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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-12-2007, 10:15 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone have one of these overpriced hunks of plastic? The wife wants one for X-mas and user reviews seem to be all over the place.

If you've got one what do you think of it?

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I got a refurb one about a year ago and I love it. There's a lot to consider when buying one of these overpriced hunks of plastic, though. I got the Dyson Complete Refurb'd from Amazon for about $325... I'd never spend over $500 for one though. And I will admit, if I spent that much, even if the vacuum was horrible I'd probably be pretty embarrassed to say it was anything less than god like.

Now I've noticed that this vacuum doesn't suck any better than my old one (a bagless Bissell) at the start. It does leave debris behind on the first pass sometimes, but I honestly haven't seen a vacuum that doesn't. That's why I was brought up to go over the same spot several times, and in multiple directions. Then you'll get everything up.

Where the Dyson REALLY is valuable is the constant suction - when the debris container gets filled up, it's still sucking with the same force as when I started vacuuming. More than I can say about the Bissel. Second, and most important to me, are my two cats. I fill up the bin twice if I vacuum the whole house. Emptying the bin is a dream, and that's all I need to do to begin vacuuming again. With the Bissel, sure I could empty the bin and keep going to quickly finish the job, but every third vacuuming I had to completely take the thing apart and thoroughly clean THREE filters to get back up to sucking strength. Compare that to the one exhaust HEPA filter on the Dyson which I still don't need to clean after an entire year of use.

So... yeah the reviews are all over the place and Consumer Reports even gave it a mediocre review this time last year simply because it doesn't pick everything up on the first pass. The true value of this vacuum comes in the clean-up.



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I got the Dyson Absolute Animal a few days ago and the thing is great. It picked up stuff that my old Hoover wind tunnel did not. Like zobx said, the vac does not lose suction even with the bin getting full. Plus the fact that emptying the thing is easier than most.

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The dyson vaccum cleaners are very good, my mom owns a house/business/new construction cleaning service and she has about 10 of these i think like 1-2 of each kind, and they are very good i use it allt he time in my room cuz of my dogs, and she even uses em on her commercial accounts, my mom will swear by these vaccums lol.

they may be overpriced but unlike most vaccums they dont brake and do a very good job, this thing destroys teh 1200$ kirby vaccum my mom has lol, and i think it cost about half as much


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I wouldn't really call them overpriced since you can spend a hell of a lot more than $500 on other vacuums that are apparently not as good. Everyone I know that has one loves it, I bought one for my step mom earlier this year and she loves it.

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Where I used to work, Dyson Vacuums cleaners saw the service center just as much as iPods.

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They do work better on dog hair compared to other vacs I have had.


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I sold Vacuums at Sears for about 3 years, so I guess you could say I'm sort of a vacuum expert.

To make a long story short, the hype about Dysons is true. I won't go into all the details, but they are well worth the investment. You should never have to replace anything on it (within its life time), saving a lot of money in the long run. Also, they do suck better than other vacuums after they start to fill up. As zobx says, they suck about as well as anything else, but all other vacuums lose suction as they fill up with dirt, Dysons don't. It is also a lot easier to empty than typical bagless vacs.

In regard to consumer reports...
They aren't vacuuming a whole house with the vac, just their little patch of carpet and whatever they sprinkled on it. That doesn't give other vacuums a chance to fill up and show how the dyson really does retain its suction. One other complaint I heard that was addressed in CR is the ease of use. It does have a bit of a learning curve, how it all works and stuff like that, but it really is very convenient once you get used to it.


A word of advice, stick to the basic models, DC-07 or DC-14 series. The ball is cool, but doesn't really work that well. The 07 and 14 are awesome.


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Was thinking DC07. We've currently got a bagless bissell and it seems to work great right after I clean the filter. After one go through the house though the damn thing wouldn't pick dirt up if you scooped it into the vacuum area.

I've noticed lots of complaints about the hose being hard to use and the machine being heavy. I usually find that complaints like this are due to the fact that if a person spends over $30 for something they expect it to come with a robot that operates it as well. Case in point I own a reel lawnmower that is great, but everyone said it was hard to push and if you buy it "you better be ready for a workout!" I get the thing and it rolls along nice and easy.


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Oh yeah - I got the DC14 ... with all the gadgets. From what I read, the motor on the 14 was more powerful and more durable than the 07.

The hose (and the wand on the hose) was interesting to learn, but works really well now that I understand what's going on. I think it took me all of 10 mins to become an expert in it... I also don't think it's very heavy at all - and I am by no means a weight lifter. It's very comfortable to carry actually because of where the handle is and (don't do this at home) one time when I couldn't find my spinning brush attachment to vacuum the stairs I had no problem vacuuming the stairs with the vacuum itself, carrying it up and down, doing each step.



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