DYSON HANDHELD CORDLESS REVIEWS

The Dyson handhelds and cordless mdoels have really taken off since they were introduced.

 

 

The new ones like everything Dyson does are vastly improved on the original DC16, battery life is longer, suction is better etc.

 


People tend to think this will replace their upright or cylinder vacuum cleaner, it won't. Yes it is more convenient for the quick pickup of crumbs on the carpet but I wouldn't recommend vacuuming your whole house with it.

Firstly the battery life ranges from 15-26 minutes on the newer  models which like all batteries will deteriorate with time, second they were never designed to be the only vacuum cleaner in the house.

 

The handhelds and cordless models are great for quick clean ups, vacuuming the car, motorhome, caravan etc.

 

 

What is the difference between handheld and cordless?

The difference between handheld and cordless is pretty simple, the handheld models are designed for close use so for vacuuming the car, the couch etc. If you want to vacuum the carpet you would have to get on your hands and knees.

The cordless models come with a long extension tube so you can vacuum while standing up, the long extension tube can be removed so you can also use the cordless as a handheld so its basically the best option really.

 

 

Read on below and I will give the pros and cons of each one, who it is more suited for and any known defects.

Each review is totally independent and in my opinion only, as an ex-Dyson service engineer who has repaired over 15,000 Dysons and still repairs them daily, I would like to think my opinion counts more than a shirt and tie salesman in a big retail outlet.

 

PLEASE NOTE: We do not mention motor wattage below as it does not matter, all that does is tells you how much electricity it uses! To measure how powerful a vacuum cleaner is we use air watts which is a valid measurement of suction power.

DYSON DC34 HANDHELD REVIEW
 

 

The Dyson DC34 handheld this model has been out for around 3 years now but is still available through a few different channels which is why I have included it.

I would recommend getting the animal model in this instance as it has the motorised brushbar which you will find vastly improves the pickup of pet hairs etc.

 

 

 

 

Weight: 1.33 Kg

Suction power: 65 Air watts

Bin capacity: 0.35 litres

Battery life: 15 minutes of constant suction or 6 minutes on max power.

 

PROS: Lightweight

CONS: Battery life

 

KNOWN ISSUES: Battery life isn't great, also intermittent power problems usually solved by cleaning the battery contacts or replacement battery. Be aware that batteries are £50 to replace.

 

 

 

DYSON DC35 DIGITAL SLIM CORDLESS REVIEW
 

 

The DC35 cordless, you can save yourself some money by going for the multifloor model, it comes with the same attachments as the animal model, the only difference is the animal model comes with the docking station but these can be bought separately for around £20 if you really want one later.

 

Overall not bad, battery life is disappointing again and the suction at the end is poor when not in max mode. Ok for the quick jobs round the house when it doesn't need a deep clean.

 

Weight: 2.25 Kg

Suction power: 65 Air watts in max mode, 28 airwatts in standard mode.

Bin capacity: 0.35 litres

Battery life: 15 minutes of constant suction or 6 minutes on max power.

 

PROS: Good for the quick pickups if you've got kids who like to make a mess.

CONS: Battery life, not quite like the advert you try cleaning the lightshades in one swift movement with nearly 2.5Kg in your hand, not as easy as it looks.

 

KNOWN ISSUES: Again battery life isn't great, also intermittent power problems usually solved by cleaning the battery contacts or replacement battery. Be aware that batteries are £50 to replace.

 

 

 

DYSON DC44 DIGITAL SLIM CORDLESS REVIEW
 

 

Overall the DC44 cordless is a slight improvement on the DC35, battery life is still a bit disappointing but heading in the right direction and the suction at the end is poor when not in max mode. Ok for the quick jobs round the house when it doesn't need a deep clean.

 

Weight: 2.2 Kg

Suction power: 65 Air watts in max mode, 28 airwatts in standard mode.

Bin capacity: 0.35 litres

Battery life: 20 minutes of constant suction or 8 minutes on boost mode.

 

PROS: Good for the quick pickups if you've got kids who like to make a mess.

CONS: Battery life, not quite like the advert you try cleaning the lightshades in one swift movement with nearly 2.5Kg in your hand, not as easy as it looks.

 

KNOWN ISSUES: Again battery life isn't great, also intermittent power problems usually solved by cleaning the battery contacts or replacement battery. Be aware that batteries are £50 to replace.

 

 

 

DYSON DC56 HARD CORDLESS REVIEW
 

 

The Dyson DC56 cordless is basically a mop and vacuum cleaner combined. It combines a vacuum cleaner and a wet wipe.

 

This is aimed at customers with hard floors as it allows them to mop as they vacuum. Most of the time you need to vacuum before you mop.

 

Not really any use for people with carpets but it still has the extra attachments so you can use it as a handheld to clean the car etc.

The batteries seem to have gone backwards too, reduced back down to 15 minutes from 20 minutes for the DC44.

 

Weight: 2.15 Kg

Suction power: 65 Air watts in max mode, 28 airwatts in standard mode.

Bin capacity: 0.4 litres

Battery life: 15 minutes of constant suction or 6 minutes on boost mode.

 

PROS: Good for the people with plenty of hard floors.

CONS: Limited use - no use on carpets, Battery life, not quite like the advert you try cleaning the lightshades in one swift movement with nearly 2.5Kg in your hand, not as easy as it looks.

 

KNOWN ISSUES: Again battery life isn't great,  Be aware that batteries are £50 to replace.

 

 

 

DYSON DC58 HANDHELD REVIEW
 

 

Battery life on the DC58 cordless is slightly improved over previous models

Suction is also vastly improved in max mode mainly due to the two tier radial root cyclones.

Ideal for cleaning the car, motorhome, caravan etc. This is the handheld not the cordless so does not come with the extension tube.

 

Weight: 1.57 Kg

Suction power: 100 Air watts in max mode, 28 airwatts in standard mode.

Bin capacity: 0.4 litres

Battery life: 20 minutes battery life, 17 minutes with the motorised tool attached.

 

PROS: Stronger suction than previous models.

CONS: None really, probably the best handheld Dyson have done to date.

 

KNOWN ISSUES: Battery life being shorter than quoted by Dyson.

 

 

 

DYSON DC59 DIGITAL SLIM CORDLESS REVIEW
 

 

Battery life on the DC59 cordless is a vast improvement over previous models

Suction is also vastly improved in max mode mainly due to the two tier radial root cyclones.

 

Weight: 2.11 Kg

Suction power: 100 Air watts in max mode, 28 airwatts in standard mode.

Bin capacity: 0.4 litres

Battery life: 26 minutes battery life, 17 minutes with the motorised tool attached.

 

PROS: Longer battery life, stronger suction than previous models.

CONS: Expensive, not quite like the advert you try cleaning the lightshades in one swift movement with nearly 2.5Kg in your hand, not as easy as it looks.

 

KNOWN ISSUES: Battery life being shorter than quoted by Dyson.