Dyson DC35 Stick Vacuum Cleaner.
The Dyson DC35 is one of the cordless and portable vacuum machines in the Dyson range. Also known as the DC35 Digital Slim MultiFloor this vacuum cleaner is not meant to substitute for the bigger Dyson cleaners but it is a powerful tool non-the-less and still very versatile.
The biggest mistake people make with this kind of cordless vacuum is to expect it to do what the bigger models like the Dyson DC33 or DC28 do.
On the downside, a few buyers online complained about various things which they would normally expect from the larger models such as the small canister vacuums or 15 mins battery life, but in my opinion I think they have totally missed the point and purpose of the DC35.
Dyson DC35 Vacuum Cleaner Review
This vacuum cleaner is great at the things it’s meant to do such as a the quick clean of the living room rug, under the kitchen or coffee table or the cat litter in the laundry. A lot of the reviewers also used it to dust and clean furniture and electronic equipment.
It also does a decent job – it can clean a medium size home quickly. It is also perfect for apartment homes. However a number of people fell into the trap of trying to substitute this little vac for their DC33 by attempting to clean their large 2500 sq. ft. home with it.
As you’ll read below, if used properly, the Dyson DC35 can fulfill its purpose more than adequately as the very mobile and quick-tidy-up tool which has heaps of suction power.
Dyson DC35 Vacuum Features
So what are the features of the Dyson DC35?
Cordless vacuum cleaner powered by a Lithium-Ion battery
This is the obvious differentiating quality of this model when compared to the larger, less portable Dyson vacuum cleaners. The Dyson DC35 is first and foremost a portable vacuum cleaner, hence why they made it smaller and cordless.
Lithium-ion battery has a typical life of 15 mins of cleaning power, which is normally plenty of time in which to clean up the mess your 3 year old made on the kitchen floor just before you were expecting those dinner guests.
In order to ensure that batter power is not wasted, Dyson have designed this vacuum cleaner so that you need to keep the power trigger pressed with your finger in order to run it. Some reviewers found it a bit annoying, but when you think about it’s probably a good idea because all it takes is a distraction such as a phone call and your 15 min window could quickly be wasted if the vacuum had a permanent power switch.
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Converts to handheld vacuum
This is another big portability characteristic which the bigger models do not have.
Dyson DC35 comes w/ a lightweight aluminum wand which has a long reach and can be used to clean floors while standing in an upright position or for those hard to reach places such as the ceilings or under couches and beds.
Vacuum cleaner wand is easy to remove, and the DC35 is easily converted into a mini-vac. In terms of versatility the Dyson DC35 stick vacuum is good for almost any type of cleaning – clean inside your car, under hallway benches, or staircase platforms.
There were a small minority of reviewers who said that the machine is a little on the heavy side when holding it in one hand for long periods.
Dyson DC35 Vacuum Cleaner Performance
Motorized floor tool with carbon fiber brushes.
The cleaning head of this vacuum has ultra fine anti-static carbon fiber brushes for cleaning hard floors such as wood and tiles. It also has rotating nylon brushes to remove dirt from carpets.
Quite a number of online buyers say they were very happy with the DC35 ability to be used as a “powered sweeper for primarily hard floors” and in a few cases some of the reviewers went as far as saying that this machine was the best they’d ever used.
Dual Power Mode
As a cordless stick vacuum, the Dyson DC35 offers two power settings: normal or MAX.
In the normal setting, this vacuum cleaner will give you approximately 15 minutes of 28 Air Watts of strong constant suction or 13 minutes if used with the motorized floor tool.
In MAX mode, the DC35 will give you 6 minutes of cleaning time with more than double the power of the normal mode. (you get 65 Air Watts of power when in MAX mode)
** MAX mode is designed for extra difficult tasks or stubborn grit on floors or carpets.
Although a clear majority of people appear to be quite happy with the Dyson DC35, there are some complaints which I discovered when I was doing my research on this product and I wanted to highlight some here.
The hold-down power button was found by some to an undesirable quality in the DC35 because a few people found it too tedious to keep holding the button down when vacuuming. Others described this as a minor annoyance. The design intent by Dyson was so that you don’t waste the battery time when you aren’t actually using the machine.
Some people found that the 3 hour charge time for the DC35 is too long. As we’ve seen, the DC35 is a portable vacuum cleaner which is designed to be used for quick cleanups which would ordinarily take no more than 15 minutes. Although the suction and performance of the DC35 is very good, it was never intended to clean your 3000 square foot condo.