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4.0 out of 5 stars Great portable vacuum to almost replace your real vacuum, January 19, 2011
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This review is from: Dyson DC35 Digital Slim Multi floor cordless vacuum cleaner (Misc.)
I've had this vacuum (Australian model) for a couple of months now and am very happy. I definitely recommend it. It is so good it will probably replace using the larger Dyson DC 08 we have, or at least reduce the amount of times we have to pull it out.

A few thoughts so far:

Pros
This has the typical advantages of normal Dyson vacuum cleaners such as bagless, easy to use (and empty), great suction, etc but here are a few more
+ Cordless means it is quick and easy to grab and use so it's great for cleaning up around the dining table and after the kids. I'm more likely to use this and vacuum occasionally, rather than waiting til everything is really dirty before dragging our big vacuum cleaner out
+ Can use with or without the wand attachment which means it is much more flexible than an upright vacuum cleaner
+ Solidly built and very easy to clean/use and move around.
+ The suction is probably as good as my big Dyson (or almost as good). It is fantastic for cleaning the car mats/seats.
+ 15 mins of suction is more than enough to do the dirty bits of the house, and in fact almost all the house. I wasn't sure about this but it's more than enough (e.g. yesterday I did 5 rooms + hallway and it didn't run out of charge).
+ Fast to charge (approximately 3 hours) and comes with docking station
+ Li ion battery means no battery memory, and it has a removable battery which means it can be easily replaced. Batteries hopefully aren't too ruinously expensive (they seem ok from my current check)
+ Looks great. :)

Cons (most of these are fairly minor)
- Expensive, it would be cheaper to buy some of the other Dysons!
- A little bit heavier and harder on the wrist/hand than I thought (but I guess that is why it has a decent battery life). After 5 mins vacuuming, my hand was slightly sore but you can always change hands.
- Don't like having to squeeze the trigger all the time. There is no way to leave it on. This constant squeezing of the trigger may contribute to the sore hand/wrist.
- Electrical cord is rather short, especially given most power points are on the floor and the docking station will be up high. It means your docking station needs to be very close to a power point or you need an extension cord
- Motorised head is narrower than I thought so it takes longer to vacuum than using the big Dyson, but the tradeoff is not having to move the extra weight of a full sized vacuum
- A flexible hose attachment for getting hard to reach places (e.g. under the car seat) is not included
- No pass through charge, otherwise I could vacuum while it is on the charger (and use it as a normal vacuum)
- Doesn't stand upright by itself (but that's not a big deal).
- When charging, the charging status light is shown on the adapter at the power point, not on the vacuum cleaner itself. This is really strange, especially given
(i) your power point is likely to be low, less visible than the top of the vacuum cleaner, and possibly even obscured.
(ii) there is an indicator light on top of the vacuum that indicates when it is turned on. This light should have been used to indicate charge status. I'm not sure why this indicator light is needed for feedback given you can't really turn it on by accident, and if you do it emits this loud vacuuming noise. A charging indicator on the cleaner itself would be helpful (but not essential).

Edit - after 4 years of owning this, and being pretty happy, it is now starting to die.
I've had to replace the motorised head (faulty) but now the Max power switch doesn't switch the vacuum to maximum power. Instead it just stops working. Even on normal power, it is now not sucking very well. I have hard floors and it is now pushing breadcrumbs, etc (from my now 5 year old) around rather than sucking them up. I'm sure that when I first bought this, it didn't do this. If I take off the motorised head, it can still suck well but something seems to have gone wrong so the motorised head isn't working well enough to suck up food crumbs.

I'll be considering getting a cheaper vacuum now as I believe the repair/service costs will be very high

Edit again.
I've cleaned out the motorised vacuum head (there was a blockage in the tube) and it turned out that was the main problem with loss of suction. However, the Max power button still doesn't work properly. I'll wait til this one completely dies before replacing it.
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Initial post: Jan 22, 2011 12:07:00 PM PST
Is there any other way to stow/charge it without drilling wall? This maybe a deal breaker for me... Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 22, 2011 1:57:58 PM PST
Azza says:
No, I don't think so. The docking station is designed to be attached to the wall with screws.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 22, 2011 2:08:47 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 22, 2011 2:10:02 PM PST
Thanks for your reply. That really sucks (and not in the good sense). :) Can I lie everything flat on the floor to charge it?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 26, 2011 8:35:36 PM PST
Azza says:
You can lie everything flat on the floor, although it will take up a fair bit of room. If you have it under the bed or something it will be fine though. The charger plugs into the top of the vacuum via a circular plug (which is similar to a laptop plug socket). It doesn't matter what position the vacuum is in to charge it, as long as the power fits. I just lean mine against a desk as I'm in a rental property and can't drill holes in walls.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 23, 2011 3:55:27 PM PST
SR says:
The charger can plug directly into the vacume. If you take the extension wand off you can charge if flat on a surface without taking up so much room. However, I strongly recommend the wallmount solution, it is much more convienent, plus all the attachments can store in the wall-mount charging station.

Posted on May 2, 2011 10:03:42 PM PDT
So why did you rate this 4 stars? Your cons far outweight the pros.

Posted on May 31, 2011 7:59:49 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 22, 2011 10:16:41 PM PDT
Liz says:
To help with a trigger take a hair band, or smaller elastic band, and fold it in half so that it forms a C around the handle, then take a small piece of string and tie together the two ends of the elastic band so that it fits the handle snugly. Now you can move it up and down to keep the trigger pressed. Hope this helps!!

Posted on Jun 11, 2011 11:34:20 AM PDT
DM says:
"- Don't like having to squeeze the trigger all the time. There is no way to leave it on."

That right there kills it for me. Thanks for your useful review.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 10, 2011 10:34:17 PM PDT
Ken K. says:
I had similar concerns regarding the trigger, but the trigger is quite light and not difficult to engage. Plus, the vac is designed for spot cleaning, so it's easy to just pull the trigger when you get to each area. Overall, I've really enjoyed my Dyson DC35. I can clean my 1450 sq ft house no problem on one charge. This includes getting the hair shed by a couple of furry lab mixes. =)

Posted on Jul 25, 2011 6:22:40 PM PDT
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