I’m hard on floor cleaners. In my first ten years of marriage I went through nine vacuums and replaced my mop several times a year. I’m not really sure why this happens to me except I really, really, really dislike dirty floors.
This problem has multiplied in magnitude now that we own the “sheds enough to make a blanket every day” dog. He’s a good dog, but oh my word does that dog shed.
But I digress. I’m hard on my floor cleaners and I expect them to give me beautiful clean floors.
Here’s a picture of my floors. Aren’t they wild? I absolutely love them, but understand if you don’t. They are definitely different.
Back to keeping them clean.
When I heard about the Dyson Hard I was interested. I’ve never owned a Dyson, but everyone I know who has one RAVES about it. I mean really, these people are kind of crazy about vacuums.
When they offered to give me one to try I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. Especially because the Dyson Hard claims to remove dirt and grime at the same time. So no more sweeping and mopping. And to be honestly over the past few years my mopping usually consists of my taking a paper towel, getting it wet and using my foot to clean the floor.
I’ve been using this thing every single day for over two months. Usually we use it two to three times a day, and I love it. I now understand why people rave about vacuums because this thing is awesome.
Here’s why I like it.
It is a vacuum for hard surfaces. Hardwood, ceramic, porcelain, and laminate the Dyson Hard can be used on all of these surfaces. It sucks up small particles of dirt and dust and… DOG HAIR!!!
What is nice about this vacuum is that you attach a cleaning pad to the bottom of the vacuum so not only does the vacuum suck up all the dirt, it also cleans the floor. So sticky juice spills, muddy spots from snow boots, slobber from the dog or the baby, marker, and sticky unidentified marks- these are all gone.
I got a demonstration in the store and it worked really well, but I figured they probably kept their floors pretty clean there so I wondered if it would really pick up the dirt and then clean the floor and not just smear the dust, dirt and dog hair on my floor in a wet gross mess.
It didn’t. Really this thing is amazing.
It is cordless and has a docking station that only took my brother-in-law a few minutes to install in my pantry. It comes with the long handle attachment for cleaning the floors and then two additional attachments for vacuuming things like couches, curtains, stairs, cars, car seats, etc. It is also compatible with the newer Dyson attachment systems.
The handheld vacuum is very powerful and lightweight enough for my kids to use to clean up their cookie crumbs out of the couch and dog hair off the stairs. (Can you tell I have a thing about dog hair?)
I also have my kids use it to “sweep” up after meals.
According to the manual the battery lasts for 15 minutes, but honestly it seems like longer. I’m able to do my kitchen, dining, and breakfast room floor without needing to recharge. It recharges pretty quickly, but honestly I’ve never had it die on a job that wasn’t finished so I’m not quite sure how long it takes to recharge.
Now, if I could make a few improvements to this product here’s what I would suggest.
- Make the suction intake a little bigger. While this vacuum does a great job on dirt, dust, pet hair and small pieces it won’t pick up a cheerio when using the floor sweeper. If you are using the handheld attachment the intake is significantly bigger.
- Make the pads last a little longer. While the vacuum will last for several rooms, the cleaning pad needs to be changed after one room, if the room is really dirty and sticky. Since I use it mainly for spot cleaning and vacuuming this hasn’t been an issue for me. But if your floors are regularly very sticky you will need to change the pads more often.
When I review items the one thing I always ask myself is- would I buy this item if I didn’t get it for free?
After having the Dyson for over two months I can say with certainty I would buy it. We use it several times a day and it has really made my life easier when it comes to cleaning my floors, especially in the kitchen and dining areas.
You can find out more about the Dyson Hard on their website. They are available for sale online and at your local retailers.