Lightweight turbine head is easy to push and maneuver
Like many, I debated in my head about spending $500 for a vacuum, but I convinced myself that a Dyson would motivate me to vacuum my floors much more frequently. It works wonderfully as advertised, and on top of that, it is beautifully designed. I often leave it out just to admire the compact design. My 6-year old stepson sat and played with it for an hour after bringing it home. Form really does follow function with this Dyson.
I love it!
It is a great vacuum cleaner! It has a very strong suction and it's easy to handle. I could not be more pleased with it and I really love the design
Good - not great!!
I was looking for a bagless canister vacuum to use mainly on my hardwood and tile floors. I already have the Dyson Purple Animal which does a great job on carpet, but I can't get under furniture with it without using the wand and floor tool. My first impression of the Telescope was that it was doing a good job of cleaning the areas for which I bought it. But there were a few problems - 1) the power cord is awfully short (compared to the Animal), 2) the air driven brush on the floor tool comes on when the machine is turned on - you have to turn it off for hard floors by pushing in on a lever of sorts on the side of the tool. The problem is that when you're doing carpet the slightest touch to this lever turns it off - such as when you bump into a piece of furniture, or even the edge of a comforter hanging from the bed. It is very sensitive to touch and doesn't always stay out the first time you pull it out. 3) The floor tool from the Animal will not work with the Telescope. There is an adapter to make the Turbo tool work with the telescope, but not the floor tool. I prefer the bristle floor tool from the Animal to the floor tool which comes with the Telescope and was disappointed that it wouldn't fit. Customer service was wonderful and they sent the adapter for the Turbo tool, which I then adapted myself to use with the floor tool. 4) The power on/off button and the power cord rewind are colored and shaped the same, just on different sides of the machine. You have to look carefully (or memorize the locations) to avoid hitting the wrong one. 5) Maybe it's just me, but I don't think I've ever used it and had the telescoping wand stay extended the first time. One section always collapses and I have to extend it again.
Overall, the Dyson machines are very nice - clean well, store easily, empty easily. The Telescope is amazingly small when in storage mode and it's easy to carry when cleaning. While I'm not planning on returning the Telescope, if I knew then what I know now, I wouldn't purchase it. I don't think it's worth the money being charged for it.
IT SUCKS, BUT THAT'S A GOOD THING.... :)
Ok, after much deliberation, I bought the Dyson canister for the sheer selling point that it was a canister and it was made by Dyson. I won't lie, I have waited for the Dyson canister to be released here in the States since they started marketing the DC07. I really liked the idea of a bagless canister with no filters to buy. My family is very health conscious and we try to do our part for the environment. Upon inspection of the unit after removing it from the box, I noticed that the HEPA filter was of great quality and the bactisafe screen just looked cool. I plugged it in and kicked it on and much to my surprise it had as much suction, if not more, than the Animal upright. The downside to the DC11 is the fact that its turbobrush is air-turbine powered and tends to slow down or stop a lot on medium to high pile carpets. Our house is one of theose strange creatures with high pile, medium pile, tile, wood, and even cork. So, I tested the vacuum on all the floors and found it worked great on everything except carpet. There it seemed to be lacking. I tested it for about a week and then was forced to return it for an Animal upright. After vacuuming with the DC11 and then going over the same areas of carpet with a Eureka canister with powered brush, I found the Eureka was removing almost as much dirt and from the carpet as the Dyson originally did. There is just not enough agitation in the brush to work great on carpet. Final verdict, great for floor, may need some compromise for carpets.
Dyson DC11 - Great Find!
We have had our DC11 for three weeks at the time I am writing this. It replaced a 5 year old top of the line Hoover canister that died. The Hoover proved to be only average in total satisfaction over the time we had it. When searching for a new vacuum my top priorities were suction, bag-less and HEPA filtration. I was willing to sacrifice in other areas for these key features. I considered most of the top brands but was enticed by the Dyson because it was not only bag-less but also had a lifetime HEPA filter which will save lots of money and waist over the life of the unit. After getting the DC11 I was immediately impressed with the build quality and suction. There are lots of smart design features which make using unit a joy. We have about 50/50 medium pile carpet and hard floors, it cleans each equally well. My only real complaint is the length of the hose and cord are on the short side. This is not major and I am happy to live with it and is even less of an issue being that the unit is so light an portable. The unit is not the most quite on the market but that was not a key selling point for me. It is much quieter then our old vac but noticeably louder then a Lindhaus. I highly recommend the DC11 if you are looking for a vacuum with great suction, no bags and lifetime HEPA filters.
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