Newest Review: ... having a sharp word with myself, plugging it in and putting it through its paces. I should have had more faith in Dyson. They have made a... more
Member Name: Ladyboosh
Advantages: Compact, light, efficient.
Disadvantages: The dust compartment gets full quickly.
I was so tired of lugging my old upright vacuum cleaner around and having to risk breaking my neck when hoovering up or down the stairs that when it final gave up the ghost I said a little prayer of thanks and ordered myself a brand new Dyson. The Dyson City DC26, multi-floor, ultra lightweight bagless cylinder cleaner was £180 on Amazon and I was beside myself with excitement when the courier delivered it a few days later. My excitement quickly turned to scepticism, however, when I clocked how small the box was. Discarding all the packaging inside I was shocked to find that the body of the cleaner, which housed the motor, wheels and dust cylinder was tiny. In fact it is small enough to sit on a sheet of A4 paper! Attached to this miniscule piece of engineering was a hose and an adjustable cleaning head which appeared to be quite flimsy in design. I sulked for a bit, muttering about how on earth this tiny vacuum cleaner was going to be able to cope with the amount of mess three kids and a moulting dog make on a daily basis, before having a sharp word with myself, plugging it in and putting it through its paces. I should have had more faith in Dyson. They have made a fantastic little machine.
Not only does it look good, the unit is dark grey with the motor being a brilliant metallic colbalt blue, but it performs brilliantly on all surfaces. I have carpets of varying pile types upstairs, quarry tiles in the bathroom and a mixture of cushioned lino and rugs downstairs which the cleaning head coped with really well. It is, in fact, not flimsy at all, as I initially thought but has proven to be sturdy and useful, being flat enough to fit under most of the furniture in my house and the swivel joint which attaches it to the hose makes it possible to get all the way underneath the sofas, which is a real bonus. I'm of average height and the handle is just right at its longest length, so it may be a problem if you are very tall.
There is a handy quick release trigger at the top of the handle which immediately stops the suction if you accidentally hoover up something you didn't mean to. This is a great feature and other hoover manufacturers should take note. It is no joke trying to retrieve a sock from a bag full of dirt! The handle itself is chunky and it is easy to guide the cleaning head around the room without hurting your wrists. There is a slot in the body of the hoover where the handle can be attached for easy storage and as you can imagine being so compact it takes up very little room.
Stairs are a breeze with this little beauty. It is small enough to sit comfortably on each stair and the cord is just long enough that I can do all the way down with the machine still plugged in upstairs. The handle can be shortened to make it easier and the stair cleaning head has sharp, straight edges so that you can get right into the corners of each stair. It deals with dust and dog hair easily and is a million miles away from the back breaking experiences I had with my old upright. Along with the stair attachment there is also a long thin head with an optional brush for getting into narrow spaces and sucking up cobwebs. These sit in a holder which attaches to the main handle so you always have them to hand.
Now for the downsides. Just a few little niggles. As you can imagine the dust cylinder is very small so it has to be emptied every time I hoover, however, this is very easy to do. You just unclip the unit from the base and by pressing a button the contents are released without you even getting your hands dirty. Easy.
The cord rewind button is very feeble and has got more lethargic with each use. I now have to manually push the cable into the housing to help it along. Having said that, it does save you from getting whiplash from a flying plug when the cord is sucked in at great speed!
And lastly, the two filters have to be removed and washed once a month. They then have to air dry for 24 hours before they can be replaced into the machine. The instructions stress that this is very important to the efficiency of the machine, though they never seem to be very dirty when I do wash them, but although this is a bit of a pain, the bit I find most difficult is remembering to put them back in before I use it again.
All in all the great features outweigh the niggles easily. This is a superb design, light, easy to use and Dyson give really good customer service. What's not to like?
Summary: A little cracker!
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