I have given over trying to use my engineering nous to show Mrs Trux the error of her Dyson ways and we must be on our 4th or 5th and she just keeps buying them regardless.My better half fell in love with Dysons years ago. However, even their 'animal' range don't do a decent job at all with pet hair. They clog, their spinning brush type head is powered by the air rushing past it, but doesn't move if there is any hint of resistance. Like a carpet, for example. I finally convinced her to ditch the Dyson and find something better. We now have a 'Shark'. It's utterly brilliant. Cleans better and deeper, the spinning brushes have some wizardry that means hair never, ever gets tangled in it. The waste tank is smaller, but that's a small price to pay. And it even has headlights! But it's made in China. Oh well....
As to Kenwoods, we've had ours years and never had a hint of bother with it, and we've made everything from bread and cakes, to home made sausages and mince, to thick whipped cream, even butter. And it never fails to deliver the business.
Meanwhile the Kenwood chef that we inherited from my mum that she got as a wedding present (in the 1950s) still keeps on tucking. Corded flex and bakelite plug and everything.
As for vacuums I have just blown up an Aldi one which we have abused in the workshop for at least 4 years. Amongst many other tasks well beyond its job spec it has been routinely hooked up to a big sandblasting cabinet. So £80, a fraction of the price of a Dyson, well spent.
I am now looking forward to a weekend of Hobgoblin and Hoover purchasing.