I have a bit of a love affair with Dyson. It all started when a friend bought her Dyson over for a playdate, and ran it over my freshly vacuumed floor. I was stunned (and a little bit sick) at how much the Dyson picked up from the carpet – remembering I had already vacuumed my floors with my old vacuum! Needless to say that we now have a much loved Dyson barrel vacuum as an integral member of our household.
So when Dyson released the new cordless vacuum earlier this month – the Digital Slim DC35 Animal – I had some pretty high expectations of what this baby could do. Let me tell you, my expectations were exceeded – and then some!
Now I don’t know about you, but my children aren’t exactly the tidiest diners on the planet. Cute? Yes. Messy? Absolutely. Forgivable? Sometimes (oh OK all the time). You want proof? Here is what my floor looks like after every meal. EVERY meal.
And sometimes I wonder why I even bother with bowls…
Now I have previously used another cordless vacuum on these floors. It used to be a bit of a game – I liked to call it, “Let’s see how many times I have to run over each crumb before the damn vacuum picks it up”. Lots of fun! So I invited Darcy (oh look when you get your hands on one of these you’ll want to name it too!) to play the game, and it just ate it up – literally. No spitting the crumb straight back out the back or going over it again and again! The secret is the Carbon fibre on the brushes which reduces the build up of static and helps to remove fine dust which is stuck to hard floors.
With just a squeeze of the trigger, the super powerful digital motor of the Dyson is up to 3 times faster than conventional motors (and spins five times faster than a Formula 1 car engine!) which makes it the most power-efficient cordless vacuum on the market. There is nothing escaping this sucker! Look at all that dust – it’s so gross but I strangely fascinated at the same time!
Without doubt, one of the most well-known features of the Dyson range is the Radix Cyclone Technology. Basically what this means is that it doesn’t lose suction while vacuuming. And believe me I tested it! I was so excited about my new toy that I vacuumed in places that I didn’t even know could gather dust! And not once did Darcy let me down. The Dyson Digital Slim runs for up to 15 minutes with constant power (13 mins with the floor tool attached). Look at what we got up to on our travels!
I have NEVER EVER been able to vacuum under this entertainment unit. Ever.
Floors to ceiling!
But here’s where it gets interesting – and this is what sealed the love affair. The accessory tools! No matter what you want to vacuum – there is a tool for the job! Skirting boards? The combination accessory tool works a charm! Look how it converts from a brush to a nozzle! Clever Darcy!
Cleaning in little nooks and crannies? The crevice tool is your best friend!
Heck I even got Fred on the case by having him vacuum all the doors! I love that whether you choose to use the long reach wand with motorised floor tool, or the handheld with the attachments, the power and grunt (OMG I can’t believe I just used that word) is just as impressive.
But that’s not all! The mini motorised brush tool is perfect for lounges (the first time you vac your lounge is not for the feint-hearted. Do you know how much filth gathers there? – blegh!), curtains, and is specially designed to remove pet hair and dirt from carpets. Great for asthmatics and allergy sufferers. I got a little excited and even vacuumed our lamp shades! They came up a treat!
Call me crazy (my Mummy Smiles Facebook friends may remember my fascination with clothes dryer lint), but the best part about the Dyson is emptying the bin canister. It gives me enormous satisfaction to pull the little red trigger, and see all the dirt, dust and filth just fall away – gone!
Now this little miracle is never going to replace your barrel or upright vacuum. It is not designed to do your whole house in one go, however the Lithium-ion battery does recharge up to 3 times faster than other cordless vacs (3.5 hours to fully charge).
The docking station also keeps the accessory tools nice and tidy.
I don’t know about your house, but 13 minutes is more than enough time to cover the dining room, kitchen and family room in one go! Especially when cleaning it 3 times a day, which is often the case in our house. It is also brilliant for those short, sharp jobs that need maximum power – a button can be pressed to trigger 6 minutes of higher suction.
So there you have it!
I actually tried to find some way I could improve the DC35 Animal (I’m helpful like that), but I just can’t. There are so many more cool features I want to tell you about, like the eco-friendly fact that there is NO standby light (only a light when the unit is charging), but you’re just going to have to take it from me that you will be amazed at just how much you can do with this little beast.
The final word: The Dyson DC35 Animal is available now from all major electrical retailers and retails for $499RRP. It also comes with a two year parts and labour guarantee.
Thank you Darcy Dyson, for making this Mummy Smile