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I need a new vacuum and will probably buy a dyson as they are supposed to be the best. I don't want to buy the top of the range dyson if there is no point. Anyone any experience of them with any advi…
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1d, 10m agoPosted 1 decade, 10 months ago
I need a new vacuum and will probably buy a dyson as they are supposed to be the best.
I don't want to buy the top of the range dyson if there is no point. Anyone any experience of them with any advice?

Thanks.
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1d, 10m agoPosted 1 decade, 10 months ago
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#1
I was looking into getting a Dyson but although good they aren't the best as they apparently are less reliable than other makes.

Extract from Which.net...

To make the grade as a Best Buy, a vacuum cleaner must come up with the goods in our rigorous tests. Here’s what we look for in each Best Buy.

First and foremost, excellent cleaning ability on at least one floor surface. Carpet is the hardest surface to clean, so any model that rates highly there is a strong contender.

Second, dust that’s sucked in should stay in. Some models have poor filtration systems, which allow dust to escape back into the room through the exhaust, so our cleaning ratings take account of this, too.

Finally, we look at the brand’s reliability record. Each year we survey 30,000 Which? readers to find out which brands’ vacuum cleaners are least likely to require repair. We don’t make a product a Best Buy if its manufacturer has below-average reliability.

Cylinder vacuum cleaners

In our latest tests most cylinder machines leave uprights for dead.

In recent years, our Best Buys have been dominated by two relatively modest-selling brands, Bosch and Miele. Both brands’ cleaners excel in our tests and have a good record in our reliability survey.

First up, one of two models from Bosch, the highly impressive burgundy Bosch BSG 72025GB Pro Pets. This vac gives great results on wooden floors and doesn't disappoint on carpet and laminate surfaces either. As a specialist pet model, it comes with a handy 'turbo' brush accessory: a rotating brush head which is great for picking up pet hair.

The cleaner is easy to use, too. Changing bags and filters is quick and easy and manoeuvring on stairs is a breeze. It's not as good as other cleaners at retaining allergens but, that aside, there's little to fault with this machine. What's more, it's a great bargain at £129 from John Lewis

Miele S4510

The Miele S4510 is the top-of-the-range in Miele's S4 compact series, from which we recommend three Best Buys. This version has superior features such as an optional turbo brush head. Using this head helps the vac do a great job on all floor surfaces and it sucks up pet hair a treat. It's great on carpets but first class on wooden or laminate floors, leaving them virtually spotless.

You'll enjoy using this machine, too. Miele has added a new touch to this version: a specially shaped 'comfort' handle designed to take pressure off your wrist. Meanwhile, its compact size makes it one of the best we've tried on stairs. In elegant 'polar ice' shade, this vac costs £166 online.

Miele S5210

The slightly bigger Miele S5210 is the entry-level model in Miele's S5 series. It offers excellent all-round cleaning capabilities, being particularly proficient on wooden and laminate floors. As it's the most basic, it doesn't have fancy extras, such as a turbo brush, but, nevertheless, it still does a pretty good job with pet hair. It's outstanding at retaining cat and dog allergens so a great choice if this is a concern for you.

This cleaner, in sophisticated black, costs £139 from Comet and John Lewis.

Miele S380

With its bright 'corn yellow' colouring, the Miele S380 is certainly less subtly shaded and lacks the stylish revamped look of its brand mates. This is Miele's self-declared most basic model but, with fantastic cleaning results across the board, has all the brand's classic hallmarks. And it's a stupendously good bargain at under £100 online.

Miele S4210

Next up is the lemon-yellow Miele S4210, at £120 from Comet and John Lewis. This is the entry-level model in the S4 range – it lacks the dusting brush accessory and comes with a standard not a turbo brush head. It's no slouch though: leaving laminate and wooden floors speck free and doing a good job on carpets, too. Pet hair is more of a challenge, as this machine has no turbo brush, but it copes better than many cylinders. What's more, it's the quietest of the Miele family.

Bosch BSG 71810 GB Formula

The Bosch BSG 71810 GB Formula is a real star on wooden floors – laminates and floorboards alike – where it leaves virtually no dust behind. It retains dust well and, for a cylinder, it deals effectively with errant pet hair. It’s fairly lightweight and is one of the quietest vacs we’ve tested. And, with a long power cable and good-sized hose, you can cover lots of floor before you have to change sockets. It’s not the best bet for allergy sufferers, but otherwise this is a good choice. It’s available for £90 through Argos Extra.

Miele Parquet & Co

Finally, for £150 online, you can buy the Miele Parquet & Co. This machine includes a separate brush, with soft rollers and brushes designed not to damage delicate surfaces, for cleaning parquet floors. This vac is great on carpet, too, and copes fine with pet hair so is far more versatile than its name implies.

Upright vacuum cleaners
Sebo Felix 1 Premium

It's been some time since we've had a Best Buy upright to recommend. The Sebo Felix 1 Premium is certainly a quirky option, with carpet-sweeper looks firmly stuck in the 1950s. But ignore its unusual exterior as this vac's internal workings are pretty impressive. Its main strength is on laminate but it's also a real star at cleaning pet hair from carpet.

It also negotiates stairs admirably, plus you can slide it under furniture or detach the main cleaning head and carry the main unit around instead. All this, plus Sebo has a top-notch reputation for reliability. It's £229 from John Lewis.
#2
I used to have a Dyson but changed to a Miele S381 from Currys for £99. I was always disappointed by the Dyson - it didn't live up to the hype. The Miele is much more powerful and less than half the price. This model seems to be exclusive to Currys and is cheaper than the other Miele model which look similar. Which magazine also agrees with this view.
#3
I had a dyson, didn't think i was all that great even though it was top of the range when i got it, (a wedding prezzie) So I wasn't too bothered when it melted to my radiator when i had my house fire, got a picture of it some where.....
#4
Thanks everyone, especially TommyP. I don't think I will be going for a dyson afterall :)
#5
I used to be salesperon in electrical retail - and i REALLY don't recommend Dyson.
So many problems from so many people - there are too many bits to go wrong. As Tommy P shows, Miele is very good, but from personal experience, I would recommend Nilfisk. My ex-manager had worked for 25 years in the electrical retail environment, and over selling many many Nilfisk over that time, she saw about 2 or 3 come back with faults. (And those were mostly customer problems and not really hardware problems!)
All my family have either Nilfisk or Henry (another reliable make). :pirate:

Good luck in your new purchase...!
#6
We've had a Dyson in our homes for about 5 years now and we've never had any major problems with it. We're really pleased with it.
#7
I had a dyson for a while but like you all said, was not that impressed, I now have Henry who has been with us about a year and is as good as the day I bought him, great suction, and very reliable at a good price too
#8
Is the Henry at Amazon good. It is cheap compared to other vacuums.

>Look at it here <
#9
One of my sisters has that one, and it seems pretty sturdy.
AND it's just so cute, you gotta buy it...

http://images-eu.amazon.com/images/P/B00008Z9XZ.01.MZZZZZZZ.jpg
#10
When i worked for Stakis hotels the Henry was the hoover we used (I called mine George though!) great wee thing,
#11
id say dyson , there are loads of refurbished dc07's on ebay, i picked one up for £50 and it was like brand new ! really happy with it and nothign sucks better for £50
#12
i got an ex-demo dyson off ebay for £45 and it's been fine, nothing spectacular, i agree it's good, but i also feel it should be fantastic for the prices they charge
#13
I love my dyson
#14
There is an Electrolux bagless for £49.99 in Hot Deals forum
#15
I recently got an LG Cyking Sport off of ebay for about £45.
Very light, makes very quick work of doing a room, very unusual styling and sucks well - with a vital MIN suction buttom when doing thinner carpets or rugs.
#16
Go for a Numatic machine (Henry/George/Charles or whatever)

Very well build and a good sucker, good after sales service as well. Quite heavy, especially when full though.
#17
[url]www.currys.co.uk[/url] have the Henry for £79.98, a very good price. Comet do it online for the same price but I would never recommend Comet under any circumstances, due to previous experiences.
#18
AndyToys
http://www.currys.co.uk have the Henry for £79.98, a very good price. Comet do it online for the same price but I would never recommend Comet under any circumstances, due to previous experiences.
Sold Out at the moment, but it could come back.

There are two on Amazon, was it the same as one of them? Looks like it was the more expensive one.> see them here <
banned#19
I prefer Miele.
#20
Henry's are good and as a previous poster has said, they're used by pro-cleaners which is an indication of their reliability. Have you ever seen an office/hotel cleaner using a Dyson? No - me neither. Plus, Dysons are chavver than a Burburry scarf these days.

I think a Henry will be my next vacuum purchase.
#21
jbp
Dysons are chavver than a Burburry scarf these days.

Do Dyson do a burberry vac??
#22
One thing I forgot to mention..if buying a Henry check to see if it is has "-22" on the end of the model number.

"-22" machines are fitted with a twin speed, dual stage motor. In other words it sucks better than a single stage motor and has two speeds..useful on carpet tiles, sofas and the like. There'll be a switch on the side that alters the speed.
#23
After all the advice I am still torn between the Henry and the Miele.
> This Henry one for £93

> or this Miele one for £131

I have astma and so I am thinking of going for the Miele as I expect it would pick up more dust etc. Anyone any final advice that may push me one way or the other.
Also anyone know of any place to get them cheaper or any voucher codes I can use for Go-Electrical?

Thanks
#24
davemichael
After all the advice I am still torn between the Henry and the Miele.
> This Henry one for £93

> or this Miele one for £131

I have astma and so I am thinking of going for the Miele as I expect it would pick up more dust etc. Anyone any final advice that may push me one way or the other.
Also anyone know of any place to get them cheaper or any voucher codes I can use for Go-Electrical?

Thanks



which one did you go for in the end?

Our Dyson has finally given up today. I've decided not to go for another one so I'm looking for something different.
#25
i would never buy anything other than dyson and believe me to save money i have tried .i had a dyson for years it adventually packed up but only after i tried sucking up rubbish after we had builders in lol. then i brought a few cheap ones and all overheated within a few mths now i have a lovely new dyson and it is great ,touch wood .
#26
I have a Henry and its brilliant!! :thumbsup:
#27
fizziebabes
I had a dyson, didn't think i was all that great even though it was top of the range when i got it, (a wedding prezzie) So I wasn't too bothered when it melted to my radiator when i had my house fire, got a picture of it some where.....


haven't seen you around for a while and was wondering if you'd had trouble with your new PC ...hope it all went smoothly and you're pleased with the result.

On the subject of vacs..stay clear of Dyson is my recommendation ..almost everyone I know, who has one, have had expensive repair bills.

I'd go for the Miele.
#28
I have had a dyson for years but Ive always taken extended warranty on my vacuum cleaners as with having cats dogs an kids I need it! If I have ever had a problem with my dyson the after sales care is brilliant in my opinion.
#29
I've had a Henry vacuum cleaner for about 15+ years and it hasn't failed me yet.
And to get the bags, goto viking direct.

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