Pairing style with substance, the Dyson DC49 is a highly impressive little vacuum cleaner. It produces far more suction that its size would suggest possible and, thanks to some clever insulating, keeps noise to a minimum. The digital motor that has been ported from the company’s hand dryers proves its worth. The traditional drone of a high powered vacuum is reduced to a more manageable whine, which you can comfortably talk over.
The Dyson DC49 does not specialise in a single surface type. It powers through all with aplomb, tackling hardware floors, tiled kitchens, carpeted stairs and deep plush rugs all with consummate ease. They only time when the compact Dyson struggles is when faced with small, lightweight throw rugs. Although able to suck out the dirt, the DC49 also sucks up the whole rug. This can be highly irritating, forcing you to tidy up after a clean. Sadly, we could not find a way around this problem.
Despite its strong cleaning abilities, the Dyson DC49 is not faultless. The hose can be a bit of a flappy nuisance in use, as well as being tricky to store. Although a necessary evil, it is at times infuriating in its unwieldy nature. That said, the quick release system that lets you jump between tools is a breeze to use and helps improve and quicken the whole cleaning experience.
If you can afford it and have a relatively small home, the Dyson DC49 is a great cleaning option. However, price is always a major stumbling block for Dyson vacuum cleaners, and the Dyson DC49 is no different. Fortunately it has the power and the performance to back up its £350 asking price, but this fee will still rule it out for many potential buyers.
For those with larger homes, a bigger upright vac with an increased dust capacity, such as the Dyson DC50 might be a better fit. If you live in a flat or apartment though, the 0.5 litre bin found on the DC49 should be big enough – just. It will require frequent emptying though.
The first vacuum cleaner to feature the same digital motor as the company’s hand dryers, the Dyson DC49 is quiet, compact and a something of a joy to use. Stylishly designed it will fit in with any swanky pad, but at £350 you have really got to want a thorough clean of your small abode to splash the cash.