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Sanity Savers: Dyson DC25 Ball All-Floors Vacuum

by Tara Kuczykowski on October 21, 2009 · 71 comments

Dyson DC25 All Floors"Oh, Dyson, where have you been all my life?"

It sounds like something out of a soap opera, doesn't it? But I am truly, madly in love with the Dyson DC25 Ball All-Floors Upright Vacuum Cleaner I was sent to review.

So what makes the Dyson DC25 so fantastic?

Maneuverability -- I had my doubts about just how much easier the ball design would make vacuuming, but it really works! It makes it so much easier to roll the vacuum around tight corners. It's smooth and effortless, and as a bonus, even the older kids can push it!

Suction -- I knew that we were nearing the time to replace our Hoover Windtunnel Upright, but I had no idea just how much dust and dirt it was NOT picking up. This was readily apparent the first time I took the Dyson DC25 for a spin.

I was totally unprepared for the amount of dirt in the canister when I was done. I may as well have not vacuumed at all over the past five years that we've been in our house from the looks of it. I wish I had thought to take a picture before my husband dumped the canister -- it truly was the height of ickiness.

Convenience -- I simply love the Telescope Reach wand feature. If I had a nickel for every time I went to use the wand on my Hoover only to find it MIA, I could probably have paid for the Dyson in change! But that's not all -- not worrying about replacing bags and the ease of emptying the canister rank high on convenience as well.

So what don't I like?

Frankly, it's got a pretty hefty price tag. At $499, it's going to have to last quite awhile to offset the up front costs. With a five-year warranty, that shouldn't be an issue.

But what I found more compelling than the warranty was Dyson's analysis of the maintenance costs of other vacuums over a five-year period. The Dyson clocks in at $0 because there are no bags, belts or filters to replace. However, they calculate that other vacuums could cost as much as an additional $445 over a five-year period if you perform the routine maintenance recommended by the manufacturer!

So overall, yes, I am very impressed with the Dyson DC25, and I'm kicking myself for not making the investment years ago when my husband was trying to persuade me it was a good idea. Five kids and two dogs put a lot of wear and tear on our carpets, and I really think that we would not have the need to replace them so soon if we'd used a quality vacuum from the start.

Do you own a Dyson, and if so, what are your thoughts on it? Or have you found another vacuum that you feel works just as well at a lower price point?

{ 71 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tammy October 22, 2009 at 7:39 am

I love my Dyson! it is a little heavy but with 3 cats I need the suction. I have used many different vacumns and let me tell you this one is by far the best except for the weight of it, I absolutley love it! WORTH every penny I spent on it! Wish I could afford one for upstairs in my new house as well as in the basement so I dont have to carry it up and down the stairs. Ebay here I come!!!


2 Maria October 22, 2009 at 8:55 am

We have the Dyson animal and like you, the first time we tried it, I could not believe the amount of stuff that came off our carpet! And we had just vacuumed with our old vacuum. Our son has allergies and the Tyson had helped us keep the dust and animal hair down. Worth every penny and after 18 months of owning it, completely trouble-free!


3 Rebecca Kiehl October 22, 2009 at 9:00 am

I own a Kerbie!!! Shocking I know. I bought my Kerbie for 650.00. I love the shampooer, the attachments, the suction, and the look. I was debating on a Dyson or a Kerbie... I did my research and what was reasonable for our budget. My vacuum has many features. What we pay to keep our houses clean!!!!!


4 Amy October 22, 2009 at 9:03 am

I have a Dyson, and I've about beat it to death (not on purpose; we just have lots of dirt with cats, several little boys, drywall dust, etc.) and it's still going. I just have to remember to clean the spongy filter thing every so often or else it starts to whine.

I would LOVE to try out a newer model --- how do I get in on THAT?!


5 Kaycee October 22, 2009 at 9:13 am

I love love LOVE our Dyson. We made the investment when the vacuum we got for our wedding broke 4 years later. Amazingly the store we got it from gave us store credit (Hooray for Bed Bath and Beyond!) on it even 4 years later!! So we had about $200 already from that, since we figured we'd spend about $200 anyway before we knew that they would take it back we decided to still spend the $200 and use the store credit too and get a Dyson. BEST decision ever! :)


6 KD October 22, 2009 at 9:33 am

I have the Dyson animal and love it. My family thought I was insane for paying that much when I am so cheap when it comes to anything else but I truly believe that sometimes you get what you pay for. However I did find it at and it was during one of those sales where you can get 30% off well I found the discount code online and ordered it with free shipping. So I got roughly $150 off. We have owned it for nearly 4 years and I wouldn't give it up for anything. You can also use it on bare floors to pick up hair and stuff. Best investment ever!!


7 jennifermathis October 22, 2009 at 9:38 am

OK, so after reading this I am seriously thinking about getting one. If you buy this exact model @ Kohls this week it is $499-20% with promo code SPECIAL20- $80 (u will earn in Kohls cash)- FREE shipping= $320 FINAL PRICE + tax. Not to bad...


8 jennifermathis October 22, 2009 at 9:39 am

oooh.. plus order through your upromise account and earn an extra $12!!!


9 Becky Thomas October 22, 2009 at 10:24 am

I guess I'm in the minority. My husband bought ours and I hate it. It's really heavy, hard to manuver, and won't pick up larger-sized items (like leaves.) It has something in the front so that it won't get under tables and furniture. I have to move everything. On the plus side, my husband knew how mad I was at him buying this stupid machine without my knowledge so he vacumns now almost exclusively!


10 Jessica October 22, 2009 at 10:46 am

I have the DC25 And i love it! Probably the best vaccum i've ever used. I like how its versitile for all floors so i can just vaccum up the cheerios my 2yr old dumps from her high chair in the kitchen while im still in the lving room. I also like the long cord , it reaches pretty far in my house.


11 Meaghan October 22, 2009 at 11:05 am

I absolutely love my Dyson! I just recently had my carpets professinoally cleaned. The guy that cleaned the carpets said to me "You're floors have almost no dirt in them to even pull up. I haven't seen many homes like yours. What kind of vacuum are you using?" I told him that I had a Dyson and you could see the "Uh Huh!" look on his face! He told me that "those things are amazing"! Also, I have a large dog that is always playing outside and coming in and out quite often :) I vacuum every few days and it's amazing what I pull up from my floors...AND When I visit my mom and my sister, they always beg me to bring my Dyson so that I can do a "vacuum over haul" on their homes! We just love it!!!


12 Heather October 22, 2009 at 11:21 am

I don't think the price tag is all that high. We had Kirby sellers trying to sell us a $900 (their "best deal") vacuum back in the day.


13 Rachel C. October 22, 2009 at 11:39 am

We have the Dyson Animal and LOVE it! With four kids, a dog and a cat, we needed something that would really pick up dirt. We haven't been disappointed. The cost was what slowed us down on the purchase, but we used one of the "20% off 1 item" coupons that sometimes comes in the mail for Bed, Bath and Beyond! Also, a note on repairs. The hose on mine broke (user error!) and they replaced it for free, no questions asked! (I didn't even pay shipping costs.) Just goes to show, it pays to invest in quality.


14 Becky (Nickels-n-Dimes) October 22, 2009 at 12:36 pm

OH let me tell you how much I L.O.V.E. my Dyson. We have the Animal. I broke down and got one when my son was first starting to crawl. We had a dog and I just wanted those floors as clean as I could get them. My sister in law had just got one and told me that she wanted to kick my brother to the couch and snuggle up with hers! LOL

Off I went to the store and I have loved it every day since. This purchase was 4 years ago, so that is plenty of time to know the ins and out, the good and bad. No problems here!


15 nida October 22, 2009 at 1:14 pm

bought one back in 2005, loved it so much that when i moved from toronto to VA, i sold mine there and bought another one here, with husband kicking and screaming all the way. THEN. he vacuumed.
guess what? he vacuums 2x a week now and loves doing it (i am SO not complaining)

to becky Thomas... I bet you got one of the bigger, more sturdier models meant for heavy duty, they have the smaller ones for lets say just floors or more floors and less carpet, etc etc to suit your needs, so those ones are much lighter, PLUS i can guarantee you that you can sell it EASILY on craigslist locally. anyone who comes to my home goes "oh you have a DYSONNNNNNNNNN" like its a big deal

my parents have a kirby, dad used to be a kirby sales guy. ok guess what, we never used it that much EVER. when i moved back in for a year, we only used my dyson because it was so convenient comparatively!

Tara how do I "try" a dyson LOL! ive been wanting to get in on the ball action too


16 Lauren October 22, 2009 at 5:43 pm

We have one, that one with the ball. I find it hard to get under things, hard to clean in corners and it isn't easy to use the attachment. My husband really wanted this vacuum when we moved to the house, but he has a tendency to bring up the ShopVac as well for doing the corners. For the price, I don't think I should need any other vacuums!


17 Melissa October 22, 2009 at 11:22 pm

I hate my Dyson!!! I can't wait for it to die so I can replace it with another brand that actually picks up dirt and lint without going over an area 5 or 6 times or gets close enough to the baseboards or doesn't jam and make this horrible buzzing noise when you bump it into furniture . The brushes or beater bars on the Dyson don't do a good job even picking up a simple thread off the carpet, let alone ground-in kid messes. I let myself be persauded by those great commericals they had on about a year or so ago and I have never been so sorry. Of all the household appliances that my husband and I have owned over the years this is the one that we have been truly disappointed with. Over-priced, over-rated and useless...Just don' all I can say.


18 Sharon W October 23, 2009 at 1:52 am

I took the plunge a couple of months ago and bought a Dyson with the ball. I like it very much. It cleans like a dream and the only complaint I have is that it is heavier than I would like for my bad back. With a dog and two cats inside I have a lot of pet hair and it picks up pet hair like a magnet.


19 Katherine D. October 23, 2009 at 9:13 am

We had one where I worked for awhile, and it did suck really well, but I felt like it kind of had a mind of it's own when it came to steering, and would turn all over the place when I wanted to go in a straight line.


20 Therese S October 23, 2009 at 2:19 pm

I've had my purple Dyson for almost 6 years. Bought it at Best Buy and almost had a heart attack at the price tag....but SOOOOOOO much worth every penny.

I have a hairy dog and this Dyson sucks up each and every hair...on carpet and on hard surfaces.

I have had to replace the hose a couple times...but Dyson's customer service people are efficient and friendly. I think I paid $11 for the hose replacement and $8 for shipping. (it arrived a couple days later)

The biggest drawback is the weight of the Dyson....I have two flights of stairs to climb in my house and I HATE to drag it upstairs....I should buy another Dyson...but again, the cost!!!


21 Tina October 30, 2009 at 3:56 pm

I have a Dyson and love the suction the darned thing has...and WANT the ball...the only thing I don't like is trying to use the hose accessory, there is too much suction and the hose is too "tight?" it makes it difficult to maneuver and I always tip the whole machine over or the hose bends and sucks itself closed.


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