My mother lives on a farm, and she has a stinking black labrador and two cats in and out of the house all day. So it follows that she needs a very good hoover, in order for the house to not need a visit from Kim and Aggie!
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I don't mean to be mean about the dog, but she does reek quite badly, mainly due to the fact that she likes to roll in stagnant pondwater and snuffle about in cow poo. She has a great life, but drops particles of dirt everywhere she goes. Especially when she comes in (just when you've cleaned up) and shakes malodourous grit and hairs all over the carpets. Its disgusting, and many a feeble vacuum cleaner has conked out (suffocated?) trying to clean up after her.
My mum and her partner are quite hairy too (I like to compare them to Roald Dahl's "The Twits") - so you can imagine the state of the floors.
But, actually, they are not too bad. My mum got herself one of these Dyson DC24 Ball cleaners, and when I visited, I saw a marked improvement. The house smelled a lot fresher - she'd loosened an awful lot of crap out of the carpets with the cleaner and on close inspection, I could find almost no hairs of any description! She was really pleased with herself for finally getting a Dyson, but there was a major drawback - the size.
Its a very compact cleaner, less than 5kg in weight. This makes it great for getting up and down stairs picking up to hoover the bed (everyone does that, right?), but not so good if your house is a big furball, as it has a small cylinder for collecting dirt, and this filled up before my mum had even done the whole downstairs.
As a happy consequence of this, she has bought herself a bigger model and given the small one to me! Win! I have no pets, and only a tiny cottage to keep clean, so the Dyson does me for about a week before it needs to be emptied.
I love it. The ball mechanism makes it very easy to get around and underneath furniture and units, and the main brush but seems to get all dirt right to the edge of the wall, minimising the need for messing about with attachments. Speaking of these, they are all helpfully stowed away on the main body of the cleaner, which makes you less likely to lose them, and easily accessible when you need them. They are ok to attach once you're used to them, but it took me a while to get the hang of it.
It gets all my long dark hairs of our unforgiving cream carpet, and although they do clog the brush up, you can remove the entire part which makes it far easier to clear it out.
As it is bagless, obviously you have no ongoing expense of buying bags, but you are supposed to replace the filters every so often, and these are quite expensive. Having said that, you can wash the filters in warm water a few times before they get knackered, and I haven't needed to change one in three months of use.
In terms of negatives, its very loud (like most vacuums), and personally I don't like the utilitarian plastic design - I think it's like bad lego. Also, I have a bad back, and would prefer it if there was a function to automatically recoil the lead.
Overall, though, a great vacuum cleaner - best value if you can get a free one off your mum!
Amount Paid (US$): 400