One of the benefits of
our business is that we are often selected to take part in trials of
new products and to write our reviews of these for possible
publication. Over the past few months we have participated in
2 of these trials and are soon to start another.
In February Mylo, one of
our own dogs, started a trial for a new dog food specifically aimed
at dogs with weight problems - you will be able to find out about
how he got on with Butcher's Lean and Tasty soon.
Facebook is a wonderful
example of how the internet can get consumers and suppliers to
interact and one of the many dog related Facebook groups of which I
am a follower is that of Dogs Today Magazine (see their page
here) and a few weeks ago they invited people to write in
explaining why they should be given one of two new tools to use with
their Dyson to
try out and review and I opted to try out the
Tangle Free Tool rather than the
Dyson Groom Tool, an accessory available to make dog grooming
The Dyson Tangle Free
Turbine and DC41
Bought some 8 years ago,
to replace an aging and traditional vacuum cleaner, our Dyson
DC07 has been a reliable and effective cleaner. We have
had the engineers out a couple of times to replace the clutch and
motor (great service by the way) and I did have to buy a
replacement part through ebay but the machine has been heavily used
over the years what with a couple of cats and numerous dogs.
currently share our home with our own 3 Finnish Lapphunds,
In addition to our own
dogs we also have guest dogs with us throughout the year - the
majority of these are also Finnish Lapphunds all of which have
profuse coats. We also often welcome visitors, two legged ones
that is, into our home to introduce them to the pack. As the
Finnish Lapphund is a fairly rare breed people interested in them
need to travel a fair bit to meet them visiting us at Dogs to Stay
provides them with the opportunity to meet at least three and
sometimes as many as six of them.
All of our visitors get
the full story behind the breed and as to how they make truly
wonderful pets, they are pretty low maintenance and don't require a
lot of grooming, and aren't prone to excessive moulting. I
explain that though I vacuum daily the Dyson only needs
emptying once a week - though the brushes do tend to get clogged up
quite regularly - hardly surprising with the length of these dogs'
The pictures on the left
show just how much the brushes get tangled (note to the
house-proud; this isn't after 1 use, more like a week's) & even
though getting access to the brushes to get rid of the tangle fur
isn't that difficult it is still a time consuming process that I
thought might be solved by using the Tangle Free Turbine to
go over the areas where the dogs' hair could be seen prior to
conventional upright cleaning.
I sent my application to
be considered for the trial to Dogs Today magazine in March
and was delighted when a couple of weeks later I received an email
informing me that I had been chosen to be one of the reviewers, all
I had to do now was await its delivery. A few weeks went by
before I received a phone call from Dyson saying that because
our DC07 was so old the Tangle Free Tool wouldn't work with
it (boo) so they were going to send me a new Dyson, the
DC41 to use with it (hooray) and two days later it arrived!
Problem #1 - getting
it out of the box!
Never have I seen anything so well packaged, I don't think that
there was a cubic centimetre of space in the box not used
effectively; what a great way to reduce waste!
Problem #2 - getting
Well that was easy - not a problem at all, in fact it was easier to
put it together than it was to get it out of the box, the clear
instructions made it simplicity itself.
The Turbine Free Tool
in Use (TFT)
Rather than just go
ahead with a brand new machine I wanted to find out just how much
difference to tangled brushes on the DC07 the TFT
would make so I attached the tool to the new Dyson DC41 and
proceeded to vacuum an area of the lounge carpet with it - I then
used the DC07 on that area and the result was no tangled
brushes and a clean carpet - The Tangle Free Tool works!
Wanting to find out just how useful this wonderful little accessory
was I then went over the suite, the hall stairs and anywhere where
the dogs were prone to lie with it attached to the DC41, yup,
I was correct, it really does work.
I would recommend this
well designed and easy to use accessory to any household with pets
that shed, it really does work and is so much more effective than
traditional brush accessories, its easy to use, highly effective and
small enough to get into all those nooks and crannies where dog hair
The DC07 vs
had been a faithful and reliable servant, it was tired, had
a few war wounds but did its job, in fact we thought it did
its job pretty well, time to see how good it was compared to
the DC41. The picture on the right shows how
they compare size wise, the DC41 being slightly
smaller but of similar weight, the most significant
difference was that the new machine was operated by ball
I made sure that
the collection cylinders of both machines were empty before
going over the lounge carpet with Old Faithful, the DC07,
I also made sure that the carpet had its fair share of dog
hair to deal with and that the dogs weren't in the way.
I made sure that the
carpet had its fair share of dog hair to deal with and that the dogs
weren't in the way, I also made sure that the collection cylinders
of both machines were empty before going over the lounge carpet with
Old Faithful, the DC07.
OK so the dogs
might have stirred a little and Mylo was fairly adamant that
he wasn't going to move but that didn't stop me dealing with
the hair, dust and dirt that had accumulated over the last
Once I had gone
over the whole lounge carpet, about 24 sq yards, I emptied
the cylinder of the machine onto a tea towel (see picture to
This would be a
pretty standard amount collected by the DC07 after 2
days with 5 dogs in the house, the carpet looked clean and I
would have been quite satisfied with what had been achieved
.... I did say would!
Now it was time to see
what the DC41 could do. It was no more noisy that the
DC07, in fact I would say it was a little quieter and it was
a whole lot easy to manoeuvre than a traditional machine. What
I did like was that the front of the machine was significantly lower
than that of our original machine meaning that it could get under
items of furniture that I would normally have to move to clean
under. Having gone over the whole lounge again, bearing in
mind just 10 minutes earlier I had done so with the DC07, I
emptied the cylinder contents onto another tea towel ... oh my word!
To say that I
was lost for words would be an understatement - the pile of
dirt in the picture to the left shows what the DC41
picked up after I had previously used the DC07 on the
What was of
particular note was, that though some of the pile was of dog
hair, the majority of the the pile was of fine particles of
dirt - dirt which might previously had not been picked up by
The picture on
the right shows the contents of the 2 cylinders with that at
the top being the contents of the DC07, the first
machine used, and that at the bottom the contents of the
DC41 which I used immediately after the DC07
- impressive or what!
recommend the DC41 to my friends? Too right I
In summary I would say
that the Tangle Free Turbo is a must have accessory for any
home with pets that shed (assuming they also have a Dyson -
if not, why not?) - it really does do its job well picking up hair
and fur without the need to untangle any brushes, it really is a
useful tool. If it had been possible to use the TFT
with our original machine I would have been more than satisfied with
the results however being given the opportunity to try out the
DC41 was an eye-opener, this really is a great machine.
It's only failing is that it makes a mockery of my claim that the
Dyson only needs emptying once a week - due to the improved
efficiency of the DC41 over our old DC07 it's more a
case of emptying it every other day.