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I bought this vacuum cleaner just over a year ago after moving from a flat to a 2 bedroom house. I wanted something that was going to be easy to carry up and down the stairs, but not take up too much space. My house has very limited storage space and most vacuum cleaners are very bulky. This is small - dimensions are 267 x 330 x 210 mm (HxWxD), so perfect.
This is my first Dyson and I wasn't completely sure what to expect from it. Straight out of the box, it gives the impression of a thoughtfully designed piece of kit. All the attachments have a place attached to the hose and so will not get lost and they can easily be swapped around without too much trouble. The rigid part of the hose can also be removed and all attachments can be connected to the end of the flexible part. This makes it easier to control vacuum cleaner when you need to get up close to the area you are cleaning.
All the useful attachments are included:
Flat-Out Tool (the standard flat wide head) - This looks a little on the small side and is much flatter than the head on my previous vacuum cleaner. However, it works brilliantly. It's actually quite handy as it can get underneath low items of furniture with ease. It also has just the right degree of flexibility to easily get under the sofa. Replacements can be bought from the Dyson website for £30 should the need arise. I have not needed to replace it so far.
Combination Tool (the long flat nozzle and dusting tools) - This is a 2 in 1 tool, you get the standard long flat nozzle that you get with most vacuum cleaners for getting into small crevices and there is also a brush tool which slides down over the end of the nozzle for use for dusting. I use this for getting rid of spider webs from the ceiling dusting lamp shades and furniture. It works really well for this. The way this tool clips together is very simple and well designed. Replacements can be bought from Dyson for £10.
Stair Tool - This is a small sturdy head with a velour strips to pick up hairs, the edge also lifts up the carpet pile to improve efficiency of cleaning. I would imagine it would be good for particularly dirty carpets. I don't use this tool much as the Flat-Out tool does a good enough job for what I need. The stair tool can be replaced for £10 from Dyson.
As is standard with vacuum cleaners, this one has a retractable power cord and with 5 metre of cord, you won't find yourself unplugging it every 2 minutes.
The suction is very good and I think it does live up the hype. A couple of downsides to this is that the DC26 is very loud. There is a very strong breeze blowing out of the back of the unit, which can whip up any dust from the floor and put it back into the air. This means you may find yourself having to vacuum again once the dust has resettled.
It has a very sturdy build quality to it and is a very nice shade of blue! It's small and much lighter than it looks (5.3 kg to be exact), which is very handy as you can easily hold the main body in your hand whilst cleaning the stairs. Every removable part of the Dyson DC26 can be replaced, which means should you lose one or if you happen to break one, you don't need to replace the whole unit.
For those who hadn't already heard, Dyson cleaners are bag-less and very easy to empty and clean. The casing around the cylinder is transparent, so you can see the dust building up and you know when it's getting full. It clips off and can be opened so the dust is just tipped away.It can be rinsed with very little effort too. The cylinder does have quite a small capacity, so it need emptying fairly frequently (obviously, this depends on how dirty your house is), but I can live with that, since I wanted a small vacuum cleaner. The cylinder casing and the cyclone assembly can be replaced for £24.55 and £36.24, respectively. Dyson recommended that you remove the filters and rinse them with cold water once a month. Replacements can be purchased for £14.72. These functions, taken together make the Dyson DC26 a very hygienic cleaning system.
Overall, I can highly recommend the Dyson DC26. The RRP is £279.99 from Dyson with free delivery or £229.99 from Amazon, which is where I got it from. I think this is good value for money considering you get a 5 year guarantee. The fact that replacement parts are easy to obtain and reasonably priced means you should never have to buy another vacuum cleaner. The only thing I would say against it is that the end of the hose part is supposed to attach to the main body and stand up as in the picture, but this doesn't really attach to it very well and keeps falling off. It's a shame really because it looks so neat and takes up less space that way.
DC26 Multi Floor is designed for homes where storage is at a premium. It weighs just 5.3kg and fits on an A4 sheet of paper. But choosing a smaller machine doesn't have to mean sacrificing performance - DC26 Multi Floor works like a full-size Dyson vacuum cleaner. (Description of the hoover from the dyson website)
We got this hoover after the first dyson hoover we brought was too big for my mother in law to use if she needed to, so we settled for this hoover as it was lightweight and was possibly a good quality hoover.
At first few or more months it was fine even though the suction could of been better I'm not complaining but the problem I have now because the head is so slim so much dust and hair is getting stuck with no avail I am having no choice but to hoover without the head even when I tried poking the dust out it hasn't helped so I'm really frustrated. I do not think I can return it any more but I will see if I can somewhat replace the head. I think they took too much care to the design rather than practicality because they could of made it lightweight with a proper head.
If your living by yourself or with a partner alone then it probably will be fine for you but if your someone from a 6+ family and need to hoover practically everyday then this probably will not be for you.
Overall I'm not happy I bought a Dyson hoover because I wanted a good quality hoover that would last me a long time, it may be of good quality but I don't think they really thought the design through.
Most new houses have very little storage space these days. However, you needn't worry how you can store this vacuum cleaner because it can fit into a fairly small space. Because this is the cylinder version it does come apart quite easily for storage. The cleaner is small but incredibly powerful. I felt somewhat embarrassed after using this for the first time because it lifted so much dirt off my carpets and rugs. We have a wooden floor in the hallway and kitchen and this vacuum has no trouble adjusting to the different cleaning surfaces. I hate cleaning the stairs because many other vacuum cleaners are heavy and awkward to use. This Dyson only weighs 5.3 kg and it has a 5 meter long hose which is useful if you only have one electric socket in your room or if you are cleaning the stairs. The attachment nozzles are brilliant for cleaning down the sides of the sofa and awkward corners. One of the best things about this vacuum cleaner is the simple way of emptying the dirt out of the cylinder. Obviously you don't need to buy bags with Dyson vacuum cleaners thus saving money and the frustration of not finding the correct size. There is something rather satisfying about seeing all the dirt through the see-through collecting cylinder. I paid £199.99 from Comet but I was assured that this was the sale price saving me £30.This vacuum cleaner might seem a little more expensive than some cleaners but I really think in this case 'you get what you pay for'.
We bought this vacuum cleaner when we moved house and discovered that our new house was seriously short on downstairs storage space.
The vacuum cleaner takes up around half the space of our previously Vax model. Due to the size it is also considerably lighter and easier to manage. It's a mere 5.3 kilos, which is great it you will only have one vacuum cleaner for the whole house and so will need to be constantly taking it up and down stairs.
Continuing the stairs theme, it has a 5 meter hose which means you can leave the Dyson at the bottom of the stairs and Hoover up half way before taking it up the stairs and doing the other half down from the top; no more dangerous positioning of the vacuum cleaner half way up the stairs and trying to hold it in place and hoover at the same time!
Like also Dyson's it is bag less. For me that means 2 advantages. 1. Cost saving as you have no bags to replace and 2. You can see what you've accidentally hoovered up ie, little Lego bits, as the cylinder where the Capet residue is collected is just clear plastic.
The dyson comes with 4 tools, a combi crevice tool which I find excellent for doing the gap between the skirting boards and the carpet. It also has a brush tool for wood floors a stair tool and a flat head tool which I mainly use for getting cobwebs out the corners of rooms!
It comes with a free 5 year guarantee and is recommended by the allergy society. I found definitely recommend this Dyson as the model of choice if you are short on storage space or have trouble lugging much larger vacuum cleaners around your house.
I have had my DC26 Dyson Vacuum for several months and have found it very capable of doing the job I require of it.
Having had Dyson uprights in the past, I have found these heavy and bulky, so this time went for the cylinder style. I can no longer lift heavy things because of a heart condition and the DC26 is very light and compact so very easy for me to lift up and down the stairs, so I don't have to ask someone to do it for me.
I have wooden floors in my house with some rugs and carpets upstairs. The DC26 is excellent on the wooden floors picking up all bits and dust no problem. On the rugs and carpets it does do a good job but I find that vacuuming a little slower is the best to pick up bits on them.
One drawback with the DC26 is it is so noisy, a lot noisier than any other vacuum I have every owned. Also it sends out a hot gust of air from the top of the vacuum and it can get quite warm if you are doing the whole house in one go.
Overall I think for the size the DC26 is brilliant and does a great job.
It isn't very often that I get to try out a vacuum cleaner with a Dyson brand name on it - I don't put my name to the company for freebie prototype vacuums that are sent out to other collectors who as soon as they get them put them out to video blogs in order to promote the machines - or any other brand infact! Dyson vacuums have enough promotion if not also for the fact that the once British company have done more battles in court over other brands advertising than Ivana Trump through divorce proceedings! Nowadays if you want to buy a vacuum cleaner, the name "Dyson" has taken over the "Hoover" brand name because of Hoover's poor reliability and dodgy designs that don't promise what they say they will - in my experience. As a brand I adore Dyson's initative and I love the fact that as a brand, James Dyson went out his way to prove to other brands that he could change the face of constantly having to buy dust bags for his vacuum cleaner. At least with a Dyson you're onto a right thing straight away, right? They are after all a design company who spend hours and years milling away thinking up inventive ways of extending their expertise from eco friendlier hand driers to the less talked about "Contra" washing machine, which was a good design in theory until it came to actual reliability. My second cousin in London had one and it spent more time back at Dyson than in the kitchen doing its job!
Well the DC26 "City" vac is heading towards the same kind of route - after all Which? Consumer magazine has already rated Dyson reliability as merely "average" against what Dyson would have you believe and I'm beginning to see why in such a short time of ownership. Thankfully I've had no faults breaking down with this vacuum cleaner but it hasn't been a bed of roses when it comes to use. It was only launched in 2010 following the possible requests by consumers and existing Dyson owners who wanted a smaller cylinder vacuum fit for small flats, townhouses and the possible luxury bedsit with the limitations of floor space. You'd think that prices for the smallest "baby" of the mains powered vacuum range from Dyson would be cheap but at prices of £192 and upwards, the Dyson DC26 is far from cheap and kind of runs away from the idea that by downsizing a vacuum cleaner by physical size you pay a downsized price, naturally. For this cost you get a wonderfully lightweight vacuum that weighs 5.3kg, but it isn't any more technologically advanced given that there are German brands which have a slightly heavier weight of 5.5kg to 6kg and both the SEBO K1, Miele S4 and S2 cylinder vacuums are just as space efficient as well as being far cheaper off Dyson's list prices. Dyson have copied the Germans in offering a button release on the floor heads and smaller cleaning attachments so that they stay put once locked on, as well. When it came to needing a vacuum cleaner for our holiday city rental, I thought the DC26 could cut it, but whilst the motor has been reliable, the experience hasn't been as reliable as Dyson would have me believe.
Of course the instant argument here when it comes to ways of capturing dust in this modern day and age is the fact that all Dyson vacuums are bagless and so yes, you won't need to buy dust bags. But for all that it has a tiny 0.68 litre dustbin, it means constant emptying if you have tons of dirt to get up and usually this means every time if you have a little one to run after or a pet or just been out shopping and come back at the end of the day. At least a dust bag with FIVE TIMES (general 3.5 litre) the capacity means you can leave it in and take it out when it needs to be emptied and usually takes a month or more before it needs checking. With the Dyson, the dustbin comes off via a well-engineered lock but the dustbin itself has to have a circular refuse bin before dust can successfully fall into the bin or you'll find dust falls out all over the place, even if the bottom door on the bin is about the size of a standard round margarine tub lid.
So far in the two and a bit months I've owned the DC26, pet hair tends to cling on top of the filter shroud inside the clear bin and this means the bin has to be taken apart to avoid getting a wooden spoon out to dislodge what is left over. Yes, I can see a dust bag would be better here at the very least! Particularly when used in a rental holiday property where the damn thing has to be constantly emptied "during the holiday break." The filter care is slightly easier though with just a twist to unlock that reveals a "lifetime" HEPA filter that is at least washable. But with all brands that do this, you have to wait until the filter is dry before it can be washed. Lifetime filters don't really exist though - the filter replacement will eventually have to be washed and is determined by the kinds of dirt your Dyson will be put through its cleaning life. If cleaning after a pet or made to pick up harder dust particles like DIY and garden dust brought into the home, the filter on this Dyson needs to be inspected regularly as it can clog up quicker than its "lifetime" promise guarantees. The filter on mine already clogged up when it was made to pick up plaster dust following a recent water leak from the flat above and whilst it was no surprise that the filter clogged up, this was followed by a distinct lack of suction.
Performance wise, the suction from the DC26's eco-friendly 1300-watt motor is very effective - until unwisely the dustbin starts to fill up again. Now, as I recall all those years ago, I never had a problem with dust filling up on my Dyson DC04 upright - one of the best vacuums I've ever owned even though it did have other problems - and the suction never cut out or weakened - a further fact that was forever advertised with the original Dyson suction formula. Yes there are the root cyclones for all to see, highlighted by the wonderful glossy and gleaming dark blue mounds at the top of the cyclone design but it doesn't leave a good taste in the mouth when the bin needs constant emptying or filter checking. ALSO Dyson UK have been savvy in marketing - their Japan models all have the smaller and far more efficient Digital motors fitted whereas U.S and U.K models don't. I can't think why this is the case other than bowing down to far smaller efficient motors that would last longer, thus cost more for buyers to buy into and probably decrease the sales of older models. Sadly for the DC26 suction seems to weaken after the bin gets really full with dust and that means the joy of emptying it again, even if it does have a bottom release trapdoor with the release button located at the top. The floor head is perhaps however the worst aspect of the Dyson DC26.
The floor head is a rather flat affair with lint pickers added for getting hair up but it's thinness which is purposefully engineered to get under the lowest of appliances really struggles to stay flat on the floor made worse for the fact there no pedal or switch to push brushes onto the floor for hard floor cleaning. Made of cheap plastic, it doesn't inspire quality either and squeaks awkwardly on hard floors whilst carpet dust is a joke, requiring 3 to 5 passes before deep dirt gets a chance to loosen before being sucked up. Is this actually a Dyson I have before me?? Dyson have clearly engineered a fantastic idea here and then fitted cheap tools that aren't well thought out, pulling the wool over buyers eyes unless they are lucky enough to test it on the shop floor (Comet and John Lewis time, then!) before purchase. You do get three smaller cleaning tools; short crevice tool with a slide out dusting brush and a flat upholstery tool but they all sit on a flimsy plastic tool storer that clips onto the main suction tubes - which, if you know me by now - and you've guessed it - tools can fall off in use. At least the tubes are telescopic to adjust to height but again their thicker size plus the handle means cleaning can be bulkier compared to "old fashioned" more traditional vacuums that have been designed better.
There are other surprises along the way though. Being compact in size means a compact amount of power cord and you get only 5 metres here which means plenty of plug hopping unless your flat or posh townhouse is sufficiently small enough to get around. There are smaller wheels, which suppose to allow the Dyson to work in the smallest of places, but the large fixed wheels at the rear compromise the design. Cleaning stairs isn't a problem due to its purposeful design although it is weird that the handle to the vacuum is sited towards the rear for all that Dyson have used the same design element as their bigger cylinder vacuums. The hose that Dyson have also presented here measures 1.5 metres and it isn't very easy to clean with when it comes to doing floors, having to constantly pull the Dyson behind me even if the hose does stretch out and is crush proof. The Dyson hose also has a swivel joint at the top of the far-too-oversized handle that really makes my hand sore each time I go to clean with it. It also allows the Dyson DC26 to flip over because the hose is thicker, wider and heavier than the main body it is locked to. This isn't a vacuum that you know is going to survive by its higher strength PVC plastic alone, so it's just as well Dyson have built the DC26 to a higher standard which won't deter the finish thanks to the over complicated swivel hose, too big a handle and a tendency for the DC26 to fall over when the swivel part turns the other way and doesn't agree with my controlled hand and intended direction.
When it comes to storing, at least the DC26 is a master of this (by body alone it reminds me of a pair of short height snow boots where size is concerned) even if the hose once compacted up takes up a bit too much height than I thought it would. Take the hose out however and the body of the DC26 is far smaller than the hose jutting out when it's fixed on - but what a palaver having to do this to get the best space efficiency out of something that is supposed to be, by its very design concept, space efficient.
At the end of the day, the Dyson DC26 is a wonderfully small compact cylinder vacuum cleaner by design, let down by the lack of thought put into its main cleaning tools and a hose that is too bulky for its own good not to mention a high noise motor that puts out too much hot air. The plastics of shiny silver grey with blue contrasting paint and clear switches makes the DC26 look space age and on that value alone, those who adore stylish machines will fall in love with the cutesy little Dyson the moment they see it and that it can fit in the palm of my hand with the rest of it such as tubes, hose and handle disregarded makes it one of the smallest vacuum cleaners I've ever had the joy of owning. It's cute, it's very compact but when it comes down to usage it doesn't make life as easy as it should. End of the day it is clear to see what secondary ploy Dyson are making here - trying to make more money off the back of the consumer - and that's shocking for a company who promote themselves on design and being technogically advanced. For the fact that the tools and floor head only lock on, it means you can't fit an additional turbo brush tool on unless you spend specifically £45-89 (part number 916094-01) on a Dyson tool that would give this baby vacuum cleaner much better pick up on carpets and befit the "Multi Floor" name it comes with, properly since the turbo brush also has a brush on/off function suitable for hard floors. It kind of begs the obvious question on whether the most expensive "baby" space saving vacuum cleaner is actually worth spending close to £200 on, only to have to spend an extra £50 or so on another attachment that would improve its performance on carpets? Not all luxury pads have hard floors exclusively, Dyson! Of course you get a 5-year guarantee, but at the end of the day, it really isn't good enough to consider when other brands also offer the same guarantees, much more features and a better thought out design, with certain brands offering more than one floor head factored into the final cost price (SEBO's K1 Komfort springs to mind here).
If you must buy a compact vacuum cleaner for a small home, there are plenty of other alternatives around and whilst the Dyson DC26 is a good design on paper, when it comes to actual use, I'd have preferred the more traditional smaller tubes and hoses that Dyson has slated in the past as being too old fashioned. Yes, using a bag may also be old fashioned but it is healthier; takes longer to fill up and some other rivals do it better with quieter motors, less air blast and far better thought out tools - without paying through the nose for a compact shape which then struggles to get by because of a bulkier tube system and an oversized handle that doesn't provide comfort in use, passing off the owner's control through the floor head that can't sit properly and a tube system that is difficult to store. Oh, and this model can't use the additional car cleaning kit that Dyson sell - also making it pretty useless for any future upgrade or versatility. Sometimes it doesn't "have to be a Dyson" to get the best out of a vacuum cleaner, no matter what size it is and the DC26 Multi Floor proves this through difficult use. What a pity! Thanks for reading! ©Nar2 2011
The Dyson DC26 Multi Floor Vacuum Cleaner benefits a reduced bulk / But this small-size device will deliver the same high performance that has made the reputation of the Dyson brand / Thanks to Root Cyclone technology, suction power never decreases and only allergen-free air is expelled / You can be sure to have no extra expenses, as the DC26 Multi Floor Bagless Vacuum Cleaner is a bagless vacuum cleaner / That's years of efficient cleaning at a fixed budget! Characteristics Type Bagless cylinder vacuum cleaner Power (Watts) 1300 Watts Appropriate power (Watts) 160 airwatts Bag volume or reservoir (litre) 0.68 litres Filter type HEPA Indicator for bag content Visible transparent collector capacity level Ergonomy Telescopic tube Yes Cable length 5 metres Others Colours Grey, blue Included accessories Combination tool, stair tool Bag reference Bagless Dimensions (cm) 267 mm x 330 mm x 210mm Weight (Kg) 5.2 kg / Short name: Dyson DC26 Floor