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Old 08-09-2004, 02:16 PM   #1
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Default Dyson Vacuum Cleaner - I'm Obsessed

Ok, so I recently spent some time with my cousin, who has a 22 month old, a husband and a dog -- and is the worst housekeeper ever. However, she did show me this fancy, dancy new vacuum cleaner she got to help her. Turns out, my aunt got it, then her, then her mother in law and apparently, this vacuum is brilliant.

I'm toying with the idea of picking it up (I'm very interested in keeping a clean house and vacuum daily) and with the dog hair and such....it's really piqued my interest.

Any experiences?

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Old 08-09-2004, 02:20 PM   #2
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I experience it every time my girlfriend walks past one at the mall.. couldnt she like something cheaper, like diamonds?

but I do have a female friend who swears that its worth twice the money. she has the animal specific variety.
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Old 08-09-2004, 02:21 PM   #3
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it looks very girly, FWIW
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Old 08-09-2004, 02:22 PM   #4
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as the owner of a Windsor back pack vac (commercial $1800 wearable canistor vac) and Kirby (overrated) I confess that the Dyson also has me curious. for $400 to $500 it looks like a quality machine, but I am spoiled by my Windsor. I would like to see their canistor model and see if it lives up to the hype though.
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Old 08-09-2004, 02:22 PM   #5
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Really? That's the model I'm interested in and that's what the picture is. Good to know. Thanks!
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Old 08-09-2004, 02:24 PM   #6
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I bought a Dyson DCO7 'Low Reach' last fall to replace a decade old POS Sears (Eureka) canister vac.
Ironically I was the one pushing for it as Mrs. Janq wanted to repair our older unit and save $300. I was like screw that New Tech > Old Tech.



The Dyson RAWKS!!!!
I sheet you not it works exactly as advertised and is worth every red penny at retail.
We got ours on sale via Best Buy.

I could go on and on but I'll bet you already know abotu how it works and such.
Bottom line it works excellent and I'd suggest one to anyone who can afford the cost of entry.

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Old 08-09-2004, 02:26 PM   #7
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Janq - go on and on! Seriously, I want to know more - especially since you had a dog...how did it pull the hair from the carpet? Would it work on my natural slate floor?
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Old 08-09-2004, 02:27 PM   #8
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I used to sell Kirby's.... They used to have a thing where if you find a vacuum that works better they will buy you both that vacuum and a Kirby... They go for almost $1,400
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Old 08-09-2004, 02:28 PM   #9
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Yes Janq - plz do expound, as I was perilously close to pulling the trigger on one of those Kirbys that require the selling off of firstborn.....and would appreciate your review!

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Old 08-09-2004, 02:29 PM   #10
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I could go on and on but I'll bet you already know abotu how it works and such
I don't.
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Old 08-09-2004, 02:30 PM   #11
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Central Vacuum is the only system I'll ever use.

If you ever have the chance to upgrade your home, or build a new home, budget in central vac.

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Old 08-09-2004, 02:30 PM   #12
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Anyone have problems with the overall durability of the machine?
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Old 08-09-2004, 02:32 PM   #13
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kirbys are crap. i sold filter queens and had many of those boat anchors traded in within 10 minutes.

i never came across a dyson in any of my demonstrations but i didnt see where it different in its structural engineering from any other vacuum cleaner.

if youre willing to spend $400-$600 i'd just watch ebay for a newly used filter queen. a dealer will take you for $2200 for one but i see them regularly on ebay for maybe 1/4th that. theyre built well, last forever, and do work extremely well.

the way theyre sold is unscrupulous and shady but the machines themselves are awesome.
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Old 08-09-2004, 02:33 PM   #14
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What about the versatility of attachments?
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Old 08-09-2004, 02:36 PM   #15
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"Nothing sucks like a Dyson"

-old Dyson vacuum ad
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Old 08-09-2004, 02:42 PM   #16
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Interested in a Dyson review also please.

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Old 08-09-2004, 02:43 PM   #17
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Janq - go on and on! Seriously, I want to know more - especially since you had a dog...how did it pull the hair from the carpet? Would it work on my natural slate floor?
SB,

Our dog was a living breathing carpet of hair.
He'd been dead 6 months and still hair was everywhere in our house including carpeting, the wood floors, vents, window treatments, our bed (which he was not allowed on)...everywhere.
We'd not realized how bad it was untill he was gone.

So FFWD to the da after buying the Dyson which Mrs. Janq complained about the whole time.
She's the ultra-frugal one of our relationship while I'll spend cash on tech I know works and will make your life better/easier.
I took it out of the box and assembled it (easy but takes about 15 mintues) as per the instructions. I'd left it out in the kitchen for her to use the next day.

FFWD to about mid day and she rings me at work to say the Dyson works "Too well" as she'd vaccumed up tons of dust, hair and gook from our carpets alone that she had no idea was there.
I get home and she shows me the canister. It's full of brown/grey/black icky crap. Ugh. And we are super clean people as per folks who visit our house and not the average dog people either.
As it turns out the dog hair works it way into stuff so even if you don't necessarily see it sitting on a surface (say the floor) that deosn't mean its not in your furniture or weaved into your carpet fibers.
We both ended up spending three days vaccuming _every_ spot & crevice we could find. It was great fun!
If it had been a conventional vac we'd not have done so as you don't normally see the dirt accumulate in the vacs bag. As the Dyson has no bag and uses a clear plastic bin you can literllay and instantly see what it is you just vaccumed up in 3-D detail. Nasty cool.

Since we first got it its been used alot at our place as a demo by friends and relatives.
Everyone has heard of it but no one has seen one in actual use in a real home. They are always amazed as we are still.
Our model came with an attachment for reaching under low objects such as a couch as well as a nozzle for crevices and a brush attachment that we use on curtains and the couches.
I like this thing alot and am not at all mad about the price though it is expensive as vacuums go. Thing is though we both now vaccum more often as we can see the direct results where as before we couldn't. Also suction stays at peak as advertised no matter how full the canister gets. Additionally there is no PITA bag to replace which neither of us liked to futz with. The biggest thing is I'm allergic to dust and stuff.
Changing the old vac bag was a major chore involving coverng my face with a painters mask. Now withthe Dyson its literally easy as pie to drop its contents into a trashbag for disposal and I have no dust air blast to contend with. Nice.

The only down side to our unit is the barforama color scheme.
We both hate it. But it really doesn't matter as in the end it more than makes up for that with the performance.

The Dyson product line is IMHO a Best Buy and Best Value product.
Oh, and yes I did do my homework & research comparing other mfrs. before buying (Miele, Kirby, Electrolux, Eureka, et. al.).
Several years worth of investigation and I'd been waiting for the Dyson to come to America since '99 when I first learned of it from my wife's sister who used one as an au pair in France and raved about it.

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Old 08-09-2004, 02:46 PM   #18
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I bought the same one as Janq and I love it. We have 2 dogs and a 1 yr old and it's great. No complaints whatsoever. I didn't get the "animal" version, which is basically another attachment-but I have no problems. My dogs are "non-shedding" types though...so we don't have much of a hair problem.

The LONG hose is great.

I had a lady show up at my house to demonstrate her vaccuum (one of the expensive ones, i forget). She left after telling me we had the cleanest house she had done-she didn't even try to sell me one.
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Old 08-09-2004, 02:47 PM   #19
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Quote:
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I used to sell Kirby's.... They used to have a thing where if you find a vacuum that works better they will buy you both that vacuum and a Kirby... They go for almost $1,400
The Kirby is an excellent vac.
Its what the pro's use.

But justifying >$1K for a vac versus <$599 for a Dyson (I paid $369 + tax) which is just as high in quality & actual performance is a bit difficult to do.

Not knocking the Kirby at all as you get what you pay for.
Just in my own case I don't require $1400 worth of performance.
Of course YMMV.

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Old 08-09-2004, 02:50 PM   #20
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That's it! Hmmmm....now, do I buy it, or should I hold out and wait to register for it (whenever that'll be) ? Oh hell, forget it, I'm buying one this Friday! Thanks for the reviews folks!
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Old 08-09-2004, 02:51 PM   #21
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Sold, and thx Henry.
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Old 08-09-2004, 02:53 PM   #22
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Mom has the Dyson Animal vac. When I am thre for holidays and stuff she shoes it off. It is pretty incredible. But I am still useing broom technology.

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Old 08-09-2004, 02:53 PM   #23
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...I didn't get the "animal" version, which is basically another attachment-but I have no problems. My dogs are "non-shedding" types though...so we don't have much of a hair problem.
I didn't get the Animal version either as it only adds the powered sucker attachment and IIRC the carpet cleaning pack.
Both of which are available for purchase individually at no price premium over the 'Animal' package. I figured I'd try my unit first and either return it for the Animal if need be or purchase the accessory head seperately.
The dude at Best Buy said we had 60 days to return it for any darn reason.

I soon found out you don't need it at all.
Our dog was hairy like Chewbacca and constantly shed.
I can't imagine how anyone would be so bad off that they would require the extra cost of the Animal.

All my sources pointed to the 'Low Reach' as the best buy and I now solidly agree.
Now I'm awaiting introduction of the Dyson dual drum washing machine to come to the states.
http://www.dyson.co.uk/range/range_o...asp?model=CR02

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How would you say it stacks up to say... the Rug Doctor that one rents from the grocery store or home depot?

Can you get a Dyson with a hepa filter?
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