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December 03, 2010

AskPatty Review: Ladies Keep It Clean with the Dyson DC31 Handheld

DC31, photo courtesy of Dyson James Dyson is a household name these days, famous for his revolutionary designs for vacuums, fans, and now - handhelds.  The Dyson team has revolutionized the handheld vacuum industry with the  DC31 and DC31 Animal handheld units. The handhelds are powered by the latest evolution of the Dyson digital motor, and truly redefine what it means to vacuum with a handheld.  Dyson recently sent me one of their DC31 handheld vacuums to review - and it knocked my socks off.

Product Review

I already own a Dyson Pet Hair vacuum, and I really enjoy it.  This year, however, the folks at Dyson sent me their new DC31 handheld to try.  What can I say?  I'm amazed!  I have used it several times to clean my car, my house, and even my garage, andI have to say that I love it.  The suction is unbelievable for a handheld, it's a snap to store, and it easily gets into to places a normal vacuum cannot.  Lightweight and handy, it's become my go-to vacuum for routine cleanup - I leave the big one in the closet until it's time to do the whole house.

It’s powered by the Dyson digital motor, which spins at over 100,000rpm, and has two levels of power - at the lower level it will run constantly for a full ten minutes before needing another charge, and at the higher power level (and wow, is it powerful) it'll run for six minutes without stopping - but believe me, at the levels of power this thing has, that's more than enough time to clean up.  Plus - this vacuum has a lifetime filter.  Never change your filter again - can you imagine?

It's a perfect unit for the sofa, office, and car; it's great for RV's, workshops, craft rooms, and the dustbunnies in the basement. Oh, and here's a bonus: it powers over dog hair. This is an absolute must with me - I travel with my white furry dogs in a Black 2009 Subaru Legacy with black cloth interior, and the DC31 keeps my car pristine.  Dyson is a lifesaver! 

Product Specifications

Dyson digital motor        
Delivers 50% more power than conventional motors – more suction for a better clean.

Dual power mode with 38 or 65 Air Watts
Longer run time for larger jobs, or higher suction power for stubborn dirt.

22.2V lithium ion battery
No fading. Recharges up to three times faster than others.

DC31 and DC31 Animal are available at most major retailers and at the manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $219.99 and $269.99, respectively. Both are covered under a 2 year warranty for parts and labor. For more information, please visit

  Jody DeVere President & CEO
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About Dyson:
Research, Design and Development is at the core of Dyson. One third of people at Dyson are
engineers and scientists. Their expertise in fluid, mechanical, electrical, EMC, thermal, chemical,
acoustic and software engineering allows them to design new products as well as challenge and
improve existing technologies. Dyson has over 1,300 patents and patent applications for over 300
different inventions (March 2010). Dyson’s RDD investment has quadrupled over the last 5 years with
plans to double engineers to continue to grow and invent stand out products.
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