DC41 Vs DC44
This article is a brief objective comparison review of the standard (corded) upright vacuum cleaner (the Dyson DC41) to that of Dyson's cordless upright Digital Slim vacuum (the DC44) -- highlighting their differences as well as their commonalities amongst specific features and specifications. Ultimately, this account aims to clarify your position as to which of the two vacuums is best for you and your specific needs & preferences, whereby which one offers the best overall value relative to its respective price tag.
Cleaning Performance & Fitted Technology
DC41: Constant Cleaning Suction Power - 255 AW | Radial Root Cyclone Technology
DC44: Constant Cleaning Suction Power - Standard: 28 AW, Boost: 65 AW | Root Cyclone Technology
To clarify the above stats for the Dyson DC44, it has a dual mode option -- hence allowing both a standard mode (operates at 28 Air Watts) and a boost mode (operates at a further 37 Air Watts). As expected the Dyson DC41 (Dyson's most powerful upright vacuum) completely out performs the DC44 in this regard (by 190 Air Watts even on boost mode for the DC44) and so it should really -- being fitted by the mains, with an advanced cleaner head (it can self-adjust to varying floor types to minimise loss of air suction) as well as better fitted technology encompassed (i.e the radial root cyclone technology allows the DC41 to not suffer with loss of suction but also pick up more microscopic dust and dirt particles due to generating higher centrifugal forces). However, the DC44 compared to many other competing cordless stick vacuum cleaners is regarded (especially on boost mode) as the one of the most powerful & power efficient and stands in great stead within this aspect (for cordless vacuums).
This being said, the DC44 isn't competing directly with a standard upright vacuum cleaner in this regard, instead it aims to supplement it -- and it does that job very well (cleaning all floor types -- hard & soft, areas, ceilings curtains etc. -- for more information I recommend you check out the DC44/DC45 video at the bottom).
Manoeuvrability & Mobility
DC41: Upright Vacuum Cleaner. Dyson Ball. Weight -- 7.8 kg.
DC44: Cordless Vacuum Cleaner. Weight -- 2.25 kg.
Like the DC41 dominates in the 'cleaning performance', the DC44 obviously dominates with regards to mobility and manoeuvrability for two obvious factors: it is cordless (hence quick & easy to get out, use and put away again -- whereas with a standard upright it is obviously more than a little more hassle) and weighs far less - by 5.55 kg (this allows the DC44 to be used in away the DC41 simply can't i.e due to the weighting being distributed ergonomically within the handle the user gets complete control and balance for when vacuuming both 'high' e.g. celings and 'low' e.g. floors). All this being said, it is a bit unfair for the DC41 (a corded upright fully sized vacuum) to be compared to the Dyson DC44 -- so when compared to other standard vacuums it is considered very mobile and easy to use, given that it is fitted with the new Dyson ball technology that allows it turn on a single dime (whereas other standard vacuum utilise the rigid four wheel mechanism, whereby forcing you to have to drag it back and forth to get around tight gaps/angles).
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DC41: Size -H: 107.1 x W: 39.4 x D: 34 cm. Cord: 9.4 m. Reach: 14.0 m. Bin: 2.1 litres.
DC44: Size -H: 112 x W: 23 x D: 30 cm. Bin: 0.35 litres. Run Time: Standard - 20 mins, Boost - 8 Mins
The DC41 is obviously much larger than the DC44 and hence designated storage space should be given some thought -- whereas the DC44 is basically just a stick and is also provided with a wall mounted (charging) docking station which keeps it nicely kept away. The DC41's practical specifications obviously suggest that it is for the 'standard-to-larger' sized home given its large bin capacity and max reach of 23.4 meters.
In terms of battery life for the DC44 it offers you a pretty decent run time for 'supplement cleaning' (or as many use it for, being the upstairs vacuum cleaner) especially compared to other cordless stick competing vacuum cleaners. Moreover, the DC44 (when you remove the wand) also has the ability to operate as a handheld vacuum (very much like the DC34, DC31) -- which obviously allows it to become particularly useful for vacuuming the stairs or a car etc. where awkward edges & gaps are involved.
DC41: Combination Tool. Stair Tool. (Tangle-free 'Pet hair' turbine Tool).
DC44: Combination Tool. (Mini Pet Hair Turbine Tool).
Apart from their differing configurations (i.e for both corded and cordless vacuums) the accessories remain largely 'in-line' with one another -- both have the combination tool (basically a crevice attachment that is used for vacuuming tight & awkward gaps/areas which with the brush nozzle has the ability to double up for the vacuum to perform some powered dusting) as well as the DC41 receiving the stair tool (which can also be used on upholstery). Moreover, if you get the animal versions (i.e the DC41 Animal & DC44 Animal) you will also receive a a pet hair turbine tool designed specifically for efficient and effective suck up of pet hair.
With regards to warranties (when bought new) the DC41 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. Furthermore, the DC41 and DC44 are fitted with HEPA filters that allow for the prevention of dust and allergens from being expelled into the air during vacuuming -- hence ae more than suitable for those who are allergy sufferers or indeed asthmatic.
Conclusion: Should You Buy the Dyson DC41 or DC44?
Clearly, the DC41 and DC44 are intended for different cleaning purposes. The DC41 is a great vacuum cleaner for those who are in need of powerful yet comfortable and easy to use vacuum, that need to clean/maintain a large to medium size house. The DC44 cannot replace that of a normal standard upright vacuum cleaner, hence its purpose is to help supplement the one you already have by offering for example a quick and easy clean (before the guests are coming), a machine to clean awkward gaps and areas (such as the car), a lightweight version (for upstairs).
If you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding either the comparison article 'DC41 Vs DC44' or about the vacuum models specifically (i.e the Dyson DC41 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.