Vacuum cleaner first look video reviews Dyson Ball DC47
Dyson claims that the new 2 Tier Radial cyclone technology on its latest bagless cylinder vacuum cleaner, the DC47, allows it to collect tiny particles as small as 1/5,000th the size of a pin head. We tried out this Dyson vac at the Dyson offices so we could bring you our first impressions.
Take a look at our video review of the Dyson DC47 cylinder vacuum cleaner to see it in action:
Until we send it to our lab for full testing, we won't be able to tell how much dust this Dyson really picks up, but you can take a look at how other Dyson vacuum cleaners have fared in our vacuum cleaner reviews.
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Dyson 2 Tier Radial cyclone technology
The Dyson DC47 features Dyson's new '2 Tier Radial' cyclone technology. As with Dyson's previous cyclone technology, the air that is funneled through the cyclones is spun at a high speed, flinging the collected dust into the vacuum's bin. The DC47 has been given a second layer of cyclones above the first - which should help this Dyson filter out even more microscopic particles from the airflow than before.
How well does it work? It all sounds very promising, but our lab tests will reveal just how much dust and dirt this Dyson is really picking up.
We will find out if these claims are true when we send it to the lab, but in the meantime, take a look at how the previous models (launched in January 2012) - the DC38 multi floor vacuum cleaner, DC39 multi floor vacuum cleaner and DC39 Animal vacuum cleaner - did in our lab tests.
Using the Dyson DC47
The DC47 also features an improved floor head – there are now two suction channels rather than one, helping to direct suction evenly, allowing for even coverage of your floors. The addition of nylon fabric strips aims to loosen dirt in the carpet, making it easier to pick up.
As with previous models, Dyson claims the 'ball' design makes this vacuum cleaner really easy to manoeuvre, and prevents it toppling over when pulling round corners. The hose is attached to the underside of the ball, therefore able to move with you, and we found it easy and lightweight to move around and use.
New vacuum cleaning tools
There are also two new attachments. The first is a flexible nozzle (called a flexi-crevice tool) for tight corners and reaching high places, and the other is Dyson's new replacement for the mini-turbo tool - the 'Tangle-free Turbine tool', used for cleaning upholstery and, in particular, pet hair.
Unlike traditional mini turbo tools, which pick up dust and pet hair using a rotating brush bar just like the main floor head (and which are prone to getting tangled up), the tangle-free turbine tool from Dyson has two flexible rotating disks which pick up hair and wrap it into neat bundles. These are then sucked away, saving you the messy job of trying to cut them free.
The DC47 is a little smaller than the DC38 (the last cylinder vac Dyson launched), making it ideal for cleaning smaller homes. If you’re not sure what type you need for your home, take a look at our guide to buying the best vacuum cleaner.
You can get two types of DC47 - a multi floor, which comes with a combination and stair tool (£320), and multi floor complete (£330), which also comes with a stubborn dirt brush, flex-crevice tool and dyzolv cleaning solution. You can buy the additional tangle-free turbine tool for £45.
Which? first look verdict
The 2 Tier Radial Cyclone technology and new tools sound impressive, and, if they are proved to do as they claim in our labs, will be really useful. As this is a compact vacuum cleaner it's light to use and can be stored away easily. The small head, agile body and long hose mean it should get into tight spaces easily. But the downside is the price - we've found Best Buy vacuum cleaners for under £150.
Pros: Small, lightweight and easy to manoeuvre
Cons: Not particularly quiet, expensive compared to cheapest Best Buy vacuums