From the first time you see the DC44, you can tell that it’s not your average vacuum cleaner. Dyson took a lot of risks on this innovative machine, and you can see it from a first glance. Yet, at the same time some of the most innovative things are inside the plastic housing, nestled tightly together and hidden away from view. Things like the Dyson Digital Motor, a motor that provides amazing performance, yet sips power and is very lightweight. Other innovations are easier to see, like the carbon fiber on the brushroll that helps reduce static cling on hard floors.
The Dyson DC44 comes with two different heads to clean carpet. The first head is the general purpose floor head with a motorized brushroll. This head does a great job, and is very maneuverable thanks to their V-ball system which allows the head to pivot around corners and objects simply by turning your wrist. This head does a very good job at getting carpets clean, even if you move it quickly as you pass over the carpet. The only problem I have found with this head is how quickly the brushroll gets tangled with hair, but that is a minor problem due to how easy it is to remove the tangled hair (it just takes a quarter turn of a quarter to completly remove the brushroll for cleaning).
The second head is the mini motorized head, which is much smaller, lacks the V-ball tech, and has much more space in between the bristles. This head is great without the wand for cleaning a small intense spot, or for cleaning tight areas. Perfect examples where this head would perform its best would be a pet bed, a small area of carpet or the floor mats of a car. This head concentrates the suction of the machine to a smaller area therefore making it ideal for small messes as opposed to everyday cleaning.
Hard Floor Performance:
The vacuum performs very well on hard floors when using the general purpose head thanks to the good suction and effective brushroll. Dyson designed the DC44’s brushroll with carbon fiber filament, which works on hard floors to minimize static electricity. In practice this means that there won’t be dust stuck to the floor with a static charge after you are done vacuuming. Overall, the performance of the DC44 on hard floors is quite good, and it does a great job at cleaning up quickly.
The DC44 comes with 2 main attachments in the box, with more available on Dyson’s website for purchase if the need arrises. The first is the crevice tool, which works pretty well and has a wide opening for large objects to enter. That said, the crevice tool is nothing to write home about and really isn’t that special. What IS special is the second attachment, a combination tool that dusts surfaces and sucks up large particles. The tool is special as it converts from dusting mode to straight suction mode very easily by pressing a catch and sliding the bristles back, allowing you to easily change modes while cleaning.
The DC44 is a great machine for cleaning up messes, big or small with its compact size, powerful suction and well designed tools. Although the price might be slightly high, the performance, reliability and ease of use make up for the high perceived price. Overall, this is a machine I keep in my home, and I use it many times a week because it does a great job and helps keep the house clean before a mess piles up.