When it comes to housework, I’m like this fridge magnet.
So it’s a running joke that after weeks of our hoover packing in (yeah, likely excuse), that in the past fortnight I’ve wound up with two slick new dust-munching machines.
Both are bagless and super lightweight but only the Dyson DC59 vacuum cleaner** with new V6 motor can claim cordless status, baby.
That’s right, no cords for your crawler to chew on, for your toddler to get tangled in or for your preschooler to yank out of the socket with a ‘Mum, what happens if I do this?’
Dyson invited a group of bloggers to their bright and airy showroom in South Ken this week to test out the new model.
We chatted with members of the team about what’s made Dyson the market leader in vacuum cleaners. We heard from the engineers (rightly very proud of what they do) about the rigorous testing and modifications that go into making Dyson electronics work.
Then it was ‘vacuum cleaners at dawn’ as several bloggers tested out some competitors against the cordless DC59. The Dyson team liberally sprinkled white powder all over the black flooring (cue anti-PC jokes about a certain chef) and we watched in amazement as the powerful DC59 sucked it all up.
Apparently it has 1.5 times more suction than your typical vacuum cleaner, and there were some other geeky facts they whipped out that sort of sailed over my head (see full DC59 features here).
I was more impressed with how smoothly it moves (corners like a dream), to the extent that my friend Mirka and I were grinning – yes actually grinning — as we hoovered… ahem Dysoned the floor.
We left with our own machines to test at home, along with activity packs for our kids from the Dyson foundation, a cool resource set up by Dyson himself to get more kids interested in science and engineering. You can read more about the James Dyson Foundation and the work they do with schools, and grab your own activity packs on the web site.
When I got home, Babe Papa was itching to tear into my new piece of kit. ‘This will be great for cleaning the hot dog cart,’ he announced. Oh, how I laughed.
TESTING THE DYSON DC59 AT HOME
We’ve been using the DC59 for just over a week and I love it. I love how portable and handy it is to zip around the living room, use on the stairs or for a quick blast around the kitchen table after dinner. The dirt does fill up fast but it just takes a flick over the dustbin to empty it and carry on.
The charge lasts about 20 minutes which is hardly long enough to clean top to bottom in one session. But that’s no bad thing, as who wants to spend hours slaving over housework? Simply pop on a couple of your favourite tunes, rev up the DC59 and groove.
The best part is it’s so light even my 7-year-old and 4-year-old can use it easily and they actually fight over who gets to do the vacuuming!
Thank you, Dyson.
Dyson DC59 is available in stores for £349.99. Visit www.dyson.co.uk for further info.
**free review sample