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NOW CLOSED: Dyson Digital Slim DC44 Tester feedback review thread – Non testers – you could win a Dyson

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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 26-Dec-12 20:47:56

This thread is for the testers currently putting the Dyson Digital Slim DC44 through its paces this Christmas.

Once you've received the Dyson and have had a play please let us know your first impressions.

Then let us know - across the next couple of weeks - how you're getting on with the challenges (do also let us know if you've invented or discovered any other ways the Dyson helped out!).

Here's what Dyson say about their challenges:

The balance challenge - "We know that often busy parents need to multi task. So can you still vacuum with the Dyson digital slim whilst the other hand is doing something else - carrying the baby, the dog, the phone, cooking, putting things away (you name it)".

The versatility challenge - "how useful are the different attachments in cleaning those hard to reach places?"

The cobweb challenge - "can you reach those high up cobwebs that have been sat there lurking for a while?"

The family mess challenge - "pets, children, mud, crisps, crumbs? what family mess can the Dyson digital slim pick up?"

The 20 minute dash challenge - Guests turning up announced? How much of the house can you clean in 20 minutes with the Dyson digital slim?

You will need to add feedback at least twice - once everyone has added their feedback on the challenges we'll add some questions to find out your overall views.

If you're not a tester, we've persuaded Dyson to give one lucky MNer the Dyson machine of their choice - all you need to do is, on this thread, share your cleaning tips and/or the hardest place you've had to reach when cleaning and you'll be entered into a prize draw to win a Dyson (could be vacuum, an Air Multiplier fan or a Dyson Hot).

Thanks, MNHQ

I have a lovely dp who does all the cleaning AND looks handsome whilst doing so. That's my tip! smile

AllSnowballsAndNoKnickers Wed 26-Dec-12 21:04:28

The wooden slatted blinds in the kitchen which are just about half an inch too far over the worktop for me to reach without disembowelling myself or doing some other unfortunate mischief. Not saying that they've never been cleaned.........oh actually wait, yes, I AM saying they've never been cleaned!!

alemci Wed 26-Dec-12 21:09:25

i've started to look upwards and have used the brush attachment to tackle the cobwebs. brilliant. beats faffing around with a mop and duster etc and no mess falling on the floor.

noisytoys Wed 26-Dec-12 21:11:29

I've used it to clean the communal hall downstairs that a vacuum with a lead couldn't reach. It's had a whole spring clean the neighbours will be so pleased grin

brighthair Wed 26-Dec-12 21:21:01

I absolutely adore it. I hate vacuuming with a passion and now I can't stop doing it!
Spilt breadcrumbs the other day and used it to quickly get them up. I've done my (filthy) car with it and was very impressed. Used it to "dust" the bathroom with the brush attachment which was very quick and easy
Managed to multi task by doing the kitchen and drinking a cup of tea grin

Also used for cobwebs, it's just as light and balanced turned upside down
If I say I've given away my other vacuum that might give you an idea of how much I love it grin

lisad123 Wed 26-Dec-12 21:22:53

The place I hate cleaning is upstairs,especially the stairs! My old dyson is heavy and the hose is too short to reach the top angry

AndiMac Wed 26-Dec-12 21:25:04

My best cleaning tip is for pots and pans with burnt on gunge is to pour some bicarbonate soda into the pan, pour in enough water to cover the bottom of it and then put back on the stove to boil. The grime will be a lot easier to remove.

noisytoys Wed 26-Dec-12 21:33:16

I just moved the sofa out the way to have a proper deep clean and found my lost wedding ring. Thankyou Dyson for encouraging me to clean gringringrin

FrillyMilly Wed 26-Dec-12 22:20:13

First impression was that its so small and a lot less fiddly than an upright.

On the challenges I've tried balance challenge but to be honest I find that quite difficult. My baby is far too heavy to carry around whilst I hoover, he weighs a lot more than the dyson, it's too loud to use the phone and when cooking I'm generally in one place so limited amount of hoovering required. It's physically possible to do these things but not necessarily practical. On the cobweb challenge it does make getting the cobwebs very easy. My coving and beams have never been cobweb free before. It is definitely great for family mess. It probably gets used the most after meal times, both human and animal, as its great for maneuvering around the high chair or under the table. I will feedback some more when I've had a go with all the attachments. Would really like some nice weather than I can have a go at cleaning my car.

Hopezibah Wed 26-Dec-12 23:09:59

Hi, I am a non-tester but wanted to share the hardest place I have to clean... We have a downstairs loo which we had put in a couple of years ago and it has been fantastic for all those times the kids need the loo at the same time but... For some crazy reason we chose a corner loo (I think it looked really nice in the show room) and it turns out it is near impossible to reach right into the corner behind it to vacuum all the dust and dirt that gathers there.

MisSalToeKissing Wed 26-Dec-12 23:22:03

My best cleaning tip: Use sugar soap wipes (B&Q/Wickes etc) to give skirtings a proper clean once in a while. It takes only seconds but cleans brilliantly. Wear gloves though, it's hard on your skin.

cocolepew Wed 26-Dec-12 23:28:05

My hardest place to clean is the window halfway up my stairs. It's at the bend on the stairs and is too high up to reach properly. I have to balance on the stairs and sort of flick the duster at it. I can't use my vacuum because it's a Henry and weights a ton.

ClaraOswinOswald Wed 26-Dec-12 23:32:00

My best cleaning tip is to get the children helping from a very young age. They started as babies helping to put their toys away into tubs and this developed as they did.

My 2 are now 9 and 10 and helping around the house is a natural thing for them now, tidying their rooms, running the hoover round, cleaning glass or the leather sofas, it makes the weekly big clean so much easier with all hands on deck. It also means that they will know how to keep their own homes clean in the future so I'm doing them a favour too.
smile

noisytoys Thu 27-Dec-12 07:21:46

I have done the balance challenge. I can Hoover the cobwebs in the far, far corners while holding 2 year old DD it's amazing i don't have to put her down now when she is crying and clingy smile

Doogle2 Thu 27-Dec-12 10:03:09

The hardest place for me to clean is behind the tv. It's on a unit which is difficult to move. I have to use the Hoover hose and hope it sucks up the dust and not the wires!smile

My video will be coming soon (no voice at the moment so can't record at the minute!)

I am in love with the Dyson. I hate having to carry vacuum cleaners up the stairs as I had dropped one a few years back blush but this is a gem of a thing.

I have even cleaned dp's skank filled car for the first time ever (he usually takes it to a cleaning place who charge £25 for the privilege)- the fact you have no lead to feed through the house to the nearest plug socket makes it very quick and easy.

One niggle- the charge doesn't stay for long in a home of my size with old carpet when on the Max setting. My living room is huge with lots of nooks and crannies, but if I do the downstairs, halfway through the upstairs and it conks out again.

Pisces Thu 27-Dec-12 10:27:15

Absolutely loving mine. I like the fact that it is cordless. With my other upright vacuum cleaner every time I stretch the hose to try and vacuum the back of the sofa it falls over so this one is great; especially if I am on my knees trying to get to those out of reach places, no more being knocked on the head by the vacuum!

noisytoys Thu 27-Dec-12 10:32:54

I don't have the problem with the charge running out. There are 4 of us living in a 1.5 bedroom flat I can do the whole flat on max before the charge runs out smile

maxmillie Thu 27-Dec-12 10:43:39

The hardest place I have to clean is my cats! I like to get the hair up at source before it goes everywhere so I have tried various attachments to hoover them (humanely - honest). I have discovered that the mattress/upholstery tool works quite well. I see Dyson do a dog grooming attachment - hoping they will bring out a smaller one for cats! (this doesn't hurt them, honestly! And I obviously never tried the sucky tube one or anything)

first impressions - it is very dinky and smart looking and it is so much easier than having to drag out the upright, plug it in, untangle the wire etc so you feel more motivated to do a quick clean without that saga in the way.

hard to clean places - well my hallway is wood floor with a music cabinet type thing squeezed in beside the weird angle stairs - my upright is useless for getting in around that i usually have to get a brush and sweep then hoover itms. with the long hose and then the swivvly (made up word sorry) head on the end i can whizz round the hallway. i also find that that gets right to the skirting whereas my upright doesn't.

also stairs - good not to have to be dragging the hoover up the stairs with me. i have stoopid turn corner stairs and they seem to attract and trap dog hair and need doing every day really - so much easier with the hand held. only trouble is that the fan is so close to the nozzle that i find it blows the hair all over the place as i'm trying to hoover it up. not sure what can be done about that. think i will have to do them with the long attachment on which is not as handy and easy but then still much easier than having to do it with the hose of my upright which doesn't reach far enough.

question - is anyone else getting hand pain during and after using it? i think it is the vibrations and squeezing the trigger. i had carpel tunnel syndrome whilst pregnant and for a while afterwards and it feels like that pain. i'm alright doing short bursts but if i do it too long i really ache.

alemci Thu 27-Dec-12 11:07:31

i don't like the handle much either tbh. I would rather have an on off switch. DH also said it made his hand ache.

also don't understand the charging system. should you switch the plug off after 5 hours or can it be permanently plugged into the mains. does the batter charge reach maximum. no clear instructions.

alemci Thu 27-Dec-12 11:07:54

i mean the trigger switch

the light goes off on the plug when it is fully charged.

5.5hrs seems a hell of a long charge time for 20mins tbh. no mention i can find of how much electricity it takes to charge. most items nowadays tell you how much they cost in electricity usage.

Baublesinafield Thu 27-Dec-12 11:38:47

I us the dyson hose attachment with the brush on to clean the dog when he is shedding hair. smile he seems to enjoy it. He's big enough not to get sucked up the hose.

Otherwise, I have delegated dusting to ds2 and hoovering to ds1 and they get their pocket money on e they've done their jobs for the week.

firawla Thu 27-Dec-12 11:39:22

we have quite a few hard to reach places cos of the position of some furniture/appliances in the house so need something quite narrow to get in there and clean it, otherwise it is a bit of a pain

first impressions

Firstly I was impressed with the weight. It was the first thing I noticed because I expected the box to be heavier. When I unpacked it, the first thing I noticed that needed some improvement was the lack of labelling for the attachments. There was nothing I could see in the booklet or on the attachments. It would have been handy to know what each of them were as it was difficult to know if there was a specialist bit for some tasks. However I did really like how the bits attached, it was really quick and simple to change attachments.

I loved the ball - made it nice and easy to move around furniture and the like. It was great in the bathroom. Using one of the smaller attachments was good for the stairs. No more lifting a really heavy upright or stretching the attachments as much as I can to get the stairs done. I also liked that I could do the whole bedroom easily as with the upright cleaner we have there's no accessible plug to reach the far end and it's a pita. Only issue I had with it being cordless is that it only lasts 20 minutes.

I agree with the comments about the handle not being particularly comfy. I too would prefer an on/off button as it was hard work keeping the button pressed.

20 minute challenge
I managed to do the bathroom and all the carpets (2 x bedrooms, hall, landing and stairs). I didn't manage to do the living room (laminate) or the kitchen (tiled) but that's not too much of a problem. I would have liked a bit more time though as I felt I was rushing the stairs to get them done before it ran out of charge. It would be nice if it lasted 30 minutes or if you could have two battery packs so you could change over. My house is quite small so it would put me off having this as a main vacuum in a larger house and I won't be getting rid of my other vacuum for this reason.

family mess challenge
I tried this out on the laminate in the living room and it was great for picking crumbs up in there. I also liked that it wasn't too loud. Dd2 tends to be scared of the vacuum so it was nice that this one wasn't quite as scary for her!

Will do the other challenges asap.

SandWitch Thu 27-Dec-12 12:13:39

Wow! Can't believe I missed this product test envy

I hate vacuuming, with a passion that most would never believe. Luckily, dh does not mind, so I do his ironing, in exchange for (almost) no vacuming duties for me grin

My biggest gripe with vacuuming is that I have a very poorly back, so most hoovers (is that a banned term on a Dyson thread??) cause too much discomfort. This light Dyson looks fab though.

I have very few vacuum tips (see above!) but the hardest places I regularly have to clean are under things such as the cooker, dresser, sofa etc. I am 5ft 10 so ceilings don't bother me though smile

Elkieb Thu 27-Dec-12 12:31:46

The hardest place to clean in my house is on top of the kitchen cupboards- i'm too short to climb up and I hate heights and my husband is too lazy!

Mindingalongtime Thu 27-Dec-12 12:36:59

My best tip, when on the telephone walk round with a damp cloth or flash wipes or similar ( I love the Costco ones they are so big and strong, you only need one) cleaning light switches, fingermarks on walls, skirtings etc, you'll be amazed at how much you get done and it is no effort at all!

YulePutTatOnMyChristmasTree Thu 27-Dec-12 13:09:15

I confess that I am not very houseproud, which is probably just as well as I have 4 dc's and a small zoo at home! I do sometimes get overwhelmed by all the clutter.
I vacuum everyday, my tip is to do it little and often and not leave it for one big exhausting clean, that's what I usually do at Christmas, but this year i just kept it under control and only cleaned what was visible cleaned as I did other chores. Also the bristly, upholstery brush attachment with most machines is great for vacuuming pets quickly dusting off the tv and shelves

GrrrArghZzzzYaayforall8nights Thu 27-Dec-12 13:12:39

My home is an extended Victorian terrace so my hardest issue is the very high ceilings and all the nooks and corners. Getting into those corners, particularly around modern wires and stuff is quite a pain.

Our vacuum recently died after a big paintbrush got up the tube somehow so a friend gave us his old one while we get a new one. It has poor lasting power so DH gets the high corners with a broom, I sweep the floors and save the vacuum for those blasted corners spots that sweeping never seems to manage well.

have done the cobweb challenge and yes it is great for that (i usually use a sweeping brush) also good for the tops of the picture rails i have in the upstairs bedrooms.

preety18 Thu 27-Dec-12 13:39:33

The hardest place for me to clean is the corners of stairs and under the far end of wardrobe which I struggle to reach.

aristocat Thu 27-Dec-12 13:49:37

The hardest place to clean is definitely the car ...... neither the brush or nozzle gets the upholstery as clean as I would like. Also there are so many tiny spaces that are impossible to reach sad

chocolateistheenemy Thu 27-Dec-12 14:10:52

Hello, non tester here too but a bit of a cleaning freak and gadget fan! Saying that, one of my best tips is simply using baby wipes to clean the leather sofas, far cheaper than nonsense leather wipes and leaves a lovely shine which is certainly non toxic for kids and pets smile They even remove the dust/hair/cheerios/general crap from inbetween each cushion!

ilovesprouts Thu 27-Dec-12 15:08:09

the hardest place to clean for me is back of the radiaters

naturalbaby Thu 27-Dec-12 15:09:32

The hardest place I have to clean - our lounge ceiling is 3.5m high and we have a bookcase that goes up to the top...Now I'm tall (1.8m) but even with the hoover stretched right out, standing on tip toes and balancing on the t.v unit I can't quite reach up there.
We had building work done a couple of years ago and the plasterer splashed watery plaster down through the stairs onto the wall at the top of the lounge. I couldn't reach through the stairs to clean it but did eventually manage to climb up the banisters a bit to reach over with one arm and swipe at it with a cloth.

pootlebug Thu 27-Dec-12 15:21:41

I'm not sure I'm good enough at cleaning to be able to recommend any cleaning tips! The hardest place to clean is my husband's study because it's always covered in junk. My solution is to shut the door and never go in. I'm not sure the Dyson DC44 Digital Slim would help unless I threaten to beat him with it unless he tidies up....

Trickiest other places are the stairs and top of kitchen cupboards.

Chopchopbusybusy Thu 27-Dec-12 15:41:38

Non tester here. Hardest place to clean is the hall ceiling. I can just about reach most of it but there is one corner which I just can't quite stretch to. It's a galleried hallway so it's not really the height just the stretch.

peanutMD Thu 27-Dec-12 16:01:19

First Impressions:

Packaging
+ Minimal
+ Mostly recyclable
+ Protective

Set-up
+ Easy to put together
+ Comes charged
+ 3 attachments supplied

- No wall fixings supplied for compulsory wall unit
- Minimal instruction with illustration only
- Storage for only 2 attachments

Ease of use
+ Ball technology = excellent manoeuvrability
+ Very lightweight
+ Powerful for a small machine
+ Dust pot is easy to remove/empty/wipe
+ Max button is ideally placed for easy tap on/off when required
+ Relatively quiet
+ Attachments are easily interchangeable
+ Good upright height to avoid stooping (Users are 5'4 and 6ft)
+ Easy to place on/off charging wall unit
+ Compact storage

- Power trigger must be held in at all times which can become uncomfortable after 5 minutes or so
- Battery life could be longer
- 3-5 hour charge for up to 20 minutes use = Long charging time
- Lack of instruction for each attachment

Overall

So far we've had the Dyson for about a week and have to say we love it in our house as it's quick and easy to grab for the odd muddy footprint or crumb on both hard wood and carpet flooring. It is also lightweight and easy enough to manoeuvre that I can help out with the vacuuming again as I have SPD due to being 7 months pregnant and found it nigh on impossible to lug our old upright about but this is just not an issue with the Dyson as the ball makes it swivel in and out of the tightest spaces which means I don't need to twist and bend anymore... YEAY!

My DP loves that he can just change it into a handheld within seconds and get the stairs done in a quarter of the time it took him before and behind the bannisters can get done too, still in less time than before. So whilst the battery only lasts a maximum of 20 minutes the whole house can be done in this time now if it's just a quick once over.

I'm not entirely convinced it will replace a larger unit in the long term but at the moment it's perfect for our needs and is definitely being recommended to friends and family!!

StuntNun Thu 27-Dec-12 16:08:28

The hardest places to clean are inside the dust filter compartment of the tumble dryer, and the floor of my kids' bedroom because I always vacuum up one piece of Lego, no matter how thoroughly I check the floor before hand.

baahhumbug Thu 27-Dec-12 16:09:49

I love, love, love it!

Will be back soon to reply re all the challenges.

Jessica69 Thu 27-Dec-12 16:10:50

my hardest place to clean is below the bed.. and I have and upright vacuum that cannot go so this one.. makes it clean so easy..

ViperInTheManger Thu 27-Dec-12 16:15:50

Our house (built 1911) has Delft racks which are used for Christmas cards each December but, for the rest of the year, serve no purpose other than to collect dust and aggravate the resident asthmatics.

My cleaner has been with us for many years and freely admits that, as she is getting older, she focuses her cleaning between knee and head height! Consequently I spend a considerable amount of energy shrieking at the family, trying to stop anybody touching the shelf that is visible as you come downstairs (dust doesn't count if it has no fingerprints in it!). If I had a lightweight Dyson I could expend a mere fraction of that shreiking energy and vacuum the dust off. That would be a real win-win situation! grin

turnipvontrapp Thu 27-Dec-12 16:30:07

Cleaning tips (oh how my cleaning freak friends would laugh if they saw this as I am the messiest person they know!)
- do a bit every day rather than the whole place once a week, isn't as daunting then.
- white vinegar for mirrors - fab (but smells like a chippy)

Hardest place to clean - either fish tank or DS2's room that looks like its been ransacked every day

HappyHippyChick Thu 27-Dec-12 16:51:49

My cleaning tips are don't put it down, put it away (shamelessly stolen from another MN thread) and a quick squirt of cleaning spray and some kitchen roll in the bathroom sink every morning leaves it clean, shiny and toothpaste free!

Non-tester here. I am a bit of a domestic slattern, but my favourite cleaning tip is for when you're cleaning the loo- do it last thing at night and leave it to bleach overnight.
When you raise bright and early all you need is a quick flush and your pan is spick and span!

Hardest place to reach- all of them when cleaning is concerned wink. No we have a double height ceiling in the living room which is a nightmare for trying to get cobwebs etc. Even with the extendable thingie on my Dyson!!!

TheProvincialLady Thu 27-Dec-12 17:18:26

The gardest place to clean in my house is the ceiling above the staircase. It is the whole height of the house and the only place to reach the cobwebs is from half way up the stairs...as it's a Victorian house, even then the veiling is far too high and I end up lobbing things wrapped in dusters at it.

CarrieDon Thu 27-Dec-12 17:26:20

We have dust-collecting burglar alarm point at the corner of the ceiling in our stairwell which is beyond the reach of even my very tall dh. When we recently had the decorator in to paint our hall stairs and landing he gave it a wipe for me. Needs a duster with a very long extension arm which I have no intention of buying

fallingandlaughing Thu 27-Dec-12 18:03:50

Hardest to reach place must tie between cornicing - basically the ceiling, and the top of the kitchen cupboards (once rather intelligently climbed up on wet worktop to clean these with a cloth, resulting in concussion and a trip to hospital get the back of my head stapled up).

have remembered my favourite tip: never leave a room empty handed. helps with keeping things generally tidy.

SuzysZoo Thu 27-Dec-12 19:06:07

I am a tester and posting my first impressions. It was neatly packaged and not too difficult to get it out of the packet and get hoovering. Unlike many children's toys these days it did NOT take 30 mins to unpack and require a screwdriver/pliers to remove the packaging! I was pleased that it had a small initial charge and I could have a hoover straight away! I found it light and exceptionally easy to manoeuvre. Having to hold down the on button is a little annoying and I do not understand why the design is like this. I mean, it's not a chainsaw is it? Perhaps it is a safety feature that I don't understand, but I would prefer a simple on/off button. This is the only negative that I can spot at this stage, however, and I think this product is excellent so far. The tools clip on/off easily. I held back tackling the terrible ceiling spider webs so that I can catch that on video later!

GlaikitFizzogTheChristmasElf Thu 27-Dec-12 19:11:15

My tip.... Buy your child cleaning things for Christmas! Ds has swept the living room floor every day since he got his cleaning trolley from Santa!

Indith Thu 27-Dec-12 19:11:27

Oh I am so envy. I love the challenges, all proper ones with no daft pretentious crap grin.

My hardest to reach places- the stairs up to the loft which are narrow and have a bend so you get that bit in the middle you can't stretch the hoover to but can't balance it on the stairs as they are too narrow. Also various bits of picture rail in the dining room that needs dusting often due to the fire bit there are bits I struggle to reach balanced on a chair leaning over tall bits of furniture.

Top tips? Oh heck I'm not one to talk I am useless at keeping on top of things. I'd say never go upstairs without taking something up but I have a pile at the bottom of my stairs which is supposed to be taken up but in reality just increases in size while being ignored. grin.

If you have a small baby then use a sling. You can do a heck of a lot more with 2 hands.

littlemonkeychops Thu 27-Dec-12 19:15:13

Top cleaning tip - little and often, do a couple of little jobs a day so it doesn't build up.

Couple of questions for thd testers - so do you have to hold the trigger dosn the whole time you're using it? And does it have a lead you csn plug in if you wanted to sometimes?

Grockle Thu 27-Dec-12 19:16:05

Is this worth buying?

I am unwell & quite disabled at times. Currently hoovering one room is all I can manage (with a Miele pull along thingy) before I need a rest. I love my hoover, or did until we got the dog. Now there is dog hair all over the carpet even when I've just hoovered sad

The holding a button down would be difficult for me. I can't put petrol in the car because holding the grippy bit for long enough hurts.

CheeryCherry Thu 27-Dec-12 19:17:22

My top tip, vac up little and often, then it doesn't end up horrendous. I also use my small brush to clean along the picture rails and curtains/rails. Envious of the Dyson testers!

Lifeisontheup Thu 27-Dec-12 20:10:15

The hardest place for me to clean is the top of the stair well, too high for any feather duster or the hose from the dyson I currently have.

nextphase Thu 27-Dec-12 20:36:13

Hardest place to clean - the crevice a between the wall and the banister. I currently dangle the narrow end of the smallest attachment into the gap, and pull up as much dust as I can.

Tip: get the kids involved. Mine love wiping windows, and pushing the hover around.

SunshinePanda Thu 27-Dec-12 20:36:19

The hardest thing to clean in our house is anywhere the cat has been as she seems to leave fluff in every corner! Need to have lightweight, easily accessible cleaning tools to encourage frequent use.

FrillyMilly Thu 27-Dec-12 20:58:11

You have to hold the button continuously when you use it rather then press once on and once off. There is a plug with a lead to charge it but you can't use it when it's plugged in. You don't have to use the wall mount to charge it though as the charger is seperate, it's similar to a mobile phone charger.

Roseformeplease Thu 27-Dec-12 21:04:05

Hardest places to clean include behind loos, picture rails (old house) and under beds. Cleaning tips are more about keeping it very tidy and having no clutter so that cleaning is easy. Also, those brilliant cloths that just use water, a really good vacuum cleaner and keeping on top of it. Hope I win!!! Didn't get to do the test and was GUTTED

grockle - no i don't think you'd manage it. i commented upthread that i was getting hand pain from using it. you are holding it down and it's vibrating plus you are weightbearing (albeit a light weight). i would recommend it for anyone with arthritis or carpel tunnel syndrome or anything like that. (sorry dyson)

i wouldn't recommend that should say!

My best cleaning tip is to employ a cleaner!

alemci Thu 27-Dec-12 21:14:20

yes i definitely think an on off switch would be better but it is a very good cleaner and so quick and easy to use.

LoonyRationalist Thu 27-Dec-12 21:18:39

Hardest place to clean is currently behind the Christmas tree. Normally behind Tv table (wires, wires and more wires) or my dd's floor as I have to find it under a huge mess before I can clean it!

noisytoys Thu 27-Dec-12 21:50:53

My flat hasn't been messy since I got the Dyson it is so effortless to use it makes keeping on top of housework so easy smile

SantaFlashesHisBoobsALot Thu 27-Dec-12 21:53:19

Initial feedback:

I. Am. In. Love. For years, I have struggled doing the housework, because I am disabled. Suddenly I can now vacuum without being in pain, and without needing to rest for hours afterwards.

It is so quick and easy to sort out, not having to faff around with a wire etc, that I can say to myself, "Oh DS is occupied for five minutes, I can nip around now", whereas before I would have to plan in advance when I would be able to hoover.

The wonderful mobility and easy to steer nature means that even the tightest corners can be cleaned without hesitation.

I am impressed with the suction power, considering the size of the machine as well.

Challenges and filming to be done this weekend, when there is more mess around because I keep cleaning up.

Grockle Thu 27-Dec-12 21:53:42

Thank you swallowed - I'd rather find out here than after I've paid £250+ for it.

BlastOff Thu 27-Dec-12 21:56:17

My cleaning tip is to hoover regularly, and get your carpets professionally cleaned every year too. I don't do this myself but I reckon it's a good tip and one I aspire to!

We have an old Victorian house and there are lots of cobwebby areas - the worst are under the stairs - so I ignore them!

BoysAndGhouls Thu 27-Dec-12 22:05:12

Hardest place to reach? The 12th stair whilst the hovers at the bottom, reaching underneath to the back of the sofa.
tip mop before you Hoover, not the other way round. Then the floor is pre cleaned and the dirt stays in one place, so your not chasing the dirt around, smile

upinthehills Thu 27-Dec-12 23:12:33

My cleaning tip is to try and make your children accountable to the mess they have created - I frequently get a child out of their room and make them pick up something they have abandoned in the hall - I'm horrible, I am !!

TheFutureMrsB Thu 27-Dec-12 23:35:58

The hardest to reach area for me is my Velux Windows! Two are pretty simple but I have one on the landing area which is just over the stairs! Birds seem to love this window so it is often covered in birds poo! I have to climb on the banister and then stretch my 5ft body right up to grip the handle to open it and then flip it around to clean it!

Not good and not clever lol!

ziggers Fri 28-Dec-12 06:57:08

Hardest place to clean in my house is the corners of the ceiling above the stairs. It's just so high and hard to reach. Cobwebs drive me mad but st hard to gt them down.

ziggers Fri 28-Dec-12 06:57:36

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My cleaning tip is to put oven shelves in the dishwasher on a hot setting. Take them out while they're still hot, and give them a wipe over, and they come up good as new even when you haven't done it for, er, some time
The hardest place to vacuum in my house is the bit at the top of the stairs with doors to left and right. There's a corner that defies the long hose from the ground floor (round a corner) and the upright from upstairs (it's down a step from the landing). The only way to get it is to stretch a long hose across the landing and risk the vacuum cleaner attacking you from behind!
I too am envy of the testers, I just started a business so can't justify buying a new Dyson this year, even with a discountsad.

TheDailyWail Fri 28-Dec-12 09:09:18

Non-tester here.

The worst place to clean has to be ANYWHERE in my children's bedroom. We put up bunk beds yesterday and DH took a picture of the side of DD1's bed, it was THAT bad!

I've just recently been introduced to using Viakal by my mum. Amazing on lime scale and gets the bathroom nice and shiny.

justaweeone Fri 28-Dec-12 10:39:25

Top tip
Get your DP to do it or failing that the DD or DS ;-)

BadMissM Fri 28-Dec-12 10:50:25

Upstairs as I am a dwarf quite petite, and our old vacuum cleaner is very heavy, big, and awkward. Obviously high places are a particular challenge when you are tiny...The other place is DD's bedroom (which is in the attic!) and where the bands jump off of our vac because she leaves bobby pins all over the floor. So I end up having to take it to bits before anything ever gets cleaned!

smaths Fri 28-Dec-12 11:11:55

Non-tester here... my top cleaning tip is to put newspaper down on top of your kitchen cupboards. They are a nightmare to clean if you don't. Then you can just lift them off and bin them (or else use the greasy paper as firelighters)

StellaMarie Fri 28-Dec-12 11:22:51

Top tip: I try and do something each day, even a small area cleaned spurs me on to do another area tomorrow.
Worst area to clean are the blinds, they never look clean even though they have been done!

My cleaning tip, hmmm I generally hate housework, but I try to have a bit of a plan, and sort of do some jobs on certain days, like the bathroom on a Saturday, beds done at the weekend as well, and I used to do ironing once a week but think I now have changed to doing it a couple of times a week so it isn't such a big job.

GoodKingWenSOLOslas Fri 28-Dec-12 12:58:07

Non tester here.
My most difficult place/thing to vacuum is the car. I can't park close to the house as it's way back from the road, so I have to push an extension lead through the letterbox, plug it in, then unfurl that to the limit, plug in my DC01, put a mat under it, then use. Oh, and rush around to warn any pedestrian about the cable or move it out of the way. Very awkward and inconvenient.

shaztwins1 Fri 28-Dec-12 13:29:49

the hardest place to hoover in my house is the time bit inbetween the wall and the stairs, even the small adapters on my dyson cant fit into the gap properly either

jennywren123 Fri 28-Dec-12 13:30:04

My cleaning tip is to use a square of fine net over the end of the tube secured with an elastic band to vacuum fragile items.

baahhumbug Fri 28-Dec-12 13:41:32

Tester posting initial feedback:

I love the Dyson slim! It's small, very handy for a quick vacuum through, much lighter than getting out my full sized Dyson.

Challenges:

The balance challenge

- I'm always trying to vacuum whilst tidying at the same time, it's much easier with the dyson slim because it's so much smaller and lighter, easy to use with one hand.

The versatility challenge

- I've used all the attachments for various things - the long thin one and the small attachment for the car, the other two for carpets, laminate and the stairs. I've used the attachment with the brush for cobwebs and without the brush lowered for lampshades.

The cobweb challenge

- yes, no problem, as soon as I'd unpacked the Dyson I went round the whole house vacuuming the cobwebs with the brush attachment, no problems at all.

The family mess challenge

No problems with anything on laminate flooring apart from snips of thin card my daughter had dropped when making something but then did manage to pick them up if placed directly on top and held there for a few secs as opposed to being pushed over them. I've vacuumed up cat litter, crumbs, dirt and dust. I don't think it raises the pile on my carpet as well as my full-sized Dyson from first impressions but will keep testing.

The 20 minute dash challenge

I managed to vacuum all the house (4 beds, 2 bathrooms etc) in 20 mins although didn't go into corners, under beds etc., just the floor that is visible.

One of the best things about the Dyson slim for me is it's so easy to grab and vacuum before visitors come round.

gazzalw Fri 28-Dec-12 16:21:23

My cleaning tip is to have a rolling monthly programme of spring-cleaning - one room at a time. If you not only clean from top to bottom but also declutter too you will never really be faced with a cleaning job that's too overwhelming to undertake!

ok i put together a dining table and benches today and was left with the polystyrene bits mess and scraps of cardboard after clearing up - dyson was very handy! upright would have rejected the 'bits' i think.

can i just reiterate what someone said about no wall fittings or instructions for fitting to wall - it seems a bit of a cheap shortcut to not include the wall fittings given the retail price. also nodding to those who said that the attachments could have come with a description as to what they are for.

SetFiretotheRain Fri 28-Dec-12 20:17:00

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

JS06 Fri 28-Dec-12 20:56:37

My best cleaning tip is to tip a small handful of raw rice into a gloomy and cloudy glass vase, add a glug of white vinegar and swirl round. The rice acts as a soft abrasive and the acid in the vinegar cleans away grime leaving the glass sparkling and fresh again.

My hardest place to reach with the vacuum is at the top of a steep stairwell where the vacuum hose just doesn't quite reach. Once (maybe!!) a year we wrestle with ladders on the stairs http://cdnmn.com/emo/tch/5.gif and then the hose reaches and we are clean and saintly once againhttp://cdnmn.com/emo/tch/4.gif

Tistheseasontobedramatic Fri 28-Dec-12 23:34:08

Hardest place is under the bed. My upright doesn't reach and its where the cat sleeps. I have to move the(heavy) bed once a week to give it a good once over. Ohh and also the slats on the beds! Our's gather soo much dust and fluff and if not vacuumed regularly, cat hairconfused

GinAndSlimlinePlease Fri 28-Dec-12 23:49:57

Hardest place to clean is currently our living room. We had it plastered a month ago and the plaster dust keeps reappearing sad

loveinidleness Fri 28-Dec-12 23:52:48

I would have so liked to have been a tester! I have Dyson envy smile

We live in a house with high ceilings and an as-yet-unfound dust generation machine that works really well. In the absence of a post Dyson, the long handled duster from Lakeland is pretty good.

My flat windows are a nightmare to clean and reach all parts. The magnetic cleaners jhelp but its still farm tricky.

New Dyson sounds fab btw. Bit concerned by lack of on/off switch though. Sounds like a pain!

bubby64 Sat 29-Dec-12 00:31:14

Non tester here. Hardest place to get to with any cleaner in our house is our really high stairwell ceiling, at the moment, I use a broom on the end of a sturdy cane to reach up the're to get things, but TBH, I tend to leave the spiders and dust to it unless they have got really noticeable! This alsoapplies to the lampshade we have up there, it is covered in dust, but reaching it to give it a good clean is really hard work!

HazeltheMcWitch Sat 29-Dec-12 00:32:26

Not a tester, but very interested in the testers' feedback.

My top tip is to put a foot of an old pair of tights ok, a pop sock over the end of the vacuum crevice tool and secure with elastic band, when vacuuming in vicinity of tiny lego pieces (DS) or the breeding hairclips (DD). This saves tears.

HazeltheMcWitch Sat 29-Dec-12 00:33:11

(and smaths - loving your newspaper / kitchen cupboard / fire lighter tip. Will adopt this! Thanks)

bearcub1 Sat 29-Dec-12 00:56:59

The hardest place that I have got to clean is behind the wardrobe. It's too big and heavy that I dread to think what it looks like behind as we didn't even move it when we redecorated our bedroom!! (including the ceiling being re plastered and coving being replaced, so it really does need doing) We will leave the left over paint for the new occupants, should we ever move house though.

We have very high ceilings with beams and I find it impossible to get the hose from Henry up over my head to vacuum all the spiders and cobwebs because I'm feeble it's so heavy.

PessimisticMissPiggy Sat 29-Dec-12 07:56:54

Non-tester here, add me to the prize draw please!

My favourite cleaning tip is using old socks on hands dusters! You can lightly spray furniture polish onto a surface then buff to a nice shine. The excess polish is soaked up by the sock. When both sides are used, turn the sock inside out and use the clean side without sprarying polish again!

The hardest place to clean is down the side of the car seats, including the runners for the seat which collect crumbs/dust etc.. A super slim dyson attachment for tight spaces would be welcome!

alemci Sat 29-Dec-12 10:50:47

first impressions. - very lightweight, easy to put together. Nice design and loved the docking system. could have done with more clear instructions with writing rather than pictures and more explanation about attachment uses.

20 minute challenge - managed to do most of our downstairs but started to do stairs and the charge ran out after about 15 mins. I did stop and start and moved things out of the way.

The cobweb challenge - was excellent for this and so easy. I have started to look upwards. used it on the sky light in utility room which is high up (see film) and around cornices in various rooms. Made it so easy and effortless.

The family mess challenge:

excellent on christmas day and the dyson is very good at picking up pine needles and crumbs and sawdust from the guinea pig who leaves a trail when picked up.

balance challenge:

I managed to move objects and rearrange cushions etc whilst vacuuming, and wipe surfaces. haven't tried it with phone. would probably turn off as i couldn't hear conversation.

The best thing about the Dyson is that I am happy to use it every day and it doesn't seem a chore. I really enjoy using it and I get such good results. It works equally well on carpets and hard floors and you don't have to switch buttons for different surfaces and just keep going.

The crevice tool was great for going down the side of a dusty fridge and doing skirting boards.

SantaFlashesHisBoobsALot Sat 29-Dec-12 11:46:27

Friends came over for a cup of tea this morning, think they were more excited to see the Dyson than me hmm grin Everyone impressed with it, all had a turn. One of them certainly thinking of getting one, the others slightly green with envy.

Doing challenges and filming today, exciting!

Grockle Sat 29-Dec-12 12:22:49

SirBoobs, does holding the button down whilst you hoover hurt? I can't peel veg or put petrol in the car because it hurts too much so I'm wary of spending loads on a hoover that will also hurt.

peanutMD Sat 29-Dec-12 12:34:24

Grockle I am also a tester and tbh I do find it quite uncomfortable to use for long periods as you do have to grip the trigger in quite firmly toward the handle (like a fist around the handle and fingers resting on the trigger IYSWIM) and I have no issues with my hands.

DP also finds it uncomfortable but bearable to get the job done.

SantaFlashesHisBoobsALot Sat 29-Dec-12 12:41:35

Grockle, its a slight discomfort, but the comparison between the discomfort in my hand using the DC44 and the agony in the rest of my body after using a normal hoover is nothing. I think also because it is so light, with no wires, etc, you can easily do one room a day if you need to. Also struggle peeling veg, and find this easier.

Are you around Brighton? I'm happy to let you try it out to see how it is for you if so.

alemci Sat 29-Dec-12 12:42:49

I agree about the handle. It puts pressure on the hand between thumb and finger so I would have preferred an on/off switch.

GlaikitFizzogTheChristmasElf Sat 29-Dec-12 12:47:15

I have a dc35. I've had it a year and love it. I have ridiculously small hands and doing things like pump petrol hcan hurt, but I've never had a problem with the dyson. I don't think you need anywhere near the same strength to hold down the trigger on the dyson as you do on a petrol pump.

Of course I use a different model so it might be completely different on this one.

SirBoobAlot Sat 29-Dec-12 12:55:08

Yes an off / off switch would have been better. Or push in the trigger to start, release to stop.

Grockle Sat 29-Dec-12 13:06:12

Ok, thanks for the feedback. I think I need to go and look at one. I get cramp in my right thumb & can't make pastry/ crumble because it spasms.

Boobs, I've FBed you. I'm further along the coast than you.

Pisces Sat 29-Dec-12 13:08:36

I forgot to give my first impressions! blush. I think it was because I was extraordinarily pleased to receive it! I work in a virtually all male environment and I caused great merriment by saying how pleased I was to be selected and to receive the Dyson. One of the men said that only a woman could be pleased to receive a vacuum!!

When I opened it I was struck by the deep blue/purple colour of it - I really like it. I have found a lovely narrow little nook for it in my kitchen and fixed the charging station to the wall. As it is so slim it is unobtrusive.

I have been chasing spiders around the ceilings grin and I am winning the battle!

This afternoon I am going to be grooming the dog and I am going to see, if she is not upset by the noise, if she will allow me to gently use it on her. She normally chases me around the house when I am vacumming. I just do not know what it is with dogs and hoovering! She is a very, very hairy dog!

Pisces Sat 29-Dec-12 13:11:34

I do have to say though, when going to fix the charger to the wall I was VERY surprised that no screws were included!!! A hunt for screws had to be done. Why on earth not put 2 screws in with it if it is supposed to be wall hung?

daimbardiva Sat 29-Dec-12 13:38:51

Not a tester but my tip is ... baby-wipes! So good for cleaning all sorts of things especially dusty computer and tv screens

maybeyoushouldrivesantassleigh Sat 29-Dec-12 14:29:28

Our most difficult place to clean is the space above our staircase. It's so high shock I'd love to find a hoover which could stretch up and get down all the cobwebs which elude me. I try throwing a duster up but I'm not a good shot!

Cleaning tip - hoovering up tiny hama beads/playmobil pieces - put a pair of tights over the nozzle and hoover through the mesh. Easy smile

flamingtoaster Sat 29-Dec-12 15:37:36

hardest place to clean: top of our very tall bookcases.

Cleaning tip: When cleaning windows wipe horizontally on the inside, vertically on the outside, then you immediately know which side the smear is on.

ohfunnyFRANKENface Sat 29-Dec-12 16:37:44

Hardest place to clean: our fire grate!

I Hoover the dust up, get it all lovely, turned the Hoover off...then WHOOSH! Chimney does a sneeze and all the dust comes down again. Turn Hoover back on...

Going to invest in a chimney balloon- sick of ash and brick in the living room.

Very jealous of the testers- will be looking at getting the dyson in the new year so reading the reviews carefully.

KristinaM Sat 29-Dec-12 18:56:44

Pisces- different wall types need different tiles of fixings

bubbaloo Sat 29-Dec-12 18:58:19

First impression was how small it actually is and how small the box was!

However,it was very easy to assemble and a very powerful machine and I liked the fact that the charging unit was also very small.

The attachments are great and having a house with 4 cats,it's been marvellous to use to clean the sofa cushions each morning,without having to get the big vacuum out.I have used the '8 minute super mode' for this job and WOW.....the hair disappears pretty quickly!!! Very easy to use too-our 5 year old ds has even had a go,after getting Dyson envy smile
We had a house full on Boxing Day and a floor of crumbs,after everyone had gone.Within about 10 minutes,it was spotless again and I like the fact that I can reach under the coffee table and tv with ease......which I can't do with our normal upright vacuum.
Have also found it great for vacuuming the stairs and car too.It's so nice not having to lug the big heavy vacuum around and with vacuuming the car,not having to worry about the lead being long enough,to take outside.
Cobwebs have been attacked too-nice and easy to reach.
I love the fact that I can just grab it and go,if there's a mess to clean up,rather than getting the big vacuum out,but it would be good if you could carry on using it after 20 minutes.Fine if you have a small property,but think if you had a large house,you'd be dashing around like a mad woman,not wanting the charge to run out.
Also like the fact that it doesn't make as much noise as my main vacuum,although it's a very different noise and the cats are petrified of it!
All in all,I love the new Dyson......still can't believe I was chosen grin

brighthair Sat 29-Dec-12 20:31:59

Adding feedback as I do it so I've done multiple posts. 20 mins got me pretty much round the whole apartment (not moving furniture)
I don't dust anymore, I Dyson grin
Things I have used it for today - dusting the top of door frames, picking up crumbs off the floor, "dusting" the bathroom, oh and the brush attachment was fab on an ornate mirror

SirBoobAlot Sat 29-Dec-12 21:01:12

Right, took it over to my mums tonight for her to play test out as well, as I'm in a bungalow. She has now sworn to borrow it once a week to do her stairs grin It worked incredibly well on their tough to hoover carpets, and was very good at collecting the abundance of dog hair.

Her only comments were the trigger (as mentioned above, keeping it held down) and the size of the unit meant it had to be opened several times to get around the house. My house is smaller than hers, so it isn't a problem for me, but just sharing.

Unfortunately my camera packed in whilst we were there, but is now on charge to do filming soon.

So having used it in two houses, here is my Challenge Feedback:

The balance challenge - "We know that often busy parents need to multi task. So can you still vacuum with the Dyson digital slim whilst the other hand is doing something else - carrying the baby, the dog, the phone, cooking, putting things away (you name it)".

I have been using the Dyson whilst using my walking stick, so yes, fantastic for balancing with!! Because of the stick I haven't been able to try out doing anything else whilst using it, but it has been superb to use one handed.

The versatility challenge - "how useful are the different attachments in cleaning those hard to reach places?"

Must admit I haven't actually felt the need to use the different attachments very much as the main head fantastic. Slim enough to fit under the sofa, mobile enough to go into the tightest corners, and right up against walls. When I have used the attachments, they have all been brilliant, but honestly haven't felt much need!

The cobweb challenge - "can you reach those high up cobwebs that have been sat there lurking for a while?"

Oh yes! I did use the lighter head for this. It was incredibly satisfying!!

The family mess challenge - "pets, children, mud, crisps, crumbs? what family mess can the Dyson digital slim pick up?"

Dog hair, down-the-back-of-the-sofa crumbs, Christmas mess, mud... I have yet to find anything that the Dyson can't manage to be honest! The boost button has been helpful, but it is also wonderfully powerful without.

The 20 minute dash challenge - Guests turning up announced? How much of the house can you clean in 20 minutes with the Dyson digital slim?

Practically all of my house! Even with my hobbling pace, the DC44 is strong enough that you only need to go over everywhere once, so most of my bungalow can be done in 20 minutes, easily.

CoolBananas Sat 29-Dec-12 21:36:34

Hardest place I've had a reach cleaning is underneath furniture, like the tv cabinet or bedside table.

DeGlitterBug Sat 29-Dec-12 22:05:22

The hardest place I've ever had to reach to clean was the vaults of a cathedral (with a Henry).

brighthair Sun 30-Dec-12 00:17:02

Blogged about it too on wannabeadressagediva.wordpress.com

my tip is not to bother with a feather duster. the hose on a vacuum gets rid of cobwebs and with a brush on can dust the shelves and between the fake coals on the electric fire smile

FrillyMilly Sun 30-Dec-12 08:33:07

Added a bit more feedback.

The versatility challenge - I haven't been using the attachments too much as the main head is used most if the time. I have used the brush for dusting around the fire and getting cobwebs and the wand for around the edge of the skirting.

Family mess - it seems to manage with anything pretty well. Dry mud, cat hair, glitter, sugar after baking. Only thing is with bigger bits it just pushes them about. Found this out with Cheerios that had been dropped on the floor.

20 minute dash - we have a 3 bed detached and I could do practically the whole house in 20 minutes. Not a complete clean but I could rush around doing all the visible bits easily in that time.

Hardest place....my kitchen blinds....they drive me mad!

PavlovtheCat Sun 30-Dec-12 09:32:48

I am a non-tester highly jealous of the testers envy and on the blag to be put in the draw!

The underneath of the sofa is the hardest place to reach when hoovering, as it is quite low and my current hoover pipe doesn't get under it, and the sofa is quite heavy to move, which I can't do at the moment. So it is, in effect, another storage cupboard for small toys and crap! An old Dyson I had swivelled properly so I could lay it almost flat and the head of it stayed flat enough for me to get right under it.

Tip for cleaning - I have bought one of those dusting mitts that you just wipe over things, it is especially great at getting the dust from our black glass tv stand and I do much more dusting with this than I used to.

chocolatelime Sun 30-Dec-12 11:22:52

Another non tester here!

My hardest place to clean is the skylight in the bathroom. It is ridiculously high and impossible for me to reach to vacuum away the cobwebs. Also under the sofa which is a heavy corner sofa and needs more than one person to move it.

My top cleaning tip is to put some music on while you clean, it helps me to get the job done!

I'm going to add the oddest thing I've vacuumed with my old Dyson:
A model railway!
Tights over the nozzle to avoid inadvertently sucking up tiny farm animals, the long hose is great for going along the track, and the crevice tool works a treat on the tunnels.
Would have been easier with a Dyson slim though I hope I get picked for the last onegrin

baahhumbug Mon 31-Dec-12 12:20:53

A quick addition: funnily enough my cats aren't as scared of the Dyson DC44 as they are of my upright (a Dyson Animal). This makes things a little easier as they aren't dashing away petrified the minute I fetch it to vacuum a few crumbs!

gilliancd Mon 31-Dec-12 18:19:02

My husband has just put anti-vibration pads under the washing machine. It's about an inch off the floor so I've no idea how I'm going to clean under it, let alone remove all the puzzle pieces and DVDs my darling daughter will jam under there

ShiftyFades Mon 31-Dec-12 19:46:26

Hardest place to reach is the top shelf of a cupboard, I'm 5'1", the top shelf is like the top of the pyramids to me... As for the very top of a cupboard.... It'd be like dusting the Shard!!

I have a "handy" stool to reach these places (although only DH can get to the very top), so if I had the new dyson (my handheld dyson died 2 weeks ago after just 2 years of abuse use) I'd have a new lease of life blush

has anyone used it on venetian style blinds? Is it suitable for that job?

brighthair Tue 01-Jan-13 01:58:58

I'm sure the advert shows it being used on those type of blinds. The little brush head would probably work - I've done skirting boards, door frames, windowsills, and an ornate mirror with it blush
Actually going to name change to givenupdusting grin

i am going to lend mine to my sister to clean her car - will let you know her feedback.

natcat7000 Tue 01-Jan-13 12:33:26

I'd have a lot of nerve presuming to give other people cleaning tips. I generally tend to go on a monthly cleaning frenzy which is probably hormonal. Also, when I know we are going to have people over, I clean at roughly four times my normal capacity. So, my cleaning tip is to invite people over regularly!

Hardest place to clean is the cobwebs I can currently see on the ceiling at the top of my stairwell which I can't reach. Worst place to clean is always around the loo (sharing a house with two boys who have crummy aim).

alemci Tue 01-Jan-13 13:09:31

yes, good point Nat, you tend to clean up alot more if people are coming. it is a definite motivator.

Grockle Tue 01-Jan-13 15:32:55

My tips:

DS(7) is in charge of replacing toilet rolls. He loves this as it means he gets to go in the cupboard under the stairs which, for some reason, he loves.

Give DS a cloth and a spray bottle filled with water. It keeps him busy for ages. He loves polishing too. And cleaning the car - he uses a little hand help vacuum.

Hoover EVERYTHING to save on wiping & dusting.

As well as the floors, I hoover:

crevice tool
edges & corners of the rooms
under appliances
back of radiators
In between cushions on sofas

little round brush
skirting boards, picture rails, door frames & windowsills
venetian blinds (close them first), windows, kitchen worktops
lampshades, bookshelves, tops of books/ ornaments
picture frames, TV
leaves of plants
bathroom pipes

Non tester here, my tip for easy cleaning is make it fun, switch on some music, give the toddler a clean duster to help and chase the preschooler with the vacuum cleaner! So much fun smile

bubbaloo Tue 01-Jan-13 22:38:08

This machine just gets better.............

Put the tree away today and there was a fair amount of glitter on our hard floor.Within about a minute,it was gone! Just used the Dyson in handheld mode-you can really feel it sticking to the floorland doing it's job.Love it!!

chesky Wed 02-Jan-13 11:32:44

i hate trying to hoover up parrot seed and feathers, end up having the hoover out 5 times a day just to keep hallway clean and tidy.

noseynoonoo Wed 02-Jan-13 11:35:40

My best tip is to get a squeegee (sp?) for the shower screen. A quick wipe every time is all it needs et voila - you barely need to give it a proper clean again - result!

NiniLegsInTheAir Wed 02-Jan-13 11:37:26

I'm a terrible cleaner (seem to end up only hoovering once a month!) blush. My tip is to tidy and clean as you go through the house - starting at the highest room, tidy, put things away, then hoover. And work to the ground floor of the house that way. It takes longer but the house looks great when you're done! smile

Santasapunkatheart Wed 02-Jan-13 11:40:00

I live in a very old house with lots of spooky corners and a proliferation of cobwebs.

The most difficult place to reach? Most definitely a very high corner in the thatched part of the house. Trickiest is the dark and dingy cellar. That needs a tough and easy to carry hoover!

weenwee Wed 02-Jan-13 11:46:22

Cleaning tip:
The perfect baby surface cleaning solution:
2 cups boiled, cooled water
small splash of baby shampoo
a few drops of tea tree oil

Pour in spray bottle, shake before use. Works a treat with a scrub pad, and completely safe for floor, table, high chair, and non toxic to little baby mouths! :D

chrismse Wed 02-Jan-13 11:47:31

Hard to clean places high corners and behind furniture.

Hand held is smart but having to hold the handle down all the time is painful so a switch would have been a better idea.

bunchamunchycrunchycarrots Wed 02-Jan-13 11:49:26

Non tester here - I have the DC35 and love, love, LOVE the long extension on my little teeny vacuum. I live in a v old tenement flat, which is prone to lots of beasties and HUGE spiders that dwell in the nooks and crannies of the high ceilings/cornices. Instead of having to drag my enormous ladders out every time I spot another giant spider which usually disappears by the time said ladders are in place and I cannot find the little bugger I can reach it easily and the suction is good enough to catch the speedy gits. As someone with a not so small phobia where spiders are concerned, this little wonder is a god send. It's brilliant for keeping my lovely ribbed-cord sofa spotlessly clean (having a 7 yr old messy eater of crumbly snacks, this is trés handy). And also good for getting DD involved in the cleaning in a way that actually cleans - she has previously tried to convince me that her small ELC toy hoover is just as good as my large dyson grin.

I'm very envy that I wasn't picked to be a tester. I love to Hoover.
The hardest place to clean in my house is a glass lampshade on a high ceiling in the middle of the stairs. Impossible to reach, even with a ladder. Resort to nagging DH to balance on ladder on the bannister. Not very elf and safety compliant.

HannahLI Wed 02-Jan-13 13:14:36

My hardest place to clean is behind the bed frame of our queen, you can see the dust but I can't lift the bed frame it's too heavy, and there are boxes underneath which are difficult to move without help. It's so frustrating! I also find behind the back of the TV really hard to get to too!

iMe Wed 02-Jan-13 13:20:41

Not a tester, so would love to be in the draw, so here goes:
Hardest place to reach to clean: behind large pieces of furniture eg. Beds, chest of drawers, sofa, kitchen dresser, hall table etc....too heavy to do alone at the risk of further damaging my already wonky hips, so need DH here to help, but he always seems to be either too busy or too tired to help, so difficult to catch him at the right moment!
Cleaning tips: teach children from an early age to help around the house. Since DD was 2, she's been helping to set the table. DS(14 months) is learning to pull wet washing out of the machine & into the laundry basket for me ready to hang up. DD helps "fold" the clean laundry & is learning to put it away. Today she even started unpacking & putting away the grocery shopping for me, without me asking! So from an early age let them know you are not their slave & that everyone must help out to keep the household going.

BornToFolk Wed 02-Jan-13 13:50:50

My cleaning tip is "little and often". I don't have the time or inclination to do a weekly big clean up so I have to do it as I go. I try not to leave a room or go up and downstairs without taking something with me that belongs somewhere else.
I keep dusters upstairs to do a quick wipe round when I get a chance. I clean the toilet and sink while DS is in the bath. In general, I try to clean and tidy as I go, grabbing even a few mins to do something really helps.

insancerre Wed 02-Jan-13 14:11:20

My tip is never let go of the vacuum cleaner as you do the stairs. Not unless you want it to fall on your head and nearly knock you out. Not that I ever did this, no blush

Ohhelpohnoitsa Wed 02-Jan-13 14:38:52

non tester here. I love cleaning, really do but my top tip is to set your phone in each room to limit the time you have. This. makes me work faster and most importantly majks me just clean what is there - instead if my usual trick of rearranging furniture, deciding a certain ornament from anothher room might look nice there, checking through magazines to see if I need to keep them, tidying out drawers etc. I have cleaned so fast since doing this and the restraint makes me feel virtuous! If I have any left over l do something "frivolous" like steaming the carpets or re-accessorising. Now even I know how sad that makes me sound!

Ohhelpohnoitsa Wed 02-Jan-13 14:40:20

and my new years resolution to proof read my phone typing has just gone out of the window!!!

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 02-Jan-13 15:43:47

Thanks for your feedback on the DC44 Dyson Digital Slim, in response to the machine's trigger button Dyson have said "the DC44 was engineered to be intuitive to hold so you can vacuum and manoeuvre easily. Instead of wasting energy or run time in your home, the trigger button lets you use power only where it’s needed." thanks MNHQ

DGMommy Wed 02-Jan-13 15:48:43

My best tip - have your toddler do the vacuuming while you get all the dusting done! Encourage a love of hoovering early on and you'll be set!

I left all my cleaning equipment behind in the States when we moved, so I'm utilizing borrowed goods at the moment. I would love to win one of my own!

toniuk Wed 02-Jan-13 16:01:08

Use paint brushes to dust cracks and hard to reach places

JParkson Wed 02-Jan-13 16:08:08

The hardest place I have to clean is an alcove above my stairs.

I live in a coach-house, and my stairwell is laid out in such a way that I have a very tall ceiling above the stairs! Basically from the bottom step on the ground floor to the ceiling of the first floor, and from the corner of the bedroom wall next to the stairwell, it goes back a good 5 or so feet.

I have no landing as such to reach this section of the ceiling, so my elderly Dyson DC11 allergy is hard pushed to reach the corners... it manages it if I stand on the stairs holding the vacuum cleaner in one hand, and use the pipe fully extended with the crevice tool on the end!

JParkson Wed 02-Jan-13 16:14:29

Oh cleaning tip, use baby wipes to clean white gloss paintwork on banisters, window sills and skirting boards. I find this leaves no odour, and next to no residue unlike furniture polish.

I also enjoy cleaning my own windows! I bought a cheap window cleaning kit from Lidl, and every now and again, I fill the storage box with soapy water (made with washing up liquid), then sponge and squeegee each window. This is very helpful in a coach-house as not all window-cleaners like cleaning first floor windows only!

maybe it would have been nice to have both - the trigger and a way to switch it to on/off.

Puppypoppet Wed 02-Jan-13 16:29:39

I'm a non tester. The hardest place to clean is the velux windows in my sunroom as they are about 15 foot off the floor in the apex of the roof. Every now and again I bring in the ladders and give them a good clean - I need somebody to hold the ladder though. Also find the matt finish horizontal blinds tricky to clean.

cherryjellow Wed 02-Jan-13 17:32:12

My parents have an old house with high ceilings, i have had to do some crazy and hard balancing acts to try get the cobwebs! One of these would have helped a treat!

balance challenge
It was easy to use the Dyson while doing other things (mainly picking things up and putting them away) but as someone else said, it's often not practical to do so.

Versatility Challenge
Struggling with this one as there wasn't much explanation for what each attachment should be for. We like the main two heads. Also the long thin one is good for skirting boards etc (this is a fairly standard attachment).

Cobweb challenge
We have a high ceiling above part of the stairs which is a nightmare to reach. I usually use a long adjustable length feather duster. It can be comfortably reached with the Dyson so really pleased about that.

cherryjellow Wed 02-Jan-13 18:08:22

My pil have a dyson just like this, im sure its the same model but it is excellent for cleaning the car quickly. The wire doesn't reach to the house for their normal dyson so they bought one like this smile its fab

YorkshireMumof2 Wed 02-Jan-13 19:02:29

The hardest place I find to clean is the cooker after using oil but have since switched to using WD40 which gets rid of grease easy

smokinaces Wed 02-Jan-13 19:02:58

Non tester writing for a chance to win a dyson......

My cleaning tip? Wet wipes. In every room. They are great for mopping spills, emergency dusting, running over bathrooms quick. Very few chemicals but clean well and quick.

Hardest place to clean has to be my car. It's awful. I have officially given up trying, I can't seem to find a Hoover attachment to get in all the crevices without dislocating something. My car officially is filthy.

LittleMissieMoo Wed 02-Jan-13 19:14:45

My cleaning tip is this, when you are hoovering under your bed, sofa, area you can't see, or even more so, a Lego creation with lots of loose/free pieces that your child loves to play with and won't demolish. Cover the end of your vacuum hose with part of an old stocking or tight and keep in place with a tight elastic band/hair band and hoover using that, if any of the small pieces or anything else you didn't want to hoover up gets sucked up, it will become trapped against the tight/stocking. Bigger pieces of dirt and fluff will too, but it's easy to pull off and suck back up once you've removed the tight from the end and saves you having to dig through a dirty vacuum bag for anything you sucked up by accident x

DeltaUniformDeltaEcho Wed 02-Jan-13 19:23:15

Right - finally getting around to leaving my feedback smile

First Impressions:

I loved how light it was and how quickly it could be put together. It was well packed in the box and I was pleased most could be recycled. I thought it looked very smart and my inner geek was very impressed!

When I first started using it I didn't like the trigger button because it made my hand ache but now I don't even notice it. The first thing I cleaned was my front room carpet and I was very impressed with how it went right up to the skirting boards. The ball made it very easy to whizz around the coffee table and sofas nice and quick.

I was surprised at what it picked up as the carpet didn't actually look dirty to begin with. It handles my long haired cats hair really easily too. I think the suction is fantastic.

My overall impression was that it was fantastic and I was so excited! I have to say, I've loved it that little bit more each time I've used it too!

The 20 minute dash challenge was done a few days after it arrived and I managed to nip around the whole flat with no trouble at all. It really took a lot of the usual stress away as I didn't need to get the hoover out and faff around with plugs in each room. I also hoovered as I deposited stuff to the kids rooms too so I could multi task well enough also.

The attachments I did my stairs really quickly with one of the attachments and I loved that as I went down I could also hoover the skirting boards easily too. I'm not sure what all the attachments will be used for and would have appreciated some more written information on that front. But so far, everyone I've used has been great.

the family mess challenge This is what I love best about the DC44. It is there, ready to go the second you need it. No faffing about with getting the hoover from the cupboard, un winding the cord and plugging it in (by which time the kids have treked the mess through every room) It's there and ready just when you need it. It was fantastic in the kitchen after a toddler baking session which involved a sprinkle related incident! It made the clear up so pain free which made the whole task seem so much more fun.

I am very impressed - my old upright hoover had broken just before I got this and I honestly don't feel the need to replace it now!

I'm going to do the cobweb challenge at my mums next week as we don't have any here right now. My mum is disabled and I think this might be great for her so I'm keen for her to try it too.

DoodleHolly Wed 02-Jan-13 19:38:19

The hardest place to clean?

Our house is higgeldy piggeldy and especially at the skirting boards level and there are so many tiny corners where dust collects, and along the top of the skirting boards and behind radiators. It's hard enough cleaning those normally but at 25 weeks pregnant bending over is even harder on my back.

silviam Wed 02-Jan-13 19:44:57

My best claning tips is to have some fun music (such as Salsa!) in the background : it makes cleaning more pleasant, quicker and, if it makes you dance a bit, will helps to burn a few extra calories! grin

lottytheladybird Wed 02-Jan-13 20:11:55

My cleaning tip:

When cleaning fragile/expensive items (e.g. crystal ornaments), clean them sat down on a carpet/rug. That way, if you accidentally drop something, there's a greater chance that it won't break!

KateByChristmas Wed 02-Jan-13 20:35:32

My cleaning tip including hard to reach places that you can't see, say under a bed or top of a cupboard is to put a pop sock or stocking over the end of the tube to stop any rouge socks or pennies getting sucked up the Hoover.

This also works when you are looking for a lost back of an earring smile

dahville Wed 02-Jan-13 20:50:32

My tip is to do a little bit each day. I am in my second trimester and have a 15 month old - I can't spend a lot of time all at once cleaning so I prefer to do a little each day and by the end of the week it's all done

Belmo Wed 02-Jan-13 20:59:01

My cleaning tip: put rubber soled shoes on and 'Hoover' by sliding your feet along - this is amazing for the stairs or if you moult hair like me and it clogs your Hoover.
^ as you can see my Hoover is shit and I need a dyson!

Livelongandprosper Wed 02-Jan-13 23:04:32

My cleaning tip: Dry the shower glass straight after you finish showering, it keeps the glass clear and you don't have to keep using that stuff that gets rid of calcium deposits anywhere near as often. We are selling our house and it saves me having to panic clean the shower every time we get a viewing as it is now always looks good.

lorka Wed 02-Jan-13 23:24:58

The hardest place I've got to reach when vacuuming has got to be the top of the stairs. I have a spiral staircase and find the hose is just not long enough to reach the top stair!!

charlieandlola Wed 02-Jan-13 23:54:13

The hardest place to clean is under the seats in my 7 seater. No attachment is bendy enough. Can a manufacturer rise to this challenge ?

Georgie1987 Thu 03-Jan-13 07:48:54

I'm not a tester, but my best cleaning tip is lots of storage! Definitely makes the place look cleaner being able to quickly chuck the toys away, and a quick sweep over the rug in hall on way out gives a fresh look when first walk in the house smile

Blatherskite Thu 03-Jan-13 08:37:33

We fitted new radiators a couple of years ago. They look very pretty. They have a normal panel at the front, a grill across the top and a solid panel down either side. The only possible use I can see for these panels is to make cleaning down behind said radiator totally and utterly impossible! If Dyson could make a device to clean down there, I'd buy one in an instant.

The same device would also benefit from a 10' extendable hose so that I can clean the stairwell too please

Best cleaning tip? Don't buy Venetian blinds. Ever. wink

Willemdefoeismine Thu 03-Jan-13 08:51:43

Hi I'm a very envious non-tester hear who likes the sound of it more and more as I read this thread!

My tip for cleaning is to put on some loud, bouncy music (your favourite bopping tunes) and do fast and furious cleaning - fun, uplifting, satisfying cleaning job done and a work-out of sorts too. It turns chores into fun grin!

BartletForTeamGB Thu 03-Jan-13 09:00:01

Hardest place to clean is behind the radiators where it is all very dusty.

My top cleaning tip is stolen from Flylady but it does work - set the timer for 5/10/15 minutes and get on with a task, knowing that as soon as the alarm goes off, you can stop. I always achieve so much more that way.

magentastardust Thu 03-Jan-13 09:14:58

a non tester here - cobwebs in high corners that' s what I struggle with and the top steps on the stairs -Hoover cord never quite reaches !

BadDog Thu 03-Jan-13 09:19:29

i love mine for the stairs.
so much easier

BadDog Thu 03-Jan-13 09:20:10

hardest place to reach cleaning is under our huge fridge. Its GOPPING

covered with nerf bullets, cheerios and marbles

fuzzypicklehead Thu 03-Jan-13 09:50:10

Another non tester here. My cleaning tip is to put a layer of clingfilm on your fridge shelves after cleaning them. Then if you have a spill or need to clean, you just peel it off and lay down a new layer.

The hardest place for me to clean is the gap between the front seats and the handbrake in my (tiny) car. No hoover attachment will fit in there, and my fingers are too big!

BadDog Thu 03-Jan-13 10:53:35

lol at clingfilm - thats NUTS

insanityscratching Thu 03-Jan-13 11:11:37

My tip would be to have a weekly routine so that the chores don't build up and it doesn't become overwhelming.
Have a basket at the bottom of the stairs and pop stuff in to take up as you find them then make one trip upstairs to take all items instead of numerous trips.
Put a glob of veet in the shower and bath plug to get rid of any build up of hair.

rlvickers Thu 03-Jan-13 11:26:33

I always pop some lemon juice or some vanilla essence in with my soapy water when I clean out my fridge - this makes it smell lovely and fresh and makes the freshness seem to last longer. Lovely! Makes you hungry too! x

SarahStratton Thu 03-Jan-13 11:27:48

Also not a tester, but my cleaning too is to start at the top and work down. That way you won't give up halfway as you'll be doing the 'on show' bits last.

rlvickers Thu 03-Jan-13 11:28:16

OOps didnt realise it was just hoover tips. My tip is to have a small manual hoover also in case your electric hoover breaks! We have a small tesco bag hoover as we live in a small place, does the trick, but on occasion when there's just a few crumbs, I whip out the Bissell brush and it actually works better on getting up some stuff like hairs / fibres than an electrical hoover!

SarahStratton Thu 03-Jan-13 11:28:38

too = tip.

noisytoys Thu 03-Jan-13 12:12:15

Tester - I love this Hoover because my 4yo DD thinks its hers so I don't need to Hoover anymore grin

telsa Thu 03-Jan-13 13:48:40

Not a tester - hardest place my vacuum cleaner has to reach (and fails) is underneath the cocktail cabinet, where 3001 tiny bits of Kinder surprise models or small glittery beads rally.

noddyholder Thu 03-Jan-13 14:00:57

I am not a tester but have one its great for when you can't be bothered dragging the big hoover upstairs and teenagers seem able to use it even if they think they are luke skywalker in the process!

noddyholder Thu 03-Jan-13 14:02:25

Hardest place to reach is definitely mezzanine bed deck not fun at all

bluebump Thu 03-Jan-13 14:34:06

I'm not a tester but it's good reading all of the feedback and I want the chance to win one grin

My hardest place to clean is under the bed as it's pushed up against the wall and my upright hoover doesn't get flat enough to get far enough under.

I love the Fly Lady for cleaning tips - the best one I got was start in one corner and don't move on to anything else until you've finished it which sounds obvious but before then i'd clear something from one corner and put it somewhere else then get distracted in the new place!

I am lucky enough to work part time during the week and find that I don't mind doing all my big cleaning jobs on a Friday even when I have to do the whole house if it means that I get my weekend free.

Gracelo Thu 03-Jan-13 15:14:35

Not a tester but in desperate need for a new vacuum cleaner. I had to fix my current one with duct tape after bits of the plastic broke off the pipe.

My hardest place to reach are the three steps in the middle of the stairs. I can't reach them from the top or the bottom unless I carry the cleaner up (or down) with me which doesn't feel very safe.

majjsu Thu 03-Jan-13 15:24:15

I am not a tester but the hardest place has been the nook and crannies inside my car. Breadstick and rice cake crumbs get everywhere. Best tip for cleaning, play music to sing along to, it makes the time go so much quicker.

Trouvere Thu 03-Jan-13 15:31:32

The seventh step of the staircase is out of reach from top or bottom unless I carry the vacuum cleaner body with me. I tend to forget to do it.
(goes to check. Yes, dirtier).

missorinoco Thu 03-Jan-13 15:54:21

Not a tester.

My tip is to fish out the attachments that come with your vacuum cleaner. I used the edger, and was so impressed I zapped round the house. The other benefit was that my toddler happily used the unattached part of the vacuum, whilst I edged away.

My other cleaning tip is get a feather duster. Much lighter than a vacuum for the cobwebs. And bic of soda for the fridge.

Hardest place to clean is behind the king sized bed, that's for if/when we move. Hardest part I clean is the stairs, what a faff, even with the amazing edger.

waps Thu 03-Jan-13 16:22:49

I've discovered that the spiders keep the woodlice in check so I only have to vacuum up their dessicated corpses periodically. The spiders get three weeks warning when my Mum is coming to visit then any large enough to be spotted by her are either evicted or vacuumed. This leaves a young population and those able to squeeze back under the door to resume their work when Mum has left. This all has a nice balance and saves me being overrun by either spiders or woodlice. However, does anybody know of a similar way of managing slugs? I fetch hedgehogs from the sanctuary for release in our garden and they take care of the outside slugs and snails but they can't seem to squeeze under the door or negotiate the catflap.

AuntieMaggie Thu 03-Jan-13 16:40:33

Hardest places I've had to clean is the middle of the radiators, underneath my kitchen cupboards and the top of my doorframes as they're Victorian original frames and have little nooks that are difficult to get into!

My tip is get a load of microfibre cloths (E-cloths or similar). They get most things off without having to use any cleaning products, which makes them less hassle as well as better for the environment.

Hardest place to clean... well I recently found out that there was a ton of (wet, smelly) fluff inside the back of our tumble dryer, at the back of the hole where the condenser goes in, which probably had something to do with it not drying very well any more (and getting stinky). That was interesting to clean out, I could only reach it with one arm at full stretch through the gap and couldn't see what I was doing properly.

Tracey78 Thu 03-Jan-13 18:20:42

bicarbonate and vinegar to clean out your glass / crystal vases, I refuse to use the cleaning balls available as I don't want my Royal Doulton vases scratched, just sprinkle the bicarb on, and watch it fizz into action when you add the vinegar, it removes limescale / watermarks. Sparkling clean when rinsed off.

bustybetty Thu 03-Jan-13 18:35:07

My cleaning tip would be about the microwave, before tackling it I always microwave a bowl of water which makes cleaning the inside of the over much more straightforward as it has already been steamed! The hardest to reach place would have to be under my sons desk as its always full of rubbish, before I can clean I have to find all the rubbish and clothes from under there!

HellesBelles396 Thu 03-Jan-13 18:46:44

I am a non-tester but would love to win a Dyson Digital Slim.

The hardest place to clean is inside my wicker lampshade in the passage (spiders LOVE it). I hate lifting it off in case a spider falls on me so I use the brush attachment to try to suck through the gaps in the wicker work. I does look better afterwards.

My best cleaning tip is to use the crevice tool for the edges of stairs as this is where (in my house anyway) dust and hair really accumulates.

Also, before you put a bath towel for wash, use it to wipe over your tiles, sink and bath. Doing this every or alternate days reduces the need for products and a big clean grin

Non tester - but go past the Dyson place on a regular basis so could pick it up direct grin.

Top tip - don't pay the DS' pocket money - make them work for it and record what they do in a little notebook and then pay up as needed.

Getting behind radiators and doing blinds are main problems - radiator covers are great at storing heaps of dust as I jsut found out this week when we removed one!!

Xylophonejo Thu 03-Jan-13 19:54:04

Another tip nicked from Flylady, bless her heart: fill your bog brush holders with shampoo or shower gel and give the loo a quick flick the first time you use it each day. Works for me.

michelleblane Thu 03-Jan-13 20:06:03

I'm a non-tester but would love to win a Dyson Digital Slim.
My tip for animal hairs (we have a dog and three cats) I use a stiff hand brush on carpets where the animals sit most - in front of the log burner and next to the setee, this loosens the hairs, then I use the vaccuum to pick them up. I also use old toothbrushes to clean around taps, pipes and corners where nothing else will reach!
My most difficult place to clean is under and behind our bath which is an old Victorian one on low legs. It is mostly a collector of dry dust so I tie a duster on a flat besom type broom and slide it under from side to side. My back is hurting just writing this.

nushcar Thu 03-Jan-13 20:08:06

Want to get rid of those pesky tea stains in coffee or teacups, just leave a little lemon juice to sit in it for a while with some bicarbonate of soda and it will fizz itself clean. A very effective yet not as toxin free way to achieve same result is to add a bit of vanish or other stain remover powder to cup with a little water and let it sit there a while.

tinypumpkin Thu 03-Jan-13 20:48:19

A non tester here but my tip is to use cola in the toilet to get rid of limescale. Full fat and cheapo cola is fine. I am sure others have mentioned it but white vinegar is great for descaling kettles and cleaning showers.

SirBoobAlot Thu 03-Jan-13 21:22:57

Have just added my review. Still need to rope someone in to film for the videos. Did try and get DS to do it, but he just kept pulling faces at the camera hmm grin

halkerstone Thu 03-Jan-13 21:24:21

The hardest place I have cleaning is under a heavy sideboard, with only 3-4 cms of clearance under it.

angell74 Thu 03-Jan-13 21:47:23

I'm a non tester and like others the hardest place I have to clean is my stairs. They are really tricky because they are quite tight and have a funny dog leg at the top. My current Dyson is really heavy so doing the stairs is really hard going. Also the carpet on the stairs is a bit cheap and nasty so it looks horrible really quickly. However, the first thing you see when you walk through my front door is the stairs so I do tend to have to do them quite a lot or they make our entrance hall look really tatty.

MrsKwazi1 Thu 03-Jan-13 22:19:32

Another non-tester on the blag here grin The hardest place for me to clean is the light- fitting that hangs at the top of the stairs. It's high and fairly delicate and if you use too much force bits pop off it along with the cobwebs. I hate the ruddy thing. I also have trouble getting the dust out from underneath our bedside cabinets as they're too heavy to move. I can see the dust taunting me!

BustyBetty, if you chuck half a lemon in the water to steam the microwave it smells good as well as loosening all the gunk.

My top tip is e-cloths, e-cloths, e-cloths.They're brilliant at cleaning and damp dusting in every room and cut down on the amount of cleaning products you need to buy and use and they come up brilliantly after a wash. I would like to smooch the clever person who thought them up. I have a stack of the blighters.

Lindseymorris29 Thu 03-Jan-13 22:23:38

The best and cheapest way to clean a plastic bath is with washing up liquid. The hardest place to clean are between appliencesattatchments could do with being even narrower.

Uzma01 Thu 03-Jan-13 22:46:10

I've been training my almost 3 year old son to help me with housework since he was less than a year old. Ok, so sometimes he's a bit too hel

Uzma01 Thu 03-Jan-13 22:49:39

I've been training my almost 3 year old son to help me with housework since he was steady enough on his feet to follow me around the house. Ok, so sometimes he's a bit too helpful & things take longer to do - but he enjoys helping me & I'm always right in his eyes so can't be bad!
Will be getting my 14 month old daughter started once she's a bit more mobile.

Uzma01 Thu 03-Jan-13 22:52:35

Tip- Use bicarbonate of soda & water mixed into a paste to clean grime off cookers/work surfaces & the grout on tiles. It's cheap, effective & not harmful for my little ones who have eczema.

hippoCritt Thu 03-Jan-13 22:53:51

Not a tester but I did gaze longingly at a DC44 in Currys today. The hardest bit I find is the stairs, I can only reach so far from the bottom and then have to thread the hose around the railing at the tops of the stairs so I don't pull the whole thing down on me. I need a solution or a bungalow!

redlands Thu 03-Jan-13 23:04:47

can i try one

Charlene1 Thu 03-Jan-13 23:18:53

Not a tester, but would love to win a Dyson!!!
I clean my halogen hob by squirting normal "value" washing up liquid on it, leaving it a couple of minutes, wipe it all off with a wet sponge until it's clean, and then dry with kitchen roll - works much better for me than buying specialist hob cleaner! Worst place to vacuum is behind the TV and computer because of wires and the dust it attracts! smile

aaaaagh Thu 03-Jan-13 23:32:42

My tip - if you come to our house don't look up or down - just keep your eyes fixed straight ahead.

sunset09 Thu 03-Jan-13 23:39:40

cleaning tip- train the kids from an early age to pick up after themselves...and hardest place ever cleaned under the bed...decided to buy the worlds heaviest bed and cant actually push it or move it without a football team of helpers

jumh Fri 04-Jan-13 00:17:08

I find the hardest place to clean is my other halfs desk, it is big and bulky and very hard to clean behind. He also dislikes me messing with his area so I have to clean in stealth mode.

JOLOJAMES Fri 04-Jan-13 08:26:09

Hardest place to clean has to be underneath the pedestal-free toilet in the downstairs bathroom: small space and too low to fit the vacuum under. Usually end up on hands and knees on tiled floor - ouch! Best cleaning tip - put the brush attachment on the handheld cordless vacuum and whizz over doors and skirting - instant spring clean.

CambridgeBlue Fri 04-Jan-13 09:38:58

The hardest place I have to clean is down the side of the desk in our conservatory. It seems to attract dustballs and insects (probably due to being near the back door) but nobody else in the household ever notices that it needs doing, just me - typical! I have to get the longest hose of the vacuum cleaner and poke it through, often while lying on my tummy - on reflection I can see why no-one else bothers smile

priscilla101 Fri 04-Jan-13 09:51:20

My top cleaning tip is to buy a pack of cheap toothbrushes! They are brilliant for cleaning grouting! Hardest place to clean? The top tiles in the shower!

Lent1l Fri 04-Jan-13 09:56:38

We keep a bright, fun coloured squeegee hanging from the shower screen. Using it quickly after a shower on the shower screen and the tiles around the bath keeps them looking bright and shiny for days rather than the smer marks you get when leaving it to dry.

BonzoDooDah Fri 04-Jan-13 10:13:16

Non-tester here.
My cleaning tips: vinegar - is blooming marvelous. Cleans the bath taps, leaves them shiney and no harsh chemicals.
I LOVE shinysinks (basically for the smell) but it does what it says ont he bottle - if you have a stainless steel kitchen sink it is super.
We have a rubber ended, short bristled, long-handled brush. It is great for giving the carpets a good go over - raises the pile, gets the dirt out and is a quick alternative to getting the Vaccuum cleaner out. Sometimes even do both as it seems to dislodge stuff that otherwise wouldn't budge.

Hardest place to clean was my room when a student - it was the box room but was taller than it was long. To change the lightbulb I had to stand on a chair, on top of the table! The cobwebs on the ceiling drove me mad so I had to stand on the chair, on the table, with a brush with a cloth on the end. Bit dodgy H&S wise.

MrsHoarder Fri 04-Jan-13 11:33:44

The nozzle on the vacuum cleaner is fab to save on dusting. I only dust in areas with ornaments now, tops of picture frames, doors, cobwebs, bookshelves all get whizzed along with the vacuum cleaner. Much less messy and less sneezing.

peanutMD Fri 04-Jan-13 12:50:01

Tester feedback on challenges.

1. Balance.
I was able to hold the vacuum up with the pole and nozzle attachments on to reach a fabric lightshade riddled with cobwebs whilst I held a cordless telephone in the other hand.

Whilst it was easy to handle I wouldn't do it again as the noise was obviously an issue although the caller (my mum) did comment how quiet it was compared to her full size vax.

2. Versatility.
I have used all of the attachments for different things and all were v.useful and effective.

Main motor head - general hoovering
Mini motor head - stairs
Brush - getting excess hair off the springer spaniel after brushing grin
Nozzle - getting into corners and skirting boards

3. Cobwebs.
As mentioned before I used the nozzle to get inside pesky lightshades (including awkward glass stars) and to get to the top/back corners of our fitted wardrobes.

Again v.easy to lift/manouvre and effective for the purpose.

4. Family mess.
Thankfully we haven't had many drastic spillages this year but the Dyson coped well with whatever we threw at it including blitzing through a teenage boys bedroom and tidying up a box bowlful of rice crispies when 3 6 year olds decided to make themselves breakfast just after the vinyl floor had been mopped hmm

5. 20 minute blitz.
We live in a mid sized 2 bedroom house with a porch at either entrance and w were easily able to do a quick once around the whole house in 20 minutes with a few stray bits of skirting board and the floors getting done.

Still v.pleased with the Dyson and it really has made life easier this Christmas, Thank you grin

my cleaning tip? check hoover has not died before attacking christmas tree with shears and getting pine needles everywhere with no means of sucking them up!

CelineMcBean Fri 04-Jan-13 14:50:59

First Impressions I thought having to hold down the trigger button was a bit annoying but quickly got used to it. I struggled to get the main floor head to suck bits up off the wood floor but that seems to have resolved. It would be useful to have all the instructions in the manual - the various attachments are not identified or explained there although they are on the box (not hugely practical when you have a baby and a toddler and a small house to keep a hulking great box).

It was easy to put together and has a very powerful suction. Overall I like it very much because it is so light weight. I can give the hard floors a quick run over and then use my steam mop (sooooo Mumsnet!).

I will report back on the challenges now I have wrestled the thing off my nearly 4 year old. He loves it!

One thing I should point out - I cannot make a G&T and use it. I still need two hands to slice the lemon. Other than that it's looking good so far!

prettybird Fri 04-Jan-13 15:21:52

Cleaning tip: keep old toothbrushes for scrubbing/cleaning around taps and the sink in the kitchen and bathroom a tip I know about but rarely actually do myself blush

Hardest Place to reach: the coving/plasterwork on our 13 foot high ceilings (lovely old half of a Victorian villa). But as they're so high, I don't mind that they've not been dusted in the 13 years since we've been in the house grin

ouryve Fri 04-Jan-13 15:30:30

share your cleaning tips and/or the hardest place you've had to reach when cleaning

We have some IKEA cabinets & drawers with 3.5" gaps underneath which are too low to get a vacuum cleaner under, but just a nice height to fill up with crumbs, dust, etc. The cabinets are heavy and hard to move unless they're completely emptied, so I normally have to settle for lying on the floor with the vacuum hose and furiously pushing it backwards and forwards until I've cleaned out as much as possible. I used to keep the changing mat under one of them (until DS2 took to playing with it and eating off it - yuck!) which kept the dust bunnies down and I keep my collection of Next Directories under another one, which gather the dust and are easier to take out and clean (I knew there was a reason why I shouldn't have asked for the smaller format directory, this time around)

busymummy3 Fri 04-Jan-13 15:57:41

I am A non-tester who would love to have been a tester boo hoo !
One of my top cleaning tips is to keep a supply of bathroom wipes handy to quickly go over basin , toilet etc makes weekly clean much easier.
Take clothes out of tumble drier immediately often means less ironing - works especially well with sheets, duvet covers.
When putting duvet covers on start with cover inside out place corner of duvet to corner of cover and pull so right side presents much easier than wrestling duvet into cover.

Alicadabra Fri 04-Jan-13 18:42:35

Another v jealous non-tester here!

My top tip for cleaning is to vacuum the top of the hob to pick up all the crumbs/dried bits of pasta etc before trying to wipe it. Someone showed me that recently and I couldn't believe it had never occurred to me before - so much easier and more effective than trying to scrabble out all the bits with a brush or cloth!

Poppy0000 Fri 04-Jan-13 19:04:06

Dont have a Dyson (hint hint) but heres a cleaning tip - use half a lemon to rub on shower and bath,leave for a minute and rinse off - gets rid of all the limescale and smells lovely too. Its better than any product I have bought to deal with limescale build up in the bathroom and no nasty chemicals.

samward21 Fri 04-Jan-13 19:57:18

My tip would have to be that is important to remember that whilst a clean house is great, sometimes other things are more important. Always fit your life around the cleaning and not the other way round.

FutureMum Fri 04-Jan-13 21:41:49

I am not a tester. Hardest place I had to clean was our own home following a house swap with a family who were not very clean - left house in a really messy bad state, came back to find everything in odd places, crumbs, dirty clothes and old toys, to name but a few surprises.
My top tip for cleaning is... marry someone who hates ironing but likes cleaning (great attention to detail, etc.) Works every time. In ten years together, I haven't had to vacuum once - but surely he deserves a Dyson?

SandySnowdrop Fri 04-Jan-13 21:51:16

I would love one of these! I completely ruined (or so I thought) a metal steamer, but simmered a pan-full of water and a biological washing powder tablet for an hour and it looked new afterwards!

Bumpstart Fri 04-Jan-13 22:24:10

I'm sure this has been said before, but difficult palces to reach for me are round the back of radiator pipes and the toilet/ sink pedestal. Also I have funny windows, so find myself reaching round an open window to get to the bits that don't open.

In terms of cleaning tips, I am no paragon. It seems to be about routine. Housekeeping is a job and needs to be done methodically. Pottering about doing bits and pieces is neither relaxing or productive.

Non tester here. I walk down the stairs with the dirty washing to put in machine. I always grab a sock out of the pile, Pull it over my hand and dust the skirting boards on the stairs and inbetween the stair rails on the way down with it. Easy and takes 2 minutes! Then put the sock with the rest of the washing into the washing machine.

ClaraOswinOswald Sat 05-Jan-13 14:36:24

Question for testers (or someone from Dyson). Our Dyson broke in August and since then the dog has had a recurring flea problem. Will buying a new Dyson help with this problem and does it have to be an 'animal' one? I mean for the carpets and his bedding not the dog (although he likes it).

I hoover daily and he has had several treatments but I wonder if my cheapo replacement hoover is not up to the job.

Rosyisgonnabeamummy Sat 05-Jan-13 14:58:29

Clara - flee eggs live in the darkest of awkward areas. And this year has been mild and damp so there is a influx in flees. I got some spray from the vets and changes the flee drops to frontline.

Also I am a non tester and I would like to give you a tip - find a cleaner who will do the house while at work. Wonderful Wednesdays grin

Seriously tho. Hard to reach - behind the dog crates, and behind the log burner. And my car is also hard to reach. I'd like a mini handheld one.......

Bert2e Sat 05-Jan-13 16:30:55

Another non tester here too sad My big tip is distilled vinegar - cleans brilliantly, not harmful to the environment, makes my stainless steel sink sparkle and really cheap! Even cheaper now I've discovered can buy it 5l at a time in my local Asian supermarket!

chrisrobin Sat 05-Jan-13 17:42:24

The hardest place I find to reach when cleaning is the dinette in the motorhome. Crumbs get everywhere but are so hard to clear as there are little ledges (for when it is turned into a bed) and a flaming heavy table which has a leg right in the middle so the vacuum can't get under.

VictorAndBarry Sun 06-Jan-13 00:30:22

I hate catching dust bunnies, the peskiest little critters known to man. They gather under my couch, and breed, like, er, bunnies. Please Dyson, if you have a magical dust bunny machine - must be able to cope with dog, cat and dust bunny hairs - can I win it?

TIA.

MeDented Sun 06-Jan-13 10:06:36

Non-tester: the hardest place I have to clean is under my settees as they have recliners and the mechanisms mean it weighs an absolute tonne so I can't move it on my own (without dragging it and scratching the floor!). When reclined it is a very tricky angle to get the hose in so the sucker bit is on the floor, I just have to wiggle it about a bit under there and hope for the best!

noisytoys Sun 06-Jan-13 16:29:06

Just done the filming that was so much fun will send the video tonight smile

SuzysZoo Sun 06-Jan-13 16:46:25

Sorry before I start I am just seeing if I have worked out how to put stuff in bold!

SuzysZoo Sun 06-Jan-13 17:03:55

The balance challenge - "We know that often busy parents need to multi task. So can you still vacuum with the Dyson digital slim whilst the other hand is doing something else - carrying the baby, the dog, the phone, cooking, putting things away (you name it)".

I found this a bit of a tricky test. My youngest children are really too old to carry aged 3! Basically the question is - can you vacuum with one hand? The answer is yes, but it is easier with two. I found it good to vacuum with one hand and use the other to move toys off the floor temporarily whilst I hoovered under them. As it is very quick to grab and vacuum with this machine, I would say that you would not have to use one hand very often.

The versatility challenge - "how useful are the different attachments in cleaning those hard to reach places?"

The long thin attachment got behind my radiators which were real dust mines. However, it only reached half way down. I like the brush for skirting boards but preferred using the "soft dusting brush" for these. This brush was not part of the kit supplied but was loaned to me by someone else who has one of these. The narrow head of the pet hair brush allowed me to vacuum around the toilet in my bathroom which is a place that is too narrow for my wider headed usual vacuum.

The cobweb challenge - "can you reach those high up cobwebs that have been sat there lurking for a while?"

It is great for high-up cobwebs. In addition every July/August I seem to spend half an hour each night removing a spider from every corner of all four kids rooms! This is going to be great - spider removing at speed! I did find that when I was vacuuming with the long attachment above my head I needed to use my other hand to carry some of the weight of the machine and help manoeuvre it into position.

The family mess challenge - "pets, children, mud, crisps, crumbs? what family mess can the Dyson digital slim pick up?"

It picks up anything I tried although I didn't try anything "wet" like damp mud. Great for hamster sawdust scattered about, great for gravel/dried mud by the front door. The general debris after meals and craft activities were easily picked up. We don't live near the beach but if we did this would be great for a vacuum off as you come in the front door! Sand in the shoes from nursery etc! We do not have a dog or cat, but if we did then this would be fantastic for pet hair. The pet hair sucker sucked so hard it was actually a bit tricky to push it backwards and forwards!

The 20 minute dash challenge - Guests turning up announced? How much of the house can you clean in 20 minutes with the Dyson digital slim?

* I was able to give my 5 bedroom house a quick vacuum in all the obvious visible areas/areas of high footfall. I didn't do each room perfectly but just whizzed around doing the bits I could see needed doing. I did not time exactly, and I used boost a bit, but I managed the whole lot just before it ran out of charge. I found it quite hard to vacuum for the full 15/20 mins due to the trigger switch, which I will post about separately later.*

my least favourite place to clean are my wooden blinds. If you cant find the attachment for your hoover (that is me) use an old sock (slightly damp) on your hand to damp dust blinds when closed.

JenniferHelen Sun 06-Jan-13 19:36:11

My cleaning tip is to keep it really simple; once I realised all I needed was a vacuum cleaner, some cloths, a spray water bottle, some lemons and some bicarb, it was completely liberating! No more smelly, toxic cleaning products for my little ones to breathe in. My number one cleaning tip is to dust with a microfibre cloth; they dust anything, clean windows beautifully, and when combined with a squirt of water can tackle anything. Genius. The hardest place to reach when cleaning is the fiddly bits inside the oven that have burnt on grime, but my second best cleaning tip is to put a bowl of boiling water in the oven after it's been used. The condensation lifts off all the grime, which can then be wiped away with a cloth. No more toxic oven cleaners which can be dodgy to use when pregnant and around children.

SKYWALKERSMUM Sun 06-Jan-13 19:57:49

The BACK SEAT OF MY CAR where my daughter sits is the hardest place to clean! Its a treasure trove of crumbs, toys, pens, wrappers, food & tissues! She once left some crayons in the car in summer and they melted all over the back seat , Nightmare !!!! lol . I live on a main road so can't drag my hoover accross the road, so have to use the local garage 4 miles away (costs me a fortune so would love a battery operated vac that I could use ANYTIME, ANYPLACE ANYWHERE !

vixo Sun 06-Jan-13 20:08:19

The hardest (near impossible!) place to clean in our house is the corner of ceiling above our stairs. The house has high ceilings and a big landing and there is nothing that will reach that corner - too high above the stairs, and too far from the landing.

Whichever spider has set up residence is obviously guarding its territory well, because there is luckily only the one (quite big!) cobweb there.

What I need is a long pole I can tie a cloth on to the end of. What I rely on is our guests having less than perfect eyesight!!

SuzysZoo Sun 06-Jan-13 20:26:15

What I like about this Dyson

No wires.

Great for spot cleaning of crumbs etc.

Reaches dust/spiderwebs in high places.

Makes me a lot more relaxed about the mess that the four children make!

Good for sucking up the hairs in the bathroom that the other vacuum seems to miss.

Has a little bumper so it feels cushioned when I vacuum forwards into a skirting board.

Can attach the soft dusting tool and do easy power assisted dusting.

If you had a small place to vacuum, this could be your only cleaner. However, if you have large areas to clean, I think you would still need an upright, ideally.

What I am not so keen on

Having to squeeze the on button. Mine keeps cutting out and I am not sure if this is a fault or whether my hand is just getting tired and not squeezing hard enough. It is not as hard as the petrol pump but having to squeeze is quite tiring. This makes this machine unsuitable for the elderly or disabled people with hand muscle weakness.

Vacuums have to be relatively heavy because the motor is heavy. With an upright vacuum gravity is your friend because the machine rests on the ground (although you have to push it to and fro). With this machine, you push to and fro but also have to carry the weight of the hoover. This makes this vacuum great for high up cleaning, skirting boards, cars, stairs, hard to reach places, and spot cleaning, but not good for huge areas of carpet. In my view you will still need an upright hoover for big flat areas.

This machine only has a two year guarantee. My other machine (not Dyson) has a 5 year guarantee. I would expect my machine to last longer than 2 years.

There was no information about how energy efficient the machine is. My other machine boasted that over the 5 year guarantee period, it would "save" £250 worth of electricity, which is what the machine cost. That makes buying it a bit of a no-brainer. If Dyson is similar, it should say so!

MummyO4 Sun 06-Jan-13 21:19:46

I have a tip for one of the most annoying jobs! - The top of your kitchen cupboards, where all the greasy dust gathers. Just spread sheets of newspaper on the top of the cupboards and then you just fold them up, dirt and all and replace with fresh sheets! - so much easier than scrubbing with flash!

Googol Sun 06-Jan-13 21:52:00

Non-tester.
The hardest place to clean is the small space between the spindles at the top of the stairs and the landing. It runs at the angle of the stairs of course and is half a metre or so in length and an inch across. It's really awkward to get to. I can clean a small patch at a time putting my hand in the gaps between the spindles but it's a chore as I could clean it easily using the hose attachment of my DC04 but alas it's 14 years old now and the hose is broken at the top. Still works perfacty but I can no longer clean that awkward space.

slambang Sun 06-Jan-13 22:10:00

Non tester

Hardest place to clean - in the car after much taxiing of footballing boys and muddy dogs. Under the seats and round the tight corners the cleaning attachments are too long to get into the right angle to clean under seats etc.

Cleaning tip - delelgate in return for appropriate rewards (ds1 -money, ds2 -chocolate, dh - 'appreciation'.

baahhumbug Sun 06-Jan-13 22:43:59

Tester here. Just wanted to add a couple of points.

First of all, when I was cleaning the inside of my car the red strip on the small head (the one with the brush attachment) came off.

I think it would be useful if I didn't have to keep the button pressed to use the Dyson as it does make my hand/finger hurt after a while.

When emptying the Dyson when it's full the contents don't fall out easily and I have to pull the dust/hairs etc. out with my fingers which I'm not too keen on. Maybe I'm being a bit too careful and should bash the Dyson against the side of the bin though.

Also in the bedroom with the standard head (ball head) I found that it was pushing hairs in front of it rather than hoovering them up. Both my daughter and I do have long hair but still I would expect it to manage to pick up the hairs. Even on boost mode it was pushing some hairs in front of it.

Also I found that (as with my upright Dyson) long hairs and threads got wrapped around the brush on the standard head (and smaller head too) and I had to take it apart to pull them off which took a while.

However, I think it's great for quickly picking up crumbs, for hoovering through when guests are arriving, for cleaning the inside of the car and it's great for cleaning up cobwebs and for dusting the hearth.

Thank you very much for the opportunity to test the Dyson.

peanutMD Sun 06-Jan-13 23:29:45

The red strip on the small vacuum head came off yesterday whilst I was getting at the stairs.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 07-Jan-13 08:34:53

Thanks for all the feedback from the testers - and the tips from the non testers.
For testers we now have some final questions - please answer the below:

Please tell us your overall opinion of the DC44
What have you found it good for around the house?
What about the features such as: weight of the vac, recharging time, charge time, accessories etc
Do you think you'd recommend to other people (if asked)?

thanks MNHQ

baahhumbug Mon 07-Jan-13 09:03:44

Here are my answers to the final questions.

Please tell us your overall opinion of the DC44
I think this is a great portable vacuum cleaner, I love it!

What have you found it good for around the house?
Great for quickly picking up crumbs etc, for quickly vacuuming through if guests are coming round, for vacuuming the car and for getting cobwebs.

What about the features such as: weight of the vac, recharging time, charge time, accessories etc
I found it fairly light so okay for short use but if for example I was vacuuming the cobwebs in a large room I would start to struggle. It does take a while to charge but this hasn't been a problem at all as I still have my upright Dyson if I really needed to vacuum whilst it was charging. If it was my only vacuum cleaner I can see it could be a problem though. The accessories are great, I didn't feel anything was missing and they are easy to change and attach. I like the fact that two of them are stored on the charging unit.

Do you think you'd recommend to other people (if asked)?
Yes, I would definitely recommend it as an additional vacuum cleaner.

What have you found it good for around the house?
It's great for a quick clean. Really easy for the stairs and for places where the plug sockets aren't very accessible (because it's cordless)

What about the features such as: weight of the vac, recharging time, charge time, accessories etc
It's leightweight, which is good. Means it's easy to use for the stairs. I don't really think 5.5hrs charging time for 20 mins of use (8 mins if using boost function) is very good - that's not really enough for a proper thorough clean so I couldn't really use the Dyson as my one and only vacuum. Like the accessories and how easy they are to click in but there's no labelling for them. Absolutely love the ball though - really good for awkward areas and for generally being easy to push about.

Do you think you'd recommend to other people (if asked)?
Yes, but only as an additional cleaner. I think it's main selling point is that you can use it for jobs that are difficult with an upright, corded vacuum.

brighthair Mon 07-Jan-13 09:17:34

Overall opinion - I adore it!

Around the house - I've found it great for everything. Quick clean ups, dusty rooms, around the pet cage, crumbled mud on the floor, crumbs, you name it

Accessories/charge etc - the accessories are great especially the brush bit for dusting. I like the narrow one so I can get right to the edges of things. I found it lightweight and it didn't aggravate my sciatica. You don't realise how much of a PITA a cord is until you use this! The charge seems to last me ages to be honest, I haven't made it run out yet. Or maybe I need to vacuum more?!

Would I recommend? I already have. My colleague is borrowing it for her car to test, my Dad has already tried to sneak off with it. I think I'd cry if anyone took it off me blush

alemci Mon 07-Jan-13 09:51:52

Please tell us your overall opinion of the DC44

Very impressed overall. Enjoy using it so it encourages me to clean. Lightweight and attachments easy to change over.

What have you found it good for around the house?

It is very useful for cleaning out cupboards e.g. bottom of wardrobe and removing dust of skirting boards. It encourages me to do extra jobs as it is quick and easy. Good for cobwebs. Don't need to plug in so I can use it anywhere quickly

What about the features such as: weight of the vac, recharging time, charge time, accessories etc

Lightweight which suits me as I find pushing a heavy upright makes my hip ache. Charging time ok but wasn't sure if I should switch it off at wall when charged or leave it permanently plugged in. does it automatically cut off when charged like a mobile? Accessories good and liked the way 2 clipped on. Other head could do with a place. easy to grab off the wall.

Do you think you'd recommend to other people (if asked)?

I talk about it to my friends and family and showed my friend yesterday. How could you not talk about it. Am I turning into Aggie and kim. My other cleaners haven't been used at all.

DeltaUniformDeltaEcho Mon 07-Jan-13 11:01:37

Please tell us your overall opinion of the DC44

I really love it. It's made such a difference to how we do things here and I wouldn't want to give it up now I've tried it.

What have you found it good for around the house?

Mainly just keeping a standard of cleanliness. It's not a big job anymore and the ease f just grabbing and going has made accidents with the kids far less stressful. It's become second nature just to quickly deal with something the second it happens rather then put it off for when I have the chance to get out the big upright hoover, plug it in etc..

What about the features such as: weight of the vac, recharging time, charge time, accessories etc

The weight is fine - very light and easy to use. I love the ball attachment and how easy it makes it to zip around the room. Charge time seems ok for us so far. I've managed to do all rooms on one charge. The recharge time seems excessive when you see it written down but in reality it's fine and I've not found us desperately waiting for it to recharge. The boost button has been handy - I use it for those bits I don't do everyday - like under the sofa every other week. I would have liked some more detailed instructions as to what the other bits were for.

Do you think you'd recommend to other people (if asked)?

I would (and have!) because I really think it turns a big faff of a job into something so quick and easy. I'm no domestic goddess and am queen of procrastinating but this really has changed my routine. It's meant I keep on top of things and I now put the effort in to do a little everyday rather then a big clean every week.

Final answers:

Please tell us your overall opinion of the DC44
Overall, this is a smart little vacuum which packs a punch. Any worries I had about it being far too small to do much have been answered. This slick, helpful little tool is well worth the asking price as its so versatile

What have you found it good for around the house?
Nooks and crannies- the places my big beast of a vacuum couldn't get to before are light work for the Dyson. Ditto those pesky cobwebs (no need to endanger yourself by standing on a chair with a feather duster!). Also, really helpful and safe to use up my steep staircase (I've dropped vacuums down my staircase before). Its also handy for the car too- no need for an extra in car Vac, or extension leads.

What about the features such as: weight of the vac, recharging time, charge time, accessories etc
Only slight annoyance is having to keep my finger on the power button. Not a massive problem but its just as simple to have a regular on/off switch? The lightness was great for me as I have arthritis in my hands and finger joints. Charge time is fine, its happy to sit on its wall fixing and charge away. I do have to charge it quite promptly if using the Max function and vacuuming the whole of upstairs though. Its so simple to fit together on first removing from the box that I didn't once look at the instructions. Its just a simple couple of clicks for any of the attachments.

Do you think you'd recommend to other people (if asked)?
Yes- I've raved about it to the family and I do believe one of my dsil's is already ordering one! And that's high praise indeed- she makes Kim and Aggie look like tramps!

HoraceHorseface Mon 07-Jan-13 14:34:37

My tip is don't buy anything Dyson.

Please tell us your overall opinion of the DC44

is that i love it - i realistically would never have bought it at that price but having been given it i really, really love it - it is so much more convenient.

What have you found it good for around the house?

quick cleaning, dog hair quick clean ups before mopping (always have to hoover before mopping because of black lab and it's a pain to drag out a full size hoover just to do the kitchen floor quickly), stairs - also i'm more inclined to hoover upstairs when it doesn't involve lugging the hoover up.

What about the features such as: weight of the vac, recharging time, charge time, accessories etc

good on weight, recharging time too slow really given you only get 20mins out of it, 20 mins is surprisingly 'doable' and i tend not to empty the charge and stick it back on the charger as i do little and more often than before so actually it always has charge, accessories ok

Do you think you'd recommend to other people (if asked)?

yes i would recommend though i'd point out the drawbacks - certainly would recommend to the people i know for whom money isn't an issue - less likely to do so for those on a budget

In our old house we used to have to erect scaffolding (we have our own tower and everything) to vacuum the high ceilings - was a converted chapel. And I could fill up an entire vacuum dust chamber with just the spiders from the roof - urgh.

My top tip for vacuuming is if you have kids, accept that the floors will be messy again very quickly. You can get frustrated or you can shrug and accept imperfection with dignity. Embrace your inner slattern I say grin

SirBoobAlot Mon 07-Jan-13 19:27:12

What is the email address we are supposed to send the video clips to? Am really confused by the website!!

FrillyMilly Mon 07-Jan-13 20:21:13

Please tell us your overall opinion of the DC44
Overall I think it's a great lightweight handheld to have in addition to an upright

What have you found it good for around the house?
Good for quick tidy up and for mess after mealtimes. Also great for the car and getting the cobwebs. The ball makes it really easy to get under the couch, around toys and under the bed.

What about the features such as: weight of the vac, recharging time, charge time, accessories etc
It is really lightweight for the power it has. The charging time is way too long for 20 minutes cleaning power although I tend not to let it run out. The accessories it came with seem sufficient for what it gets used for.

Do you think you'd recommend to other people (if asked)?
I would definitely recommend it but unless you had a small living space I think it would be a luxury to have along side an upright. Given the price that may stop me recommending it to some people.

Nooneelseisallowedafergus Tue 08-Jan-13 11:45:18

Cleaning tip for anyone living with boys / men:

Keep a jug near the toilet. Then, if the wee hits the upper inside part of the toilet (that doesn't get touched by the flush) all you / they have to do, is fill the jug with water from the sink and pour on the offending area to stop the stale wee smell.

Not a tester. Not bitter about that (much). Really really want a Dyson (no offence to our Henry, but parts of the house are finally emerging from the state in which what we need is a builder's vacuum, and it would be nice to be able to treat them as such)

Hardest place to clean - that would be the window/windowsill which is ~10ft from the floor, above the front door, and about 6ft away from the nearest bit of landing (which has a bannister that I would really not want to trust with my life). I still haven't worked out how to solve that one - the joys of an old, and converted, house. We have another windowsill similarly stranded but you can reach across the gap from the landing with a long enough tube.

Cleaning tip - if you are doing the mad panic pre-visitor clean up, then don't get the DC to vacuum - they may love doing it (or are my DC really strange?) but speed is not their strong point. Instead, give them other tasks - DC1 is good at putting stuff into neat piles (to be relocated if there is any time left), and given a spray bottle of glass cleaner and some kitchen towel, DC2 does an outstanding job on the bottom half of windows and mirrors, and the granite worktops in the kitchen which may be because she likes admiring her reflection in the nice shiny results.

PartTimeModel Tue 08-Jan-13 16:32:09

I went and brought one of these Dysons and I LOVE it!!

It got delivered to work & my colleague saw it - and she went and brought one too! I think Dyson might have (another) a hit on their hands here.

PartTimeModel Tue 08-Jan-13 16:34:51

I did dither about buying one as I felt the lack of on/off switch (mentioned by some above) was a real negative, but now I am using it, it isn't an issue at all. In fact I love the trigger switch. I have a small flat and use the Dyson with various attachments for everything and move stuff as I go, so the trigger works really well.

the trigger switch is fine unless you have carpel tunnel, arthritis or anything else (including old age) that effects the strength in your hand or makes you susceptible to hand pain. i think tbh there should be a warning regarding that for the product.

rusmum Tue 08-Jan-13 19:33:19

Non tester 😞worse place to clean is down the back of the radiator! Bits of toys sweets at. All stuck between pipes. Fiddly and annoying job!!!! Always end up scraping my knuckles and not quite bring able to reach that....,,,, but if Lego , glittery rubber, bar is shoe or jelly baby stuck down there!

hanbee Tue 08-Jan-13 19:40:56

Hi my cleaning tip is a cap full of white wine vinegar in the rinse compartment (the bit where you'd otherwise put fabric conditioner) when you wash your towels. Don't add fabric conditioner. The vinegar strips the old soap from the towel which makes the towel go hard, and restores its softness without leaving a smell. Cheap too.

Babycarmen Tue 08-Jan-13 19:50:24

Ooh I wish I could have tested one of these! I have to Hoover out the vent in my bathroom because the fan broke and I almost always hurt my back trying to reach! smile

peronel Tue 08-Jan-13 20:45:38

My cleaning tip: if you have a job that needs to be done regularly, but that you hate - here's how to make it bearable. Set a kitchen timer for 10 minutes (or whatever time you allocate). You will be surprised how much easier this makes, say, cleaning the bathroom. And promise yourself a small treat when you've finished! smile

Dwagon Tue 08-Jan-13 20:47:43

I agree that one of the hardest places to clean is behind the TV: the static electricity sucks in dust and as I still have a huge and heavy early 90's Flintstones style TV I find it almost impossible to move more than once a year, by which time the plugs, wires, skirting boards and lower walls all look as though they have been heavily flocked in dead mouse.

My top tip is that the aforementioned flocking, and indeed general dust, never gets beyond an inch deep, so once a year with the Dyson should do the trick.

mamamibbo Tue 08-Jan-13 21:15:19

when i was pregnant and nesting i vaccumed all the ceilings, seemed important at the time, that was pretty hard heavily pregnant

my cleaning tip as a mum of 4 is to leave it till they are asleep, cleaning while they are awake and 'helping' is pointless

Strontium Tue 08-Jan-13 21:46:25

My only tip is: Nappy wipes! Unfragranced nappy wipes are useful for cleaning walls, sinks, muddy bits of the floor... they are always there and ready to help. For floors, a quick going over with the vacuum and then a strategic few minutes with the nappy wipes can fake a proper mop when people are coming over. Cheating? Yes. But in a good way.

SirBoobAlot Tue 08-Jan-13 21:59:27

(Video clips sending currently)

Please tell us your overall opinion of the DC44:

Overall, I think the DC44 is brilliant. One handed it is a breeze to use, a pleasure to handle, easy to empty. It is so lovely not to be tripping over a wire constantly.

What have you found it good for around the house?

Just the general suction power in itself has been brilliant. Because of the slim design and wonderful maveouverability, it has fit wonderfully into all the places you normally struggle to reach - under the sofa, tight corners, down the side of the cooker.

What about the features such as: weight of the vac, recharging time, charge time, accessories etc.

Charge time couple be slightly quicker, but then again, for the power of suction you can't really complain. The weight is fabulous; light enough not to be completely exhausting, but heavy enough that you don't feel like you are holding thin air. The weight balance between the main unit and head is also superb.

Do you think you'd recommend to other people (if asked)?

Yes, and have done already, especially to my disabled friends.

SuzysZoo Tue 08-Jan-13 22:01:10

I am posting my final responses to the additional questions.

Please tell us your overall opinion of the DC44
This is an excellent product for spot cleaning/dusting and has certainly made me much more relaxed about mess around the house!

What have you found it good for around the house?

Spot cleaning crumbs, debris from craft activity, the hallway, stairs, small areas not reached by large upright vacuum cleaner

What about the features such as: weight of the vac, recharging time, charge time, accessories etc

I keep the vacuum on charge all the time so I have not had a problem with the recharging. 20 minutes is long enough to hoover for anyone! The product is lightweight - it could be lighter but there is probably a limit to how light it is possible to make the product and maintain efficiency. As mentioned many times by virtually everyone who uses this, the flaw is the on/off switch. I do not understand this element of the product's design. If Dyson read this I expect a new model with simple on/off switch soon!

Do you think you'd recommend to other people (if asked)?
Yes, it's great. It would not disappoint and is a great little machine.

Fredstheteds Tue 08-Jan-13 23:30:47

Get a dog in the dyson daily

mummyofcutetwo Tue 08-Jan-13 23:51:05

I wasn't lucky enough to test drive this one.

The hardest place I have to clean (on a ridiculously frequent basis) is the condenser unit of our tumble drier. I just can't get between the cooling fins and the unit gets soooo clogged up with lint and hair (my hair drops out at an alarming rate), which means it doesn't dry the clothes properly.

SirBoobAlot Wed 09-Jan-13 00:35:36

ARGH was sending the video clips, it was taking four bloody hours, was waiting up to make sure they sent, and shockwave or whatever it is bloody called has just crashed with ten minutes to go.

I am actually going to cry.

Resend them too.

But first cry.

Mummyofcute2 you just wash the condensor through with lots of water - from back to front, IYSWIM.

Indith Wed 09-Jan-13 08:21:50

YOu know what we really need?

I know lots of you do the sock on teh end of the hoover thing but that leaves half the dust bunnies behind. What we need is a hoover with an automatic separation thingy for heavy things so little bits off shite lego and playmobil and sylvanian bloody families get put in their own little section and we don't have to rootle through the dust every time we hear that dreaded rattle of something toy related going up the hose.

You listening Dyson?

then get me to test it because I could never afford a Dyson

peanutMD Wed 09-Jan-13 10:32:38

Please tell us your overall opinion of the DC44

I absolutely love the DC44 and like others would not give it up now that I have tried it out, it's convenient to grab for a quick dash and has been a god send the last few weeks when my SPD has been acting up because I don't have to twist and turn so much and it is pretty lightweight.

What have you found it good for around the house?

To be honest it has taken over as our main vacuum and seems to be able to cope with this but it has been used for jobs which I would never have dreamt of using our big upright for such as getting up into those hidden corners in cupboards, stairway, around the base of the fridge and inside awkward glass star shaped lightshades!

What about the features such as: weight of the vac, recharging time, charge time, accessories etc

Weight - It is incredibly easy to just grab and go because it is so lightweight.

Recharging time - I did think the charging time vs work time was ridiculous on paper but when actually using it, 20 minutes is adequate for (most) jobs and we just put ours back on the charger when done so it's always ready to go and we don't really notice the charge time now.

Charge time - Again 20 minutes is adequate for most general household jobs but if a longer life battery were available it would be handy as sometimes you just need that bit of extra power, especially if using the MAX button which drains the battery in 6 minutes!

Accessories - All of these have came in handy one way or another and they do the job well, although like another poster the red strip on the small head came off after using once which made me question the durability. I was also a bit confused by the fact that there are 3 accessories supplied along with the pole and large machine head yet there only space to store 2 of them which could lead to them become lost/broken.

Trigger - This was my main issue with the DC44 as it is with a lot of people. The fact that you have to pull it in continuously can lead to discomfort after 5 minutes or so BUT I do appreciate that this helps to save power/time when using as it means there is no faffing about to press buttons to switch off if required. However I would like to see a clip of some sort in future that can be used to hold the trigger in place if you are using for a long period of time to avoid muscle strain and discomfort.

Do you think you'd recommend to other people (if asked)?

I would definitely recommend and have done already to friends and family who have asked how I am getting on with the DC44.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 09-Jan-13 10:36:54

SirBoobAlot - the video has arrived...sorry it was painful!

alemci Wed 09-Jan-13 13:01:32

bobalot, if it is any consolation, mine have had to go in 4 lots and each lot seems to take about 4 hours. They are only video clips but our internet isn't brilliant.

here goes with lot 3.

SirBoobAlot Wed 09-Jan-13 13:31:43

Thank goodness for that. Thank you!

Pisces Wed 09-Jan-13 23:06:35

Please tell us your overall opinion of the DC44

Overall I have found it a really useful tool. It can perform a really good quick clean up which is excellent.

What have you found it good for around the house?

I have found it really, really useful for cleaning up after my pets - they shred hair all over the place and to be able to just pick up the Dyson and attack the hairy area with no need to plug the hoover in, stretch the lead etc, brilliant.

What about the features such as: weight of the vac, recharging time, charge time, accessories etc

In the beginning I found the weight of the Dyson to be quite heavy but I have got used to it now and it does not bother me. I would say persevere to anyone who goes ahead and buys one.

The recharging time is quite long but, this is not your No.1 main hoover, it is a secondary one and if you have not managed to run around the house in 20 mins for a quick clean with it then you have bought the wrong appliance.

The accessories are quite adequate. I will be buying (if I can) the special pet brush and if there is one available, another wall hanging appliance holder as at the moment the Dyson kit does not have room for all the appliances.

Do you think you'd recommend to other people (if asked)?

I would highly recommend it to others. In my product review I likened it to the modern day equivalent of our grandmothers' cordless carpet cleaners and I know my Nan still has hers and raves by it!

As much as I do love it, I would have to say that even though I recommend it, it could for some be a pricey secondary vacuum.

MissMummy1 Thu 10-Jan-13 21:19:44

The display ledge halfway up our double height hallway. Can just about reach from the stairs with the hoover extension..

Salmon8 Thu 10-Jan-13 23:38:55

I find the brush end on our dyson excellent for cleaning inside the lampshades without ending up getting dust in your eyes. The hose on our pull along dyson is also great for reaching all the way up the stairs.

BoerWarKids Fri 11-Jan-13 04:37:02

I'm a non-tester.

My top cleaning tip is to never leave a room empty-handed and to clear up every night before bed. This little and often approach means the mess doesn't build up much.

I live in a Victorian house with very high ceilings and many nooks and crannies - I find most areas a bit tricky to clean!

Loretta61 Fri 11-Jan-13 10:02:46

There's an undiscovered planet, underneath my daughter's soft toys. To get the vacuum in there, you need to negotiate the eddies in the space-time continuum. Which is tricky, when you're in a rush.

stimlin Fri 11-Jan-13 11:00:31

Hi, I'm a non-tester! Cleaning tip: I always start cleaning a room from the furthest corner & work my way back to the door - that way I'm not traipsing dust etc over clean areas. Micro fibre cloths are excellent on mirrors & windows too & can usually be found in poundland!
Hardest place to clean - top of the washing machine! Its kept under the worktop & has the tiniest gap, i dont lke pulling it out as last time i did this i loosened a pipe.............that was a bad day!!

Squiffie Fri 11-Jan-13 21:12:28

My top tip for cleaning is a preventative measure - any mumsnetters that go camping and cook on open fires with billy pans - smear the outside with washing up liquid before cooking and then when you come to wash up the soot comes off really easy, no hours of scrubbing!

My other tip is to vac the crumbs off the table and from the kids laps after meals so wiping the table is easier ;)

OhWesternWind Fri 11-Jan-13 22:09:17

The hardest place I have to clean is the gaps between the floorboards which I've not got round to sealing yet. They collect all sorts of muck and bits of plastic, screws, polystyrene balls etc. my vacuum won't get them clean unless I poke along them with a knife to loosen everything first. Total pain! One day I'll be able to afford new carpets!

neddle Sat 12-Jan-13 19:07:21

the hardest place you've had to reach when cleaning

Under the sofa last week - it has a metal frame and I had to reach in and hoik out the crap that had accumulated under it, without being able to see what I was touching hmm.

just wanted to add i tried another attachment yesterday - don't know what to call it or what it is meant to be for given the forementioned lack of labeling and details. it was a short one with a large flat opening and i used it to vacuum the sofa. it was very good smile

must try out the other attachments.

Mouseface Mon 14-Jan-13 13:23:15

The hardest place you've had to reach when cleaning/cleaning tip - (other competition)

Under the washing machine. I had to try and get spilt milk cleaned up from under the back (kindly deposited by a bottle which had flown across said machine on it's way to the recycling bin, courtesy of DH's rubbish aim) grin of the machine, which was far too heavy to lift or shuffle for me.

I used a tape measure and a soft cloth wrapped on the end of it to get the milk soaked up, and then an antibacterial wipe used in the same way to make sure there was as little risk of smell as possible! Yuk!

A slimmer tube or attachment on my vacuum would have been perfect to grab the small car I'd also found there whilst dealing with the milk!! grin

CheeseStrawWars Tue 15-Jan-13 09:37:35

The hardest place you've had to reach when cleaning - my parents have a double-flight staircase, so the wall opposite is about 14 foot high. They have a mirror about 10 foot up, and reaching to get the dust off the top of the mirror is a nightmare!

CelineMcBean Tue 15-Jan-13 14:29:40

Challenges (sorry for multi posts - I am balancing sick children and phone and keep losing longer posts)

The balance challenge using the telescopic bit it is quite hard to hold something in the other hand because I need the other hand to guide it. However, it is light enough that I can tidy away as I go which with a zillion toys cluttering up my living room makes a big difference and means I actually start the cleaning even if I haven't had a chance to finish tidying. The best thing is that I can clean around the toddler because it's light enough to just lift over him, so I have temporarily beaten the tantrums caused by moving his things around because "I still be using them!".

CelineMcBean Tue 15-Jan-13 14:38:37

The versatility challenge I don't think much of the brush attachment it just seems to push dust and dirt around. I gave it a go on skirting boards and the metal cooker hood. I like the mini attachment that looks like the main one. It does excellent sucking without doing the boost so good for things like dried mud off welly boots and the feathers from sofas and bedding that get everywhere and are sticky. It was also good on flat surfaces for dust. However, the red strip along the front of it is now filthy and I can't get it clean. Tbh that line of grime is the worst thing about what is otherwise an excellent product. The narrow pipe-like one is good for skirting and the cracks of the buggy and bouncer. I also use that for running around the tops of the walls, down the chairs and sofas, under furniture, bookcases and getting into cracks and crevices (of which there are many in my house!)

CelineMcBean Tue 15-Jan-13 14:43:37

Forgot to say when using it hand held for the balance challenge I carry it around while doing other things like steam mopping the floor or putting clothes away to catch stray dust bunnies and Hoover up dust I've misses from surfaces, mirrors, bookcases and pictures.

I also take it in the kitchen when cooking to clean up stray bits and it is brilliant for getting the crumbs DP makes when he insists on making sandwiches and cutting bread seemingly all over the kitchen. There is always a tide mark of crumbs on the floor when I go in every morning angry. So this may save the cost of running two homes because I just suck then straight up using the pipe attachment wink

CelineMcBean Tue 15-Jan-13 14:52:10

The cobweb challenge don't have many of these (low ceilings) but I do use it to clean the uneven walls that seem to accumulate dust daily. It's a very old house and I think there's more dust than in any other place I've ever lived. If gets everywhere but the Dyson is beginning to make a difference. I've been dusting for years in vain.

The family mess challenge i haven't found anything it can't tackle. I've sucked up hair, crumbs, dried mum, dust bunnies, sand, feathers to name just a few. I also managed to retrieve a small piece of Lego that accidentally got sucked because I could see it and the container is small enough there's not too much yuk to sift through. Actually minimal sifting was needed!

CelineMcBean Thu 17-Jan-13 07:51:59

The 20 minute dash challenge I can whizz round all the downstairs hard floors: living room, kitchen and bathroom (small house though!) with the main attachment and use the handheld bit for stray dust bunnies, crumbs and the first few stairs while I run the steam mop over all in 20mins. I also use it on mantel piece, table and TV which are dust/crumb hotspots... and the kitchen work tops. Then I just use e over multi surface cleaner on the worktops and sink and a microfibre cloth on taps and mirrors.

So if I properly dash and have a clear run (ie no toys or washing up) I can do all floors and surfaces, taps, bathroom mirror and the first 6 stairs in 20 mins.

CelineMcBean Thu 17-Jan-13 08:09:00

*Please tell us your overall opinion of the DC44*overall it is excellent. A couple of niggles as mentioned above like the lack of complete instructions in the booklet and the weird collection of grimey dirt on the smaller, more powerful head and the fact it only has space for 2 attachments not 3 on the holder (with fourth on motorised bit. The blue pole on mine has also got a big scratch on it just through normal use and it hadnt even been chucked in the cupboard at that point. It is also a bit of a fiddle to open and get the crap inside out. I have to use it around the bin afterwards because the dust goes everywhere and then wipe it over with a disposable cleaning wipe cloth. My main gripe is storage. Unless you screw the holder to the wall it is a pain to keen all the bits together. The brush head is also pretty useless in mine. But all that said I love it. I can actually lift it and do a quick clean without all the palaver of getting out the cylinder Dysin that weighs a ton. It is perfect for cleaning up after toddler meal times and because I can see what's in the bin part I know when to empty it. I actually clean more now but it doesn't feel such an effort.

What have you found it good for around the house? I've already answered this above. I could use this as my main cleaner because I mainly have hard floors. If I had more carpet then I would want an upright too.

What about the features such as: weight of the vac, recharging time, charge time, accessories etc all good, with the exception of the attachment niggles listed above. I really like how lightweight it is.

Do you think you'd recommend to other people (if asked)? Yes, and I already have! I adore mine and you're not having it back!

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 18-Jan-13 12:19:02

Thanks for all the feedback and tips etc.
Am pleased to say the winner of the Dyson is KateByChristmas - I have emailed you! Well done.

congrats kate smile definitely one of the best freebies to land here.

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