The new generation of Dyson canister vacuum cleaners have arrived, and I’ve had a chance to live with them for a few weeks now. With all of them, Dyson has fixed most of the things that people complained about with the earlier canisters.
But the clear standout is the DC23 Turbinehead canister vacuum cleaner. For medium nap carpet, area rugs and wood floors, the DC23 Turbinehead is the best value of the new Dyson canister vacuum cleaners.
Gone is the annoying, incredibly hard-to-reassemble dust bin. Now, one pushbutton on the bin handle pops it out of the vacuum for easy emptying without having to touch the dirt. Much better.
Dyson finally changed the hose and wand, too. The wand still collapses for easy storage, but now it’s height adjustable and much lighter. Any member of the family can use it now. No more excuses for ten year olds.
The awkward, permanently-connected wand and hose of the earlier Dyson vacuum canisters is gone, too. The Dyson DC23 canister vacuum cleaner’s wand is detachable, so you can use the hose without the wand connected. That makes it much easier to use the dusting and upholstery tools.
It’s amazing Dyson didn’t do this with the new Motorhead models, as well. In order to get this important function, you have to buy a Turbinehead model. Which leads us to the best part of the Dyson DC23 Turbinehead vacuum – the turbo brush nozzle.
The turbo brush floor nozzle on the Dyson DC23 Turbinehead is simply the best air-powered brush head we’ve ever used. It has a unique side-air intake, so the revolving brush never gets bogged down and stops spinning- even on thick carpeting. Most turbo brushes are fine for area rugs and flat carpet, but they always disappoint on thicker pile. This one powers though without slowing or decreasing performance.
You also can stop the brush manually if you are going from rug to floor and don’t want to stop and change to different attachment.
As with all Dyson vacuum cleaners, there are some tradeoffs over more conventional vacuum cleaners. The noise level is one of them. It’s tolerable, but can start to grate on you after a long stretch. Maintenance is another. You’ll never have to buy bags again, but be prepared to clean the filters and dust bin and filters regularly or you’ll see reduced performance. Also, for those of you who are severely asthmatic or allergic, keep in mind the exposure to allergens when cleaning the bin and filters.
All in all, the Dyson DC23 Turbinehead vacuum cleaner is an impressive product, and the turbo brush is real win. I’d still recommend getting a Dyson vacuum cleaner with Motorhead if most of your flooring is wall-to-wall carpet or if there are heavy shedders (human or otherwise) in the house.