Dyson DC35 reinvents the hoddoddodder

dc35wand.jpg Dyson's DC35 Digital Slim is a strange beast, adding a long tube and a wide motorized head to its hand-held cordless dustbuster. The resulting vac is remarkably useful, though, which makes its shortcomings -- poor battery life, just-OK suction and a $300 price tag -- easier to overlook. It's lightweight enough to hang on a hook and perfect for cleaning out nooks and crannies, or the cruft under couches and beds.
Physically, it's nearly identical to the DC-16, though Dyson says the motor is more powerful. It handled light granular spills with ease, but needed a slower hand with heavier particles such as wax shavings or cornflakes. The mechanical head makes it particularly good for slurping up pet hair. It gets about 10-15 minutes on a charge and recharges in a few hours. A replacement for lesser handhelds, not full-size vacs, it is in essence a modern replacement for the unmotorized hoddoddodder machines that never really worked, and in that role it excels—for the few minutes it runs on a charge. But unless your living quarters are very small, take marketing shots of it cleaning entire homes with a grain of stubbornly unvacuumed gourmet sea salt. Pros: • Perfect for getting under and behind furniture. • Lightweight, cordless, and the wand comes off for standard dustbusting. Cons: • $300! • Can't vacuum while it's plugged in, charging, which is where it very often is. • No trigger lock. Product Page [Dyson] Dyson DC35 Digital Slim Multi Floor Vacuum[Amazon referrer link]


  1. how hard would it have been to make this thing work while it was plugged in? lots of other things do…

  2. Perfect, and I mean this quite honestly, for the people who can pay 1.2 million for a 1000 sf loft in Manhattan.

  3. Dyson products make me think of those chronograph watches – way too much money for something that can be done as good or better much cheaper.

    1. I haven’t found anything that really competes with their full sized vacuums. The prices for those aren’t too bad if you buy factory refurbished ones. The little ones don’t in any way justify their price other than through pure gimmick-power.

      The bladeless fans are really neat, but they also don’t justify the price tag. They’re charging what they charge because they can, though. There’s enough of a market for Dyson to get rich; maybe that will allow him to invent something again that I consider worth the price.

    2. Tell me about it – just replaced an expensive, heavy and noisy Dyson with a cheap, light-weight and pretty damn quiet Vax. Still bagless, and with more suction.

      Dyson seems to be trading largely on the name and getting lazy on honing their designs. I’m sure their competitors aren’t complaining though.

  4. The only reason to review this would be to mock it. Does the same thing as dozens of small vacs that can be bought for around $30, but not as well. I suppose one can’t underestimate the importance of looking suave while attacking dustbunnies, though.

  5. Just-OK suction is not worth $300. I want this thing to suck the change out of a sofa at 10 paces. I want it to clear drain pipes. Nothing compares to the quality or complexity of the Meile vacuum I inherited from the previous owners of my house.

  6. I read a profile of Dyson in the New Yorker and I saw something that irritated me: The vacuums they sell in the U.S. are LOUDER, because their research showed that “Americans equate noise with better suction.” So if you buy a dyson in Europe, it’ll be quieter than its American counterpart.

    That irritated me because I’ve had issues with hyperacusis, and I hate the fact that something is made noisier for no fucking good reason.

  7. If only this had a little camera in the nose, and two little articulable stubby arms.

    Then, I’d buy, like six.

  8. “Digital”? WTF? How many bits?

    Perhaps they meant in the sense of operating it with your fingers?

  9. I never understood why furniture manufacturers leave that little crack under couches and beds, just make the thing either go all the way to the floor the prevent dust and wayward socks and fallen pens from entering in the first place, or make the gap tall enough to get a hand or broom head in. I don’t want to see some sketchy little crack under all my furniture thanks. And I certainly don’t want to have to buy a miniature vacuum cleaner to have to drag around the house along with the giant one.

    1. Unless your house was built by NASA and is only a week old, that crack keeps your couch from rocking on the high point of your floor.

      1. just slip on an invisible rubberized lip that will even everything out…but I now have a bedbox that is built without the crack and there is no rocking (there has been rigourous testing)

        and since we’re on the topic, why do they also line the underside of things with that mesh-like dryer lint substance that disintegrates immediately after purchase and then hangs menacingly down said crack like spiderwebs or monsterhair?

        lol this post is really about vacuum cleaners…hairy cracks and rocking beds aside.

  10. Dyson is quite overhyped. 5 years ago I saw tons of Hoovers tossed out in the trash. Nowadays more Dysons. Not saying these are bad machines, but they are not magical.

    Also, there is a space under couches to allow murders to have a place to hide.

    And by “murderers” I mean cats.

  11. Hooray for blatant product placement!

    I will say though that I have used the Dyson “Animal” stand-up vacuum and it’s brilliant. Great design, works very well, easy clean-up, easy to service. That’s pretty much all I need from a vacuum.

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