DC40 Vs DC44
This account will be comparing the Dyson 'corded' upright vacuum: the DC40, to that of the cordless upright (Digital Slim Mark II) vacuum: the DC44 -- contrasting the differences as well as similarities with regards to the respective cleaning performance, fitted technology, mobility (ease of use) as well as their other relevant features and specifications. In sum, this article hopes to clarify your position as to whether you should get either the DC44 or the DC40 (or both) -- deciding ultimately which one is best for you and your specific needs & preferences as well as which offers the best 'overall' value relative to its price tag.
Cleaning Performance & Fitted Technology
DC40: Constant Cleaning Suction Power -- 200 AW | Radial Root Cyclone Technology.
DC44: Constant Cleaning Suction Power - Standard: 28 AW, Boost: 65 AW | Root Cyclone Technology.
Just to note, the Dyson DC44 has a dual mode capacity hence can operate on a standard and boost option (which is used for when you have particularly tough dug in dirt/debris) -- however as expected really, the Dyson DC40 can perform a far better cleaning job & finish than that of the DC44, mainly due to its extra 135 Air Watts on offer (even with the Boost Mode of the DC44). Moreover, it offers a more advanced 'fitted technology' -- Radial root cyclone, which basically allows both the DC40 and DC44 (with Root Cyclone technology) to suffer with no loss of suction but the difference lies in the fact that the DC40 can generate higher centrifugal forces that allow greater pick up of smaller microscopic dust & debris particles. The DC40 also offers an advanced cleaner head by which it has the ability to self-adjust according to the type of floor that needs vacuuming e.g. it lowers the profile for hard-flooring and raises for soft-flooring, allowing to minimise loss of air suction.
This being said, the DC44 is not actually intended to 'replace' that of a fully sized standard vacuum cleaner (that the DC40 is) but to instead 'supplement' it in and around the household (for more information regarding its job set, I recommend checking out the DC44/DC45 video below) -- and it does actually do this incredibly well, cleaning all surfaces to a pretty decent standard. But, obviously not the same type of cleaned finish that you get with a fully sized corded vacuum.
Manoeuvrability & Mobility
DC40: Upright Vacuum Cleaner. Dyson Ball. Weight -- 6.7 kg.
DC44: Cordless Vacuum Cleaner. Weight -- 2.25 kg.
In this regard, obviously the DC44 is the better given that it is firstly cordless which gives it an essence of 'freedom' in itself when in operation (especially having been used to a corded vacuum) -- and is quick and easy to get out, use and put away again (a fully sized upright is obviously a bit more hassle). But, the real significance comes in the fact that it is 4.45 kg lighter and due to all its weight being distributed mostly in the handle this allows the user to have perfect control & balance of cleaning 'high' (e.g. ceilings and curtains) to 'low' (floors, skirting). The DC40 however compared to your standard (heavy rigid four wheeled) vacuum (that has to be dragged back and forth to get around tight gaps and spaces) is incredibly easy to use as firstly it is generally a fair bit lighter anyway -- but it is also fitted with Dyson ball technology that allows it to turn instantly on a singular dime (it may take a short while of getting used to though).
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DC40: Size - H: 107 x W: 35 x D: 31 cm. Cord: 7.5 m. Reach: 12.4 m. Bin: 1.6 litres.
DC44: Size - H: 112 x W: 23 x D: 30 cm. Bin: 0.35 litres. Run Time: Standard - 20 mins, Boost - 8 Mins
Given that they are two different types of vacuum aimed for different purposes, it is somewhat difficult to contrast and fairly compare their practical specifications, so bear this in mind. The DC40 is obviously a fair bit bigger than the DC44 (although compared to other upright vacuums, it is pretty compact hence a good choice for those who are a bit short on storage space but are after a fully sized corded vacuum) hence a designated storage space needs to be thought about whereas the DC44 is provided with a wall mounted docking (charging) station and hence be kept nicely out the way. The DC40's practicalities suggest that it is suited to a medium to large sized home not having the largest bin capacity nor max reach, but not small enough to consider that you should opt for the DC50 or DC25 for instance. To mention the DC44's run time it is actually pretty decent -- especially when compared to many of the competing cordless stick vacuums.
The DC44 can also effectively become a handheld vacuum (very much like that of the DC34) by simply removing the wand (the 66cm aluminium tube attaching the cleaner head and handle) -- to attach the crevice tool directly with the handle and can hence be used for intricate cleaning jobs such as stairs or cars.
DC40: Combination Tool. Stair Tool. (Tangle-free 'Pet hair' turbine Tool).
DC44: Combination Tool. (Mini Pet Hair Turbine Tool).
Although they are different configurations (for cordless and corded), the accessories remain largely in-line with one another i.e both have the combination tool (which is basically a crevice tool attachment that is used for vacuuming awkward gaps and areas, but also has the has the brush nozzle attached allowing to use the vacuum for powered dusting) -- the DC40 also comes with a stair nozzle tool. If you are to get the 'Animal' versions of the DC40 and DC44 you also get a specialised turbine tool that is designed with the specific purpose of effective pet hair pick up.
With regards to warranties (when bought new) the DC40 is given a five (5) year guarantee for both parts & labour and the DC44 is given a two (2) year warranty again for both parts & labour. Moreover, both are fitted with HEPA filters that prevent dust and allergens from being expelled into the air whilst vacuuming -- hence are more than suitable for allergy sufferers or who are asthmatic.
Conclusion: Should You Buy the Dyson DC40 or DC44?
It is obviously somewhat clear that the DC40 and DC44 are intended for different cleaning jobs. The DC40 is for those who are in need of a good (slightly) compact & mobile vacuum that has sufficient power to do a good cleaning job around the house (the DC40 certainly does). The DC44 however (as stated) isn't meant to replace that of an upright, instead 'add' to it -- therefore if you already have a decent upright, the DC44 could be the way to go for you due to it offering benefits such as: a quick and easy clean (before guests arrive), gets to awkward and and hard to reach places (stairs, cars, curtains) and is incredibly lightweight (great for those who have mobility issues or are elderly -- who simply want an upstrairs vacuum cleaner, to save them the hassle of lugging a heavy corded vacuum cleaner up and down stair ways).
If you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding either the comparison article 'DC40 Vs DC44' or about the vacuum models specifically (i.e the Dyson DC40 or DC44) then please do not hesitate to make them in the comments section just below and I will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible.