Monday, November 29, 2010

A Tale of Two Dysons

A few months back, I purchased a new animal Dyson vacuum. I blogged about it here. Never had I met a more marvelous carpet-cleaning machine. Until now.

I don't know if they've added a higher-powered animal Dyson, or if I was just shopping at the wrong store the first time. On Black Friday, since we were out and about anyway (we needed to buy a car battery, of all things!), we stopped at Bed Bath & Beyond. I knew that Dysons were on sale. Since we are in the process of buying property with a second house, I have a need for a second vacuum.

I reached for what was familiar, then saw another Dyson that was unfamiliar. hmmm. I'll bring it home and do a side by side comparison.

I'd had a few complaints about the roller ball version of the machine, and I was interested to see if they'd rectified any of them. First off, I have to say that I prefer back and forth to roller ball. Perhaps it's because the motion is more familiar? The larger vacuum is heavier than the roller ball (and the roller ball is heavy), however it has a self-propel feature that makes pushing it forward almost effortless.

They still don't have a light out front, to see what you're vacuuming. I tend to run over things. Maybe I should vacuum with a flashlight?

The bigger vacuum heard my complaint about the short cord. While the roller ball cannot reach the length of my living room, the super-duper vacuum can almost reach the entire house! Lengthening the cord was a tremendous improvement.

I also like the forward/back movement, because I damaged a wall with the roller ball model. When I rolled around a corner, the hard hose on the right side took out the sheet rock. oops. The upside was that the machine vacuumed up the mess almost effortlessly...

The bigger model also seems to have more suction than the roller ball. While the roller ball completely grossed me out with the dirt and cat hair that it picks up every time I use it, the bigger model picks up even more fine dirt than its smaller brother.

I think the bigger one will stay here, and the smaller one will go to the new property. If I didn't have a Dyson yet, but thought about getting one? Bigger is better, and on Black Friday, it actually cost me less than the smaller. go figure.

On a quilting note, this fishie postcard arrived in my mailbox over the weekend. It's from the current postcard exchange of Postmarkd Art.

Postmark'dArt #11 - FISH
Janice Simpson 2010

I love the fuzzy sea-weedy embellishment, and if you look closely, you might see the beads and sequined eyes on the fish.

That's all I've got for now, but I should have more as we approach December!


Deborah said...

I've been thinking that having a Dyson would be nice but my husband isn't convinced it would inspire me to vacuum more often.

Nina-Marie said...

Thanks for the follow up Susan! I have a 20 year old Kirby and have been looking for replacement that works as well since the Kirby is so heavy. I still haven't found one yet - sighhhhh. Since the Kirby is working fine I'll just have to make sure I eat my wheaties LOL!!!