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mmmm…sexy vacuum…..

dyson_win.jpgi have this thing well designed products. it’s not just that they look sexy, although that contributes to their appeal. it’s that they work really well. oftentimes a really sexy looking product has had the same care put into its physical form as to its user interface and user experience. additionally, such a product usually costs more than its competitors. by that logic, a well-designed lovely looking product tends to be more expensive. a few examples could be just about anything produced by apple (mac, ipod, forthcoming iphone), high-end furniture and architecture, books, foods, cars. this equation (good looks + good UI = better but more expensive) can be used for mostly anything. there are occassional exceptions to the rule, such as IKEA (although their products are not always the highest quality) and yellow tail wines (great label and bottle design, good wine, cheap). but generally this equation rings true. for this reason i tend to save my money to buy the more expensive and better product because not only is it prettier to look at, but also easier to use and more reliable.

this brings me to the point of this post. i’m having an affair with a dyson vacuum cleaner. all juvenile jokes aside, this is the most amazing piece of household cleaning equipment i’ve ever seen. first of all, it’s concept is brilliant – do away with the filters and bags b/c those require replacement and degrade performance. instead, separate the dirt from the air through extremely high powered suction. simultaneously clean the air with a HEPA filter so that your air is cleaner coming out than it was going in. combine that with a beautiful housing with ease of use (swivel heads) and you have an amazing design product.

now, i don’t have a dyson – not yet. at the moment i’m using a shitty $30 cordless vacuum i bought from target to essentially suck dog hair off the floor. it does that job ok, but there is plenty of stuff left on the floor that i only pick up by either sweeping or mopping. also, this vacuum is pretty much useful solely for wood floors. it surface cleans the rugs, but you know there’s stuff down there that doesn’t want to come out. in fact, just the other day i rolled up on rug to find a fine layer of dirt beneath it – dirt that had worked through the woven rug and hadn’t been sucked up by the vacuum. i’ve decided that when we move into our new house, i will buy a dyson vacuum. not just for me and my allergies, but for the baby. yes, that’s the trump card to end all trump cards. i need to keep a cleaner house and maintain better indoor air quality for the baby, and the only way to do that, obviously, is with a dyson. 🙂

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  1. May 9, 2007 at 9:44 pm

    this was such an easy mom joke, i’ll leave it to the amateurs. august, hunter?

  2. May 10, 2007 at 7:39 am

    i preempted such jokes in the third sentence of the second paragraph: “all juvenile jokes aside…”

  3. May 11, 2007 at 3:55 pm

    like that means anything. you just blogged about a vacuum cleaner.

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