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Dyson DC59 Versus DC65 - Cordless or Corded?

Updated on July 29, 2014

Are you wondering whether to invest in a brand new full sized upright vacuum cleaner the Dyson DC65 or instead a Dyson DC59, a super powerful cordless vacuum cleaner (that's as powerful as a corded vacuum) -- and exactly what are the differences between them? If so, this comparison guide of the DC59 Vs DC65 will be able to help you out.

Firstly, check the comparison table just below, so you can see exactly what features come with each vacuum cleaner and then below that we will talk about each respective feature and come to a conclusion which is the best vacuum cleaner investment to make for you -- whether it is to go with the Dyson DC59 or DC65.

Dyson DC59 Versus DC65

Dyson DC59 Motorhead
Dyson DC65 Animal Complete
Price (rrp)
47.8" x 8.2" x 9.8" (H x W x D)
42.4" x 13.4" x 15.4" (H x W x D)
Bin Size
0.12 Gallons
0.55 Gallons
4.9 lbs
17.35 lbs
Max Reach
Unlimited (24 mins run time)
51.7 ft
Max Power
100 Air Watts
245 Air Watts
Cleaner Head
Direct Motor Drive
Reconfigured & Self-Adjusting
Cyclone System
Two Tier Radial
Mobility System
Ball technology
All Floors?
This table highlights the differences between the Dyson DC59 and DC65 (the top versions of each).

Just a note on price, the prices quoted above are the recommend retail value, you are in all likelihood going to find them much cheaper, the best bet is usually -- where they hold the entire range of Dyson gear at fairly significantly discounted prices.

Cordless Vs Corded

They are essentially two different types of vacuum. The Dyson DC59 is cordless and hence is meant for what I regard as quick and urgent cleaning jobs & serve perfectly for a flat or apartment type scenario (given their battery life and compact size etc.). The Dyson DC65 on the other hand is a full on super powerful vacuum cleaner (actually the most powerful vacuum that's ever been produced for the domestic market) and is meant for your big cleaning days, in a large American home that comes with the lot (i.e children, pets, husbands & wives and so on) -- where it needs to be big to store all the dirt it collects (and there's plenty of room to store it away). This being said, the DC59 would serve very well as complimentary cleaning tool to the second situation.


So as we described above, we can expect very different specifications between the DC59 and DC65. We can see the DC59 is ultra lightweight (with an ergonomically weight distributed force) that makes not only suitable for floors but ceilings too. The DC65 is also lightweight (relative to other upright vacuum cleaners) but what separates it from them, is the classic unique Dyson ball technology that basically allows the DC65 to essentially turn on a singular dime.

Also the cleaning practicalities are vastly different as well. The Dyson DC59 has a small -- although improved bin capacity -- (when the DC44 is compared with the DC59) -- whereas the DC65 has a large one, which again makes sense with regards to their intended cleaning duties as detailed above.

The other aspect of a corded versus cordless vacuum is 1. the hassle of starting the clean, which is obviously a lot less with the DC59 than the DC65 (as you just pick it out its docking station and start cleaning whereas with the DC65 you have to unravel the cord and keep sticking it in and out of a socket ). 2. the cleaning reach, with a DC59 you are unlimited whereas with a corded vacuum you have a limited range from the cord plus the telescope reach (in the case of the DC65). 3. However, the DC65 only has a certain run time before the battery runs out, this is where the DC65 has the advantage -- then again who really wants to be vacuuming for more than 25 minutes?

Cleaning Performance

Both vacuum cleaners are the most powerful within their respective fields. Nothing comes close to matching the cleaning suction force of the Dyson DC65 (full sized corded vacuum cleaners) where it hosts a huge 245 air watts suction force combined with the latest Dyson technology. Moreover, the same applies even more so to the Dyson DC59 motorhead, where it is the first cordless vacuum ever that can outclean that of a standard corded vacuum.

In comparison to one another though, there is no doubt that the Dyson DC65 absolutely trounces the DC59. It boasts more than double the cleaning air watts of suction, has all the latest technological advancements as one another (cyclone technology, motorized brush bar and so on).

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Different Versions of the Dyson DC59 & DC65

You may have noticed that there is more than one version of the DC59 and DC65, let me just clarify the differences between them -- it is all basically to do with what accessories and attachments go with each vacuum cleaner (no actual cleaning performances with regards to the vacuums are different).

Dyson DC59 Animal Vs Motorhead: here the only real difference is to do with the cleaner head of the two. The motorhead is provided with an updated & reconfigured motorised cleaner head that is designed to be 75% more powerful, hence offers a better cleaning performance, particularly on soft floors than the standard DC59 animal does (see the link for more details).

Dyson DC65 multi floor Vs Animal Vs Animal Complete: the differences here are all to do with what DC65 gets what. The mutli floor is provided with the standard set of accessories: the combination tool & stair tool. The DC65 animal gets the multi floor tools as well as the pet tangle free turbine tool in addition to the dyson soft brush bristle tool. Finally, the DC65 animal complete, gets everything mentioned above in addition to five more tools.

Which to Buy the DC59 or DC65?

It is a bit like comparing chalk and cheese in the vacuum world. Clearly, they are intended for slightly different cleaning jobs. The DC59 for a smaller apartment or flat, given that it is super compact and you don't need an extensive clean (hence the limited run time, bin capacity all work in its favor). The DC65 is for a large house where it needs the extensive practical specifications, but homeowners won't be worry how much storage space it takes up.

You could get both though, if you are in the latter situation as the DC59 is a bit like an iPad, where there is no discernible use for it -- apart from that convenience factor. Like when you just want to clean out your car, it is a bit of a hassle with a corded vacuum or when friends are coming round in five minutes and your living room is looking a bit of a mess, you don't have time to drag out the DC65 but the DC59 on the other hand would obviously do the trick.


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