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Dyson DC59 Motorhead Cordless Vacuum
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- 75% more brush bar power than the DC59 Animal
- Powered by the Dyson V6 digital motor
- 2 Tier Radial Cyclones
- Balanced for floor to ceiling cleaning
- 24 minute cleaning time
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Direct Drive Motor: DC59 Motorhead contains a direct-drive motor in the brush bar, centralizing weight distribution of the brush bar driving stiff nylon bristles into the carpet to remove ground-in dirt. The direct-drive motor delivers direct power - 75% more power than DC59 Animal. Outcleans Without a Cord: Out-cleans the top 5 best-selling full-size vacuums across carpets and hard floors without the hassle of a cord. The Latest Motorized Head with Carbon Fiber Filaments Transmits 1.5 times more power than its DC35 and DC44. Customized to provide fade-free power. Mini Motorized Tool for Tough Tasks. Removes hair and dirt from upholstery and confined spaces. Docking Station: Stores the machine for charging. Holds two additional attachments. Re-Engineered Nickel Manganese Cobalt Battery: Transmits 1.5 times more power than DC35 and DC44. Customized to provide fade-free power. And the DC59 Motorhead turns on when you need it, off when you don't. Many other cordless vacuum cleaners remain switched on from the moment cleaning starts. Battery power is wasted between cleaning tasks. Dyson Digital SlimTM vacuum cleaners have a run-time enhancing trigger. Trigger grip releases instantly, meaning battery power is only used for cleaning. It allows for a 24 minute cleaning session. New hygienic one-touch bin empty. Just push the button to release the dirt. Accessible from either side. Cleans Under Low Furniture Low profile cleaner head. Stays flat to the floor when the machine is fully reclined. Lightweight and Ergonomic. Fits naturally into the shape of the hand.
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|Item Dimensions||29.10 x 10.70 x 6.10 inches||12.45 x 5.17 x 8.11 inches||48.97 x 8.81 x 9.84 inches||11.00 x 7.00 x 30.00 inches||10.00 x 16.30 x 6.10 inches||17.00 x 7.00 x 9.00 inches|
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+Very light and easy to handle. Makes it great for multi story residence or to take out to clean the car. It is also easier to clean hard to reach spots with this vacuum. The vacuum with no attachments weighs as little as 3 lb.
+Strong enough to replace your full size vacuum. If it wasn't for the battery limitation, this vacuum at max mode would outperform every other vacuum I have ever owned especially on a bare floor.
+Emptying the bin is very easy. Go to the nearest trash can, push down the bin button, and that's it.
+Easy to store and charge. The station is a big plus. Without it, I would worry about where I put the vacuum since it is more fragile than upright vacuums. Hanging the vacuum on the wall also means more closet space for you.
- Battery last for a maximum of 20 minutes only. That's if you don't use max mode or a motorized attachment. If you decide to use max mode on a full charge. It would last for a maximum of 6 MINUTES ONLY! With that being said, it is somewhat understandable since bigger battery means heavier weight and is the reason why it has a dynamic trigger rather than a simple on/off switch. It also takes up to 3.5 hours to fully charge which is gonna be an issue if the battery dies before you finish vacuuming. what can make this a deal breaker is the fact that the battery is built into the vacuum meaning that you can't just swap batteries and continue cleaning. [-1 star]
- 2 years non extendable warranty. For a MSRP of $550, you would need to at least have the option to protect your investment for more than 2 years. The warranty alone make this not worth the price. It also reflects Dyson's lack of confidence in their product when compared to their competitors who offer 5 years warranty on competing products that cost less than half the price. [-1 star]
-The station can't hold more than 2 attachments. which is disappointment since it already comes with 4 or 7 depending on where you buy it from. As of now, I have 1 attached to the vacuum and 2 to the station and one stored in closet. It would have been nice to at least have it hold additional attachments on the sides of the station.
- Very small bin. Not a big deal since it is very easy to empty. It is about fifth the size of a regular stand up vacuum.
In short, you will have to empty the bin and recharge after each use. The charging station makes your life a lot easier. You are less likely to forget charging it since this is where you are going to store your vacuum. Max mode is great and wish I could use it all the time but it drains the battery so fast that it would die before I finish vacuuming the rest of the house. Performance and quality wise, this is the best thing you could get. What I struggle to understand is why would a company that provides top of the line products that are leading the market choose not to show their confidence in the quality of their innovations by providing a warranty that is more appropriate to the price tag they set. This why I would have never paid the full price on this thing. I don't mind paying premium price for a premium product but I would expect a premium warranty as well.
I was looking for a lightweight easy to us vacuum for cleaning small areas without having to resort to pulling out my heavyweight upright vacuum cleaner.
I had done a lot of research from various sources I went with a small portable vacuum instead of replacing my upright. Of the many options I almost went for a corded vacuum when I decided to try out the Dyson DC59 knowing that it was expensive and if it did not meet my expectations it would be promptly returned.
There is much hype surrounding the Dyson and other vacuums with vortex or wind tunnel, etc. technologies. They all share some commonalities. This centrifugal vacuum technology is not new and there is merit to it. A good design centrifugal vacuum system will allow the maximum air-flow when the dirt canister/bin fills up. This is not true with other vacuum systems, i.e. most bag vacuums.
There are two versions of the Dyson DC59. One for pet and the newer Motorhead. I opted for the Motorhead and yes I do have multiple pets that do leave hair all over.
I went with the Motorhead as it was rated a little quieter than the pet version of the DC59 and it was a little lighter.
The performance with the DC59 has been very good for those quick cleanings when you don't need or want to pull out a big vacuum.
Below I went into detail of some of the possible issues with this vacuum and tried to address each one.
I compared the Dyson with my Panasonic upright and a DeWALT handheld shop vacuum.
The sound was measured using an uncalibrated inline mic plugged into a tablet running a sound measurement application. The mic was placed on a carpeted floor. Each vacuum tested was place in the same spot 3 feet away from mic. Background noise level ~44 dbA.
Panasonic MC-V7387 upright vacuum (collection bag ~90% empty)
~61 dbA no boost with Motorhead attached
~62dbA no boost without Motorhead
~67 dbA with max boost on and Motorhead attached
~70 dbA with max boost on and Motorhead attached
DeWALT DC515 Heavy Duty 1/2 gallon 18V Cordless wet/dry vacuum
Straight sound level measurements can be deceiving. There is a difference between measured sound and that which a person senses as more or less irritating. This can be caused by sound frequency, and other characteristics.
To me, the sound coming from the Dyson not running the boost mode is not as irritating as my other vacuums and my cats, who are very sensitive with the noise from the vacuums and will run and hide, are not as spooked when I use the Dyson and don't run and hide unless I get to within ~10 feet of them.
Bag vs Bagless
My upright Panasonic vacuum uses bags. I do like this vacuum very much and it performs for my use as a general household vacuum for whole house cleaning quite well. The bag makes it very convenient to dump large quantities of dust laden dirt into the garbage. The drawback is there is a reduction of suction (actually air-flow) as the bag fills up and the need to have replacement bags.
With the bagless Dyson and DeWALT vacuums I do not have to worry about having a supply of bags on hand. Its dirt collection bin is small, but this is not a problem for small vacuuming jobs.
The suction (air-flow) on the Dyson does not seem to diminish when the dirt collection bin fills up.
The biggest disadvantage to the bagless vacuums is the potential cloud of dust you get when you empty the collection bins and if the bin does not seal tight prior to use you end up with another cloud of dust.
You can easily minimize these examples of dust clouds by lowering the collection bin as far as possible into the garbage before opening them. And after you empty the bins ensure the seal to the opening on the bins is relatively clean and free of any debris that could compromise the seal.
Complaints by Others and my Findings
1) The tools and other attachments don't fit tight and could leak air.
- There is a flexible gasket inside the Dyson and its hose connections that help reduce the possibility of air/vacuum leaks.
The loose fitting of the tools and attachments makes it easier to make connections versus having them too tight which would make them harder to attach and remove.
2) Have to use fingers or a stick to dislodge packed dirt in the collection bin.
- If you have difficulty emptying impacted dirt after you have tapped on the bottom of the bin a few times try this: Close the collection bin and turn on the Dyson a couple of times. The air flow in the bin should push the dirt to the bottom of the bin for easy emptying.
3) Cannot swivel the Motorhead very far.
- From the upright position tipping the Dyson sideways will allow you to swivel the Motorhead 90 degrees so it is parallel to the vacuum's shaft.
4) Battery charge exhausts in 6 minutes.
- First off, the Dyson DC59 is not for cleaning a whole house in one going. For this you should use a corded vacuum cleaner.
Turn off the boost mode. The non-boost setting has plenty of suction for most applications and will last ~16 min. with the powered brush tools and ~20 min. with the non-powered tools, i.e. crevasse tool.
To maximize your runtime run the Dyson only when you need it. Don't continuously run it when moving it around not vacuuming.
5) The pre-filter does not lock into place.
-The gasket on the filter holds it into place with a press fit and the Dyson's vacuum will further hold the it in-place when Dyson is running.
6) You have to pull a trigger to operate the Dyson instead of an on/off switch.
- The pull on the Dyson power trigger is very light at <0.5 lbs. And running the Dyson only when you are vacuuming will help extend use time.
7) Dyson DC59 is expensive.
- I can't disagree with that. There are other vacuum that are less expensive. Although the alternatives I have found them to be heavier, louder, or have power cords you have to drag around and find a convenient available outlet. And with these corded portable bagless vacuums you have to drag the power cord with with the vacuum to empty the dirt collection bin.
For my use of spot cleaning, lightweight, easy to use, and less irritating noise the Dyson DC59 Motorhead was the best fit.
8) Dyson DC59 does not clean as good as an upright.
- In many cases when it comes to deep carpet cleaning this is true. An upright vacuum is heavier and this weight allows the brush head to beat harder into the carpet loosening deep embedded dirt. The Dyson DC59 does a very good job at cleaning the carpet for daily use. I leave the heavy duty cleaning for my upright once a month.
For hard floors the Dyson DC59 Motorhead does better because of the lower profile of the powered brush head which has less chance of scattering and missing dirt and dust like as many uprights do.
9) Motorhead on the Dyson stops working on some carpets.
- This is true and the cause may surprise you. It is for the one of the reasons it's so good on hard floors that creates problems with some carpets.
You will have problems with carpets that do not have an open pore backing, i.e. scatter rugs with rubber backing. If air cannot pass through the carpet as the vacuum is ran over it the carpet will be pulled into and against the powered head brush and stop it. The Motorhead has such a low profile there is less air-flow around the edges and needs to get majority of its air-flow through the carpet. This is not all bad as it's better to have a vacuum pulling air (dirt) from the carpet that the air around the brush head.
You can work around this by using one of the non-powered brushes that does allow some air to flow in from the sides of the brush.
After some real world use in my household with four cats and multiple cat sand boxes the level of dust and cat litter in the carpet has been reduced. With quick regular vacuuming around the cat boxes after litter clean up has made a difference in my home. I am still impressed in the amount of cat hair this little vacuum pulls out of the carpet. And best of all I don't have to trip over a power cord, yeah! I have not cleaned the small internal filter and have yet experienced any issues with that so far though I should clean it soon to avoid future air flow problems.