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Dyson Animal DC65 Upright Vacuum: REVIEW (Is it Worth Spending $500+ For A Vacuum?)

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Poll: Would you pay $500 or more for a vacuum like this? (22 member(s) have cast votes)

Would you pay $500 or more for a vacuum like this?

  1. Yes, I look at this as a premium product that is worthy of its cost (8 votes [36.36%])

    Percentage of vote: 36.36%

  2. I would look for cheaper options when looking at a new vacuum (14 votes [63.64%])

    Percentage of vote: 63.64%

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#21 of 27 sidburyjr

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Posted March 02 2014 - 09:12 AM

I think your review was reasonable. I have a bunch of vacuums.

1) A Kirby upright that is almost 40 years old and still works but is hard to maneuver and for which putting attachments on is doable but not easy.

2) An Oreck XL that is about 10 or more years old and still works relatively good.  It lightweight and easy to maneuver. It has no attachnments

3)-4) Along with the Oreck came a small vacuum  for use when you would want to use the attachments.and an Oreck Shop type vac

5) Another shop vac that I may have inherited from the basement of the house I used to own.

6 ..?) Small handheld vacuums (dirt devil and it's ilk that are handy for small jobs, the car, etc)  We had one on each floor of our house and my wife had one at her store.

 

And about two or three weeks ago Amazon in its deal of the day had a Dyson DC42 animal ( or maybe a DC41) on sale for 339 and I bought it.  I've used it several times since it arrived.  When I took it out of the box it felt much heavier than the Oreck but when I picked them up together the difference was small.  The Dyson is harder to push than the Oreck but both are reasonably maneuverable.  I like the rotating animal brush.  For me the hose is very stiff. I hope I get the hang of how to work it properly after a few more trials.

 

I'm still not vacuuming our house the way it should be.  We moved from PA to SC just before Christmas and still have dozens of boxes lying around everywhere that I promise I'll take care of Real Soon Now. (I haven't even connected my sound system to my ST60 yet, but that's not as high a priority to my wife as other things are.)

 

Oh, and I was in Bed, Bath, and Beyond a few days ago and overheard a salesman talking to a couple.  He said that the vacuum that I just bought has been discontinued (which is probably why I got it for such a "low" price).  But it works fine and in reviews at various places there is much gnashing of teeth about the decline of quality in Dysons compared to the good old days.



#22 of 27 Dougofthenorth

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Posted March 02 2014 - 10:17 AM

RE: " But it works fine and in reviews at various places there is much gnashing of teeth about the decline of quality in Dysons compared to the good old days."

 

If true - that is really sad - how much then would every single last corp try & $crew us out of - at any cost?  


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#23 of 27 Ronald Epstein

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Posted March 02 2014 - 11:37 AM

I am well aware of the posts across the internet from Dyson owners

complaining that the new models are more cheaply made than the

trusty older ones.   That is one of the main complaints I understood

when doing an immense amount of Internet research.

 

As for the hose, allegedly the more you use it, the more it loosens up.

I seem to be experiencing some loosening after several weeks of use.


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#24 of 27 Bryan^H

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Posted March 02 2014 - 12:13 PM

I can't speak about Dyson, as I have never owned one.  My experience with the Panasonic Ultra commercial upright with a 10 amp motor, is by far the best vacuum I've ever used.  slightly under 10,000 hours use, and it still runs like a dream. With an annual change of the beater bar it seems like it will never die.  I believe it goes for about $200.  A great vacuum .

 

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#25 of 27 Dougofthenorth

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Posted March 02 2014 - 03:21 PM

I am well aware of the posts across the internet from Dyson owners

complaining that the new models are more cheaply made than the

trusty older ones.   That is one of the main complaints I understood

when doing an immense amount of Internet research.

 

As for the hose, allegedly the more you use it, the more it loosens up.

I seem to be experiencing some loosening after several weeks of use.

Indeed it has become very pliable with no thinning or leaks

 

& we have never needed to change parts, including any beater parts

or any of the many attachments we have


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#26 of 27 schan1269

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Posted March 03 2014 - 02:23 PM

My problem with Dyson...

 

Cost.

 

They seem to think "doesn't lose suction" is a big thing. Well, they do lose suction. So does my Kirby.

 

The biggest farce...the "fan without blades". Sure...ok. What about the blades in the bottom blowing up?



#27 of 27 Dave Upton

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Posted March 07 2014 - 06:47 AM

I have a new Kirby Sentria. Certainly a little less maneuverable, but it can suck the dirt out of anything. Been very happy with it.







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