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Dyson DC41 Vs DC50 - Which to Go For?

Updated on July 29, 2014

This account will be reviewing the Dyson DC41 vacuum cleaner to that of the late Dyson DC50 -- highlighting both their differences as well as their commonalities within their specifications and features. Hence, if you are undecided as to which one to get (which is why I am presuming you are here), then you have come to the right place -- you will soon find exactly which one suits your specific needs and preferences as you progress through the different aspects.

Firstly, however we should take a quick look at what's apparently unique about the DC41 and the DC50 respectively?

The Dyson DC41 upright is basically aimed at being the all inclusive high-standard vacuum for the normal domestic home; offering great suction power as well as being able to be easily manoeuvred -- a vacuum which encompasses all you need and more to the standard home user.

The Dyson DC50 upright released in early 2013 is a vacuum that is incredibly lightweight and compact yet claims to offer the same performance as that of many full-sized vacuum cleaners. Hence, this lends its self very nicely to those who have either mobility issues or are tight on storage space etc.

But which one is better overall and what's the specific differences?

(Note: For a quick summary check the 'Summary Comparison Table' below)

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Which offers the best cleaning (suction) performance?

DC41 -- Constant Cleaning Suction Power: 255 Air Watts

DC50 -- Constant Cleaning Suction Power: 140 Air Watts

As can be seen there is a difference of approximately 155 Air watts between the two models and from this you should note the DC41 offers by far the best cleaning performance of the two. Note that the DC41 stands as 'the' most powerful upright in the entire of Dyson's range and is primarily marketed on that fact, so there is no real surprise in the results. However, please do not let this discourage you over the cleaning performance exhibited by the DC50 -- it still possesses more than sufficient power to carry out a very cleaning job in and around your home.

Cyclone Technology

DC41 -- Radial Cyclone Technology

DC50 -- Two-Tier Radial Cyclone Technology

Furthermore, if we take a look at the fitted uniquely Dyson patented Cyclone technology; the DC50 is fitted with the more 'advanced technology' -- the DC41 is fitted with 'Radial Root Cyclone technology' whereas the DC50 is fitted with the two-tier radial cyclone mechanism which allows for double the amount of cyclones. All this basically means is two things: 1) there is no loss of suction for the DC41 and DC50 i.e as you 'suck up' more debris and dirt, the level of suction remains constant (which if you look to other vacuum brands, this is an issue that is often exhibited) and 2) the DC50 generates higher centrifugal forces than the DC41 meaning it can pick up microscopic dirt and debris particles (as small and smaller than 0.5 microns -- which is one thousand times smaller than a millimetre).

Cleaner Heads

Moreover, credit has to also to be given to the difference within the vacuum 'cleaner heads' -- the DC41 exhibits a powerful 'motorised brush bar', that allows stiff nylon bristles to effectively dislodge dirt within soft flooring and can be switched off (retracted) for vacuuming hard floor surfaces as to not damage them. The DC50 is fitted with the 'Advanced cleaner head' however -- it utilises effectively four technologies in tandem, to automatically adjust to all floor types and has 'fine' nylon filaments for effective cleaning for fine dust on wooden flooring.

Overall, it is clear the DC41 is the more established vacuum for a solid cleaning performance (if not within Dyson's entire vacuum range), given that please do not dismiss the DC50 as 'not being up to the job' by any means.

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Which is easier to use/handle?

DC41 -- Weight: 7.8 kg | Dyson Ball (1st Gen)

DC50 -- Weight: 5.4 kg | Dyson Ball (2nd Gen)

Quite clearly, there are two things in favour of the DC50 when it comes to mobility and ease of operation. Firstly, it is obviously the much lighter of the two -- by a difference of around 2.4 kg, therefore this obviously makes it an incredibly easy vacuum to move around and operate. Secondly, it is fitted with the updated version of the Dyson ball which means you can essentially turn the DC50 on a single pin head (demonstrated in the DC50 video below). Both of these factors have led it to be recommended by the United Kingdom college of chiropractors.

However, again like the argument made above for the DC50 still being a powerful cleaning machine, a likewise argument can be made for the DC41 when in terms of use. The DC41 compared to many other full-sized upright vacuum cleaners that operate on a rigid fix wheeled system and are far heavier -- it becomes like a dream to use. This DC41 doesn't have to be dragged around, doing 3 point turns etc. it too can be turned with awesome ease (check the DC41 video below).

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Which provides the best 'practicality factor'? e.g. Bin Capacity, Max Reach

DC41 -- Dimensions : H: 1071 x W: 394 x D: 340 mm .

Cord Length: 9.4 m. Reach Length: 14.0 m. Bin Capacity: 2.1 litres.

DC50 -- Dimensions - H: 1064 x W: 280 x D: 354 mm .

Cord Length: 7.6 m. Reach Length: 8.7 m. Bin Capacity: 0.8 litres.

Clearly the DC41 is the larger of the two vacuums and hence it may come down to an issue of 'storage space' with the DC50 obviously being the more ideal model for those with a lack of it. Again, because the DC41 is the larger vacuum and thereby meant for those with a 'larger home' the practicalities favour it. For instance, it has a max reach of almost 24 metres as well as a bin capacity almost 3 times the size of that of the DC50. From this you can obviously infer that the DC41 is designed for the larger home (hence you want to have a good reach when it comes to cleaning as well as not having to empty the vacuum, as easy as Dyson make it, mid-way through vacuuming the house) and the DC50 for the smaller home as it doesn't need to have such a large reach etc.

Moreover, it is also worth noting that they can both be used on all floor types e.g. hard and soft floors, but can also specifically adapt to get a more optimum suction from the cleaner head --which is self-adjusting through finger tip control of the vacuum. The vacuum head essentially lifts up for soft flooring and drops down for hard flooring, reducing air leaks and focusing suction power (see the video below). A further useful factor, is that they obviously both have the transparent 'see-through' bin hence letting you know when the vacuum is in need of emptying --which can be done through the incredibly simple 'one-button' release mechanism.

Video Summary of the Dyson DC41

What 'Attachments' and 'Accessories' come with the DC41 and DC50?

Both the DC41 and DC50 are provided with the combination tool (essentially a device that doubles as a crevice tool for tight and awkward gaps and that of a slide-down brush used for powered dusting) and a stair tool.

The difference in accessories comes in the 'version' you buy of the DC41 or DC50 (explained in more detail below) -- but when you purchase the animal version of each -- you also get the tangle free turbine tool. This is essentially an advanced attachment developed for the primary use of sucking up pet hair effectively from upholstery etc. without getting tangled (which many other attachements do) in the cleaning head's framework -- this can of course be bought separately, however is cheaper when the vacuum is bought together with it i.e the animal version.

Video Summary of the Dyson DC50

What's the difference between all the versions e.g. DC41 multi-floor and DC41 Animal (and DC41 Animal Complete)?

The only difference that comes with the versions of a DC41 or DC50 is the attachments that are provided with it (and usually the colour of the body work), apart from that everything remains the same about the model -- they all remain the same size, have the same cleaning power etc. the same model with different accessories that come with it.

With the Multi-floor version of either the DC41 or DC50 you simply get the attachments named above: the combination tool and the stair tool.

When you purchase an Animal version (and hence usually why it is more expensive) you also receive a specific pet hair tool -- which in the case for the DC41 and DC50 is the 'tangle free turbine tool'.

Then if you buy the Animal Complete version as with the DC41 you will receive all the aforementioned attachments plus a stiff bristle brush, soft dusting brush, multi-angle brush and sorb powder (all of which are mentioned in more detail below) -- allowing your vacuum to become increasingly more functional. Essentially, from the different versions you purchase the more attachments you receive in which you save money through discounts on bundling the items together rather than buying them separately.

A complete analysis can be found here for the Dyson DC41. But again it follows the same sort of structure, you can get a DC50 multi floor that is 'silver' and comes without the tangle free turbine tool but does have the standard combination tool & stair brush or you can get the DC50 Animal featured throughout this account that has the specialized pet hair tool (which is awesome by the way, if you haven't seen a video of it in action, check the one below),

Just to reiterate the Dyson DC50 multi-floor Vs Dyson DC50 Animal, the former comes with the combination tool and stair tool, whereas the DC50 animal comes with both those tools as well as the pet hair tangle free turbine tool.

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How do 'customer reviews' compare with the Dyson DC41 and DC50?

As the DC50 is relatively new, there hasn't been that many DC50 reviews released as of yet. However, the ones that have, are usually very positive averaging around 4.5+ stars out of 5 on Amazon.com and Dyson.com -- usually highlighting and heaping great praise on its 'ultra-lightness' (a 50 year old can lift it with one finger), 'compactness', 'simplicity' of use and overall surprise of 'power' (at the moment there isn't a single negative review). The only real issue comes with the 'price tag' attached, but we address how to 'fix' that a little bit later. If you haven't already checked out the DC50 reviews, I certainly suggest doing so for that bit of extra research and personal insight.

With the DC41 a huge 75% of Amazon.com reviews gave it a 4 star rating or above, making it one of the most positively established vacuum cleaners on the market. Particular positives mentioned were its incredible 255 Air Watt suction cleaning power -- where many compared it to their previous vacuum cleaner and how much more this can actually suck from your floors, carpets and rugs etc. Further advocation was given for its overall practicality e.g. having a long chord and wand assembly etc. The negatives only really came in the fact that it wasn't an electric wind up chord and that compared to other vacuums the 'Dyson ball' gets a taking used to, nothing of real negative significance. Again, be sure to give the DC41 reviews a good read as some offer detailed personal insights and experience to the use of the vacuum over a decent sustained period.

Where can I find the 'Best Price' for the DC41 and DC50?

When it comes to looking for the best price for either the DC41 or the DC50 -- in my view you essentially have three main credible options either: 1) go through eBay looking for a DC41 or DC50 as an unwanted gift or someone selling it second hand for a particular unrelated to 'breaking' or 2) check Amazon for any significant discount offers that are being held and 3) stay on Amazon and search for a 'refurbished' or 'remanufactured' DC41 or DC50, which are often sold at huge knock down prices. Another suggestion could be to head over straight to the manufacturers website Dyson and see if they are selling any refurbished models as well as if they are holding any special offers such as a "$100 off on selected vacuum cleaners" and any vouchers or coupons for the DC41 or DC50.

Dyson Upright Cleaners DC41 and DC50 Complete Summary Comparison Table

 
The DC41
The DC50
Cleaning Power
235 Air Watts
128 Air Watts
Bin Storage
2.1 litres (0.55 gal)
0.8 litres (0.21 gal)
Dimension (H x W x D) mm
H:1071 x W: 394 x D: 340
H: 106.4 x W: 28 x D: 35.4 cm
Customer Average Rating
4.3 stars
4.6 stars
Weight
7.8 kg (17.1 lbs)
5.4 kg (11.6 lbs)
Accessories
Combination Tool. Stair Tool.
Combination Tool. Stair Tool.
Cleaning Head
Width: 13.3 inch. Self Adjusting (finger tip control)
Width: 11 inch. Self Adjusting (finger tip control)
Fitted Technology
Radial Root Cyclone Technology
Two Tier Radial Cyclone System
Price (Variable)
Animal: $599.99
Animal: $499.99
Max Reach
23.4 m
16.3 m
Floor Type
All Types.
All Types.
Pet Hair
Yes, Animal Version.
Yes, Animal Version.
Allergens & Dust
Washable Lifetime HEPA Filter. Certified by Asthma and Allergy Foundation.
Washable Lifetime HEPA Filter. Certified by Asthma and Allergy Foundation.
Warranty
5 Years (parts and labour)
5 Years (parts and labour)

What are the best 'Attachments' and 'Accessories' for the DC41 and DC50?

In addition to the attachments provided for your DC41 and DC50, you can further increase its functionality by purchasing official Dyson attachments either individually or through bundle kits such as the Dyson home cleaning kit (I suggest the latter due to the discount applied when purchasing attachments in bundle packages) where you obtain the following:

  • 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 Multi-Angle Brush: used for the difficult to get to areas e.g. the tops of shelves, around difficult corners etc.

(Note: the aforementioned items are already included in the Dyson DC41 Animal Complete version, make sure however you 'double check' as to exactly what you are receiving with regards to attachments with each purchase of a Dyson -- particularly when buying on eBay or Amazon third parties)

Conclusion: Which vacuum should I buy -- the DC41 or DC50?

In all, I believe it is pretty clear that the DC41 and the DC50 are aimed at two different sets of people, as made clear within the introduction and further so by analysing the specific features, specifications and other customer reviews.

The DC41 is designed for those with a decent sized home that are in need of the suction power that it offers in order to carry out vacuuming quickly and efficiently around a somewhat large house -- this coupled with the fact of a large reach and cord length exacerbates the ease of which 'the vacuuming chore' can be done also. Whereas the DC50 is clearly intended for those who are primarily after a compact (need it for small spaces and/or have a lack of storage) and lightweight vacuum (i.e mobility of the vacuum is of grave importance) yet still want the functional power that a standard vacuum cleaner offers them and the DC50 certainly ticks those boxes.

If you have any questions regarding the comparison made between the DC41 and DC50 or have any questions, general remarks or concerns regarding either the Dyson DC41 or DC50 specifically please do not hesitate to make them within the comments section provided just below and I will be sure to get back you as soon as I can.

Which do you believe offers the 'best value' -- the DC41 or the DC50?

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With the new Dyson DC59 motorhead having just been released (a super powerful cordless stick vacuum cleaner), that has the potential to outclean that of corded vacuums -- that could be worth considering over the DC50.

Moreover, there is also a new version of the Dyson DC41, basically a revamped version with an improved cleaning performance, called the DC65. You can see how they compare too.

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