2015 Hot Mom Holiday Gift Pick: Dyson DC59. Let me preface this review by saying that I hate vacuuming. I would rather scrub all of the toilets in my house 1,000 times than vacuum the living room once. And, while I’ve been a very satisfied Dyson owner (DC39 canister model) for about 4 years now, when the Digital Slim showed up on my doorstep, I had my doubts.
I have 3 children, a 70lb boxer and a cat, all happily shedding and making their respective messes on my 3 floors of carpet. That’s right-lots of mess, lots of carpet for it to get trapped in. The DC59 is small, cordless and pink; not exactly the heavy artillery I was envisioning to tackle this constant mess. Regardless, I plugged in the base, let it charge up a bit and decided to give it a try. Before I got the chance, my husband spotted it and with all of the giddiness he reserves for every new electronic that enters our house, proceeded to tackle the main floor. One point for the Dyson-I didn’t have to vacuum. Low and behold, the carpet actually looked cleaner. And the little canister was completely full, despite the fact that I had used my full-sized vacuum the day before. (I know, I know, carpet is gross).
Intrigued, I tried the DC59 on the landings. And the stairs. And then the kitchen and the bathrooms. By now it was full again and the battery was dead, so I emptied and recharged and headed to the top floor, which is always sadly neglected since no one wants to drag the vacuum up three flights.
This little guy thoroughly cleaned all three floors (carpet and tile), and more importantly-it was fun to use! I actually enjoyed vacuuming. Since it’s cordless, you don’t have to worry about how far you can go before you accidentally yank the plug out of the wall (or one of your kids trips over it). That combined with the size makes it super convenient for small messes (two of my kids are under 3-we get those on an hourly basis) and for the stairs, which let’s be honest-no one likes vacuuming the stairs. It’s basically the worst chore ever invented, second only to cleaning out the cat box.
With that being said, keep in mind that while the DC59 is powerful, it’s more of a sprinter-not intended for long distance vacuuming. The instructions say that you can get a full 24 minutes of vacuuming in before it needs a recharge, but I found it to be more like 15-18 minutes. If you don’t mind stopping and starting a bit, the DC59 could be a great alternative to a bulky conventional vacuum. I also like the fact that the dock hangs on the wall, which makes it a great space saver. It comes with a full set of attachments, including an additional motorized head. Since there is a long telescoping wand, it was super easy to use on ceiling fans and bathroom vents. The long wand also detaches, so you can use the DC59 on furniture too (or in your car!) Altogether, this little guy packs one heck of a punch and even makes vacuuming (sort of) fun!
Dyson DC59 Digital Slim Stats
- Clean time: 15-24 minutes
- Easy canister emptying: Just push the button to release the dirt directly into the garbage.
- Weight: 4.96 lbs.
- Guarantee: Comes with a 2 year parts and labor warranty.
- Price: $549.99