Dyson DC23 Animal - Purple - Vacuum Cleaner Reviews

Dyson DC23 Animal - Purple - Vacuum Cleaner

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Not recommended if you're an average woman

Aug 13, 2008
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Pros:Neat looking and is the talk of the neighborhood.

Cons:Too heavy, especially if you have stairs.

The Bottom Line: If the woman of the house is the main person to use this vac, don't get it.


Our old Hoover canister vac lasted 9yrs.
We moved into a new two-storey house with carpet, tile and hardwood, not to mention a lot of stairs to climb with 9 foot ceilings.

My hubby wanted to buy a Dyson because it was "cool".
I honestly wonder how many women out there actually buy Dyson's on their own and how many men who have bought them, actually use them on a regular basis.
You'll understand my point of view when you read the cons below.

PROS:
Good suction on carpet. Like the power of the large carpet attachment. Good placement of the power button and re-tractable cord button. Easy to empty out and nice with the see-through canister to see when it's time to empty.


CONS:
Extremely heavy to use for an average woman. Forget about climbing stairs with it, I almost broke my neck a few times lifting it up. Doesn't seem any better than most vacuums in terms of suction on flat surfaces like tile and hardwood. Wide bristle attachment for flat floors is terrible. Arm on vacuum is also too heavy and cumbersome to actually use smaller attachments like the bristle dust head or the crevice tool. You can't see what you're doing around the arm because it's just too large and hard to get into small places. Arm won't stay locked open and keeps folding closed. On the flip side, I have to use a lot of force to lock it closed and then it's difficult to close it.
Vacuum is louder than most. I find I have to manually pick-up and pull the vacuum along with me as pulling it from spot to spot or room to room is just too heavy and it doesn't roll easily. The cord and hose keep getting twisted and entangled around the wheels of the vacuum.
I honestly find this vacuum to be such a pain to use and would go back to my old Hoover any day... if we didn't throw it out. I find I leave the Dyson on the main floor and just neglect vacuuming upstairs whenever possible just because of how hard it is to get up there. It's a workout just to use and a serious test of patience when you'd expect so much more from a Dyson and all the hoopla over their marketing.


Recommend this product? No


Amount Paid (US$): 700

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