Monday, February 8, 2010

Some updated statistics from Dyson, just in time for Valentines Day.  Hmmm.... sounds like some ladies would like something that cleans versus something that blings. 
The unthinkable has happened: more than one-third of women surveyed want a vacuum over a diamond this Valentine’s Day. A high-end household appliance to a loved one as a Valentine’s Day gift is not as controversial as once thought, according to a study by Caravan Opinion Research with support from Dyson.

Additional findings include:

•             74% would like a special dinner with their loved one
•             55% would like a spa treatment
•             One-third would like weekly flowers sent to their home for a month (34%) or a designer pair of shoes or handbag (33%)

Go figure!

Well, I finally got around to posting this and hope it was worth the wait for you. Can you believe that we are already well into the second month of 2010? Before too long, most everyone will be digging out from the winter snow and muck and beginning their spring cleaning. So it’s a great time to read about a great vacuum that will help make your cleaning a little easier. I was overly thrilled when I was offered the chance to review this wonderful compact little helper and couldn't wait to put it to the test.

The DC31 has a dual power mode that gives the operator a six-minute burst of power for higher suction at the flick of a switch. It has a 10-minute battery life and a digital V2 motor which delivers constant, strong suction; ideal for small cleaning tasks around the home, or for use in the car, boat or motor home. So, let me just go over some of the features of the product:

* Dual power modes - Gives the user a six-minute burst of power for higher suction at the flick of a switch.

* Lithium-ion battery pack - ENERGY STAR® qualified battery charging system.

* Lightweight ergonomic design – This model weighs only 2.9 lbs with balanced weight distribution for easy handling.

* HEPA Filter – Great for allergy sufferers. They last a lifetime and can be rinsed clean with water.

* MSRP of $219.99 – Onetime cost with great 2 year warranty.

All Dyson handheld vacuums also offer:

No loss of suction

Root Cyclone™ technology means Dyson handheld vacuums don’t lose suction power as you clean.

No extra costs

All Dyson handheld vacuums are bagless, so there are no costly bags to replace. They also come with washable filters and free shipping.

Hygienic bin emptying

Minimizes risk of contact with dirt.
2 year warranty

Parts and labor are covered for 2 years.

My opinion:

In use, the battery power doesn’t give any noticeable loss of suction. Motor speed is absolutely constant until the battery dies, and the vacuum switches off. An indicator light on top of the motor warns you when the battery is running low.

With the amount of suction available on the DC31, you can clean more than you would think in 10 minutes, using the lower power setting, but for stubborn jobs, you can boost the power. You can also purchase a second battery, and use one while the other is charging. The charger cord plugs right into the battery. Emptying of the canister is also easy by emptying from the base of the canister. This makes for quick and easy cleanup, by just a simple push of the latch.

There is also an additional toolkit which you can buy separately that includes an extension hose, large upholstery brush, soft dusting brush and stubborn dirt brush. Although the vacuum is great on its own, I think the toolkit is a great thing to add to your cleaning experience. In my opinion, if you are in the market for a hand-held vacuum and something to jump start your spring cleaning, think about picking up the DC31 at a local retailer or on Amazon. DC31 has a retail price of $220. But, because you, my very special readers are so wonderful, I was also given the opportunity to offer one of these as a giveaway to one lucky reader.

Giveaway Rules – Each entry must include your name and email. A comment should be left for each entry. This giveaway will end at 10 pm pst on 3/13/10. The winner will be chosen using from all valid entries and notified via email. Winner will have 48 hours to contact me before another winner is chosen. Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only, no p.o. boxes. Please look for the You’ve Won email from desperatelyseekingdeals(at)yahoo(dot)com.

Mandatory Entries
required*1 entry * Tell me in your comment how you will use the Dyson DC31 in your spring cleaning.
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Optional Entries
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*1 Entry * Tweet this giveaway once daily by poating the following (be sure to include your tweet link in the comments). Giveaway @scrappydz Dyson DC31 handheld vacuum Ends 3/13/10.

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***I was provided with this item from Dyson in order to complete this review. No other form of compensation was received. The opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced.