Dyson is not the Excalibur of upright vacuums, it’s the Kenmore Progressive with Direct Drive 35922, according to survey and test results released in the latest issue of Consumer Reports.
The white wizards of product testing rated the Kenmore at 74, soundly trouncing the Dyson’s 64.
The Kenmore “Progressive with Direct Drive 35922″ garnered “excellent” ratings for cleaning carpet, emissions, pet hair, and cleaning bare floors.
The Dyson “DC17 Absolute Animal” only got got “excellent” for emissions and cleaning bare floors.
The Dyson is $250 more expensive, in-store. However, you you can get both for over $100 cheaper by searching on Amazon for slightly used or refurbished versions.
We wonder, if Consumer Reports neglected form factor, the glory of bagless, and swivel appeal (with a Dyson, you don’t need to retract the vacuum to your body and then pivot to change directions). Then again, one doesn’t go to Consumer Reports looking for soul, but cost-efficacy.