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Dyson DC31 Handheld Vacuum Cleaner

3.2 out of 5 stars 67 customer reviews

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  • Ergonomic, lightweight handheld vacuum ideal for spot cleaning and quick pick-ups
  • Dyson dual-power digital motor is smaller, lighter, and more powerful than conventional motors; root cyclone technology for consistent suction
  • Provides 10 minutes of high constant suction or 6 minutes with 70% higher suction
  • Motorized brush bar converts to a debris nozzle; high-velocity airflow crevice tool
  • Measures 4.5 inches deep by 8 inches wide by 12.7 inches high; 2.9 pounds; 2-year warranty
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Keep your home free of messes. The powerful Dyson DC31 Handheld Vacuum Cleaner is ideal for quick pick-ups and spot cleaning. Its small, light digital motor is more powerful than conventional motors and has no carbon brushes or carbon dust. Dyson’s Root Cyclone technology means the vacuum doesn’t lose any suction power while you clean. Dual power mode offers 10 minutes of high constant suction or 6 minutes of 70-percent higher suction. The vacuum is bagless, saving you money on costly replaceable bags, and includes washable filters. Emptying the bin of waste is quick and hygienic, so you barely have any contact with the dirt. Weighs just 2.9 pounds with balanced weight distribution for easy handling. Also includes a combination debris nozzle/brush tool for dusting, high-velocity crevice tool for baseboards and between furniture, battery and Energy Star-qualified charger, AC/DC power adapter, manual, quick-start guide, registration card, and 2-year warranty that covers parts and labor.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 8 x 4.4 x 12.7 inches
Item Weight 2.9 pounds
Shipping Weight 4.5 pounds
Manufacturer Dyson, Inc.
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Item model number 18398-01
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3.2 out of 5 stars 67 customer reviews

3.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,004,210 in Home and Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home and Kitchen)
#423 in Home & Kitchen > Vacuums & Floor Care > Vacuums > Handheld Vacuums

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By C. G. King TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 7, 2009
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The biggest problem with the previous model was the poor battery life. That has been greatly improved in two ways. This model has doubled the battery life and it has a better charger. I loved my first Dyson handheld model in spite of the short battery life and used it often for short jobs. Like this one, it was so easy to grab and use, I was able to keep corners clean, crumbs out of the grout lines in my tile table, computer keyboards clean, drawers clear of all that little stuff that seems to get in them--in short my house was just cleaner in multiple ways that are normally challenging. I loved the trigger on/off action that made its short battery life tolerable and the dependable strong Dyson power, plus the easily dumpable canister. SO, when the battery life began to get shorter and shorter over time, in spite of being fully charged, I anguished. Should I spend $75 for a new battery that might only repeat the fading performance of the first or invest that money in this new model?

I finally chose the latter and am so glad I did. I hated spending so much, but the value of being able to get things clean FAST means a lot to me and that often means a quick burst here and a burst there when I notice something that needs attention. This new model is somewhat smaller, lighter weight and quieter, plus has a dual power setting. The normal power setting is fine for most things, in fact I haven't needed the strong setting at all except to get dog hair out of the crevices of my stair treads. The 10 minute run time is longer than it seems because the trigger action means the unit is on only when you're squeezing the trigger to actually vacuum something, not when moving to another location or shifting position. That's not only easier on the ears, it makes the work go more smoothly.
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As other reviewers have said, this vacuum is lightweight, sturdy, easy to maintain, and has great suction power. Unfortunately it also has a short operation time of up to 10 minutes, with a 3 hour battery charge time. If you can deal with that, and the cost, this vacuum is highly recommended.

What boggles my mind is that Dyson didn't design the vacuum to work with a power cord. Either allow the vacuum to be operated while the battery charger is plugged into the battery and the battery is plugged into the vacuum (a "pass through" mode that would send the DC power directly to the vacuum instead of the battery), or provide a separate AC-to-DC adapter with a (longer) cord, that would plug into the existing battery port. This is a no-brainer. If you Google reviews on this vacuum, you see over and over again that the main (if not only) complaint is the short operation time. Dyson could make a new AC-to-DC adapter NOW that would plug into the existing battery port. My only guess as to why they don't do this is that they want people to buy one of their larger vacuums for corded operation.

I'd give this item five stars if it wasn't for this obvious oversight. Three hours of charge time for ten minutes of operation is difficult to deal with.
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By EC on October 1, 2009
The DC31 is a joy to use -- so much so that I find myself looking for dust to capture around the house (and since I've run out, now taking it around to my workplace and to other people's homes). Cordless is key, making it convenient to grab and use rather than going into the storage closet to pull out a vacuum, uncoiling the cord, etc.

Certain parts of my home were overdue for a dusting, which was the perfect environment for the DC31. It's good for cleaning dust from hardwood floors, flooring trim, vent covers, and any smooth surface. I use the combination tool with brush (included accessory) to dislodge the slightly stuck-on dust and then capturing it, which is more convenient than getting a damp towel to wipe a dusty surface. Also, there are no left-over dust streaks with this method versus the damp towel. It might seem like overkill to spend this much for dusting, but the joy of using this tool makes it worthwhile. On carpets (short pile, car mats), the brush does a satisfactory job dislodging lint, foreign matter, etc, which then disappear into the clear bin.

The crevice (included) and flexible crevice tools (with brush; not included) provide an extended reach into corners to capture dusty cobwebs. Sometimes no attachments are used so that hair can be sucked-up without getting caught in the brush bristles.

Powder is difficult to separate within the bin and makes it through to the protective filter upstream from the motor. (This filter is easily washable.) In the operating instructions it warns against using on too much flour or other fine powders.

Weight distribution is well-balanced for comfortable usage around the house, and the weight (3 pounds) and size are portable enough.
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I can't figure out what the folks who don't like this are talking about; for it's intended purpose I couldn't be happier with this purchase. I'm glad that I thought about what the negative reviewers were really saying before I let them influence my purchase.

As far as a 'short' run time between charges, I just don't see it. Maybe if I were to try & vacuum the whole room, or do a real cleaning in the car at one time. But I bought it for spot jobs, the ones that you just happen to notice could use a quick once over. Or general touch ups in trouble spots. For that use this unit is unbeatable! No cord, GREAT suction (without even using the turbo mode), & quite reasonable run time for it's size & weight. If you need more, get out the real vacuum (as you probably should have in the first place).

Not cheap, but then either was my stand up Dyson. But you get what you pay for...
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