How Dyson Made Me Love Vacuuming

Monday, July 20, 2009 Posted by Dina N

A month ago, we came back from a family vacation to find out that our Bissell vacuum cleaner has lost all suction. After unpacking five suitcases and doing a mountain of laundry, cleaning could not be put off any longer. We had been gone for three weeks, and I could almost see the dust bunnies partying. So, I did what I always do when a major purchase is looming - I went online and started weighing my options.

I had heard about Dyson vacuum cleaners before, and even eyed them at my local Costco a few times. From what I read, many people swore by their Dyson vacuum and some complained about their carpets losing some fibers because of the strong suction. The higher price was a downside - an upright Dyson can cost you between $400 an $600, and this is not an amount I would spend without careful consideration.

I have mostly carpet at my house, some hardwood and tile. No one at home has allergies or asthma but a clean house is important to me, especially since we have kids. Vacuuming is not my favorite chore - it ranks below doing laundry and somewhere above dusting, scrubbing bathrooms, and ironing. I'd rather spend time with my family, books and computer, than with household cleaners and appliances.

That said, I wanted a good vacuum cleaner since we would be spending quality time together every few days for the next five years (at least that's how long the Bissell lasted). So, after a couple of hours reading reviews and comparing prices, I headed to my local Costco where, according to their website, the Dyson DC17 was priced at $399, about $150 cheaper than most other stores I could find it online.

Besides the Dyson, Costco had several cleaners of similar size - Bissell, Electrolux, Hoover, and Eureka. I did not want another Bissell because I was not particularly happy with mine, despite using it for 5 years. It was heavy, needed various filters to be replaced regularly, and did I mention how it just lost suction one day? The Dyson was actually priced at $429 - about three times more expensive than the average other vacuum on the shelf, and $150 more than the Electrolux model, the second most expensive one.

What finally sold me on the Dyson - besides all the rave reviews I had seen - was the 5 year warranty and the cyclone technology that makes it not lose suction, ever. Not to mention the dusting brush, flexi crevice tool and mattress tool that came with this DC17. I also loved the design - elegant lines, gray and blue, with just a touch of red on the release button. I decided that if this vacuum does not live up to my expectations, it was going back to the store, pronto.

I took the DC17 home, still reeling a bit from the price shock. I knew Dyson was pricey but having just paid for one made me just a tad light headed. When my husband hauled the box out of the trunk, he asked how much it was. Since Dyson does not manufacture cars, I imagine the brand means nothing to most guys, so I was not surprised that he thought I was kidding when I told him the DC17 price. Well, he knows my money-saving ways and was surprised I would choose an expensive alternative to the Bissell that seemed perfectly adequate - that is, until it died. What can I say, vacuuming is not one of hubby's chores.

I got the Dyson out of the box, put it together - a breeze, despite some reviews that said people had a hard time doing this - and started vacuuming. I was amazed at how much dust it sucked out! True, my carpets had not seen the business end of a vacuum for three weeks but none of the others I have owned was ever able to do anything like this. I had to empty the canister three times before I was done with the whole house. I did not see any noticeable carpet fibers in the trash, maybe because my carpet is 5 years old and all potential shedding is over by now.

Emptying the dirt is very easy - just hold the whole canister, still closed, over the garbage bin and press a button. The bottom opens, and out with the dust! There is a washable HEPA filter that does not need to be replaced. If you are like me and have bought the original, factory sealed filters for your Bissell cleaner online, then found out they do not fit by a fraction of an inch - just larger enough to be useless - you would understand how great this feature is. I read that Dyson are the first and only vacuums certified as asthma friendly by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation.

The DC17 is surprisingly nimble and easy to move around. The brush can be turned off to clean floors without carpeting. The handle is ergonomically designed and the cleaner does not feel very heavy when I had to lug it up and down the stairs. The Dyson sounded less noisy than our old vacuum, too.

My carpets looked clean, and felt fluffier than they have ever been since we moved in the house five years ago. I was sold! When my husband saw what the DC17 had sucked out of our seemingly clean carpets, he was impressed, too. Even my daughter wanted to use the vacuum, although she does have a small Eureka that I let her use to vacuum.

One thing I would like to see in the DC17 is a retractable cord. I have not tried the telescopic wand that allows for high-reach cleaning, and I am looking forward to testing the dusting tool, as well.

Overall, I must say that these days I cannot wait to use my Dyson. Vacuuming has climbed the charts and I consider it my favorite household chore. It remains to be seen whether the Dyson DC17 is the household investment that I consider it to be; I like that Dyson offers the 5-year warranty, should anything go wrong. For now, I would say the DC17 is worth every penny.

* Disclaimer: this review was not sponsored or endorsed by Dyson nor Costco. The views and opinions expressed in this post are based on my own experience. The picture of the DC17 was obtained with permission from the company's website. To see more pictures of this and other Dyson products, as well as technical specifications, please visit *


  1. Flying Giggles and Lollipops said...

    I really need to break down and get a new vacuum. I definitely am splurging this time around to get me a quality vacuum. There are so many different choices out there! Thanks for the review!

  2. clenna said...

    I hate to vacuum - I thibk it's because I've never had a decent one! This Dyson sounds reat but I can't imagine it making me LIKE to vacuum!

    clenna at aol dot com

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