I was not financially compensated for writing this post. I was provided a Dyson Hard DC56 vacuum product sample to facilitate my review. My opinions are 200% honest and 200% mine (that’s 100% from me and 100% from my brother).
You’re probably thinking, “Whoa, Dyson vacuums make you sick? I knew they were too good to be true!” Yeah, that’s not the case. The Dyson Hard DC56 vacuum is making me sick because a) I see how much dirt and hair is trapped in my carpet and upholstery and pretty much everywhere and b) now I want the heavy-duty Dyson vacuum with all the bells and whistles. Let me tell you a story.
Once upon a time, the awesome folks at Dyson asked me if I’d like to try out the Dyson Hard DC56 vacuum. I tried to be all coy and aloof…ya know, I didn’t want them to think I was all eager and whatnot. Here’s what I said:
Thanks for your message. I would love, love, LOVE to work with Dyson! That’s always been kind of a “goal,” one that I always worried would be out of reach.I have to say, I will seriously cry myself to sleep if this isn’t legit.Not saying you’re a spammer…just saying, I’m that serious about Dyson. I’ve always dreamed of being lucky enough to have a Dyson. It just…never seemed to be in the cards for me. So, when I read your email, I might have had a minor cardiac event. No big deal, no need for paddles or anything.OK, I’m rambling. I think what I should have said is, “Hi. Thank you, I’d love to work with Dyson!” and left it at that.But alas, this is pretty much how I roll.I’d love to set up a time…my phone number is [censored], if you need to call me, or you can just e-mail me if you prefer. Whatever works for you.I’m very excited, can you tell?Have a great evening. Talk to you soon!
Yep, definitely coy and aloof. Just in case you think that couldn’t possibly be the e-mail that I sent to the folks at Dyson? I did. I totally did. And that was after I re-read it two or three times, editing it to make sure I didn’t sound like a lunatic.
So I guess they were able to filter out the “crazy” in my e-mail and invited me to visit one of their stores, learn how to use the Dyson Hard DC56 Vacuum, and then take it home to try it out for myself. It was pretty awesome. When the door opens, I think there’s some sort of purple-ish glow that envelops you and sucks you in. At least that’s how it felt.
I pretty much wanted one of everything (and while I left plenty happy, I was also a little heartsick for all the Dysons I had to leave behind)…and I even may have drooled a little. But the Dyson rep (Mike) was as nice and helpful as can be and he did not mind that I was caressing all the Dysons. He really was great. He answered all my questions and explained exactly how to use the Dyson Hard DC56.
Yes, I have used it as a mop. But not anywhere near as often as I use it as a handheld vacuum. That’s not because the Dyson Hard DC56 isn’t awesome as a mop, because it is. It’s actually so awesome, I’m trying to use the Dyson Wet Wipes sparingly so I don’t run out too quickly. But, that feature is pretty amazing. Let me tell you, when your back hurts (or you have other health problems that limit your mobility, etc.), it sure is nice to not have to sweep the whole floor then mop the entire area…so doing it all in one motion? Yeah, it’s a big help.
So let me tell you how else I use the Dyson Hard DC56 handheld vacuum. I use it a lot. It’s super convenient, because, well, it’s cordless. It takes about three hours to charge and a full charge lasts for about 15 minutes…so if that qualifies as a “con” in the whole “pros and cons” list, that would be the only one I can come up with.
However, since this Dyson vacuum is really for quick jobs like vacuuming the couch or the steps or the car interior, 15 minutes is plenty for me. Plus, it’s kicking out some serious power in those 15 minutes, for real. The Dyson Hard DC56 sucks up so much “dirt” (hair, lint, dust, dirt, you name it), it is both amazing and disgusting (hence the “it’s making me sick” remark) at the same time. After all, look at what it can accomplish in about a minute:
This Dyson handheld vacuum is perfect for so many things; I’ve used it for cleaning baseboards (and along the baseboards), the ceilings, the furniture, the curtains, the window air conditioner, the ceiling fan blades…you get the idea. I pretty much use it for everything. Oh, I’ve also used it on my mattress, which is only about 18 months old. Look (and try not to gag):
Yuck! I sleep on that, for crying out loud! Sure it’s not like a pound of dirt, but still gross. Just…gross.
This is my first Dyson vacuum ever — so I’m still trying to get used to the awesomeness that is the “cyclone” technology. I should also mention that, while this is my first Dyson, it will indeed not be my last. There is no question in my mind that the Dyson Hard DC56 puts any handheld/cordless vacuum to shame. Maybe there’s a vacuum out there that can hold its own against the Dyson…but I’ve never found it, and I’ve been looking for more than 20 years. It couldn’t be any easier to use, it’s lightweight, and it’s super user-friendly. Nothing I’ve ever owned, tried, or heard about holds a candle to this machine, and I’m not exaggerating in the least.
As far as the effectiveness of the Dyson Hard DC56? Puh-lease. This machine pulls dirt and fuzz and hair and who-knows-what from everything. Dirt and fuzz and hair and who-knows-what that is not visible to the naked eye. It was a little disturbing to see what is actually in my couch cushions and my mattress and my carpet and so on that I’m not getting with regular cleaning/vacuuming…but that’s what this bad boy is for. This…pile of gunk…is from the steps, which have always been vacuumed regularly — by what I now know is a substandard vacuum. Brace yourself.
Ew. Ugh. Ick. Blech. That glob of sickening gunk came from the steps that didn’t look terribly dirty to begin with. Look…
See? It’s not like we’re vacuuming steps that are coated with an inch of pet hair. And yet the Dyson Hard DC56 vacuum pulled up an unbelievable amount of dirt and hair and whatever is in my carpet.
The Dyson Hard DC56 handheld vacuum is one of my favorite gadgets in my collection — and that’s a pretty impressive collection. It didn’t take long for the Dyson to go right up to the top of the list, believe me. The Dyson is a game-changer. I don’t know how I survived without it…but I can tell you this — I won’t survive withOUT it from now on.
Just so you know, here’s what the Dyson Hard DC56 — and every cordless Dyson vacuum, for that matter — has to offer:
- Extra tools – All Dyson vacuums come with Dyson-engineered tools for cleaning hard to reach places around the home.
- Hygienic bin emptying – Literally you just have to push one button to release all the dirt.
- Convenient docking station – Stores and charges the machine, and holds additional attachments.
- Boost mode – Increased suction power…for more difficult tasks.
- Li-ion fade-free power – Their batteries don’t fade during use.
- Two-year warranty – All Dyson cordless vacuums come with a 2-year warranty on parts and labor.
Let’s get back to the handheld’s vacuuming action. It is so fabulous, that I literally (yes, I’m using that correctly) show the Dyson Hard DC56 to people when they come over. (I’m not kidding.) My brother was so interested to see how it performed that he started vacuuming random areas to “spot-check” just to see how it worked and how much “gunk” he could collect in the bin.
After he saw my Dyson Hard DC56, he got himself a Dyson DC33 Upright Vacuum. For himself, of course. He tells me all about it, too…like he’s taunting me with his vacuuming superiority.
So, a few days ago, I suggested that he bring his Dyson vacuum over and we could take it for a spin around my freshly vacuumed house. I wanted to see if the Dyson machines were really all that superior to my [brand name omitted] vacuum, which cost me $300 about three years ago. I mean, come on. I had one of the “better” vacuums on the market…it couldn’t be that much of a difference, right? Right? Yeah, right. Then I saw this…
…and I thought I might be proven wrong. I watched in awe as my brother vacuumed (yes, he loves the Dyson vacuum so much that he vacuumed my house) the living room and dining room twice. When he finished, he showed us the results:
That was pulled out of my living room and dining room carpet after a thorough cleaning with my $300 vacuum. Does that make any sense to you? Basically NOT having a Dyson vacuum is making me sick. It most likely would help my allergies and headaches and sinus issues, right? And to top it off, my 5-year-old niece plays on this floor! Ugh!
By the way, emptying the bagless canister is super simple. Push a button, the bottom pops open, and boom. All the gunk that is making you sick? Gone. The model that my brother owns is a Dyson DC33 Bagless Vacuum. Its features include:
- Root Cyclone Technology: Dyson cyclones capture microscopic particles down to 0.5 microns in size, with no loss of suction.
- Washable HEPA Filter: Captures allergens, expels cleaner air. Traps microscopic particles down to 1/5,000 of a pinhead. Particles this small include common household allergens such as pollen, mold spores and dust mites. (Hello!!)
- Telescope Reach Wand: Extends 14.4ft with no awkward parts to assemble. The wand assembly has been re-designed to be lightweight and give an additional 4 inches of reach – making high-reach cleaning easier.
- Clear Bin and Hygienic Emptying: The bin on a Dyson vacuum cleaner is transparent so you can see when it needs emptying – and just how much dust, dirt and pet hair your new Dyson machine has picked up. It’s made of tough polycarbonate and can be emptied with the press of a button – minimizing the risk of contact with dirt.
- Click-Fit Wand: Accessories can be fitted and removed with a click.
- On-Board Accessory Tools: A combination accessory tool and stair tool are included. They store on the machine so they are always at hand.
- Certified Asthma and Allergy Friendly: DC33 Multi Floor is certified asthma- and allergy-friendly by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. (Hello again!)
- Tough, Durable Construction: Made from tough polycarbonate, to withstand bumps and bashes.
- 5-Year Warranty: Your Dyson vacuum cleaner is likely to take a few knocks and bashes during everyday use – but that’s nothing compared to what Dyson puts its machines through during testing and development. All Dyson vacuum cleaners undergo a lengthy and rigorous testing program. That’s why the Dyson DC33 Vacuum comes with a free 5 year warranty – parts and labor.
OK, it’s official. The Dyson vacuum is making me sick. Or, I should say, the results of vacuuming with a Dyson makes me sick. But, most of all, the thought of not vacuuming with a Dyson is making me sick.
That’s the one I am drooling over…the Dyson DC41 Animal Vacuum. Oh baby. That has the “ball technology,” meaning it steers smoothly — on a dime, as they say. For the sake of full disclosure, it does weigh 17 pounds, so carrying it up and down the stairs might be a challenge for some people…but vacuuming is a breeze. It most certainly does not feel heavy at all as it’s propelling around your living room. I can tell you that much.
Sold yet? Well, I was still struggling with whether I should “take the plunge,” as they say…and then I was pinking up some printer ink and found this display of Dysons at Best Buy…
What are they doing to me? So not only do they have every Dyson vacuum that a
young middle-aged girl could possibly want (oh, and let’s not forget the Dyson bladeless fans that I’m also drooling over!) but they have some magic tool called the “Dyson Groom.”
The. Dyson. Groom.
As in an attachment for your Dyson vacuum that grooms your dog, sucking the hair right into the sweet detachable vacuum bin that you can empty in about 4.2 seconds, right into your trash can.
Trust me, it’s only a matter of time before I have a Dyson upright vacuum. Trust me, I’ll tell you all about it.
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