Gadgets 1273

Published on November 11th, 2010 | by Greg


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- the Dyson 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

Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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