In this account, we are going to compare and contrast the three current (larger) sized Dyson upright vacuum cleaners (being the DC33, DC40 and DC41) in terms of their differences and similarities within features, cleaning power and specifications.
From this in-depth review you should then be able to clearly and easily identify from the three Dyson vacuum cleaners which one is 'most' suited to your overall preference as well as which one caters for any of your specific needs (e.g. lightweight and mobile), price range (e.g. under $400), practicality issues (e.g. bin size to be greater than 1.5 litres) and functional desires (e.g. comes with the Dyson Ball) -- in all determining which one provides you with the 'best value for your money' relative to its price tag. Additional points include where to go to buy the DC33, DC40 and DC41 at the best price along with recommended accessories/attachments you should think about getting to get the most out of your Dyson vacuum (as well as a few of the smaller/compact upright Dyson vacuums being highlighted).
Firstly, however we should take a quick look at what's apparently unique about the DC33, DC40 and DC41 respectively i.e who are they intended for?
The Dyson DC33 Upright is the oldest of the three and obviously in that sense it isn't as 'up to date' with the latest technologies being implemented -- most notably the lack of the 'Dyson Ball' and doesn't have Radial Root Cyclone technology. However, the DC33 is a good sturdy vacuum in its own right, being powerful and practical --specifically aimed for those primarily with the larger home/apartment due to its extensive practicalities (large cord length etc.) and specifications (as you will soon later realise).
The Dyson DC40 Upright is the lightest and most compact (good for those who are lacking in storage space) of the three vacuums being compared -- as it features the Dyson ball (more on this later) it is makes it a highly viable option for those who are after primarily an 'easy to use' and comfortable vacuum -- yet still produces a good 'sucking' cleaning performance, like that of standard sized upright vacuum cleaners.
The Dyson DC41 Upright this vacuum somewhat takes the benefits of both the DC33 and DC40 -- in terms of being a practical powerful vacuum as well as also incredibly easy to use in operation (as it is also fitted with the new Dyson ball technology), but you will also find that such a quality vacuum cleaner does come at a rather steep price (but as aforementioned we will later discuss on how you can get hold of a cheap price on the Dyson vacuums).
(Note: for a quick summary of the differences between the uprights -- check the summary comparison table below)
Update (19/06/2014): before you go on to read the rest of the comparisons between the uprights, you should know Dyson have brought out their a brand new model their DC65, see here how it stacks up against the Dyson DC41 Versus DC65.
Which offers the best cleaning (suction) performance?
DC33 -- Constant Cleaning Suction Power: 255 Air Watts
DC40 -- Constant Cleaning Suction Power: 200 Air Watts
DC41 -- Constant Cleaning Suction Power: 255 Air Watts
From the three uprights we can see that the DC33 and DC41 offers you the best cleaning suction performance at 255 air watts each (however we will see soon with the cyclone technology aspect why the DC41 edges the DC33) whereas the DC40 offers 200 Air watts -- with the difference between the DC40 and DC41, DC33 therefore being 55 air watts.
However, this shouldn't be a huge determining factor -- with the DC40 still being a very powerful vacuum cleaner in which is more than capable of carrying out a high standard clean throughout a standard home. The actual 'visual' finished clean between the three would actually be rather minimal, but you would obviously notice the DC41 to have 'sucked up' more debris and dust etc. compared to the DC40 -- and the DC33's cleaning performance lies somewhere in between the DC40 and DC41. Hence, if you are determined that you are wanting the 'biggest' and 'baddest' vacuum around (well certainly out of this bunch) then the DC41 obviously is likely to be your machine.
DC33 -- Root Cyclone Technology
DC40 -- Radial Root Cyclone Technology
DC41 -- Radial Root Cyclone Technology
The DC33 is fitted with the basic Dyson cyclone technology whereas the DC40 and DC41 have been equipped with a more recent version of the uniquely Dyson patented technology -- radial root cyclone technology. The difference being that the DC40 and DC41 can create higher centrifugal forces than the DC33 that allow for better 'suction' of microscopic debris and dust particles. Root cyclone technology also means that all the vacuum cleaners (here and every other Dyson) do not suffer with loss of suction that many other vacuum brands have issues with i.e with a Dyson as you pick up more and more dirt and dust, you will still have the constant level of suction power with your vacuum, whereas other vacuum's suction power tends to fade gradually.
Both the DC40 and DC41 are fitted with the 'adjustable' suction head meaning they lower or raise given the floor profile i.e it lowers on hard-flooring and raises on soft-flooring this allows the Dyson to optimises suction of dust and debris particles across all aspects of your house due minimising the loss of air suction. Moreover, the DC40 and DC41 are also fitted with stiff nylon bristles that act to spin on a 90 times per second basis to act to dislodge particles from carpets (which can be turned off for cleaning on delicate hard-floor areas and rugs etc.) -- all of which is available on a finger tip basis, saving the need for bending down to make slight adjustments. The DC33 is fitted with a more basic cleaning head, that of a 'clutch controlled brush bar' -- simply meaning that it acts like that of its standard previous Dyson models.
Which is easier to use/handle?
DC33 -- Weight: 8 kg | Fixed-Wheeled Upright
DC40 -- Weight: 6.7 kg | Dyson Ball (1st Gen)
DC41 -- Weight: 7.8 kg | Dyson Ball (1st Gen)
Firstly, it is clear that the DC33 is the least 'comfortable' and 'mobile' to utilise firstly because it weighs in at 8 kg, but largely due to the fact that it operates on the standard rigid fix wheeled mechanism -- meaning a user has to drag back and forth the DC33 in order to get around tight corners etc. and I find now on a personal level just a general hassle to use. The Dyson ball however featured on both the DC40 and the DC41 allow you to turn the vacuum on a dime -- if you aren't used to the 'ball' it will probably take a bit of getting used to at first but soon enough you will appreciate just how much easier the ball mechanism makes the chore of vacuuming (you are very unlikely to go back to fixed wheel system once you go 'ball'). The difference of mobility between the DC40 and DC41 is largely obvious fact that the DC41 weighs more than 1 kg than that of the DC40 (although in practice it is hardly noticeable), making the DC40 a stand-out choice for those who are wanting mobility, comfortability and 'ease of use' when vacuuming (if this is the case it is worth considering the other vacuums further on in the article as well -- the 'lightweight upright' options). All this being said, when it comes to which one is better to use or operate it is largely a subjective matter, so I do recommend that you give all three a little trial at your local store to see which offers you the best overall 'feel' of use.
Video Summary of the Dyson DC33
Which provides the best 'practicality factor'? e.g. Bin Capacity, Max Reach
DC33 -- Dimensions: H: 1084 x W: 348 x D: 340 mm
Cord Length: 9.25 m Reach Length: 14.25 m Bin Capacity: 2.3 litres.
DC40 -- Dimensions: H: 1070 x W: 350 x D: 310 mm
Cord Length: 7.5 m Reach Length: 12.4 m Bin Capacity: 1.6 litres.
DC41 -- Dimensions: H: 1071 x W: 394 x D: 340 mm .
Cord Length: 9.4 m. Reach Length: 14.0 m. Bin Capacity: 2.1 litres.
So from the specifications provided it is clear that the DC33 and DC41 are aimed at the larger homes due to them exhibiting a large max reach (cord length and reach length, the DC33 with 23.5 metres and DC41 with 23.4 metres) as well as having a larger bin capacity -- whereas the DC40 is for those with perhaps a smaller home and hence has a smaller practical features (max reach 19.9 metres) etc. With regards to dimensions -- the DC33 is the largest of the vacuums and the DC40 the smallest and the DC41 being just a bit more compact than that of the DC33.
This is often the aspect that many people just skip over as 'not very important' when purchasing a vacuum -- but I should stress that this should require a certain amount of 'given' thought and is an important aspect when purchasing a vacuum e.g. if you have tall ceilings you will want a vacuum that offers a high reach and if you aren't a fan of emptying your vacuum's bin with every couple of vacuums (especially within a large house), you will want a large bin capacity. Moreover, If you have big (or long) rooms, you will want a long cord length etc.
Video Summary of the Dyson DC40
What's the difference between all the versions e.g. DC40 multi-floor and DC40 animal?
There is no real 'practical' difference between the versions of the Dyson vacuums e.g. the DC33 multi-floor and the DC33 animal are the same (they have the same power, same weight, same design -- except the colour) as with the DC40 multi-floor and DC40 animal etc. The only difference is the colour (multi-floor usually available in yellow and animal in purple) and the attachments and accessories that come with the particular version, which is cleared up for the three vacuums just below.
DC33 Vs DC33i: The standard DC33 multi-floor comes with the combination tool and stair tool, the 'red' DC33i (aka DC33 indie) also comes with a flex crevice tool -- which basically allows you via its extendable and flexible frame to get into tight corners and 'difficult to get to' areas/gaps.
DC33 Multi-floor Vs DC33 Animal: as just mentioned above the DC33 mutli-floor comes with the combination tool (a crevice tool for corners etc. which doubles up as a nozzle for powered dusting) and a stair tool. The DC33 Animal comes with those two tools as well as a 'mini turbine head' that is built specifically for sucking up pet hair.
DC40 multi-floor Vs DC40 animal: here the comparison is similar to the one just above, the DC40 multi-floor is provided with a stair tool and a combination tool with the DC40 animal coming with the same attachments except it comes with the new pet hair tool Dyson has developed -- the very highly rated 'Dyson tangle-free turbine tool' which is basically an advanced version of the mini turbine head in that it both picks up pet hair more efficiently as well as having the ability obviously to not be tangled up with pet hair, thereby giving it a much greater endurability than that of many standard animal cleaning heads.
DC41 Vs DC41 Animal Vs DC41 Animal Complete Vs DC41 Animal Plus: the DC41 multi-floor comes with the combination tool and stair tool, the DC41 Animal comes with both those tools as well as the new tangle-free turbine tool (as with the DC40 comparison).
The DC41 Animal Complete (usually in pink) comes with all those tools as well as the following: stiff bristle brush (cleaning particularly tough stains), soft dusting brush (vacuuming fragile surfaces), up-top brush (power dusting tops of shelves etc.).
There is also an DC41 Animal Plus available (currently can be found on Cosco.com) and this comes with the basics that the DC41 Animal offers but also provides the accessories of: a soft dusting brush, flexi-crevice tool, flat out tool (allows easy cleaning access under furniture etc.) and a Mattress tool.
Moreover, you will also come across 'Limited Editions' such as the DC41 Animal Limited Edition, all that has changed here is the colour usually -- with no other differences unless specified.
How do 'customer reviews' compare with the Dyson DC33, DC40 and DC41?
If you haven't already, it is definitely worth checking out the customer reviews amongst the DC33, DC40, DC41 in addition to this review -- they offer an added 'personal insight' of the vacuum given that they have had the respective vacuum cleaner for an extended period of time.
The DC33 receives on the average a 4 star review (taken from Amazon.com and Dyson.com) with many highlighting its 'suction power' as the particular positive and describing it overall as a "great vacuum" -- the only real issue that gets raised is that the wand extension isn't exactly physically attractive and is pretty awkward in use and performance (although this is somewhat of a subjective matter) as well as having a relatively high vacuum cleaner head profile -- meaning it is difficult to clean under furniture etc. (although it is advised that you can buy the low profile vacuum cleaner head attachment, if this is a particular issue).
For the DC40, again all the reviews are largely complimentary with the general conclusion being nicely summed in both Maria Bennet's comment "the vacuum is light-weight and easy to carry and the ball makes it easy to [manoeuvre]" and dandaddy's "I am still amazed at how much cat hair and dirt it picks up even when the carpet looks clean". The only real minor negatives comes from the fact of a practicality aspect, however as aforementioned -- I believe this majorly comes down to not customers not properly considering the DC40's practical specifications e.g. they complain of a short cord length when they have a larger household to clean.
The DC41 clearly has the best reviews out of the bunch averaging 4.6 stars out of 5 (Animal Complete) with an array of reviews describing it along the lines of "Amazing, Amazing, Amazing !!!" and "Unbelievable" -- if you check out just some of them, it is obvious that the DC41 is hugely popular amongst consumers with only very minor negatives to speak of (such as not having an automatic wind-up cord). However, the advantages and features the DC41 offers -- obviously makes it a 'stand out' vacuum amongst its competition. Definitely worth taking a look at what owners of the DC41 have to say, many would probably state it to be the best Dyson to date.
Video Summary of the Dyson DC41
Where can I find the 'Best Price' for the DC33, DC40 and DC41?
When it comes to finding the best price for either the DC33, DC40 and DC41 -- I believe ultimately you have three main options, which are: firstly, you can head over to the online car-boot giant eBay (check the element on the right) and you can often buy Dyson vacuums new and unpacked (usually as unwanted gifts) or you can get hold of them used (just be sure to get it with a certain warranty in place and the attachments/accessories you are after).
The second option is to see if Amazon.com are holding any significant discounts on the upright vacuums (compared to getting them directly from Dyson) -- you will often find either through them directly or third parties 'retailing through Amazon' are where you can get the best prices for new and used Dyson vacuum cleaners from a clear reliable source.
The third option is to remain on Amazon.com and see if there are any refurbished versions of the DC33, DC40 and DC41 (simply type something along the lines of 'Refurbished Dyson DC40' etc. in the search bar or check the element on the right again) -- which will usually have significant discounts on them having been previously broken (and then later repaired) as well as being second hand.
Another potential option to consider is to head over to the Dyson (manufacturer's) website directly and see whether they themselves are holding any refurbished vacuum cleaners for sale. Furthermore, they may also be holding discounts of their own or certain offers and promotions on their vacuum range.
Dyson Upright Vacuum Cleaners DC33, DC40 and DC41 Complete Summary Comparison Table
255 Air Watts
200 Air Watts
255 Air Watts
Dimensions (H x W x D) mm
1084 x 348 x 340
1070 x 350 x 310
1071 x 394 x 340
Customer Average Rating
4.0 out of 5
4.1 out of 5
4.6 out of 5
Multi-floor: Combination Tool. Stair Tool.
Multi-floor: Combination Tool. Stair Tool.
Adjustable Cleaning Head (Motorized Brushbar)
Adjustable Cleaning Head (Motorized Brushbar)
Root Cyclone Technology
Radial Root Cyclone Technology
Radial Root Cyclone Technology
Allergens & Dust
Washable HEPA Filter
Washable HEPA Filter
Washable HEPA Filter
5 Years (parts and labour)
5 Years (parts and labour)
5 Years (parts and labour)
Other 'Compact' and 'Lightweight' Dyson Upright Vacuums to Consider (as well as Cordless Vacuums)
The DC33, DC40 and DC41 are the 'heavier' of the Dyson upright range, however your priority may perhaps be a lightweight vacuum cleaner that is both compact and easy to operate -- if this is the case you should probably take a look at the following Dyson 'lightweight' uprights available:
DC24: This vacuum weighs in at just 5.4 kg (making it the joint lightest upright with the DC50) and is also fitted with the Dyson ball, this being said it doesn't offer you the same sort of suction power as your standard sized vacuums at 100 Air Watts.
DC25: This vacuum is comparable to the DC40 only being slightly heavier at 7.3 kg, however doesn't provide you with the same sort of performance, although it is often found to be far cheaper.
DC50: This vacuum (as aforementioned) weighs in at just under 5.4kg hence being an incredibly lightweight and compact vacuum (pretty much half-size), however offers you the 'same suction power' as many of the standard sized vacuum cleaners due to it encompassing many of Dyson's latest tech such as the two-tier radial root cyclone system. It is also fitted with the second generation Dyson ball technology meaning it can be pretty much be considered (at this moment in time) the 'mobile' of all the upright Dyson vacuums.
DC24 Vs DC25 Vs DC50: Clearly, the DC50 is the best of the bunch between these three being the most durable (and lightweight) as well as being the most powerful. Check the Amazon element on the right for my details as well as the DC41 Vs DC50 account.
If you are looking for 'ultra' lightweight uprights it may perhaps be worth considering looking into a Dyson Digital Slim which are cordless upright vacuums such as the Dyson DC35 or the DC44 Digital Slim. In fact just recently Dyson have brought out further updates to their Digital range, much more powerful than the DC35 and DC44 -- check out the DC44 Vs DC59 and the most powerful of them all the DC59 Animal vs DC59 motorhead.
What are the best 'Attachments' and 'Accessories' for the DC33, DC40 and DC41?
In addition to the included Dyson attachments that you get with your vacuum, there are also a range of other official Dyson accessories that are available for purchase in order to increase the cleaning multi-functionality of your vacuum ever further. These can either be bought individually (as show above with the Dyson Flexi-crevice tool etc.) or they can be bought within bundles, I personally recommend the latter as you when you buy multiple attachments you can often get significant discounts. For instance, if you take a look at the Dyson Home Cleaning Kit you get:
- The Stiff Dirt Bristle Brush ($19.99)
- The Soft Dusting Brush ($29.99)
- The Multi-Angle Brush ($34.99) aka up-top brush
(Prices taken from Dyson.com, as of Jul 2013). Then when you compare this to the bundle price of $65 (even less when purchased through a site such as Amazon.com -- see right module), there are significant savings to be made, here around $20. Be sure to check however, if some of the accessories already come with the version of the Dyson you are purchasing at the time.
Conclusion: Which Vacuum should I buy -- the DC33, DC40 or DC41?
Which vacuum you buy from the three ultimately depends on your preferences and situation. For instance if you are after a vacuum that provides a good decent cleaning power, however you are adamant that it is lightweight and easy to handle then you would opt for the DC50 or DC40 over that of the Dyson DC33 vacuum cleaner (obviously being lighter and fitted with the Dyson ball technology). Another example being: if you like the practical features that the DC33 offers (e.g. large bin capacity, max reach) and the high cleaning suction power, however are again after ease of use and mobility then the DC41 is probably the perfect vacuum for you. Then again, you may not value the extra 'ease of use' etc. at the difference between the two price tags of that of the DC33 and DC41.
Likewise, for which version of the vacuum you choose -- an example being if you feel you can get good use out of a wide range of accessories that are available a DC41 Animal Complete or DC41 Animal Plus would offer better value to you, rather than just the DC41 Multi-floor (especially if your household suffers with a pet hair issue). This being said, if you really don't know which vacuum to get or which version, you honestly can't go wrong with a DC41 and whether your house does or doesn't suffer with pet hair issues should you decide on the mult-floor or animal version -- granted it is a fair bit more expensive than most vacuums but you are truly getting an awesome vacuum with the DC41.
If you have any questions, remarks or concerns regarding either the DC33, DC40 or DC41 (and their respective versions) or this comparison article then I encourage you to to make them in the comments section just below and I will be sure to get back to them as soon as possible.
Quick Summary Comparison
DC33 Vs DC40: The DC33 obviously being the larger, more powerful and practical (within given features e.g. cord length) of the two vacuums, but not as easy to handle and not great for storage space -- therefore appealing more to those with the larger home. Whereas those with a preference for ease-of-use however want a sufficiently powerful vacuum cleaner to clean the standard sized home should opt for the DC40.
DC33 Vs DC41: With this regard both are suitable for the standard to large sized home, however the DC41 offers itself as the better vacuum from all the points made above (with the DC33 also just edging practical features e.g. a larger bin capacity by 0.2 litres) -- so basically a difference in price and overall value would be the determinant between which one to choose here.
DC40 Vs DC41: The DC40 being the more compact of the two vacuums as well as offering less power etc. so again like the DC33 Vs DC40 argument -- this would be ultimately based on the consideration of how big your home is (where the DC41 offers the more suitable specifications, the larger the house i.e greater suction power, better practical features -- bin capacity, cord length etc.)
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Because of that I am going to buy one Dyson. Even Dyson could not write anything near to this systematic review.
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