Cleaning / Product Reviews

I Hate to Vacuum, but the Dyson DC35 May Change That

Before I say anything else, let me just say that I hate to vacuum. As in unequivocally, without a doubt, hate with a capital H. Unfortunately, it’s a necessarily evil because my apartment has carpet in every room except the kitchen and bathrooms. The result of my vacuum hate is that I’ll procrastinate. So though we take our shoes off at the front door 90% of the time to minimize dust, dirt and germs being trekked through the house, carpet is carpet, and there’s no avoiding some accumulation.

The idea of pulling out our hulking vacuum every other day is not appealing. In fact, it conjures black and white images of those infomercials where you see a tired, frazzled housewife tugging around a hefty vacuum that makes her want to pull her hair out, with foreboding music in the background. Then in the next scene, you see the same woman, smiling and happy, using a much lighter handheld machine with birds chirping and upbeat music playing in the background.

That’s a ridiculous comparison, I know. But for me, the Dyson DC35 is the “happy” vacuum. Seriously, it makes a chore I hate much easier. I can’t say I look forward to it, but at least now I know it will be over pretty quickly.

We have owned another cordless vacuum. At the time, that one seemed great. But after using it for a while, a couple of problems became apparent:

  • Suction was decent, but when we turned it off and put it back on its charger, dust and other stuff the vacuum had picked up would be deposited into the charging cradle because of low suction.
  • And speaking of suction, it would lose power after a few short minutes of use. So while it still turned on, the power clearly waned, and it wasn’t nearly as effective for the last few minutes.

The DC35 apparently has fixed that. You get full power, and full suction, for 15 minutes of use  — 6 if you use it on “max” power for tougher jobs. During those 15 minutes, suction is constant. And because the charging cradle attaches to the handle area of the machine, there’s no worry about picking up the vacuum, only to find dirt from yesterdays cleanup on the charger. And did I mention it’s Energy Star qualified?

The biggest downside? You have to hold down the power button while you’re using the machine. On most vacuums, you can simply switch power on and off. In this case, you have to keep your finger on the button or the vacuum shuts off. An annoying feature, definitely, but something I can learn to live with based on its other benefits. That’s one of the reasons I’m thinking on getting a new vacuum all together, I have seen some of them online, for example the best hepa vacuum seems like one of the best options.

I relish in the fact that this lightweight machine can tackle big jobs like vacuuming under the dining table to small jobs like cleaning crumbs off the sofa. It’s incredibly easy to switch attachments, so I can go from a long vacuum that can tackle the entire floor, switch to a smaller nozzle too clean up my window sills and small cobwebs in corners, then remove the long nozzle altogether and use the upholstery attachment to clean my dining chairs. Overall, I’m incredibly impressed!

Next week, I’ll share with you some of the jobs I was able to tackle with ease because of this machine. In the meantime, check out this video from Dyson sharing what goes into engineering and testing the DC35, I have always found cnc engineering to be very interested:

Disclosure: I am a member of the Walmart Moms program. Walmart and Dyson have provided me with a Dyson DC35 Digital Slim vacuum to review and compensation for my time. Participation is voluntary and as usual, all opinions are my own.

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I am a graphic designer by trade who has a strong passion for interior design and doing what we can to protect the environment. This blog and my other site, Green & Gorgeous, are my ways of giving back to the Earth.


  • Naomi
    May 7, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    I want! Drooling over a vacuum cleaner, who would have thought?

    • jennae
      May 7, 2011 at 9:13 pm

      I’d be drooling too, if I didn’t already have one…lol. I can’t believe how powerful this tiny thing is and all the jobs it can handle. It’s really been great for us!

  • Samantha Sophia
    May 11, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    If nothing else it looks ubber cool!


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