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Which Dyson?

Which Dyson vacuum cleaner should you buy?


Many people think that all Dysons do the same job or the salesman in the store just tries to sell them something, ANYTHING to make a sale.

Read on for an education on uprights, cylinders and the new handheld/ cordless vacuum cleaner range.





If you don't know the difference between an upright and a cylinder, they say a picture says a thousand words so here goes:


The purple/blue one is an upright and the red/grey one is a cylinder (sometimes called canister)



So, what's the difference?

The upright is ideal for mainly carpeted homes whereas the cylinder models are ideal for homes with hard flooring such as laminate or tiles.


80% of vacuum cleaners sold in the UK and USA are uprights, in Europe and Australia this is the opposite as the majority of vacuum cleaners sold are cylinders.


Most of the Dyson uprights sold now you can turn the brushbar on and off, this means it can be used on both carpets and hard floors, also it has the hose which stretches up the stairs.

The brushbar on all of the uprights is a motorised brushbar which means it will keep going unless it hits something like a hairgrip (even then it might keep going).


For independent, expert reviews on the latest Dyson uprights and which one to choose click here


The standard cylinder models usually come with a hard floor tool and that is all, if you are expecting this to do a good job on carpets you are going to be very disappointed.

Other cylinder models (usually the animal type) come with a turbine head, this is a suction powered brush head which does work on carpets but will not do the same job that a motorised brushbar on an upright will.

Don't try this at home, but if you try and stop a suction powered brushbar with your hand, it's quite easy. I haven't tried stopping a motorised brushbar with my hand as I need the use of my fingers.


Then there is the Dyson Cylinder model called the Motorhead.

The Motorhead is a motorised brushbar on a cylinder model, avoid this model like the plague. They are usually broken more than they are working in my experience.

I've never had a good experience with this model (even as a Dyson service engineer) which is probably why Dyson haven't brought it back with the latest 'ball' cylinders.

My main issue is, if it's out of guarantee and something goes wrong then throw it away, you might as well buy a new one for what it will cost you in parts unless its just a motor, cable failure or an obvious broken part.


For independent, expert reviews on the latest Dyson cylinders and which one to choose click here





In one word...No, I've heard people buy this model based on some salesmans patter that this is the only vacuum cleaner you will need!

Yes they are as expensive as a full size Dyson vacuum cleaner but do they replace a full size one? No!

The Dyson handheld and cordless should only be used as a quick whip round or when the kids have dropped crisps on the floor and you're expecting company any minute. It's also ideal for the caravan or motorhome as its compact and portable. Battery life is usually about 15 minutes and the suction is nowhere near as powerful as a full size vacuum cleaner.


What's the difference between handheld and cordless?

Again a picture speaks a thousand words, the one with the purple bin/ cyclone is a handheld and the one with the blue extension tube is cordless.

That is the main difference, if you wanted to use a handheld on the carpets you would need to get on your hands and knees.

The cordless model can be used as both a handheld and as a "normal" vacuum cleaner, you can stand up and use it on the floor.


For independent, expert reviews on the latest Dyson handheld/ cordless and which one to choose click here


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