Summary: There are both positive and negative aspects to this vacuum. What I like: Great suction. Does a great job on hard surfaces. Looks nice. What I don't like: Drags behind you awkwardly. Doesn't "steer" well at all. One reviewer mentioned the hose coils under the front making it hard to control, which is true, but you can pop that piece out so that it doesn't do that. Still kind of hard to steer though.
Summary: Friends and family highly recommended a Dyson vacuum. We have a small home, mostly hard wood floors, small carpeted areas. Overall performance is not what I expected from a Dyson. Difficult to push over short pile carpet. Brush does not pull pile up as expected. Dyson replaced a 7 year old Bissell upright. Is much easier to clean and is light weight.
Summary: the box was delivered in a very bad shape, all soaked in rain, torn apart, and open. Luckly, major parts inside box were covered in plastic bags, so seemed intact. assembly was easy. tested right away. very powerful, cleaned good on hardwood, tile and short piled carpet. but couldn't clean soft rug and play mat because the vacuum wouldn't move, just stuck on one spot. had to use my old upright vacuum for thoese area. it also took a lot of strength to use it.
Summary: I did a lot of research before purchasing this product and it is seemingly a good vacuum. The issue that I had was that it was too difficult to pull around on carpet (I have a relatively high pile carpet). It was fine on our wood floors. It was also a little heavier than what I anticipated, which made it that much more cumbersome on carpet. I returned this model for the DC25 upright and am pleased.
Summary: At first use I agree with others that the are some design flaws regarding placement of power switch and bare to carpet floor switches but I was willing to live with those because it is so powerful. However, after second use I turned over the power head to see if it needed cleaned and saw that the brushes are unraveling. I don't see any other reviews with this problem so I will assume I just was the lucky one to get the defective power head.
Summary: This is the most powerful cannister vacuum I have owned. So far it is performing above what I expected of it. It beats out the $1000 cannister it is replacing. No bags to handle and dispose of, not to mention the cost of replacement bags, is a big plus. Get one, you'll love it.
Summary: I've used a Dyson Animal upright previously and really prefered it's power to the canister. I thought the canister would have it's own motorized powerhead but I must have overlooked that detail. And frankly I don't know why it's not. The canister is great on my hardwood floors, vinyl and stairs and I can really get under furniture well, but the carpets really need the same power as the upright. I have 2 cats and one sheds a lot. Next time I'll buy the upright.