By John Clingan on Jan 12, 2005
My daughter is allergic to dust (mites) and has been coughing (more like hacking) at night for a while. Yes, I have been vacuuming pretty religiously. We decided to go out and buy a new vacuum cleaner. Having worked (in engineering) at an appliance manufacturer in a past life, I historically have leaned towards that brand. I decided to break rank and try out a Dyson. I figured that i always had 15 days to return it.
The before and after results are actually pretty stunning. Now, Dyson is by no means cheap. It's downright expensive. But I swear it will suck a virus out of Windows. The result?
My daughter has completely stopped coughing. COMPLETELY. Our house has quite a bit of carpet, and my last vacuum cleaner was a mid-range model getting long in the tooth. For the past few months, the darn brush height wouldn't stay put. That would result in the brush digging into the carpet and not turning. Not only that, but it was killing the belt. Can you say "burning rubber"? I can't even get my car to burn that much rubber. Having a bagless vacuum cleaner has one really good benefit. Feedback. I can see exactly how dirty various parts of the carpet really are. Having the "auto-adjusting" brush is great too. It may or may not better than manual adjustment, but I think on average it will be better than me constanly mucking around with it.
Two other nice things. First, a long cord. I plug it in once (on each floor) and can hit all the major parts of the house. Second, the built-in hose is a great idea. And it's lllllooooonnnnngggg.
If you or a family member have allergies, double check your vacuum cleaner. Now, I could probably get similar results with a cheaper model, but I religiously follow the mantra of "If it works, don't \^$ with it :)