Dyson DC23 Canister Vacuum

“Turbine” vacuum attachments DON’T suck. They’re a miserly dodge designed to do nothing well except save the manufacturer money without hurting profits. Apply a little pressure, a little resistance, and suddenly you’ve got no beater action at all. When a vacuum is designed with a vacuum-powered beater instead of one powered by a good old-fashioned electric motor, bend over and prepare to be violated.

Dyson vacuums are overhyped junk. I’ve owned and dismantled one. I wish I’d bought one more practical and less aggravating. Those accordion hoses are a nightmare, too: they fight you when you extend them. I have one of the full-size models, and that damned hose can actually pull the vacuum toward me even on carpet. Dyson of course manages to make it sound like a desirable feature.

Ladies, Ladies, Calm down. There are plenty of Video Demos/reviews to go around. You can stop begging me to upload them now.

Here’s a review from Vacuum Wizard

Here is another demo/review

Here is how you wash the filter

My now ex wife wrote her own version of the lyrics after we went to a taping of the show at the point where the girls had all put on some weight:

You take the big, you take the large,
You take 'em both and you’re a barge,
The fats of life, the fats of life,
When food is all you care about,
Then tents are what you wear about,
Just get it right, or you’re fat for life.
When a size seventeen,
Seems to bulge and rip at the seams,
You don’t know what you’re gonna do,
But all you really wanna do is chew… Chew
It takes a lot to squeeze in tight,
When you’re one of the fats of life.

Ironic as hell, she put on a lot of weight after writing that.

We bought this refub version from Woot! in an earlier offering. It arrived quickly. For $200, it’s quite a deal. The thing looked basically brand new; I wouldn’t have known it was a refurb. It has enormous suction, and it picks up pet hair like a dream. A couple of thoughts about the turbinehead. Consumer Reports didn’t like the turbinehead feature. However, their coin with me has dropped precipitously in recent years as they seem to get it wrong a lot – toilets is one example where they just blew it completely in their recommendations, and found a purported “problem” with one great toilet; the real problem is that the problem doesn’t exist and nobody else can duplicate it. Meanwhile, they recommended some toilets that break easily, are noisy, and don’t work that well. So I take their critiques with a grain of salt. Their beef with the turbinehead is that it purportedly doesn’t get deep dirt because it has no motor and thus doesn’t beat as well. They seem to ignore the fact that it also weighs a fraction of a giant motorized thing like on our old vacuum. Personally, I have mixed feelings. I think the head works fine. However, it is a little small, and because it’s air powered you lose some spin when pulling back towards you; it finds it hard to overcome that motion. Then you have our cleaning lady, who feels compelled to lean and push down on the center of the wand, pressing the head into the carpet so hard I’m afraid she’s going to snap the wand, and in so doing she grinds the turbinehead to a near-stop. I fear she is expending a ton of extra energy insofar as her method induces a lot of drag and makes the head hard to move; I think the best way to move the head is to slide it around by the grip, slowly, standing up straight and just letting it do its thing, rather than using her “scrubbing” technique. Even with her slowing the head down, due to the enormous suction, the thing still picks up a lot, but a better beater would be nice; I would love to see a Motorhead for sale on here. (All this said, she just LOVES this vacuum, and my family members, young and old, find that the lighter weight makes it more feasible for them to just go grab it instead of a carpet sweeper or broom. A head with a motor (like our old Kenmore canister) can really beat the carpet, but it’s HEAVY and makes just going and getting it a chore. The Turbinehead is so AGILE you have to love it. But don’t expect the beating action of a motorized head, which is also why positive reviewers always talk about great performance on thinner carpet. Heavy carpet overloads the head’s ability to spin. Also, there isn’t a lot of room between the beater bar and its casing, so if you get a pebble or anything that size in there, it’s going to need to be removed by hand. Dumping is easy, just push the button while holding over a bag or waste can. It sure picks up a lot of stuff. The reason it’s so good on pet hair is that it has such a huge amount of suction, and the brushlets on the beater bar are spaced far apart so hair doesn’t seem to wrap around it. So the Turbinehead is a gift and a curse, in the end. On balance, we like the whole package. We could have gotten a refurb top-rated Kenmore with a motor head for about $20 more online, but that sturdy, reliable, heavy beast would only have come out once a week to be used by the professional, not grabbed by family members for little “oops I spilled it” remedies. And, as far as I’m concerned, if our professional loves the vacuum, she’s the primary user and my own observations don’t mean as much when evaluating whether we made the right choice, and it’s certainly the right choice for the duty that the family puts it to; we wouldn’t use a heavier vac for a lot of day to day stuff. Finally, let’s talk about how great Dyson customer service is. I had a question about the fact that the Turbinehead seemed broken. When I disassembled and cleaned it off, it still didn’t seem to turn freely, and it plainly wasn’t spinning the way it used to. I had cleaned the accumulated lint from the filter over the little valve you pull and push to activate it, and it didn’t help. I called Dyson. They said, okay, you have a FIVE YEAR warranty on this, so don’t worry about it; either we’ll fix it together or you can have a new turbinehead. They suggested I blow out the little valve with compressed air and if that didn’t fix it, call them back. Really? How could that work? I bought a can of Duster keyboard blower from the store, put the little tube in the nozzle of the can of Duster, blew the valve out thoroughly, and VOILA! we were back in business. Hardly thought I would get such reassuring helpful people when buying a refurb – and I even told the lady that I had bought this through woot! when she was registering it in their system. She treated me as if I had been bestowed my vacuum as a personal gift from Sir Dyson himself. I have only had the thing a few months and feel like I have gotten my $200 worth already. Hope this helps.

If it’s a Dyson, it’s over complicated and over priced.

Wow,that’s a lot of words you have there!

Great discussion on the turbine head mine wasn’t functioning correctly and they sent a new one within a week and they new it was a refurb model. It took a while to like the turbine head now I love it for all the reason you wrote plus it doesn’t chew up the edges of carpets throw rugs etc

I bought this model recently because I’m moving into a new apartment with all hardwood floors. So far I’m impressed with the performance of this little Dyson, although I was surprised how heavy it is. At least it doesn’t take up much space. Despite the weight, this has far better suction than any other canister vacuum I’ve owned. And the parts all fit together quite securely so it doesn’t feel like anything is going to pop off in the middle of cleaning (I’ve been annoyed by this in the past).

Holy Helicopter Employer!..I feel for your cleaning lady…anyway, I own this & it has a lot of power. My only gripe is the size of the small canister & IT’S LOUD!..I mean wear ear protection LOUD!! CAN YOU HEAR ME!!!..

oh wow a dyson! ive never seen this on woot before!

Mine didn’t look refurbed at all. They say in the little booklet that the cannister maybe scratched on the inside, I bought two (at different times) and both were like new, one piece broke so I called Dyson, talk about customer support they sent a new piece immediately under warranty.
I really recommend this vac it’s top notch.

We have one of these (wife got one from a previous Wooting). Works well. I have my Roomba on a schedule, which keeps most of the main floor clean, but we use this for the carpets, stairs and getting under things. So far, worth it.

I didn’t make it past “enormous suction”.

NO! This is not a wet/dry vaccuum. The manual says so.

How many vacuum’s can one person own? I think whoever is picking the daily deals is a vacuum freak. Stop it already. Enough. You know they suck?

I wonder if this would work better than my Dyson upright?

(Only in regards to the wand/telescoping feature. In my DC07 I have to take extra steps to get that spider on the ceiling)

I bought my Dyson upright as a reburb about 7 years ago and it still works great. Better than any other brand I have had in the past.

If only it pushed itself! I have had this unit for 1 year now. I can quickly spot vacuum all of our hardwood floors and runners. The wall caddy/charger is the bomb! Love this vacuum and my DC24!

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I wonder if this would work better than my Dyson upright?

Half as good, but for spot cleaning and quick mess cleanup on hardwood/tile floors it is worth the money! I use it more than my DC24 upright.

Mine appeared brand new, not a sign of use. It works great. We’ve almost stopped using the ball uprights, this is handling everything.

I highly recommend it. It’s as good as all the Dyson products I’ve bought, probably the most used 1. I have it close to a year with no problems at all.