New Dyson wireless vacuum sucks it up

17 Mar

DC62

By Geoff Meeker

March 17, 2014 – Early in February, I previewed the new Dyson DC62 wireless vacuum. A demo unit was on its way and I promised to get back to you after I’d put the machine through its paces.

The Dyson, of course, is a great machine – arguably the best vacuum cleaner on the market. My only complaint up to now – and it’s a minor one – is that they are heavy and cumbersome to lug around the house, especially up stairs.

So when Dyson announced the cordless, much lighter DC62, I took notice.

“Forget pesky cords and bulky cleaners,” said the Dyson media release. “The latest Dyson… DC62 vacuum is lightweight, cordless, and boasts three times the suction of any other cordless vacuum in use. With 26 minutes of fade-free cleaning performance, (it is) light and easy to maneuver between high, low and hard to reach spaces. No more fiddling with plugs or tripping over cords. Simply remove from the docking station and go.”

This reminded me of one other thing I don’t like about vacuums: that annoying cord, which never seems long enough to reach the far corner of the room. So I was quite intrigued.

When the parcel arrived, the first thing I noted was how light it was, box and all – a promising development. Thanks to clearly illustrated instructions, the vacuum snapped together quickly. Following directions, I plugged it in to start charging, a process that takes about three and a half hours.

While waiting, I pored over the accessories and owner’s manual, learning that the 26-minute running time is reduced if you use the power nozzle. I was impressed to find a wall-mount bracket that allows you to hang the vacuum out of the way. And it comes with two powered brush heads – large and small – plus two snap-on attachments. The rigid extension hose is removeable, creating a compact vacuum ideal for cleaning vehicle interiors.

Once charged, I took the DC62 to my workspace, a studio measuring about 800 square feet with a carpet that had not been vacuumed in several weeks, and set to work.

After its first use, cleaning 800 square feet, the DC62 canister was full to the max line. (Geoff Meeker photo)

After its first use, cleaning 800 square feet, the DC62 canister was full to the max line. (Geoff Meeker photo)

The vacuum was a pleasure to use – lightweight, easy to steer and simple to operate (using a trigger switch that conserves power). I moved quickly, determined to cover the entire room in 26 minutes. I succeeded, but only barely. The vacuum’s light weight makes it easy to remove the power nozzle head and lift the device high, wand-like, to magically remove dust from air vents, cupboard tops and other hard to reach areas. And any questions about suction power were answered by the canister, which was filled pretty much to the “maximum” line. The Dyson passed the most important test – cleaning power – with flying colours.

The wireless DC62 is light and easy to use, but has the suction of a regular vacuum – though running time will be an issue for some. The dog mistook it for a regular vacuum cleaner and barked as loudly as ever. (Geoff Meeker photo)

The wireless DC62 is light and easy to use, but has the suction of a regular vacuum – though running time will be an issue for some. The dog mistook it for a regular vacuum cleaner and barked as loudly as ever. (Geoff Meeker photo)

Should you buy this device? If the idea of a lightweight vacuum with no cord appeals to you, that’s a selling point. If you own a motor home, trailer or small cottage – where space is at a premium – that’s another plus.

On the other hand, the 26-minute running time is too short for most households. Whether this will work for you depends on how you are wired. In my case, I’m perfectly fine with setting the machine down to charge and returning to finish the task later. My wife had a different reaction. When the battery died, she picked up the older, plug-in model and carried on, determined to get the job done.

Whether the DC62 will work for you will hinge on which reaction you most identify with. Oh, and the $549 price tag may also be a determinant.

In most technology, batteries have a limited life. Eventually, they fail to hold their charge and need to be replaced. How long will the battery last? Is it replaceable by the user, or does it require service? I emailed these questions to my contact at Dyson.

“DC62 uses a re-engineered nickel-manganese-cobalt (NMC) battery that has been customized to deliver the level of constant power and battery life that the machine needs, whereas with some competitor machines the power will start to drop-off when still in use,” the spokesperson said. “At Dyson we take testing seriously, our prototypes are subjected to months of repetitive and rigorous testing, a different rig for every part. That’s why we’re proud to offer a two-year guarantee on cordless technology. Should anything happen to the machine before then we would offer a fix free of charge. Having said that, the battery is replaceable by the user.”

The DC62 works like a charm and delivers on its promise of powerful suction, but some people may have an issue with the limited running time.

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