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Dyson Launches Vacuum With A4 Paper Form Factor

Gordon Kelly


Dyson Launches Vacuum With A4 Paper Form Factor

After the air multiplier made the humble desktop fan one of the most talked about gadgets of 2009, Dyson has kicked off 2010 on more familiar ground.

The company has given a global launch to the equally remarkable 'DC26', a cylinder vacuum cleaner small enough to sit on an A4 piece of paper (25(H) x 32(D) x 21(W)). Already available since last year in Japan, Dyson claims the DC26 is a perfect miniature reproduction of its bigger brothers:

"It took us five years to painstakingly compress and rebuild every single component before we had a machine that was a third smaller than its predecessor, yet could still tackle dirt like bigger machines," said James Dyson.

Ultimately that means every one of the 275 components found in larger models is inside the DC26. Such shrinkage suggests durability would be akin to a pane of glass, but Dyson claims tests show it can withstand "5,318 drops onto a hard floor and 10,000 pummels against a metal wall from Dyson’s test team." It also has a seal to lock in allergens and a filter which expels air with up to 150x less bacteria and mould than regular air.

Naturally enough then, all this wizardry doesn't come cheap (does it ever with Dyson?) and the DC26 - given it has the same exact architecture - it will cost you just as much as a full unit with a £249.99 RRP and five year guarantee. Dyson research says 2.3m homes in the UK alone are smaller than 50m2, and while I'd suggest those living in less than 50m2 aren't the most likely to spend £249.99 on a vacuum cleaner I have to admit that yet again the company has managed to come up with that I want I want I want factor...


Dyson DC26

Peter 20

January 25, 2010, 7:49 pm

Very nice, although I would probably have to empty the canister 20 times just to vacuum the inside of my car.


January 25, 2010, 8:00 pm

I want I want I want!

Easter gift, anyone?


January 25, 2010, 8:17 pm

Why aren't they working on cold-fusion? That's what I want to know.. so much effort for the likes of occasional household appliances and public bathroom air dryers.

Martin Daler

January 25, 2010, 8:38 pm

Or how about a toaster that works?


January 25, 2010, 9:05 pm


Toaster that works? Try a Dualit. Expensive but last forever!


January 25, 2010, 9:33 pm

Very nice Mr Dyson, but will it happily suck up brick dust and water, without making horrible noises, like a £90 Henry can?

I don't think so..


January 25, 2010, 10:25 pm


Agreed. But turn your back, the timer sticks and it burns your house down.


January 25, 2010, 11:13 pm


Turn your back on a "regular" toaster and the pop mechanism could stick...

Turn your back on a piece of bread and it could spontaneously combust...

Toasting is a dangerous sport, back-turners beware!

Martin Daler

January 25, 2010, 11:15 pm


Dualits may last for ever, more is the pity they don't work.


January 25, 2010, 11:56 pm

Love my Dualit, it is great and has served me for over 7 years. Made in and repairable in the UK too :)


January 26, 2010, 12:55 am

WHY ???

The point being ???

It's not portable and still uses electricity. Needs emptying frequently.

Don't forget the resource (and CO2) wasted over 5 years to produce this!!!


January 26, 2010, 1:05 am

For £250, they could probably afford to build it in the UK.


January 26, 2010, 1:08 am

@Prem: I think you'll find that resources wasted on iPhone cases and other similar junk outweigh that for high tech devices at least a hundredfold.


January 26, 2010, 2:41 am

My girlfriend and I went to the IFA to scout out flatscreen TVs. Heading for the exit we passed the Dyson stand, I saw this beauty and we both fell in love with it, voting it our hit of the show! There is something seriously wrong when a vacuum cleaner can have such an effect on two, up to this point, sane and rational human beings, especially Julia, who is rarely known to 'lose' it! The Dyson rep told us it was coming to the shops "soon" and we've been waiting excitedly ever since! The other day I spotted it at Saturn (this is in Berlin). No, it's not cheap but compared with this other vacuum cleaners suck! ;)

Hamish Campbell

January 26, 2010, 1:43 pm

I'm amazed someone would use their time to design and make this, but all power.

Perhaps, though, someone should tell them that people have their vacuum cleaners sitting in a cupboard. No-one will see this.


January 26, 2010, 2:10 pm

Dyson, the Apple of the vacuum world.

Now before you all slay me let me explain that I was looking for a new vacuum cleaner recently, and did a lot of asking around and looking on the web. (Shame they aren't covered by the TR remit).

It's pretty much consensus that they have that "cool" factor, but they don't last (the motor in ours just blew after 8 years, but we only have one room with carpet in it, so it hasn't really been worked that hard). The bagless tech is a neat idea, but it seems that all of Dyson's patents haven't been able to prevent other manufacturers from jumping on the bandwagon, and they are still a mess to empty.

My recommendation after doing the research is that Miele are the best!


January 26, 2010, 7:28 pm

@Bluepork they're not reviewed (as yet), but we do cover Dyson announcements: http://www.google.com/searc...


January 26, 2010, 8:27 pm

@ Gordon

Leave it to the professionals! :D



January 26, 2010, 8:31 pm

@Mik3yB professionals?

Cleaners? ;)

vacuum forming

December 27, 2013, 7:30 pm

It also has a seal to lock in allergens and a filter which expels air with up to 150x less bacteria and mould than regular air.

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