And so began a lovely period of vacuum research. I tell ya, we lived and breathed Eureka's, Hoovers, Dysons and others for awhile. What can I say? We were determined to find THE vacuum for us, one that did a good job and would last more than a few years, making it worth the investment.
After reading hundreds of reviews from Consumer Reports and Amazon, we finally found a Dyson Ball DC25 All-Floors vacuum that would work for us. The only problem was the price: it was 550$, which is a little much for us considering that our new granite tile countertops didn't even cost that much! So we went all around town, stopping by every store we could think of to look at vacuum prices: Sears, Best Buy, Kohl's, Nebraska Furniture Mart, Lowe's and Target. Nobody had any good sales going on, and we really really needed a vacuum: bad. Seriously, Barley was shedding like crazy, and the dust bunnies were practically building skyscraper cities in our house.
So we decided to try and find a good deal online. A day or two later, and we had totally scored: we found one on Amazon for 350$, with free overnight shipping. Sweet!
Now, don't get me wrong, 350$ is still alot to pay for a vacuum. But Dysons come with a 5 year warranty, don't use bags, and have a lifetime HEPA filter that never needs to be replaced. We figured that since our old 85$ vacuum lasted only a year, if we replaced it every year for 5 years it would cost us 425$, not to mention the replacement HEPA filters and belts, etc add to the overall cost. And best of all? Our new Dyson vacuum works amazingly well on wood floors too (since it comes with a button to turn off the rotating carpet brush), so we'll actually save money because we won't be buying Swiffer wipes anymore. Our carpet has never been so dog-hair free and clean (it feels like new!). Even Barley loves the new vacuum.
Okay, so maybe Barley doesn't really like it very much (surprisingly, he's more scared of the new one than the old one! We figured he would like it more because there's a ball in it...), but we sure do!
First off, the vacuum is lighter than our old Bissell, even though it's smaller. Our old vacuum's attachments would tend to let dirt fall on the floor when we connected them, but the new Dyson doesn't use the same hose as the main part of the vacuum for it's attachments - it uses a separate hose, and the attachment is actually the handle of the vacuum that lifts right up and out, so due to gravity there's no chance that any dirt is going anywhere. And lifting out the attachment hose is so easy and takes only a second, no need to scramble to find all the parts and spend a few minutes connecting everything up. And once the hose is connected, the vacuum knows to turn off the main brush so dirt doesn't scatter everywhere (something our Bissell would do, which discouraged us from using the attachments very often).
The ball makes it incredibly easy, and yes - even fun! - to manuever around while vacuuming. By just twisting your wrist the vacuum moves around, making getting around furniture as easy as pie. The sucking power is incredible! We tried to vacuum off our pleather couch with the attachment but had to give up as the sucking power is so great that the pleather just stuck to the attachment. So I'd say the Dyson does everything but pleather furniture. That's okay by us!
Emptying the container is also so easy it's almost fun. On the old Bissell vacuum, removing the dirt container to empty it usually involved lots of dirt getting on us, in the air, and all over the vacuum (removing it was kinda tricky) due to the fact that the top of the dirt container is completely open to the air once removed. The Dyson is a completely sealed container, so we just pop it out, hold it down a bit in the trash can (to prevent dust from billowing up in the air too much), and press a button and the bottom drops out, letting the dirt fall out of the container without getting our hands, the vacuum, or the floor covered in dust.
We are so happy with our purchase! I admit, we have been completely floored by this vacuum (pun intended). We now understand what the rave is all about as far as Dyson vacuums are concerned, too - and the fact that the colors are so eye-pleasing and that the vacuums have been in numerous museums (including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Science Museum in London, and the Pompidou Centre in Paris) just makes us all-that-much-happier with our Dyson. Seriously, people - we're pleased as punch about it.
What about you guys? Do you believe all the hype about the Dyson vacuums? Is a regular ole' vacuum worth the hefty price tag, or would you rather spend the money on something else? Are you as surprised as we were to learn that Dyson vacuums have been displayed in famous museums, and that some Dyson vacuums even have a permanent placement in them? We'd love to hear your thoughts!
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