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Dyson DC25 Animal
Member Name: hpsauce79
Dyson DC25 Animal
Date: 20/09/11, updated on 20/09/11 (26 review reads)
Advantages: Easy to push and very light
Disadvantages: expensive and not great build quality
People seem to fall into two camps, you either love Dyson or think they are over priced for what they are. We had one before but it was very heavy however we thought we would give this ball version a try.
The vacuum itself is nice and light and the handle on the top is very comfortable for pushing it around with. When not vacuuming it is easy to move around on the two "stabiliser" wheels on the back but the mechanism for engaging them can be a bit temperamental which can make it a pain to stand up.
We have woven carpets which the hair from our two GSD's gets stuck in and to be honest the vacuum does take a few passes to get them out although it is 100% times better than what we did have, it is suppose to be best on pile carpets.
I am still not sold on the ball bit being more of a gimmick. It does push around and change direction really easily but I never found the standard vacuums that hard to push around so I wouldn't buy it just for that.
The cylinder is very small and we have to empty it every second day but at least this shows it is picking up a lot of the dirt and hair, much more than the old vacuum.
We have two sets of filters and change them over every two weeks as they do seem to improve suction when they are washed, they are very easy to change. We have an extra set as they take a while to dry and with the dogs we have to vacuum every day so can't wait for them to dry.
The cable is shorter than the old Dyson which is irritating as the old one use to stretch around the whole downstairs from a central point, the hose is also shorter and doesn't reach all the way up the stairs. It has a button next to the on/off button for turning on and off the brush bar so it can be used on hard floors.
The only really great improvement is the brush on the crevice tool. You just push it over the end and you can do all the window sills, fireplaces, tops of books without worrying about scratching them.
We have had the engineers out twice due to a seal that keeps going on the cylinder but he said it is not a common fault and it has been fine for 6 months. We have also changed the brush bar as it was worn but as we vacuum every day this isn't surprising and it is easy to get all the different parts.
Over all it does a good job and with the 5 year warranty any problems have been dealt with quickly but I am thinking of trying a Meile when this packs in as everyone raves about them with pets.
Summary: Better than a standard vacuum but no wonder vacuum
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