16 November 2018

Love and Hate


I’ve just had an absolute fight with my Dyson roller ball vacuum cleaner.  I tripped over the stupid cord at least three times, the wand is unwieldy and I can never get it back in its slot.  The cord is so short I have to re-plug it in every time I move to another room. Emptying the bin is tricky and I ended up inserting a metal skewer to hook all the gubbins out because I couldn’t remember how to take it apart and then had to vacuum again to pick up all the dust I had scattered everywhere.  I hate it!  Can anyone out there recommend a cordless cleaner?

On a more positive note I love my new door stop. 



46 comments:

  1. I have a cordless Dyson. It a super cooperative strong one for picking up animal hair and with three border collies we need that.

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  2. We have a Dyson cordless but I’d say it is OK and suppose there must be better ones. I’m boycotting Dyson products from now on. Just my personal protest against his stance on Brexit..,

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    1. I just feel that modern Dyson vacuums lack the quality they used to have.

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  3. Auto correct ! Super dooper strength ! I love it !....and we have two border collies not three ! LOTS of dog hair !

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    1. Haha. We definitely need one that picks up dog hair.

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  4. Auto correct ! Super dooper strength ! I love it !....and we have two border collies not three ! LOTS of dog hair !

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  5. I love your doorstop, too! Sorry, don't have a cordless vacuum, but if you have this brand, I've read that "Shark" is considered just as good as Dyson, but a fraction of the cost. -Jenn

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    1. I'll have to check Shark out, thanks Jenn.

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  6. I have just wasted a significant amount of money on the Dyson v10.
    Battery life rubbish. Suction is useless unless set to max, which eats the battery.I've had a corded Dyson for 20years and loved it.
    My daughter has just bought a vax and says its great. Hope this helps.

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    1. That's interesting. Dyson advertise an hour's battery life but I guess that depends what setting you have it on.

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  7. Love the door stop. Why get a new Vac just get Paul to do it!

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    1. But then I would have to dig the garden!

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  8. I know you stipulated cordless but I would recommend a Miele cylinder. Mine has a very long cord, doesn't weigh too much and was not very expensive unlike some of their appliances. Only downside the bags are expensive but you can buy cheaper version online.

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    1. I've really set my heart on a cordless one but a very long cord would certainly compensate.

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  9. My €49 Dust Devil from Leclerc is very good. In fact it's so good that I bought a second one for upstairs. It does have a cord. We have a cordless up at the barn, but I would only give it 6/10.

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    1. The cordless vacuums don't seem to rate very highly.

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  10. Many years ago I had a Dyson. When they first came out and men used to discuss them at dinner parties. A sure sign that something wasn't quite right. I used it three times and chucked it in the garden shed. Many years later I gave it to someone who said he really wanted a Dyson. I said be my guest. I have a Miele like Hillybean describes that was my mother's before mine. It is brilliant. I like the doorstop.

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    1. Back in the nineties I went into Currys to buy a new fridge/freezer and came out with a Dyson upright. That one was great, very heavy but a vacuum that actually picked up dog hair.

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    2. Mine was useless. Also one of the first. Blocked up with cat hairs all the time. Useless design and I hated emptying it. Give me bags every time.

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  11. I had a Dyson - it was okay, but not robust enough for a hard life in the country. I've had a Miele for the last couple of years, it was worth every penny.

    Love your doorstop, though he looks like he needs a hug or a treat.

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  12. Love the doorstop and have hated every vacuum cleaner I've ever had, cordless or otherwise, except when I borrowed Mac's shop vac.

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  13. I hate my Dyson too, it started playing up after a few years and the cost of repair was extortionate. Now I have a GTech, well two actually one in the Uk one in Italy, cordless, easy to empty and customer service is brilliant. Nice doorstop, I do like a doorstop.

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    1. I have thought about getting a GTech. They look very light.

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  14. Is the bunny leather? Have a proper Dyson which is good except the elephant trunk always wants to revert to two feet long. Have a cordless now as well and it is perfect for cobwebs and insects in top corners, needs emptying a bit too often with LOTS of dog hair.
    Love the bunny, we have various 'dogs' that do duty to let The Dog into all rooms to shed hair.

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    1. Life wouldn't be the same without all that dog hair.

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  15. As I collect hares I love that door stop too.

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    1. I couldn't resist him when I saw him in the shop.

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  16. If your Rick's hair is anything like our Toby's then it will block up the Dyson. What we do is to use a Belgian broom and sweep up the hair in a heap before dumping it and then use the Dyson for the household dust, I take the thing outside to empty straight into a bin as that way it is safer.

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    1. It's like a whole puppy coming out everytime I empty the Dyson.

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  17. I cannot help. I can give sympathy re the tripping, and agree that your bunny doorstop is adorable. :)

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  18. We've got a horrible vacuum in our accommodation block, it's like a Henry but not actually a Henry, I got a bit confused when I first got there and one of the girls was asking if anyone had seen fake Henry?

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    1. Fake Henries suck. Or maybe they don't!

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  19. I had a Nilfisk which was very good but when I was replacing it Doug persuaded me to buy a Miele. It is very good especially with dog hair but too heavy for me so Doug does the vacuuming !!!!!!

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    1. Now that sounds like a very good solution!

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  20. Love your doorstop! I have a wooden pig propping the sunroom door. My corded Dyson used to drive me mad and I'd bruise my legs every time I turned about and whacked myself as it never really rolled around smoothly. We got a cordless version and even though it only runs for a little while before needing charging, it's enough for quick once-overs and it lives so tidily in a cupboard. The other monster hasn't been used once, since, and I've not had a bruise since I went cord-free. Maybe try one? The old attachments all fit, too.

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    1. I think cordless is the way to go but not sure it will be a Dyson.

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  21. Hello! First time commenting, but vacuums are my arch nemesis, as was carpeting (we have none now, save an area rug after a big remodel) so I have some recommendations. For our plug in version, we have the upright Miele. Wonderful, but HEAVY. Long cord, great suction, and has a BAG, which we preferred, over the dust-creating bagless kind. So it's our go to for vacuuming the area rug. For the hard floors, we have 2 Hoover cordless Linx. They have a brush setting and no brush. GREAT suction, the battery lasts quite awhile, and they are light, and very easy to empty the chamber. It is easy to wash out as well. We have cats and no matter what we put at the door of their litter box, they still seem to track litter everywhere, so we use the cordless ones daily, and we have not been disappointed. It was cheaper to buy 2, rather than buy 2 rechargeable batteries, as we found the second one on sale at Bed, Bath and Beyond, plus our coupons. These little Linx's are THE BEST. And they don't do a bad job on carpet - but you do drain the battery significantly if you use it a long time on a carpet. GOOD LUCK!!!!

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    1. Hello Karla, thanks for your helpful comments. I know Paul was concerned that he wouldn't be able to get a spare battery with the Dyson. We have 'inherited' some very thick pile carpets so I think the cordless would struggle.

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  22. We have gone with a Gtech cordless upright (won't have a Dyson in the house as I am disgusted with his making a fortune and then outsourcing all the manufacturing abroad so UK workers lost their jobs).
    The Gtech is quite powerful and has good battery life - recommended!

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    1. Gtech is on my list to consider. Thanks.

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