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LOVE/HATE relationship with Dyson tools
on April 5, 2011
I am torn about this product, which is why I gave it three stars. I have a love/hate relationship with this set.
First, the price point is ridiculous, in my opinion. I don't think it is a good value. But when you buy a BMW you have to pay for BMW parts and so it is the same for a Dyson. That is why it lost one star from me. That said, the construction is noteworthy, as usual with a Dyson product. I have not had it long enough to test whether it will stand the test of time. If the delicate bristles of the duster are still in like-new shape in a year or so after regular use? I will say it was worth every penny.
Second, I have two Dysons. I have the DC-17 Animal and the DC-24. The power of this set and especially the dusting attachment is to be able to use it without the telescoping nozzle. It fits wonderfully with my DC-24, which by design is has a more complicated set up. However, even with the attachment piece, there is not a way for the attachments to fit on the hose of my DC-17!!! Frustrating, so buyer beware! This is why it lost another star from me. I would be very upset if I hadn't recently added the DC-24 to my repertoire.
And, just as an FYI, the nozzles on my vacuums are not that long. When I want to dust higher shelves but I need the precision of the tool directly in my hand, I put the canister on a rolling chair. It is not ideal, but it allows me to have both hands free. Otherwise, I would have to hold the canister in one hand and the duster in the other, leaving me unable to move items out of the way, pick up items to dust, and replace them. Again, this is not a flaw - just an FYI.
That said, I really love the dusting attachment. I love vacuuming but I hate dusting. I have lots of shelves and pictures. This tool has allowed me to do a faster and more enjoyable job of dusting the things I had put off for months. The angled tool looks wonderful for a ceiling fan. In my current apartment I won't use it but I am sure I will in the future. And, same with the stiff bristled brush. I have little use for it right now but I suspect it does a wonderful job with car interiors.
Overall, I would say to buy it if you are fully aware of the issues (high price and the fact that it doesn't work with the hose of the DC-17) If you have spent this long reading a review about vacuum tools, than you are probably like me - a bit OCD and chomping at the bit to get your house spotless. IF that is the case, and you also hate dusting, buy buy buy!! :)