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Monday, February 15, 2010

Review: Dyson DC31

Dyson hired a survey company to do a survey prior to Valentines, and do you know what they found out from the participants? More than one-third of the women surveyed wanted a vacuum over a diamond this Valentine’s Day.

I totally get that.

You see, this summer my parents bought Matthew and I a Dyson DC25 Ball All-Floors Upright Vacuum Cleaner. It has changed our cleaning lives - mostly because we now don't dread vacuuming. We actually enjoy it.

Matthew has even started doing the vacuuming more than me.

I know. It sounds too good to be true.

I'm living the dream, people. Living. The. Dream.

Maybe that is what other women are hoping when they wish for vacuums over diamonds?


The kind people at Dyson heard about our new love affair and sent us this fall a Dyson DC31 Handheld Vacuum to review.

After taking a few minutes to really use it and see how it would integrate into our life, I can honestly say we use this vacuum more than our upright. It is fabulous.

We use it almost daily in our tiled kitchen and around Elias's high chair. It is great for corners and vacuuming the car - no more dealing with that big vacuum that you pay $1.25 to use at the gas station. I also think that its brush does a nice job at pulling things up from our carpets. I didn't receive any special attachments and I don't think I would have used them if I had. The attachments that come with the vacuum work great.

And, while I hate dusting, I have found myself dusting more using this little vacuum because it is so quick and easy. It works especially well on vents, window sills, etc.

The battery life is 10 minutes, which seems short, but since the battery is only used when you are actually vacuuming something, it lasts a lot longer than you would expect. It has a hand-held on off button which allows for quick suction and really extends the battery life. I love that it is cordless, however, the downside is that if you need to use the vacuum longer, it will not let you plug it in and vacuum. It has to be unplugged to work.

We also have a small shark vaccuum and after three months of using the Dyson DC31 Handheld Vacuum I am ready to throw the shark away. The Dyson is 100 times better because of its suction power, ergonomics and ease of emptying.

I'm curious - what would your answer be - diamond or vacuum?

Disclosure: This product was given to me to review free of charge. These are my honest opinions on the product. I do not post reviews on products I can not stand behind. Please see my disclosure statement for more info. 


  1. Ok, I'll be honest. What do I WANT? A diamond. A huge one. With a platinum band. I have a lovely diamond that my husband gave me when he proposed, but we're being honest and I can honestly say that there is no diamond too big as far as I am concerned. However, that is not the reality our family lives in and we NEED a new vacuum. We had a decent, old one that gave out and we replaced it with one that doesn't do the job at all. My 2 year old has a lot of allergies and asthma so while I'd squeal in delight at a diamond but I might cry at the relief of having a good, effective vacuum. (Your son is gorgeous, by the way. I hopped on to your blog from Bring the Rain.)

  2. Right now A vaccuum. I have 5 kids and no vaccuum and my DH is doing renovations. It's a need LOL. While Diamonds may be a girls best friend, a vaccuum is a mom's.