Dyson DC39 Origin Review: A Versatile and Powerful Canister Vacuum

The DC39 Origin is one of the most powerful canister vacuums in the market right now – 280 air watts strong.

Putting that in perspective, 280 air watts is as strong or stronger than what most uprights produce.

This allows it to pick up more that upright vacuums as you’ll see in the video below.

Dyson DC39 Origin Review

Yes, it costs more than other brands but it is backed by a 5 year warranty which is one of the longest in the industry.

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Performance on carpet is also impressive based on reviews. Fit and finish seems great but there are a few issues that consumers found that hopefully Dyson can improve in future models.

What are those issues? Well you’ll have to read through this review to find out.

A quick look at the features

  • Uses Dyson’s patented root cyclone technology that prevents fine allergy causing dust from coming back out
  • Ball technology allows this to turn on a dime without tipping over
  • Main floor tool does not have its own motor
  • Brush roll on/off
  • Dirty cup is easy to empty with a push of a button
  • 5 year warranty
  • Motor produces 280 air watts of suction
  • Attachments include a crevice tool, brush tool and stair tool
  • Storage available for all tools

Pros

  • Dyson ball technology allows this to turn on a dime and prevents it from tipping over
  • Long warranty
  • Lifetime washable filter
  • Strong suction power – 280 air watts
  • Decent sized dirt cup
  • Has a storage for attachments
  • Brush roll on/off feature makes this usable on bare floor
  • Control for the brush roll is located on the handle so there is no need to bend down when you transition from bare floor to carpet or vice versa

Cons

  • One of the most expensive canister cleaners in the market
  • It is messy to empty
  • Plastic that holds the attachments feels flimsy
  • Large dirt cup may not on small garbage bins making emptying a bit messier
  • No power switch on the handle
  • Can struggle cleaning plush carpet or rugs
  • Bulky – you need to clear up some space to store this
  • Beater bar does not have a motor

What to expect from the Dyson DC39?

Unlike other canister vacuums that use two stationary wheels and one caster wheel for steering, the DC39 uses the so-called “Ball technology” that basically allows this to turn on a dime without the risk of tipping over.

To filter dirt it uses its patented root cyclone technology that according to Dyson prevents allergens from coming back out.

Washable filter

It comes with a lifetime washable filter which means you don’t need to buy extra filters.

This is big savings in terms of not having to buying replacements.

Attachments and accessories

It comes with only two – the combination crevice / dusting brush and stair tool. What’s neat is you can store both inside the vacuum.

Take note that the stair tool does not have any motorized brush and only relies on suction. If you have a lot of pets then go for the DC39 Animal with the tangle-free turbine tool.

Cord length

Power cord is at a generous 21.7 feet, which is pretty long for a canister vacuum and it has cord rewind so it saves you time because you don’t need to tidy up the cords after using this.

Filter clean up

The filter is located on the middle of the dirt cup and it looks similar to the DC59. To access this, all you need to do is twist then pull it out.

Dyson recommends that you clean it once a month but there is no need to replace the filter throughout the life of the vacuum.

Take note that this does not have any HEPA filtration. If you have allergy you may have to look at a bagged canister.

Warranty

Dyson gives a generous 5 year warranty on the parts and labor.

See it in action

Check out this video to see the different features of this canister vacuum.

Watch this next video to see how the DC39 performs on carpet. Notice the amount of dirt it was able to pick up even after the carpet was cleaned by an upright.

He spotted some potential issues with regards to the attachment holder and telescopic wand holder towards the end of the video, make sure to watch it from beginning to end to know what it is.

Bare floor performance

The strong suction combined with the brush roll makes this a great cleaner on bare floor surfaces. If you are concerned that the brush roll scratching your floors, you can turn it off and use only suction to pick up dirt.

For cleaning larger chunks of dirt, you can use the crevice tool to clean them up.

Take note that the telescopic wand is adjustable so you can move it in the lowest setting and clean the stairs with it.

Carpet performance

Despite the lack of a motorized brush, the DC39 has such strong suction that it will still clean dirt on carpet. If you watch the video above, it was still able to pick up dirt even after an upright vacuum cleaned the area.

A big reason for this is the strong 200 air watt suction that the digital motor produces. Keep in mind that the roller brush does not have its own motor so agitation won’t be as good.

It also allows it to deep clean abrasive dirt like sand underneath the fibers of carpet that when left un-cleaned can tear the base of the carpet over time.

Cleaning stairs should not be a problem thanks to the adjustable telescopic wand. However if you have pets, you may want to have a look at the DC39 Animal with the tangle free turbine tool that’s more effective on pet hair.

Upholstery performance

The DC39 does not have any specialized tool to use on upholstery. So you’ll have to rely on the combination crevice / dusting brush tool.

If you have companions at home with long hair or lots of pets, the DC39 Animal will be a better option.

The latter is slightly less powerful producing only 275 air watts compared to the 280 of this one but it’s much more expensive.

Pet hair removal

On carpet it should do a pretty good job because of the sheer suction power. But the lack of a motor to power the beater bar sets it back a little bit in deep cleaning pet hair.

On other areas like upholstery it may struggle because it does not have any specialized tool like the one found in the DC39 animal for the task.

If you have pets the Animal would be a better option.

Product specifications

Features
AttachmentsCombination crevice / dusting brush tool

Stair tool

Telescopic wand
Cord Length21.7 feet
Auto Cord Rewind
Yes
Motorized brush
Yes
Brush on/off switch
Yes
Swivel
Yes
Headlight
No
Filter clogged indicator
No
Full bin indicator
No

Dirt container is transparent so you can see if it's full
Bagless
Yes
Multi-surface
Yes
Self propelled
No
Net weight16.5 pounds
Shipping weight21.2 pounds
Hose lengthN/A
Cleaning Path10.3"
Overall reach32.8 feet
Dirt capacity2 Liters
Filter typeWashable filter
Power280 air watts
Voltage120 volts
Manufactured inMalaysia
Warranty5 years

What consumers say?

The lack of a motorized brush negatively affects performance on carpet and reviews confirm this.

Considering this product around $300, that’s a big con. Hopefully Dyson will add a motor in future releases.

Great on bare floor

It excels on bare floor surfaces like hard wood or tile. In one review, a consumer pointed out that it picked up dirt even on the grooves of the tiled floor where it is normally though to clean using vacuums that have weaker suction.

In one video review (check above), it was able to pick up a considerable amount of dust, sand and pet hair despite the carpet being cleaned previously by an upright.

You’ll also notice that the door of the dirt cup isn’t flat but tapered so when you empty this some of the dirt may get trapped in this area. This ins’t a big deal but it makes it a little more messier to clean up.

Some more potential issues

Several consumers that have lots of pets did complain about the beater bar clogging up. This isn’t a surprise because pet hair will wrap around the brush and clog if you don’t regularly clean it. So this is a maintenance issue more than anything else.

Overall, this is a great cleaner on bare floor and low to medium pile carpet that struggles with thick carpet/rugs.

Despite the Dyson name there are also a few surprising complaints about the plastics being flimsy.

Where can I buy this?

You can buy this from Amazon for a great price of under $270. And it’ll be eligible for their 2-day free shipping if you join Prime. They also sell extended warranties of up to 3 years if you want that extra peace of mind.

To wrap up

This canister vacuum would be great for people who are willing to spend and want a cleaner that will clean medium to large sized homes well.

Great for low to medium pile carpet

Whether your home is equipped with bare floor or low to medium carpet it should not be a problem for this because it is equipped with a brush roll and has lots of suction power (280 air watts).

It may struggle to clean plush carpet based on consumer reviews because of the small beater bar. But it should do well on thinner pile carpet.

Good for stairs

Stair cleaning is another pro because it is light enough that you can pick up and rest on the steps plus the telescopic wand is adjustable which allow for faster cleaning times.

The ball feature is a nice add-on that makes this very maneuverable and virtually topple-proof when you pull the hose.

Transitioning from bare floor to carpet should not be a problem because of the brush roll control located on the handle – you don’t need to bend over just to turn on the brush roll.

Dirt cup is pretty big at half a gallon so you won’t need to empty this very often. But it is wide so you may need to buy a larger garbage can (if you don’t have one) to make emptying this a little less messier.

Overall this is a very good cleaner (with some limitations) backed up by a long warranty though a bit pricey but for those who can afford it, it is a good investment.

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