Friday, February 16, 2007

Is it possible to be in love with a vacuum cleaner?

Because if it is, I am in love, love, love with my brand spanking new Dyson DC17 Animal vacuum cleaner!

Seriously. In love. Vacuum everything in the house in love.

Now, I won't pretend my knees weren't knocking together in time with my heart as I handed over my debit card for that almost $600 purchase. "For a vacuum cleaner!" my mind kept screaming at me. "Are you freaking insane? It's a vacuum, not a freaking car!"

I'm glad I was able to wrestle my miserly little mind into submission. I got that thing home and after a few tears and cuss words, figured most of it out. I'm not the most technologically gifted person and the instruction manual was done by someone who figured anyone who could afford the product was supposed to have a couple of decent brain cells floating around. Alas, not I.

I first tried it on the five by eight rug in the front room (I only have two rugs in my house, which would seem to make an expensive vacuum a waste of money, but please consider the new sof-zilla, two cats, two cat trees, loveseat, curtains, and if Jason doesn't move the time for the damned virus scan thing, his ashes.) Um, where was I?

Oh yeah, so I'm merrily vacuuming the little rug, having fun with it, it seems like it has power drive it is so easy to push forward. Then I look down and see the cannister is completely FULL! On a rug vacuumed with the old thing two days prior!

My back room rug, which is something like eight by ten feet, I had to empty the can three times!

And quiet enough not to interupt naptime:


Heather said...

I love my Dyson. Love, love, love it. Now if only I can figure out what to do about the cumin potpourri.

imabug said...

Add some thyme and oregano? :)

I love my Dyson too and had similar feelings shelling out $550 for it, although since it was tax return money, it didn't feel too too bad.

Chris said...

My roomie Eric had the Dyson animal one (purple in color, I believe) when he was married but the ex-wife took it with her. He ended up getting the yellow one (about $300 on sale on the Navy base) but misses the purple one because it's cleaning attachment was apparently really good. I'd have to say that while I couldn't believe it was so expensive, that sucker (pun intended) does really well. I can vacuum twice and get the same amount of crud out of the carpets..

Uncle Zoloft said...

We LOVE our Dyson! We have the red and purple one. Imagine, a household appliance for cleaning that makes you want to clean. What is the world coming too?!?!?!

Off topic: I had a friend whose cat loved to be vacumed with the fabric attachment.

Off topic 2: We we're interviewing a family for the Simmons' documentary. They had a beautiful Russian Blue ~ the catch ~ he had to sniff your forehead before you could pet him.

Crazy cats!

JanetLee said...

Eugene -I have you to thank, I think you mentioned the Dyson on the imfamous blog that had to be removed.

Heather - have you tried to wash the filter?

Chris - I got bags of crud the first time I used it. I'm pretty sure it was sucking up dirt from under the house.

Uncle Z - My cat Boo used to love to be vacuumed. He would lie (lay) down in front of the vacuum until I vacuumed him with the hose. No attachments for the Boo, just the hose. Clogged up the tubing something terrible.

Sunnie (Kaytee) said...

I would LOVE a dyson. I vacuum several times a day, I'm so anal about that. But I just can't justify me spending that amount of money. I'm too friggen cheap. LOL When I think about spending that money, I start thinking about what bills could be paid instead or what the kids need instead. I'll wait a few years when they drop in price, as all things do when they're no longer "new."

Heather said...

JanetLee- That's a good idea, I just have to do a really thorough vacuuming before I can put it out of commission for 24 hours, darn dogs.

Kaytee- We didn't but ours new, we purchased a refurbished one. It was a heck of a lot cheaper and you know, I really don't care that I didn't get to put the first scratch on it.

Mary said...

We have a Dyson too-love it! It definitely gets the cat hair up. My husband vacuums all of the time now.

Harriet said...

JanetLee, I still like my new Kenmore that looks like a red Speed Racer. But Dyson is definitely sexy. You are totally allowed to love a vacuum cleaner that does its job and doesn't give you a backache. It's THE major appliance that has to be right!