Dyson Vacuum Cleaner Reviews
After my old upright vacuum cleaner finally packed in after two years of use, I was in a desperate need for a new one. I was a little bit apprehensive about getting a Dyson vacuum cleaner due to its hefty price tag, however after some deliberation I decided to bite the bullet and go ahead and buy one, and I am very glad I did. ...
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The first thing that put me off purchasing this was the £200 plus price tag, which does seem quite a lot for a vacuum cleaner. However a friend persuaded me when she stated she has been using hers for 6 years running and has yet to develop any problems, so in the long run it could actually save me some money! It can still be purchased but at lower prices due the introduction of newer models, and most for sale are used or seller refurbished.
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The Dust Collector
The design consists of a see through plastic machine that allows you to see the dust and dirt gather up inside (inner dust compartment), some may find this a bit off putting but I personally don't mind it as it allows me to see how much dust it gathers and judge when it needs emptying. It is grey and yellow in colour, which even now makes it appear modern and stylish looking and is bag less as it uses the dust compartment to gather the dust.
Compact In Size
The size is another positive factor, it is fairly compact in size and very easy to transport from room to room due to its minimal weight. This also makes doing the stairs so much easier due to its sturdy grips, and the small size and low weight makes transporting this machine up and down the stairs a doodle. I use to hate having to transport my previous heavy upright cleaner up and down the stairs and would occasionally have to get me partner to help me as I am a bit of a weakling, this allows me to have my independence back and transport it all by myself! The size makes it easy fit into our small storage room, and could even fit it into a storage cupboard if I had one.
The first thing that I love about this vacuum cleaner is its HEPA filter technology. This filter system basically reduces the size of dust particles and then uses the clever HEPA technology to purify the dust germs. Having family members that suffer from asthma, this has helped enormously. I myself also suffer from asthma as well as hayfever and have found that I can do the house vacuuming without having to feel the negative effects. These sub filters do need to get changed every 3 or 4 months (depending on how often you use it) and cost around £20. To be honest this is the only real down fall, as it means extra expenses and running costs.
The Electric Power Cord
It is very simple to use, it stores the plug cable inside so you just have to press the with your foot and out comes the cable power lead. This is such a handy little idea, as it used to take me ages winding up the long power cable on my old vacuum cleaner and even then it would somehow unravel when I try to move it back into the storage room. This Dyson vacuum cleaner therefore saves me a lot of time and makes the process stress free.
The Useful Attachments
The electric cable is long enough to stretch a good distance, which means I do not have to keep jogging back and forth to unplug it and the re plug it into a different room. The vacuum pipe is also a good size, meaning it is easy to extend to harder reach places and higher stairs without having to keep pushing the cleaner along. The dust collector has a sturdy handle that is made from metal material making it easy to grip onto and move around. It has attachments for many areas of the house including one that allows higher areas to be cleaned, as well as a dusting brush which has soft bristles to help dust away those cob webs, and a flexi attachment that allows you to clean in-between tight spaces & gaps easily. These attachments make the cleaner a very versatile machine, I find it cleans carpets, lino floors, curtains, rugs etc all very effectively and easily. I don't have to keep hovering over the same area more than once as the suction is really powerful and sucks in the dust and dirt immediately, and it even sucks in loose hair strands that get stuck in the carpet which is great as I hate having to get on my knees to pick each strand individually.
It is easy to move around due to its lightweight so makes vacuuming easier, it is not that noisy and sounds pretty much like any other standard vacuum cleaner. It does give off a lot of heat, but not as much as my older upright cleaner, however I was expecting to give off less heat due to it being so modern in design.
Emptying The Dust
To empty the dust I just have to push a button to remove the top cover of the cleaner, and then use the handle inside to remove the inner bin, I then use a little brush to remove all inner dust lying at the bottom. It is not the most fun thing to do, and can get a little dust on my hands in the process, so sometimes I like to empty it outside to reduce the risk of getting it all over my floor. All in all fairly simple to do and once emptied and inserted back into the machine it is ready to gather dust again.
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Overall this is a great versatile cleaner that is compact, lightweight and easy to use. It is a powerful machine that has a good quality suction as well as a good range of attachments to make all areas of the house free from dust. It is on the expensive side, but as I have had mine for a good 3 years without any issues I would say that it is worth the investment.
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*Me and my Dyson* I purchased this for the costly sum of some £150 almost 10 years ago now. I have seen this model second hand on various sites for around £70. Whilst I love my good old reliable Dyson, you can get much newer versions out there for a better price so if I was looking to purchase a hoover now I wouldn't buy ... this second hand. Saying that, you never know when you may see a bargain and I definitely don't think this hoover's age should completely discount it!
The Dyson DC04 is a traditional upright vacuum cleaner which looks as you would expect a traditional vacuum cleaner to look like (it stands up and it looks like a hoover)!. There were various colour combinations available at the time and for some reason we went for the quite ugly colour clash of the purple and green version which, looking back now wasn't a great choice. The vacuum cleaner is made mostly out of a very hard and sturdy plastic, with a bit of a marble effect all over which does make it look a bit nicer up close.
On the side of the vacuum cleaner is the number for a helpline if you should experience any problems. The line is open 8am-8pm 7 days a week. I have never used the helpline (a good thing surely) so cannot comment on the service it provides, however it is good to know it is there.
*Bigger is not always better*
As our main household vacuum cleaner we wanted something big, sturdy and that was going to last. This is certainly true of this model, although alongside grandeur comes it's difficulties....
The vacuum cleaner takes a lot of storage space. Luckily we have a utility room in which he can live him - we have tried to push him into the under the stairs cupboard previously (he clashes with the wallpaper) but he is too tall and bulky.
Whilst the vacuum cleaner has a carry handle so you can carry it around the house and upstairs it is so big and bulky that carrying it can be a challenge and very awkward indeed. Although we did suck (ahem) it up for a few years and carried it up and down stairs, after having a third floor converted we gave in and decided to buy an upstairs cleaner (I know ridiculous eh)!
In addition to it's bulkiness, the cleaner is also very noisy and this is not approved by pets. I suppose this is not unusual, but we can still dream of the silent cleaner....
*The redeeming features*
Despite my grizzles about the cleaner's bulkiness, I am really impressed with this Dyson which is why we have kept it so long. It has a very long cord so you very rarely have to swap sockets. Because in our house we have very long stairs and strangely positioned sockets we do have to change around in between hoovering stairs - however this has been alleviated a bit by use of extension cords.
The bagless design means that money is saved in not having to buy and put in fiddly bags. It is very easy to empty the bags - you just remove the main cylinder from the cleaner and empty in your nearest bag. As the capacity of the cylinder is around 4 litres I have also found that we can leave the dirt build up for quite a while before emptying (around 2 months usually). As it is plastic you can also give it a wash very easily. I also find a great amount of (sad) pleasure when I can see all the dirt and grime picked up by the bag (the cylinder is plastic and see through). Some people may not like the yuckiness - whatever floats your boat.
The vacuum cleaner comes along with a 5 year guarantee - which I have NEVER had to use. The handle on this cleaner has broken twice (unfortunately AFTER the 5 year guarantee was up) however it was only £10 for a local handyman to replace and you could probably do this yourself if you were inclined to. On this point however maybe a longer guarantee would have been nice....
In terms of maintenance they recommend that you change the filter every 12 months. This is so to prevent dust build up in the motor of the cleaner. Over the years I have had the vacuum cleaner I have had it changed 3/4 times and found it to be working to a very good level - although obviously I would recommend you follow manufacturers advice.
Over the years I have not see any loss of suction - perhaps this is due to the dual cyclone technology of the cleaner?!
*Safety comes first*
This vacuum cleaner has a LOT of safety features. I will try my best to explain what these means, to my knowledge.
The brushbar stops on obstruction and makes an incredibly loud noise (almost like a fog horn) that tells you there is an obstruction. There are also release valves that stop children getting their fingers chopped off (or at least that is what I think it means)! There is a cable life extender (the snake like thing at the top of the cleaner which you pull out to use when cleaning skirting boards, nooks and crannies etc.). When you put the cleaner back into upright position the brushbar cuts out and also there is a thermal cut out which means the cleaner cuts out before it overheats and thus prevents fires etc.
*What is the cleaner good at?*
Using as a traditional stand up, back and forth cleaner it is very good.
Picking up dust, pet hairs, human hairs, foods (I tried flour the other day - it was great at picking up). I don't think there is anything this hasn't picked up!
Whilst it is not recommended to use with liquids I must admit my cleaner has suctioned liquids out of carpets - although again I would not recommend this and would recommend buying an alternative cleaner for this made specifically to do that job.
*What is the cleaner not so good at*
Definitely not one to use in the car due to the hose being too big and fiddly.
Can be awkward if you have long stairs (as previously mentioned).
The applicator for doing skirting boards and corners is a bit square in it's design thus I don't feel that I get into every nook and cranny as I would like - although this can be resolved by a bit of light dusting.
I love this machine and it is still working and doing the job I need it to. However Dyson website do offer a trade in of up to 20%, it may be time to utilise and come kicking and screaming into the 2010's! I would highly recommend this cleaner however - one star deducted for bulkiness and noise!
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I moved into my own place 6 years ago and needed a vacuum cleaner, from that point I used Vax or Hoover however these I found didn't last very long, then 2 years ago the 3rd Vax gave way so I decided to "splash out" and get a Dyson. Id heard good things about them, expensive but worth ... it.
The Dyson range is quite extensive and there is a vacuum to suit all budgets. I only live in a smallish flat with limited storage so I opted for the DC19DB which was a small cylinder vacuum and similar to ones I have used in the past. I got this from Argos priced £239.99 however they were doing a special offer where you got a £50 gift card with any Dyson range which I thought was a great offer. Looking on the Argos web page today this vacuum is still available at £189.99 which is still a very good price to pay. This is the best price I've found as it currently on Amazon for £255 and Debenhams for £279 so if you are buying this Argos is the place as of 23/10/2013
A Dyson has great features, this one includes the following -
*Multi cyclonic technology.
*250 air watts.
*Length of hose 3.5m.
*Hose stretches up to 5m.
*Dust capacity 2 litres.
*Dustbag full indicator.
*Foot operated cord rewind.
*Includes combination tool/brush/stair stool.
*Plastic extension tubes.
*Suitable for all floor types.
*6.5m power cord.
*Size H44, W30, D36cm.
Upon looking at that it can just look like words however as a user I have come to appreciate all of these features. The suction on the vacuum which is using the multi cyclonic technology is the best I've known. I have laminate floors and when I turn it on to use it almost feels like it could suck the panels out! I don't use it much, maybe once or twice a week but its still as strong as it was first time I used it. The line "no loss of suction" is most definitely true! The weight and size of it is also a good thing, its not heavy or chunky, it fits into the cupboard great without taking up to much room and to lift about it is light enough for any size. The use of the hose is easy enough, it detaches easily enough and reaches up to the ceiling with hardly no effort or loss of suction.
I hate vacuuming! Even on laminate floors in a small flat it feels like a massive chore but when I got the Dyson I was so excited I couldn't wait to use it! As much as I dislike vacuuming the Dyson really does make it much easier. As it is lightweight it does move round easier, this particular model doesn't come with the new ball like technology which they are currently advertising but it still moves round the flat at ease, occasionally it gets trapped behind the sofa but its not to much of an issue. Vacuuming different types of flooring is also not an issue, I have some rugs in the flat and one of these is quite thick and flurry, the Dyson vacuums this really well, one thing to be careful of is that the suction is so strong that on smaller lighter rugs it might lift them off the floor so you might need to stand on it as you vacuum it. As the suction is so strong you wont need to constantly go over areas, an issue I had with previous vacuums so it does take a lot less time to complete the task. I've only ever used the main head when vacuuming although it does come with other attachments should you require them.
This is incredibly easy and on previous vacuums a real issue for me to do but the Dyson does make it so much simpler to do. There is a button which clicks the container off the main unit, from this the lid opens easily and the contents empty into big bag with hardly no mess. To get the container back on it simply slots back into place and clicks once in the correct position. The once dreaded task is now much simpler and easier to complete. I empty mine probably once a month depending on how often I use it but there is a "full" marker on the container to help you determine when it needs emptying, this is very handy as I never know when it needs emptying otherwise!
I have had this Dyson now for 2 years and its still as good as when I got it. I don't vacuum as much as some people do, its once a week, twice if it needs it so I wouldn't say it was a high use item but its still done me well for 2 years and shows no sign of giving up on me yet. As mentioned previously I owned Vax and Hoover, both big names in the vacuum world and price wise these are much cheaper than Dyson however I found that these only tend to last about a year before overheating and stop working so although they are cheaper to me its false economy to keep buying vacuums. In the 6 years I've lived at my flat I probably spent £300 on vacuums before buying the Dyson, if I had purchased one in the first place at £300 it would most probably still be in use today. The manufacturer gives a 5 year guarantee but I've had family and friends who have had theirs a lot longer so its worth the investment. If you are on the look out for a new vacuum this is most definitely one to buy.
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