A while back our vacuum stopped sucking. Which sucked. (Ha.) (You must have seen that one coming.) Sweetie tried “taking his air compressor to it” (I’m not entirely sure what that means, but I think he was trying to clear out any dust that had accumulated over time, in an attempt to improve the suckage) but that didn’t help. And as the layer of kitty fur grew thicker and thicker on our carpet (I’m pretty sure that Irwin prides himself on his rather impressive ability to distribute an even blanket of fur wherever he sits), it became apparent: we needed a new vacuum.
And as we chatted about the merits and downfalls of various vacuum cleaners, it became pretty clear: Sweetie (being a gadget-guy) really wanted a Dyson. As did I, truth be told (both my mom and my mother-in-law have Dysons, and both of them pretty much hug their vacuums every night before bed), but I was having a big problem justifying the cost. (If a Dyson was a car, it’d be a BMW, and we’re most definitely K-Car kinda folk.) And then we made the discovery that would make everything allll better: we still had gift cards from our wedding (like, 3.5 years ago) for the Bay (where they do indeed sell Dysons) to use up, as well as a much-appreciated monetary Christmas gift from Sweetie’s parents that was originally earmarked for a new barbecue (but that we quickly agreed would be better used for a new vacuum since our barbecue, albeit archaic, does indeed still function pretty well. Our vacuum? Not so much.) A little happy dance ensued.
After all the requisite research into which Dyson would be the best Dyson for us (upright vs canister, big vs little, pet-fur-approved vs standard model) we decided on the DC 37 Animal canister vac. And after many phone calls to various stores around Southwestern Ontario, and a quick trip to the Bay store in Burlington, we purchased what appears to be the only Dyson DC 37 Animal currently available within about a two hour radius of our home. Everyone was sold out (including the Bay store in Burlington, once we snatched up our little bundle of joy.) I’m assuming that’s a good sign, right?
And so, without further delay, please allow me to introduce you to the good Mr Dyson…
He’s pretty eh? We love him. :) And, he’s Sweetie-sized – the wand part elongates by almost two feet (making vacuuming a much more pleasant experience for my 6’4″ Sweetie.)
The cord retracts, which is also pretty awesome. You just press this button…
…and poof! No cord to wind or store. :)
Speaking of the cord, some reviews we read online mentioned that the cords on Dysons are rather short, but we didn’t really find this with our Mr Dyson. Albeit, our house is rather tiny, but we were able to do all the carpet on our main floor without once having to move where this little dude was plugged in.
The vacuum wand part (I’m pretty sure that’s not what it’s called, but you know what I mean, right?) attaches to the base for storage (since the wand part is otherwise a little unruly and doesn’t stand up on its own), so when all clicked together, it looks like this…
…and this from the front…
…he’s rather cute, non? :)
Another feature we like? The beater-brush is really easily removed if it gets gucked up with stuff. Have I ever mentioned that Sweetie has really long hair? Yep. He does. ‘Nuf said.
So yes – Mr D is indeed pretty. And, yes, that’s important in a vacuum. (Well, to me, at least.) And he has some nice little handy features too. But, MOST IMPORTANTLY, he sucks. A LOT. I won’t post the picture I took of what came out of our tiny little area rug in the living room on the inaugural vacuum with Mr Dyson, but let’s suffice it to say that it was indeed gross. GROSS. And the carpet even looks better and cleaner now. I’m totally sold.
Of course, mere moments later, someone was back at work, making things furry again (sigh… It’s a good thing they’re cute.)
So there you have it. :) Likely way more info than you ever needed/wanted to know about our fancy-pants new vacuum, but I’m just SO HAPPY with it that I had to share. We’ll see how he holds up over time to three very furry cats and a Sweetie who works in construction. With Mr Dyson’s five year warranty, I have high hopes. Updates will follow!