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Published on January 3rd, 2011 | by Heather


Dyson’s DC23: Tiny But Strong

If you haven’t no­ticed, this is a week of suck­ing. In the good way- yes­ter­day, we checked out a leaf blow­er and vac­u­um, and ear­li­er this week we re­viewed a high-end vac­u­um. Now we move on to an­oth­er con­tender- theDyson DC23 Tur­bine­head Can­is­ter vac­u­um, which looks more in­ter­galac­tic ex­plor­er than house­hold clean­er.

Out of the box, we ap­pre­ci­at­ed the de­tails- and not just the over­all in­dus­tri­al de­sign that Dyson is just­ly fa­mous for. The re­tractable cord that self-winds, easy to find pow­er but­ton and most im­por­tant­ly, a vac­u­um clean­er that was easy to use. The han­dle piv­ots and we ac­tu­al­ly felt com­fort­able uti­liz­ing this in­stead of lug­ging it around half-dazed by weight and noise. The hose was cen­tral­ly lo­cat­ed, if a lit­tle awk­ward as it comes off the unit clock­wise.

The most im­por­tant part is how it ac­tu­al­ly per­formed. The DC23 did a su­perb job of vac­u­um­ing. We couldn’t com­plain about the suc­tion and were on­ly sick­ened by the amount of dirt and de­bris ac­quired from our sub-par clean­ing stan­dards. The HEPA fil­ter fea­tures a Bac­ti­safe screen that traps and kills those dis­gust­ing par­ti­cles of bac­te­ria and mold. The DC23 is ac­tu­al­ly cer­ti­fied asth­ma and al­ler­gy friend­ly by the Asth­ma and Al­ler­gy Foun­da­tion of Amer­i­ca.

Cat and dog hair name­ly were pulled up eas­i­ly along with more dust­balls than we’d like to ad­mit hav­ing. As a can­is­ter vac­u­um, it can ma­neu­ver in­to tight cor­ners and small­er spaces and, ad­mit­ted­ly, our pad need­ed this kind of deep clean­ing. Luck­i­ly our place has a mix­ture of hard­wood, thin car­pet, and some kitchen tile and there are two set­tings on the unit it­self for both car­pet­ed and non-car­pet­ed sur­faces. It comes with a stair tool for fo­cus­ing on dust and dirt from stairs which was use­ful as we have quite a few steps and dust tends to pop­u­late in those crevices. A brush tool and air­flow crevice tool com­plete the set and are rec­om­mend­ed for cob­webs, base boards, and even pic­ture frames. We used the Tur­bine­Head brush bar for short and medi­um pile car­pet but it should be not­ed that we have read that the Dyson D23 Mo­tor­head is more ap­pro­pri­ate if you do have main­ly car­pet in your place.

If you are look­ing for a stel­lar hand­held vac­u­um in­stead, look no fur­ther than the Dyson DC31. It has a du­al-pow­er mode that al­lows for 10 min­utes of high con­stant suc­tion or 6 min­utes with 70% high­er suc­tion. Per­fect for quick jobs or small ar­eas. We loved that it was bag­less and had a wash­able fil­ter.

Our on­ly com­plaint is we wish the can­is­ter could have been a lit­tle bit big­ger. True, maybe that means we need to vac­u­um more so it wouldn’t fill so quick­ly, but we’re just say­ing. The bag­less fil­ter is easy enough to emp­ty and we def­i­nite­ly pre­fer the no-bag ap­proach, when it’s easy to clean and con­ve­nient to re­move and re­place the can­is­ter.

Now for stor­age. The Tele­scop­ic Wrap Sys­tem was de­signed so we could com­press the hose/wand and with no wires get­ting tan­gled, we found enough clos­et space for it to hide it. Though we must ad­mit, af­ter what came out of the car­pet to­day, the DC23 won’t be in hid­ing for long. The at­tach­ments fit a bit loose­ly on the unit, kind of stick­ing out and mar­ring it’s sleek good looks a bit. It’s def­i­nite­ly a bit pricey- but cheap­er over time than a bag vac­u­um. In terms of a com­par­i­son against our oth­er re­cent con­tender, they are ac­tu­al­ly dif­fer­ent in a few key ways- the DC23 is much small­er and eas­i­er to move around, per­fect for the city dweller. But the LG did of­fer slight­ly eas­i­er op­er­a­tion over larg­er spaces, as it could sweep wide­ly and of­fer a bit more pow­er at a slight­ly low­er price.

The DC23 comes with a 5 year war­ran­ty and is avail­able on Ama­zon for $360.

About the Author

Heather Millward is a contributor to the website as well as a stay-at-home wife (not by choice). She has lived in Iowa, San Francisco, and most recently, Arizona. Her goal is to travel, write a book, and quit killing Zombies as she has become quite obsessed with "Call of Duty" and might need an intervention. She enjoys food, wine, reading, and the return of Arrested Development. Heather considers herself to be a fashionista and though she didn't end up at FIDM as originally planned, she considers Trina Turk, Tory Burch, Burberry, and Chanel to be among her favorites. After she wins the powerball jackpot, she has planned a lengthy shopping trip to Neiman Marcus. Though she graduated from a University with the mascot of a Peacock and has never worked in Public Administration, she has done her fair share of sales and advertising.

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