by Jason Dyck
(last updated December 7, 2009)
The Dyson brand has become synonymous with unusual designs and advanced technologies. James Dyson's special design of bagless vacuum cleaners has become very fashionable in recent years, and those vacuums have won awards and certifications from prominent organizations for their quality. I got a chance to try the smallest of the Dyson family, the DC31. It is a cordless (battery powered) handheld unit about the size of a small pitcher, and roughly shaped like one. All the buttons, switches, etc., are clearly marked. The DC31 comes with a crevice tool and a hybrid tool for debris and dusting: the brush part slides back and forth along the shaft, locking into either position. This model also includes a dual speed control. The lower speed gives better battery life and still picks up most things, while the high power setting delivers superior suction for heavy duty jobs.
(For more information on Dyson vacuum cleaners, see their website at http://www.dyson.com.)
Wanting to put the vaunted Dyson technology through its paces, I tackled my staircase which had been the recipient of some tough love by my two toddlers. I also used the DC31 on a few other jobs around the house since then as well. Here are my thoughts on its performance:
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