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Dyson DC40 Vs DC50 Vs DC65 - Small, Medium or Large?

Updated on July 23, 2014

Comparing the Dyson DC50, Dyson DC40 and Dyson DC65 Upright Vacuum Cleaners

Are you wanting to invest in a new Dyson upright vacuum cleaner, however are a little confused over which is the right one for you? Well this comparison guide will definitely be able to help you out, below we are comparing the three main vacuum cleaners: the Dyson DC50, Dyson DC40 and Dyson DC65 at first it seems quite confusing as to which to go for, but after this guide you will know the perfect model for you.

Just below is a contrasting table, so you can exactly what the main differences are between the three vacuum cleaners and from there we will go into more details as to what each aspect and feature means for each respective vacuum cleaner. Then to conclude we will take you through a simple guide so you know exactly what is the right vacuum for you.

Dyson DC40 Versus DC50 Versus DC65 Comparison Table

Dyson DC50 Animal
Dyson DC40 Origin
Dyson DC65 Animal
Intended Use
Small/Medium House
Medium/Large House
Cyclone Technology
Two Tier Radial
Suction Power
128 AW
200 AW
245 AW
Cleaner Head
Self Adjusting Motorized
Self Adjusting Motorized
Self Adjusting Reconfigured
Bin Size (gallons)
0.21 g
0.42 g
0.55 g
30.1 x 11 x 13.9 inches
41.9 x 14.3 x 12.2 inches
42.4 x 13.4 x 15.4 inches
11.6 lbs
14.6 lbs
17.35 lbs
Max Reach
28.5 feet
40 feet
51.7 feet
Dyson Ball
5 Years
5 Years
5 Years
A comparison of the similarities and differences between the Dyson DC50 (small), Dyson DC40 (medium) and Dyson DC65 (large).

Note: the prices listed are official ones, however with a bit of savvy shopping you will be able to find prices on all the Dyson vacuums for much cheaper than this (I simply added as a point of reference). The best prices are usually on Amazon, given they offer significant discounts as well as free shipping along with having access to third party markets (in case you wanted to get one refurbished or used).

What is the Main Difference Between Them?

So as you can see from the table above, the first box is over 'intended use'. If you actually compare the vacuums with the fact that the Dyson DC50 Animal is for small apartments and flats and the Dyson DC65 is for cleaning big american homes (that has the lot, a family, pets and so on) then the DC40 for somewhere in between, it all starts to make sense.

Sizes & Weight

Even the vacuum sizes reflect the above, the Dyson DC50 is designed to be ultra compact, so can literally be stored in a cupboard & is Dyson'd lightest vacuum cleaner making it ideal for the elderly or those with mobility issues. The Dyson DC40 is a little bigger but in comparison to a standard sized vacuum would also be considered quite small, perfect for a smaller sized house where you have bit more storage space. Then you have the big daddy vacuum cleaner, the DC65 which is pretty much a full sized vacuum cleaner.

They are all fitted with the unique Dyson ball technology that makes vacuuming easy. You can essentially turn on a spot, so you don't have to drag it back and forth to get around corners like you do with a four wheeled rigid vacuum (like most other non Dysons).

Cyclone Technology

You can pretty much ignore this aspect, they are all pretty much fitted with the same state of the art cyclone system, that basically enables the vacuum to generate huge centrifugal forces to remove dust and dirt particles from your flooring without ever losing suction as well as to use the 'bagless' system.

Cleaning Power

Now obviously here is where there are some differences between the Dyson vacuum cleaners. The DC50 can generate 128 AW, however is ultra efficient, so can actually perform to the same standard as full sized non-Dyson vacuums (e.g. a Shark Navigator or Rotator). This being said, it doesn't need to be super powerful, as it will do a very good job for a limited floor area. Obviously, the next step up from this is the Dyson DC40 which can produce 200 AW of pure constant suction power which is great for an actual house.

Then however you have the DC65 (basically a revamped Dyson DC41, if you were getting confused between them two) which has proven to be the most effective vacuum cleaner on both soft floors and hard floors that has ever been produced. Essentially, positioning itself as the ideal vacuum for large american homes.

Cleaner Heads

This is also a good time just to go over the cleaner heads factor, they are both all pretty much the same. They have motorized brush bars and can self adjust to the floor type it is cleaning (it will lower to hard floors and raise for soft carpeted floors) for a more optimized clean. The DC65's however is reconfigured, where basically Dyson have made a few clever modifications to it, to enable a more efficient (20%) clean.

Practical Specifications

As you would expect all the practical specs reflect their intended uses as well, smaller bin capacity for the DC50 and a huge one for the DC65 (as what's needed for each respected household). A large extensive reach for the DC65 and a limited one with the DC50 as this is what's needed.

Tools, Attachments and Accessories

This is where things get a little different. It depends on what version of the Dyson vacuum you are buying -- as to which attachments you get. For instance, if you buy the Dyson DC40 origin (color: yellow), you get a combination tool and stair tool as standard, however if you get the DC40 Animal (color: purple), you will also get a tangle free turbine tool (which is awesome at picking up pet hair) as well the standard set. The same applies for the Dyson DC50 as well.

Note: this is the reason why the DC40 origin despite being a more powerful vacuum is less expensive than the DC50 animal (because the DC50 mentioned above, has the tangle free turbine tool that comes with it and the DC40 doesn't).

However, the DC65 is a little different, you get three versions with this: the DC65 multi floor, the DC65 animal and the DC65 animal complete, check the link for the specifics on this.

Which Dyson Vacuum Will You Get?

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Dyson DC50 or DC40 or DC65?

So at this stage, hopefully you know what each vacuum is meant for. DC50 represents the small vacuum for studio flats etc. The DC40 for small sized houses and the DC65 for large ones. However, you might be after pure cleaning power even in a small sized home and of course on this basis just get the DC65.

Again, though you might live in quite a large home, but don't want the extra weight troubling you as your cleaning, the DC50 is then perhaps a better option (although I would thoroughly recommend a digital slim for that scenario e.g. the DC44 or Dyson DC59 or even a top of the range Dyson DC59 motorhead). Let me know which Dyson you will buy and why (along with any questions or concerns you might have).

If you are really unsure, then I'd go for the DC65, that way you know you are getting raw power (so no issues there), plenty of practical specs (so you won't be troubled with a limited cord or telescope reach) and despite it being the largest, it is still very easy to handle due to the Dyson ball.


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      VacuumService 22 months ago

      This article is more helpful.

      Thanks for that