When the DC41 came in we were excited, in the past we had not had good results with Dyson vacuums in our testing process. We really hoped that this would be the one they got right, and finally was worth the price. I am happy to preface this review with the fact that this is the first Dyson I would use in my house.
This machine is the combination of third generation Dyson ball technology and third generation Dyson cyclone technology, dubbed Radial Root Cyclone. The new ball is smaller, much easier to maneuver and more powerful that both of the two previous generations. The new ball also has the hoses between the bin and the floor head integrated into it, saving space and lowering the center of gravity. This makes it easier to maneuver around your space, and clean efficiently. The ball also works with the floor head to maintain a seal to the surface being cleaned. This seal helps the machine clean effectively by keeping the suction from leaking out of the brush chamber. This allows the machine to get great performance on fine dirt that is in the carpet, and effective cleaning in a residential setting.
The new cyclone technology is a HUGE step up from previous cyclone technology, as it now has smaller cyclones in addition to the large cyclones on previous machines. The large cyclones filter out larger particles, while the higher speed small cyclones filter out small dust and sand from the air stream. These cyclones work together to keep most dirt out of the filters and in the bin, a large step up from previous models. This machine will keep the filters and air cleaner than any Dyson before it, promising huge gains in performance.
The machine does not have many attachments that come with it, even though it has a great wand release system. For the high price a few more of the well designed Dyson attachments would have been greatly appreciated. That said the attachments that came with the machine performed quite well and are very nice to use. The machine also is very quick to convert from floor use to tool use, a large plus as some vacuums can take a great deal of steps and be cumbersome to the user. The hose offers good performance as well, being able to handle a large volume of debris being sucked up.
The floor head performs quite well, with a very nice brushroll that has the power to get deep into the pile unlike previous Dyson machines that were quite weak. This new design also ensures that the floor head creates a seal with the floor, keeping the suction concentrated and cleaning at a high efficiency. This does create a snowplowing problem, as when you try to pick up large debris the head will push them rather than allow them to enter the brush chamber and be sucked up. This is not as much of a problem as some others as you can easily detach the wand, suck up the large particles, and resume vacuuming your floors. This machine will also automatically adjust between different floor types, and can have its brush turned off for cleaning hard floors.
Overall this is a great new machine from Dyson, and I am happy to see that they are competitive with this machine in the marketplace. Although the price is high, the machine certainly performs quite well.
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