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Re: Popularity of uprights and cylinders in the UK
« Reply #15 on: January 29, 2017, 03:08:32 AM »
I believe I've mentioned my stance on this before and possibly debated with you Parwaz (I seem to recall doing), and you make several valid points. Here most large stores don't sell cylinders at all. Most people seem to dislike them, they assume most of the things Parwaz has said (cumbersome, bulky, not as powerful, etc.).

I can completely understand why uprights are so popular. They are very convenient for quick runs through the house, getting up all the easily seen dirt and then quickly stored away. Back when my/my parent's home had more carpets it was usually easier to clean daily with an upright. Back then cleaning under furniture really didn't need to be done too often, and when I did I would almost always use a cylinder.

However since removing most of the fitted carpets in the house my perspective has changed quite a bit. You see with 2 dogs and a cat cleaning under furniture is something that must happen almost daily. With few rugs and fitted carpets around to catch pet hair, a large portion of it congregates under every piece of furniture it can. 

Honestly, an upright is hardly ideal for this. For starters, when is the last time you cleaned under a somewhat low piece of furniture with your dyson dc41? Or under beds for that matter. Now as MVacs rightly pointed out there are some very low upright vacuums, I had an X series Sebo for a number of years in fact. Sadly though no upright is low enough to clean under some of our furniture, you would have to use the hose.

This brings me to my next point, hose convenience. Now the obvious solution when using, say, my dc40 is to stick a flat-out tool on the end of the wand to get under furniture. I've done this a few times now, and here is my routine: Haul out the dc40 and the flat-out tool, begin cleaning with the upright. When I come to the first bit of furniture I stop, walk over to wherever I put the flat-out tool, grab it, pull out the wand on the dc40, attach the tool, get on my knees and clean up all the bits with the wand all while the stretch hose won't allow the dyson to be more than 5 inches from me at any given time (thanks to the "suck-back" action of the hose). So after I'm done letting the dc40 hit me repeatedly I have to put the wand back on (which with the dc40 can be fiddly) and set the flat-out tool somewhere. I do this for every single piece of furniture. (okay rant over)

Multiply by 20 and I hope you can understand why an upright gets very annoying to use very quickly. A cylinder requires much less effort and takes less time in my case. And the dc40 is one of the few uprights I can tolerate to use on hard floors anyway, yet it is STILL frustrating in comparison. Furthermore I find stretch hoses to be annoying for above floor cleaning, and most uprights lack suction control. For these reasons I also much prefer cylinders for above the floor cleaning.

they can't clean as well as uprights and the list goes on!

In the U.S at least this hasn't really been true since the 1970's. Cylinders here have historically had bigger motors (more airflow and suction) and have been sold with very good power nozzles. I can't count the number of cylinders I have used that clean carpets at least as well as the average upright.

Either way I can see your point Parwaz, but I hope you understand how an upright just doesn't work in my home.
 


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Re: Popularity of uprights and cylinders in the UK
« Reply #16 on: January 29, 2017, 04:12:59 AM »
Good points :icon_nod: I understand now that a canister is better off for your home than an upright.

For me, the same applies for car cleaning (sort of) when trying to reach in an awkward part of a car, such as underneath the seats down the sidesa stretch hose can pull back, cylinder hoses are nice and loose :)

If the canister vacs work good for you that's awesome! We actually have sofas where there's only an inch of a gap underneath so dust and all sorts can get there, we'd have to move the furniture to clean under it

American canister vacs are cool, a lot of them have motorised heads which is rare here, the best we normally get is a turbo brush alongside the typical straight suction heads :/

DC14s are tanks, just need a slightly longer motor life. Do plastic parts often break on DC14s? Nope. DC41- Sexy looking futuristic and powerful machine. Just needs a better designed cleaner head wheel and cyclone clip along with a dense metal rod in the chassis.

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Re: Popularity of uprights and cylinders in the UK
« Reply #17 on: January 29, 2017, 06:36:47 AM »
I dont mind using either. Just pick whatever machine i feel like cleaning with that day. They both have good and bad points but everything in life does.

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Re: Popularity of uprights and cylinders in the UK
« Reply #18 on: January 29, 2017, 04:38:34 PM »
I dont mind using either. Just pick whatever machine i feel like cleaning with that day. They both have good and bad points but everything in life does.

Very true, all vacuums have their flaws I guess due to being produced by humans

We're using our DC41 as our daily driver for the next 4 years till the guarantee expires, so I'm hardly gonna use anything else now I don't think lol
DC14s are tanks, just need a slightly longer motor life. Do plastic parts often break on DC14s? Nope. DC41- Sexy looking futuristic and powerful machine. Just needs a better designed cleaner head wheel and cyclone clip along with a dense metal rod in the chassis.


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Re: Popularity of uprights and cylinders in the UK
« Reply #19 on: February 01, 2017, 06:54:03 PM »
I certainly still use uprights, and in proper "lazy American" fashion I will just ignore the dust under furniture for a few days  :)) Of course doing this isn't really proper cleaning.....

I actually prefer uprights for the carpets we do still have, and straight suction cylinders for the hard floors (lighter hose and tube).

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Re: Popularity of uprights and cylinders in the UK
« Reply #20 on: February 01, 2017, 07:21:31 PM »
Haha we moved the sofas yesterday and there was a lot of dust clumps (tile flooring)

I've been using a Kirby G6 as a daily for a while, we have large living rooms and it's still awkward to manoeuvre, when trying to turn the cleaner head tilts over at an angle if I do a 90 degreeish turn lol :/
DC14s are tanks, just need a slightly longer motor life. Do plastic parts often break on DC14s? Nope. DC41- Sexy looking futuristic and powerful machine. Just needs a better designed cleaner head wheel and cyclone clip along with a dense metal rod in the chassis.

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