Dyson DC59 Motorhead Review: Versatile and Powerful Stick Vacuum

Last updated on December 3rd, 2018 by Garrick Dee

Deep cleaning thick carpets are normally reserved for large upright vacuums with powerful motors.

What if I told you that a cordless vacuum could do it?

Let me introduce the DC59 MotorHead.

Dyson DC59 Motorhead Review

Important note: The DC59 MotorHead is the same as the Dyson V6 MotorHead but is around a hundred dollars cheaper. Just a heads up for you guys.

This is a DC59 Animal on steroids with a new beefed up floor tool with its own motor!

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This additional motor (a feature only found in corded vacuums) means that the motorized brush will spin faster and will be capable of deep cleaning carpet.

It still has the same V6 motor and accessories as the original DC59 Animal.

Dyson says that this new and improved brush roll picks up better than other corded vacuums like the Shark, Bissell, Hoover and Eureka.

Take not that this stick vacuum is more expensive than a lot of upright vacuums. But what you’re paying for is the technology that comes along with this product.

A quick look at the features

  • Direct driven motorized brush gives this 75% more brush roll power than the DC59 Animal
  • Uses a V6 digital motor that produces 28 air watts of suction power (65 air watts at max)
  • This is usable for stick and handheld vacuum
  • Wall mountable docking station makes it easier to store
  • Has 3 attachments – crevice tool, combination tool, mini-motorized brush tool
  • Nickel cobalt manganese battery takes only 3.5 hours to recharge and will run for about 26 minutes (but only 6 minutes in max mode)
  • 2 year warranty

Pros

  • Great suction
  • The bigger motorized brush has its own motor which means better deep cleaning action in deeper piled carpet
  • Lightweight
  • Only takes 3.5 hours to recharge
  • Max function doubles suction power but decreases run time (6 minutes)
  • Easy to empty
  • Versatile – can be used as a handheld and stick vac
  • Easy to clean filter will last the lifetime of the vacuum
  • Easy to clean motorized brush

Cons

  • Not for large homes (only has a 24 minute run time)
  • Very expensive, as expensive as a Dyson Upright!
  • Noisy especially with max button turned on
  • Small dirt bin
  • Struggles with large debris like cheerios on hard surfaces
  • Large debris may clog the suction chamber

What to expect from the Dyson DC59 MotorHead?

The biggest improvement that this version got over the DC59 Animal is the larger motorized brush roll. Have a look at the comparison.

Dyson DC59 MotorHead vs Animal

Bigger motorized brush with 75% more agitation

Not only is this bigger, it has its own motor that has 75% more power.

It in a way followed GTech’s lead put the motor right on the floor tool which eliminated the need for a belt.

Another feature that Dyson highlights is the powerful agitation that helps to deep clean.

Reviews have confirmed this, not only from consumers but also review sites like Geek.com who put this to its paces.

DC59 MotorHead Features

 

For the rest of the features, it is the same as DC59.

Attachments and accessories

To help with versatility, this variant comes with the following tools

  • Mini motorized tool
  • Combination tool
  • Crevice tool
  • Charger
  • Removable extension wand
  • Docking station

You can interchange these tools on the motor or wand. So this is a versatile cleaner that can clean floors and almost every nook and cranny.

Charging time

It will take roughly 3-1/2 hours to fully charge.

Filter clean up

Unlike the DC44, you don’t need to remove the dirt cup to access the filter.

All you need to do is pull it out and rinse it under running water like what you’ll see in this video…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_3906515437&feature=iv&src_vid=fuJdsUhqXAc&v=-e8dmP0mf_E

Run time

If used in normal mode, it’ll run as much as 20 minutes. When you use the max mode that doubles the suction power exclusively that number goes down to 6 minutes.

Warranty

It comes with 2 years when purchased in the United States.

See it in action

Here’s a short demonstration on how this differs with the older DC44. The brush roll has its own motor and as you will see towards the latter part of the video how well it cleans short pile carpet thanks to the increase in agitation…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0-_K6Lv2kE

A detailed review by Jims Review Room were he tests the features, cleaning performance and run time (plus so much more)…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rnc3wDdDMNA

Bare floor performance

According to Geek.com, even with the new direct driven motorized brush, the Motorhead’s performance on hard surfaces isn’t too far off from the DC59 Animal.

On their test, a quarter cup of flour was poured on a hardwood surface and the Motorhead needed multiple passes to completely clean off flour.

It had a tendency of pushing stuff ahead of the vacuum because the vacuum head was very low on the floor and you’ll have to tilt it just a little bit.

One of my favorite tests to see the effectiveness of a vacuum is the big mess test and Kode1996 puts the DC59 into its paces with this very big mess on hardwood…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHnxMns6TKc

Carpet performance

On Geek.com’s tests it performed better on carpet. It needs a single pass to clean a quarter cup floor on the carpet.

This shows the effectiveness of the direct driven motorized brush head on carpet.

If you still doubt on how effective the DC59 is on carpet then watch this video and see how it does cleaning up on of the toughest things to clean – Kenetic sand which isn’t any ordinary play dough but something more loose and kids can go crazy creating stuff with it. Anyway that’s off topic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cr1chzA8p3w&feature=youtu.be&t=15m31s

PC Mag compares both the DC59 Motorhead (Magenta) and Animal (Blue) on mashed up crackers…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQiK6fTJW_o

The results on these two videos are impressive but remember that it was done only on pretty low pile carpet so the jury is still out on how this will far on thicker pile carpet.

Upholstery performance

This should work well on upholstery because the floor attachment can be used to clean dirt off chairs or sofas.

It also has a couple of attachments that will work well here – a crevice tool, combination tool, and a mini-motorized tool.

The combination tool can be used to remove stubborn dirt because when you push back the brush it’ll reveal an agitator that’ll be effective removing stubborn stuff like pet hair off fabric upholstered furniture.

Combination tool looks like this…

Combination tool

Note: Except for the floor tool and mini motorized attachment, the DC58 and DC59 share the same attachments.

You can use the mini-turbo brush to remove pet hair if you don’t want to use the floor tool on sofas.

Pet hair performance

Removing pet hair on carpeted and even hard surfaces shouldn’t be a problem with the direct-driven motorized brush tool.

Again, piggybacking on what Sal Cangeloso said in his review, the motorized floor tool was able to pick up 90% of cat hair off a wool army blanket which is impressive because it is very hard to remove with purely suction alone.

Product specifications

Features
AttachmentsCrevice tool
Combination tool
Mini motorized tool
Direct driven MotorHead tool
Extension wand
Brush roll on/offNo
Battery22.2v Nickel Manganese Cobalt/Li-ion
ChargerWall Mount Charger
Charging time3.5 hours
Battery life20 minutes (normal)
6 minutes (boost)
Net weight4.9 pounds
Shipping weight9.2 pounds
Cleaning path9.8"
Overall length48"
Battery indicatorYes
Filter typeWashable cloth filter
Dust capacity15.36 ounces
Air Watts28 AW
100 AW (Max/boost)
Voltage110v
Manufactured inUSA
Warranty2 years on parts and labor

What do consumers say?

This amped up version received a lot of rave reviews not only in Amazon but in technology blogs like Geek.com and PC Magazine.

Consumers liked the strong suction power and the new floor tool which is 75% more powerful than the Animal. This allowed it to pick up lots of dust, dander and pet hair.

Consumers said it did well on finer debris but struggled somewhat on bigger chunks of dirt like cereal, some consumers said it did struggle also with cut up paper.

But if you watched the video above, it did well on crushed biscuits, some of which are large chunks so it is capable of handling large chunks if needed.

There were some complaints of the motor heating up fast and it was a little bit messy emptying, particularly with the tendency of dust to fly everywhere when you empty on a garbage bin. Avoid emptying this indoors as much as possible.

Battery life is not bad for a cordless – 26 minutes, but don’t expect this to clean anything larger than a 1,000 – 1,500 square foot home in one charge.

This is a great in-between spot cleaning tool even it’s expensive.

Lastly, the dirt cup is fairly small, so if you’re doing anything more than a spot clean up task, you’ll have to empty this often.

Where can I buy this?

You can buy this versatile cordless stick vacuum in Amazon for around $300 more or less. And it’s eligible to 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 would be great for apartment or small home owners looking for a deep cleaning cordless vacuum on their carpet flooring.

The brand new floor tool is bulkier and 75% more powerful than the Animal; combine this with the strong suction makes this a very good carpet cleaner despite being cordless.

The more powerful brush roll makes you need to use the max button less.

The 26 run time may or may not be enough depending on how big your house is. Also the dirt cup is on the smaller side so if you’re doing more than spot cleaning, you’ll have to empty it often.

Pet owners will also appreciate the brand new brush roll design because it picks up tons of pet hair.

Not only does it remove pet hair from floors, it can also remove them on stairs and upholstery!

Overall, this is a great upgrade to the DC59 Animal that actually works but it comes at a premium so you’ll have to fork well over $500 to get this which I consider an investment to a cleaner home.

Unlike most cordless vacuums out there that do one thing well, the Dyson is a multipurpose machine that cleans from floors, nooks and crannies, all the way up to the ceiling.

Would it replace an upright? Well maybe in a smaller home, or a home with mostly hard surfaces but certainly not on a big home with wall to wall carpeting.

7 thoughts on “Dyson DC59 Motorhead Review: Versatile and Powerful Stick Vacuum”

  1. Hello,
    My concern is regarding the motorized brush for use on the hardwood floors. We just installed Hickory Wood floors and upon completion the installers noted that we could not use a rotating brush on these floors. Now, I want to purchase this DC59 but I’m not clear if the brush system will or will not scratch the surface of the floor. If my concerns are confirmed then would you inform me of which other product would be appropriate for use on hardwood floors? Your assistance in this matter is most appreciated.
    Thank you,
    Louise Dietz

    1. Hi Louise,

      Take note that you cannot turn off the DC59’s motorized brush so there is risk of scratching your Hickory wood floors, better get something that has an option of turning it off. For cordless stick types, I’d recommend two – the Hoover Air Cordless 3.0 and the Hoover Linx Stick – both have options to turn off the brush roll. The later has better performance on hardwood surfaces but at the expense of run time, it can only run for 15 minutes on a full charge. The Air 3.0 has a much longer run time at 50 minutes from its two lithium ion batteries.

      If you don’t mind a corded vacuum, I’d recommend the Eureka Might Mite which is specifically designed for bare floor surfaces because it has strong suction and has no motorized brush.

      Hope this helps Louise.

  2. Bought my Dyson on Amazon in May, it worked about two months and was perfect for spot cleaning the house, boat and car. It stopped working altogether, so I returned it and received a replacement. Four months later, the replacement stopped working. I always cleaned the filter regularly and followed the other instructions that came with it. Now, I try to return it and can’t because it’s been more than 90 days. I don’t understand why something that costs this much has such unreliability.

  3. I purchased the vacuum along with new area rugs with good rug pads. The first time I used the vacuum the suction was so good the vacuum stopped dead and I was afraid to push it too hard. I added a small felt pad in the back of the brush to reduce the suction and now it seems to work fine both on the rugs and bare floors. My question to you is there any other suggestions that might be more efficient? Also, I was thinking that after I vacuum a few times the nap will be reduced and I will be able to take full advantage of the vacuum’s power. Again, what do you think?

    Many thanks, Bob
    .

    1. Hi Robert,

      Thank you for the feedback. First off, how think are the rugs? You may feel some resistance on thicker rugs because it has relatively slow wheels and the motorized brush also creates friction. Just vacuum slowly with a steady pace to maximize the suction power and brush roll, this is the best way to use this vacuum to maximize cleaning efficiency. I’d be careful with the pad, it might void the warranty.

  4. Hi we purchased the cordless dyson I do like using it however it does vacuum differently on different types of carpet on our pile carpet it seams fine but on our flatter hard wearing carpet it seams to almost stick like glue and is hard to push and uses the power quicker also we have trouble emptying the catch gets jammed and we have to push the dirt catcher towards the stalk while pressing the release trigger is this a common fault

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