I don’t know about you but there are certain things I do and don’t like when it comes to housework. Or perhaps I should say ‘prefer’ – after all, there aren’t many of us out there who actually like housework (are there?). For example, I hate cleaning the oven and I detest emptying the bins… but I don’t mind vacuuming. I think it’s a lot to do with my vacuum cleaner though. I’ve got an old yet trustworthy Dyson that makes the job a lot easier.
When I was asked to test the Dyson DC44 (above), I wondered (rather naively) what it could offer that my old vacuum couldn’t. It’s been out since September and is called the Digital Slim. It’s a genius piece of kit – here are my reasons for loving it:
1. It’s lightweight – no more lugging a heavy vacuum up and down stairs. Plus it mounts onto the wall, so it’s easily accessible.
2. It’s cordless – not having to step over an annoying plug cord makes you feel so much more free to actually vacuum.
3. It’s slim head makes it easy to get under my low sofa and it wangled its way around my kitchen quickly and effectively, getting to all the hard-to-reach places that my old model can’t.
4. The suction power is fantastic – you can choose from two different settings and it seems to make mincemeat out of all those tiny bits that I’d usually have to go over a few times.
There’s also a new Tangle-free Turbine tool on the market, which uses two counter-rotating heads to remove hair and dirt. As a female whose hair tends to mult, the thought of not having to untangle handfuls of hair at the end of the process (ugh) is an attractive one.
Dyson is also set to launch another compact model and it will be interesting to see how this one compares…
The DC50 Animal (above) is a compact vacuum with the performance of a full-sized upright model. On carpets, its stiff nylon bristles remove dirt, while on hard floors, carbon fibre filaments remove fine dust. Out on 5 November priced at £349.
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