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Dyson Cinetic DC54 review

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Summary

Our Score

7/10

User Score

Pros

  • Impressive suction
  • 2 litre dust capacity
  • Appealing design
  • No filters to maintain/clean

Cons

  • Heavy at 7.8kg
  • Static cleaning arm attracts dust
  • Curved dust bin creates mess

Review Price £459.00

Key Features: Filter-free cyclone suction; 2 litre dust capacity; Tangle-free turbine tool

Manufacturer: Dyson

What is the Dyson Cinetic DC54?

The latest addition to Dyson’s cylinder vacuum range is the Dyson Cinetic DC54. It's the company’s first machine to be completely filter-free. With 290AW of suction and 54 rubber-tipped 'cyclone' cylinders, the DC54 should offer impressive cleaning abilities without having to worry about performance-depleting filter blockages.

It is bigger than your standard Dyson cylinder vacuum and comes bundled with a range of cleaning tools capable of tackling all surface types, but then you would expect little else for £459.

Dyson DC54

Dyson Cinetic DC54 Design

Futuristic and fearsome are two words not usually associated with vacuum cleaners, but when used in relation to the Dyson Cinetic’s design, they are surprisingly fitting.

Built around the company’s now familiar ball-based steering system, the Dyson Cinetic’s 54 compact 'cyclones' sit atop the vacuum to give the device a strong look that harks back to muscle car engines of old. These little cyclone pods separate dust from the air taken in by the vacuum. Despite looking the part, the Cinetic’s design is not all positive - there is some added bulk compared to other Dysons.

Dyson Cinetic DC54

Unlike the compact Dyson DC49, which has a footprint small enough to fit on a single sheet of A4 paper, the DC54 is a bit of a beast. The vacuum’s large, slightly awkward footprint (507H x 261L x 368W mm) means it is difficult to store in all but the most spacious of cupboards. What’s more, the hose repeatedly proved particularly unwieldy to store.

Storage is not the only design negative. It's also heavy at 7.8kg. As such it is not an ideal choice for the elderly or those with back issues, especially if it will need to be carried up and down stairs. Despite the system’s ball-based steering set up, this added weight makes the Cinetic slightly difficult to manoeuvre on occasion too, with a considerable tug needed to get it rolling.

On the plus side, however, the DC54’s large size means that the bagless bin features a spacious 2 litre dust capacity. A big bin means fewer trips to the trash should be needed.

Elsewhere the Dyson Cinetic’s 6.5 metre power cable gives the vacuum an overall reach of 10 metres. Although this should prove sufficient for cleaning most rooms, on such a large machine we would have expected a longer cable capable of covering any large open plan homes without the need to jump between plug sockets.

Dyson Cinetic DC54

Dyson Cinetic DC54 Features

Dyson’s biggest claim of the Cinetic DC54 is that it will offer 10 years of loss-less suction without needing any filter cleaning or cyclone maintenance. Obviously this is something we have not been able to verify during our three weeks with the vacuum, but the lack of filters means upkeep on the DC54 will be minimal.

No extra bits are needed either, thanks to the large array of included attachments. The standard version offers the common crevice and stair tools, while the Animal Edition of the DC54 comes with an articulating hard floor tool and tangle-free turbine tool.

Dyson Cinetic DC54

Although the articulated hard floor tool is ideal for getting behind shelving units and tackling dry spills such as sugar or rice, thanks to its compact, slim line design and lack of rotating bristles, the tool becomes clogged with fluff and hair all too easily. However, the tangle-free turbine is great at picking up hair without risk of clogging, as you'd hope.

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Cinq

February 4, 2014, 12:45 pm

290 air watts is not that impressive for something weighing almost 8kg and costing just shy of £500.

I had a previous generation Dyson, which was okay, but had a serious lack of suction - and cost a lot more - compared to my Bosch and my far-eastern branded make. Also be aware that having new carpets (and all the fluff and detritus it releases) can void the suction guarantee - found this out to my great cost. Which is why I bought the Bosch.

danielfrisbee

February 6, 2014, 12:52 am

Dyson has been given cult status in this country by tech fanatics hoping to whip up Apple-esque cache. The minute you look at it objectively, perhaps unsurprisingly you'd have to be mad to spend so much money on a hoover. My bashed up old henry still pulls up the carpet, best value for money I ever got I reckon.

Prem Desai

February 7, 2014, 8:57 am

Totally agree with you - have owned 3 dysons and never again.

Dyson are kidding people about no loss of suction - this may be true, but there isn't much to begin with.

Also, the whole concept of bagless is rubbish (no pun intended). What is the true annual cost of bags? Around £12-15 for me. This is the only minus point about bags.

The bagless plus point are no need to buy bags. The minus points are that you need to empty the dust container after EVERY use as it cannot hold much whereas a bag would easily go approx months for me. The other (big) minus is when you empty the dust container, you are greeted with a cloud of dust - with a bag, they seal themselves and you simply pop it into the bin.

What I have done is bought a Miele cleaner for £200. The quality of this thing compared to every Dyson I've owned beggers belief. It is so quiet (which Dysons never are) and powerful (which Dyson tells you they are, but aren't) that when it's on, the person in the next room can't really hear it.

My only regret is not buying it sooner.

In summary, Dysons are rubbish quality, don't last very long in real use, don't perform all that well and are seriously overpriced.

toboev

February 7, 2014, 8:46 pm

The only vacuum I've ever had break on me was a Dyson. The materials
used for the body are all flimsy plastics. I've nothing against
plastics, but not in the
pared-to-the-bone-and-pray-the-ribbing-makes-up-for-it design Dyson
seems so fond of, nor the thin, transparent and brittle stuff he uses
for the rest of it. These things seem designed to fall apart, and they
do. I've never understood how they achieved their cult following. HIs
washing machines were found out pretty quickly, but somehow people are
blinded by his vacuums.
I can only think some people take the mantra
"you get what you pay for" too much on faith and believe that by paying
over the odds you must be getting over the odds. You don't.

sjmleicester

February 8, 2014, 10:31 pm

Dyson - from my experience overrated, overpriced, overhyped junk. Suprise they continue to get away with it. Have had a Miele cylinder vacuum for over 10 years. Never let my cleaning lady down. ;-)

Carla

March 22, 2014, 5:07 am

Had last Dyson for 7 years, ran ok but with lots of Araldite glue holding parts together. Fool be me for buying the latest from Harvey Norman which is this DC 54,. Everyone out there don't waste your money we are going to get our $1049.00 back as it is a load of rubbish. I agree with every ones comments above. time to look at a different make.

Avi

February 15, 2015, 6:51 pm

Dyson would have you believe they are a vacuum company even a design company, infact they are nothing more then a marketing company! Their designs are appealing but not functional, anyone who has tried to navigate the cylinder ball with the wand will know what I am talking about, you are more likely to get a back ache then a clean floor.

All of the cleaners are flawed, the big ball which launched James Dyson entrepreneur's career first seen on a wheelbarrow doesn't work on a cylinder vacuum, infact it hinders movements more then providing agility. But the worst part of this vacuum is the telescopic wand in comparison to the hose which is too short. Once extended to the full position there is no room to manoeuvre so you are constantly pulling on the vacuum or having to bend over to provide any kind of moments for normal vacuuming, which goes back to having a back ache.

A flawed expensive heavy cleaner which does a better job at marketing itself then cleaning.

Jason Newell

June 21, 2015, 8:03 pm

What the heck are you guys doing to your Dyson vacuums? Mine is almost 10 years old and is still going strong...

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