Dyson DC35 Vs DC44 - Which to Go For?
If you are here, I am presuming that you are a) fond of the Dyson brand (and rightly so) as well as b) interested in a cordless vacuum cleaner and in particular the 'Digital Slim' range and are hence trying to compare the DC35 and DC44.
However, you are undecided as to which one -- the DC35 (Mark I) or the DC44 (Mark II) -- offers you the best value and/or the differences (and commonalities) within the specifications and features of the two. Not to fear, this comparison review will make it crystal clear as to which one is best suited to your specific needs and preferences and in turn which offers the best bang for buck.
But first, how does the Digital Slim range differ to that of a standard vacuum and who is it meant for?
The most obvious feature of the DC35 and DC44 (now more recently the DC59 & motorhead) is that they are of course cordless i.e it is powered via battery and hence when in operation does not need to be attached to the mains. With this comes the obvious advantage of 'mobility' and freedom of restriction (via the limited cord length you can get on a typical vacuum cleaner) -- you can go right around the house vacuuming to your hearts content without fear of being 'restrained' via wiring. Moreover, it offers the utmost convenience for 'quick clean overs' (perfect for a 5 min clean around before your mates come over for a quick tea or coffee).
Secondly, both are incredibly light and due to their ergonomic design this makes them very easy to operate -- they can in fact (and are encouraged) be lifted to vacuum the tops of shelves, book cases and ceilings etc. and due to its 'low-profile' it can be used to get under sofas and furniture without having to move them (classic clever Dyson designs). This in turn makes it a great option for those with either mobility issues or are simply tired of having to try and manoeuvre a great big vacuum around with the need to only 'suck up' small spaces/area or in an apartment/flat situation
However, back to the original question which is better out of the DC35 and DC44 and what's the difference?
Dyson Digital Slim DC35 and DC44 Complete Summary Comparison Table
Cleaning Power & Cyclone Technology
Standard: 28 AW, Boost: 60 AW
Standard: 28 AW, Boost: 65 AW
Dimension (H x W x D)
112 x 23 x 30 cm
112 x 23 x 30 cm
Customer Average Rating
Combination Tool. Crevice Tool. (Mini Motorised Tool)
Combination Tool. Crevice Tool. (Mini Motorised Tool).
Standard - Carbon Fibre Filaments
Updated - Carbon Fibre Filaments
Root Cyclone Technology
Root Cyclone Technology
Battery Life (Realistic)
Standard: 13 mins, Boost: 6 mins.
Standard: 20 mins, Boost: 8 mins.
Yes, Animal version.
Yes, Animal version.
Which offers the better cleaning (suction) performance?
DC35 -- Standard Mode: 28 Air Watts | Boost Mode: 60 Air Watts |
DC44 -- Standard Mode: 28 Air Watts | Boost Mode: 65 Air Watts |
Firstly, it is worth explaining that you are able to switch the Dyson Digital slim from a standard clean mode for 'general' cleaning and the option of a 'boost mode' -- that allows you to significantly increase the cleaning power of the Digital slim for the particularly 'difficult' & 'dirtier' areas.
From the figures above, we can see that in the standard mode -- both the DC35 and DC44 are exactly the same with 28 Air Watts as well as the equipped uniquely Dyson patented Root Cyclone Technology; which basically means there is no loss of suction (i.e it the suction power remains constant even with greater pick up of debris and dust, which is an issue constantly exhibited by other vacuum brands & can also operate on a bagless bin capacity). However, with regards to boost mode the DC44 offers a slightly more powerful clean by 5 Air Watts. This in turn, makes them the most powerful cordless vacuum cleaners on the market (update: this has been vastly surpassed by the DC59).
On the surface of these results, it appears that the DC44 isn't actually that much better in terms of cleaning performance. However, although you would definitely be forgiven for thinking this -- you would in fact be wrong. The DC44 is in fact almost "twice as powerful" as that of the DC35 -- this is due to the fact that the DC44 is fitted with the advanced 'mini motorised tool', the cleaner head, which allows the bristles to be delved deeper into the flooring with greater velocity, allowing for a flicking and removing action of dust and debris (on ALL floor types e.g. wooden floor, soft flooring, hard flooring).
Which is easier to use/handle?
DC35 -- Weight: 2.2 kg (4.85 lbs)
DC44 -- Weight: 2.25 kg (5.07 lbs)
As they are identical in terms of specifications (when with wand): Height - 1120 mm x Width - 230 mm x Depth: 300 mm, the only real regard with mobility is the difference in weight for the DC35 and DC44. As can be seen from the facts above, there is only 0.05kg in favour of the DC35, which is of course barely noticeable. Moreover, both have been designed to offer specific ergonomic weight distribution (through placing the motor within the handle of the vacuum) -- making it both incredibly stable for the user & adds an extra sense of lightness. Overall when it comes to which is easier to use/handle, they are pretty much equal.
Which provides the best 'practicality' factor? e.g. Bin Size, Battery Life.
This is where some of the major differences are to be had between the two. However, firstly to point out a similarity -- the bin size (both hold approximately 0.35 litres or 0.9 gallons) and 'emptying bin mechanism' which is highly advocated (especially when in comparison to other vacuum cleaners) due to the simple 'one press' and release system.
However, the crucial difference comes in 'run time'. This is where arguably the DC35 was let down -- it only offered approximately 13 minutes run on standard mode and just less than 6 minutes on the boost mode. The DC44 has however somewhat improved on that -- the DC44 (fully charged) can now run for just more than 20 mins on standard mode and just over 8 minutes (at the more powerful 65 Air Watts) on boost mode. The DC35 and DC44 have an LED monitor to indicate both when the vacuum is fully charged and also provides you with a warning for when you are low on battery (within approximately a minute of cutting out).
Then if we look at charging time (to full charged) differences are to be had again, the DC35 appears to recharge at a slightly longer 4 hours whereas the DC44 is done within 3 and half hours -- they can be charged either at the dock station provided with the DC35 or DC44 (more on this just below) or done separately -- being some of the fastest recharge times on the cordless vacuum market.
The 'Wall Mount' Docking (Charging) Station
The DC35 and DC44 are powered/recharged via a docking station that can be wall mounted. This is obviously a great feature to have, just for the sake of practical purposes and just generally being tidy and neat -- a great addition for those who are struggling for storage space. Note, that the vacuum doesn't have to be in the docking station to be charged, this can also be conducted separately.
Can they also act as a 'Handheld' like the Dyson DC34?
Yes. If you take a look at the DC34; the DC35 and DC44 can almost be made identical (as from the image on the right) all that needs to be done is to remove the wand (i.e the long tube) and attach the carbon fibre vacuum head (or combination tool etc.) directly on to the handle motor. This obviously gives even more practical functions to either your DC35 and DC44 as it essentially doubles up as a handheld -- which is great for awkward gaps and difficult to get to areas e.g. vacuuming inside the car and stairs.
What's the Difference between DC35 and DC35/DC44 Animal
Basically, there are two versions of a Dyson vacuum cleaner there is the 'multi-floor' version and the 'Animal' version. The difference between them being simple; the 'Animal' version is intended for those who have are having to deal with cleaning pet hair whereas the 'multi-floor' version does not.
Now this does not mean that the 'Animal' version is more powerful in anyway or is a different model -- it simply means that they essentially get the 'multi-floor' version with a specialised 'pet hair' attachment/accessory and in this case it is the 'mini-motorised tool' that allows for increased focused power for sucking up pet hair within tight spaces.
This is the only reason why the 'Animal' version is deemed more expensive than the multi floor (in the case of both the DC44 and DC35). However, also note that the DC44 only comes as the animal version, the DC35 is the one that provides the option of either the Animal or Multi-floor version (be sure to conduct research into precisely what additional attachments you are getting when you are wanting to compare a 'multi-floor' model with an 'anima'l model).
and DC44 Vs DC45 ...
There are actually no explicit differences between the Dyson DC44 and Dyson DC45, they are the exact same vacuum cleaning machine and come with the same features and specifications. The only difference being that the Dyson DC44 is listed for trademark purposes for the U.S. and the U.K. and the DC45 is for retail in Canada and continental Europe etc. Thereby, the only difference between them is the name 'DC44' and 'DC45'.
How do 'customer reviews' compare with the Dyson DC35 and DC44 (Animal)?
In general when comparing the DC35 and DC44 in regards to reviews (both from the Dyson.com and Amazon.com) they both fair very positively both attaining over 4 out of 5 stars (although the DC44 edges it somewhat, as aforementioned the run time on the DC35 was felt to be lacing) with the main highlights pointing to their ease of use, connivence and surprising level of power and advocate the claim of the DC44 being the most powerful cordless vacuum available.
Although, people admittedly state that this isn't supposed to replace your actual vacuum cleaner (although some claim it does), it instead comes as a great compliment -- being quick to grab and use, being more flexible, solid in build (both backed by a free two year warranty on parts and labour) and general overall modern design. Obviously, be sure to head over there and check them out for yourself mind, if you have not already. The only real issue is with the 'price', however we will shortly address this later.
Where can I find the DC35 and DC44 'Best Price'?
Firstly, from the above account it is clear that the DC44 is the more accomplished vacuum of the two and because of this expect it to have a higher price tag (and more so when you are considering purchasing the animal version) than the DC35. However, with regards to getting the best price for a DC35 or best price on a DC44, I generally believe you have three main options: 1) head over to eBay; there are likely to be brand new DC35 or DC44 (as unwanted gifts listed there) or 2) head over to Amazon and see the discounts on offer and 3) as well as this check (on Amazon or directly at the Dyson website) if there are any remanufactured or refurbished DC35 and DC44 models -- often they are of the same quality however are available at huge knocked down prices (see just right). Moreover, sometimes Dyson are holding special offers such as "Save $100" on selected vacuum cleaners etc., certainly worth checking out also.
What are the best 'Attachments' and 'Accessories' for the DC35 and DC44?
You are already provided with the 'combination tool' which is essentially a crevice device for tight areas which doubles up as a brush nozzle for powered dusting. To improve the functionality and cleaning ease for your DC35 or DC44 further -- you can also purchase official Dyson accessories and attachments either individually or in bundles sets (I recommend the latter based on the fact you gain from quite generous discounts). For example, when you purchase the Dyson cordless tool kit (especially designed for the DC35 and DC44) you obtain the following attachments:
- The Stubborn Dirt Brush: used for particularly tough 'dug-in' dirt and stains.
- The Soft Dusting Brush: used for delicate surfaces and areas e.g. ornaments
- The Extension Hose: simply allows for extra reach; useful for those with tall ceilings.
- The Wide Nozzle Tool: an 8 inch wide tool that allows you to essentially get the job done that bit faster, particularly useful on furniture.
Conclusion: Which vacuum should I buy -- the DC35 or DC44?
In all, it is pretty clear that the DC44 is the better cordless vacuum cleaner, with all the given advantages highlighted in the Dyson Complete Summary Table just above. This, however does not mean it offers the best value for you as this is relative to its price tag. First off, you should question whether you need the Animal version or not? As there is no point in paying extra for an attachment that you aren't likely going to be using. From there, it is the differences in prices between the two that should shift your preference over one or the other.
Generally speaking the DC44 Animal is roughly $40 more expensive than that of the DC35 Animal, and from that I would say the DC44 is the one to go for i.e the extra $40 is worth it. However, much more than that and you should question it a lot further and ultimately make up your mind based on your preferences and needs. Let me know what you think and which one you buy and why.
Also if you have any questions regarding either the DC35 or DC44, please feel free to leave them in the comments section below with any general remarks you may have and I will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible. Make sure you get a good understanding of how good they are 'relatively speaking' too, compare the Dyson digital slim to the Shark Rocket vacuum for instance. Also, let me know in the poll just below which one do you believe offers the best value (and best price) DC35 or the DC44?
Which offers the 'Best Value' for Money the DC35 or the DC44?
Update: Dyson DC59
Only this last year Dyson have introduced a new improved cordless vacuum cleaner, namely the Dyson DC59, that operates at the same power as that of a corded vacuum -- you can see how the DC44 compares with the DC59. However, there are two versions of the DC59 the Animal and motorhead (which has been introduced a few months later) see the DC59 Animal Vs motorhead for the differences in cleaning performance there as well.