When I vacuum with my upright (Hoover Windtunnel), I vacuum the floors and
keep the attachment hose in hand at the same time, so I can get through the
room in one pass, without stopping and playing around with parts for five
minutes every time I want to use the upholstery attachment. You know, do the
floors and furniture at the same time, basically. When I saw the Dyson, I
was excited. The reviews and opinions I had read made me think that it was
perfect for this multi-tasking.
But I tried one out in the store (Sears lets you try them, by the way) and
hated it. The attachments seemed awkward to me. My husband agreed. We
thought that maybe they had it assembled wrong, so we went to Target and
played with one for a long time... our Target is a desolate wasteland with
no employees in sight. We went over the assembly and usage instructions very
carefully. Still, switching over from floor to attachments was not as smooth
as I'd like. We came to the conclusion that the Dyson isn't meant to be used
in the way I like to vacuum.
Just one vacuumer's opinion.
Thanks for that information. I had read some reviews of the Dyson "animal"
vacuum, and it sounded very good. Ironically, one reason I will be looking
for a new vacuum is that I want to easily be able to switch to hand tools to
vacuum furniture cushions, etc. -- so I will take a *very* careful look at
both Dyson and Hoover before I buy.
On the Dyson upright I saw, the Dyson floor part couldn't be used with the
wand for attachments out of the machine. There must be an air cut off inside
where the wand fits. It means to use attachments the handle must be pulled
up and out bringing with it the extending tube. this takes about one second
and can be done without switching off or having to fit any part ( like on my
Electrolux there is a plate to be fixed on the bottom and tube inserted
while the machine lies down and is switched off) To put back the wand takes
the same roughly one second, just a question of pushing the handle down in
the hole and the suction is diverted to the floor beater bar.
having the machine locked into upright position, the hose must be placed
back in the "hose hole" for the floor suction to work. Didn't work that way
in all previous models. I've got 3 versions of the windtunnel here. I wish
I could take the good stuff from all of them and make one machine.
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