Dyson DC47 Review



  • Impressively powerful suction
  • Easy to manoeuvre
  • Simple bagless cleaning


  • Limited 0.58 litre dust capacity
  • Heavy
  • Expensive

Key Specifications

  • Review Price: £319.99
  • 2 Tier Radial cyclone suction
  • Dyson Ball technology
  • Dual channel floor tool


Famed for making some of the most powerful, attractive and effective vacuum cleaners around, Dyson has added to its high-end range of compact cylinder vacuums with the Dyson DC47.

Packing 2 Tier Radial cyclone suction technology and a roller ball base for improved handling, the Dyson DC47 is no ordinary cylinder vacuum cleaner, nor does it come with any ordinary price tag. Partnered with a selection of performance enhancing accessories to handle all manner of surface types and dirt related issues, the Dyson DC47 will set you back a hefty £319.99, a sum that, although fitting with the brand’s premium appeal, will no doubt put many off this luxurious household item.

Far from a damming case of style over substance, Dyson, with the DC47 has paired surprisingly good looks for a cleaning appliance with impressively strong and simply performances to form a device that is practical and appealing in equal measures, if still a little on the expensive side. Helping justify this premium price tag, the high-end Dyson DC47 is partnered with a 5 year guarantee, offering longstanding peace of mind against your pricey purchase.

Dyson DC47

Dyson DC47 Design

Although vacuum cleaners as a whole are a range of devices that are not famed for their aesthetically appealing, desirable designs, Dyson has become renowned for creating arguably some of the most visually impressive machines on the market, and things are no different with the Dyson DC47.

Compact, colourful and oozing a high-end appearance, the Dyson DC47 has taken the standard compact wheeled vacuum design and turned it on its head. Crafting the appliance around a centralised navigation ball and bringing the suction components, in this case 2 Tier Radial cyclone technology, to the fore instead of being hidden away within the belly of the device, Dyson has created a vacuum that looks as good as it sucks.

Whilst Dyson has given the cyclone suction pride of place, all other unsightly components are hidden out of view within the ball system, helping create a finish that is smooth and unblemished. What’s more, despite being a largely plastic crafted affair, the Dyson DC47 feels surprisingly sturdy and robust with little worrying flex to components when putting the device under serious amounts of pressure.

Lining up at a tiny 44.8cm long by 22.1cm wide and just 29.2cm high, the Dyson DC47 is a space-saving, compact affair that is sure to appeal to those in properties where storage space is at a premium. These sub-size dimensions do not tell the whole story, however, with the vacuum’s cleaning arm, handle and hose adding considerably to the device’s otherwise minimal form factor.

Although transforming the Dyson DC47 into a more cumbersome being, the essential added elements are made as small a storage inconvenience as possible. Featuring a discreet clasp on the rear of the unit, the suction head can be attached to the vacuum’s body with minimal fuss to create a freestanding collaboration.

Dyson DC47

Dyson DC47 Handling

Thanks to the Ball technology at the centre of the Dyson DC47, the device is easy to manoeuvre. Allowing for a free flowing vacuuming experience that can considerably lower cleaning times, the latest model is halted only by the need to move rooms.

Enabling smooth navigation of even the tightest and most furniture cluttered of rooms, the central steering mechanism found within the Dyson Ball allows for on the spot turning, a feature that is an obvious omission from its wheeled rivals and one which is perfect for when you spot a previously missed area.

With an overall maximum reach of 8.3 metres, the Dyson DC47 performs above its size with the 5 metre power cord adding considerably to this single socket cleaning scope. Although easy to unravel, the Dyson DC47 power cable can, at times, feel somewhat intrusive, falling under the centralised steering ball, snagging on chair legs or sliding under loose rugs. That said, these are issues that affect most compact wheeled vacuum cleaners too and are far from limited to the Dyson model.

Regaining some praise, the vacuum cleaner’s auto retracting cable works well and can be triggered by a single button location on the device’s top. Striking a performance appeasing balance, unlike some rival machines, the automated power cord retraction on the Dyson DC47 is neither so fast as to become a plug-wielding danger, or so slow as to become a time wasting irritant. In practise, it is a very much a Goldilocks and the three bears-esque offering – just right.

As easy as the Dyson DC47 is to move during use, when setting the vacuum up or putting it away the device can prove a bit heavy. Weighing in at 6.08kg when empty, the Dyson DC47 is far from the heaviest cleaner on the market, but nor is it the most comfortable in the hand. Whilst for many this weight issue will be more of a noticeable niggle than an experience depleting catastrophe, if you are particularly weak wristed or suffer from considerable back problems then this might not be the vacuum for you.

Unlike other sites, we thoroughly test every product we review. We use industry standard tests in order to compare features properly. We’ll always tell you what we find. We never, ever accept money to review a product. Tell us what you think - send your emails to the Editor.