Product Type: Dyson vacuums
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Nice little vacuum cleaner
Dyson DC26 Multi Floor
Member Name: claire405
Dyson DC26 Multi Floor
Date: 02/12/12, updated on 29/12/12 (74 review reads)
Advantages: Small light and does it's job well
Disadvantages: The hose doesn't stand up in the main body properly
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.
Summary: Great for cleaning a small house or flat.
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