DC28 & DC40 Comparison Review

The following comparison account will take a brief & objective look at two popular Dyson upright vacuums -- the (full size) DC28 in contrast to the (mid size) DC40 -- highlighting through a breakdown feature-by-feature analysis the differences and similarities between the two vacuum cleaners, providing you with a clear overview as to what each can offer you i.e DC28 Vs DC40. From this, you will then get a clear understanding as to which will best suit your cleaning preferences and needs -- and ultimately  which Dyson vacuum model offers the best value for money (relative specifically to you and your household). 

Cleaning Performance

DC28: Constant Cleaning Suction Power -- 245 Air Watts

DC40: Constant Cleaning Suction Power -- 200 Air Watts

Air watts measures the suction power applied within the vacuum and as you can see from the specs above, the DC28 edges it in this regard by 45 AW -- which is largely expected given that it is a full size vacuum cleaner vs a mid size vacuum. This being, said though both are very powerful vacuums (relative to non-Dyson vacuums) and offer a huge amount of suction across all floor types -- and are more than capable of removing bits of debris, pet hairs in and around your house. There are however, other factors to consider -- e.g. fitted technology below -- to gain a clear overall picture to the cleaning performances of each vacuum.

Dyson DC28 Animal
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Fitted Technology

DC28: Root Cyclone Technology | Standard Cleaner Head

DC40: Radial Root Cyclone Technology | Advanced Cleaner Head

The DC28 is only fitted with the basic unique Dyson root cyclone system, whereas the DC40 is fitted with a more advanced version 'Radial Root Cyclone technology'. This upgrade means the DC40  is more efficient at applying the suction power (air watts) to removing (even smaller) dirt particles from your flooring (it also enables both machines to operate on a bagless mechanism). The DC40 is also implemented with an advanced cleaner head that adjusts to the type of flooring it is cleaning (raising for soft flooring and lowering for hard flooring) to gain a more optimal clean.

So in fairness, the overall cleaning performance exhibited by both vacuums is actually quite similar (and both to an incredibly high standard).

Dyson DC40 Multi floor upright vacuum cleaner
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DC28: Upright Vacuum. Fixed Wheels. Weight: 20.61 lbs

DC40: Upright Vacuum. Dyson Ball. Weight: 14.6 lbs.

Clearly, the DC40 vacuum is the more mobile of the two -- given that it is significantly lighter (by 6 lbs) and is fitted with the unique Dyson ball mechanism (which granted takes a bit of getting used to, but is far superior to the fixed wheel system) -- allowing you to turn on a dime instantly.

Factory-Reconditioned Dyson DC28 Animal
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Practical Specifications

DC28: Size - 42.1 x 13.5 x 14.3 inches | Cord - 35.2 ft | Reach - 16 ft | Bin - 0.625 gallon |

DC40: Size - 41.9 x 14.3 x 12.2 inches | Cord - 24.6 ft | Reach - 15.4 ft | Bin - 0.42 gallon|

Obviously, given the fact the DC40 is a mid-sized vacuum it is more compact and easier to store away etc. this being said, it will therefore come with less extensive practical features like the DC28 offers -- and this is one of the major aspects that people unfortunately skim over when buying a new vacuum. 

The overall max reach is around an extra 10 ft with the DC28 and the bin capacity is also far greater (meaning less trips to empty the dust & dirt into the main bin). So it depends how big your house is -- if you have the larger house go with the DC28, if you have an apartment or small sized house the DC40 will serve you wonderfully. Switch them round you come across obvious issues -- the DC28 takes up too much room in the apartment and offers ample cord etc. whereas the DC40 won't reach effectively all around a large house due to the minimal reach.

Dyson DC40 Multi Floor Upright Vacuum Cleaner- Factory Reconditioned
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Accessories - Multi-floor Vs Animal

Both the DC28 & DC40 come with the combination tool (a crevice tool used for vacuuming tight gaps & areas which doubles up with a brush nozzle for powered dusting) along with a stair tool. If you get  the Animal version of each (i.e DC28 Animal & DC40 Animal) you also get a specialised pet hair tool -- the DC28 gets: pet hair mini turbine tool & the DC40: gets the more advanced tangle free turbine tool (the skin colors also turn purple from yellow with the multi-floor). 

Further Information

Both vacuum cleaners are backed by an industry leading--  5 year guarantee warranty program (when bought new & initiates from the day of purchase) -- that covers parts & labor costs (to fix any potential defects). They are also fitted with specialised efficiency filters that capture allergens & dust being expelled into the air whilst vacuuming (leaving behind a healthier air supply).

Conclusion - Should You Buy the DC28 or DC40?

Generally speaking, I would opt for the DC40 every time -- unless you have a particularly large house (but even then I would go for the DC41over the DC28, if I were you) -- as it is just so much more convienient and easier to use than a big clunky DC28.

But, let me know which one you will go for and why? 

Moreover, if you have any queries, concerns or general remarks regarding either the comparison account of the Dyson DC28 Vs DC40 or about either Dyson upright vacuum specifically then please do not hesitate to make them in the comments section just below and we will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible.