My New Dyson Ball Vacuum Really Sucks: a Review
I Love How Much my Dyson Vacuum Sucks
I am a busy woman. I love a clean house. Unfortunately, I have four children, two dogs and a cat. And I work. Game over, right? Not so fast! I am here to tell you that the best present I ever received is my new Dyson Ball DC25 vacuum cleaner.
Perhaps you think its pathetic for me to be swooning over a vacuum, but for years, I tried and discarded model after model. They all sucked.
Actually, that's the problem. They stopped effectively cleaning my house after about a year. The list of failures runs like the contents of a Little Black Book: Hoover, Eureka, Oreck. None have been able to hold my attention long enough for a lifetime commitment.
Enter Dyson. I'm sure you have seen the advertisements with James Dyson proclaiming that his invention is the best, because the vacuum never loses suction. The problem is that I just wasn't willing to part with $400-600 for a floor cleaner, no matter how fancy its cyclone technology promised to be.
I will admit now that, if someone had come into my home to show me just how great the Dyson vacuums work, I would have gladly shelled out a few Benjamins for the privilege of keeping one for myself. Oh, if I could only get those dirty years back as clean ones now!
I hate housework, yet each and every day, I pull that cute little lightweight Dyson Ball DC25 from the closet. About 5 minutes later, my floors are free of debris! In fact, we actually tried the very same experiment shown in the following video.
We vacuumed our house with the old cleaner, and then went over it again with our new Dyson. Because its bagless, you can see how much dirt is captured in the canister each time you use it. Needless to say, it was close to having to be emptied after vacuuming an already "clean" house!
Dyson vs. Hoover
James Dyson the Genius
Dyson vacuum cleaners were first conceived in 1978, although it took inventor and industrial designer James Dyson about 15 years and more than 5,000 prototypes to bring the fabulous cleaners to the market. That's right 5,000 failures before he hit success! But even when he finally thought he had a great product, he couldn't find a manufacturer willing to invest. So, Dyson launched Dyson Limited to produce the famous vacuum cleaners, first in the UK and now in Malaysia.
The patented technology is explained as:
"Cyclone technology uses 150,000 g's of centrifugal force in the cyclones to filter dust and remove dirt from the airflow efficiently. Because there is nothing to obstruct the airflow, the Dyson doesn't clog and doesn't lose suction."
At just 62 years of age, Dyson appears to be just getting started. There are a number of Dyson vacuum cleaners on the market, from the Dyson Ball DC25 (which we have and love) to the Dyson Animal, specifically designed for homes with animals. All of his vacuum cleaners work on a number of floor surfaces, which means I never need to sweep again.
And did I mention how much the Dyson cleaners suck? Really! Under an area rug in our kitchen, I discovered that flour had been dropped and was covering the floor in a very thin white film. Our Dyson vacuum cleaned it up better than any broom - instantly. Nothing can escape the suction power!
More Dyson Products
Full-sized Dyson vacuum cleaners run between $300-600, depending on rebates and other incentives.
We bought our model from a store that was offering a $100 gift card when you purchased a Dyson. With other Christmas shopping to do there, we effectively got $100 off the $399 price!
But perhaps you want a smaller model?
Check out the Dyson Baby DC22. You could also get a Root 6 Handheld Dyson Vacuum, shown in the photo below for about $150-200.
What's Next for Dyson?
There has been some talk that Dyson would be developing a solar-powered car. Whether or not those rumors are true, we do know that he's invented a much more efficient and hygienic hand-dryer, known as the Dyson AirBlade. It is both energy efficient and quick! Your hands will be dry in 12 seconds. Have you seen these in public bathrooms yet? I have!
Dyson's story is one that can inspire anyone who believes that failures prevent their success. To work so hard for many years through thousands of prototypes just goes to show that you should never give up on your dreams.
Even if they are as simple as enjoying a clean house!
© 2009 Stephanie Hicks
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