Live Simply All-Star: Dyson Digital Slim Multi Floor Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

February 28, 2013
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{Continued from yesterday}

It’s really quite unlike me to continue using, let alone keep around, something that’s not very functional or attractive, but in all honestly, I didn’t really know what else to do with my Dirt Devil, short of starting from scratch and purchasing a new vacuum. And can I just say, spending your hard-earned dollars on a vacuum cleaner just doesn’t light a person up, not even me.

I had almost begun to forget just how dilapidated the Devil was, to become accustomed to my crippled vacuum stance, the Hunch Back of Notre Dirt, until a recent client session. Wanting to remove the crumbs from the space we had finished clearing out, my client fetched her handheld, the Dyson DC35 Digitial Slim Multi floor cordless vacuum cleaner. Then everything changed.

“Oh my god, this is what a functional vacuum is supposed to be like!” I thought to myself as I merrily removed the crumbs from the corners of her drawers.

It was everything you’d expect from Dyson: lightweight, refined, with that sophisticated British accent and Root Cyclone technology, whatever that means. It also had a trigger, a feature I’d never before encountered in a vacuum before. Which was awesome.

You know how when you’re vacuuming normally and you move from one spot to another and the machine continues blaring at you and causing the glass to rattle inside their frames all over the house, the whole of which has become like an echo chamber, so that the overbearing rumbling just continuously reverberates off of every surface and ricochets right back into your brain, causing you to teeter totter on the edge of reaching your cacophony limit and just pulling the plug for the sake of regaining the sweet, serenity of silence? Well, with the Dyson, you hold the trigger when you want to vacuum, release when you’re done. So much more easy on the ears and the battery life.

I’ve used it a couple more times at her house and each time I’m impressed.

Truthfully, I’m a firm believer in the fact that you get what you pay for, which I usually use as rationale for purchasing the more expensive but (usually) more effective option. I’m left wondering whether that law of logic applies to the world of vacuums as a whole– whether really  fantastically designed models exist at a lower price point, or whether, if you want a vacuum that gets the job done without ruining your spine in the process, you just have to shell out a bit more green.

Do tell me your vacuum cleaner experiences– which one do you give your seal of approval to?Which you’d prefer to vote off the island?– because that will be a really sexy conversation.

P.S. Dyson is in no way affiliated with this post. These are purely my opinions. Although if Dyson were to be interested in sponsorship, I would be wholly open to that. You reading that Dyson?? HI CALL ME LET’S TALK.

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P.S. I’m waiting for you to show me your decluttered, hunkified junk drawer. I really want you to win so I can give you free organizing services. So go do it. 

9 Comments

  1. Leslie on February 28, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Yes, I’ll admit a part of me feels lame for engaging in a serious and ‘sexy’ discussion about vacuum cleaners, but the OCD, neat-freak part of me read your article and found it stirring up a deep resentment I have toward the last two vacuum cleaners I’ve owned. Not only did it make me yearn to experience the same revelation you shared — i.e. the: “Oh my god, this is what a functional vacuum is supposed to be like!”…but I just wanted to chime in and affirm that vacuums are definitely a type of product with no exceptions to the “you get what you pay for” rule. That is to say, from my experience, if you spend any LESS than $150-200 on a vacuum, you’re probably not going to be satisfied. I’ve owned 4 vacuums total — the first was from college…totally cheap and sucked. The second was a Hoover and was excellent (was probably $200-something). Later, I had to replace it with a $60 Dirt Devil after I got divorced. And then I went cheapie again, against my better judgement with a econo Hoover. Ugh. Needless to say, I’ve learned my lesson and done with cheapo vacuums (and this rant).

    • livesimplybyannie on February 28, 2013 at 9:41 am

      Sexiest vacuum rant in the history of rants. Thanks for the input!

  2. Gaby [The Vault Files] on February 28, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    We had a …can’t remember the name but it was a very loud vacuum cleaner that we used to hate. Anyway, we decided after coming back from The Island, that we were going to toss that one out and get a Dyson. Yeap, they are pricey but I think they are worth every single penny. We have that exact same one and we LOVE it. Perfect for small condos, don’t have to worry about the cord, and about unplugging and plugging, it is one of the best home purchases we have made!

    • livesimplybyannie on March 1, 2013 at 10:46 am

      So happy to hear you agree with my endorsement!

  3. Garrick on July 28, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    If you can afford the DC35, get the DC45 it only costs about 30 bucks more. You get 5 more minutes of run time and a mini motorized attachment for upholstery, plus dyson claims it has 2x more power.

    If you can’t afford the Dyson, have a look at the platinum series from Hoover.

  4. Natalie on April 5, 2018 at 2:38 am

    dyson vacuum cleaners are best in the business. my previous dyson vacuum which I bought for pet hairs lasted for around 5 years. the value is worth the money in the long run.

    • Annie on April 9, 2018 at 2:04 pm

      Glad to hear you agree, Natalie!

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    Electric Scooter with Seat is foldable and has adjustable handle bars, 70KG weight limit and side stand for more information go here.

  6. PATRICK CARVER on May 13, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    It works as it should. Only gave it 3 starts because it is heavy and as many others have said it hurts my hand to hold it the way you have to to keep it going. Additionally, shortly after I bought mine the battery kept coming loose from the base while vacuuming so had to constantly stop and push it back in. Customer service quickly replaced it but now the battery is coming loose again and they said its past the warranty period so they will not replace it. If I spend this much for a cordless vac I woukd expect to get at least 5 years out of it. Because of the battery issue I think I will give in and have to fork over money to replace it with a different brand in not too much longer. I expected better from Dyson which why I was willing to pay the big dollars. Could have done just as well for something half the price.

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9 Comments

  1. Leslie on February 28, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Yes, I’ll admit a part of me feels lame for engaging in a serious and ‘sexy’ discussion about vacuum cleaners, but the OCD, neat-freak part of me read your article and found it stirring up a deep resentment I have toward the last two vacuum cleaners I’ve owned. Not only did it make me yearn to experience the same revelation you shared — i.e. the: “Oh my god, this is what a functional vacuum is supposed to be like!”…but I just wanted to chime in and affirm that vacuums are definitely a type of product with no exceptions to the “you get what you pay for” rule. That is to say, from my experience, if you spend any LESS than $150-200 on a vacuum, you’re probably not going to be satisfied. I’ve owned 4 vacuums total — the first was from college…totally cheap and sucked. The second was a Hoover and was excellent (was probably $200-something). Later, I had to replace it with a $60 Dirt Devil after I got divorced. And then I went cheapie again, against my better judgement with a econo Hoover. Ugh. Needless to say, I’ve learned my lesson and done with cheapo vacuums (and this rant).

    • livesimplybyannie on February 28, 2013 at 9:41 am

      Sexiest vacuum rant in the history of rants. Thanks for the input!

  2. Gaby [The Vault Files] on February 28, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    We had a …can’t remember the name but it was a very loud vacuum cleaner that we used to hate. Anyway, we decided after coming back from The Island, that we were going to toss that one out and get a Dyson. Yeap, they are pricey but I think they are worth every single penny. We have that exact same one and we LOVE it. Perfect for small condos, don’t have to worry about the cord, and about unplugging and plugging, it is one of the best home purchases we have made!

    • livesimplybyannie on March 1, 2013 at 10:46 am

      So happy to hear you agree with my endorsement!

  3. Garrick on July 28, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    If you can afford the DC35, get the DC45 it only costs about 30 bucks more. You get 5 more minutes of run time and a mini motorized attachment for upholstery, plus dyson claims it has 2x more power.

    If you can’t afford the Dyson, have a look at the platinum series from Hoover.

  4. Natalie on April 5, 2018 at 2:38 am

    dyson vacuum cleaners are best in the business. my previous dyson vacuum which I bought for pet hairs lasted for around 5 years. the value is worth the money in the long run.

    • Annie on April 9, 2018 at 2:04 pm

      Glad to hear you agree, Natalie!

  5. razor e300s seated electric scooter on September 1, 2018 at 12:13 am

    Electric Scooter with Seat is foldable and has adjustable handle bars, 70KG weight limit and side stand for more information go here.

  6. PATRICK CARVER on May 13, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    It works as it should. Only gave it 3 starts because it is heavy and as many others have said it hurts my hand to hold it the way you have to to keep it going. Additionally, shortly after I bought mine the battery kept coming loose from the base while vacuuming so had to constantly stop and push it back in. Customer service quickly replaced it but now the battery is coming loose again and they said its past the warranty period so they will not replace it. If I spend this much for a cordless vac I woukd expect to get at least 5 years out of it. Because of the battery issue I think I will give in and have to fork over money to replace it with a different brand in not too much longer. I expected better from Dyson which why I was willing to pay the big dollars. Could have done just as well for something half the price.

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