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Dyson DC44 Review

Dyson DC44 ReviewWith the DC44, Dyson will be able to meet the cleaning needs of an apartment owner where storage space is a premium.

I live in a 46 square meter townhouse so I have to maximize storage and a vacuum like this would be a great cleaning tool because it is essentially 2 products in one.

This versatility allows, the DC44 will work well on upholstery, carpet, stairs, bare floors and all the spaces in between with 4 different attachments.

It has two attachments equipped (a narrow and wide floor cleaning head) with a motorized brush that picks up dust, hair and other debris on a variety of surfaces.

You can mount this on a wall, ready to roll when you need it.

Talk about a small footprint.

The design of this motorized brush is unique to Dyson.

While most other brands will just slap in bristles, Dyson engineers used a combination of carbon fiber to pick up statically charged dust, and stiffer nylon bristles that act as an agitator that works quite well on both carpet and hard surfaces.

This is a newer version of the DC35 model that adds a motorized floor tool to the package.

It has twice the power and runs 15 minutes longer (+3 mins on max) though it has a longer charge time.

Editor Rating
Bare Floor

★★★★★ 

Carpet

★★★★½ 

Pet Hair Removal

★★★★½ 

Ease of Use

★★★★½ 

Overall

★★★★¾ 

Price

Features at a glance

  • Uses a 22.2 volt Nickel Manganses Cobalt battery
  • 20 minute run time on normal mode, 8 minutes on boost
  • Attachments include a crevice tool, combination brush tool, mini motorized brush head and a full sized brush head
  • Utilizes a root cyclonic technology that keeps away dust from the filter in the middle thus maintaining performance even as the dirt cup gets filled up
  • Transparent dirt container
  • Motorized brush head has carbon fiber filaments that pick up fine dust on hard floors and nylon bristles that dislodge dirt from carpet
  • Has a boost function that more than doubles the suction power
  • Included in the package is a wall mountable charger
  • Cleaner head pivots up to 180 degrees allowing you to clean deeper areas under your bed that other bulkier models may have trouble reaching
  • Filter is washable

Pros

  • Decent 20-minute run time
  • Short charge time of 5-1/2 hours
  • Versatile enough to be used as a stick vac or a handheld
  • Relatively lightweight at around 5.07 pounds and that’s with the floor attachment and wand
  • Transparent dirt container lets you know when it’s full
  • Filter is washable
  • Has a boost mode that doubles the suction power helping you pick up embedded dirt on carpet
  • Floor attachment can be swiveled up which makes this easy to move around
  • It uses narrow plastic tube so you don’t need a big clearance to reach under furniture
  • Floor tool has two types of brushes that help pick up fine dust on hard floor and stubborn dirt on carpet
  • Beater bar can be removed so it’s easier to clean
  • The filter doesn’t have to be taken off to empty the dirt container

Cons

  • One of the most expensive hand held vacuums
  • Lack of storage for attachments
  • Floor tool can’t accommodate larger bits of dirt
  • You’ll need to empty it often because the dirt cup is small
  • Emptying can be messy because you’ll need to use your fingers to dislodge dirt that can be stuck inside the dirt cup
  • Power button cannot be locked into place, it has to be squeezed to operate but this is purely subjective based on reviews
  • Hair tends to get caught on the brush roll and needs to be cleaned so it doesn’t clog the opening
  • Can’t stand on its own

Features of the Dyson DC44 Pet Digital Slim:

Dyson DC44 Features

 

At the heart of DC44 is a digital motor that produces 28 air watts on normal mode and 65 air watts on boost mode.

Now remember that it’s nowhere near the power of a full sized cleaner (a full sized Dyson upright will give upwards of 100 plus AWs, a canister around 250+ AWs) but for in-between clean ups it has decent suction.

It is powered by a Nickel Manganese Cobalt battery that’ll give you 20 minutes (8 minutes on boost)  of run time which in my opinion is enough for cleaning small messes.

Bare Floor Performance

If you look closely at the brush inside the floor tool, it has two separate bristles.

A soft black carbon fiber bristle that has anti-static properties capable of picking up statically charged dust and a stiff nylon bristle that agitates dirt on carpet.

Other vacuums use only nylon bristles may struggle with fine dust.

Floor attachment

It will not scratch hard floors because underneath it are strips of cloth that cushions the floor from the plastic body.

Strips of cloth

While the floor attachment is great at picking up fine debris, it will have trouble picking anything larger than a grain of rice.

You’ll have to ditch the floor attachment and use the crevice tool to pick up larger debris.

Carpet Performance

Piggybacking on what I said in the bare floor performance section, the 2nd brush fitted inside the floor tool is a stiff red nylon brush.

This is by design to help dislodge and loosen up dirt stuck in between strands of carpet that is usually harder to remove.

Upholstery Performance

You’ll get two attachments to clean upholstery both in your home and vehicle.

The mini-motorized floor attachment works well at picking up pet hair and other types of small particles on sofas, couches and chairs.

The combination tool (the one with the brush) can also be used on upholstery for larger chunks for dirt that may not fit in the floor tool.

Cleaning the Edges

It surprisingly did well cleaning edges on hard floors despite not having any edge bristles but it may have some difficulty on carpet.

Pet Hair Removal

Both floor and combination tools can also be used to remove pet hair.

The motorized floor attachment has stiff red bristles that scoop up pet hair on upholstery and carpet.

The combination tool can also be used to pick up pet hair on upholstery because it is equipped with a Velcro-like strip bottom that uses friction to dislodge anything that’s stuck here.

Here’s a video demonstrating how both attachments work…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bijXkfin2g

Attachments and Accessories

If you buy it from Amazon you get 5 – crevice, combination, mini motorized tool, motorized floor tool and the extension wand.

This guy bought it from Costo and got seven.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ku6AzOUKleA

One of the neat features Dyson added on the crevice and combination tool that most of us probably overlook is the small oval holes on the bottom of these tools that maintains air circulation which this prevents the tool from getting stuck on the surface its cleaning.

Charging Time

It takes around 5-1/2 hours to fully charge.

There is an indicator light that blinks one minute before the power is cut off.

Filter Clean up

There is a release button located at the bottom, push it down and the lid opens.

The one-touch emptying system may not work as Dyson claims because in some online reviews I’ve come across, you’ll need to use your fingers to remove stickier statically charged debris that tend to stick like pet hair or cobwebs.

The filter itself needs to be washed at least once a month.

Here’s a video on how this is done…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQMu1VroBbU

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9BwybDV3Cs

Run Time

It’ll give you around 20 minutes of continuous run time, however if you use the power or boost mode that number goes down to 8 minutes.

There were some consumers that got below 15 minutes of run time while others got a little over 20 minutes.

Most brands claim fade free power throughout the charge cycle but this one is one of the few that delivered on it’s promise.

It will deliver constant suction until the last minute were a light will blink letting you know that you need to recharge then power is cut off.

Warranty

Dyson gives you a 2 year warranty on parts and labor.

See it in Action

Some Youtube review from fellow bloggers…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzbKC3m03Jc

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tfK9BoKJx0

Product Specifications

AttachmentsCrevice tool

Combination tool

Mini motorized tool

Articulating floor tool

Extension wand
Battery22.2v Nickel Manganese Cobalt/Li-ion
ChargerWall Mount Charger
Charging time5.5 hours
Battery life20 minutes (normal)
8 minutes (boost)
Net weight (with battery, wand and floor attachment)5.09 pounds
Shipping weight10 pounds
Cleaning path9.1"
Overall length44.1"
Battery indicatorNo
Filter typeWashable cloth filter
Dust capacity11.52 ounces
Air Watts28 AW
65 AW (Max/boost)
Voltage110v
Manufactured inUSA
Warranty2 years on parts and labor

Customer Reviews

Close to 350 people left a review in Amazon and around 200 give it a 5-star rating and close to 80 gave it a 4-star rating.

Most people loved how easy it is to manuever around tight spaces because it weighed only 5 pounds plus it swivels!

A lot of them mentioned that this was a better alternative than pulling out a regular sized vacuum.

There were pet owners who loved how it picked up hair off floors, upholstery and carpet but also warned about hair getting stuck on the rollers.

As with all vacuums equipped with a motorized brush head, this part needs to be cleaned regularly.

A short video on how to clean the beater bar…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0a71p84sp8

The DC44 may struggle in picking up larger particles that can get stuck in the narrow pathway on the elbow where the head swivels.

Use the crevice or combination tool for larger chunks of dirt.

Most complaints mentioned this being a very expensive vacuum, some even going as far as saying that this is overpriced but remember refurbished units are available at around $100 cheaper.

Other complaints mentioned that the power trigger doesn’t have a lock mechanism that can be straining to the trigger finger and wrist. And there were also complaints about the small dirt bin.

Reviews from other sites

Dyson.com

Over 200 left a review in Dyson.com with over 190 saying that they’d recommend it to a friend. Surprisingly (for me at least) is most of the people who purchased this where between 45 to 75, far fewer people in their late 20s or early 30s got this.

People like how it was lightweight and compact but still had strong enough suction to pick up dust, pet hair, dander and all sorts of dirt.

Most complaints were related to trigger that doesn’t lock in place – especially from folks with arthritis! Other complaints were the 20 minute battery life that they find to short and the price (gasp!).

Epinions.com

Only 3 left reviews but all of them gave it 5-stars.

All of them agreed that it cleans fine particles well, easy to move around, battery life was adequate and the attachments was compact enough to clean difficult to reach areas but they also agreed that the price is pretty steep.

Price

If you’ll buy it in Dyson’s website, it’ll cost a few cents under $400.

The best deal I could find online is through Amazon, and you’ll also get free shipping.

Another option is getting a refurbished unit ($100 cheaper) also from Amazon that is if you don’t mind getting something that’s used.

Update (September 14, 2013)

Dyson is releasing the DC59 on 1st of October, so Amazon has slashed their prices with this impending release.

Grab this opportunity to own a Dyson.

Editors note: Amazon price may change without prior notice which may be due to store promos. Look at the box displayed on the right of this page to see the latest price.

Conclusion

This product is great for…

Small home or apartment owners looking a spot clean-up tool they can use on a variety surfaces except thick carpet.

It has a long extension wand that’ll allows them use this both as a stick vacuum and handheld – essentially 2 vacuums in one. This reach also allows you to clean cobwebs off the ceiling.

The motorized floor tool is great for both hard floors and carpet. The mini motorized tool is great on upholstery and on floors just in case the floor tool is too wide.

The crevice and combination tool can be used if you need to clean other areas like the windows or tables and to pick-up larger debris that won’t fit in the floor tools.

It has its flaws…

Since the dirt cup is rather small (holding only less than 12 ounces of dirt) you’ll need to empty it often.

Also holding the power button for 20 minutes can be strenuous on your fingers, though some say that it is a benefit because it helps conserve battery.

Personally I’d like to have an option where it locks in place. Imagine yourself cleaning cobwebs off the ceiling at the same time squeezing on the power button – it’ll give your fingers and wrist a good workout.

And finally there’s the biggest flaw – the price, one of the most expensive vacuums at around $400 (retail).

If you are looking for a stick and hand held vac to clean up small messes around your small home or apartment, this product can cover both these needs but don’t expect it to match the deep cleaning power of an upright or canister vacuum.

Garrick Dee
 

Garrick is the founder of the Cordless Vacuum Guide that originally focused on cordless vacuums but he has now expanded to reviewing corded vacuums and carpet cleaners to be able to provide a more complete guide in terms of choosing the right cleaner.

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