Dyson was kind enough to send over their new Dyson DC31 hand-held vacuum for us to review. Now, I’ve never ever used a rechargeable vacuum so I can’t compare it to other rechargeable units out there but if I know that if it works as good as the other Dyson vacuums do, I’ll be a happy camper. I’ll be happy because mainly the fact that it’s cordless and with my twins running around and playing with every little thing they can get their grubby little hands on, it’ll save me a lot of time by not having to worry about them pulling on or playing with the cord.
The new DC31 is the mid-range model of the 3 new generation hand-helds from Dyson. My first thought when seeing the unit in person was.. “this is a vacuum.. huh”. To me it looks like some sort of power tool I’d find in my husbands toolbox or something.. it looks very “macho”… but cool! It also looks fairly heavy but it actually weighs less than 3 lbs so it’s light and easy to handle.
It offers two different power settings; 10 minutes of 45-airwatt constant suction and 6 minutes at 65-airwatts.Included with the hand-held are two standard tools: a crevice tool, and the combination tool, which the DC24 upright has as well.
Now seeing that it looks so “macho”, I’m sure this is why my husband insisted on immediately cleaning out the car because he wanted to “test it”. Was I going to complain, no way! Earlier in the day our daughter took off the lid to her cereal container and dumped the cereal all over the car and I wasn’t looking forward to cleaning up the mess, so if my husband wanted to go out there and clean it, I would welcome it! His first words to me when he came back in the house was.. “Wow, this thing is cool! Come check this out”. So I followed him out to the car to watch him use the vacuum for a few minutes and had him let me give it a try and I have to say that the power suction this baby has is pretty amazing. It cleaned up messes with little effort, was easy to handle, lightweight and just plain awesome. Another good plus is that the attachment is very thin.. we were able to get between the seats and the console with no problem at all.
My mom is actually in the market for a new hand-held vacuum for her pets (she just had some new pups) so she could definitely put good use to the DC31 or the DC31 Animal and would make the perfect gift for her this holiday season.
DC31 has a retail price of $220 and $270 for an animal version, a little more expensive than other hand-hands but it’s definitely worth the extra moolah.