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Replaced our 20 year old Miele with a cordless double battery Shark Ninja, never seen Mrs Red so happy, took it round her mates & her Mums to show them how much dust was on their carpets, beds & curtains! Cost me a new stair carpet when it found a tread & sucked up about a 6 foot length of wool :Shock:

 

https://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/shark-duoclean-anti-allergen-truepet-and-flexology-if260ukth-cordless-vacuum-cleaner

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Just got back from QMC again........the last eight days have been a bit Traumatic to say the least,,...blood tests,,X-rays,,and today a visit to a Consultant........cut a long story short......problem

Result........CT Scans all clear......just got letter..been sweating for a fortnight......

Two years ago today..........my life changed forever,,,about this time i was on my way down to the operating theatre for what turned out to be a ten hour operation...........its been life changing in

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Looks the biz RR but I’m not sure I could bring myself to pay £500 for a vacuum cleaner, mind you, we’ve bought 2 at £250 each in the past 4 years!   

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Thanks for recommendations folks.  I'd go cordless if it was my choice but Mrs Col is adamant she wants a corded machine.

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I have decided to go electric cordless wherever possible, no more extension leads that somehow manage to tangle themselves up whilst hanging on a hook. They always get caught on the slightest lump or obstruction and if you have to use more than one to get to far flung parts they are forever coming apart at the join. This does not include them tangling around your feet and being in the way of what it is you are trying to do. No more difficult to start mowers, trimmers, chainsaws etc or getting everything ready for a job and find you have no fuel or have plenty of fuel but the wrong sort, 2 stroke vs 4 stoke. Just clean it down and plug it in to the charger when finished, jobs a gud un.

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For some reason we have several. The most recent is a Dyson (corded), preceding that was a G Tech Ram, useless on carpet, OK on tile and  preceding that a Shark. Quite  powerful and I liked it but I have to admit it's the heaviest machine we've ever had and sent it back. The upstairs machine is a £49 Vax and does just as good a job, as far as I can see, as the expensive ones.

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Does anyone have anything good to say about Dyson ?  Never owned owt by them, but that's partly because I've never seen any favourable comments on Dyson products.

 

They seem to have a working life of around a couple of years - if you're lucky - then they self-destruct or become unrepairable. Dyson seem to trade on being a fashionable name for people who buy designer labels without considering the real world.

 

All the evidence seems to indicate that the cheaper products by other manufacturers are better.

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CT I have a cordless Dyson and have had it for about 5-6 yrs. The only thing was a new battery but apart from that I'm happy with it. We have tiles throughout the house so it flits through daily without problems. It has about 1/2 hr battery life each charge and for me that's enough. I have a robot permanently in the bedroom which goes on automatically every day. If I'm in a hurry I sometimes leave it to wander aimlessly as the rest is open plan. It has 2 powers normal and boost. My Philips vac is so cumbersome that it's there collecting dust , I don't like it all . Mind you it's very old and was always getting the cord twisted and under my feet , then when the cord rewind went crazy I bought my Dyson. My son also has one for his restaurant which he finds handy instead of having to search for a power point that is never in the right position and tripping over the cord.

But we are all different and what suits one doesn't suit the other. 

As we have have 3 dogs plus my daughters dog I look after during the day it's been a godsend. I empty it every day and at least every 2 weeks I take it to bits and give it a good clean.

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An endorsement for Dyson vacuum cleaners. Had ours for over five years and it is still as efficient and effective as it was when new.

My daughter has a Shark upright which is very good, but seems somewhat more aggressive on carpet pile than the Dyson!

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When I was Head of maintenance,about three years  before I retired, I bought six DC01s for my cleaners. The two year guarantee suddenly became six months because they claimed that our use was classed as commercial and not domestic,(even though they were used in the residential bungalows). Within the first year, all the wheels started collapsing and then the hoses started splitting. Didn't keep them much longer, just had to cannibalise some machines to repair others. And what about the ludicrous prices of their fans ?

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When we downsized on retirement around 4 years ago we bought a Dyson V10, the latest model at the time and have to say it has been brilliant, used two or more times a day after visits from the dogs, grandkids or me bringing in lawn clippings on the bottom of my boots. We have a mix of carpets and tiles and get a run time of 45 mins on normal and 15 on max power. When finished empty it and plug it in to the wall mounted charger. Just had to invest in a new battery so no complaints here. You just have to clean the filters periodically which you should do on mains powered machines any way

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Just an extra on the likes and dislikes of Dyson. My daughter has an upright corded Dyson which I borrowed some years ago and it's so heavy. It felt as though it had got a mind of its own, just like supermarket trollies that don't go where you wanted them to go.

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Interesting to see a majority of positive opinions about Dyson.

 

It seems to prove the theory that people who post opinions on websites only do so when they have something to complain about. Those who are happy and have nothing to complain about don't bother telling anyone.

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We have a dyson and find it very efficient.  It's the second one we've had.  The only negative is that it is heavy

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Can only report our own findings.  A Dyson DC-04 purchased years ago.  The on/off switch failed in weeks though it was replaced f.o.c. The whole machine was heavy and cumbersome, and Mrs Col also complained about the amount of heat it threw out, which to me is a sign of inefficiency.  The 'pull out' extension was also poorly designed in that it was easy to split the hose against the sharp edge of the tube.  We avoided that but a neighbour went through new hoses like smarties.

Over time the whole 'cyclone' assembly slowly clogged up with solidified dust and needed stripping right down, washing out, drying etc. But most tellingly.. bits literally started breaking.  Assorted clips, removable covers etc. just fell to bits.

 

The Vax we are about to replace has been great value for money. Good suction, very light weight etc. Filters are not great though and relacements.... when I could find them.. seem to have clogged much quicker than the originals. I think that the Vax machines need to be treated very much as disposable.  If you get more than 2 years out of them , treat it as a bonus. I'm sure we've had at least 6 years out of ours so no complaints.

 

The G-Tech machines look good but I've heard (unconfirmed) reports that build quality isn't good.

 

I think, as Nonna points out above... a lot depends on your circumstances. Some people have uncluttered open plan rooms which can be whizzed through easily, even more so if you have solid flooring as opposed to carpets.

Sadly, that's not us.  I have a constant battle to try to keep floors free from piles of records and books etc. I'd like more reecord storage but Mrs Col has it al full of books. Mrs Col likes clutter.. or at least doesn't seem to notice it.  I hate it but have to live with it because all of our cupboards etc., are rammed full with stuff which will most likely never get used, but I'm not allowed to 'skip' it.

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For a few years now we have used an Orek upright (as used in posh hotels, or so the advert says). When we bought it, you got a free portable cleaner complete with carrying strap. The advert on tv showed the portable lifting a bowling ball. I can vouch that this works, the suction is phenomenal. 

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We’ve got a Sebo as our main wired machine. It’s supposed to be one of the best. My wife said it wasn’t picking up very well last week. No wonder - absolutely every pipe and every orifice was blocked solid! It’s perfect now after a bit of attention. We also have a Bosch battery powered which is excellent and much lighter than the tank-like Sebo. We also have a hand-held G Tec battery operated which is handy for the stairs. We had a Dyson once but didn’t like it. We had the service engineer round twice during the warranty period. All Dyson stuff seems grossly overpriced. No wonder James Dyson is a bigger landowner than the Queen!

 

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Dyson seems OK here but they are a bit like Apple products - way overpriced for what they are.

A voice who must never be ignored has just said "them wot use it most should get to choose". 

 

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Back on the subject of repeats for a minute. Just seen a trailer on Aunty Beeb for yet another set of bloody repeats under the title, " Iconic Eastenders" episodes. Also Eastenders remembered, by some nondescript one dialect 'actors'.

Right ! Back to Dysons, before I throw up!

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Wouldn't want to encourage 'Chucking Up' BK.

 

Mrs Col finally ordered a Shark 'Powered Lift Away' summat or other.  Same as both daughters have. Out of stock everywhere except on Shark's own site for a few quid more.. but we were happy to order. It gets very good write ups everywhere. Delivery today ..1st July..

 

This means I can carry on with decorating............. whoopee....:(

 

P.S.  I finally decided to run the old Vax to its end.  I took the thing outside, removed the dust can and motor filter then switched on.. It sounded horrible and both sparks and flames appeared.  Eventually, it stopped without actually bursting into flames..but I was puzzled how it took so long to die.. or blow a fuse... It didn't trip the house electrics.

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On 6/29/2020 at 9:29 AM, Beekay said:

Thanks for reminding me HSR. Heard an advert on BBC 1 telling me about tennis on BBC 2 at 1.30pm with another guise of " Wimbledon Re-wind" ! I love tennis but for crying out loud another name for repeats !!!

I/we tend to watch programmes like Smithsonian, Quest, Abandoned Engineering, CCXTV to name a few. 

I realise that a lot are old films but at least they are interesting. There's been some good steam railways on and I reckon Bill Nighey s " Greatest train journeys in the World" have some stunning scenery, I take my hat off to the cameraman. Some good stuff on " Talking Pictures". Can't help but notice that BBC s breakfast tv and Victoria Derbyshire all repeat themselves about every half hour. I've no idea, the last time I watched ITV. 

Victor Meldrew, move over.

 

I like tennis.. but the only sport's I could watch repeats of are Snooker, Football, & Dart's..

hmm..social profiler? :tony:

 

Got 14 episodes of Walking through history with Tony Robinson still to watch, TV will be in the garden for extra authenticity..

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My TV will be in the bloody dustbin before long ! ,Best Of, Another Chance, Best Bits, Iconic, dress it up how you like, it's still posh names for Repeats. There's enough channels on the box, so why can't the powers that be put such as football on a dedicated channel. I full appreciate that because of CV, we must be running short of programs but look at Pointless for example, we've noticed that they don't always run consecutive. It seems they screen a series and then start again. You can watch a program on Saturday night and it will be on again Tuesday. We can't all afford Sky or BT, but they just show loads of repeats..." Another Chance" etc. Putting me soapbox away now.

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Try the radio for a change. Radio 4 and 4ex have some excellent programmes. True for regular listeners there some repeats but if you've not heard them before...   Classic FM is also well worth a visit.  Radio 3 is a little esoteric for me but they do occasionally have something I like. Radio 1/2  and such like are just audible wallpaper and full of mindless drivel but hey ho horses for courses.

The advantage with radio of course is you're free to move around rather than being stuck in a chair growing fat -  and you use your brain more.

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Brew, I do listen quite a lot to 4x and Classic FM, (the ads are a bit annoying though). I downloaded BBC sounds. They have some classic comedy panel shows and old serials, aka Paul Temple etc. Wired my little DAB radio through audio leads to my stereo to hear the sound better.

I listen to more radio than I do watching television. NB. Some good stories on 4x too. Cheers.

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