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
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!.
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.