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Dyson DC16 Root 6 Handheld Vacuum Cleaner

2.5 out of 5 stars 396 customer reviews
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  • Bagless handheld vacuum cleaner with Root Cyclone technology
  • Twice the suction of other handhelds; recharges 3 times faster
  • Cordless; picks up large debris; 1-touch cup-emptying system
  • Battery charger, crevice tool, and combination accessory tool included
  • Measures 4-2/7 by 18-2/7 by 8-8/9 inches; 2-year warranty

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Product Description

Root 6: The only handheld that doesn't lose suction. Powerful constant suction. Patented Dyson cyclone design. 21.6 volt lithium ion battery technology recharges up to 3 x faster than others. Like many handhelds, runs 5 minutes of continuous use on each full charge. One-touch emptying - no need to touch the dirt. Lifetime washable filters, and no bags to buy.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 15.2 x 9.9 x 6.7 inches
Item Weight 6.3 pounds
Shipping Weight 6.3 pounds
Manufacturer Dyson
ASIN B000I5Q1IC
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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2.5 out of 5 stars 396 customer reviews

2.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,039,334 in Home and Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home and Kitchen)
#430 in Home & Kitchen > Vacuums & Floor Care > Vacuums > Handheld Vacuums

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WARNING: To reduce risk of electric shock, do not use outdoors or on wet surfaces. For household use only. Small details may vary from those shown. Uses 120V 60 Hz, AC, 5.5 ft (1.75 M) SVT 2x22AWG cord.


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I am a huge fan of Dyson and own TWO Dyson uprights. Dyson sent me an email to offer registered owners first crack at purchasing this handheld which recently arrived to the US market, and I jumped at the offer, but I am extremely disappointed in the battery life.

This otherwise great tool is deeply flawed for running only five minutes. It's really a shame Dyson released this product with such a short battery-operated running time.
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The other reviews pretty much sum it up, but I'll put my thoughts in too.

(a) It's a great vacuum. It fills the niche that I was hoping it would fill perfectly: I want to vacuum something small or far away from an outlet, and I don't feel like fetching and plugging in the upright. Suction is great, the tools are great, the canister is great, etc. 5 out of 5 stars for the vacuum.

(b) The battery life is ridiculous. I got 5 minutes of hard vacuuming. The way the charger is designed, it wouldn't even be that easy to keep a spare battery, because the actual charging contacts are on the handheld itself. Come on, Dyson, lithium batteries aren't even that heavy! You could have doubled the power with no problem. You could have designed a backup charger like all the cordless power tools have. 0 out of 5 stars for battery/charger design.

I give it 4 stars overall, despite the battery issue, because I don't ever plan on using this thing for big cleaning jobs. If it's bigger than a 5 minute job, I'll just use the upright anyway. As a light, effective portable that's easy to grab for a specific job, this vacuum is very good.
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I couldn't wait to get the Dyson Root 6 - I've had my Dyson DC 07 for 4 years and I LOVE it, so I figured the mini-version would be fantastic. I have 3 Dustbusters (one on each floor) and I was looking forward to the Dyson version, which I was convinced would be top notch.

I'm so sorry to be wrong.

First off, having to press the button continuously to make it work is a pain. And speaking of pain, the Root is so heavy and unbalanced - all the weight is in the back which puts a lot of strain on your wrist. I haven't noticed any difference in suction to a Dustbuster, but then again, I don't suck up bowling balls. A Dustbuster picks up lint and cat litter just as well.

Save your money - this Dyson ain't worth it.
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When I first heard that Dyson was going to make a hand unit, I was very excited, but excitement has turned into bitter disappointment as this product has failed to deliver on the most basic requirement: FUNCTION!

It simply has terrible battery life, in fact its worse than my old Black & Decker products from five years ago. I think it lasts about FIVE MINUTES, even if that. In this age of iPods with 24 hour batteries and mobile phones that last over a week, you would think Dyson would have at least develop a battery that could last an average house cleaning of say one hour.

Shame Dyson, shame.
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For those who cannot read, I suppose this review will be pointless; but, perhaps someone else can read it to you ---- which, incidentally, is what you should have done before purchasing this gorgeously designed tool! ON THE BOX, it says "6 Minutes" --- and, yet, there are so many, many, MANY complaints about it 'only' lasting 6 Minutes!!!! Gee . . . Dyson SURE FOOLED YOU!!! -- I mean, they said 6 MINUTES, and, oh WOW! -- It only lasts 6 MINUTES!!! --- AMAZING! ;-)

Okay, here is my review . . . I purchased, along with the Dyson, the top-of-the-line Black & Decker for $65, and a lower version for $20. The more expensive B & D worked better than the $20 model (naturally), but, both were COMPLETELY blown away by the Dyson. In addition, the Dyson's long, skinny nozzle gets behind (and under) so many things, it is truly indispensible. Another thing to note, my $65 model says it takes 21 Hours, TWENTY-ONE HOURS!! to charge -- now, even if I got the 20-30 minutes out of this machine, lets see --- 24 hours, divided by 3 is 8, times 6 minutes --- is 48 minutes of time, versus 30 minutes of the other---- okay, so Dyson still wins, by 18 minutes! ;-) . . . Another consideration, it picks up TWICE as much, TWICE as fast -- so, that 6 Minutes, is like 12 minutes with my $65 model--- which really gives my Dyson 96 Minutes, to the Black & Decker's 30 -- So THERE! The ROOT 6 WINS!!! :-)

I really like the trigger hold -- it only requires a light touch, and is a part of the grasp, so that, it is precisely where you would have placed your finger anyway! The weight is EXCELLENT -- compared to the other 2 Black & Deckers I tested, it weighs about the same as the $65 model, but is balanced so much better, that it feels to weigh about a third less -- so impressive!
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I read almost all the reviews here and wasted $60 a couple weeks ago on the top-of-the-line Black & Decker handheld because of the complaints about the DC16 battery life. Earlier today I vacuumed with the B&D. I had to go over and over each little spot on each rug to get up the dust and cat fur. Sometimes I had to pick it out of the rug and stuff it into the vacuum nozzle. During cleanup I got wet power-spraying the dust out of the miserable little filter from the B&D. Every time I used the B&D, the filter had to be washed. So I sat down and reread these reviews, looking for the positives. One thing that occurred to me was that 6 minutes is a long time for my space.

One of the reviewers mentioned Bed Bath & Beyond's liberal return policy, and I had a 20% off Linens n Things coupon, which B3 honors (sorry Amazon) so I picked up a DC16. Charged it up and revacuumed the same space that I had just done with the B&D. It took 1/10 the time to clean the rugs well, and, like another reviewer noted, it was embarrassing how much extra dust and fur the Dyson picked up.

I think the hold and vac button is smart, because it's easy to release to save battery time while moving from spot to spot or changing attachments. I'm 64 and didn't find the pressure required or weight of the vacuum a problem. Emptying the dust chamber is so much easier than cleaning the B&D. Granted, the release button is a bit tight, but I think there's a technique to releasing and reclosing that I'll figure out.

As for the 6 minutes, I was running out of things to do. I was about to start vacuuming my socks just to run down the battery. Decided to give up instead. I have a 24' motorhome with cloth walls, which also need the Himalayan cat's fur vacuumed off now and then.
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