Thursday, 23 August 2007

Why Won't My Dyson Vacuum Cleaner Die?


What's your view of the consumer society? For example: the idea that when you want something you buy it; or if you haven't got the latest thing you go out and get it. I know I can't do it. If something works perfectly well I simply can't change it just because there's a better one. So, to my confession: I hate my Dyson Vacuum cleaner; but it will not break; it stubbornly refuses to die; just continues right on going in its rugged, no-loss-of-suction way. I've tried neglecting it: refusing to clean or change its filters; allowing bits of it to drop off; leaving holes in the pipes. But every time you switch it on it jumps up like a spaniel dog eager to do your bidding. But I really do hate it: I hate it being so heavy and cumbersome; I hate it being so clumsy and useless on the stairs (and we do have a lot of stairs).

If someone were to come along with a nice new Miele Vac (just as an example you understand), perhaps a new model that needs an honest and thorough review by a blogger; I could, I suppose, put the old one in a cupboard without guilt. So if you are passing by my blog and consider yourself to produce a rival cleaner to Dyson, or even if you are James Dyson (look I even included your picture) and think you could convince me to love your latest model, get in touch. Please.


9 comments:

Tracey said...

We have a Henry Hoover. I prefer these to the uprights. Although my sister swears by her upright Dyson. I find it doesn`t get to the edges and corners very good though?

Crofty said...

We used to always have a cylinder vac but were swayed by the expert marketing that made the Dyson the one to have.

Edges and corners? Exactly! It might be big and sturdy but so's a Landrover and you try getting that into an edge or corner.

Lisa said...

Ha, you're just not trying hard enough!
We managed to kill ours and that was before we got the dogs!
You are not alone in your hatred of Dysons, virtually everyone I know whose had one will never have another.
Should you decide you do really love your Dyson, there's a man that calls himself Doctor Dyson, who'll come round and fix your poorly vac for a fee. And you can guarantee the minute you start liking it, it'll break!!

nursemyra said...

hey crofty, I'm so loathe to throw out ancient but still working items that I still have a ten year old nokia phone - brick shaped....

nokia, if you're reading this....

Bill Blunt said...

ALDI are currently retailing a very nice dust-pan and brush set for just £1.49, Crofty...

Having recently investigated the sordid world that is modern vacuum cleaning, I can tell you that, for example, the newer Dyson's appear far more flimsier than their earlier brothers. The plastic that is shared Captain Scarlet's inability to be destroyed on the old models is quite a tad thinner on the newer ones.

70steen said...

I too have a Dyson that is immortal (he is insured though so any tumble is repaired)
I bought him when I won the lottery ... 5 numbers ... OMG I hear you say!!

No it was a week where 5 numbers paid out £1500 and there were 10 of us in the syndicate!! So I bought a Dyson.... winning the lottery changed my life ..... Oh ok it changed my vaccum cleaner

UrbanCowgirl said...

I have a cylinder dyson which I love, and I've never owned an upright because I just couldn't see doing the stairs with one. My mother, though, spits on my Dyson and swears by the power of her Miele.

I'm exactly like you re new stuff and the consumption bandwagon: I can't do it. Which is why I still compute using my old hunk-of-junk PC that takes 4 years from switch-on to google.

Dan Walsh said...

My Dyson ball thing is great, no problems, if you keep the filter clean, it will last. The only problem is you have to empty it more than say a Numatic Henry. I have the Henry in my garage for the cars and garage floor, it is great, had it for 13 years now, again clean the filters.
If you do want to kill one vacuum up water ( don't though, it will be very dangerous !)

Dyson said...

Hi Crofty

Yeah I know what you mean...those Dysons just don't want to die. They cost extra, but they go on forever. I guess it's like the old saying goes: "You get what you pay for"