the best suction!
I think dyson like bose is a bit overhyped and pricey, but for this handheld vac it truly is one of the best i've ever used. I like vacuuming so have tried many different handheld types (electrolux, hoover LINX, black and decker, stickvacs, handhelds, shoulder mounts, corded vs cordless, etc...). My latest prior to this was the hoover platinum LINX cordless (BH50030) which is pricey as well and highly rated. This is my comparison.
I actually own the DC34 handheld, the DC35 stick vac and the hoover LINX equivalent handheld and stick vac. I've been around the block to say the least.
This is obviously the most important feature. for the handhelds, hoover is so-so. not sure why so many good reviews. suction falls off as it fills. the dyson has a button to increase the suction power. I just leave this on all the time but note this will decrease battery life significantly but for simple cleanup jobs still more than enough battery life. it blows away the hoover in suction power. it starts stronger and holds suction better as it fills, it doesn't get clogged up. it is a much simpler design. dirt and stuff actually flies towards the dyson, the suction is that good.
dyson wins by a long shot. this is also true compared to all my other vacs. nothing has been this powerful ever. the difference is both noticeable and worthwhile. i'm never going back.
both are lithium which is very nice. LINX models interchange battery and have a charging base. i left an extra battery in the base at all times. no trouble with dying battery or short life. this is convenient obviously, especially since most lithium devices just die suddenly when battery life is gone. however i have noticed with the hoover suction power also diminishes near the end of battery life. not so with dyson. it goes strong all the way until it just suddenly stops working. i thought it broke the first time. i prefer dyson. I also leave the dyson plugged in all the time. no problems. i even leave one in the garage where it gets super hot. still no problems. i've left them off charge for a while and it still holds a lot of charge. gotta love lithium.
hoover handheld has this slide forward brush thing. kinda worthless. the rotor thing is also not that useful. most rotors just kick stuff around. this is no different.
dyson has a crevice tool and a wider combination tool. i like the long crevice tool best. great for cars where you have to get into nooks and cracks. the opening is smaller though admittedly so bigger items can't be suctioned up. yet it is still the tool i leave attached 90% of the time. I suspect the crevice tool also increases suction power on the dyson by using such a small opening. it works though.
dyson sells other attachments which i haven't tried yet. no need. i'm sure they work well though for their intended purpose..
both have small capacity but good enough for around the house use. hoover chamber is a bit more of a pain to twist off (it's slippery to grip). and also another inner cone-like part inside that you have to take apart and shake to empty. thus may spread more dust than dyson.
the dyson has a tab on the side that drops the bottom out. super simple. sometimes you have to reach inside to loosen stuff, but overall simple and convenient. closes quickly. very easy to see if the chamber is getting full as well. both will spread dust though. i like to empty into the kitchen trashcan and then put a wet bounty on top to keep the dust down.
dyson sits much more stable on a surface. the hoover wobbles and has fallen off a counter top a few times as as result. I really like the wall mount of the DC35 as it is also a charging station. I haven't tried the separately sold wall mount for dyson DC30/DC31. I'd prefer the DC35 one admittedly if i could get another.
both are pretty light and easy to hold. no real difference. both can get a little heavy on the wrist if you use too long.
i do like a bit better how the dyson looks so don't mind leaving it out at times.
i've bought nearly all my dyson's refurbished thus far. i have 4. they all work great. definitely worth doing if you want a cheaper investment in dyson. my oldest is 6 years old that i bought on ebay before onlineshopdealer carried refurbished and still going strong without any maintenance.
The dyson is better than hoover in almost every way. yes it is about twice as expensive refurbished but I still strongly recommend. it similarly blows away all the other handhelds i've had in the past. this is in fact the vacuum i use the most of all the vacuums i have big or small. I believe the price is worth it because it is such solid construction and lasts a long time without any maintenance. at least in this case dyson is not overhyped.
(UPDATE: got the DC35 with wall mount and longer extension hose. totally awesome. if you are looking for a frequent use vacuum to use for simple stuff and around the kitchen get that instead. for the car this is still my workhorse.)
Love this little one!!!
I absolutely love this little vacuum!!! It is great for the high chair crumbs as well as all those other little and big spots that really don't require the entire vacuum. I also love that it can take the stair attachment that came with my Dyson Ball vacuum. While the stair brush does not spin very fast it still picks up a ton from carpeted stairs and makes for a much easier job. As for complaints regarding the battery...I haven't had to recharge it yet and I have used it for over a month for the little jobs around the house, the stairs and the back seat of the car where the dog sits!!!
But I'm glad I did
I was very hesitant to pay $200 for a handvac. But I'm glad I did! It has sooooo much suction! It is great for cleaning stairs, and around the pet food bowls. And this is great for quickly cleaning out your car. The 22 Volt Dyson V2 Motor makes this thing sound like a power tool. The battery it has is excellent also.
If this thing came with a holster, I would wear it on my hip
Love it! My apartment is so much cleaner on a daily basis now. Even picks up stubborn dog hairs on the max suction mode.
This product sucks!
This little vacuum is awesome. It sucks likes there is no tomorrow. The use time per charge is a bit low but the work you can do in 3 minutes is amazing.
Great for vacuuming up bugs and spiders
We've had one for a few years now and love it! We use it to vacuum up small messes, spiders and bugs (sorry!), and places that are hard to reach with our big Dyson. It deals pretty well with my hair (long thick hair that sheds all the time). I never have a problem with the battery life.
I like it so much that I've even purchased one for a good friend as a gift.
Best handheld vacuum
This handheld vacuum is great. It has two levels of suction to choose from. We use this a lot to clean up after the dog and baby. It's great for small messes. There are two attachments that come with the vacuum to help get into smaller areas.
Dyson DC34 - Just the thing for a quick pickup.
After reviewing many hand held vacuums, I decided to spend a little more to get a Dyson. I haven't regretted it one bit. The shipment arrived on time, well packaged and complete. It took a few tries before I found it easy to attach all the brushes, tubes, etc. but it soon became second nature. The motor is powerful and quite light weight but I found it a trifle noisy. However, I quickly learned to ignore that when I put it to work. The system really picks up everything quickly and efficiently. I especially like the extension tube that allows me to finally clean between the washer/dryer, the fridge and cabinet, etc. The tube and all attachments slip on and off with a simple press and click. Even emptying, usually a hassle with handhelds, is simple, quick and easy. A best buy in my book!
Despite the short battery time it was okay for quick small cleanups and easy to dump out the picked up dirt . Had more than enough power
it does the job. Is innovative. Well built. Worth the money. The suction is very good compared to the size.