I inherited a Kirby vacuum about twenty years ago from a family member. It finally reached it's end about a month and a half ago (RIP little buddy). Since there was no way I could afford a new Kirby, I started shopping around for something more affordable. I came across this vacuum and since my sister has allergies, the HEPA filter was the first reason I was drawn to it. So, I took a chance and purchased it. I was thinking there is no way it would match up to my beloved Kirby, but......WOW! Was I surprised! This vacuum works just as well and for about 1/10 of the price you can't go wrong. It's very comfortable to use and easy to maneuver. Unlike most of the vacuums in this price range, It's very sturdy and well built. It comes with a perfect variety of attachments that hook-up very easily without any effort. We live in a 'throw-away-society' in which every product is built NOT to last. I have a feeling this will last for a very long time and they even back it up with a 5 year warranty...
I just got my first house and knew I needed to get a Dyson! I saw the refurbished on Overstock.com and the price was definitely right. This vacuum works just as well if not better than my Grandmas that she got at Sears. Don't hesitate to buy this is a great deal for a really great vacuum!
I was excited about not having to re-plug it in every time I wanted to go to a different room. I eagerly opened the box and read the instruction manual. And there, in black and white, it said to charge it for 7-8 hours before the first use, then it can be re-charged for 4 hours. Well, ok, charge it overnight, use it, re-charge for another 4 hours. THEN it said runtime is approximately 17 minutes.
WHAT??? Charge for 7 hours, use it for 17 minutes and then re-charge it for 4 hours so you can clean for another 17 minutes???? It takes longer than that to do just one room out of 6 and a hallway.
I am returning this without ever having taken it from the plastic packaging bag. MAYBE the instruction manual is wrong, but I am not about to take it apart, charge it overnight, use it for 20 minutes (assuming the manual is erring on the side of underestimating the time) then have to package it back up for the return.
There's not much more to say about all the awesomeness of the DC41 Animal that hasn't been said already. We've owned a DC07 for about 8 years and this new Dyson improves on everything from the past. So good to see progress! Keep it up Dyson.
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