Living with two cats and a dog in a two bedroom apartment means that having a good vacuum isn’t just a luxury – it’s a necessity. Especially for a clean freak like me. When it comes to choosing a vacuum, I have no problem with splurging on a quality model. I spend so much time using my vacuum, I want one that works, and works well, and that means Dyson.
I’ve spent the last four years vacuuming up pet hair with a brand name Dyson, an old hand-me-down from my post-university days when it was still socially acceptable to take stuff from my parents’ house. I love that thing. So when Dyson emailed me and gave me the chance to try out their new DC33 Origin model, I said Hell Yeah!
The new Dyson arrived in the mail and was easy to set up. It came with instructions to clean the filter every three months which was a revelation to me – I didn’t know I should have been doing that with my old one.
This particular model is an upright vacuum and I’ve always been a fan of the canister versions, so I wasn’t sure if I would like this one. I thought it might be clunky and hard to manoeuvre. Once I tried it, I saw that wasn’t the case. This Dyson doesn’t have the “ball” technology that makes other models super easy to manoeuvre, so it was a little heavier and I had to move slower, but that meant I actually ended up doing a better job because I was paying more attention.
This Dyson works on either carpet or hardwood floors and is adjustable with a little knob that you can turn with your foot. I don’t have any carpets in my home (again: pets) so I can’t vouch for the quality of the carpet cleaning mode. It worked quite well on hardwood floors, but I found the jet of expelled air coming out of the front of the unit stirred up a lot of the pet hair and made it more challenging to suck it up (because it was flying through the air).
Any crevices that I couldn’t reach with the big upright vacuum were easily accessible by using the three tools that came with the Dyson. This is by far my favourite part. First there is the mattress tool, which works wonders to remove cat hair from my furniture. Next there is the crevice tool, which enabled me to clean places in my apartment that had been collecting pet hair for nine months simply because I couldn’t reach them. Then there is the stair tool, which I haven’t had a chance to use because there are no stairs in my place.
While I love the three accessory tools, it does make for a lot of switching around because I use two tools plus the vacuum in each room. This switching takes time.
Emptying the bin for the Dyson is a breeze. It disconnects from the vacuum with the push of a button and then you simply hold the bin over your garbage can and push the same button really hard. The bottom of the bin pops open and out falls the dirt. Since my bin is usually filled with pet hair and not dirt, sometimes I have to reach in with my hand and help pull it down and into the garbage can, but if you don’t have as many pets as me and are actually using your vacuum to clean up dirt, you’ll be fine.
Now here is the interesting part: this Dyson works really well, as well as the canister one I’ve used for years, but it’s priced much lower than your typical Dyson. As you probably know from those fancy commercials we’ve all been exposed to over the years, these are top of the line machines and are accordingly expensive. The most expensive upright model on their website retails for $799 plus tax.
In contrast, the Dyson DC33 Origin is available exclusively through Walmart for $398 plus tax. That’s a lot less for a machine that I think works really well. It lacks a few features of the traditional Dyson, like the gliding ball technology, but it’s also much cheaper. If I had the chance to buy a full-priced Dyson or this one, I’d pick this one and take the cost savings.
Even though this Dyson is priced lower than other models, it still comes with a five-year warranty for parts and labour, which I like because when I buy an expensive household item like this, I want it to last.
In conclusion: I think this is a great vacuum and I’ll be keeping it. My old Dyson is going to my little sister, who also has pets and has been dust busting her apartment with a handheld unit every day for the past six months. Needless to say, she was more than happy to accept my hand-me-down. I love being able to pass on the Dyson goodness!
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