The Blob

Monday, December 06, 2004

Highly recommended: Dyson Vacuum Cleaners

Normally, I'd never recommend a product that totally sucked. But in this case, I'm willing to make an exception, and without hesitation. If you haven't seen the ads and TV commercials yet for Dyson vacuum cleaners, the claims of company founder and chief innovator James Dyson are really true. Over the weekend, we had beautiful hard wood flooring installed in our home and the resulting amount of sawdust and dust made our newly improved home a mess. Our old vaccum was dying, and I knew we needed something new. So I splurged on a new Dyson DC-14 vacuum.

Within minutes of surprising my wife with our new toy, we were giving it a rough tryout on a pile of sawdust in tight corners and under furniture. Not only was the Dyson more than equal to the task, but it's much lighter and more quiet than the old machine it replaced. The real beauty of the Dyson is in its details. The fit and finish of every part, the logic with which all of its components work reflect a labor of love by a genius industrial designer.

Let's put it this way: if I were Apple Computer founder Steve Jobs, and I was in the market for a new vacuum, I know which one Steve, the control-freak-and-design-perfectionist that he is, would pick. Trust me: the Dyson is worth the money. In a world where we settle for the standard and try to get the cheapest item possible, you get what you pay for. And a few extra bucks shelled out on the Dyson will pay for itself in much better results and not having to buy another vacuum cleaner bag ever again.

Kudos, Mr. Dyson. Your invention really sucks. And in this case, it's the highest compliment I can give.

Oh, and one more recommendation: If you are ever in the market for hardwood or composite flooring for your home (or, for that matter, tile or rugs), check them out. When we priced out flooring through a retailer, we gulped when we learned they wanted $8-10,000 for the job. But going through and finding a really good local flooring installer kept our project to $5,500. The site is a virtual encyclopaedia of all things flooring. If you spend time there, you'll learn about the pros and cons of the different types of wood and flooring materials in clear detail. Best of all, we saved a bundle from them because their shipping of several hundred pounds of kempas wood flooring was free and without sales tax. They delivered right to our door. Sweet. sells mostly to flooring retailers, but increasingly to individual customers. By finding a really good flooring specialist, combined with the wealth of information from, we feel we received better service than the retail establishments were willing to give, and at a much lower price. Check them out!

Oxymoron of the day

I got an industry trade publication in my in box today that proudly promoted an article whose title made me chuckle. It was about - get ready - a safety knife.