DYSON UPRIGHT REVIEWS

Depending on whether you are buying a Dyson upright for the first time or you are upgrading your 10-20 year old Dyson, a lot has changed. If you are just chucking out your DC01....well Dyson have been busy and are now up to DC75 in their uprights.

 

They've gone from the original dual cyclone, to root cyclone, to radial root cyclone, to two tier radial root cyclone, to Cinetic science in that time.

What does all that mean in plain English?

Basically the suction is better (in most cases) and the filters don't get dirty as fast.....or at all.

 

You'll be pleased to know most of the annoying issues that affected the earlier Dysons have been resolved. Cable failures are now virtually non-existent, wheels don't fall off, the parts are a lot more robust and a few design tweaks have improved the overall usability of the Dyson.

 

I'm not saying they are flawless otherwise we wouldn't be in business, machines break down, moving parts wear out, that is just the way of the world.

 

However, buying the right Dyson from the beginning will make your experience a lot better. Think about it, if you have a family with 4 kids and two dogs is your Dyson going to get more or less abuse than a 70 year old who lives alone in a 1 bed apartment?

Some of the Dysons are designed for light use in small areas, others are workhorses designed for daily use banging into walls with the kids riding on them.

 

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 DC75 CINETIC BIG BALL REVIEW
 

Big ball, small suction

The Cinetic big ball is the newest technology offering from Dyson, It has one lifetime filter that never needs to be washed, this is due to 35 oscillating tips which Dyson call Cinetic science.

These oscillating tips are supposed to filter the dust so finely that only clean air reaches the filter, the rest will be deposited in the bin.

 


At 8.7Kg it is quite a heavy model, heavier than a DC33 which is quite a bulky upright, yet despite its weight the suction is disappointing.

In comparison to the DC33 which has suction power of 255 Airwatts, the Dyson Cinetic Big ball has 120 Air watts....less than half the suction of  a DC33. Anybody who remembers the DC01 this is only 30 Air watts higher than the DC01.

Over the years I've done what I call the 'hand test' thousands of times, put your hand over the handle to gauge if the suction is how it is supposed to be. Each machine is different depending on size and technology, what might appear poor for a DC33 is actually full power for a DC04, it just takes experience of the different machines to tell.

In my opinion, the DC75 Big Ball compares to the DC24 ball in suction power by doing the hand test alone.

 

Also the price might put a few off....starting at £460 I think this is the most expensive Dyson upright vacuum cleaner to date.

 

My opinion: New technology, heavy, low suction and a £460 price tag!!

Personally I'd wait until the kinks have been worked out (there usually are some with any new technology) and the price to come down before I took the plunge.....give it a year to 18 months.

 

Weight:  8.7 Kg

Suction power: 120 Air watts (DC01 has 90)

Bin capacity: 2.18 litres

 

PROS: Easy to turn due to the ball, No filters to wash or replace
CONS: Pricy at £460, Heavy but without the suction power to back it up.
 
KNOWN ISSUES: Only released January 2015 so too early to tell.
DYSON DC50 REVIEW

 

The DC50 is the new and improved DC24, its almost identical except it has the very latest two tier radial root cyclones, which means it filters the dust even more than the radial root cyclones, which then means you shouldn't have to wash the filters as often.

Also it has a redesigned cleaner head for improved dirt pickup

 

These models haven't been out very long so are still under guarantee. This is the only UK upright to have the two tier radial root cyclones which is supposed to filter dust even further so filters need to be washed even less.

 

The DC50 is ideal for people who are looking for a lightweight, compact vacuum cleaner.

If you have a lot of carpet, couple of kids, a dog etc this is not the Dyson for you.

If this will get light use in a flat/ small house then it is perfect. The DC50 is also compact enough for any caravanners out there who feel the desperate need to clean on their travels.

 

Cleaner heads are still an issue (brushbar motor failures), still feels flimsy when releasing it into the cleaning mode.

 

Animal models:

One myth I will put a stop to immediately is that the Dyson animal is the best model!

In the early days of the DC07 and DC14 this was true as they had a few additional features such as HEPA filtration, clutch control and all the tools.

Now the only difference between the Dyson animal and the other models are the tools that come with it.

If you feel like you need all of the extra tools that come with the animal then get the animal as buying them separately will cost you more later. If you think you can live without the tools then save yourself some money and get the standard model.

 

Weight:  5.4 Kg

Suction power: 140 Air watts (Dc24 has 115)

Bin capacity: 0.8 litres

 

PROS: Lightweight, easy to turn due to the ball.
CONS: Bin capacity is very small, suction not as powerful as the larger uprights for obvious reasons, hose is not as long as larger uprights again for obvious reasons.
 
KNOWN ISSUES: Only released January 2013 but already reports of the carbon fibre bristles falling out of the brushbar, also reports of bristles being too soft especially when trying to pick up dog hair that is wiry.
DYSON DC41 REVIEW

 

The DC41 upright is similar to a DC25, It's slightly heavier but has more suction power.

 

These models haven't been out very long so are still under guarantee. These are the first set of models to have the radial root cyclones which is supposed to filter dust even further so filters need to be washed less.

 

It feels even more delicate when releasing it to clean, barely need to touch it and it releases. Also there have been reports when using the machine when twisting and turning of air leaks and dirt escaping from the bin.

Also feels heavier when pushing it, having to push at an angle is quite difficult. Also it leaves what I can only describe as tram lines in the carpet.

 

Animal models:

One myth I will put a stop to immediately is that the Dyson animal is the best model!

In the early days of the DC07 and DC14 this was true as they had a few additional features such as HEPA filtration, clutch control and all the tools.

Now the only difference between the Dyson animal and the other models are the tools that come with it.

If you feel like you need all of the extra tools that come with the animal then get the animal as buying them separately will cost you more later. If you think you can live without the tools then save yourself some money and get the standard model.

 

Weight:  7.8Kg

Suction power: 255 Airwatts

Bin capacity: 2.1 litres

 

PROS: Strong suction, easy to turn due to the ball.
CONS: Feels even flimsier when putting them in the cleaning position, slightest touch and it releases causing it to fall down at times. Reports of air leaks and dust escaping around the bin when in use. Seems to leave tracks in the carpet that my other Dysons don't. Heavy.
 
KNOWN ISSUES: Released January 2012, reports of leaks around the bin causing dirt to fall out and leaving tram lines in the carpet, Yoke assembly (part of the ball) wearing out quickly.
DYSON DC40 REVIEW

 

The DC40 upright is midway between a DC24 and DC25, its lighter than a DC25 but has more suction power than a DC24.

 

These models haven't been out very long so are still under guarantee. These are the first set of models to have the radial root cyclones which is supposed to filter dust even further so filters need to be washed less.

 

Still feels flimsy when releasing it into the cleaning mode.

I would not recommend this Dyson if you have a couple of kids and pets as it is only a slight step up from a DC24 or DC50 in terms of durability.

 

Animal models:

One myth I will put a stop to immediately is that the Dyson animal is the best model!

In the early days of the DC07 and DC14 this was true as they had a few additional features such as HEPA filtration, clutch control and all the tools.

Now the only difference between the Dyson animal and the other models are the tools that come with it.

If you feel like you need all of the extra tools that come with the animal then get the animal as buying them separately will cost you more later. If you think you can live without the tools then save yourself some money and get the standard model.

 

Weight:  6.7Kg (same weight as the old DC03)

Suction power: 200 Airwatts

Bin capacity: 1.6 litres

 

PROS: Lightweight, good suction, easy to turn due to the ball.
CONS: Still feel quite flimsy when putting them in the cleaning position. Hose is still not a full size hose compared to DC25 and DC41.
 
KNOWN ISSUES: Released January 2012, Leaving tram lines and reports of flimsy plastic.
DYSON DC33 REVIEW

 

The DC33 upright is the ultimate workhorse, if you have kids, dogs, cats or whatever, this is the one you want.

Strong suction, Excellent reliability, large bin capacity and it just shrugs of the knocks and bumps.

Like the DC27, Dyson went back to the basics with a tried and tested clutch and motor. This time they also went back to a proven design, unlike the DC27 this is relatively simple to work on.

I cannot think of a single reason not to recommend this model....it's slightly heavy but that is all.

 

Animal models:

One myth I will put a stop to immediately is that the Dyson animal is the best model!

In the early days of the DC07 and DC14 this was true as they had a few additional features such as HEPA filtration, clutch control and all the tools.

Now the only difference between the Dyson animal and the other models are the tools that come with it.

If you feel like you need all of the extra tools that come with the animal then get the animal as buying them separately will cost you more later. If you think you can live without the tools then save yourself some money and get the standard model.

 
Weight: 8Kg
Suction power: 255 Air Watts
Bin capacity: 2.3 Litres
 
PROS: Strong suction, good size bin capacity, very reliable
CONS: Slightly heavy
 
KNOWN ISSUES: Apart from the usual wear and tear on moving parts, none.
DYSON DC27 REVIEW

 

The DC27 upright is a workhorse but from a repair point of view it's one of the most over engineered Dysons out there not as bad as the DC15 but....it's just needlessly fiddly.

But saying that Dyson went back to the basics again after dipping into the ball models for a while.

The clutch has been tweaked and tweaked again since the DC04 days and is now very, very reliable. The motors are also very reliable now (if the pre filter is washed regularly).

Saying that, the design of the DC27 makes the clutch drive belt wear a lot quicker than it normally would on other models.

The only other issue I have with this model is the internal hose, the hose that connects from the brush housing to the main body, it just begs to split but at least its easy to replace.

 

Animal models:

One myth I will put a stop to immediately is that the Dyson animal is the best model!

In the early days of the DC07 and DC14 this was true as they had a few additional features such as HEPA filtration, clutch control and all the tools.

Now the only difference between the Dyson animal and the other models are the tools that come with it.

If you feel like you need all of the extra tools that come with the animal then get the animal as buying them separately will cost you more later. If you think you can live without the tools then save yourself some money and get the standard model.

 

Weight: 8.3 Kg

Suction power: 255 Air watts

Bin capacity: 2.3 Litres

 
PROS: Strong suction, good size bin capacity, very reliable
CONS: Might be hard to find someone to repair it out of guarantee unless you live near to us at RepairMyDyson.com (Nottingham/ Derby), the clutch drive belt wears a lot quicker on the DC27 than other models, also the internal hose is not a great design.
 
KNOWN ISSUES: Apart from the usual wear and tear on moving parts, none.
DYSON DC25 BALL REVIEW
 

 

The Dyson DC25 is the big brother of the DC24, it has more powerful suction and a larger bin capacity but its also heavier.

 

This is more suited to people with larger, mainly carpeted homes, but seeing as the brushbar can be turned off then it is also suitable on hard floors.

It will take more abuse than the DC24 but still it feels a bit delicate, the foot pedal always feels delicate, the exposed bodywork  above the switch when you are using the wand (I have seen the body snapped at this point) , then there is the brushbar motor which always seems like a weak point with these models. If you're heavy handed or a vacuum cleaner serial killer I would probably give it a miss.

 

Animal models:

One myth I will put a stop to immediately is that the Dyson animal is the best model!

In the early days of the DC07 and DC14 this was true as they had a few additional features such as HEPA filtration, clutch control and all the tools.

Now the only difference between the Dyson animal and the other models are the tools that come with it.

If you feel like you need all of the extra tools that come with the animal then get the animal as buying them separately will cost you more later. If you think you can live without the tools then save yourself some money and get the standard model.

 

Weight: 7.3Kg

Suction power 220 Air watts

Bin capacity: 1.38 Litres

 

PROS: Strong suction, good size bin capacity, easy to use due to the ball.

CONS: Still feels delicate in places despite its size.

KNOWN ISSUES: Brushbar motor failures after 4-5 years usually, HEPA filter becoming  blocked/ unwashable if the pre filter is not washed often enough causing the cover to pop off when vacuuming.

DYSON DC24 BALL REVIEW
 

 

The Dyson DC24 small ball, this models has been out a few years now but is still available through a few different channels which is why I have included it.

The DC24 is ideal for people who are looking for a lightweight, compact vacuum cleaner.

If you have a lot of carpet, couple of kids, a dog etc this is not the Dyson for you.

 

If this will get light use in a flat/ small house then it is perfect. The DC24 is also compact enough for any caravanners out there who feel the desperate need to clean on their travels.

Features on all models: washable filters, HEPA filtration for allergy/asthma sufferers, telescopic hose, switch to turn the brushbar on or off for carpets/ hard floor, hygienic trap door bin emptying.

 

Animal models:

One myth I will put a stop to immediately is that the Dyson animal is the best model!

In the early days of the DC07 and DC14 this was true as they had a few additional features such as HEPA filtration, clutch control and all the tools.

Now the only difference between the Dyson animal and the other models are the tools that come with it.

If you feel like you need all of the extra tools that come with the animal then get the animal as buying them separately will cost you more later. If you think you can live without the tools then save yourself some money and get the standard model.

 

Weight: 5.3 Kg

Suction power: 115 Air watts (DC01 was 90 Air watts)

Bin capacity: 0.85 litres

 

PROS: Compact, lightweight, easy to turn due to the ball.

CONS: Bin capacity is very small, suction not as powerful as the larger uprights for obvious reasons, hose is not as long as larger uprights again for obvious reasons.

 

KNOWN ISSUES: Brushbar on/off switch can be a bit sticky or utterly useless, hose to brushbar transfer mechanism can stick at times, HEPA filter can become blocked/ unwashable if the pre filter is not washed often enough causing the cover to pop off when vacuuming, Brushbar motors usually last around 5 years but are quite a common failure on this model.