Dyson DC35 Multi Floor Review
The Dyson DC35 is good at one thing: touch-ups on bare floors. Beyond that, it's barely better than a dustpan and brush.
Though it's stylish and maneuverable, the diminutive Dyson DC35 Multi Floor is good for one thing, and one thing only: picking up small amounts of dirt off bare floors. It's utterly useless for anything else.
While the idea of having a cordless vacuum at the ready in the kitchen seems appealing, spending $299 for the weakly Dyson DC35 Multi Floor is not.
Design & Usability
A compact vacuum with the attachments of a full-size unit, this Dyson doesn't disappoint when it comes to fitting in tight spaces.
The Dyson DC35 Multi Floor is unlike any other vacuum on the market, in that it's essentially a cordless motor and filter that hooks to any number of attachments. In seconds, it can go from a floor sweeper to a hand vac; as a handheld, it weighs a mere 2.96 lbs. With the floor extension installed, it's still only 4.76 lbs, making it exceptionally light. It's designed for wall storage in a cradling charger, an interesting enough set up that gadget lovers might want to keep it on display instead of tucked away in a storage closet.
A top-mounted motor and lightweight bottom-mounted batteries make the vac a bit top-heavy, though the combination trigger and handle are easy to hold. Semi-spherical wheels mounted on the floor attachment aid in balancing the vac, making it relatively easy to glide along smooth floors. The Dyson DC35 Multi Floor's power switch is mounted, trigger style, on the inside of the handle, and the the machine only receives power when the trigger button is depressed—yet the trigger does not lock into place.
There's no hose on this vacuum, as the compact battery and motor are both built into the handle. The extension nozzle does give an extra 3.5 feet of reach, however. At 0.07 gallons, the dirt holder is tiny but works with characteristic Dyson aplomb. It'll fill up before the battery dies, and it's easy enough to empty. Without even removing the dirt cup from the unit, simply press a red button at the base of the dirt holder and the bottom will fall out, emptying the dirt. The vacuum has a washable filter located between the handle and dirt holder that Dyson recommends gets cleaned once a month.
Features & Performance
We'll say it again. This is good for just one thing: Quick cleanups on bare floors.
For all its fancy, funky design elements, this machine is really a one-trick pony. Sure, the DC35 does a very good job on bare floors, but that's where the good news ends. Vacuuming on long carpet with this Dyson means you'll have nearly as much dirt left as when you began, and pet hair cleanup is a similar exercise in futility. Short carpet cleaning is just passable, but not as good as other vacuums in the price range. Despite its lightweight nature, it actually does a decent job picking up debris, as well.
As the DC15 has a lithium-ion battery, power is continuous and doesn't ever feel like it's running out, offering full force until the battery is discharged. On the back is a button labeled "MAX" that gives an extra boost of power while cleaning. Below that, another button releases the swappable battery pack. The 6-foot power cord is on a "wall wart" adapter that plugs into the charging station. It's a two pronged affair and narrow enough to not crowd out other plugs; when fully charged, the Dyson DC35 Multi Floor has no cord tethering it to the wall at all. Dyson claims a fully charged DC35 can run for between six and 15 minutes; we ran it on "Max" with the floor brush attached—the most taxing setup possible—and it lasted for seven. If you need to vacuum for longer than that, you really should be using a full-sized cleaner anyway.
The Dyson DC35 Multi Floor features three attachments, two of which snap neatly onto the charging station. Though the extension wand is designed to remain mounted on the vacuum, it can also snap onto the charging station for storage while you use with other attachments. Speaking of attachments, you get a 10-inch crevice tool designed to get into narrow spaces, a brush that can be deployed to clean upholstery or to get dirt out of delicate surfaces, and a 8.5 inch wide floor tool—equipped with a brush made up of rows of carbon fiber filament—that can agitate dirt from carpets.
Pricey, and not really worth your time.
If you buy the Dyson DC35 Multi Floor, it definitely shouldn't be your only vacuum. It's a very good gadget for cleaning kitchen floors in between full washes, and vacuuming up spilled debris, but it's utterly useless beyond that.
While the little cordless vac has style and incomparable usability, we can't justify spending $299 for a high-end kitchen sweeper.
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