Tools of the trade: Dyson V10 Animal Cordless Handstick Vacuum Cleaner


animal vacuum cleanerby Dr Amanda Keast, The Village Vet, Canberra, ACT

We have purchased two Dyson vacuum cleaners. One is the handstick and the other is a small hand-held Dyson that we use for benchtop surfaces and to remove hair from clipped patients. We use a combination of the Dyson handstick, a broom and a mop to clean the floors throughout the hospital.

What’s good about it

At the practice, we wanted a vacuum cleaner that was light, portable and powerful. 

The Dyson hangs on a charger attached to the wall so it’s ready to go whenever we need it. You don’t have to plug and unplug it every time you move to a different room.

There are three suction settings. The capacity of the vacuum cleaner to pick up hair is reduced if you use it on the lower settings. On the highest setting, the battery lasts for about 20 minutes which isn’t enough time to cover 250 square metres. 

This model is designed to be used on carpets and hard surfaces. It is excellent at picking up animal hair and fine particles. It contains a HEPA filter which captures microscopic particles, including common allergens such as dust mite faeces. There are four different attachments, dependent on the cleaning task.

It’s an easy-to-use, simple solution to cleaning our floors.

What’s not so good

The battery life is a limitation and I had hoped it would be a little bit quieter to operate. Also, you have to hold the ‘on’ button constantly, which is a mild inconvenience.

Finally, I’m not sure if it’s going to stand the test of time. One of the vacuums had to be sent back after less than a month’s usage. However, Dyson provides an excellent warranty service. They were helpful and prompt. The stick comes with a two-year warranty and we upgraded the warranty in-store to five years.

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