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This is the second dyson I've owned of this model. The first one lasted a good few years but in the end the extentable pipe tore and the suction wasn't as good as it once was (yes, I know the adverts state 'no loss of suction'). I however have found that, whether it's just me this happens to, you do actually get some loss of suction over time.
That said, when they are working well, they do work very well indeed. Before I bought my first one, I had been using a cheapish pull along and when I first used my Dyson, it actually looked like I'd had my carpets cleaned. The amount that they can suck up is quite incredible, getting at dirt deep down in the carpets.
Sometimes it's suction is a little too strong! The amount of items I've 'accidentally' hoovered up amount to quite a considerable number! Avoid going too near curtains etc with the hose as it eats everything up for breakfast, or at least tries really hard too!
The barrell is super easy to empty. Just press a catch and it's off. Press another catch and the bottom pings open for you to empty. Then just click the barrell back on it's base.
The disadvantage with this particular Dyson, is that when you use the hose eg on stairs, the hoover itself does keep on falling over as the tube is quite tight and not very 'elastic' so when you pull the tube the hoover automatically wants to follow!
There is also a switch for when using on hard floors such as laminate which is a great feature to have.
The filters are straightforward to clean and should be done at least every 6 months. Everything you need to know is explained well in the instructions.
The hoover belt, if it snaps is not easy to do alone. I managed it more by luck and determination than anything but it is more of a two man job.
Overall I think Dysons are worth owning, if you can get one on offer at a good price.
When our last vacuum cleaner died my husband persuaded me to buy a Dyson. Two years on I am very happy that I did.
We live in a flat which also has a small entrance and steep stairs. We have carpet in most rooms apart from the kitchen and bathroom which are tiled and the nursery which is laminate. The Dyson copes well with all of these flooring. This is really important as we need to have a clean environment for our son. The Dyson seems to suck the dust up easily which you can plainly see in the cylinder. It is also great for when my son spills cereal all over the kitchen tiles!
My husband being a large chap had no problem pushing the Dyson around with ease and although at first it did feel heavier thn our old cleaner I quickly adapted to it. It is fairly easy to push around the rooms and the handle comes free of the main body of the Dyson and gives you the ability to get under sofas and cupboards which I find very useful. This ability is great when I am cleaning our bedroom as we have an ottoman and small unit which means the gap between them and the bed precludes the Dyson being pushed through. For a quick hoover I can therefore detach the handle and do a quick sweep without the bothr of lifting the Dyson over the bed. This is doable but it is quite heavy to lift. I use the same feature for cleaner the stairs but although the stretch is good I couldn't do more than the first few steps as the Dyson starts to roll backwards and I wouldn't want it falling on me on the stairs! Fortunately we have a small hand held Dyson too so I tend to use it on the stairs.
This is very simple and it is very easy to see when you need to empty the Dyson thanks to the see-through cylinder. I love not having to fiddle around with changing bags.
I really like my Dyson and the only criticism in it isn't great on our stairs but I think that would be the case for any upright cleaner. It isn't cheap but for reliability I think it is worth the money. I cant recall the exact figure but believe it was around £250 although I did a quick check on Amazon and see they are selling there for £299 mark.
I bought this when my old DC14 animal gave up the ghost. From the moment i started it, you can feel the power of the hoover. The suction is excellent both from the base and from the wand. Its perfect for picking up dog hair, which many hoovers do not. The telescopic reach wand is a must for reaching curtains, high ceilings and cobwebs without climbing. The length of the cable is long, i can do all downstairs without unplugging. The ease of emptying the bin is great, just pull the hand and it all empties and you dont need to get dirty at all, so hygienic. Another good plus point is if the brushes get clogged with hair etc, its so easy to unscrew the soleplate with a 2p piece and clean them and its good to go again. I like the inboard tool storage too,, which saves loosing the small tools All round excellent hoover, only downside i found is that its a little heavy, so carrying upstairs can be tiresome.
This is the first dyson I have ever owned, I always wanted a dyson as they have such a good reputation. For the first year it lived up to that reputation. It did an awesome job every time, very easy to use, incredible suction, the different heads to put on are a nice feature. They really do work for things like pet hair etc. It made our house spotless for a long time. Recently though it's been having a couple of problems. The suctions not the same as it used to be, it misses a lot of things on the floor and takes quite a while if I want it spotless. The no bag cylinder is a great feature, very useful and makes emptying it so much easier. I believe it's supposed to have a 5 year warranty and as I've only had it for a year and the suctions already gone down i'd give it a 4/5.
Having never had a Dyson until last year I had never realised what I was missing until I got mine.
Having two cats I have to vacuum regularly to get rid of cat hair, bits of litter tramped about, dirt trampled in etc, not to mention the mud tramped in by my son and general crumbs & mess! When using any other type of vacuum you may think you have got your carpets clean but once you use a Dyson you will realise just how much dirt you have been missing! Starting from a seemingly clean floor I used the Dyson for the first time and couldn't believe how much dust, dirt & hair it picked up! Due to the clear cylinder you can see just how much dirt there has been lying around your home!
So, to give a general summary of this product........
1) It really does do a brilliant job of picking up dirt from your carpets, this is plain to see and my carpets certainly looked much better after using this than when using other types of vaccums.
2) It is extremely easy to empty and it is great not to have to mess about changing vaccum bags etc. It literally takes two minutes to empty with minimal mess.
3) My only criticism of it is the tube / tools bit of it. Rather than having a bendy tube attached which you can fit various nozzles and brushes to for cleaning in corners, or vacuuming your furniture and curtains etc, it actually forms part of the handle. This means that is is very tricky to use and is not flexible like you need it to be. It is a shame because the main vacuuming function of this is brilliant, but with regards to the tools etc it is a real pain to use and I find it easier just to use a dustpan and brush for some things instead.
could not believe the difference between the Dyson and all the other vacuum cleaners we have owned over the years! The first time we used it we were amazed at the amount of dirt and dust that came out of the carpets, and we thought our house was clean. All the tools and extension nozzles take a bit of getting used to, especially if like me you never read instruction books, but you will find that everything has been thought of and beautifully engineered, don' t think of hoovering as a household chore any longer, think of it as a journey of dustbusting discovery.you can probably tell that I am a Dyson fan, but if I had to pick the best things about this cleaner they would be; the suction, that it adjusts itself to different floor surfaces, and the best, best thing is that there are no bags, just remove the cylinder, hold over the bin, press the button and that's it, no more replacing bags
My last hoover was also a Dyson but I had not realised how old it had become until I bought this new one and the amount of dust it hoovered up immediately.
I find the hoover incredibly loud however my family tell me that although it is loud it is my good hearing that makes me find it too much.
I have to empty the holder after hovering each room and I hoover every day sometimes twice a day.
Due to the strength of suction of the hoover you need to be careful around carpets which have tassels on the end as it chews them up and gets stuck as well as making an awful noise.
The attachments are useful especially the brush which helps to access hard to reach areas . It is relatively lightweight and moves around easily.
The lead is lovely and long meaning you do not have to constantly plug and unplug the hoover.
It picks up so much dust that you begin to question your eyesight!!
After using this for a good-while now I feel best-placed to give a premium review, and I must say that I'm thrilled with this purchase. This purchase is a must, and without owning a Dyson you're doing yourself a disservice, especially considering you don't need to outlay for cleaning bags, possible replacements (like we have had to in the past) and its performance is fantastic.
The suction on this machine is fantastic, and it gives the best and deepest clean I've seen, whereas with other machines you get a surface clean. The suction is still performing as-new until this very day, which is something we've not had in our old machines, such as henry (bless his heart ;)), this is especially notable owing to the amount it gets used - due to OCD - because other machines would have started to pack up. Again, this shouldn't be a worry especially with the free five year guarantee!
The capacity of the machine is great, and doesn't often need clearing, which is notable considering how well the suction performs, and even if it did need clearing often it's not as if you have to outlay on cleaning bags, which means it's an economical purchase. The cleaning is very simple too, all you have to do is simply remove the bin - which is usefully clear, so you can see exactly when it's reaching capacity and therefore when you need to clean it - and hover over a bin and simply press a button!
The build quality is fantastic and is as new even though it's been knocked around and been dragged up and down the stairs, perhaps this is owing to the fact that some parts use the same material as is used for riot shields - or so I was told by the sales assistant. The machine is light, or at least for me, at 8KGs (without the bin being full) and it's effortless to use not requiring a great deal of energy. The cord length isn't lacking either, at just over 9 meters, meaning I don't have to mess around unplugging/plugging in the vacuum when I go from bedroom to bedroom, however, this could be due to my smallish house.
The tools it comes with are easily adaptable - therefore meaning that the user-experience is joyful. The wand it comes with is a great length and makes cleaning the ceiling/skirtings/etc very easy, which again makes the user experience that more enjoyable! The attachment for the stairs is a great help, and makes cleaning the carpet on the stairs that much more effortless, which is very useful when OCD has me doing it a couple of times a day!
I'll conclude by saying this is the greatest vacuum I've used and will recommend it to anyone due to its long lasting - durable - nature, and its ease of use. Oh and it's not a wonder why this vacuum was rated the Which best-buy of April 2011.
I have owned this Dyson model for some time now and can honestly say that it is one of the best vacuum cleaners on the market. For me it's about ease of use and reliability. When the unit is upright it is light to use - no back strain hauling it about - picks up even the tricky things like a bit of thread stuck to the carpet - and is easy to maneuvre in around the skirting boards (which are dust and dog hair collectors). I have a black labrador and it this vac clears the carpets and laminate in a flash. I especially love the function where you can use the hose as a pull out item & attach any of the various accessories (brush, wand, etc). The hose has a good length to it & you can add to that again by attaching the rigid stand from the back of the unit. The suction is excellent hen using either the hose or the unit in it's upright (normal) position. The bagless emptying system is second to none. I bought a cheap vac that looked like a Dyson for about £180 a year or so back ... you had to clean 5 filters everytime you used it. I got fed up with that & it blew up after a couple of months. This taught me that buying what looks like a dyson for a bargain isn't really a bargain! I would recommend this Dyson to anyone ... and the fact that it's never let me down despite me using it for a house with a dog in it surely proves my point.
after my old DC04 had started to see better days i decided an upgrade was in order and decided on this model. the first thing i noticed when i started to hoover was that it lifted my carpet, the suction is that strong!
i used a bag of the Dyson zorb about a week after i got the machine and it left the carpet looking excellent.
anyway about the machine, it has excellent suction and is very easy to dismantle and clean as it all comes apart, there are very few parts that you cannot remove and clean. this is very handy if you like me have a messy little girl and end up hovering up something messy! the hoover itself looks like new after over a year and has never let me down. the canister is very easy to empty with just a single button push.
My only dislike is that the hose "pulls back" because the suction is so strong! but this is not a problem unless you're hoovering the stairs.
i would say that Dyson are much more expensive than other brand, however, the hoover is of a far superior quality my DC04 was still working and is still working now as i gave it to a friend. i expect this one to live on just as long
my recommendation is to empty the canister after each use to ensure that the suction remains good and so that there are no nasties that may grow in the dust between use.
an excellent hoover.
JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT YOUR CREDIT CARD MIGHT SURVIVE CHRISTMAS
Well, I guess it was only a matter of time before our 11-year-old Dyson DC 01 - their original upright model - started to let us down. I'd turned a blind eye to cosmetic details like the loss of the yellow hubcaps, and the fact that the dust collection drum now had to be held in place with a bungee-rubber, having snapped the catch off a while back. I even forgave it seemingly breaking down only to find that if I shortened the power cable by a couple of inches, and reconnected it that it worked again. Cable entry seems to have been a long-term problem, given the knock-about life the lead can expect. Even the hooks provided encourage you to introduce a twist to the cable as you stow it away - ask a sailor how to do it properly.
This time, I'd checked the fuse, tested for cable continuity, tested the switch for operation, but despite my best diagnostic efforts armed with a test meter, I was forced to conclude that the motor was dead.
As luck would have it, the Dyson DC 33 (Multi-floor) which seems to be the nearest equivalent had been reduced to £179 from £229 in Comet and Currys. I could have done without this occurring within days of Christmas and my wife's car's annual service and MOT pending, but heh, that's what credit cards are for! If I recall correctly this is actually less than I paid for the DC 01 in 1999. I'm guessing that deserting the UK and switching production to Malaysia might not be entirely unconnected with this.
...but in this case, I'm glad to state that I don't mean in the American sense, unlike the Flymo garden vacuum I bought and wrote about a few months back.
As I'm swapping one Dyson for another, it's more difficult for me to enthuse over its cleaning abilities, since in my own mind they're already well-documented and what I've come to expect. What I will say is that, after a few days of making do with what used to be jokingly known as a 'cylinder cleaner' with no beating action, and thinking it had done an OK job, the new Dyson's first pass over what I considered was a clean carpet produced quite an impressive harvest of muck.
There are several ways in which the current design is superior to the old one, and a couple of key ones in which it isn't.
It now has seven 'cyclones' instead of two. I'm guessing that this increases its suction power, otherwise why do it?
You can now turn off the beaters to suit hard floor - the older model which was never advertised as 'multi-floor' - it just banged up and down to follow the surface, presumably with its level preset as some sort of compromise.It's useful to note that 'beaters' were (and are still) just brushes, not metal beater bars to vibrate* the dirt loose, and I suspect that this is how I've gotten away with going over the kitchen floor tiles without cracking something.
(*Remember the Hoover commercials? "All the dirt, all the s!*t, Hoover gets it every bit, Hoover beats as it sweeps as it cleans!")
Emptying the clear acrylic bin is now a much tidier affair, with a button on top that allows a hatch at the bottom to drop all its contents into your eagerly-awaiting dustbin bag. Previously, you had to up-end the bin and risk dropping dust all over the cleaner itself as you removed it.
You now seem get a lot more mains lead, enabling me to range over the whole downstairs from one strategically-placed socket. Of course, I haven't had to shorten it yet!
Blockages are now a lot easier to attend to. Previously, I had to undo several screws to gain access to the beaters, should something liked cotton get twisted around it. Now, I release a couple of twists and I'm in! The instructions also show how to 'pose' the machine to give you the best access to check for blockages.
BAGLESS, YES, MAINTENANCE-FREE, NO!
There still seems to be a school of thought that a bag-less vacuum cleaner is the be-all and end-all of it. A friend on mine claims that he'd never buy another Dyson as his just seems to be 'a way of redistributing dirt around his lounge'. When questioned on whether he'd ever checked it for blockages and/or changed the filters, he replied with 'Filters? What filters?'
I have to admit even eleven years back that I was a little disappointed to find that something which claims to extract all that dust with no need for a bag still needed filters, but these are for the purpose of putting nice clean air back into the room and past the motor. Yes, they do block eventually, and in the case of the DC 01, they were a replaceable and chargeable item until washable ones were introduced. With the 'HEPA*' filters supplied on the DC 33, they are washable in the first place. You are advised to wash these at least every three months. To my shame, I (we) used to let my old Dyson overheat and turn itself off for 30 minutes before I'd take the hint. Now, I'm a model of efficiency and mark this auspicious occasion on the calendar!
(*High-Efficiency Particulate Air)
THE DOWNFALL OF BEING UPSTANDING
With the best will in the world, there's no way an upright cleaner will get under low-slung furniture as well as a hose and attachment. Yes, the Dyson DC 33 does bend quite low - assuming you can - but its own bulk still means that it's still only possible to push it about six inches in under something a typical one foot off the floor, say a chair. Fortunately, in our lounge, there's one chair that fits the description, so I just move it when the time comes. Everything else either can't be vacuumed under at all without moving it anyway, or definitely needs a hose.
Speaking of the hose, the new one seems longer and more compliant than the original, and you do get basic nozzle and brush attachments as standard, which are contained on the machine. However, and I've never liked doing this, putting it back by having to feed a tube back down it after it's been stretched is about as easy as sword-swallowing.
One thing which doesn't seem to have changed since the DC 01 is the weight! This one still weighs 9 kilos, just like its grandfather, which is not a problem per se; after all it's designed to be pushed. However, if you need to carry one upstairs you'll be wishing you'd bought one of their 'ball' models, which somehow manage to shave 4 kilos off the weight, partly by being (let's face it) flimisier and with a newer design of lighter motor.
You still carry this one by a convenient handle on top of the dust collection container, NOT by the handle at the top which has all the solid feel of a limp handshake.
Whilst not necessarily being any beefier, this one's 1300 watt motor does seem to make quite a lot of noise, which I find a little disappointing.
Still on the subject of niggles, there are no claims to be able to vacuum close to skirting boards, which is fortunate 'cos it can't! Fitted carpets have an annoying habit of sloping off into a gulley right at the edge, making them as effective a fluff-gatherer as my navel after wearing a new fleecy sweatshirt.
Whether this matters or not depends on your cleaning regime. Personally, we only blitz the house when we've friends coming around, so the edges get treated to the hose and nozzle then and only then!
Having no pets helps!
Having a 'dust is a protective coating for furniture' attitude to house work also helps.
I mentioned 'flimsy' a while back and whilst this machine doesn't feel badly put together, I guess it's inevitable that it doesn't seem to have the build quality of the DC 01. The former was made from what seemed to be the polycarbonate plastic that 60s and 70 GPO phones were made of (and they bounced!). The DC 33 seems to be a curious mixture of more flexible, and paradoxically more brittle materials.
Still, at least it comes with a five-year warranty, not two as before. No wonder the man in Currys looked fed up - no extended warranty to push on me.
I've always used Dyson vacuum cleaners. The foremost reason anyone should buy a Dyson is the huge benefit of not having to buy vacuum bags! The vacuum never has a problem with losing suction or any of the problems associated with bag cleaners. A little tip...my husband uses an air compressor to remove any last trace of dust and dirt which I find really helps keep the vacuum sucking away!
Although its not sold as a lightwright vacuum I don't find it a problem carrying upstairs. Infact the only problem I have with the vacuum is the hose. I think this is a problem with all Dyson vacuum's. The hose is located in the handle which means although it can be stored away easily its quite awkward to use. There is a long plastic end on the hose which means you have to lift the whole pole out of the hose before you can angle it down to the floor. It means there is less manoeuvrability in some places. I wouldn't say it prevents me from vacuuming properly but it is awkward.
However saying this it is ideal for reaching high places to get rid of those cobwebs in the corner and spiders on the ceiling! It is advertised as a reach wand and it does reach places a 5ft 2" person certainly can't! This "wand" is just a bit difficult and awkward to use on the floor. It's like using a mop or broom when I'm used to getting on my hands and knees to reach the corners of the room. But for those who don't like getting on their hands and knees then disregard my earlier statement and buy this vacuum!
I've bought this dyson vacuum recently after my poor Henry died. No offence to Henry, but it is amazing!
The suction is fantastic, the lightweight design makes vacuuming large areas a breeze and the bagless nature can save a small fortune!
It is so easy to get in the hard to reach places around skirting boards, in corners and under sofas with the easy to use nozel. It even has a special facility for vacuuming wooden floors which is so much easier and faster than the old fashioned dustpan and brush, at last!!
As it doesn't have a bag it is easy to see when it is getting full and simple to empty. This together with its lightweight design also makes it easier to carry up the stairs.
I would recommend this product to anyone who likes to breeze through their cleaning at speed whilst doing a thorough and perfect job.
I owned this product prior to my current vacuum cleaner (a miele). I had it for several years and it never let me down. it cost me £190 from John Lewis and was an excellent purchase.
One of the main reasons for purchased it it was because it was I was sick of purchasing bags for my then electrolux hoover . I wanted to find a hoover which had the convenince of not having the ongoing purchase costs of bags and the inconvenience if I had not 'stocked up' sufficiently at the shop and ran out totally. So that was my principal choice. The other was that it was an upright and would be easier to 'run round' the house if need be.
It has lots of features, a telescopic wand which was invaluable on the stair carpet, sweep clean facility on wood and vinyl floors and a good enough suction to get my carpets looking good. Although I tended to use the telescopic wand if I wanted to get deep down dirt out. It is also a lightweight hoover and that aspect I miss having on my latest vacuum cleaner (as the miele is fairly heavy to lug up the stairs).
It came with a debris nozzle, stair nozzle, and full instruction manual AND a free 5 year guarantee. I used the pretty much every day and it was only towards the end of getting rid of it that the sunction power started to dip slightly but I put that down to the filter needed cleaning and the hoover being too full.
You can see how full the hoover is at a glance though and there no bags to purchase. An excellent buy, a good suction power on it and lightweight and easy to use.
I would definately purchase another one of these again if not just for the fact it is bagless and does a good clean.
We bought this Dyson recently to live in our new holiday home. I was a little hesitant to buy such an expensive item but my husband is the kind of person who says you should pay more so it won't let you down and our experiences of Dyson is that this is very true. I am glad that we bought it, it definitely works extremely well and is well worth the money we paid for it.
Dyson is well known for having very good quality vacuum cleaners with amazing new technology. We have always been very pleased with their products when we have used them.
This Dyson has a longer hose to others so that you are able to reach into more awkward/higher up places than with the other models. I have found that this has been really useful. With the model we have at home it can be difficult to get to particular areas without the machine really pulling and feeling as though it's going to fall over so this extra 10cm in length really makes all the difference.
It weighs 8kg which I still think is quite cumbersome and a lot but it is lighter than the model we have at home. I do think the actual shape and nature of the machine in general can make it seem heavier as it is quite an awkward product to carry up stairs and suchlike. Dyson promote this product as being 'light weight'. I would never describe it as being light, but everything is comparative.
Dyson prides itself on not having a bag so you don't have to mess around with emptying bags which can get messy and awkward. You are able to see when the machine is getting full as the dirt is sucked up into the body of the machine which is see-through. It isn't very nice being able to see all the dirt but at least you can see with ease whether you need to empty it or not. Emptying it is easy, a press of a button and you can just get the part out and tip it into the bin and then it slots back into place easily. I really like this feature of Dysons. I could never go back to a vacuum with a bag again.
When I push this around I find it is easy to navigate and the 'foot' of it is quite narrow so it's easier to get into the corners and awkward places than it is with other machines. It does lift up dirt with ease, it amazes me how much it picks up. We own a dog so we have quite a lot of dog hairs in the carpet but this machine picks them up well even out of our long haired carpets. It is designed to work on all floor types and I do find that it is just as efficient on all surfaces whether it's our lino, short carpets or long carpets it will suck up dirt and grit.
The various hoover tools attach to the machine body and are easy to take on and off. I find that the brush which they call 'stubborn dirt brush' which I think you are meant to use on things like mud on the floor works really well on soft fabrics like the sofa.
I really rate this machine as it does work well. It cost us £190 although I know it can cost more than this but we were able to get it whilst it was on sale. This is quite a lot to pay but Dyson do cover you with a 5 year guranantee and this machine will never lose it's suction so you are likely to have it for many, many years.
Very pleased with this machine and do recommend it. Always look around though as you may find it on offer and could save money (we saved £60)!