1,041 of 1,047 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ulitimate Hoovering machine !
I've floor-tested this machine on tiles, wood and carpet for about 6 months now and I'm very impressed with it's usability, design and cleaning results.
First impressions once out of the box were that is was smaller than anticipated (if you have a large house you may be better off with the DC25) and the design was a bit "busy". However, once I found the quick...
Published on 13 Jun 2008 by tallpete33
299 of 313 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars poor suction
after having read the previous reviews on this model, i decided to buy it instead of the dc25 due to its size and weight.
unfortunatly i didnt check out the suction on it compared to the dc 25.
the dc 24 only has 100 airwatts suction compared to the 220 airwatts of the dc 25, which although it does pick up dirt/hairs, it doesnt do it at good as you would expect...
Published on 30 Oct 2008 by L. A. Buckley
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1,041 of 1,047 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ulitimate Hoovering machine !,
This review is from: Dyson DC24 Multi Floor Ultra-lightweight Dyson Ball Upright Vacuum Cleaner (Kitchen & Home)I've floor-tested this machine on tiles, wood and carpet for about 6 months now and I'm very impressed with it's usability, design and cleaning results.
First impressions once out of the box were that is was smaller than anticipated (if you have a large house you may be better off with the DC25) and the design was a bit "busy". However, once I found the quick start booklet, I was up and running within 2 minutes.
It really is brilliantly designed with lots of nice touches. The track is narrow but this means it gets into places that no Hoover has ever been before, and as it picks up first time, cleaning time is greatly reduced. The ball design works well and it turns quicker than Michael Owen (the Liverpool years). The suction unit and brushes are very far forward so it picks-up right at the front, again a good time-saver. It has a button to switch off the brushes when on hard floors though to be honest I rarely bother. The collector is not huge but emptying is a doddle - just don't press that red button BEFORE you're over a bin (like I did). Pull out the handle, turn it round and click it into place and there's your suction arm. No spider is safe with this machine in action and if James Bond did the vacuuming, he'd use one of these. It only comes with one tool end which cleverly switches between nozzle and brush but the brush is too easily pushed back in for my liking.
The "main" booklet is a few pages long and mostly pretty pictures but they explain everything well, particularly when it comes to filter cleaning. Removing the filter from the ball is a bit fiddly the first time but ok once you know what you're doing. Note - the instructions say that the filters should be cleaned every month, and not every 3-6 months as stated in the amazon product description. Every month seems a bit over the top to be honest but I guess it depends how much it gets used. I don't have a dog or cat so can't comment on how well it picks up pet hairs, it may be worth checking other models and reviews for that.
What I like:
Brilliant design and build - everything clicks solidly into place
Cleans quickly and effectively
Very light - easily carried up the stairs one-handed
5 year guarantee
Compact and space saving (particularly with the handle depressed)
Looks the nuts
Flex could be a couple of metres longer
Tool not so clever, and it doesn't come with a crevice tool as standard. I'd recommend the Dyson Soft Dusting Brush
Removing the ball filter for cleaning is a bit tricky (make sure the vac is laid right back first)
This is my first Dyson as I've previously been a bit put off by the price and size but this is compact and if you shop around you may be able to get it for around £200. Overall, it's a Grand Design in your kitchen cupboard :o)
* UPDATE MAY 2010 *
After 2 years loyal service, and a couple of accidental tumbles down the stairs, it's still working as good as ever and I see it now comes with additional tools (no doubt in response to my comments lol!), hence I've upped my rating to vac-tastic 5 stars :o)
* UPDATE MAY 2011 *
Still going strong !
* UPDATE JAN 2012 *
After more than 3 years the vac was losing power, particularly through the suction arm but replacing both filters (for the first time) at a cost of just over thirty pounds fixed this easily. The ones sold on amazon here and here are not genuine Dyson parts but did the trick or you can buy the OEM ones from the Dyson website for a little more.
86 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm impressed,
This review is from: Dyson DC24 Multi Floor Ultra-lightweight Dyson Ball Upright Vacuum Cleaner (Kitchen & Home)When our vacuum broke down, I decided to buy the cheapest replacement I could find. Big mistake since it simply didn't do the job (no suction whatsoever) and so I decided to return that one and do a bit of research before I try again. I eventually settled on the DC24. I still feel guilty about the amount I spent on a vacuum, but I have to say it does a brilliant job. I was incredibly surprised how much dust I manage to collect with this. It got to a point where the carpets looked clean, yet I was able to fill a further load. Just be careful when you empty it out as the first time I accidently emptied the contents out onto the floor - wasn't a problem though, since it took a couple of seconds to vacuumed it all up again. Expensive (I'm not saying it's not deserved), but does come with a 5 year guarantee.
352 of 359 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Piles of power in a tiny package,
This review is from: Dyson DC24 Multi Floor Ultra-lightweight Dyson Ball Upright Vacuum Cleaner (Kitchen & Home)After our vacuum handle snapped off, my mother went out on a mission to replace it with a budget cleaner. Two weeks later, after purchasing 6 machines and taking them all back, either due to them having no tools, being too heavy or just blocking up, she was pursuaded to pay the significantly larger amount for the DC24. And she has never been more pleased. It's light enough for her to carry up the stairs and across the carpet, especially important due to her RSI, and yet it still packs enough power to leave the carpets like new. The collapsing handle means it can be stored under a shelf in a small cupboard, and the emptying is easier and less messy than the others she had tried - you simply take the sealed clear bin off the cleaner, walk to the outside bin, and press the empty button. Despite the small size of the bin, it gets only half full after cleaning a two bedroomed terraced house. The brushbar is easy to turn off, so previously uncleaned rugs and hard floors are a doddle. The hose may not reach to the top of a staircase, but the machine is so light, you can walk up the stairs carrying it, so it's not a problem. I would recommend this for people with smaller homes, flats, those with joint problems or the growing old, and those with much larger homes may find one with a larger hose/cable more suitable.
33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Small but kind of beautiful,
I confess, however, that I couldn't quite bring myself to spend more than £200 on the replacement. So, despite comments in reviews that the DC24 was on the small side, I went for it in preference to the bigger and more expensive DC25.
When the delivery came I thought I'd made a terrible mistake. At first glance it looked more like a child's toy. It's small. No, really, amazingly tiny.
The problems this causes are entirely around capacity and image. If you have a standard sized house with carpets throughout, this vacuum cleaner is not for you. You'll be emptying it every few minutes. Equally, if you are a batchelor with a small flat this vacuum is also not for you. Your manhood will be severely compromised.
However, if, like me, neither of these apply and you actually have a house with lots of stairs and lots of bare boards, it's great. It's super light and easy to carry about, and it cleans on boards just beautifully. I'm guessing it would also suit an elderly person, or any one with a small flat with little storage and no masculinity issues.
Being a Dyson, the design is either ingenious, or infuriating, depending on your appetite for gadgets that are like children's transformer toys. It does everything you could possibly want - most of it very simply - but it usually involves turning one thing into another and clicking this thing into that. The DC24 also has a strange double hinged system to make it go into the cleaning position - it's a knack - and before you get that knack you may think you've bought a fawlty device.
But once you've got the hang of it, it's just great - cleans a treat, super compact, easy to empty - and, at less than £200, good value. Just remember to clean the filters.
27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A BIT OF USEFUL INFORMATIOM,
IF YOU FIND THE HOSE ON YOUR DC24 IS SOMEWHAT SHORT WHEN USING IT, PURCHASE THE DC16 CLEANING KIT, THE FITTINGS ARE EXACTLY THE SAME AS THE DC24. YOU CAN DOUBLE THE LENGTH OF YOUR HOSE BY ATTACHING THE DC16 HOSE TO YOUR DC24 MAKING IT EASY TO CLEAN A FULL FLIGHT OF STAIRS ESPECIALLY WITH THE DC24 WAND ATTACHED. IT COMES WITH SOME TOOLS AS WELL WHICH YOU MIGHT FIND HELPFUL ALSO.
190 of 195 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible performance for the size (update: still going strong 5 yrs later),
** Update May 2013 **: It just occurred to me that I've now owned this for over 5 years and it's still working just as well as it did on day one! One extremely minor niggle is that the dust container door-release button stopped working about 3 years ago, so I have to manually open the latch at the bottom when it needs emptying instead of pushing the button at the top - really not a big deal at all. I suppose one other point worth mentioning is that it's mostly been used in large 1-bed flats over these 5 years and the dust container doesn't need emptying until I've done a full sweep of the flat. We're moving to a 3-bed flat and I think it'll now need emptying mid-job, but I'll still probably stick with it as it's easy to lug up the stairs, unlike bigger vacs.
57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!,
86 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow !!,
It's just as good as a full size dyson but with the added benefit of it being easier to store due to it's collapsable handle. It's really great on the stairs because of it's light weight.
Really worth the money and by far Amazon has the best prices around for this one.
68 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get one,
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good cleaner,
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