Terrible suction, tiny barrel. A lemon
The suction is terrible, will barely work on wooden floors and not at all on carpet. Worked maybe ok (but never amazingly) for 6mo but now it's actually faster to sweep and use a dustpan. This is despite cleaning all the filters and washing everything out. Not to mention the tiny barrel which requires emptying before half our tiny apartment is cleaned. And emptying the barrel is a filthy messy job. I bought this vacuum because we live in a small space with minimal storage and vacuum regularly and it's not been fit for purpose. I have purchased a Mila vacuum with a bag and although it's bulkier, it actually works and doesn't redistribute a heap of dust when it needs emptying. I'll never buy Dyson again.
Purchased with great anticipation on the basis of a good reputation and its compact storage options for a small apartment the Dyson Vacuum Cleaner made its entre into my home..
I lament the upgrade from my reliable and hardy performing compact Sanyo vac of 20 years with its mismatched attachments and modest price tag of $50. This inelegant machine performed exceptionally well removing pet hair, dust and lint from carpets efficiently, it's only failing was its noise and lack of hepa filter.
The Dyson in comparison is akin to a catwalk glamo...
Great Little Machine
I love this little machine, it is compact but effective. I have a small apartment, just me. Both tiled and carpeted floors. It was my first Dyson and I got a free turbo head included (that did not work from the start but Dyson happily and speedily replaced it, and is fine since). When I first got it it was so easy to use, I would almost get excited to vacuum (and it sucked up so much that my previous machine had not done!).I wash the 2 filters every couple of months and clean the head every time from my long hair, no problem. If you have more t...han a 2 bed apartment, or have pets, you might need a larger model (this is supposed to be for smaller apartments). I am a big Dyson fan and call Mr Dyson the 'vacuum guru'. I also then bought a handheld Dyson for my car which works really great. Various family members have since bought larger Dyson's and seem quite happy. One person never emptied it (or cleaned filters) and then got angry it died....silly. But they bought another Dyson. People often don't appreciate things these days (or take care of things properly) so I felt to write an appreciative review.
I love this vacuum cleaner.
This vacuum cleaner is wonderful. I've had it for almost 3 years and I'm still not sick of it. It is very, very powerful. There is nothing worse than dragging around a vacuum cleaner that doesn't pick things up, but this little baby really does know how to suck!
The size does have some drawbacks in that it topples over quite regularly. Nothing has broken or developed any issues, even though I do tend to give it a fairly good workout on a regular basis. The cord is OK in length, but retracts very sluggishly. It has been like this right from t...he beginning, and I don't think it will fail ..however have wondered whether I'll one day be left with an unretracted cord. Having said that, it is small, elegant, and really handy. You can pick it up and carry it around very easily, and storage in tight spaces is a cinch. A big bonus is the added HEPA filter to boot, which means it filters out allergens and fine dust from the air. Considering I have many sensitive family members, this feature really is a breath of fresh air! The final comment that I wanted to make is that it is definitely worth cleaning the two filters every 6 months or so. If you don't, you will definitely notice poorer performance. I was naughty and left mine once for two years. Luckily Dyson send out reminder emails, and when I finally got around to giving them a wash (you just run them under a tap, easy peasy) the vacuum ran like a tornado! Very happy with this purchase. Thank you Dyson!
Useless… Minimal suction.
This Dyson has hopeless suction, would be quicker to pick up pieces by hand. I thought it was never supposed to lose suction, well this one did. Cord is far too short and hardly ever retracts fully. Have to go over carpet or floors several times to get it slightly clean, just terrible.
Minimal suction, short cord, cord never retracts fully. Waste of money.
This is fantastic
Just got a Dyson D26. The reviewer who said there was no suction must have a dud. It picks up everything, even cat hair from the carpet. The cord is actually longer than my old vacuum, so don't know why people complain. Wish I'd got one years ago. Even if it has to be emptied often, the pros far outweigh the cons. Light enough to pick up to do curtains and blinds.
Light, easy to manoeuvre, doesn't take up much room in the cupboard.
There are 4 adults living in our house, a 2 year old (who brings home half the sandpit from childcare) and 2 dogs. It takes 30min to do each bedroom floor, going over and over the same spot until its moderately clean, sometimes ill have to use a carpet rake first to get the hair up from carpet first but you can still run your finger nails over the carpet and seen the sand jump and hair still in the carpet.
Light weight and easy to empty
No suction! Doesn't work on carpet at all.
perfect for me
I bought the dc 26 because of its small size. I like to "vacu dust" because of allergys.This cleaner is light enough to hold in one hand while dusting everything from micro venetian blinds to furniture shelves and even ornaments. Especially good for dusting books. I bought the soft dusting brush from Dyson accessories. Well worth the extra money. Also makes a good job of all our floors both hard surfaces and carpet.
small size and amazing suctionnot
not sure why the hose is fixed to the right as it comes out from the machine. It seems to prevent the machine from following easily when being pulled along.
Doesn't live up to expectations
From my experience the Dyson DC 26 is a dud: stiff plastic hose and side hose mounting makes it hard to manoeuvre (it constantly topples over); similarly press the on/off switch and it lurches over; a short power cable means continually having to plug and replug; and, connecting the attachments is no easy matter (again, the inflexible hose makes this a struggle. Suction is OK but no better than my 15 year old Sanyo which was also bagless and featured an on/off switch conveniently located on the handle.
expensive, poor design, hard to use
Very good cleaning performance just like all Dysons - I've owned a few going back 7 years and they all still work.
The DC26 is very light, compact and easy to use. To be honest, I haven't used any other vacuum cleaner since buying this one however, I don't have much carpet. It's great on hard floors and rugs. The filters are easy to clean and the bin is very easy to empty although it's small. I vacuum every couple of days and the bin needs emptying after 2 rooms so my guess is you would have to empty it after vacuuming every room if you have...carpet. Because it's so light, it's easy to carry while vacuuming stairs but the disadvantage of being so light is that it tips over easily. I like the multi surface head but use the carpet cleaning head for rugs and it seems effective. The cord is a little shorter than I'd like. Overall, the small size and lightness means there are compromises in bin size and stability. For me, the trade offs are worthwhile. Easy to use Short cord, can be unstable
This model replaces both our upright DC25 and DC30 handheld. Gave it a quick run new from the box just now. It came with three other accessory heads in the packaging - swivel hard floor tool, combo tool, stair tool.
Although the Dyson guide lists that this product cannot compact, it can, even though it's not specifically made to. Just unattach the hose from the wand then loop and tuck the hose around the body. Store the wand wherever.
The wand can attach to the suspiciously flimsy clip on the vac's body. Also, the supplied default dual ch...annel floor tool is poorly designed. It doesn't handle the suction power which makes it difficult to push away; it's fine on the return stroke. There's a finger trigger lever that alleviates the suction on curtains. Might have to try using that as well as look at getting the bonus gift turbine head (just send in the form before the expiry date) which looks to have bigger wheels and more weight, but, what are the chances of removing the roller which I don't need? And the air comes out quite gusty on this vac, especially if you want hold the vac in your right hand the wand in your left, (am right handed). Oh, and you'll be needing a tool or a coin to remove one of the filters for cleaning. I see a new and improved model in the wings so will be keeping the packaging for re-sale if needs be. Overall, great for our humble abode. Lightweight enough for the missus to carry while vacuuming. Flimsy wand rest and floor tool. Blowy.
highly recommended, only need tiny space to store
car, timber floorboards, carpet, tiles... this baby can handle any surface and so easy to move around. I like the fact that it is so small but has the same big suction as the bigger models. I didn't like vacuuming before, but now I like doing it so much!
light, small, easy to move around, strong suction, fun to use
cord is too short, needs to plug and unplug a few times
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