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      14.03.2014 22:28
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      pricey vac

      I have always had Dyson vacuum cleaners and I think that I will continue to purchase Dyson machines in the future. They seem much more advanced than other vacuum manufacturers and really seem to strive to make their products the best on the market. They listen to what the consumer wants and then try their best to make machines that do as we want. The last two vacuums I owned were Dyson, one lasted me twenty years and the other was given to my daughter when she moved into a new house. Both old machines were the stand upright traditional style machines. I decided, for a change to look at the animal Dysons and settled on the DC32 as it really impressed me when I saw it in the store. I quite fancied having a wrap around smaller vacuum as it is much easier to store away and I also find it really easy to push. Dyson vacuums come with a five year guarantee so you get peace of mind for a long time. It is a lot of money to part with when you chose Dyson as the brand of vacuum but it is most worth it.


      ==Cost==


      The vacuum cost £319.00 pounds which is very expensive but you really are paying for cutting edge technology. In addition to the vacuum I received a 'clean and tidy kit' which was worth £60.


      ==A quick look at the machine....==


      The machine is quite heavy at 8.78KG which makes it a bit of a pain to drag around. I did expect it to be much lighter and less bulky to pull around. The machine measures 352mm x 302mm x 491mm. Being only 302mm wide means that the vacuum can sit comfortably on the steps which makes it really easy to use. I thought that I would have to carry the machine and hold it up the stairs however being able to stand it on a single step makes it a doddle.
      The machine has a 2L bin in the centre of the machine that clips in and out. Wrapped around this is a long plastic concertinaing tube and long sturdy tube to adjust to the right height. This allows the machine to work hard on the floor but all you need to push around is the light tube with the cleaning head on the bottom. The accessories and different tools you need are cleverly hidden in different compartments in the machine; around the machine are push in grooves that hold the attachments in place. On the top of the machine is the one button. This is large and red and big enough to hit with your foot so no bending down is needed. The cord comes out the back and it is really long; not long enough to allow me to do the whole down floor without moving it, but it is long nonetheless at 6.5 M. The overall reach with the machine is 10 M. So wherever you are you can do a large circle of movement with a radius of 10M. There is a button on the back that retracts the cord. This is wonderful, I could not cope with winding up flex cords, what a tedious job. Within a few seconds of holding this button in, it has the cord all tucked up and neatly inside itself. To unfold the cord, you just need to pull it out of the machine. There are 360 degree moving wheels underneath so despite the cumbersome size and weight, the machine moves round quite easily.
      The following tools are available for you to use with the machine and really easy to change. On the top of each attachment is a small catch, you push it into the tube to attach it to the machine. Once connected it makes an adible click and forms and airtight seal. To change to a different attachment, simply push the clip down and slide the attachment off. It really is so easy to swap from different head to different attachment and ensures you are always using the right attachment for the right purpose. The crevice tool gives high velocity airflow crevice tool ideal for cleaning skirting boards, picture rails and in between furniture. The brush tool has long thick bristles that dislodges cobwebs and allows the cleaning of awkward corners due to the long flexible bristles. The turbine head is really impressive and is quite wide so you cover a large area in just one sweep. I have wooden floor, lino and carpets in my house and switching between the different floor types is simple; there is a little catch at the front which drops the brushes down or puts them up to assist the best suction and deep cleaning action. The soft bristles gentle clean the wooden floors and maintain a good suction. The last item is the stair tool, this allows you to get it all the nooks and crannies of the carpeted or wooden stairs.


      ==Suction==


      The suction comes in at 280 AW. If this figure means nothing to you then let me tell you that most older dysons has a rating of 230 AW and most other branded vacuums are 200 / 230 AW. This machine is relentless at picking up dust and really goes to town. I was flabbergasted the first time I used it as the machine was picking up dust and hair that I did not even know was there. It brought up my stair carpets so well and really made them look clean. As the bin of the vacuum is see through you will see how much dust you have in your house. I could not believe all the hair and dust going round in my machine. I thought I was a clean person. The downside to the super strong suction is that in my dining room I have a very old rug that was my grandmothers and the Dyson (without showing any mercy) made a section bald. The old threading did not stand a chance and it sucked the fibres from the rug up. As soon as I noticed I stopped but I was very upset at first. I have now come to accept it, the rug is old anyway and it was a bit bald in places from the years it has been walked over. C'est la vie, but let it be a warning.


      ==Noise==


      The machine does make a loud purr but it is not that offensive and it is not overly loud. I can always hear the neighbour vacuuming her house but I doubt it she could hear me, it really does not make that much noise at all. The machine does get a bit louder is the tube gets caught or if there is a blockage. This is the machine struggling to clear the blockage so it sucks a bit harder, in turn sounding more angry and ferocious.


      ==Emptying the bin==


      The bin will not need emptying that often as it is quite large but as it is see through, it will tempt you to empty it more. I do not like the thought of having all the dirt sat there inside it in the cupboard. The bin is really easy to change though and it free unlike the vacuums that need bags bought. First you need to Switch off and unplug the vacuum cleaner before emptying the clear bin. It is best to empty as soon as the dirt reaches the level of the MAX mark, if you overfill this (and it does look like you can squeeze quite a lot more in) you can damage the machine. To remove the clear bin from the machine press the button at the rear of the carrying handle. To release the dirt, press the red button to open the bin.The British Allergy Foundation has approved this product meaning it is a good choice for people with allergies.

      If you are a complete clean freak you can wash the bin out, you can hand wash with a little bit of detergent and then leave to try. Make sure it is completely dry before trying to put the machine back together though as when I did it, it was a bit wet still so when I used the vacuum all the dust stuck to the sides making it more dirty than before I started!
      Other aspects of maintenance include washing the filters. This is the best job as it brings the vacuum back to life and makes it feel like a brand new machine. After cleaning the filters the vacuum has a surge in suction and it really impressed me once again. The filter is found in the top of the vacuum by the bin and looks like a piece of sponge. It has writing on it that tells you which way to put it back in the machine. To wash it, hold it under the tap and let the clear running water flow through the filter and clean it. You will be surprised at how black the water is afterwards. It will sound quite sad but I really enjoy cleaning the filter, I think I need to get out more! The filter should be washed every three months.


      ==Overall==


      I love this vacuum. Aesthetically, it looks good and it looks expensive. It also looks resoundingly like a Dyson but I like that as they are built to last and built with the best equipment. I love how quickly I can vacuum a room and it is not often I have to go over an area once I have run the vacuum over it once. It did take me a while to get used to the different design, after using an upright vacuum for years it does feel slightly odd having a vacuum that has its body on the floor, I first I found it hard work but the more I got used to it, the more I realised it was much more comfortable to use and better at getting in spaces and gaps. I would recommend this vacuum it has really impressed me!

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        23.09.2012 17:18
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        A fantastic investment and a must have for busy homes

        My life before I bought the Dyson Animal DC32 was a constant battle against the build-up of cat hair from our three cats. One in particular, a ginger, seemed determined on making all my carpets and rugs orange. I was constantly hoovering, and our little Panasonic vacuum just wasn't up to the task. In fact, to get the cat hair out of my rugs I used to have to don a pink rubber exfoliating glove and get down on my knees and rub the carpets thoroughly - the little bobbly bits worked wonders but it was exhausting, and time consuming. So really, when faced with my life pre-Dyson, I can honestly say it is a miracle machine!

        I had always wanted a Dyson, but the expense had put me off buying one. Luckily, my partner was working in Curry's at the time, and a limited staff offer meant we managed to get it at a vastly reduced price. I can't remember how much exactly, but it was well under £200. But, to be honest, should this cleaner move on to the great electronics graveyard in the sky, I would happily pay full price for a replacement. It really is worth every penny and is probably the best thing I have ever bought (as you can probably tell, I really do love this vacuum!)

        When it arrived, it was very easy to put together. It came in a few pieces, but all clipped together quickly and easily, so I'm pretty sure everyone will be able to do this with ease. It has several 'on board' tools (the on board bit just means they are all stored neatly on the main part of the vacuum.) Included is a crevice tool, a brush tool and an upholstery tool. Also included was a mini turbo head, which can't be kept on board, and is great for doing stairs and the car, as well as a hard floor tool, which likewise, can't be kept on board. The main turbo head, however, can also be adjusted for hard floors, by simply pulling a large red circle on the head to pull the bristles up. I use all of these tools regularly (except the upholstery tool - does anyone really use that?) It does take up quite a bit of space when all stowed away, but no more than any other vacuum cleaner. The flexible tubing wraps around the main body of the machine, and the hard plastic tubes collapse to half the size and clip onto the end, meaning it is a lot neater than other machines I've used. Bear in mind that the tubes are plastic, as I know some people prefer metal because the plastic tubes can crack (I've wrapped many a cheap cleaners tubes in tape in my time) but rest assured that despite many years of use, not one crack has appeared in the plastic tubes. They are good, thick plastic, and, as one would expect for the price, excellent quality. Like most vacuums these days, the power cord is retractable, and winds up in a flash when you press the button (which my kids love doing.) When fully pulled out, the cord is about 6.5m long.

        I sometimes find the machine a bit bulky to move around, then again, sometimes it glides along like a dream. Just don't take any sharp turns! Some people, such as the elderly, might struggle with the weight (about 8kg.) It is just the right size to fit on the stairs, which is the main reason I opted for this model and not an upright cleaner. The suction is tremendous, and the clear dust bin can fill up fast in a busy household. Luckily, it is a breeze to empty. Just unclip the bin from the machine, hold it over your rubbish bin and press the button on top which opens the bin and empties it. If there are any stubborn bits stuck around the cyclone part at the top of the bin, they can also be removed easily, which also allows you to rinse out the dust bin should you feel so inclined. This model also boasts a HEPA filter which is great for people with allergies or asthma and it is advised that it is cleaned every 3 months or so. It is easy to access - just turn a knob and pull off the covering on one of the wheels. And when you replace it, everything just clicks back into place. I would also advise that you clean the bristles in the turbo head regularly, as if you neglect this job, they can get quite bunged up and stop turning. They too are removable though they are a little trickier to get on and off than other parts of the machine.

        On thing I would mention, and the only down side of this machine, is that it is noisier than any other vacuum I've used. This is mostly due to the noise of the turbo head. However, I can't use it when my kids are having naps or in bed for the night, as it wakes them. And since naptime is the best time to get hosuework done in a house with three kids under 5, it is a little bit irritating that I can't use the vacuum then. However, this is a minor problem,a nd a temporary one too, since they will soon outgrow naps.

        Overall, this vacuum is a sound investment. No bags to buy and a washable, reusable filter means that once you pay the, admittedly large, initial price, you'll have no other outgoings for it. In a busy house with pets and children it is a god send. It makes vacuuming easy and quick, and frees up so much time. It is also built to last and comes with a five year guarantee, so you know you are investing in a quality product. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this machine to anyone who is frustrated with other, lesser hoovers, and reassure you that it is most definitely money well spent.

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          28.04.2012 13:27
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          Perfect for families with children and pets.

          This purchase was an easy one for me. I've always had Dysons and I've always been very happy with them. After my last Dyson broke (it was given to me second hand and I'd had it myself for 6 years) I decided to ake advantage of the Christmas sales and I ordered the Dyson DC32 Animal from Amazon for £199.99. The RRP is £319.99. I decided on this one over the other Dyson models because I have 2 young children, a dog and we have a mixture of wooden flooring and carpets. This one seemed to fit all of my needs.

          The Dyson came boxed with the manual, quick start guide, turbine head, brush tool, stair tool, crevice tool, small turbine head, hard floor tool, product registration card and a free 5 year guarentee card. The instructions were very easy to follow and had lots of diagrams, making it easy to fit the parts together.

          The Dyson looks great and all of the tools fit nicely on to the machine, making it really easy to store. There's 2 buttons on the machine; 1 for retracting the power lead and 1 for turning the machine on and off. The vac is quite heavy, at 8.5kg, but it's very easy to maneuver and easily glides over wooden and carpeted floors. I love the hard floor tool because it's wide but very thin and fits in to all of those annoying places like under the sofas, down the side of the fridge etc. The small turbine head is great for the stairs or in the car and the full size turbine head works brilliantly, picking up all of the crums and dog hair out of the carpets. The dust bin has a 2 litre capacity which is good for what I need. I vac up the ground floor of my house every day and find I need to empty the dust bin every 2-3 days, which I don't mind at all as it's so easy to do. You press 1 button to release the dust bin from the machine and press 1 more catch to release dust from the vac in to the rubbish bin, then just close the lid and click it back on to the machine. The power lead measures 6.5 metres which I found perfect when using it to vac the stairs. No more running up and down to swap plug sockets. Another great feature I like about this Dyson is the way it's shaped to sit on the stairs. Before, I had to try and juggle to vac, the hose and the wand, whilst trying to hold on to the stairs. With this Dyson, it sits on the step, the wheel on one step and the dustbin sits on the step above, keeping my legs and arms free to vac the stairs. It also means that the weight of the Dyson isn't an issue because you don't have to hold it.

          Overall, I absolutely love this Dyson. I've had cheaper vacs in the past, various brands/models, and I've never found anything like the Dyson. It's brilliant and, in my opinion, worth every penny.

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          21.07.2011 14:00
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          Don't think I could go back to another brand after experiencing dyson

          We were bought this hoover when we moved into our first house together - I'd never been interested in housework or hoovering before but once I'd tried this out I was seriously impressed - and my Mum couldn't wait to come round and have a go either.

          It comes with several attachments:
          - A special hard floor head which is great for wooden and tiled floors (which covers the whole downstairs of our house).
          - A carpeted floor attachement which is excellent at picking up all the fluff and debris from our cream carpets
          - A small "pet hair" attachment which is a miniature version of the carpet attachment. Although we don't have a pet I find this particularly good for hoovering the stairs as it covers a wider area than the hose attachment
          - A round bristled attachment which is excellent for skirting boards, door frames and other small dusty areas. I often use it for the head of our bed too, which is suede and attracts dust like a magnet.
          - A standard hose attachment which is good for all the little corners and hard to reach places.

          It's small and really easy to store with the retracting cable, although little heavy so not one to pick if you're not interested in lugging things around the house.

          The only downside is it can be a bit messy to empty, but once you've worked out a system it's fine. All in all a great hoover

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            15.07.2011 08:34
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            ==Dyson DC32 Animal Vacuum Cleaner==


            Being a proud working housewife, since the day of the Dyson release I have always wanted one of these "Super Machines" but could never justify the whopping price tag that comes with purchasing one. However when our old Samsung vacuum was playing up I thought it perfect timing to pop to Argos to buy a Dyson, seeing as they had them on a special offer at the time as well! It was like fate!

            Having just found out the instruction manual that goes with the Dyson model I bought I can proudly say I have stapled the original receipt to it so I know that I paid a price of £199.95 p on the 26/12/10 (quite clearly a fun boxing day had by me!). With a RRP of £319.99 p on this particular machine, it was obviously a very good saving at the time of purchase, although as far as other vacuum cleaners go the price I paid is still far more expensive than the other non- Dyson models.

            The Dyson was really easy to set up and begin to use even though it did come in a few bits to start with. The dust bin area needed slotting into the mechanics of the Dyson, the hose needed slotting into this and then the arm of the vacuum clicked into place while finally the head of the vacuum popped in last. It was all a really straight forward process and if I got stuck, in the instruction booklet there is a fairly clear diagram showing exactly this is done but I should think that everyone would be able to set it up without even referring to this diagram. The fact that it all just clicks into places means that there really isn't any fiddling about or things that need screwing into place.

            The instruction booklet itself is really more of a leaflet rather than a booklet as there isn't many pages and there doesn't really seem to be too much information. After the section on how the Dyson is all fitted together there is a large double page spread about how the special HEP A filter inside the machine needs a washout every three months (should really do it now I'm thinking about it) The filter is located in one of the large wheel sections of the vacuum cleaner and there is a little lock on the side which needs turning open in order to release the filter and for this then to then be washed. After a good rinse out the filter needs a full 24 hours to completely dry out before being replaced back into the Dyson.

            The final couple of pages in the booklet tells how to use the Dyson and gives important information such as making sure the power cable is fully pulled out of the Dyson before use and making sure that the Dyson is turned off and unplugged before the filter or the dust bin is cleaned out or emptied. This seems to be all basic stuff but I am sure that they just have to write all this in this booklet just to cover themselves.

            Along with the booklet and the main parts of the machine there are other accessories that come with the Dyson such as four different heads to choose from, like the Mini Turbine Head Tool which is used for removing pet hairs from small spaces where the main Turbine Head is not appropriate. The other heads you get include a lightweight adjustable wand, an articulating hard floor tool, a small circular brush head extender and a long plastic head for edges and corners of rooms. These tools are all pretty handy and at some stage or another I have used each and every one and they are all really good as working on particular areas around the home. The tool I find especially useful is the one for the edges of the room as without it getting close to the skirting board is not as possible without this.

            The general look of the machine is really rather nice and although this should have no bearing on whether someone would buy the machine I must say that I do like the purple colour of the cleaner and the small size means it fits neatly away into my hallway cupboard It is not the lightest of machines (8.5kg) although it is not exceptionally heavy either. The long arm of the vacuum can extend to quite a lengthy size which means that it can also shrink down nicely to be stored away, again with relative ease. All those extra heads of the Dyson are kept on board the main body of the cleaner except the Mini Turbine Head which is a little large to do this and has to be kept separately. The unit as a whole is fairly compact and similar to my last Samsung machine in size and shape so I was already used to this sort of model.

            Using the machine is still not as easy as I would like (would be better if someone else actually did the cleaning of the house!) but it is far simpler than other vacuums I have used in the past because of the super suction of the machine. Having no animals at home I really only opted for this particular version of the Dyson because of the fact that Harry, my Mums dog, is here a fair bit shedding his hairs and I must admit to thinking that the Animal Dyson's must have to have a generally better suction that the standard machines to suck up all the dog and/or cat hairs it claims to.

            I am not going to go into the ins and outs of the technology that Dyson use it their machines as this is really something you can look into yourself were you considering buying a Dyson. Needless to say that most people do know that Dyson have a special way of making their machines that everyone seems to know just because of watching one of the many TV adverts for any of their products. As well as this modern and unique technology Dyson also offer a 5 year parts and labour guarantee with all of their machines which I feel is another reason to choose a Dyson over other similar types of machines.

            The power cable to the machine is a nice length and at 6.5 meters long which when working together with the long hose length at 3.4 meters makes for a nice reach of the machine and I can do the majority of my flat without having to keep changing the plug sockets like I did with my last vacuum. The power cable is all tucked nicely inside the machine and can be pulled out by hand easily and then stored back away by pressing in, with the foot, the large and chunky rewind button. The button for rewinding the cord is the same shape and size as the power button although the cord button is silver (with a picture of a plug on it) and the power button is a red one with the standard sign for power shown on it.

            I do like the way you can operate the power button and the cord button of the vacuum cleaner with your feet as it means that you can keep your hands free for holding on to the chunky hose and arm of the machine and you don't get yourself into too much of a tangle.

            Once the machine is on, I can't say it is the quietest vacuum especially as the powered brush floor head aspect seems to make even more noise when in use as the cleaner motor turning the brushes does whirr a fair bit and its not the sort of machine that can be used late at night without waking up the little ones or annoying the neighbours! It is far noisier than my last cleaner and on hard flooring you must make sure you push in the large button on the side floor head to stop the brushes spinning around. This aspect of the cleaning is not needed on hard flooring and will make a super amount of noise and possible damage to the hard flooring.

            Moving the Dyson around the flat is a fairly easy to do and with the good sized wheels and more importantly the sort of jointed way the hose attaches to the arm of the machine meaning that manoeuvring the hose around is not necessary at all as it seems to untwist itself as you work the floor either side of the cleaner. The bottom head of the arm does move around easy too and this jointed type of mechanism is what over machines should take on board because it makes the movement of the entire vacuum is much smoother and generally far more comfortable to use.

            The sucking capabilities of the Dyson Animal are really very good and I have to say I didn't realise how little my last vacuum cleaner was picking up because the first time I used this Dyson cleaner I had to empty the dust bin half way through to ensure I wasn't over filling the bin. I found picking up anything and everything from the floor trouble free and there doesn't seem to be anything that won't get sucked up into the Dyson. The clear dust bin does make it easier to see the pieces of stray Lego that I have to fish out of the dirt on a regular basis too!

            Truth be told though the machine does pick up a lot but I find the dust bin itself doesn't really hold as much as I would like it to and the main mechanics of the Dyson seem to take up the main section of space from the dust bin and the 2 litre capacity really isn't enough. I most defiantly have to empty the cleaner each time I use it which is not something I would of needed to do with my last model and I do find this aspect of the Animal Dyson really annoying.

            I do think however that I can overlook this downside of the machine because apart from this I can't really find any fault with it. It certainly does pick up every trace of dust, hair and crumbs that seem to fill our flat on a daily basis! The amount of dirt is often nice to see in the see through plastic dust bin but this does need a clean out from time to time so that it doesn't look totally grimy but to be fair this isn't really that hard to do. I have had to clean the foot head of the machine the most as this seems to get my long hairs and the shaggy rug fluff caught up in it a lot but again this is easy to get unclipped and pull apart to enable the cutting of the twisted up hair and fluff away from the brush inside the head.

            So overall I find that buying this cleaner was really money worth spent. There are not really any major problems with it and the size issue was something I was more or less aware of before I bought this particular model but because of the limited storing space we have in the flat this small cleaner is ideal. The cleaning really is second to none and the ease of the cleaning is far better than other machines I have previously owned. It is noisy but this doesn't really bother me as I feel I am using a proper machine that is doing a great job.

            I am a Dyson convert and can only award this machine a massive top marks score of 5 out of 5 stars and a very high recommendation!



            I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you

            Many thanks for taking the time to read.

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            The Dyson DC32 Animal Bagless Vacuum Cleaner is the ideal cleaning device for pet owners / Root Cyclone technology is here to deliver heavy-duty suction power that never falters, and the turbine head picks up hair from all surfaces / A mini turbine head also lets you give a thorough cleaning to upholstery, stairs or the inside of your car / Four other tools conveniently complete the accessory kit and make the DC32 totally versatile and with the DC32 's total reach of 10 metres, you can clean vast areas in one go / With no bags or filters to replace, sign up for years of reliable dust and hair removal at a fixed budget by equipping yourself with the DC32 Animal Bagless Vacuum Cleaner / Characteristics Type Bagless cylinder vacuum cleaner Power (Watts) 1400 Watts Appropriate power (Watts) 280 Airwatts Bag volume or reservoir (litre) 2 litres Filter type HEPA Ergonomy Telescopic tube Yes Cable length 6.5 metres Others Colours Grey, purple Included accessories Mini turbine head, brush tool, stair tool, crevice tool, turbine head Articulating hard floor tool: soft bristles gently clean wood and delicate floors / The head pivots 180° and has an ultra-slim profile to reach into the awkward gaps between cupboards and units more easily / Dimensions (cm) 352 x 302 x 491 mm Weight (Kg) 8.78 kg / Short name: Dyson DC32 Animal