Dyson DC34 Handheld
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- 2 years parts & labor warranty when purchased from an authorized reseller
- Powered by Dyson digital motor- up to 3 times faster than conventional motors - creates the most power efficient handheld
- No loss of suction
- Hygienic bin emptying
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Dyson DC34 Hand-Held Vacuum
DC34 has the highest suction of any other handheld. It’s powered by the Dyson digital motor, which spins three times faster than conventional motors making it the most power efficient handheld. DC34 uses a 22.2V lithium-ion battery which releases charge evenly, so performance stays strong with no drop off. An LED battery indicator lets you know when it needs recharging, and it recharges up to three times faster than others. The Dyson DC34 handheld comes with a combination accessory tool and crevice tool. The combination accessory tool has a wide debris nozzle to pick up crumbs and large particles and converts to a brush tool for dusting delicate surfaces and computer keyboards. The crevice tool is ideal for cleaning base boards, picture rails and in-between furniture.
Root Cyclone Technology for No Loss of Suction
Some vacuum cleaners rely on bags and filters to trap dust and dirt. Air is meant to flow through tiny holes, leaving dust and dirt behind. The problem is that when you use them, these tiny holes can clog up with particles of dust. This chokes the flow of air, so the vacuum cleaner loses suction. Dyson vacuum cleaners don’t rely on bags to trap dust and dirt. They use patented Root Cyclone technology, which spins the air at incredibly high speeds. The cyclones inside a Dyson vacuum cleaner generate centrifugal forces many thousands of times the force of gravity. Dust, dirt and pet hair are flung out of the airflow and straight into the bin. No bags, no loss of suction.
Dyson Digital Motor: Smaller, Lighter, More Power-Efficient
DC34 is powered by an intelligent Dyson digital motor. It’s smaller, lighter and faster than conventional motors, and because it doesn’t rely on carbon brushes, there are no carbon dust emissions. The Dyson digital motor in Dyson handhelds spins at up to 104,000 rpm- that’s five times faster than the engine of a Formula 1 race car. The Dyson digital motor is also lighter than conventional motors allowing the DC34 to weigh just 2.9 lbs. And because the motor is smaller and lighter than other motors, it has balanced weight distribution, making DC34 much easier to handle.
2-Year Parts and Labor Warranty
Your Dyson handheld is likely to take a few knocks and bashes during everyday use – but that’s nothing compared to what Dyson puts its machines through during testing and development. All Dyson handheld vacuum cleaners undergo a lengthy and rigorous testing program. That’s why all Dyson handhelds come with a free 2-year warranty – parts and labor.
What's in the Box
- DC34 Handheld Vacuum
- User Guide
- Quick Start Guide
- Lithium-ion 22.2V Battery
- Mains Battery Charger
- Combination Brush/ Wide Debris Nozzle Tool
- Crevice Tool
- Product Registration Card
- 2-Year Warranty
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DC35 Digital Slim
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|Item Dimensions||12.7 x 4.4 x 8.1 in||5.17 x 12.45 x 8.11 in||5.5 x 17.25 x 7.75 in||5.56 x 14.5 x 8.13 in||16.3 x 10 x 6.1 in||5.7 x 8.2 x 15.6 in|
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Purpose of purchase: Clean cat litter around cat box, cat hair on chairs, occasional spills; some dusting (ceiling fans, behind TV's). Also, we needed cordless vac to take out to the parking lot to clean the cars.
I asked Santa for the Dyson handheld as a Christmas gift because we have a Dyson canister vac that we bought back in 2006 that really impressed us with how well it worked. It remains the best vacuum we've ever owned, but it cost a pretty penny - $500 at the time. However, it just really blew us away performance-wise, and proved the old adage of getting what one pays for.
Based on that experience, and because we were disgruntled with the performance of our ancient, messy, corded handvac, we decided that dishing out the big bucks on a Dyson hand vac would be the way to go. On Christmas morning, I opened up the Dyson, turned it on and went about cleaning everything in the living room but was disappointed with the lack of "wow factor": It seemed sort of average, and certainly didn't live up to my expectations. So, I went onto Amazon to do more research, putting a lot of thought into what I'd be using it for; and decided to pick up and try out the B&D model before making any hasty decision to return the Dyson.
Having the two units at home, I tested them both over the next two days on my ceiling fan, around the cat box, kitchen drawers, etc. - often simultaneously using them side by side, switching hands frequently so as not to favor one particular vacuum. When done, I emptied the contents of each onto a piece of paper to examine the quantity of contents the dust bins. I was shocked by how much more debris was in the B&D and can only surmise that it was due to the inferior physical design of the Dyson (the angle issue -see below) in re. to how well it made contact with the surfaces that I'd been attempting to clean. Also, the B&D came with a nifty pet hair cleaning attachment, which I used on one half of a cat-hair-covered chair (using the Dyson with it's normal attachments for the other) and, in general, there were many areas in different rooms that I simply couldn't reach with the Dyson that I could with the B&D due to its elongated, flexible wand.
Cost: Dyson handheld - $176 (obviously a great bargain) at Best Buy; B&D Flex, $56 at Walmart. Each was priced at about half off the original MSRP.
Battery Life: Much longer on Dyson (about twice as long)
Charge time: Much faster on Dyson (3 hours vs. 20 hours)
Design: Dyson looks cooler but functionally, the design of the B&D model made it more effective at getting into tight spots. Also, even though the Dyson weighs in at only 2.92 lbs, and the B&D weighs about a lb to 1.5 lbs more (I couldn't find actual weight and when comparing specs on Amazon/Internet - Dyson lists actual unit weight and B&D lists shipping weight) due to the angle in which one needs to hold the Dyson in relation to the object being cleaned, AND the fact that one must always push the "on" button on the Dyson where it is gripped ( a power saving but at times annoying feature) it was actually much more tiring to use the Dyson -and I'm a total wimp who initially was excited about the lighter weight of the Dyson, and almost didn't do this experiment after realizing that most of the other hand vacs out there weigh considerably more than the Dyson.
Performance: Due to the difficulty in getting the angle right while holding the Dyson, even though it obviously had more suction power than the B&D model, as proven by oh-so scientifically attaching to each vac to the palm my hands then trying to lift them off the ground via suction power, I found that I was able to clean up more dirt with the B&D. That really surprised me because, at best, I expected them to clean up about the same amount, but actually went into the experiment assuming the Dyson would outperform the cheaper model.
When trying to clean my ceiling fan, the awkward position of the Dyson made it so that it offered no benefit over lugging out my canister vac. But due to the flexibility of the hose on the B&D, I was able to clean in all of its nooks and crannies.
Both units have a two year warranty. My previous experience with Dyson's customer service was excellent (on my canister vac) while previous experience with B&D (many years ago for a power tool) was just so-so, maybe a little frustrating if memory serves. I'm a little concerned about the poor customer service reviewers have noted with Black and Decker models, but even still, I expect that if anything goes wrong with the B&D, I can get them to honor their warranty, even if it isn't a terrific experience.
We're returning the Dyson because, for our particular needs, the B&D worked just as well or better, and cost a whopping $120 less! There is just no way to justify that kind of cost discrepancy. So, for all of you out there who wish you could afford the Dyson, but actually only have $60, don't feel like you're losing out. There may be some aspects of the Dyson that are nicer (longer battery life, shorter charge time) but for cleaning around the cat box and under the car seats, the $56 B&D model more than met our needs.
If each of the units had cost the exact same amount, I'd probably give each of them 4 stars. However, since money is important to me, Dyson gets two stars for its awkward-to-hold design, and for overpricing the unit, while the B&D gets 5 stars for being such a bargain in comparison - and, of course, easier to use.
As a last thought, if my needs were different - i.e., I needed to get out the hand vac several times a day to use for 20 minutes or more each time and had a very specific purpose for it, I *MAY* have gone with the Dyson, especially if pet hair wasn't an issue.
I like it so much that I've even purchased one for a good friend as a gift.
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