To Dyson or not to Dyson?

Discussion in 'Budget Board' started by snoopy5386, Feb 9, 2013.

  1. snoopy5386

    snoopy5386 DIS Veteran

    Aug 12, 2003
    Our vacuum is on its last legs and we need a new one. To Dyson or not to Dyson? Who has one? Love it or hate it? Alternatives? Cheapest place to get one?
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  3. descovy

    descovy DIS Veteran

    Jun 5, 2008
    Dyson... But in the $300 range. As far as a $300 vacuum it is very good. But I wouldn't spend way more money than that. I have the dc33(?) the yellow one and paid $250.

    It is a vacuum, not a miracle machine.
  4. JessB320

    JessB320 DIS Veteran

    Jul 20, 2012
    Love my dyson!! We bought a second for our rental house. Seven years going and still works awesome
  5. luvmarypoppins

    luvmarypoppins <font color=darkorchid>I am debating whether to pu

    Aug 23, 2003
    I love our dyson. Its a few years old. We have the slim line model. Got the floor model at kohls and we saved a bundle.

    Even my ds dont mind vacuuming with it.
  6. PatMcDuck

    PatMcDuck DIS Veteran

    May 12, 2000
    I have the DC33 yellow one too. I like it, but I might have to replace it. It is about 6 years old?

    DH began using it as a SHOP VAC!!! He said, it never loses suction, right? WELL, not 100 % true, if you use it to suck up sheetrock dust from sanding, and he did this a number of times. Plus, sawdust. Smelly sawdust.

    I now know how to take it apart (watched YouTube videos with step by step instructions).

    I love it though. Will get another when this one needs replacing. I see them on sometimes, or on Amazon specials. I saw them at Costco (you can return stuff there forever, so it is like having a free warranty). People get them at Kohls, when they have a 30% off coupon, and at Bed Bath Beyond, using their 25% off coupons.
  7. *Seanaci*

    *Seanaci* DIS-obsessed and proud!

    Nov 3, 2008
    We've had our Dyson for...4 years (I think) it's a purple one (not the animal though) and love it. My parents just replaced their vacuum and although my mom wanted a dyson, she went with a Shark...around $200 and very similar to my Dyson. The reason she went with the Shark was because after using my Dyson, she hated how hard it was to take apart to use the hose and extensions (I have no trouble with it because I use it all the time and am used to it). She likes her Shark and it works just as well as our Dyson. :)
  8. tasha99

    tasha99 DIS Veteran

    Aug 20, 2006
    I have a DC28 Animal.

    Pros: great suction, bagless, bin empties from the bottom, has attachment that is very flat for getting under furniture, long cord

    Cons: edging not so great so must use wand on edges and corners, very heavy, hose for attachments is stiff and hard to use

    I like my Dyson. It's not better than my old Miele but I am happy with it.
  9. Aliceacc

    Aliceacc <font color=royalblue>We had a wonderful time, but

    Jul 2, 2007
    We hated ours and recently replaced it. It just never seemed to have adequate suction... maybe we got a lemon?
  10. MinnieGirl33

    MinnieGirl33 Hockey Mom

    May 16, 2003
    FWIW, my Oreck is still going strong after 13+ years.
  11. wallawallakids

    wallawallakids DIS Veteran

    Feb 22, 2012
    Have you looked at the Shark? I had a Dyson for 4 years and it was great but then it broke and I really didn't want to pay over $300 for a vacuum that only lasts 4 years. I started reading reviews and bought the Shark. I actually found it at our Costco a little over a year ago for only $100!! I LOVE it. It works just as well as my Dyson did and it was more than half the price. If I ever need to buy another I would re-buy my Shark in a heartbeat. :thumbsup2
  12. lost*in*cyberspace

    lost*in*cyberspace DIS Veteran

    Dec 30, 2005
    There are many, many threads here already discussion Dysons. Try doing a search; you'll find a lot of opinions. As I posted in the most recent thread, vacuums are rated in the March 2013 Consumer Reports; take a look. They never rate Dysons highly.
  13. Madison'smommy

    Madison'smommy Mouseketeer

    Feb 16, 2010
    I have a dyson...7 yrs old. I love it! I use it everyday. Just yesterday I went to use it and realized my hose was broken. I called figuring after 7 years thry wouldn't still cover it and I would have to buy a new one.... After a short 5 min phone call they sent me a new one free! This is the kind of customer service that I will remember when I go to buy a new vacuum (which I don't expect to happen anytime soon)!
  14. acourtwdw

    acourtwdw DIS Veteran

    Aug 3, 2006
    Best Buy has the Dyson DC 28 Air Muscle on close out price for $280. That is a great discount. The org. price on that was $650. I have the DC 25 ball and love it. I will never own another vacuum besides a Dyson. Nothing cleans as well as that does.
  15. blessedby3

    blessedby3 Actually Blessedby4 now, but cant change my userna

    Mar 7, 2003
    I got the yellow Dyson a few years ago on an endcap at Target marked down. I paid about $170 for it. I have loved it! Still going strong:thumbsup2
  16. RachaelA

    RachaelA DIS Veteran

    Dec 9, 2007
    We got rid of our Oreck (which I HATED) and got the Dyson Animal Ball. I love it, but I do wish it did the edging better without getting the hose out.

    The one that has worked the best though is our original Rainbow vacuum, but I hate using it!
  17. LSchrow

    LSchrow <font color=green>We're eating brussel sprouts & a

    May 11, 2000
    2 dysons here (about 8 and 10+ years old). we just couldn't imagine being without one so bought a 2nd (one on each floor). we've been married for 30 years (on may 1:goodvibes),and have been thru hoover, bissell, shark, panasonic, etc....there is no comparison. we have always had pets: 1-2 golden retrievers, 2-5 cats. we NEED a vacuum that really works, lasts for many years, and is eay to empty/declog - our dysons have proved themselves over and over.
    ds bought a (hoover?) vac for his apt, and it lasted less than a year, so requested and received a dyson for Christmas (you know they must be REALLY good if that is the only thing a 24yo male wants for a present :thumbsup2).
    the only (minor) drawback is that the larger ones are heavy. i've pulled ours down on top of myself while vacuuming stairs more than once - i'm more careful now, and haven't done that in a few years (admittedly, i am a klutz tho - i walked into the side of our deck the other day (OUCH!), have fallen off ladders, trip over my feet daily, etc - yup, there is a reason i don't dance:rolleyes:).

    btw, i've said this before about Consumer Reports: they are good as a guide, but only along with "real people" reports. we -and others we know - have been burned by too many of their recommendations, and thrilled by some of their low/mid-rated products (good example is the ford taurus piece of garbage bought on their recommendation, and the jeep bought on recommendations of "real people" - taurus cost us about as much in repairs during the first 3 years as the original price, jeep was over 200k miles and 10 years old before it started having any problems).

    hth :)
  18. SarahKate

    SarahKate DIS Veteran

    Feb 5, 2006
    We just bought a Shark Rotator through Bed Bath and Beyond. It was $250 but we got a 20% coupon so it was a little over $200. It is amazing and is reviewed well. It has really great suction and the first time we used it had to empty the canister twice because it picked up so much.
  19. IADtoMCO304

    IADtoMCO304 Earning My Ears

    May 8, 2012
    We bought a Dyson factory refurbished DC Animal on eBay for $220 and it works great. We had an issue with the power brush not staying on when we first used it, however it came with a warranty and a local vacuum shop fixed it and didn't cost us anything. We are very happy with its ability to pick up dog hair and we like the bag less container and the washable filters.
  20. crisi

    crisi DIS Veteran

    Feb 25, 2002
    We had a lemon. The lemon was FINALLY replaced after several trips to the shop, and the new unit did the same things (the gears would grind). I gave it to a friend and bought a Meile, which is expensive, but wonderful.

    The Dyson really didn't do a good job on the floors, perhaps mine had additional problems other than the grinding of gears, but it couldn't pick up spilled dry cheerios.
  21. disbound09

    disbound09 Mouseketeer DVC Gold

    May 23, 2009
    Love the dyson but ours does not have a height adjustment so it is hard to use on our new heavy carpet. Not sure about shark our dyson rocks

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