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I've had an older model cylinder Dyson for about 10 years and thought it was time to upgrade to a newer version. I wondered whether to switch to an upright vacuum or try a different brand, but decided in the end to stick with what I know. I should mention that I did buy the DC39 on special offer so didn't pay full price. First impressions: When the box arrived and I opened it up I instantly saw just how old and dated my current Dyson was! The DC39 is far lighter and shinier - it certainly looks sleek. What it's like to use: It is very easy to use. It is lightweight and pulls easily along the floor as you move about the house. The newer ball design (which my older model didn't have) makes it very manoeuvrable which is a bonus, as my older Dyson used to catch and bump on things. That being said you do have to pull it along a bit carefully as if you pull too hard/fast it can topple over (this rarely happens though to be fair). The head automatically adjusts when you move from carpet to hard floor which is another thing that makes it very practical and easy to use. It's fairly easy to empty too, just lift off the container, hold over the open bin and push a button to release the bottom. It's quieter than the older model I had which is good as it was pretty loud! As with all Dysons there are no bags to phaff with, and the filters are washable, so after the initial outlay there are no ongoing costs. A free 5 years guarantee as standard is also a great bonus. Drawbacks: It only comes with two attachments. I've found this is enough for me but might not be for everyone. Also, the attachments clip onto the flexible tube, but I've found the clip is not tight enough so they slide down the tube so they then drag along the floor, which gets a bit annoying. When it comes to storage, the long upright solid tube does shrink down, and the flexible bit of the tube wraps around it and then you clip the solid tube to the main body of the hoover. In theory it makes it very compact and it certainly looks good in the instructions. However, it clips on at an angle so isn't very sturdy when clipped in, which I've found a pain at times. For example if putting it away under the stairs if you bump it on something it unclips. Not a massive problem, but a design niggle nonetheless. Finally, it's not great for stairs, but then I think few vacuums probably are.
Dyson DC39 Multi Floor Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner in Rich Yellow / Short name: Dyson DC39 Floor