‘It looks like a space weapon!’
This was D’s reaction when he came home to find me brandishing our new Dyson cordless vacuum from John Lewis.
Our new toy has just arrived: Dyson digital slim, from @johnlewisretail Dust mites beware! Ready, aim, fire!
Its correct title is the DC59 Animal cordless vacuum cleaner, of the digital slim variety. But, as a woman raised on a diet of Star Trek and Space 1999, I prefer to think of it as our futuristic magic anti-dust wand. It does make zapping dust all feel a bit….well, exciting (something I NEVER thought I’d say about cleaning).
This vacuum compares well to our previous model (a non-Dyson). It’s operated by a trigger rather than a dull old switch, which means you don’t waste power; the instant you want to stop, you just take your finger off the trigger. The main benefit, though, is that the digital slim is cordless, and lightweight (2.11 kg). Cleaning felt so much less of a headache (and backache) without having to lug a heavy model, complete with cord, up and down our three-storey townhouse.
The docking mechanism, which attaches to a wall, was also the model’s charger. It runs for approximately 15-20 minutes, depending on the power setting you use; that might not quite be long enough if you like to clean the whole house in one go, but for vacuuming lightweights like me and D it’s perfect. A short, sharp, powerful blast; little and often, rather than turning cleaning into a massive, lengthy, task. I’ve chatted with a few people who already have this model on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook; they said that the novelty of using this sleek little toy hasn’t worn off.
We’ve been redecorating our living room and, in the absence of our main lounging space, all the toys, DVDs, books, vinyl, CDs and random odds and ends, are all littered around the rest of the house. It’s a tip. So, after D had spent the early evening painting, he picked up the Dyson, and tested it out.
We cheated a little; the carpets were already relatively clean, as D had vacuumed them the day before. But the Dyson picked up loads of extra dust from the hall alone: almost a quarter of the capacity of the cleaner’s bag-free inside space. The suction was clearly as powerful as the machine’s 350W motor suggests, but it wasn’t anywhere near as loud as our old cleaner.
There are three extra heads for the wand: a crevice tool, a combination accessory tool, and a mini motorised tool (which would be perfect for cleaning the inside of the car). Two of these fitted neatly onto the docking station, which meant they wouldn’t get lost in the back of the cupboard. It’s a shame there wasn’t space on the station for all three of them, though.
The snazzy extra tools, along with a picture on the machine’s box, prompted D to have a go at cleaning the lampshades.
This was something we’d usually only get round to doing every other lunar eclipse; I suspect we’ll be keeping our lighting and soft furnishings a bit cleaner now we have the Dyson. It’s a lot more fun zapping away the dust mites when you’re wielding an implement worthy of Barbarella, than it is when all you have at your disposal is a stepladder and a damp rag.
So, grime aliens beware: we are packed and fully loaded.
Disclosure: we were sent a Dyson DC59 Animal by John Lewis for the purpose of this review. But all opinions are my own.