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Dyson (post #41828)

Hello everybody!

I have been way too busy to post these days but I have been reading as often as I can to keep up. Frankly, my cooking adventures have been pretty pathetic and extremely low tech as we are still in our temporary make-shift kitchen. I'm not sure that you all would be too interested in hearing about the food I am making. :) However, once March comes around, I am sure that I will have lots to show off and millions of questions to ask in preparation of a massive blow out party to celebrate.

In the mean time, I am about to buy a new vaccuum. My DH and I are really leaning towards the Dyson with the Animal fur attachment. We need a new one and I am sick of buying a new vac every few years. We have found a great price at Costco $429 as opposed to $499 on Amazon. Does anyone have any experience with this brand?

http://www.costco.com/frameset.asp?trg=product%2Easp&catid=89&subid=107&hierid=172&prdid=10039408&log=

http://www.dyson.com/range/feature_frame.asp?model=DC07-ANIMAL

My second question: On Dyson's website, they list only four models. Costco's website offers one that sounds like it is the Animal version, yet it doesn't use the same name or color of the vac. I want to make sure that the vac is the same one. I can't find an address for costco's customer relations and the vac wasn't at my costco this morning. What do you all suggest?

plantlust's picture

(post #41828, reply #1 of 30)

Hmmmm, I remember Mean becoming a raving fanatic about his Miele. 


Never heard of Dyson myself, I've got a Hoover that I purchased after checking out Consumer Reports.


My preciousssss, I wantsss my precioussss NOW.

Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with parsley sauce, goat cheese garlic mashed potatoes, Galena Cellars Niagra grape wine & Pie Boss's apple crumble topped with Ruth & Phil's sour cream/cinnamon ice cream.

kjlemire's picture

(post #41828, reply #2 of 30)

Mer,


Just bought a new vacuum this past October. After an exhaustive research decided on a SEBO X1. Absolutely love this vacuum. I did look at the Dyson and it was way to heavy for me.


I have linked to good vacuum sites for you to research.


Allergy Buyer's Club


http://www.allergybuyersclubshopping.com/sebo-x1-vacuum-cleaners.html


Ristenblatt Vacuums


http://www.ristenbatt.com/index.mv


Also, another good site for reviews and feedback on all sorts of appliances is That Home Site. I check that site daily for consumer reviews. You can check out the appliance forum and type in Dyson, you will get a ton of feedback.


http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/


HTH,


Kathi

MER02's picture

(post #41828, reply #3 of 30)

THanks Kathi! Those look like great sites..

MEANCHEF's picture

(post #41828, reply #4 of 30)

Don't buy anything until you read this stuff:


http://www.vacman.com/compareNumbers.html

MER02's picture

(post #41828, reply #5 of 30)

well, that site has so much info on it and yet it doesn't say anything about Dyson. Not sure how to interpret that. Is Dyson too new for the US? Anyway, it is amazing how many vacuum companies there are out there that I've never heard of. This is getting to be a pain in the arse. no wonder there are so many opinions out there.

gjander's picture

(post #41828, reply #6 of 30)

We purchased the yellow Dyson about six months ago and have been really happy with it.  We ended up deciding not to get the fur attachment because we have all wood floors and I believe that is designed for use with carpet.


The thing we like most is the ease of emptying the canister.  It has a clear plastic canister that shows you how much dirt/hair you have vacuumed up.  When it starts getting full you just shut of the vac, press a button to release the canister and walk it over to a trash can.  You pull another thing to release the bottom of the canister and all the contents just fall out into the trash.  It has been amazing to see how much dog hair (we have two labs) we regularly have on the floor.


Other plusses are that it is relatively quiet for a vacuum, is well built, and easy to use.


The only thing we aren't real crazy about it the hose--it is a little awkward to use though it does work well.


Gary

Gretchen's picture

(post #41828, reply #7 of 30)

The thing we like most is the ease of emptying the canister.  It has a clear plastic canister that shows you how much dirt/hair you have vacuumed up.  When it starts getting full you just shut of the vac, press a button to release the canister and walk it over to a trash can.  You pull another thing to release the bottom of the canister and all the contents just fall out into the trash.  It has been amazing to see how much dog hair (we have two labs) we regularly have on the floor.


I got a Lightning at Tuesday Morning that has been phenomenal--$150--same deal. We have a golden and a lab mix so I'll match my dog hair to yours any day!!


Gretchen
Gretchen
ashleyd's picture

(post #41828, reply #8 of 30)

We have a Dyson, latest one is an Animal to replace our well used original. They were invented by James Dyson, a Brit, and have taken the market by storm over here in the last decade. They work. Well.

"Appreciation is a wonderful thing; it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well."
Voltaire

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MadMom's picture

(post #41828, reply #9 of 30)

I saw my first Dyson today...at Target, of all places.  Couldn't find a price, though.  How many different models do they make? 

Things are going to get a lot worse before they get worse.
Lily Tomlin

kjlemire's picture

(post #41828, reply #10 of 30)

Everything you wanted to know about Dyson....


http://www.dyson.com/homepage.asp

assibams's picture

(post #41828, reply #12 of 30)

Better yet, check the British site at www.dyson.co.uk and I really, really want his washing machine (http://www.dyson.co.uk/range/feature_frame.asp?model=CR01-WW-FC). DH - a sucker for innovations - has already given me his thumbs up. However, the machine is not sold in Germany yet. BTW, my vacuum is the DC05.

"A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort."
Herm Albright

MER02's picture

(post #41828, reply #13 of 30)

Thanks everybody for the fast replies and the positive responses. I will be buying the Animal from BB&Beyond with a 20% coupon, as soon as I can find it. I know its here somewhere. :)

Edited to add: I just got a message back from Dyson's customer relations dept. about the machine sold through Costco.

"Yes it is a different version, it's our newest addition called a full kit it

comes with a HARD floor tool, animal turbo tool and additional lifetime

filter. "

SO, I just might get the Costco one instead!

Hey Ashley or anyone else- Have you had to replace parts or belts or other stuff?

TIA!


Edited 1/18/2004 1:41:01 PM ET by Mer

Astrid's picture

(post #41828, reply #14 of 30)

Does it have any belts for moving parts which need replacing, or does it function entirely with the cyclonic action? I am happy with my Panasonic but I have to periodically replace a belt and the floor brush always needs to be cleaned of my long hairs which I am always shedding, worse than a dog in the spring!


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assibams's picture

(post #41828, reply #15 of 30)

Other than part of the dirt receptacle that I must have lost dumping out the contents (my fault, not the manufacturer's for sure) is the only thing I have ever replaced. And as I mentioned in a previous post, they replaced the whole thing free of charge. Oh, and another thing, the filter was originally a throw-away item, and had to be replaced every other month (depending on usage, of course). As soon as the washable filters came along I bought on of those and have used it ever since.


The customer service is excellent and very helpful - at least here in Germany.

"A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort."
Herm Albright

plantlust's picture

(post #41828, reply #16 of 30)

OHHO!  Sunday's Tribune.  BestBuy ad, Dyson 499.99usd.  No clue about the model or anything like that, but they called it an Animal.  Hopes this helps.

My preciousssss, I wantsss my precioussss NOW.

Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with parsley sauce, goat cheese garlic mashed potatoes, Galena Cellars Niagra grape wine & Pie Boss's apple crumble topped with Ruth & Phil's sour cream/cinnamon ice cream.

MadMom's picture

(post #41828, reply #17 of 30)

That's the price Target charges for the Animal on their web site.

Things are going to get a lot worse before they get worse.
Lily Tomlin

Heather's picture

(post #41828, reply #21 of 30)

I just bought a Dyson at Costco, even though the colors are pretty vile--I'm hoping the effectiveness compensates for the look. Anyway, I have it assembled but can't get the thing to stand up straight by itself. Is there some trick to this?

assibams's picture

(post #41828, reply #22 of 30)

Sorry, can't help you with this one. I have a canister, not the upright. Doesn't it lock when you push the handle up and forward?

"Things are more like they are now than they have ever been" President Gerald Ford

"A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort."
Herm Albright

Heather's picture

(post #41828, reply #23 of 30)

No, it doesn't lock. I'm not even sure how close it is supposed to go towards a 90 degree angle but it stops quite a bit before that. I'm going to call the help line this morning and see what they say.

Gretchen's picture

(post #41828, reply #24 of 30)

What is up with this site?  First of all today it takes FORever to post. And second, for a number of days threads are showing up totally new (like this one--I read posts not looking at the date until I found my answer almost a year ago).  anyway, the Dyson is supposed to be terrific.  When my $150 vac is done, I'll get one.

Gretchen

Gretchen
TracyK's picture

(post #41828, reply #25 of 30)

Should be at 90 degrees, at least... sounds like something is jammed or you got a defective part.


That's just bad pigs.

Heather's picture

(post #41828, reply #26 of 30)

Thanks for the reply. I just called the Dyson help line and the guy knew right away what to do. There was a part at the back that needed to be clicked into position before the handle could come to 90 degrees. It took me a second to fix it. "Why don't you put that in your manual, " I asked. "Because we aren't expecting it to happen," he answered. Well, he sure knew right away what the problem was, they must know that it is going to happen some of the time.
Anyway, I ran the vacuum over my bedroom carpet and I'm just amazed what it pulled out of there. The suction in these machines is really powerful!

MadMom's picture

(post #41828, reply #27 of 30)

Heather - I think you'll love it.  I got both of my DDs Dysons and also bought one for DH (I don't vacuum, LOL!)  Younger DD said she never thought she would fall in love with a vacuum cleaner, but she is in love with this one!

Things are going to get a lot worse before they get worse.
Lily Tomlin

MEANCHEF's picture

(post #41828, reply #28 of 30)

that's because you never had a Miele

Heather's picture

(post #41828, reply #29 of 30)

I had a Miele canister and it was nothing but trouble. And the local dealer/repair person was so obnoxious that I dreaded each of the many trips in for repair. I finally decided it wasn't worth the aggravation and tossed it.

KarenP's picture

(post #41828, reply #30 of 30)

  Just got one.  It's pretty nice. :-)

KitchenWitch's picture

(post #41828, reply #18 of 30)

So, Mer, did you get your Dyson?


what do you think?


I overheard DH swearing at our vacuum this weekend, so maybe i can angle for a dyson...


~RuthAnn

~RuthAnn

MER02's picture

(post #41828, reply #19 of 30)

No, after all that, we didn't get our Dyson. The cool showers that we have been having lately have been a strong argument to save the $$ for a new water heater. Oh yeah, the prices went up for hardwood floors (ack) and we decided to grind down and refinish the marble floor in the foyer (30 yrs old and in good shape but very neglected).

Somebody should have told me that this house project would be 3x over budget and 3x over the time schedule. LOL!!

We will get the Dyson sometime in the summer. We are crossing our fingers and using the old Hoover windtunnel. (Old means 3 years old. Isn't that sick!)

RuthAnn, if you do end up with the Dyson, please let me know how you like it. I will vaccuum vicariously!

MadMom's picture

(post #41828, reply #20 of 30)

I'm trying to talk younger DD into one...with all her critters, she ruined a vacuum cleaner about once a year, sucking in all the hair etc.  Of course, now she's down to one dog and two cats, and a much smaller home, on a paved street...so maybe her current one will last.  When I showed her the cheapest Dyson, her only comment was "$399???"  Still, if it worked, it would be cheaper than replacing $150 ones every year.  Maybe I should get Willie Ray one...he gets off on vacuuming.

Things are going to get a lot worse before they get worse.
Lily Tomlin

assibams's picture

(post #41828, reply #11 of 30)

We bought a Dyson canister (not the upright, because I have so many stairs) to replace a fine Siemens, that could not handle the fine dust from our building project too well. I have had it for 5 years now and just love it! The dust collector might not be as large as some vac bags, but it empties out easily. Also the filter is washable and does not need replacement - have had that one for 4 years now. And their customer service is perfect! I must have lost a part of the dust collector's inside when emptying it and of course the thing did not work any more. When the repair man found the mistake he recommended to call the company myself (to get better service) and they sent me a complete unit, since the design had improved, totally free of cost. The simple canisters sell around $350 over here. And there is NO follow up cost like filter bags, which often enough sell for $10 for 5 bags...

"A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort."
Herm Albright