Saturday, November 6, 2010

Dyson "Groom Tool" - A Little More Than a Brush and Vacuum

"Dyson answers dog hair problem with the Groom tool"
Paul Ridden, gizmag (November 5, 2010)

"Just when you've got the sofa or carpet clean, the dog appears and sheds a few pounds of loose hair all over the place. It's a problem faced by dog lovers the world over and one which the folks at Dyson UK have been considering for the past year. The result is a vacuum attachment for medium to long haired dogs which sucks up loose hair and dead skin before it gets anywhere near your new clean floor or prized upholstery.

"While some dogs shed their coats a couple of times a year, others leave a constant stream of discarded hair in their wake...."

(from gizmag, used w/o permission)
"The Dyson Groom tool has been designed to help prevent the mess associated with dog hair loss by sucking any loose hair into the vacuum before it gets the chance to hit the floor"

That photo is a smaller version of one of five in this gizmag article's gallery. My guess is that they're from the Dyson company.

Here's one I found on the Dyson website, that does a pretty good job of showing the grooming tool.

(from Dyson, used w/o permission)
The grooming tool is that brush arrangement that fits on on the end of a vacuum cleaner hose. As the product description puts it: "The Dyson groom tool can be used with most Dyson upright and cylinder vacuums. However, it is not suitable for motorhead machines or handhelds." (Dyson groom tool part number 921001-01)

The Lemming wasn't too impressed with this thing: a quick skim of the product description and photos made it look like something anybody could cobble together from a vacuum cleaner and an ordinary dog brush.

This YouTube video shows that there's a bit more to this "Groom Tool" than that:

"The Dyson Groom tool in use"

dysonteam, YouTube (November 4, 2010)
video, 0:25

"For more information visit"

That isn't the most riveting sales copy the Lemming's ever seen: but the 25-second video does a good job of showing what this gadget will do.

What impressed me is right at the end - where we see the mat of dog hair that's accumulated on the bristles. With what looks like a very simple movement, the brush pushes the hair mat off the bristles. Then the vacuum hose inhales it.

Looks good. Although, at the $64 USD price mentioned by gizmag: If I had a dog, I'd probably stick with a cheaper brush and my household's shop vacuum.

But, like I said, it looks good.

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