My 9-month-old looks super cute on this costume!! The fabric is nice and warm. The size chart is not accurate…
This is the accurate one:
Small 6-12m / Height 29-30.5 in / Weight 23-25 lb
Medium 12-18 / Height 30.5-33 in / Weight 25-27 lb
Large 18-24m / Height 33-35 in / Weight 28-30 lb
We bought this costume for my son and he used it two years in a row, getting more than our moneys worth.
He was 8 months the first year and tolerated the costume during trick-treat hours, since we didn’t really go anywhere he was our halloween decoration.
This past year he did not want to wear the feet but he still enjoyed wearing the costume all nigt for his 1st true halloween and still tries to wear it on occassion. I would highly recommend this costume!
Though we bought this costume larger the first year, it was very adaptive due to high quality of costume. just stuffed booties 1st year to give a fuller look but was not overwhelming on my son, and he was not an overly plump 8 month old.
Would highly recommend this product! I love it wish we could do another year in it because it is that cute, but we will move forward, haha. Hopefully find another costume from same company next year we like, I will definately purchase from again.
I found a metal wire in the lining of the costume that had sharp points that projected towards the chest of the infant! As this is not something I would put on my child, I asked for a full refund, which the seller said would do, but they needed to inspect the product first. Given that I needed to return the item, I asked for them to cover the shipping costs, they said they would not. The shipping costs are 1/3 of the value of the costume and not worth it to send back if I have to absorb that cost. They would not credit me the shipping $, nor would they provide a refund without having the product returned. I would not recommend buying from them.
this costume is great. super cute and high quality. the only slight downside is that it’s pretty warm. this may be a bonus if you live in a colder area of the country. it’ll keep your little guy nice and warm.
The costume was of good quality and my 9 month old granddaughter looked adorable in it. The legs were a bit short for her though. Overall we were very happy with this costume. I sewed pink bows behind one ear and on the tail so everyone would know she is a girl “monkey.”
I bought this for my sons first Halloween and was so excited for him to wear it. It’s very cute and I loved all the snaps on the legs so I could change him. The first time i tried it on it was fine. I unsnapped it and didn’t put it on him again until Halloween. Last night was Halloween and when I went to put on the costume EVERY SINGLE SNAP WAS BROKEN! The had broken apart and there were sharp metal spikes against my babies skin! I couldn’t believe they all broke!! I would never have spent so much on this outfit had i known it was so terribly made! Please This outfit is cute, but not if you’re baby can’t get a full wear out of it!!
I live in a basement studio with two dogs and a muddy yard, and this is the perfect vacuum cleaner for me. How many times has this floor really needed a quick vacuuming, but I just didn’t feel like hauling my gigantic machine out and then manhandling it around the narrow spaces? Then spending half an hour dismantling it every time it sucked up a stray cable of yarn from the carpet? Now I find myself pulling out the Dyson just to get the dust bunnies or caked mud out of one corner!
It weighs about nine pounds, it fits in all my narrow spaces without having to move the furniture, the sphere turns on a dime, and it can suck the rust off of an abandoned Studebaker. The attachments click on simply and securely. The roller has a sensor that stops it from turning the moment it detects it slowing down because something is caught in the brush, so it doesn’t wind around fifty times. The bucket is easy to clean. It’s even light for carrying up stairs, and the stairway attachment is so compact that it does a good job.
The Dyson technology isn’t really the Dyson Sphere of sci-fi stories, an artificial sphere millions of miles in diameter built around a sun to capture every kilowatt-hour of its energy in order to power an advanced civilization. It’s named after James Dyson, the Briton who invented it. He went inside a sawmill and discovered that the walls were not covered with sawdust because it had a giant fan assembly that created a cyclone effect, spinning the dust down into a collector. He immediately thought of building a vacuum cleaner with the same cyclone technology, since the accumulation of dust on the sides of a brand new bag saps half the power of a conventional vacuum within a few minutes after turning it on for the first time.
Potential demerits: It doesn’t have a height adjustment so it may not be the best for thick carpeting. It’s got a narrow footprint so if you have a large area it may require more passes. The power cord is fairly short, but then electrical cords are very heavy and that would just add to the weight. It has a bucket instead of a bag so you have to wash it out when you empty it. That doesn’t happen very often in my tiny space but again, the small bucket is not meant for a big house.
The larger version of this has all those features you’d want in a big house, but it weighs more and doesn’t go into narrow spaces. And when I bought mine, the larger one was actually cheaper.
Other companies have ripped off the idea since it’s almost too simple to patent effectively. I have no idea how their products compare. I love my Dyson because it is PURPLE!
SETTING THE SCENE:
I am not a natural cleaner. There’s a difference between neat and tidy, and I’m unfortunately not either of those things. The hubby and I loathe cleaning and don’t consider it a priority until things become desperate.
We have a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who sheads tumble weeds of fur across our hardwood floors. He spends a lot of time snoozing on the chairs in the living room, which we hardly sit on anymore because they’ve become so fuzzy. We often find dust buffalos (much larger than bunnies) under the bed and are amazed how much small rubble can accumulate just by walking in and out of the front door.
Our previous vacuum was an 8-year-old cheapo from a big box store. We hardly used it because it was heavy, clunky, sounded like a fire hazard, stank, and seemed to kick up more dust into the air than it actually collected. It was also only suitable for our small carpeted area in the basement and then we used a Swiffer Wet Jet on the hardwood — which was fairly close to never.
THE REASONS WHY:
Enter the small child. Our first kiddo just learned how to crawl — and as thus we’ve just learned how icky the floors truly are. People say having a baby changes everything. This is one area in life where that’s absolutely true. We simply cannot ignore our floors anymore.
I did a lot of research to find the most bang for our buck. As a single-income household, it’s a pretty big deal for us to invest in something this expensive.
I decided to go for this one because:
(1) I knew I wanted a Dyson
(2) It’s designed for homes with pet hair
(3) It works well on non-carpeted areas
(4) It’s small enough to carry around while being big enough to handle the job
(5) There’s a 5-year warranty, so the price I paid when I bought it is the ONLY money I will spend on it for the next 5 years
(6) It was marked down for a Black Friday weekend sale
(7) It’s cute! A fun-looking vacuum encourages me to want to use it.
It’s amazing how much gunk this little sucker picks up. I sat next to our curious baby on the kitchen floor while I snapped it together (surprisingly simple), then zoomed it merrily around the kitchen. I was excited / apalled how much stuff we had been sitting in without even realizing it. So disgusting. And so awesome how easy it is to pick it up now!
The dark fascination of watching the clear dirt collector fill up is pretty cool. I ran around and gleefully cleaned the entire house from ceiling to the very last dark corner. There may have been some maniacle laughter involved as I showed no mercy on the spider webs and dead bugs in the laundry room. The spinny attachment for the end of the hose works great on the dog hair covered chairs and small rugs.
Aside from the fact that this vacuum works and makes me enjoy cleaning, my favorite part is it doesn’t smell. Oh, how I used to hate the stink of our old cheapo vacuum. Now when I clean my house, it actually SMELLS clean too!
They also make a small toy version of it if you have a kiddo who would like to pretend to vacuum along with you. I’ve seen it in person at a friend’s house and it’s adorable.
KEEP IN MIND:
The hose requires a bit of snake charming. It definitely wants to return to it’s folded-up position, so it takes some light wrangling to keep it extended. It’s also on the short side, even with the long handle part attached, so I like to hold the body of the vacuum in one hand and manage the hose with the other. It’s not bad since the vacuum itself is quite light.
I discovered there’s a small learning curve to steering with the ball. It’s turned by twisting your wrist rather than shoving it around with your entire arm. It’s a good thing — it’s just taken a little relearning for me to “get it.”
I love this thing. It works, it doesn’t smell, it’s easy, and it makes me happy to use it.
I have been waiting for my Oreck to die to purchase a Dyson after trying a friend’s Dyson ball two years ago. Lost patience and after a lot of research on Amazon.com decided to buy this model. I was not disappointed in the suction or the maneuverability. I have area carpets, some 20 years old, that almost look new. I did find, though, that it did not pick up small debris. I live in the woods and the critters always bring home gifts of tiny twigs, leaves, etc that were not sucked up even after repeated slow passings with the vacuum. There are two dogs and three cats in our home; two are white. The day after I received the vacuum I tried it on a small chair. I was so excited about how clean it was (I used the mini turbine) I ended up doing all the furniture and then vacuuming all the rugs. I had to empty the bin five times! I have mild asthma so am always concerned about the air when I clean house. Even in a bright sunny room I saw no debris in the air which means I won’t be dusting that off the rest of the furniture. The maneuverability was good but the machine is so light I kept picking it up inadvertantly; it is too light. I am 5′ 7′ and as there is no cord control at the top of the wand I had to keep a hold of the cord constantly and every time it dropped I had to bend over and pick it up. Quite a nuisane and pain in the back. Same for the on/off switch, have to bend over repeatedly. I attributed the difficulty in managing the hose to it’s newness. I had to keep a death grip on it to keep it stretched out and since the machine is so light it kept coming at me and/or falling over while I was using the hose. A down side to the ball is I cannot vacuum under furniture I usually do.
Even though it does not have the ball technology, I ordered a DC28 for it’s weight.
It appears to have a larger cannister as well. I don’t mind emptying the cannister once or twice per cleaning but will grow weary emptying it any more than that. This would be a great vacuum if only used for vacuuming rugs. I will say, however, that the mini-turbine tool alone is worth the price of the machine.
This vacuum has nice features I like the idea of it a lot and I’m trying to decide about returning it or keeping it. (I got mine at the wally big box store).
First: you can not set it to carpet height, this can be very bad for loop type carpet fibers or high pile carpet it can rip it up. Ive never had a vacuum that doesn’t adjust at all.
Next: Its tippy as heck, worst one Ive ever seen, it almost took out my flat screen first time it tipped and I was not using attachments at the time either just opening a clip.
And: It loses suction majorly when using attachments, enough to make them kinda useless.
Last: it has a nasty pitch when you run the carpet brushes, which can be heard thru’ walls (apt or sleeper). Without brushes on carpet it amounts to a dust buster but does work.
That said, the small profile is nice for small spaces (tho’ I would not want to use it in large spaces lots of vacuuming).
The lift away thing is neat if only it had more suction, it may work for car cleaning maybe…but not with hose it comes with you’d need an accessory, its too stiff and short.
The swivel function is nice and it is light that said…
It just feels very cheap and even for the price I paid (158 new) seems too much really feels worth half or at least 99 bucks.
Emptying the cup is messy as heck, I think bagged vacs may be for me.
The five yr warranty I understand is not free, you pay shipping back for repairs. The belts break some say but you have to replace the whole bottom brush head thing…costly even with warranty since you pay shipping.
They are back ordered on all parts its said too. It really depends how much deep cleaning your’e doing, and if you need to use the attachments often.
I don’t know, I’m tossed I think I wanted it to be better then it is, and it just isn’t. I may re order my old panasonic upright bagged. and be done with it.
edited to add: mid jan 2013 I did return the shark, getting it back in the box was a trip LOL, I actually replaced it with a cheapo bissel bagged powerforce and it works way better then the shark, Im shocked, Id never gone with cheapo vacuums in the past (bissel was 43 dollars). It may not live but a year but thats fine most vacs cost that a year anyway once added up over time. I will keep my eye out for a bagged worth investing in for future.
I really liked the shark vacuum when I first got it…it’s nice and light. But I haven’t owned this machine that long and both the bottom hose going to the floor nozzle and the above floor cleaning hose have cracks making the vacuum useless. I was looking for replacements parts but I haven’t come across any hoses…have to wonder where they were made.
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this vacuum. It is the lightest vac I’ve ever had that truly works. When I first used it, it sucked up so much cat hair (two cats) and kitty litter dust that I could have made a cat out of it. I had to empty the bag twice after just one go around throughout the house (one story 2 bedroom 2 bath). Every time I’ve used it, it keeps sucking up more and more. It is great to know that it has eliminated so much of that out of the carpet and we are not breathing all that kitty litter dust. I am a petite woman (5′, 100 lbs), so having a lightweight vacuum is fantastic. I love being able to lift off the hose/bag and vac in places the vac itself can’t fit into; however, it is a small enough width that I can go into places I never could before with my Hoover, which is almost twice as wide. The container is easy to clean. I love that the cord is so long that I can plug it into one receptacle in the middle of the house and never have to move the plug to another outlet It is a fantastic machine. It is actually fun to vacuum now. I no longer dread hauling out the machine. I got a great promotional price for under $150 at Costco. Can’t say enough good things about this machine. The model I have is UV440
If you simply want a vacuum for vacuuming floors this seems to work fine, but I like to use the hose attachment for cleaning and vacuuming under furniture or other hard to reach places. THE HOSE ON THIS VACUUM IS USLESS! Every time I try to use it, the whole vacuum falls over. The hose looks like it could stretch but it goes no where. It is really nice to have a vacuum fall on top of you while you are cleaning. If you are going to be needing a hose attachment, make sure you buy another vacuum along with this one, that is what I am going to try to do right now. You would think the manufacturers of this vacuum would have taken it for a few test runs before trying to sell it.
I used my new vac for the first time this week. It was easy to put together and I love it! After seeing what it picked up, I believe this is the cleanest this place has been in awhile-and I have a Dyson. This is MUCH better. I live in a townhome with several sets of stairs-it is great on stairs. Easy to use, easy to empty. I wish I’d gotten this in the first place, instead of the Dyson.
I have tried both of these, and have come to the conclusion that the DC33 is superior. Here’s why:
-The suction and brush bar are clearly more powerful. This is what sold me. I can see the difference in carpet lines (medium pile carpet) when I use one or the other.
-35ft cord is a significant benefit over the 25ft cord. I can almost do the entire floor by just plugging in a single outlet. Two would cover the whole house. With the DC25, I had to constantly unplug and replug.
-Larger dustbin means I can keep vacuuming for longer without emptying. Also, the design on this one seems to keep the shroud (the perforated shield inside the canister) freer of stuck-on dust.
-Although a bit larger, it is a similar weight to the DC25.
-Critical sections can be easily taken apart to clear blockages.
-The DC25 has a tiny plastic piece that keeps the vacuum from tipping over in upright mode due to the ball mechanism. If I tilt the vacuum to the side while it is close to being upright, I can hear a loud snap as the plastic piece is forced into a position where it shouldn’t be. I can see this breaking really soon.
There are some shortcomings:
-The wand is a clear cost cutting measure. It is plastic rather than aluminum. Also, the handle is missing (present in the DC25) a contoured plastic piece that makes it much more ergonomic to hold when using the wand. It also requires an extra button to release AND another button to retract the wand. Lastly, when you release the wand from the hose, there is just a bare hose, rather than a similar cuff as the one at the end of the wand with a release button as on the DC25. It is still usable, but not as nice. It just adds to the already cumbersome wand system on the Dysons.
-The DC33 switches suction to the wand when in upright position whereas the DC25 switches it when the wand is drawn. A minor annoyance, especially if you’re wearing a long sleeved shirt; it may get sucked in when you hold the handle.
-No ball, but to me the difference in maneuverability is negligible.
Update 3/4/2011: I have used this vacuum for a few months now. I returned the DC25 and do not miss it at all. The DC33 continues to perform admirably. True to Dyson’s claim, the suction is as good as new. I’ve washed the filters once and the process was simple, much simpler than going to the store and buying filter bags. Vacuuming is a pleasure, due to getting the instant gratification of seeing the the dust collect in the bin, and the clean exhaust. It’s probably subconscious, but as a sufferer of seasonal allergies and constant nasal congestion, I feel like I can breathe better when I vacuum.
The only pain has been removing hair from the brush bar. It doesn’t pop off, unlike the DC25, so removing hair can be a cumbersome process.
I did a lot of research before I bought this Dyson and almost got the DC28 Animal one because I have a large dog that sheds. After doing some reading online, I found out this is the exact same machine as the animal except for the attachments! That’s the only difference! So I decided for $200 less than the Animal one I could do without the “special” attachments. The very first time I pulled this out of the box and used it in my living room I wasn’t all that impressed, especially with the suction but I decided to go over my floor again and practice with the attachments. Well, it must have just needed to warm up or something being brand new because the second time the suction was amazing!! (and ever since!) It left the lines on the carpet from where I had vacuumed (I love that!) and it also fluffed up the carpet and made it feel like when we first bought the carpet and our feet sank down in it a bit!! Very cool!! And the best part – it picked up the dog hair!!!!! With my old vacuum I would still get dog hair on my clothes even after vacuuming but I tested my Dyson: After vacuuming with it the first day I had my toddler drag a clean black shirt all over the carpet – and guess what? – not a single dog hair was on it!! Every time I’ve used it since the suction has been amazing!
Below I wanted to address some of the negatives I have read in reviews about it. I was glad I ignored them and bought this anyway!
- I was impressed with the suction from the side of it. With the front you can’t get right up to the baseboards but if you can run the side of the vacuum against it, it works good (or just use the wand). On another note about the front – no it won’t get under furniture or the edge of things.
The high profile of the front of the vacuum prevents that but that was ok with me. With this kind of strong suction I wouldn’t want to be vacuuming where I can’t see what it might grab anyway! And you can tell by looking at the picture that it won’t do this before you buy.. not sure why some people are surprised by this.
- THE WAND: this did take some practice but I like it fine. Some have said the vacuum tips over when you are trying to use it but I haven’t had that happen at all. In fact, when I’ve been using the wand on the baseboards and walk and pull, the vacuum has actually rolled along behind me like a canister vacuum would do following me! Just make sure the back of the vacuum where the wand was is facing you so it can roll along with you while you walk. I also read several reviews saying the wand will suck your shirt sleeve in (because the wand is the handle and the suction switches to the wand when the vacuum is in the upright position.) But I have a very simple fix for this – TURN THE VACUUM OFF BEFORE putting it to the upright position. Not sure why you would need or want it on while getting the wand or attachments out and ready anyway. Just turn it off before switching. (and the same when starting to vacuum – recline it first, THEN turn it on.) One more thing on the wand – I will say that it would be easier if the long end piece was flexible or if the hard section wasn’t so long. It is a bit awkward at first figuring out the best way to use it. I found that if you just back up a bit from what you are trying to vacuum it gives room for you to manuever the long wand. Just don’t get so close and it’s no big deal. I will say it IS nice though to have a long hard section wand to get cobwebs on high cielings.
- Unlike what some have said, this vacuum is NOT heavy! They must have been comparing it with a swiffer mop or something because as far as regular vacuums go I was very happy with the weight! (go to a store and pick them up to compare.) It’s actually much lighter than most I tried out in the stores. It is easy to push even on my thick carpet! It’s not bulky either and I find it very manuevarable. In fact I tried out the ‘ball’ dyson in the store and didn’t think it was any more manueverable than the regular one. I also didn’t like the release on the ball one (that reclines it to vacuum than clicks it to upright.) I had to use such force to push on the foot lever to get it to recline that I could see it breaking after awhile. Not sure if that was just an issue with the floor model or what but I’m very glad I didn’t get the ball type. (the canister is smaller on those too!)
- THE CANISTER: is VERY easy to dump. My old bagless vacuum you had to take the top off the canister and actually dig out the junk. This one has a very handy release on it: You take the canister off the vacuum (with one hand at the click of a button!), and while holding it down in the trash can, you push the button that opens the BOTTOM of the canister letting all the junk fall out the bottom down into the trash. Now you do have to use your fingers to then close the bottom up, but come on – two fingers with a little dust is much better than most! And it’s easy enough to just wash my hands afterwards.
- NOISE LEVEL: It’s pretty quiet as far as vacuums go. My young kids used to be afraid of my vacuum and would run for cover every time I got it out. The first time I used this one they not only came out in shock that it wasn’t some monster going to eat them but they actually skipped across in front of it playing while I vacuumed!
- BARE FLOOR TO CARPET LEVER: Some have said this is a hard thing to do… that confuses me because it is just a wheel like switch on the front of the vacuum that you just turn to ‘bare floor’ or ‘carpet’. Ok, so you do have to bend down… is that a problem? .. I don’t think so. (sorry for the sarcasm. lol)
OK, so after all the good now I will share the short bad. The ONLY problem I have had with this at all:
It tends to leave a clump of dog hair at the last place it was standing when I’m done and turn it off. I realized though this was probably because I was turning it off so fast when I was done that the last thing it picked up hadn’t made it up into the canister yet. I solved this problem by letting it run for a few seconds in the same position when I was done before turning it off. That lets all the last stuff it picks up get up into the canister so when I turn it off there’s no clump left. It was a simple fix I just remember to do each time when I’m finished. I’m happy to do that little thing for the benefit of all that dog hair being gone!
So overall I am VERY pleased with this vacuum and highly recommend it – especially if you have pets.
I have read many many reviews on the Dyson DC33 before purchasing. While the majority of them are positive, and I agree, there are a few negative reviews that are just ridiculous.
First, I agree that the extension arm does appear cheap and is awkward to use. Does it work, yes. Does this bother me? Not enough to give the vacuum a terrible review. This is the only reason I give it 4 stars. The handle to the wand is a bit flimsy. I get around this by actually holding the wand itself and not the handle.
Other than the above, the suction is fantastic. We purchased this vacuum for our new home. The previous owners had pets and vacuumed and shampooed the carpets before we moved it. The DC33 still pulls up dog and cat hair that the previous owners could not get out of the carpet. I have used this vacuum to clean my car and vacuum up dust from sanding our walls. I havent found any other flaws in it, other then the extension wand.
As for the other negative reviews. Someone stated that they were disappointed that they had to unravel the cord themselves? Cmon… You cant expect your vacuum to do everything for you. This just screams lazy. Others have commented that it wont reach under the couch. Well, Then move the damn couch. You can effectively vacuum under your couch completely without moving it anyway. There was one other that states that Dyson was liable for damaging hardwood or linoleum floors because their floors weren’t level. How is this the fault of the vacuum? Sounds to me like someone didnt install your floors correctly. Last on that list, the attachments are too complicated to use for your maid? Are you kidding? This thing is really easy to use. Why not try reading the instructions.
Why did I get a Dyson? Simple reason, my mother.
She has had pets all her life and I have never seen a vacuum pull as much hair out of a rug as her Dyson Animal does. I got a good feel for the vacuum at her house while visiting. We decided on the DC33 because we do not have pets and the Animal was overkill for us.
For the best pricing out there, go to banksvac.com. We got our DC33 for $309 shipped. Free shipping, No taxes and at least $90 less than anyone else that has this vacuum for sale.
Is it perfect, no. But it is still a damn good vacuum in my book and I would buy another one if I needed to.
5 year parts & labor warranty when purchased from an authorized reseller
Patented Radial Root Cyclone technology for no loss of suction. DC41 Animal captures allergens and expels cleaner air. Dyson cyclones can capture particles down to 0.5 microns – including pollen, mold and bacteria.
Strong suction power at the cleaner head. The cleaner head self-adjusts for optimal contact – even on hard floors.
Ball technology – turns on the spot. Steers easily around furniture, obstacles and into difficult places.
This is our third Dyson vacuum cleaner, and our third in the Animal model line. This is also our least favorite. The suction is the only thing exceptional about this vacuum cleaner; in almost every other category, this is a step backwards in form and function.
1. Ball design. On the surface it seems like a great idea, but it has its drawbacks. Like Americans walking into an Ikea and having to figure out those shopping carts with the all-wheel steering. There is a learning curve, and it will annoy you at first.
2. Kickstand. Because of the ball design, there is a kickstand consisting of a lever with two small plastic wheels meant to allow the unit to stand upright while using the hose and attachments, or when not in use at all. It is a necessary item that is done poorly. It automatically deploys when you set the unit upright, but it does not lock in place until you push the unit up onto the scrubber bar, Failing to do that, the unit will fall to the floor, as it did many times when we were first learning to use the machine. The tension holding in the deployed position is not enough to prevent it from retracting while moving the unit from room to room, especially across a carpeted floor.
3. Attachment Hose.
a. It is stiff. Once you’ve wrangled it out of the stowed position, the hose is so stiff that it will pull the unit over unless you hold the unit with one hand. This means that the photograph in the marketing material of the woman walking up the stairs with the hose in her hands is so laughable. There is no way that can be done. Even if you butt the rollerball against the bottom stair, the force exerted on the attachment point of the hose will be significant enough to retract the kickstand (mentioned above) and the unit will fall down.
b. Good luck putting it away. For whatever reason, one that I have yet to figure out, Dyson turned a relatively simple and easy to use attachment hose into a monstrosity requiring a mechanical engineering degree just to figure out how to put it away. It is definitely a two-handed function. It does not go back into its home easily nor logically. I have yet to figure out if I am supposed to retract the tube into the hose first or line up the hose with the cradle first. Neither is easy nor a one-handed operation. In the older models, the hose almost put itself away, but not anymore. Now there are slots to line up just so and buttons to push while simultaneously retracting. To call it a pain would be an understatement.
c. What happened to the tip? In the older models, you could use the hose and tube without attachments. With the new model, Dyson all but require you use one of the attachments. Instead of a smooth tip upon which attachments can be placed, now there is a female receptacle for the attachments’ male connectors.
d. Attachments fall off. This is nothing new. One thing Dyson hasn’t figured out is how to store the attachments on the unit in such a way that they do not fall off and disappear. This model does an equally abysmal job of this. On past models it was not a game-ender because you could still use the tube on the hose without attachments affixed. Now you do need attachments or you risk damaging the female receptacle.
4. Cheap plastic. Yes, the new Dyson Animal is significantly lighter in weight than the previous models. That is because it is made with lighter-weight, and cheaper, plastic. I have not broken it yet, but I have cringed at the sound of plastic meeting furniture leg or wall corner. It is only a matter of time, I believe. As careful as you try to be, you cannot guarantee an accidental slam into a much harder surface. When you pick the unit up to take it up or down stairs, it feels as if it fall to pieces at any moment.
5. Power cord tangles. I don’t know how, but Dyson has managed to develop a power cord that will tangle every single time you remove it from the storage location. If you choose to pull the cord off by twisting the top peg instead of tediously unwinding it, you will tangle the cord each and every time. And the rubber coating on the cord prevents it from being easily shaken out. Again, to call it annoying would be an understatement.
1. It’s a Dyson, so it does the vacuuming part of its job exceptionally. The ability to pick up hair and dust from both carpet and bare floor is second to none.
2. Canister is easier to empty. The canisters on the older models were a pain to empty; you often had to reach in to pull at the wadded up hairball that got jammed up at the top of the canister. The new canister design on this model has emptied cleanly every time, without me having to reach up into it.
3. Animal hair attachment. The design of the brushes on the attachment, labeled as “tangle free” really does make a difference. It is so much better than the old design.
In short, the Dyson Animal DC41 is an exception vacuum cleaner wrapped in a terrible package. The parts that are batter cannot rescue what is, in my opinion, an overall flawed design.
1-Read the manual carefully before you start. It is all in pictures, I assume because it is international. It Snaps ( They use “clik”)together so no tools are required.
2- I thought it would be heavy, but I was pleasantly surprised, it is fairly light and easy to carry by the handle.
3-The cord is long and the tube expands. You have to pull on it a bit at first when you are using the tools, but it works fine.
4-CAUTION!!!! If you are not using the tools, make sure that the handle is NOT UPRIGHT, but at an angle when you turn it on.
On the top of the handle where the attachments go there is a hole with a grid on top of it that goes over the red handle. If you have the handle upright, it is engaged for using the tools and it creates a HUGE suction. Keep your face away from it.
When the handle is down at an angle, this disengages the suction for the tools and puts it in the bottom of the vacuum.
5- It is very quiet. Surprisingly so considering how well it works.
6- It is small enough that I can store it in my closet.
7- Since it doesn’t have a bag, it doesn’t get that funky smell to it when it is in the closet.
a. After each use, take out the filter and rinse out the dirt container with warm water, NOT HOT, then let it dry out. This will keep the dirt from sticking to the sides.
b. They recommend that you clean the filter every three months. If you have animals and a lot of dirt, I’d do it every month.
HOPE THIS HELPS. This is a great machine and well worth the money.
I purchased my Dyson DC41 Animal, new, less than a year ago. Here is a list of problems I have with it.
1. The right side of the ball broke. The right “wheel” (the one without the filter) literally just fell off while I was vacuuming. The plastic was broken inside. A week earlier, I found pieces of plastic on the floor and I wondered where it came from. Now I know. I take good care of my things, and this was just poor quality construction. When I tried to get it repaired, I just got ignored from their support team. This alone should warrant a 1 star, but there’s more…
2. The wand attachment does not work. What happens is, the suction, perhaps because it is strong, collapses the wand on itself so that there is no suction at the end of the wand. Talk about poor design. Sometimes this causes the machine to overheat and it just shuts off. So don’t plan any last minute cleaning. Again, no word from support. They won’t even let me register on their site so I can write a review there. Perhaps I’ll try some other time with a different browser (using Chrome atm).
3. The vacuum does not pick up anything other than dust. If you want to vacuum up a piece of broken pasta, a grain of rice, or anything bigger than dust, forget about it. You could go slowly for five minutes trying to pick it up or just pick it up and throw it away on your own. I end up swiffering the floor first before running the vacuum, which to me seems kind of silly. It’s unnecessarily difficult, especially since the vacuum is so hard to prop up. Which brings me to my next point…
4. The vacuum is extremely difficult to maneuver. The thing is heavy. My wife has such a hard time with it, she prefers to swiffer and mop the floor instead. Not only that, but the ball is such a stupid design.
Basically, it moves like a car, meaning that it has wide turns. You can try to move it like a normal vacuum, but it’s heavy so it’s not that comfortable.
Verdict: I could go on and on about what I don’t like about this vacuum. The truth is, it cleans the house, but at $600, you don’t expect to have so much negatives associated with it. I expected to use the vacuum for 10 years, but it broke before 1. I would never recommend this to anyone, and I’d advise everyone to stay clear of it.
*** Edit 10/17/13: I was contacted by Dyson shortly after writing this review. They were very friendly. Apparently, they had server issues which resulted in my problems with the support team. I took my vacuum in for repairs and received my vacuum back today. This is what I found out.
1. The hose folding up on itself is not a common issue. It has been fixed, according to them.
2. The warranty covers any non-accidental damage for five years. The warranty does become void, however, if you vacuum up flour or any powder-like substance as it weakens the suction power (seriously).
3. Frequent maintenance is required to maintain suction power, especially “if you have dust in the house or a lot of animal hair” (direct quote). With an active warranty, it costs $65.00. It is double that without a warranty. Keep this in mind when calculating costs before making a purchase.
I cannot even begin to tell you the number of vacuum cleaners I have had over the years. I take in abandoned an abused animals.
Usually within 6 months the motor would go out. I have a Oreck and a Fantom Thunder. The Oreck worked great for awhile but the motor did go out and had to be replaced. I didn’t like the fact it had no on board tools and the bags are expensive and hard to find. The Fanton is heavy and it started leaking dust around the dust cup. Both of these vacuum cost amost $400.00 at the time I purchased them.
After some research I purchased this Dyson. I am so glad I did.
This vacuum is a pet lovers dream. Before I used the Dyson for the first time, I vacuumed my carpet in my family room several times with 2 other vacuums, then I went back over it with the Dyson. I expected a little more pet hair after all it was a new vacuum, but it is what else I get that shocked and embarrassed me. In the vacuum cup there was a little pet hair but there was also this ultra fine dirt, it almost looked like powder. There was so much of this dust I decided to put it in a bag and weigh it. The embarrasing part is it weighed 4#, I couldn’t believe it. You must understand I vacuum twice a day everyday and I shampoo my carpets once a month. I take pride in the fact my house has no pet odors, I work hard to make sure of this. But, all this was in my carpet. After I finished vacuuming my carpet look renewed like it was freshly shampooed.
I love this vacuum and wish I would have purchased it sooner. It is well worth every penny and then some. If has every attachment you could ever want. It took a little time to figure out how to attach them but once I did it was wonderful. The powerhead upholstery tool is fabulous.
Take if from the queen of vacuum cleaners, this is the one to buy.
My last vacuum, prior to finally purchasing a Dyson Animal, was a top-of-the-line Hoover WindTunnel V2. When it was new, the Hoover performed well, and I really loved the Turbo Tool (a smaller version of the similar attachment which comes with the Dyson); but the main H.E.P.A. filter cartridge was clogged and ruined in short order by the super-fine local dust in my carpet (I live on a hill, surrounded by protected, undeveloped County land, in a semi-semi-semi-rural area, and there is always a fine coat of dust on everything), not to mention the dog hair and cat hair, the parakeet down and birdseed, dried bits of grass, burrs and foliage which get dragged-in stuck to the cats, and the dirt left behind by a messy plumbing contractor husband (he comes home with his jeans covered in clumps of dried-on mud, which of course flakes off and crumbles all over the place as he walks around the house, and he wonders why that upsets me).
In my house, the Hoover H.E.P.A. filters only lasted about 20% of the recommend filter life. After replacing the filters only 5 times, I had already nearly doubled the original cost of the Hoover vacuum within about a year!
I had known about the Dyson for quite a while, but was reluctant to invest the extra money…until I allowed myself to face the fact that replacing the Hoover filters was costing an arm and a leg on a fairly frequent basis, and continuing to buy filters was just dumb, when there was an alternative.
I started searching for the best price on the Dyson (I’m virtually always a staunch comparison shopper anyway, just on principle). I shopped and shopped and waited and waited and finally got the Dyson Animal on sale.
Man, I wish I had just broken down and bought it earlier.
What a difference!
Like another of the Reviewers here, I tested the Dyson by first vacuuming with the Hoover WindTunnel (new filters installed), and following immediately with the Dyson Animal. The Dyson made the Hoover seem like a toy! It removed 2 times over again the amount of dirt, dust, lint, fuzz, bits of dried grass and leaves, crumbs and pet hair from carpet I had just vacuumed with the Hoover moments earlier! And I had thought that my carpet was pretty clean after vacuuming with the Hoover WindTunnel. YUCK!
The Dyson grooms the carpet really well, too; lifting the nap and making it appear all plush and nearly new. Must be that constant suction power.
Any other readily available vacuum, bag or bag-less, upright or canister, just cannot compete with the modern Dyson cyclonic technology.
A Dyson is also simple to operate, rolls smoothly, doesn’t tip over, and is not heavy (once you get it out of the box and assembled). The controls, multiple functions, cord holder, attachments, etc. are well designed and easy to manipulate. It is easy to lift (has a strategically placed handle) for moving about or to carry upstairs. The “Lifetime” filters can be easily cleaned just by rinsing or washing in mild sudsy water – follow the instructions and the recommended timetable; it even has a built-in reminder of when the filter should be cleaned.
The Dyson is also a lot easier to clean, and to empty the catching bin. It seems to generate far less static electricity than other plastic-housed machines, and dust doesn’t build-up on it as readily.
It is far more versatile than most other vacuums, especially with the accessories that come with the Animal model, and – considering its power – IT IS VERY QUIET! You can actually carry-on a conversation while vacuuming with a Dyson, by speaking only a little louder than normal, instead of shouting “WHAT?!” or having to stop your cleaning when somebody just simply cannot wait to ask you something.
Based on my experience, I would highly recommend a Dyson for anyone who is shopping for a full-sized vacuum cleaner.
Yes, it seems quite a bit more money to spend for a small household appliance, and is even very expensive for many people; save-up for it if you can! It will be well worth it. The Dyson cleans better than any other vacuum currently on the market, and keeping your carpets and upholstery clean will extend the fabric life, and help keep them looking in top condition.
I can hardly wait for Dyson to come up with a compact, “light-weight”, “stick” version. Wonder if that’s in the works?
Let me begin by saying that I have three dogs and two cats. Pet hair is the biggest cleaning challenge in our house.
After convincing my wife to discontinue our professional cleaning service, due to increasing costs, I volunteered to take the cleaning duties related to the floors and the furniture. My wife foolishly took on the kitchen, bathrooms, and dusting. What my wife didn’t know was that I had been reading up on the Dyson "Animal".
The "Animal" arrived just two days after our last professional cleaning. I immediately vacuumed the entire house and was absolutely amazed at how much pet hair and dirt I pulled out of the carpets and off our hardwood floors. Our house has never been so absent of pet hair. Even my pets were beside themselves. My wife was thoroughly impressed. She said that the house looked and smelled cleaner than ever!
The "Animal" is a total cleaning machine. It easily attacked hardwood floors, carpets, curtains, furniture, and stairs. It’s the best cleaning machine I have ever used. Adding a sixth animal to our family was the best thing I ever did!
If you have pets and need a high powered cleaning machine, get the "Animal"! It’s worth the money! I donated my old cleaning machines to our YMCA.
I first read about the Dyson in PEOPLE Magaine last year. It sounded incredible–but wasn’t available in the US. Came across it yesterday in a home catalog, and that in turn sent me to the stunning Dyson website. Came to Amazon and started reading reviews. My, my, I thought. Sounds too good to be true.
My hobby is breeding/showing Cardigan Welsh Corgis. They have thick double coats, and when they shed out for the season, there’s a lot of hair everywhere. Especially when one owns NINE of them. The dogs bring in a lot of dirt and grit; the wind does the rest. (Plus two indoor-only cats.)
I vacuumed first with my top-of-the-line Hoover Windtunnel. Then vacuumed with R2D2′s younger, fancier brother, the Animal. (When switched around, the wand puts me in mind of a lightsaber!) In a 12×12 carpeted den, just rug-raked and vacuumed, the Animal pulled up three canisters of grit, dust, dirt–and hair!
I say unto you: Go thou and buy.
Positives: It’s every bit as good as advertised and reviewed.
Negatives: I’m used to a canister with a retractable cord, which the Dyson machines lack, so there’s time spent keeping the slack cord out of the way. But who cares when everything else is so great??
First off, I’m a guy. I’m a former Marine and I don’t like cleaning, it gives me flashbacks of our Thursday night field day cleaning duties. But I do maintain a clean house. I’ve been out for a number of years and I can afford to have a cleaning crew once a week. So i don’t need a vacuum technically but I wanted a good one for in between cleanings. I live in a small one story house. Most of my floors are hardwood or tile, but I have a couple of bedrooms with brand new dense carpet. My old Hoover Windtunnel would just not work on the new carpet, it wouldnt move when you turned on the brushes, I think the brushes would not turn in the thick new carpet, for whatever reason. It was easily ten years old and had served me well. I didn’t want to spend top dollar on a full size Dyson or even a full size Shark or other maker vacuum. I was at Sam’s club last week and noticed they had this model. I did my due diligence, read all the reviews on Amazon and today picked it up for 159 at Sam’s. I brought it home, set it up in a minute (so easy to do really) and set out to do my carpets. The Shark N450 did have some problem with the new carpet. It’s a really dense expensive carpet and I’m sure that its just tough to vacuum these kinds of carpets. The N450 was able to get it done. The suction is very powerful and sucked up stuff that my house cleaners vacuum (they were here three days ago) missed, the dustbin really filled up with some nasty hair and dust. I live alone and I have a German Shepherd and he sheds like all dogs, so it’s something I have to deal with. The rotator steering works fine. I don’t really need it in my house but it works as advertised. The brush head switch is easily accessible high up on the machine and once I shut it off I did my wood floors and area rugs with ease.
What is particularly easy is transitioning from rugs/carpets to bare floors since the brush roll switch is high up and you don’t have to bend down to get at it. The lights work find for shadowy areas or if you’re doing low light cleaning operations . Emptying the dust cup was very easy, but because it’s new machine for me I wanted it to stay new looking so cleaned it out and air dried the parts. So easy to do I did it in my kitchen sink, took a few seconds to hose everything out. I don’t see a downside for me with this purchase, especially compared to my old Windtunnel which was much heavier, took up more room, and I had to buy bags for it. If you don’t need a full size vacuum, this can’t be beat in my opinion. I’ll tell you that I’m so glad I didn’t drop 350 on the smaller Dyson.
First thing I noticed was the lightness of the Shark. It is so easy to maneuver (even for us weaklings!) The suction was fantastic and the dirt it picked up was lets say – more than embarassing. All the attachments were easy to use and emptying the canister. All the filters worked magnificently & since it was my first time using it I washed the filters which were horrifyingly filthy. They came out clean, dried easily, & popped esily back into place ready for the next times use. I love it! A very smart purchase for anyone.
Let me start by saying I currently own a Dyson pet hair vacuum. I literally just took my new Shark Rotator out of the box started vacuuming and I am just taking a break to write this review. My new Shark Rotator puts the Dyson to shame. I thought my Dyson was doing a good job of cleaning my floors. I am embarrased at how dirty my carpets still were. The Shark Rotator is picking up dirt and pet hair that have been in my carpet for I don’t know how long. While I have been writing this review, my husband who works from home, stole the vacuum and all I can hear is the hum of the vacuum and him saying “This thing is crazy good” Dont spend all that money on the Dyson when you can have a vacuum that is far better at cleaning and much less expensive.
I have been looking for a lightweight vacuum that actually vacuums! When I saw the Shark Rotator advertised on tv I looked it up on Amazon. I was impressed with what I saw and liked the reviews so I ordered it. It arrived yesterday, I was amazed at how fast it came. I used it for the first time yesterday and I love it! It does everything it says it will. It is lightweight, it picks up everything, the suction is fantastic. It was a snap to put together out of the box. I love that the buttons and knobs are very well printed so I can see what they are. I am 90 years old and this makes vacuuming so easy. It picks up every speck on my floors and also picks up dog hair so easily. I was thinking of buying a Dyson but I think they are so overly priced, so I went with this Shark and very happy I did. I highly recommend it. The price is right and Amazon makes it a pleasure to shop online with no shipping charges.
Over the years, and there are many, I believe I have owned every vacuum out there. Believed all the adds about the power, the ease , and durability of theses other brand name vacuums and have always been so disappointed. After all the thousands of dollars I went through trying to find "the vacuum" that performed the way it was demonstrated but never did I was about to give up. Then I saw the Shark Rotator. I knew the Shark name but never owned one and felt I would give it one last try. I have never been more amazed than with this machine.. Its great. The suction , the way it handles and the ease of taking it out and putting it away.I am so happy to say that my Shark Rotator Powerlight is the last vacuum I will ever have to purchase.. Thank You Shark.
I think I read every review on Amazon and WalMart before I bought this sucker yesterday! The problem with most bagless vacs seems to be that the dust filters clog up quickly and greatly reduce the suction force available. Further, I priced those filters at WalMart yesterday and the range seems to be $8-$18- surely I will save enough over the lifetime of this vacuum to compensate.
The fact that the box advertised the mighty power of “never loses suction” plus the 5 year warranty convinced me to spend the extra $$. This is engineered more like a shop vac, in that it bypasses the air filters on the intake, thus preserving suction.
Good stuff: 1. the filters are washable, and they’ve included an extra set so you have something to use while the originals are drying. 2. the “never loses suction” promise is true. Just pay attention to that max fill line on the dust cup. I’m guessing you could break the vacuum if you didn’t empty it faithfully, but what the heck- it’s darn easy and quick to do. 3. you are given the ability to choose whether or not the beater brush is on- and you can switch modes while the unit is in operation. 4. small head means you can get into all those weird tight places where your dirty family dropped slop. 5. a cord holder clip on the handle of the vac so you don’t have to hold it.
My actual performance review: 1.) carpet- no height adjustment here, but don’t worry, you won’t need it- one less decision to agonize over. (That was a joke.) My main vacuum is a 30 year old, 5000 lb. Kirby- and after using this shark, the carpet looked newer than it had in years. Lots of nasty slop in the dust cup after. Got those linty things that were stubbornly clinging to the carpet despite repeated vacuuming. 2.
) bare tile floor- normally, you can’t use a vac with beater brushes in the head, because the brushes kick the debris back out the back of the vacuum at your feet- and with the shark, you don’t have to because you can turn the brushes off. But wait- there’s more! Because we live in Florida, yesterday it was 80 degrees out with lots of humidity (even though it’s Dec. 13 as I write this), so would you believe, some of that dirt was clinging to the tiles because of the humidity, I guess. Now, I really have to praise the design of this vac- every time I got to a place with stuck-on dirt, I just turned the brushes back on- without having to turn off the vac or even put the vac back into the upright position. 3.) Of course I emptied the dust cup- even the kids will be able to do it, it’s simple. And amazingly enough, even though the dust cup was frighteningly filthy, the filters looked pristine. (They have a screen in the loop, too.)
Pet hair- since my 12 year old is in training to be a crazy cat lady, we have a bunch of long haired cats. Not a problem, although if you have a long haired dog, I recommend getting the magical brush attachment for upholstery. (The pet brush doesn’t come with the cheaper WalMart version- just the short crevice tool and a tiny cleaning brush.)
Not perfect: 1.) cord is not auto-retractable, so plan on spending a minute winding it up when you’re done. 2.) there are holes in the crevice tool and brush, so to get optimal suckage when you’re using them, place your thumb and forefinger over the holes.
And finally, I was so freaked out by the negative comments on even the BEST vacuums Amazon had to offer, I was thinking there’s no way I would spend more than $50, but consider this: No bags or filters to buy, and a 5 year guarantee- when a company offers that, they’re telling me they have a lot of confidence in the longevity and quality of their product. Would you believe, I actually prayed about this before I went into the store?
Will update if it turns out this vacuum sucks in the negative sense.
I bought the Navigator yesterday from Bed, Bath and Beyond. I really am impressed with the performance and results. I have been putting in a lot of research into finding a vacuum that met my families needs.
I own a Eureeka “The Boss” and have had it for over three years. It just doesn’t pick up deep, ground in dirt. Plus it really is a pain to go to the store and pick-up bags and make sure your getting the correct one’s. That was my case against getting an Oreck.
Well I brought the navigator home and I have been converted. I like many others vegged out on the infomercial. They make the vacuum sound like it’s going to save the world from dust and dirt. They also focus on how they were able to copy the features of the Dyson for less money. I felt if they had to copy a vacuum you might as well get the original.
Well after having spent the last week vacuuming my carpet with my old Eureeka twice, then using a Hoover steam vac carpet cleaner, which actually pulled up junk my Eureeka didn’t and it’s not even a real vacuum. After the carpet had dried I went over my carpet again with my Eureeka again to make sure the carpets were clean enough for my 3 year old.
So now last night I get the navigator home and put it together ( which was extremely easy) and I carefully review the directions. I had never owned a bagless so I wanted to make sure I wasn’t going to do anything that harmed the lifetime filters. Not much to it actually. Just wash the two sponge (forgot the official names) filters every three months, they give you spares while the originals are drying, and replace the thin sponge filter every twelve months. Easy enough.
Now for the vacuuming. I went over the same exact spots in our living room I had done with the steam vac and the Eureeka.
I couldn’t believe the amount of caked up dirt/dust clumps sucked into the Navigator dust bin. I was really disgusting. It was like that old insulation material that they used to use in attics. It was nasty. But that illustrated how powerfull this vacuum is. It really does get stuff the other vacuums don’t. Dirt and dust you can’t even see. I really mean this. I was blown away.
Now granted I had just spent about $160 on this vacuum so I wanted it to work. I am biased towards making it work. But the dust bin doesn’t lie. That’s another plus about bagless vacuums you get to actually see what’s in your carpets. Not pretty but eye opening.
How this vacuum exceeded my expectations was the noise level. Now there is no vacuum that is whisper quiet. However compared to my Eureeka and the steam vac, and other vacuums I and my parents had owned in the past this Navigator was quieter then any other vacuum I have had experience with. I have never turned on a Dyson only played with manuevering it in the store. But I was able to vacuum after 10:00pm in a town home with neighbors on both sides.
Another great feature is how compact this vacuum is. Now it’s not particullary light. You are not going to lift it with your pinky as you can with some vaccums(the Garry and Oreck). But I am able to haul it upstairs ( we have three levels so we are always going up and down stairs). Storing it in the closet is a breeze because it’s so small. And as I said my wife and son and I live in a town house so there is limited space.
Now here is my only gripe. This is is not unique to the Navigator. Any bagless vacuum is an absolute terror when it comes to emptying what you’ve sucked up. Sure it’s easy with the quick emptying dust bin’s but unless you wrap a bag around the bin that dust is going to shoot back into the air. YOU MUST EMPTY ANY BAGLESS VACUUM OUTSIDE. That is just the only way you can insure not to contaminate the air inside your house with the same stuff your just sucked up. This is where bagged vacuums with sealing solutions like the Oreck, some hoovers, and the Garry have the advantage. But again you have to pay for bags the entire life of the vacuum and bag vacuums lose suction the more that you vacuum. Remember dirt and dust just doesn’t automatically find the bottom of the bag. It takes the path of least resistance with most of the time is sticking to the top of the bag or near the opening which will clog the whole quickly which will impede the suction power. That is one of the reasons why I am able to pick up things with my navigator that I can’t pick up with my Eureeka. If they could ever create a clear bag, no lose of suction vacuum I will be the first in line.
So to sum this up, I don’t work for Shark and I don’t get a bonus for referring this vacuum. I just love it’s performance compared to my previous vacuums. I went with this over the Dyson because I just don’t believe that I should have to spend over $300 – $500 on a vacuum. If this vacuum holds up over time then I will have save a considerable amount of money upfront and over time. It’s just a winner all around. It has a 5 year warranty and above all that at Bed, Bath and Beyond there return policy is unlimited. As long as you have the reciept and original packaging you can bring a product back 3 months from now, 6 months from now, or 6 years from now. Plus I used those 20% coupons I always get in the mail from them and chopped off $40.
I really love this vacuum and so far recommend it. If you have any additional questions about it please feel free to email me at [...]. I know that if you spend as much time as I did researching vacuums you will want to know exactly what you are getting. I didn’t even have time to tell you about the included tools. Of course I haven’t used them yet since I just got the vacuum yesterday.
I just got my NV22 vacuum yesterday and wanted to report on my general sense of happiness with the product so far. The main reason why I’m happy is that I spent a very long time vacuuming my bedroom the day before with my old vacuum, but when I brought this one home and went over it again, I ended up with A LOT of dust and dog hair in the dust receptacle. I couldn’t believe it. All that stuff was simply left behind by my old vacuum. That was the proof in the pudding for me.
- putting it together after taking it out of the box was a snap.
- I loooove the long hose for off floor cleaning. I was able to do my walls and even ceiling without having to move or pick up the vacuum.
- The wheels are really great.. I have a lot of hardwood flooring, and I like how they glide on it. With my old one, it almost felt like they could scratch the floors, but these are rubberized and glide really smoothly.
- it’s easy to maneuver. I know that’s the big claim that Dyson has with their ball thing, but I played with that in the store a few times and each time found it more cumbersome that I would have hoped. With this vacuum, I feel a great self propelled pull when I turn the brush on, and while it’s off, the wheels and lightness of it allow me to glide it about really easily.
- The disposal of debris was really easy and not as messy as other vacuums (from the reviews I’ve read before buying this one). I followed the directions and put the whole thing in a bag, then pressed a button and the trap door released at the bottom of the bin. This seemed much easier than the Eureka models I was playing with in the store, which required quite forceful twisting, where I had to have the bin at my chest to finally get it to open.
I imagine that would have resulted in a lot of dust in my face, if I was doing it for real. So, none of this was an issue here and that’s good.
-The whole unit is narrow/compact, which makes it fit into my rather small utility storage area. (This was an important issue for me since so many other vacs are so big!.. almost like the SUVs of vacuums)
- I like the suction power. It’s 12 amps, like the large vacuums, and it is guaranteed to not lose suction like the Dyson, but the price tag is much more attractive.
- it’s much more quieter than my old vacuum. Maybe we can finally help our dog recuperate from her vac-phobia?
- The bottom part of the vac is really small, which surprised me. But it’s a plus for me… it’s lighter and fits better into my storage area.
- There is no way to control the height of the vac (as in for high versus low carpets and bare floor). But that’s fine too.. it’s actually designed to work at this one height, so switching between floors and carpets is easier. (btw. I am REALLY enjoying vacuuming my floors with it.. really smooth and gets everything, doesn’t push stuff around like my old upright)
-The dust brush attachment is not my favorite, my old vac had one where the bristles were much longer, letting you scrub stuff to really get pet hair out… this one has shorter hair that bends easily and doesn’t scrub as much. But I believe the NV22L that amazon is offering will come with a special pet hair brush, so that shouldn’t be an issue. I bought the cheaper NV22 version in Walmart that doesn’t come with those bells and whistles.
- The weight is 15 pounds, which to me, is not as lightweight as I would have expected based on some other models (which are closer to 10 pounds), but it’s still much lighter than the other big vacs, and since the off floor tube is so long, I don’t have to lift it very much anyway, so it’s not a problem.
Overall I’m super happy with it so far. I’ll try to report back if my opinion of the product wavers over time. But, with a 1 year money back guarantee and a 5 year warranty, it sounds like I’ll be able to remedy the situation if something comes up.
Hi everyone, just wanted to give an update as to how the vacuum is holding up after over a year of use. So far so good. Nothing has broken, I’ve been able to clear out the compartments as the instructions suggest every few months. I continue to be super happy with how the long extending hose. I do notice that it seems to be getting a little stretched out and hangs a little looser on the back, but it is nothing that has been annoying. Suction continues to be good… though I’m not doing any comparisons with new vacuums, LOL. But overall I’m still happy.
back about 10 years ago I bought the very first dyson when they first hit the market spent some where around $900 for it, And loved it. In fact I still have it and it works just as good now as the day i bought it from sears. My Mother also loves it, and how easy it is to clean.
So I decided to buy myself the DC25 and give her my orginal DC.
Pros on the new DC25: It’s smaller and the attachment actually stay on the vacuum so no more lost attachments. It does everything my old DC did, and the suction on it is good, but seems a little less then my older DC. (after researching I found that the smalled DC do have a little less suction.)
Cons: the odd ball thing, it’s like trying to steer a wheel barrel with one handle. The animal attachment doesn’t have a click on stop on the vacuum itself so you have to keep up with it, and lastly the cord. Dyson is wonderiful because they give you a extra long cord on all their vacuums so that you can clean the whole house without having to plug and unplug in each room, the down side is you’re fighitng with that cord the whole time. I love the long cord but wish it was retrackable or something.
all in all, i like the DC25 but, if i had it to do again I think i would have when with the DC28, there’s no odd ball and it gets a little more suction. (plus it’s only $10 more)
A friend recommened the Dyson Ball Animal. I know nothing about vacs. I purchased this factory reconditioned item and when it arrived there was no evidence that it was not new. I figure “new” and individually attended to by a factory technician is about as good as it gets. Better than off an assembly line. Obviously works very well.
Updating 11/15/2012. Yes, it does come with a warranty….6 months.
Much lighter than a regular vac, and more powerful to boot. Great suction.
Some complain that it is too small. I say this is a benefit. It makes it lightweight and the ball provides such good navigability that you work less hard moving it, even though you might be covering more ground per push (due to smaller than average head length).
Some complain that the canister is too small. I did too, but that’s simply due to the fact it pulls out SO much dirt and grime from the carpet that it’s borderline gross. Seemingly as if I never vacuumed at all. This improves over time however, and emptying the canister is easy-peezy.
On the canister — funny story. On the first hour of ownership, I was holding it up to show my wife how much gunk it collected, when I noticed I red button. Leaving no no button unpushed, I quickly learned that this opens the bottom of the canister, neatly depositing the entire contents of my living room onto my shoes.
Point being, it is super-easy and allery-friendly way to dispose of the refuse collected. I simply put the canister deep into a trashcan and release. No particles or dust escape that I notice.
My favorite feature… brush cleanup. My wife sheds more than the dog and her long hair was always tangled in my previous vacuum, to the point where it clogged the gears and caused it it’s untimely death. The beater bar (and the handtool too) easily detaches from the head to allow easy (and I do mean easy) cleanup. This took a 30 minute, messy job to almost nothing. Worth it for this alone!
My refurb was purchased from amazon and came like it was 100% new. Well packaged and clean as a whistle.
I will say I was nervous about buying a reconditioned vacuum. I bought this from one of Amazon’s website Woot.com. I received the vacuum in a box just as you would expect to find brand new minus the fancy pictures. It came in a plain brown box. All the parts had cardboard fittings for them and the vacuum itself was in perfect condition. I cannot tell a bit of difference in functionality either. I have had it probably about 3 weeks. If I run into any problems, I will update my review. This vacuum is very east to maneuver and collects an amazing amount of stuff left behind other vacuums. I will say this, my cleaning ladies came and vacuumed and I immediately went behind them with this vac and picked up literally about a half of canister of hair and dust behind them. I will say I have a medium long haired dog so I might have a little more stuff burred in my carpet. I have been very impressed thus far.
We hemmed and hawed for months about spending this much money on a dyson. I’d read about the pros and cons of each dyson (animal vs multi floor) and we decided on the this model- we have 2 cats, a dog and a mix of hardwood and carpet. This model includes the onboard attachments which are so handy for stairs, furniture, cobwebs, etc.
The vacuum arrived very quickly after ordering and my 14 year old son had it assembled before I could unwrap the instructions and figure out which piece belonged where. The design is clever- everything snaps together securely, all the pieces feel pretty sturdy.. and the thing still feels fairly lightweight. It looked nearly brand-new. The only signs of wear we could find were some scratches on the bottom of the ball- and who cares about that?! All the attachments looked brand new and clean.
So far we can’t find ANYTHING to complain about. The suction is fantastic. LIke so many other posters have mentioned, I vacuumed a ‘clean’ floor and couldn’t believe how much dust we sucked up. It must have been coming up from under the carpet! It’s really that strong! We haven’t noticed any scratches on the hardwood floors either- we just make sure the beater brush is turned off when we are off the carpet.
Shark® Rotator(tm) Professional Extended Reach Vacuum NV402
To Note: The description claims this is a 3 in 1 and can become a canister or liftaway. I am not sure if this is the right description for this model the NV402. I purchased my NV402 from Bed Bath and Beyond and it is not a 3 in 1 which is why I specifically bought it. Just want to clarify that.
This vacuum is replacing my 4+ year old Bissell pet hair eraser so I can’t compare it to any of the newer vacuum models. First off I bought this from Bed Bath and Beyond because I had a %20 off coupon and free shipping that brought the original price of $219 to $175. This particular one came with an asthma and allergy attachment kit. I choose this Rotator instead of the already popular 3-in-1 rotator because I have a rather new canister vacuum and didn’t want another one with more parts than I needed that I would have to find a place to store. We live in a smaller space and I didn’t want more stuff than I needed. I was a bit disappointed in that the only tools that the vacuum has room for you to store on the unit itself is the crevice tool and brush. So I have three other tools I have to find a place for and there was no bag that came with for storage of these.
After receiving my box I promptly opened it and started taking everything out. I laid all the pieces out and then followed the direction to put together. This was not difficult and took about 10 minutes (some things I needed to reread to make sure I was doing right). Once put together the unit felt very sturdy to me yet not bulky. I quickly plugged it in for it’s first test run. First thing I noticed was that there is no lever to release the unit from standing. Instead you place your foot on the base and pull back on the handle.
I love this and for some reason find it more convenient. This is also my first vacuum that “swivels” and that took a little to get use but once I adjusted to this feature I fell in love with it. The ability to get around corners and tight spots was made so much easier. I also enjoyed the smaller foot print the brush head has than my last vacuum because I can get into more spaces without having to move as many objects around. The profile of the head is also smaller than my last vacuum which allows me to vacuum further under furniture than previously which I found to be a huge plus. The vacuum was very easy to push around, nothing like my last that gave me a workout. The lights on the front are a nice feature but I don’t see myself using or needing that often.
The cord is on my left side,which is a little odd for me, as I would prefer on my right side but it is not a deal breaker by far. Plus a good thing to note is there is a cord hook on the handle that allows you to feed the cord to the right so it can still be held in the right hand easily.
I love the easy to empty canister, far superior from my old vacuum.
While I have had this vacuum only about a week and half I am in love. I empty the dust canister before each use and am amazed at how much it picks up each time and I have been vacuuming about every other day.
Should my opinions change or anything happen as time goes on I will update this review to reflect those changes but at this time I highly recommend.
*****1 Month Update 12/30/12******
I still haven’t had this product long enough to be able to state anything on the longevity or durability of this vacuum but I can comment on some new things I have noticed. I am not a huge user of attachments, and will use my canister vac for most things I need attachments for but I did want to vacuum my couches to get some dust off of them. My only complaint while doing this was that the hose was stiff and each time I pulled on it to reach further the vacuum tipped over because the hose was stiff and the vacuum so light weight but also top heavy. I wonder with some work and use if I can get the hose to loosen up. I still love this vacuum and do not regret my purchase one bit and would continue to recommend to others.
Will update again in the future when I have had more time with it to be able to comment on longevity and durability.
We bought this vacuum at Bed Bath and Beyond recently (20% off coupon!) and have loved it so far! We had an older dyson that we had gotten as a hand-me-down from my mother-in-law and thought I would never find a vacuum I liked as much as the dyson. Not only was it a lot cheaper in price, the quality so far has been excellent! I am a science teacher and decided to do a little controlled experiment with it. We vacuumed our hallway (we have two very hairy cats!) with the dyson, and then went over the same area with an electrolux nimble (not impressed). We did the same experiment with the shark rotator later and were amazed at how much cat hair and dust it picked up, even right after using the dyson first!
Easily turns and maneuvers compared to the dyson
Suction is incredible (even vacuumed the cat tree with it!)
Rolls easily on carpet and tile (transitions easily back and forth)
Hose is a nice length (not in the handle like a dyson!)
Lots of various attachments for different jobs
Sound isn’t too loud or high pitched
Small enough to fit nicely in our hall closet
A little heavy, but still lighter than dyson, and still rolls nicely
One of the attachments makes a high loud sound when used on hose
Head isn’t as wide as dyson, makes for a little more work
If you pull on the hose, the vacuum does sometimes tip over, but our dyson did that too
Overall, after researching different brands and trying different vacuums, we are most impressed with this model. The price was reasonable and it has a five year warranty. Excited to see how long it lasts for!
*Note, the description does say 3 in 1, and ours does not “lift away”, but we knew that when we purchased it.
Have had my Shark Professional NV402 (Extended Reach) for a couple of months now and have had enough experience with it that I feel I can give it a fair review.
First thing I’d like to mention is that this Shark is rather heavy at 18lbs. I know that does not sound like much but with no power drive assist, it takes a bit of effort to push and pull through a thick carpet, such as my Cathy Ireland “Twist”. Personally, I do not mind this since I just consider it as much needed exercise, but I thought that I should mention it anyway.
Next … this is the best carpet vacuum I have ever owned. It’s amazing what it gets out of the carpet each time I use it (once a week or so). A twist carpet has a rather thick, high pile so that should give you an idea on what my Shark is it up against. It does it great!
However, I find the couch and other cleaning accessories are rather difficult to use. This seems to be attributed to the really tightly sprung “flexible” hose which keeps pulling against the accessory in your hand. This usually ends up pulling the vacuum itself to the floor. That hose is really not very long so you are always adjusting the position of the vacuum base. Maybe this will improve as the hose ages and loses some of that new spring tension … but I doubt it. The accessory handle on the upholstery Power Brush seems to have a few “pinch” points too, which can be a somewhat painful nuisance. Don’t get me wrong … it vacuums the upholstered things great … it’s just I find it difficult to use. I’ve kept my old canister vacuum to handle these upholstery chores, just in case.
If I find out later that it is just me and I am doing something wrong, I’ll modify this review.
All in all … I like the Shark and am not sorry I bought it.