It’s been my experience that when folks read/hear the word “Dyson” they have strong reactions that fall either in the YAY! or NAY! camp. I’m in the former.
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We were early adapters in the cyclone suction vacuum game and have never looked back. We owned the very first model of the Dyson (DC 17, I believe) and have always been happy campers with the product.
Yes, they are expensive, but I haven’t paid full retail for one (I have bought three…one as a gift) and you shouldn’t either. Find a place that puts them on sale or do an alert from Amazon. There is no reason to pay the full price, to which I say: HUZZAH!
Recently, after years of abuse (that would be by my hands), our original broke after I cut a corner too close and rammed it into the wall. The front end was smashed and there was no fixing the thing.
Enter our second Dyson: the Ball Multi Floor Upright Vacuum.
Things I love:
You’ve seen the commercials where the gal is moving the ball vacuum effortlessly around tables and corners. So easy! The ads worked their magic on me; I have wanted to upgrade to a ball since they first came out, but am frugal enough to wait until it was necessary (perhaps all that wall-banging of our former machine was a subconscious effort to upgrade faster).
One of my favorite features of the ball is the self-adjusting cleaner head. Gold star, Dyson.
The other feature I love (on both) is the no-bag canister. I vacuum and empty the canister into a trash can, then I’m ready for the next trip around the house. I know lots of folks empty their canisters into the trash in their house, but because I’m a bit OCD about these things, I have a separate lined trash receptacle in the garage where I empty my canister. We are an allergic family and I figure it’s best to keep the schmutz from the vacuum out of the house. Gold star, Dyson.
The suction on this model is stronger than the first version we owned, which was considerable. The first day I used the machine I kept thinking how much better it worked than the original. The literal dust particles, the minute dirt, that this machine picks up is no less than stunning and was a nice surprise. Gold star, Dyson.
The HEPA filtration is one of the big sellers for me. As I stated, we are an allergic family and I have yet to sneeze while using a Dyson. The company states that no machine expels cleaner air than a Dyson and I believe them. Gold star, Dyson.
Things I’m not fond of:
The cord is shorter than the original. I didn’t measure the original cord, but I used to be able to plug it in a central outlet and basically do a full run of our home. Now I have to plug it in twice to get a full run. Annoying. Every. Time. Dammit, you owe me a star, Dyson.
It is heavier than the original and using the ball effectively has a learning curve, but once you get the hang of it, it’s pretty fun. Bronze star, Dyson.
Not self-propelled. Add the heavier bulk to this and it’s an adjustment over the old model. Bronze star, Dyson.
You can’t fully get under beds or furniture, as the ball’s size prevents it. Count on 4-6 inches. To be fair, I couldn’t with the older model either. Bronze star, Dyson.
Product Deets from Amazon:
- Strongest suction of any vacuum. The Dyson Ball upright vacuum cleaner has the strongest suction of any vacuum
- Radial Root Cyclone technology. Dyson’s most advanced Radial Root Cyclone technology – captures more dirt and microscopic dust.
- Self-adjusting cleaner head. Automatically adjust to seal in suction across carpets and hard floors.
- Rides on a ball. Steers easily into difficult places
- Whole Machine HEPA filtration. No other vacuum expels cleaner air. Certified asthma & allergy friendly.
Overall, I’d rate the ball Dyson as a silver star recipient: great features with room for improvement.
What Dyson camp do you fall in: the YAY! or the NAY!