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Old 06-08-2011, 08:35 PM
 
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My vacuum cleaner is getting old and am thinking of getting a new one. The dysons are running $400 to $600. Very pricey. So are they they so much better that they are worth that price? What do they do that makes them so much better?
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Old 06-08-2011, 09:26 PM
 
Location: Mountain girl trapped on the beach
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I bought the Animal model for pet hair last month, caught it on sale at Home Depot. (I have 4 cats.) What I really wanted was a Miele, which is similarly priced, but there are no dealers where I live and I didn't want to buy it online. I went with the Dyson on my sister's recommendation after reading several onine reviews and I like it. It's very light and very maneuverable (that's the logic behind the ball, instead of wheels) and it's got wicked suction. The sheer volume of stuff it pulled out of the carpet the first couple weeks I used it was amazing. The dirt container is a hands-free arrangement, you unmount it from the vacuum and push the button on top, and the bottom opens to drop all the dirt. The cord is pretty long too.

One negative I've noticed (other than the price) is that since the dirt container is plastic it has a static charge, which holds the cat hair in the container so I have to reach in and pull it out.

So far I'm happy. It hasn't made vacuuming my favorite chore or anything but I do get it done a lot faster. The reviews led me to believe it was a well-made product that I would be able to use for many years.
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Old 06-08-2011, 09:48 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I bought the pet model several years ago. This is the best vacuum I have ever had. I absolutely love it. I have 3 cats and really use the vacuum on a regular basis because of the cat hair.

It's easy to use, has very useful attachments. Because the canister is clear I can see what the Dyson is picking up and it amazes me how much it will hold before I have to dump it. Dumping is a piece of cake. It's a user friendly vacuum and I would not trade it for any other brand.

I wish the swivel wheels had been available back then but mine does just fine the way it is. It never clogs. It never looses suction. It's a real dream machine.
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Old 06-08-2011, 09:58 PM
 
Location: Brambleton, VA
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Our animal is the first generation and still going strong. I don't care what my beloved Consumer Reports says about it, because it is the best vacuum ever and perfect for pet hair! It is absolutely worth the price but watch Woot® : One Day, One Deal because they have refurbished models from time to time and I want to say the last animal deal was $299.99 which is a fantastic deal. So, wait and watch Woot and buy one when they have one as the featured deal because you won't find a better deal anywhere else!

As far as the static issue, I put a dryer sheet in the canister before I start vacuuming and that fixes the problem. It is the most economical vacuum out there and the most low maintenance. I wanted to buy a new model a while back but decided that I would wait until the current Dyson quits. Whenever that happens!
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Old 06-08-2011, 10:00 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Got ours at Costco, so that helped with the price.
Pet vacuum.
Only complaint is that the brushes can get clogged at the bottom; they are hard to clean and then there's no suction. OH, and that crazy screaming noise thing it does on the carpet setting when it gets mad.
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Old 06-09-2011, 07:23 AM
 
Location: Mountain girl trapped on the beach
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Alley01, thanks for the dryer sheet tip. I'll try it.
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Old 06-12-2011, 08:10 PM
 
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I have the Dyson ball and we vacuum up dog hair several days a week. This is the best vacuum I've ever seen. The canister is so easy to empty and it never looses suction.

Go ahead and buy one and do this: Vacuum your bedroom with your old vacuum and then immediately vacuum it again with the Dyson. Look at all the crap you pick up.
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Old 06-13-2011, 08:59 PM
 
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I've got a dyson - been pretty happy with it, I've had it for 5 years now and the suction seems that same as when it was new. I've got several different attachments/tools - the duster is great for the blinds.

Costco has good prices on them. I imagine Sam's club does as well.
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Old 06-16-2011, 07:11 AM
 
Location: New York
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I bought the Dyson Animal about 7 years ago. I has survived several house moves and I am using it now with an electrical convertor (UK-US) and it is still going strong. I love the baglessness of it. I have not had to have any repairs etc done and IF it did breakdown I would replace it with another dyson. No question.
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Old 06-16-2011, 05:13 PM
 
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I have the Dyson, and it's good... but my Eureka Boss destroys it. The Dyson is easier to handle (Eureka needs to work on this), but in terms of cleaning power, the Boss blows it away.
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