The object of this review is the new DC50 by Dyson. To begin, the vacuum itself is largely plastic, but smooth, strong and lightweight. The parts you need to assemble are done from either a pictorial in the guide that comes with the machine, or text. The person who put it together for us is visually challenged but if you put the right bits together, everything just “snaps” into place, which Dyson calls “Clik”.
" which Dyson calls 'Clik.'"
The condition or testing ground we had to try out the machine was a heavily carpeted bedroom, a tile bath, dressing room, low pile carpeted laundry, heavily carpeted hall and living room area. The carpeted area generally has a long pile that leaves a brushed pattern when vacuumed. It is also frequented by a Schneagle--half Schnauzer, half Beagle dog with long, extremely fine wavy hair. With other vacuums, this fine hair simply rolled up into a ball and had to be sucked up with the wand in a lump. Not so with the Dyson. The DC50 ripped through this area, which had to be done previously using TWO vacuums in over a hour to really feel clean. But with one pass of the DC50, all was thrown into the clear bin with a powerful suction like no others we’ve seen.
Mobility. Easy to push; and heads into small places and turns on a dime.
It did take some finesse to figure out in a first attempt how to empty the canister which was filled full--to our amazement.
We do wish the extension cord was a tad longer and maybe retractable, instead of wound on the outside, but it may be a design decision to keep the unit a lighter weight.
It's pricey at $499 but worth it for the power, lightness, and lack of aggravation: http://www.dyson.com/vacuums/uprights/dc50/dc50-animal.aspx
A book called, “The Story of Dyson” filled us in on his foundational struggles and we are glad he persisted. So much so in fact, that we are getting rid of two other vacuums after test-driving the DC50. James Dyson, where have you been all my life?!