A "Real Man's Vacuum" Review....funny, really

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  1. zagato27 macrumors 65816

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    So, I've been looking at getting a new vacuum cleaner. Yeah, pretty boring but who says you can't have some tech, some design, some color! Narrowed my choice down to a Dyson DC15. I've been searching the net for reviews and came across this one and it made my day. Huge smile, grins, laughter! Even made my wife smile. Thought I'd share

    5.0 out of 5 stars This is a Man's Vacuum!, June 13, 2007
    By The One-Man Swarm (Aurora, IL) - See all my reviews
    When the wife and I divided household chores, I drew vacuuming. "No problem," I thought. "I'll just go out and get the baddest vacuum out there." That vacuum, friends, is the Dyson DC15. This is the vacuum that Tim and Al would have built on Tool Time. The vacuum that the Spartans would have taken into the Battle of Thermopylae. The vacuum the NFL uses to suck body parts out of field turf. This is a man's vacuum.

    Thanks to "The One-Man Swarm":D

    BTW, anyone here have any experience with the Dyson DC15 please post. Cheers
     
  2. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    We have a Dyson, I dunno which model though, and its really good.
     
  3. heehee macrumors 68020

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    The Dyson is really expensive, compared to other vacuums that is, isn't it? I want to get one, but dont want to spend over $500 for a vacuum when a nice one costs no more than $300.
     
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  5. Sesshi macrumors G3

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    I've had Dysons for many years - until I realised that Dyson is the Apple of vaccum cleaners.

    Very pretty with an overt involvement of applied Industrial Design, instantly recognisable, the choice of the affluent me-too's, expertly marketed, and works well enough so that people don't really see a problem...

    ...but ultimately, doesn't actually work that well if you look around a bit.

    If you were to ask me, the Miele Cat & Dog sucks the Dysons away. Looks like a melted wedge of cheese though, which is probably bad news for the hardcore Apple set.

    I've had almost every major Dyson refresh up til recently at both home and office, and at home if I went away for a few weeks (my place is carpeted), I'd come back to a fairly dusty place - especially if I'd been back for short bursts, then left again without doing anything. With the Mieles there is no dust. I also swapped out the Dyson for a Miele at a place I stay often at - and the housekeeper was astounded at the difference.
     
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    Really? We're beyond happy with our DC17. We got it a few weeks back to replace our 16-year-old Electrolux that finally took a dive. We were shocked at just how much dirt, cat hair and sand(road construction people filled in our lawn with sand over the winter after they put in pipes) it picked up. I can't imagine another vacuum being a whole lot better. Maybe we're just so used to the piece-of-crap Electrolux anything seems better.

    And really, where we looked other vacuums weren't any better than the Dyson price-wise. We could have easily gotten many more that were just as expensive. I'm sure that there were cheaper as well, but who would buy cheap if they didn't have to? I'd rather go for (hopefully) more quality than have to buy new every six or seven years.
     
  8. Sesshi macrumors G3

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    Yeah really.

    Sorry about the extensive edits, I reposted it and put in the bit at the end. They are definitely objects of design and I have to say that was a big part of the reason when I started buying DC's since Dyson started. However given my present experience they don't seem to be objects of function in line with their looks, which is why I made the Apple parallel.
     
  9. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    In Japan, there are many way cool vacuums available from most major manufacturers.

    We have one that is battery operated that operates much like a regular upright type -- not talking about a stick or minimal power one. Ours if full powered cyclone system. Cost about $400 where as the sticks are around $100 here.

    They have Dysons too. I guess they are okay. A bit big for Japanese homes/apartments. There are even brands that cost more than Dysons here for those who really take their vacuuming seriously. :)

    I mean, what do you expect in a country that has $1,000 rice cookers.
     
  10. scotthayes macrumors 68000

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    Sorry but it can't be a real mans Vacuum unless it's been proven that it can lift a person off the floor.
     
  11. wongulous macrumors 6502a

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    I like my Roomba.

    It's funny like a pet, it has a remote control (guys love remote controls), it can be taken apart, pieces can be replaced/upgraded, it requires almost no work, and it frees me up for man-time while it's doing the hard work. There's even a version called the Dirt Dog that is for my shop/garage area.

    I think that beats the Dyson, though it would be nice to have a Dyson around for extra-dirty clean-up jobs, and for showing off to friends (guys like to show off).
     
  12. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    If I want to spend my money on over priced stuff, I'll stick with Apple. I just bought a $100 Hoover and it works just fine.

    Wondering why no vacuum company has adopted the slogan, We suck more. :D
     
  13. it5five macrumors 65816

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    Cheap vacuums are some of the most irritating things ever. My girlfriend and I have a cheap one, and it hardly picks anything up. Whenever we need to vacuum, we borrow her parents Sebo (the model is the Felix), and it is by far one of the best vacuums I have ever used.

    It is also one of the most quiet vacuums I have heard too. I was able to clean the apartment early in the morning while my girlfriend was sleeping, and she didn't wake up once while I was vacuuming.
     
  14. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I have just had a low price Dirt Devil since about 2001, and even though it was very basic, it worked wonderfully, particularly when getting cats really ratcheted up my need to vacuum. It has a HEPA filter, and particularly with odor reducing bags, it works excellently -- particularly according to Sesshi's standard -- when the cats and I were gone for weeks at a time, recently, dust accumulation was minimal. It managed to keep my carpeted apartment very dust free in the presence of two cats, a litter box, etc.

    Now the problem I have is that my new apartment is very cramped -- all my furnishings just fit, but there is much less open space than I've had in my last three one bedroom apartments. So I'm really thinking about upgrading to something that can be used in tighter spaces more effectively. For instance, I vacuumed late this morning then showered and cleaned up, and meanwhile Iago decided to track litter all over the rug. In my old apt, I'd just shrug and get the vac back out, but here it's kind of a nuisance and I try to get by cleaning it up with a dustbuster.

    I'm somewhat resistant to the bagless design just because I have a hard time seeing how you can empty it without letting a lot of dust back into the atmosphere.
     
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    Which agree with you by the way. The Miele Cat and Dog T5000 is the #2 vacuum cleaner in there most recent test. The #1 is the Miele S4281, which is better for allergens.
     
  17. nick9191 macrumors 68040

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    Paid £18 ($36) for a vacuum from Tesco about 2 years ago. Works great :D

    Admittedly I also have a very expensive Dyson which picks up a lot more. The cheapo vacuum is just for upstairs.
     
  18. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    My parents have central vac. :eek:


    "My vacuum sucks." Dyson's are expensive, but I guess it's cheaper than a really experienced hooker.
     
  19. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Growing up, one of my good friends in high school lived in a fairly nice 1920s era home that had this. I never really saw it in action. Is it a big energy waster or is it not too unreasonable?
     
  20. idyll macrumors 6502

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    Amazon has some hilarious reviews for certain products.. I'd check the back massagers. ;)
     
  21. Jschultz macrumors 6502a

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    I wanted to toss my own vote in for Dyson. Although I have the 'lowly' DC07, it is still awesome.

    My stepmom owns a house-cleaning business and this other brand- can't remember what it is, but it cost a lot. She says Dyson isn't a bad brand, but they are a bit clunkier than need be.
     
  22. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Men tend no to move stuff, so measuring the low items and seeing how flat the vacuum will lay will give you an idea of the amount of furniture to move to actually use a beater bar on the carpet underneath.

    I'm lazy so I went with a canister vac. so I can basically do under and around most everything without moving anything besides chairs.

    Heck, can even eliminated the cat fur under beds without moving anything. Flick the handle 90° and it'll go under most anything taller than 4-6 inches.
     
  23. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    IMHO, a bagless design creates less dust overall. Yes, you have to be careful emptying the container, but as long as it is in your trash bag when you open it, everything just sort of falls out into the bag.

    Also, the container in our model is easy to wash in the sink. So every couple of weeks, the inside of the container is like new after I wash it.
     
  24. Vster macrumors 6502

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    My wife and I purchased a DC15 "Animal" a few years ago after our 2nd Hoover in 3 years went out. The Hoover had so many filters that needed changing and it seemed like the belt constantly went out. Also after I'd clean the filter it would run like a champ...one time then it would lose suction. So we bit the bullet and loved the Dyson ever since.

    I also totally agree with that awesome review by "One-Man Swarm". The Dyson is great and when my wife is about to vacuum, I usually jump up and take over!
    :D
     
  25. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I am kind of tempted by the Dyson ones that have a swivel ball base... the DC15 mentioned above several times is one such, right? Does the ball mechanism really work in terms of giving it better access in tight confines? It's available refurbished via Amazon for $300, which seems not too bad.
     

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