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post #1 of 18
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I've really been thinking about giving in and buying myself a Dyson, specificly the one made for pet hair. I'm just wondering if anyone has one and how it works. It's a lot of money, but the foot pedal on my vacuum is broken and frankly it's not doing a great job of cat hair pick up any more. With 4 cats in 400 sq feet, hair pick up is important.
post #2 of 18
I have the DC-14 Animal. It works really well at picking stuff up, but I don't know if it is worth the $425 we paid for it. I have long hair and have to take the whole beater bar/brush assembly apart to clean put all the long hair that gets wound up in the brush. They could have made it easier to take that apart! And if I don't clean it our regularly it makes this totally awful noise that scares the daylights out of me. It is a nice vacuum, I just don't know if it is worth all that money.
post #3 of 18
I would love a Dyson if I had the money!
Although, until then - I have the Hoover EmPower - in the pretty green
http://www.hoover.com/product.aspx?m...69900&ds=false

I got it for $80.00 on sale - but it works SO well with pet hair. It also comes with pet hair attachments It also has 5 height settings so you can clean bare floors and carpets. The handle also folds completely down which makes it easy on storage too.

We live in a 1 bedroom apartment with 2 cats & cat hair is ALL over - this thing is really awesome, its got a lot of power
post #4 of 18
Please read this thread: I took the Dyson Challenge.

It's got pics, and I think that Dyson's sales went way up after I posted it.

I love mine, but my ONLY complaint thus far is that the suction is SO strong, that when I try to use the wand with attachments, the vacuum keeps trying to suck the entire hose back onto the base - it's a fight against the power of the machine - but then again, my Dyson is almost as tall as I am.
post #5 of 18
I have a Dyson. It's great but I bought it on Ebay for less than $200. (sorry guys)

You should check on Ebay before you shell out the big bucks.
post #6 of 18
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Originally Posted by ckatz View Post
I have a Dyson. It's great but I bought it on Ebay for less than $200. (sorry guys)

You should check on Ebay before you shell out the big bucks.
Thanks for the tip. I will have to do that. Any tips for buying from Ebay?
post #7 of 18
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Originally Posted by Rang_27 View Post
I've really been thinking about giving in and buying myself a Dyson, specificly the one made for pet hair. I'm just wondering if anyone has one and how it works. It's a lot of money, but the foot pedal on my vacuum is broken and frankly it's not doing a great job of cat hair pick up any more. With 4 cats in 400 sq feet, hair pick up is important.
OMG! If you can afford it, don't think about it, run out and get one!!

I just got one in December with my Airmiles! I absolutely love it! I have such a hard time vacuuming furniture because of my back and the fact that I don't have much upper body endurance. With the turbine head for the furniture it's amazing! I can actually vacuum my 4 dining room chairs, couch and love seat without having to stop and take a "back break" and because the tool does all the work for you, it takes me less than 10 minutes to do all of that!

Here are a couple of threads about my Dyson Animal:


Dyson Results


Chynna Loves the Turbine Tool (Video)

Another thing I like about it is that it's easy to empty. And the fact that with the turn of a dial I can go directly from carpet to hard floor, so it's easy to keep up with the vacuuming between Homecare cleaning weeks. When homecare is here they do a more thorough vacuuming using the actual floor tool, but I can keep up with the main spaces in between their visits.

The first time I used it I must have had 2 inches of cat dander sucked out of my couch cushions. That stuff is fine like drywall dust, and between the suction and the rotating brush on the turbine head my couch went from grey to black and I stopped sneezing when in my livingroom!
post #8 of 18
We have the Dyson Ball vacuum, and bought the animal attachment separately. We find just the regular brush tool gets up the cat hair much better than the animal attachment. I also have below the shoulder length hair, and shed lots myself (), and haven't had any major problems with getting hair caught in the brush bar - it does get caught, but unwrapping is easy.

We've had it over 2 years now, had no problems, and would never buy a different sort of vacuum again.
post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by Isabel View Post
I have the DC-14 Animal. It works really well at picking stuff up, but I don't know if it is worth the $425 we paid for it. I have long hair and have to take the whole beater bar/brush assembly apart to clean put all the long hair that gets wound up in the brush. They could have made it easier to take that apart! And if I don't clean it our regularly it makes this totally awful noise that scares the daylights out of me. It is a nice vacuum, I just don't know if it is worth all that money.
OMG the same thing happens to me, that noise will scare the heck out of you With my long hair and the 5 cats it gets all wound up on there like you say...BUT it picks up great and I love it
post #10 of 18
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OMG the same thing happens to me, that noise will scare the heck out of you With my long hair and the 5 cats it gets all wound up on there like you say...BUT it picks up great and I love it
When I had super long hair (now the back is short and the front is about chin length), I always had this problem with my Hoover vacuum.
post #11 of 18
I have the Dyson Animal and i should have bought one years ago because it's fab!!.

I always thought my old one picked up really well until i got this baby, but when i first used it i couldn't believe the amount of fur it brought up.
post #12 of 18
We have the Dyson slim version. Only spent $200 on it I will never go back to another vacuum. I love Dysons. At first, when I heard they were $400-$500, I was skeptical about paying so much for a vacuum, but once I tried it out, I was amazed.
post #13 of 18
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I spent most of the weekend at the shelter. So i didn't have a chance to go look for one, but I really think I will get one. I have to check out the credit card balance. Otherwise, I'll wait for my tax return.
post #14 of 18
Love it! My husband wasn't sure he wanted to shell out that much for it, but when we got it home, we fought over who would get to vacuum first. We absolutely love it and the most hated chore is now one of our favorite ones.
post #15 of 18
I absolutley love my Dyson. The best vacuum ever!
post #16 of 18
I have a Eureka The Boss 4870. Consumer Reports consistently rates it better than the Dyson, including at picking up pet hair. (they added that test a year or 2 ago I think) Plus the price is lower, and I have never had a spare $500 for a vacuum. Cat expenses always seem to come up before I can get to spending that on something for me.

I'm very leery of spending big bucks on vacuums. I had a Kirby that was almost worthless, and purchased used was as much as the Eureka I have now.

But if you want bagless you won't like the Eureka. I needed the bags and super filtration. Our last couple apartments have been super dusty and I have allergies.
post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by Pami View Post
I absolutley love my Dyson. The best vacuum ever!
I was just going to say that.."PAM HAS ONE"

There must be like 7 Dyson threads around TCS talking about how awesome they are
post #18 of 18
Love our new Dyson 15 animal. Bought it after Christmas with Christmas money. It works amazing. With 4 cats (one long hair) and 2 kids and lots of carpets, we were thrilled at how well it did.
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