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Post# 589   9/4/2006 at 00:22 (4,789 days old) by sudsmaster ()        

Just picked up a Dirt Devil Reaction D2 dual cyclone vacuum cleaner at Target.

Initial impressions:

1) Great suction. Almost too much suction (can you ever have too much suction?). I didn't notice that it diminished after vacuuming two rooms.

2) No wrapping around of pet hair on the "air directors", which is a problem with every other bagless vac I've tried. It simply balled up in the cyclonic chambers, like it's supposed to.

3) A bit quieter than the Eureka bagless vacs I've tried. Coult be quieter still.

4) Kind of hard to push on hard floors. Don't know why, the wheels are huge. I suspect they don't have much in the way of bearings, though. Still, not a big deal.

5) Did I say lots of suction? Enough to suck up throw rugs if you're not careful. Unlike the Eurekas, which don't seem to care much where you put the height selector, this vac is fairly sensitive to the height setting. I had to back it off on throw rugs or they'd lift up and stop the brush roll.

6) Brush roll is a bit too agressive for my tastes, but I suppose that will moderate a bit as the brushes "break in". There is no beater bar, per se, but the brushes are mounted on slight rises in the roll, so I guess that's the beater portion. The vac tended to skip a bit when pulling back on an expensive thick densely woven carved Chinese wool carpet. Raising the height solved that but then the vac didn't get various lint type dirt off the carpet. Again, wear on the brushes will probably resolve this issue.

7) Bottom emptying very efficient - almost too efficient. The doors fly open quickly and can cause a dust cloud if you're not careful Normally I empty my bagless vacs into a garbage bag lined covered waste bin in the kitchen. The dual chambers are a bit big for this manuver, but I think I'll be able to "master" it in time. And I could always empty them outside into the garbage bin (into a bag of some sort, probably) if it's a problem. On the plus side, the bins hold substantially more than the Eureka chamber(s).

8) According to the manual the HEPA filter and pre-filter should be checked every time the bins are emptied. I checked it after the first room and while there was a light dust on the pre-filter, it didn't seem to be clogging it in any way. Mental note: might want to buy a second prefilter and HEPA filter, so while one is drying (takes 24 hours to dry if washed) I could use the other. Still, the dust chambers seem to retain more dirt than the Eurekas, so the D2 prefilter shouldn't get as dirty as quickly at the ones in the Eurekas did.

9) The turbo bush roll attachment was a pleasant surprise. Unlike one I tried with the Eureka, this thing really rocks, and was good for getting at corners and pet hair on cat scrathers/furniture. It may be the greater suction of the D2, or it might be a better turbo power design.

10) When I bought this for $160, I figured I was getting "the poor man's Dyson". While the Dyson seems to have some advantages (automatic height adjustment, more cyclonic chambers, etc) I figure this one is pretty close to being what I expected. It's enough of an improvment over the Eureka bagless that I will be retiring that machine. Besides, the D2 is such a pretty metallic red.







Post# 660 , Reply# 1   9/6/2006 at 00:45 (4,787 days old) by eluxomarty (Palm Springs)        
HSN show

They used a DD Reaction in HSN's Hoover show. The used it against the show cased Wintunnel 2. I did not see the whole HSN show and wondered if anyone else saw it.

Post# 849 , Reply# 2   9/8/2006 at 01:07 (4,785 days old) by sudsmaster ()        

There's more than one Dirt Devil labeled "Reaction". But there's only one Reaction D2 - that's the one with the dual cyclones.

But now, I didn't see the show. I'm guessing they didn't use the D2, but rather a lesser DD Reaction, so as to make the Hoover compare better.


Post# 2265 , Reply# 3   10/9/2006 at 01:36 (4,753 days old) by sudsmaster ()        

Well, I have to say I continue to be impressed with the D2 every time I use it. I had let the carpeting go for a little too long, but the D2 sucked up all the cat hair and lint off the master bedroom carpet without a complaint. I found the rotating upholstery brush roll was perfect for getting into tight corners around the bed and nightstand. The dust bins filled nicely, and nothing got wrapped around the air deflectors, even though the bins were just about full at the end of doing this room. This made empyting it a breeze, with little to no dust being released. (I also use a small water spray bottle to wet down the dust in the lined kitchen garbage can after adding the vacuum dirt to it. This helps a lot).

After that I got out the Hoover Floormate a long-overdue mopping of the kitchen floor. Followed up by three coats of low-maintenance Johnson liquid wax. Very nice and shiny. Don't know how long that will last, tho :-)





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