Daytrip to Dyson

A few weeks ago I was approached through the blog by Dyson.  The lovely PR lady asked if I’d like to go to London for the day to test products, meet other Mummy Bloggers and would I like a free Dyson with that?

Ummm a big yes to all of those things!

So as Paul and Miss L pulled puppy faces everytime I mentioned it, they came with me.  In fairness Paul does pretty much all the vaccuming at home, so it was only right he came with me.  In fact last week he was doing the stairs and he broke the tube on our now rather elderly Dyson, so this trip was very timely.

So we trooped down to London through the snow and got the Tube to Dyson London HQ. Miss L was very excited about going on the tube, which is so sweet.  To her it’s a big adventure, for me a commuting nightmare from my past.   We managed to get there about an hour early, so we thought we’d browse the nearby shops.  Not far away we found Cath Kids…oh yes the Cath Kidston children only store!

Paul sighed and told us to go in while he’d take a walk – bless him, he knows his girls!  So Miss L and I found a new mini pillow, beautiful floral filled pencil case, and a flowery wash bag.  We could have spent ages in there and I took a couple of snaps in the basement to share with you all

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Eventually we dragged ourselves out of there and went back over to the Dyson offices, where  I met my fellow Mummy Bloggers.  They were all lovely and I’m not sure if they are going to blog about this or not so I’ll retain their anonymity.   Miss L was going to be looked after with three other children who were coming and while she was waiting for them, she really got into the cleaning aspect of the trip.

Soon Miss L and her new friends went to do arts and crafts upstairs and we got on with the presentations.  Camilla from PR and Sarah who’s a Product Designer and Head of Acoustics were both really passionate and informative about the Dyson product.  Sarah became a product engineer after she became a mother because like most of us she discovered that most things we use are obviously designed by men and therefore next to impossible to us if you have a child attached to you!

They literally test for everything, to make sure you don’t break nails when pressing buttons, that catches open easily but don’t break.  My personal favourite is the new filter in the Dyson, that Sarah has the patent on.  The old one that we have is bit of a pain to clean, her new one is easier to clean and wring out and popping it in and out is much, much easier.  You can tell a woman invented it!.

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Here’s the evolution of the Dyson product.  The top left is the prototype that James Dyson came up with, the pink on is the first one that ever sold, the washing machines that are now discontinued and then bottom right the latest Dyson vaccum.

We had lots of fun testing them, standing on them, dropping one from the balcony 12 foot up, and it didn’t break. None of the other ladies there own a Dyson, so I’ll be interested to hear how they find them. I’m also interested to see how the new one compares to our 8 year old one.  I’m leaving our now more than grubby stairs alone to see how it performs when it comes later in the week.

Soon we were finished and we went to see the art projects that the kids had been doing upstairs.  They’d been given some bits of Dysons and had made what they wanted from it.  Miss L made an pregnant elephant nest??

All in all, it was a really informative and interesting day.  In such a gloomy economic climate, it’s good to know that there are innovative British companies that have passionate talented staff working for them.  They want to hear what their customers think and improve upon their product, which I think is fairly unusual for such a large company.

We had such a good time and I’d really like to thank Camilla, Sarah, Jess and Caroline for orgainising such a great day.

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15 Comments

  1. I also have a Dyson of about 5 years old, and it’s the best vaccum I’ve ever used.
    Sounds like an interesting trip- and how fun that you got to shop a little on the way.
    Happy Day

  2. Lucky girl 🙂 I have a Dyson too. I think it called “The Animal”. Seriously, this particular Dyson was made to suction pet hair (our yellow Lab Finn). I love it and we’ve had it for 3 years. I like that I don’t have to touch dirt 😉 Enjoy your new vacum when it comes and let us know how it turns out.

  3. Sounds like you had a fun day. I can’t believe they’ve discontinued the washing machines – my Dyson washing machine is the best household appliance I’ve ever owned, and I love it to bits!

  4. Hello…it was so lovely to meet you on Saturday and what a great account of it all. Brilliant review. I’m going to wait until my Dyson arrives and put up a post about it then. I am so glad we live so close…I can see an opportunity for coffee on the horizon 😀 x

  5. can you PLEASE tell them that when they want to do a similar launch in the US of A to CALL ME CALL ME CALL ME!
    Jealous.
    BTW not too much pink, did you already change to green?

  6. I’m back online (phew! i was getting a little edgy. 🙂 I love that you got to have a big day on Dyson! I appreciate that Dyson does this “real life” test marketing, too…good for them! I hope your new machine has arrived and that you’re loving every minute of it! (As much as one can love a vacuum. 🙂

  7. I’m jealous! I have to say, the Dyson products just really are the very best vacuums available. Anyone that’s looking should just get one! Or if you have an old vacuum, and think it’s just fine, you’ll be stunned when you use a Dyson. I have a house and an office and a dog and visitors and carpet and hardwood and furniture and rugs and a very drafty/dusty house. And I am AMAZED at how awesome it is. I have a vacuum and a hand-held. I use it in the house, the office, the car (so much fur!). It is especially satisfying to see all the gunge it picks up. Seriously, don’t waste your money on anything less. I know I sound like a spokesperson—but I just love love love things that really WORK. Killer design, great functionality. Love ’em. 🙂

  8. I have followed and loved the Dyson products since my old boyfriend did a project on James Dyson in 1995, I could not wait for the vacum to come out, I bought one as soon as I could afford it that was in 1996, I used to have friends come over just to use my vacum as when they first came out not many had them,and to be fair it still works tho we have upgraded to an animal dyson (2005) as we had 3 elderly dogs (2 black labs and a springer spaniel), I never found that the animal picked up as well as a normal dyson which was dissapointing, in 2002 I bought the Dyson CR01 flowcheck washing machine, this has been the love of my life (sad I know) and the envy of most of my friends and family, in 2006 I had to have the drum replaced which led me to get the dyson dc14 vacum as dyson had booked in to fix my machine but rang on the day of appointment to say they could not make it that day as they needed two engineers and as by way of an appology I was sent the dc14 I was completely shocked, their customer service has always been amasing. I am however completely distraught that they no longer make the washing machines as when I had my machine I was told that there was no reason that I would not have the machine for the rest of my life as every part was replaceable, now they have stopped making replacement parts I do feel let down by the company and I am dreading the day I have to buy somthing else as I love everything about my dyson washer. I would recommend their vacum cleaners they are the best I would not even think of owning anything else, their no loss of suction is awsum but a word of warning be careful when you use as they are extremly powerful mine almost lifts my wool carpet off the stairs! The vacums are made well, very durable and my dc14 is still working just as well now in 2010 as it did when it came out of the box in 2006 brilliant product 🙂