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Post# 405353   2/11/2019 at 13:44 (417 days old) by niclonnic (Bonney Lake, WA)        

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Here's a random thought that just popped in my head.

One vacuum I'd like to try someday is Dyson's latest upright, the Ball Animal 2. Yes, I know this contradicts what I said about disliking Dyson, but the Ball Animal 2 has very strong agitation, from what I've heard.

Problem is, this Dyson costs $500, and I can't justify spending that much on another Dyson, but who knows? Is Dyson worth it nowadays?


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Post# 405354 , Reply# 1   2/11/2019 at 14:06 (417 days old) by Miskini (Northville, Michigan )        

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If you want one look on eBay. There is a few for sale. $225. Costco was clearing those out for $299.

Post# 405355 , Reply# 2   2/11/2019 at 14:35 (417 days old) by broomvac (N/A)        

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That UP20 is a high performing vacuum, thanks in part to its we-mean-business agitation. Many of the naysayers of this one havenít tried it. Perhaps they tried a different model and werenít impressed, so they lumped this in with their overall dissent of the brand.

I have a UP14 Cinetic with the same cleaner head, and it definitely holds its own when it comes to carpet cleaning. I have many of the other vacuums regarded as being high performers (Sanitaire, Kirby, Royal, Hoover, etc.) and my UP14 can hang with them. The UP20 should do even better, considering it has higher air wattage being pulled through the same cleaner head.

Pro tip: the UP20 is actually the discontinued UP13 (Ball Multifloor) in new colors. If you want the vacuum but donít care about the color, try for a closeout UP13. Iíve seen new ones for as low as $199.

Dyson outlet on eBay is also a good place to buy discount Dysons. That is where I purchased my refurbished UP14.

Post# 405363 , Reply# 3   2/11/2019 at 18:25 (417 days old) by Miskini (Northville, Michigan )        

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I found a sweet deal for you.

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Post# 405366 , Reply# 4   2/11/2019 at 19:06 (417 days old) by niclonnic (Bonney Lake, WA)        

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Someone is out of their mind to price a vacuum cleaner that high.

Post# 405371 , Reply# 5   2/11/2019 at 21:47 (417 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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The almost son picked one up at Costco couple months ago, I think $219, it cleans well. He loves it. Wife thrilled.

Post# 405372 , Reply# 6   2/11/2019 at 21:59 (417 days old) by rivstg1 (colorado springs)        
keep in mind.....

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the 'strong agitation' can be a problem, many Dyson's use really stiff brushrolls....and they tear up carpet 'end's and thus degrade the rug integrity/life.  I have personally read some carpet manufacturers' warranty and if you use/own a Dyson in that house....they will void the warranty!!!

Those more learned than I have described the possible reason for the super aggressive to help compensate for lack of good cfm from that machine.


wow, think about that.

Post# 405382 , Reply# 7   2/12/2019 at 08:25 (417 days old) by crazykirbydude (Lexington, KY)        

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Absolutely not. Dyson quality gets even worse with every new generation. With this one, the handle BENDS in normal use. Plus, the pathetic 52 CFM of airflow is ridiculous for the price they're asking.

Post# 405392 , Reply# 8   2/12/2019 at 12:04 (416 days old) by niclonnic (Bonney Lake, WA)        

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@rivstg1 I agree about Dyson's tearing up carpet. My DC07, with its helix brush bar, had a tendency to rip up carpet fibers.

@crazykirbydude I agree with you about Dyson quality going downhill. Here's a good story: Six years ago, in early 2013, my grandparents purchased a Dyson DC40 Animal from Costco, and they were initially amazed by it.

However, a month after getting it, my grandmother couldn't figure out how to use the hose, so she had me come over and figure it out in order to do the stairs. Once I pulled out the wand, I was disappointed by its quality; it was no longer made of aluminum, it was now plastic and lacked a handle. In addition, the hose was stiff, and the machine was wobbling as I was cleaning the stairs.

I then proceeded to vacuum the master bedroom upstairs, and there were a couple aspects I wasn't fond of. First, I didn't like the stabilizing wheel mechanism; it made the machine awkward to lock in the upright position, as it would fall if I didn't push the handle far enough. Not to mention the thing was made of plastic and I didn't like the sounds it made. Made me concerned about the longevity.

The second was the ball itself. It actually made the machine harder to steer; in addition, it was enormous, so it couldn't fit under most furniture. My DC07 Animal has that same issue, but it doesn't have the ball.

At the end of the day, before going home, I had to store the attachments on board for my grandparents, as they couldn't figure out where they went.

Finally, a few months later, my grandmother returned her Dyson because it (gasp!) lost suction. Apparently, it was clogging very quickly. She replaced it with a Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe, which still works to this day.

So that's my view on modern Dyson's.

Post# 405403 , Reply# 9   2/12/2019 at 17:49 (416 days old) by crazykirbydude (Lexington, KY)        

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Yep. They are always losing what little suction and airflow they have, and the plastic is really easy to crack.

Post# 405429 , Reply# 10   2/13/2019 at 10:38 (416 days old) by sptyks (Skowhegan, Maine)        

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What's wrong with spending half what that new cheaply made plastic Dyson vacuum costs on a used but like new Royal metal vacuum on ebay? The Royal will still be running like new when you are your Grandparents age.


With the money you save, you could get a nice little canister vacuum for stairs and above the floor cleaning.





Post# 405465 , Reply# 11   2/14/2019 at 13:03 (414 days old) by crazykirbydude (Lexington, KY)        

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If you're willing to go with a canister, get an old Aerus Electrolux off of eBay. You can usually find some good ones for around $80. They clean really well, they're easy to find parts for, and they're damn near indestructible. If you get one, I'd recommend replacing the braided hose with an aftermarket replacement hose for $20. I recommend the Model L.

Post# 405469 , Reply# 12   2/14/2019 at 16:41 (414 days old) by huskyvacs (Midwestern US)        

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A lot of people hate Kirby and Royal because the tools are "too complicated to attach". People are too used to having everything already connected and just take it off to clean. I grew up with Kirby so you learn to either pick the floor or furniture to vacuum first, and then switch after finishing the task. I like to do the carpet first as Kirbys like to exhaust air downward, and blow dust off the carpet and onto the furniture, and then get the furniture last since it takes longer to clean up.

Post# 405477 , Reply# 13   2/15/2019 at 00:59 (414 days old) by Holeefuk (Chai-nar qualitee...anything more = ip theft)        

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See these powerbrush compared to one belong for toy vacuums

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