A Great Dyson for Everyday Use

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated December 21, 2015)

The brand name Dyson has become synonymous with strange or unusual designs, advanced technologies, and powerful vacuum cleaners. One of the main selling points of the Dyson brand of vacuum cleaners is that every single one of their vacuums has been designed to be bagless as well as efficient as possible. Their latest canister vacuum, the DC23, has a lot to live up to if it is going to perform as well as its predecessors.

(For more information on Dyson vacuum cleaners, see their website at http://www.dyson.com.)

Since the DC23 has so much to live up to, I decided to put it though its paces for the past month. Considering that I have a fairly active family (an eight-year-old, a preteen, a puppy, myself, and my wife), a decent-sized home with lots of carpeting, as well as a carpeted office, I felt that I had more than enough vacuuming to do so that I could put the latest Dyson to the test. Here are my thoughts and experiences based off of the Dyson DC23 Canister Vacuum.

  • Ease of use. I was a little intimidated when I first pulled the DC23 out of the box. That was in part because I had never really used a canister vacuum before and I was afraid that I would damage it in some way while I was putting it together. I shouldn't have worried. The reason I say this is that the vacuum was fairly intuitive to put together and I actually found it easier to put together than a lot of the uprights I have used in the past. With only a few snaps and clicks I was ready to use the Dyson.
  • Maintenance. Since I have been using this vacuum pretty much every day for the past month, I was able to get a decent feel for what the maintenance would be like for the average user. The DC23 seems to be remarkably easy to maintain. Emptying the canister is really easy, since all you have to do is remove it from the rest of the vacuum and then hold it over a trashcan. Pushing the little red button (and, yes, it is red) on the canister will open the bottom and allow you to empty it out, with little fuss or muss.
  • Pros. For me, there are a few major points in favor of the Dyson DC23. First is the relatively compact size and shape of the unit. I have lived in several smaller apartments, and I would have loved to have had one of these a few years ago. The small size allows for easy storage that doesn't take up a whole lot of room. Another great feature of this unit is the relative ease of use and maintenance that it provides. Finally, I just love the fact that it comes with a reusable HEPA filter. This means that it doesn't release as much dust or allergens back into the air as a traditional vacuum. Best of all, when it gets dirty (roughly every three months) all you need to do is wash it in some warm water.
  • Cons. Everything has a few cons, and the DC23 is no different. The biggest negative that I found was also a plus: its size. Considering how small the unit was, I found myself needing to empty the canister several times. This wasn't that hard to do, since it is clearly marked on the canister when you should empty it. Having to do it so often though, a total of four times, was a little annoying. The only other negative that I found was that you really need to be careful when emptying the canister. I say this because as I was carrying the canister outside one time, I found it was way too easy to hit the red canister release button. This ended up making me use the vacuum yet again to clean up another mess.
  • Overall experience. Generally speaking, I was extremely impressed with this unit. If you can afford to purchase one (they go for about $400) then I would definitely say it is worth it. It was a joy to see how clean this unit got everything, and I even found that I was able to use it on hardwood and tile floors (which my daughter thought was fantastic).

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Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...

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