Who Tried It: Julia Wang, Features Director, PEOPLE.com
Why She Volunteered: Cleaning has become a “hobby” now that I’m a mom of two to a 6-year-old and a 9-month-old
I used to think I was really good at keeping house. Then I had kids.
Kids teach you so much — about love, innocence, patience … and how much dust, grime, glitter and all manner of detritus wind up everywhere.
There’s my free-spirited older child, who routinely snips construction paper into pieces of confetti and leaves a trail of tiny plastic toy parts around the house.
But the game changer is my little one, who is beginning to crawl. She literally pushes herself, albeit backwards, around the house. (She is a baby taking baby steps, after all.)
Watching her worm her way under the couch (and wail), wiggle under the floating credenza (and wail), and back her way into all sorts of dark, unvisited corners of the house finally made me admit that I needed to step up my cleaning regimen or live with the fact that my tiny crawler is also a human Swiffer.
Goodbye Eureka, Hello Dyson
I retired my decade-old Eureka canister, the one that has been with me through two homes and hums louder by the year, and went all in for a Dyson 65, a full-size upright that “cleans better than any other vacuum across carpets and hard floors,” according to the company’s web site.
Living in a two-story house, I have hardwood, ceramic, marble, cork and an area rug — all territories my daughter is inching to lay claim to — so I needed something industrial.
The first time I turned the machine on and took DC65 for a spin, I was immediately awed.
At over 17 lbs., it’s a sturdy machine but steers like a Mercedes-Benz S-Class, handling tight turns, maneuvering into irregular spaces, right up against toe kicks and baseboards like a pro, without ever dinging up furniture, mouldings or kitchen appliances.
Seeing Is Believing
Once we started zipping across the living room area rug, that’s when magic happened.
Though I love my West Elm rug, it sheds like a Shetland sheepdog. It’s also home to near-microscopic fuzz, hair and anything else my 6-year-old accidentally deposits there — all of which adds up to a buffet of things I don’t want my daughter to put into her mouth.
When I passed the Dyson across the rug, I began seeing the clear waste bin fill with incredible amounts of dust and dirt.
Even better: the powerful suction removes allergens and dust particles, which my son is allergic to. It swirled like a gray piece of tumbleweed that grew bigger with each pass across the rug. If there is such a thing as a vacuum high, I think I experienced it.
The Verdict: A Dyson is definitely an investment appliance. That said, every time I turn on DC65, which is often, I feel like inventor James Dyson, is pretty pleased with my handiwork.
Courtesy Julia Wang