Dyson DC24 Animal Upright Cleaner Reviews

Dyson DC24 Animal Upright Cleaner

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Dyson DC24 BluePrint Edition - The ultimate geek vacuum.

Mar 14, 2010 (Updated Mar 16, 2010)
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Pros:Ultra cool design, light weight, small, ergonomic, compact to store, nimble steering

Cons:No light, no height adjustment, no retracting cord, high price

The Bottom Line: The geek's fix to cleaning chores. Excellent design, albeit with average performance.


The commercials make you believe there is only one engineered vacuum in the market, and Dyson is for the vacuum industry what Apple is for computers. It's stylish, high priced and reasonably functional with just enough cool features to attract buyers. That's not to say that the Dyson isn't a good vacuum, but certainly some sort of a status symbol for whoever does the cleaning at home. "Happy birthday, honey. I got you a vacuum." (And the Dyson is actually almost cool enough to pull that one off.)

Note: As of March 2010, the picture on Epinions is the wrong one and looks more like the DC23 (a different style altogether) than the DC24.

The DC24 (almost) replace my Hoover Windtunnel vacuum. Despite the $150 lower price, the Hoover is certainly more universal. Larger package provides lighting, cable storage, power brush extension and on-board storage of all included extensions.

Style: [*****] The BluePrint Edition is basically the standard DC24 in a subdued White/Grey color scheme (ultra cool), and techie accents where features are annotated right on the housing in a geek kind of way. (If you like technical drawings, this will get your attention and motivate the desire.) But aside from the geek factor, the color scheme and decals are quite attractive and demand attention in the most subtle way. Dyson has always sold products based on technology with an industrial design that conveys a lot of that that in the most attractive way. The BluePrint Edition could easily be seen as the zenith of industrial design for vacuums. However, that will leave you cold if you're not a techie.

Design: [****-] Once you get past the cool looks, design is the efficient realization of the intent and the Dyson does very well to convey the provided function. Buttons, switches etc. are blue and there is no guessing where any of them are (in the otherwise color-less design). Even the foot release is naturally placed and easy to find and use. Form follows function even if the Dyson is mostly about form.

Performance: [***--] Dyson puts a hard sell on the cyclonic action design and that's not a bad angle as it's easy to use, bagless and quite powerful. In fact, reading the bad reviews I actually was surprised how well it cleaned, but have to admit that it's not any different to the Hoover V2 it replaced. The main brush work great on short carpet, even though the lack of height adjustment makes it difficult to use on long shag carpet. The extension doesn't offer any power brush functionality which is a handicap for cleaning furniture from pet hair.

Handling: [*****] Being lightweight and nimble when turning, the DC24 is easy to deploy and the ball sure enough makes steering a lot easier. The effectiveness of the handle design is a bit blown out of proportion but easy to use nevertheless. Low weight helps to carry it up the stairs and the ball steers easily around corners without the typical resetting. The ball itself will restrict the Dyson's ability to reach under furniture, and that's resolved by using the extension with the flat tool. Of course that requires conversion effort, but once done it's able to reach far underneath a bed, which is kinda novel for me. Yet, the flexible hose does not directly connect to either of the included extensions and handle tube section is required to adapt. That a bit cumbersome in some cases.

Maintenance: [***--] Seriously, the bagless cyclone "windmachine" has been a novel feature some time ago, but nevertheless it's a welcome feature not to have to buy paper filters. The canister is easy to remove and empty. There are two actual filters in addition to the cyclone. The Hepa filter (filter A) is washable and supposedly reusable for the product's lifetime. Of course it heavily depends on your usage whether to clean monthly as Dyson recommends. While filter A is easy to access, the second filter is located in the ball and the access lid by far not as easy to release. (The button makes it look easy enough but to get the thing to release isn't without struggle.

Storage: [**---] Since design comes first for the Dyson, there was apparently no room for unsightly storage to hold on to the flat tool. This is somewhat understandable as it's relatively big compared to the DC24 itself. At least the brush tip clips onto the vacuum, but it certainly can be missed as it's not the most obvious holder. Once you figured it out though, it integrates nicely. The cord stores on traditional hooks and that's likely to be a result of the slim design which the company didn't want to disturb with a self-winding storage chamber. Design reasons or not, I miss the auto storage of my Hoover.

Value: [***--] It's expensive at $399 MSRP and even at the $299 I bought it for it's not a bargain. If you buy a vacuum for it's sole purpose of cleaning the house, there are just as effective models for much less money (The Hoover V2 costs $100 less and easily performs the same albeit with less style and a bit bigger).

© 2010, theuerkorn


Recommend this product? Yes


Amount Paid (US$): 299


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