Introducing the Dyson DC65 or the Futuristic Vacuum Cleaner

When it comes to Dyson, I have to come clean and tell you that I’ve always loved how these vacuum cleaners look. There’s just something so futuristic and beautiful about them. But it’s not just the looks that have me hooked on Dyson vacuum cleaners.

They promise to do a great job and they deliver. Please keep in mind that I’m not talking about the stick versions here, though, as those aren’t that impressive. However, the Dyson DC65 hits it out of the ballpark because this machine is a monster at cleaning.

The Dyson DC65: Features and Overview

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Dyson touts the DC65 as being the most powerful vacuum cleaner in its class, namely among upright units. It’s supposed to have double the suction power of any other vacuum cleaner, though it was only tested against a few models, so there’s no guarantee this statement is completely accurate.

It features Radial Root Cyclone technology—it sounds like something you’d see in Battlestar Galactica—as well as a brush bar that’s been redesigned with somewhat stiffer bristles to pick up even more dust and dirt.

The unit has a special ball hinge that makes it highly maneuverable, so you won’t have to struggle to move it around obstacles or into difficult-to-reach spots.

The ball also contains a lot of the technology that makes the DC65 so effective, meaning that there are fewer elements on this vacuum’s exterior. This means that it’s much easier to maneuver the vacuum cleaner under furniture and in tight spaces because there are fewer elements for things to get caught on.

Dyson also claims to have created a highly efficient vacuum because it can automatically adjust to the type of floor you are cleaning. Most other vacuums need to have their base plate adjusted manually when you move from one surface to another, and since most people don’t make this adjustment, it means you are wasting suction power and energy.

The DC65 has a base plate that automatically adjusts to ensure perfect contact with the floor, regardless of the surface. It allows for fewer air leaks, meaning the head has more power to suck up any dirt, including the smallest particles like mold.

The Radial Root Cyclone technology has been developed to offer the best level of suction, with more efficient airflow that minimizes turbulence and ensures air pressure remains the same. This means that the internal cyclones are able to remove a higher level of microscopic particles.

A very interesting aspect of this vacuum cleaner is the brush bar. It has been completely redesigned so that the ridge where the bristles are connected has been raised, meaning the bristles are a bit shorter and a lot stiffer, which means that they can penetrate the carpet to a higher degree, allowing the vacuum to suck up even more dirt while reducing the likelihood of the unit scratching the flooring. On top of that, the brush bar is completely covered, ensuring that you’ll never again have to deal with dirty marks at the bottom of your cabinets or skirting boards.

Is the Dyson DC65 as Spectacular as It Seems?

Sometimes, companies have a way of making you think that they’re product is the best thing since sliced bread, but they often don’t deliver. And since the Dyson DC65 is over $600, I was a bit worried about it simply because it would be a hefty investment simply to test a vacuum cleaner, especially if it proved not to be the best vacuum cleaner.

Well, I’ll admit right now that I didn’t buy it. Instead, I borrowed it for a few weeks and did some rigorous testing. I have to say that I was impressed. Firstly, the DC65 looks great. It definitely doesn’t look like your run-of-the-mill vacuum cleaner.

The clear plastic lets you see what’s happening inside, and it blends bright colors with a sleek design and futuristic shapes quite effectively, resulting in a stunning looking vacuum cleaner. I usually hide my vacuum as quickly as possible because it’s not the most attractive unit, but I wouldn’t mind leaving the Dyson out for all and sundry to see.

In terms of performance, the DC65 delivered on all its promises. Not only did it manage to pick up even the most stubborn pet hair, it also handled longer hair quite easily, and, more importantly, without getting clogged. I also found that it seemed to fluff up my carpets, giving them a fresh look. In fact, my carpets look almost like new every time I used the Dyson on them, and this is likely because of the better airflow.

I should also mention that I used the DC65 as soon as I got it home. This is important because I’d just vacuumed that morning, but the Dyson still managed to pick up quite a lot of dust and dirt, which tells me that either my other vacuum is hopeless, or the Dyson really is as powerful as the manufacturer claims.

One thing I found strange and took me a while to grasp was how to maneuver it properly. The ball is supposed to make it easier to move around, but it was a little strange at first. However, I noticed that after I used it a few times, I got the hang of it and it didn’t seem quite as complicated.

Then there’s the locking mechanism. It’s a bit complicated to get it to lock into its upright position for storage and then to unlock it. It’s hard to describe what you have to do, but imagine pushing it down and forward until you feel a click, which is the two legs locking up.

To unlock it, you have to push down on the unit’s handle until the legs slide into place. In any case, it sounds complicated and it is, at least at first. Also, all that power translates into a relatively noisy vacuum, so you have to be careful if you plan on doing any cleaning while the rest of your family is sleeping.

All in all, though, I thought this was definitely the best vacuum cleaner in the upright category. It handles all sorts of dirt and since I have a dog that sheds a lot, the DC65 was a godsend. Before, I used to have to get down on hands and knees and use the hose straight on the carpet to pick the hair up, and even then it only got maybe 60 percent of it.

With the Dyson, though, I just vacuum like normal and there’s not a hair in sight after I’m done, and I’ve looked carefully. So, if you’re willing to invest the cash, it’s well worth it, especially since Dyson are known for their robust products that last.


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I'm Patricia Baker, a kindergarten teacher turned stay at home mom. I enjoy researching and writing product reviews as a way to help other consumers (like myself) make informed decisions.

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