Dibea C17 2-in-1 Cordless Vacuum Review: If You Can’t Afford a Dyson
A few weeks ago I wrote about the Dibea F6 cordless vacuum – a product very similar to the Dyson V6, at least in terms of looks.
Like the F6, this cordless or in GearBest’s terms wireless vacuum has the same design as a Dyson cordless vacuum. It uses a trigger mechanism and a top heavy design with interchangeable tools to give it more versatility.
The difference with this and the Dyson is that the trigger mechanism locks when you squeeze it. This frees up your fingers and puts less of a strain on your wrists when cleaning.
Squeeze the trigger a second time and it activates the max function that you’ll need when cleaning a larger pile of mess or when cleaning carpet.
To help guide you in this review I’ve created a table of contents section…
- Features at a glance
- Pros & Cons
- What to expect from the Dibea C17?
- Bare Floor Cleaning
- Carpet/Rug Cleaning
- Product Specifications
- Where can I buy this?
- To Wrap It Up
- Versatile 2-in-1 stick and handheld vacuum
- Main cleaning head swivels from side to side and almost folds flat that allows it to clean under furniture
- Soft carbon fiber bristles will pick up dust effectively
- Two speed control easily accessed through the trigger mechanism
- Great for surfaces like hardwood, tile, linoleum and low pile rugs and carpet
- Also comes with a brush tool and crevice tool for above the floor cleaning
- 2 volt lithium ion battery will run for 20 minutes (max mode) and 40 minutes (normal mode)
- It will take 4 to 5 hours to full charge this
- Suction is rated at 4,000 Pa (normal mode) and 7,000 Pa (max mode)
- 350 ml dust bin capacity
- Available in US or EU plug
- Comes with a wall-mountable docking station with storage for the brush and crevice tools
- One year warranty
- Very good cleaning performance on bare floor and low pile carpet
- Easy to maneuver because of the swiveling head
- Dirt bin is easy to empty
- You don’t need to constantly squeeze the trigger mechanism to use this vacuum which puts less strain on your wrist
- There’s a large 2″ gap between the brush and edge of the main cleaning head which means this will not clean edges well
- Brush tool is too short to effectively clean upholstery
- You cannot directly plug the adapter on the vacuum to charge it
- Filtration isn’t very good – you’ll need to clean the filter often
Please watch this video before reading the rest of the review to get a feel of what to expect of this product…
This product is very similar and yet different to a Dyson cordless vacuum.
Let’s look at the similarities first.
Both these brands use the same design – trigger mechanism, top-heavy-motor-on-top design, detachable wand and interchangeable tools.
To make things clear, Dyson is the pioneer of this design and Dibea is the closest to it in terms of copying the design.
However Dibea has some improvements over the Dyson that I think is worth mentioning.
No Need To Squeeze the Trigger
First improvement would be the trigger mechanism. In a Dyson, you will need to constantly squeeze the trigger for the motor to run.
You don’t need to do that in a Dibea. Squeeze it once and it locks in place.
This frees up your wrist from the pressure of squeezing a trigger and makes cleaning much less straining. If you’ve tried using a Dyson you’ll know what I mean.
Squeeze the trigger a second time and it activates the max suction which is great when cleaning rugs or carpet.
Easy to Empty Bin
Second improvement worth mentioning would be the dirt bin.
Dibea did something that Dyson wasn’t able to do in the V6 which is keeping dirt from clumping up the cyclonic part of the filter.
This is a huge improvement that makes emptying much easier. If you’ve watched the whole video, you’ll know what I mean.
Dibea also comes with a cyclonic filtration system that is similar to a Dyson but take note that it does not have as many cyclones. So it will not do as good a job at keeping dirt away from the bin.
The filter is washable but make sure to dry it up thoroughly before putting it back on the motor.
This vacuum comes with 3 tools – the main motorized brush, crevice tool and brush tool.
The main cleaning tool has a motorized brush with soft carbon fiber bristles – a similar one found in the Dyson V6 and V8 series. These bristles work great at picking up fine bits of dirt like dust and powder.
In the cleaning test I did, it also did a very respectable job picking up larger bits of dirt like rolled outs.
One gripe I have about the tools would be the brush tool. It’s way too short for cleaning upholstery.
The cleaning head also swivels from side to side which makes it easier to maneuver. It also can turn on a dime 120 degrees. But it isn’t as flexible as a Dyson though it’s pretty close.
Cleaning areas under furniture wouldn’t be a problem because the cleaning head almost lays flat. If you have a bed with at least a 8 inch clearance, this vacuum should be able to clean those areas easily.
22.2 volt Lithium Ion Battery
Like the Dyson, the Dibea C17 also comes with a lithium ion battery that takes 4 to 5 hours to fully charge.
And it’ll run for 40 minutes in normal mode and 20 minutes in max mode – that’s 14 minutes more than a Dyson V6 Absolute and 12 minutes more than a V8 Absolute.
It also comes with a 3 bar LED battery status on top to let you know how much juice the battery has left.
Powering this cordless is a 120 watt motor that produces 4,000 Pa of suction at normal mode and 7,000 Pa of suction in max mode.
Before I tested this product I was skeptical that it would have the same performance as the Dibea F6 on carpet.
The biggest issue with the F6 would be that it would snowplow large piles of dirt. At first I thought this would be an issue of the low profile design of the cleaning head.
But as I tested this vacuum I found out that suction also plays an important part in the equation.
Look at this before and after photo…
After one pass, this vacuum was able to pick up nearly everything in its path. There was a little bit of snow plowing but that’s because the two front wheels are in the way.
On a very large pile of dirt, there is some snow plowing but nowhere near as bad as the F6.
I did the same test on carpet which is dump a big pile of dirt and then do one back and forth pass. Here’s what happened…
After a single pass, it was able to pick up nearly all of the surface dirt. Again, I was surprised because the bristles on this vacuum are soft.
For a product that costs less than $100 the performance of carpet is very impressive. But remember that you don’t expect this product to deep clean anything. It’s an in-between cleaner that picks up surface dirt – that’s about it.
|Attachments||Main motorized brush|
|Brush roll on/off|
4 to 5 hrs.
20 mins (max mode)
40 mins (normal mode)
7000 Pa (max mode)
4000 Pa (normal mode)
You can buy this at GearBest for less than $100. Please check the links below for the latest prices. I’ve also listed the coupon code so you can get more savings.
- GBDBC7 (China warehouse) – $93.99
This stick vacuum is also available in Amazon but it’ll be more expensive. But it Amazon does have free 2-day shipping when you enroll to their Prime program.
If you need a cordless vacuum and don’t want to spend over $100 for one then give this product a look. It will not deep clean carpet but it does a pretty darn good job at cleaning surface dirt.
In my cleaning tests, it had more than enough power to pick up a huge pile of dirt.
Even if it had some snow plowing, it eventually was able to cleaning up most of the dirt scattered on the floor.
If there are downsides, one of which would be the brush tool that’s way too short. If Dibea could have added around 2 or 3 inches it would be been perfect.
Another would be the need to clean the filter often because it does not have as many cyclones as a Dyson.
But this product literally costs a fraction of a Dyson so from a performance standpoint it’s a great bargain.