Within the last week, I have had three phone calls from friends needing to replace their vacuum cleaner. They wanted me to recommend a vacuum to them. This means either one of two things, they think I am really filthy or they think I am an expert about all things that suck. I am going to go with the latter. I am a vacuholic, I like to vacuum, in fact, I obsess about when I will be able to vacuum again. My son can sleep right thru the sound of the vacuum because I used to vacuum when he napped. Call me weird, but there is a certian gratification to having freshly vacuum carpets. You know, the perfect lines, that remind you of a football field.
I am a big fan of Dyson, but at the same time hate Dyson. I have two Dysons, a yellow one DC07 (the original) and the purple one DC17 (the animal). I bought my yellow one in 2005. It has had a work out almost every day and still works as good as day one. How good you ask? Let me just tell you that my original assumption about me being filthy could be true if you saw the amount of the “Crapola” that ends up in the canister. It is not to heavy and works like a charm to clean my two staircases. The hose is extra long and I don’t have to drag the vacuum upstairs. Yes, I am in love with my yellow DC07. After 4 years, I think I would kick the husband out before I would part with my vacuum.
Ironically, the DC 07 Animal, is the vain of my existence. This vacuum is such a piece of crap, I wish I could suck it up with my DC07 because it belongs in the garbage. I paid significantly more this vaccuum when I purchased it in 2007 when we got our dog Lillie. Lillie is a furry beast, who sheds more hair than I thought one dog could have in a lifetime. Since I loved my Dyson so much, I thought I would upgrade. Not. This clunker is awkward, everything gets caught in the belt in the bottom. It doesn’t suck nearly as well as the DC07. I believe I bought a purple lemon. The hose on this thing is annoying! Why did they change a good thing? Is it really to much for people to pull the hose out on the DC07 ? I guess that is so, the one piece hose/wand on the DC17 just doesn’t stretch as far or in my opinon, work as well.
So when you ask me if you should buy a Dyson? I would say YES, but buy the lemon, not the grape!
The Good: Go for DC07 -much cheaper and more likely to go with your decor.
The Bad: Don’t buy the DC17 – save the money and get your dog a haircut.
Save $$ – Here is a nice little tip on how to get the DC07 for less money. Bed Bath and Beyond offers a 20% off one item coupon. Use this coupon on the $399.99 price tag, and save yourself ALOT of coin.
Disclaimer -Do not try and suck up your DC17 with your vacuum at home. A sledge hammer works better.