The Difference Between the DC50 and DC25 Compact Vacuum Cleaners

This article gives a brief and objective overview of two of Dyson's upright vacuum cleaners, that of the Dyson DC25 and the DC50 -- highlighting both their differences as well as their similarities within the respective vacuum cleaner's particular features and specifications. In all, this account hopes to clarify for you and your specifc preferences and needs as to which one offers the best 'overall' value relative to its price.

Cleaning Performance

DC25: Constant Cleaning Suction Power -- 220 Air Watts

DC50: Constant Cleaning Suction Power -- 140 Air Watts

When it comes to comparing the cleaning power of the Dyson DC25 and the Dyson DC50 it can be rather deceiving -- where despite there being a clear difference of 80 air watts, the actual cleaning performance would only marginally sway towards the DC25 (being the better cleaning machine). This is due to the fact that despite the DC50 being such a compact vacuum cleaner it is fitted with a more efficient motor, better cleaner head and more advanced 'fitted technology' (as detailed below) than that of the DC25, allowing the DC50 to essentially perform on the same level as many standard sized vacuum cleaners. As said however, the DC25 would slightly edge it in this particular cleaning aspect -- although nothing of noticeable difference.

Dyson DC50 Animal Compact Upright Vacuum Cleaner
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Fitted Technology

DC25: Standard Root Cyclone Technology

DC50: Two-Tier Radial Cyclones

The DC25 has been fitted with the one of the very first (standard) adaptations of the unique Dyson Root Cyclone technology compared to the DC50 which has the very latest two-tier radial root cyclone technology fitted. Firstly, this allows both to operate with a bagless mechanism as well both to not suffer with loss of suction. The difference comes in the manner at which the DC50 will have greater pick up and can suck up smaller microscopic dust and debris particles (as small as 0.5 microns) due to the far higher centrifugal forces that it generates.

Dyson DC25 Animal Ball-Technology Upright Vacuum Cleaner
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DC25: Upright Vacuum. Dyson Ball. Weight -- 7.4 kg.

DC50: Upright Vacuum. 'Updated' Dyson Ball. Weight -- 5.4kg.

The DC50 has greater mobility for two main reasons: firstly it is a whole 2 kg lighter and secondly the DC50 is fitted with a more advanced Dyson ball mechanism than that of the DC25. This being said, this doesn't mean the DC25 is difficult to operate because it couldn't be further from the truth, the DC25 is in fact a very easy to operate vacuum (although the ball mechanism may take a little getting used to) -- it loses only in the simple fact that it is competing on the aspect of mobility with Dyson's lightest and most comfortable use vacuum (in its entire upright range).


DC25: Size - H: 107.8 x W:31 D: 39.2 cm. Cord - 7.5 m. Reach - 12.3 m.  Bin - 1.38 litres.

DC50: Size - H: 106.4 x W: 28 x D: 35.4 cm . Cord - 7.6 m. Reach - 8.7 m. Bin - 0.8 litres.

Obviously (from given specifications), the DC25 is the larger of the two vacuums and lends itself better towards those with a somewhat larger home given that it has a slighter better max reach (at 19.8 metres to the DC50's 16.3 metres) as well as the bigger bin capacity (this being said the DC25 isn't actually that ideal for those with a large home with vacuum cleaners such as the Dyson DC41 offering much more generous practical specifications than that of the DC25 -- the DC25 can then said to be targeted at homes somewhere in between that of a small apartment and a large house). On the other hand, the DC50 is obviously an ideal vacuum for those with the smaller apartment/house/flat where large reach and cord length isn't an issue -- however storage space is.


DC25: Combination Crevice Tool. Stair Tool. (Mini Turbine Head).

DC50: Combination Tool. Stair Tool. Tangle-Free Turbine Tool.

The Dyson DC25 and DC50 are pretty much fitted with the exact same standard accessory package (with that of all Dyson vacuum cleaners): a combination tool (an attachment with a dual purpose of being a crevice tool to vacuum awkward/tight gaps that can also be used as a brush nozzle contraption for powered dusting) as well as a stair (upholstery) tool. The only real difference comes when we consider the animal versions of the respective vacuum models i.e the DC25 Animal and DC50 Animal -- where the DC25 is fitted with an extra attachment: pet hair mini turbine tool whilst the DC50 also comes with an extra attachment -- a more advanced version of the pet hair mini turbine tool -- a tangle-free turbine tool.

Further Information

When bought new both the DC25 and DC50 are backed by a five year guarantee warranty that covers you for both parts and labour costs. They are also fitted with HEPA filters that prevent allergens and dust from being expelled into the air during vacuuming hence are safe for those who are either asthmatic or suffer with allergies etc.

Further mention should be given to the difference in cleaner heads -- the DC50's is by far the most advanced and efficient yet -- featuring a self-adjusting mechanism (that raises for soft flooring and lowers for hard, in order to optimise loss of air suction) -- moreover it is fitted with a range of nylon bristles to perform differrent tasks (from ultra-fine bristles to collect microscopic dust particles to thick and strong ones for removing dug in dirt and debris). It is also the first cleaner head to be fitted without 'rug strips' hence allowing the entire surface of the head to be cleaning.

Conclusion: Should You Buy the Dyson DC25 or DC50?

With regards to the cleaning performance, the DC25 and DC50 are very much on the same level (as said perhaps the DC25 marginally edges it), so this shouldn't be a tipping point for you. However, the DC50 is clearly the more mobile of the two (and in essence easier to use), being lighter and fitted with the latest ball technology -- which will obviously appeal greatly for those who are more elderly or have mobility issues. Moreover, it is far more compact than the DC25 hence is great for those who are short on storage. To understand who the two vacuums are aimed at respectively is: the DC50 for those who have the smaller house and/or are looking for a comfortable vacuum to operate yet one that has sufficient power to do a good cleaning job around the house (the DC50 certainly ticks these boxes) -- the DC25 is for those with a slighter larger home due to the extra cable length and bin capacity etc. (however not for an actual large home where better vacuum are suited for such purposes).

If you have any remarks, concerns or questions regarding either the comparison article 'Dyson DC25 Vs DC50' or about the vacuum cleaners themselves -- the DC50 or DC25 (e.g. clarification on the mechanical specifications) then please do not hesitate to make them in the comments section below and I will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible.