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Dyson DC25 Animal Ball-Technology Upright Vacuum Cleaner
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- Upright vacuum cleaner with Dyson's Ball technology for smooth steering
- Designed for homes with pets; motorized brushbar
- Telescope Reach wand; Root Cyclone technology ensures no loss of suction
- HEPA filter; certified asthma friendly; hygienic dust bin; on-board tools
- Measures 12-1/5 by 15-2/5 by 42-2/5 inches; 5-year warranty
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Equipped with Dyson's signature Ball technology, this upright vacuum cleaner easily twists and turns around furniture and obstacles for thorough cleaning throughout the house--no more missed angles or tiresome back-and-forth vacuuming. Its ball design encapsulates the machine's powerful motor, creating a low center of gravity for even easier maneuverability. Designed for homes with pets, the unit's motorized brushbar features powerful bristles that remove dirt and pet hair from carpets, while its mini turbine head thoroughly cleans confined spaces such as upholstery, stairs, and the car. It also supplies a quick-draw Telescope Reach wand, which expands to offer 16 feet of reach for stairs, drapes, upholstery, and more. The vacuum cleaner uses Root Cyclone technology to separate dirt from the air by centrifugal force, which ensures efficient cleaning with no clogging or loss of suction.
For cleaner expelled air, the unit comes with a washable lifetime HEPA filter that traps microscopic allergens such as pollen and bacteria. In fact, the air expelled from a Dyson has up to 150 times less bacteria and mold than the air you breathe, and all Dyson uprights are certified asthma friendly by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. The unit's hygienic 1/3-gallon bin quickly empties without ever having to touch the dust--just press the button and dust empties from the bottom; the clear polycarbonate bin also allows for easily viewing the cleaning progress and gauging when it needs to be emptied. Other highlights include fingertip controls, a constant suction power of 220 air watts, a 24-3/5-foot cord, a maximum reach of 40-2/7 feet, and a lightweight design at only 16-1/8 pounds. On-board accessory tools include a combination tool and a stair tool attachment. The vacuum cleaner measures 12-1/5 by 15-2/5 by 42-2/5 inches and carries a five-year parts-and-labor warranty.
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Some background- we are a family of 3, with 2 Shiba Inu's that are adorable but shed year round, -especially- in the summer. I don't mean there is a little hair here and there, I mean there is literally hair wafting through the air, it is EVERYWHERE, and it never lessens or ends despite hours of "furminating". Beyond that, we are not overly zealous when it comes to cleaning and tend to value our time together over time spent vacuuming/dusting. We also are not the kind of family that can throw around $400-$500 willy nilly. So if we're going to spend it, it better be worth it. That said, we had spent over $300 on vacuums over the last 3 years. Some were nice (Hoover Windtunnel), some were Walmart brands, etc. But all of them broke, -multiple- times, all of them clogged, and none of them were easy, or even began to help solve the hair problem. Recently, the latest model went to vacuum heaven, so my husband and I began a very long, tiring search into all the available brands and models and which would be best for us. Obviously, my biggest hesitation here was the money. The reviews for Dyson are generally good, but what I wanted to know was, is it such a good product that it's worth a downpayment on a car? Here's what I found, so you don't have to:
If someone had told me, "This is the best vacuum cleaner you can buy for $400", I would've said, "eh..." But if someone had told me, "Yes the vacuum is expensive, but it will clean your entire house, every nook and cranny while still being easy to use, easy to lift, and fun", I might've saved myself some sleepless nights.
-The vacuum is -incredibly- easy to use. I have to laugh when I read reviews where people say it took them forever and a manual to make the vacuum work, or to use the attachments. I don't mean to be confrontational, but if you can write a review (or even if you can't), you can successfully use this vacuum and all the attachments/abilities. Everything on the vacuum uses the same "button release", and it is simple to figure out.
-The ball is fantastic. When you have a smaller house with furnishings, it's important to be able to get around and under things without breaking your back. Not to mention that the vacuum is less bulky, less rigid, and easier to move in general than any other vacuum I've seen to date. This includes my mother's $1200 Kirby.
-There is an attachment for everything, and it takes less than 5 seconds (I counted) to choose one, hook it up and start using it. If you have hair all over your sofas, or your bedspread, behind your toilet, on top of your fan blades, or even just a healthy buildup of dust- there's an attachment for that, and it will blow your mind.
-The hose is incredibly long and flexible, it can reach anywhere- plus you have the choice of using the rigid 3 feet of hose with the handle attached which is handy for floor trim where you don't want to bend over constantly, or of detaching the rigid part from the flexy hose so that you can get to small spaces that are hard to navigate.
-The canister is slightly smaller than some vacuums I've used, but it actually holds MORE because it compacts everything very neatly and easily without you doing anything. When you're going to empty the canister 2-3 times per vacuum or more, you don't want to mess with bags and you don't want to mess with a canister that is coated in dust and grimy after every emptying. This canister empties and stays clean- again because of the compacting.
-The suction on this thing is ridiculously wonderful. It pulled over 3x more hair out of my carpet than even the Hoover Windtunnel, and it pulled out dust which I have never seen in my other vacuum's canisters/bags. After vacuuming, my house literally -smelled- cleaner and fresher. This is new to us, and we love it! Additionally, I watched it pull hair from under our bed and furniture on hardwood from over 10 feet away. Fantastic!!
-The vacuum has a 5 year warranty- everything is covered, and Dyson is incredibly easy to work with. That means that if it loses suction in 2015, I can get it replaced for free. That means my total cost for the next 5 years is a maximum of $430. Considering the vacuum is already far superior to all the others, it's already cheaper and more satisfying to own a Dyson than it is any other vacuum.
-The vacuum is just generally fun to use. My husband who hates cleaning was so excited he vacuumed the whole house just because it was fun! It took half the time it usually does, and it was easy to carry downstairs, even for me being 4 months pregnant.
-The only con I can think of for this vacuum is that in a perfect world this vacuum would be the best and also be about $100-$200. That said, I have an easy time forgiving the cost when I see how much improved my day-to-day life is. I can honestly say, this is probably the best $400 I have ever spent. It took something I hated, and made it fun. And my house is ACTUALLY clean for the first time in the 2 years we've owned it.
Synopsis- If you are tired of dealing with vacuum cleaners that lose suction, replacing broken belts, smelling fried engines, missing half the hair or dust in your house, not having the proper material to clean your entire house with one product, or of spending hundreds of dollars over the years on vacuums that simply don't work- stop debating and buy a Dyson! It's the best decision you'll ever make, and I promise you won't regret it. What you'll find is, after getting past the difficulty of parting with your money, your life will be much improved. I will say, make sure you check multiple dealers for the best deal- when we were looking, Maxvacuum had the best deal, slightly cheaper than Amazon with free shipping, no tax, and even a free "cleaning kit" thrown in which added another 4 attachments and a heavy duty spot remover. Good luck, and I wish you good decisions!
--If you're going to use the hose and attachments, the vacuum cleaner body will be biting your ankle like a yippy little dog because of the short, elastic hose.
--Cleaning a hardwood floor without using the hose / attachments doesn't work well - leaves a lot of stuff on the floor.
--Cleaning the filters properly will leave you without a vacuum for a week or more. Read other reviews on killing the vacuum after cleaning the filters.
--Most importantly, Dyson's poorly thought out design for the hose and substandard plastics leads to the hose getting cracks and breaking, which reduces the suction dramatically. Then Dyson refuses to replace the hose under warranty, claiming this is a "wear and tear" item, which they charge $45 plush S/H to replace. The hose from my grandfather's Kirby is still perfectly functional, which proves that a properly designed hose is not a wear and tear item.
I'll be going back to Kirby.
This vacuum worked well for a while. It did a decent job picking up hair. But in it's third year it started to not work as well. I got a new roller brush because the brush fiber had been worn down. That helped for a time, but the side piece that keeps the brush in started cracking and falling off.
I often had trouble with the canister where pieces would not align, would get stuck, would fall off, etc. Most everything on this vacuum is plastic, which makes it light, but not very durable.
There are also three different filters to clean regularly, which makes it a great pain.
For wand cleaning it sucks. You get about two feet of flexible tube that barely comes away from the machine. Then on the end of that is is another two feed of inflexible wand. It's great if you want to clean something about eye level, but turning it down to use on a surface that is higher or lower than your eyes is difficult at best and often bends the flexible tube such that you don't get a lot of suction.
Over its short lifetime this vacuum has been a disappointment overall. This has basically cost me a $100/year which is outrageous.
I just bought a decked-out, refurbished Kirby G6 for $445 to replace this (everyone says get refurbished Kirbys, not new--just as good, 1/4 of the cost). I know that the Kirby will last me at least twice as long if not longer.
I still give it 4 stars though because it’s a good vacuum. But when you spend hundreds of dollars on something like this, I want my socks to,be knocked off!
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