate rugs you can turn the brush head off by pressing the button near the handle. The Dyson boasts "constant suction" which is apparently a result of their patented root cyclone technology. However, I cannot disagree as for a small piece of equipment, this sucks VERY well! Cleaning my flat is a breeze and a quick run over the carpet with my Dyson picks up everything. In fact, I am quite shocked by the amount of dust and dirt it picks up every time!
The hose and wand total a length of 2.7m, which isn't huge but it long enough for my needs. It is easy to use this function and the multiuse tool is excellent as it can be adapted to turn it into a brush tool or a nozzle meaning that you don't have loads of tools onboard (that in previous experiences just tend to fall off or go missing!). As the hose isn't as long as on some Dyson models, cleaning the stairs can be a little bit more effort. Obviously you shouldn't put the Dyson at the top of the stairs and it could fall down and squish you (to be fair, this model probably isn't heavy enough to squish you but I still wouldn't fancy it landing on my head). But on a large staircase, you will probably only get halfway up the stairs with this hose - however, due to it being so lightweight and having a powercable of 6.1 metres it is easy enough to hold the Dyson on the stair with you using one hand while you use the nozzle with the other.
The main principle behind Dyson's is that they are a bagless vacuum cleaner. The dirt goes into the cylinder which you can simply empty into a binbag when required. Being a compact model, the cylinder on the DC24 is quite a bit smaller than the larger models. With a capacity of 0.85 litres I do find myself emptying the cylinder after every cleaning session, but as it is so easy to do, this is not really a problem. You push a button to pull out the cylinder containing the dust and dirt, then whilst holding it over a big or in a bin bag you press the button on top of the cylinder which causes the flap at the bottom to open and voila, all of the dirt falls neatly into your bin.
In the usual Dyson style, the cord wraps around the hooks on the back and a small clip keeps in it place. The handle and wand section compresses down at the press of a button to save space. When it comes to storing the Dyson it shouldn't be kept near a source of heat or damp. I do really love the fact that it is so easy to store this model.
I paid £209.99 for this Dyson and have no regrets on parting with that much money. The cleaning power is fantastic. It is so incredibly easy to use and ideal when you have limited storage space. Last week, I took my Dyson in my car to my Dad's house so that I could clean out my car as my flat is too far away from my parked car to connect it to a power supply. Whilst at my Dad's I decided to hoover my old bedroom there. I knew that it had only been hovered a few days before by me using my Dad's old vacuum cleaner when I took out the last of my belongings and no one had been in there so it shouldn't be too bad. I was shocked to find that when I used my Dyson on it, I filled two cylinders full of dust, dirt and dog hair! Clearly my new Dyson is very powerful, despite it's size!My Dyson DC24 is perfect for me. I love hoovering how and I hope that we will spend many happy years together! I fully recommend it for anyone who is short on storage space but wants a powerful, easy to use vacuum cleaner. For familys living in larger houses I would recommend purchasing one of the larger Dyson models, but I definitely recommend a Dyson. They are brilliant!
So to Summarise...
- Ball feature enables easy movement around furniture etc.
- Dirt is contained in a cylinder which is easy to empty and is transparent giving you that sense of satisfaction when you see it picking up the dust.
- Very lightweight at 5.4kg making it easy to carry and move around.
- Handle compresses down and the model is a small compact version making it easy to store.
- 2.7metre wand allows you to reach up high and do the stairs (although you may need to hold the Dyson with you if you are cleaning a large set of stairs)
- 6.1 metre power cord wraps neatly around the back of the Dyson.
- The motorised brush helps pick up the dirt but can be turned off when you are cleaning hard floors or delicate rugs etc.
- Works great on hard floors as well as carpets.
- The filters need to be hand washed once a month but will not need replacing so you wont have to spend money on filters or bags.
- This model includes filters approved by the British Allergy Foundation making it ideal for allergy sufferers.
- It comes with a 5 year guarantee on parts and labour.
- True to Dyson's claim, it does not lose suction
- The onboard nozzle tool adapts to suit your needs so you do not have to worry about switching over tools or losing them!
- The cylinder has a capacity of 0.85 litres so you will need to empty it regularly - if you are a big family or have a large house I would recommend a larger model.
- Not as noisy as other vacuum cleaners that I have used.
- Great at picking up dog hair!
Although it was a lot of money and I know I could have purchased a much cheaper brand, I am glad that I choose the Dyson DC24 and think that it is perfect for my cleaning needs and makes vacuum cleaning fun!
Summary: A great lightweight vacuum cleaner, ideal for flats and small houses.
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