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We hadnít long brought a new cylinder Vax vacuum cleaner which seemed pretty decent. I hadnít long vacuumed up when my partner turned up with a Dyson DC27 Animal vacuum. He had seen it on offer and not being one to resist a bargain, he purchased it for us even though we hadnít long had a new vacuum.
As said, I had only just vacuumed the house with my old vacuum but had to give my new Dyson a go, after it was assembled of course. This was a little easier said than done and on more than one occasion, my partner swore at it. There arenít exactly many pieces to put together, itís just that the instructions werenít overly clear and it took a little longer than expected to work out what went where.
Still, we got there eventually and I have to say that my first impression of the Dyson when it was completely assembled was that it looked a bit of a beast. It was huge compared to anything I had ever used before and it concerned me a little that I wouldnít be able to manoeuvre it very easily as I am quite weak generally and generally use cylinder vacuums as they are easier to drag around. This was the biggest, heaviest vacuum I had ever owned so it was going to be interesting as to how I got on with it.
We have a dog that malts a lot so a good vacuum is imperative in our house as there is nothing worse than having dog hairs on the carpet. Considering I expected my carpets to be clean and dog hair free, I was absolutely astounded as to how much extra hair the Dyson picked up having not long used the Vax. I was impressed. I always thought my previous vacuums had done a decent enough job, but the difference in the colour and look of the carpet after I had used the Dyson was extremely evident and proved to me that everything I had heard about Dysonís was true, they really are a cut above the rest.
The mainly silver vacuum stands quite tall and looks like the Daddy of all vacuums. It is bagless and has a clear rounded dustbox at the front of the vacuum which I love as you can see just what you have picked up off your carpets (its quite frightening really!).
For those of you who are interested in the technical specifications of a product, this vacuum is 1300 watts, has a 2.3L dustbox capacity, has a 9.35m power cord and weighs 8.3kg. Price wise, as you are all probably aware, Dysonís are the premium vacuum cleaners to buy and therefore you pay a premium cost for them. This vacuum generally retails at around £250-299 but at present you can get it from Argos for £199.99 which is pretty good for a Dyson
It looks quite a complicated machine at first, but it is quite basic to use. The vacuum comes with a couple of attachments which have places on the vacuum to be stored which is quite handy. I particularly like the little rectangular brush which is perfect for little nooks and crannies and the stairs. As this is an upright, you donít get a button rewind, it is manual all the way I am afraid but it isnít a major problem and winds easily around the two pegs on the back of the vacuum. I find the attachments a little fiddly. You have to pull a pole like thing out the top of the vacuum and the hose is attached to the end of this. You simply clip the attachments into place at the end of the pole but because the pole is rigid and has no give, it can be a little hard and fiddly to use the attachments, especially as you are then dragging the pole, large hose and vacuum behind you.
Although a fantastic cleaner, the Dyson does have some drawbacks. I have mentioned the attachments above, but as it isnít one of the ball style dysons, you can have a little trouble getting the actual vacuum into the corners and you do end up using the attachments on a regular basis because of this. The other thing I struggle with is the weight. Using it downstairs is fine, but dragging it up and down the stairs can be a bit of a chore.
You get a 5 year guarantee with the Dyson and the filter is washable so apparently lasts a lifetime. This vacuum can be used on wooden and carpeted floors and you can adjust the floorhead via a moveable wheel thing on the head which then adjusts the Dyson to whichever setting you want.
Overall, although this vacuum has a couple of little floors in my opinion, I wouldnít be without it now. The suction is amazing and really brings your carpets up. As we have dark carpets, I always assumed they were clean and dog hair free after vacuuming, but the Dyson has proved that before, they werenít as clean as I thought they were. This vacuum really brings your carpets back to their best and they look and feel so clean. My house just looks generally cleaner and I love it. Yes, it takes a little effort due to the weight of the vacuum to get the vacuum around, but it is manageable even for someone as slight as me and I would rather struggle a little and have a fantastically clean house than have an easier vacuum to use which doesnít do the job as well. Although Dysons cost the earth in comparison to other vacuums, I would highly recommend this vacuum for all as it does a better job than any other vacuum I have ever owned.
We replaced our original Dyson DC01 last year with the non-Animal version of this, another superb vacuum cleaner, but something tells me that it won't be over 20 years old when we replace it the way the original was! R. xxx
murphypig 18.07.2011 19:00
lots of info. great review.
Nar2 18.07.2011 14:06
Well covered here and well written - you've really shared your experience on what this vacuum has to offer!