I have had an Oreck vac for the past 6 years and it was time for a change. i have always wanted to buy a dyson vac but they were so expensive. i recently decided i really wanted one but which one?! i have 3 kids and 2 shih tzu and live in a 2 story house with carpet upstairs and floating floors down. i saw advertisments on tv about the dc17 and dc25 animal. the new dc25 had the uniball which is pretty cool and its the new dyson that is out. the best selling dyson for years has been the dc17. well, i am a very picky person and if im going to spend this kind of money on a vac i am going to make sure it is the one! over 2 weeks i read so many reviews online and in community blogs i about lost my mind and my dinner. i seem to do this with any big purchase i get involved in, whether is a boat, vac, or new pc i just purchased. after reading the reviews i decided to go out and see for myslf which one was for me. i went out and looked and played with both units. the dc17 is bulky and looks mean. it has a big canister and very long cord. the dc25 is little lighter but not as big. the canister is much smaller and the cord is so short i wouldnt tie my dog to it to let him go outside. the uniball technology was pretty cool much not cool enough to persuade me to purchase it over the dc17, though i was hoping it would :) anyway, i went back and read more reviews and watched more infomercials on both models. i finally decided on the dc17? for the price you couldnt beat what you were receiving with the added attachments that come standard on the animal. i couldn't wait to get it and try it out on the carpet and floors. i can honestly say that a week before had i took my oreck and vac my son's room. i took the dyson over it and almost filled up the canister! this made me a believer....that the dyson was something special or that my 11 year old was an absolute pig! the attachments are very easy to use and i love to use the 16ft. reach wand that appears magically out of the handle of the vac. love this vac! DC17 Pros: heavy duty, wider vac angle, long 30 something ft. cord, larger canister, attachments, lower price, stronger bristles, very easy to manuever DC 17 Cons: ?...4pds. heavier, no uniball, ...that's about it. DC25 Pros: uniball, 4pds. lighter, DC25 Cons: smaller canister, very short 16ft cord, narrow vac path, higher price, leaning back up to turn off can be tricky. All and all both models i believe are good models. the dc17 just happened to be the model for me. if i had to do it all over again i would purchase the dc17 or the new dc28 animal because they are the same vac, just a newer model. i will forever be a devoted dyson customer. so if you are reading this review and hoping it helps you out in finding the right dyson for you i hope it does! on another note, i don't vac my house, my wife does...or she did! lol.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Identical
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Dyson quality carries its name. Tough, sturdy, and literally sucks!
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? Very accurate.