Monday, 15 June 2009

This sucks!

Some blogs have all the luck. Ian (SingleParentDad) got to give away a Wii. The Disney Five enjoyed a trip to Florida. And The Dotterel gets… a vacuum cleaner! Yes, I've been trialling a Miele S7 for the last few days. And - thanks to a pedometer - I can reveal that in the course of a fortnight's vacuuming I've travelled nearly two kilometres and burnt off over 200 calories.
To be honest, I'm surprised it isn't more, as the Miele is one heavy beast of burden. It also sounds more like a jet-engine when it's starting, and has headlights like a Volkswagen. It certainly does the job, though, as you can see below. And with my parents staying recently, I'm not the only one to have had a go (although my mum did take the opportunity to inform me that I wasn't vacuuming correctly - 'you can tell you've not been taught to vacuum properly', she told me. And there's me thinking you could simply 'do' it).
It's got a groovy twisty handle thingy, which is useful (or would be if the weight of the machine didn't threaten to dislocate your wrist!) and it gets under Charlie's cot nicely (and better than the resident Dyson dirt-sucker). It's certainly built to last. And I'm a fan of Miele generally. But it's not the vacuum for me - it's got to go back tomorrow, anyway. As I said, some blogs have all the luck! At least I've got some nice clean carpets. And I've had a bit of exercise. But it's back to the Dyson from now on.

26 comments:

  1. I thought for a minute that you were having competition to win a vacuum cleaner. I don't know why this interested me. We have four already. To try cut a long story short, both my husband and I had Dysons before we married, I bought one for the flat I rented (mine was in storage) and my late father had an Electrolux.
    Anyway, we are now in our forever home, everything is out of storage. The Electrolux is in the garage for emergencies. So what of the three Dysons? According to my husband we now have one for upstairs, one for downstairs and one for best :-)

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  2. Think yourself lucky, I've only been invited to a toilet paper party !

    No freebies for auntie gwen :( poor poor auntie

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  3. ...and one for best, Sandy? Are you serious? (Actually, living in a three-storey house makes the multiple vacuum strategy a good idea. Wonder if they really want that Miele back?)

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  4. Er, what's a toilet-paper party Auntie?

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  5. 'One for best' was a joke. Perhaps you had to be there :-)

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  6. Charlie sure knows how to work the red carpet look!

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  7. Good old Dyson!! Does yours have a name?!

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  8. There's a whole thread on Britsih Mummy Bloggers about PRs pushing products today! Anyway, lovely clean carpets!

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  9. Darling Tim, on the subject of all things rubbish, do come over to my blog where you've been tagged in the first ever British Mummmy (and dads too) Recycle Week meme. It'll be a laugh!

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  10. Well I for one would love to get my mitts on that vacum cleaner, D. once again I look up to you in awe.

    Will dream tonight of vacumm cleaners. xxxxx

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  11. Oh, I thought you were being serious Sandy! I like the idea of a 'Sunday' vacuum cleaner.

    He's rehearsing for the Oscars, DJ!

    Yes, actually Sub. It's called George (after an obscure English composer)!

    Yes, I wish I'd read it first NB, Still, clean carpets (as you say)...

    I didn't know there was a recycle week, Rosie - still less a meme. I'm off for a look.

    Well, I hope the dreams were sweet ones, Jenny!

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  12. Shame you're not giving it away to needy blog-followers - I desperately need a vacuum cleaner!

    I have a new house with acres of carpet and a small hoover that doesn't suck, it now turns out.

    Even the jet engine noise of the Miele wouldn't put me off!

    Let me know when Miele are ignoring your jibes and offering it as a prize instead!!

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  13. I will, Catharine. You never know... they might send it to you next!

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  14. Y'know? It has become my ambition to own a Dyson DC24 *swoon*. I love vacuuming; I think it's the only bit of the domestic "sphere" that I truely excel at. *sigh*; I would have loved a trail run at a Miele, much better than I trip to Florida any day of the week. Disney? Where's that then?

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  15. Katherine, how far from Boston are you? You can used my Dyson anytime...

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  16. Awww thanks. My Dyson broke, come to think of it, I break a lot of vacuums! Overuse?

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  17. What? They're making you send it back?! What kind of company is this anyway? Oh we'll send you one of the hottest vaccuums... make you love it, and then you'll HAVE to buy it!
    Sucka's!!!

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  18. You've not been taught to vacuum properly - hm, sorry Dott's mum, that was your job, surely!

    When I first had a baby and engaged a cleaner, I hated it that she didn't hoover properly and there were track-marks going randomly all over the carpet. Nowadays, I'd rather appreciate someone to do the job for me. I wouldn't care in the least if it were done properly or not.

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  19. I've got an old Miele and it works perfectly, although lately we have replaced all the carpets downstairs with wooden floor and we won't use it as much. I don't know anything about these competions, where do you get them from? Love Charlie's photo on the red carpet! Ciao. A.

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  20. I love my Dyson, no going back now. Have tagged you over at mine http://lifeandtimesofmanicmel.blogspot.com/

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  21. Either that, Katherine, or - to quote my mum - you haven't been taught to vacumm properly!

    Absolutely, Serena!

    I thought that as well, Z.

    He seemed to get a taste for it, Antonella. As for the comps etc, they're a mystery to me, too. The Miele people contacted me out-of-the-blue!

    Me too, Mel. Right, off the see what I've been tagged to do...

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  22. Did you hoover Charlie? Even he looks spotless. And they should so have let you keep it. How rude. I could do with a new vacuum myself and will not be buying a Miele. I want a light weight one. Unless they make a light weight one?? :D

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  23. All that exercise sounds as good as a gym membership!

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  24. Ooh - I couldn't live without my Dyson. For years I couldn't bring myself to spend so much money and opted, instead, for something far less extravagant - which meant it never worked properly and had to be changed every couple of years. Eventually I gave in and am now rueing the loss of about ten year's worth of non-Dyson vacuuming. Having said all that - I do like the sound of that pedometer...!

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  25. Love the post title! I love my Dyson, I'm thinking of bringing it to my 65-year-old (bachelor) gardener’s house to give it a spring clean...

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  26. No, Jo - although given the state of him sometimes it'd be a good idea...

    Better, CW - and cheaper too!

    I'm sure you could make up for lost time, MT, by vacuuming twice as often as you need to. I'll lend you my pedometer, shall I?

    It won't know what's hit it, Susanna!

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