Dyson DC21 Stowaway Canister Vacuum Cleaner Review

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My review and perspective on model: DC21 Stowaway vacuum cleaner

This is the Dyson DC21 Stowaway Canister Vacuum Cleaner Review please check the reviews page for a comparison of other vacuum cleaners.

Dyson really is quickly becoming one of the most affordable mid to high end vacuum manufacturers on the market. And I can generally recommend them to most people who vacuum more than once a month as they will pay for themselves over time. A Dyson isn't all shine and glamor though, they do require a small amount of work to keep them running like new. Luckily unlike many cheaper brands they can be kept running because they are durable enough to be serviced. Dyson really became famous with their commercials that claimed that they never lose suction. While this is true, it's kind of tricky advertising. A Dyson never loses suction at the motor, but it can clog and lose suction long before it arrives at the motor. What Dyson is referring to when they say that their vacuums never lose suction is actually their system of multiple suction points. Even their large upright vacuums suction line from the motor splits into several smaller suction points before reaching the dirt cup. This design is ingenious as it not only allows for one port to clog leaving the others free but it truly does create more suction. As we learned in science class fast flowing fluids creates low pressure, and low pressure is what we perceive as suction in a vacuum. So the idea of necking down the suction tubes to smaller tubes creates very fast moving air, in turn making a huge low pressure zone, for more suction than your average vacuum. The bad thing about this design is that while it gives several bypasses for clogs it aids in the clogging process with smaller easier to clog tunnels the dirt can potentially travel into. You should watch out for this if you decide to purchase a Dyson.

Model: DC21 Stowaway Product Description

Dyson DC21 Stowaway


The DC21 is the only canister cleaner in the line of Dyson vacuum cleaners.

One of its remarkable features is the tool that allows you to be able to clean under beds with short legs as well as sofas. Of course, you can configure the cleaner for cleaning carpets and hard floors.

It has an extra motor for its cleaner head. This provides power to the brush bristles so you can effectively uproot dirt and pet hair from your carpets.

You can also turn the brush bar off by simply touching a button when you wish to avoid damage to delicate rugs and bare floors.

Storing the DC21 is not a problem, since its hose and its wand can be compressed and wrapped around the unit. You not need worry about storing its tools either, because they can be kept inside the machine itself.

Delivering 220 airwatts of suction power, this canister vacuum cleaner features advanced Root Cyclone technology to ensure thorough, efficient cleaning with no clogging or loss of suction. The unit's hard-floor tool provides improved pick-up on hard surfaces, while its quick-draw Telescope Reach extends instantly for stair and high-reach cleaning. Turn the motorized brushbar on to remove dirt and pet hair from carpets, or turn it off to protect rugs and delicate floors. Thanks to the vacuum cleaner's money-saving, lifetime HEPA filter, air expelled from the unit contains up to 150 times less mold and bacteria than common breathing air. Other highlights include a motorized cleaner head for easy maneuverability and cleaning in tight spaces, a 16-2/5-foot cord, and 4/9-gallon bin. In addition, the hose and wand compress and wrap for compact storage. The vacuum cleaner measures 17-2/3 by 11 by 13-4/5 inches and carries a five-year warranty.

From the Manufacturer

Dyson’s Stowaway canister vacuum is ideal for those who want the convenience and store-ability of a canister but also want a floor-cleaning machine that doesn’t lose suction. It easily wraps to store away, as the hose and wand collapse and wrap for storing purposes. Because of its motorized cleaner head, the Stowaway provides an effortless steering experience, making it easy to maneuver and clean in tight spaces. It has a foot operated brush control, so you can operate it without bending down, and a clear polycarbonate bin that lets you see when it’s ready to empty.

Dyson Stowaway: The Only Canister that Doesn’t Lose Suction

The Stowaway canister vacuum utilizes Dyson’s renowned Root12Cyclone technology. The Dyson cyclone spins air at high speed, so dirt and dust are thrown out of the airflow and collected in the bin, not on filters or bags. Unlike other vacuums, a Dyson doesn't clog and lose suction, so it picks up more dirt. Also, the vacuum’s motorized brushbar has powerful bristles which remove dirt and pet hair from carpets, and it has no belt to replace. The Stowaway is very hygienic--its clean expelled exhaust air has up to 150 times less bacteria and mold than air you breathe. Lifetime HEPA filtration is another way that this vacuum keeps things clean (it’s been approved for allergy sufferers by the British Allergy Foundation). The extra cleaning tools are stored board for simple and rapid access, and, for easier cleaning in confined areas like cars, the tools can be fitted directly to the end of the wand. The Dyson Stowaway also boasts a durable, tough construction--it’s made from ABS and polycarbonate, materials used to manufacture crash helmets.
DC21 Features:

Easy storage: Hose and wand compress and wrap for easy storage.
Root12Cyclone technology: a Dyson cyclone spins air at high speed. Dirt and dust are thrown out of the airflow and collected in the bin, not on filters or bags. So unlike other vacuums, Dyson doesn't clog and lose suction, so it picks up more dirt.
Clean exhaust air: air expelled has up to 150 times less bacteria and mold than air you breathe.
Tools on board: tools on board for rapid tool access.
Motorized brushbar: Powerful bristles remove dirt and pet hair from carpets. Brushbar has no belt to replace.
Durable, tough construction: made from ABS and polycarbonate, materials used to manufacture crash helmets.
Foot operated brush control: operate brush control without bending down.
Clear bin: no bags to buy. You can see how well the Dyson works and always tell when it’s full.
Effortless steering: each to maneuver and clean in tight spaces.
Lifetime HEPA filtration: approved for allergy sufferers by the British Allergy Foundation.
Dimensions: 13.8 by 11.02 by 17.7 inches (H x W x D)
Cord length: 16.4 feet
Maximum reach: 28.3 feet
Warranty: 5 years



What Makes Dyson Different


Bags Clog Suction

When the vacuum cleaner is empty, clean air flows into the machine and out through the pores of the bag. However as soon as you start to use the machine the bag starts to fill with dust and debris. The bag acts as a filter and the machine starts to lose suction. This is because the pores of the bag begin to clog with the dust that the machine has picked up. This restricts the airflow which causes loss of suction power.

Other Bagless Systems Clog like Bags
When the vacuum cleaner is new, clean air flows through the container and out through the filters.
However as soon as you start to use the machine the container starts to fill with dust and debris. The filters clog, and the machine starts to lose suction.
This is because the surface of the filter becomes blocked with dust, restricting the airflow which causes a loss of suction power.

Only Dyson Doesn't Lose Suction
Dyson Root Cyclone technology uses 200,000G of centrifugal force in the cyclones to filter dust and remove dirt from the airflow efficiently. Because there is nothing to obstruct the airflow, it doesn't clog and doesn't lose suction.


Dyson has the Most Advanced Cyclone Technology
Powerful suction spins out larger dirt and debris.

The shroud filters out fluff and lint.

Centrifugal forces spin out the tiny harmful particles.

Cleaner air is expelled into your home.

The Dyson Story

James Dyson

You know the feeling when some everyday product lets you down. You wish someone could solve the problem. James Dyson does that. He is a man who likes to make things work better. With his research team he has developed products that have achieved sales of over $10 billion worldwide.

The Bag Problem
In 1978, while vacuuming his home, James Dyson realized his bag vacuum cleaner was constantly losing suction power. He noticed how dust quickly clogged the pores of the bag and blocked the airflow, so that suction dropped rapidly. He set to work to solve this problem. 5 years and 5,127 prototypes later, the world's first cyclonic bagless vacuum cleaner arrived.

No Place for New Technology
James Dyson offered his invention to major manufacturers. One by one they turned him down, apparently not interested in new technology. They seemed determined to continue selling bags, worth $500 million every year. Later, Hoover's Vice President for Europe, Mike Rutter, said on UK national TV: "I do regret that Hoover as a company did not take the product technology off Dyson; it would have lain on the shelf and not been used".

Product Description
For most people the act of housecleaning isn't an automatic (or positive) behavior. It is, nonetheless, necessary. So you want it to be as efficient and as easy as possible. Say hello to the Dyson DC21 Stowaway Bagless CanisterVacuum Cleaner. It may even change the way you feel about cleaning your home.
Using its patented Root Cyclone Technology the Dyson DC21 actually separates dirt from air. Because it doesn't rely on bags or conventional filters, the end result is remarkable suction that thoroughly cleans nearly any carpet and surface in your home, and significantly reduces the amount of bacteria and mould you breathe. The wide 12.5 inch cleaning path picks up more dirt and dust, and a large debris channel allows larger pieces to be filtered in the canister. A versatile brush control function can be adjusted to protect delicate carpeting or thoroughly cleans hardwood and vinyl flooring, and the 12 foot hose with several handy attachments makes it easy to vacuum harder-to-reach places where dust and dirt accumulate. A user-friendly design allows the DC21 to maneuver around your furniture with the slightest turn of the wrist while the automatically retracting 16.4 foot power cord gives you extended reach and better access in every area of your home. Clean-up is a snap - with the hygienic and easy-to-empty bin. Finally, the washable filters are easy to clean and never need replacing.

The DC21 Stowaway is a Residential vacuum designed for use in the Residential environment. I have reviewed it accordingly, the price point of the DC21 Stowaway is set for the Residential industry which should be taken into consideration when purchasing or thinking about purchasing this vacuum. Commercial vacuum cleaners may be built to last longer and endure more abuse, but are more expensive and may be lacking some of the luxuries (such as light weight, or low noise) that you are accustomed to. On the contrary Residential vacuums are made at lower price points, lower quality, but are often lighter and quieter to use. Please feel free to add your own perspective of the Dyson DC21 Stowaway Canister Vacuum Cleaner Review.

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