In over twenty years of cleaning homes, offices, and churches, I have had the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with many styles and brands of vacuum cleaners. Sadly, nearly all of them had been a disappointment. Some are too heavy, too clumsy, too limited in function, or all-around lousy. Although Dyson has a wonderful reputation for being a good vacuum cleaner, I had been disappointed in them as well except for one model. This is the best Dyson vacuum I have ever used.
Why I loved it so much:
Homes with pet hair are particularly challenging because the hair doesn’t just stay on the floor. It floats around and settles on the walls and furniture and hides in hard-to-reach places. One home I used to clean was inhabited by two shedding dogs and one shedding cat. There was animal hair everywhere! I tried using a variety of other vacuum cleaners in that house before I found this one and I was amazed at the difference! It really took care of the hair problem.
It’s light-weight and easy to use. That was especially nice for me because I have a weak shoulder and sciatica and I was able to use this vacuum without stressing my body.
The compact design made it easy to store in a closet and to maneuver in tight spaces, like between the coffee table and sofa.
A variety of attachments allowed the vacuum cleaner to remove the hair off of diverse surfaces:
- One gently removed hair from the fabric furniture covers and drapes
- Another could reach between sofa cushions or under furniture
- An attachment allowed me to use the vacuum cleaner on hardwood floors
- An attachment for carpets
It has a long hose which was wonderful for reaching over, under and behind furniture.
The attachments swivel easily which makes it simple to switch from vacuuming the floor to the baseboards and wall.
It does not use bags so you don’t have to continually purchase them to keep your vacuum cleaner in working order.
It’s easy to empty. Just hold it over the trash can or in a bag and push a button to release the dirt.
What I didn’t like:
One drawback to the compact design is that it doesn’t hold much hair and has to be emptied regularly. As I said, this house had a lot of pet hair so I had to empty it two/three times by the time I was finished with the house.
The hair clung between the canister and the part that went down the middle of the inside of the canister so I had to use something to knock it out.
From the description, it looks as if the two issues I had have been resolved. You can see the newer, better model here:
Here’s what Amazon has to say:
- When it topples over, it picks itself up
- The cinetic tips separate the dust that clogs other vacuums so it doesn’t lose suction
- No filter to wash or replace. No bags to buy.
- HYGIENIC dirt ejector – Drives Out trapped dust and debris as you empty.
- Picks up fine dust.
- Removes ground-in dirt.
- The handle and wand rotate allowing 360-degree articulation.
- Has a total reach of 35 feet.
Just for Comparison:
This vacuum cleaner is also designed for cleaning up after pets. As you can see, it does not look as light-weight and easy to maneuver as the Dyson:
So there you have it, my take on the best Dyson vacuum that I have used. I would love to hear about your experience with Dyson vacuum cleaners or any vacuum that you have used successfully in a house with animals. Please comment below.