Dyson DC33 Review

The Dyson DC33 vacuum cleaner was the machine that became the image of the Dyson name for years, and put the signature yellow color of Dyson in the minds of vacuum shoppers everywhere. Although this model claims to be a revolution, with “no loss of suction” our tests show otherwise. In our tests not have very good suction to begin with, a strong brushroll or easy to use attachments.

Attachments

This machine makes use of Dyson’s first generation attachment system, which requires many steps to get the wand out for use, and even more to disconnect the wand from the hose if you do not want to use the wand. Although the wand is comfortable to hold it is somewhat heavy and may be hard to use for extended periods of time. The attachments that come with this machine are also somewhat sparse, consisting of a crevice tool, a multi use tool and, on the higher priced animal models, a turbo brush. Dyson has a great deal of other attachments available for purchase that are compatible with the DC33 but the included ones are a bit lackluster. The machine is also a bit prone to tipping when the hose is stretched, such as when one is cleaning the stairs or draperies.

Floor Cleaning

This machine has an automatically adjusting floor head and a brushroll that can be disabled for cleaning the hard floors. The brushroll on this unit is quite weak and will only clean the surface of your carpet, in addition the airflow on this machine can be pitiful at times, requiring multiple passes over a spot to get something on the top of the carpet. The machine also has a terrible snowplowing problem due to the self adjusting head, this means that large debris will be pushed rather than sucked up by the machine. Medium to small sized debris don’t fare well either as the vacuum will pass over multiple times without picking up a thing. The bin does a great job of disguising this, as it fluffs up the dirt that was collected to make it appear like more was collected than there actually was. This fluffing action actually kicks up dirt within the bin that the filters must then attempt to remove, clogging them and requiring you to wash them.

Final Words

Overall this vacuum is quite disappointing for the claims it makes. In addition the high price of the machine is a huge detractor, as you are not paying for high performance in this case but beautiful design that does not perform well.

 

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Neato XV Robot Review

The Neato XV series of robot vacuums are a radical departure form previous robots that were sold as “vacuums” in the past. Other machines that were marketed as vacuums were just glorified sweepers that bounced around the room randomly. These machines were good at keeping the surface of your carpet clean, but failed to get ANY deep embedded dirt. I have tried various models from iRobot and other manufactures over the past few years but none have managed to actually vacuum, merely sweeping the top of the carpet. This machine is the first real robot that can be called a vacuum. This machine also does not randomly bounce around the room like others but instead employs a laser to create a map of the room. With this map it will plan out a path through the room and cover every spot in the room once. Also unlike previous robots the Neato does not bump into your walls and furniture  but will see them with its laser and not touch them. By not going over some spots many times and others once it can save energy and devote that extra energy to cleaning. This translates into a machine that has a powerful vacuum, in addition to sweeping debris off of the floor. Although the machine cannot replace a full sized vacuum it does do quite a good job at keeping the floors clean in between. The machine will also run automatically on a schedule so it can clean when you are away.

Although the machine will occasionally get stuck on things like a lamp or a chair leg, most of the time (98%) it will detect and avoid the obstruction. Even when it does get stuck, about 75% of the time it is able to free itself and continue cleaning. When it cannot free itself and continue cleaning the house. To keep the machine from going places that it might get stuck, or out of places you do not want it to clean you can place a magnetic strip down. This strip looks like a black threshold and acts like a wall to the robot. When the robot detects the strip it will act as if the strip is a wall that it cannot touch.

For arround $400 it can be expensive for a supplemental vacuum, but after you see how much work and time this machine saves you it is hard to go back to the old way of cleaning again. This machine will truly change the way you think about cleaning and will make your home much cleaner.

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Score: 7/10

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Dyson DC41 Review

When the DC41 came in we were excited, in the past we had not had good results with Dyson vacuums in our testing process. We really hoped that this would be the one they got right, and finally was worth the price. I am happy to preface this review with the fact that this is the first Dyson I would use in my house.

Review:

This machine is the combination of third generation Dyson ball technology and third generation Dyson cyclone technology, dubbed Radial Root Cyclone. The new ball is smaller, much easier to maneuver and more powerful that both of the two previous generations. The new ball also has the hoses between the bin and the floor head integrated into it, saving space and lowering the center of gravity. This makes it easier to maneuver around your space, and clean efficiently. The ball also works with the floor head to maintain a seal to the surface being cleaned. This seal helps the machine clean effectively by keeping the suction from leaking out of the brush chamber. This allows the machine to get great performance on fine dirt that is in the carpet, and effective cleaning in a residential setting.

The new cyclone technology is a HUGE step up from previous cyclone technology, as it now has smaller cyclones in addition to the large cyclones on previous machines. The large cyclones filter out larger particles, while the higher speed small cyclones filter out small dust and sand from the air stream. These cyclones work together to keep most dirt out of the filters and in the bin, a large step up from previous models. This machine will keep the filters and air cleaner than any Dyson before it, promising huge gains in performance.

The machine does not have many attachments that come with it, even though it has a great wand release system. For the high price a few more of the well designed Dyson attachments would have been greatly appreciated. That said the attachments that came with the machine performed quite well and are very nice to use. The machine also is very quick to convert from floor use to tool use, a large plus as some vacuums can take a great deal of steps and be cumbersome to the user. The hose offers good performance as well, being able to handle a large volume of debris being sucked up.

The floor head performs quite well, with a very nice brushroll that has the power to get deep into the pile unlike previous Dyson machines that were quite weak. This new design also ensures that the floor head creates a seal with the floor, keeping the suction concentrated and cleaning at a high efficiency. This does create a snowplowing problem, as when you try to pick up large debris the head will push them rather than allow them to enter the brush chamber and be sucked up. This is not as much of a problem as some others as you can easily detach the wand, suck up the large particles, and resume vacuuming your floors. This machine will also automatically adjust between different floor types, and can have its brush turned off for cleaning hard floors.

Overall this is a great new machine from Dyson, and I am happy to see that they are competitive with this machine in the marketplace. Although the price is high, the machine certainly performs quite well.

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Score: 9/10

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Shark Navigator Lift-Away Pro review

Navigator Lift-Away Pro Review

The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Pro vacuum is a great machine for most homes and needs. This machine is designed to be lightweight when you need to carry it, and get a deep down clean at the same time. One of the ways the machine stays light is by allowing itself to “Lift-Away” from the base, by that I mean push a button on the side and it pops off the floor head, becoming a handheld canister. This is great when you need to use the attachments as the machine is a bit top heavy and can tip over when used with the floor head. The attachments that come with the machine are quite robust, with the key that sets this model apart is the Dust-Away attachment, which is best described as a vacuum nozzle with a cloth behind it (think Swiffer but washable). This attachment allows one pass cleaning on hard surfaces, with the vacuum getting the larger particles, and the washable pad getting the fine dust from your hard floors. There are also other attachments in the box like the Turbo brush, dusting brush and a crevice tool.

When used with carpet this machine does a great job, picking up a great amount of dirt and making cleaning quick with it’s wide floor head. This floor head has stiff bristles that are designed to get into the carpet fibers and extract lots of dirt. This action, combined with the powerful suction allows the machine to extract lots of dirt, dust and even pet hair. In our tests the machine did an excellent job on short and medium pile carpet. The floor head also will automatically adjust between different floor types to keep the cleaning power maximized and the head sealed to the floor.

Overall this vacuum has great performance and is highly recommended, the only negative about it is it’s somewhat heavy weight. The bin on this vacuum is also very large, and the cord is quite long, allowing you to clean your entire home without stopping to empty the bin. the HEPA filtration will even keep dust in the vacuum and out of the air that you will breathe.

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Score: 9/10

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