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Dyson DC35 Multi Floor
Member Name: katykicker
Dyson DC35 Multi Floor
Advantages: Fantastic machine, works like a dream, makes vacuuming so simple.
This is a lightweight cordless vacuum cleaner that is designed to be used on all floors and surfaces. It is built using high quality strong materials to make it very strong at withstanding bumps and bashes. You can use this as a handheld vacuum cleaner for vehicle cleaner or as a standard vacuum cleaner around your home - just without the wires!
Why I purchased this vacuum.
For a while now I have been using a DC04 Dyson vacuum cleaner. Unfortunately I overstretched this one day and broke the cable. It was only around £20 to have it fixed but as the vacuum was getting quite old overall I thought I would just use this as an opportunity to purchase a new one and while I was browsing this Dyson caught my eye. I love Dyson, they are a well known brand and one that I have come to trust greatly over the years that I have had my own property to vacuum. I was happy with the price of this and figured I would get years of usage out of it and saw £250.00 as my way of buying out of the false economy that purchasing some cheaper vacuum cleaners can be.
I paid £249.00 for my Dyson vacuum from Littlewoods.co.uk It came within just a few days and as this model was brand new at the time Littlewoods were one of the few places who had stock and were able to deliver very fast. You can currently purchase this for just under £200.00 from Amazon.co.uk but this is a sale price so you may end up paying a similar price to the one that I paid back in January 2012.
The only electrical piece of this vacuum is the handheld base. This is a small handheld piece that contains the bin, the handle, the power button, the filter, the battery for charging the vacuum, the motor and is obviously needed to use the attachments and vacuum your property. This can be used as is without any attachments at all but if you were using as a handheld vacuum for motor cleaning or a similar task you would probably want to use the crevice tool or the combination accessory tool to focus the power much better.
The motor within this vacuum is a Dyson digital motor and is supposedly 3 times faster than conventional motors. I do definitely feel it faster than any vacuum I have ever used before and there is a light whirring fan noise when this vacuum is being used. This vacuum uses the Dyson patented Root Cyclone technology which ensures that you do not lose suction power as you vacuum. I would definitely agree with this also as the suction on this is incredible.
The bin on this is quite compact and I initially worried that this would need emptying several times per vacuuming session but what I like to do with it is leave it as long as possible because I am lazy! Sometimes I can go much more than this depending on the tasks I am tackling and the dirt and dust spins round in this and compacts down very small. Emptying this bin is very simple and all I do is hold the handheld base and the bottom of the bin over my household bin and slide down the red button. The button is easy to slide down and this opens up a hinged plastic door on the bottom of the bin releasing most if not all of the dust and dirt. I usually give it a gentle whack on the side to empty the rest and this takes just a few seconds in all. This vacuum bin can be removed to clean too by pressing the filter button above it and the handle and battery will attach from the rest of the vacuum. You can then safely rinse the bin or clean it in your desired method before drying it thoroughly and just clicking the two parts back together. The first time I opened mine there was lots of sand inside which was surprising as I don't actually remember having vacuumed up sand at any time but then lots of things get walked in to my home by family and friends.
The handle for this is large enough for both my hands and my 6 foot 2 inch husbands large hands too. The red power button that should be depressed while in use is located near the top of handle hole. This is simple enough to use and keep pressed while in use and does not take any real effort at all.
The filter for this vacuum is located above the bin and there is a large button that you can press down and the handle and battery will come away from the vacuum. As well as allowing you to clean out the bin this also allows you to clean the filter and leave it to air dry before clipping the two parts back together very simply.
The battery for this Dyson DC35 is a 22.2V lithium-ion battery. This means that it does not suffer from power fade and it charges up to 3 times faster than others. This is charged up simply enough. You can put the long reach wand and the motorised floor tool on this vacuum and then clip it in to the docking station. The docking station is spring loaded so it is simple to load and unload the vacuum. This docking station can be fixed to the wall but I have not done this as I have quite a new build home and I do not want to damage the walls just yet. The back of the docking station has an intricate little space for all the wire to ravel wound and this means that you do not have to have wires trailing everywhere. You can also attach the combination accessory tool and the crevice tool to the bottom of the docking station. This makes for a product that is simple to pack away and easily stored with all the parts just where you want them for easy use for your next vacuuming need.
This vacuum comes with several attachments. Each one serves a different purpose.
Detachable long-reach wand: This is an aluminium wand that has an inner plastic tube making it incredibly lightweight but also quite strong. When my vacuum is not in use it is stood up on its largest attachment attached to this long reach wand. This wand has an attachment section on the end to allow you to attach any of the other attachments on to it. This makes it even longer (slightly) and means that you do not have to remove this wand regardless of what attachment you want to use.
Motorised floor tool: This is a tool that has a Dyson ball and it can attach directly to the vacuum handheld base or to the end of the long reach wand. This is made with carbon fibre brushes for cleaning hard floors (which mine are) and the stiff nylon brushes within spin up to 1,400 times a minute helping to clean up dirt that has been trodden in too and this works incredibly well on all types of surfaces I have used it on (concrete, carpet, lino, laminate and hard wood floors). This head is designed to stay flat to the floor whether you are pushing this forwards and backwards and if you tilt the vacuum back it still stays in constant contact with floors and surfaces and because it is flat it is ideal for cleaning flush to any pieces of furniture or kitchen units.
Combination accessory tool: This is a tool that can be used with the plastic inside piece sticking out of the brushes or the piece can be press back in to the middle of the tool to allow you to use this as a dusting tool. This is an incredibly versatile tool as it can be used for mattress cleaning, skirting board cleaning, cleaning of surfaces, it can be used to dust everything and anything from furniture to walls and ceilings. I have even used this to clean the top of my kitchen cupboards rather than spend ages wiping them down with a damp cloth. There is a nobbly button that you press in that allows the plastic piece inside to be exposed or pushed back to allow the brushes to be used for dusting. I have never had the piece go inside or come out when I was using the opposite feature as you need to press down quite firmly to move this around.
Crevice tool: This is a tool that I have used quite often in the past on previous Dysons with fantastic results. This is a tool that is slanted at the end and is perfect for using on small spaces and gaps as it gets in the crevices wonderfully and helps to leave areas free of dirt and dust. This is very simple to use and just like the other tools it is designed to be clipped on to the handheld vacuum base or to the end of the long reach wand. This is the tool that I use the least and it is probably just a couple of times a month that this gets used to clean the very small pieces of skirting board I have in my hall. I have also used this a couple of times to clean the while sealant around my flooring in my bathroom and this works very well for that.
Setting up the vacuum
Using this vacuum for the first time was as quick as using it any other time. You receive the handheld base and the parts separately and once you have charged the battery for the suggested 4 hours it takes to charge fully you can clip your pieces together and begin using your vacuum. It takes just a few seconds to clip on any parts you may need and while vacuuming you can simply swap pieces over or remove them easily by pressing down the relevant clip (of which there are two) that holds on the piece you want to remove.
I purchased this vacuum cleaner because I trust Dyson and it looked quite fun and fancy. As I had broken my previous vacuum cleaner by over stretching the flex cord I decided I would be best without a thick large flex this time round and was happy to pay £250.00 for something that I hoped was going to make my life easier.
I must say that this Dyson has been absolutely fantastic for me. It is incredibly lightweight and simple to use. The battery life is 15 minutes in the lower of the two power modes and 6 minutes using the maximum power feature. This can be changed by pressing the 'MAX' button on the top of the vacuum handle. I love this feature as I can usually clean my whole properties floors in the 6 minutes on the maximum setting. I normally use this setting when I want to vacuum my home without spending lots of time doing it and I have also been using this setting for cleaning under my sofas and areas that generally get a build up of lots of dirt and dust. The 15 minute power option is still very powerful and is perfect for dusting my surfaces, cleaning my skirting boards and other related tasks. When my high traffic floor areas have been particularly dirty I have used this to give myself more time to complete my vacuuming tasks and it has worked fantastically with no suction problems at all. When turning it down from 'MAX' to the standard mode there is a light around the 'MAX' button which will turn off, also, when you have one minute of vacuuming time left the light will begin to flash to indicate that you are going to run out of charge soon.
Everything about this vacuum is absolutely fantastic for me. Because it is so lightweight I can clean up high like I never could before. The dusting tool works fantastic on all surfaces and I have been using this on my glass TV stands and on the TVs too with no problems at all. It removes the dust, cleans the surfaces and does not leave any scratches or damage at all which is fantastic for someone who is lazy like me!
The attachments are very simple to attach and detach and they are strong and robust. I have dropped my Dyson on two occasions and it does not have any damage on it all so far which is just fantastic if you ask me! Also, when using this vacuum there is a small blast of cool air released from the side which helps me avoid getting hot and uncomfortable when doing the vacuuming.
I would firmly recommend this as a vacuum cleaner and feel that the technology that has gone in to this really has made my life easier. It takes just minutes to vacuum my home now, there is no long flex to wrap back up afterwards or trip over while using and I do not have to worry about vacuuming the flex either and potentially breaking my vacuum or electrocuting myself. The price of this may feel a little steep to some but to me it is a bargain. I can vacuum up any mess caused by my wonderful nieces and nephews in just a few minutes and other people envy me for owning this which I find quite funny too as its widely available!
If you decide to purchase this Dyson machine or any other do remember that you can register on the Dyson website for a 2 year warranty on your machine (valid from purchase date).
Apologies for the length of this review but I felt that every word was justified to explain the marvel that is the Dyson DC35!
Summary: An absolutely fantastic Dyson machine.
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