Dyson Hard Vs Dyson Digital (Mark III)

Are you interested in getting a Dyson cordless cleaning & are particularly interested in the DC56 (Dyson Hard) and DC59 (Digital Slim Mark III) but are unsure of the differences between them -- where you are ultimately trying to determine which one is better suited to your cleaning needs & preferences? Then this brief & objective comparison account should be able to help you out, through highlighting both their variations & commonalities amongst their specifications & features. 

What are their intended 'cleaning' jobs?

This is where most of the confusion lies. They look fairly similar, however their cleaning jobs are quite different. The DC59 is a cordlesss stick vacuum that can be used on all floor types -- it is designed specifically with the focus of removing debris & dust. The DC56 is a hard-floor cleaner (e.g. tiled, wooden floors etc.), described as being a combination cleaner due to it being able to tackle two tasks at once -- 'vacuuming' fine dirt & debris whilst 'wiping' in order remove stains & grime. Check their respective video explanations below for further information.

Dyson DC59 Animal Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
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Which offers the better cleaning (suction) performance?

DC56: Digital Motor V2 | Root Cyclone Technology | 22.2 volt lithium ion Battery

DC59: Digital Motor V6 | Two-tier Radial Root Cyclone Technology | Cobalt Battery

Clearly from the above section, we can't directly compare their cleaning performances as they are intended for different cleaning tasks (somewhat comparing apples with oranges) but we can compare power due to them being engineered & assembled in a similar manner (i.e within the motor handle).

The DC56 offers you a dual power mode (and likewise with the DC59) where it offers 28 AW on  standard & 65 AW of constant suction on boost mode (70% of extra applied power for particularly tough patches) and is fitted with a Digital V2 Motor, 22.2 volt lithium ion battery and Root Cyclone technology (which basically allows it to operate without a bag and not suffer with loss of suction) -- all of which makes it a pretty powerful cordless vacuum and more than adequate to perform a decent job of removing dust & dirt in your kitchen area etc.

However, the DC59 is somewhat of a radical improvement in the mechanics & overall cleaning performance compared to the last generation of the Dyson cordless vacuum cleaners (which includes the Dyson DC34 handheld & Mark II Digital Slim DC44) -- where they have a far more advanced motor (producing 350 watts) along with several generations worth of updates on the Cyclone technology (which basically allows a much greater pick up of dirt & debris) and an improved re-configured cobalt battery that produces 50% more power than the DC56's 22.2 volt lit-ion -- meaning the DC59's cleaning power allows it to "suck up as much dust as even a corded vacuum" at around just under 100 Aw (on boost mode, which is comparable to the Dyson DC24 upright model).

Dyson DC56 Hard- Hardfloor Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
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Which is easier to use/handle?

DC56: Weight -- 4.86 lbs.

DC59: Weight -- 5.07 lbs.

Both machines have been designed with mobility & ease of use in mind and are hence incredibly lightweight and easy to use (arguably the DC56 is marginally better due to it being lighter, but the extra weight only mainly comes in the difference within cleaner heads). There have also been specific weight distributions centralised within the handle motors of the models to allow the user a greater sense of lightness and control when operating the vacuum whether it be cleaning low or high.

Which provides the best practicality factor?

With regards to the run times of each model, the DC56 operates for 20 minutes on standard mode & 6 minutes on the boost mode. The DC59 can actually operate for up to 26 minutes with the non-trigger mechanism, however if constant cleaning suction is being applied then it also has the same 20 minutes on standard & 6 minutes on boost mode. Moreover, they take a similar time to fully charge approximately 4 hours -- and they both are provided with a wall mounted docking station that can be kept neatly stored away.

The basic attachments that come with the DC56 & DC59 are also similar with the combination tool (which basically allows for powered dusting) and stair tool (which can also be used on upholstery). Moreover, you can get an Animal version of the DC59 where you are provided with an additional specially engineered mini motorised turbine tool for effective pet hair pick up.

A really great feature that both models share is that they are in a sense a 2 in 1 vacuum, in which they can also be used as handheld vacuums (through simply removing the wand & attaching the crevice tool) and hence the DC59 essentially becomes the DC58 handheld and the DC56 becomes an advanced version of the DC34 handheld. The former bing better than the latter.

Difference in Attachments

Obviously the main difference between the two is in the cleaner heads. The DC59 utilises a state-of-the-art carbon filaments head that has an incredible pick-up rate of dirt on all floor types through use of channels and varied nylon bristles. On the other hand, the DC56 is fitted with a dual channel head in which two strips remove any fine debris & dust before the centralised wipe comes to get the grime. You are provided with 9 wipes (hard-floor & specialised wood nourishing wipes) in total upon purchase, but you have to get more as you use them.

Dyson DC56 Hard Floor Cleaning Wipes- 1 pack
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Further Information

They are both backed by a two year guarantee for both parts & labour. Furthermore, they have a filtration system installed to prevent allergens & dust from being expelled into the air whilst vacuuming and are hence safe to be used by asthmatics & allergy sufferers.

Conclusion: Which cleaning machine should I buy -- the DC56 or DC59?

Obviously each models is intended for a different job and which one you get should obviously represent your most apparent cleaning need. If you have a lot of hard-flooring and you are finding the tedious process of -- vacuuming the dirt & debris bits first with a heavy vacuum cleaner and then going over the same surface area with a mop and then yet again with a dry mop -- all rather tiring the DC56 will make this chore a lot easier, faster & more effective.

However, if you are after a vacuum that can in many circumstances replace that of a corded, but to mainly help supplement vacuuming around the house -- the DC59 is an awesome option. Where it offers convenience & practicality especially for those who are either elderly or have mobility issues (e.g. it saves me the hassle of having to carry up & down my heavy DC27, through simply having the DC59 as the upstairs vacuum cleaner).

Do let me know which one you choose & why? Also, if you have any questions, comments or concerns either regarding the comparison article 'DC56 Vs DC59' or about any of the models specifically & the two in contrast -- then please do not hesitate to make them in the comments section that you will find just below and we will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible.