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I bought my Dyson DC25 around eighteen months ago. My last vacuum cleaner was absolutely rubbish and it got to the point where it didn't seem to be picking up at all. I chose this one as I had actually seen another model - the DC24 - on QVC and one of the features was that you can turn the rollers off. I have very long hair and one problem I've always had with uprights is that any hair would get wrapped around the rollers. When I went to Amazon to take a look at the DC24, I noticed the DC25 had the same feature with the rollers but was cheaper at the time, so I went for that one. The main difference between the two is that the handle on the DC24 can be pushed down to make the cleaner smaller, whereas it can't on the DC25.
When the vacuum was delivered, it came in parts. There was the main body of the vacuum and then the front part with the rollers was separate. It was a very easy job to put it together and simply required clicking the roller brushes into place.
The vacuum cleaner is one of those that has a large ball in the base, the idea being that the vacuum easily pivots on the ball, making it easier to clean around corners, without the back and forward motion. My vacuum is the classic grey and yellow Dyson colours, although I vaguely remember seeing a white and green version in John Lewis, which I believe was a limited edition. There is also a purple and grey version available which is the pet version.
The hose is built into the handle and stretches which is useful for getting rid of cobwebs on high ceilings or when vacuuming stairs. There is a large red foot pedal on the back which tilts the vacuum backwards when pressed. The dust canister is clear and on the front of the machine and the two tools included - a small crevice tool with brush and a small upholstery tool - attach to the vacuum so there's no reason they should become lost. There is one design fault in my opinion - the cord of the vacuum needs is wound around the back of the machine and you can't remove the hose while the cord is still wound around. Usually I don't have to unwind the entire cord to vacuum a room and it's annoying to have to take the whole 7.5 metre cord off an have it trailing along the floor.
The vacuum cleaner is simple to use. You have two buttons on the top of the dust canister - power on/off and rollers on/off. These are easily accessible and don't take a lot of force to press.
The vacuum cleaner tilts from side to side on the ball, which took a bit of getting used to. Most of the weight of the cleaner is in the ball, as that's where the motor is. The first time I used it, it was tipping too far to the side, but once you get used to controlling it, it's no problem at all and I had the hang of it by the second use. I do find the ball really helps, especially as I have a rug with a coffee table on it - I can go round the edges of the rug without worrying about banging the vacuum into the table legs. Unfortunately, due to the ball, it's not great for cleaning underneath low items of furniture, such as beds or units with low shelves, as the front is too bulky to do so - although in fairness that's the case with the majority of uprights anyway.
The cleaner is quite good at getting into corners, but for any edges or and hard to reach areas you have to detach the hose from the back. This is easy to do, but the hose, even now, is quite stiff and doesn't stretch out as far as it perhaps should. In fact, I sometimes feel like the hose is pulling me backwards slightly when I'm stretching it out and on other occasions the actual cleaner has toppled over from me pulling at it.
The noise level of the cleaner varies depending on which floor type you are vacuuming. On carpet, the noise is not too bad - on hard floors such as laminate, it is quite noisy -especially with the rollers on - as they vibrate against the floor.
In terms of performance, the cleaner is excellent. The first time I used this I was astonished (and slightly ashamed!) that my carpet came up a totally different colour! At least that highlighted just how terrible my last cleaner had been. It really gets deep into the pile of carpets and picks up everything. I have found it works best with the rollers on, on carpeted surfaces and without the rollers on hard floors. Although with the rollers switched on hair still gets wrapped around them, I don't find it wraps around to the same extent as it did with my last cleaner. It's also easier to pull any hair from the rollers, so it doesn't get clogged up easily. This is an all floor cleaner and I find it works just as well on hard floors, such as laminate or tiles as it does carpets, and due to Dyson's cyclone technology it doesn't seem to lose suction at all, even when I'm vacuuming my entire flat in one go.
==Emptying the bin and cleaning the filters==
It's really easy to remove the bin, just a matter of pressing on button to remove the bin and another to empty it. Once done the bin clicks back into place easily. The dust bin has a 1.3 litre capacity. I usually empty it after each use, just because I prefer it to be empty, but the 1.3 litres is a decent size in my opinion - if it does get full you can see through the clear window. On one occasion I had to wash some sludge out of the bin that builders had vacuumed up and the cleaner seems to have survived that well, although it's probably not recommended you wash it.
The vacuum has two filters. One is over the top of the dust canister. This is easily removed and is cleaned by running under water for a minute or so. The second is the HEPA filter which is located in the ball itself. There is a little door on the ball which is easy to remove, you then take the filter out and clean it. Dyson recommend rinsing it, then shaking and repeating the process ten times. It will need 24 hours to dry. Both filters should be cleaned every three months. I'll be honest, I sometimes leave it longer than that and touch wood, they are still fine.
==Price and Availability==
I bought my Dyson DC25 from Amazon eighteen months ago and paid £229. That price has now gone up to £234.99. Having looked online this seems an average price at the moment, however I have seen it cheaper on occasion in other places since I bought it, so keep an eye out for sales. It is also worth noting that it comes with a 5 year guarantee.
I have to admit I am really pleased with this cleaner, in particular the performance. It cleans better than any vacuum I've owned before and I love the manoeuvrability of the ball. The only downside is the extension hose, which is stiff and doesn't stretch as far as claimed in my opinion, so I would advise any potential buyers to bear this in mind when deciding if this is a vacuum which would meet their needs.
My mum has alwayd had dyson's over the years so I haven't ever had anything to compare them to. When I first got married though and set up home, the price of a new dyson was just way out of my budget so I went for a cheap vax one. I intially thought, how different can it be? It is just a vac all the same. Well how I was wrong. Even just after a few weeks it lost suction, which wasn't too bad in itself but since I had a cat with really coarse white fur, it started to turn into a nightmare. Flat carpets were not too bad, but the doing the stairs was awful as it seemed to take me forever. In the end I got fed up and decided to just get a dyson, and this was just after the rollerball came out.
I think we got some sort of deal on it, (do have a look out for them as some stores offer deals where you can trade in your old vac and get money off a new dyson) but all the same it has been worth every penny, even if I had have paid full price. We went for the purple animal one as we figured we may as well seeing as we would be paying a lot of money anyway and we have not been disappointed.
It uses the same technology as other dyson's, the cyclone stuff (no idea what it means really) but I find it a lot easier to use because of the rollerball. Going round corners and under furniture is a doddle, and the first time vacing up has been (can I say this??!) quite fun. I have the standard one, not the lightweight, but it really isn't that heavy anyway, especialloy when you are whizzing around. I have a friend who does have a lightweight one, and I think the only advantage is when you are dragging up and down stairs, otherwise for normal use, I would stick to this model.
Of course it is multi floor and the bristles for carpets can be turned off, so using it on wooden floors, tiles and lino is great. It saves all that sweeping and bending over with the dustpan, only to find you have missed a bit. It also comes with the typical attachments, one flat one which is about 4-5 inches wide, great for stairs etc, and then a long thin one with a brush on the end, great for corners and under furniture. Although the brush on that one actually clips down too for when you don't need it. With the animal though you also get the greatest attachment in the world. IT clips on and is basically like a mini vac with the bristles that spin round in it. This is so good for the stairs and picks up animal hair with no problem at all.
The electrical wire is also really long, so you don't have to keep swapping plug sockets, and the hose part, you can use with the solid bit, like a stick, or this comes off too, and you can just use the flexi bit, which is great for cleaning the car. One of the best things too though, has to be the emptying as no bags are used, and you literally press one button to unclip the cylinder, and another button to release straight into the bin. No faf, and no muck!
I bought one of these for my Mum as she was so fed up unclogging her old Panasonic I thought it was about time that she discovered how wonderful Dyson cleaners are, and she's not disappointed. Fantastic suction and easy to empty (which you find doing quite a bit due to the amazing power for finding dirt and dust that it has).
I found that when I used it, that it was quite heavy to push around despite the ball, and because of that, unlike some of the Vax vacuums I've used, it has no back wheels supporting it when you pull the handle down to get under cupboards and other places like that. To actually get it to go down properly, you do find that holding your foot on the front while you pull the handle down helps.
When using the hose the attachment could do with some flexibility as it's difficult to get it flat on the floor with out bending.
A nice machine, perhaps a little too heavy for older or more frail people, but quite a decent clean that's only to be expected with a Dyson.
I've always had a traditional upright hoover with my last one being a panasonic. However after its tilt function broke my boyfriend decided to surprise me with a Dyson DC25. It's not the animal version though(it's the orange one) but it is multi floor.
My boyfriend got a really good deal on Pixmania and paid £180.00 for it several months ago. He also did this through topcashback.co.uk and from memory he received another 5% cashback on it so overall a bit of a bargain as this can retail anything from £250.00 in the shops.
The suction power is very good, however I have noticed that on my deep pile carpet it does struggle to pick up cotton and also jumper fluff. Having said that what I do like about it is that you have the option to turn off the brushes on the rollers. This is great as I have a sheepskin rug and also a pure wool rug so with these off this avoids the long hair getting stuck and it is a real improvement to my old hoover.
What does put me off is the fact you can see all the dirt and dust in the barrel which does detach easily for you to empty but I'll be honest and say that I always get my boyfriend to do this as its not a job I relish... I would rather not see everything and do prefer the bag in this instance.
As for the attachment, it is very compact and does pack away all rather nicely. I do have a bugbear with the hose though. As the first part of the hose (about 40cm) is hard plastic when I hoover the stairs I find it quite hard as its not flexible. My old hoover only had about 10cm hard plastic so this was alot more flexible. What I end up doing is hoover about 3 stairs in front of me so that its easier. The hose is long but it only just gets to the last step on the top of the stairs. Again my old hoover did have a longer hose...
Whilst the ball option does appear to be handy I can't say that I've noticed the benefits of this compared to my old hoover. In fact I would agree with one of the previous reviews which does warn you that it might hurt your wrist after a while and I can confirm that if you're not too careful you can twist your wrist and it starts to ache...either that or I'm not using it properly!
Having said all the above though, do I regret replacing my old hoover? No... for me the suction far outweighs any of the disadvantages..
We replaced our previous dyson with the DC25 and have not regretted it for a second. It is great for all types of flooring we have wood laminate tiling and carpets and it is effective in all rooms.
The hoover is very easy to maintain the hoover shows when it is full and is very easy to remove and empty although it can need emptying quite often. The filters need rinsing every three months. This is a very simple thing to doand if you register the hoover with Dyson they even send reminder emails. .
The design of the hoover is good as the tube is narrow at the top so it doesn't allow things to get sucked up that can block the tube. The tube also extends a lot and I can do the whole staircase from the bottom of the starirs which is advantageous. The only drawback is that the top of the tube can become blocked if you suck up to much.
In terms of manoeuvrability the hoover is great it gets round corners and is not to heavy to move. The hoover comes with a matress tool which is very effective. The turbo setting is effective although I do find that without the setting it is not very effective.
I have owned the Dyson DC25 now for 4 weeks - bought from Very catalogue - it had £50 off the RRP in the sale and I got a further 10% off for opening a new account with them so a pretty good "buy now pay later" type of deal. Overall I am pretty impressed - with the cleaning at least although the jury is still out with the design at the moment due to a few small niggles with it, I am keeping fingers crossed I am now over the teething problems I encountered!
Starting with the cons:
The DC25 is heavier than I thought it was going to be however unlike my old vacuum the hose does reach all the way to the top of my stairs so it is not really an issue as I am not having to balance it next to me getting upstairs.
Also the "ball" took a bit of getting used to but it does the job it is supposed to very well once mastered.
Although the hose is long enough to do the stairs with I have found the suction is so strong it feels like I am having a bit of a fight with it at times as the hose gets sucked back in a little.
I also got some hair wrapped around the brush at the bottom which stopped the brushes turning and the vacuum functioning properly until I had unravelled the hair which took a good few minutes.
The most annoying thing that has happened so far (and believe me this caused the Dyson to nearly get thrown out of the window!!) is that the red kick stand at the back slid out of its runners and got stuck in another hole below it which caused the Dyson to not click back into the upright position. I started with the old hit it method to see if I could undo what I had obviously just done but to no avail, next step a search on the internet for this problem and it soon became apparent this was pretty common and I came across a very good little video on youtube showing how to resolve this prolem - so after about 10 minutes of unscrewing the side and pulling on plastic and a couple of trapped fingers, all was well and it stood upright again but very frustrating all the same.
Onto the Pros:
Positives about this machine however outweigh these small things I feel -The suction is fantastic and gives my carpets a real good clean - when I first hoovered my living room (which had been done the day before with my old machine and I thought it was clean!) I got over a quarter of a cylinder full of dirt, hair and fluff - pretty disgusting and scary. I could instantly tell the difference it had made - my carpet looked brand new!
Once you get the hang of the ball and its manouvering it is a lot easier to get round those awkward areas than a machine without a ball.
The tools on this pet version are good I particularly like the crevice/brush tool where the brush tool slides and locks onto the end of the crevice tool handy for furniture and textiles.
I have found this good on all of my floors, carpet, laminate and tiles and certainly gets up the pet hairs that accumulate around the house.
It is very easy to take off and get rid of the dirt in the container it only takes a metter of seconds to empty and your good to go again - I can do my house (albeit it quite small) in one go.
Finally being a girly girl I love the fact this pet version is purple! Not a great reason to part with over £200 but I love it all the same!
All in all a good all round powerful vacuum - pricey, but you get what you pay for - would definately recommend!
I brought my Dyson Rollerball after my other dyson died. (it was 6 years old). The Rollerball is so easy to use, you do not have to put any effort into pushing the machine around. It glides easily and the manoueverabilty is fantastic. I have a serious Back problem so therefore cannot lift or push objects around without causing myself pain. The Dyson is idiot proof, one button to switch on and another to change the brush movements for switching between Carpet and Lino. Emptying the machine is simply the push of a button. Cleaning the stairs is a synch. The hose and wire length is exceptional so I do not have to lift the Dyson up the stairs to clean. Comparing all upright Hoovers when I went to purchase my Dyson. The Vax may have been cheaper but was heavy and lead lengths not as long. Dyson have longer Guarantees. The after sales at Dyson are brilliant. The Dyson is definately my favourite. This is my third Dyson and would pay that little bit extra every time.
I have a number of pets (almost too many to count) that leave fur all over the place and after my vacuum cleaner gave up the ghost i started looking for a new one.
I was originally drawn to the DC25 because of the fact it will pick up animal hair. After using it for the first couple of times i noticed that it had far better sucking power (alright that probably isn't the technical term) than any other vacuum cleaner i have ever owned. My carpet has never been so clean!
It comes with all the attachments on board and they all have places to clip onto the vacuum which is a great thing for me as i usually put things down somewhere and completely forget where i put them.
The amazing thing about it is that instead of having the typical standard four wheels it has a rolling ball mechanism which makes it so much more manouvreable and easier to access to spots you never could without moving the table with a normal vacuum cleaner.
When we moved house recently I decided it was time for a new hoover, I had only ever brought basic one's and they always pack up. Not sure if that is down to me!
Anyway after reading LOADS of reviews I went for the Dyson DC25 Animal.
I am so pleased I did as it is amazing, it's so easy to set up and use, I had it out the box and hoovering within 15 minutes! And wow what a difference it makes! Our carpets are cream and new so not dirty anyway, but after hoovering a room there are hoover marks, I quite like that! Looks so clean!
I brought a extra attachment that is used for dusting and it's great so I can hoover and dust a room all in one go, just a quick change of attachments and then off the floor and onto the shelfs! GREAT!
The attachment that comes with the animal version is great for the stairs it's a mini dyson on the hose! And makes stair hoovering just as easy as the floor!
I have had to call Dyson twice since I have had it one of the times wasn't needed as I was being thick!! But they have rectified the problems straight away and they have an engineer round within 2 days.
This is for 5 years, so for me a hoover breaker it's ideal!
GO buy it!
This machine is AMAZING !!
The suction power is fantastic , the movement of the hoover now that it has the ball is incredible and it is a lot lighter than previous Dyson models.
I have two cats and one very hairy beagle , so this was the first hoover I was directed to. After having a dyson for a few years before this one , I knew I would not be disappointed. The ball makes it so much more maneuverable and it has a smaller , slimer front so it can fit under furniture a lot better than other models. The bristles at the front are covered with a clear plastic so you can see them spinning round and picking up hair and dust.
The problem that I had with it is that the hose is not as long as my previous Dyson and neither is the electrical cord is not as long either.
Again you have to make sure the filters get cleaned or it will not do that good a job. It does take a while to get use to the movement of the ball but afterwards it moves brilliantly and it is lighter.
i traded in my old Dyson for this new DC25 model - i really like the ball idea and it does make steering much easier, however use it for a sustained period of time and you may well find that that the not insubstantial weight of the product really starts to hurt the wrist, particularly on the larger models. Performance is excellent on all surfaces as you would expect from a Dyson but the £240 price tag is extremely high and if it did not produce the best results for that amount of money i would be extremely disappointed. It is engineered very well, a little bit on the noisy side perhaps and the bin is a bit fiddly to remove. It is a really good vacuum but given the expenditure the little annoying faults are just that little bit more obvious i think than if it would have been half the price.
Having recently moved into a new house, carpeted from top to toe, it was time to invest in a new vacuum cleaner. I choose the Dyson DC25 because (a) it was upright and easy to store (b) it was light enough to carry upstairs (c) it has numerous accessories to enable me to get into those nooks and crannies (d) I'd liked the idea of being able see what was being sucked up my vacuum cleaner, also there were no bags to buy or change and finally (e) the excellent experience that my parents have had with their Dyson vacuum cleaner, still working perfectly after 9 or 10 years daily use.
Once I got the product home, I found the initial set up very easy to follow and I was up and running in less than 10 minutes. The Dyson has a brilliant little feature in my opinion ... the possibility to step up the revs to pick up (almost scrub, I suppose) tough areas. Hope you enjoy the machine as much as I do.
a great buy! Ive had a dyson dc07 for over 7 years which i loved, and it finally started to give up the ghost, so i needed a new one. Why dyson? Because i have two dogs, and no other vacuum seems to have a patch on them. The new dyson i have is great. Its very lightweight and compact compared to the old one, and glides around the house effortlessly. Only drawbacks i can find are that the lead could be slightly longer, as i have to change plugs half way through the house, and also, it doesn't like vacuuming up big stuff! It tends to get jammed, and you have to pick it out. I recommend if you have a messy job to vacuum, use the wand, this seems to work well. The wand comes out easily. ive only had it for a couple of months, but its suction is great, and the tools that come with it are good, especially the turbo brush for dog hair. Just shop around before you buy, we got ours for £229 by scouring the internet, and littlewoods sell it for nearly £100 more, so be canny with your purchase!
I was given one of these as a christmas pressie....thanks a lot!! I have used it nearly everyday since christmas, & i cant put it away..lol. Ev eryone laughs at me, because i just wont stop using it.
Cleans up well, scrubs up well, all the good things you can think about a Dyson. It does exactly what it says on the tin..lol.
The best christmas present a woman can ask for, & thats saying something!! Even if some where in the house doesnt need cleaning I will find a good excuse for a spring clean, whether its winter, spring, summer or fall...anytime is spring cleaning day for me!!
I hope you like this miracle cleaner, as I sure do, & as you can tell it does a good clean up for me, as now everything gets a good vacuum everyday, the family have had enough of me...lol cant stop cleaning!!
My trusty 9 year old purple & green Dyson sadly died last month despite receiving the best of care over the years. A 5 year guarantee ensured private treatment during those years and, as I renewed the guarantee for another couple of years, replacement parts were only a phone call away. It was the best and received the best care it could possibly have but eventually, its arteries were clogged and its heart was failing and we had to send it to the big vacuum fields in the sky.
What a dilemma; what should we buy as a replacement? So many on the market all promising the best cleaning ever but we couldn't road test them all. I checked out the Dyson site and was taken aback but the price of a top notch machine £299.00. Wow, that's an awful lot of money for anyone let alone a couple of pensioners so I enlisted the help of Google and went searching. Can you believe it - I found the same model (DC25) at Amazon for £225.75 and FREE Delivery. That clinched it - never one to pass up a bargain & knowing in my heart of hearts that only a Dyson could replace old faithful I bought it.
When it arrived we both held up our hands in horror - D C stands for : Dreadful Colour. brassy gold and orange - with red bits here & there. Yuck. This is the "all floors" model as opposed to the "animal" model which is a pretty shade of purple.
No longer the owner of hairy golden retrievers but with carpets, tiles and wooden floors there was no sensible contest ( apart from colour preference!).
The Road Test:
Well. My Daily will tell you that he has given the machine a thorough testing ( whilst wearing shades) and he is very, very impressed. Firstly & most importantly, the ball. Much larger than we expected and looking just like a small football perched on the front of the machine. Switch on, not too noisy & away we go. Gliding is the only way to describe it, in & out of the chairs & tables - totally effortless and nothing like as heavy as the old machine. Running along the skirting board it picks up right to edge - no need to get the tools out - easy peasy.
The carpet looked as if it had been steam cleaned so over to the kitchen floor - ceramic tiles. Flick the switch to turn off the beater bar and again, an easy gliding motion with exceptional suction power. Wooden floor was exactly the same and a nice clean house was the result.
As with previous Dysons, the tools are all on board so although it goes under most of our furniture it is just as easy to to reach more difficult areas by releasing the Quick-draw Telescope Reach wand.
You can see when the bin needs to be emptied and it is a simple process. In fact, it is very female friendly but my Daily would probably divorce me if I interfered - Boys toys etc!
I am just waiting now for him to go out so that I can get my hands on it but I don't want the job - just want to play with it for a bit. It really looks the biz.
Short name: Dyson DC25 All Floors