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Should I Buy a DC33 or DC50?

By Edited Aug 28, 2016 1 0

DC33 Vs DC50

If you are interested in a Dyson upright vacuum cleaner and have narrowed your choice down to between the Dyson DC33 and Dyson DC50 but can't choose from there -- or are simply wanting to know their respective advantages and disadvantages, then you are in the right place. Below, we will highlight both their respective differences as well as their similarities amongst their specifications and features -- ultimately determining which is the right vacuum for you and your preferences as well as which one offers the most overall value to you (given its price tag).

Cleaning Performance

The Dyson DC33: Constant Cleaning Suction Power -- 255 Air Watts

The Dyson DC50: Constant Cleaning Suction Power -- 140 Air Watts

As can be seen there is a clear difference in the cleaning suction power between the two (a 115 air watts to be exact), however when it comes to cleaning 'overall' performance -- the suction power isn't everything (which you will later find) -- this being said the DC33 is a more proficient cleaning machine than the DC50. However, the DC50 is only a compact vacuum (pretty much half the size of a standard up) but it still performs like that of a "fully sized" vacuum cleaner (if you test it out, I can bet you will be surprised at just how powerful) -- so by no means right off the DC50 within this regard -- it encompasses more than enough power to perform a 'high level' standard vacuum.

Dyson DC50 Ball Compact Animal Upright Vacuum Cleaner, Iron/Purple - Corded
Amazon Price: $449.99 $336.00 Buy Now
(price as of Aug 28, 2016)

Fitted Technology

DC33: Root Cyclone Technology

DC50: Two-tier Radial Root Cyclone Technology

The DC33 is only fitted with the standard (1st gen) version of Dyson's unique root cyclone technology whereas the DC50 is fitted with the latest (3rd gen) version -- the two-tier radial root cyclone. This basically allows three implications: i) they can function on a bagless mechanism (saving you the cost of having to constantly replace bags as well as benefiting from knowing exactly when the bin needs emptying), ii) they don't suffer with loss of suction (i.e as dirt and dust builds up in the bin, the suction power doesn't diminish -- an issue for many non-Dyson vacuums) and iii) the difference comes in the fact that the DC50 has greater suction and pick up of microscopic particles (as small as 0.5 microns) due to being able to generate higher centrifugal forces.

Dyson DC33 Multi-Floor Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner
Amazon Price: $399.99 $323.00 Buy Now
(price as of Aug 28, 2016)

Mobility & Manoeuvrability

DC33: Upright Vacuum. 4-wheel mechanism. Weight -- 8 kg.

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

From simply looking at the specifications above, you can immediately tell which is the more mobile of the two: the DC50 (by far) for the obvious factors that it weighs considerably less (2.6 kg) as well as for the fact it is fitted with the (latest version of the) Dyson Ball. Where instead of the DC33 which has to be dragged back and forth due to its rigid four wheeled mechanism around tight corners -- the DC50 can quickly & simply turn on a singular dime. The DC50 really is a delight to use -- smooth, light and it makes you feel like you are 100% in control. The DC33 on the other hand is rather weighty (wouldn't want to particularly lift that up & down stairs) but in fairness, it doesn't operate badly by any means (especially compared to older models). All this being said, it is best to try them out -- a friend may have one or just ask at your local vacuum store -- as this can be quite a subjective matter.

Practicality Specifications

DC33: Size - H: 108.4 x W: 34.8 x D: 34 cm . Cord - 9.25 m. Reach - 14.25 m. Bin - 2.3 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.

As seen from a practical perspective the DC33 and DC50 are obviously intended for two different types of home -- the DC33 for the larger home hence the extensive bin capacity and max reach (23.5 metres) and is rather large so will need sufficient storage room -- whereas the DC50 is for the smaller/medium sized apartment/home given its rather modest bin capacity and max reach (16.3 metres). Moreover, I also wanted to give note to the most advanced cleaner head Dyson has produced yet for the DC50 -- where it is self adjusting (lowers to hard-flooring, rises to soft-flooring to minimise loss of suction), fitted with an array of bristles (long and tough for 'dug-in' dirt and short & fine for 'dust') as well as being fitted with a motor to increase efficiency -- whereby the whole cleaner head is a basis for suction (check out the DC50's cleaner head video below).


DC33: Combination Tool, Stair Tool. (Mini Pet Hair Tubrine Tool).

DC50: Combination Tool, Stair Tool. (Tangle-free turbine tool).

The accompanying accessories are rather similar where both are provided with the standard: combination tool (which is basically a crevice tool for cleaning tight gaps and areas which also has the ability with the brush nozzle to perform powered dusting) as well as a stair (upholstery) tool. The difference in this regard between the two comes when you are wanting the animal version i.e DC33 Animal or DC50 Animal, where on top of the attachments named above you also are provided (hence why this version is usually a bit more expensive) with a specialised pick up pet hair turbine tool -- the DC33: Mini pet hair turbine tool (1st version) and the DC50: the tangle free turbine tool (2nd version).

Further Information

To further note, when bought new they are both backed with an 'award winning' 5 year warranty for both parts and labour -- so within that specified time from which you bought it you are liable to have it fixed like new for free. Moreover, both are installed with a filtration system to prevent dust and allergens from being expelled into the air (that are washable and replaceable) whilst vacuuming so are  safe to be used by asthmatics and allergy sufferers.

Conclusion: Should You Buy the Dyson DC33 or the DC50?

Whether you get the DC33 or the DC50, really comes down to the size of your home (DC50 for the smaller & DC33 for the larger) -- as a DC5 wouldn't be too practical with a larger home given its smaller bin capacity (you would be emptying it a few times, every round of the vacuum) whereas with a DC33 in a smaller home, it would take up a fair amount of storage space. Other factors are there to be considered too -- the better lighter & more mobile DC50 would be better for the elderly for instance, however the DC33 (as you may have seen from the price tags) is a fair bit cheaper. 

Let me know which one you have chose and why in the comments section. Also if you have any questions, remarks or concerns regarding either the comparison article: DC50 Vs DC33' or about either of the models specifically -- the DC33 or the DC50 (e.g. mechnaical specifications/features) 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.



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